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Series:         The Gospel of John

Title:           Joy and Peace for Troubled Times

Text:            John 14: 25-31

Purpose:     By studying these verses we are reminded that: We can rejoice that Jesus returned to the Father, sent the Holy Spirit to teach us, and gave us
                  
 His peace for our troubled times.

Speaker:     Bishop Jake Givan, Jr., D. Min

Date:           March 29,  2020


In our text, the Lord continues to give encouragement and comfort to the disciples just hours before His arrest and crucifixion. Their whole world would soon
be turned upside down. Rather than being focused on Himself, the Lord’s focus was on equipping them for the trials that they would face. His words show
us how to have His joy and peace in troubled times:


We can rejoice that Jesus returned to the Father, sent the Holy Spirit to teach us, and gave us His peace for our troubled times.


Today’s Lesson:

I.         We can rejoice that Jesus returned to the Father.

II.        We can rejoice that Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to teach us.

III.       We can rejoice that Jesus has given us His peace for our troubled times.

           A.         What is Jesus’ peace?

                          
1.         Jesus’ peace is not the peace that the world gives.

                          2.        Jesus’ peace is the inner calm and freedom from anxiety that comes from trusting in the sovereign God and knowing that you are
                                   
  obedient to him.

                                      a.        First, we enjoy peace with God because Christ bore the penalty for our sins on the cross

                                      b.        Second, we can enjoy the peace of God in the midst of life’s difficult times.
       
                                      
c.        The third form of God’s peace is peace with others.

           B.         How can I get Christ’s peace when I need it?

                       
1.         To have Christ’s peace in troubled times, walk in the Spirit and ask him to teach you his word.
            
                       
2.        To have Christ’s peace in troubled times, make sure that you’re doing God’s will.

                       3.         To have Christ’s peace in troubled times, take your anxieties to the Lord in thankful prayer.

                       4.         To have Christ’s peace in troubled times, trust in Jesus as the Lord of all.

Conclusion:
Anxiety has been described as “a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
(Arthur Roche, Reader’s Digest, [6/88], p. 159.) Does that describe you? It doesn’t have to! The Lord Jesus who ascended to the Father and sent the Holy
Spirit wants you to believe in Him and experience the joy and peace that He gives for all your troubled times.


Application Questions

What causes you the most anxiety? Based on this message, what can you do to cut it off at its root?


Is it wrong for a Christian to take anti-anxiety medication? Why/why not? What biblical guidelines should be followed?


Should Christians practice yoga? Is a “Christianized” version of it okay?


Why should God’s glory, not our enjoyable frame of mind, be paramount in our seeking joy and peace?.

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