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Do you live to eat or eat to live?

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Do you live to eat or eat to live. (John 6:51-69)

Guest pastor Rev. Timothy Puls' sermon is based on John 6:51-69.

Jesus: He’s what’s for dinner

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 6:35-51.

Jesus:  He’s what’s for dinner (John 6:35-51)

I.  What would Jesus eat? 

A. “My food is ___________________________________ and to _________________ His work” (John 4:34; 19:30).

B. Jesus’ attitude is not merely one of submission but one of ____________ (v.38; 10:17-18).

1. “Despair = suffering – _____________” (Viktor Frankl).

2. Endurance/joy = suffering + ______________ = the cross (Hebrews 12:1-2).

3. If you have nothing to live _______, you have nothing to live _______ (Philippians 1:21).

II.  The eternal life diet. 

A. Because of what He eats (v.38; John 4:32-34) Jesus becomes the One we must eat (vv.50-51).  

1. What if you’re not hungry?  (See Luke 6:25; Revelation 3:17.) 

2. What if you’re starving for Jesus?  (See v.37b; Matthew 5:6; Isaiah 55:1-3).

B. You _______ what you eat (v.50). 

 

Jesus is the recipe for life

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 6:22-35.

Jesus is the recipe for life,” (John 6:22-35)

I.  What are the five major food groups? 

II. In the Bible, there are really only two food groups:  food which ____________ and food which _______________________, which is Jesus Himself (vv.27, 32-35). 

A. We need ________, but Jesus warns us against laboring for the former.  Why?  (See Matthew 6:11.)

B. To “work” for the latter is to ____________ in Jesus.

III. What does Jesus mean, “Whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst” (v 35).

A. Words are ___________ for your soul (life). 

B. Words have power.  They can harm and heal.  They  penetrate!

C. What happens ____ you matters more than what       happens ____ you. 

1. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).

2. “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Proverbs 16:24).

D. Jesus does more than speak God’s Word to us, He is God’s Word (John 1:1,14). 

1. The “Bread of Life” discourse (John 6) is Christ’s own interpretation of the Burning Bush in Exodus 3 and  the Manna in Exodus 16.

2. Jesus does more than show us the way.  He is ______________.

3. He does more than give us truth.  He is _____________.

4. He does more than give us life.  He is ____________.

5. He does more than provide for us.  He is _________________.        

6. He does more than forgive us.  He is our ________________.

7. He does more than declare us righteous.  He is ____________________. 

Jesus, the lonely One, who removes our aloneness.

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:45-52.

“Jesus, the lonely One, who removes our aloneness”  (Mark 6:45-52)

I.  During His earthly ministry, Jesus was ___________ in the world (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; Luke 2:48-49; Mark 3:21; Matthew 12:24; 26:39-40; 27:46).

A. His opponents ______________ Him (3:5).

B. His ______________ are no better (v.52).

1. He feeds the multitude in desolate places (6:42; see Exodus 16:18; 24:11).

2. He makes a way through the sea and “passes by” the disciples (vv.48-49; see Job 9:8-11; Psalm 77:19; Exodus 33:19-23; 1 Kings 19:11).

3. Yet hardness of heart and unbelief persists (v.52; 8:17-18).

II.  We experience _____________________. 

A. It’s on the rise (see Cigna study, May 1, 2018).

B. As followers of Christ, we are ______________and ____________ in this world (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11; John 17:14-15).

III. Jesus removes His aloneness and ours by seeking fellowship:

A. with _______ (1:35; 6:46),

B. and with _______(Luke 19:10).

1. As Adam’s deep sleep resulted in his bride, Eve, so Christ’s “sleep” of death resulted His bride, the church (Genesis 2:18-24; Ephesians 5:25-32).

2. Marriage involves a merger of resources:  our ________ and Christ’s ___________________ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

C. Only in light of Christ’s ___________ and _________________can humanity understand, believe in, and experience community with Him and with one another (Luke 24:25-27, 44-47; 1 John 1:7, Psalm 68:5-6). 

 

His heart, your hands

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:30-44.

“His heart, your hands” (Mark 6:30-44)

I.  “Sheep without a shepherd” denotes a people _______________ and therefore _____________ (Numbers 27:17; Ezekiel 34:5).

II.  Jesus shows _______________ for the people (this word is used only of Jesus in the NT), and he shows it by: 

A. ______________ them (v.34),

B. and _______________them, but only through the disciples (vv. 37-41). 

1.  Jesus continues to show compassion today through Word and Sacrament ministry (Acts 2:42).

a. Jesus taught and tabled with the multitude in Galilee.

b. Jesus teaches and tables with us.

2.  Today, Jesus shows compassion for the leaderless and vulnerable through us, for we are His __________ (1 Corinthians 12:27).

III. Jesus leads the disciples into a situation ____________ human ability (i.e. a “planned” dilemma):

A. with “________________” resources (vv.37-38),

B. and with an ___________________ God (vv.41-44). 

1. Question:  How many times must the disciples witness Christ’s ability before they believe in it?

2. Answer:  ________________________________.

3. ________ is no barrier to service (“If we are faithless, He remains faithful,” 2 Timothy 2:13).

 

Being mindful of God

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:14-29.

"Being mindful of God" (Mark 6:14-29)

I.  Our problem:

A. As a result of sin, the eyes of Adam and Eve were “opened,” meaning they had become _________-conscious (Genesis 3:7).

B. Definition:  a preoccupation with ___________________.

1. Adam and Eve attempt to _________________ themselves (Genesis 3:12-13).

2. Herod Antipas is ________________________ (Mark 6:26).

II. A coping mechanism is an ____________ or a _____________ that helps you deal with a stressful or traumatic situation.

A. _________ - consciousness is overcome by _____________- consciousness.

B. Definition:  a preoccupation with ___________________________.

1. ________________ before the Fall (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:15-17).

2. ________________ after the Fall,        enables us to cope with:

a. ____________ -- Romans 8:1, 33-34;

b. ____________ -- 1 Peter 2:19;

c. ____________ -- John 11:25-26;

d. ____________ -- Ephesians 4: 32;

e. ____________ -- Romans 12:1-3;

f. ____________ -- Matthew 11:28-30;

g. ____________ -- Philippians 4:6-7.

 

Your perception of Jesus is a reflection of you

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:1-13.

“Your perception of Jesus is a reflection of you”  (Mark 6:1-13)

I.   Often, what we assume is not ______________.  

A. An assumption is an opinion with the ______________ of certainty. 

1. In the ancient world, status and honor were determined by one’s ____________________________ (vv.2-3). 

2. Labelling:  now and then. 

B. Don’t let your assumptions become obstacles to the truth.

1. Assumptions have __________________ (vv.5-6).

2. They say more about ________ than about others. 

II.  Jesus ______________________ our assumptions!

A. Things are not as they seem. 

1. “I have come not to call the righteous but _____________” (Luke 5:32).

2. “Whoever ___________His life will save it” (Luke 17:33).

3. “The _________ will be last and the _________ will be first” (Matthew 20:16).

4. “When I am __________, then I am strong”   (2 Corinthians 12:10).  

5. Humanity’s ______________ of Christ is God’s ______________ of humanity (Isaiah 53:1-6).

B. Christ calls us not to assume, but to ____________ others (vv.7-13). 

 

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