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The Motivation for Ministry

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July 7, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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  • - Tony Evans: In this series
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  • on the eternal perspective,
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  • I want to encourage
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  • and equip you to live the rest
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  • of your life victoriously.
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  • I want all of us to enter heaven
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  • with a celebration and not
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  • with a whole series of regrets.
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  • I want us to enter glory
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  • with hands raised high because
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  • at this point in our lives,
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  • we gathered together,
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  • we started walking with God
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  • at a whole 'nother level.
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  • We started experiencing
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  • his power, doing his will,
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  • fulfilling his purpose,
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  • and engaging his priorities.
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  • And as a result,
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  • we saw his presence,
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  • his power, his handiwork
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  • move in our and different
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  • portions of our existence
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  • in a marvelous way.
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  • I want to give you the secret
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  • of how to have a life down here
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  • that will matter up there.
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  • Because the perspective up there
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  • transforms your life
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  • and my life down here.
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  • That's why we all need
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  • - Tony: Paul in Colossians 1
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  • states the motivation
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  • for his ministry.
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  • And he calls that ministry
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  • the ministry to the church.
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  • you have gathered today,
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  • whether you know it or not.
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  • If you have accepted
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  • Jesus Christ as your Savior,
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  • you're on the team.
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  • If you have trusted Christ
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  • for the forgiveness of your sins
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  • and the gift of eternal life,
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  • you're on the team.
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  • And you're gathered here today,
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  • so you're in the stadium.
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  • But why?
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  • Paul says that his goal,
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  • and it should be my goal
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  • and the goal of every church
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  • and every church member,
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  • is that I might present
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  • every man complete in Christ.
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  • That's the goal.
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  • If you want to know
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  • what the spiritual Super Bowl
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  • is, if I can use that analogy,
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  • is that when your life
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  • is over and earth is done,
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  • that you and I will stand
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  • before the Lord complete
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  • in Christ.
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  • When does this presentation
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  • occur?
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  • It occurs at the judgment seat
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  • of Christ.
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  • When you stand before the Lord,
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  • you will stand complete
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  • or incomplete.
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  • You will stand a spiritual
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  • failure or a spiritual success.
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  • You will stand a victor
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  • or a victim.
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  • You will stand before the Lord.
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  • It is the job of the church
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  • to make sure you get the trophy.
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  • It is our job to stand
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  • with you so that you hear
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  • when you meet the Savior,
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  • "Well done, my good
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  • and faithful servant."
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  • As opposed to,
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  • "I'm so ashamed of you."
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  • For the Bible says
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  • that both will occur.
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  • Our role and your role in it
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  • is to be presented on that day
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  • complete in Christ.
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  • Now, what does it mean
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  • to be presented complete?
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  • The word "complete"
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  • means mature.
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  • It means grown up.
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  • The word means to have reached
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  • a mature stage
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  • in your Christian experience.
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  • God didn't save you and me
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  • to stay babies.
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  • We all know it's possible that
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  • your chronological age doesn't
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  • necessarily equal your maturity.
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  • Maturity is the process
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  • of growing up spiritually.
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  • It is the process
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  • of going deeper spiritually.
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  • It is the process of becoming
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  • more like Christ
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  • in character and conduct,
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  • attitudes and actions.
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  • And it's called maturity.
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  • Paul on a number of occasions
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  • had to chide the church
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  • for their lack of growth.
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  • In 1 Corinthians chapter 2,
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  • verses 14
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  • all the way through chapter 3,
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  • verse 3, he talks about the fact
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  • that there were
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  • spiritual people,
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  • but many were carnal,
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  • and they were still carnal.
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  • Let me explain,
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  • it takes five years
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  • to move from infancy
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  • to spiritual maturity
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  • if it's a priority.
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  • Now, where did I get five years
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  • from?
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  • Because Paul told them
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  • in 1 Corinthians
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  • he had gone to them.
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  • Five years later,
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  • he wrote 1 Corinthians,
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  • and he's shocked
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  • that they're still carnal.
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  • So, there was a five-year gap
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  • from their conversion to their
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  • maturity that was supposed
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  • to take place,
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  • but they were still drinking
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  • from bottles five years later.
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  • They hadn't grown to solid food.
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  • In the book of Hebrews
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  • chapter 5, verses 11 through 15,
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  • one of the premiere passages
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  • in the Scripture
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  • on the process of maturity,
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  • some of those Christians
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  • had been saved for 30 years.
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  • They'd gotten saved 30 years
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  • later.
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  • And the author of Hebrews--well,
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  • let me read to you what he says
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  • to them in Hebrews chapter 5.
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  • Let me begin reading
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  • in verse 12,
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  • "For though by this time
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  • you ought to be teachers,
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  • you have need again
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  • for someone to teach you
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  • the elementary principles
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  • of the oracles of God.
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  • And you have come to need milk
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  • and not solid food.
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  • For everyone who partakes
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  • only of milk is not accustomed
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  • to the word of righteousness,
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  • and he is an infant.
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  • But solid food
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  • is for the mature,
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  • who because of practice
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  • have their senses trained
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  • to discern good and evil."
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  • He says
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  • there are milk Christians
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  • and there are meat Christians.
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  • And some of these
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  • are 30-year-old saints
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  • who are still drinking milk.
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  • So, what's a milk Christian
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  • versus a meat Christian?
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  • A milk Christian he says
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  • is not accustomed
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  • to the word of righteousness.
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  • What does he mean?
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  • A milk Christian is a Christian
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  • who does not and has not
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  • developed the habit of going
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  • to the Word to answer
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  • the issues of life.
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  • They're not used to,
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  • accustomed to,
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  • it's not their habit
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  • to appeal to the Word
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  • to address life's realities.
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  • That's a milk Christian.
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  • Milk Christians go
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  • to their friends first.
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  • Milk Christian
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  • go to their posse first.
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  • They go maybe to family first.
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  • They look at what the secular
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  • world has to say first because
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  • they're not used to it.
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  • They haven't developed a habit
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  • of appealing to what God
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  • has to say to address
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  • the realities of life.
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  • It says they're not used
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  • to using it,
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  • and so they stay on milk.
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  • He says they don't use it.
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  • That's why a milk Christian
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  • can hear 52 sermons on Sunday,
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  • 52 sermons on
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  • and teachings on Wednesday,
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  • and never change.
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  • Never improve,
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  • never have victory because
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  • they weren't used to using it.
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  • A milk Christian
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  • is a defeated Christian
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  • because they're not growing.
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  • As opposed to a meat Christian.
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  • A meat Christian is a Christian
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  • who he says has learned
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  • to discern good and evil
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  • by their practice
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  • of the use of the Word.
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  • Here's how you know
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  • if you're a meat Christian,
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  • the ability to discern.
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  • He says that the spiritual
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  • Christian is one who by,
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  • watch this, practice
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  • has learned to discern.
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  • In order for you to become
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  • mature, God sends you and me
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  • into practice sessions.
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  • Those practice sessions
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  • are the challenges in life
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  • that he allows you
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  • to come your way in order
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  • for you to use the Word
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  • to get through them.
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  • Some of us resent the Word.
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  • We don't want anybody
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  • bringing no Bible up right now,
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  • I'm dealing with this.
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  • I don't need no Bible.
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  • That's 'cause you are
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  • a milk Christian.
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  • 'Cause meat Christians
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  • welcome it.
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  • Meat Christians embrace it.
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  • Meat Christians want to know on
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  • the front end, "Tell me what God
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  • says about this situation
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  • so that I can apply divine truth
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  • to my scenario,
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  • so that I can be mature
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  • and grow."
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  • Milk Christians say,
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  • "Oh, that's too hard to chew.
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  • That's meat.
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  • That's meat, I ain't into meat."
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  • Milk Christians will talk a lot
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  • about what Jesus did on earth.
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  • Milk Christians
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  • will know Bible stories.
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  • They can tell you what the Bible
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  • says 'cause a lot of milk
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  • Christians will memorize
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  • the Bible,
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  • and will study the Bible,
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  • and will go to church
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  • and hear the Bible,
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  • but that's not where
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  • the difference between milk
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  • and meat is.
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  • Milk and meat is the use
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  • that enables you to discern.
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  • So our job, Paul says,
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  • is to prepare you for that day.
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  • He refers to it again back
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  • in Colossians chapter 1.
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  • He refers to that day
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  • in verse 22,
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  • "Yet he has now reconciled
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  • you into his fleshly body
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  • through death in order to
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  • present you before him holy and
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  • blameless and beyond reproach."
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  • On that day, when you stand
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  • before the Lord
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  • and he stands before you,
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  • he wants to be proud of you.
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  • And that eternal perspective
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  • influences choices, decisions,
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  • confession, reversals,
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  • corrections, clarifications.
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  • It all--it affects, like a
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  • football player who's living
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  • for that day, all he does today.
  • 00:12:23.260 --> 00:12:26.260
  • God says, "Well, I'm gonna help
  • 00:12:26.260 --> 00:12:27.240
  • you get there.
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  • And I'm gonna help you get there
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  • with a mystery."
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  • He calls it a mystery.
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  • He calls it a mystery
  • 00:12:35.230 --> 00:12:38.060
  • in verse 26,
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  • "That is the mystery
  • 00:12:39.150 --> 00:12:40.160
  • which has been hidden
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  • in past generations."
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  • He calls it a mystery
  • 00:12:45.200 --> 00:12:46.120
  • in verse 27,
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  • "The glory of this mystery."
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  • So, I'm gonna tell you a secret.
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  • It's a secret.
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  • A mystery in the Bible
  • 00:12:57.090 --> 00:12:59.170
  • is something that was not taught
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  • in the Old Testament
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  • that's clarified and explained
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • He says it at the end
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  • of verse 27,
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  • "Which is Christ in you,
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  • the hope of glory."
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  • Whoa.
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  • Christ in you,
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  • the hope of glory.
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  • You see, here's what's missing.
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  • Christ did not only come
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  • to save us.
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  • He also came to indwell us.
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  • If you are only satisfied that
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  • you're going to heaven one day,
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  • you will not stand before him
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  • complete 'cause that's not
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  • the only reason he came.
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  • He didn't come merely
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  • to take you to heaven.
  • 00:14:01.130 --> 00:14:02.270
  • He also came to bring heaven
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  • to you, the hope of glory.
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:08.090
  • And in order to do that,
  • 00:14:08.090 --> 00:14:10.020
  • guess what he did?
  • 00:14:10.120 --> 00:14:13.120
  • He took up residence in you.
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  • So, you're going to meet
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  • somebody in the future
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  • who you also have with you
  • 00:14:22.170 --> 00:14:24.080
  • in the present.
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  • And he's in you.
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  • Your change comes
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  • from the inside out,
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  • not the outside in.
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  • Christ in you.
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  • Jesus doesn't want to just be
  • 00:14:37.220 --> 00:14:39.000
  • in your life,
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  • he wants to be your life.
  • 00:14:45.230 --> 00:14:48.230
  • Paul could say,
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:49.290
  • "Though my outward man perishes,
  • 00:14:49.290 --> 00:14:52.150
  • my inward man
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  • is being renewed day by day."
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  • I'm getting older physically
  • 00:14:56.080 --> 00:14:58.040
  • while I'm getting younger
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  • spiritually.
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  • That's what he said because
  • 00:15:00.290 --> 00:15:02.160
  • this new--this Christ in me
  • 00:15:04.260 --> 00:15:07.260
  • is providing freshness
  • 00:15:07.260 --> 00:15:09.160
  • and newness as I get older.
  • 00:15:12.190 --> 00:15:15.190
  • So, that raises a question,
  • 00:15:15.190 --> 00:15:16.210
  • doesn't it?
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  • How do you get the indwelling
  • 00:15:21.050 --> 00:15:22.210
  • Christ to be activated for
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  • the purpose of transformation?
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  • That becomes the question.
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:31.070
  • Well, Paul has not left us
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:32.080
  • to wonder about that.
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  • Verse 28, he uses three words.
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  • "We proclaim him, admonishing
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  • every man and teaching
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  • every man with all wisdom."
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  • Three words: preaching,
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  • teaching, admonishing.
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  • Let me deal with preaching,
  • 00:15:51.080 --> 00:15:51.270
  • teaching, and then I'll deal
  • 00:15:51.270 --> 00:15:53.070
  • with admonishing
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:54.230
  • as we come to our last point.
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  • Preaching, we proclaim him.
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  • That word means preaching.
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  • The proclamation of Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:03.080 --> 00:16:05.270
  • is to be the centerpiece
  • 00:16:05.270 --> 00:16:07.090
  • of your focus.
  • 00:16:07.090 --> 00:16:10.050
  • Everything is to be brought back
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  • to him.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:14.160
  • Jesus even told the disciples
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  • on the Emmaus road,
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  • who only had an Old Testament,
  • 00:16:17.180 --> 00:16:19.140
  • it says he read to them
  • 00:16:19.140 --> 00:16:20.270
  • from Moses and the prophets,
  • 00:16:20.270 --> 00:16:22.070
  • and said,
  • 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:23.020
  • "Moses and the prophets
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  • talked about me."
  • 00:16:24.070 --> 00:16:26.210
  • 'Cause even
  • 00:16:26.210 --> 00:16:27.080
  • in the Old Testament,
  • 00:16:27.080 --> 00:16:28.080
  • when a--when Jesus hadn't been
  • 00:16:28.080 --> 00:16:29.130
  • born yet, it was all written
  • 00:16:29.130 --> 00:16:31.060
  • with anticipation of him.
  • 00:16:31.060 --> 00:16:32.290
  • So, Jesus Christ
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  • is to be the linking point,
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  • the hub in the wheel
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:38.050
  • of every spoke of your life
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:39.290
  • taken back to him.
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  • We proclaim him.
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  • My job from a pulpiteering
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:47.260
  • standpoint is to keep
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  • Jesus Christ in front of you.
  • 00:16:49.060 --> 00:16:51.130
  • Preaching is to declare
  • 00:16:51.130 --> 00:16:53.260
  • with authority a truth in order
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  • to invoke a response from here.
  • 00:16:56.110 --> 00:16:59.090
  • It is to motivate you
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  • to respond.
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  • Teaching is more content-driven
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:06.190
  • because it's more understanding
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:08.260
  • oriented,
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  • whether or not there is a call
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:12.120
  • for a response.
  • 00:17:12.120 --> 00:17:14.260
  • Some people say,
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:15.290
  • "Well, I like teaching.
  • 00:17:15.290 --> 00:17:18.050
  • I like digging into the Greek
  • 00:17:18.050 --> 00:17:19.190
  • and the Hebrew, and the exegesis
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:21.190
  • and the exposition,
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:22.250
  • and getting deeper into it.
  • 00:17:22.250 --> 00:17:24.140
  • And I like teaching."
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:26.010
  • They got notebooks and,
  • 00:17:26.010 --> 00:17:28.030
  • you know,
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  • 'cause they love the content.
  • 00:17:30.080 --> 00:17:32.060
  • They love the content.
  • 00:17:32.060 --> 00:17:33.140
  • But between the preaching
  • 00:17:33.140 --> 00:17:36.010
  • and the teaching,
  • 00:17:36.010 --> 00:17:37.020
  • he throws in another word,
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  • a keyword,
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  • "Admonishing every man."
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  • To admonish is to guide someone
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  • in their use of the information.
  • 00:17:51.240 --> 00:17:54.240
  • Okay, watch this now.
  • 00:17:54.240 --> 00:17:56.260
  • Between the proclamation
  • 00:17:56.260 --> 00:17:59.240
  • and the teaching,
  • 00:17:59.240 --> 00:18:01.280
  • he says there must be
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:03.000
  • the admonishing.
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:05.110
  • That is to come alongside and
  • 00:18:07.190 --> 00:18:10.190
  • help somebody to use the word
  • 00:18:12.220 --> 00:18:15.220
  • that they heard preached
  • 00:18:15.220 --> 00:18:17.120
  • or taught.
  • 00:18:17.120 --> 00:18:19.060
  • Why?
  • 00:18:19.060 --> 00:18:20.270
  • 'Cause it's easy to hear
  • 00:18:20.270 --> 00:18:22.070
  • somebody else preach it.
  • 00:18:22.070 --> 00:18:24.100
  • And it's easy to hear somebody
  • 00:18:24.100 --> 00:18:25.220
  • else teach it.
  • 00:18:25.220 --> 00:18:27.210
  • But for you to use it,
  • 00:18:27.210 --> 00:18:29.150
  • you need somebody on the ground
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:31.090
  • with you who's encouraging you,
  • 00:18:31.090 --> 00:18:33.220
  • motivating you,
  • 00:18:33.220 --> 00:18:35.090
  • inspiring you, challenging you,
  • 00:18:35.090 --> 00:18:37.180
  • correcting you,
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.070
  • to admonish every man.
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:43.170
  • Our gap is not that we don't
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:45.070
  • in most cases
  • 00:18:45.070 --> 00:18:47.040
  • believe what we heard.
  • 00:18:47.040 --> 00:18:48.200
  • It's just when we get
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:50.100
  • to the real world, we forget it,
  • 00:18:50.150 --> 00:18:53.150
  • don't know how to use it.
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:18:54.210
  • That's why he says you do it
  • 00:18:54.210 --> 00:18:55.240
  • with all wisdom
  • 00:18:55.240 --> 00:18:56.170
  • 'cause everybody's different.
  • 00:18:56.170 --> 00:18:59.040
  • A single is different
  • 00:18:59.040 --> 00:18:59.230
  • from a married person.
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:00.200
  • A man is different from a woman.
  • 00:19:00.200 --> 00:19:02.000
  • A person who has this set
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:03.280
  • of circumstance
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:04.220
  • different from somebody else.
  • 00:19:04.220 --> 00:19:05.140
  • So, it has to be wisely applied.
  • 00:19:06.180 --> 00:19:09.180
  • That's why--see here's--God
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:13.030
  • did not create this church
  • 00:19:13.030 --> 00:19:14.210
  • or any church
  • 00:19:14.210 --> 00:19:16.000
  • just so you could hear sermons.
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:19.010
  • You don't need the church
  • 00:19:19.010 --> 00:19:20.000
  • to hear sermons.
  • 00:19:20.000 --> 00:19:20.200
  • You can go on television,
  • 00:19:20.200 --> 00:19:21.250
  • you can go on radio,
  • 00:19:21.250 --> 00:19:23.110
  • and you can get all the sermons
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:24.110
  • that you want to get.
  • 00:19:24.110 --> 00:19:26.090
  • He didn't just create the church
  • 00:19:26.090 --> 00:19:27.240
  • so you could get teaching.
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:29.010
  • You can go on radio
  • 00:19:29.010 --> 00:19:30.120
  • and television,
  • 00:19:30.120 --> 00:19:31.170
  • and look at CDs and DVDs,
  • 00:19:31.170 --> 00:19:34.040
  • you can get teaching.
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:35.260
  • He didn't create the church
  • 00:19:35.260 --> 00:19:36.210
  • just so you can get music.
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:38.040
  • You can get CDs,
  • 00:19:38.040 --> 00:19:39.280
  • you can listen to music,
  • 00:19:39.280 --> 00:19:41.120
  • you turn on the radio
  • 00:19:41.120 --> 00:19:42.180
  • and get Christian music.
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:44.080
  • So, you actually, you don't need
  • 00:19:44.080 --> 00:19:45.110
  • the church for any
  • 00:19:45.110 --> 00:19:45.290
  • of those things.
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:47.220
  • The reason you need the church
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:49.180
  • is to be in a context
  • 00:19:49.180 --> 00:19:51.150
  • of admonishment,
  • 00:19:51.150 --> 00:19:53.220
  • where somebody is coming
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:19:55.010
  • alongside you and say,
  • 00:19:55.010 --> 00:19:56.190
  • "You know we shouldn't be going
  • 00:19:56.190 --> 00:19:57.120
  • that way.
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:19:58.130
  • You know that's not the right
  • 00:19:58.130 --> 00:19:59.090
  • decision based on
  • 00:19:59.090 --> 00:20:00.030
  • the Word of God."
  • 00:20:00.030 --> 00:20:01.100
  • See, but the problem
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:02.050
  • is we don't want that.
  • 00:20:02.050 --> 00:20:04.290
  • Church all up in my business
  • 00:20:04.290 --> 00:20:06.100
  • and all up in my--I know,
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:08.140
  • we don't want admonishment.
  • 00:20:08.140 --> 00:20:10.110
  • And without admonishment,
  • 00:20:10.110 --> 00:20:12.040
  • it won't stick because Satan,
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:15.030
  • the Bible says,
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:16.280
  • snatches the Word.
  • 00:20:16.280 --> 00:20:18.210
  • He keeps the Word from
  • 00:20:18.210 --> 00:20:20.060
  • getting down in your gizzard.
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:22.030
  • He keeps the Word
  • 00:20:22.030 --> 00:20:23.090
  • from sticking with you.
  • 00:20:23.090 --> 00:20:24.280
  • So, unless somebody else
  • 00:20:24.280 --> 00:20:26.220
  • outside of you,
  • 00:20:26.220 --> 00:20:28.040
  • stronger than you
  • 00:20:28.040 --> 00:20:29.280
  • is able to keep you tethered
  • 00:20:29.280 --> 00:20:32.190
  • to the truth of God's Word,
  • 00:20:32.190 --> 00:20:34.280
  • you will drift from it.
  • 00:20:34.280 --> 00:20:37.040
  • You need the church
  • 00:20:37.040 --> 00:20:38.000
  • for community.
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:40.100
  • It's only in the real deal
  • 00:20:40.100 --> 00:20:42.010
  • that growth takes place.
  • 00:20:42.010 --> 00:20:44.130
  • And unless you have a posse,
  • 00:20:44.130 --> 00:20:45.220
  • unless you have somebody
  • 00:20:45.220 --> 00:20:47.050
  • or somebodies
  • 00:20:47.050 --> 00:20:48.110
  • who are influencing you,
  • 00:20:48.110 --> 00:20:50.100
  • then Christ is not growing
  • 00:20:50.100 --> 00:20:51.280
  • inside of you
  • 00:20:51.280 --> 00:20:53.130
  • and you're not changing.
  • 00:20:53.130 --> 00:20:55.260
  • Oh, but when the indwelling
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:57.280
  • Christ is allowed to be set
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:20:59.280
  • loose because everything
  • 00:20:59.280 --> 00:21:01.200
  • is being related to him
  • 00:21:01.200 --> 00:21:03.010
  • and people
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:03.200
  • are force feeding you,
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:04.250
  • force feeding you,
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:05.240
  • force feeding you
  • 00:21:05.240 --> 00:21:06.180
  • the Jesus thing,
  • 00:21:06.180 --> 00:21:07.230
  • force feeding you
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:09.160
  • how Jesus relates to everything
  • 00:21:09.160 --> 00:21:11.170
  • 'cause it's not only
  • 00:21:11.170 --> 00:21:12.200
  • the written word,
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:13.220
  • it is the living word
  • 00:21:13.220 --> 00:21:15.180
  • that brings transformation
  • 00:21:15.180 --> 00:21:17.130
  • into the life.
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:18.190
  • And whenever the written word
  • 00:21:18.190 --> 00:21:20.140
  • gets connected to the living
  • 00:21:20.140 --> 00:21:22.100
  • word, you will change.
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:25.260
  • Because the only way
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:27.140
  • you know you're maturing
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:29.000
  • is if you are changing.
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:32.040
  • If you're not changing,
  • 00:21:32.040 --> 00:21:33.030
  • you're not maturing.
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  • When you discover Christ in you,
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  • the hope of glory,
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  • because the written word
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  • and the living word
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  • have been dynamically preached,
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  • taught, and admonished,
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  • not only will you be ready
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  • for that day,
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  • you'll do better today.
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  • Because Christ will be active
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  • in your experience.
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  • When you've been
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  • to the Four Seasons,
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  • Motel 6 won't do.
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  • When you've experienced
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  • the Four Seasons or the Ritz,
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  • you wonder why you ever went
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  • to a Motel 6 'cause--but
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  • if Motel 6 is all you know,
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  • that's all you comfortable with,
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  • okay?
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  • If all you know is going
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  • to church on Sunday,
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  • you missing the Ritz.
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  • You missing something greater
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  • God wants to expose you to.
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  • You're missing something deeper
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  • he wants to give you
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  • a reality of.
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  • So, I invite you to another
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  • level.
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  • And we're going to learn
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  • through this series
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  • [music]
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  • - Tony: God's concern for each
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  • of us is our spiritual maturity.
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  • He wants us to grow up
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  • in our Christ-likeness,
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  • to be transformed
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  • into the image of Christ.
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  • Whatever ministry
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  • you are a part of,
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  • your growth and
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  • your impacting and influencing
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  • the growth of others,
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  • should be of paramount concern.
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  • God doesn't just want us going
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  • through religious motions.
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  • He doesn't want us just doing
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  • the duty of being a Christian.
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  • He wants us changing
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  • because he wants us
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  • to become like his son
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  • in our character, our conduct,
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  • and our actions
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  • and our attitudes
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  • so that the choices
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  • we make begin to change,
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  • because we are not
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  • being influenced by his Word
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  • and by his Spirit to become
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  • different kind of people.
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  • If you're a parent, you know
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  • what it feels like to want
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  • to see your children grow up,
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  • and mature,
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  • and maximize their potential.
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  • The potential that started off
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  • so small as an embryo that now,
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  • as they grow in life and move to
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  • adulthood, you want to see them
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  • become responsible citizens.
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  • In fact, you're disappointed,
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  • I'm disappointed when our kids
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  • aren't being as responsible as
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  • we are instructing them to be.
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  • Well, God gets disappointed too
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  • when his kids aren't maturing
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  • in the faith.
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  • In fact, the Bible talks
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  • about different levels,
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  • childhood, talks about youth,
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  • talks about fathers.
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  • And fathers, focal having kids,
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  • so they're influencing the lives
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  • of others.
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  • So, that should be the pattern
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  • and the paradigm for your own
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  • growth and transformation.
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  • You start off as a child that
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  • maybe you're not good at making
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  • decisions, spiritual decisions.
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  • He talks about the youth,
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  • the struggle,
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  • the struggle of Satan
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  • and the flesh and the world
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  • to pull us away from God,
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  • those teenage years.
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  • But then you break through
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  • that time and you
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  • become a--you become a parent.
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  • That is, your maturity
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  • is influencing someone else.
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  • So, if you're not growing,
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  • if I'm not growing,
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  • if we're not maturing
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  • because our decisions
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  • are being now more consistently
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  • reflective of our faith
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  • and of God's truth,
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  • then we're not only losing
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  • in this life,
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  • but we are losing reward
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  • in the life to come.
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  • On the other hand,
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  • if we are maturing
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  • and are growing
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  • and become fathers and mothers,
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  • parents that is helping other
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  • believers to mature, well,
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  • now we are seeing ourselves
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  • positioned for greater impact
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  • in history
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  • and greater reward in eternity.
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  • So, as you look at the church
  • 00:25:57.050 --> 00:26:00.020
  • you are a part of, the Bible
  • 00:26:00.020 --> 00:26:01.030
  • study you're a part of,
  • 00:26:01.030 --> 00:26:02.110
  • the family you're a part of,
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  • look for spiritual development
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  • as the goal.
  • 00:26:06.130 --> 00:26:08.060
  • Because when
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  • spiritual development
  • 00:26:08.250 --> 00:26:09.170
  • becomes your goal
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  • and you are progressing
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  • in Christ-like decision making,
  • 00:26:13.080 --> 00:26:15.150
  • then you can expect to see more
  • 00:26:15.150 --> 00:26:17.080
  • of God at work in time,
  • 00:26:17.080 --> 00:26:19.220
  • and hear more congratulations
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  • [music]
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  • - Tony: One of the great truths
  • 00:27:15.070 --> 00:27:16.110
  • about the Bible is the
  • 00:27:16.110 --> 00:27:17.110
  • magnificent grace of God.
  • 00:27:17.110 --> 00:27:19.250
  • Grace is the free gift
  • 00:27:19.250 --> 00:27:21.000
  • God gives to sinful people.
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  • If you are not a Christian,
  • 00:27:24.000 --> 00:27:25.230
  • he offers eternal life.
  • 00:27:25.230 --> 00:27:28.070
  • If you are a Christian,
  • 00:27:28.070 --> 00:27:29.190
  • And it's all by his grace
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  • that's accessed by faith.
  • 00:27:34.090 --> 00:27:36.250
  • So, when you trust Jesus Christ
  • 00:27:36.250 --> 00:27:38.140
  • for the forgiveness of your sin,
  • 00:27:38.140 --> 00:27:41.010
  • that gives you personal
  • 00:27:41.010 --> 00:27:42.150
  • salvation from the penalty
  • 00:27:42.150 --> 00:27:44.080
  • of sin.
  • 00:27:44.080 --> 00:27:45.110
  • But when you walk with Christ,
  • 00:27:45.110 --> 00:27:47.270
  • his grace supplies you
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  • with the enablement
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  • to override the power of sin
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  • by trusting what he did
  • 00:27:54.250 --> 00:27:57.100
  • to be activated for you
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  • in your life.
  • 00:27:59.200 --> 00:28:01.260
  • So, if you're not a Christian,
  • 00:28:01.260 --> 00:28:03.060
  • come to Christ for salvation.
  • 00:28:03.060 --> 00:28:04.260
  • If you are a Christian,
  • 00:28:04.260 --> 00:28:05.270
  • but you've backslidden,
  • 00:28:05.270 --> 00:28:07.000
  • you've fallen into sin,
  • 00:28:07.000 --> 00:28:08.170
  • well, all you've got to do
  • 00:28:08.170 --> 00:28:09.290
  • is come back to Christ
  • 00:28:09.290 --> 00:28:11.220
  • and ask for his grace
  • 00:28:11.220 --> 00:28:12.280
  • to cleanse you and get you back
  • 00:28:12.280 --> 00:28:15.110
  • on the right track of walking
  • 00:28:15.160 --> 00:28:18.160
  • with you to your next level
  • 00:28:18.160 --> 00:28:20.150
  • of spiritual victory.
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  • He saves by grace,
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  • and he also sustains by grace
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  • when you appropriate it
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