It’s Christmas time… again. We can almost feel the internal eye roll. We get it – with Christmas comes all the hustle and bustle of higher attendance, elevating your guest experience, figuring out the parking and childcare situation at your church, and the inevitable Christmas message and Christmas sermon series you will preach once again.
It’s the same thing every year. And it’s not that it’s a tired story, because obviously it’s the exact opposite. It’s greatest story ever told – one filled with hope, joy, peace, and love.
But how do you tell the same story to a lot of the same people in a unique way? How do you package it in such a way that adds value, doesn’t feel old or recycled, and still inspires hope and joy… even to those who have heard it a million times before?
It’s normal for you not to be excited about preaching a Christmas message for these very reasons, but sadly, the lack of excitement will be evident in your messages themselves. If you’re bored, the message is bored. If you’re tired, the message is tired. If you’re uninspired, the message is uninspired.
What if you could be excited? What if you could tell the same story in a fresh new way? A way that instills hope, joy, peace, and left people seeing the story of Jesus, born of a virgin in a manger in a whole new light? What if it causes them to come back wanting more?
We want to show you how you can, in fact, get excited about preaching the Christmas message this year by rethinking the different angles you can take when telling this story. We want to equip you to preach the same message of hope in a unique package that will not only offer hope, but inspire lasting impact.
Four Christmas Sermon Series Angles to Preach From
Instead of feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how you will tell the Christmas story through your Christmas sermon this year, get inspired with a few different angles you can take that will help your creative juices start flowing.
So, without further ado, here are four different angles you can take with your Christmas Sermon Series this year.
Refocusing Christmas is a great angle you can take for your Christmas sermon series this year if you want to help your congregation and guests remember the true reason we celebrate as we strive to shift our focus from the common distractions brought on by the season.
Here are 10 different serom series that fall under the category of refocusing Christmas.
The last few days before Christmas are usually pretty hectic. This sermon series campaign will encourage individuals to take the “12 Days of Christmas” to focus on what the holiday season is really all about—spending time with family, serving others, and, most importantly, worshiping Jesus.
This short, two-week mini-series is designed to run through the 12 days of Christmas and offers a message of hope through a fun, unique angle.
This three-week series takes a look at the first awkward family Christmas, pointing out what it teaches us today about our own lives.This is a fun take on a traditional story that will also help your congregation relate to the very first Christmas story and embrace the reality of their own family situation this Christmas season.
Here’s a great Christmas sermon series for your students.
Sometimes, we can get so caught up in the fun of Christmas, that we forget what it’s all about. We get so consumed with the presents, food, and lights that Jesus becomes secondary to a holiday dedicated to His birth!
What do we need in order to have the best Christmas ever? To make Jesus the center of our lives. Even when times are tough, He will never leave or forsake us. He is “God with us.”
This series works in conjunction with the Ministry Pass adult series, “Unforgettable Christmas.”
Looking at Jesus’ birth from our perspective, it can seem like the worst Christmas ever. This three-week Christmas series takes a look at the true power behind the holiday, helping us to understand how we can apply Jesus’ birth to our lives today.
If will also help us shift our perspective in a way that allows us to see the love and grace offered through the gift of Christ as it brings deeper meaning to the joy and peace offered at Christmas time.
Margaret Philbrick, author of Back to the Manger, shares about how seeing the Christmas season through the eyes of her children has opened her eyes to the wonder and fullness of God.
She writes, “I’m learning that the key to experiencing Advent with the wonder of a child is found in seeing Jesus.” It’s important to see the joy and hope of Christmas through this lens.
This series will help you teach your congregation how to shift their perspective during the holiday season and embrace the wonder and hope found in the true meaning of Christmas.
This three-week sermon series examines the nativity story by investigating the characters who either missed out on or almost missed out on the birth of Christ.
As we learn from these stories, there are many things that can keep us from being transformed by Jesus’ birth—whether it be distraction, selfishness, or disappointment.
Looking at the gospels of Matthew and Luke, this series warns us that we could miss out on the real meaning of Christmas if we aren’t careful.
This four-week Christmas sermon series examines the nativity story and how we should view our priorities during the Christmas season.
Through understanding the context and characters in the nativity story, we will see the importance of prioritizing others, adjusting our list of priorities, and rethinking our time. We’ll also be reminded that the Christian virtues presented in the Christmas season should be normal for Christians throughout the year.
8. The Line
This three-week, Christmas series examines how Christ’s birth changed the entire course of history. We even separate history according to Jesus’ birth—B.C. to A.D.!
Using passages from scripture that don’t normally fill an Advent calendar, “The Line” is both creative and unique. Jesus changed the world by entering history as the God-man, and He can change our lives as well.
Christmas reminds us of the incredible grace God offers through His son Jesus. This story of redemption began long before that starry night in Bethlehem.
Through this three-week series, your church will understand the reality that we all need a Savior and discover the importance of His death and resurrection.
This three-week evangelistic Christmas sermon series focuses on the need to “come home” through Jesus Christ. Along the way, the series explores the reasons why people desire to be home, stops to recognize the way to come home, and looks forward to our eternal homecoming – something we have to look forward to.
Seeing Christmas Like A Child
As we look at unique angles to take during your Christmas Sermon Series this year, we’re going to look at 10 sermon series that fall under the category of seeing Christmas like a child.
This is an excellent direction to take with your Christmas message if you want to help remind your congregation of the joy and hope offered to them through the message of the Savior when their view isn’t overshadowed by distraction.
There are also some excellent student and youth sermons in the mix to consider for younger audiences.
As of late, cat-love has exploded into nearly every facet of life. There are movies about cats, Grumpy Cat, and t-shirts that feature cats in outer space. We’re not really sure why cats are so popular, but it can make for a unique youth group Christmas party.
This week, consider theming your entire event after the “Merry Catmas” slogan. Like any youth Christmas party, you’re free to include multiple games and elements to create an exciting holiday event.
This three-week series is intended to help your students view the Christmas season as a time to give to others. By understanding the Father’s generous heart in offering Jesus to us, we can celebrate the joy of the season by giving back to God and to those around us.
This series discusses several ideas: that evangelism is important during this season, that every believer is equipped to share through their testimony, and that the freedom of forgiveness enables us to touch the lives of those around us.
The Christmas season is a great time to reconnect with your students, have fun, and plan a night for the teenagers in your community.
If you’re looking for a fun and unique outreach event that will not only cater to your students, but their friends as well, use this week to plan a “Christmas Party” with your group.
There is no accompanying sermon guide for this event.
During Christmas, it’s easy for us to only think about what we will get from others. This three-week Christmas series outlines how living for God allows us to receive the best gift ever.
Spend the few weeks in December diving into the reality of the gift that has come through Jesus and remembering that the things we often place our value on are actually not as important as what we receive through a relationship with Christ.
Kids love to sing! This four-week series provides an opportunity to think about the rich words of hope, lament, joy, and devotion in holiday songs. Christmas is a time to sing what we believe. Each week features a passage of Scripture, as well as a well-known Christmas carol that illustrates the true message of the season.
Try this family-friendly series that will allow families to worship together as they celebrate the joy of the Christmas message.
This four-week series guide looks at the coming of Christ into the world through the perspective of the first chapter of John’s Gospel. Intended for use in the weeks leading up to Christmas, this guide provides a fresh look at the Light of the World invading our darkness to bring us salvation—the best gift of all.
Try this Christmas Sermon Series to offer a fresh perspective this holiday season and allow your congregation to, despite the stress and frustrations they are facing in light of the holidays, experience a totally awesome Christmas.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to enjoy Christmas when we’re too busy to stop and savor the holiday. For most of us, it feels like the Christmas season gets shorter and shorter every year.
This sermon series takes congregations back to the foundation of the Christmas story, revealing the joy and celebration it brings to all those who place their faith in Christ.
What do you need to have an unforgettable Christmas? Make Jesus the center of your life. Even when times are tough, He will never leave or forsake us. He is “God with us.”
Sometimes, it’s difficult to enjoy Christmas when we’re too busy to stop and savor the holiday. This sermon series takes your congregation back to the foundation of the Christmas story, revealing the joy and celebration it brings to all those who place their faith in Christ. Christmas changes everything. God has come to us in the form of Jesus! Heaven has come to earth!
This three-week Christmas series emphasizes how Jesus’ birth fulfilled God’s promise of hope to the entire world. Beginning in the Old Testament, “Saga” details the history behind the nativity story. Why did Jesus come to earth? What does it mean for us today?
This series is designed for students and will challenge them to not let the busyness and commercialization of the season distract them from Christ, but be reminded of what’s most important at this time of year.
10. Teen Mom
This three-week series takes a deep dive into the life of Mary and helps us focus on the reality of her perspective in carrying the coming Savior, Jesus.
Through this Christmas Sermon Series, you’ll be reminded of how Mary’s life of obedience was rewarded by God and reflect on what it looks like to follow that path of obedience in your own life.
Christmas in Movies and Music
Another Christmas Sermon Series angle you might consider as we enter into the holiday season, is leaning into common pop culture references that your guests can connect with and doing a Christmas Series themed by movies and/or music. Here are 10 you might want to consider for your church or youth group…
This four-week Christmas sermon series explores the beauty and importance of the incarnation through the lenses of four classic Christmas films, such as A Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street to name a couple.
Just as we find unexpected truth in these movies, we learn that the real Christmas story is the story of God working in unexpected ways in the pursuit of His people. The incarnation is a radical and important doctrine because it teaches us the true heart of God for the redemption of His fallen creation.
This four-week series provides an opportunity to appreciate the theological expressions of hope, lament, joy, and devotion in Christmas music.
Christmas is a time to sing what we believe. Each week features a passage of Scripture, as well as a well-known Christmas carol that illustrates the true message of the season.
This three-week Christmas carol sermon series walks through the angelic messages foretelling how Jesus’s birth would fulfill God’s promise of hope to the entire world.
“Hark” explores the powerful and transformative truth of the incarnation of Jesus as well as the faithfulness of God toward us in all of His promises.
This three-week series uses a different popular Christmas song each week to illustrate both the joys and challenges that come with the holiday season and the Bible’s response to each.
This series is musically themed in a fun way but will still offer biblical insights into the real issues people are facing – especially during the holidays – and how to handle those in a way that is honoring to God and allows you to embrace the joy of the holiday.
This Christmas Sermon Series is designed with students in mind and is a fun approach to the topic of what it means to give and serve during the holidays.
In this three-week Christmas sermon series, students will discover how Christ’s birth can teach us about generosity and sacrifice, as well as how God’s love can be the ultimate antidote to a Grinch-like attitude.
This four-week Christmas series looks at four songs from the book of Luke (Mary’s, Zechariah’s, the Angels’, and Simeon’s), explaining what each says about the story of Christmas.
This is a unique Christmas Sermon Series that offers a look at the birth of Jesus told through four different voices and angles.
7. Joyful Noise
This four-week student series tells the Christmas story through a topical lens. Jesus’s birth was the catalyst for the believer to find hope in difficult times, true belonging, peace, and eternal heart change through a right relationship with God. Each week, a classic Christmas song will be used as an illustration of the passage and the sermon’s big idea.
This four-week series tells the Christmas story through a topical lens. Jesus’s birth was the catalyst for the believer to find hope in difficult times, true belonging, peace, and eternal heart change through a right relationship with God.
Each week, a popular Christmas song will be used as an illustration of the passage and the sermon’s big idea. Not only is this series a good reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, but is a fun approach using music to connect with your audience.
This three-week Christmas series deals with the question, “What do we do when life isn’t so wonderful?”
This can be a hard question to ask ourselves – especially during the holidays. Many of us are going through trials, setbacks, and walking through difficult seasons that can leave us feeling alone and broken.
The holidays have a way of reminding us of the raw pain that’s found within our circumstances, but when we look at the Bible, we see that the answer to our pain is found in the person of Jesus.
10. Silent Night
For a traditional focus that rests thematically on an old and well-known carol, Silent Night, this Christmas Sermon Series will take your congregation back to Jesus’ humble birth.
Spend time reflecting on one silent night, 2,000 years ago, that still serves as a guide for how we are to live our lives today.
Reflect on the hope, joy, and peace offered to the world through a baby born on one silent night.
Putting Christ Back in Christmas
Culturally speaking, this is something we all struggle with – even those of us who follow Jesus. It’s easy to get distracted with the noise that comes through the holiday season. We often times find ourselves focused on everything else, forgetting that our aim should be on Jesus alone.
Christmas isn’t the only time of year this should be true, but it’s a great time to remind ourselves where our worship should be directed. When we put Christ back in Christmas we are choosing to place our priority on Him and Him alone.
Nothing else should get in the way. Consider taking this angle for your Christmas Sermon Series this holiday season and remind yourself and your congregation what really matters at the end of the day.
Keeping Christ in Christmas involves more than just talking about Jesus, but applying His message of hope and reconciliation to our everyday lives.
This series will focus on just how to do that and offer a perspective on what it means to live out the hope of Jesus in our day-to-day experiences.
Consider this Christmas Sermon Series if you want to lean into what it means to not only talk about the gift of the gospel, but also what it looks like to be living it out every single day.
This three-week Christmas series will study the three gifts from the magi, detailing how each represents a different aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry.
This biblical teaching will not only educate your congregation on the historical significance of these offered gifts, but why and how they still matter to us today.
This four-week Christmas (or Advent) series celebrates the reality that our faith in Jesus Christ allows us to see and experience the world in wonderful and unique ways.
With texts from the New and Old Testaments, we’ll recognize that the gifts of faith—trust, joy, determination, and commitment—came to us through the birth of our Savior.
Unpack these gifts through this Christmas Sermon Series and teach your congregation how they can apply them to everyday living.
This four-week series examines the many stories surrounding the narrative of Jesus’s birth, as well as our call to worship Him and love others. By understanding the Father’s generous heart in offering Jesus to us, we can celebrate the joy of the season by giving back to God and to those around us.
This series discusses several ideas: that evangelism is important during this season, that every believer is equipped to share through their testimony, and that the freedom of forgiveness enables us to touch the lives of those around us.
5. With Us
Sometimes, it’s difficult to enjoy Christmas when we’re too busy to stop and savor the holiday. For most of us, it feels like the Christmas season gets shorter and shorter each year.
This sermon series takes congregations back to the foundation of the Christmas story, revealing the joy and celebration it brings to all those who place their faith in Christ. Christmas changes everything. God has come to us in the form of Jesus! He is literally “God with us.”
This three-week series explores how understanding the joy and power of Christmas involves more than simply talking about Jesus or insisting the local store greeter says, “Merry Christmas!”
Instead, it means applying Jesus’s message of hope and reconciliation to our everyday lives. Let’s shift our focus to be on others and look inwardly. How are we living out Christmas in our own lives? How can we be practicing the message of love, joy, and hope to those around us?
This Christmas Sermon Series will allow you and your congregation to reflect on these questions and put into practice what it means to search – and find – Christmas this holiday season.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to enjoy Christmas when we’re too busy to stop and savor the holiday. We can easily get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all that we forget what really matters. We forget about the hope that exists for every single one of us.
This sermon series takes congregations back to the foundation of the Christmas story, revealing the joy and celebration it brings to all those who place their faith in Christ. Christmas changes everything. God has come to us in the form of Jesus! Heaven has come to earth!
This four-week Christmas series walks through the angelic messages foretelling how Jesus’s birth would fulfill God’s promise of hope to the entire world. And what a powerful message that is!
Through this historical and motivating Christmas Sermon Series, “The King Has Come” explores the powerful and transformative truth of the incarnation of Jesus, as well as the faithfulness of God toward us in all of His promises.
Looking at Jesus’ birth from a modern day perspective, it’s easy to get caught up in what can appear to be a nightmare of a situation, but there’s so much more depth in what seems to be happening on the surface.
This three-week Christmas sermon series takes a look at the true power behind the holiday, helping us understand the relevance in the story and how we can apply the gift of Jesus’ birth to our lives today.
So often, many of us are after “more” in life. We want to live fuller, happier lives and essentially have more of everything good.
Sadly, our efforts for more are usually unsuccessful because what we’re after is superficial. But there is a way to experience more through the gifts of Christ, and this is the only way that doesn’t leave a void.
This four-week Christmas sermon series will dive into the gift of Jesus and teach that life in Christ is the only kind of life that makes sense and is for our best.
Don’t Overthink Your Christmas Sermon Series
There are many angles you can take as you think through creative ways to illustrate the Christmas story this year, and leading up to this beautiful holiday with a timely and strategic Christmas Sermon Series is a great way to connect with your congregation through the season.
We understand that this time of year is exceptionally busy – and not just at church, but at home too! Not only are your ministry demands growing, but your responsibilities as a spouse, parent, friend, colleague, student, etc. are on the rise during the most wonderful time of the year.
Don’t let your Christmas Sermon Series pull you from so many other priorities by overthinking it. Choose a series that will tie into what you are doing as a church and allow you the chance to breathe a little as you jump into the busiest season of the year.
People are looking for ways to connect with family and friends, while also striving to grow spiritually. They will be encouraged as you remind them of the hope and joy to be found during the Christmas season. If you’re a church that offers hope found through God’s love in a clear and accessible way, then you’re doing your job well.
Let the Holy Spirit work in and though you this Christmas season as you embrace all the holiday has to offer you, your family, and your church.
And as you settle in on this, we’re going to share some tips on promoting your Christmas Sermon Series so you can tell the story of Christmas to people who need to hear it.
Promoting Your Christmas Sermon Series
Thankfully, Christmas seems to be the most highly attended weekend for churches across the board. This is usually the time of year when everyone attends – including those who only go once a year.
You’ll see a lot more families attending Christmas Eve services together and people going to church simply because they feel like they are supposed to.
But, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing anything to promote your Christmas Sermon Series. In fact, quite the opposite is true. And just because your attendance during the Christmas Eve services will be higher, that doesn’t mean the two-three weeks leading up to Christmas will be the same story.
In fact, this is why offering a Christmas Sermon Series during December is an excellent way to offer a biblical and culturally appropriate theme to your congregation, but it’s also a great time to reach new people who don’t attend church.
Marketing may be referred to in your church as communication or promotion — regardless of what noun you use, you want to make known to others the reasons why they should attend your church during the Christmas season.
The Christmas Sermon Series Strategy makes marketing and communication a lot easier for you and your entire team because it puts everyone on the same page. Having the outline in front of everyone ensures that no one is left wondering about what they’re working to invite others to.
Your marketing and promotion plan should creatively tell the story of your church and what it is you are offering to visitors, guests, and the surrounding community. The messaging needs to be clear, attractive, and easily accessible (no Christianese).
Timing is key when it comes to promotion and staying on schedule with planning and promoting your Christmas Sermon Series will ensure that your church receives a maximum return on every investment of time, talent, and treasure you make.
No one needs to remind you that this will be one of the highest attended weekends of the year, which means the number of people in attendance who are not walking with Jesus will be very high!
Using the Christmas Sermon Series Strategy as a springboard, creates a narrative through your promotional materials that build anticipation and cause intrigue. Tell your story early so that those passing your building, seeing your ads on Facebook, and receiving invites from their neighbors can’t miss what you are offering through this year’s Christmas message.
The Importance of the Timeline
Once your timeline is established, the Christmas Sermon title is decided, and the final artwork is selected, you have everything you need to market and promote effectively.
Keeping on schedule with promotional elements will make certain of two things:
- You get the maximum return on any and every investment you make.
- You will have time to adjust for the unexpected.
If you are still looking for a few suggestions for promoting your Christmas sermon, here are some that may be a great fit for your church!
- Road Banner (install four-five weeks before Christmas)
- Service Bulletin (include details as early as six weeks out)
- Invite Cards (print three for every person in your church and distribute six weeks out)
- Christmas Landing Page (a single page on your website with 100% Christmas info – including your Christmas Eve services and info pointing back to your Christmas Sermon Series)
- Facebook Ads (dedicate as little as $100 and start running ads a month out)
- Google Ads (dedicate as little as $1.67 per day and direct to your Christmas web page)
Whether you’re a team of many or a staff of one, marketing and promotion can feel a little daunting. But rest assured that following these simple steps and utilizing the tools and resources available to you, you can effectively promote your Christmas Sermon Series that will result in new faces stepping into your church for the first time this December.
The Gift Your Christmas Sermon Series Will Offer
Regardless of the angle you choose to take this holiday season, be reminded that there is true value in offering a Christmas Sermon Series at your church. This time of year, so many are looking for real joy and real hope – not the superficial kind that has left them feeling empty on the inside.
More than ever, at this time of year, people are drawn to church because they are after something that will complete them and bring them the wholeness and true happiness they so crave.
By offering a Christmas Sermon Series at your church, you’ll give your congregation and guests the opportunity to quiet the noise, be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and refocus their minds and hearts as they strive to live out a life that’s reflective of the hope offered through the message of Christmas.
And hopefully, your Christmas Sermon Series will offer just the right message of hope and joy that someone needs to hear this holiday season.
Through your biblical teaching and message of truth, someone will learn about God’s love for them and receive salvation as they turn their lives to Jesus.
And that is the true meaning of the season.