Advent 2008 Resources
Many pastors plan well in advance for their Advent/Christmas sermons. So the Center for Excellence in Preaching is doing what retail stores so often do: we're hauling out some Christmas stuff even before it is Halloween!
On this page you will find that we have imported some Advent/Christmas resources from elsewhere on the CEP website, concentrating them here in one spot for your convenience. We will also post sermon ideas as well as whole sermons on Year B Lectionary texts.
Secular society knows a little something about Christmas but virtually nothing about Advent. The danger for the Church is to end up going in this same direction. In our rush to get to the manger, we are tempted to downplay-or completely ignore-the Advent themes that the Church has long believed are necessary so that we can come to the cradle of Christ in the right way.
Links to Sample Sermons on Year B Lectionary Texts
Scripture passages and Statements of Faith Applying to the Theme of Christmas
The following texts are particularly appropriate for sermons or for supplemental liturgical use:
|Psalm 97||Psalm 98||Psalm 147|
|Psalm 148||Isaiah 52:7-10||Isaiah 61:10-62:12|
|Isaiah 63:7-9||Jeremiah 31:7-14||Matthew 1:18-2:23|
|Luke 2||John 1:1-18||Galatians 4:4-7|
|Ephesians 1:3-14||Ephesians 2:13-18||Titus 2:11-14|
|Titus 3:4-7||Hebrews 1:1-12||Hebrews 2:10-18|
|1 John 4:13-16|
|Belgic Confession, Art. 18-19||Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A's 35-36|
|Westminster Confession, Chap. VIII, Sec. 2-3||Our Song of Hope, st. 3|
|Our World Belongs to God, st. 24|
A few suggestions for possible Advent Sermon Series
A number of recommended articles from past issues of Reformed Worship Magazine