Author Archives: Clark Bunch
There are many prophetic texts throughout the Old Testament. This year on the first week of Advent we focus on two verses from Isaiah 9, specifically looking at the names given to Messiah.
Our Sunday School literature this year is doing a series of lessons very similar to our annual Advent services. Each week in Sunday School we will follow a person or group of people as they encounter God and respond to the birth of Jesus. Continue reading
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 I read more of the text than these three verses but this gets to the heart of … Continue reading
We’re about to wind down our year long series on the theme “God is Near” but I would like to do one more sermon, possibly in January, on the apocalyptic passages of Daniel. This sermon is about Israel in exile, … Continue reading
It’s a shame we only think of Jeremiah as “the weeping prophet.” While he did bring a message warning Israel of God’s judgement there was a constant plea to repent and turn back to God. There is hope and encouragement … Continue reading
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
-Isaiah 53:5 NKJV Continue reading
Even if we overlook birth prophecies is chapters 7 and 9 (we will return to those the first week of Advent) Isaiah 11 describes the shoot that will come up from the roots of the stump of Jesse. The Spirit … Continue reading
Isaiah is an Old Testament prophet. While he lived and wrote in a specific time period, God knew what his plan was all along. He revealed his plan to humanity over a period of time. Isaiah didn’t have a full … Continue reading
Isaiah served during a time that God was judging Israel. Judgement and salvation are both from God. Much of this sermon compares Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 illustrating that the Bible has many writers but there is one author.
I wrote a series of posts at The Master’s Table answering the question “Why Preach the Gospel?” Here’s a link if you’d like. This sermon uses 2 Timothy 4:1-5 to illustrate the same three points.