Joy and Purpose

SERMON NOTES  
May 3, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
John 21
The Power of Anticipation

Joy and Purpose

For the next four weeks our sermon series is looking at the waiting period of the disciples right after the Resurrection in John 20, 21, and Acts 1. There are approximately 50 days between the Resurrection and Pentecost. Jesus told his disciples to stay and wait during this period. Often we can find ourselves in seasons of waiting or transition.

Theme: On the other side of waiting or transition there is often joy and a new sense of purpose.

  • On the other side of waiting or transition there is often Joy
  • On the other side of waiting or transition there is often a new sense of purpose

In Scripture, following waiting periods, our Biblical Heroes have a new sense of purpose. Moses was almost eighty when he was called from Shepherd to being the deliverer of the Israelites. David went from a waiting period of running for his life to becoming King. Paul went from being persecutor to missionary following almost a decade of waiting and preparing.

Trust creates Purpose and Joy.

You probably have figured out by now the overarching theme of this sermon on anticipating and waiting is that in our waiting we discover the greatest gift of all, Trust.

It is in our trusting that God germinates and creates who we are called to be.