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Christian History: 5 Sermons on Joy That Greatly Impacted America

By    |   Thursday, 05 Nov 2015 04:10 PM

One of the nine Fruits of the Spirit, joy is often considered by Christian preachers and writers to be distinct and separate from mere happiness. During the course of Christian history, such pastors have tended to consider joy as an important Christian virtue that is necessary for a fruitful, godly life.

The following are five influential sermons on joy by American preachers.

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1. 'Christian Joy,' John A. Broadus
Baptist preacher John A. Broadus, sometimes called the father of American expository preaching, preached to Confederate troops during the Civil War, helped to found the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and remained thoroughly committed to the concept of the Bible as inspired. His sermon "Christian Joy" stresses the importance of a joyful, thankful spirit, with reference to Philippians 4:4.

2. 'The Coming of Joy,' Ray Stedman
Evangelical Christian pastor Ray Stedman was educated at Dallas Theological Seminary. He preached for years at a Bible church in Palo Alto, California. Stedman's 1976 "The Coming of Joy" is a sermon on the text of Luke 2:10-11, in which the angel tells the shepherds the good news of Christ's birth. This Advent sermon, preached in 1976, stressed the verse's promise of a Savior that will deliver us from any trial. Knowledge of such a Savior produces joy.

3. 'How to Have Fullness of Joy,' Adrian Rogers
Southern Baptist preacher Adrian Rogers emphasized the Christian duty of participation in government and asserted conservative political views. He was particularly influential in the 1970s and 1980s. His sermon, "How to Have Fullness of Joy," still airs on the radio program "Love Worth Finding," in addition to many of his other sermons, even though Rogers died in 2005. Drawing from texts in Psalms, Hebrews, Corinthians, Thessalonians, and John, the sermon stated that joy is important for living a Christian life, converting nonbelievers, and withstanding trials.

4. 'Let Us Exult in the Hope of the Glory of God!' John Piper
John Piper is an influential Calvinist Baptist pastor and writer. He pastored Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis for more than 30 years and currently serves as the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. His 1999 sermon, "Let Us Exult in the Hope of the Glory of God!," stated that joy is the will of God, and that hope in God is foundational in that joy. The text for the sermon was Romans 5:1-2.

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5. 'Joy,' Tim Keller
Presbyterian pastor and writer Tim Keller is the preacher and founder of a church in New York City. Praised for his present-day relevance and his firm adherence to Gospel truth, Keller's 2010 sermon "Joy" was intelligent and influential. In the sermon, based off of Romans 5:1-11, Keller asserts that Christian joy is unique because it is not based on circumstance. Real Christian joy exists through suffering because of the redeeming grace of God.

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