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Imitating Jesus

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 13:31-35.

Imitating Jesus (John 13:31-35)

Additional notes on the text:

v.31:           “glorified” (an example of “prolepsis,” a future event spoken of as a present reality (2 Timothy 1:10; Ephesians 2:6; Romans 8:30, etc.)).

vv.31-32:     Jesus and God are inseparably bound together.

I.    Jesus calls His disciples “___________________” (John 21:5; Matthew 18:1-3). 

A. Jesus fulfills the Passover role as _________ of the family.

B. Jesus speaks as a _________ father to his children, giving them boundaries, including a new command.  

1. “Where I am going you cannot come” (v.33).

2. “Love one another” (v.34).

a. An important part of our witness to the world is our love for _____________ (v.35).

b. “No one can love the Head and hate the Body” (St. Cyprian).

II.   _______________ is learning behavior by observing the actions of  others (Matthew 4:19; 1 Corinthians. 4:16; 11:1; Ephesians 4:32-5:2;          Colossians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:6.)  

A. Children learn by ________________ those whom they trust and admire.

B. Whom do you trust and admire?  

1. “Just as I have loved you” (v.34) = the ________________ for imitation.

2. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).


Jesus reveals Himself to His disciples and to us

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 21:1, 14.

Jesus reveals Himself to His disciples and to us (vv.1,14)

I.   The disciples’ inability (v.3).

II.  This “guy” on the shore exercises authority over them.

A. He calls them _____________ (v.5).

B. He ___________ they haven’t caught anything (v.6).

C. His word creates a ______________ catch of fish (v.6).

D. Who might this guy be???  _________ is the same, yet different (v.12)!

E. “Apart from Me, you can do _________________” (John 15:5).

III. The mission of the church.

A. The Father will draw people to Jesus through _______________ (vv.8,10-11; John 6:44; 12:32).

B. Peter’s “final exam” (vv.15-17). 

1. Why might Jesus ask Peter such an awkward  question (v.15)?  (See John 6:6; Mark 14:27-31 and John 13:37).

2. What do Peter’s answers reveal ___________________________ .

C. Jesus redefines commitment to Him as commitment to His ____________ (vv.15-17).


Tell the Whole Message

Guest preacher Rev. Louis Vicain's sermon is based on Acts 5:12-20.

“Tell the Full Message” Acts 5:12-20


The Story that explains all others

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 24:24:1-12.

“The Story that explains all others”       Luke 24:1-12

I.   In light of Jesus’ passion prediction and resurrection, the women begin to understand Jesus.

A. Before His resurrection, no one understood Him (Matthew 16:21-23; Luke 9:44-45; 18:31-34). 

B. First He _____________, then He is ____________.

C. Promise Fulfillment.

II.   In light of Jesus’ passion prediction and resurrection, the disciples begin to understand the Scriptures.

A. Jesus interprets all Scripture in light of ____________ (Luke 24:25-27, 45-47).  

B. Jesus fulfills the ______________ set by Moses, the prophets and thepsalmists:  suffering first, then glory.   

III.  In light of Jesus’ passion prediction and resurrection, we begin to understand who God is and what life, including our life, is about.

A. “God gives _______ to the dead and _______ into existence things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17).

B. “The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the _____________ that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). 

C. “Through many tribulations we must enter ___________________” (Acts 14:22).


Easter Vigil Sermon

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 12.

Man at Work

Pastor Armstrong' sermon is based on John 19:28-30, 38-42.

“Man at Work” John 19:28-30, 38-42

I.   Jesus goes to work.

A. Isaiah 53:5.

B. John 1:29.

II.  Jesus is ______________ with His work.

A. Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work” (John 4:34)

1. Healthy obsession:  Doing the will of God _______________ you          physically and spiritually.

2. Unhealthy obsession:  Living outside the will of God ___________ you and creates an ________________ that you try to fill with other things.

B. Christ’s ________________ with work prompts His care for, not neglect of,    others.

1. John 19:25-27.

2. Luke 23:27-31.

C. “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).

III. Jesus dies, finishing His work (v.30). 

A. When others die, their careers _______________ dramatically!   

B. When Jesus dies, His career ___________________________! 

1. John 12:24.

2. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (vv.38-42) .

3. You and me (John 12:32; Psalm 32:3-7).


Heaven and Hell Break Loose

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 27:46-53.

“Heaven and Hell Break Loose”    Matthew 27:46-53

I.   The ____________________________has come—for Jesus. 

A. The end of Jesus is the end of the world in miniature. 

1. Darkness (v.45).

2. Torn curtain (v.51). 

3. Earthquake (v.51).

4. Resurrection (vv.52-53).

B. Jesus interprets His death as abandonment by God, or hell (v.46). 

1. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ________________for many” (Matthew 20:28).

2.  “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).  Jesus chooses to drink the cup of God’s _____________, which was reserved for God’s _________________ (Psalm 75:8; Isaiah 51:17; John 18:11).

II.  _______________ has come--for us.

A. Darkness and apocalyptic signs are not the last word, _____________ is.

B. Jesus will emerge from His Judgment Day to an immortal, ______________ life, for Himself and for the world. 

C. The Father gives His Son Jesus the cup of _____________; Jesus gives us the cup of ___________________.  “This cup is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).