Christmas Sermons—A Pulpit Gift
Holidays provide an easy way to connect with a wide range of listeners.
When missionaries arrive in a cross-cultural context, they look for cultural interests that may serve as points of contact for gospel proclamation. The preacher already has points of contact built in to his calendar through holidays and special cultural days. It seems to me special sermons connected to those days are strategic opportunities and a preacher would be wise to take full advantage. I agree with expository preaching legend, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who wrote in Preaching and Preachers, "I believe in using almost any special occasion as an opportunity for preaching the gospel."
I have always thought if Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day, and Father's Day did not exist in American culture, I would reflexively set aside a time in the course of the preaching year to biblically focus on each topic. The fact each is on the cultural calendar provides an easy way to connect with a wide range of listeners as we biblically discuss each topic. Of all opportunities for special ...