Nativity Creative Bible Study

posted in: Creative Bible Study | 0

This site includes links from a number of different affiliate programs. When you click on a link and make a purchase, we may earn a commission.

nativitycreativebiblestudy1

 

Welcome to this Creative Bible Study!

Nativity Creative Bible Study

 

READ AND REFLECT

Read Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-20, and Matthew 2:1-12

nativityscripturereading

 

Download the Nativity Scripture Reading Printables to reflect on these Bible passages. They are included in the Nativity Creative Bible Study Printables Set.

 

DOWNLOAD NOW


WRITE AND MEMORIZE

Read Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-20, and Matthew 2:1-12

 

Download the following printables to write the above mentioned Bible passages and practice your hand lettering. They are included in the Nativity Creative Bible Study Printables Set. Choose one or two Bible verses of these passages and memorize them.

 

nativity scripture writing
DOWNLOAD NOW


CREATE AND MEDITATE

Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-20, and Matthew 2:1-12

 

When you do creative activities such as coloring, doodling, collaging, journaling, etc., you enter into a contemplative, meditative state in which God’s Word can come into your heart and change it. You are able to immerse yourself into God’s Word and hide it in your heart. You creatively worship God.

With the help of the following Nativity creative faith printables you are able to meditate on the above mentioned Bible passages and creatively worship God.They are included in the Nativity Bible Study Printables Set which contains the following printables:

 

  • Nativity Scripture Reading Printables – 5 Pages
  • Nativity Scripture Writing Printables – 50 Pages
  • Nativity Creative Faith Printables – 8 Pages – 2 Nativity Coloring Pages, 2 Nativity Doodle Pages, 1 Nativity Collage Page, 1 Sheet of Nativity Bible Journaling Margin Strips, 1 Sheet of Nativity Bible Journaling Stickers, 1 Nativity Prayer Journal Page

 

nativity creative bible study

DOWNLOAD NOW

 

Suggestions for Creative Faith Practices

  • Color the Nativity Coloring Pages
  • Complete the Nativity Doodle Pages.
  • Create a Nativity Collage (an example is included in the Nativity Creative Bible Study Printables Set), Art Journaling Page or Mixed Media Page.
  • Create Nativity Bible Journaling Pages using the Nativity Bible Journaling Margin Strips and the Nativity Bible Journaling Stickers.
  • Use the Nativity Prayer Journal Page to write down who or what you are praying for.

 

May the Holy Spirit guide you in your creative faith practices!


TAKE ACTION AND APPLY

Ideas and Tips for Applying What You Have Studied in the Nativity Creative Bible Study

 

1. Be as humble as Jesus.

Jesus didn’t come with fanfare and a grandiose entrance. No, the Nativity Story begins in Nazareth, a small village, where Mary and Joseph lived and were engaged to be married. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a manger under very humble circumstances. He didn’t enter life with fanfare and a grandiose appearance. He came to serve the poor, sick, and needy and to sacrifice His life for our sins.

 

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

 

2. Always remember that with God all things are possible.

Have faith in God and trust Him like Mary did. When she got the news from the Angel Gabriel that she was chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, she confidently placed her trust in God, answering Him, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38). Mary and Joseph experienced that it wasn’t easy to be the parents of Jesus and to be followers of Him but nevertheless they trusted in Him. We should do the same because with God all things are possible.

 

3. Expect God to work in unusual and strange ways.

God’s ways are not our ways. Mary got pregnant even though she was a virgin and not married yet.

 

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18

 

Joseph was in a very difficult situation and had to decide if he believed Mary or left her. First, he decided to leave her because he didn’t want to put Mary to shame.

 

And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. Matthew 1:19

 

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20

 

We can learn from this that God’s ways are often very unusual and not easy to understand from a human point of view. Nevertheless, we should always trust in God’s ways even if they seem strange to us or other people because we should never forget that God’s ways are not our ways.

 

4. Learn that Bible prophecies will be fulfilled.

Before Jesus was born, a lot of Bible prophecies were recorded to tell of His coming, His ministry and death on the cross, and His resurrection. These prophecies were fulfilled at Jesus’ birth.

 

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

Luke 1:76

 

This Bible verse prophesies the ministry of John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus. Indeed, John emerged from the wilderness many years later to baptize Christ followers, and Christ Himself, in the Jordan River.

There are many more prophecies that can be found in the Old Testament but the most important is this one.

 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

 

It indicates that God is with us and He truly is with us.

 

5. Welcome all people like God does.

When Jesus was born, the first to know were some shepherds looking after their flock in the fields, not some highly educated religious leaders or other famous people. We can learn from this that God loves and welcomes all people. We should do the same.

 

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34-35

 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

 

6. Beware that following Jesus is not an easy journey.

When we look at what Mary and Joseph had to go through before they became the earthly parents of Jesus, we can see that following Jesus is not an easy journey. They had to go on a long and arduous journey while Mary was pregnant and Mary had to give birth to Jesus in a manger because there was no room for them.

 

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

 

Later Jesus tell His disciples that “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 

It is not easy to follow Jesus because it wasn’t easy for Jesus either. He had to suffer immensely while walking to the cross and dying on the cross. God can’t promise us to not suffer at all but He promises that He will always be with us even in our darkest moments.

 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

 

7. Seek God’s Hope, Joy, and Love and share it with others.

Reading the Nativity Story of Jesus, we can learn that God shared His hope, joy, and love with those that seeked Him.

Jesus’ birth gave hope to the world and changed it. The shepherds experienced this hope and were changed by it. They shared this experience with others and many people were changed by their message.

 

17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:17-19

 

As the shepherds and Mary did, we should also treasure Christ’s hope in our hearts and share it with other people.

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

 

People who seeked and Jesus after He was born, were filled with joy, and worshipped Him. The Magi who came from far away experienced this.

 

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2

 

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11

 

Even though our life will not be easy on this earth, God will continue to fill us with His presence and joy when we seek Him.

 

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

 

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11

 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22

 

Jesus was sent to earth by our Father in Heaven because He loves us and wants us to be reconciled and be with Him in eternity. We love because He first loved us. Without God there is no love. When we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we should always remember that it’s about God’s love for us. His love for us is so big that He not only sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins but He also indwells us through the Holy Spirit. His love is within us and always with us. God is love. Let us share God’s love with others.

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1

 

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16

 

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

 

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

 

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

 

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8

 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

 

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:9-17

 

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

 

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

 

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Ephesians 4:2

 

Dear Father in Heaven, I pray that we will always remember why we celebrate Christmas. It’s about Jesus’ birth. Thank you, heavenly Father, for loving us and having sent your Son Jesus to die for our sins and to reconcile us with you. There is no greater love on this earth and in heaven than your love. Please help us and guide us in sharing your love with others, even our enemies. I also pray for those that haven’t accepted your love and grace yet that they may repent and surrender their lives to Jesus as their Lord and Savior in order to be saved and enter your eternal Kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

If you have been blessed by this Bible study, please share it with others. Many thanks. God bless you!

 

Interested in more creative Nativity resources?

 

 

 

 

 


Find more Creative Bible Study Methods here