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November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

"Christmas Outreach: Show Caring, Consistent Love"

“Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic man on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some times, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, He said, ‘Friend, I forgive your sins!’” Luke 5: 18 – 20 MSG

Over the next week I’m going to be sharing some ideas of how you might reach people for Jesus as we enter this Christmas season. These are things you could do individually or as a group.

Each one of them will give you the opportunity for “Sharing Christ, Saving Lives!” in this season.

1 – Give caring, consistent love to those who don’t know Jesus.

Like the four friends who helped the paralytic sometimes it just takes something radical to lead someone to Jesus! At other times though, all it takes is just caring, consistent love.

As we enter this Christmas season I want to encourage you to be thinking and praying about friends and neighbors who do not know Jesus. God always uses people to reach other people. You could be one of them this season.

If you’re going to start on a mission to share Jesus with other people you need to do it in a caring way. We can’t approach people as if we’re better than them or somehow we have better insights than they do.

The other reality we have to deal with is we can’t get so caught up in the Christmas season with our own doings. If we’re so involved with ourselves and our family, we’ll likely forget about others.

So be aware of those around you. Identify people you know who are struggling, in transition or under tension. These things open the door for you to share Jesus with others.

Start by praying for them. This will soften them and it will help to warm your heart to the need. You want to share your faith in a non-threatening way. When both your heart and theirs are softened, it’s a little easier.

Then make a plan of how you want to approach them. Perhaps you want to extend an invitation to Thanksgiving Eve service or to the Christmas musical. One is a smaller opportunity; the other a much less formal one to which you might invite someone.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that your invitation is the most powerful thing that you can offer to people. It says you care. When you care through faith in Jesus Christ, it adds His power to the invitation.

Tomorrowwe’ll talk about another step in reaching others.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don