Christmas and the Gospel
Dear Members and Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to our service this coming Lord's Day!
We are just one week away from Christmas. Connie and I will be spending Christmas in Grand Junction for a few days with our son Dustin and Maria and their family. David and Cecile will be coming up from Tulsa with the 3 girls so it will be wonderful Christmas. I will be back for Sunday.
I always look forward to Christmas because people are open to the gospel. However, the problem can be steering the conversation towards the gospel. Here's a list of questions designed not only to kindle a conversation in almost any Christmas situation, but also to take the dialogue gradually to a deeper level. Use them in a private conversation or as a group exercise, with believers or unbelievers, with strangers or with family.
- What's the best thing that's happened to you since last Christmas?
- What was your best Christmas ever? Why?
- What's the most meaningful Christmas gift you've ever received?
- What was the most appreciated Christmas gift you've ever given?
- What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?
- What is your favorite Christmas tradition now?
- What do you do to try to keep Christ in Christmas?
- Why do you think people started celebrating the birth of Jesus?
- Do you think the birth of Jesus deserves such a nearly worldwide celebration?
- Why do you think Jesus came to earth?
People are open to a gospel presentation at Christmas ...don't let the opportunity pass you by! Ask God to give you those special "divine appointments." The message of the angel at Christmas is still true - "For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Man has a problem: All men are sinners and our sin has separated us from God.
God has a solution: Jesus came and died in the place of the sinner and was raised from the dead.
Our responsibility: Exercise Saving Faith - claim by personal choice that we are going to rely exclusively upon Jesus Christ and Christ alone as our only hope for heaven and the forgiveness of our sins.
See you on Sunday either in person or "on line."
In the light of His glory and grace,