This month our church sets out on a journey back to JOY. Somewhere along this ride called life, we got beat up and tossed around a bit too much and now we hide behind seriousness: jobs, lives, cars, speech, and our own faces (just to name a few). When is the last time you laughed so hard you couldn't breath? Let your hair down? Took a dive in a pool? Danced in the rain? Life has a way of making us calloused toward the joy in us, and so we as a church are taking a stand to say, "No longer will this world kill our joy!" We will find our strength and hope in Christ alone.
"And it’s for the joy set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. That kind of joy mystifies us and draws us in. We can’t help but want to taste it, to chase it, to cultivate God’s living presence in our lives.
We, as the church, want to be known by our love and by our joy in impossible circumstances.
It’s in this calling we hope to seek. We want to celebrate life with a fierceness that points the world the heart of Jesus! We hope you’ll join us in our fight for joy!"
- Rend Collective
Take time to watch this video with a group of friends or your family and then talk about some of your thoughts afterwards.
Questions to respond to:
What gives you joy?
What defenses have you put up in your walk with Christ and others?
What does it mean when scripture tells us that the Joy of the Lord is our strength?
Did you know that they had automobiles in Jesus’ time?
Yes, the Bible says that the disciples were all of one Accord.