Family Christmas Study Begins December 1
Our family Bible study focused on preparing our hearts for Christmas begins tomorrow. The Jesse Tree is the family tree of Jesus (see Matthew 1 and Luke 3 for a complete genealogy of Jesus). All along its branches are men and women of God who have incredible stories to share and from which we can glean a deeper understanding of faith and build a stronger relationship with God. God orchestrated these people and stories for a reason — to point us to His Son Jesus who comes to save us once and for all.
For this study, we encourage you to read, reflect, and journal (we use SOAP; see the tab above for more info) on these scriptures on your own and then find a good time with your family to do this devotion together. Each daily post during this study will have the NIV version of the day’s reading followed by a devotion, discussion question, and prayer taken from “Jesse Tree Family Devotions” by the Reformed Church in America, then below that will be a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you press the “Follow” button on this page and then fill-in your email address, daily posts will come straight to your e-mail inbox.
For printable ornaments to make your own Jesse Tree, see: http://images.rca.org/docs/discipleship/jessepatterns.pdf. If you’re doing this study with smaller kids, consider using a children’s Bible to share the stories, or use the shorter version of the scripture which will be provided in parentheses. For older kids, consider introducing them to the SOAP method of journaling through this study.
We hope you join us in this study, and please share how it’s going, your favorite Christmas traditions, and prayer requests in the Comments section on our website.