I can’t believe it! Christmas is only a week away and I’m super excited for all the things we have in store for you guys this weekend, with that here is the week three recap.
**Note: Next weeks blog post will be Tuesday @ the normal 9:30am and Merry Christmas everyone!
This week we continued into our third week of Special Delivery where we take the time to celebrate the wonderful but often overlooked story of the birth of Jesus!
Memory Verse: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV
Key Question: How do we know God loves us?
Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus.
Basic Truth: God loves me.
The Bottom Line: God Gave Us Jesus
Story: The angels tell about Jesus.
The Shepherds • Luke 2:8-20
Jesus is at long last born and the world can rejoice but how will the world know about his arrival is Mary and Joeseph are in a cave in one of the smallest towns in all of Isreal? God, like he did with Mary, sends his angels out to spread the word and the first people the angel appears to is a group of shepherds attending to their sheep. Now shepherds job is to keep their flock safe imagine how they felt as they were enjoying a peaceful night and suddenly angels appear to them? (yeah time to get the sheeps and run) All jokes aside, the angels told them not to be afraid and said “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 1 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloth and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:10-12 They went immediately to find Joeseph and Mary to see if what the angels said were true. They found them and told them all they heard and the shepherds went everywhere they could spread the news of Jesus’ birth.
This week we continued our Christmas series The Big Give: Think Outside the Box! where we are talking about Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away!
Key Question: What are some ways you can give this Christmas? By this time in the month, kids might know what gifts they are giving to others. This question isn’t about the physical gifts kids can give, but the creative ways they can show generosity to others throughout the Christmas season.
We will take a look at important generosity principle Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:18. Command the rich to do good. Tell them to be rich in doing good things. They must give freely. They must be willing to share, (NIrV). Paul knows that our wealth isn’t based on how much we have but in what we do with it.
Bottom Line: Look for creative ways to give. As we have gifts and giving on our minds, Christmas is a natural time to talk to kids about generosity. Often, they feel like they don’t have anything to give. Thankfully, all of us can be rich in good deeds. We’ll help kids discover how they can look around and discover all sorts of ways they can give to others with their time and the talents God has given us!