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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.

Good Times

I preached this series a few years ago and posted about it on my other blog

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
(the incarnation)

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.

I might even buy a book…

What are you preaching on this Christmas? Feel free to post ideas!

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David Beirne

commented on Dec 1, 2015

Thanks for your ideas! Since we have a choir thing, I only preach 3 Sundays at Advent. This year, kind of inspired by Bonhoeffer's God in the Manger, taking John 3:16-21. #1, Hope: God Sent His Son John 3:16-17; #2, Love: Love or Condemnation, Your Choice John 3:18-19; #3, Joy: Rejoice in the Light John 3:20-21.

Lafern Cobb

commented on Dec 1, 2015

What to preach at Christmas? Try Advent. Hope! Peace! Joy! Love! Jesus!!! Every human being on this planet need the blessings that come from Advent! A Blessed Advent and Christmas to all! The Lord is near!,

Hal Seed

commented on Dec 1, 2015

These look like really good series' Brandon! Preach on!

Michael Boyd

commented on Dec 1, 2015

Actually I tend to go outside the box at Christmas. Last year I preached a series called Jesus through their eyes. Looked at Christmas from the perspective of Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, Herod, and from God's eyes. I have a new series called Cradle,Cross,or coming King? How do you see Jesus ?

Esther Wachira

commented on Dec 2, 2015

Woow! Praise be to God who has given us through Christ Jesus.

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