An Advent–Christmas Sermon Series Based on Isaiah
Advent is the time of the church year that concentrates on the future tense. The overall theme of the series is “Await God’s Future.” It is God’s future that we are yearning for based on what God himself has announced. God’s future is our hope, not human-made futures, not human-concocted utopian dreams, not future visions depending on human technology, engineering, and science. The overall goal of the series is to enable people to hear some of the future-tense announcements of the ancient prophet Isaiah, so that these ancient words will instill in the hearts and minds of the listeners repentance, faith, and hope in the coming of Yahweh.
Written by Paul R. Raabe, the series includes preliminary notes on the biblical texts, sermons for the four weeks Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, and suggested hymns. The series can be used for either midweek or Sunday worship.
Paul R. Raabe is professor emeritus of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He now lives in Phoenix, AZ, where he continues his scholarship on the Old Testament and teaches at Grand Canyon University.Sample