Before I Die

Good Friday to You,

I remember exactly where we were when he said it. I don’t recall what prompted him to say it, but I will not soon forget what I thought and felt when he did.

“Before I die, I would like to be a part of at least one person being saved.”

The moment those words were out of his mouth, emotions flooded my heart and thoughts filled my mind.

     Grief… my friend cannot name one person he has helped come to faith in Jesus.

     Dismay… he has been in church most of his life and at Cornerstone for years.

     Dread… this is reality for many Christians and many at Cornerstone.

     Disgust… I’m failing to give our people what they need to confidently share the Gospel!

The Angel declared, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)

We truly get to share the greatest story ever told! God so loved us that He sent His only Son to be born of a virgin and laid in a manger on His mission to bring salvation for all the people. Christmastime is the most natural time of the year to share the hope we have. Dude, it’s Christmas!

How to Share the Good News

But, it’s simply not as easy as sharing a good deal we found on Black Friday or a new app that is making life simpler. So, in our final teaching prior to Christmas weekend, we will finish our conversation about sharing the Good News!

Specifically, we will consider how to share the Good News with those who have or will decline our invitation to “come with me to church.” Someone responding, “I don’t want to come to your Christmas service”, doesn’t need to be the end of our seed sowing. Quite the opposite!

For many of our friends, family, and acquaintances, inviting them to join us for a worship service is quite effective and the perfect next step. However, there is a growing group of people who will not first attend a public worship gathering. They need to hear the Gospel from a friend… not from a preacher!

When we, as sent out friends, are able to have a conversation about our faith in Jesus outside of our church building, the impact of our church people becomes much, much, much bigger!

We will begin with the part of the Christmas story where the shepherds respond to the invitation of the angel (Luke 2:15-20) and then move to Romans 10:10-14 where we see the beauty of what is happening when we are sent out to share!

 

Hope you join us this weekend,

Pastor Michael

 

P.S. In case this is helpful in your sharing and inviting, the teaching on Christmas weekend will be about finding peace with God. The angels declared, Jesus came to bring peace between God and man. Many people are trying to “make peace” in their lives. But, what does that really mean? And, why does it keep eluding them?