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Stir Up Wonder

The Christmas Story can sometimes become mundane and humdrum, especially as the season gets busier and busier. How do we rediscover the wonder of Christmas? In this message, Pastor Jeremy DeWeerdt encourages us to see the Christmas Story from a deeper perspective. As we ponder what God did that silent night and praise Him for what He continues to do in our lives, the Wonder of Christmas reveals itself to each and every one of us!

Notes 📓✏️:

Who in your world needs hope?

Who in your world needs peace?

Who in your world needs love?

Attend one, serve one.

Familiarity is the enemy of wonder.

1 . Personally seek Jesus.

2. Help others find Jesus.

Luke 2:15-20 (Amp) “When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger. And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.”

How good are you at obeying God when you don’t understand what is going on?

“I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”

Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart.

Christmas is a time to STOP and give CAREFUL THOUGHT to the fact that Jesus is here, and God is good.

Sometimes, wonder isn’t a feeling, it’s a choice.

We must stir up wonder.

Stopping and giving careful thought.

Take a moment and stop during this season to focus on what God has done for you.

Mary pondered. The shepherds praised.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

1 John 4:10 (NIV) “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

This Christmas season, let’s be full of praise because we are in right standing with God.

True faith begins with wonder and ends with wonder, and the space between is filled with gratitude.

Pondering is inward.

Praise is upward.

Discussion Questions 📝:

  1. What is something you learned from the message this week?
  2. Knowing familiarity is the enemy of wonder, what are the ways we can  keep a heart of wonder in this holiday season?
  3. Wonder is a choice even in the struggles we face, what obstacles or distractions do you need to overcome in order to stir up a heart of gratitude?
  4. What is a prayer you have for yourself, your family, or your friends this Christmas?