I hate to be the bearer of bad news.. but Christmas is coming…fast!
To be honest, we’ve nearly finished our present buying and planning the church program, so I’m pretty chilled. But, so often, as I’m buying gifts, running church events, eating mince pies and thinking about new books, I forget to see Christmas for the opportunity it is.
Christmas is probably the biggest and best evangelistic opportunity of the year.
Three things happen:
1. Loads of friends and family WANT to come to church
2. They don’t want clever and technological, they want traditional and easy
3. The whole message is about JESUS! And they expect to hear about Him
So, are you going to make the most of this Christmas?
Jesus came as our saviour. He is literally God’s gift to us, and we are called to offer His gift of eternal life to others. Will you do that?
Here are a couple of tips:
-Start praying… now
-Pray for specific people by name
-Pray for them to come to specific events
-Invite them early
-Invite them out for a meal before hand, or drink afterward
-Remind them closer to the time
-Take risks. People will come who you never imagined would come
If you are a church leader, here are a few extra idea’s:
-Get your church praying now
-Make sure the gospel is clear in each event
-Keep it simple and traditional
-Make sure you have clear ‘next steps’ in each event
-Run a Christianity Explored course in the New Year
-Get on your knee’s
Let’s make the most of this Christmas. Make the most of ever opportunity!
Let Paul have the final say on this matter:
2Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.