Tom Scott - 5/11/2017

2 Timothy 1:1-18

Key Thought:  Let’s show our appreciation for those who serve within our community.



Date: November 6, 2017

  Good morning!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Mine was busy with a wedding, baby shower and Sunday services.  It was good to be apart of these activities as it keeps me out of trouble and on the right path in life.  Life is full of opportunities to do the right or wrong thing.  Everyday we are given lots of opportunities to bless or curse others.  Tonight, we have an opportunity to bless our community by hosting a community forum for Cumberland.  People from the community are invited to come and express their thoughts on how to make this a better community for our families.  With the tragedy we saw in Texas yesterday; it reminds us of the importance of working together to make our communities safer for all who live there.  I’m looking forward to the forum tonight because it has great potential to bless not only our community, but also our church.  Let’s take a moment to pray for tonight’s forum today.
   Yesterday’s message touched on the importance of saying thanks to those who serve in our community.  Again, we are blessed with some outstanding individuals who serve on our town council, police and fire departments, and at town hall.  Let’s reflect on the message from yesterday by working through these five questions.

1. What is your first impression when you see these stories on the news about people attacking public servants such as politicians or bad mouthing individuals who serve on the police department?

2. The apostle Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy to offer him some encouragement as he ministered to the people in Ephesus.  One of the first words Paul uses is thanks.  Paul was grateful for the young man who was a faithful companion in the ministry.  From chapter one, what are some of the stated reasons for his gratitude?

3. This year we have been talking about defining love.  John defines love as being willing to sacrifice for others in First John 3:16-18.  He wants the church to put their love into action.  What are some ways you have put your love into action recently as an expression of gratitude to God for His love?

4. Throughout the scriptures we see that Christians are to be grateful individuals.  Hebrews 12:28 and Colossians 3:15 say that we should be thankful.  What is the biggest obstacle for you when it comes to being thankful for others?

5. The main point of the message was to talk about our saying thanks to those who serve within our community.  I suggested five ways that we can express our gratitude.  Those five ways are to send notes, share gifts, pray for them, participate in community events, and share encouraging comments with them in person.  We can and have impacted lives here in Cumberland by doing these five things.  What is something you can do within the next couple of weeks to show your appreciation for those who serve within this (your) community?

Be sure to invite someone who served or is serving in the military to our services this Sunday as we take a moment to say thanks to those who have (are) serving our country.  Veterans Day is this Saturday and its important that we say thanks to those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we might enjoy our freedoms here in this country.  I’m looking forward to coming together Sunday for another worship service.   

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