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Jesus plunders Capernaum

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 4:12-25

Jesus plunders Capernaum  (Matthew 4:12-25)

I.   Confiscate:  an __________________________ takes something from someone of lesser authority. 

A.  The “goods” plundered (taken by force) are ___________________, and the one plundered is ______________.

1.   “Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first __________ the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house” (Matthew 12:29). 

2.   “For he has rescued us from the dominion of ________________ and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have    redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14; cf. Matthew 4:16).

B.  “…that I may be His own…” (Small Catechism, Apostles’ Creed, Art. II). 

II.   Jesus will not be found apart from His _______________. 

A.  We are essential to His ministry. 

B.  _____________ ordinarily follow the rabbi of their choice, but ___________ chooses His followers (vv.19, 21; John 15:16). 

III.   His word “Repent!” does what it says.

A.  Repentance is not merely a change of mind, but a change of _____________________.

B.  His call is a complete and necessary _______________ of our lives (vv.20-22; 1 Kings 19:19-21).

1.   He rescues us from the ______________ within ourselves, from our self-serving nature!    

2.   He did not come to be part of your life; He came to ______ your life.  

 

Jesus ruins everything! 

Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on John 6:63-69.

Jesus ruins everything!  (John 6:63-69)

I.  The question:  “Do you want to go away as well?” (v.67)

A.   The question in Greek reveals that Jesus expects a “_____________” answer.

B.   Translation:  “You don’t want to go away too, do you,” is more a _________________ than a question.  

 

II.  The good confession:  “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life,” (v.68; cf. Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20).

A.  Translation:  “Lord, the __________________ are not good!”

1.   “No one ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46).

2.   Jesus has ruined the __________, its _____________ and its _________________ for us.

B.  “and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (v.69)

1.   Every person is a _______________ in someone or something.  Who is more believable than Jesus?

2.   “Believe so that you may understand” (“Crede ut intelligas” St. Augustine).

 

God’s wonderful will for you in 2020

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Romans 8:28-39.

“God’s wonderful will for you in 2020”   (Romans 8:28-39)

I.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  How do we know this?  (See v.32). 

B.  God cannot be known apart from ______________ (1 John 4:10). 

 

II.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  We love because He first __________ us (I John 4:19).   

B.  Without the love of God, you cannot _____________ that all things will    work together for good (1 John 4:18).

 

III.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  Paul does not say that all things ________________, but that all things work together for good. 

B.  God’s control over ____________ is so complete that He can claim it for His own purposes (Genesis 50:20).

 

IV.   “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good…” (v.28).

A.  “Good” (agathos) refers only to ________ and to ______________________ (Matthew 19:17; Genesis 1:4; Romans 7:18; Philippians 1:6;2:12).

B.  The “good” Paul speaks of is to be _________________ to the image of Christ (vv.29-30). 

C.  “More than conquerors” = not just victory, but ________________ victory (v.37).

 

Humanity at its worst and at its best 

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 2:13-23.

Humanity at its worst and at its best  (Matthew 2:13-23)

I.   ______________ lives! 

A.   “Man is not able by nature to want God to be God; indeed, he wants himself to be God and does not want God to be God” (Martin Luther, “Disputation Against Scholastic Theology,” Thesis 17, 1517).

B.   ___________/___________ basic inclination is self-deification (incurvatus in se—bent toward self).  

II.   ______________ lives!

A.   Jesus comes as a ___________ among wolves, and _______ are the wolves (Psalm 22:16; John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 10:4).

B.   He lets God be God (vv.13-14, 19-21; Matthew 4:1-4; 26:52-54). 

C.   His inclination is self-____________ (bent toward God and neighbor).

 

The Gospel is a proclamation!

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 2:1-20.

“The Gospel is a proclamation!” (Luke 2:1-20)

I.   Every religion in the world, other than Christianity, is ___________.

II.   Christianity is good _________, not good __________.

A.   __________ is counsel about what you need to do. 

B.   __________ is a report of something that has already happened without your help (vv.1-14), and it creates a ____________ (v.20; Galatians 4:4-5).   

III.   Which translation of verse 14 is correct?  (Answer: __________.) 

A.   “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (KJV) 

B.   “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (RSV, NASB, etc.)

C.   The gospel is not _________________ that needs to be applied, but _________________ to be believed!   

 

What Child is this?

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 1:18-25.

“What Child is this?”  (Matthew 1:18-25)

I.   Jesus’ “other parent.”

A.   The most important thing a father can do for his children is __________________________ (v.19).

B.   Joseph formally___________ Jesus (vv.21, 25).

II.   The first name:  Ye-shua (“Lord, save/help!”) (v.21).

A.   “for He will save His people from their sins (v.21).

B.   “for He will save His people from their sins (v.21).

C.   “for He will save His people from their sins (v.21).

III.   The second name:  Immanu-el (“God with us”) (v.23).

A.   The ____________ - _____________ character of Scripture (v.22).

B.   The ____________ - _____________ character of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh (v.23; John 1:1, 14).

C.   Jesus is God’s ________________________ (Matthew 28:20).

D.   His names _______________ us.

 

A people who praise

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 1:57-80.

“A people who praise” (Luke 1:57-80)

 

I.   “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your ____________.” 

A.   David (Psalm 51:15).

B.   Zechariah (v.64).      

II.   “O Lord, open my lips,” because they are closed by __________.   

A.   “You brood of vipers! How can you speak __________, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34-35).

B.   “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, and slander” (Matthew 15:19).

III.   “O Lord, open my lips,” for with you there is ___________________ (v.77).

A.   We are ___________________ from slavery to sin (Romans 6:6).

1.   “No one can _________ Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). 

2.   “No one can __________ to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44).

B.   Now that we are in Christ, we are able to speak of His mercy so that others ___________________.

1.   “Have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth Your praise’” (Matthew 21:16). 

2.   “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may _____________ the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

 

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