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Be Linked to the Father (28 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 5:20-21

''Nothing can destroy a thankful heart!'' - Bill Johnson

This week, we are going to look at the importance of being linked to God and having a thankful heart.

Thanksgiving and praise are powerful things - they are much more powerful than we assume. We ''enter into His gates'' with thanksgiving and ''into His courts'' with praise (Psalm 100:4).

Paul writes in Romans 1:21 that ''although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.'' Clearly, there is a connection between our glorifying and thanking God and our being wise and enlightened.

When we choose to live with thankful hearts, we thrive and grow as we were designed by God.

Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:20-21

EQUIP: Give thanks in all things!

Have your group read EPHESIANS 5:18-21 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Plugged into the Father

- As we stand in awe of God, we give thanks for everyone He made. We thankfully honor one another in the fear of the Lord (Eph. 5:21).
- A thankful heart connects us with God's heart for others. We respect what God is doing in and through others even if we disagree with them.

What would you do if someone randomly decided to give you a brand new 60'' LCD TV? After all the excited screaming stopped, you'd probably take it home, set it up, and invite a bunch of people over for a Lord of the Rings marathon.

In a similar way, each of us has been given a great gift from God. But that great gift won't work the way it is meant to work unless we use it the way it was meant to be used. That 60'' LCD will not turn on unless you have it plugged into a power source. If it isn't plugged in, it doesn't matter how excited you are or how pretty it looks mounted on the wall - it isn't going to work.

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