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Risky Waters

Pastor Armsstong's sermon is based on Luke 3:15-22.

“Risky Waters,” Luke 3:15-22

I.   Jesus _________________ baptism.

A. “In the preaching of John, ___________ and ___________ are still separated, but they will not stay separated.  That they come together, that is the work of Jesus” (Adolph Schlatter).

B. “The great event which changed Johannine into Christian       Baptism was…the Baptism of Jesus” (G.W.H. Lampe).

II.  Jesus’ Baptism transforms _____. 

A. The world makes claims on us, but in Baptism, God claims us as His own.

1. Baptism = the gift of the Spirit. 

2. The gift of the Spirit = _______________ (v.22; Galatians 3:26-27).

B. Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with _________ (v.16).

1. Fire = _____________/______________ (1 Peter 1:7; 4:12, 17).

2. Baptism causes the world, the flesh and the devil to _______________ us (John 15:18; 16:33; James 4:4).

3. The same Spirit indwelling both John and Jesus dwells in you.

4. At best, we experience ________________; at worst, __________________ (Matthew 10:35-38; 2 Timothy 3:12).

III. Is Jesus worth the risk?

A. What we do is the result of ____________ we are (John 10:27).

B. Those who oppose you did not _______ for you, but ______________. 


Jesus, unborn!

Pastro Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 1:39-56.

“Jesus, unborn!”  (Luke 1:39-56)

What does Jesus do “in utero”? 

I.   He brings people together (vv.39-40).

A. This foreshadows _______________ (Matthew 18:20: John 10:27).

B. This foreshadows ___________________________ (Luke 23:12; Matthew 5:23-24; Ephesians 4:32).

II.  He instills joy (vv.41, 44).   

A. This foreshadows ____________________________ (Luke 2:10)

B. This foreshadows _________________________ (John 1:29, 36).

III. He has exalted the humble and has humbled the exalted (vv.46-56).

A. The lowly maiden will be remembered by all generations (v.48).

B. He _______________ what we have done. 

1. The lowly get what they don’t _____________.

2. The proud get what they do _____________.

C. He has filled the hungry with good things (v.53).

1. This foreshadows Jesus as ___________________ (John 6:35).

2. This foreshadows ____________________ (Matthew 26:26-28; John 6:54). 


Bloom where you are planted

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 3:1-14.

“Bloom where you are planted: how God makes your life fruitful” (Luke 3:1-14)

I.   “The ___________ to come.” (v.7).

A. It is necessary and just.

B. It strikes none but the _____________/_____________ (v.9).

II.   What should we do then (v.10, i.e. How do we become ____________)? 

A.  “Jesus is coming soon.  Look busy!”  

B. We prepare for His coming by ______________ His __________.

1. John preached ___________ = repentance = the forgiveness of sins (v.3; Luke 7:29-30).

2. “Make the tree _________ and its fruit will be _____________.” (Matthew 12:33).  

C. Bloom where you are planted (vv.11-14).

1. “All over the world this ____________is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood the grace of God” (Colossians 1:6; 1 John 4:19; Luke 6:36).

2. “Let each one ____________ in the same   calling in which he was called” (1 Corinthians 7:20).

3.  “Do small things with great _________” (Mother Teresa).


We wait for: provision.

Pastor Armstrong starts the Advent midweek sermon series "Waiting Well" with"We wait for : provision."

“We wait for: provision”  (Psalm 145:15-16; Matthew 5:43-45; John 6:32-36)

I.   Waiting is a sign of creaturely __________________ (Ps. 145:15-16)

A. Even ___________ had to wait (John 7:6).

B. Waiting is not an interruption to your life, it ________________.     It is God’s way of ___________________.

C. The alternative to waiting is to be a self-sufficient, autonomous Being (I.e. ________).

II.  God’s provision for creation is a reflection of His love revealed ______________. 

A. It is a love for one’s _____________.

B. It ____________ us to wait well.


Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

Pastor Armstrong begins Advent with a sermon based on the Santus.

“Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord” (from “The Sanctus,” LSB, p. 208)

I.   The greatest gift you can another is ______________ (John 15:13).

A. We long for the ______________ of others (Matthew 26:38;    2 Timothy 4:9-21). 

B. We long for the ______________ of the Lord (Isaiah 64:1-12).  

II.  Throughout Scripture, the Lord is the One who “comes.” 

A. Sin ______________us from the Lord (Genesis 3:8;            Isaiah 59:1-2).

B. The Lord seeks and saves ______________ (Luke 15).   

C. The “_______________________” departed the Jerusalem temple before it was destroyed in 586 BC (Ezekiel 10:18-22; 11:22-23) and went to the Mt. of Olives.  In Luke 19, the Lord returns (vv.28-40).

III. The God of the Bible does not _______________ Himself to  heaven.  He still comes:

A. ______________ in Word and Sacrament (Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 10:16);

B. ______________ at any moment (Revelation 1:7). 


When Truth stares you in the face

Pastor Armstrong's sermon for Christ the King Sunday is based on John 18:33-40.

“When Truth stares you in the face”  (John 18:33-40)

I.   Jesus’ “audacious” truth claim. 

A. “_________________ who is of the truth listens to My voice” (v.37).  “No such claim on man’s allegiance was ever made by any other master” (Bernard of Clairvaux).

B. Christ’s truth claim is an __________________ to Pilate     (cf. 34).

II.  Pilate’s truth question.

A. Is it sincere?

1. Early church commentators: _______.

2. Modern commentators: ________. 

B. It is ________________ question.

1. The ancient Greek view:  “aletheia” or “truth” = that which reflects reality (i.e. life as it is actually lived). 

2. The postmodern view:  absolute truth does not exist.  Truth is socially constructed and individually determined.  “Truth is made rather than found” (Richard Rorty). 

III. Jesus’ answer to Pilate:

A. not in ________, but in ________ (v.40; John 19-21). 

B. Truth is not only a proclamation but a ______________ (John 14:6).


God at Work

Pastor Armstrong's Thanksgiving Eve sermon is based on Luke 17:11-19.

“God at Work” (Luke 17:11-19)

I.  Leprosy _______________ the ten men (vv.12-13).

A. ____________experience of isolation (v.12).

B. They make, with one voice, an open-ended request (v.13).

C. ______________ knows no boundaries, but neither does God’s ________________.  Cleansing restored them to community life (v.14)

II.  “Kindness” (mercy) _______________ the ten men (vv.14-19)

A. Only one _____________ and was _____________ to acknowledge God (vv. 15-16).

B. The Samaritan recognized God at work in ___________________ (vv.15-18).

C. How should one respond to God’s mercy?   (Vv.15-16;             Ephesians 5:20).

III. Application:  All ten were cleansed (v.14).  Temporal gifts are a given automatically. By striving for the temporal, we are likely to miss the __________________gifts of God.

31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or   ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that   you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  (Matthew 6:31-33)

Give us this day our daily bread.

What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this      petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our    daily bread with thanksgiving.  (Small Catechism)