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Christmas is arguably the most important time to attract newcomers to church, so that puts the preacher in a quandary.

Newcomers need to hear the Christmas story; your church members have heard it a thousand times.

What’s a preacher to do?

How about a fresh take on old truths? Here are some Biblical accounts of the incarnation that you may want to preach this year:

  1. The Prince of Peace: Isaiah 9:1-7
  2. The Virgin-born Child: Isaiah 7:13-16
  3. The Root of the Tribe of Jesse: Isaiah 11:1-9
  4. The Birth in Bethlehem: Micah 5:1-4
  5. The Cosmic Christmas: John 1:1-5
  6. The Birth of the God-Man: Phil. 2:6-11
  7. The Firstborn of Creation: Col. 1:15-20

These passages remind me that Jesus was so much more than a babe in a manger. He’s…

  • The Second Person of the Trinity
  • The Eternally Pre-existent Son
  • The Lord of Creation
  • The Firstborn
  • The Image of the Invisible God
  • The Root of Jesse
  • The Branch that Will Bear Fruit
  • The Judge Who Strikes the Earth
  • Immanuel
  • The Word Made Flesh
  • God
  • The Light that Shines in the Darkness
  • The True Light that Gives Light to Every Man
  • The One Who Gives Us the Right to Become Children of God
  • The Ruler of Israel
  • The One Whose Origins are from Ancient Times
  • The Shepherd of His Flock
  • The Wonderful Counselor
  • Mighty God
  • Everlasting Father
  • Prince of Peace.

Reading these Christmas stories moves me to worship and bow before him. Then I am ready to consider how to preach it.

Now What?

Consider where God is stirring your heart, what you think your church needs to hear, and what will cause Christmas guests to become regular attenders.

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Mark Aarssen

commented on Dec 17, 2015

Thanks Hal I appreciate those fresh topics for our oldest and greatest message - Jesus birth. I'm going with Philippians 2:1-11 What He left Behind to Become that Blessed Day. Thanks for the inspiration. Merry Christmas

Hal Seed

commented on Dec 17, 2015

Thanks Mark! 1,000 blessings on you and your services!

Tony Bland

commented on Dec 17, 2015

Amazing it is only at Christmas time that I really have a hard time with a message for the season. Like the pastor Seed said I just don?t want to tell the (Christmas) story again. So it is good to see what you all are doing. I think I am going to go into prayer on Philippians 2:1-11 What He left Behind to Become that Blessed Day? I will report back

J Mark Horst

commented on Dec 17, 2015

Thanks for those good suggestions. I'd already settled on II Corinthians 3:1-18, "The Glory that Excels."

Daniel Winters

commented on Dec 17, 2015


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