1. Fight with all your might for joy in Christ
a. This is the supreme battle in the ministry
b. Love Jesus more than success, family, and health – this is the supreme warfare
c. Cry out with the Psalmist the I.O.U.S.
d. It’s a fight from the moment you wake up until the moment you sleep
2. Ground everything you say on Christ crucified and risen because 2 Cor. 4:4 says that where the joy comes from is seeing the light of the glory of the gospel of Christ who is the image of God. You will take your people there again and again and again
3. You will sustain your people by teaching them the glory of God’s sovereignty to sustain them in suffering so they won’t think it foolish to rejoice in tribulation
4. You will support their joy in the midst of their terrible losses by being there for them the way that Christ is there for you.