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Planning a Christmas Sermon Series

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Some churches run a special series of Christmas sermons every year in December.  It's a good time for church members to bring friends who are thinking about religion and Jesus more than they would normally be during the other 11 months of the year, or so the thinking goes.

Others, usually of the more crusty and cantankerous sort, don't want to spend 1/12 of their year's preaching calendar on the same topic year in and year out.   

At Guilford, the church that I serve, we split the baby in half.  I do a Christmas series every other year.  This year, since Christmas Day lands on a Sunday, we're doing four sermons in the month of December that consider OT prophecies of the Messiah's coming (Genesis 3:14-15, Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Psalm 110, Isaiah 7:14).

If you're planning a Christmas series, here are some good ideas:

  1. A series on texts that explain why Jesus came.  John Piper has done these brilliantly over the years.
  2. A four part exposition of Luke 1-2.
  3. A series on some of the less well-known "characters" in the Christmas story (Elizabeth, Zechariah, Herod, etc.)
  4. A series on the first chapter of each gospel account. 
  5. A series considering the doctrine of the incarnation using texts like Philippians 2:5-13 and John 1:14-18.

Whatever you decide to preach on, just don't cancel your meeting so that people can stay home and open presents! 

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Preach the Word in season and out of season!

Amen! Thank you for sharing this important and helpful truth! God bless and to God be the glory......SDG

Been there done that int he past. Took a new track this time. Started a 4-5 year series on the life of Jesus using all 4 Gospels. Set it up to speak on the Birth on Dec. 25th this year. Will be doing a monologue dressed as a Shepherd.

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