7 Ways To Be Missional This Christmas
Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year. While there are a lot of distractions from its true meaning, Christmas is still a great time to share the message of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Below are seven ways you can reach out to others and show God’s love this Christmas.
1. Give gifts to people who really need help.
- There are scores of organizations that help you give a Christmas Gift in the name of Christ. We do a giving tree at our church and collect toys and presents that have been request from poor parent’s for their children. Toys for Tots is another great tradition. Let you kids help and see that Christmas isn’t about them and their presents but giving gifts because of the gift we’ve receive of Jesus and the eternal life He brings.
- Give a Life-Giving Gift because of the Life-Giving Gift we’ve received in Jesus. World Vision and Living Water are great places you can give life-giving gifts of water, food, or animals to improve the lives of children across the world. You can give a gift on behalf of another in addition or in replacement of a gift you would normally give.
- Is there someone in your neighborhood or at work that is in need of something this Christmas? Don’t just spend money to spend money, but if you know a need, try to fill it.
2. Give Small gifts to your Neighbors
- My wife loves to bake. Every year, she makes a number of goody sacks to hand out to our neighbors. Then we go door-to-door and hand them out to people. It’s a great reason to knock on a neighbor’s door and spend a couple of minutes getting to know them a little better. We just had a neighborhood bonfire last month. When we invited one neighbor, she immediately asked if we were the people who came over and gave them cookies two years before. She still remembered and it seemed to make it easier for her to join us because of the groundwork that was laid two years before.
3. Invite someone to your Christmas Celebration
- At certain times in our lives, we know people who don’t have anywhere to go on Christmas. Some just don’t have family. Some Just live too far away for their families to get together. Is there someone like this in your life, Maybe a college student or an elderly neighbor? If so, make sure you invite them to join your family for Christmas. You don’t have to invite everyone, but if you see someone who will be alone, invite them into your family for that evening.
- We have a Christmas Celebration every year. Our Church has a few Church services every Christmas Eve. We have people over between 5 and 7 that night. We invite anyone we know to come over for some chilli, soup, and a lot of Christmas snacks and beverages. We invite friends who volunteer and have to be at each church service that night so that they have somewhere to go to kill some time. But we also invite some neighbors to stop by if they like. Surprisingly, a number of them do. We then reserve Christmas Morning just for family.
4. Bless those who can’t celebrate Christmas
- Think about the Firefighters, Police officers, Gas Station Attendant who have to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Bring them a gift basket of donuts or Christmas goodies to bless them when they are probably feeling low from being away from their families. Maybe even leave them a Christmas card and a written message about Jesus’ birth. For more check out this article.
5. Rehearse the Christmas Story
- Peter says we must always be ready to give an answer for our faith anytime someone asks (1 pe 3:15). At Christmas time, especially if you’re showing love in unexpected ways, people are going to ask you why. We have to be ready. In our Church plant we are always rehearsing the Gospel Story through the major themes of Creation -> Fall -> Redemption -> Restoration. It’s real easy to be ready to tell a shortened version of this story with an emphasis on the expectation of the messiah and the birth of Jesus. Don’t just tell people “This is the day Jesus was born.” Explain to them the whole story and why Jesus’ birth is important. If not, people won’t understand the message.
6. Invite people to your Christmas Church Services
- As Christians, we should be in the habit of inviting people into our lives before we invite them to church. Yet if there is any day when unchurched or dechurch people are willing to go to church it might be Christmas. During the Christmas season, many are hurting and longing for something more. They’re searching to reclaim some magic in the world. If you know someone who isn’t going to be going to church, invite them to join you. Pick them up, sit together, and talk about the message, the music, and anything else that can further the conversation.
7. Gather your MC and sing Christmas Carols
- I was hesitant to put this one down. I’m not sure if caroling is really helpful in the Christian witness. It seems a bit intrusive like cold-call evangelism. Yet, I do believe this could be done right. I think elderly people would be more accepting of this gift of music. It’s something they experienced or participated in as a youth and is likely to bring warm feelings of nostalgia. The other group I think would benefit this is if you went caroling at people’s homes that you’ve been sharing life with through your Missional Community. If enough ground work has already been laid, Caroling could be a great way to sing the Gospel message and show love, yet not seem too strange.