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Christmas Decoration Declaration

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1st week of Advent 2010, Sermon in "Seasoning the Season" series, Tabernacle Baptist Church

1st week of Advent 2010, Sermon in "Seasoning the Season" series, Tabernacle Baptist Church

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  • 1. Decoration Declarations
    What do your decorations really say?
  • 2. ???
  • 3. Christmas is filled with opportunities for communication of the GOSPEL.
    What are my DECORATIONS really saying to those around me?
  • 4. CHRISTmas?
  • 5. Decorations that OBSCURE the meaning of Christmas
    Decorations that COVER UP
  • 6. Decorations, like make-up, should be done well not “layered up”
    Shine, sparkle, glitz, and glamour may be blinding us to the truth
    Are your decorations about having the right look or the right heart?
    Cover Up
  • 7. Decorations that OBSCURE the meaning of Christmas
    Decorations that COVER UP
    Decorations that CROWD OUT
  • 8. There are a lot of Christmas voices that are decidedly NOT Christian
    Frosty, Rudolph and Santa are not the three wise men!
    Remove the distractions and dial in the message presentation
    Do you choose decorations that match your faith message?
    Crowd Out
  • 9. Decorations that OBSCURE the meaning of Christmas
    Decorations that COVER UP
    Decorations that CROWD OUT
    Decorations that FADE OUT
  • 10. Ornaments can become so “familiar” that they lose their importance
    “Of course it’s about Jesus” is not as obvious as you might think
    Is this an old, outdated message that is irrelevant to people in 2010?
    Fade Out
  • 11. Decorations that DECLARE the meaning of Christmas
    Decorations that SPEAK UP
  • 12. Refuse to let Christmas go by as “just another day” on the calendar
    Engage joyfully in holiday decoration and preparations – celebrate!
    Choose appropriate decorations that point to Jesus Christ
    Speak Up
  • 13. Decorations that DECLARE the meaning of Christmas
    Decorations that SPEAK UP
    Decorations that SPEAK OUT
  • 14. Refuse to be silenced by those who demand “tolerance” or “inclusive”
    Buy up the opportunities to speak – using “BRIDGES” to the gospel
    Speak Out
  • 15. Decorations that DECLARE the meaning of Christmas
    Decorations that SPEAK UP
    Decorations that SPEAK OUT
    Decorations that SPEAK TRUTH
  • 16. Do not miss the chance to talk with people about theology
    Speak the truth in love, remembering your Christmas’s without Christ
    Talk about something that really matters at Christmas time
    Include truth in your decorations
    Speak Truth
  • 17. Scoring
    How would you rate your decorations?
    A “1” being beautiful but hollow
    A “10” being meaningful and focused
    How would your neighbors score your display of faith?
  • 18. 1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    needs more “salt”
  • 19. 10
    10
    10
    10
    10
    well-seasoned, tasty