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Key Thought:

God’s value of a gift is found in the heart from which it’s given, not its material value. 



Key Quote

“When the devil tries to hit you in the mouth, hit him right back!” – Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is your most memorable Christmas?
  • What Christmas traditions does your family have?
  • What is your favorite Christmas movie?
  • Do you prefer to decorate your Christmas tree with clear lights or multi-colored lights?


Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What is the significance of the wise men’s gifts in the life of Jesus?
  • How does giving reflect the heart of Christ?
  • Why is giving a part of the Christian life?
  • How do you prepare now for the resistance you’ll face because you’re following God?


Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What resistance have you experienced when following Christ and how did you overcome it?
  • Has your giving been out of obligation or joy? What can you do to change your attitude towards giving?
  • Which of the wise men’s gifts resonates with you the most? 
  • How can you lead your family in the tradition of gift giving? 


Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for modeling what genuine giving, and sacrifice looks like. Help us to be more like you in our gift giving. Amen. 



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Find a way to live out the tradition of gift giving with your family this week.
  • Develop your game plan to fight back when the enemy throws resistance your way.
  • Invite someone to church with you this week!

Scriptures

“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.’  King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.  He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, ‘Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?’”  Matthew 2:1-4 NLT

“After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!  They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:9-11NLT

“For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.”  1 Timothy 6:15 NLT

“For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.  Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins.  But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time.”  Hebrews 10:10-12 NLT

“But he was crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole.  He was whipped so we could be healed.  All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.  We have left God’s paths to follow our own.  Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.  He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.”  Isaiah 53:5-7 NLT

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil…Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:5-10 NIV


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