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Join us for the 5th Anniversary Because of Bethlehem Online Bible Study with Max Lucado this Christmas 2021! And because this season is never perfect... this is a go-at-your-own pace study! Follow the schedule or binge watch all four videos with your friends and family the night before Christmas! Get FREE instant access to all the videos after registration. 


Unwrap the enduring promises of Christmas and discover a lifetime of hope - all because of one baby born in Bethlehem.

This Christmas season, journey with us through Because of Bethlehem Bible Study and start to:

  • Rekindle your connection to the Christ of Christmas who offers lasting hope.
  • Lay down your endless Christmas to-do list and receive what Jesus has already done.
  • Heal your heartache by embracing the God who is always near you, always for you, and always in you.

Free resources with this study

Free access to the 4 Because of Bethlehem study videos

watch anytime, anywhere

Free session 1 study guide and chapters 1-2 book downloads

you can start reading right away

Free "Let Your Light Shine" Advent Toolkit

includes 25 days of Scripture readings

About Because of Bethlehem

A remarkable gift can arrive in an unremarkable package. One did in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. No one expected God to come the way He did. Yet the way He came was every bit as important as the coming itself. The manger is the message. 

In the book and companion four-session video Bible study, Max Lucado will help you explore how the One who made everything chose to make himself nothing for us. He experienced hunger and thirst. He went through the stages of human development. He was taught to walk, stand, and wash his face. He was completely and genuinely human. 

Because of Bethlehem, we no longer have marks on our record... just grace. We have the promise that God is always near us, always for us, always within us—and that we have a friend and Savior in heaven. Long after the guests have left, the carolers have gone home, and the lights have come down, these promises endure.

About Max Lucado

Bestselling author, pastor, and Bible teacher

Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. Max currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 145 million products in print, including Six Hours One Friday, 3:16 The Numbers of Hope, Anxious for Nothing, In the Grip of Grace, and his most recent You Were Made For This Moment.

What readers are saying

Because of Bethlehem has been one of the most popular Christmas Bible studies ever -- more than 200,000 have participated with us!

Wonderful study!  Our young adult class is enjoying this study. The book is an easy read, full of thought-provoking insights. Great way to prepare for the birth of our Savior.


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Get in the true spirit of CHRISTmas! The story of Christ's Birth told only as Max Lucado can! He is a true Wordsmith and says far more in less words than any author.


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Greatest book ever! This book is such a blessing, especially at Christmas, but really anytime. It all began with a baby in a manger. Love it!


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I try to read this book every year during December... I read it and did the study with Max Lucado. It always gets me ready for celebrating Jesus' Birth!


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