Calgary Chinese Baptist Church
English Sunday Worship - October 10th, 2021
Call for Worship: Psalm 95:1–2 Sermon: Thanksgiving Philippians 4:4–7 Psalm 145 Philippians 4:4–7 Philippians 4:4–7. Joy is a distinctive mark of the Christian. The challenge is that our life situations often provoke a response of anxiety. But, the good news is the nearness of the Lord Jesus, both in terms of being with us in our anxiety-ridden lives and through the promise of his imminent return to gather us to himself and to restore his creation. That good news should calm our anxieties as we turn to God in prayer trusting in his goodness to preserve our lives. Knowing we are dependent on God we respond to what God has done for us in Christ with gratitude, knowing that every good thing we have is a gift from God, including the good news that Jesus is near. With this realization, the Christian will anticipate that God will transform our anxiety into its opposite, peace. Therefore, the thanksgiving that Paul says we should have both looks back to God's good gifts through Christ and ahead to the promise of peace in Christ. This is Thanksgiving Sunday, so I don't need to elaborate on the theme for our worship!