A Different Kind of Christmas | Living and Giving Like Jesus (Slaughter)
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Help your church cast a vision of living and giving like Jesus, beginning with the Christmas season and continuing through the year. This five-week study, based on Mike Slaughter's popular book, Christmas is Not Your Birthday, will empower your family and your church to reclaim the broader missional meaning of Jesus' birth and experience a Christmas season with more peace and joy than any toy or gadget could ever bring. Participants will also learn to see the traps and discontentment of consumerism and the call of God to live generously to fulfill God's mission in the world.
The following components are available in this series:
DVD with Leader Guide: This five-session DVD features Mike Slaughter, Lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church and popular author of Christmas is Not Your Birthday. Each 10-15 minute video inspires viewers to approach Christmas differently and be transformed in the process. A downloadable Leader Guide is available to facilitate small-group discussion about the book, the devotions, and the DVD. Sessions include:
1. Expect a Miracle
2. Giving Up on Perfect
3. Scandalous Love
4. Jesus' Wish List
5. By a Different Road
All video sessions are closed captioned.
Leader Guide: Contains everything needed to guide your group through this study: five full session plans, discussion questions, and activities, as well as multiple format options and suggestions of ways to make the study a meaningful experience for any group. 64 pages.
Devotions for the Season: Designed to draw your entire family into closer fellowship with God as you respond to this Christmas season and the call of God to live generously all year around. Thirty short readings, Scripture, prayer, and stories about helping others at Christmas. 80 pages.
Youth Study: A practical and inspirational five-week study for youth during Advent. Includes leader helps. 80 pages.
Children's Study: A fun and inspiring five-week study for children during Advent. Contains session ideas for younger and older children, including reproducible handouts. 70 pages.
About the Author
Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation," and cyber-ministry. He's the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Change the World, Christmas is Not Your Birthday, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.
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