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Living between belief and unbelief

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Pastor Armstrongs sermon is based on Mark 9:14-29.

“Living between belief and unbelief” (Mark 9:14-29)

I. Unbelief is _____________ to Jesus (v.19).

II.  Unbelief is ________________ (vv.17-22), but so is faith (vv.23-24).

A. All of us struggle with unbelief.  Challenges to faith include:

1. our own flawed expectations of God;

2. not science but “scientism;”

3. the sexual revolution;    

4. the problem of evil. 

B. This struggle is evidence of_____________.   “Help my unbelief” is __________________ (v.24).

III. Faith _________________ unbelief.  Faith has    supreme value in the eyes of God because of its _____________________. 


“Is a sigh ‘just a sigh’? The emotion of Jesus”

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Pastor Armstrongs sermon is based on Mark 7:31-37.

“Is a sigh ‘just a sigh’?  The emotion of Jesus and why it matters” (Mark 7:31-37) 

I.   Sighs/groans often indicate physical or mental ______________ (v. 34; Exodus 2:23-24; Isaiah 24:7; Psalm 6:6; Mark 8:12).

II.  Hearing and speech come from the Lord (Psalm 51:5; Exodus 4:10-12).

A. Christ may communicate through sign language (v.33), but He heals by _____________(v.34).

B. All of us are spiritually deaf and mute apart from Jesus (Jeremiah 5:21; Mark 8:18).

C. God’s “cochlear implant” is _________________     (Psalm 40:6; Isaiah 35:4-7; 50:4-5; Roman 10:17).

III. The Lord’s gifts always come at the Lord’s expense.

A. He bore not only our sins, but also our _________________. 

1. (“This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:  ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases’” Matthew 8:17.)

2. God, in Christ, accepts __________________ for this fallen world, making our sins and our infirmities His own. 

B. Sighs/groans indicate that the Lord is ____________________ (John 11:33,38; Romans 8:26).


Jesus declares all foods clean, and you also

Pastor Armstrongs sermon is based on Mark 7:14-23.

“Jesus declares all foods clean, and you also” (Mark 7:14-23)

I.  How can Jesus get away with changing the dietary laws (v.19)? 

A. 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Matthew 5:18).

B. Heaven and earth are already ___________________ and all things are now __________________ in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 15:20; Colossians 1:18; John 19:28-30; Luke 24:44-48; Romans 10:4; Matthew 24:35).  

C. Jesus came to fulfil the Law and Prophets, to give them their full meaning, and He is their full meaning.  The dietary laws were merely a _________ pointing to Him (John 6:35). 

II.  Ordinary food cannot solve mankind’s spiritual dilemma (vv.18-19).

A. We are sinful not from the ____________ in but from the _____________ out.

B. “What’s wrong with the world?”  ________.  (Romans 3:10).  

C. Salvation must come from ______________________ (Luke 19:10). 

III. Food does not matter to God, but people do! 

A. The God who pronounces all food clean pronounces us clean on account of Christ (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:5; 5:19; Acts 10:15).    

B. What we could never do and would never do for others (justify the ___________), God did for us all.


The Gospel is our tradition

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Mark 7:1-13.

The Gospel is our tradition (Mark 7:1-13)

I.   Judaism has two sources of authority, the written _______ and the oral _______ (the tradition of the     elders). 

A. Roman Catholicism.

B. Mormonism. 

C. Christian Science, etc.

II.  Jesus ___________ the tradition of the elders, calling them the commandments of ________, and contrasting them with the commandments of _________ (v.8).

A. “For Moses said…” (v.10)

B. “But you say…” (v.11)

III. Jesus teaches the priority of the ______________ (heart) over the ______________ (ritual).  See vv. 6-7 and 1 Samuel 16:7.

A. Rituals are visible actions, so when we do them to be seen by others and earn their approval, our hearts are far from the Lord (v.6; Matthew 6: 1-2).

B. Jesus accomplished our salvation by having a complete disregard for man’s approval, and we should have the same disregard (Isaiah 53:1-6;    Matthew 6:3-4).

IV. Are human traditions/rituals good or bad? 

A. Jesus teaches there is one source of authority for God’s people:  ______________ (v.8).

B. The Lutheran movement is a __________________, not ______________, reformation.    

C. We evaluate all rituals and traditions in light of _________________.


Do you live to eat or eat to live?

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Do you live to eat or eat to live. (John 6:51-69)

Guest pastor Rev. Timothy Puls' sermon is based on John 6:51-69.

Jesus: He’s what’s for dinner

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 6:35-51.

Jesus:  He’s what’s for dinner (John 6:35-51)

I.  What would Jesus eat? 

A. “My food is ___________________________________ and to _________________ His work” (John 4:34; 19:30).

B. Jesus’ attitude is not merely one of submission but one of ____________ (v.38; 10:17-18).

1. “Despair = suffering – _____________” (Viktor Frankl).

2. Endurance/joy = suffering + ______________ = the cross (Hebrews 12:1-2).

3. If you have nothing to live _______, you have nothing to live _______ (Philippians 1:21).

II.  The eternal life diet. 

A. Because of what He eats (v.38; John 4:32-34) Jesus becomes the One we must eat (vv.50-51).  

1. What if you’re not hungry?  (See Luke 6:25; Revelation 3:17.) 

2. What if you’re starving for Jesus?  (See v.37b; Matthew 5:6; Isaiah 55:1-3).

B. You _______ what you eat (v.50). 


Jesus is the recipe for life

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 6:22-35.

Jesus is the recipe for life,” (John 6:22-35)

I.  What are the five major food groups? 

II. In the Bible, there are really only two food groups:  food which ____________ and food which _______________________, which is Jesus Himself (vv.27, 32-35). 

A. We need ________, but Jesus warns us against laboring for the former.  Why?  (See Matthew 6:11.)

B. To “work” for the latter is to ____________ in Jesus.

III. What does Jesus mean, “Whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst” (v 35).

A. Words are ___________ for your soul (life). 

B. Words have power.  They can harm and heal.  They  penetrate!

C. What happens ____ you matters more than what       happens ____ you. 

1. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).

2. “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Proverbs 16:24).

D. Jesus does more than speak God’s Word to us, He is God’s Word (John 1:1,14). 

1. The “Bread of Life” discourse (John 6) is Christ’s own interpretation of the Burning Bush in Exodus 3 and  the Manna in Exodus 16.

2. Jesus does more than show us the way.  He is ______________.

3. He does more than give us truth.  He is _____________.

4. He does more than give us life.  He is ____________.

5. He does more than provide for us.  He is _________________.        

6. He does more than forgive us.  He is our ________________.

7. He does more than declare us righteous.  He is ____________________.