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Sermon Audio: Intentional Gifts

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

Intentional Gifts

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

These weren’t typical gifts from a store. These weren’t cute gifts meant to entertain. God wants us to see that the Wisemen brought “Intentional Gifts” specifically chosen for this one unique Child. And even though they were given over 2,000 years ago, these “Intentional Gifts” have much to teach us today.

Fill-in Notes

Key Scripture

Matthew 2:1–12

Discussion Questions

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  1. It’s amazing to think of all the distance covered, all the time taken, and all the money spent by the wiseman to travel to see Jesus. The Holy Spirit prompted them to go to great lengths to see this tiny king, yet their strong obedience in the whole situation is very obvious. If given the chance, would we give up all that they did to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our lives, even in unknown circumstances? Can you share a time when you—or someone you know—did something similar?
  2. Read Matthew 2:11. The wisemen fell down and worshiped Jesus. They presented themselves in reverence to Him because they recognized Him as a King. What is your response to God as you think about what He’s done for you? Is your response reflective of His place in your life? When was the last time you surrendered yourself to Him? How can you practically do this more often?
  3. As you think about gifts, how has God gifted you and taken care of you? How are you using your gifting to increase the Kingdom of God?
  4. Have you ever received or given an unexpected gift? How did that bless you, or what impact did it have on the person you sent the gift to?
  5. Pastor shared that there are two gifts that will last forever: Good memories and Godly heritage. Review 3 John 1:4. How did your parents provide these types of gifts for you? If you have kids, how are you giving your time to create memories and provide them with the same foundation in life?
  6. Jesus didn’t need to be given physical earthly gifts, yet God had a symbolic meaning to each of the wisemen’s offerings. Each gift represented a part of who Jesus is: the King of Kings (gold), the Holy One (frankincense), and the Sacrificial Lamb (myrrh). Why do you think God chose to represent Jesus in the wisemen’s gifts? Have you ever made this connection before, or is this new to you?
  7. Gifts are a great and fun tradition, but they can also overshadow the true celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas. Do you ever feel like we’ve lost our focus on Jesus amidst other Christmas traditions? How can we ensure that Jesus is the main focal point for you and your family this Christmas season?

Accountability

  • Where are you reading in the Bible this week? What has God been revealing to you through your quiet time with Him?
  • Discuss any struggles you may be going through with your group.
  • How can you be praying for your group this week? How can they be praying for you?

 


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