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How Can I Say Thanks?

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God make us worthy of your calling.

2 Thessalonians 2:14 ESV
To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God finish your work in us.

Philippians 1:6 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

For the glory of Jesus’ name

Big Idea: Only God can cause you to glorify God.

Col. 1:12
Colossians 1:12 ESV
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
1 Peter 5:10 ESV
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Pray Always!

Only God can cause you to glorify God.

Prayer should fuel your efforts.

1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Only God can cause you to glorify God.

Study Guide
What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?
As a parent, would you rather your children express their gratitude toward you in words or the way they live in relationship with you? Should you have to choose between one or the other? Why or why not? Are both equally important? Why or why not?
Read . Does this mean you are to just wait for the day of Christ’s return when you will finally be the Christian you should be? Explain your answer.
Read . How does this verse make you feel? What is the significance of Peter referring to God as the “God of all grace”? What is the significance of the words “in Christ” in this verse?
Read . How has God qualified us to share in the inheritance? What is the difference between being qualified for the inheritance and being made worthy of our calling?
Why do you think human will power alone is not enough to cause us to glorify God with our lives?
In light of the big idea of the message, how should you pursue growth in Christ’s likeness? Give specific examples.
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