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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
In Mark 1:40-45, an unclean spirit recognizes Jesus as the Son of God, and therefore as his enemy. Similarly, the unclean in our lives resists Jesus’ voice. Mark points to the saving authority of God’s voice....
Alyce McKenzie’s commentary on John 1:29-34 explores all that is communicated by John the Baptist’s identification of Jesus as the Lamb of God. This Lamb of God guides us to our true identities.
History of Hymns: “My Master, See, the Time Has Come”
C. Michael Hawn explains the biblical backstory for the hymn, “My Master, See, the Time Has Come." This hymn paraphrases the words of Luke 2:29-32, Simeon's song upon seeing the Messiah.
Full Text Hymns on Messiah
Take My Life, and Let It BePD
Proclaim Messiah’s ReignPD
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Hidden in Plain Sight
Throughout John, the people Jesus encounters fail to recognize him. In this commentary on John 1:6-8, 19-28, Alyce McKenzie explores how people respond to Jesus' mysterious presence among us as "one whom you do not know."...
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!"...
Readers' Theatre: Jesus is the Messiah
This is a three-voice readers’ theatre setting of Mark 8:27-38, where Peter confesses that Jesus is the Messiah.
‘O Come Divine Messiah’
Recording of a retuned version of the Advent hymn, "O Come Divine Messiah," by Blayne Chastain.
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?
God's Call and Human Response
This is a full worship planning resource on Exodus 3:1–15, Psalm 105, Romans 12:9–21 and Matthew 16:21–28. It includes liturgy planning, sermon notes, commentary, song suggestions, readings, prayers and more.
"O Come, Messiah, Come"
This resource presents both the lyrics and audio for Bifrost Arts Music's "O Come, Messiah, Come"—a song that invites the Messiah and celebrates the Messiah's arrival.