Getting to the Bottom of your Joy

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Dr. John Piper is a pastor, the author of Desiring God, and the Chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. In this message, he suggests that many nominal Christians are not really born again, but following Christ for what they can get out of him for themselves. This challenging sermon will cause to you check your own motives at the root of your faith.

“It’s a glorious thing to be enabled by the atonement of the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be freed from self and make much of God as your supreme joy in life.”

Have you been guilty of committing idolatry with your motives? What is the bottom for you? Does your bottom functionally change at different times in your life?
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Is there anything that you can do that will make Christ the foundation of your joy?
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Read Ephesians 1:5, Luke 2:8–14, 2 Corinthians 5:14–15, and John 17:20–26. Use this space to reflect on these passages. How is our salvation both for us and for the Lord?
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This message covered seven ways that God makes much of us.
  1. Being pleased with us and commending our lives (Matthew 25:21)
  2. Making us fellow heirs with Christ who owns everything (1 Corinthians 3:21–23)
  3. Sitting us at the table when Jesus returns, and serving us (Luke 12:37)
  4. Allowing us to judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)
  5. Ascribing value to us and rejoicing over us as His treasured possession (Zephaniah 3:17)
  6. Causing us to shine like the sun in the Kingdom (Matthew 13:43)
  7. Granting you to sit with Christ on his throne (Revelation 3:21)

What does the study of these blessings from God motivate you to do? Which of these has the biggest impact on you?
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Do you find yourself grumbling about your life and the things you lack? What perspective do you gain from the illustration of the $100 million and the chariot wheel?
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How do thoughts of heaven affect you now? Do you normally think much about your eternal reward of life with Jesus? Will you think more or differently about God's kingdom going forward?
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At the end of his talk, Dr. Piper told us that God is saying, “I love you, and you are so precious to me that I will not let your preciousness become your god. I will be your God and I alone.”

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