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Peace Through Thanksgiving | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Peace Through Thanksgiving
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I. Introduction:

A. Jesus was sending His disciples into the world to peach and suffer for His cause (John 15:18-21).

  1. He instructed them to understand that in the world they would have tribulation, but peace in Him (John 16:33).
  2. They/we could/can be at peace in our Lord (II Corinthians 13:11).
B. Life in the flesh can certainly be terrible, but we can focus on things of greater importance in those times (Philippians 2:25-30).
  1. We can choose to dwell on the terrible (Ecclesiastes 2:11-17) and consider where that lead Solomon in his pursuit of happiness (I Kings 11:1-11).
  2. We can choose to set our minds and actions on things that relieve the things we are suffering through (Psalms 119:165).

II. Body: Colossians 3:14-17

A. The peace of God (I Corinthians 14:33 and Hebrews 13:20-21).
  1. Letting that peace rule in your heart, rather than troubles, as Jesus made clear to the Apostles (John 14:1-3; 14:27-31).
  2. Understanding the mindset you need (Romans 8:6).
  3. Pursue; follow [press on to] peace (Psalms 34:14 and II Timothy 2:22).
  4. The state of being thankful (Psalms 100:1-5).
B. Certainly, we can focus on eternal life and have peace in that (Romans 8:18), but we also want to enjoy THIS LIFE in the here and now (I Peter 3:10-11).
  1. You can enjoy the things you’ve earned (Ecclesiastes 2:24, Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, Romans 14:5-6, and I Timothy 6:17).
  2. You can moderately enjoy certain carnal pleasures (I Corinthians 10:27, I Timothy 4:1-5, Hebrews 13:4, etc.).
  3. One of the greatest gifts we have to enjoy in this life is the company of one another (I Peter 4:8-9).
C. The key is thankful contentment (Hebrews 13:5-15)!
  1. Think about Paul’s inspired instruction to the congregation in Thessalonica (I Thessalonians 5:17-18).
  2. Think about contentment (Psalms 37:16, Proverbs 13:7, and I Timothy 6:6-10).

III. Conclusion: It all ties together (Philippians 4:5-18).

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