Advent to Epiphany: From Text To Sermon
Advent to Epiphany is the first volume in the From Text to Sermon series designed to help pastors and their flocks better understand the rhythm and purpose of the Christian calendar.
As Christians, we view time from a different perspective than the rest of the world. We may use the same seconds, minutes, hours, dates, and days, but we view the meaning and purpose of history and the future by considering God’s actions through the children of Abraham and through His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth.
Certain events in the Bible, though over two thousand years old, provide the key to discerning the times in which we live. That’s why we remember Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. We read the forerunners of these events in the Hebrew Scriptures and find their meaning through the lens of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as we attempt to live out an “ancient but present faith” in a society where biblical literacy is increasingly non-existent.
In this book, we begin with Advent, the four Sundays prior to Christmas Day, and conclude with Epiphany, or revelation of who Jesus is for the Gentiles at the close of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
My goal is that the tools provided here will help you as you study, pray, and prepare to preach and teach the Word of God in this season.
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—Terry Tramel, Director of Global Outreach and Leadership Development IPHC World Missions Ministries
Dr. Doug Beacham has done it again. His captivating pen has produced a gift for any pastor seeking to lead their flock through the first holy days that dot the Christian calendar. With the precision of a skilled surgeon, he carefully and correctly exegetes the biblical texts. He then provides a clear path to preaching these truths in the most practical of ways.
These insightful perspectives from this recognized Pentecostal leader furnish a road map for ministers to lead their listeners From Text to Sermon through some of the most important days of human history. Thank you, Bishop Beacham, for challenging the contemporary church to remain connected to our ancient and historical roots.
—Cheryl Bridges Johns, Visiting Professor & Director of Global Pentecostal House of Study, United Theological Seminary
Bishop Doug Beacham offers pastors a valuable resource for better understanding the importance of the church calendar as a tool of Christian discipleship. He helps readers see the importance of keeping sacred time in an increasingly secular world. Beacham shows how the biblical stories surrounding Advent and Epiphany offer narratives that ground believers in the unique message and ethos of the Gospel. Preachers looking for ways to lead congregations in the mysterious journey from Advent to Epiphany will be able to glean from Beacham’s treasure trove of Biblical exposition.
—Ryan Jackson, Lead Pastor The Capital Church, Raleigh, NC
I am convinced that the state of Christianity in any culture can be tied to the state of the pulpit. So much of Christianity is anemic because of shallow preaching built around creative hooks and catchy ideas but not firmly grounded in the Word. Bishop Beacham has offered us help in correcting this issue. If we will listen to him, our preaching will be richer; and when our preaching is richer, the pew will be healthier. Beacham’s reasoned defense of preaching in the liturgical cycle offers a powerful strategy for disrupting the cadence of our world with the rhythms of God’s grace.
—Ken L. Young, Professor of New Testament Language & Literature Chair Department of Christian Studies,Southwestern Christian University
In a time when more Pentecostals are opening themselves to liturgical spiritual formation, Dr. Doug Beacham offers them this edifying and enlightening text. He combines a Pentecostal hermeneutic with the Church’s liturgical calendar; the result is a book that succeeds at its purpose – to offer and invite the readers to a distinct way for spiritual formation during Advent and leading to Epiphany. Using texts from the prophet Isaiah and multiple readings from the New Testament, Beacham helps readers focus on the meaning of Advent and Epiphany as well as challenges them to become better disciples. Relying on his expertise and experience as well as both ancient and contemporary texts, he guides the audience to a greater recognition of and appreciation for the merger of Pentecostalism with the liturgical calendar.
He challenges specifically Pentecostal preachers and pastors to utilize the liturgical season in their sermons. Rather than giving them an outline or an expository sermon, Beacham offers various possibilities for preaching the texts as they relate to Advent and Epiphany. The author assists this enterprise by moving the reader literally From Text to Sermon. The author permeates the “text’ portion in every chapter with valuable historical and exegetical information to aid the reader in correct interpretation. If one requires more depth, the endnotes provide vital material and opportunities for further study.
Bishop Beacham’s text is as practical as it is educational. If you are a Pentecostal pastor, this book will help you present the true message of the season before, during, and after Christmas. I recommend it highly.
—Chris Maxwell, Author, Campus Pastor and Spiritual Life Director Emmanuel College
In Advent to Epiphany: From Text to Sermon Dr. A. D. Beacham, Jr. offers a guide for church leaders seeking to teach through the Christian seasons. He brings history and application. He presents practical examples of how the ancient stories can be alive and hopeful for today’s hurting people.
By reading, learning, and applying Dr. Beacham’s wisdom, today’s church leaders can stand together with ministers through history.