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The doubts of a man of God 

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 11:2-19.

The doubts of a man of God (Matthew 11:2-19)

I.   Doubt/conflict arises when there is a gap between our ___________________ and our ____________________.   

A.   Doubt vs. unbelief.

1.   Doubt = _______________________ (v.3; James 1:8).  It is both “yes/no.” 

2.   Unbelief = the _______________ of faith (John 20:25). 

B.   Jesus exposes the ____________________________ of unbelief (vv.16-19).   

C.   Doubt arises from a ___________________ of God, from a faith malformed or malnourished.   

1.   So far, Jesus had fulfilled none of John’s promises (Matthew 3:7-12). 

2.   God routinely acts in ways we do not expect (v.12; Matthew 5:3-12; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Isaiah 55:8-9).

II.   Don’t be ashamed of your doubts. 

A.   Share them with someone older and wiser. 

B.   John took his doubts to ___________ (v.2-3).

1.   Seeing what Jesus _________ and hearing what He _________ is the only way to create faith (vv.4-5; Romans 10:17).   

2.   Jesus does not minimize John; He exalts the disciples (v.11). 

3.   Jesus _____________ John in spite of his doubts (vv.7-15; Isaiah 42:3).

Be [re-]converted…now!

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 3:1-12.

“Be [re-]converted…now!”  (Matthew 3:1-12)

I.   We do not repent so that the kingdom ________________, we repent because the kingdom _________________ (v.2). 

A.   Salvation is not ________ going up to heaven; it is _________ coming down to earth (v.3). 

B.   The remedy for sin is not to deny it or blame others for it but to ___________________ (v.6). 

II.  Even God’s people need conversion (v.5; 1 Peter 4:17). 

A.   Those who assume that they cannot _______________ must be reminded that they can (1 Corinthians 10:12). 

B.   Those who are distressed that they have ______________________________ must be reassured that _____________________________________ (v.6; 1 John 1:9; Luke 18:13; Matthew 8:8). 

C.   God can make children from stones, wheat from chaff, and good trees from bad (v.9b; 12b; Matthew 12:33). 

III. John is steering all of us away from the wrath of God (vv.10, 12).

A.   Divine wrath is not the irritability of God, but the _________ of God in friction with injustice.  (Frederick Dale Bruner). 

B.   God’s wrath does not contradict His love; it proves it.  A love which ____________ injustice is not love (Bruner).

C.   “The Lord is not wishing that ________________________, but that ______________________________” (2 Peter 3:9).

A people humbled

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Pastor Arnstrong's sermon is based on Luke 1:1-25.

“A people prepared” (Sermon series on Luke 1:1-80)

Week 1:  “A people humbled” (Luke 1:1-25)

I.   God prepares a ___________, not a ___________ (v.17).

II.  Our righteousness is ______________ (vv.6-7).

A.   Barrenness appears to be a divine judgment for ___________________________ (Deuteronomy 7:11-14).

B.   Childlessness is the penalty for ____________ (Leviticus 20:20-21).

C.   The righteous appear _________________ and the unrighteous appear _______________.

D.   _________________ with Christ is preferable to the admiration of the world (Hebrews 11:26; 13:12-13).

III. Our righteousness will be ________________.

A.   Barrenness is always leads to ________________ (v.24; Genesis 18:11; 25:21; 30:1; Judges 13:2; 1 Samuel 1-2).

B.   “Do not judge by __________________, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24).  This is “the wisdom of the just” (v.17).

 

What God hasn’t told you

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Pastor Arnstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 24:36-44

“What God hasn’t told you” (Matthew 24:36-44)

I.   Waiting on the Lord is not _______________________________________, it is ________________________________ (vv.40-41).

II.   Jesus indicts humanity not for _____________, but for _____________________ toward God (vv.37-39).

A.   People are immersed in the everyday with no thought for _________________.

B.   We avoid repentance when we assume the Lord __________________________.

III.   True orthodoxy is sanctified ________________ concerning that day and hour.

A.   We live by what God has ___________ and what He has __________________.

B.   To “be ready” (v.44) means ________________________.

By every Word

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Pastor Armstrong's Thanksgiving sermon is based on Deuteronomy 8:3.

“By every Word”  (Deuteronomy 8:3)

I.   God tested Israel to prove that it is not ____________ that gives life, but ___________ who gives both bread and life (v.3).  

II.   God gives everything to us by _______________:

A. ________________     (v.3);

B. ________________     (v.4);

C. ________________     (Matthew 8:8);

D. ________________     (Luke 12:20; Isaiah 38:1)

E. ________________     (Genesis 1:28; Isaiah 38:4-6; Luke 1:31);

F. ________________     (John 20:23);

G. ________________    (John 5:28).

H. This is why God’s __________ should occupy us daily (vv.1,6, etc.).

III.   is ________________ (John 1:14). 

A.   Everything you need is incorporated into ___________.

B.   How the Holy Trinity functions…

IV.  We respond in _____________ (v.10).

 

What does it mean to have Christ as King?

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Pastor John Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 23:36-43.

“What does it mean to have Christ as King?”  (Luke 23:36-43)

I.   “The Ben Franklin effect” (v. 26).

A.   Simon of Cyrene (v.26) is not so much the ___________ as the one ___________.

B.   The criminal (vv.40-43) is not so much the ___________ as the one ___________.

C.   Even God’s _______________ is stronger than ________ strength (1 Corinthians 1:25; John 12:32).

II.   A different kind of King.

A.   His sole concern is for ____________:

  1. The daughters of Jerusalem (vv.28-31);
  2. His executioners (vv.33-37);
  3. and the criminal on the cross (vv.40-43)

B. Sin = a life lived "inward" for ________ rather than "outward" for ______________________.

  1. This describes all except __________ (Hebrews 4:15).
  2. He is “_________________________.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Comfort in times of crisis

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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Luke 21:5-28.

Comfort in times of crisis  (Luke 21:5-28)

I.   The world to come doesn’t just appear, it is ____________ (Matthew 24:8; Romans 8:22-23).

A.   pain in childbearing is unique to ____________ (Genesis 3:16).

B.   “for these are days of ________________ to fulfill all that is written” (v.22; 13:35; 19:43-44; Jeremiah 6:8; Micah 3:12).

Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
    for the time when their foot shall slip
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
    and their doom comes swiftly.’
36 For the Lord will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants,
when he sees that their power is gone
    and there is none remaining, bond or free.  (Deuteronomy 32:35-36)

C.   God, in Christ, “justifies the _____________” (Romans 4:5), but “how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation (Hebrews 2:3)

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?  (1 Peter 4:17)

II.   Signs in the heavens and in the earth (scary stuff!):

A.   always accompany God’s _________________

1.   at the birth of Jesus (Matthew 2:2,9-10);

2.   at the death of Jesus (23:44-45; Matthew 27:45,51-54); and

3.   at the return of Jesus (v.25);

B.   and are but _________________ of the world to come.

C.   Therefore, even in the midst of turmoil, we can _______________________ (v.28).

 

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