Three Reasons To Celebrate

  • Because celebration brings about joy in our lives.
  • Because celebrations unite us.
  • Because they point me back to God.

Three How’s of Celebration

  • Consider the fact that Jesus is here.
  • Celebrate like you are in heaven.
  • Push yourself to celebrate.

Dwayne Terry

Celebrating God

Sunday October 16, 2016 at 10:30am
Speaker: Pastor Dwayne Terry
From the “Mission: Westgate” series. Sermon 1 of 4

Colossians 1:28-29 ESV Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Psalm 122:1 ESV I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”

John 4:23-24 ESV “the Father is seeking such people to worship him… and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Exodus 23:15, 19 ESV You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time … None shall appear before me empty-handed. … 19 “The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the LORD …

Three Reasons to Celebrate

  • Because celebration brings about joy in our lives.

Luke 2:10 ESV – And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

John 15:11 ESV These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Genesis 30:13 ESV And Leah said, “Happy am I! For women have called me happy.” So she called his name Asher.

Deuteronomy 24:5 ESV “When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.

James 1:2-4 ESV Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  • Because celebrations unite

Exodus 23:14 ESV – Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me.

1 Corinthians 12:12 ESV – For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

  • Because they point me back to God.

Psalm 100:4-5 ESV Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

John 4:23-24 ESV “the Father is seeking such people to worship him… and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Three How’s of Celebration

  • Consider the fact that Jesus is here.

Matthew 18:20 ESV For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

  • Celebrate like you are in heaven.

Matthew 6:10 ESV Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Revelation 5:8-9 ESV And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb… 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you…”

  • Push yourself to celebrate.

2 Samuel 6:14 ESV – And David danced before the LORD with all his might.

Exodus 15:20 ESV Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.