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Endurance: why you need it and where to find it

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

“Endurance:  why you need it and where to find it” (Mark 13:1-13)

I.   With their “world” ending, what comfort do the disciples have? 

A. They have Jesus, the true _________ (John 2:19).

B. They __________ Jesus (vv. 9-13).

II.  How do disciples endure to the end the loss of all things (vv.5-13)?

A. Endurance is a ___________, a characteristic of God that He instills in us. 

B. God creates endurance in us by His _________ = the ___________ = His ________ (See John 13:37-37;    21:15-19.).  

1. “_________ endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

2. Remove your gaze from what you are __________, and fix your gaze on what you are ___________. 

(“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of   witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside  every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on  Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who has      endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3)).

The Lord’s celebrities

Pastor Armstrong sermon is based on Mark 12:38-44.

“The Lord’s celebrities” (Mark 12:38-44)

I.   The Lord brings down the proud (Luke 1:52a).

A. Celebrities live what all of us ____________ about.

B. “Beware” = ______________ (v.38)!

II.  The Lord lifts up the lowly (Luke 1:52b).

A. The widow gives up her ______________ (v.44)!

B. The widow is a ____________ figure.

1. Jesus celebrates the widow because He sees ______________ in her. 

2. Verses 38-44 contrast the way we instinctively are (________________) and the way Jesus instinctively is (________________) (Mark 10:45).

C. By giving up His own life, our Lord finds and forgives us and celebrates _______ (Luke 15:1-32)!

D. The Lord celebrates what He sees of Himself in ___________ (Matthew 25:34-40).

God's allsaint's mission victory...

Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Gregory Setlz's sermon is based on Revelation chapter 7.

“God’s all-saints’ mission  victory—every nation worshipping around the throne of the Lamb,”  (Revelation 7:9-11)

Making ‘sense’ of God

Pastor Armstrong's All Saint's sermon is based on 1 John 3:1-3.

“Making ‘sense’ of God:  experiencing God through the senses,”  (1 John 3:1-3)

I.   The challenge to faith: God doesn’t seem to make sense.

A. We are called ________________ (vv.1-2), but our senses contradict this. 

B. In this world, __________________ and our senses won’t agree (v.2). 

C. And yet, what God calls us is what we truly are (Genesis 18:7; 32:28; Matthew 16:18; Romans 4:17).

D. In this world, God makes Himself known to us through the mediation of words, water, bread and wine (Exodus 33:18-23; John 1:18; 1 Corinthians 13:12).

II.  The world to come (the new heavens and the new earth) is a sensory experience of God:   

A. __________________ (v.2; Job 19:25-27; Revelation 22:4);

B. __________________ (Revelation 1:15; 21:5-8);

C. __________________ (Revelation 7:17).

D. The distance/danger sin has caused has been overcome by the _______________ of the Lamb (v.3; Revelation 7:14).

What's mine is ours:

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on both Mark 10:23-31 & Acts 4:32-37.

“What’s mine is ours:  ownership and sharing in the New Testament” (Mark 10:23-31; Acts 4:32-37)

I.  You are a ___________ (v.24; 10:13-16):

A. completely dependent;

B. and needing the security of a ________________ (vv.29-30).

II.  In marriage, it’s never “____________” or “____________” but “_____________.”

A. Christ and the church share ________________________              (2 Corinthians 5:21).

B. To love the Lord is to love __________________________ (vv.29-30; Acts 4:32-37).


From sadness to gladness

Guest preacher Rev. Tom Going's sermon is based on Mark 10:17-22.

“From sadness to gladness” (Mark 10:17-22)

Travelling Light

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 12:13-21.

“Travelling Light:  learning to let go in an age of consumption” (Luke 12:13-21)

I.   The real threat we face in life is not outside of us but inside of us (v.15; Jeremiah 17:9).

A. Greed is an obsession to hoard things for ______________, and it is ____________ (Colossians 3:5).

B. “Whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god” (LC I 3).

C. Possessions are not intrinsically _________ but they are intrinsically ________________ (v.15; James 5:2-3). 

II.  Salvation comes not from inside of us but from outside of us (John 3:17, Romans 8:1).

A. To be rich toward God is to believe that your real treasure is not _______________ but _______________ (v.21).  Your real treasure is _________.

B. If ______________ truly is our destination, we prove it by making our ____________ there (Matthew 6:19-20).

C. To give to the needy is to lay a gift on ____________________.

D. Learning to let go…