40 Days to Joy
This series focuses on the connection between our thoughts, attitudes and how we experience life. Based on Tommy Newberry’s book, “The 4:8 Principle,” we learn how taking control of our thoughts leads to greater joy in life.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
40-Day Joy Challenge Introduction
Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions: None this week
Sermon Audio: Storytelling Sermon given by Donald Davis
Joy Group Video Questions: Introduction Session
Train Your Brain – Pastor Mark Miller
Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions: Train Your Brain Sermon Questions
Joy Group Questions: Week 1 Discussion Questions
Joy Group Video Questions: Week 1 Video Questions
Practice Gratitude – Pastor Matt Potter
Sunday Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11
Reflection/Discussion Questions: 2 25 18 Practice Gratitude
Joy Group Questions: Week 2 Discussion Questions
Joy Group Video Questions: Week 2 Video Questions
Joy Stealers – Pastor Mark Miller
Sunday Scripture: Colossians 3:1-17
Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions: Joy Stealers Sermon Questions
Joy Group Questions: Week 3 Discussion Questions
Joy Group Video Questions: Week 3 Video Questions
What Do You Say? – Pastor Mark Miller
Sunday Scripture: Ephesians 4:25-32, Proverbs 21:23
Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions: 3.11 WhatDoYouSay
Joy Group Questions: Week 4 Discussion Questions
Joy Group Video Questions: Week 4 Video Questions
Working With Joy – Pastor Mark Miller
Sunday Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28
Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions: March 18 Working With Joy Sermon Questions
Joy Group Questions: Week 5 Discussion Questions
Joy Group Video Questions: Week 5 Video Questions
Join the Parade – Pastor Mark Miller
Sunday Scripture: Mark 11:1-11
Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions: 3.25 Join The Parade
Joy Group Questions: Week 6 Discussion Questions
Joy Group Video Questions: Week 6 Video Questions
On Your Own
Build better habits, stronger relationships, and greater joy in just 15 minutes a day! Daily readings, provocative questions, and practical guided exercises designed to help you think, speak, and act in ways that directly result in abundant joy. Apply Philippians 4:8 to your daily life and a joy-filled life is just forty short days away. 40-Days to a Joy Filled Life books available in the Welcome Center after Worship from January 28 – February 25 and in the Welcome Center Monday -Friday from 9am – 9pm.
$10 recommended donation. We now have Text to Give! To pay when you pick up your book, text 10 BOOK to 757-330-8825 and follow the instructions to set up your account. You can use this to account to give to other initiatives in the future.
You can do it on your own but a better way to experience the 40 Day Joy Challenge is in a small group. A Joy Group is a place where you can discuss your thoughts and ideas, explore scripture and encourage one another as you try new behaviors and form new habits. Forming a Joy Group is easy as you Grab, Gather, and Grow.
- Grab the user friendly resources
- Gather a few friends
- Grow together over the next 6 weeks as you experience the 40-Day Joy Challenge
Joy Group Videos
Inspirational weekly videos available to Joy Groups. Author and Personal Coach, Tommy Newberry will encourage us to be the passionate, joy-filled and faith-driven persons God desires us to be.
Forming a Joy Group is as easy as Grab – Gather – Grow
Grab the resources
Gather a few friends
Grow in joy over the next 6 weeks
Grab Your Joy Group Resources – All resources available at vbumc.org/worship/sermons/40 Days to Joy and at the Virginia Beach United Methodist App (available at the App Store).
- Sunday Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions – Posted by Thursday before the Sermon (Audio of sermon available Sunday afternoon).
- Joy Group Videos – 6-13 minute Presentations by Tommy Newberry-Author and Joy Coach + Joy Group Video Discussion Questions
- 40 Day Joy Challenge
- 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life book by Tommy Newberry
- Joy Challenge Discussion Questions, discussion questions for the 3-4 Focus Days of the week
- Books are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Welcome Center.
Gather Some Friends
- Co-workers, your running group, your family on Sunday after church
- Friends you would invite to your Super Bowl Party
- Your car-pool or kids play-date parents
- Gather before choir practice or the volleyball game
Grow in Joy over the next 6 weeks
Joy-Filled Parent Group Hosted by C.A.P.E Faith
Who: Parents interested in participating in the 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life book study
Children: CAPE Faith will have an aligned Joy-Filled lesson at the same time, in the CAPE Faith room, S313. Children attending CAPE Faith, at 9:30 may stay for the Joy-Filled lesson at 10:30!
Children and participating parents will receive aligning family take home ‘talk points’ and discussion starters to carry on throughout the week.
Start your own Joy Group!
Need Help? Contact: Brenda Stahl