22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Wonderful, Mighty God, Prince of Peace
1 Peter 5:10
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
The Magi brought Jesus gifts and worshiped Him for who He was. The essence of true worship is when we also honor Christ for who He is and are willing to give Him what is valuable to us. We should worship God because He is the perfect, just, and almighty Creator of the universe. And He is worthy of the very best that we have to give.
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
We see throughout the Apostle Paul’s ministry that he began with what his listeners were familiar with when he introduced people to Christ. When he spoke to the Jews, he began with Jewish history. And when he spoke to Greek philosophers, he established common ground by pointing out what they agreed on about God. However, in both cases, he moved his message to Jesus and focused on the resurrection. When sharing the Good News, it is important for us to begin with what our audience is familiar with and then move them toward a decision about Jesus Christ.
We establish your kingdom, Oh Father!
28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
1 Corinthians 1:18
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:14
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.