In Everything Give Thanks

1 Thess. 5:16-18

Introduction: As part of Paul’s final exhortaions in his first epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul includes some very practical yet powerful ‘to do’s’!

I would like to underline each of these following exhortataions with what verse 18 says, ‘for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus’.

Let me go the beginning of this section since you’ve honored the pastoral staff this morning.

Verse 12 –  ‘honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance’.

Esteem or hold in high regard = consider, value highly

Question: Maybe we should ask why is this so important?


The following are some of the various ways of honouring our spiritual leaders:

  1. Obeying their instructions and following their spiritual guidance (Eph. 6:1; Heb. 13:17).
  2. Praying and interceding for them (1Tim.2:1-3; 2Thess. 3:1).
  3. Ministering to their needs (1Cor. 9:7-15; Phil. 4:15-19).
  4. Supporting them in achieving mission goals and objectives (Ex. 17:12; 2Tim. 4:11).
  5. Showing loyalty in the face of challenges (2Kgs. 2:1-3; Matt. 26:33).

Blessings attached:

  1. Divine provision form God (Phil 4:17-19).
  2. Victory over enemies (Ex. 17:12-13).
  3. Deliverance in the day of trouble (2Kgs. 4:8-10, 17-36).
  4. Spiritual covering and reward (Heb. 13:17; Matt. 10:41).
  5. Unexpected miracles (1Kgs. 17:10-16).

In honouring your spiritual leaders, you are honouring God. Do not look down on God’s anointed. Rather, see them as God’s representatives on earth. By so doing, you receive the honour that God can give unto man in return (Jn. 12:26).

Old Testament was harsh!

“The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Israel.” Deuteronomy 17:12

  1. Live Peacefully – v. 13
  2. Warn the unruly – v. 14 – those out of order out of place
  3. Encourage the timid; the fainthearted, feebleminded – v. 14
  4. Care for / uphold the weak – v. 14
  5. Be patient with/toward everyone – v. 14
  6. Do not repay evil for evil – v. 15
  7. Pursue / always do good for yourself and others – v. 15

My big three for today:

  1. Rejoice / Be Joyful Always!


chairo {khah’-ee-ro} Meaning:  1) to rejoice, be glad 2) to rejoice exceedingly 3) to be well, thrive 4) in salutations, hail! 5) at the beginning of letters: to give one greeting, salute

Application: One might believe that this is impossible! In the natural it is…but we live in/by the Spirit.

Question
: What does that mean / look like? As Christians we remain hopeful, optimistic, determined in the knowledge that God is in all things and that all things work together for the good!

Transition:

  • Pray without Ceasing

= without intermission, incessantly, without ceasing


We should pray and not faint.

Transtion:

  • In everything give thanks.

Question: What? In everything? It doesn’t say, ‘be happy’, or

(eucharisteo) = thankful, thanks.
For the grace provided in and for all things.

1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJ)

  • It is appreciating the gifts and blessings we have, which we are not entitled to, but which God gives freely to us because He loves and cares for us. He gave us not only life on this earth in our human form but also eternal life if we follow and believe in His Son, Jesus Christ.


Conclusion
: ‘For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.’

Original

On Our Side

2 Kings 6:8; Romans 8:28-31 Introduction: Last week: Gates of Hell shall not prevail. There is so much written in Scripture about God being on our side: to rescue, comfort, strengthen, lead and save! We need to see clearly what God provides for us! Israel is at War / being attacked – 6:8-10 ‘Therefore the…

Master Build

‘Same Fight Different Round’

Matthew 11:12; Matthew 16:15-30 Introduction: I have a pastor friend that when I would ask him how it was going he would say, ‘Same fight different’. Transition: I want to discuss what I perceive to be a great challenge to every church. Matthew 11:12 Once Upon a Time – Eagerness and Pursuit Other translations put…

future

Christmas Future

Matthew 1:21 Introduction: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits…

past1

Christmas Past

Matthew 1:21 Introduction: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits…

present past future

Christmas Present

Introduction: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet…

Loving Them

wear your faith

Putting it On

October 17, 2021 Putting It OnColossians 3:12-17 Introduction: 2 weeks ago, I spoke about taking off or putting off (fornication, uncleanness, passion (evil) and desire – covetousness. General Attributes of Believers – v.12 Heartfelt / Genuine attributes At this point in verse 12, Paul simply begins describing attributes that are to be fruit of the…

Christ_Preeminent3

The Colossal Challenge – Part 1 – Supremacy

Colossal Task Colossians 1:1-18 Introduction: New Series.  Week 1. Context: Sometime during Paul’s imprisonment, Epaphras solicited Paul’s help with false teaching that threatened the church at Colosse (2:8-9) The problem was the same problem we have today really…syncretism! Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. In that…

sister1

The Ideal Sister

The Ideal Sister Luke 10:38-42 Introduction: The narrative of Jesus as a house guest of Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters in their home in Bethany (about 2 miles from Jerusalem) gives us some special direction as to the roles of service and worship. Distraction(s) – Luke 10:40-41 Martha’s Place/Position = Martha’s dilemma was service. Luke…