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I’m not in a pulpit this year, but if I were, I’d most likely be preaching a 4-part series of messages surrounding the story of the nativity. This is a time of year when Jesus still gets a bit more attention than usual, even if some of that attention is seemingly shallow. Instead of arguing over whether department store clerks should say “Merry Christmas” or not, let’s seize this season as a positive opportunity to share the good news!
In my brainstorming about the holiday season, I came up with a few ideas for Christmas sermon series’ and also wanted to pass along some former ideas as well.
These are tough times in many respects, but for the believer, they are also really good times in terms of some of the great opportunities God has brought our way. With our entering the holiday season, approaching the celebration of the birth of Christ, I wanted to present the really good news of Christmas in the midst of a world of scrooges. While most people are saying “Bah! Humbug!,” Christians ought to be saying, “Thank you God for being so good!”
Message #1: Christmas is a Good Time for Family
Message #2: Christmas is a Good Time for Giving
Message #3: Christmas is a Good Time for Hope
Message #4: Christmas is a Good Time for Receiving
God’s Christmas Messages to You
Christmas is really a deeply theological story about the incarnation of Christ – God coming to earth – the Word becoming flesh. And surrounding the nativity story are multiple instances of God speaking to people. A few years ago, I took those four instances and expounded on them, helping to make the connection with the messages God wants us to hear around Christmas today. Below are the five pdf downloads:
Message #1: Prepare for the Miraculous
Message #2: Five Tests of Our Faith
Message #3: Prepare to Be Gods Instrument
Message #4: Prepare to Meet the Savior
Message #5: Prepare for Historys Greatest News
And if I were preaching this year, I might preach…
Four Reasons for Hope
Message #1: Hope Because God Knows When to Show Up
Message #2: Hope Because God Knows When to Speak Up
(the angelic announcements)
Message #3: Hope Because God Knows How to Hold Us Up
(Mary’s song about hope)
Message #4: Hope Because God Offered Himself Up
(the purpose of Jesus’ coming – the cross)
And I would certainly do a bit of research, such as glancing at Rick Warren’s Christmas messages or subscribe to the email newsletter at SermonCentral to receive a free download of 10 Adrian Rogers Christmas sermons.
What are you preaching on this Christmas? Feel free to post ideas and even links to your blog if you’ve posted about your series…