Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Dec- 19- Focus on Jesus
December 1 2010 by Catherine Painter, Raleigh speaker, author

Focal Passages: Luke 2:8-20, 33-35  

When I share Christ, I neither mention my being a minister’s wife nor do I discuss the church. Instead, I focus on Jesus and explain how to become a Christian. When people receive Christ, I encourage them to find a church and begin to grow spiritually.

As Jesus commanded His followers to go into all the world with the Good News of Christ, He included you and me (Matt. 28:19-20). I can’t pass my responsibility on to someone else. (Billy Graham doesn’t live on my street.)

Not everyone will accept the gospel message, but we can’t use their opposition as an excuse not to share Christ. Like the shepherds of old, you and I have a testimony to share, and the Christmas season is an ideal time to share our faith because hearts and minds are more open to Jesus than at other seasons of the year.

The shepherds in our Scripture were lowly men, perhaps unable even to read and write, yet they became powerful witnesses for Christ.

Imagine their sharing the drama of that first Christmas service where they formed the small congregation on a Judean hillside.

The preacher, an angel of the Lord, appeared and delivered the shortest sermon perhaps ever preached: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (v. 9-12).

Suddenly the choir appeared and burst forth with the anthem: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men” (v. 13-14).

The shepherds responded to the sermon, saying, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us” (v. 15). That’s witnessing — sharing what we have experienced concerning Christ and leaving the results to God.

Father, Your ways are higher than ours, for who among us would have planned the first Christmas service as You did?

Warm our hearts, Lord, and send us forth like the shepherds, glorifying and praising You. In the name of the Babe of Bethlehem, amen.    
12/1/2010 4:32:00 AM by Catherine Painter, Raleigh speaker, author | with 3 comments

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