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A few years ago I wrote about about how there’s often an equipping effect to missions. Sometimes people are already faithful evangelists who then engage in cross-cultural missions, but at other times a Christian may develop a missional heart in the course of the journey rather than prior to it.
I’d like to encourage a similar posture toward the Christmas season. For some, December brings no discernable difference in their spiritual rhythms. For many in our churches and communities, however, there’s an added umph to Advent. More intentionality. More excitement. More reflection.
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What would it look like if we allowed the effects of the holiday season to linger? Let me suggest five equipping and edifying effects Christmas can have.
It’s no secret that in late December some of your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers will attend church for the first time all year. But these aren’t the only people for whom church attendance looks different.
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A family with sporadic attendance throughout the year may make sure they show up around Christmas. Church members who haven’t stepped foot in any of your church’s evening services or small groups will come to a Christmas Eve service or a community-group event. Children for whom church has always consisted of age-segregated Sunday school classes or youth-group activities may participate in the larger church gathering for the first time in their lives.
Friends, what blessings and benefits might be yours if you attended your church’s events, classes, and services more regularly? Church member, what if non-attendance at evening services was the exception rather than the norm? Brothers and sisters, what if you were as intentional and committed to church life in January through November as you are in December? Church, what if you were as welcoming and hospitable every week? Pastor, what if you were as bold and clear with...
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