Triple Dog Dare - Elementary - December 2015

Christmas movies have a way of changing the way you look not only about Christmas but also about life as we see characters on the screen transform from unbelief to belief, from stingy to generous, or from cold-hearted to compassionate.

For the month of December, we’re taking a quote from a famous Christmas movie and “Triple-Dog-Daring” kids to show compassion to the people around them and even across the world.

We define compassion like this: caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. But when it comes to compassion, no movie even comes close to the greatest story of all time, yep, THE Christmas story.

The Christmas story can really be summed up in one verse of Scripture. And this is the verse that we want every parent, every leader, and every child to memorize and carry with them the rest of their lives. Because there’s no other verse that can compare with what this verse says. It’s the essence not only of the Christmas story, but the essence of the story of Jesus. It’s found in John 3:16: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (NIrV).

If you look at the Christmas story, it’s easy to see that one aspect of God’s character is compassion. God saw our greatest need, and He met it in the most remarkable way. To get kids thinking more about this we’re taking the entire Christmas season to talk about compassion and ask a different question each week to get kids and families thinking about how they can show compassion this Christmas.

December 6th
Bible Story:  God Loves Us, Everyone - God showed His love  - 1 John 4:9-12
Bottom Line:  God loved you first. How will you love others?

December 13th
Bible Story: Yes, Mary, This Is a Savior - Gabriel appears to Mary  -  Luke 1:26-38
Bottom Line:  God saw our greatest need. Whose needs do you see?

December 20th
Bible Story:  How the Lord Gave Christmas  -  Jesus is born -  Luke 2:1-7
Bottom Line:  God gave us the greatest gift. What will you give?

December 27th
Bible Story:  Shepherd Guys Are Comin’  to Town  -  Shepherds visit Jesus  -  Luke 2:8-20
Bottom Line:  God gave us great news. Who will you tell?

Monthly Memory Verse: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.”  John 3:16, NIrV

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