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Jesus, the lonely One, who removes our aloneness.

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:45-52.

“Jesus, the lonely One, who removes our aloneness”  (Mark 6:45-52)

I.  During His earthly ministry, Jesus was ___________ in the world (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; Luke 2:48-49; Mark 3:21; Matthew 12:24; 26:39-40; 27:46).

A. His opponents ______________ Him (3:5).

B. His ______________ are no better (v.52).

1. He feeds the multitude in desolate places (6:42; see Exodus 16:18; 24:11).

2. He makes a way through the sea and “passes by” the disciples (vv.48-49; see Job 9:8-11; Psalm 77:19; Exodus 33:19-23; 1 Kings 19:11).

3. Yet hardness of heart and unbelief persists (v.52; 8:17-18).

II.  We experience _____________________. 

A. It’s on the rise (see Cigna study, May 1, 2018).

B. As followers of Christ, we are ______________and ____________ in this world (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11; John 17:14-15).

III. Jesus removes His aloneness and ours by seeking fellowship:

A. with _______ (1:35; 6:46),

B. and with _______(Luke 19:10).

1. As Adam’s deep sleep resulted in his bride, Eve, so Christ’s “sleep” of death resulted His bride, the church (Genesis 2:18-24; Ephesians 5:25-32).

2. Marriage involves a merger of resources:  our ________ and Christ’s ___________________ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

C. Only in light of Christ’s ___________ and _________________can humanity understand, believe in, and experience community with Him and with one another (Luke 24:25-27, 44-47; 1 John 1:7, Psalm 68:5-6). 

 

His heart, your hands

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:30-44.

“His heart, your hands” (Mark 6:30-44)

I.  “Sheep without a shepherd” denotes a people _______________ and therefore _____________ (Numbers 27:17; Ezekiel 34:5).

II.  Jesus shows _______________ for the people (this word is used only of Jesus in the NT), and he shows it by: 

A. ______________ them (v.34),

B. and _______________them, but only through the disciples (vv. 37-41). 

1.  Jesus continues to show compassion today through Word and Sacrament ministry (Acts 2:42).

a. Jesus taught and tabled with the multitude in Galilee.

b. Jesus teaches and tables with us.

2.  Today, Jesus shows compassion for the leaderless and vulnerable through us, for we are His __________ (1 Corinthians 12:27).

III. Jesus leads the disciples into a situation ____________ human ability (i.e. a “planned” dilemma):

A. with “________________” resources (vv.37-38),

B. and with an ___________________ God (vv.41-44). 

1. Question:  How many times must the disciples witness Christ’s ability before they believe in it?

2. Answer:  ________________________________.

3. ________ is no barrier to service (“If we are faithless, He remains faithful,” 2 Timothy 2:13).

 

Being mindful of God

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:14-29.

"Being mindful of God" (Mark 6:14-29)

I.  Our problem:

A. As a result of sin, the eyes of Adam and Eve were “opened,” meaning they had become _________-conscious (Genesis 3:7).

B. Definition:  a preoccupation with ___________________.

1. Adam and Eve attempt to _________________ themselves (Genesis 3:12-13).

2. Herod Antipas is ________________________ (Mark 6:26).

II. A coping mechanism is an ____________ or a _____________ that helps you deal with a stressful or traumatic situation.

A. _________ - consciousness is overcome by _____________- consciousness.

B. Definition:  a preoccupation with ___________________________.

1. ________________ before the Fall (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:15-17).

2. ________________ after the Fall,        enables us to cope with:

a. ____________ -- Romans 8:1, 33-34;

b. ____________ -- 1 Peter 2:19;

c. ____________ -- John 11:25-26;

d. ____________ -- Ephesians 4: 32;

e. ____________ -- Romans 12:1-3;

f. ____________ -- Matthew 11:28-30;

g. ____________ -- Philippians 4:6-7.

 

Your perception of Jesus is a reflection of you

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 6:1-13.

“Your perception of Jesus is a reflection of you”  (Mark 6:1-13)

I.   Often, what we assume is not ______________.  

A. An assumption is an opinion with the ______________ of certainty. 

1. In the ancient world, status and honor were determined by one’s ____________________________ (vv.2-3). 

2. Labelling:  now and then. 

B. Don’t let your assumptions become obstacles to the truth.

1. Assumptions have __________________ (vv.5-6).

2. They say more about ________ than about others. 

II.  Jesus ______________________ our assumptions!

A. Things are not as they seem. 

1. “I have come not to call the righteous but _____________” (Luke 5:32).

2. “Whoever ___________His life will save it” (Luke 17:33).

3. “The _________ will be last and the _________ will be first” (Matthew 20:16).

4. “When I am __________, then I am strong”   (2 Corinthians 12:10).  

5. Humanity’s ______________ of Christ is God’s ______________ of humanity (Isaiah 53:1-6).

B. Christ calls us not to assume, but to ____________ others (vv.7-13). 

 

Touching Jesus

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 5:21-43.

“Touching Jesus” (Mark 5:21-43)

I.  ____________ is the ability to do whatever needs doing (John 19:11).

A. The source of all power is ______________ (v.30; Ps. 62:11; Philippians 4:13).

B. Our _______________ decline with age and can leave us at any age (vv.25, 35).

II. In our Gospel, Jesus restores power through _____________ (vv.27-28; 41).

A. Many people “touched” Jesus (v.31), and many will claim a connection with Him (Luke 13:26-27). 

B. This woman (v.27) touched Jesus ______________ (v.34).   

C. ____________ alone receives all that Jesus has to give (vv.34, 36; Romans 3:28), and it is the only touch that matters to Him (vv.30, 34; Hebrews 11:6). 

 

God's invasive species

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 4:26-34.

“God’s invasive Species”  (Mark 4:26-34) 

I.   The harvest is guaranteed (vv.28-29).

A. We ask, “____________________________________?”   

B. Being impatient, we are tempted to sow “________________” seed (Matthew 16:22; 2 Timothy 4:3).

C. Our faithful labor is never __________________            (1 Corinthians 15:58).

II.  The kingdom/reign of God is embodied in Jesus.

A. He is the ____________ of God (John 1:1; Mark 4:14).

B. He is the least of all “seeds” (v. 31; Isaiah 53:3; Philippians 2:7). 

C. His reign is ________________ (v.32; Matthew 13:33). 

III. Membership has its privileges.

A. Jesus ____________His disciples (vv.33-34).

B. Jesus ministers to the ____________ through His      disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).  

 

Lost and found

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Genesis 2 & 3.

“Lost and found” (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:8-21)

I.  Life before the fall—man is preoccupied with God

A. God gives man ______________ (Genesis 1:26)

B. God gives man ______________ (2:15)

C. God gives man ______________ (2:16)

D. God gives man a _______________ (2:17)

II. Life after the fall—man is preoccupied with self. (“lost”)

A. I heard…I was afraid…I was naked…I hid…I ate…I ate (3:10-13).

B. Self-centered man now exhibits the signs of guilt:

1. _____________ others,

2. _____________ others,

III. Life continues in spite of the fall

A. The facts warrant death, but God insists on _________for man. 

B. The Seed of the woman will overcome the serpent.

1. A Man reestablishes ________________ over the earth (3:15; Mark 3:27; Heb. 2:14). 

2. A Man reverses the effects of the fall (1 Cor. 15:21-22; Heb. 2:14). 

3. A Man becomes our _________________ (Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21).   This is what it means to be “found.”

 

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