Archive for December, 2013

Christmas for Christians should be a time (like any time of the year) we reflect on Christ who came to the world as one sent by the Father to save us  from our sins.  Just as Christ came on this saving mission he sends us to do the same:

“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”(John 17:18)

    Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21 )

What if we saw our gatherings with extended family, friends, co-workers and/or neighbors not as a chance to superficially mingle, but as an opportunity for sharing the Gospel as those who are sent? I hope this time of year you look for ways  “Go Tell it on the Mountain” to your friends, neighbors during Christmas. That is, telling about the Good News of Christmas. I hope you don’t think that just wishing somebody “Merry Christmas” does that.

Christmas brings a natural opportunity to share with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and other people God has placed in our life about the true meaning of Christmas. All of us have folks around us that are not Christians or they are not following the Lord as they should. As a pastor I want to equip the people at my church with helpful ways to lovingly share this Good News.

One resource that I make available at our church and encourage people to use through a bulletin insert or handout are some strategic questions that Don Whitney gives us to help talk about Christmas with others. Check it out here:  “10 Questions to Ask at Christmas Gatherings.” The questions are:

1. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you since last Christmas?
2. What was your best Christmas ever? Why?
3. What’s the most meaningful Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
4. What was the most appreciated Christmas gift you’ve ever given?
5. What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?
6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition now?
7. What do you do to try to keep Christ in Christmas?
8. Why do you think people started celebrating the birth of Jesus?
9. Do you think the birth of Jesus deserves such a nearly worldwide celebration?
10. Why do you think Jesus came to earth?

Another more lengthy help is a book by Randy Newman called Bringing the Gospel Home. It is a book that is meant to be “a resource meant to equip Christians in how to talk about the gospel in their closest relationships” Crossway is making it available as a free download* (in a variety of formats: PDF, Kindle, etc.) during the month of December. So if you can’t read it now go ahead and download it for later. Just reading in the opening of the book about the testimony of Randy’s Jewish mother coming to faith (in her 70s) in Christ as he shared with her for over twenty years will encourage you and remind you of the power of the Gospel to save.  The link is here:

http://www.crossway.org/blog/2011/12/free-download-bringing-the-gospel-home/

While I encourage you to download the book (it’s not only free, but very helpful), you can read quickly through upstate native’, David Mathis, summary to help you (he posted it close to Thanksgiving but the main focus is applicable at all times of the year).

I hope you will pray for those you know need salvation around you and look for opportunities to point them to Christ during this Christmas season. They greatest gift they could get is salvation, but “how will they believe, if they have not heard”. Wishing you a great Christmas and that these resources will help you “Go Tell” the Gospel as ones who are sent by our Savior!

*The free download of “Bringing the Gospel Home” is no longer available. But if you read the post that is linked to it has some great links at the bottom to help you with this topic.

originally posted  December 22, 2011.  Edited Dec. 20, 2012 and Dec. 23, 2013.