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ELEMENTARY - The Story of Christmas - Week 4

December 22-23, 2018 |

This live-teaching series looks at four stories of God inviting unlikely people to play a big role in his action plan to save the world through Jesus. Kids will see that God has given us that same invite and we have a choice to say YES to letting God use us.

ASK YOUR KID

What has God invited you to?

BIBLE VERSE

"Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say [and] in the way you live," 1 Timothy 4:12a.

 

GROUP Q&A 
  1. How can you let God use you? At home? At school? (Discuss.)
  2. Who does God invite to be a part of his action plan? (Everyone!)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY

TEACHER DEVOTIONAL

Read: Luke 1-2, John 3:16-17

Christmas changed everything. The beautiful truth in Christmas is that God came to us.

He loved us deeply, from the beginning, but we were separated from him by our sin. Our mistakes disconnected us from God, because he is set apart; holy. So, from the beginning—Eve’s first bite of fruit and forward, God had a plan to show us that he still loved us and would come to us to reconnect.

God coming to us is unique. It separates God from any other god in any other religion. God made the first move, because he knew we couldn’t. He saw that we were hopelessly headed towards death because of sin, and he came down to us to bring us back to him.

It’s difficult to always believe that God is loving toward us. Our limited view of our lives can stretch us to doubt that. We can see him as apathetic toward us, or impulsive. In our guilt and shame, we can project hatred onto him. We can get caught in wrong thinking and believe we are working our way toward God’s perfection, or love.

But Christmas reveals God’s heart. It shows his unconditional love for us. It fulfills his plan to rescue us from our sin, to restore us to connection with him by redeeming us through Jesus. He sent his only son into our mess to save us. He was showing us his great love. He came to us.

That’s Christmas. That’s love. That’s hope. That’s the news a weary world needs to hear.

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons,” Galatians 4:4-5.

Knowing that God came to you, instead of the other way around, what does that change about who you think God is? Are there any ways you’re trying to work your way toward God?

In what ways are you living out of the love God showed you in sending Jesus? How can you share from that love this season?

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