Teaching Notes: On Christmas

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a study about Christmas.

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What Jesus Wants for Christmas

Virgin Mary with Baby JesusChristians believe that Jesus Christ is the “reason” for the season, but what does that mean? Is that just a cool little saying we use each December or does it have a deeper meaning that should impact our lives all year long?

We say we believe the “story” of Christmas, but what does that mean? Do we like the story about the baby Jesus because it’s something that fits in with the annual celebration or does it have a deeper meaning that should impact our lives all year long?

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The Secret of Christmas (Part 1)

Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus

It’s almost Christmas. People are running around trying to find just the perfect gift for friends and family. The alcohol flows from one party to another. The stress grows as each person tries vainly to fulfill their desires for the “happiest” time of the year. The goal is ever elusive.

Is this what Christmas is really all about? Why do we do this to ourselves? Is there something more? Something better? Something we’re missing?

The answer is a resounding YES! There is something more; something much better. There’s a secret about the holiday that can make every day the “happiest” time of the year.

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It’s Christmas!

Welcome to the week before Christmas! What a wonderful time to rejoice in the good things we have in life – and we do have so many good things.

Christmas is one of those times of the year when more people are open to hearing about Jesus Christ. However, what they hear usually doesn’t take them far enough to understand the uniqueness of God’s Gift to the world. Why did God send His Son to earth in the form of a baby? Why did the mother of Jesus have to be a virgin? What is the significance of Christ’s birth to me?

I hope you will enjoy reading a free eBook called It’s Christmas! It’s part of our GraceLife Bible Study Series and presents the true meaning and purpose of God’s Son coming to earth 2,000 years ago in the form of a little child. If you find it a blessing, please share the book with your family and friends. It’s our gift to you and them.


In Christ’s Love and Grace,

Mark McGee

GraceLife Ministries

Why Jesus Was Born Of A Virgin

Merry Christmas! This is the day millions of people around the world remember the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. But why did God’s Son need to be born? His existence is from “everlasting to everlasting.” Christ is Eternal. He is All-Powerful and All-Knowing. Why would He need to lower Himself to become like one of His own creatures?

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The Virgin Mary

Yesterday, we began a study about a Jewish virgin named Mary. She lived in a little town in the northern region of Israel named Nazareth. We don’t know a lot about her personal history as a child, but we do know she found favor with God.

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’ But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:26-33

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