Advent 2019 Resources

We have imported some Advent/Christmas resources from elsewhere on the Center for Excellence in Preaching (CEP) website, concentrating them here for your convenience.

The CEP This Week in Preaching page presents sermon starter ideas every week. Beginning in Advent 2019, the starters are on the Lectionary Year A texts.

Audio Sermons on Advent and Christmas

We also have Audio Sermons in our Archive that deal with Advent and Christmas themes. Check out especially these sermons on the CEP site:

“God Comes to Bethlehem” by William Willimon

Christmas Needs to Get More Materialistic by Samuel Wells

God’s Song to Mary by Mary Hulst

A Favor from God by Craig Barnes
“Imagine by Laura Truax

God’s Song to Mary by Mary Hulst

First Sunday in Advent, December 1, 2019

Gospel Text: Matthew 24:36-44

Sermon by Scott Hoezee: “The Days of Noah” from Matthew 24:36-51

Sermon by J. Shannon Webster: The Jesus Coat

Second Sunday in Advent, December 8, 2019

Gospel Text: Matthew 3:1-12

Sermon by Shannon J. Kershner, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven Is Near!”   

Sermon by Joanna Adams: “Joseph, the Foster Father”

Sermon by Scott Hoezee: “Advent Disappointment” from Matthew 3

Recommended Sermon on John the Baptist: “Have You Ever Heard John Preach?” By Fred Craddock, in A Chorus of Witnesses, Long and Plantinga, eds. Eerdmans, 1994.

Third Sunday in Advent, December 15, 2019

Gospel Text: Matthew 11:2-11

Sermon by Shannon J. Kershner: “Understanding the Question”

Sermon by Scott Hoezee: “Watch Your Step” from Matthew 11

Audio Sermon by Barbara Brown Taylor: “The Kingdom of Heaven Has Drawn Near”

Sermon by Leonard J. Vander Zee: “Disappointed with Jesus”

Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22, 2019

Gospel Text: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon by Scott Hoezee: “God with You” from Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon by John Buchanan: “Joseph” from Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon by J. Shannon Webster: “Face to Face”

Sermon by Leonard Vander Zee: A Change of Plans

Christmas Day, December 25, 2019

Gospel Text: John 1:1-14 or Luke 2:1-14

Audio Sermon by Craig Barnes: “Salvation in Ordinary Wrapping” from Luke 2:

Sermon by John Buchanan: “The Perfect Gift” from Luke 2:1-7

Sermon by Joanna Adams: “The Innkeeper” from Luke 2

Here is a Worship Resources link from our Ministry Partner at the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship. At the CICW website you will find a wealth of service planning ideas as well as further ideas for Advent sermon series, Advent music and much more.

Scriptures 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 35-36

Westminster Confession, Chap. VIII, Sec. 2-3

Our World Belongs to God, st. 24

Advent 2019 – Year A: The Year A Common Lectionary for Advent focuses on Matthew’s Gospel.  In this connection, we highly recommend the two-volume commentary on Matthew by Frederick Dale Bruner (available through Eerdmans Publishing Company).  Bruner’s deep insights into the text are invaluable and translate seamlessly into sermons as well. https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/resources/books/nt-recommended-commentaries-matthew/

Advent & Christmas from past issues of Reformed Worship magazine: On the Reformed Worship website, go to this page to select from a wide range of past articles, sermon ideas, worship service plans, and more. http://www.reformedworship.org/issues

Remember that because we are in the year A cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary, Reformed Worship articles that will correspond with year A lections will be in the years 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1995, 1992. Current articles are only available to subscribers.