The Wise Men

Sermon Notes & Group Questions

Matthew 2:1 - “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem...”

Their journey involved:

A willingness to take a risk

  • A true spiritual journey will always involve Faith

Hebrews 11:6 - “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

An attitude of expectancy

Matthew 2:2 - “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.”

  • A true spiritual journey will always involve action

James 2:17 - “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

A realistic understanding of the cost

Matthew 2:3-8 - “When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.’

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.’”

  • A true spiritual journey will always involve trials and trouble

John 16:33 - “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

A heart of worship and sacrifice

Matthew 2:9-11 - “After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

  • A true spiritual journey will always involve Worship and Sacrifice

2 Samuel 24:24 – “I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.”

A determination to obey

Matthew 2:12 - “And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.”

  • A true spiritual journey will always involve obedience

Isaiah 6:5 - “And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’”

Job 40:4-5 - “I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.”

Q1: Notes

Read Matthew 2:1-12

Q2: Where did your spiritual journey begin? Share it with the group.

Read Hebrews 11:6

Q3: Describe what you think it looks like for a Christ follower to expect things from God. Do you think most believers expect the right things from God?

Read John 16:33

Q4: Why do you think our journey has trials and difficult seasons?

Re-read Matthew 2:9-11, 2 Samuel 24:24

Q5: Do you think worship is an important part of our journey with God? Why?

Re-read Matthew 2:12, Isaiah 6:5, and Job 40:4-5

Q6: What role do you think obedience plays in our walk with God in this life? What do you think life would be like if God didn't press us to obey?

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