David C Cook COVID-19 Response

High School

Light in the Dark

Lesson 4 

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Winter 2021-22

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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December 26, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Jesus is God’s promise for salvation.

Bible Basis:

Luke 2:21-38

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

To introduce the topic of the true meaning of the season, students will watch a video about the commercialism of “unboxing” videos.

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Memory Verse:

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
—John 3:17

Step 1:

To introduce the topic of the true meaning of the season, students will watch a video about the commercialism of “unboxing” videos.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Begin today’s lesson by generating a discussion with your teens about the rise of consumerism during the holidays, using the questions below as a starting point.

We’re about a month into the holiday season now, which means the hundreds of millions of dollars spent around the globe on advertisements have already made their way into our psyche in preparation for this season of gifting.

Whether we like it or not, marketing departments are getting smarter ever year, devising better ways to worm their products into our shopping carts. And this year is no different, the anticipation of giving and getting gifts is building with each day we cross off the calendar, but what is different are the ways in which these products are being showcased.

Play the following clip [5:49; start at 2:42; stop at 5:30]:
Why Is Unboxing So Popular?

  • In your experience, what is an unboxing video? (Allow teens who are familiar with these videos to explain their content.)

The popularity of unboxing videos has exploded in the last few years. The genre’s flagship channel, Unbox Therapy, is currently sporting over 13 million subscribers and over 2.4 billion total channel views.  

  • For those of you who have seen Unbox Therapy’s videos, why do you think they are so popular? What do you like/dislike about them? (Answers will vary, but they may fall into two camps: those who think the videos present harmless information about upcoming products, and those who think they feed into the rampant consumerism of their generation.)

While unboxing videos primarily focus on tech, haul videos are dominating the clothing and beauty space.

  • What is a haul video? (Allow teens who are familiar with these videos to explain their content. If you need a point of reference, see additional resources at the end of this step.)

An article written by InStyle described haul videos this way: “They’re videos in which beauty, fashion, and lifestyle gurus show off their latest purchases and describe why they picked them out. Essentially, they allow you to shop vicariously through them just by watching. So whether you’re in the market for beauty products, clothes, or home goods, these YouTubers will help you put together the perfect shopping list.”

Creators like Zoella, a fashion/beauty vlogger with 12 million subscribers, are making massively popular videos showing off the items purchased in their shopping sprees.

In a digital age,  unparalleled advertising exposure. We see so many product placements every day—many of them without even realizing we’ve been subjected to them.

  • Do you think this exposure changes our behavior around Christmas? Does it pull focus away from the true meaning of the holiday? Why or why not? (Give your class the chance to discuss these questions as a group, facilitating the conversation when necessary.)

Today, we’ll dig into the true reason for Christmas and see how those who experienced it firsthand responded to the news of a Savior.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

In today’s lesson, we’ve looked at the true meaning of Christmas and learned about God’s gift of a Savior. For many of us, the Christmas story is one that is very familiar. We’ve likely heard it dozens of times, and with each telling we become more complacent in our analysis of its content.  

  • How many of you have heard someone tell the Christmas story this year and completely zoned out? Why? (We may believe that we know its content by heart by now, that there’s no reason to study it further.)

This is a completely reasonable response to this situation; our brains are wired to prioritize the information that is most unfamiliar and tune out the stuff we already understand. However, just because this happens easily doesn’t make it something that we shouldn’t try to overcome.

  • After all, what sort of negative things could occur from “tuning out” this portion of the Bible year after year? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
  • Do you think that there might be some things about this story you’ve never considered before? (Accept all reasonable responses.)

With this in mind, let’s take a fresh look at the Christmas story this week, looking for the things we haven’t considered before.

Challenge your students to read the entire biblical Christmas story this coming week (Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2.) Although they may have heard this story many times before, encourage them to try to look at it not only with fresh eyes, but also to use other resources to dig deeper into its meaning.

One of the best ways to learn more about the message behind these verses is to read them alongside a Biblical commentary. A few free commentaries of the above verses are listed here.
https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/
https://biblehub.com/commentaries/
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/

Guide your students to research which commentary is likely to bring about the most transformation in their lives, and to prayerfully study these important passages this week. Have them document any new findings and bring them to class next week to share with the rest of the group. Participate in this challenge yourself to acknowledge its importance and validity.

Close in prayer.

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