Christmas is a great time to invite

Over the past month we have been planning and praying for our Christmas services here at Oak Grove.  We have intentionally decided to move away from a service on Sunday because of the impact on families and celebrating Christmas together.  I know that this is a decision that some with disagree with, however we’ve decided to move forward with only a Christmas Eve service.  This year, we are aiming at starting a new movement around Christmas as an opportunity to truly Pray, Invest and Invite!  You see, I think that Christmas gives us a great opportunity for each one to bring one.  I read an article recently about the opportunity to invite friends and neighbors around Christmas time and I wanted to share it with you.  You can see the original article here.  I’ve highlighted a few take-aways that have me planning to invite as many people as I can to Christmas at Oak Grove.

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3 Reasons Christmas Is The Perfect Time To Invite Someone To Church

By: Krista Ortiz

At this point in the Christmas season, most of us are scrambling to buy and wrap last-minute gifts. We’re up to our ears in cookies, we’ve got stockings to stuff, and parties to attend. 

But what if the most important thing that happens this Christmas isn’t something we do, but a question we ask? 

3 Reasons Christmas Is The Perfect Time To Invite Someone To Church

1. Christmas spirit already has people doing things they wouldn’t normally do. 

Only at Christmas do we see penny-pinchers digging in their pockets for change to give to the man merrily ringing the bell outside the store. For the sake of Christmas, even our most dysfunctional family members will gather around the table. And even if we aren’t sure we like eggnog, we’ll give it a try because, well, it’s Christmas. 

Research shows most people would come to church if someone they knew just asked, and people are more receptive to going to church at Christmas than other times of year (via LifeWay Research).  

Blame it on the infectious amounts of holiday cheer, but more than any other time of year people are willing to try something new, making it one of the best opportunities to invite someone to church. 

2. By nature, people are curious. 

Around the world, people will flock to churches on Christmas leaving others to wonder, “What’s all the hype about?” Never underestimate the amount of desire a little curiosity can spark.

Luke 2:15-16 says that when the shepherds heard about Jesus’ birth they said to one another, “‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened…’ so they hurried off and found Mary, Joseph and the baby who was lying in a manger.”

Curiosity is what led the shepherds to meet Jesus, and curiosity could be what leads the people you invite to meet Jesus as well. 

3. Many are in desperate need of good news and great joy. 

Every day people are faced with staggering circumstances, and Christmastime is no exception. Marriages end, loved ones pass away, and devastating test results come back. For many, the future seems bleak and hearts are broken.

Often, people who are hurting feel like church isn’t for them. Yet on the first Christmas, those who were frightened and in desperate need of good news and great joy were addressed directly.

In Luke 2:10-11 the angel responded, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born…”.

This Christmas, we have the opportunity to introduce those who are hurting to the same Savior. We can invite people to a place where they can meet the God who acknowledges their greatest fears, sees their deepest longings, and sent His Son to save us.

Whether someone comes to church out of curiosity, a willingness to try something new, or desperation for a Savior, it could be your invitation that leads someone to meet Jesus! At the very least, you’ll provide that person with a much needed break from all the small talk and Christmas movies. 

The hope we give away on Christmas is sure to outlast the cookies and the lights on the tree.

So…I believe that we do have an opportunity for each one to bring one!  Please consider being here for the Christmas Eve service and let’s choose to not come alone, because Christ came to seek and save the lost!

Christmas is a great time to invite

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