Lenten series: The Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)

Lenten series: The Wilderness

Scripture:

Luke 4:1-13

4 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”

5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you,’

11 and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

Sermon Notes:

1. Wilderness _____________

2. Wilderness _____________

3. Wilderness _____________

4. Wilderness _____________

Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Christ-like Example #2 (Philippians 2:25-30)

Christ-like Example #2

Scripture:

Philippians 2:25-30

Sermon Notes:

Characteristics of Epaphroditus

1. He was a ministry ____________

2. He was _______ __________

3. He was emotionally ___________

4. He was totally ___________

5. He was worthy of _____________

Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Christ-like Example #1 (Philippians 2:19-24)

Christ-like Example #1

Scripture:

Philippians 2:19-24

Sermon Notes:

3 characteristics of ___________

1. He was genuinely ____________

2. He was focused ____ __________

3. He was a proven ________ ___________

Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


The Burden and Joy of Ministry (Philippians 2:12-18)

The Burden and Joy of Ministry

Scripture:

Philippians 2:12-18

Sermon Notes:

1. The concern about being ________________

2. The challenge of giving ________ _______

3. The celebration when it ______________ __________

Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Christian Life in Community (Romans 12)

The Christian Life in Community

Guest speaker and Olivet Preaching Ambassador Luke Schmeltzer gives the message this morning.

Scripture:

Romans 12

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Sermon Notes:

1. A Living Sacrifice (v. 1-2)

2. Many Parts, One Body (v. 3-8)

3. Passionate Compassion (v. 9-13)

4. A Humble Harmony (v. 14-18)

5. Love Overcomes (v. 19-21)

English Standard Version (ESV). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Make Mine With . . . (Philippians 2:15-16a)

Make Mine With . . .

Scripture:

Philippians 2:15-16a

5 that you may become blameless and [a]harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Sermon Notes:

1. We need to grow in personal ________________

2. We need to grow in personal ________________


Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Make Mine Without . . . (Philippians 2:14)

Make Mine Without . . .

Scripture:

Philippians 2:14

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing

Sermon Notes:

1. Christianity without ________________

2. Christianity without ________________


Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Now Us (Matthew 2:1-4 & 11)

Now Us

Scripture:

Matthew 2:1-4 & 11

Sermon Notes:

1. The response of _______________

2. The response of ___________

3. The response of ______________

Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

With Us (Matthew 1:18-25)

With Us

Scripture:

Matthew 1:18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Sermon Notes:

1. The Christmas story from ____________ ____________________

2. The Theological Implications

a. Jesus could not be _______ _______ ___

b. Jesus came to be _________ _____

c. Jesus came to ________ _____

Scripture taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.