Last week we continued reflecting on the birth of Christ by focusing on the annunciation to Mary and Joseph. God promised to come and dwell among his people as Immanuel, God with Us. But Jesus was not only God with us, he was also God for us. He came to save his people from their sin. Joseph responded in faith to this message. What is your response to the birth of Jesus, who came to die for you?
Listen to "God With Us, God For Us"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week we will turn to the story of the Magi travelling to see Jesus. This narrative displays how Jesus' birth threatened Herod and the people of Israel. It also shows how the good news of the gospel expanded from Bethlehem to far off lands of the Gentiles. Spend some time this week reading Matthew 2:1-12 and meditate on the following questions:
- What is the significance of the passage from Micah that Matthew quotes?
- What does Herod's response to the Magi's visit teach us?
- What is your attitude towards Jesus coming as the king of kings?
- What does it look like to worship Jesus as king?
Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Carey as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.