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Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving
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Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving
Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving
Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving
Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving
Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving
Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving
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Thanks-living - Sermon for Thanksgiving

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  • 1. THE 3 INGREDIENTS OF THANKSGIVING (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
  • 2. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>1. Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated by every American and Canadian citizen. (including most Europeans) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Traditionally, this is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general.  </li></ul><ul><li>3. That’s world’s perspective of thanksgiving. It is limited to an annual holiday and prosperity is central. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Do you know that true thanksgiving is identified/verified by a life of daily thanks-living? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Then lets find out from the bible “how to lead a life of thanksgiving?” </li></ul><ul><li>6. Context: Christians of Thessalonica were going through a period of severe persecution when this epistle was written. </li></ul>
  • 3. <ul><li>1. Rejoice always, (1 Thessalonians 5:16) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>A. Understanding happiness </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. Happiness is just a feeling. It comes from the word “happenstance” from which we get the word “circumstance”. It depends on happenings.– Ex: If I am not sick I am happy. </li></ul><ul><li>II. It’s temporary. The moment you have a hold on happiness, it slips away, and you need another fix. Ex: “You have a happy time at Disneyland, you leave and you lose it.” </li></ul><ul><li>III. The prosperity Gospel: Makes God useful. Introduces him as the dispenser of happiness fixes. </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>B. Understanding joy </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. People are naturally happy on some occasions. Joy is not natural. It’s source is rather supernatural. I can be joyful only if I know Jesus. Because Jesus is the author of Joy. </li></ul><ul><li>II. In him I can decide to be joyful despite my problems </li></ul><ul><li>III. Illustration: “I am trading my sorrows…” by Delirious. </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Christian’s joy is not dependent on circumstances. It comes from what Christ has done. </li></ul><ul><li>V. It’s constant – doesn’t fade away. It’s the strength of his children, (Nehemiah 8:10). </li></ul>
  • 5. <ul><li>C. Lesson for the church </li></ul><ul><li>I. Be joyful – The Psalmist knew how to?, (Psalms 13:1-4;5-6). </li></ul><ul><li>II. Decide: He says “but I…” </li></ul><ul><li>III. Then: Trust in God’s unfailing love (salvation): God has proved his love for us. Sooner or later he will provide a way of escape. </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Through Continual prayer - Which takes me to the next point….. </li></ul>
  • 6. <ul><li>2. Pray without ceasing, (1 Thessalonians 5:17) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>A. Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>  I. It’s the only way to cultivate a joyful attitude in times of trial. </li></ul><ul><li>II. Uninterrupted prayer keeps temporal and spiritual values in balance. </li></ul><ul><li>III. Doesn’t mean we should be in a posture of prayer 24/7!!! </li></ul><ul><li>B. Then What is praying without ceasing? </li></ul><ul><li>  I. Constantly recurring prayer, growing out of a settled attitude of dependence on God. </li></ul><ul><li>II. Lifting the heart to God while you are occupied with miscellaneous duties whether words are uttered or not. </li></ul><ul><li>III. Jesus also stressed the importance of praying without ceasing. </li></ul>
  • 7. <ul><li>C. Praying in the Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><li>I. Means praying according to the Spirit’s leading. </li></ul><ul><li>II. A weapon used in Spiritual warfare, (Ephesians 6:18). </li></ul><ul><li>III. The Thessalonians were under constant attack from Satan that came in the disguise of persecution. They were fighting the spiritual warfare. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Lesson for the church </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. Prayer is our most powerful but the most unused resource. </li></ul><ul><li>II. We use prayer as a weapon to manipulate God and easily give up when God doesn’t answer in the expected manner. </li></ul><ul><li>III. Thessalonians found strength to face the persecution through in prayer. </li></ul><ul><li>IV. The primary purpose of prayer is to change ourselves. Not situations. </li></ul><ul><li>V. Now joy and continual prayer paves the way for giving thanks… </li></ul>
  • 8. <ul><li>3. Give thanks… (1 Thessalonians 5:18) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>A. Great men of God thanked him in their worse situations </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. Ex. 1: &quot;Christ, thou Son of the living God, have mercy upon me.&quot; John Hus, while being burnt at the stake!!! </li></ul><ul><li>II. Ex. 2: &quot;May I become agreeable bread to the Lord.&quot; St. Ignatius of Antioch, while being devoured by two Lions!!! </li></ul><ul><li>B. Why should I give thanks? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. God is aware of everything. Therefore no happening can be labeled as “bad”(Romans 8:28) </li></ul><ul><li>II. Problems are a temporary part God’s larger plan for our spiritual well being. </li></ul><ul><li>III. Failure to do this is a symptom of unbelief, (Romans 1:21). </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Ex: The Israelites were not thankful. </li></ul>
  • 9. <ul><li>C. Lesson for the Church </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. Ask God to forgive you for maligning Him so bad. </li></ul><ul><li>II. Make thanksgiving a habit. </li></ul><ul><li>III. Don't wait-for a special day. </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Make it a daily practice. </li></ul>
  • 10. <ul><li>4. Conclusion, (1 Thessalonians 5:18b) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>A. For this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. These don’t exhaust God’s will. </li></ul><ul><li>II. But they are vital parts of it. </li></ul><ul><li>III. “…In Christ Jesus…” – It’s no longer you and I that live, but Christ within us. He gives us strength to continue with this attitude. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>B. Therefore thanksgiving, </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I. Is appropriate for every circumstance of daily life — so trust. </li></ul><ul><li>II. Can abound in any aspect of human life — so pray! </li></ul><ul><li>III. Will activate the joy of the Christian life — so praise! </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
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