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Session 19

What does it look like to worship?

Read: Matthew 2:1-12

Jesus was probably 1 or 2 years old when the Magi arrived. Still a babe, Jesus unable to do anything for them. Yet they were overjoyed to see Him and showered Him with expensive gifts fit for a king (Matthew 2:10-11). 

In this moment, the Magi celebrate Jesus purely for who He is. A miracle child and promised king. Jesus had yet to heal a single person or preach a single message. But they bowed down and worshipped Him. 

God loves it when we acknowledge the good things He does for us. But even if God never did another thing for us, He would still be worthy of our worship. 

Worship is more than singing. Worship is a life lived for the Lord. Romans 12:1 tells us, “true and proper worship is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” 

Worship isn't just about bringing Jesus presents the way the Magi did or singing in church on Sunday. Worship is willingly surrendering to His plan for our lives each and every day. When we do, we give Jesus the greatest gift of all — a heart devoted to Him alone. 

When we pursue Jesus with the same single-minded focus the Magi had toward their journey, we find ourselves living in sync with the God of the universe. The confidence that comes with that kind of love changes us from the inside out. 

It causes us to lift our hands in praise and bow our heads in prayer. It gives us hope, even in hard times, and allows us to celebrate God just for who He is. 

Reflect: 

  • Can you think of a time when you were worshipping and felt overjoyed? Where was your attention in that moment?
  • What is one way you can prepare your heart for to worship Jesus this Christmas?
  • When was the last time you celebrated Jesus just for who He is? Take a few minutes to make a list of reasons you can be thankful for the kind of person Jesus is. 

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What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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