What will you bring to Jesus? This is a question that has been asked since the baby Jesus was born. The shepherds brought themselves (which is what God really wants from us). The wise men brought very valuable gifts. Mary brought her heart. And on the list goes.
We have a similar opportunity all the time to give to God what we have been given. Now, what we will we do?
I want to to challenge you, community family and friends, to bring your best to Jesus and express that by what you bring with you this coming Sunday to church. These are suggestions that I pray encourage you to do these or to do do even more as God prods you to do so.
Here we go?
Of coarse, bring yourself and your family to church. But how about bringing another special family member or friend with you? The Gospel will be shared plus this is the last Sunday before Christmas and people are more apt to say YES to your invite than almost any other time of the year!
How about bring your best CHRISTMAS MISSION OFFERING? There are two weeks left in this opportunity to give. Mark an envelope with MISSION and place your gift in it. I will be giving mine this week, and I ask you to join me. You can also give HERE online and choose MISSION OFFERING.
You could also bring a special card or gift for a person at church who has blessed you or who might be struggling this Christmas. Think hard about the people you worship with each week. Some of our church family have lost their job, have had lots of health problems and many are just struggling. Be a blessing to someone close to you that you wouldn't normally bless!
Another excellent and most important thing to bring is your readiness to serve. I believe 2016 will be a great year for The Community. We will kick off a new year with the theme of RETURN, and we will also be telling you soon about raising funds for our new campus in the way of a very special challenge. Be ready the first Sunday in January to hear and respond. This Sunday respond with you!
Christmas is a holiday Christians can celebrate each and every day. Our Savior died for us and yet is alive and working in us and around us all the time. It is our opportunity to bring our best to Jesus.
On Christmas day there will be a FREE MEAL served at Martinsville First Baptist Church (corner of Starling and Mulberry) from 10 until 2. Please pass the word about this great blessing. You can also donate, serve by delivering meals or cleaning, and for more information call 276-732-3422.
Make this season about Jesus and not all the other things that seem to cloud our thinking and even our worship.
I love each of you and look forward to seeing you this Sunday for worship at 10:10am. What will you bring with you?
With GOD as my guide,
Pastor Michael Harrison