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The Purpose of Christmas DVD study guide is for use by groups and families with The Purpose of Christmas DVD, which features three sessions taught by Rick Warren on why we celebrate Christmas and how it can change our lives forever. At the very first Christmas – the birth of Jesus – an angel announced three things. In those three statements of the angel, we find the three purposes of Christmas. The three sessions on this DVD look at each of those purposes: • Christmas Is a Time for Celebration • Christmas Is a ...

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Overview

The Purpose of Christmas DVD study guide is for use by groups and families with The Purpose of Christmas DVD, which features three sessions taught by Rick Warren on why we celebrate Christmas and how it can change our lives forever. At the very first Christmas – the birth of Jesus – an angel announced three things. In those three statements of the angel, we find the three purposes of Christmas. The three sessions on this DVD look at each of those purposes: • Christmas Is a Time for Celebration • Christmas Is a Time for Salvation • Christmas Is a Time for Reconciliation Three sessions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310318552
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,009,274
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Warren

Dr. Rick Warren is pastor, author, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist. His book The Purpose driven Life has been called the bestselling non-fiction hardback in publishing history by Publishers Weekly, having sold more than 32 million copies. Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980 with his wife, Kay. In addition to a 120-acre campus in Lake Forest, CA, the church has ten satellite campuses in Southern California and three international campuses.

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The Purpose of Christmas DVD Study Guide

A Three-Session, Video-Based Study for Groups and Individuals


By Rick Warren
Zondervan
Copyright © 2008

Rick Warren
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-0-310-31855-2



Chapter One THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS DVD STUDY GUIDE

HOST TIP: Welcome! If you are doing this study with a small group, give everyone a chance to introduce themselves and briefly share how they came to be a part of the group. Then take a few minutes to review the Group Guidelines on pages 57 - 58. These guidelines will help everyone know what to expect and how to contribute to a meaningful small group time.

Looking Ahead

1. Briefly share your favorite Christmas memory.

2. Is anything distracting you from the joy of this season?

Key Verse

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

Watch the Session One video now and fill in the blanks in the outline on pages 13-15. Refer back to the outline during your discussion time.

A Time for Celebration

The birth of Jesus Christ is the most significant event in the history of mankind. It split history into BC and AD. Every time you write a check, celebrate a birthday, fill out an application form, or any time you use a date, you're using the birth of Jesus Christ as the basis for measuring time.

Christmas was God's idea. He planned when it would happen, how it would happen, where it would happen, and why it would happen. And since it was his idea, we should find out what he had in mind.

On the night Jesus Christ was born, God sent an angel to announce his arrival. In that birth announcement, we find God's three purposes of Christmas.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." (Luke 2:8-10 NIV)

The first purpose of Christmas is _______________________________________.

Three Reasons to Celebrate

1. God _______________________________________ you.

"God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 NIV)

What God is saying to you at Christmas is, "I love you. It's not just the world I love-it's you that I love." God's love isn't based on what you do. His love is based on who he is.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? ... 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 NLT)

2. God is _____________________________________ you.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (Psalm 139:7-10 NIV)

"I will never leave you; I will never abandon you." (Hebrews 13:5 TEV)

God will never abandon you. You may not feel like he's near, but that just means you're not tuned in. You're not connected. You're not plugged into the source.

"It is not good for the man to be alone." (Genesis 2:18 NIV) God sets the lonely in families. (Psalm 68:6 NIV)

3. God is _____________________________________ you.

God is not against you. He's not out to get you or make you miserable. He's on your side. He wants to give your life purpose and meaning.

"God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." (John 3:17 LB)

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 NIV)

The God who created the universe, and who set the stars in their places and the world on its axis, says, "I love you, I am with you, I am for you." No matter who you are, where you've come from, or what you've done in your life, the Good News is for you. And that is worth celebrating!

Discovery Questions

1. Which of the following statements is the most meaningful to you in this season of your life and why? God loves you. God is with you. God is for you.

2. Read Romans 8:35-39 in the outline (see page 14) and underline the phrase that means the most to you. Briefly explain why you selected that phrase.

3. Psalm 68:6 says, "God sets the lonely in families." How has God used your family, friends, or even this group to help you experience his love?

4. If you really believe God is for you and not against you, what is one thought, attitude, or behavior that you need to change?

5. Now that you know how much God loves you, how will that affect the way you celebrate Christmas this year?

Living on Purpose: Fellowship

Do you have a friend or family member who needs to hear the truths you learned today? Why not invite them to join your group? Turn to the Circles of Life diagram on page 59 of this study guide. Take a moment to ask God to bring to your mind the names of people for each category in the diagram. Then commit to your small group that you will invite at least one person from your Circles of Life diagram to your next group meeting. Prepare for growth! Surveys have found that at least half of those invited to a small group accept the invitation.

Putting it into Practice

1. The Purpose of Christmas, by Rick Warren, is the perfect complement to this DVD study. Read pages 3 - 37 this week. Be prepared to share your thoughts and insights with the group in your next session.

2. It's party time! Pastor Rick challenged your group to host a simple Christmas party for your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. What's important right now is to decide who is going to host it and when you are going to have it. The best person to host the party is usually the most outgoing person in your group. But everybody has to get involved by bringing something and inviting someone. This could be a cookie exchange, a potluck, a night of caroling, etc. Take a moment to write down the names of a couple people you could invite, and then discuss plans with your group.

_______________________ ______________________

Prayer Direction

HOST TIP: If your group has more than seven or eight people, you may want to break into smaller groups for prayer.

Following you will find two sections, one for personal prayer and one for group prayer requests. Take a few minutes to write a personal prayer based on today's session and what you're most thankful about. Then write down a few of the group prayer requests before you pray together.

Sometimes talking to God can be scary, but nothing can be scarier than being asked to pray out loud. After personal and group prayer requests are made you may want to have people pray, "Lord I thank you for ___________________ . God I need help with _________________ . Jesus, I'm trusting you with ___________________________________ ." This may help everyone get started.

Personal Prayer

Father, today I learned ... ___________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

Thank you, Lord, for ... ______________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

Group Prayer

Name Request ________________________ ________________________________ ________________________ ________________________________ ________________________ ________________________________ ________________________ ________________________________ ________________________ ________________________________ ________________________ ________________________________

Daily Christmas Prayer Journal

God desires to have a relationship with you where you connect with him throughout the day. This comes naturally for some people, but for others this is not so easy. That's why we have created this Daily Christmas Prayer Journal where you can write your daily conversations with God.

This journal is uniquely designed to help you record your thoughts and reflections to God on a daily basis. You will find simple suggestions to help get you started each day in a conversation with God. This journal is perfect for those who are not accustomed to journaling. For those who are, it's like your own daily Advent journal. Discover the beauty of the Christmas season and a deeper connection with God by completing your Daily Christmas Prayer Journal.

Now turn the page to begin your Daily Christmas Prayer Journal.

Daily Christmas Prayer Journal

Dear God, this Christmas I hope ... December 1 _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Lord, I am so grateful ... December 2 _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Father, help me see ... December 3 _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Lord, help me celebrate ... December 4 _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Forgive me, Lord, for ... December 5 _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Father, I pray for ... December 6 _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Lord, help my family to see ... December 7 _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

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Table of Contents

Contents Understanding Your Study Guide....................7
How to Use This Video Curriculum....................9
Session One: A Time for Celebration....................11
Session Two: A Time for Salvation....................23
Session Three: A Time for Reconciliation....................35
Group Resources....................49
Helps for Hosts....................50
Frequently Asked Questions....................55
Group Guidelines....................57
Circles of Life-Small Group Connections....................59
Small Group Calendar....................60
Answer Key....................61
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