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Summary: This the second part of the series.Not oly does God wantto touch others thru you this Christmas, e desire to give you a fresh touch

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A FRESH TOUCH FOR YOU

Luke 1:5-25

INTRODUCTION:

Christmas remains one of the most significant seasons of the year for reaching our neighbors and friends with the love of Jesus.

Last week we began a new series, The CHRISTMAS TOUCH.’ In our first message we considered the topic, TOUCHING OUR NEIGHBOR WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

In summary then As we considered the example of the innkeeper, we have learned that What we do for others is, in essence, a kindness done to God. When we give of ourselves to people in need, it is as if we are giving to God.

From the example of the inn keeper, we discover that to best touch our neighbors with the joy, peace, and love of Christmas we must fist,

RECOGNIZE THE NEED OF PEOPLE IN FRONT OF YOU. There is need al around us. In fact we do not have to look hard and far. Most often the people God wants us to reach are right in front of us. They are our neighbors, friends, family.

Then we must, KEEP FOCUSED ON WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT

There will be a lot of stuff that will keep you and I occupied this Christmas season. Banquets to attend; Dinners to prepare, places t travel. Yet in all of our busy-ness we need to keep this one thing in focus, “In everything we do let’s do it as unto the Lord.

Finally, as we reach out to our neighbors God wants us to USE WHAT YOU HAVE TO TOUCH OTHERS. God does not ask us to give what we do not have. However, He does require that we use what He has given us to touch others with the love of Jesus.

People are more sensitive and more willing to talk about spiritual things at this time of the year than at any other.

One of the lies that Satan has used to silence the testimonies of Christians, is the lie that “No body is interested in church, God or spiritual things.” I would like to begin today by dispelling this common misbelief.

Dr. Thom Rainer wrote the article for Christianitytoday.com entitled Ten Surprises About the Unchurched based on three years of research. His team covered the entire United States and Canada and interviewed a number of ethnic groups. The results of the survey may surprise you:

Surprise #1: Most of the unchurched prefer to attend church on Sunday morning if they attend.

Surprise #2: Females are likely to be either the most antagonistic or the most receptive to the Gospel.

Surprise #3: Most of the unchurched feel guilty about not attending

church.

Surprise #4: 82 percent of the unchurched are at least “somewhat

likely” to attend church if they are invited.

Surprise #5: Very few of the unchurched have had someone share with them how to become a Christian, and Christians have not

been particularly influential in their lives.

Surprise #6: Most of the unchurched have a positive view about pastors, ministers and the church.

Surprise #7: Some types of “cold call” evangelism are effective, but

many are not.

Surprise #8: The unchurched would like to develop a real and sincere

relationship with a Christian.

Surprise #9: The attitudes of the unchurched are not correlated to

where they live, their ethnic or racial background, or their


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