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November 23, 2016
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Church by the Glades

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  • - Hi, and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • We're so excited you're here today.
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  • In the next few moments, we're going to hear from
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  • Pastor David Hughes as he shares about how we can live
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  • life to the fullest.
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  • So stick around, it's going to be a ton of fun,
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  • and you're definitely going to be encouraged.
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  • - At Church by the glades, we like to say, "No perfect
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  • "people allowed."
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  • Which means that, no matter where you are in life,
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  • you will be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So, in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek at some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • Welcome to a place
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  • Where rejoicing reigns
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  • 'Cause our God is great, and greatly to be praised.
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  • Tell it all around
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  • That it's going down
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  • 'Cause our God is great, and greatly to be praised.
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  • Turn it up 'til the walls are shakin'
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  • We're ready now
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  • Come alive in the name of Jesus
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  • Now the party has begun
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  • Come and celebrate this love
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  • 'Cause our God already won
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  • Now we're dancing to the sound of freedom
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  • Lift your voice and sing
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  • If you've been redeemed
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  • 'Cause our God is great, and greatly to be praised
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  • If He brought you out
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  • Lift your voice and shout
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  • 'Cause our God is great and greatly to be praised
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  • Turn it up 'til the walls are shaking'
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  • We're ready now
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  • Come alive in the name of Jesus
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  • Sing yeah
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  • Now the party has begun
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  • Come and celebrate this love
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  • 'Cause our God already won
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  • Now we're dancing to the sound of freedom
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  • Yeah yeah yeah
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  • Oooo yeah
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  • - Alright guys, it's time to go ahead and get into
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  • the teaching, so if you've got a Bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it, or pull it up on your mobile device.
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  • You might also want to take some notes.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments can make
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  • a big impact in your life, let's watch together.
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  • - The Bible, I love me some word of God.
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  • You know the Bible self-defines as meat.
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  • In the New Testament the authors say, "the word of God,"
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  • the Gospel, "is like meat."
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  • It's meat.
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  • It's spiritual protein.
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  • If you're a body builder, or athlete, and you've gotta
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  • make sure you consume plenty of protein.
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  • It builds muscle and sinew, right?
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  • The way I build spiritual muscle and sinew,
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  • is the word of God, this is the meat.
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  • So think of your Bible as a big, beautiful,
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  • biblical burger, amen?
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  • All about the meat here at Church by the Glades.
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  • And then, Jesus, Jesus says something very cool.
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  • Find your Bible and find John chapter six.
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  • John chapter six, let's say that loudly all campuses,
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  • ready, John chapter
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  • - [Audience] Six.
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  • Come on, let's greet our campuses.
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  • What's up Sample Road, let's applaud, (applause)
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  • and welcome Sample Road campus meeting right now.
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  • And our campuses in Dade, what's up the men of Dade CI,
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  • and the ladies at homes there,
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  • we have two campuses in prisons.
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  • (audience cheering)
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  • Give it up, folks, glad you're with us, honored you're
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  • watching today online, on TV, John chapter six
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  • is the primary text here in the big, beautiful, burger,
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  • God's word.
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  • But Jesus says something very interesting in this chapter,
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  • look what Jesus said in John chapter six.
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  • This metaphor that he used, Jesus declared, " I am the
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  • - [Audience] Bread.
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  • "I am the Bread of Life, he who comes to me
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  • will never go hungry."
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  • You want to satisfy that spiritual hunger in your soul,
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  • Jesus said, guess what, "I am the Bread of Life."
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  • I am the cosmic carbohydrate, and carbs are good,
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  • man, carbs energize you, and Christ wants to
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  • energize your life, energize your passion,
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  • energize your purpose, energize you eternally.
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  • So the table is very biblical, let's think of the church,
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  • a biblically accurate and defined church as a table.
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  • A table.
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  • So, let's talk about the table, alright, here's a
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  • very tough question.
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  • How many chairs do you see at this table?
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  • (audience mumbles)
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  • (laugh)
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  • I know, I'm asking you to do math on the weekend,
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  • but you've just gotta count to four.
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  • There are four, say four, one two three,
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  • (in unison) four.
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  • Alright there are four.
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  • Okay, the four chairs represent what I would describe
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  • as a biblically balanced church.
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  • What are the chairs, take some notes if you will,
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  • at least some mental notes.
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  • This chair right here is the chair for the teacher.
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  • Someone has to serve up the spiritual food, has to provide
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  • the meat of God's word, serve up Jesus the Bread of Life.
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  • So anytime we gather up at Church by the Glades,
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  • in a teaching environment like this one, there's gonna be
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  • someone responsible for showing up, and serving up
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  • the Bread of Life, and the meat of scripture, alright.
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  • So this person here is the server, the waiter, the chef,
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  • but there's always somebody, cause we value the word of God,
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  • and all of our big group settings, serving up the scripture.
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  • Now let me just ell you this, cause I take the teaching of
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  • God's word very seriously, it is a big fat hairy deal, amen?
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  • We value the word of God.
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  • Put your hands together right there, (applause)
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  • so one chair, in a biblically defined church is
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  • for the teacher, or the preacher.
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  • The teacher, preacher chair, alright?
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  • Alright let's keep moving around the chairs,
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  • I've got three left, let's go to this,
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  • this is chair number one.
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  • So this is the teacher chair, who sits in chair number one?
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  • Well chair number one, I'll just call it this,
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  • I mean no offence, you're a non-believer right now.
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  • You have not yet stepped across the line of faith.
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  • You're in this room right now, someone's invited you here,
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  • and you're here, and I think it's amazing that you're here.
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  • Jesus had a heart for people like you.
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  • In fact I read in the gospels, in the word of God,
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  • in the meat, I see Jesus all the time meeting people
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  • that were far from God.
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  • Woman at the well, Zaccheaus, he would go out of his way
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  • to engage them.
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  • Jesus didn't just hang out with Christians, and disciples,
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  • he loved people who are far from God, and he would try
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  • to invite them to come hang out with him,
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  • and to learn from him, and grow,
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  • so I think we, as the church of Jesus Christ,
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  • should follow the example of Christ,
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  • and that is you, I think your being here,
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  • is brilliant.
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  • (applause)
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  • It is brilliant, oh yeah, please put your hands together
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  • right there, man I applaud you.
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  • And I get that you're not down for the whole thing yet,
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  • you're maybe here and you're a little skeptical,
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  • a little cynical.
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  • You're like, "I don't know about all this stuff,
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  • "I don't know if I believe much what you people believe."
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  • But you're here, and you're asking the greatest question
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  • in life.
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  • Is there a God?
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  • Did this God make me?
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  • Does this God love me?
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  • Does this God have a plan for my life?
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  • Is Jesus who the Bible says he is?
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  • The Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God?
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  • And yes he is.
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  • But you're trying (applause) to figure all that out,
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  • man that's awesome!
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  • So I want you to know, this is a safe place for you.
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  • We will not put you on the spot,
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  • we will not embarrass you, in fact, you sit in chair
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  • number one, the non-believer, a seat of honor in this house.
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  • Seat of honor, so stay with me, I've got one chair,
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  • who sits in this chair?
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  • Who sits in this chair that's the teacher, the teacher,
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  • the food dude, serving up the word of God.
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  • Alright, then chair number one is what?
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  • Chair number one is a...
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  • - [Audience] Non-believer.
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  • - A what?
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  • - [Audience] Non-believer.
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  • - Non-Believer, we honor these folks,
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  • so you're here right now, not yet a Christian, it's cool!
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  • I love that you are here, we're being like Jesus,
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  • always inviting people to sit in this chair.
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  • Alright, but we'll call this chair number two.
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  • Chair number two right here,
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  • and if this is a non-believer chair number one,
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  • chair number two is a new believer, a new believer.
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  • And Church by the Glades, we've got a bunch of
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  • new believers, man.
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  • Maybe you don't have a whole lot of church background,
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  • don't have a lot of information, but I love we've got a
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  • bunch of new believers.
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  • Give it up for the new believers in the house.
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  • (applause)
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  • Right now in this room, hundreds of new believers,
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  • and I love, sometimes they call you baby Christians,
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  • but you do something so amazing, maybe a few weeks,
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  • or months ago, a few days ago, a few minutes ago,
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  • you gave your heart to Christ, and you step from
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  • chair number one to chair number two,
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  • and in a spiritual nano second you gave yourself,
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  • by faith, to Christ.
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  • You were saved, and forgiven, and freed-up,
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  • and received God's power, and God's spirit, wow.
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  • Bible says you became a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17,
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  • in God's eyes the moment you began to exercise saving faith,
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  • new believers, baby believers.
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  • Now by the way, why do I love new Christians?
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  • You're passionate.
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  • You are passionate, you've fallen in love with Jesus,
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  • you've been ruined by his love, man you're diggin' on
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  • this relationship, wow, you're hungry.
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  • New believers are so hungry.
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  • You may not know much about the Bible yet.
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  • You're still looking for John chapter six actually,
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  • (laughing) it's fine, but you're hungry to learn more,
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  • you're here every weekend, you press in,
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  • you're taking notes,
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  • you're reading the Bible on your own,
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  • you're hungry to devour the meat that is the gospel.
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  • I love new believers.
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  • New believers, so I got chair number one, review,
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  • chair number one these are what, they're what?
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  • Chair number one?
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  • (audience mumbles)
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  • Pardon me they're what?
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  • - [Audience] Non-believers.
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  • - You had an extra hour of sleep, I expect a lot today.
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  • Non-believers, and then, chair number two, what?
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  • Chair number two?
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  • - [Audience] New believers.
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  • - Alright, so what is chair number three?
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  • Well chair number three, there's some folks in this room,
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  • you sit in this chair.
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  • Praise God, let's call you,
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  • a maturing believer.
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  • A mature-ing, I didn't say mature.
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  • I'm not sure you ever get to the point to say, "well, I am
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  • "just very spiritually mature.
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  • "I am so grown up in God, wouldn't you like to be like me?
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  • "I am so mature."
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  • I don't think you ever get there.
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  • The Apostle Paul in the final biblical letter he wrote said,
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  • "not that I have arrived."
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  • If Paul has not arrived at maturity, guess what,
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  • you've not arrived at maturity, and I've not arrived.
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  • But some people say, by God's grace, with all humility,
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  • all praise to Jesus, "I'm growing.
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  • "I've been a christian for a season, and I love learning
  • 00:11:36.110 --> 00:11:39.110
  • "more about God.
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  • "I'm falling more in love with Jesus everyday.
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  • "I crave the meat of scripture, I'm hungry for his holiness.
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  • "I think I'm a maturing christian.
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  • "I'm learning more, I'm learning some doctrine,
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  • "I'm learning some scripture,
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  • "but more important than just learning,
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  • "I'm doing what it says."
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  • The blessing of God is not in the accumulation of
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  • more God knowledge,
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  • it's in the practice of what God is showing you.
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  • The blessing's in the doing (applause) and I'm doing,
  • 00:12:06.130 --> 00:12:09.180
  • praise God, that was the worst applause ever.
  • 00:12:09.180 --> 00:12:12.090
  • Praise God, I'm doing, and therefore I think I am maturing,
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  • and that is a really cool thing.
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  • And by the way, one indicator of maturity is,
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  • you take care of other people.
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  • You're not just, feed me, feed me, feed me,
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  • and yes, as a teacher I want to feed, and encourage,
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  • and inspire you.
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  • Mature believers help to feed other people,
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  • help to serve other people.
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  • They don't just plant their blessed assurance here in
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  • the chair, they get up and make a difference.
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  • So, mature people put it into practice.
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  • So, you with me on the table?
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  • We got this chair over here is for the teacher,
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  • the dude with the food.
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  • Chair number one is for what?
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  • For a...
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  • - [Audience] Non-believer.
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  • - Un or non believer, chair number two is someone who has
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:52.140
  • stepped across the line of faith and now they are a
  • 00:12:52.140 --> 00:12:53.290
  • new believer, or baby christian.
  • 00:12:53.290 --> 00:12:55.270
  • And then by God's grace you grow and make progress,
  • 00:12:55.270 --> 00:12:58.290
  • you apply God's truth to your life, and you become
  • 00:12:58.290 --> 00:13:01.020
  • a maturing believer.
  • 00:13:01.020 --> 00:13:02.220
  • What happens when all these chairs are working?
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:08.040
  • The church becomes a beautiful, spiritual, ecosystem.
  • 00:13:08.040 --> 00:13:12.290
  • Where a number twos, new believers, are inviting their
  • 00:13:12.290 --> 00:13:16.090
  • lost friends, and you got a bunch of lost friends,
  • 00:13:16.090 --> 00:13:18.060
  • to come sit in the chair of honor, and non-believers
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  • are stepping across the line of faith and giving themselves
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  • by faith to Christ, and wow, they become baby believers,
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:24.170
  • and number threes are inviting people, and doing ministry
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  • to the others, and oh, it's a little chaotic,
  • 00:13:27.120 --> 00:13:29.200
  • but it's amazing.
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  • It's a little broken, but it's beautiful.
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  • For we are the body of Christ, we are the church.
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  • Thank you for being a biblical church,
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  • thank you Church by the Glades, you're kinda chaotic,
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  • a little broken, but you're beautiful in Jesus name.
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  • (applause)
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  • The spiritual ecosystem called the table.
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  • Isn't this a good metaphor, it's a biblical metaphor,
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  • and by the way, I actually preached this idea back in
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:51.120
  • 2004, it's not an original idea, my buddy, Pastor Ed Young,
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:54.230
  • creative genius , came up with this metaphor, the table,
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  • I think it really, really works, and it helps answer
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  • some questions.
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  • I got this question, I've been to church now 16 years
  • 00:14:00.280 --> 00:14:02.210
  • this month, wow, 16 years, I became pastor when I was 12.
  • 00:14:02.210 --> 00:14:06.040
  • (applause)
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  • No don't clap, we're actually applauding you for your
  • 00:14:08.070 --> 00:14:09.260
  • patience and kindness these 16 years, but I got this
  • 00:14:09.260 --> 00:14:13.050
  • question four or five years ago, someone thinking through
  • 00:14:13.050 --> 00:14:15.080
  • the different people, and where they were spiritually,
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  • someone day, "well David, as our church is really growing,
  • 00:14:17.100 --> 00:14:19.280
  • "it seems like to me, we have become a seeker-driven
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  • "church, a seeker-driven."
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  • I wasn't sure what that meant.
  • 00:14:27.000 --> 00:14:28.230
  • But I think he means this person, this person who's smart,
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  • and seeking God.
  • 00:14:31.220 --> 00:14:33.070
  • We're kind of all about the non-believer, all about,
  • 00:14:33.070 --> 00:14:35.060
  • you know, we kind of program, and we preach, just merely,
  • 00:14:35.060 --> 00:14:38.200
  • and exclusively towards people in this chair, that we are a,
  • 00:14:38.200 --> 00:14:41.110
  • have we become a seeker-focused church?
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  • I thought about that and said, yes, yes we have.
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  • Yes, I love seekers.
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  • I love non-believers, I get excited every time we're here,
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  • I think what they're doing is so, yes, we're all about
  • 00:14:53.170 --> 00:14:55.290
  • non-believers, and I love baby believers.
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  • I love chair number two, I love young believers,
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  • they're so fired up, they're so passionate,
  • 00:15:03.160 --> 00:15:05.160
  • they're so hungry, man I love, I have a sweet spot for...
  • 00:15:05.160 --> 00:15:09.290
  • And I love maturing believers, maturing believers are
  • 00:15:09.290 --> 00:15:13.290
  • phenomenal, they encourage me, they inspire me,
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  • they serve shoulder to shoulder, I love...
  • 00:15:16.150 --> 00:15:18.140
  • So, guess what?
  • 00:15:18.140 --> 00:15:19.260
  • We're not just about one chair, we're about every chair.
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  • Everyone matters here.
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  • It's not just something I think is a big deal,
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  • my boss thinks it's a big deal.
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  • Let me share something that Jesus said that's really cool
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  • in Luke chapter 14, there's this parable about
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  • a dinner party, and there's like this king, and he has
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  • servants and slaves, and they're out inviting people,
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  • and some people are coming, but it's not enough.
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  • And look what the king says, "The master said to the slave,
  • 00:15:40.210 --> 00:15:43.230
  • "go out into the highways and along the hedges,
  • 00:15:43.230 --> 00:15:46.080
  • "and...
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  • - [Audience] Compel."
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  • - Pretty strong, huh?
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  • "Compel them."
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  • Now don't be that weird, obnoxious christian,
  • 00:15:52.060 --> 00:15:54.200
  • but be passionate.
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  • "Compel them to come in so that my house may be...
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  • - [Audience] Filled."
  • 00:16:00.220 --> 00:16:02.090
  • - We reflect the heart of God, we do it, Jesus engaged
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  • people, please, please, please, come sit in this chair.
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  • We honor you, we esteem you,
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  • man we love non-believing people.
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  • So we're on the invite, we put people on the guest list,
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:13.280
  • then I was you people, again raise your hands if you're
  • 00:16:13.280 --> 00:16:16.090
  • good hosts, hostesses, you like to, alright.
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  • Then I thought about, okay, then after you
  • 00:16:18.160 --> 00:16:20.060
  • get the guest list, people RSVP, the work begins.
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:24.090
  • The preparation/presentation work, right?
  • 00:16:25.280 --> 00:16:29.180
  • In fact, let me give this, Lisa said I could share
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:31.070
  • this last night.
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  • My family, again, our meals are fun, we're casual,
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  • not real formal, and most times we have dinner at home.
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  • Paper plates, anybody paper plate, alright?
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  • We recycle 'em, we recycle 'em, paper plates.
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  • And red solo cups.
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:51.100
  • (laughing)
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  • With a sharpie, write your name on it use it all week long.
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  • (laughing)
  • 00:16:55.250 --> 00:16:57.090
  • I'm serious by the way, and cheap, that's your cup.
  • 00:16:57.090 --> 00:17:00.050
  • That's your cup.
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  • That's what we do cause we're a family,
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:02.270
  • we laugh and have fun, and clean up's easier, right,
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:05.130
  • but if I come home, and all of a sudden we're not eating
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:07.290
  • at the kitchen table, but we're in the dining room,
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:11.090
  • it's only like the three times a year we're in
  • 00:17:11.090 --> 00:17:12.200
  • the dining room, and we don't really have china,
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:14.160
  • but we have the nicer dishes, it's the nicer dishes
  • 00:17:14.160 --> 00:17:16.150
  • that are out, and the candles are lit,
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:19.030
  • I walk in, I do the math right away, and go oh,
  • 00:17:19.030 --> 00:17:20.230
  • we're having company.
  • 00:17:20.230 --> 00:17:23.010
  • We're having someone more than just the family,
  • 00:17:23.010 --> 00:17:25.050
  • cause Lisa's going the extra mile to prepare,
  • 00:17:25.050 --> 00:17:28.050
  • and presentation matters.
  • 00:17:28.050 --> 00:17:29.290
  • Guess what, knowing that we have company, every weekend
  • 00:17:29.290 --> 00:17:32.140
  • at Church by the Glades, we go a little over the top,
  • 00:17:32.140 --> 00:17:34.200
  • we're trying to prepare, making that good first impression,
  • 00:17:34.200 --> 00:17:37.020
  • cause we have honored guests in the house,
  • 00:17:37.020 --> 00:17:39.020
  • we have newbies, and first timers, and wow,
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:41.040
  • it's a big deal.
  • 00:17:41.040 --> 00:17:42.170
  • I thought of, okay, dinner party, dinner party,
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:44.010
  • what else do you give thought to, nope, the cuisine.
  • 00:17:44.010 --> 00:17:47.170
  • What's on the menu?
  • 00:17:47.170 --> 00:17:49.050
  • Well what's on the menu here is the same every week.
  • 00:17:50.170 --> 00:17:51.230
  • We're always serving up Jesus, and his word.
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:54.030
  • We're teaching the truth the text, the themes
  • 00:17:54.030 --> 00:17:55.180
  • of the Bible, that's the cuisine, and then I think,
  • 00:17:55.180 --> 00:17:58.050
  • oh, the conversation, what we gonna talk about?
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:18:01.200
  • Cause my goal is not to impress you.
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:05.070
  • My goal is to be clear.
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:08.000
  • I want you walking out of here and the truth of God
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:09.240
  • to punch you in the face.
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  • In a nice way.
  • 00:18:12.000 --> 00:18:12.250
  • I want to be clear.
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:14.120
  • See, my model for teaching, is Jesus.
  • 00:18:15.210 --> 00:18:18.240
  • Jesus had unlimited intelligence.
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:22.130
  • Jesus invented theology, and Jesus spoke the language
  • 00:18:22.130 --> 00:18:25.210
  • of the common person.
  • 00:18:25.210 --> 00:18:27.060
  • He used street terms, not inappropriate, not profane,
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:30.060
  • but he would use metaphors that people recognized,
  • 00:18:30.060 --> 00:18:32.010
  • you know, word pictures, imagery, he talked about fish
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:34.290
  • and fisherman, farmers in their fields,
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:37.100
  • kings in their kingdoms, man, Jesus put it in a way
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:39.190
  • you understand.
  • 00:18:39.190 --> 00:18:40.240
  • So my goal for our conversation around this
  • 00:18:40.240 --> 00:18:42.280
  • table is clarity.
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:44.120
  • Let me illustrate this way, foodies, I'm not really
  • 00:18:44.120 --> 00:18:46.270
  • a foodie, let's talk about foodies (mumbles) to come there's
  • 00:18:46.270 --> 00:18:49.020
  • a subset of food fans called foodies.
  • 00:18:49.020 --> 00:18:51.070
  • Foodies like that kinda cool, sophisticated,
  • 00:18:51.070 --> 00:18:54.170
  • really trendy restaurant.
  • 00:18:54.170 --> 00:18:56.010
  • I like those, but I get intimidated by those sometimes.
  • 00:18:56.010 --> 00:19:01.030
  • Like, ever go to an ethnic, now I like ethnic food,
  • 00:19:01.030 --> 00:19:02.260
  • ethnic restaurant, and the menu is in their language?
  • 00:19:02.260 --> 00:19:07.080
  • I don't like when I don't understand the menu.
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:08.220
  • In fact, I hate when there's no prices on the menu.
  • 00:19:08.220 --> 00:19:11.070
  • I'm out at that point by the way, scary for me.
  • 00:19:11.070 --> 00:19:13.170
  • (laughing)
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:14.230
  • But I want menus to be clear.
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:17.050
  • If it's an ethnic food, that's fine, just give me
  • 00:19:18.190 --> 00:19:19.270
  • as much information as possible so I walk away
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:21.240
  • with understanding.
  • 00:19:21.240 --> 00:19:23.090
  • But the last thing I'll say about, if you're having
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:24.250
  • a dinner party, especially at home, and you're like me
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  • and you have kids.
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  • What's the last thing you do before the company arrives?
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  • The family pep talk.
  • 00:19:31.110 --> 00:19:33.210
  • (laughing)
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:34.160
  • The pre-game pep talk.
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  • What do you do, you say, kids, I love y'all, I love y'all,
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  • but please, the next two hours, don't act like yourselves.
  • 00:19:38.110 --> 00:19:42.100
  • (laughing)
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  • Here's what we're gonna do, no fighting,
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  • no fussing, no whining, no complaining,
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  • use your manners, your best manners,
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  • say please, say thank you,
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  • defer to the guest, the guests go first,
  • 00:19:51.220 --> 00:19:55.000
  • no burping, no farting, you with me?
  • 00:19:55.000 --> 00:19:56.290
  • (laughing)
  • 00:19:56.290 --> 00:19:58.050
  • That's the plan for the next hours.
  • 00:19:58.050 --> 00:20:00.120
  • You have that little pep talk,
  • 00:20:00.120 --> 00:20:01.270
  • and what you're doing, you're not trying to be fake,
  • 00:20:01.270 --> 00:20:04.240
  • but you're morphing your manners because there are
  • 00:20:04.240 --> 00:20:07.160
  • guests in the house, and you want to honor and respect
  • 00:20:07.160 --> 00:20:10.250
  • your guests.
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  • You with me?
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  • I mean, I still want to feed my whole family,
  • 00:20:12.280 --> 00:20:14.150
  • I value the whole family, I still want to feed my kids,
  • 00:20:14.150 --> 00:20:16.260
  • see if you're plan for a dinner party is, okay, let's lock
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:18.280
  • the kids in the closet for the next three hours (laughing)
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:21.290
  • take care of the company, then we'll slide a pizza
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:24.000
  • underneath for the kids, that's probably not a good plan.
  • 00:20:24.000 --> 00:20:27.050
  • I want to feed my kids, I want to take care of the whole
  • 00:20:27.050 --> 00:20:29.220
  • family of God, but man we do recognize that the guests
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:33.150
  • are a big deal.
  • 00:20:33.150 --> 00:20:34.220
  • Now let me, can I be really, on the topic of clarity,
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:38.280
  • can I get really clear for the next three or four minutes?
  • 00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:42.040
  • Can I get really clear?
  • 00:20:42.040 --> 00:20:44.070
  • Can I get just really, and this, I don't mean to offend
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:45.250
  • anybody, and my goal is to be really clear,
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:47.090
  • make you think about yourself.
  • 00:20:47.090 --> 00:20:48.280
  • There's somebody here going, "ah David, I hear you talking
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:53.150
  • "about this first chair a whole lot, this chair,
  • 00:20:53.150 --> 00:20:55.170
  • "the non-believer, and I know we're not
  • 00:20:55.170 --> 00:20:57.070
  • "a seeker-driven church, but it seems like there's a lot
  • 00:20:57.070 --> 00:20:59.000
  • "of special attention paid to this chair, why?"
  • 00:20:59.000 --> 00:21:03.170
  • And I say, well here's why, all chairs are
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:05.260
  • equal in the value.
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:08.050
  • All people equal value to God, and God esteems
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:10.110
  • and values you greatly.
  • 00:21:10.110 --> 00:21:11.260
  • No matter where you are in your spiritual journey,
  • 00:21:11.260 --> 00:21:13.110
  • but stakes, for someone right now, sitting on this chair,
  • 00:21:13.110 --> 00:21:16.280
  • so extraordinarily high, literally life and death.
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  • Literally heaven and hell.
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  • You see I think that the way you connect with God the Father
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  • is through Christ.
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  • And if you're here and not yet a Christ follower,
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  • I'm concerned about you're precarious spiritual condition,
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  • and your thinking, "well David that seems a little limited,
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  • "that you think that Jesus is the way to get to God."
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  • Guess what, that's not my idea.
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  • It's his idea.
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  • (applause)
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  • Let me share with you a great verse.
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  • John 14:6 is one of the coolest verses in the Bible,
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  • it's like a part A and a part B to it.
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  • Now part A, you're gonna love.
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  • Part A Jesus said this, "Jesus answered and said,
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  • "'I am the way, the truth, and the life.'"
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  • Stop, that's so wide open, isn't it?
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  • Jesus said, I'm the way no matter where you come from,
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  • what you've done, the mistakes you've made,
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  • your religious background, your heritage,
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  • I am the way.
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  • That's so wonderfully democratic.
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  • I am open to anyone, man, woman, boy or girl who will come
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  • to me, "I am the way, the truth and the life,
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  • "no one comes to the father except through me."
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  • Is he claiming exclusivity to get to God and to heaven?
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  • It's exactly what Jesus is saying.
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  • So, if you're in this chair,
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  • my prayer for you is even today,
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  • you say, I've still got Jesus questions,
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  • I still got God questions,
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  • but I want to step into faith today,
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  • and give my heart to Christ.
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  • When that happens, you're accepted, you're forgiven,
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  • you're freed and you're qualified for a relationship
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  • with the Father, and for heaven.
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  • See, the reason I press into the chair so much,
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  • it's not that these people have more value,
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  • it's just their stakes are so high.
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  • Now listen, here's where I want to get raw and honest,
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  • there some christian going, some christian, maybe you've
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  • been a christian for a long time, you're going,
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  • "But David, all this interest in this chair, this chair
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  • number one person, I don't sit in that chair.
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  • I don't sit in that chair, I maybe I'm a new believer,
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  • and I think more attention should be paid to me,
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  • or maybe I'm a very mature believer, I think the church
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  • should be all about maturing believers,
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  • I think the church should edify me, and teach me,
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  • and I want to have more doctrine, more depth,
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  • I want to have more me...
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  • Be careful.
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  • Be so careful.
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  • Whenever a whole lot of me and my peppers your thought life,
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  • or conversation, and we all do this, watch out,
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  • you're probably not truly a maturing christian.
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  • In fact, there's a sad spiritual phenomenon in American
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  • churches, there's somebody, and maybe they've been
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  • a christian for a long time, maybe they have a whole
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  • lot of biblical information stored, but they're not really
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  • mature, they're pseudo-mature.
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  • In fact, I'll make this as clear as I know how,
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  • these people, they're not really grown up Christians,
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  • or maturing Christians, in fact, they don't even sit
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  • in this chair.
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  • There's another chair they sit in, another chair,
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  • in fact, I had this prepared, guys can you bring up
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  • the other chair to demonstrate this pseudo mature
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  • believer, and the chair they really belong in.
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  • (laughing)
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  • And for a moment we can see physically how you truly
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  • appear to God spiritually, this is your chair
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  • that you sit in.
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  • This is your chair, you're not really maturing,
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  • you're pseudo mature, you sit in this chair.
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  • (laughing)
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  • (applause)
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  • This is your chair.
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  • You're not mature, actually you're a big, fat,
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  • spiritual baby, though you've been saved a long time,
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  • because you're always thinking about yourself.
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  • Me, me, me, I, I, I.
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  • (laughing)
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  • Now what do you call this chair at your house?
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  • It's a...
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  • - [Audience] High chair.
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  • - High chair.
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  • Not in the church, it is the I chair.
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  • The I chair, and if your rhetoric, if your conversation,
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  • in your thoughts circle around yourself a whole lot,
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  • you're not really mature.
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  • You are in disguise, a big, fat, spiritual baby.
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  • Now, you feel like I'm busting on you,
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  • I'm trying to help you.
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  • Selfishness screws everything up in life.
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  • Not just church.
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  • If you'll be unselfish, God does beautiful things
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  • in the church, but if you'll be unselfish,
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  • God does beautiful things in a marriage, in a corporation,
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  • in a family, on a sports team,
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  • get over I.
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  • You see to be me-istic is the antithesis of
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  • spiritual maturity.
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  • John the Baptist said, "you want to be grown up?
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  • "He must increase, and I must decrease."
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  • Get over the I.
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  • Get out of the I chair.
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  • I'm not trying to hurt your feelings, but want someone
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  • to have the divine revelation like, oh my gosh,
  • 00:25:37.140 --> 00:25:39.050
  • I thought I was mature, but I'm so about me,
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  • and my preferences, and my, and we all have 'em.
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  • We all have preferences and tastes.
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  • But we crucify our flesh, we crucify our ego,
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  • we live to Christ and we live for others,
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  • and maturing believers are the most other-centric
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  • in the house, amen?
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  • Time for someone to climb out of the I chair.
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  • I want to be mature, I want to be, so every chair matters.
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  • I love teaching you mature believers, you growing believers
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  • I love you, I'm passionate, thank you for serving,
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  • thank you for giving, thank you for praying,
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  • thank you, man you are awesome.
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  • I love the excitement and passion of new believers.
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  • You rock my world, you challenge me to have more
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  • inspiration and passion, you're awesome.
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  • Man I thank you for the teachers around here, serving,
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  • teaching, but mmm,
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  • my heart bleeds for these folks.
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  • It breaks cause the stakes are so high.
  • 00:26:28.260 --> 00:26:32.070
  • And somebody's going, "David I kinda reject the whole
  • 00:26:32.070 --> 00:26:33.280
  • "classification here, I'm not sure I would frame this
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  • "the whole..."
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  • Guess what, categories are arbitrary.
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  • We make up categories all the time, it's part of the human
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  • heart we like to subdivide people, so you do the table
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  • how you want to.
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  • I'm just saying the stakes right here,
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  • at the end of the day,
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  • at the end of a life,
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  • at the end of time, matter so high.
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  • Life, death, and if the Bible is true, and I believe it
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  • to be true, at the end of your life,
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  • or the end of this world,
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  • there's only two classifications,
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  • those who knew Jesus,
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  • those who did not.
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  • - Thanks so much for checking out the show today.
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  • We are honored that you would tune in, and we hope that
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  • today's message will continue to be a source of inspiration,
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  • and encouragement as you go forward into your week.
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  • - Well that's is for our show today.
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  • Thanks again for being here, and we look forward to
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  • seeing you next time on Church by the Glades.
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