Nov 22nd, 2020
Hello and welcome to season 3 episode 5 of The Berean Manifesto; 10 minutes or so a week of faith, hope, and love for the modern Christian. I’m Pastor Bill of The Ekklesian House and in this installment we are going to take a look at thankfulness.
We’re going to keep this one short. In the last couple of episodes we’ve talked about the Great Commission and doing ministry, focusing on developing yourself and establishing relationships where you can be the city on a hill for others and a light to the world. With Thanksgiving upon us and other various holidays coming up, a lot of people will find themselves face to face with family and old friends. More than anyone, these are the folks who hold a special place in our hearts and we want them to have the Gospel.
However, in Luke 4:24b CSB Jesus said, “ No prophet is accepted in his hometown.” And Jesus was no stranger to the concept he was talking about. In Matthew 13 and Mark 6 it’s recorded that Jesus returned to his hometown with the disciples and was teaching in the synagogue. Those who heard Him preaching (Matthew 13:54b-56 CSB) “[54b] were astonished and said, ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?  Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother called Mary, and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?  And his sisters, aren't they all with us? So where does he get all these things?’” They were offended that a regular guy had this wisdom that those who grew up with Him didn’t have that made him seem better than them. Because of this, they were mired in disbelief and (Mark 6:5b CSB) Jesus wasn’t “able to do a miracle there, except that he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them.”
With people who watched you grow up, possibly changed your dirty diapers, and know all the mistakes you’ve made it can be difficult to minister to them. So, instead, this holiday season I want you to keep Colossians 3:12-15 CSB in mind. It says, “ Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,  bearing with one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.  Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.  And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.”
And if things go well, and you find the door opening, and you find the chance for ministry, invoke verses 16 and 17.
“ Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”