“We believe that Jesus came to bring us life in all its fullness and recognise that we are called to rejoice in the Lord at all times. While we know that life is not always easy and that there are times of sadness, we want to be a place that is known for joy, laughter and celebration!”

Key Verse

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” 1 John 10v10

Romans 14:17 says that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit – so we could say that joy is one third of the Kingdom!

It is part of the Kingdom that has often been ignored or given less importance than other parts, particularly where a religious spirit or mindset has crept in. Under this mindset it feels more holy to be serious, to weep, to strive, to confess sin, to punish yourself, to judge others and to focus on the terrible state of the world and depravity of humanity. But who is going to want to find out more about a God whose followers are always down, deflated, depressed, dismal and dreary?

We read in Hebrews 1:9 that Jesus was “anointed with joy far above His companions”. Sinners loved to be around Him – the religious elite did not. If we want to be more like Jesus, it must include becoming more joyful!

Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble and things would not always be easy. Until Jesus returns and all things are made new – we will likely still experience hurt, pain and suffering in our lives here on Earth – but knowing God and having Him walk with us through those times brings us comfort. Nehemiah actually told the people of God that it was the joy of the Lord that would be their strength in tough circumstances. (Neh 8:10)

Joy is not something we can just stir up. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22), it comes from spending time in God’s presence, (Psalm 16:11) and it is an overflow of believing God. When we truly believe that God is good, that he has our best interests at heart, that nothing can separate us from His love, that we are accepted, forgiven and set free, and that we will be with Him forever – how can we not be full of joy?

God created us and gave us the ability to laugh and be joyful. Modern medicine is catching up to the biblical truth that ‘A merry heart is good medicine’ (Prov 17:22), and we will actually be physically and emotionally healthier if we make time to relax, have fun together and laugh! So at Broadmead we want to be those who choose to focus on the good things we have been given, who rejoice in all circumstances, who know how to have fun and who radiate a joy which comes from spending time in God’s presence and becoming more like Him.

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