Giving Thanks Pt. 1
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–5:19
“Giving Thanks Pt. 1”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
November 17, 2013 Bishop Foley Beach
In this letter to the Thessalonian Church, the Apostle Paul exhorts them with instructions on how to live a godly life as they wait for the return of Jesus. And concludes his letter with a series of exhortations about their common life. Here we see a triplet of commands which he says is “God’s will.”
1) Be joyful _________ (v.16)
Romans 14:17 – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 – The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy…
In Psalm 95 (Venite) – Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord
In Psalm 100 (Jubilate) – Shout for joy all the earth.
What Paul is saying here is that the believer should always be joyful – especially in worship!
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again, rejoice!
Paul is not exhorting those early Christians and us to rejoice in their circumstances, but to rejoice ___ _____ _________.
Leon Morris – They thought more of their Lord than their difficulties; more of their spiritual riches in Christ than their poverty on earth; more of their glorious future than their unhappy past.
Psalm 30:4,5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name; for his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a life time; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
2) Pray _____________________ (v.17)
ESV Study Bible – Pray without ceasing suggests a mental attitude of prayerfulness, continual personal fellowship with God, and consciousness of being in His Presence throughout the day.
Henry Nouwen – The prayer continues to pray within me even when I am talking to others or concentrating on manual work. The prayer has become an active presence of God’s Spirit guiding me through life.
3) Give Thanks in ___ __________________ (v.18)
a. Paul doesn’t speak from a _____________.
2 Corinthians 6:3-10; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
b. Paul is not exhorting us to be thankful ______ all circumstances, he is exhorting us to be thankful ____ all circumstances.
E.J. Bicknell – The Christian’s life is be an unceasing eucharist.
John Stott: - We cannot thank God for all circumstances, including those which are evil and displeasing to him; but we can and should thank him in all circumstances or whatever happens.
c. No matter what our situation or lot in life, we can always find _________________ to be thankful for.
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