Eyes Opened

Eyes Opened

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Title: Real Joy!
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

 Small Group Questions:

  1. Share a time in which you bought something that you thought would bring you joy.  Did the joy of the item last?  Why or why not?
  2. Read Luke 10:21.  Why did Jesus rejoice and what does this tell us about joy?
  3. Read Luke 10:22.  What are the “these things” referenced in this verse and why is it hidden to some and revealed to others?
  4. Read .  Why did Jesus say the disciples should be blessed/happy/joyful? (If you have time cross-reference with )
  5. Would you describe yourself as a joyful person? Why or why not? If your answer is no, share what it would take for you to be a joyful person. (Suggestion: Go around the room and have everyone answer this question personally.  If you have a “large” small group break into two smaller groups maybe men and women to answer this question.)

Introduction:

  • Working at Wells Fargo seeing people with very expensive homes, cars, and other things but with lots of debt.
  • Lot’s of cool things but completely upside down in debt.
  • Greg would call to consolidate their loans and instead of these people taking joy in their things they were under stress with so much debt.
  • People in the Bible had true joy in know God and Christ.
  • In this context, Jesus is seen “rejoicing”.

Sermon Outline:

Jesus rejoices in our salvation!

  • Luke 10:21 – Jesus rejoices in our salvation.
  • Luke 10:22 – “these things”
    • – God chose some before foundation of the world
      • Revealed to some (Luke 10:22)
      • Hidden from others (Luke 10:22)
    • – God is sovereign in salvation

Jesus rejoices in our salvation for three reasons…

  1. Glorifies the Father (Luke 10:22)
      1. If a man has anything to do with their salvation they could boast in themselves.  Instead, we can only boast in God.
  2. Defeats the Power of Satan ()
  3. Humbles the Proud Sinner
    1. 1 Corinthians 1:21

21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (ESV)

23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (ESV)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love (ESV)

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (ESV)

17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (ESV)