Did you ever consider that Christmas could have an impact on how we do church planting? Christmas is the holiday, but Jesus Christ is the message of the holiday. His life and how He lived it is the ultimate instruction for how we, too, should live.
We certainly should strive to keep Christ in Christmas, but we can also strive to keep Christmas in Church Planting.
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us (Isaiah 9:6).
See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23).
The principle that Christ and Christmas teach us about church planting is the necessity to go to where the people are. Jesus left the glory and comforts of heaven to be “with us.” Since Jesus gave us the example of incarnational living, it is necessary for us to go to the people who so desperately need Him. Past are the days when we can hang out a sign and say, “ya’ll come.”
His last instruction to those He entrusted with the job was, “Go into all the world…” It may be difficult and uncomfortable to cross streets or cross cultures, but reaching people with the good news of salvation and seeing new churches begun requires that we leave our homes and church buildings and go to where the people are.
What other elements of Christ’s incarnation story speak to Church Planting? Share your thoughts.
Adapted from Ken Weathersby’s article “What Christmas teaches us about Church Planting”