My Peace I Give You – Tommy Artmann

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27 – NIV)

1) The Troubles of the World

“The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.(John 14:17b)
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33)

2) God Knows…and Cares

I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
(John 14:29)

3) The Peace of Christ

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
(John 14:27)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

The Greatest Promise – Tommy Artmann

Joshua 1:1-9
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God
is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

God is with us…

1. When the Challenge Is Huge
The Lord spoke to Joshua, son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses, my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into
the land I am giving them.” (1:1,2)

2. To Show Us the Way
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (1:7,8)

3. To Give Us Strength and Courage
“This is My command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9)

The Path to Abundant Life Is Guided by the Good Shepherd – Josh Gray

John 10:1-18, Psalm 23

1. Jesus Gives Abundant Life (John 10:10).
2. We Are Sheep(John 10:10, 14, Psalm 23:1).
3. Follow the Shepherd (John 10:3-4).
4. Empty Your Overflowing Cup for Others (John 10:15-18).

 

 For God So Loved – Tommy Artmann

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Jesus, John 3:16)

  1. Names for God
  • The LORD is my shepherd.  Psalm 23:1
  • The name of the LORD is a strong tower.  Proverbs 18:10
  • The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust. Psalm 18:2
  1. God Is a Gambler. 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him…

(John 3:16a)

  1. Make God a Winner.

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

For God So Loved The World – Sharonda Medina

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV

John 3:1-16 NIV

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘Youc must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Ask Whatever You Will – Tommy Artmann

 

“Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

  1. Context Is Everything. 

The full context is John chapters 13-17 (Jesus’ Final Instructions).

The immediate context is John 15:1-17 (Jesus the True Vine).

  1. The Condition

             If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  

(John 15:7)

  1. The Call

            By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:8)

  1. The Command

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)

Whoever Loses Their Life Will Save It – Tommy Artmann

Whoever Loses Their Life Will Save It

Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.  (Mark 8:35)

  1. Context is Everything. 

The full context is Mark 1:11-8:26 (The identity of Jesus).

The immediate context is Mark 8:27-30 (The disciples recognize Jesus as the Messiah).
Jesus asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.” (Mark 8:29)

  1. Jesus Gave Everything to Save Our Souls.
    Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later He would rise from the dead.  (Mark 8:31)
  1. To Follow Jesus Will Cost Us Everything.
    For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:35)
  1. Our Soul is Worth More than Anything.

What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:36,37)

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Jim Elliott, martyred for Christ at age 28

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. – Tommy Artmann

     (Matthew 7:1)

  1. Context Is Everything.

Full context is Matthew 5-7, The Sermon on the Mount.

Immediate context is Matthew 7:1-5.

Do not judge unfairly, lest you be judged in a similar way. For by the kind of judgement with which you  judge others, you will be judged. (Matthew 7:1,2 — D. Hagner)

  1. Critical Judgement or Discernment?

Unfair, critical judgement tears people down.

Humble discernment seeks to restore.

We are called to show the love of God.

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. (5:44,45)

  1. One Day We Will All Be Judged by God.

On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.’ (Matthew 7:22,23)

Be happy! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. (Matthew 5:12)

Anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:19)

Greater Works Than These – Sharonda Medina

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:6 ESV

Sell all you have and give it to the poor. – Tommy Artmann

      “Sell all you have and give it to the poor.”

“There is still one thing you haven’t done,” He told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (Mark 10:21)

  1. Human methods are deceiving.

“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” (10:20)

  1. The only sure investment is a heavenly investment.

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” He told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (10:21)

  1. Whatever stands in the way. . . .

             At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. (10:22)