NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 2 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 1: The Pursuit Of Happiness
We all know that according to the Declaration of Independence our Creator has granted His creatures certain inalienable rights such as "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." But what is happiness and where should it be pursued? Psalm 1 tells us!
I. The Desire for Happiness.
A. A universal longing for contentment, fulfillment, a sense of well being.
B. A common perception that happiness is related to happenings.
C. A resultant channeling of resources, energies into organizing "happenings."
II. The Delusions of Happiness.
A. Pursuing it energetically where it is not to be found.
B. Not to be found in the "advice of the morally wrong." v. 1
C. Not to be found in the path trod by those missing the mark.
D. Not to be found in the dwellings of the cynical.
Part 2: The Pursuit Of Happiness
Thomas Jefferson wrote that the Creator had endowed human beings with inalienable rights including "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We should be profoundly grateful that these basic assumptions were crafted into this nation's formation, but we also need to ask some hard questions. Are people happy? What is happiness? Is personal happiness all that matters? The first Psalm written three thousand years ago is surprisingly relevant. So let's look at it!
I. The Problem with Happiness.
A. Happiness can be so elusive.
1. Freedom to pursue.
2. Freedom to pursue it where it didn't go.
B. Hapiness is so ephemeral.
1. I think I found it.
2. I'm afraid I'll lose it.
C. Happiness is often very expensive.
1. Happiness that depends on happenings.
2. Organizing happenings is at best demanding and at worst impossible.
II. The Principles of Happiness. Psalm 1:12
A. Happiness is not to be found in godlessness.
1. Godlessness leads to meaninglessness.
2. Sinfulness leads to guiltiness.