Advent Conspiracy

Posted on November 19, 2014

The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption, and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress, and debt? Somehow, we’ve traded the best story in the world for the story of what’s on sale. It’s not enough to say “no” to the way Christmas is celebrated by many — we need to say yes to a different way of celebrating. Let’s conspire to change the way we celebrate Christmas. Let’s turn Christmas upside-down by worshiping fully, spending less on stuff, giving more of ourselves, and loving all. This Advent we invite you to a better Christmas story because we believe that Christmas can still change the world.

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Sunday, November 30 – [Worship Fully]

It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year. Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.

Sunday, December 7 – [Spend Less]

Quick question for you: What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? Next question: What about the fourth gift? Do you remember that one? Truth is many of us don’t because it wasn’t something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending Less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year. America spends around $600 billion dollars during the Christmas season, and much of that it joyless and goes right onto a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.

Sunday, December 14 – [Give More]

We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, didn’t they just say I should spend less, and yet here they are telling me to give more? What gives?” The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you? Tickets to a ball game or the theater? A movie night? The main point is simple: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it’s all about quality, not quantity.

Sunday, December 21 – [Love All]

It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. This is the conspiracy three churches began a few years ago, and has since grown to an international movement where thousands of churches have raised millions of dollars to love others in life-changing ways. It’s not that there’s something wrong with the shopping mall—it’s that the better story is about loving all.


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