The Joy Stealers: 5 Obstacles to Hope and Happiness (Leader Guide)
What's stealing your joy? Are you dealing with marriage problems, painful relationships, disobedient children, health concerns, financial struggles, or just the daily stresses and strains of life? Regardless of our circumstances, it's true that in Christ we have everything we...
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What's stealing your joy? Are you dealing with marriage problems, painful relationships, disobedient children, health concerns, financial struggles, or just the daily stresses and strains of life? Regardless of our circumstances, it's true that in Christ we have everything we need for joy--the forgiveness of our sins, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, a purpose worth living for, and the assurance of eternity with God. But whether we actually live with joy or allow something to take it from us is a choice each of us makes every day. Living with joy is a decision we make again and again as we're continually faced with joy stealers such as worry, bitterness, guilt, negativity, and bitterness. Pastor and author Rob Renfroe addresses these common joy stealers and suggests how we can overcome them by making five simple yet transformational decisions that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will enable us to have overflowing joy and be a continual blessing to others. A final chapter on living with joy provides encouragement and help for living in the fullness of God's joy each and every day. The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the six-week study including session plans, activities, and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options and a link to downloadable video clips that can be used as lead-ins to group discussion.
Rob Renfroe is Pastor of Discipleship at The Woodlands UMC in Houston, Texas. As pastor of adult discipleship, Rob is charged with helping all adult members of the church to grow in their faith, to discover their calling, and to find a place to serve Christ and others; but he is especially drawn to serving the men of the congregation. He leads the popular Quest, attended by 300 men on Tuesday mornings and 225 men on Sunday evenings (eight weeks each fall and spring). In addition to his work at The Woodlands UMC, he has served as the national chairperson for the Confessing Movement and is curre