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Viva! The Christmas Story

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Thanks to nativity scenes and Christmas pageants, most people are familiar with the story of Jesus’ birth…but maybe we’re too familiar? The fact is, nativity scenes and your typical Christmas pageants that chronologically tell the Christmas story aren’t the full story. When you read the Gospel accounts of the birth of Christ, you have two different stories (Matthew and Luke) that don’t line up easily. Additionally, John offers a metaphorical account while Mark, the first gospel written, apparently didn’t feel that the virgin birth story was worth mentioning.

Rather than just taking the Gospel records and combining them to fit a historical timeline, it’s important to take the time to understand what each God-inspired author is trying to communicate with the way they tell the story. Each writer is purposeful about what they include and why. In this VIVA! Series we will invite your group into exploring these elements as you explore the Christmas stories of the Bible. Here is what we’ll be discussing:

Week 1: Mark’s (Non)Account

Week 2: Matthew’s Account

Week 3: Luke’s Account

Week 4: John’s Account

About Viva

Includes 4 lessons, instructions, and two slide templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, MediaShout, ProPresenter or another display system.

Viva is a series of short, downloadable, curriculum resources. Whether you are looking for a last minute lesson plan or  ideas to add into your teaching, Viva is designed for youth workers leading the revolution.

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3 reviews for Viva! The Christmas Story

  1. Tracy (verified owner)

    I just have to tell you how much my youth and I are enjoying the Viva Christmas Story series. To quote two of them last night, “my mind is getting blown all over the place.”

    It makes it so easy for a leader to prepare and share great context and meaning in the story and then to transition from the story to making it personal – it’s really effective.

    I am creating new bible nerds and I love it! Thanks so much and keep up the incredible work with Viva!

  2. Tracy (verified owner)

    One more thing I forgot to mention – the discussion questions are awesome and go beyond the typical ones I would have thought of.

  3. Jesse Blasdel (verified owner)

    Like many pastors, I have a love/hate relationship with teaching during Advent. We need the story of Jesus coming as Emmanuel, but it is hard to make it new and fresh. This series looks at how each of the Gospel writes about the birth story and it has been meaningful for both my adult leaders and my students to approach the story from this perspective.
    I really appreciate the history behind the audience that the authors were writing to and the discussion questions are great.

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