• Bethlehem
    Bethlehem

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, is located six miles south of the Old City of Jerusalem, within the West Bank. King David was born and raised in Bethlehem. According to the Torah, Rachel, the favorite wife of Jacob, was buried on the outskirts.

    This resource includes footage from the Church of the Nativity. Attested to as the site of Jesus' birth from the early second century, it was originally constructed in 327 and rebuilt after a fire in 565. It is considered the oldest continuously used church building in the world.

    The Shepherd's Field is one of two rival locations for the exact site where the angel appeared to the shepherds on the night of Jesus' birth. One site is run by the Greek Orthodox, the other by Franciscans.

    Finally, Herod the Great built a fortress and palace - called the Herodion - between 23 and 15 BCE on a high hill south of Jerusalem and east of Bethlehem. It is the only structure Herod built to which he gave his own name, and his tomb was discovered there in 2007.

  • Capernaum
    Capernaum

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Capernaum is where Jesus called his first disciples, taught, healed a man possessed by an evil spirit, and raised the daughter of the synagogue's leader from the dead. Peter's house is where Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law. And, tradition says the synagogue whose foundation can still be seen was built by the centurion whose servant Jesus later healed.

  • Jacob's Well
    Jacob's Well

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Mt. Gerazim is located in the northern West Bank, approximately 30 milies north of Jerusalem. It is the site of Joseph's tomb and Jacob's well. This well has been associated with Jacob for more than 2,000 years, even though the well is not specifically mentioned in the Old Testament. This is where the Gospel of John tells of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman.

  • Jordan River
    Jordan River

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    The Jordan River connects the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. This resource includes footage of the river near Qasr-El-Yehud, on the western bank about 10km east of Jericho, traditionally held to be the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This is also believed to be the place where the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land after their 40 years of wandering in the desert. Elijah's ascension to heaven in a fiery chariot after he and Elisa crossed the Jordan is also attributed to this site.

  • Lenten Journal
    Lenten Journal
    In the early days of the church the season of Lent was a time to prepare new believers for the sacrament of baptism. While some Christians still participate in Lent for this, most Christians today embrace Lent as a time of repentance, reflection and fasting and strive to turn their full attention to God. One of the ways Christians turn their attention to God is to choose to give up something they value—chocolate, screen-time or social media, candy, food or certain foods, etc. We choose to give something up to remind ourselves who really sustains us—Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. For this reason, Church of the Resurrection encourages people to not only give something up, but to take something on. For example, some take on more regular Scripture reading and study, giving time to volunteer or in some other way giving something of themselves for the sake of others.
    Thus, this journal is built around the questions:
    What will you give up?
    What will you take on?
    We’ve created this Lenten Journal for you to use as a guide. A spiritual guide, that will work with our weekend Lenten worship services. We pray the guide will help you in giving something up, but also in taking something on. The guide is designed to help you read Scripture daily, reflect on and apply what you read, pray and consider tangible responses to serve God and others.

     
  • Nazareth
    Nazareth

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Nazareth was a small village in the time of Jesus, living in the shadow of the city of Sepphoris. However, being the place where Jesus grew up has made Nazareth a thriving town while Sepphoris is an archeological ruin.

    The Church of the Annunciation, also known as the Basilica of the Annunciation, stands over the cave which tradition holds to be the home of the Virgin Mary and where the archangel Gabriel told the young Mary that she would become the mother of the Son of God. When construction was completed in 1969, this became the largest Christian church in the Middle East.

    Sepphoris was the affluent community known in the first century as "the Jewell of the Galilee." According to tradition, it is where Jesus' maternal grandparents, Anne and Joachim, lived and where his mother, Mary, was born. Joseph and Mary may also have worked in Sepphoris as Jesus was growing up.

     

  • Qumran
    Qumran

    [This resource contains footage gathered during Church of the Resurrection tours of the Holy Land and used as sermon support and illustrations. These are made available for others to use for sermons, studies or other illustrative purposes. Please note that the soundtrack has not been removed from these clips, so you’ll want to mute the background noise and other sounds that are present.]

    Located in the West Bank, between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, about 10 miles south of Jericho, Qumran is best known as the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were dicovered.

  • Small Groups - Leader Recruitment Tool
    Small Groups - Leader Recruitment Tool

    This tool is used at Church of the Resurrection for prospecting new small group leaders.

  • The Climb Discipleship Pathway
    The Climb Discipleship Pathway

    Not everyone’s route toward growth will look the same. Your path will look different from others because your life experiences have brought you to your unique position. That doesn’t mean we can’t climb together, and it doesn’t mean we won’t have check points and opportunities for growth along the way. That’s what the Discipleship Pathway provides - basic check points that aid you in charting your own growth. Our prayer is that you utilize the Discipleship Pathway as a tool in your faith climb, and that you will encounter God in new and exciting ways as you reach new heights of love for God and others.

    This is the Discipleship Pathway for Tonganoxie United Methodist Church in Tonganoxie, KS.