• Dr. Don Laughlin

"MERRY CHRISTMAS WORLD!" pt3



MATTHEW 2:1-12


WHAT DO THE WISEMEN TEACH US ABOUT THE WORSHIP OF OUR GREAT GOD?

I. PREPARING AND PLANNING FOR WORSHIP IS ESSENTIAL AND CRUCIAL TO ENCOUNTERING CHRIST.


EXPLANATION

a. Planning a 900 mile journey to See and Worship Christ requires a STRATEGY, TIME, and MONEY.

b. Planning a 900 mile journey to See and Worship Christ requires a DEEP and ABIDING DESIRE.

c. Traveling 900 miles to See and Worship Christ requires PRESERVEANCE.

d. Worshipping God on a Daily basis requires CONSISTENCY AND STABILITY.

e. Experiencing God in Worship requires a WHOLE-HEARTED EFFORT.


II. REFUSING TO BE DISTRACTED BY POWER AND POSITION IS ESSENTIAL AND CRUCIAL TO ENCOUNTERING CHRIST.

a. The Wise Men were FOOLISH to Stop off in Jerusalem and consult Herod.

b. God is never IMPRESSED with our POWER AND POSITION in Church.

c. The Wise Men would never have found the Baby Jesus in Jerusalem.


III. GIVING SACRIFICAL GIFTS IS ESSENTIAL AND CRUCIAL TO ENCOUNTERING CHRIST.

a. Refusing to give of our TIME, TALENT, AND TITHE is an indication of sin, rebellion, and a lack of a desire to Worship Jesus.

b. Giving our Great God GIFTS reveals that we know God is the Great Giver.

c. LOVINGLY Giving our Great God Gifts reveals that we are allowing God to change our Hearts.


IV. DEMOSTRATING TRUE WORSHIP IS ESSENTIAL AND CRUCIAL TO LEADING OTHERS TO EXPERIENCE A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.

a. Show me a PARENT that Lovingly Gives Gifts to God and others and I will show you a PARENT that raises children that Honor God.

b. Show me a CHURCH that Lovingly Gives Gifts to God and others and I will show you a CHURCH that Grows and Reaches people for Christ.

c. Show me a NATION that Lovingly Gives Gifts to God and others and I will show you a NATION that Honors God and Leads the World.


APPLICATION

1. Do you Lovingly make an effort to Worship God daily and every Sunday?

2. Do your Neighbors know that the Worship of God is Paramount in your family?


INVITATION

Wise Men by Allen Krehbiel

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