The Case for Christmas was written by bestselling author & pastor Lee Strobel. He also wrote The Case for Christ & The Case for Easter. I have heard him preach on numerous occasions when he was one of the pastors of Willow Creek. When I learned that Strobel would be hosting an online study of The Case for Christmas this year, I jumped at the chance to participate.
The study is set up like a small group with each week’s video component available, starting on Monday (11/30) of each week. If you have never read one of Strobel’s books or experienced his preaching you are in for a treat. I don’t want to give too much away so I will just give the headings and the prayer for each week. NOTE: If you or anyone you know is “on the fence” about Biblical things, this is the perfect place to start!
Session 1 – Setting the Record Straight
Jesus, some of us already believe in you even if we’ve been confused or misdirected about the details of your incarnation. Some of us doubt the stories and aren’t sure what we think about history told in such an ancient Book. Help us to see the real you this season. Open our eyes and our minds to challenge what we’ve always heard. Help us to push back on dusty old traditions and seek the actual truth. We want to know and believe the real story. Thank you, God. Amen.
Session 2 – Beneath the Fake News
Jesus, thank you for those with investigative minds like Lee. Thank you that you want us to use logic and reason instead of checking our brains at the chapel doors. Thank you that your incarnation was real and your authority as the God of all creation is true. Help us when we doubt to take those doubts to you and ask the questions we need answers to. Help us to be ready to answer people who ask us why we believe in you. Amen.
Session 3 – A Mind-Boggling Proposition
Lord, thank you for this study! We’re learning so many truths that we’ve never known before through Lee and his research. Thank you for how exponentially generous you are. Thank you for your ingenious creativity so that we know there’s not a chance the miracles that have occurred throughout history could be anything other than from your hand. Thank you that you model wild and joyful giving. Amen.
Session 4 – The Prophetic Fingerprint
Jesus, thank you for this study into the truth about the first Christmas and your incarnation. We pray that every single hearer of your Word would respond with faith. We rejoice in you, Lord! We praise you for all that you’ve done! We celebrate you this Christmas for you are our Messiah! Amen.
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