22 Nov Enter Into His Gates with Thanksgiving
How to Enter Into His Gates With Thanksgiving
As we enter into this Holiday Season, we have the opportunity to enter a doorway of greater intimacy with God and each other. To capture the true essence of giving thanks, we need to follow the pathway of praise.
1. Encourage One Another
A praise pathway that will help you grow closer to God and each other is to spend time gathering with believers. Just being together can inspire your your heart to be thankful. In this world you can be in the middle of a crowd, and yet feel all alone. True community is the joy of knowing and being known. Yes, it takes risk to reach out and share who you are with others, but the joy of living life together far out weighs the risk. When you encourage someone else, you will also be encouraged.
2. Give Thanks for One Another
Being thankful to God for one another is essential to building life-giving relationships. It is seeing and valuing the how God has made each one in His image. It’s positively reflecting on the goodness of God in bringing others into your life. It’s entering in with a thankful heart, for all the things in your life.
“…Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:20 NKJV
3. Serve One Another
A praise pathway that you will never truly experience if you stay outside of community is servanthood. Learning to truly serve one another is our first step of learning to serve God. Jesus made an example of this servant-heart when He knelt down and washed His disciples feet in John 13. This night he was focused on giving his disciples their last instructions before his death and resurrection. He choose to do it with a towel and a basin. He took on a despised job of the servant class to disciple his disciples in servanthood.
When we serve one another, we learn to serve God. One of the first Scriptures that I memorized and taught my children is Psalm 100.
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing….” Psalm 100:1-2 NKJV
To serve (Hb ‘abad) means to work for, serve, do labor for someone; to be a servant; to worship. Jesus himself was “The Messianic Servant of the Lord” Jesus taught us to serve God with His whole life of obedience.
4. Worship with One Another
Yes, it is wonderful to come into God’s presence in our private times of bible reading, prayer and devotion. Yet the power of worshiping God is multiplied when we worship with one another. Psalm 100 was written as a contemporary praise song that would be song antiphonally by the people in the temple in Jerusalem. We learn some practical aspects about praise and worship through the outline of Psalm 100.
- Sing Loudly to God– Psalm 100:1 (sing & shout your praise)
- Joyfully Serve God — Psalm 100:2 (when we serve others we are worshiping God)
- Diligently Follow God — Psalm 100:3 (Know who God is, He made us in His image)
- Regularly Worship God — Psalm 100:4 (We enter His gates with thanksgiving)
- Reach every generation — Psalm 100:5 (Teach God’s goodness, mercy & truth)
Join this Life-Giving, Spirit-Filled Community
As you enter into the Holidays, it is a great time to connect with community. We are gathering 100 Innovative Leaders to help us launch Life Bridge Church. We are gathering now, building relationship and prepare to launch our first Sunday morning service on Easter morning, March 27 at The Cinemark Theatre 5655 Frisco Square Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034.
This is a wonderful time for you to get connected. We are gathering those who are willing to serve others as they serve God: musicians, worship leaders, children’s workers, greeters, life-group leaders… But most of all, we are gathering people to build a life-giving community that connects people to faith, family, and purpose. Everyone of us have gaps in our lives. Jesus is The Life Bridge. He is the one who laid down his life for you and for me. Our call is to lay down our lives for others, become a bridge for them to find Jesus.
Click Here to Get Connected With over 25 years of pastoral ministry experience, Wayne & Sue Detweiler sensed that God was calling them plant a new church in Frisco Texas. Serving together as youth pastors, associate pastors, and lead pastors mostly in Nashville Tennessee, they have learned the joy of pouring into the lives of others and seeing them reach their potential in Christ. Raising 6 children has given Pastors Wayne & Sue a passion and compassion to help families thrive. Their heart is reach neighbors, nations and generations with the good news of Jesus’ Christ love and power. You may have heard Pastor Sue’s Healing Rain Radio Feature on KCBI Radio here in Dallas Texas or other radio stations across the US. She is also an author and speaker who is making a difference in people’s lives. You can find out more about her ministry at SueDetweiler.com Feel free to call us at 469-759-0585 or email at email@example.com. Click Here to Get Connected