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The ‘Son of God’ makes us ‘sons of God

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 9:28-36.

“The ‘Son of God’ makes us ‘sons of God’”  (Luke 9:28-36)

I.    What does it mean to be the only-begotten (one-of-a-kind) “Son of God”?  (See v. 35; John 1:18.)

Verse 35:

“This” = the One who will accomplish His __________________ in Jerusalem ( v. 31).

“is” = is.

“My” = _________________. 

“Son” = the ________, the One who ___________ everything (Psalm 2:7-8; Hebrews 1:2). 

“My” = (see above).

“chosen One” = “selected in the past as the most ___________________.”

(NOTE:  God’s choices are never ____________, they are      always _____________.)

“Listen to Him” = “If you want to know Me, God the Father, don’t come to Me, you go to _______.”  (1 Timothy 6:16; John 1:18; 3:35)

II.   What difference does it make?

A. God sends His one-of-a-kind Son into the world to redeem ___________ (1 Corinthians 10:1-4; Galatians 4:3-4).

B. Through our Baptism and our faith in the _______________ of God’s one-of-a-kind Son, God the Father has made us His ____________ sons (Galatians 3:26-27; 4:5).


Unnatural acts: the transforming power of grace

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 6:32-38.

“Unnatural acts:  the transforming power of grace” (Luke 6:27-38)

I.   “Natural” acts include:

A. physical reflexes ________________________________;

B. emotional reflexes __________________________ (see also vv.32-34).

II.  “Unnatural” acts (vv.27, 36):

A. come naturally to ______________________ (v.36);

1. Jesus preaches what He ________________ (vv. 27-31, 35-38);

2. Whatever He _________ of us He first _________ for us (Matthew 16:24; John 13:1-15);

B. come naturally to those who have received mercy (Luke 7:47; 19:1-10). 

1. You and your enemies share:

a. the same ____________  (Romans 2:1);

b. the same ____________  (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

2. His mercy _______________ us to be merciful (v.36).


Blessed are the beggars

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

Blessed are the beggars (Luke 6:17-26) 

I.   Jesus is present and touchable in our Gospel.  His flesh is real and it has power to ______________ (vv.17-19).

II.  Who are the poor, the hungry, the weeping (vv.20-23)?  ____________________________________

A. They have left everything (Luke 5:11).

B. The “poor” (“ptochoi”) literally means “______________.“ 

1. It is a shameful condition of dependency and helplessness which ___________ called them into.   

2. This is the most extreme form of poverty (see Luke 9:3). 

a. It teaches dependence on God.

b. It is an effective evangelism strategy (“The Ben Franklin Effect”).

III. Who are the rich, the full, the laughing (vv.24-26)? ____________________________________________

IV. God exceedingly fair and merciful to all people in Christ (Luke 16:25).

A. The Beatitudes are _____________ _ promises to all who suffer because of their connection to Christ.

B. The Woes are _______________ promises to all who love this present world more than Christ and His kingdom: “You have received your consolation” (v.24). 

V.  Jesus is present and touchable for you today.

A. He calls us to confess our own dependency and helplessness (John 15:5).  “We are beggars, this is true.”  (Martin Luther)

B. His Beatitudes attract us into the kingdom of God by         removing the _____________ of dependency and giving _____________ to helplessness.

C. We share in ___________ of the same Jesus who imparts His life to us (Matthew 26:26; John 6:54).


Catching Men Alive

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 5:1-11.

“Catching Men Alive” (Luke 5:1-11)

I.   Deadly water

A. We _______ if we remain in it (hypothermia/exhaustion). 

B. In Scripture, the ocean depths are symbolic of chaos, evil and death (Genesis 1:2; Jonah 2).

1. This is life outside of _________ (Genesis 2:17; 3:16-19).

2. Access to the tree of life is _______________ (Genesis 3:22-24).

II.  Salvation is in the boat.

A. It is the place of Christ’s _____________ (v. 3). 

B. It is the place of _______________ and _________________ (vv. 8-10). 

C. The cross is __________________ (Galatians 3:13-14; John 3:14-15).

III. Confession and Absolution lead to _____________.

A. Men will be “_________________” (v.10).

B. The nets = __________ and __________________. 


The Word at Work: the Gospel is an Event

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 4:31-44.

“The Word at Work:  the Gospel is an Event“ (Luke 4:31-44)

I.   Words become _______________ through our insincerity.

A. Cliche conversation. 

B. Unfulfilled promises.

II.  Yet words are powerful ____________________ (Isaiah 55:11; Revelation 1:16). 

A. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).

B. Jesus‘ words are ___________ (vv.32,35,36,39,41).

1. The Law creates ______________________ (2 Corinthians 7:10).

2. The Gospel creates ___________ (Romans 1:16; 10:17). 

III. To gather in His name is to gather for ______________. 

A. Christ Himself is present (Matthew 18:20).

1. _______ are removed,

2. ____________ is given,

3. ___________ is strengthened,

4. __________________ are restored. 

B. Our words are ______________ when we speak the truth (Matthew 5:37; Ephesians 4:25). 


Risky Waters

Pastor Armsstong's sermon is based on Luke 3:15-22.

“Risky Waters,” Luke 3:15-22

I.   Jesus _________________ baptism.

A. “In the preaching of John, ___________ and ___________ are still separated, but they will not stay separated.  That they come together, that is the work of Jesus” (Adolph Schlatter).

B. “The great event which changed Johannine into Christian       Baptism was…the Baptism of Jesus” (G.W.H. Lampe).

II.  Jesus’ Baptism transforms _____. 

A. The world makes claims on us, but in Baptism, God claims us as His own.

1. Baptism = the gift of the Spirit. 

2. The gift of the Spirit = _______________ (v.22; Galatians 3:26-27).

B. Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with _________ (v.16).

1. Fire = _____________/______________ (1 Peter 1:7; 4:12, 17).

2. Baptism causes the world, the flesh and the devil to _______________ us (John 15:18; 16:33; James 4:4).

3. The same Spirit indwelling both John and Jesus dwells in you.

4. At best, we experience ________________; at worst, __________________ (Matthew 10:35-38; 2 Timothy 3:12).

III. Is Jesus worth the risk?

A. What we do is the result of ____________ we are (John 10:27).

B. Those who oppose you did not _______ for you, but ______________. 


Jesus, unborn!

Pastro Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 1:39-56.

“Jesus, unborn!”  (Luke 1:39-56)

What does Jesus do “in utero”? 

I.   He brings people together (vv.39-40).

A. This foreshadows _______________ (Matthew 18:20: John 10:27).

B. This foreshadows ___________________________ (Luke 23:12; Matthew 5:23-24; Ephesians 4:32).

II.  He instills joy (vv.41, 44).   

A. This foreshadows ____________________________ (Luke 2:10)

B. This foreshadows _________________________ (John 1:29, 36).

III. He has exalted the humble and has humbled the exalted (vv.46-56).

A. The lowly maiden will be remembered by all generations (v.48).

B. He _______________ what we have done. 

1. The lowly get what they don’t _____________.

2. The proud get what they do _____________.

C. He has filled the hungry with good things (v.53).

1. This foreshadows Jesus as ___________________ (John 6:35).

2. This foreshadows ____________________ (Matthew 26:26-28; John 6:54).