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1 OUR MISSION: To guide those far from God into the new start found in Jesus Christ.

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7 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT)

8 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) “Yes, they knew God...” This includes me, and it includes you 1) God’s wrath is revealed against the whole human race because we are all born with an innate knowledge of God which we wilfully suppress (v. 18). 2) God has made himself plain to all men so that they are without excuse (vv ). 3) By turning away from God, we turned to idolatry (vv ). 4) Result # 1: Moral Impurity (vv ). 5) Result # 2: Dishonourable Passions (vv ). 6) Result # 3: Total Social Breakdown (vv ).

9 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) “Yes, they knew God...” This whole thing is not a pretty picture Let’s have a closer look at vs.21 “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” (NIV) “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” (KJV) “For although they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (ESV)

10 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) The problem with the human race is not a lack of knowledge The deeper problem is ignoring the knowledge we already have Truth always demands a response If we are indifferent to spiritual truth... Then we will fail to glorify God, and we will fail to give thanks to God

11 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) Question “What is the chief end of man?” Based on Psalms 86 Answer “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” The Westminster Confession of Faith & The Westminster Shorter Catechism – 1647 “But it was this one little phrase that burned into my mind. ‘They did not give thanks.’” I cannot say anything much worse of a person than they who are not thankful to those who have been their benefactors... and when you say that this person is not thankful to God, you have said about the worst thing you can say of them. Pastor Charles Spurgeon – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!—A PARADOX! DECEMBER 15, 1861

12 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) Truth demands a response The worst thing a person can do is to not be thankful to God Isaiah 53:3 “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”

13 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) Why look at some of you! You never missed a meal in your lives. When you went to the table, there was always something on it. You never had to lose a night’s rest for want of a bed. Some of you, from your childhood, have had all that heart could wish. If God has treated you so, while many are crushed with poverty, should he not have some gratitude from you? You had a good mother; you had a tender father; you have gone from one form of relationship to another with increasing comfort. You are spared, and your mother is spared; your wife and children are spared. Indeed, God has made your path very smooth. Some of you are getting on in business, while other men are failing; Some of you have every comfort at home, while others have been widowed, and their children have fallen, one after the other. Will you never be grateful? Hard, hard heart, wilt thou never break? Will any mercy bend thee? I do appeal to some here, whose path has been so full of mercies that they ought to think of God, and turn to him with sincere repentance and faith.

14 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) But one says, “I have had good luck.” What can be worse than that? Here is unthankfulness to God indeed, when you ascribe his good gifts to “good luck.” “Well, you know, but I have been a very hard-working man.” I know you have, but who gave you this strength for your work? “I have a good supply of brains while others do not.” Did you make your own brains? Do you not feel that any man who talks about his own wisdom, and his own wit, writes “FOOL” across his forehead in capital letters? We owe everything to God; shall we not give God nothing? Shall we have no gratitude to him from whom all our blessings have come? I wonder how many of us this Thanksgiving morning should have the word “FOOL” tattooed on our own forehead for taking God’s blessings for granted? Pastor Charles Spurgeon – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!—A PARADOX! DECEMBER 15, 1861

15 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) Two Signs of an Ungrateful Heart “I fear there are thousands who call themselves Christians, who are not thankful, and yet they never thought themselves very guilty on that account.” Pastor Charles Spurgeon First We receive from God’s hand daily blessings without ever giving thought as to where they come from. Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the L ORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

16 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) Two Signs of an Ungrateful Heart Second We grumble about what we don’t have We are complainers

17 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) God reveals the ingratitude of the heart First The last 5½ years were not planed Neil the “Lollipop Lady” Second During the last 5½ years, God never failed us

18 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) God reveals the ingratitude of the heart I never once stopped to give thanks to God for his provision We are taught to think a wage packet is money earned It’s not a gift We are entitled It’s not a gift

19 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) God reveals the ingratitude of the heart God does even the scales James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

20 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) What do you have that you did not receive? Ingratitude is the sin that lies at the heart of all other sins Gratitude: first and foremost is a matter of the heart Gratitude is a gift of the Holy Spirit and it’s fruit is priceless

21 How God Revealed the Ingratitude of My Own Heart Romans 1:21 “Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” (NLT) And then... let us begin to be very thankful, if we have not been so before. Let us praise God for common mercies, for they prove to be uncommonly precious when they are once taken away. Bless God that you were able to walk (drive) here, and are able to walk (drive) home again. Bless God for your reason: bless him for your existence. Bless God for the means of grace, for an open Bible, for the throne of grace, for the preaching of the Word. You that are saved must lead the song. “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Bless him for his Son. Bless him for his Spirit. Bless him for his Fatherhood. Bless him that you are his child. Bless him for what you have received. Bless him for what he has promised to give. Bless him for the past, the present, and the future. Bless him in every way, for everything, at all times, and in all places. Let all that is within you bless his holy name. Go your way rejoicing. May his Spirit help you so to do! Pastor Charles Spurgeon – TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!—A PARADOX! DECEMBER 15, 1861

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