Finding Christ in the Old Testament is the focus of the 2021 Advent Sermon Series, “The Bible, Our Book of Advents,” from Concordia Seminary Press, the publishing arm of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The series, now available as a downloadable PDF, includes four sermons drawing from Old Testament texts that prefigure the advents of Christ.
“True Advent challenges us, but there is much in our surrounding culture that subtly wears down messages of Christ’s advents,” said the series author, President Emeritus Dr. Dale A. Meyer, in the series’ introduction. “Advent is about anticipation, less of the manger and more about the final revelation of Christ when He leads His ransomed to the inheritance reserved in heaven.”
The sermons in “The Bible, Our Book of Advents” invite listeners to consider biblical narratives that are not always the focus of the Advent season. Instead, Meyer contemplates anew the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Joshua with an eye toward the advent and arrival of God among His people, then and now. In each sermon, Meyer encourages pastors to adapt the content and rhetoric to their own style and pastoral needs. After each sermon, a “Supplemental Thought” section provides suggested hymns, Scripture and prayers.
“I pray these Advent sermons will enlarge our appreciation for the devotional richness of the entire Bible. In the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, the Bible is a book of advents, of God’s patient persistence to send us a Savior,” said Meyer. “Preparing these sermons has blessed me. I hope they’ll do the same for you.”
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