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Sharing Your Faith in 2015

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When we launched The Power of One in 2013, we challenged our church to invite 10,000 people to Shandon. The challenge for 2014 was to bring 1,000 people to Shandon. As The Power of One continues in 2015, our challenge becomes even more personal--share your faith with someone in 2015. 

Talking about Jesus is easier for some and more difficult for others. Here are a few tips to get you started. Begin now to pray for what God has in store for The Power of One, for our church, and for you in 2015, and make sure you're here on January 11 as I bring more details about The Power of One for the coming year. 

1. Pay attention to people around you.

We're surrounded by people who don't know Jesus each and every day. Some are even in our own families. Though many in the South may consider themselves Christians, look for Christ-orientation in their lives. Do they have a God-centered or a world-centered view of life?

2. Pray for opportunities with the lost.

Begin now to pray for opportunities to share your faith in 2015. You may already have a specific person in mind, or maybe you need to pray for opportunities to begin a new relationship with someone who doesn't know Christ. 

3. Learn to share your faith in 2015.

We will be offering evangelism training on Wednesday nights in the spring and next fall, church-wide Sunday School lessons devoted to helping you learn to share your faith, and I will be providing tips and helps during the worship services throughout the year. Don't let "I don't know how" be your excuse.

4. Learn to refer.

You may know someone who needs to hear the Gospel, but that doesn't mean you're the best person to share Christ with them. People often refer friends to come talk to me, and I refer lost people to others I know. Someone you know may be in a better position to share Christ, so become a bridge that connects the lost to the Gospel.

I'm really looking forward to what God's going to do with our willingness and obedience to take the good news of Jesus to lost and dying world.

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Holy Left-Overs

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In his first message of the Christmas series, Dr. Lincoln commented that Simeon (Luke 2) “recognized the eternal in the now.”  With Christmas just days away, I’ve been remembering a certain Christmas Eve a few years ago where I experienced just such a moment. 

Like many of you, I love occasions of celebration, cherished moments and making lasting memories.  I must also confess that at times I get so caught up in what I’m expecting those moments to be like that any diversion from my ideal can play havoc with my emotions!  This particular Christmas Eve nearly made me miss what has since become a treasured holiday memory.

...little by little, my perfect holiday began to unravel.

A few years ago, we were staying home for Christmas and my in-laws were visiting with us.  I was so excited to have the whole family together, but on the “afternoon before Christmas,” little by little, my perfect holiday began to unravel.  My mother-in-law fell ill so she and my father-in-law decided to stay home from the Christmas Eve service.  The rest of us (my husband, Ken, and our two boys) had problems trying to leave the house and arrived to church late, which turned out not to matter since the small church we were attending at the time was having technical difficulties of their own.  Shortly after the service finally began, I realized there was a problem with my youngest son, Kyle, and I had to carry him out to the parking lot...only to discover I didn't have the car keys.  While our oldest son, Kendall (age 9 at the time), remained in the service, Ken came to my rescue. Things continued to be very--let's just call it "eventful," but we finally made it back into the sanctuary.

As the three of us rejoined Kendall just in time to sing the last song before the candle lighting I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  We had missed communion and pretty much everything else I look forward to.  I let out a big sigh and I wondered why we had even bothered to come.  My perfect Christmas Eve was ruined.

My 'holy left-overs" reminded me why we were there…and what Christmas is 'really all about.  Not a perfect family holiday, but 'a Savior...born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'

And then, my personal pity party was interrupted by a gentle nudge on my arm.  I looked down to see Kendall open his little hand to reveal two wafers nestled in his palm.  Our son had saved his dad and me "left-overs" from the Lord’s Supper.  Can you envision the knife to the heart?  I sat down, prayed, and partook in what may be the most memorable communion I’ve experienced.  My "holy left-overs" reminded me why we were there…and what Christmas is really all about.  Not a perfect family holiday, but “a Savior...born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

As I continue to immerse myself in the decorating, traditions, celebrations, and all that this glorious season holds, I am trying not to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.  As things that have been, are, or ‘may come to be’ threaten to rob me of my spirit, I’ll stay focused on the One who was, is, and is to come!

May we always “recognize the eternal in the now.”

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