PCCMI Morning Worship: 2020/11/22: Thanksgiving Sermon: Giving Thanks Always

 
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The November 22nd, 2020 Morning Worship Service at Plainfield Christian Church in Comstock Park, MI
Preacher: Bruce Wilson
Youth Minister: Brady Jester
Children’s Minister: Wade Harrier
Worship Leader: Katie Winstanley

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Songs: CCLI #2228009
Sermon:
Thanksgiving Sermon
Giving Thanks Always

Scripture:
Ephesians 5:20
1 Peter 4:12-14
Notes:
Four Levels Of Life When It Comes To Thanksgiving
1. People Who Are Constantly Complaining.
2. People With Simple Ingratitude.
3. Grateful For The Obvious Blessings.
4. Always Giving Thanks For All Things.

The Highest Level of Thanksgiving
1. The Duration of Thanksgiving.
2. The Dimensions of Thanksgiving
A. when we have trouble, it may correct us.
B. it might cause us to have a greater dependence upon God.
C. Suffering and difficulties can enhance our testimony and witness.
D. It will bring you to a deeper maturity and more Christlikeness.
E. It will bring the excelling glory of God in your life.
Old Testament saints such as Job and Joseph suffered, and virtually all the Old Testament prophets suffered (Matthew 5:12; Acts 7:51-53).
Jesus taught that His followers would suffer (Matthew 5:10-12; 10:22, 24-25; Mark 13:9-13; Luke 6:40; 21:12-19; John 15:18-21; 16:1-4),
and He Himself suffered, setting an example for us to follow (1 Peter 2:21-25).
The apostles and many in the early church suffered, and they taught that we too should expect suffering (Acts 4 and 5; 9:16; 14:22; 2 Corinthians 1:5-7; Philippians 3:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:12; Hebrews 10:32-34; James 1:1-4; 1 John 3:13).
a. “merchandize” the gospel - 1 Corinthians 2; 2 Corinthians 2:14-17; 4:1-4.
b. proclaim another gospel which appeals to the flesh (see 2 Timothy 3:1-4:8, 2 Peter 2).
c. Such thinking fails to understand our Lord’s teaching on discipleship (see Luke 9:23-26, 57-62; John 15:18-21) and the apostles’ teaching (see Acts 14:22; 2 Timothy 2:12; 3:12).
d. Discipleship is not about self-actualization or self-indulgence; it is about self-denial (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
3. The Dynamic of Thanksgiving.
What is the duration of Thanksgiving?
To give thanks always.
What are the dimensions of Thanksgiving?
All things.
What is the dynamic of Thanksgiving?
Through the NAME of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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