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Life’s a ditch: help needed!

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 10:25-37.

Life’s a ditch:  help needed!  (Luke 10:25-37)

I.   Theology must be learned ________________ (v.28; Luke  9:57-62; Matthew 5:21ff.). 

A. “A ____________ sea never made a skillful sailor.” 

B. True theologians recognize their ________________ (v.30; John 15:5). 

II.  The Christian life consists of _____________ in the      compassion of God (vv.33-36), and ________________ toward all (v.37).

A. Compassion: consciousness of another’s ____________ and the desire to alleviate it (v.33).

1. It arises from a sense of connection to another.

2. ___________ is connected to you (Genesis 1:26-27; Colossians 3:9-10; Genesis 14:16; Ruth 3:9;     Hebrews 2:11).

B. Who are more generous:  the rich or the poor?  The ________ and the ________ who think of themselves as ________ (Luke 21:1-4).

 

You are an answer to prayer

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 10:2.

“You are an answer to prayer” (Luke 10:2)

v.1            “After sending the twelve (Luke 9:1-6), Jesus sends out 72 more, but…

v.2            … even seventy-two is not enough.  ______ are an answer to prayer!

v.3            We are vulnerable and must depend on the ____________.  When attacked, we cannot respond ____________ (Luke 9:54-55; Romans 12:19-21).

v.4            God would provide for them through their ____________ (see v.7).

v.5 You are a carrier of __________ into the lives of others.

v.6 It is possible to reject a __________ (United States v. Wilson, 1833). 

v.7 We don’t do this for ourselves. 

v.8 Respect others!

v.9 We care for the ________________.

v.10-11 This pantomimes an ancient Israelite practice of re-entering the Holy Land.

v.12-15 Rejecting the Gospel is worse than the sins of _________.

v.16 Rejecting your message = rejecting ________ =    rejecting ____________.

v.17 ________ is always a temptation.

v.18 The ___________ overcomes Satan.

v.19 Our Shepherd protects us, yet we remain vulnerable and mortal (v.3).

v.20 We must always focus on ________ actions, not ________.   Our names are written in heaven (divine passive).  See also Exodus 32:32; Psalm 69:28; Daniel 12:1; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 21:27.

Summary

I.   The _____________ are not enough, but we are (v.2)!

A. The greatest barrier to evangelism:  our ________________ about others.

B. But we have the most ____________, beautiful        message of all time (v.5).

C. Like the 72, ____________ precede the Lord, who is  coming soon (v.1).

II.  __________ are the Light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) and the presence of Jesus and the Father in the world today (v.16).

 

Wayfarers All

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 9:51-62.

“Wayfarers All” (Luke 9:51-62)

I.   Jesus journeys to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51-19:27).

A. His determination (v.51; cf. Isaiah 50:7).

B. Jesus’ journey begins with ________________, foreshadowing the cross (v.53).

C. Jesus _____________ James and John, foreshadowing the cross (v.55) and the Samaritan mission (Acts 8:4ff.).

II.  “Follow Me” (v.59). 

A. Since the Fall (Genesis 3:24), God’s people have been __________________ (Genesis12:1-3; John14:6;            Hebrews 11:13). 

B. We want to place ________________ on discipleship (vv.59, 61).

1. Jesus claims ____________ over the best, not the worst, of human relationships.

2. Jesus never asks us to choose Him over the devil but to choose Him over the _____________.

C. Like the disciples, we will continue to ________, but Jesus’ response will be one of ______________ (2 Timothy 2:13). 

 

The Greatest Claim in History

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 8:48-59.

The Greatest Claim in History (John 8: 48-59)

I.   Jesus is _______________ (v.48).  

A. When we can’t win a debate with someone, we often resort to __________________________________ (v.48). 

B. To glorify oneself is to seek the approval of _________ (v.50a). 

C. Jesus prefers _____________by His peers in order that He might gain the ____________ of God (v.50b). 

1. __________is God’s to give, not ours to achieve. 

2. Jesus waits for God to ____________Him through   suffering, death and resurrection.

II.  “Who do you make yourself out to be” (v.53)?  The _____________ of Jesus.

A. “If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death” (v.51)!

B. “Before Abraham was, I AM” (v.58).

III. What His claim means for us.

A. You cannot have a __________response to Jesus. 

B. You must ___________Him or __________ Him, there is no middle ground (Matthew 12:30a; Mark 9:38-41). 

 

New PosLord, save me from myself!t

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Genesis 11:1-9.

Lord, save me from myself!  (Genesis 11:1-9)

I.   Human pride:  “Come... let us make a name for        ourselves” (v.4).

A. The desire for fame and to be noticed is __________________.  

B. God alone has the right to _________________________ (Nehemiah 9:10; Isaiah 63:12; Jeremiah 32:20).

II.  God’s intervention: “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language” (v.7).

A. Fame is God’s to _______ not yours to ________.

1. Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3).

2. David (2 Samuel 7:8-9).

3. Jesus (Philippians 2:9). 

B. From Babel to Pentecost.

1. Unity, like fame, is God’s to _______ not ours to _________ (John 17:20-23).

2. God creates _________ through the ______________________ (Acts 2:1-21).

3. We will share His ___________ (John 17:22; Romans 8:17; 2 Thessalonians 2:14). 

 

 

God’s gift of unity

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 17:20-26.

God’s gift of unity  (John 17:20-26)

I.   We don’t appreciate unity until _______________. 

II.  Unity is the work of ______, not ______.

A. Jesus must ________ for it (vv.21-23).   

B. God is one by _________ (Deuteronomy 6:4).

C. We are one by _________, through the word of the    apostles (vv.21-22).

III. Unity is an article of _______________, not of ____________ (2 Corinthians 5:7). 

A. “I ______________ in one holy, Christian and apostolic church” (Nicene Creed).

B. All religion is _________.

 

Christ overcomes the world (and our worldliness).

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 16:33.

Christ overcomes the world (and our worldliness). John 16:33

I. ______________ is inseparable from the Christian life (v.33).

A.  Our afflictions are part of the sufferings of __________ in this world, which are not yet exhausted (Colossians 1:24; 2 Corinthians 1:5).

B.  Our afflictions become a form of _______________ with Christ (Philippians 3:10).

 

II. With full knowledge that they will __________ Him and even ________Him, Jesus promises His disciples __________ (v.33). 

A. Jesus looks beyond the disciples’ ______________ to their _______________. 

B. In other words, He looks beyond our ________ and addresses our ________.

 

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