Sunday Night was our Christmas party and the final Bible Study on our Christmas series. We talked about traditions that our families have regarding how we celebrate Christmas. We also discussed that we are in control of how we celebrate Christmas.
People complain because Christmas is lost in consumerism or it is to stressful, when in fact we have made it that way. We can not blame the mall or stores for making Christmas about gifts, those stores can not force us to spend money. If we want Christmas to be about Jesus, then it is our responsibility to make Christmas about Jesus.
We also had our “grey” elephant gift exchange. It is actually a white elephant gift exchange, but one of our students doesn’t like that name because elephants are grey. The highlight gift in our exchange was a GI Joe doll with no feet, one hand, the wrong head, and no clothes.
Have a great Christmas!
Grey Elephant Gift Exchange
So Sunday night I had planned on continuing our series on Christmas, with the Bible Study Christmas Present, not as a gift but as past, present, and future. But Saturday I was struck with the wonderful stomach flu, so I had the pleasure of laying on the couch all Sunday.
Our Christmas study is taken from the Christmas Carol, we are doing a Christmas Past study(before Jesus, Christmas Present study(birth of Jesus), and a Christmas Future study(everything after Jesus).
I will be doing the Bible Study this Wednesday though and then finishing up with Christmas Future, on the 21st. So if interested here is where I was going with the Bible Study: Christmas Present. Continue reading
As I shared in a previous post we will be teaching Christmas with some creativety this year. We are going at it with the theme of Dickens’s Christmas Carol. This last Sunday was Christmas Past, Dec. 14th will be Christmas Present, and Dec. 21st will be Christmas Future.
I was pleased with how the lesson on Christmas Past went. I began with having the students give me an overview of the Dickens’s Christmas Carol. What I found out as I was researching was that Dickens wrote the Christmas Carol to make a point. He was unhappy with the way the poor were being treated so he wrote this story to help unmask the social injustices going on. So after the students relayed the “facts” of the Christmas Carol to me I was able to share with them that this was more than just a story. Continue reading
This Sunday will begin our youth series on Christmas. One of my soap boxes is churches or ministries that only spend one week talking about Christmas. Now my preference is that we would sing Christmas carols all year round but I am yet to find a church willing to do that. But in our youth ministry we will spend the majority of the month of December talking about Christmas.
This year we are going with The Christmas Carol theme and teaching on 1. Christmas Past, 2. Christmas Present, and 3. Christmas Future.
We are going to make Jesus’ birth as the present time. So for these Bible studies we will be living in the time of Mary and Joseph.
With that being said, Christmas Past will be the Old Testament proclaiming that a Messiah is coming to save the world, and the fact that until Jesus came to earth He had always been in heaven taking part in creation.
Christmas Present will be the story of Jesus’ birth.
Christmas Future will be how did the birth of Christ effect us. What would have happened if Jesus had never been born? How did that single moment in history change the future for an entire world.