Sermon Notes: Giving Thanks 2012


The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis...

The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following are Pastor Crutchfield’s notes from this morning’s sermon at Compassion Church of Katy.

There is no day of the year when we should not give thanks to Almighty God for the many things he has given us. However that does not mean we shouldn’t set aside one day a year to remind ourselves to be thankful, and of what we are thankful for.

God in fact values thanksgiving even more than any sacrifice we could offer. Let’s begin by looking at,

Psalms 69:30-31

I will praise God’s name with song; I will magnify him with thanks because that is more pleasing to the Lord than an ox, more pleasing than a young bull with full horns and hooves. “

So thanksgiving or our showing gratitude to God is the greatest sacrifice or offering we could present to our heavenly father.

Giving thanks is so essential that King David hired people who had as their full-time job giving thanks a nd praise to God. We see this in,

1 Chronicles 16:4

David appointed some of the Levites to serve before the Lord’s chest in order to remember, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, Israel’s God.”

The Levites were a priestly tribe. They were the only tribe of the 12 that stood with Moses against those who worshiped the golden calf. It is important to draw from this that David saw Thanksgiving as so vital to Christian worship and practice that he would assign a group of the clergy of that day just to giving Thanks.

We can see what a critical element of of worship thanksgiving is by studying the words of ,

1 Corinthians 14:16-19

After all, if you praise God in the Spirit, how will the people who aren’t trained in that language say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, when they don’t know what your are saying ? You may offer a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving, but the other person is not being built up. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I’d rather speak five word’s in my right mind than speak thousands of words in a tongue so that I can reach others.”

In this verse the Apostle Paul is telling us that when we give thanks in public worship we should do so in plain language. This is important because of the need of others to learn from our prayers of thanksgiving, and our example. So when we give thanks as part of our public worship we are not only showing god the gratitude he so richly deserves, we are at the same time building each other up in the ways of our faith.

Thanksgiving is also important to us as individual Christians. Let us now consider the words of,

Colossians 2:7

Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith,and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught.”

It can be seen then that no matter if we worship God together as we do each week here in church, or quietly in our own private time of prayer, that thanksgiving is a rightful and necessary part of that worship. I am reminded of a song from years ago where the chorus asked God, “ before I ask you for a another miracle, let me thank you for the last one.” Thanking God should be a duty we take on gladly, proudly, and with a sense of honor. May we take not only Thursday, but this entire week concentrating on what we have to be thankful for, and offering God the sacrificial gift of thanks that he deserves.

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About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

a bi-vocational minister organizing a new church plant in the Katy, Texas Area.

Posted on November 18, 2012, in Christian Growth and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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