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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
Putting an End to Revival for Pentecost’s Sake Pentecost was not a revival of the "good ol' days," but an in-breaking of God’s new age. Likewise, argues Seth Richardson, the Spirit brings an end to the revival of the old self. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Seth Richardson God’s Journey into the Far Country and Our Participation in It: My Last Post on the Incarnation Inspired by Karl Barth's Christological interpretation of Luke 15:13, David Fitch's article discusses how the Church (i.e., the Body of Christ) is Christ's incarnate presence in the world. Fitch discusses the praxeological implications of this ecclesiology. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch “When They Will Not Come” – Community: The anti-attractional process of beginning a church with community David Fitch writes on Acts 2:42-47: Community is the foundation for all we are as the church and for God’s mission to the world. Putting the individual first creates problems In discipleship, catechesis and evangelism. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Would Jesus Pray at a City Council Meeting? This article reflects on Jesus' teachings on prayer, in particular Matthew 6:5-6, and their application to practices of civil religion. Too often such practices take God's name in vain or promote our various false, shallow gods.... Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Morgan Guyton Full Text Hymns on Taking God's name in vain O God, My Heart Is Fully BentPD
LORD, Our Lord, Your Glorious NamePD
That men a godly life might livePD
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God's Choosing A worship planning guide for Exodus 19:2-8, Psalms 100 and 116, Matthew 9:9-38, 10:1-8, and Romans 5:1-8. It centers around the theme of God's election and includes hymns, a video, prayers, etc. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Sacredise | Author: John van de Laar Taking Care of God's House Karin Grant's sermon for children encourages them to take care of God's house (the church), both in taking care of the building and in showing love to those who come (Haggai 2:9). Resource type: Children's Sermon | Source: Sermons 4 Kids | Author: Karin A Grant Sharing God’s Abundance In this article, Rev. Janice Virtue suggests that pastors must situate current economic realities in the full story of God’s work. By both assuming responsibility and having faith God will provide, we find freedom and abundance. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Janice Virtue God’s Armor versus the Devil’s Stratagems Struggles and warfare do affect our everyday life. Andreas Hoeck discusses the spiritual and earthly forces that attach and leave us wondering what God is doing to combat them in the context of Ephesians 6. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Andreas Hoeck
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