Teaching Goal:  What does the Bible really say about the birth of Jesus?

Scripture: See Answer Sheet

Materials:

  • Copy of the quiz for each participant. (**Found in downloadable PDF version of this activity.)
  • Copy of the answer sheet for the leader (**Found in downloadable PDF version of this activity.)
  1. Play theme song
  2. Pray
  3. Review last lesson
  4. Lesson and Discussion
  • Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.

ACTIVITY: We are going to take a “True” and “False” fun quiz.  The fun quiz will teach us what the Bible says about Christmas.  Give each person a copy of the quiz.  Leader, read each question out loud and allow a few seconds for participants to answer.

Check your answers once everyone has completed the quiz.  Invite participants to look up the verses.  Over the years, a lot of traditions have been added to what the Bible says about the birth of Jesus.  It is important to check, to see what the Bible says about the faith, so we can separate what we know is true from what is tradition.

 Close in Prayer

Christmas Quiz (**We recommend you print the pdf version of the quizzes.)

(Luke 1-2, Matthew 1-2)                                                                                                                         

Answer each question “True” this information is in the Bible or “False” this information is not in the Bible.  Some of these things may have happened, but the quiz is to learn what is actually in the Bible.

True              False

  1. Mary, was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus. _____
  2. An angel appeared to Mary and told her about the birth. _____
  3. An angel appeared to Joseph and told him about the birth.  _____
  4. John the Baptist is related to Jesus.  _____
  5. A census was the reason Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.  _____
  1. Mary rode a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  _____
  2. The innkeeper told Joseph there was no room.  _____
  3. Mary gave birth to Jesus the day after arriving in Bethlehem. _____
  4. An angel appeared to the shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth. _____
  5. A host of angels appeared in the sky with the shepherds singing. _____
  1. The shepherds went to the manger to see Jesus. _____
  2. Three kings came to the manger to worship Jesus. _____
  3. Three wise men came to the manger to worship Jesus._____
  4. Angels appeared at the manger to worship Jesus._____
  5. Wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh._____
  6. Jesus was born in a stable. _____
  7. Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day according to the law of Moses. _____
  1. Mary and Joseph traveled from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to present Jesus to the Lord at the temple. _____
  1. Joseph, Mary and Jesus flee to Egypt to get away from Herod. _____
  2. Jesus grows up as a young boy in Nazareth. _____
  3. Jesus was born on December 25. _____

Leader Answer Sheet

(Luke 1-2, Matthew 1-2)

                                                                                                         True              False

Mary, was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus.                           __T__              _____

Luke 1:34-35

An angel appeared to Mary and told her about the birth.                 __T__              _____

Luke 1:30-31

An angel appeared to Joseph and told him about the birth.               __T__              _____

Matt. 1:20

John the Baptist is related to Jesus.                                                   __T__              _____

Luke 1:36, 57, 60

A census was the reason Joseph and Mary traveled from

Nazareth to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.                                   __T__              _____

Luke 2:4-5

Mary rode a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.                                 _____              __F__

The Bible does not mention how they traveled.

The innkeeper told Joseph there was no room.                                     _____              __F__

The Bible does not mention an innkeeper. Luke 2:7

Mary gave birth to Jesus the day after arriving in Bethlehem.            _____              __F__

“While they were there the time came for the baby to be born,”

Luke 2:6.  Most likely that they were there for days or weeks.

An angel appeared to the shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth.            __T__              _____

Luke 2:8-9

A host of angels appeared in the sky with the shepherds

singing.                                                                                                 _____              __F__

The Bible use the word for “praising,” does not use “singing.”

The shepherds went to the manger to see Jesus.                                  __T__              _____

Luke 2:16

Kings came to the manger to worship Jesus.                                          _____              __F__

The Bible does not mention a visit by kings.

Three wise men came to the manger to worship Jesus.                         _____              __F__

Wise men did visit but the Bible does not say how many.

Angels appeared at the manger to worship Jesus.                                  _____              __F__

The Bible does not mention angels at the manger.

Wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.                       __T__              _____

Matt. 2:11

Jesus was born in a stable.                                                                    _____              __F__

The Bible does not mention a stable, cave or other structure.

Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day according to the

law of Moses.                                                                                           __T__              _____

Luke 2:21

Mary and Joseph traveled from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to

present Jesus to the Lord at the temple.                                                    __T__              _____

Luke 2:22

Joseph, Mary and Jesus flee to Egypt to get away from Herod.            __T__              _____

Matt. 2:13

Jesus grows up as a young boy in Nazareth.                                        __T__              _____

Matt. 2:23

Jesus was born on December 25.                                                         _____              __F__

The Bible does not say.  Scholars suggest September since that is

the time of year shepherds would have been in the fields.

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