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Easter Vigil Sermon

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 12.

Man at Work

Pastor Armstrong' sermon is based on John 19:28-30, 38-42.

“Man at Work” John 19:28-30, 38-42

I.   Jesus goes to work.

A. Isaiah 53:5.

B. John 1:29.

II.  Jesus is ______________ with His work.

A. Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work” (John 4:34)

1. Healthy obsession:  Doing the will of God _______________ you          physically and spiritually.

2. Unhealthy obsession:  Living outside the will of God ___________ you and creates an ________________ that you try to fill with other things.

B. Christ’s ________________ with work prompts His care for, not neglect of,    others.

1. John 19:25-27.

2. Luke 23:27-31.

C. “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).

III. Jesus dies, finishing His work (v.30). 

A. When others die, their careers _______________ dramatically!   

B. When Jesus dies, His career ___________________________! 

1. John 12:24.

2. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (vv.38-42) .

3. You and me (John 12:32; Psalm 32:3-7).


Heaven and Hell Break Loose

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 27:46-53.

“Heaven and Hell Break Loose”    Matthew 27:46-53

I.   The ____________________________has come—for Jesus. 

A. The end of Jesus is the end of the world in miniature. 

1. Darkness (v.45).

2. Torn curtain (v.51). 

3. Earthquake (v.51).

4. Resurrection (vv.52-53).

B. Jesus interprets His death as abandonment by God, or hell (v.46). 

1. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ________________for many” (Matthew 20:28).

2.  “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).  Jesus chooses to drink the cup of God’s _____________, which was reserved for God’s _________________ (Psalm 75:8; Isaiah 51:17; John 18:11).

II.  _______________ has come--for us.

A. Darkness and apocalyptic signs are not the last word, _____________ is.

B. Jesus will emerge from His Judgment Day to an immortal, ______________ life, for Himself and for the world. 

C. The Father gives His Son Jesus the cup of _____________; Jesus gives us the cup of ___________________.  “This cup is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28). 


The Most Amazing Supper You’ve Ever Had

Pastor Armstrong's Holy Thursday sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.

The Most Amazing Supper You’ve Ever Had:  what it is and what it does

I.   What it is: 

A. it is the true _________ and __________ of our Lord Jesus Christ, in with and  under the bread and the wine, for us Christians to eat and to drink.

B. How can this be? 

1. Jesus said so (Matthew 26:26-28).

2. Paul said so (1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:27).

3. We submit our_____________ to the Word of God (1 Corinthians 1:25)!

II.  What it does:

A. Through this meal, God delivers us from sin and death.

B. It is the “remembrance” of Christ’s death.

1. Remembrance involves much more than recollection of an event; it involves ________________ in that event (cf. Exodus 12:14; 13:9). 

2. Through the Passover Meal, generations of Israelites personally _________________ in the Exodus from Egypt, and through the Lord’s       Supper, generations of Christians personally _________________ in the new and greater “Exodus” of Jesus, His deliverance of humanity from sin and death  (Luke 9:31; 1 Corinthians 10:16). 

3. The Real Presence of the Lord in His Supper makes us ___________________ with Him and with believers of all ages (1 Corinthians 10:17).


God's job description

Pastor Armstrong' sermon for Palm Sunday is based on Deuteronomy 32:36-39.

God’s job description (Deuteronomy 32:36-39):

I.   Gods, false and true. 

A. We create idols that are safe, harmless and that validate our____________________.

B. Such idols can be safely ignored, but God will not be.

II.  God’s alien or strange work: “I __________“ … “I_____________” (v.39; cf. Isaiah 28: 21).

A. God does this only out of necessity, to bring us to __________________. 

B. This is the work of _______________, which reveals, reproves and  condemns sin.

III. God’s proper work: “I _______________” … “I _______________” (v.39: cf.   1 Samuel 2:5-6; Hosea 6:1-3).

A. Such works reflect God’s nature because ___________________        (1 John 4:8).

B. Jesus manifested the form of God in the form of a slave (Philippians 2:6-7)

C. This is the work of _______________, the promise of grace bestowed in Christ.

D. __________________ empowers Christian living, our job description (Philippians 2:1-4).


False Christs: Jesus, the giver of bling

Pastor Armstrong's lenten sermon series: Will the real Jesus please stand up? False Christs in the world and in the church.

“Our false Christ of the week:  ‘Jesus, the giver of bling (the prosperity idol)”

I.   Hallmarks of Jesus the prosperity idol:

A. personal revelation ____________ Scripture;

B. _____________ things into existence (“positive confession”);

1. we are incarnations of God;

2. “As spiritual beings who possess the nature of God, we have the ability to speak things into existence, just like God did (Genesis 1).”  (Creflo Dollar)

3. “Why did God take away Zechariah’s speech?  It’s because God knew Zechariah’s words would cancel out His plan [of redemption] … See, God knows the power of our words.  He knows that we prophesy our future.  And He knew that Zechariah’s negative words would stop His plan” (Joel Osteen).

II.  This false idol depends on: 

A. rejection of _____________ as ultimate           authority;

B. idolatry of ________ (Genesis 3:5); 

C. faith redefined as ________________ rather than trust in Christ; 

D. “if-then” theology;

E. avoidance of suffering;

F. “fake” glory.

III. The real Jesus:

A. sought not equality with God but ___________________ (Philippians 2:5-11);

B. sought not the highest seat but ________________ (Luke 14:7-11; 22:27);

C. sought not prosperity but ____________            (2 Corinthians 8:9);

D. sought not to save His life but to _____________it for our sake (John 10:17-18);

E. sought not creature comforts but _____________ (Luke 9:58);

F. sought not and earthly crown but a ____________ one (Luke 4:5-8; John 18:36-19:2);

G. sought not to avoid suffering but ______________ it (Luke 22:42);

H. sought not the glory that comes from men but that which __________________ (John 5:41-44).


False Christs: Jesus, the therapist/life coach

Pastor Armstrong's lenten sermon series: Will the real Jesus please stand up? False Christs in the world and in the church.

“Our false Christ of the week:  ‘Jesus, the therapist/life coach’”

I.   Jesus the therapist/life-coach helps you achieve a “_______________” life.

A. The deception:  there are two kinds of        Christians: the ordinary and the __________________, the merely saved and those on a ___________________. 

B. The real Jesus who died for our sins gets ____________________ as we strive for the    victorious life.

II.  The real Jesus deals with our real problem:  ___________ (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 7:18-19; John 1:29).

A. The Gentiles, who were not even pursuing  righteousness (victory over sin), found it ______________ (Romans 9:30).

B. We live victoriously not by focusing on           victorious living but by focusing on _______________ (Romans 12:1; 1 John 4:19).