Contributed on Feb 27, 2013
A look at what outsiders the Magi were and the amazing fact that God invited them into the Christmas story anyway.
ASTROLOGERS?! REALLY?: God doesn’t care how little you know about Him. - Matthew 2:1-2 – “Magi” - The Christmas story and its details are so familiar to us that we fail to see the uncomfortable details that should shock us. - One such detail: Magi come to bow down ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2013
This passage deals with the myth that the Magi followed the Star of Bethlehem all the way to Jerusalem. In truth, the star disappeared and then reappeared after they were in Jerusalem. The message applies this phenomenon to the way that God often guides
STAR OF BETHLEHEM MYTH: The Magi followed the star from their homes all the way to Jesus. - This is the version of the story that we’ve seen shared in countless Christmas plays, movies, and cards. - And, as we’re going to be discussing at several points in this series, the fact ...read more
Contributed on Mar 20, 2013
A look at the fact that the Magi did not come to Bethlehem but to Nazareth. The sermon uses that truth to talk about following God's direction instead of the man's leading.
STAR OF BETHLEHEM MYTH: The star led the Magi to Bethlehem. - We’ve all seen this in a hundred Christmas plays. - Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen to be the way that the Bible actually says the story happened. - This morning I want to talk about the way the Bible says the story ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2013
A look at the negative reaction the Magi received when they arrived in Jerusalem. Often in our lives our attempts to follow God are not met with positive responses from those around us.
THE RESPONSE THE MAGI RECEIVED IN JERUSALEM: Their question didn’t bring joy, but instead brought surprise, anger, embarrassment, and fear. - Matthew 2:1-7. a. Surprise. - Matthew 2:3. - The people are surprised by this news. We know this because of the response. No one has ...read more