THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
CAN ALSO BE THE MOST FERTILE TIME OF THE YEAR
FOR SPIRITUAL BEGINNINGS.
IF YOU HAVE MISSED THIS, CONSIDER SEIZING THE SEASON THIS YEAR.
NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN.
YESTERDAY THIS WAS MY LITTLE VILLAGE,
BUT SHE WILL SOON BE CLOTHED IN WHITE.
YESTERDAY I WALKED THE TRAILS OF FALLING LEAVES WITH
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET READY TO SEIZE THE MOST FERTILE TIME OF THE YEAR
AFTER THIS POLITICAL SEASON, PEOPLE MAY BE
ESPECIALLY HUNGRY FOR HOPE.
MANY PEOPLE WHO WOULD SHUN AN INVITE TO A GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
WILL GLADLY COME TO YOUR HOME FOR A CHRISTMAS TEA.
WOULD YOU PRAY NOW ABOUT HOSTING A TEA IN YOUR HOME?
YOU MIGHT PARTNER WITH A SISTER IN CHRIST.
THEN INVITE THOSE TO WHOM GOD HAS OPENED YOUR EYES AND SHARE A COMMON BOND:
NEIGHBORS, CO-WORKERS, MOTHERS, YOUR TENNIS TEAM…
BLESS THEM WITH
CANDLES AND AMBIANCE;
COOKIES AND TEA;
I WOULD GIVE THEM ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS AHEAD OF TIME IN YOUR INVITATION:
I’d love for us to have meaningful conversation,
and to get to know each other. So, think about:
1. A childhood memory that helped shape who you are today
2. A trial or obstacle you faced at Christmas or another time that helped you grow.
THEN POSSIBLY, INVITE A FRIEND TO SHARE A BRIEF TESTIMONY OF HOW SHE CAME TO KNOW THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS
AND THE DIFFERENCE HE HAS MADE.
CLOSE WITH ONE VERSE OF “O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL”
THIS MIGHT ALSO BE AN OPPORTUNE TIME TO KICK OFF A SEEKER STUDY FOR JANUARY.
The three I know of that I have found tried and true are:
Short! (five to seven lessons)
Simple! Inductive questions from a Gospel designed to help them discover the real Jesus.
Rebecca Pippert has two — the one above on the left is from Luke,
and the one above on the right from John.
Mine is in the middle — from John, with the text from John included:
5 lessons from first 5 chapters of John
2 optional lessons from Romans and 1 Peter clarifying the gospel.
Watch this from Pippert, on seeker studies & how to invite!
Consider forwarding this to friends or putting it on your facebook — wouldn’t it be wonderful if it spawned many Christmas evangelistic teas?
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
Monday-Friday: Praying, Planning, Practicing
This week will be a little different in that I would like to lead you in praying and then preparing and planning for this Christmas season. Whether or not God leads you to host a Christmas tea or launch a Seeker Study, we all need to be “ready to give an answer for the hope within us.” (1 Peter 3:15) And I want to help you get ready. Each of us should be able to give a testimony in a just a few sentences for those on the spot conversations.
2. Ask, as James tells us to do, for wisdom for this coming Christmas. Be still before Him every morning this week and share anything He places on your heart.
3. What counsel does Ephesians 5:15-17 give us and why?
4. Read Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
A. What are we told to do in verses 1-2 and why? How could this apply to you?
B. What stops people, according to verse 4, from sowing their seed? What does this mean in regard to evangelism for you?
C. What are we told to do in verse 6?
5. Has the Lord laid on your heart a plan for this Christmas? If so, share!
Every believer should be prepared with a short testimony that glorifies Christ and shows how Christ rescued him.
6. What short testimony is given in John 9:25?
7. Here is my one minute testimony — yours will be different but it should give glory to Christ, show His power, and cause others to at least want to investigate His claims.
When I was a young mother, my sister came and followed me around the apartment with a Bible asking me questions about Jesus: who He was, why He came… I wanted her to go home, but a blizzard prevented that. She told me Jesus claimed to be God, that He died to pay for my sin, and rose again — and wanted my whole life.
I didn’t want to give Him my whole life, but I thought: If He really is God and I ignore Him, I could be in trouble. I should at least find out. I read the gospel of John and a book called Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis that made me 95% convinced Jesus was God.
I gave my life reluctantly to Christ because I believed Christianity was true. But then! I was shocked at the joy that overwhelmed me, and the changes He brought in my heart. I didn’t need any more proof. Have you ever investigated the claims of Jesus from the primary source?
8. Prepare your one minute testimony and share it here. (Let’s give each other encouragement and helpful criticism! Include me in that!)
9. What is your take-a-way and why?