Sermon Outline – Be Thankful For Everything

November 8, 2020 – Virtual Worship/Message

Be Thankful For Everything

Reference Scriptures

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16-Rejoice always, 17-pray without ceasing, 18-in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.




  • It is very easy to be thankful when we’re receiving something.
  • Saying “thank you” to the Lord or an individual come easy when we receive something good.
  • Saying “thank you” can be a struggle when the trials and uncomfortable challenges are prevalent every day for a season in our lives.
  • The month of November has a day of thanks in it that we know as Thanksgiving.
  • Today I want to talk to you about giving thanks everyday, no matter what’s going on.


  • Paul is talking to the believers who lived in the city of Thessalonica.
  • Paul wrote to them to strengthen their faith and assure them of Christ’s return.
  • It appears Paul wanted to encourage them to be thankful in their worship.
  • Paul was encouraging them in the midst of the persecution they were going through.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – “Rejoice always.”

  • Rejoicing comes from the joy we have. But in the day of the Church of Thessalonian, it would be difficult to have an attitude of joy under the threat of constant persecution.
  • It’s hard to be thankful in:
    • Toxic situations.
    • Tragic situations.
    • Continuing situations. “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another” type situations.
  • But we can still have joy.
  • Joy is a fruit of the spirit and it comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus.
  • In order to “rejoice always” we have to be able to look past the issues of life and see Jesus who is the source, the vine of the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Illustration
    • You ever see a child jumping up and down in a puddle of water.
    • The constant rain doesn’t bother them. They are happy and focused on using the puddle, which the rain produced, to have a good time before it dries up.
  • Verse 17 – Pray without ceasing…
    • Things were probably getting so tough to the people of that day that it would hinder their prayer.
      • Maybe they were frustrated because it seemed the more they prayed, the less situations would change.
    • It may seem the same way to us in this season. We are dealing with a lot…
  • Verse 18 – in everything give thanks.
    • Paul wanted the people of that day to maintain an attitude of thanksgiving regardless of what happened.
      • He wanted them to know that the life they were headed for was much better than the life they were experiencing.
    • Yes, we’re going through a lot, but if we take the time to really look at it, we can see the Lord ushering us in a direction of some kind of blessing…
    • I remember when my daddy bought me a 1969 Catalina Pontiac for my high school graduation present.
      • It was a part lemon – sometimes it ran and sometimes it didn’t.
      • Because that year model would burn the starter up regularly, there were times I had to keep turning the ignition key several times before it would start.
      • But I was so thankful because I was walking, I was riding. I wasn’t waiting on a bus, I was riding. I didn’t have to bum a ride, I was riding.
      • I was like that child playing in the rain. I didn’t focus too much on the situation, but I made the best of the situation I was in.
      • Eventually, I got a much better car and it started whenever I wanted it to.


  • Summary
    • Stay connected with Jesus, He is the source for all you need.
      • John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
    • Uncomfortable situations are going to come. Replace anxiety with prayer.
      • Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    • Reflect back onof every day the situations God delivered you from in the past.
      • Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
  • Challenge
    • Get in the habit of thanking the Lord for the good and the bad. I challenge you to be just as, or more thankful for the challenges as you are for the victories.



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