Advent Series

JTB.SDG

Puritan Board Junior
This week I'm seeking what our next advent series should be. I've preached through most or all of the Christmas passages in the past. Last year we went through Christ as the seed of the woman; seed of Abraham; seed of David. For other pastors out there, how do you usually do it? Do you come back to similar texts or do a new series every year? What have been some advent series you really enjoyed preaching through? What are you planning on doing this advent?
 

Ryan&Amber2013

Puritan Board Senior
Not to be petty or sarcastic, but have you thought about not doing it this year? I've wondered about this, why most pastors feel the need to talk about Jesus' birth so much, for so long, at the same time every year.
 

chuckd

Puritan Board Sophomore
I'm not a pastor, but you could do various texts anticipating the coming Messiah. Use the Scripture from Part I of Handle's Messiah as a guide.
 

Zach

Puritan Board Junior
I am planning to preach a selection of texts adapted from the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary. I often look at that if I have occasion to preach a single text or a short series on an occasion when it isn’t easy to preach consecutively through an entire book. It keeps me from cherry picking my favorite texts or worse, any unknown hobby horses!
 

Jack K

Puritan Board Doctor
The birth of Christ is such a key event in redemptive history that, if you want to tie a sermon into it because it's on people's minds this time of year, you really ought to be able to do so from nearly any passage of Scripture. So, I think you're wise not to want to return, year after year, to the same birth narratives.

That said, if I were looking for a four-sermon series that easily connected to the birth narratives from some other part of the Bible not typically chosen for Advent, I might preach through the book of Ruth.
 

Μαρτιν

Puritan Board Freshman
Just a head’s up, the classic reformed position does not recognize a liturgical calendar....
Yes and no, depends on the local tradition. In the Netherlands for instance we do recognize a minimal liturgical calendar (Advent, Christmas, old/new year, 40 day period, Good friday, Easter sunday, Pentacost and Ascension day). This is not a new invention but a tradition that is been observed from the beginning of the reformation in our country. ( it was was one of the compromises made when the Reformed Church became the unoficcal state church during the dutch revolt in the 16th century)
 

Μαρτιν

Puritan Board Freshman
This week I'm seeking what our next advent series should be. I've preached through most or all of the Christmas passages in the past. Last year we went through Christ as the seed of the woman; seed of Abraham; seed of David. For other pastors out there, how do you usually do it? Do you come back to similar texts or do a new series every year? What have been some advent series you really enjoyed preaching through? What are you planning on doing this advent?
Im preaching on Zechariah this advent, about the promise of the branch.
 

VictorBravo

Administrator
Staff member
Yes and no, depends on the local tradition. In the Netherlands for instance we do recognize a minimal liturgical calendar (Advent, Christmas, old/new year, 40 day period, Good friday, Easter sunday, Pentacost and Ascension day). This is not a new invention but a tradition that is been observed from the beginning of the reformation in our country. ( it was was one of the compromises made when the Reformed Church became the unoficcal state church during the dutch revolt in the 16th century)
Good point. After I posted I thought, "a Dutchman will take issue with that." ;)

I meant to come back and add a qualifier: Classic Westminster Reformed view.
 

NaphtaliPress

Administrator
Staff member
While not exactly parallel you did have a similar divide pro and contra holy days on the continent as in the UK. But generally speaking, if the magistrates had not pressed for retaining some of the old holy days against many of the churches wishes, with admixture of some stubborn people for retaining them (according to Voetius) the continental churches would have been more largely free of them as Scotland was.
Now ... /moderating. This thread is not in the right forum if we are going to dispute someway observing the old pretended holy days cast out by the Scottish Reformation and rejected by English noncomformists. I'm not sure that is avoidable but as much as possible stick to giving advice to the OP up to and including, don't do it at all; but if this descends into the arguments for or against the calendar the thread will need to be moved to that subforum.
 

JTB.SDG

Puritan Board Junior
Okay thanks guys. As of today, I'm thinking of doing a 4 week series through the Messiah's coming through Isaiah: 1) The sign, 7:14; 2) the Son, 9:1ff; 3) the Shoot (11:1ff); and 4) The Servant; 42; 52-53 etc. Will probably try and nail it down today to feel free to shoot any other ideas!

Thanks.
 

Μαρτιν

Puritan Board Freshman
Okay thanks guys. As of today, I'm thinking of doing a 4 week series through the Messiah's coming through Isaiah: 1) The sign, 7:14; 2) the Son, 9:1ff; 3) the Shoot (11:1ff); and 4) The Servant; 42; 52-53 etc. Will probably try and nail it down today to feel free to shoot any other ideas!

Thanks.
Great idea! Gods blessing in preparing those sermons.
 

SolaScriptura

Puritanboard Brimstone
One thing is to preach the 4 "hymns" associated with Christ's coming (the Magnificat, the Benedictus, the Gloria, and Nunc Dimittis)

One thing is to take key words or phrases from popular Christmas/Advent hymns/carols and do a study... for example, In O Come, O Come Immanuel there is the verse, "O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear..." And someone like me knows that the concept of the Son of God "appearing" is talked about in the NT, especially the later NT... so a series "The Appearing of the Son of God" or something like that and you could focus on several key passages that set forth the purpose(s) of his coming. The sky's the limit.
 

JTB.SDG

Puritan Board Junior
Another few ideas:

*Meditating on Jesus as the reality of the OT pictures (IE, Adam, Noah, Isaac, Joseph, etc; you could pick any four).
*Meditating on the tasks of Jesus: Our mediator (comparing with Moses); our surety (with Judah); our redeemer (Boaz). But don't have 4th week (intro?)
*Meditating on the offices of Jesus: Our prophet; our priest; our king (but again don't have a 4th week)
 

Romans922

Puritan Board Professor
Another idea, keep preaching what you've been preaching, and keep preaching the Gospel because it is what SHOULD BE on peoples' minds. And if it isn't that's your job to keep it in their minds. You are a servant and mouthpiece of the Lord, not someone to tickle ears.
 

Zach

Puritan Board Junior
Okay thanks guys. As of today, I'm thinking of doing a 4 week series through the Messiah's coming through Isaiah: 1) The sign, 7:14; 2) the Son, 9:1ff; 3) the Shoot (11:1ff); and 4) The Servant; 42; 52-53 etc. Will probably try and nail it down today to feel free to shoot any other ideas!

Thanks.
So how do you want to be cited when I file this away for preaching in future years?
 

JTB.SDG

Puritan Board Junior
Another idea, keep preaching what you've been preaching, and keep preaching the Gospel because it is what SHOULD BE on peoples' minds. And if it isn't that's your job to keep it in their minds. You are a servant and mouthpiece of the Lord, not someone to tickle ears.
I don't understand how thinking through an advent series is tickling ears. My job is to open up God's Word and I do my best to do that every week. Though I often feel my weakness, He remains my strength and my hope. He knows best how to judge my labors on that day.
 

Μαρτιν

Puritan Board Freshman
Another few ideas:

*Meditating on Jesus as the reality of the OT pictures (IE, Adam, Noah, Isaac, Joseph, etc; you could pick any four).
*Meditating on the tasks of Jesus: Our mediator (comparing with Moses); our surety (with Judah); our redeemer (Boaz). But don't have 4th week (intro?)
*Meditating on the offices of Jesus: Our prophet; our priest; our king (but again don't have a 4th week)
I was just thinking about another option: Meditating on Jesus in the Psalm like Psalm 40: "Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. " or psalm 24, 98, 118 etc.
 

jwithnell

Moderator
Staff member
If folks are following a liturgical calendar, why not preach along Advent themes? Consider our being in the time between the times. Or take time to consider the silence after Malachi and the long wait for the last OT prophet.
 
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