StoneBridge Community Church
Believe #22: With Jesus On the Journey to Joy
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • StoneBridge Growth Groups, Simi Valley, CA 93065
    Sunday 12:00 PM

Today's Text in Context

Bob Utley, Philippians 4

Ode to Joy

Friedrich Schiller's poem Ode to Joy was written in 1785. It is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony. Here is a link to the version shown in worship.

Billy Sunday

“The trouble with a lot of people is, they have just enough religion to make them miserable. If there’s no joy in your religion, then you’ve got a leak somewhere.” —Billy Sunday. Follow link to Wikipedia article.
Joy Builder #1: Joy comes from…
Joy comes from living in Christian community.
Joy Buster #1:
Conflict robs us of joy— We need to address it!

Dealing With Conflict

Steven J. Cole, Getting Along With One Another (Philippians 4.2-3)

A Prison Epistle

The letter to the Philippians was written by Paul around 61 or 62 AD during his house arrest in Rome (see Acts 21:27-Acts 28). Being under "house arrest", Paul was chained to a Roman soldier 24 hours a day, but was free to receive visitors and write (Acts 28:17-31). The guard was changed every 6 hours, which gave Paul an excellent opportunity to share his faith with many different guards. During this time Paul wrote the prison epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. —Melanie Newton, ABCs of Philippians.
Joy Builder #2: Joy comes from…
Joy comes from trusting our problems to God.
Joy Buster #2:
Worry robs us of joy— We need to release it!

Living Worry-Free

Keith Krell, Lifestyles of the Content and Worry-Free (Matthew 6:25-34)
Joy-Builder #3: Joy comes from…
Joy comes from focusing on God and God's good gifts.

The Impact of Paul's Imprisonment

Paul’s imprisonments had a huge impact on others, including us today. He led his captors to Christ, his emissaries like Timothy and Titus multiplied his ministry, he had extended opportunity for prayer, and time to write his so-called "prison epistles" (Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon).
Joy-Buster #3:
Negative-thinking robs us of joy— We need to replace it!

François de Sales

“The evil one is pleased with sadness and melancholy because he himself is sad and melancholy, and will be so for all eternity. Hence, he desires that everyone should be like himself.” –Francois de Sales, Introduction to a Devout and Holy Life

How To Change Negative Attitudes to Positive Ones

A Stanford Research Institute study shows that over 85% of people’s success can be traced to their positive attitudes, while less than 15% comes from their aptitude, knowledge, or skills. What can you do if your mind is weighed down by negative attitudes that limit your success? You can change your attitudes, with God’s help. Here are some suggestions…
Joy-Builder #4: Joy comes from…
Joy comes from being saved by grace through faith.
Joy-Buster #4:
Pride (whether manifest in legalism, ingratitude, self-righteousness, perfectionism, unconfessed sin, or some other way) robs us of joy— We need to renounce it!
Memory Verse John 15.11
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15.11)

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