For pastors and church members who care about their unsaved friends and family – Christmas is Gospel go time!

Church members, I want to encourage you to boldly invite your friends and family to Christmas Eve services this Sunday. You might be pressured to skip out Sunday by those you do not want to offend. If exposing your family to the life changing good news is potentially offensive, then I believe it is a risk worth taking. Taking part in the historic rescue of souls from eternal death is an act of courage and compassion.

Pew Research found 81 percent of non-Christians in America celebrate Christmas, including 87 percent of the religiously unaffiliated. According to LifeWay Research, 63 percent say the holiday season should include a trip to church. Of those who don’t typically attend, 57 percent said it is likely they would attend if someone invited them.

Pastors, make sure to preach the Gospel on Christmas Eve! I’m not asking you to change your sermon, as much as to tweak it if the Gospel is not central to it.

Many of your people will bring their unsaved family members to church this Sunday, so don’t blow it on Christmas Eve by rambling on about your missions offering, year-end giving or upcoming programs. Escort them to the throne of grace instead on this holy-day.

My Christmas Eve message will be preceded by a children’s story from The Big Picture Interactive Bible that Janet picked up at our local LifeWay store. Immediately after that story, I will preach a 15 minute sermon from John 3:16.

Present the Gospel clearly, creatively and quickly. Just do it! Some present will have never heard the full story of God’s rescue, while still others may never hear it again. You might be surprised how many will forever associate Jesus’ birthday with their own spiritual birthday because of your decision to proclaim (the) good news of great joy that will be for all the people (Luke 2:10 CSB).