We began our new series- “All Jesus wants for Christmas is …”. The whole idea of this series is to refocus Christmas on Jesus- not a bad idea because it is His birthday we celebrate. I challenged people to take their next step with Jesus and then asked them to raise their hand (because I wanted to pray for them) as I mentioned areas of next steps. Our folks honesty was inspiring. Hands went up when I talked about the next step of:
- Inviting a friend or family member to CATB
- Taking the first step to reconcile a relationship
- Making Jesus the Lord of their money
- Those who needed to obey Jesus in believer’s baptism.
After I prayed for their needs we invited people whose next step was baptism to do it now! You have to watch the video to see the response. I tried to say this clearly Sunday: Salvation is free; discipleship will cost your obedience. I am honored to lead a church where people are taking next steps of obedience to Jesus.
By the way- what is your next step? If you will email me I would love to pray for you: firstname.lastname@example.org. And, here is the message if you missed Sunday…