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Session 22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

Read: Isaiah 61:1-9, Luke 4:18-21

The sound of a Salvation Army bell ringing, a child’s wish written in crayon hung on a Christmas tree, hot meals served to strangers on a cold day. The holidays bring many opportunities to serve others, especially those less fortunate than us.
 
When Jesus returned to heaven, His mission “to proclaim good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” became ours to continue (Isaiah 61:1). 

Whether we give our money, our time, or both, giving is what Jesus wants us to do. We bless others because Jesus blesses us. 

We are living in the time of the Lord’s favor that Isaiah describes. Favor is simply another way of describing God’s approval and delight. We receive God’s favor not because of anything we’ve done, but because Jesus died for our sin. 

God established an eternal covenant with us through Jesus. This time of the Lord’s favor is now! Jesus has come, paid for our sin, and is preparing His forever kingdom. No matter our circumstances, we are blessed. 

We may not we have as much as someone else, but we have exactly what we need to continue Jesus’ mission until He returns. Take time to bless others through generosity. Look for opportunities in the church and in the community to serve others. As we do, people start to see there’s something special about God’s people and His goodness becomes known among the nations (Isaiah 61:8-9). 

Reflect: 

  • Read Isaiah 61:1-3 again. What one way you can be generous to those in need? Ask God to show you an opportunity to proclaim good news to the poor.
  • What’s one way you can encourage someone who feels trapped or comfort someone who’s struggling this Christmas? 
  • Finally, re-read Isaiah 61:4. Is there anything that’s been lost that God might want to work through you to restore? 

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What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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