Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

What I Should Be Putting On: Gratitude

Colossians 3:15-17


Colossians 3:15b–17 (ESV)

15…. And be thankful.

16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


1.     God commands us to be thankful. 

a.     What is ironic about God commanding us to be thankful? 

b.     Are you hypocritical when you thank God for something when you don’t feel thankful?

2.     Becoming more thankful is a matter of spiritual growth. We don’t achieve perfect thankfulness in this life even though we can and should grow more and more thankful as we mature spiritually.

a.     What role does the Word of Christ play in gratitude and in helping us get God’s perspective on things?

b.     What does it mean for the Word of Christ to dwell in us richly?

c.      What can we learn from Ephesians 5:18-19 about letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly?

3.     How are our Sunday morning worship services structured to teach us all how to be a little more thankful every Sunday?

a.     How do we focus on God’s transcendence?

b.     How do we make the transition from transcendence to immanence?

c.      How do we focus on God’s immanence?

d.     What role do we play in each other’s lives in this process?

4.     If corporate worship should be all about Christ and all of life should be an extension of corporate worship, what role should thankfulness play in our daily lives?

5.     What practical steps have or will you take in order to put on thankfulness a little more today than you did yesterday?