Will the Gospel Shape How You Trick or Treat?

What are your plans this Wednesday night? Are you just drifting along with what everyone else is doing? Or, are you thinking, “Jesus, how are You going to use me and hundreds of kids going house-to-house for Your glory!??”

You’re invited to read the following article that explores exactly that idea: “Sent into the Harvest: Halloween on Mission.” As you read the article, don’t forget that Zion is hosting a New Life party for kids and their parents this Wednesday night! Soup is on at 6pm, with games, Confirmation, and more to follow.

SENT INTO THE HARVEST: HALLOWEEN ON MISSION
What if a crisp October wind blew through “the way we’ve always done things” at Halloween? What if the Spirit stirred in us a new perspective on October 31? What if dads led their households in a fresh approach to Halloween as Christians on mission?

What if spreading a passion for God’s supremacy in all things included Halloween — that amalgamation of wickedness now the second-largest commercial holiday in the West?

What if we didn’t think of ourselves as “in the world, but not of it,” but rather, as Jesus says in John 17, “not of the world, but sent into it”?

And what if that led us to move beyond our squabbles about whether or not we’re free to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, and the main issue became whether our enjoyment of Jesus and his victory over Satan and the powers of darkness might incline us to think less about our private enjoyments and more about how we might love others? What if we took Halloween captive — along with “every thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5) — as an opportunity for gospel advance and bringing true joy to the unbelieving?

…What if Halloween wasn’t a night when Christians retreated in disapproval, but an occasion for storming the gates of hell?

Continue reading “Sent into the Harvest: Halloween on Mission”→

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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