Today we are talking about the Power of Being Thankful! Not just the feeling of gratitude, but the expression of it! Our hope is that through this conversation we will all be able to identify areas of our lives we can be thankful for, and that we will end this year walking in the power of a grateful heart!

Start Talking

  • What is something you are currently thankful for?
  • Is it easy for you to identify things you are thankful for? Why or why not?
  • Is it easy for you to express gratitude, or do you generally just feel it?

Think About It

  • Had you heard the story in Luke 17: 11-19 of the men that Jesus healed? Were you surprised that only one man came back to thank Jesus?
  • Were the other nine men justified in their behavior?
  • How can you be more like the one man that came back to thank Jesus, even if it wasn’t necessary?
  • Have you ever had someone go out of their way to thank you? Have you ever gone out of our way to thank someone else? What impact did either of these gestures have on you?

Look It Up

  • Read Romans 1:19-22
    • What stands out to you?
    • Who is this text directed towards?
    • What is Paul saying in these verses?
    • Have you ever personally experienced gratitude for God just by admiring His creation?
    • What does Paul say is the response of someone who experiences God, but doesn’t know Him?
  • Read Revelation 11:16-17
    • What stands out to you?
    • What is happening in these versus?
    • What is the response of the people in this passage to being in God’s presence?
    • Compare and contrast the two groups of people in these passages

What Now?

  • Read Ephesians 5:18. How is giving thanks an act of submission to God?
  • Is there an area of your life you intentionally need to give thanks for? 
  • Perhaps submission and gratitude go hand in hand. Maybe if we practice gratitude in an area of our life (even if we don’t feel it), we will also begin to submit that area to God. Is there an area of your life you are withholding from God? How could showing gratitude for that part of your life, help you submit it to God?
  • What is one thing (think deeply) that you are thankful for? Have you given God the Glory (Credit) for it?

Additional Resources

Grateful by Elevation Worship (Song)