Joy is an emotion that everyone experiences to one degree or another. But as the fruit of the Spirit, Christian joy is much more than an experience that comes and go with the changes of our circumstances. In fact, Spirit-produced joy regularly comes even in times of sorrow, bringing us back into the joy of […]
God’s people are supposed to look forward to worshiping him together. Although God commands his people to worship him, he also gives them all the reason they need to worship him with joy. And when God’s people find delight in worshiping God, the world is drawn into this worship as well, so that everyone is […]
Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection in order to complete the creation of his new community. He then sent them out, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to bring others into the joy of believing in Jesus. Through the witness of the resurrection, Jesus shows up to convert even the hardest skeptics and to […]
Jesus’s final words to his disciples before his crucifixion were aimed at preserving their faith in the face of the coming crisis. If his disciples could comprehend where the cross was taking him, the moment of their greatest sorrow would lead them into a reality of far greater joy. Even if they stumble in their […]
The church is like a vineyard to which God tends and from which he expects fruit that glorifies him and that is noticed by the world. This vineyard will prosper because of God’s diligent care, and because of the life-giving vine that never fails to supply the nutrients needed for a bountiful harvest.
While Jesus was living on earth, he was the embodiment of Immanuel—God with us. But he told his disciples to rejoice that he was returning to the Father because he would give to his followers “another Helper” to be with them forever. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered toward loving obedience […]