Great precedent in the Scriptures for thanking and glorifying God even during times of great difficulty.

  • Many Psalms
  • Paul and Silas in jail
  • Jesus at the Last Supper
    • Broke bread and gave thanks with full knowledge of what was to come
    • Said the Father is greater than I, and I love the Father
    • John 17: 25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Make known: Expression in the NT often means to bring something that’s hidden into the light.

  • All that Jesus heard from the Father, he made known to his disciples – John 15:15
  • God makes known to us the mystery of his will (uniting all things in Christ) – Eph 1:9
  • The church makes known the manifold wisdom of God to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places – Eph 3:10
  • Paul makes known the mystery of the gospel – Eph 6:19

Making God known to others leads to drawing them into relationship with him

  • As 2020 comes to an end, we want to thank the Lord as a community and as individuals for his goodness this past year. To glorify him. And to make him known – among us and beyond this group, so that his beauty and goodness in our lives wouldn’t be hidden, but would be on full display.