Reading the Christmas Story

Reading the Christmas Story

How do you explain to your non-Christian friends the significance of Christmas?

Sure, they may enjoy a good nativity scene. They might love the idea of a baby born away in a manger on a silent night in the little town of Bethlehem. They may even speak about vague religious holiday sentiments like peace, hope, joy, and light.

But do they really understand the story of Jesus’ birth? Do they realize that the God of the universe has personally invaded time and space and took on flesh so that we, being dead to sin, might live? And how do you talk with your friends and neighbors about this in a helpful way?

Well, why not just simply read the Bible with them and let the story speak for itself?

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Of course, reading the Bible with a non-Christian friend may seem intimidating – both for you and your friend. The potential of awkward silence could be unnerving. The possibility of being asked questions you don’t have the answer to is very real.

A Reading Guide for Luke 2

To help with this, Matthias Media has developed a free reading guide of the Christmas story from Luke 2. This guide includes …

  • The biblical text to read through with your friend,
  • Raises questions and other thoughts to consider together, and
  • Includes a page of answers to the questions that you can choose to either go through at the time or leave with them to think about later.

There is only one question that it will directly ask of your friend, and it’s designed to cultivate future discussion and give you an idea of where they are in terms of considering the gospel. The question is simply this: “How do you feel about the birth of Jesus?”

The reading concludes with an invitation for them to read the Bible with you again using the You, Me, and the Bible guide that we as a church have utilized in the past.

This reading guide is free to download at the Matthias Media website!

Remember, faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Be praying about how God can use the simple reading of His Word to bring your friend to faith this Christmas season!