Written by cycleguy on November 27th, 2020

One of the hardest times for me to preach is Christmas. I know that sounds weird. But it is true. It isn’t that I don’t like Christmas. I love it! What makes it so hard to preach at Christmas is most people know the story so well they could probably do a better job than me. 🙂  So the hard job for me is to find a new way to tell an old story. By new way I obviously don’t mean denying it or the truth of it or the virgin birth or the Incarnation.  The questions are:

How do I make it come alive?

How do I make it appealing and not boring?

How do I tell this timeless story and bring old truths to life?

I’m not sure how I succeed in those but I do try. This year I am calling my series A Grand Production.  I plan to look at it through the idea of a play with the different actors and actresses in their roles. My sermon this Sunday is on the Supporting Cast.  I’m breaking it down into the Messy People and the “Go-Before” people. Do you know who they are? Hint: the first group is found in Matthew 1 and the others are found in Luke 1.  You should be able to figure them out.

If you are unable to come to OVCF don’t forget we live stream at 9:00 and 10:45. I’d love to have you join us. If you can’t would you at least pray for me/us? Thanks.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. This sure sounds like a fresh take on old truths, Bill, and I’m certainly looking forward to your sermon series.

  2. Zee says:

    Just yesterday I thought about the “supporting cast” of Christmas and how Joseph was a great man that most people don’t talk about. I mean, his bride-to-be suddenly becomes pregnant (and not from Joseph), then he starts seeing angels, has to welcome random guests (ranging from shepherds to foreign magi), has to become a refugee with his family so that his adopted son isn’t killed along with the other children… then raise Jesus as his own… It’s a lot to ask! But most people talk about Mary and I feel like in this case, Joseph needs a bit more public attention as well. After all, he could’ve just said “I’m not gonna do it” and throw in the towel.

    May God show you the other topics for the sermons and may He speak through you to the church.


  3. Linda Stoll says:

    may your ministry in this season be full and alive and vibrant because the Spirit is doing His work in your heart.

    may your people be blessed by what God has placed on your heart to share with them.

    may you be filled with joy and peace.