Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Evangelism

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about the "Christmas packs" I made up and have been handing out while I run errands (at restaurants, grocery stores, hair salon, gas station, etc.) Each pack contains a gospel tract, a couple pieces of candy, and a half sheet of paper with the following info:

"Peace on earth. Goodwill to men." That's a popular phrase this time of year. Do you know where it comes from? It comes from the Bible. Many people think of peace as the absence of conflict or the absence of fighting, but the peace spoken of int he Bible is much greater than that. "Peace on earth. Goodwill to men" refers to peace between you and God. It's the message the angels brought to the shepherds in the field the night Jesus was born on this earth. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:14. It's the message we proclaim when we sing that classic Christmas carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing ("Peace on earth and mercy mild. God and sinners reconciled). Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born on this earth. He came here to provide us with the peace of reconciliation with God. That is why we celebrate Christmas. 

I have provided two things for your today: 
  • A treat (Merry Christmas! Enjoy!)
  • A gospel tract (my hope is that you will read the message in the tract and spend some time considering it today).
Merry Christmas and enjoy your day!

Christmas Evangelism Postscript: 
I have been most grateful for these packs this year and have handed out about 30 in the last couple weeks. They couldn't be easier to hand out.

If you're not sure it's something you could do, let's have a little training session. Repeat after me. "This is for you. Merry Christmas!". One more time. "This is for you. Merry Christmas!" Consider yourself trained.

Now grab some gospel-centered material, a couple pieces of candy, a baggie and a ribbon, and hit the errand-running trail prepared to the share the gospel. 

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