Sometimes when you are working on something you think, "Is this ever going to work?" As a pastor, it happens at least once a week. It's about halfway through your sermon preparation. Then all of a sudden, WOW! Well, that happened to me today. Expect it wasn't this weeks sermon (I'm going to have to revisit it tomorrow). But the Christmas Sunday sermon just happened this morning.
Christmas Sunday for us is Dec. 16th. The kids and youth are going to be helping me out during the service. But this sermon!!
Now some of you are thinking, "Well, you think every sermon is a home run." No - there isn't a pastor anywhere who will say that. I've gone to the pulpit with some sermons and thought to myself, "This isn't going to go well." Then I'm surprised and see people really respond to it.
When I see God really move on a message like He did today, I know that there is something special about it. God is going to show up in a big way. But the plan has to come together.
People have to pray for that day.
People have to bring their friends, family, and acquaintances to hear this message from God, especially ones that haven't placed their faith in Christ.
People have to be ready to receive. Never assume anything, always come prepared.
How are you helping prepare your church this Christmas?
First of all pray for your pastor, pray for people and pray for the people who need to hear your churches message this holiday season.
Secondly, set the example. Invite people to attend church with you. Tell them that you will be there and here is a great idea. Get to church early and meet them at the front door. That way they will see a friendly face.
Thirdly, purpose to celebrating the birth of Jesus through your worship. The holidays are great. Traditions are wonderful, but worship is the best.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, walk with me this holiday season and let my life and my church honor You. AMEN