Sermon: “Three Wise Wesleyans”
Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-12
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler
Scripture and questions for study and reflection:
Read Matthew 2:1-12.
1. How is the term “Epiphany” used differently in the church compared to its usage outside the church?
2. How is the Magi story an illustration of God’s grace, specifically from the Wesleyan understanding of grace (prevenient, justifying, sanctifying)?
3. When have you experienced God’s prevenient grace (God wooing you) in your own life? Do you still experience it sometimes?
4. Can you recall when you experienced God’s justifying grace (sometimes called being saved)? Did anything change in your life as a result?
5. How do you experience God’s sanctifying grace in your life (transforming you more into the image of Jesus)? Is this sanctifying process always enjoyable, or is it sometimes difficult?
6. Do you believe that “God who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it”? (Philippians 1:6 paraphrase) How have you experienced God’s faithfulness in this work in your life?
7. What can we learn about our own tithing and offerings from the Magi’s offering of gifts to the Christ child? Why do we give and to whom/what do we give?
Prayer for the Week:
Creator God, you make all things new in heaven and on earth. We come to you in a new year with new desires and old fears, new decisions and old controversies, new dreams and old weaknesses. Because you are a God of hope, we know that you create better possibilities for the future. Because you are a God of love, we know that you forgive all the mistakes of the past. Because you are the God of our faith, we enter your gates with thanksgiving and praise. We come into your presence with gladness and joy, as we strive to serve and bless you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.