The entire world needed Christmas.
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
—Galatians 4:4–5 (NLT)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
—Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Goal of Small Group
To help students understand that Christmas proves to us how far God will go to demonstrate His love for us.
Think about This
Leaders, at this phase, students are developing a faith of their own, and while they understand what we celebrate during the holidays, they don’t always understand why. They know the Christmas story, but they may need your help making the connection between the baby Jesus, the risen Jesus, and what it all means for them personally.
Who do you spend the most time with during Christmas break?
We said, “God doesn’t want us to bribe Him—He wants us to know Him.” Why do we tend to think that God requires something to make Him love us?
What makes it difficult for many people to believe that God loves them?
Why do you think Jesus demonstrated His love instead of just telling us about it?
- When are you most likely to feel like God doesn’t love you?
- How can it be helpful in those moments to remember that Jesus demonstrated His love?
What’s one way you can demonstrate your gratitude for God’s love this week? (Possible answers: telling Him, serving others, being generous.)
Leaders, just after group, text your students something like this:
It was great seeing you all this week. I realize that a lot of us grew up celebrating Christmas, but maybe this is your first time understanding what it means for you personally. If you want to talk more about that or are interested in beginning a relationship with God, I’d love to chat with you. Just let me know!