The Greatest Commandment – Tommy Artmann

~ Matthew 22:34-40 (read also Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as your self. (Matthew 22:37-39)

1. Love God with All You Have. 

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38)

2. Love Your Neighbor as You Love Yourself. 

A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Matthew 22:39)

3. The Foundation of Life 

The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.
(Matthew 22:40)

The Way of Love! – Tommy Artmann

What Does Love Look Like? ~ 1 Corinthians 13

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

1. Achievement in Perspective

Though I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love I am no more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (13:1)

2. What Is Love?

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends (13:4-8a)

  • Love is not emotions or feelings.
  • Love is a choice and commitment.
  • The basis of love is an abiding personal relationship

with Jesus Christ—who established the very idea of love.

3. An Eternal Perspective

“But now abide faith, hope and love; but the greatest of these is love.” (13:13)

God Is Love – Tommy Artmann

1 John 4:7-12

Let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows
God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7,8)

1. Love Comes from God

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. (1 John 4:7a)

2. Love: The Mark of a Christian

Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7b-8)

3. Real Love

God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)

Take Off the Old, Put On the New – Tommy Artmann

Take Off the Old, Put On the New — Christian Baptism

When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father. Romans 6:4 (CEV)

What Is Baptism?
When we were baptized, we died and were buried with Christ. Romans 6:4a

  • An outward and a visible sign of an inward and a spiritual grace.
  • A symbol of moral and spiritual cleansing.
  • A symbol of our passing from a life of sin and death into a life of holiness in Jesus Christ.
  • A sacrament to be taken seriously. Baptism marks our identity as followers of Jesus Christ and His way.
  • A means of grace for the whole church that marks us as members of the family of God.

Living Out Our Baptism.

We were baptized, so that we would live a new life, as Christ was raised to life by the glory of God the Father. Romans 6:4b

  • Baptism is not a “ticket to heaven.”
  • Our Baptism is to be lived out every day.
  • We are called to remember our baptism.

Living for Jesus Day by Day – Tommy Artmann

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

1. Never Give Up

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
(2 Cor 4:16)

2. Present Troubles

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (2 Cor 4:17)

3. A Fixed Gaze

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Cor 4:18)

Begin and Finish

The Way of Life!

Begin and Finish ~ 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Cor. 5:17)

1. Beginning

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Cor. 5:17)

2. In-between

All of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him.
(2 Cor. 5:18)

3. Finishing (The Second-half of the Gospel)

God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21)

The Way of Life! – Tommy Artmann

The New Birth ~ John 3:1-7
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

  1. What Is the New Birth?
    Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
    “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” (John 3:3,4)
  2. Who Needs the New Birth?
    Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, “You must be born again.” (John 3:6,7)
  3. How Can We Be Born Anew?
    For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
    (John 3:16-21)

    1. Turn from our sin (Repent).
    2. Turn to Jesus (Acknowledge only Jesus can grant us new life).
    3. Follow Jesus (Make Jesus Lord of our life).

Looking Forward – Tommy Artmann

Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead… (Philippians 3:13)

“Regard not your stuff.” (Genesis 45:20)

1. Forget the Past.
Focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past…(3:13)
A. Leave Behind Self-Pity.
B. Leave Behind False Values.
C. Leave Behind Cancelled Sin.

2. Look Forward to What Lies Ahead.
…looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (3:13b-14).
A. Look Forward to the Future.
Looking forward to what lies ahead (3:13b).
B. Look Forward with Perseverance and Intensity.
I press on to reach the end of the race…
(3:14a).

C. Look Forward to the Heavenly Prize.
Receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 3:14b)

The Word Became Flesh – Tommy Artmann

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

1. The Word that Began It All
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

2.The Word Unrecognized
He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. (John 1:10,11)

3. The Word Became Flesh
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

God with Us – Tommy Artmann

Immanuel, God with Us ~ Matthew 1:18-24
The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a

son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:23).

1. God Came Close in Jesus.

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy

Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)

2. God Came to Forgive and Save.

For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20,21)

3. God Came to Be Known.

The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)