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In this message, Pastor John Lindell helps us discover the nature of our worship as he tells the story of Christmas. Our prayer is that this sermon would encourage you and strengthen your worship!
Scripture ReferenceMatthew 2:1-12
Worshiping Christ at Christmas
Matthew 2:1 (NIV)
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem,
1st Worship involves personal sacrifice
Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
2nd Worship opens our eyes to spiritual realities
Matthew 2:3-9 (NIV)
When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born. “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out of you will come a leader who will shepherd My people Israel.” Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east![e] It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.
3rd Worship results in great joy
Matthew 2:10 (NIV)
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure.
4th Worship involves giving to God
Matthew 2:11 (NIV)
Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
5th Worship changes you
Matthew 2:12 (NIV)
And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.
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