CELEBRATION CHURCH SERMON DISCUSSION GUIDE: A THANKFUL HEART
A Thankful Heart Pastor Brandon McGee
o Obtain – to acquire or secure
o It takes between 20-200 days to form a habit, and on average 66 days for that habit to become automatic
o It’s not about being an expert in thankfulness, it’s about having a lifestyle of thankfulness
How can we obtain thankfulness? What can we do to create a habit/lifestyle of being thankful?
Why be Thankful?
o James 1:16-17
o No variation or shadow; never changing (Hebrews 13:8)
o Father of lights
Father (Greek) – the generator, originator, and transmitter
Of Lights – to shine or make manifest, especially by rays – purity of truth and knowledge
• Discuss a time when you were thankful for God’s consistency. What other attributes of God are you thankful for?
The Power in our Thanks
o Psalm 100:4-5; Psalm 22:3
o Focus on Thanksgiving – Focus on Jesus
o We see what we look for – Romans 8:5; Psalm 121:1-2
What would our days and holiday season be like if we entered the throne room before we entered social media, the news, work, or that family situation?
Praise when all is well and when all is not well
o James 1:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Psalm 139:7-10
Make gratitude part of your interactions with others
o Ephesians 5:18-20; Hebrews 10:24-25; Romans 15:5
Discuss ways we can bring thankfulness into with other people. How might our relationships benefit from this?
Focusing on Thankfulness and Christ changes us
o Isaiah 43:18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ezekiel 36:26