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God’s wonderful will for you in 2020

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Romans 8:28-39.

“God’s wonderful will for you in 2020”   (Romans 8:28-39)

I.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  How do we know this?  (See v.32). 

B.  God cannot be known apart from ______________ (1 John 4:10). 

 

II.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  We love because He first __________ us (I John 4:19).   

B.  Without the love of God, you cannot _____________ that all things will    work together for good (1 John 4:18).

 

III.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  Paul does not say that all things ________________, but that all things work together for good. 

B.  God’s control over ____________ is so complete that He can claim it for His own purposes (Genesis 50:20).

 

IV.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  “Good” (agathos) refers only to ________ and to ______________________ (Matthew 19:17; Genesis 1:4; Romans 7:18; Philippians 1:6;2:12).

B.  The “good” Paul speaks of is to be _________________ to the image of Christ (vv.29-30). 

C.  “More than conquerors” = not just victory, but ________________ victory (v.37).

 

Humanity at its worst and at its best 

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 2:13-23.

Humanity at its worst and at its best  (Matthew 2:13-23)

I.   ______________ lives! 

A.   “Man is not able by nature to want God to be God; indeed, he wants himself to be God and does not want God to be God” (Martin Luther, “Disputation Against Scholastic Theology,” Thesis 17, 1517).

B.   ___________/___________ basic inclination is self-deification (incurvatus in se—bent toward self).  

II.   ______________ lives!

A.   Jesus comes as a ___________ among wolves, and _______ are the wolves (Psalm 22:16; John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 10:4).

B.   He lets God be God (vv.13-14, 19-21; Matthew 4:1-4; 26:52-54). 

C.   His inclination is self-____________ (bent toward God and neighbor).

 

The Gospel is a proclamation!

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 2:1-20.

“The Gospel is a proclamation!” (Luke 2:1-20)

I.   Every religion in the world, other than Christianity, is ___________.

II.   Christianity is good _________, not good __________.

A.   __________ is counsel about what you need to do. 

B.   __________ is a report of something that has already happened without your help (vv.1-14), and it creates a ____________ (v.20; Galatians 4:4-5).   

III.   Which translation of verse 14 is correct?  (Answer: __________.) 

A.   “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (KJV) 

B.   “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (RSV, NASB, etc.)

C.   The gospel is not _________________ that needs to be applied, but _________________ to be believed!   

 

What Child is this?

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 1:18-25.

“What Child is this?”  (Matthew 1:18-25)

I.   Jesus’ “other parent.”

A.   The most important thing a father can do for his children is __________________________ (v.19).

B.   Joseph formally___________ Jesus (vv.21, 25).

II.   The first name:  Ye-shua (“Lord, save/help!”) (v.21).

A.   “for He will save His people from their sins (v.21).

B.   “for He will save His people from their sins (v.21).

C.   “for He will save His people from their sins (v.21).

III.   The second name:  Immanu-el (“God with us”) (v.23).

A.   The ____________ - _____________ character of Scripture (v.22).

B.   The ____________ - _____________ character of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh (v.23; John 1:1, 14).

C.   Jesus is God’s ________________________ (Matthew 28:20).

D.   His names _______________ us.

 

A people who praise

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 1:57-80.

“A people who praise” (Luke 1:57-80)

 

I.   “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your ____________.” 

A.   David (Psalm 51:15).

B.   Zechariah (v.64).      

II.   “O Lord, open my lips,” because they are closed by __________.   

A.   “You brood of vipers! How can you speak __________, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34-35).

B.   “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, and slander” (Matthew 15:19).

III.   “O Lord, open my lips,” for with you there is ___________________ (v.77).

A.   We are ___________________ from slavery to sin (Romans 6:6).

1.   “No one can _________ Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). 

2.   “No one can __________ to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44).

B.   Now that we are in Christ, we are able to speak of His mercy so that others ___________________.

1.   “Have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth Your praise’” (Matthew 21:16). 

2.   “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may _____________ the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

 

The doubts of a man of God 

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 11:2-19.

The doubts of a man of God (Matthew 11:2-19)

I.   Doubt/conflict arises when there is a gap between our ___________________ and our ____________________.   

A.   Doubt vs. unbelief.

1.   Doubt = _______________________ (v.3; James 1:8).  It is both “yes/no.” 

2.   Unbelief = the _______________ of faith (John 20:25). 

B.   Jesus exposes the ____________________________ of unbelief (vv.16-19).   

C.   Doubt arises from a ___________________ of God, from a faith malformed or malnourished.   

1.   So far, Jesus had fulfilled none of John’s promises (Matthew 3:7-12). 

2.   God routinely acts in ways we do not expect (v.12; Matthew 5:3-12; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Isaiah 55:8-9).

II.   Don’t be ashamed of your doubts. 

A.   Share them with someone older and wiser. 

B.   John took his doubts to ___________ (v.2-3).

1.   Seeing what Jesus _________ and hearing what He _________ is the only way to create faith (vv.4-5; Romans 10:17).   

2.   Jesus does not minimize John; He exalts the disciples (v.11). 

3.   Jesus _____________ John in spite of his doubts (vv.7-15; Isaiah 42:3).

Be [re-]converted…now!

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 3:1-12.

“Be [re-]converted…now!”  (Matthew 3:1-12)

I.   We do not repent so that the kingdom ________________, we repent because the kingdom _________________ (v.2). 

A.   Salvation is not ________ going up to heaven; it is _________ coming down to earth (v.3). 

B.   The remedy for sin is not to deny it or blame others for it but to ___________________ (v.6). 

II.  Even God’s people need conversion (v.5; 1 Peter 4:17). 

A.   Those who assume that they cannot _______________ must be reminded that they can (1 Corinthians 10:12). 

B.   Those who are distressed that they have ______________________________ must be reassured that _____________________________________ (v.6; 1 John 1:9; Luke 18:13; Matthew 8:8). 

C.   God can make children from stones, wheat from chaff, and good trees from bad (v.9b; 12b; Matthew 12:33). 

III. John is steering all of us away from the wrath of God (vv.10, 12).

A.   Divine wrath is not the irritability of God, but the _________ of God in friction with injustice.  (Frederick Dale Bruner). 

B.   God’s wrath does not contradict His love; it proves it.  A love which ____________ injustice is not love (Bruner).

C.   “The Lord is not wishing that ________________________, but that ______________________________” (2 Peter 3:9).

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