Start a Party in Heaven

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”   (Luke 15:10).

In this Scripture, Luke tells us that there is rejoicing in heaven when one sinner repents, so imagine the happiness when many people repent!  This holiday season, we can all help start a party in heaven by sharing the Gospel message with as many people as we can.  A good way to get the party started is by giving out the invitation tag we got during the teaching this past weekend.  If you didn’t get one, swing by CCM during the coming week and pick one (or more) up.

Many people feel uncomfortable about doing this.  Maybe they don’t know how to start a conversation, or maybe they fear rejection, or are afraid they can’t answer questions put to them.  So, a good place to start is with our families and relatives.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but these are the same people who have shared past discourses with us about financial woes, marital or health problems, rotten kids, car or work problems.  Some of them have shared every detail of the last NASCAR race they watched, or speculation about next season’s football draft.  In short, they owe it to you to listen to you talk about something really important, such as their eternal life.  Invite them to come to Christmas Eve services; use your tag.  Go together in a caravan.  Be a sport and invite them to have dinner with you before or after.  Bobby’s dinner specials in the café are really good.  Take family pictures in front of the Christmas tree.  Make an event of it!

But why stop there?  Take more tags to the grocery store, the bookstore or the movie theater.  An excellent choice is Wal-Mart late at night.  People go there out of boredom because nothing else is open, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation because most of the shoppers have a bit of time on their hands.  Just to kick things off, here’s an ice breaker for you: “Say, do you have any plans for Christmas Eve this year?”  If they say no, then ask them if they’d like to come to a Christmas Eve service at Calvary Chapel.  There’re four of them, so scheduling isn’t a problem.
  
Add this: “There’s great music, the service is heartfelt and Spirit-filled, they’ll give us all light sticks at the end and it’s beautiful.  Plus, there’s free child care for kids under five.  I mean, Jesus is the reason for the season, right?  Great family photo opportunities by the Christmas trees, and you can pick up any last-minute gifts you might need at the Chapel Store.”  Then get their name, fill it in on the tag along with your name and hand it over.  Make it personal.  You might even suggest that they meet you there, and if you can, offer to buy them a coffee afterward.  Now that didn’t hurt so much, did it?

(Susan Lockhart) 
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted. 

Based on The Nature of Christ's Kingdom on November 24th, 2018 - Watch Sermon