He Ascended into Heaven – Tommy Artmann

Acts 1:6-11

After Jesus said this, as they were watching, He was lifted up, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. Acts 1:9

What the ascension means for Jesus:
1) Jesus resumes the intimacy He had with the Father before coming to earth.

Now, Father, bring Me into the glory We shared before the world began. (John 17:5)
2) Jesus exercises His full power and authority as God.

The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a

footstool under your feet.” (Psalm 110:1)
3) Jesus has become the intercessor for humanity.

Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the

place of honor at God’s right hand, interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)

What the ascension means for Followers of Jesus:
1) We experience a personal walk with God through the Holy Spirit.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14)
2) We are empowered to overcome evil and suffering.

You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in

you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. (1 John 4:4)

3) As Jesus intercedes for us, we are called to intercede for the world.

We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to

God!” ( 2 Cor. 5:20)

Who You’re Becoming – Josh Gray

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other,since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each otherand forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Tommy Artmann

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

         See also Romans 12:4-13; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Ephesians 4:1-16)

God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.  A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (1 Corinthians 12:6,7)

  1. God Gives Everyone a Spiritual Gift.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (1Corinthians 12:7)

  1. God Gives a Variety of Gifts.

To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit  gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing… (1 Corinthians 12:8,9)

  1. God Gives Us the Gift that Best Fits Our Life. 

It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. (1 Corinthians 12:11)

  1. God Gives Gifts So the Church Will Be Healthy and Full of Love. 

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:16)

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – Tommy Artmann

Galatians 5:16-26

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

The Acts of the Flesh

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, wild parties, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

The Fruit of the Spirit

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness 
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

The Spirit Led Life

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (Galatians 5:25)

The Great Commission – Tommy Artmann

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Jesus, Acts 1:8)

Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19,20)

  1. The Great Commission

    His last command; our first concern

  1. The World Is Our Parish
    1. Jerusalem and
    2. Judea and
    3. Samaria and
    4. The ends of the earth

The Church – Tommy Artmann

Hebrews 10:23-25
Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25)

Jesus regularly attended worship.
On the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom. Luke 4:16

Jesus established the Church.
“You are Peter and on this rock I will build My church, and the all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Jesus, Matthew 16:18)

Church is one of the Holy Habits.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25)

Attending worship helps others (a positive example).
If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path…share one another’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1,2)

Church is vital to Christian fellowship.
If we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other and the blood of Jesus, His son cleanses us from all sin. (1John 1:7)

Church is essential for Christian growth.
They are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For He holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. . (Colossians 2:19)

Focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers and teaching them. (1Timothy 4:13)

Jesus Is Alive! – Tommy Artmann

John 20:1-20
Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18)

1. The Resurrection Brings Comfort to the Distraught.
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Whom are you seeking?” John 20:15

2. The Resurrection Shows That Jesus Cares for Us (Jesus knows our names).
“Mary!” Jesus said. (John 20:16)

3. The Resurrection Is a Message to Be Proclaimed.
Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18)

4. Resurrection Shows Us That Jesus Is God (Only God can rise from the Dead).
Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! John 20:19,20

How to Pray – Tommy Artmann

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. 

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6)

Read Luke 11:1-12

  1. Lord, teach us to pray.
    Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke  11:1)
  2. Jesus prayed regularly, and so should we.
  3. Prayer must be learned.

What to pray

  1. That our lives will honor God
    Father, may your name be kept holy.  (Luke 11:2)
  2. That God’s will to be done on earth
    May your Kingdom come soon.  (Luke 11:2)
  3. For needs
    Give us each day the food we need. (Luke 11:3)
  4. For forgiveness
    Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. (Luke 11:4)
  5. To overcome temptation
  6. And don’t let us yield to temptation. (Luke 11:4)

Pray persistently.

Keep on asking, and you will receive. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be

opened.   (Luke 11:9)

The purpose of prayer
If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”  (Luke 11:12)

  • The purpose of prayer is not acquisition from God but intimacy with God.

Means of Grace – Tommy Artmann

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2a)

What are the Means of Grace?

The Instituted Means of Grace – What we learn from Christ

  1. Baptism
  2. Searching the Scriptures
  3. Prayer
  4. The Lord’s Supper
  5. Fasting
  6. Fellowship

The Practical Means of GraceWhat we learn from our context

  1. Classes (Bands)
  2. The Art of Holy Living
    1. Do no harm
    2. Do good
  3. Acts of Mercy

The General Means of GraceWhat we learn from contemplation

  1. Practice the Presence of Christ
  2. Cross bearing

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2b)

Understanding Grace – Charles Pope

  1. Grace is a gift from God.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. 

Ephesians 2:8

  1. Prevenient Grace

God’s work in every human being coming before we know it, recognize it, or claim it.

  1. Justifying Grace

God graciously moves to bring us back into a right relationship with God.  Sin is pardoned.

  1. Sanctifying Grace

God gives grace by which we as believers are able to grow in grace.

Our true example of God’s grace is found in Jesus Christ.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14