• Messages from the Wilderness
    Messages from the Wilderness

    In the Bible, the wilderness was both a geographic place, barren and harsh, and a metaphor for those times when life is filled with adversity. In our own lives, we all have seasons when we walk through the wilderness – seasons of loss, opposition, abandonment or despair. This sermon series from Church of the Resurrection studies the lives of five biblical characters who found themselves in the wilderness and offers keys to surviving our own wilderness times. You will find here all the series resources that were produced, along with the weekly sermons (with the exception of a Week 2 Sermon Illustration video which was regrettably lost due to a corrupted file).

  • Middle School Curriculum:  Life Lessons I Learned from My Dog Series
    Middle School Curriculum: Life Lessons I Learned from My Dog Series

    Do you need a last minute lesson for your students at youth group or small group time?  This 2-week video and curriculum guide will lead your students through a fun, interactive and engaging small group time.  All you need is any number of students, a screen to show the video and about 30 minutes.  Dogs are teachers, friends, companions and teach us about some of the most valuable lessons in life. In this 2-week series we uncover a few of the life lessons I have learned from my dog.
     

  • Middle School/High School Curriculum:  Selfie Series
    Middle School/High School Curriculum: Selfie Series

    Do you need a last minute lesson for your students at youth group or small group time?  This 2-week video and curriculum guide will lead your students through a fun, interactive and engaging small group time.  All you need is any number of students, a screen to show the video and about 30 minutes.

    A selfie is a picture that you take of yourself (with your camera held at arm’s length) with a camera or smartphone and every student is likely very familiar with them, whether they take them or their friends do, they are extremely prevalent in youth culture today, and only growing in popularity. By some estimates there were close to a trillion pictures taken in the year 2013 and up to 1/3 of those may have been selfies. With this idea in mind, why is it selfies are so popular? What do selfies say about us, those we surround ourselves with, and our relationship with God?

  • Misfit Mission
    Misfit Mission
    Scott Chrostek shares key ideas from his book, The Misfit Mission: How to Change the World with Surprises, Interruptions, and All the Wrong People.
  • Mission Partnership Tools
    Mission Partnership Tools

    Partnering in ministry with another church or organization, especially cross-culturally, is challenging. These tools are used by Church of the Resurrection to manage mission partnerships in ways that are mutually edifying, making both partners equal, and allowing both parties to bring their talents and resources to the table.

  • More Than Enough: Financial Wisdom, Courage, Peace
    More Than Enough: Financial Wisdom, Courage, Peace

    One issue is consistently on everyone’s minds: the economy. Fears over conflict and uncertainty in other countries, unemployment and trade wars in America, stock market jitters that cause huge gyrations in the markets, a relapse of rising mortgage debt and ominous signs of possible recession... they all leave pundits and politicians grasping for answers.

    This sermon series from Church of the Resurrection explores how to find the wisdom and courage to manage financial resources and experience serenity, contentment and hope. With these resources, you can help your congregation examine what it means to live wisely and what courageous changes may be needed to live as God would have us live. In the end, we often find God has already given us more than enough.

    You will find here all the series resources that were produced, along with the weekly sermons.

  • 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.

     

  • Neighboring Worksheet
    Neighboring Worksheet

    Worksheet used for the sermon series, "Next Door: The Art of Neighboring." It is designed to help people get to know their 8 closest neighbors.

  • New Ministry Discernment Tool
    New Ministry Discernment Tool

    Evaluating and choosing between new ideas for ministry is an important responsibility and a challenge faced by every church. This resource is used by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in vetting all new ministry ideas and proposals. It has been cited as a key element in the church's clarity of purpose and vision alignment.

  • New Places for New People
    New Places for New People

    Effectively creating new places for new people is at the heart of our mission as a church. It comes directly from the commission Jesus gave his disciples “go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, The Message) What are the new places we can create inside and outside the church to develop relationships with new people? How does scripture guide us in that process? How is God seeking to do a new thing in our midst? The Good News of Jesus Christ is meant to be shared. Our focus in this series is to seek how God is leading us as disciples to be that connectional component - New Places for New People.

    Here you will find tools to plan a 7-week sermon series on “New Places for New People” including weekly themes, key scriptures, sermon building points and weekly sample worship order.

  • Not A Silent Night
    Not A Silent Night

    No, it was not a silent night. From his birth to his death, Jesus Christ experienced real pain and conflict in his life. One woman stood at the center of it all. She shaped his childhood, and she wept at his tomb. This simple servant of the Lord watched in awe as God’s salvation for the world was revealed through her beloved son.

    In this four-week series of messages, Rev. Adam Hamilton helps us know and understand Mary, the mother of Jesus – a woman from humble means who found favor with God. What was she like as a person? Why was she given her remarkable task? What does the Bible teach us about her, and what meaning does her life have for ours?

    Join us as we light the Advent candles, sing favorite carols, prepare our hearts for Christmas, and study the real life of Mary. It was a life that was neither comfortable nor easy, but it changed the world forever. You will find here all the series resources that were produced, along with the weekly sermons.

  • Nuts and Bolts of Children's Ministry
    Nuts and Bolts of Children's Ministry

    This Resource contains various procedure and documents that Church of the Resurrection uses on a regular basis in Children’s Ministry.

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