Worship Preparation: November 22, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020 

Read the sermon text: Colossians 1:1-8

Read the sermon summary: Consider what distinguishes Christian thanksgiving from non-Christian thanksgiving. During this time, many Americans will gather around a table with loved ones to share a meal and reflect on those things for which they are thankful. Ask yourself, for what am I most thankful? How does my thanksgiving reflect my faith and the faith of those around me? In Colossians 1:1-8, Paul and Timothy open their letter to the Colossian church with a prayer of thanksgiving to God. The occasion for the letter is to address the presence of false-teaching infecting the community of saints at Colossae. Yet, instead of opening the letter discussing the supremacy and centrality of Christ, which is the major theme of the book of Colossians, Paul and Timothy thank God for the faith, love, hope, and salvation of the Colossian church. In so doing, they reveal to us three unique elements of Christian thanksgiving: Christian virtues and the internal ministry of the Christian church (Col 1:4-5), the gospel of salvation (Col 1:5-6), and the special ministry of certain brothers and sisters in Christ (Col 1:7-8). As you think through these elements of Christian thanksgiving, look back at verse 3 and at the end of 8. Notice how Paul and Timothy frame their prayer of thanksgiving in the character and essence of the triune God. As Christians, our thanksgiving is unique from the world’s thanksgiving not only because of its content but also because of its object and manner. All Christian thanksgiving must recognize God as its beginning and end, and Christians ought to always thank God in this way. Christian thanksgiving is different from non-Christian thanksgiving because God is the source of its beginning, middle, and end, and it is continual, not seasonal. Take time this week to pray and give thanks to God just as Paul and Timothy do here in Colossians 1, making sure to frame your prayer in the character of God, filling it with evidence of God’s grace from every area of your life and from areas in which you recognize God's grace in the lives of others.
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise
The glories of my God and King
The triumphs of His grace
 
My gracious Master and my God
Assist me to proclaim
To spread thru all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name
 
Jesus the name that charms our fears
That bids our sorrows cease
'Tis music in the sinner's ears
'Tis life and health and peace
 
He breaks the pow'r of canceled sin
He sets the pris'ner free
His blood can make the foulest clean
His blood availed for me
 
Hear Him ye deaf His praise ye dumb
Your loosened tongues employ
Ye blind behold your Savior come
And leap ye lame for joy
 
Glory to God and praise and love
Be ever ever giv'n
By saints below and saints above
The Church in earth and heav'n
 
CCLI Song # 1369
Carl Gotthelf Glaser | Charles Wesley
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Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Josiah Gwyn
Leading Music: Paige Wilson


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