“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.” (1 John 5:18)
Did you know that it is a sin to fear the enemy? Did you know that Jesus beat the enemy at his own game? Did you know that we, the church, can celebrate any holiday by our own definition of it that glorifies God?
I see non-believers coming to Christ at a Halloween event hosted by the church in the name of Jesus. I see the church being reminded of Christ and his finished work at a Halloween party. I see laughters for adults, fun for the kids, the gospel for both believers and non-believers, all at a Halloween event redefined by the church. I see our kids bragging about the event to their friends and extending the message of the gospel to them even at a Halloween event. I see joy, fellowship, great food, goodies for adults, safe goodies for the kids. I see us, the church, rejoicing in the harvest of God portrayed even at a Halloween party. I see adults dressed up in their dream profession costume. I see kids having laughters they will never forget for the rest of their lifetime. I see the light of God shining in the hearts of his children with joy on their face, and peace in their hearts, love for one another because of what God has done for them by the cross of Christ to restore joy, peace and freely give them eternal life. All, because God loves us. That is a vision of joy and celebration I receive and welcome for the church, the children of God, the body of Christ.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthian 10:31)
Do it to bring others to Christ, do it to be reminded of Christ and his finished work. That’s the freedom of Christ in the church.
Someone receiving the gospel at a Halloween event hosted by the church, what a day that would be!
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)