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A people humbled

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Pastor Arnstrong's sermon is based on Luke 1:1-25.

“A people prepared” (Sermon series on Luke 1:1-80)

Week 1:  “A people humbled” (Luke 1:1-25)

I.   God prepares a ___________, not a ___________ (v.17).

II.  Our righteousness is ______________ (vv.6-7).

A.   Barrenness appears to be a divine judgment for ___________________________ (Deuteronomy 7:11-14).

B.   Childlessness is the penalty for ____________ (Leviticus 20:20-21).

C.   The righteous appear _________________ and the unrighteous appear _______________.

D.   _________________ with Christ is preferable to the admiration of the world (Hebrews 11:26; 13:12-13).

III. Our righteousness will be ________________.

A.   Barrenness is always leads to ________________ (v.24; Genesis 18:11; 25:21; 30:1; Judges 13:2; 1 Samuel 1-2).

B.   “Do not judge by __________________, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24).  This is “the wisdom of the just” (v.17).


What God hasn’t told you

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Pastor Arnstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 24:36-44

“What God hasn’t told you” (Matthew 24:36-44)

I.   Waiting on the Lord is not _______________________________________, it is ________________________________ (vv.40-41).

II.   Jesus indicts humanity not for _____________, but for _____________________ toward God (vv.37-39).

A.   People are immersed in the everyday with no thought for _________________.

B.   We avoid repentance when we assume the Lord __________________________.

III.   True orthodoxy is sanctified ________________ concerning that day and hour.

A.   We live by what God has ___________ and what He has __________________.

B.   To “be ready” (v.44) means ________________________.

By every Word

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Pastor Armstrong's Thanksgiving sermon is based on Deuteronomy 8:3.

“By every Word”  (Deuteronomy 8:3)

I.   God tested Israel to prove that it is not ____________ that gives life, but ___________ who gives both bread and life (v.3).  

II.   God gives everything to us by _______________:

A. ________________     (v.3);

B. ________________     (v.4);

C. ________________     (Matthew 8:8);

D. ________________     (Luke 12:20; Isaiah 38:1)

E. ________________     (Genesis 1:28; Isaiah 38:4-6; Luke 1:31);

F. ________________     (John 20:23);

G. ________________    (John 5:28).

H. This is why God’s __________ should occupy us daily (vv.1,6, etc.).

III.   is ________________ (John 1:14). 

A.   Everything you need is incorporated into ___________.

B.   How the Holy Trinity functions…

IV.  We respond in _____________ (v.10).


What does it mean to have Christ as King?

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Pastor John Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 23:36-43.

“What does it mean to have Christ as King?”  (Luke 23:36-43)

I.   “The Ben Franklin effect” (v. 26).

A.   Simon of Cyrene (v.26) is not so much the ___________ as the one ___________.

B.   The criminal (vv.40-43) is not so much the ___________ as the one ___________.

C.   Even God’s _______________ is stronger than ________ strength (1 Corinthians 1:25; John 12:32).

II.   A different kind of King.

A.   His sole concern is for ____________:

  1. The daughters of Jerusalem (vv.28-31);
  2. His executioners (vv.33-37);
  3. and the criminal on the cross (vv.40-43)

B. Sin = a life lived "inward" for ________ rather than "outward" for ______________________.

  1. This describes all except __________ (Hebrews 4:15).
  2. He is “_________________________.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Comfort in times of crisis

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 21:5-28.

Comfort in times of crisis  (Luke 21:5-28)

I.   The world to come doesn’t just appear, it is ____________ (Matthew 24:8; Romans 8:22-23).

A.   pain in childbearing is unique to ____________ (Genesis 3:16).

B.   “for these are days of ________________ to fulfill all that is written” (v.22; 13:35; 19:43-44; Jeremiah 6:8; Micah 3:12).

Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
    for the time when their foot shall slip
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
    and their doom comes swiftly.’
36 For the Lord will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone
    and there is none remaining, bond or free.  (Deuteronomy 32:35-36)

C.   God, in Christ, “justifies the _____________” (Romans 4:5), but “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation (Hebrews 2:3)

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?  (1 Peter 4:17)

II.   Signs in the heavens and in the earth (scary stuff!):

A.   always accompany God’s _________________

1.   at the birth of Jesus (Matthew 2:2,9-10);

2.   at the death of Jesus (23:44-45; Matthew 27:45,51-54); and

3.   at the return of Jesus (v.25);

B.   and are but _________________ of the world to come.

C.   Therefore, even in the midst of turmoil, we can _______________________ (v.28).


Planned obsolescence or Resurrection is for...

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 20:27-40.

“Planned obsolescence” or “Resurrection is for children only,”  (Luke 20:27-40)

  1. Skepticism exposed:   the straw man fallacy (vv.29-33).  
  1. The Sadducees are misinformed (vv.34-35). 
  2. ___________ makes marriage and perpetuation of life essential; its absence makes marriage obsolete (vv.35-36).


  1. In the resurrection, _______________________ replaces human parentage. 
  1. We become _______________, not parents/procreators (v.36; Matthew 18:3; John 10:27).
  2. We become children through God’s Unique ____________ (John 14:19 Hebrews 2:10-15). 
  3. The parable of the twins in the womb.


  1. Application: 
  1. When you respect rather than abuse others, you are a visitor from ___________________.   
  2. _________________ is honorable and has its place, even in marriage (1 Corinthians 7:6).
  3. The _________________ are a sign of the world to come (vv.35-36). 

The Body of
B. Franklin,
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be wholly lost:

For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and amended
By the Author.



Christ has you covered!

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Revelation 7:9-17.

Christ has you covered! (Revelation 7:9-17)

I.    Clothing _______________:

A.   who you are;

B.   how you see yourself.

II.   Clothing was invented _____________.

A.   Nakedness and guiltiness require the same solution:_______________

B.   We cannot ___________ ourselves nor ___________ ourselves (Genesis 3:7, 21; Deuteronomy 29:5; Isaiah 61:10; Matthew 6:25-33). 

III.  Our clothing in heaven communicates ___________ (v.14).

A.   We are clothed with ___________ (v.14; Galatians 3:27).

B.   Washing our robes in Christ’s blood is not a meritorious work but a picture of __________.

C.   White is the color of __________________: the complete absence of sin and presence of righteousness (Daniel 7:9; Revelation 1:14)