Nine Reasons to Give God Thanks

My good friend, Charles Barrett, preached this past Sunday for Emmanuel Bible Church in Mauldin, SC. He is professor of church history and interim president of Geneva Reformed Seminary in Greenville. Chuck and I were roommates in grad school, and over the years we’ve enjoyed many hours discussing life, theology, and pastoral ministry over Carolina barbecue. These days I don’t have a lot of time to listen to preaching, but Brad Baugham (pastor of Emmanuel Bible Church) and Chuck Barrett are two of the handful that I podcast.

Chuck’s sermon simply exposits Colossians 1 in the context of giving God thanks. Towards the end of the message, he itemizes nine reasons Christians have to be grateful:

  1. Because Jesus is supreme you can see God (1:15).
  2. Because Jesus is supreme you are delivered from thinking you have to hold things together (1:17).
  3. Because Jesus is supreme you are delivered from thinking this world is about you (1:16).
  4. Because Jesus is supreme you are reconciled to God by faith and not works (1:20).
  5. Because Jesus is supreme you are qualified by the Father so do not let anyone disqualify you (1:12; 2:18).
  6. Because Jesus is supreme you are not identified by those things that Christ has conquered (2:13-15).
  7. Because Jesus is supreme you are freed from worldly wisdom (2:8-10).
  8. Because Jesus is supreme you are delivered from people pleasing(2:20-23).
  9. Because Jesus is supreme you are a member of a family that cannot be broken (1:12, 18; 2:19).

The sermon is available for free (stream | download). If you’re not feeling particularly grateful this Thanksgiving season, devote an hour to Bible-open, heart-attuned listening to this message from our good Lord.

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