And [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” – Mark 16:15
For Christians, being stewards of all life is grounded in the gospel where we find the meaning and purpose of our lives. The word “gospel” comes from the Greek word meaning “good news:” the great announcement by Jesus of what God is doing for humanity.
A church that is alive with the joy of God’s love made known in Jesus, experiencing God’s intended shalom, is commissioned by Jesus to share that joy. In hope-filled worship we sing it; then go out to proclaim it. The church is filled with this spirit as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. As we say with the evangelist, “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7), we claim our vocation as stewards of the gospel. We cannot keep it to ourselves.
As centers of hope and transformation, local churches celebrate the good news through the seasons of Advent and Christmastide by sharing it and by honoring those who have served the church through giving to The Christmas Fund.