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Lord, save me from myself!

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 ________.

 

Imitating Jesus

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 13:31-35.

Imitating Jesus (John 13:31-35)

Additional notes on the text:

v.31:           “glorified” (an example of “prolepsis,” a future event spoken of as a present reality (2 Timothy 1:10; Ephesians 2:6; Romans 8:30, etc.)).

vv.31-32:     Jesus and God are inseparably bound together.

I.    Jesus calls His disciples “___________________” (John 21:5; Matthew 18:1-3). 

A. Jesus fulfills the Passover role as _________ of the family.

B. Jesus speaks as a _________ father to his children, giving them boundaries, including a new command.  

1. “Where I am going you cannot come” (v.33).

2. “Love one another” (v.34).

a. An important part of our witness to the world is our love for _____________ (v.35).

b. “No one can love the Head and hate the Body” (St. Cyprian).

II.   _______________ is learning behavior by observing the actions of  others (Matthew 4:19; 1 Corinthians. 4:16; 11:1; Ephesians 4:32-5:2;          Colossians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:6.)  

A. Children learn by ________________ those whom they trust and admire.

B. Whom do you trust and admire?  

1. “Just as I have loved you” (v.34) = the ________________ for imitation.

2. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).

 

Jesus reveals Himself to His disciples and to us

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 21:1, 14.

Jesus reveals Himself to His disciples and to us (vv.1,14)

I.   The disciples’ inability (v.3).

II.  This “guy” on the shore exercises authority over them.

A. He calls them _____________ (v.5).

B. He ___________ they haven’t caught anything (v.6).

C. His word creates a ______________ catch of fish (v.6).

D. Who might this guy be???  _________ is the same, yet different (v.12)!

E. “Apart from Me, you can do _________________” (John 15:5).

III. The mission of the church.

A. The Father will draw people to Jesus through _______________ (vv.8,10-11; John 6:44; 12:32).

B. Peter’s “final exam” (vv.15-17). 

1. Why might Jesus ask Peter such an awkward  question (v.15)?  (See John 6:6; Mark 14:27-31 and John 13:37).

2. What do Peter’s answers reveal ___________________________ .

C. Jesus redefines commitment to Him as commitment to His ____________ (vv.15-17).

 

Tell the Whole Message

Guest preacher Rev. Louis Vicain's sermon is based on Acts 5:12-20.

“Tell the Full Message” Acts 5:12-20

 

The Story that explains all others

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 24:24:1-12.

“The Story that explains all others”       Luke 24:1-12

I.   In light of Jesus’ passion prediction and resurrection, the women begin to understand Jesus.

A. Before His resurrection, no one understood Him (Matthew 16:21-23; Luke 9:44-45; 18:31-34). 

B. First He _____________, then He is ____________.

C. Promise Fulfillment.

II.   In light of Jesus’ passion prediction and resurrection, the disciples begin to understand the Scriptures.

A. Jesus interprets all Scripture in light of ____________ (Luke 24:25-27, 45-47).  

B. Jesus fulfills the ______________ set by Moses, the prophets and thepsalmists:  suffering first, then glory.   

III.  In light of Jesus’ passion prediction and resurrection, we begin to understand who God is and what life, including our life, is about.

A. “God gives _______ to the dead and _______ into existence things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17).

B. “The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the _____________ that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). 

C. “Through many tribulations we must enter ___________________” (Acts 14:22).

 

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