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Serving Your Neighbors

Ever wanted to do something for the people in your neighborhood, but not quite sure what? Here’s a few ways you could serve your neighbors this holiday season:

1. House of Prayer: Ask neighbors how you can pray for them.

2. Schools: Volunteer to help for holiday parties, take Christmas cookies and verses to teachers.

3. Businesses: Ask how you can pray for the businesses; offer to set up the Christmas tree.

4. Community service and events: Volunteer to trim bushes or decorate common grounds.

5. Newsletters: If your community has a newspaper, write a Christmas article or story; invite neighbors to Christmas Eve services.

6. Block Parties: Host a party for your neighbors. Let everyone bring food. Add attractions such as clowns, face painting, water balloons, and games to encourage interaction.

7. Coffees or Teas: Open your home to a Christmas coffee or tea. Share the good news of Christ.

8. Gift wrapping party: Offer to gift wrap some presents. Let neighbors bring the wrapping.

For ways to be involved in servant evangelism, visit www.servantevangelism.com.

from Serving Your Neighbors at Christmas

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Christmas Pantry Stocking Party

Invite guests to bring a  bag of small boxes and cans of food to be donated to a homeless shelter, a ministry of your church or an adopted family in need.

Ideas might be: small bags or cans of tuna, chicken, meat with pop top (self-opening lids), Vienna sausage, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pinto beans, vegetables, chicken soup, fruit cocktail, and other items. Provide large, inexpensive stockings and bags of Christmas candy (candy canes or hard candy that will not melt are best.

As guests arrive, divide food donations into piles of protein, vegetables, starches, and other items.

Have a Christmas card-making table and let everyone make cards to go into stockings with food. Cards can be as simple or creative as one desires. Provide markers, glue sticks and old magazines for card-making. Bible verses can be provided to paste onto cards.

Have guests take a stocking and fill it with food from each pile, candy, and a card. Stockings can be placed in a decorated box to be taken to the shelter or family.

Serve refreshments and share the message of Christmas. “Bethelehem” means House of Bread, and the Christmas story reminds us that God sent His Son to us to provide the promise of eternal life.

Thank everyone for their donations and pray that God will bless these families who have given and those who will receive donations.

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Ministering to Lost Family at Christmas

Most of us have family members that don’t know the Lord. With the holiday season upon us, we have more opportunities to spend quality time with family members we may not see regularly and share the love of Christ.

Here are a few ways to minister to lost family members:

1. Give the Message. Post on verse cards, gifts, recipe cards, placemats, Facebook, etc.

2. Get right with family members. Confess your sins. Ask forgiveness. 1 John 1:9.

3. Put to death the behavior listed in Colossians 3:8-9: “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices” (ESV).

4. Exhibit the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (ESV).

5. Pray for each family member by name and pray verses for each one.

6. Pray for God to give you an opportunity to speak Truth to them.

7. Be ready to give an answer, “…Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV).

8. No matter what happens during the holidays, LIVE the message of Jesus.

Never give up on your family! We all need Jesus.

from Yikes! My Family is Lost

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Good Answers to Tough Questions

Have you ever shared your faith with someone and they ask you a question you just don’t know the answer to? Or perhaps you’ve been hesitant to share your faith, because you’re afraid you won’t know the answer!

There are tough questions when it comes to following Jesus. There are times we won’t know the answer, but that’s okay. We don’t have to know the answer.

But when you don’t have an answer, what can you say?

How about one of these:

  1. I have no idea. Let’s try to find the answer together.
  2. That’s a good question. Let me do some research and I will get back to you.
  3. When I get to heaven, I’ll ask God that question. What would you ask Him?
  4. Tell me more. What interested you in knowing the answer to this question?
  5. Are you interested in God’s answer? If so, I think we can find a Bible study that will help us find the answers to lots of questions.
  6. I don’t know the answer to that question, but what I do know is that Jesus is real to me. Share how Jesus has changed your life.
  7. I know the answer to your question; but, if I answer your question, will you listen to my question?

Remember,

…do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

Matthew 10:19-20

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Good Answers for Tough Questions was a round table discussion at Koinonia Christmas. These answers to tough questions came from that session.

Every Tuesday and Thursday in November and December, we’ll share more of the great sessions from Koinonia Christmas on planning parties with purpose and evangelism.

Stay tuned!

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