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Rejoicing (7 of 10)
Series: Core Values of Sugar Creek Baptist Church
Pastor Fenton Moorhead
October 1, 1995
... take enough time to reach down, and take hold of your sermon outline there inside your bulletin, and I think I left mine over here, looks like I didn't, alright. Don't need it that bad, I'll survive without it, but, thank you very much, that will work. Already has the blanks filled in, but how do I know they're right, okay, okay, (laughter).
If you'll look there, you'll find Psalm 100, and we're going to read that as our scripture this morning. We're preaching through what we call the core values of our church, and today we're emphasizing Rejoicing. We're to the "R", rejoicing. And rejoicing is knowing, loving and serving God, which is life supreme happiness.
And I'm thankful that at our church we do not rejoice just on a Sunday when our theme is Rejoicing, but it's a habit, it's a core value. We believe that God desires that we come before Him, not passive, or sullen, or sad, but with joy in our hearts. Jesus has called us, and when He called us, He promised us two things. He promised us hardship, He promised us that we would have to deny ourselves, and take up a cross to follow Him. But He also promised joy. A joy that is not dependent upon the circumstances of life, or the events of this world, but a joy that goes beyond that, and this Psalm tells us how to experience that joy. Would you stand with me as we read it aloud right now please, Psalm 100, and we'll read it, it's the Word of God, we'll read it with joy, and with enthusiasm, are you ready?
"Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God, it is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name. For the Lord is good, and His love endures forever; Hi ...
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