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Giving Thanks Pt. 1

November 17, 2013 Speaker: The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach Series: Giving Thanks

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 MorrisThey 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 BiblePray without ceasing suggests a mental attitude of prayerfulness, continual personal fellowship with God, and consciousness of being in His Presence throughout the day.

Henry NouwenThe 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. BicknellThe 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.

Conclusion: ­­­­­­­­___________________________________

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