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The Myth of Righteous Anger

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 5:21-37.

“The Myth of Righteous Anger” (Matthew 5:21-37)

I.   The Bible never speaks of ____________ anger as righteous (v.22; James 1:20). 

A.  Human emotions, including anger, are not inherently ______________.   26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27) 

B.  There is justification for anger, but there is no justification for                       ______________________________.             29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God   forgave you.   (Ephesians 4:29-32)

C.  Our anger is never praised; it is not a _______________________.  It is like  a toxic substance we cannot handle safely.

D.  The connection between anger and sin is so close that Christ and His      apostles virtually ____________ the two.  

II.   Anger is the _____________________ of God alone.

A.  His anger is righteous (Mark 3:5), yet He is _____________ to manifest it (Exodus 34:6). 

B.  The one who remains angry assumes the place of God.

III.  In Christ, God has _________________ His anger.

A.  This is why our anger is so repugnant (v.22).

B.  This is God’s _______________ for our anger (Ephesians 4:31-32).

C.  Reconciliation within ___________________ reflects God’s reconciliation with __________________.



Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 5:13-20.

Irreplaceable!  (Matthew 5:13-20)

I.   You are the salt of the earth 

A.  “You” is ____________.

B.  “You” is __________________. 

II.   You are the salt of the earth.

A.  Verses 13 and 14 are __________________ not __________________. 

B.  Jesus speaks not of possibility but of reality. 

C.  Paraphrasing Luther:  “We love whatever pleases us.  God’s love creates that which is pleasing to it.”

III.  You are the salt of the earth. 

A.  Jesus has a very high view of _________________.

B.  We are of such use to the world that we are ____________________  (“If the salt loses its flavor, how shall it [the world] be seasoned?”).

IV.  You are the salt of the earth.

A.  It improves flavor, texture, color, etc. 

B.  It preserves.

V.   You are the salt of the earth.   

A.  As salt exists to ______________ food, we exist to ______________ the world.

B.  Luther:  “Salt cannot be salt for itself; it cannot salt itself.”  So it is with us.  What we are we are for the world, not for ourselves! 

C.  _______________ is bringing Christ to others and being Christ for       others, at home, at work, at church, and in the community.


It’s not what you look at that counts...

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 2:22-33.

It’s not what you look at that counts, it’s what you see!  (Luke 2:22-33)

I. What does God’s salvation look like? 

A. Salvation is __________________________ (v.30; 1 Corinthians 1:25;    2 Corinthians 12:9).

B.  Scripture says your eyes are either closed or opened, meaning that your    ____________ is either closed or opened to the crucified and risen Jesus   (Luke 4:20; Luke 10:21-23; Luke 24:31; John 9:39).

II. We “see” with our _________ (v.29). 

A. Simeon sees what others do not, including, perhaps, ___________________   (vv.29, 33; Mark 3:21). 

B. All of us need ___________________________ from God’s Word regarding: 

1. our                                   (Romans 3:9-23);

2. our _______________ (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 5:26)

3. our _______________ (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:27;   John 6:54-55).

4. our _______________ (Luke 8:52; Genesis 25:8; Philippians 1:21). 


Jesus plunders Capernaum

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 4:12-25

Jesus plunders Capernaum  (Matthew 4:12-25)

I.   Confiscate:  an __________________________ takes something from someone of lesser authority. 

A.  The “goods” plundered (taken by force) are ___________________, and the one plundered is ______________.

1.   “Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first __________ the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house” (Matthew 12:29). 

2.   “For he has rescued us from the dominion of ________________ and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have    redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14; cf. Matthew 4:16).

B.  “…that I may be His own…” (Small Catechism, Apostles’ Creed, Art. II). 

II.   Jesus will not be found apart from His _______________. 

A.  We are essential to His ministry. 

B.  _____________ ordinarily follow the rabbi of their choice, but ___________ chooses His followers (vv.19, 21; John 15:16). 

III.   His word “Repent!” does what it says.

A.  Repentance is not merely a change of mind, but a change of _____________________.

B.  His call is a complete and necessary _______________ of our lives (vv.20-22; 1 Kings 19:19-21).

1.   He rescues us from the ______________ within ourselves, from our self-serving nature!    

2.   He did not come to be part of your life; He came to ______ your life.  


Jesus ruins everything! 

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 6:63-69.

Jesus ruins everything!  (John 6:63-69)

I.  The question:  “Do you want to go away as well?” (v.67)

A.   The question in Greek reveals that Jesus expects a “_____________” answer.

B.   Translation:  “You don’t want to go away too, do you,” is more a _________________ than a question.  


II.  The good confession:  “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life,” (v.68; cf. Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20).

A.  Translation:  “Lord, the __________________ are not good!”

1.   “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46).

2.   Jesus has ruined the __________, its _____________ and its _________________ for us.

B.  “and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (v.69)

1.   Every person is a _______________ in someone or something.  Who is more believable than Jesus?

2.   “Believe so that you may understand” (“Crede ut intelligas” St. Augustine).


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).