Series: The Pursuit of Happiness (4 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 7: How to Be Happy Though Fearful
Series: The Pursuit of Happiness
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 27

If fear isn't mastered, it will master. When fear is in control, life becomes miserable. David had good cause to be afraid-but he also had some solutions.

I. The Causes of Fear.

A. Temperamental causes-personality characteristics.

B. Psychological causes-traumatic experiences.

C. Environmental causes-parental, family situations.

D. Spiritual causes-lack of faith, disobedience.

II. The Characteristics of Fear.

A. Uncertainty concerning the future.

B. Culpability concerning the past.

C. Inadequacy concerning the present.


Part 8: Forgiven People Are Happy People
Series: The Pursuit of Happiness
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 32

St. Augustine said, "The beginning of knowledge is to know oneself to be a sinner." The next step is to know what to do about it. David knew and wrote about it in Psalm 32.

I. An Explanation. vv. 1-5

A. Explanation by way of instruction. vv. 1-2
1. Blessed comes from the forgiveness of transgressions.
a. Transgression-doing what is forbidden.

b. Forgiven-lifting the burden.

2. Blessedness comes from the covering of sins.
a. Sins-failing to do what is required. Judges 20:16

b. Covering-out of sight. Isaiah 38:17; 43:25; 44:22

3. Blessedness comes from the canceling of indebtedness.
a. Iniquity-distortion, absence of respect.

b. Not counted-accountability cancelled.

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