"When they [shepherds] had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them" Luke 2:17-18
Ever had a story that is just too good not to tell? My daughters always do. Often times they can't wait to tell two different stories at the same time. Their excitement at even the littlest of events in their lives is infectious. They are just bursting at the seams to tell the story.
In Luke's account of the birth of Jesus, we find the shepherds to be in the same frame of mind. The angels have visited them and told them of Jesus' birth. They leave their flocks and hurry to find Jesus. When they've seen him, they go and start telling all who will listen to what has happened. I can only imagine their excitement at what had transpired.
A study performed by LifeWay Research shows that across the country, Americans are much more likely to attend church at Christmas time. When asked the question: “If someone you know invited you to attend church with them at Christmas, how likely would you be to attend?” Over half (57%) of respondents said they’d be likely to come.
We have an opportunity during this Christmas season to be like the shepherds who spread the Good News of Jesus' birth. You don't have to preach a sermon or break down some complicated Biblical text. What if you just invited someone you know to church during the Christmas season? At TCC, we want to connect people to Jesus. That is not just the mission of the church or just the staff, it is the mission of all of the individuals who make up the church. And it's not just about the church's mission, it's what Jesus called us to do.
We've armed you with a couple of resources to make this a bit easier. We have invitations at the Info Desk to help maybe just start the conversation. Also, we have a web page with all of the Christmas at TCC details in one place: www.troycc.org/christmas.
Let us be like the shepherds from so long ago and spread the Good News of Jesus this Christmas season.