A BIBLICAL STUDY

 

JOY vs. REBUKE

Teachings and Illustrations of Christ


Luke 10:1-20; John 15:4-11; 16:19-24


Luke 10:1-20; John 15:4- JUDGE NOT?


WHERE IS THE JOY?


 

F.Y.I. CORNER



1.

JOY - (Gr. 5479) Cheerfulness, calm, delight.

2.

FULL - (Gr. 4137) to make replete; to cram, to level up (a hollow)

3.

JOY - (Heb. 8342) cheerfulness

4.

SORROW - (Gr. 3077) sadness, grief, heaviness

5.

JOY - (Heb. 8057) blithesomeness, glee

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REPROOF - (Heb. 8433) correction or chastisement; Used 13x in Proverbs, 1x in Job and 1x in II Timothy.

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REBUKE - (Heb. 1606) A chiding, to reprove; To be told what youre doing is wrong.


AND THE SEVENTY RETURNED AGAIN WITH JOY


The traditional church has been criticized for primarily focusing on the judgment of God. The contemporary church has been criticized for focusing primarily on the joy of a believer. What does scripture emphasis?

I.         JOY ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIST

A. LUKE 10:1-20

1. What caused joy for the seventy?

2.        What did Christ caution them? (10:20) ...rejoice not that the ____________ are subject unto you, but rather rejoice, because your _________ are written in _____________.

B. JOHN 15:4-11

1.        What is the result of abiding in Christ and keeping his commandments? (15:11)

2.        By only whom can this joy be experienced? (15:4-5)

C.       JOHN 16:19-24

1.        What is amazing about this joy? (16:22) ...and your joy ___________ ___________________________.

2.        What accompanies prayer answered by God? (16:23-24)

II. EXAMPLES OF JOY These are but a few of the many examples of joy mentioned in scripture.

A.      I Chron. 29:9 A result of______

B.       Neh. 8:9-12 ...the joy of the Lord is __________ ____________.

C.       Ps. 16:9-11 ...in thy presence is ______________ of _________.

D.      Ps. 51:12 Restore unto me the ______ of ___________________.

E.       Prov. 21:15 It is a joy to the just to do ______________________...

F.       III John 4 ...that our children___________.

III.    JOY TO THE UNBELIEVER Most would affiliate joy only to a child of God. Is joy limited to the believer?

1.       How is the joy of the hypocrite described? Job 20:4-5

2.       What is joy to a person who lacks wisdom? Prov. 15:21 (c/r Prov.10:23; 2:10-16)

 

I REJOICE...THAT YOU WERE SORROWED TO REPENTANCE

Joy is often equated with happiness, but the two are quite different. Happiness depends largely upon happenings: good health, company and experiences. Happiness and unhappiness cannot co-exist but joy and sorrow can and do.

1.        Why can joy and sorrow co-exist?

    Psalm 30:5

    Psalm126:5

    II Corinthians 7:4-7, 9-10

    James I:2-3

 

 

A big complaint about the old-school church is that it primarily focuses on what a person is doing wrong and doesnt focus enough on the joy of Christ. DISCUSS: Is this a valid concern? Is there too much or too little rebuke in the church today?

2.        The Bible coincides the positive and negative aspects of rebuke. List them:

q       Proverbs 9:8

q       Prov.13:18

q       Prov.15:5

q       Prov.15:31-32

q       Prov. 27:5

q       Ecclesiastes 7:5

3.        What are the Biblical standards concerning rebuke?

q       I Timothy 5:19-20

q       II Tim. 4:2

q       Titus 2:15

q       Heb. 12:5-6

q       Rev. 3:19

DISCUSSION CONCLUSION:

1. What came first, joy or rebuke? Can you have one without the other? 2. How does the traditional church respond toward rebuke? Does it appear to be afraid of joy? Explain: 3. How does the contemporary church respond toward joy? Does it appear to be afraid of rebuke? Explain: 4. Now what is your understanding of joy?


 

 

 

 

 

 

VERSE of the WEEK

 

These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. -Titus 2:15



Where is the joy?




SUGGESTION FOR PRAYER

 

        Pray that we may have the joy of Christ fulfilled in us through a life of obedience and the spreading of the gospel.