The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s December 8 message, “Spend LESS This Christmas” is now available.
This sermon is part three of our series “Turning Christmas Upside Down” and was offered during the Sunday morning worship at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.
12/8 SUMMARY: Part of the pressure of what Christmas has become is gift-giving. Economists project that we will spend $450 billion on Christmas this year! Is there a smarter, saner, less-expensive way to do Christmas? Sure! Let’s let God help us “right-size” our gift-giving as part of turning Christmas upside down!
GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)
Read Matthew 2:3
[Note: you might find a look at today's live outline or the worship folder can be helpful hear to review the teaching points from "Turning Christmas Upside Down" and answer the following questions:] In today’s message, Pastor shared that one reason Herod was ‘very upset’ about the birth of Jesus was that Herod had spent millions to be king of the Jews. Share a time when you’ve been upset by overspending at Christmas. What’s the longest it has taken you to “pay off” Christmas?
Look at 1 Timothy 6:9-10
Questions to probe deeper: Pastor read these verses from the Amplified Bible which included these words to describe over-spending: ”foolish (useless, godless)…hurtful desires…ruin and miserable.” Have you ever had a Christmas where one or more of those words fit? If you are willing to share a bit from that experience you might help yourself or someone else avoid being “led astray’ this Christmas. How might a “spend less” Christmas help avoid these feelings?
Look at Romans 8:32
Questions to probe deeper: How many times does the word “give” appear in this short verse? What does that tell you about the essence of God (his character AND actions)? On a scale of 1 (Ebenezar Scrooge) to 10 (like God Himself) how giving would you say you are? Do you think “all things” means God gives us everything we want? How could you grow to be more like God in your understanding of and action of giving?
Matthew 2:1, 2:9
Questions to probe deeper: Using a study Bible or a quick online search, can you estimate how far the Magi travelled? How long it took them to make this journey of giving? Who do you need to journey closer to, in order to show them the gift of your value of them? If you make such a journey who do you think is going to be more over-joyed–the person you travelled to see or you (seeing the joy you bring to them)?
Take a quick look at 2 Corinthians 9:12-15. We believe God wants us to turn Christmas upside down–that means looking for simple ways to make this Christmas MEMORABLE. What’s an activity you’ve done or a gift you’ve given/received that made for a great Christmas memory? Example: “We spent one Saturday driving to the country to cut down our own tree and decorate it.” You can share your ideas here anonymously and they just might shared in an upcoming message in our “Christmas Upside Down” series.
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