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November 24 - What is Christian Thanksgiving? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below

Adult Education

This Sunday we will continue teaching "Praying with Paul." This class will begin Sunday at 10:00am in the Multi-Purpose room.

Worship Songs

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Jesus Only Jesus (This is a new song you can listen to here
Glorious and Mighty
Christ is Mine Forevermore
Hallelujah What a Savior

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Arora in India.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Summary

Christian thanksgiving is speaking to God about all the evidences of his goodness displayed in our lives. Thanksgiving is a prayer language. We use many “voices” in our prayers—adoration, confession, lament, request—and of course, thanksgiving. And though Christian thanksgiving always has one direction, to God, there are many reasons for us to give thanks. As we read through the New Testament, we see Jesus and the writers of the NT giving thanks for circumstances, for particular people, and for the gospel. As we reflect on these various passages we should practice giving thanks in the same direction—to God—and for the same reasons.

Review and Apply 

Read and meditate on Psalm 107

How consistent is your prayer life? Do you regularly include a time of thanksgiving in your prayers? If so, what do you usually find yourself giving thanks for?

What circumstances have been a particular blessing to you over the past several months? Write these things down and thank God for his provision.

What circumstances have been particularly challenging for you over the past several months? Give thanks to God for his faithfulness and provision to you in the midst of these things.

Think of some people for whom you are very thankful and express that gratitude to God for his work in their lives. Now think of someone who you have a hard time being thankful for. Thank God for them also and pray for them.

Find a few verses about the gospel that Jesus Christ saves sinners (Here are a few suggestions, but find some that are particularly meaningful to you: Rom 8:1; Rom 8:31-39; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Tim 1:15; Rev 1:5). Now mediate on these passages in prayer, giving thanks to God for saving you by his grace.