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Learning to receive

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Isaiah 40:1-8.

Learning to receive  (Isaiah 40:1-8)

I.   The ________________ communicates far more than the ________________. 

A. It is the original and essential form of the Gospel (Mark 1:14-15).

B. Comfort, forgiveness and cessation of conflict come to you through a “__________” which is the public preaching of the Word (Isaiah 40:1-3; Romans 10:14-17). 

II.  The _________________ creates _______________ (Isaiah 55:10-11; Acts 2:42-45; Hebrews 10:24-25). 

A. The key to giving is _____________, for in _____________ we learn how to give (Luke 10:38-42; 19:1-10). 

B. _________________ is learning to receive as well as to give, for when you receive with gratitude, you encourage those who give. 


Dying to Live

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 16:21-27.

Dying to Live  (Matthew 16:21-27)

I.   Life without a cross is the __________ idea (v.23).

II.  If Jesus came to die and rise, He expects no less __________!

A. His life ___________ yours (v.24).

B. Your new life is hidden in your __________ (v.25; John 12:24; Colossians 3:1-4).

C. There are no _______________ disciples. 

1. What each person “has done” (v.27) is either ____________or ____________. 

2. “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (Romans 7:25).  

3. Discipleship and good works flow naturally from __________ (Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 11).

III. “God…gives _________ to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17). 


Good angels are our helpers

Guest Preacher Rev. Louis Vician's sermon is based on Matthew 18:1-10.

Good angels are our helpers (Matthew 18:1-10)

Man and woman: equal and different

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on 1 Timothy 2:1-15.

Man and woman: equal and different  (1 Timothy 2:1-15)

I.   Men and women are equal before God.

A. All bear God’s image (Genesis 1:27).

B. All are joint heirs of salvation (Galatians 3:27-28).

C. Therefore, our culture assumes men and women are __________________.

II.  Instructions for worship (vv.1-15) remind us that man and woman are different (complementarianism).

A. Men are to pray (v.8; Genesis 12:7-8).

B. Women are to adorn themselves with good works (vv.9-10; Prov.31).

C. Neither __________, nor most _________, are called to be pastors (vv.11-14; 1 Cor. 14:33-38).

1. This was counter-cultural and based on the order of ___________ (v.13).

2. “Let a woman learn ‘in quietness’” = not making a disturbance (see also vv.2, 12).

3. “Submissiveness” (v.11) to God’s order is Christlike and required of all people (1 Peter 2:13-25).

4. The man (Christ) gives, the woman (Church) receives (vv.5-6;      Ephesians 5:22-33).   

5. Women may teach other ___________ (Titus 2:3-5), ____________ (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15) and ____________ in private (Acts 18:24-26) but not men in the worship service (v.12).

III. Scripture elevates woman by highlighting her uniqueness:  __________________ (v.15).

IV. All believers are called to a “___________” life (v.2).

99% isn't good enough for God

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 15:1-10.

99% isn’t good enough for God  (Luke 15:1-10)

I.   Joy is ________________ (vv.1-2). 

A. What you do or do not _______________reveals a lot about you (Luke 2:34-35). 

B. Undeserving celebrities.

II.  Joy results from the ______________ and ___________ of Jesus (Luke 1:44, 47; 2:10; 19:37; 24:52).

A. The lost belong to Him (v.6). 

1. He is ________________with finding us (vv.4b, 8b).   

2. He _____________ each and every one.   

B. He personally bears the ___________of restoration  (vv.5, 8b; Isaiah 53:6; 1 John 4:10).

III. Joy must be _____________ (vv.6, 9).

A. Its abundance cannot be ____________ to one person.

1. Earth reflects heaven (vv.6-7, 9-10).

2. Joy is ________________.

B. In calling you to pray for and seek the lost, God is calling you to a life of __________!   


Count the Cost

Guest preacher, Lutheran Heritage Speaker, Rev. Jeffery Hemmer sermon is based on Luke 14:25-35.

Count the Cost ( Luke 14:25-35)

Following Christ is a Struggle, not a Stroll

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 13:22-30.

Following Christ is a Struggle, not a Stroll  (Luke 13:22-30)

I.   Jesus will not encourage speculation about __________ (Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 13:1-5; John 21:20-22)

A. This avoids repentance and does not lead to faith.  

B. He directs your attention to _____________.  Why? 

II.  The narrow door demands _____________ you have. 

A. “’Make every effort’ (agonizesthe) to enter through the narrow door “(v.24).

B. Agonizomai (vb.), agonia (n.):  terms used in significant contests (athletics and war).

1. “Fight (agonizou) the good fight (agona) of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12).

2. “Let us run with endurance the race (agona) marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:2).

3. “And being in an agony (agonia) He prayed more               earnestly” (Luke 22:44).

III. The Lord provides _______________ you need.

A. “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the  Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13). 

1. This struggle = _______________ , which is itself a gift of God (Acts 5:31; 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25).

2. This struggle ____________ from who you already are in Christ (Romans 8:13; Hebrews 12:2-3).   It is the ____________of your salvation, not the cause.

B. Your _______________ life is a journey through the narrow door (v.24).

IV. Athleticism redefined.