A Different Kind of Christmas—Gifts: A Free Advent Lesson

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Gifts are almost an obsession as we lead up to Christmas day, but this obsession has deep roots in the holy themes of Advent.  Today we discover the ancient, holy roots to the gifts we give on Christmas day.


  1. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
  2. What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
  3. What is the best gift you have ever been given?
  4. Why do people give gifts to one another on Christmas?

Thinking “Gifts From God”

  1. Have you ever been given a gift from God? If so, what was it?
  2. When you think about gifts given to us from God, what do you think about?
  3. What is purpose of the gifts given to us from God?

What the Bible Says About Gifts

Read the following passages and after each ask:

  1. What does this say about the gifts God give us?
  2. What is the purpose of this gift?

John 14: 26, Acts 1: 4, Acts 2: 38 (Read these 3 together)
Romans 6: 23
1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 11
2 Corinthians 9: 15
Ephesians 2: 8 – 10

Using Our Gifts…

Say to the group: God has given each of us many gifts. The gift of life, the gift of eternal life, and the personal and individual gifts unique to each of us that we have been blessed with.

But none of these gifts that God gives to us are meant to stay with us. They are meant to be used!

Thinking about God’s gifts to us:

  1. What are ways that we share the gifts that God has given to us with others?
  2. What is it that keeps us from sharing our gifts?
  3. How is it that we rob God of His working on this earth when we don’t share our gifts with others? (The point of this question is to get students to think about how God has given each of us gifts that He desires us to share with others…and by doing so we change lives, change the world, and share the love of Christ with the world).


Close by thinking of things in this world…either close to home or far away…that are wrong (things that are wrong with the world).

What gifts do you have that can help change these situations?


Scott has served in student ministry for over 30 years, the past 23 years at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma, where he oversees ministries to Kindergarten through 12th grade as the director of student ministries. Having grown up in an incredible and life-changing youth ministry at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla, Washington, Scott got his start in student ministry at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman, Washington while a student at Washington State University. He will never forget his first official Sunday as a youth director when 2 of the high school students who showed up were older then him! Scott has a passion for missions and leadership develop, and desires to create life-long disciples for Jesus Christ. He and Kristin have been married for 13 years, and welcomed an amazing little girl into the world in May of 2016. You can follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottMeier