I posted my lesson for Sunday last night, but I adapted and changed somethings on it, so I figured I’d re-post it. It’s not a comprehensive lesson plan, it’s probably not even the correct format that’s taught in most of your average Biblical Studies/education programs. You know what though, it works for me. A simple outline style with bullet points, and I can expand on it as the Spirit leads. What I did is I opened with two worship songs, this video from The Skit Guys, then spoke for about 10-15 minutes and then went into small groups and then closed with some more worship. God did some cool things tonight. Freedom Worship Band did the worship for us tonight and they did an exceptional job. Well, here’s my outline and small group questions:
- Intro: Christmas time is a season of celebration. A time when we traditionally and historically celebrate the birth of Christ. What often happens however is that Christ gets lost in the hype around the holiday. Tonight we’re going to look at Christ’s birth and the little known parts if his early life.
- Read Luke 2:1-20
Part 1: 1-20,39-40: the beginning
– the simple miracle of Christ’s birth.
God engineered History to set up the perfect circumstances for Christ Birth and life. (vs. 1-3)
1. Greece and then Rome conquered the world and spread their culture and language
2. World was unified under a central government
– His location was simple yet prophetic. (Vs 4). However, the majority of the world didn’t realize it because their expectations for a saviour were different. *God’s expectations are often contrary to what we expect
-angels celebrated yet the first humans that saw him were average people:
- a simple carpenter and peasant girl
- Shepherds were his first visitors.
- His first gifts were from strangers who followed a star
His first crib was a food trough.
When his parents had completed the necessary traditions they went back to their hometown, where Jesus GREW UP.
Do we truly comprehend that statement? We have a savior born as a man. God gave up paradise to come and live among us, to experience what it means to grow up. He had to have his diaper changed, learn how to eat, learn to walk….to experience life as a teenager. YET, through all of this, HE was completely human, yet, He was still the perfect Son of God.
Heb 4:14-16 – Christ understands our experiences, because he lived them
– Loss of Joseph at an early age and then God turning
his back on him at the Cross
– Rejection of His friends and family
– While Completely human, he was without sin
– because of HIS sacrifice, and HIS mercy we are able to come to feet of God and by HIS grace we are set free.
But it doesn’t end there. Let’s look a little deeper into Christ’s story.
Break into small groups. Leadership team will act as discussion leaders.
Discuss the following:
- Do you consider the fact that Christ Grew up a little unbelievable?
- Why do you think the Bible doesn’t say anything regarding Christ’s life between the ages of 12-30?
- In verses 42-50, we read that Jesus slipped away from HIS parents and was gone for 3 days, what would your parents have done if you did that? What do you think Mary and Joseph Did? What does the Bible say?
- Read vs 52 again. What do you think this verse means?
- BONUS IF THERE IS TIME: Look up John 2. Why do you think it significant that Christ’s first miracle was at a wedding? Why was he at the wedding? (Hint: He was invited….People liked him even before he began his ministry)