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The Greatest Claim in History

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 8:48-59.

The Greatest Claim in History (John 8: 48-59)

I.   Jesus is _______________ (v.48).  

A. When we can’t win a debate with someone, we often resort to __________________________________ (v.48). 

B. To glorify oneself is to seek the approval of _________ (v.50a). 

C. Jesus prefers _____________by His peers in order that He might gain the ____________ of God (v.50b). 

1. __________is God’s to give, not ours to achieve. 

2. Jesus waits for God to ____________Him through   suffering, death and resurrection.

II.  “Who do you make yourself out to be” (v.53)?  The _____________ of Jesus.

A. “If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death” (v.51)!

B. “Before Abraham was, I AM” (v.58).

III. What His claim means for us.

A. You cannot have a __________response to Jesus. 

B. You must ___________Him or __________ Him, there is no middle ground (Matthew 12:30a; Mark 9:38-41). 


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