Advent | Week:2

Resource Topics:

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:

 The God-Shaped Brain

This is a fantastic book about the way we perceive God reflects, affects, and effects our physical brain chemistry and emotional health. “Psychiatrist Tim Jennings unveils how our brains and bodies thrive when we have a healthy understanding of who God is. He dispels common misconceptions about God and shows how different God concepts affect the brain differently. Our brains can adapt, change and rewire with redeemed thinking that frees us from unnecessary pain and suffering. Discover how science and Scripture come together to bring healing and transformation to our lives.”

The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament

This is a very accessible book about scripture being God’s story, how He interacts with His creation, and how He deals out his redemptive plans by establishing His people, place, and presence. You will discover great insights on the covenants God makes and how they compare and contrast against other covenants and treaties from ancient Near Eastern cultures. This ultimately sets up the narrative of the Old Testament as God’s Story, He is the main character, moving and active, and Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promises, covenants, and presence.

Recommended Articles:

How Does the Bible's Story Lead to Jesus

This is a great article written by Shara Drimalla and the Bible Project Team that explains how all of the scriptures of the Old Testament point to and explain themes about the Promised Messiah. Some of the expectations of the Messiah were missing the themes portrayed in the scriptures such as suffering, service, death, and resurrection- “the stranger, who later reveals himself to be the risen Jesus, starts talking about the Hebrew Bible—the Law of Moses,the Prophets, and the Psalms. He says that these Scriptures had been describing that kind of Messiah all along, promising a loving Messiah who instead of fighting against people, serves them, suffers death, and then rises again three days later.”

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.

Viral Jesus, Episode 99: Barefooted Faith

This Podcast with Heather Thompson Day talks about trusting Jesus no matter our circumstances. Reflections on the prophet Isaiah bring comparison against appearances of a successful faith and what it means to be faithful when it feels like your prayers are going unheard.

Recommended Videos:

Bible Project: Peace (Shalom) Advent Series

“Biblical peace is about wholeness or completeness, and it was brought to earth in the person of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.”

Advent Meditation Week 4: The Fruit of Submission In this 16 minute video Tim Keller teaches about Mary's response to the news Gabriel brings her.

What Child Is This? Luke 1:30-37 and Seven Reasons to Worship on Christmas: Luke 1:26–38 In these two ten minute videos, John Piper talks about how Zechariah and Mary respond to God's message. 

Recommended Sermons:

Silencing the Voice of Doubt

In this message, R.C. Sproul preaches on the responses we give to God and the consequences of unbelief.

A Righteous Response To Absurd Promises Mat Chandler preaches on how to handle the seemingly absurd promises of God--a right way and a wrong way.

Other Recommended Resources:

"Be My Shalom" Even Craft and Meredith Andrews

"God of Peace" Nikki Moltz and Josh Barnett

"Prince of Peace" Celtic Worship

"'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" Page CXVI