Sep. 12, 2021
How We Thank God for You!
1 Thessalonians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 9:11; Psalm 100:4-5; Acts 16:22-26; Luke 6:45
How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God's presence.
1 Thessalonians 3:9
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
2 Corinthians 9:11-13
1. God Is Changing Lives…
a. …Because of your service.
As a result [because] of your ministry, they will give glory to God.
b. …Because of your giving.
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11
a. Gratitude is the only way in and the only way out.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
b. Gratitude is never invisible or silent.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
a. Grateful people can…
i. …Find a blessing.
ii. …Enlarge a blessing.
iii. …Create a blessing.
b. Commissioning of our walkers/helpers.