This week, you'll talk about the shepherds who spread the word about Jesus' birth as you challenge students to consider what stories they have to share.
Do you have a favorite?
Maybe it’s hard to believe you have a story to share. Maybe you’re worried because you’re not sure what you believe right now, or you’re not sure your story is that interesting, or you’re not sure how to defend what you believe if someone asks you a hard question. That’s okay! You still have something important that the world needs to hear.
So what’s your story? What’s the message you have to share with others about this Christmas season? Maybe . . .
who will you tell?
On the first Christmas, the shepherds gave their stories, as incomplete and unpolished as they were. They weren’t experts. They didn’t have answers to every question. They just knew something incredible was taking place, and they were going to tell everyone they could about it.
So what’s your story? What do you have to tell the world about who Jesus is to you? And who are you going to tell?
You don’t have to be someone important to have an important story to share. On the first Christmas, the shepherds gave their stories because they couldn’t help but share the good news about Jesus’ birth. This Christmas, how could you and I do the same?
Consider these questions
What's the best gift you've ever been given? What made it so great?
Have you ever been really excited to give someone a gift? Why were you so excited about it?
Why do you think people say Jesus' birth was a gift?
Of all people, why do you think God chose to tell these shepherds about Jesus' birth?
When the shepherds told people the story of what they'd seen, how much do you think they understood about who Jesus was? What do you think they said?
Have you ever felt unqualified to talk with someone about what you believe? What holds us back from sharing our stories with others?
The shepherds shared their stories about being visited by angels — what kinds of stories about God could you share?
Read Matthew 10:27. "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs."
What's one thing you've discovered about God that you could share withothers?
This Christmas, what's one way you plan to share your stories of faith with someone else?
How do you think God might be calling you to share your stories even after Christmas is over?
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