“How does the teaching team come up with the themes or topics for the Experiences?”
For some of you who may be reading this and who don’t have a strong bond with or faith in Christ, it might seem odd to say this, but we pray a lot about what we should talk about on Sundays.
- What does God say?
- What does the Bible teach?
- What’s relevant right now?
We say, “Lord, what is happening in people’s lives that we can speak to and we can pull a message from the greatest historical, literary, relational book of all time, the Bible, in order to bring inspiration to people through our Experiences at Venture?”
- How can we bring people closer to Christ?
- How can we explain the teachings of the Bible?
- How can we connect to people both near and far from God?
This year the theme of joy came together for our Christmas Experiences. Joy Everlasting is the whole idea that joy is a gift and joy is a choice. Over 300 times in the Bible, “joy” or “rejoicing” is mentioned, but today a lot of people don’t have joy. They’re puckered up, they’re uptight, they’re carrying the weight of the world, and there’s a lot of crap happening around us but God says that even through these trials you can experience His gift of joy.
The Message of Joy is Relevant for Today
So, this year, with all that’s happening in the world with natural disasters, sexual exploitation, and evil – it just seems to fit that joy is a great topic. I believe joy is a message, a topic, a conversation that is very relevant for today because we always want to present topics that are relevant to the emotions, experiences, and situations that people go through in their everyday lives.
I invite all of you to attend one of our Christmas Experiences on Dec. 23rd @ 3, 5, or 7 p.m. and Dec. 24th @ 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. If you can’t be in attendance, then after the 25th you can watch the Christmas Experience online.