People that are becoming more Christ-like are making some big time choices in their lives. It’s not something that just happens. Those decisions don’t end with gather, grow, and give. They are bigger than just coming to church, attending a small group, and being in a ministry. The last thing Jesus told His followers was to go make disciples of all the nations.
When we talk about giving at church, many people immediately think about money. Of course giving financial is important. But the idea is SO much bigger than that. We give in ministry. We make a choice to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
This message is from Steve Carpenter at our Atoka Campus. If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.
Jesus could have come to us as an emperor with riches and fame. He could have come as conquering warrior. Yet He chose the path of a peasant, helpless and humble. It seems we often we find ourselves seeking for prestige and drowning in comparison. Ask the Father to show you how you can be Christ-like in humility this Christmas.
“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12
The church is not so much a building as it is
a group of people gathering for worship. Perhaps the Magi bowing down before a baby could be described as the first gathering of Christians? It was probably just like churches today: messy, but celebrating Jesus. Christmas is coming! How will gathering with
God’s people help you celebrate?
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20
This is a great activity for Christmas morning. It will require some preparation in advance.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Glow-in-the-dark stars; Bible; Nativity set that includes Mary, Joseph, a donkey, other animals, an angel, a shepherd, wise men, and baby Jesus; a cake with a candle
- When the kids are in bed, make a trail of stars from their rooms to the Christmas tree.
- Place different pieces of the nativity set along the path, ending with baby Jesus.
- When the kids wake up, help them follow the stars like the wise men did.
- At the first stop, find Mary, Joseph and a donkey & read Luke 2:1-5. Collect the figurines as you go to the next stop.
- Continue following the trail of stars to the animals and read Luke 2:6-7.
- Find the angels and shepherds at the next stop and read Luke 2:8-20.
- Follow the trail to where the wise men wait and read Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11.
- Approach the tree and have the kids focus on baby Jesus. As you turn on the tree lights, remind the kids that Jesus is the light of the world and that His birth is the reason we celebrate.
- Finish the search with worship by singing hymns.