Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
Painful Path, Strong Faith
This exegesis of Luke 13:31-35 explores Jesus' prophetic path towards Jerusalem and argues that Christians are called to join Jesus on the same path of resistance, rejection, and difficulty.
Advent in the Marketplace
Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of...
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
This sermon illustration pairs Acts 3:12-19 with an excerpt from Fredrick Buechner's "Wishful Thinking" to show Jesus both threatens the Jewish idea of a "Messiah" and remains an ambiguous savior.
Messiah (South Africa)
Three versions of South African hit song, "Messiah," sung in the Sotho language: Live church service with full band, studio recording with lyrics, and another service outdoors with dancing. "...Messiah, pour the Holy Spirit into us!"...
When Someone Misses the Messiah
A liturgy description, notes about contemporary context for the passage, and a biblical commentary on Psalm 89:19-29 for a First Sunday of Advent worship service that's focused on recognizing the Messiah.
In this sermon illustration for Acts 3:12-19, an excerpt from Frederick Buechner's "Beyond Words" demonstrates that discovering if Christ is the Messiah involves first opening yourself up to the possibility.
The Messiah Finally Reveals Himself
James Swanson's sermon starter on Mark 11:1-10 points out that Jesus was a different kind of Messiah from what the Jews expected. The religious leaders rejected Jesus because he would jeopardize their standing in the community.
Jesus the Messiah
Mark D. Roberts uses Peter’s confession about who Jesus is in Matthew 16:16 to reflect on the political implications of the title of Messiah.
Messiah sent by the God of Israel
Reflecting on Luke 2:22-40, Greg Carey writes that Luke's introduction insists that Jesus is a child of Israel. Healthy Christian theology celebrates Jesus as the Messiah sent by the God of Israel.
Identifying the Messiah as Healer
This reflection on Matthew 11:2-11 focuses on Jesus self-identification as the messiah supported by his works of healing, an unexpected characteristic for the messiah, and a work which continue to be a mark of the church.
Full Text Hymns on Messiah
Take My Life, and Let It BePD
O Come, Divine MessiahPD
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The Kingship of the Messiah
This commentary on Psalm 72 highlights the theme of kingship, connecting Psalm 72 to Isaiah's prophecies about the coming Messiah, Jesus' teachings about the Kingdom of God, and Paul's letter to the Romans.
The Heartbreaking Messiah
Heartbreak describes our response when dreams are shattered. David Lose's sermon on Mark 8:27-38, 14:66-72, and 16:7 says that Peter's heart was broken three times in coming to understand the kind of Messiah he was following.
Not Handel's Messiah
Patricia Tull's exegetical commentary on Isaiah 9:2-7 dispels misinterpretations of this passage owed to Handel's Messiah, suggesting the passage is about the themes of darkness and light, concern for the meek, and anticipating joy and peace....
Repentance and the Hope of the Messiah
Although repentance doesn't always sit well with modern society, these reflections on various texts, including Matthew 4:12-23, remind us it was exactly what the Hebrew Scriptures hoped the Messiah would bring among his people.
‘Yeshu Masih hi raja hai’ (Jesus Messiah is King, Hindi song)
A video of the Hindi song ‘Yeshu Masih hi raja hai’ (Jesus Messiah is King), sung at the Yeshu Darbar (’Royal Court of Jesus’) church in Allahabad in north India.
Expecting the Messiah
Reflecting on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, David Lose writes that because Jesus is our messiah, we don't have to find messiahs all around us and it frees us to do wonderful things in the world.
The Meaning of Messiah
Commentary on Matthew 16:13-20 by Marilyn Salmon, who encourages preachers to explore the questions and answers about Jesus's identity in its original context. The role of Messiah is mysterious and stands in a long prophetic tradition.
When the Messiah Is Not Who You Expected
During Advent, Gate Davis reflects on John's question in Matthew 11:2-6 and challenges our own expectations of the Messiah; Were we expecting something different? A bit more grand? More certain? More content? More victorious?