God's story is worth living for: Middle School Small Groups 12.11.16

What we're talking about

One of the best things about Christmas is obviously the presents! Who doesn’t love waking up to a pile of gifts? While there’s definitely nothing wrong with being excited about your Christmas morning collection, sometimes it takesthe focus off important parts of the holiday—family, friends, and loved ones—and puts it on something else—ourselves. The truth is, we don’t just do this at Christmas. Our culture pushes us all the time to live for ourselves first, even when it’s at the expense of others. So what do we do? How do we balance looking out for ourselves and our own best interests without buying into the belief that the world revolves around us? This week we’ll look back to the Christmas story, but this time we’ll focus on Mary’s story. As the mother of Jesus, she played a huge role in the way the story unfolded. And her response when given the choice to put herself over others will show us that there’s something worth living for beyond just ourselves.

Questions for Conversation

  • What's the worst Christmas present you've ever been given?
  • What are some ways you've seen people act selfishly or ungratefully at Christmas time?
  • Why do you think some people (like Mary) decide that living for God is better than living for themselves?
  • How can paying attention to other people help us live a bigger story?