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12-27-20 Kevin Goins - What the Wisemen Teach Us About Worship

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Wisemen, Bible, Christmas by facatl on December 30th, 2020

“What the Wisemen Teach Us About Worship” 
Matthew 2:1-12
Only Matthew tells us about the wisemen who came to see the newborn King of the Jews.  In many ways these strange visitors are clothed in mystery.  We actually know very little about them.  We do, however, know two very important things:  the wisemen teach us that the good news of Christmas should stir us to worship, and they give us valuable insight into how we can be worshipers.  What do they teach us?                   

I First, the wisemen teach us that to be worshipers we must be people who are ______-sighted, not ________-sighted (2:1-2).

A. Worship calls for a radically d_______________ perspective:  we must take our eyes off ourselves and look far beyond our own i_________________ concerns.

B. “Until __________ gets something out of our worship, we never will. 

II Second, the wisemen teach us that if we are going to be worshipers, we must stand against h__________________ and i_______________ (2:3-8).

A. As worshipers our first challenge is to face the opposition of those who think our worship is i_____________.

B. Our second challenge is to face the greatest enemy of worship we will ever face, and that is o______ o______ indifference.

III Third, the wisemen teach us that worship compels us to _________ something (2:9).
  
A. Nowhere does the Bible depict worship as a restful undemanding activity where you just s_________ and w___________.

B. Worship begins in the _______________, but it does not stop there; it moves to our mouth, hands, and feet.

IV Fourth, the wisemen teach us that real worship is accompanied by j_______________ g____________ (2:10-11).

A. Giving to God may just be the most s________________ form of worship in which we will ever take part.

B. When we give God our money, and we do it with real joy, we are saying that God is w___________ more to us than anything, and to say that is to worship.

V Lastly, the wisemen teach us that worship always c______________ us (2:12).

01-07-18 Kevin Goins - Christmas Isn’t Over!

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Wisemen, Christmas by facatl on January 9th, 2018

“Christmas Isn’t Over!”
Matthew 2:1-18

Many evangelical Christians experience post-Christmas depression.  One reason they feel depressed is because they believe that Christmas ends at 12:00 am on December 26.  Not only does the Bible deny this, but so also did the early church.  They made sure not to limit Christmas to one day by extending the celebration until Epiphany, which takes place on January 6.  Epiphany commemorates the coming of the Wisemen to see the Christ child.  It is these same wisemen who can help us find a biblical solution for the depression that many feel when Christmas is over.  What do we learn from the wisemen?   

I First, the wisemen teach us that Christmas isn’t limited to o_____ d_____ a year.

II Second, the wisemen teach us that what is important is not what g______ we give, but to w_____ we give them.

III Third, the wisemen teach us to emphasize not only what we b_______ about Christmas, but how far we are willing to go to e________ those beliefs.

IV Fourth, the wisemen teach us that the Christmas story is our only hope for seeing j________ come to this world.

V Lastly, the wisemen teach us that Christmas c_________ people in the most significant ways.

 

12-11-16 The Light that Leads the Wise

Posted in , sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Advent, Wisemen by facatl on December 13th, 2016

“The Light that Leads the Wise”  Matthew 2:1-12

God has created us with the inability to be truly satisfied with anything less than the life that only he can give. This explains the natural human tendency to yearn for something better. God has given each of us the desire to know him and to find our satisfaction only in him. But how do we find what our hearts are truly seeking? The light of Advent led the Wisemen to find what they were seeking, but how can we be led by that light? What do the Wisemen teach us?

I First, the Wisemen teach us that you cannot find what you are looking for by w__________ on a s__________ (2:1-2).

II Second, the Wisemen teach us that you cannot find what you are looking for by relying only on n______________ and h________________ sources (2:3-10).

III Third, the Wisemen teach us that you cannot find what you are looking for until you are willing to be d____________ to what it is you s_________ (2:11).

IV Finally, the Wisemen teach us that you cannot find what are looking for unless you are willing to c____________ d_______________ (2:12).


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