No season in the church calendar excites Christians as much as Christmas does. The question for pastors is this—how do you share the Christmas message to your church in a unique manner?
No season in the church calendar excites Christians as much as Christmas does.
The question for pastors is this—how do you share the Christmas message to your church in a unique manner?
For inspiration, we’ve got you covered. This article has tips, topics, and themes that can help you create and deliver not just a unique, but a compelling, Christmas sermon.
Here are six unique sermons you can use as inspiration this Christmas.
Christmas Sermons on God’s Love
Christmas Day is an excellent opportunity to talk about God’s love in your sermon. You can take inspiration from our list of Inspirational Christmas Quotes & Christmas Bible Verses.
From there, you can move forward with these creative ideas for your Christmas sermon:
1. The God of Small Things
“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
The very first Christmas focused on the little things in contrast to the grandness of today’s Christmas. God did not arrive in this world with all fanfare and glory. Instead, He came in the smallest of all human beings—a baby.
Not to forget other “small” details in the Christmas narrative like:
- The little town of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:6)
- The tiny stable where Christ was born (Luke 2:4-7)
- The small group of shepherds as witnesses (Luke 2:8-11)
- The small but significant gifts of the Magi (Matthew 2:9-12)
It’s noticeable that these small symbols played massive roles in the history of humanity. As the adage goes, great things can come from the smallest packages.
Similarly, God’s love comes to us in the smallest of things.
If you’re looking for the grandest Christmas message, you need not look further than the tiny but noticeable details God has placed into the story of our Savior’s birth.
2. Christmas: A Fulfillment of the Often-Forgotten Promise
“Thus, there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.”
Many people–even Christians–may see Christmas as an isolated story in the Bible. In other words, they may have disregarded everything God’s chosen people went through before the Messiah’s birth.
In this sermon, you’ll emphasize that God’s plan for salvation began even before the birth of Jesus. Even if it took many generations and prophecies, God fulfilled His plan for His people–and all people–in the person of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes, you may feel that nothing goes according to plan in your life. Remember that Christmas Day is a living reminder every year that God will always fulfill His plans and promises for you.
Christmas Sermons from the Characters’ Narratives
The Christmas story centers around Jesus. However, there are notable Biblical characters who made Christmas possible. You can capitalize on their accounts and use such lessons for a unique Christmas sermon.
3. Would There Be Christmas if Joseph Ran Away?
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
-Matthew 1: 20
What if Joseph did not believe and follow the angel’s message? The most logical consequence would be that God’s plans may have been entirely altered.
But what if you were in Joseph’s position? Would it have been that easy to obey what God asked of him?
The Bible doesn’t offer many details and dialogue about Joseph. However, the cultural perception surrounding Mary’s pregnancy might have caused any man to “quietly divorce” (Matt. 1:19) her and walk away. Nevertheless, Joseph heeded God’s call and remained by Mary’s side.
In life, the most difficult situations can make Christians abandon their faith in God. Seeing Christmas from the eyes of Joseph allows us to realize that the only way forward is to move toward God’s plan.
4. Girl Interrupted: Mary’s Unexpected Role
“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
-Luke 1: 30-32 & 38
Mary, who was the mother of Jesus, is one of the most significant women in the Bible (for some, she is the most significant!)
However, that role is not according to her plan. That’s why she was troubled at first upon receiving the angel Gabriel’s message. She was just a teenager. Being a mother alone was terrifying–not to mention, becoming pregnant out of wedlock. Even more challenging is that she would have to raise the Son of God.
Mary’s cooperation is crucial. Without her “yes” during an unexpected encounter with God, it would be unimaginable to think how Christmas would have turned out.
Now, how does Mary’s story exactly fit into your Christmas sermon?
It’s pretty straightforward—we have to say “yes” every time the Lord calls us to be part of His divine plan. The Christmas season is a chance to cooperate with God’s plan, even in the most unexpected circumstances.
5. Christmas According to the Gospel of the Shepherds
“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.”
Why did the angels first appear to the shepherds and not people of important dignitaries during the first Christmas?
People did not place shepherds in high esteem, who were not generally occupied with religious practices. However, God has more important messages than the shepherds’ appearance suggests.
Seen from the eyes of the shepherds, Christmas presents insights that you might have never thought of or forgotten, like:
- Christmas is for everyone, not just for Christians.
- Shepherds give attention to their lambs. The first Christmas allowed them to behold the Lamb of God, who was to be sacrificed for the sake of humanity.
- With purity in their hearts, the shepherds sincerely shared the message about the birth of Christ. Similarly, Christians can follow the examples of the shepherds.
Christmas Sermons in a Time of Crisis
If you want to entice more people to listen to your Christmas sermon, you may want to stir some curiosity with unique and thought provoking titles. Here are a few ideas.
6. The First Christmas: A Dark and Scandalous Night
If you think about it, the very first Christmas falls way short of how people portray the events in Christmas hymns and other media. The truth is the first Christmas is dark because of the many scandals in this narrative:
- Mary was a young teenager and a virgin. Yet, soon after hearing the angel’s message, Mary conceived Jesus through supernatural means. In the Jewish context, that was alarming!
- Upon learning of Mary’s situation, Joseph initially planned to divorce Mary. That could have created disgrace both for Joseph and Mary.
- Even more shocking is that God would take on the form of a man–even an infant. Furthermore, God was born in a stable and laid in a manger–both intended for animals.
Despite these scandalous details, this was how God chose to become incarnate to humanity.
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The birth of Jesus Christ gives hope to everyone. Regardless of the scandals and darkness you experience, remember Christmas Day and how God gave light to the darkest parts of your life.
Put Christ in Your Christmas Sermons!
Above all, strive not only to create and deliver a unique Christmas 2023 sermon. Your Christmas message must always lead God’s people to the reason for this season—Jesus Christ.
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Written by Travis Albritton. Travis Albritton has been serving Christians online for more than 5 years, and has been starting and leading ministries in the southeast United States for more than a decade. His popular podcast, The Practical Christian, has been downloaded more than 300,000 times in 160 countries around the world. He’s an Amazon best-selling author, passionate husband and father, and driven disciple on a mission to launch Christians into online ministry.
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