by David Cook

The Joy of Right Relationships
David Cook
Joshua 22:1-22:34

Intro: The purpose of my sermon this morning is to lay before you the joy of Christians being in right relationships with one another.

Dr. Frank Page, President elect of the SBC Executive Committee said recently, ''even though ''pessimism, fear, defeat, negativism are pervasive'' across the nation, there is hope for an attitude change because God ultimately is in control.'' It's easy to say, ''God is in control'' when things are going your way. It's a bit tougher to live that way in the midst of great changes taking place in America and throughout the world. There is much anger, division, uncertainty in the land today. Is there any hope for resolution? Church leaders are asking, ''Can God bring spiritual awakening to our families, cities, churches?'' Families are asking, ''How can I have more peace in the home? I'm at my wits end trying to get everybody happy!'' There is a deep hunger in our souls for Christians to come together and live out the peace of God in the midst of a troubled world.

- This past Sunday night, 5 churches in our association came together under the theme of God is doing a new thing. The house was packed at Bethany Baptist Church. Even though the service lasted 2.5 hours, no one complained, because God's Spirit was helping us to focus on the most important thing - Christians coming together to glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Though we had different worship styles and we worship at different churches, there was joy because we had our focus right where it needed to be - on God and enjoying one another!

Let me share five principles from God's Word on how to become the kind of person that constantly experiences the joy of right relationships.

I. You experience the joy of right relationships as you focus on what is right with others over what is wrong. 22:1-4, 6

My dad showed this special skill when he was the coach of our little league baseba ...

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