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Robert Murray McCheyne said, ‘The purest joy in the world is joy in Christ Jesus.’ 
In these posts, I want to share some reflections on joy and where, as Christians, we can find our joy.

Finding Joy in the Church

29th March 2021

It seems so apt that this is my subject for today when church gatherings just resumed yesterday. And I hope that those of you who gathered for worship yesterday experienced the joy of being with brothers and sisters in Christ. While we have tried our best with technology when church was closed, it is impossible to recreate the joy of gathering together as the family of God. Just as we have missed our own families over this difficult year, we have also dearly missed our church family. The joy of the Lord is experienced when we are together with our church family and that I trust we will rediscover this joy over the coming months as we are increasingly able to be together.

One of the dangers in our Christian life is that the individualism that infuses every part of our western culture creeps into our faith. The Christian faith is not an individual faith – it is certainly not an individualistic faith. Rather it is the story of God and his people. And so, the joy of the Lord is found in his church. Joy that is found when we look around and see our brothers and sisters growing in their love for Jesus. Joy that is found when we see them use their gifts for the glory of God. Joy when the church loves and serves one another. And joy when we see churches united for God’s glory.

I rejoice to see you walking in the truth

The apostle John speaks of this joy in 2 of his letters. In 3 John he says,

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. (3 John 3-4)

And in 2 John he repeats this sentiment when he says,

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. (2 John 4)

In our studies in 1 John, we have seen that John was exhorting the Christians to remain in the truth. This wasn’t an unfeeling, arbitrary instruction. It was a loving, pastoral instruction. And so, when we heard that they were walking in the truth, he was filled with joy. John says that his greatest joy is found in seeing the church holding onto the truth of the gospel.

The same can be true for us. When we see our brothers and sisters holding onto the truth of the gospel; when we see our children and young people being taught the truth of the gospel; when we see people growing in their knowledge of the gospel, we are filled with joy.

I rejoice to see your love for one another

There is another example in scripture where we see the church being the cause of joy. In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes,

And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. (2 Corinthians 7:13)

Paul had been critical of the church in Corinth because they were not living as the church ought – they were divided and lacking in love for one another. Titus visited the church later and he was filled with joy because the church in Corinth had changed for the better. They were now seeking to be a loving community of God’s people and this brought Titus joy and it brought Paul joy also. Again, when we see the church living as it ought – loving one another, serving one another, praying for one another – we are filled with joy.

I rejoice to see your unity

Paul encourages the church in Philippi to,

complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (Philippians 2:2)

Paul identifies that there is joy to be found in the unity of the church. However it is important to remember that Paul doesn’t simply equate unity with agreement. In the church, unity is equated with humility. Unity is found, Paul says, when each person counts others more significant than themselves. When each person operates within the church for the good of their brothers and sisters and for the glory of God.

And when we see this kind of humble, sacrificial service taking place in the church, we are filled with joy. Filled with joy because this kind of unity is evidence and fruit of our salvation. We experience joy because it is clear that the Holy Spirit is transforming us into the likeness of Jesus because if it was not for the work of the spirit, we would not humbly sacrifice ourselves for the sake of the church.

So whenever we look at our church family, whenever we think of them, whenever we gather with them, what do we see? If we see them as Christ sees them – sinners saved by God’s outrageous grace; as God’s workmanship being sanctified to do good works for his glory; as those who sacrifice and pray for us as we sacrifice and pray for them – we can be filled with joy for all that God has done for them and is doing through them.

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Next week - 'Continuing in Joy'
Previous - 'Suffering for the Name'
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Where & when does the church meet?

Our Church usually meets every Sunday at 10.30am and 7pm for our Sunday Services. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking spot and seat in time for the service to start. You can park in either the car park behind the Church or the Hunter House car park next door to the Church.

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Calderwood Baptist Church 
Maxwellton Road 
Calderwood
East Kilbride 
G74 3LW


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What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go.

In our morning service, there will be around 45 minutes of worship with the whole Church family when there will be singing, prayer, and a children's message. At this point, the children will leave for their own Sunday Club. The Bible will then be read and one of our Pastors or leaders will preach from God's word. The service usually finishes around 12noon.

In our evening service, we usually spend about 20 minutes singing and praying before the Bible is read and preached. Our evening service usually finishes around 8pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after all of our services where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.
 

What happens to the kids at church?

We have a fantastic programme for the kids at our Church. Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children need to go to their programme.

We have a very gifted team of Sunday Club teachers who lead a great curriculum for all ages. We have the following Sunday Club classes:

0-3 years:     Creche
3-5 years:     Pre-School Sunday Club 
P1 - P7:        Sunday Club
S1 - S3:        Bible Class
 
For more information about our Sunday Club please visit our Sunday Club page.
 

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No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.
 

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