You will be enriched 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

What does Thanksgiving mean? No doubt when asked that in November we think of the Holiday we celebrate on Nov 23rd this year. Or we might think of it as a feeling of being grateful or maybe even an actual expression of thanks. And of course we think especially of doing that to God. But what does the Bible say about thanksgiving?

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6

The disciplines of stewardship and self-offering are a grateful response to God’s love for the world and selfgiving in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to lives of simplicity, generosity, hospitality, compassion, and care for creation. Tithing is a primary practice of Christian stewardship and self-offering. We are accountable to God for how we use our material goods, spiritual gifts, and time in God’s service. W-5.0103

The Lord does not let us forget his wonderful actions; God is kind and merciful. The Lord provides for those who honor him; God never forgets the covenant.
-Psalm 111: 4-5 (Good News Translation)

I gave a homework assignment for most of July and August to the church based on my sermon series about the 4 gifts God grants the Church to help us grow in our faith journey: (1) worship and prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17), (2) service in doing good (Ephesians 2:10), (3) Fellowship (Acts 2:42), and (4) Bible Study (2 Timothy 4:2). The assignment was in each of these areas —

  • attend worship more regularly and participate in it,
  • do good for someone who cannot repay you
  • increase your fellowship with someone in the church that you don’t like or know well, and
  • attend a Bible Study

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