Advent | Week:1

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Please explore the following resources that our Resource Team curated. We think they will help you as you dive deeper into the topics discussed in our sermon series Advent.

Recommended Books:

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller

“With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.”

God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas by John MacArthur

“Christmas is about more than the birth of a baby. It's about God becoming human so He could fulfill His promise to redeem us. God's Gift of Christmas takes readers deep into the heart of that promise.”

Recommended Articles:

Desiring God: "Advent Exists Because Worship Doesn’t"

“The announcement of Christmas results in praise because that is why Christmas exists. Christmas exists because God is making worshipers of God by the power of the Holy Spirit under the reign of the new David, the Son of the Most High.”

The Gospel Coalition: "Brokenness and New Birth at Christmas"

“This is the real story of Christmas, the heart of Christianity: brokenness and new birth. The same God who birthed life into Sarah’s dead womb had now breathed life into Elizabeth and Mary. And Mary’s child’s life, death, and resurrection would breathe new birth into God’s people through the ages.”

Recommended Podcasts:

Warehouse Podcast  

Welcome to the Warehouse. Have you ever heard a sermon and thought, "how in the world did he discover that?" Or "Where did he get that idea?" Every week at Cornerstone Church, two teams dig into the biblical text that will be taught during our weekend services. We spend hours talking about the text, context, culture, you name it. But you can't stuff ALL that into a 30-minute message. That's where we come in. We'll show you the stuff in the warehouse that didn't make it to the stage. 

The Gospel Coalition: Christmas Is for Bad Guys, Too

“Advent, Christmas, and the hope of Christ’s return means that violence and oppression and injustice and sin—even death itself—have an expiration date. Advent means also that the new heavens and new earth, the perfection of this world and our own hearts in Christ, have a guaranteed on-time arrival.”

Knowing Faith: The Incarnation (And Other Fun Advent Party Topics)

You’ve probably heard the term “incarnation” before, but what does it really mean? Jen Wilkin, JT English, and Kyle Worley explore what we’re talking about when we talk about the incarnation, some common misconceptions around this idea and why it matters. Questions Covered in This Episode: What is Advent and why does it matter? What does the word “Incarnation” mean? What theological issues are wrapped up in the incarnation? Was the incarnation a surprise? Didn’t the OT prophesy it?

Recommended Videos:

The Bible Project: "Hope" (Advent Series)

“In the Bible people who have hope are very different from optimists! In this video, we’ll explore how biblical hope looks to God’s character alone as a basis for trusting that the future will be better than the present.”

Got Questions Ministries: "What is Prayer?"

What is the right way to pray? How should we pray according to the Bible? In this video, Pastor Nelson answers the question: “What is prayer?”

Recommended Sermons:

R.C. Sproul: The Angel and Zacharias (Luke 1:5–25)

“Zacharias the priest received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to offer incense in the temple of God. In this sermon, R.C. Sproul continues his series in the gospel of Luke to describe an even greater privilege that Zacharias received: the visitation of an angel.”

R.C. Sproul: Your Prayer Has Been Heard (Luke 1:13–25) 

“For many years, Zacharias and Elizabeth had prayed for the Lord to give them a child. In this sermon, R.C. Sproul continues his exposition of the book of Luke, examining Zacharias’ response when the angel Gabriel promised the birth of his son, whose name would be John.”

Matt Chandler: The Advent of Hope (2023)

“Christmas as a commercial holiday always overpromises and under-delivers, leaving us unfulfilled. But Christmas remembered as the mercy of God sending His Son for us stirs in the believer a robust and renewed hope. So we place the anchor of our hope in this, that Jesus sees us in our lowly, fragile estate and moves toward us in His love.”

Other Recommended Resources:

Topical Survey/Collection:

Desiring God: Prayer Collection

As we continue our Follow series here at Cornerstone, you may find yourself searching for additional resources on prayer—our focus for the month of December. This online collection includes helpful resources such as an Overview of Prayer, “What is Prayer” and “What Should We Pray For?” articles, Sermons on Prayer, Frequently Asked Questions, Encouragement for How to Persevere in Prayer, and a study on the Lord’s Prayer. 


"He's Always Been Faithful" Sarah Groves

"Hearts of the Fathers" Nathan Jess

"Reignite" Eric Nieder

"Pray More Worry Less" About the Author