Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church


The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy Galatians 5:22-23; John 15, 16; Philippians

The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy Galatians 5:22-23; John 15, 16; Philippians


1. The Experience of Joy

a) Normal part of human experience

i) In victory

ii) In blessings

b) Features

i) Spontaneous

ii) Momentary

iii) Real

c) Many examples in the Scriptures

i) Crossing the Red Sea Exodus 15

ii) Answered prayer Psalm 30

“Joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5c

2. The Fruit of Joy

a) This too is an experience of Joy

b) But it is different for it is actually a fruit of the Holy Spirit



1. The roots are to be traced to the Teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ

2. Needed Correction of the Seventy

a) The Lord Jesus had sent out a team of 70 Luke 10:1

b) They found joy in their success Luke 10:17

c) Correction needed

i) Momentary Joy

“Do not rejoice in this,

that the spirits are subject to you” Luke 10:20a

ii) Permanent Joy

“But rather rejoice because your names

Are written in heaven” Luke 10:20b

3. When Sorrow will turn into Joy

a) The Death of the Lord Jesus

i) This would bring sorrow

ii) But that sorrow would not last

“Your sorrow will be turned into joy” John 16:20c

b) The Resurrection-Visit of the Lord

i) Seeing the Disciples again

“I will see you again” John 16:22a

ii) A joy that cannot be taken away

“And your heart will rejoice,

And your joy no one will take from you” John 16:22b

c) Fulness of Joy

i) To be found in prayer

“Ask, and you will receive” John 16:24a

ii) Fulness

“That your joy may be full” John 16:24b

d) Good cheer

“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” John 16:33



1. Joyful amidst great suffering

a) The Apostle Paul and Silas imprisoned in Philippi

b) They were “praying and singing hymns to God” Acts 16:25

2. The fruit of Joy in Paul’s life and ministry

a) Praying with Joy Philippians 1:4

b) Rejoicing in all circumstances Philippians 1:18

i) People against Paul

ii) People for him Philippians 1:14-18

c) Joy in life

i) Progress

ii) Joy of faith Philippians 1:25

d) The practice of Joy

i) Rejoicing till the Lord returns

“That I may rejoice in the day of Christ” Philippians 2:16

ii) Rejoicing together

“Be glad and rejoice with me” Philippians 2:18

iii) Rejoicing in the Lord Philippians 3:1; 4:4

“Rejoice in the Lord always.

Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

iv) Rejoicing in care shown

“I rejoice in the Lord greatly

That now at last your care for me

Has flourished again” Philippians 4:10



1. Fruit begins with a seed that is sown

a) The seed

i) The word

ii) Faith’s response to the word of God

b) It grows

i) Good ground Mark 4:20a

ii) “Those who hear the word, accept it” Mark 4:20b

iii) And bear fruit Mark 4:20c

2. The work of the Spirit of God is special

a) We can be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:18

b) Features of being filled with the Spirit

i) Filled with spiritual songs

“Speaking to one another

in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” Ephesians 5:19a

ii) Melody in the heart

“Making melody in your heart

to the Lord” Ephesians 5:19b

iii) Thanksgiving

“Giving thanks always for all things” Ephesians 5:20