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Series Theme: I don't just go to church, I am the church

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Kevin Furtney

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Transcript of Series Theme: I don't just go to church, I am the church

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Life Hacks:
Being grateful makes you a happy person. Complaining makes you unhappy!
It's not happy people who are thankful, its' the thankful people who are happy!

5 Reasons to Be Thankful for My Church
Reason #1. Thankful for God working in my
church--vs.3-6
Reason #2: Thankful for the good news of Jesus that my church is founded on--vs.3-6
faith looks upward to God and rests on the past work of Jesus.
Love looks outward to others and follows the example of Jesus.
Hope looks forward into the future and anticipates Jesus' return
Big Idea:
Gratitude is the attitude I must choose to have
Reason #5: Thankful for each other--vs.9-14
Prayer and thankfulness feed off each other
Prayer centers us on the Lord and reminds us how much we have to be thankful for.
Thankfulness breeds a prayer life for others
Power to an attitude of gratitude
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. H.A. Ironside
Reason #4: Thankful for my pastors--vs.7-8
We are fellows servants with each other!
Reason #3: Thankful for the gospel witness in my community--vs.4, 6
A faith that is real and alive is contagious...it can't help but spread
Series Theme: I don't just go to church, I am the church
1 Corinthians 12:27--Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.
1 Thess.5:18--In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Col.3:17--whatever you do...do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through him.
God is the cause of goodness in His people...He is behind every good deed and thing
This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loves us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
Hebrews 11:6--without faith it is impossible to please God.
Thankfulness is like an emotional muscle...the more you use it the stronger it gets...conversely the less you use it the weaker it gets.
Geoffrey James
"People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what's wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don't go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective."
Pray for your church and for your leaders while you're praying, thank God for your church.
This week...exercise your emotional muscles by thanking someone at church for serving...for giving...for loving...for showing up...that can start today!
I will choose to be thankful for my church
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