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There were shepherds...

Luke 2:8-20 NIV

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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Spreading the Word

Luke 2:17 NIV

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

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Christmas Gift of Sharing

The shepherds didn’t just accept the invitation and see Jesus, but they then become God’s messengers and shared the good news with many others (2:17). Again, they could have made excuses. They could have said they were poor and nobody would listen to them. They could have said they needed to get back to work. They could have said that they knew little about this baby and wouldn’t be able to answer questions or explain God’s plan clearly. But they didn’t make any of these excuses. They shared the simple facts that they knew about the child and what they had seen and heard.

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Share This Christmas

God will use His messengers to get His word out. We need to be faithful to share it with others. Christmas is a great opportunity for that. A lot of people celebrate it but have almost no idea what it is. So I challenge you to share the gospel with a few people over the next two weeks. Share with people what God has done in YOUR life.

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Prepare Your Testimony

Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and guidance as you write (James 1:5-6). Be realistic. Don’t say that Christ eliminates all the problems of life, but rather that he enables you to live them out with peace and confidence. "I am with you always." DON’T USE words that are meaningless to non-Christians, like salvation, saved, born again. Follow a three-point outline: My Life With Jesus. 1. Life before knowing Christ. 2. How you came to know Jesus (be specific). 3. Life after you received Christ (changes He has made, what He means to you now). Use at least one, but at the most two Scripture verses. This is a testimony, not a preachimony, so don’t preach.

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Share Your Testimony

Memorize your testimony and practice it. Make it natural. Share your testimony with loving enthusiasm in the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2:3-5). Avoid exhibiting nervous habits (especially with your hands) and other mannerisms, such as rubbing your nose, jingling coins in your pocket, swaying, clearing your throat, and using uh's and ah's. Exhibit good posture.

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