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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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian 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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Day1 | Author: Peter Wallace
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... Resource type: Article | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: Cameron Lee
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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Frederick Buechner 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!"... Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship | Author: Kgotso Makgalema 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Frederick Buechner Signs of the Messiah This devotional on Matthew 11:3-4 consider the signs of the Messiah, suggesting that Jesus was the Messiah who came to inaugurate the kingdom of God, even though he was not doing what most people expected. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark D. Roberts 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The Sunday Website | Author: Dennis Hamm 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Marilyn Salmon Full Text Hymns on Messiah Take My Life, and Let It BePD
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‘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. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship | Author: Paul Neeley Mothers of Messiah These Advent monologues from the women in Jesus' genealogies can be used as Advent candles are lit to show God's remarkable plan to use ordinary people to prepare the way for the Messiah. Resource type: Drama | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Tracy Sybesma Jesus, the Confusing Messiah In Mark 8:29, Peter is quick to confess Jesus as messiah, but quick to reprimand Jesus for saying he would die. Even in our moments of greatest clarity, God remains inscrutable; we must always seek understanding. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling Comprehending the Messiah Describing how Jesus needed to revise the disciples' beliefs about the nature of the Messiah, this commentary by Eric Barreto on Matthew 16:21-28 discusses Jesus' promise to deliver justice through his suffering and the cross. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Eric Barreto "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. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Global Worship | Author: Bifrost Arts Music 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: ePriest | Author: James Swanson The Messiah Finally Reveals Himself This reflection on Mark 11:1–10 reminds us of the image of the suffering servant Messiah and encourages us not to hold to tightly to our expectations. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: ePriest | Author: James Swanson
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