1 Timothy 1:12-17 (876)

          A.  Several reasons for giving thanks to Jesus, our Lord, using the apostle Paul as an

      I.  Let’s give thanks to Jesus for showing us that we are sinners.

          A.  The apostle Paul remembered his life before his conversion.  V13a

                1.  He confessed that he had been a blasphemer ( spoke against Christ), a persecutor
                     (of Christians) and a violent man.  Acts 8:1-3 (807); Acts 9:1-2
                2.  Paul was thankful to Christ for showing him that he was a sinner. Vv12-13

          B.  Are we clear about our status?

                1.  That we were once sinners who rebelled against God.  Romans 3:23 (831)
                2.  Are we now saved?  Ephesians 2:8-9 (864); Mark 16:15-16 (748)
                3.  If we are saved, let’s give thanks to Jesus for showing us our lost condition
                     and how to be saved.

    II.  Let’s give thanks to Jesus for His willingness to save sinners like us.

          A.  Paul wrote in 1 Tim. 1:14-16 ____________________________________________

                1.  Christ came to save the lost. Luke 19:10 (771)
                2.  If Paul was saved after the terrible things he had done, God will save us. V16

          B.  Do we remember what it was like to be lost?  What it means to be saved?  Are we
                thankful for the difference?

   III.  Let’s give thanks to Jesus for letting us serve Him.

          A.  Paul was enabled, V12; Philippians 2:12-`3 (868); He was put into the ministry by
                Christ.  V12

          B.  Every Christian should be a minister.  Ephesians 4:11-16 (865)

   IV.  Let’s give thanks to the King because He is eternal, immortal and invisible.  To
          God: honor and glory.  V17

Conclusion:  We aren’t running a sprint. we are running a long race.  We aren’t fighting a
           battle.  We are fighting a war.  We might have slowed down, walking or stopped.  Let’s
           be encouraged.  Look what Paul looked forward to receiving.  2 Tim. 4:6-8 (880)
           If we are saved we can also look forward to a crown of life.