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Thankfulness & Giving: The Truly Invested

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Call To Worship Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:26–31 ESV
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:

Scripture Reading:

1 Corinthians 1:4–7 ESV
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Corinthians 1:4-7

15 Truths to help understand our walk as The Church of Christ:

Called
2. Supplied -> 3.Unified ->4. Focussed ->5. Empowered ->6. Servants of All ->7. Rooted & Growing in the grace of Christ ->8. Faithful servants of Christ -9. Content - Kingdom Minded - Kingdom Invested - God glorifying - Others blessing - Steadfast & Immovable in the work of God - Gathering, Investing, Unified with the Saints of God worldwide.
Supplied -> 3.Unified ->4. Focussed ->5. Empowered ->6. Servants of All ->7. Rooted & Growing in the grace of Christ ->8. Faithful servants of Christ -9. Content - Kingdom Minded - Kingdom Invested - God glorifying - Others blessing - Steadfast & Immovable in the work of God - Gathering, Investing, Unified with the Saints of God worldwide.
Supplied
Unified
Focussed
Empowered
Servants of All
Rooted & Growing in the grace of Christ
Faithful servants of Christ
Content in Christ
Kingdom Minded
Kingdom Invested
God glorifying
Others blessing
Steadfast & Immovable in the work of God
Gathering together, Invested together, Unified with the Saints of God worldwide.

Calling

1 Corinthians 1:2 ESV
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Every believer has a unique calling.

Resources -Spiritual - (a cause for thankfulness)

1 Corinthians 1:4–7 ESV
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
God gives believers the spiritual resources they need to fulfill their calling.

Unity

1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
Unity of vision is essential to obtain the goal.

Discipline /focus

1 Corinthians 1:17 ESV
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
We should focus on the things we have been called to do.

Power of God (sincerity & contentment)

1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 1:26–2:5 ESV
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Called and gifted people come from all sorts of backgrounds.
Image is by no means everything; content matters.

Servants (of all)

1 Corinthians 3:4–9 ESV
For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
Everyone has an important role to play in attaining the goal, and no one can take all the credit for doing so.

Rooted & Growing in Christ Jesus (the work of Grace)

1 Corinthians 3:10–15 ESV
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
Everyone is responsible before God for his or her own work.

Faithful Servants of Christ Jesus

1 Corinthians 4:1–2 ESV
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
Faithfulness is a quality of supreme importance.

Contentment In Godliness

1 Corinthians 7:20–24 ESV
Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
Many come to Christ to get out of a earthly circumstance and thus fail to grasp the weight of the spiritual realities. This births a carnal christianity.
Generally speaking, believers do not need to change jobs to please God.

Eternal/ Kingdom Minded

1 Corinthians 7:29–31 ESV
This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
Believers may use the things the world has to offer, but not hang their hearts on them.

Kingdom Invested

1 Corinthians 9:7–10 ESV
Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.
1 Corinthians 9:
The principle is set forth for Christian workers to be paid for their labors, (ie. food, lodging…)

All for God’s glory

1 Corinthians 10:26–31 ESV
For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:26
All legitimate work & fellowship should have God’s glory as it aim.

Gifted by God for the blessing of others

1 Corinthians 12:4–11 ESV
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
Every believer is gifted by God in concrete ways to be of service to others

Steadfast & Immovable In the work of the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Because of the hope of resurrection, our work in this life has lasting value.

Gather, Invest, Join the Saints Worldwide

1 Corinthians 16:1–3 ESV
Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem.
Believers should use their resources to take care of brothers and sisters in economic hardship.
Called
Supplied
Supplied
Unified
Unified
Focussed
Focussed
Empowered
Empowered
Servants of All
Servants of All
Rooted & Growing in the grace of Christ
Rooted & Growing in the grace of Christ
Faithful servants of Christ
Faithful servants of Christ
Content in Christ
Content in Christ
Kingdom Minded
Kingdom Minded
Kingdom Invested
Kingdom Invested
God glorifying
God glorifying
Others blessing
Others blessing
Steadfast & Immovable in the work of God
Steadfast & Immovable in the work of God
Gathering together, Invested together, Unified with the Saints of God worldwide.
Gathering together, Invested together, Unified with the Saints of God worldwide.

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