Note: I open this message with a comment that the ten lepers may have included women. I was wrong, the text clearly states that they were ten men.
Evangelistic Thanksgiving Sermon preached by Pastor Joshua Hall at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Sparta, IL at the Community Thanksgiving Service on November 18, 2018.
About 2000 years ago, there were ten lepers, men with leprosy, who were unclean, diseased, and cut off from the rest of society. These ten lepers went to Jesus and asked him to heal them. Jesus sent them to the priest (in those days the priests doubled as doctors and the lepers needed the priest to declare them clean so they could return to their homes, families, friends, and community.) While they were on their way, God healed them. One of them was so overjoyed and filled with thanksgiving in his heart that he went back to thank Jesus before going to the priest. This week we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Let us be like the man who recognized all that God had done for him and returned to Jesus to give him thanks.
Sinful Tendencies: We fail to see our need for God’s grace, and so we fail to receive it or be thankful for it.
Proposition: Since God is good and has done great things, let us thank Him!
First Point: Thank God for Justice (3-8, 11-12, 17)
Second Point: Thank God for Mercy (9-10, 15-16, 18)
Third Point: Thank God for Salvation (13-14, 19-20)