Christian Leadership: Thanksgiving Sermon Ideas

 

Thanksgiving Sermon Ideas From Preachit

Scripturally, you will find the ritual of thanksgiving nearly from cover to cover. Individuals offered up sacrifices out of gratitude in the book of Genesis. The Israelites sang a song of thanksgiving as they were delivered from Pharaoh's army after the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 15). Also Later, the Mosaic Law set aside three separate times each year when the Israelites would gather together. All three of these times Unleavened Bread (also called the Feast of the Passover) (Exodus 12:15-20Exodus 12:15-20
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15 Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread; even the first day you shall put away yeast out of your houses, for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16 In the first day there shall be to you a holy convocation, and in the seventh day a holy convocation; no manner of work shall be done in them, except that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you. 17 You shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this same day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall you observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance forever. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty first day of the month at evening. 19 Seven days shall there be no yeast found in your houses, for whoever eats that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a foreigner, or one who is born in the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened. In all your habitations you shall eat unleavened bread.’”

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), Harvest or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:15-21Leviticus 23:15-21
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15 “‘You shall count from the next day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be completed: 16 even to the next day after the seventh Sabbath you shall number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to Yahweh. 17 You shall bring out of your habitations two wave-loaves of two tenth parts of an ephah: they shall be of fine flour, they shall be baked with yeast, for first fruits to Yahweh. 18 You shall present with the bread seven lambs without blemish a year old, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to Yahweh, with their meal offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of a sweet aroma to Yahweh. 19 You shall offer one male goat for a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. 20 The priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before Yahweh, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to Yahweh for the priest. 21 You shall make proclamation on the same day: there shall be a holy convocation to you; you shall do no regular work. This is a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

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), and the Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-36Leviticus 23:33-36
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33 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of tents for seven days to Yahweh. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation: you shall do no regular work. 36 Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh. On the eighth day shall be a holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh. It is a solemn assembly; you shall do no regular work.

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) involved remembering God's provision and grace.

As Christians, we're called to be Thankful.

Did you know?

The Bible regularly mentioned "Thanksgiving" long before in 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated.

Bible Translations
Number of Times
"thanksgiving" used.
King James Version
30
New International Version
32
New English Translation
29
English Standard Version
38
New Living Translation
31

Psalm 106
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Philippians 4:6Philippians 4:6
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6 In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

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Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Jonah 2:9Jonah 2:9
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9 But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving. I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation belongs to Yahweh.”

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But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD."

Colossians 3:15Colossians 3:15
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15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

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And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Colossians 2:7Colossians 2:7
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7 rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.

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Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Psalm 69:30Psalm 69:30
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30 I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify him with thanksgiving.

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I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 28:7Psalm 28:7
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7 Yahweh is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart greatly rejoices. With my song I will thank him.

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The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

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1 Chronicles 16:341 Chronicles 16:34
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34 Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for he is good; For his loving kindness endures forever.

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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Ephesians 5:20Ephesians 5:20
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20 giving thanks always concerning all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God, even the Father;

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Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

1 Thessalonians 5:181 Thessalonians 5:18
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18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.

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In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Thanks To His Name

1 Chronicles 29:131 Chronicles 29:13
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13 Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name.

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Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Hebrews 13:15Hebrews 13:15
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15 Through him, then, let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which make confession to his name.

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By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Psalm 100:4Psalm 100:4
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4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, Into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name.

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Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Ungreatfulness – The Opposite of Thanks

Romans 1:21Romans 1:21
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21 Because, knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.

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Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Numbers 11
And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

2 Timothy 3:1-2
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

1 Corinthians 10:101 Corinthians 10:10
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10 Neither grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and perished by the destroyer.

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And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

Giving Thanks

Ephesians 5:4Ephesians 5:4
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4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks.

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Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

 

PreachIt's database of over 4,000 sermons has everything you need to build a Thanksgiving message,
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Some of the Thanksgiving messages in the PreachIt Database.

 

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