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Is God a giant Father Christmas? A moralistic dispenser of stuff – someone who’s watching and waiting to spot our mistakes? Or is there something more to him?


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Is God a giant Father Christmas?

Do you imagine God as a moralistic dispenser of stuff - someone who's watching and waiting to spot our mistakes? Many people might imagine God to be similar to an ancient invisible St Nick in the sky.

But Christmas shows that's not so. This video compares people's view of God with Santa. The spoken word poem shares how God is very different - how he became flesh, how he drew alongside us, and how he came to befriend and save.

Possible Discussion Questions

  • How do you think you view God?
  • Why is it so key that God came alongside us, by Jesus being born that first Christmas?

Related Bible Reference

  • Isaiah 9:6


Produced by Speak Life

Speak Life prayerfully preach the gospel, train Christians in evangelism and resource the church for its mission to the world. Speak Life produce video resources, and a regular podcast that help Christians to engage on key topics.

Performed by Glen Scrivener

Glen Scrivener is originally from Australia and has lived in the UK for more than half his life. He started as curate at All Soul’s Church, Eastbourne, where he and his family still worship. Currently he is the Director of Speak Life based in Eastbourne trying to spread the gospel through missions and online presence.

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