IN REFLECTION

Last week we considered the story of the Magi who followed the star to worship the newborn king. His coming brought different responses from the people. Herod feared him. The people ignored him. But the most unlikely followers, the Magi, sought him out to worship him. They recognized that he was the true king, greater than all earthly powers, who deserved their praise.

As you hear the story of the Magi this Christmas, remember the significance of their coming. Focus on the true king and your response to him.

Listen to "The Glorious Newborn King"

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week will be our final stop in Matthew 1-2. We will be looking at 2:13-23, which describes some events after the birth of Jesus. They all point to the fact that Jesus' birth is not your average birth. This baby is special, and his coming points to something even greater. As we come to the final days leading up to Christmas, spend some time reading these verses and meditating on the following questions:

  • What is the significance of the passages from the Old Testament Matthew quotes?
  • Why does Matthew include the story of Herod's reign of terror?
  • What does this narrative tell us about Jesus' connection to Israel?

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 JD 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.

Angels We Have Heard on High
The First Noel
Glorious Day
A Mighty Fortress