Holy Ground

Bare Feet on Holy Ground

 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

The Way of Faith – Tommy Artmann

Attitudes and Actions ~ Philippians 4:8-9

One final thing, fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

  1. Thoughts Determine Actions and Attitudes.One final thing, fix your thoughts … (Philippians 4:8a)
  2. Right Thinking / Right AttitudesWhat is true, and honorable, and right, and pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8b)
  3. Keep Thinking Right and Acting Right.Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)

The Way of Faith – Tommy Artmann

The Benefit of Church

God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself. (Ephesians 1:22-23)

  1. Jesus Lives to Benefit the Church

    God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church. (Ephesians 1:22)

  2. The Church is His Body

    And the church is His body. (Ephesians 1:23a)

  3. Jesus Completes Us Through the Church

    It is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself. (Ephesians 1:23b)

He Is Risen! – Tommy Artmann

How Not to Die! ~ Matthew 28:1-10
“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen.” (Matthew 28:6)

1. The Love of Life
I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

2. The Fact of Death

No one can keep from dying or put off the day of death. That is a battle we cannot escape; we cannot cheat our way out. (Ecclesiastes 8:8)

3. How Not to Die – The Way of Life

“Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead!” (Matthew 28:7)

When our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, the Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
(1 Corinthians 15:54,55)

Behold the Man – Tommy Artmann

~ John 19:1-16
So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” (John 19:5)

When you are wronged … Behold the Man. 

Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted to- gether a crown of thorns and put it on His head and arrayed Him in a purple robe. They came up to Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck Him with their hands. (John 19:1-3)

When you are challenged … Behold the Man. 

Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing Him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.”

When you sin …Behold the Man. 

When the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” (John 19:6)

When you are afraid…Behold the Man. 

The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God. ”When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid. (John 19:7,8)

When you feel vulnerable…Behold the Man. 

From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Every- one who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” (John 19:12)

When you lack courage…Behold the Man. 

They cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” So Pilate delivered Him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:15)

When your burden is heavy…Behold the Man. 

So they took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. (John 19:16,17)

When your integrity is questioned…Behold the Man. 

There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. (John 19:18)

Examine Your Heart – Tommy Artmann

Our Place and Our People ~ John 11:43-53

If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our people. (John 11:48)

1. The Undeniable Work of God
Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!” (John 11:43,44)

2. Our Undeniable Commitment to Comfort and Custom If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our people. (John 11:48)

3. God’s Undeniable Ability to See and Work Within Our Heart

He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time
he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation. And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world. (John 11:51,52)

Resolute – Tommy Artmann

~ Luke 9:51-58

As the time drew near for Him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51)

1. Resolute When Times Are Good
• Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Disciples
The disciples began the circuit of villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick. (9:6)
• Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
They ate all they wanted; afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers! (9:17)
• Peter Declares Jesus the Messiah
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from
God!” (9:20)
• The Transfiguration
“This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to
Him.” (9:35)

2. Resolute When the Time Arrives

As the time drew near for Him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51)

3. Resolute When Times Are Hard

  • The people of the village did not welcome Jesus because He was on His way to Jerusalem. (9:53)
  • The Scribes and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke Him… (11:53)
  • The synagogue leader was indignant that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day. (13:14)
  • The Pharisees and the Scribes complained He was associating with sinful people. (15:2)
  • The crowd kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify Him!” (23:21)

What Love Does – Tommy Artmann

What Love Does… Acts 1:6-8
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

1. Love Is a Witness at Home.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem.

2. Love Reaches Out to Others.
You will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria.

3. Love Reaches Out to the World.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of
the earth.

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)