Small Group Study:
We follow a Lord who not only had the power to turn water into wine, but had joyful reason to turn water into wine (John 2:1-11). The life Jesus gives is a full life of joy.

Rejoicing in God
As Christians we have many reasons to rejoice! What are some of them? (Examples: forgiven my past; God provides for all my needs...)
 
What is the difference between rejoicing in God’s gifts and rejoice in God himself? 

A relationship with the Father is better than his gifts. While we rejoice in all that God does for us, our hearts ultimately long to be filled with God himself.  

Read Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  

The purpose of being forgiven is so that we will be with God. The greatest part of heaven is that we will be with God.  

Practically, how can you enjoy God daily? 

Fighting for joy 
Joy does not come naturally or easily. Every Christian must fight daily to have joy in Christ.  

Imagine eating junk food until you are stuffed. If you then sit down in front of a plate full of delicious healthy food will you want to eat it? Similarly, when we spend our time and energy seeking joy from the things of this world it becomes harder to enjoy God.  

What is keeping you from joy in Christ?

Joy deeper laughter
Joy in Christ is more than a mask of laughter and smiles. There has never been anyone more joyful than Jesus and yet he wept (John 11:35) and was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…” (Isaiah 53:3). The Apostle Paul described his Christian life "as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10).

When have you experienced a deep joy in Christ in a difficult circumstance?