It’s Christmas. Nativity scenes are everywhere. You know, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, and the drummer boy (who wasn’t actually there). Maybe you grew up seeing these scenes and wondered what they were all about. Or maybe you’ve heard the story a million times. Either way, there’s another story we bet you haven’t heard, characters you barely know, scenes you don’t see in the plastic nativity on your neighbor’s lawn. As we explore two often-untold parts of the Christmas story, we discover that God had something bigger in mind from the very beginning. And, just as it was true for those at the first Christmas, He may just have a bigger story in mind for us as well.
Luke 2:25-40 MSG
Small Group Questions
What’s the craziest or strangest Christmas decoration your family puts up (or the craziest you’ve seen)?
As great as Christmas is, what are some ways that it can be difficult?
Why do you think there’s so much pressure during the Christmas season to have a perfect “Christmas feeling”?
When God doesn’t respond the way we expect Him to, how can that impact the way we see Him or relate to Him?
How would you explain the phrase, “God is faithful”?
You don’t want to worship a God who thinks the way you do. Do you agree with that statement? Why or why not?
What’s one way we can trust God during times of silence?
Question of the week
How is God working in your story?
Make the time to break out into an anthem of praise for what Jesus has done in the world and your life.