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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
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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce McKenzie
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
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
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 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Raphael G Warnock 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 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 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. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Christian Century Author: Greg Carey 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 Full Text Hymns on Messiah Take My Life, and Let It BePD
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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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Paul S. Berge 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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: David J. Lose 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.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Patricia Tull 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. Resource type: Devotional Source: Sermons That Work Author: Debra Goebel ‘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 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: In the Meantime Author: David J. Lose 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 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? Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Gate Davis
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