Countless times throughout Scripture the word “thanks” is used. “Give thanks in everything,” Paul exhorts. “Give thanks to His Name,” the writer of Hebrews declares. “We give thanks to God for you,” “Let no filthy talk come out of your mouth, but rather give thanks.” You begin to think there is an obsession with thankfulness. And no doubt this is true. Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 5.18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Do you realize that the will of God for you is to continually, every moment of the day, without ceasing, have a life of thanksgiving?!?!
The word “thanks” throughout the New Testament is the Greek word “eucharisteo” – where we get our word “Eucharist” (Lord’s Supper/Communion). Do you see that when you take communion and go before “The Lord’s Table,” it is an act of pure thanksgiving. It is a time to give thanks for the greatest gift and sacrifice ever made, the death (and life) of Jesus on your behalf. Luke 22 is the story of the Last Supper, where Jesus broke bread and shared wine with His disciples before His crucifixion. Several times throughout the passage it reads that He “gave thanks” (eucharisteo) as the symbolic body and blood of Christ was passed.
This Thanksgiving, First Baptist Hammond will seek to enhance your Thanksgiving experience by entering into the depths of true thanksgiving – communion (Eucharist) with the Savior. We will have a Thanksgiving Communion Celebration during our weekly gathering on November 19 at 10:00am. All are welcome at the Lord's table and at First Baptist Hammond. Come join in the celebration.