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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…

 

When should you say no to giving......

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-10.

“When should you say ‘no’ to giving, and when will you say ‘yes’?” (2 Corinthians 9:6-10)

I.   You should say “no” to giving when:

A. it enables ________________ behavior;

B. when you are being _______________ or _____________.

II.  While you should give to ________________ who asks, you need not give _______________ asked for, so commented St. Augustine on     Matthew 5:42.  

III. You will say “yes” to giving when:

A. it is done ________________, without compulsion (v.7; 8:3; 9:5);

1. God gives ________________ (v.9), and joy is the result (Luke 15:6-7; Hebrews 12:2).

2. We are made in God’s image to do the same, and _________ is the result. 

3. Coercion robs us of _________.

B. you believe that God has given you _________________________ over your own finances (v.7; Galatians 5:1; Philemon 14).

IV. God wants nothing but _________________________. 

 

The ‘Man for others’ is the Man for you

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Pastor Armstrong's sermin is based on Mark 9:30-37.

“The ‘Man for others’ is the Man for you,” (Mark 9:30-37)

I.   Thinking the unthinkable:

A. What are you frightened of?   

B. For the disciples, the unthinkable is _________________________________________.   

C. The disciples are ____________ of the Gospel  (vv.31-32)!  Why?  (See verse 35.)

II.  Self-promotion _____________ people.

A. It undermines relationships because it is the absence of love (1 Corinthians 13:5). 

B. Greatness is always a ____________, never an _________________ (Psalm 75:4-7; Mark 10:40). 

III. Self-denial _____________ people. 

A. It creates and strengthens relationships because it is love _________________ (John 12:32).

B. Christ’s self-denial unites us with ____________________ (v.37).

C. __________-likeness unites us with one another.

 

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