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  1. Epiphany Sunday

  2. “Epiphany” “To show, make known, reveal, or to shine forth” Celebrating the revelation of God in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

  3. Epiphany Sunday Reflecting on the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus; who were following a new star that was “shining forth” hope.

  4. Matthew 2: 1-12 • Magi track new star of the Messiah • They meet King Herod in Jerusalem • They Find Baby Jesus in Bethlehem • Warned by God not to tell Herod, • they return home on a different path

  5. The Magi showed 3 Marks Of True Commitment to Jesus.

  6. Matthew 2:11a “They bowed down and worshiped him” --------------------------- Humbled themselves, acknowledged Jesus as the new “Lord” of their lives.

  7. 2 Timothy 3: 2-4 2 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”

  8. "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got." -  W. L. Bateman

  9. Matthew 2:11b “They opened their treasures…” --------------------------- Recognized that all of their resources were now to be available to the Kingdom of God.

  10. Matthew 2:12b “They returned to their country by another route” --------------------------- They listen to and heed God’s Direction and are changed by their experience.

  11. Luke 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” ----------------------------------------------- Attitudes & Actions will change when we keep a Repentant Heart.

  12. The terrifying reality is that the Magi will return to their pagan land with a transformed heart, but will have to intentionally work hard to stay connected to God’s Plan for their lives.

  13. These life changes will not be self-focused “resolutions” that are fueled by their own will power and driven by guilty feelings. This will be a God-led “revolution”!

  14. "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." -  Narcotics Anonymous

  15. Starting next week, we will begin a new Sermon Series that will help us follow a New Path… A Different Path where we are freed up from the “clutter” of life and unleashed for God’s Kingdom.

  16. Epiphany Sunday