“Joy” (Gk. “chara”) is a delight of the mind or gladness that stems from thinking about the character and works of God, His promises, the believer’s future destiny in heaven, one’s salvation, things spiritual, etc.
1 Sam. 2:1 In what did Hannah’s heart exult (greatly rejoice), and why?
In what does your whole being exult (greatly rejoice), and why?
Psa. 16:11 Where does David say that fullness of joy is found?
Though we are always in God’s presence since God is omnipresent, it’s referring here to life after death for the believer when he will be in the presence of the fullness of God’s glory. Because of this fact, do you fear death, or do you look forward to it, and why?
If you don’t, where do you think fullness of joy is found (e.g., in money, career, marriage, popularity, homes, people, cars, boats, sports, possessions, music, martial arts, video games, computers, phones, girl/boyfriend, social media, etc.), and why?
Psa. 19:8 What rejoices David’s heart?
Does the rightness/correctness of the precepts/commandments of the Lord cause you to rejoice, and why?
Psa. 28:7 Why does David’s heart exult (greatly rejoice)?
Does your heart greatly rejoice in God giving you strength and protection to fulfill your purpose and responsibilities in life, and why?
Psa. 32:11; 40:16 Who is to be glad in the Lord and rejoice?
If you a righteous person (a believer) or are seeking the Lord (entering into a personal relationship with God, worshiping Him), are you glad in the Lord and rejoicing, or are you bored, lonely, depressed, aimless, confused, heart-broken, spiritually dry, and/or sad, and why?
Psa. 33:21 Why does the Psalmist’s heart rejoice in God?
Does your trust in who God is (almighty, all-wise, merciful, loving, infinite, faithful, present-everywhere, full of grace and truth, etc.) cause you to respond in the same way as the Psalmist, and why?
Psa. 43:3-4 How does the Psalmist view God (Psa. 43:4)?
Do you see God in this way?
If so, when, and why?
Psa. 51:12 What does David pray after he repented of his sin (changed his thinking so as to see that what he did was wrong)?
Have you ever lost the joy of your salvation because of sin (disobedience to God) in your life?
If so, what did you do about it, and why?
Psa. 63:5-7 How does David offer praises (the expression of one’s acknowledgement and admiration of God’s attributes and works)?
Some people offer praise to God grudgingly or because they’re supposed to or because everyone around them is doing it. With what attitude do you offer praise to God, and why?
Again, some sing to God grudgingly or out of duty or to impress others or because others around them are doing so, but why do you sing?
Prov. 17:22 What is a joyful heart good for or what does it do?
Have you found that when you’re depressed or sad that you’re more susceptible to getting or staying sick?
Prov. 15:13 What does a joyful heart/attitude make?
Is your face reflecting a joyful heart, a bitter heart, or a sad heart?
How often, and why?
Lk. 6:22-23 When should we rejoice and leap for joy, and why?
Would you rejoice in this situation and leap for joy?
If not, what would you do, and why?
Lk. 10:19-20 In what shouldn’t and what should these 70 Christians rejoice?
Would you rejoice more if: a lot of people came to your Bible study, church, youth group, Christian concert, recital; you helped someone to be free of demon possession; you memorized a couple hundred Bible verses; or that your name is recorded in heaven (that you’re going there), and why?
Jn. 15:11 Why did Jesus speak to His disciples the things mentioned in Jn. 15:1-10 regarding obedience to Christ?
When do you experience fullness of joy?
Is it when you are obedient to Christ and doing the will of God, and why?
If not, then maybe your obedience to God is with wrong motives and not done from love for Him.
Jn. 17:13 For what purpose did Jesus speak to His disciples the things mentioned in Jn. 17:6-12?
Knowing this about Jesus (His desire for His disciples to have fullness of His joy), how do you feel about or view Jesus, and why?
Do you think that Christ desires the same for you?
Why (Gal. 5:22 with Acts 10:45; 11:17)?
Acts 13:44-52 The disciples were continually filled with joy and the Holy Spirit despite what circumstances (Acts 13:50)?
What would be your response if you were persecuted like this for evangelizing, and why?
Rom. 5:1-5, 11 In what were three things that these Christians exulted (greatly rejoiced)?
Are you presently rejoicing greatly because of your anticipation of God revealing His glory/character/magnificence and heaven in the future and your sharing in it, and why?
Is there anything that you exult in God about (Rom. 5:11)?
If so, what?
Rom. 12:12 In what are we told to rejoice?
How often do you rejoice in the hope (confident assurance) of your future bliss in heaven with God, and why?
Rom. 14:17 God’s kingdom is not composed of a physical existence merely, but is a spiritual rule where spiritual qualities are in operation. What are some of these qualities?
Is this how you viewed the kingdom of God?
Are you presently living in it (spiritually) and exercising these qualities now?
If so, how do you show them?
1 Cor. 12:26 With whom should all the Christian members (fellow Christians) rejoice?
When another Christian you know is honored by someone or some group for something good that he/she does or is, do you get jealous, or do you rejoice with him/her, and why?
2 Cor. 1:24 Paul, instead of lording his apostleship over the Corinthian’s faith (Christian life), worked with them for what end?
If you are a spiritual teacher-trainer (i.e., Bible study group leader, Christian youth group leader, discipler, deacon, Sunday school teacher, etc.), do you use your position to promote the spiritual welfare of those whom you lead, or are you a slave-master?
Do you see joy in their lives as a result of your leadership?
As a leader, are you responsible for someone else’s joy?
Why (Eph. 5:18; Phil. 2:12)?
2 Cor. 2:1-3 Whom did Paul desire to cause/motivate him to rejoice?
Of what was Paul confident (2 Cor. 2:3)?
Is your spiritual teacher-trainer’s joy your joy too?
Why (Rom. 12:15)?
If not, should it be? If so, how can it be?
2 Cor. 7:4-5 In what is Paul overflowing with joy?
Why do you think Paul would overflow with joy regarding conflicts with unbelievers (i.e., people outside the church) due to his Christianity and/or fears within him about his converts’ spiritual well-being, 2 Cor. 7:16; Lk. 6:22-23?
Do you overflow with joy in all of your afflictions, and why?
2 Cor. 7:16 In what does Paul rejoice?
Do you ever rejoice in the fact that you have confidence in your disciples regarding everything you teach them, and why?
2 Cor. 8:1-5 What did the churches in Macedonia do in the midst of a great ordeal of affliction?
Has your abundance of joy, even in the midst of trying times, motivated you to help another Christian who is even less fortunate or in greater need than you, and why?
Gal. 5:22 From where (what source) does joy come?
How can you obtain the Holy Spirit’s fruit of joy (Eph. 5:18; 1 Jn. 5:14-15; Phil. 2:12)?
Are you doing so, and why?
Phil. 1:3-5 How did Paul always offer prayer for these Philippian Christians?
Are your prayers offered with joy for the Christians for whom you pray, and why?
Phil. 1:18 In what did Paul rejoice in and will rejoice?
Do you rejoice over the fact that the gospel of Christ is being proclaimed regardless of people’s motives for evangelizing, and why?
Phil. 2:2 How could these Christians make Paul’s joy complete?
Do you ever make your spiritual teacher-trainer’s joy complete by being like-minded in everything the Bible teaches, loving everyone, working together as a team spiritually, and intent on the one purpose of evangelizing the spiritually lost while striving to be Christ-like in character (Phil. 1:27), and why?
If not in this way, what ways do you use, and why those?
Phil. 2:25-30 How did Paul tell these Christians to receive Epaphroditus?
Do you receive God’s workers (especially those who labor among you and help you spiritually) with joy as you would the Lord Himself, and why?
Phil. 4:4; 1 Thes. 5:16 In what are we told to rejoice, and how often?
Are you always rejoicing in the sphere of the Lord (things about the Lord, such as His attributes or activities, e.g., His love, patience, forgiveness, mercy, protection, provision, providence, etc.), and why?
[Even when you’re in the midst of adverse circumstances, you can rejoice if you let your mind dwell on God’s goodness and merciful acts (Phil. 4:8).].
Do you dwell on the Lord when you are in tough circumstances or on the situation, and why?
1 Thes. 1:6 How did these Thessalonians receive the word (the gospel)?
When you first became a Christian, did you get much opposition for doing so from friends, family, or peers?
If so, did you respond to this opposition with joy, and why?
Heb. 10:34 What did these Hebrew Christians accept joyfully, and why?
Seriously stop and think about this: Would you have responded in this way if your house, car, etc. were taken away because of your faith in Christ?
Jas. 1:2-4 What should Christians consider all joy, and why?
Do you consider it all joy when you encounter trials in your life, and why?
If not, how could you?
1 Pet. 1:3-8 How does the assured prospect of an inheritance in heaven and the assured preservation/protection by God’s power to obtain this cause Peter’s readers to respond in the midst of trials (1 Pet. 1:6)?
Does thinking about your inheritance in heaven and your being protected by God’s power to obtain this because of your faith for salvation, motivate you to greatly rejoice, and why?
What is the cause of inexpressible joy among Peter’s readers (1 Pet. 1:8)?
Is your faith in Christ motivating you to greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible, even though you haven’t physically seen Jesus?
1 Pet. 4:12-13 To what degree should these Christians keep on rejoicing, and why?
Would you be able to do this, or would you want to?
“Happiness” is pleasurable satisfaction based on good fortune or favorable circumstances (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary).
Job 5:17 Who is happy?
So what shouldn’t we do?
Psa. 1:1-2 Who is blessed (very happy)?
Are you very happy?
If not, could it be because of the company you keep or the friends you have?
Psa. 119:1-2; 128:1 Who is blessed (happy)?
Are you very happy?
If not, could it be because of a disobedient life or an apathy toward God or a partial surrender to His Lordship because you’re still clinging to certain self-desires or pet sins?
Jn. 13:12-17 Who is blessed (happy)?
Have you been happy as a result of doing this, and why?
Prov. 16:20 Who is blessed (happy)?
If you are unhappy, could it be because you are not trusting God for something that you should be?