The Christmas season is upon us! This is a unique time in the calendar year when nominal Christians and occasional visitors will come to your church to sing songs and listen to a sermon. How can we leverage this opportunity for the gospel? How can a preacher, who has perhaps preached dozens of Christmas messages over the years, keep it “fresh” now?
Mike asks these questions and more to a self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Christmas,” Ronnie Martin.
They speak about some beloved and obscure Christmas carols, sermon series ideas, Advent devotionals and the ethics of re-preaching old Christmas messages.
Ronnie Martin is founder and lead pastor of Substance Church in Ashland, Ohio, where he also serves as a northeast regional church plant director for the EFCA. In addition to writing for The Gospel Coalition, his work includes numerous album and book titles, including The Best Gift Ever Given: A 25-Day Journey Through Advent from God’s Good Gifts to God’s Great Son. He and his wife Melissa have one daughter.
The Best Gift Ever Given: A 25-Day Journey Through Advent from God’s Good Gifts to God’s Great Son:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0736978542/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2
3 Ways to Become a Christmas Loving Pastor:https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-ways-to-become-a-christmas-loving-pastor/
25 Advent Devotionals from Ronnie Martin:https://ftc.co/?s=advent
Substance Church :https://www.substance-church.org/
Ronnie Martin – The Danger of Being Over-Prepared:https://www.expositorscollective.com/podcast/2021/8/3/the-danger-of-being-over-prepared-ronnie-martin
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