19 Dec Family Devotion – Christmas
GATHER EVERYONE FOR WORSHIP AND PRAY
Get everyone’s attention by playing a song. Gather around the dinner table, on the couch, or another comfortable location that works for your family. Open in prayer and ask God to bless this time.
MAKE IT FUN.
As you exchange gifts with your family, talk about the difference between the world’s idea of Christmas (be good to earn good gifts) and God’s idea of Christmas (sending Jesus to save us though we cannot earn His good favor).
READ THE STORY.
1. Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah
2. Isaiah said the Messiah would be filled with the Holy Spirit.
3. Isaiah wrote that even animals would stop fighting each other.
4. The Messiah would fill the earth with knowledge of God.
5. The rulers of Israel ordered people to travel to their hometown for a census.
6. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, the city of David.
7. Mary gave birth to Jesus, and shepherds heard about Him from angels.
8. Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.
ASK THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
1. In what ways has Jesus already fulfilled some of these prophecies?
2. Which prophecies are we still waiting to see Jesus fulfill?
3. What are some things about Jesus birth that were strange?
4. Do you think many people expected the Messiah to be born like this?
DISCUSS THE CHRIST CONNECTION.
Isaiah and many other prophets in the Old Testament told about a King who would come and rule forever. Jesus is the promised Messiah. He will make all these words come true.
The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into their world to save people from sin and to be our King.
Singing is an important way to reinforce and memorize important biblical truths. Our worship pastor has provided links to songs your kids will actually hear in our worship service each week.
CLOSE IN PRAYER.
Take a moment to recap what you’ve learned and ask God to help you believe and obey the truths of the Bible. Pray for any other needs you are aware of as well.
*This content is provided on our take home page and teachers guides included with The Gospel Project curriculum.