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Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship Part 1

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July 3, 2019
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Living Proof with Beth Moore

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Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship Part 1

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  • God's Spirit is capable of more than tweaking us.
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  • And honestly, we just like somehow develop the mindset
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  • that we are to be tweaked instead of transformed.
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  • What if you opened yourself to the Holy Spirit, not to man,
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  • not to human flesh and blood, to the Holy Spirit and said,
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  • "Make as many changes as you want.
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  • "I will be open to what you want to do,
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  • as long as it is in your Word."
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  • Anybody game for that?
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  • In your Word.
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  • All right, would you sit down and would you turn with me
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  • to Colossians chapter 4, Colossians chapter 4,
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  • written to the brothers and sisters in Colossi,
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  • where he had never been, but had many relationships
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  • and it is believed probably because of the proximity
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  • to Ephesus where he spent so much time
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  • and it being such a city of trade,
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  • that many would have gone back and forth
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  • and there the church began to grow
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  • and made its way into Colossi.
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  • Colossians 4 2 through 18 says this, "Continue steadfastly
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  • "in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
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  • "At the same time, pray also for us,
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  • "that God may open to us a door for the word,
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  • "to declare the mystery of Christ,
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  • "on account of which I am in prison--that
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  • "I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
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  • "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders,
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  • "making the best use of the time.
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  • "Let your speech always be gracious,
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  • "seasoned with salt, so that you may know
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  • "how you ought to answer each person.
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  • "Tychicus will tell you all about my activities.
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  • "He is a beloved brother and faithful minister
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  • "and fellow servant in the Lord.
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  • "I have sent him to you for this very purpose,
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  • "that you may know how we are and that he may encourage
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  • "your hearts, and with him Onesimus,
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  • "our faithful and beloved brother,
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  • "who is one of you.
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  • "They will tell you of everything
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  • "that has taken place here.
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  • "Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you,
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  • "and Mark the cousin of Barnabas
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  • "(concerning whom you have received instructions--if
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  • "he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus.
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  • "These are the only men of the circumcision
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  • "among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God,
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  • "and they have been a comfort to me.
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  • "Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus,
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  • "greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers,
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  • "that you may stand mature and fully assured
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  • "in all the will of God.
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  • "For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you
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  • "and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.
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  • "Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.
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  • "Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea,
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  • "and to Nympha and the church in her house.
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  • "And when this letter has been read among you,
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  • "have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans;
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  • "and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
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  • "And say to Archippus, 'See that you fulfill the ministry
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  • "that you have received in the Lord.'
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  • "I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.
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  • "Remember my chains.
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  • Grace be with you."
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  • We're gonna find out and we're gonna join them
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  • that everybody's got a name,
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  • that everybody in Christ has their own story,
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  • they have their own gifting that they bring to to mix,
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  • their own place in the body of Christ.
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  • We'll get to know them a little bit
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  • as they appear in this fourth chapter of Colossians
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  • and we'll get to see that among them
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  • are slaves and free in the culture
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  • that they were living in, rich and poor,
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  • from Jewish background and Gentile background,
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  • man and woman, all involved and drawn in
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  • to this one closing of this one letter.
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  • I'm gonna say something to you as we really draw out
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  • the idea of relational patterning based
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  • on the New Testament Church.
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  • I do not know of a greater need in the collective body of Christ
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  • right now in this era, than encouragement
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  • and exhortation towards some healthy
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  • and biblical ways of relating, and talking, and dialoguing,
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  • and even differing with one another.
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  • Does anybody know what I'm talking about
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  • in the house?
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  • I can't think of anything we could talk about
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  • that would be more necessary at this time
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  • in church history, than could we have a fresh lesson
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  • on how to talk to one another, how to relate to one another,
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  • how to find our place in one body of believers,
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  • as all sorts of different people
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  • from every conceivable background?
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  • Is anybody game for that in the house?
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  • Because what we see happening, we have a world
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  • that our parents did not have.
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  • Our grandparents could not have conceived of it.
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  • But this is the world, this is the culture,
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  • this is the society that you and I were foreordained
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  • to be part of.
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  • We are servants of God in this world at this time.
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  • It's not an accident.
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  • It was given to us as a trust and you and I
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  • are not responsible for learning
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  • how to deal with our parents' world.
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  • That world is over.
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  • This is the world we're dealing with,
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  • and we need to understand it
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  • in the language of the world from a biblical perspective.
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  • And what social media has done, and there's so many things
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  • I love about social media.
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  • I'm not very likely to get off of it tomorrow.
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  • I love it, I enjoy it,
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  • I also hate it and don't enjoy it,
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  • anybody with me?
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  • But I'm gonna tell you, it has dramatically changed the way
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  • we relate and the way we have relationships.
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  • And a number of things have happened.
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  • A lot of positive things have happened
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  • and maybe we'll get into some of those as we go.
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  • But significant changes that significantly affect us
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  • as the people of God on planet earth,
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  • and I just threw a few down.
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  • We've never been more in touch.
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  • And generally speaking, we have never been lonelier.
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  • Both of those things are true at exactly the same time.
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  • For many of us, we've never felt like we fit in less
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  • and without a shadow of a doubt,
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  • we are getting increasingly rude.
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  • Could I have an amen from the house?
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  • Now see, you might not know that
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  • if you're not getting out there on social media.
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  • But if you're taking a look at it,
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  • then you're pretty convinced of that point as well,
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  • and all of this is happening on a stage
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  • with the world watching us.
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  • Now, since we're not likely to see an end
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  • to social media tomorrow,
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  • we gotta learn how to adapt to this today
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  • so that we can find a new way.
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  • And we're not gonna be overwhelmed
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  • that may be millions of people
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  • are not gonna find a new way with us.
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  • What if it just began right here,
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  • not only out there in the public stratosphere,
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  • but also inside our homes?
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  • Are we so set in a relational pattern the way we do things,
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  • the way we do conflict, the way we do peace,
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  • that maybe a false peace, saying as the Book of Jeremiah
  • 00:09:15.030 --> 00:09:19.080
  • says, "Peace, peace when there is no peace,"
  • 00:09:19.090 --> 00:09:22.040
  • just not peacemakers,
  • 00:09:22.050 --> 00:09:24.070
  • but peacekeepers just keep the peace.
  • 00:09:24.080 --> 00:09:27.080
  • Just, just keep, keep hiding.
  • 00:09:27.090 --> 00:09:30.170
  • Just, just keep covering, and it's exhausting.
  • 00:09:30.180 --> 00:09:34.090
  • What if we found a new biblical way of relating to one another,
  • 00:09:34.100 --> 00:09:40.020
  • of being brothers and sisters in Christ?
  • 00:09:40.030 --> 00:09:43.270
  • Because we gotta figure this out now.
  • 00:09:43.280 --> 00:09:47.120
  • We don't just want to survive the present world
  • 00:09:47.130 --> 00:09:50.130
  • we find ourselves in.
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  • We want to actually thrive in it.
  • 00:09:51.240 --> 00:09:54.040
  • And what I want to tell you, what I believe the Scriptures
  • 00:09:54.050 --> 00:09:56.030
  • will tell us is that there is no world
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  • he will ever set his people in that they cannot thrive.
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  • Oh, yes, we can.
  • 00:10:01.280 --> 00:10:03.280
  • We're gonna have to step it up, we're gonna have to learn
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  • to strong, strongly stand on our feet in Christ.
  • 00:10:05.250 --> 00:10:09.230
  • But yes, we can thrive.
  • 00:10:09.240 --> 00:10:12.180
  • And I gotta tell you in the midst of a lot
  • 00:10:12.190 --> 00:10:14.160
  • of bad news out there, I'm not in a bad mood about it.
  • 00:10:14.170 --> 00:10:17.260
  • I'm not even in a bad mood about how rude we've gotten out there
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  • in front of the world to one another.
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  • Because here's what I think, and I may have missed i entirely.
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  • Maybe this is my optimism.
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  • I really do believe we've been caught off guard
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  • and that we just got caught in it
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  • before we knew what we were doing.
  • 00:10:33.130 --> 00:10:35.000
  • It's so new, it's such a new world for us,
  • 00:10:35.010 --> 00:10:37.130
  • and it changed so fast.
  • 00:10:37.140 --> 00:10:40.130
  • And that maybe we can adapt,
  • 00:10:40.140 --> 00:10:44.190
  • maybe we can find a way
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  • to be a called people, a holy people
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  • in a very unholy world.
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  • Now, I wanna tell you in advance,
  • 00:10:56.240 --> 00:10:58.120
  • the title is a play on words
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  • because what we're really driving out this weekend
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  • is fellowship, healthy fellowship,
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  • and healthy relationships within the body of Christ
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  • that then branches out into the rest of the world.
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  • That's what we're talking about.
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  • The title of our event this weekend
  • 00:11:16.080 --> 00:11:18.060
  • is "Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship."
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  • We're gonna see what these parts look like relationally,
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  • hardly having to turn away from this one chapter to do it.
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  • I want you to see with me, if you'll look back in verse 5,
  • 00:11:33.180 --> 00:11:37.030
  • it says, "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders."
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  • We're uncomfortable with that because in today's language
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  • and in the way we do relationship now,
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:46.250
  • that makes us uncomfortable.
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  • We don't want people to feel like outsiders,
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  • and that's appropriate in every way.
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  • But you know what we're gonna do this weekend?
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  • We're going to let the Scriptures
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  • make us uncomfortable.
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  • Is anybody with me on that?
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  • Let's let it make us uncomfortable and let's go ahead
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  • and we're gonna adopt that terminology
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  • because it's exactly what he is using here.
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  • It's the transliteration E-X-O, it's simply exo.
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  • You can see what it means out, without as opposed to within.
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  • It literally translates as the ones outside.
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  • So, you just have to think of it like this,
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  • the ones outside the faith that have not yet received Christ,
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  • and the ones who are in the faith.
  • 00:12:30.200 --> 00:12:33.200
  • So, he's terming the ones that are out,
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  • what we would call in our present terminology,
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  • out in the world.
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  • And then he's talking about that as opposed to us
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  • who would be considered,
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  • in Scripture if we trusted Christ, as insiders.
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  • I want to say this to you because this is one
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  • of the most important points we'll make.
  • 00:12:51.190 --> 00:12:54.010
  • It's not one on the board.
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  • I just want you to let it sit down really,
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  • really deep in your heart.
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  • Listen to this carefully, undeniably,
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  • inarguably go through the gospels and see,
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  • go from the very first verse
  • 00:13:06.080 --> 00:13:07.230
  • in Matthew all the way to the last verse in Revelation,
  • 00:13:07.240 --> 00:13:10.070
  • and you will see that Christ undeniably wills
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  • that each one of us be intentionally relational.
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  • It is critical to what God has called us to do.
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  • I'm gonna push that far enough to say that for us to avoid that
  • 00:13:23.080 --> 00:13:27.230
  • is for us to go into disobedience
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  • to the Spirit because it is imperative
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  • as people of the gospel and people of the light,
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:38.140
  • that we be intentionally relational out there
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  • because I'm gonna tell you something, we are never,
  • 00:13:41.090 --> 00:13:43.280
  • we are told in the Scriptures at the end of the gospel
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  • of Matthew,
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  • Jesus said to his disciples, "Now, you go out into the world
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  • and you make disciples."
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  • But we're never going to be able to disciple anyone
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  • we will not first engage.
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
  • 00:15:00.250 --> 00:15:03.090
  • Anybody else got a little bit of joy on them today?
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:08.090
  • We're gonna lift it up and let the name of Jesus go forth
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  • in this place in such power and in such presence.
  • 00:15:13.020 --> 00:15:17.080
  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
  • 00:15:17.090 --> 00:15:21.170
  • And I think what God's gonna remind us of today
  • 00:15:21.180 --> 00:15:24.150
  • is that we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's gonna tie up every thread
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  • where you are concerned,
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  • that he who started the plan knows how to end it?
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  • We're gonna get some confidence in him today in his ability
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  • to always bring something to a good finish.
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  • Can somebody say, "hallelujah"?
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  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression
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  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
  • 00:15:56.030 --> 00:15:57.130
  • It to all of us to become intentionally relational
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  • to be used of God in the world that he's called us to.
  • 00:16:06.060 --> 00:16:11.090
  • I'm just gonna put it like this, it would not hurt us to pray
  • 00:16:11.100 --> 00:16:15.060
  • to be more likable people.
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  • And I say that, I say that as one of us.
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  • Is that fair to say in the house?
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  • It just really it would do us some good.
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  • One of the things I pray for, "Lord, just, just show favor
  • 00:16:25.130 --> 00:16:31.260
  • "where my relationships are concerned.
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  • Let me walk in that favor."
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  • Pray for it. Pray for it.
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  • The gospel holds us personally responsible
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  • for being intentionally relational,
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  • getting to know people,
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  • putting ourselves in a situation
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:54.010
  • where we can interact with people
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  • who do not know Jesus, taking the time
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:17:03.010
  • that a whole lot of people need to get to know them
  • 00:17:03.020 --> 00:17:07.030
  • and let them get to know us, and let the Holy Spirit work.
  • 00:17:07.040 --> 00:17:13.000
  • But I, like you, if you've had a journey for very long,
  • 00:17:13.010 --> 00:17:16.250
  • have had moments in the Scripture
  • 00:17:16.260 --> 00:17:19.280
  • when God has taught me something that
  • 00:17:19.290 --> 00:17:22.090
  • has just never gone away, that I think about over
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  • and over and over and over again.
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  • And this is gonna be one of them.
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  • I attempted to look at Christ's very intentional relationships
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  • with people, what groups they were,
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  • what they were like, what they consisted of,
  • 00:17:40.110 --> 00:17:43.100
  • what numbers were given to them,
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  • and did that have any bearing on any representation for us?
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  • All right, you've got your outsiders,
  • 00:17:51.000 --> 00:17:53.120
  • and that's the outside,
  • 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:54.250
  • the furthest in these circles of relationship.
  • 00:17:54.260 --> 00:17:57.280
  • You've got the outsiders, that's the world.
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  • It's unnumbered.
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  • We're gonna number the rest of them
  • 00:18:03.280 --> 00:18:05.070
  • as they are in the Scriptures
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  • just to make a little bit of a point.
  • 00:18:06.180 --> 00:18:08.290
  • Then the next one you've got is the 3.000.
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  • We're gonna see where that comes from an Acts
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  • so that's gonna represent the church at large to us,
  • 00:18:14.130 --> 00:18:18.030
  • the full body of Christ on the globe at this time.
  • 00:18:18.040 --> 00:18:22.090
  • It's gonna come in a little bit.
  • 00:18:22.100 --> 00:18:24.040
  • We're gonna see that another number that is used
  • 00:18:24.050 --> 00:18:25.230
  • in the Scriptures is the 72.
  • 00:18:25.240 --> 00:18:28.100
  • We're also going to see then the 12, the three,
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:33.060
  • and then we're going to see the one.
  • 00:18:33.070 --> 00:18:36.200
  • Notice with me Acts chapter 2, I'm gonna start reading
  • 00:18:36.210 --> 00:18:39.020
  • at verse 37
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  • so this is when the Holy Spirit has fallen upon them
  • 00:18:40.160 --> 00:18:43.200
  • at Pentecost and Peter, who'd been former denier,
  • 00:18:43.210 --> 00:18:48.140
  • who'd been impetuous,
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:50.140
  • and wonderful, and loved Jesus with everything in him,
  • 00:18:50.150 --> 00:18:54.150
  • but he was known to blow it several times,
  • 00:18:54.160 --> 00:18:57.100
  • and then to really just like blow it
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  • to kingdom come.
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:02.010
  • And then suddenly, the Holy Spirit falls on him
  • 00:19:02.020 --> 00:19:04.200
  • and he gives the most cohesive message
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:09.060
  • of the gospel imaginable, and many are saved.
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:13.160
  • And what I want you to understand is
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  • the way we come into the faith
  • 00:19:15.130 --> 00:19:17.020
  • is the same way that they came into the faith.
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  • He gives the gospel message of what Christ came to do
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  • as the fulfillment of Scripture.
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  • That's part of the gospel. He fulfilled the Scriptures.
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  • Peter was making the point, this isn't new news for you.
  • 00:19:28.250 --> 00:19:32.200
  • This has been prophesied and foretold.
  • 00:19:32.210 --> 00:19:37.060
  • And Jesus has fulfilled it, just like we were told
  • 00:19:37.070 --> 00:19:40.140
  • the Messiah would.
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  • You just did not expect him to come like this,
  • 00:19:42.040 --> 00:19:44.160
  • and you have crucified the Son of God.
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  • And so, it picks up then.
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  • Look with me at verse 36 because it says the perfect rendition
  • 00:19:51.080 --> 00:19:56.200
  • of the words I just paraphrased.
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  • "Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain
  • 00:19:58.100 --> 00:20:00.160
  • "that God has made him both Lord and Christ,
  • 00:20:00.170 --> 00:20:03.090
  • this Jesus whom you crucified."
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  • Verse 37, "Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart,
  • 00:20:06.150 --> 00:20:09.130
  • "and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles,
  • 00:20:09.140 --> 00:20:11.150
  • "'Brothers, what shall we do?'
  • 00:20:11.160 --> 00:20:13.270
  • "And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized
  • 00:20:13.280 --> 00:20:16.150
  • "every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
  • 00:20:16.160 --> 00:20:19.090
  • "of your sins, and you will receive the gift
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:21.100
  • "of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:21.110 --> 00:20:22.260
  • "For the promise is for you and for your children
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:24.260
  • "and for all who are far off,
  • 00:20:24.270 --> 00:20:26.160
  • "everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.'
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:30.070
  • "And with many other words he bore witness
  • 00:20:30.080 --> 00:20:32.200
  • "and continued to exhort them, saying,
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:34.190
  • "'Save yourselves from this crooked generation.'
  • 00:20:34.200 --> 00:20:36.200
  • "So those who received his word were baptized,
  • 00:20:36.210 --> 00:20:39.070
  • and there were added that day about three thousand souls."
  • 00:20:39.080 --> 00:20:44.060
  • That is the birth of the New Testament church
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:48.020
  • in the very 1st century A.D.
  • 00:20:48.030 --> 00:20:52.030
  • That is the picture of salvation,
  • 00:20:52.040 --> 00:20:55.240
  • that which that circle represents for us
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:59.160
  • in that original 3.000 plus now has become millions
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:03.270
  • of us on this globe, and innumerable to us,
  • 00:21:03.280 --> 00:21:08.080
  • people who have gone on into the presence of the Lord
  • 00:21:08.090 --> 00:21:12.040
  • that we will join at some point before his throne.
  • 00:21:12.050 --> 00:21:15.230
  • Now, with that in mind, let's pull it in
  • 00:21:15.240 --> 00:21:18.190
  • just a little bit further.
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:20.020
  • Would you go with me now, what's the next number?
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  • Seventy-two, would you go with me to Luke chapter 10,
  • 00:21:23.030 --> 00:21:25.070
  • just verses 1 and 2.
  • 00:21:25.080 --> 00:21:27.010
  • "After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:29.200
  • "and sent them on ahead of him,
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:31.010
  • "two by two, into every town and place
  • 00:21:31.020 --> 00:21:33.170
  • "where he himself was about to go.
  • 00:21:33.180 --> 00:21:35.110
  • "And he said to them, 'The harvest is plentiful,
  • 00:21:35.120 --> 00:21:37.290
  • "'but the laborers are few.
  • 00:21:38.000 --> 00:21:40.060
  • "'Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest
  • 00:21:40.070 --> 00:21:42.070
  • to send out laborers into his harvest.'"
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:45.170
  • Now, what he's talking about is workers, workers.
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  • He's talking about bringing people into the harvest field
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  • to serve out there through the kingdom of Christ,
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  • to draw to the kingdom of Christ.
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  • So, I want you to see with me, to me what that represents
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  • if the 3.000 represents the church at large,
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  • all of us around the globe
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  • who've trusted Christ as Savior,
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  • then let the 72 represent for us what we would think of.
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  • That was that, that local group of disciples he then sent out.
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  • Let us think of that in terms of what may be our local church.
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  • So, think in terms of, it's not gonna be the exact number,
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  • of course, but you really don't know how many.
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  • If we were to average out the average church across the globe,
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  • we would not have these big mega churches.
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  • The next one is 12.
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  • I believe, and I'm just throwing out to you
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  • what this has become for me,
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  • what every one of these circles represent to me
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  • is my call to relationship.
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  • And I ask myself over and over again,
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  • do I have healthy relationships in every one
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  • of these respects?
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  • Do I put myself in a position where I can minister
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  • in the world, where I can serve
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  • somehow in the world, or have I cut myself off
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  • from everyone who is not in the faith
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  • and everyone that I would somehow
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  • at times feel awkward around?
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  • I can't do that because I'm called by the gospel
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  • to that very world and so were you.
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  • But do I have a local body of believers?
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  • Then, do I have a group of people with whom
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  • I'm growing up in the faith?
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  • It might seem the opposite to us that there are more people
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  • that really are disciple than really do serve,
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  • but I don't think that's true.
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  • I don't think that's true.
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  • I think a whole lot of people will just gladly do some kind
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  • of ministry and gladly serve and praise God,
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  • they would, but that a whole lot of people in the faith
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  • never really grow up in the Scriptures,
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  • discipled in the Scriptures, and it's still so critical
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  • to what we do.
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  • You and I cannot fulfill our callings
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  • without being in the Scriptures, it's part of how we're equipped.
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  • Even if God's called you to be a physician,
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  • he says the Word of God equips the saints
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  • for the work of ministry.
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  • So, whatever line of work we're in,
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  • secular or what we would consider
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  • some kind of ministry or vocational church work,
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  • doesn't make any difference, every believer to grow up
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  • in the faith is meant to be discipled in the Word.
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  • And there's this group of people,
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  • do you have some of these in your life
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  • that you're just like growing up with,
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  • doing the Scriptures with, that you're learning together,
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  • you're asking questions together.
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  • That's such a beautiful thing,
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  • people that were being discipled alongside.
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  • What was that next number?
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  • That next number is the three.
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  • Do you remember that there were three different occasions,
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  • if you have familiarity with the Scriptures,
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  • three different occasions
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  • when Jesus pulled out of the 12, three of them,
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  • Peter, James, and John, could not have been accidental.
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  • He did it when he raised a little girl from the dead.
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  • He did it through the Mount of Transfiguration
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  • that I talked about earlier.
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  • He did it then again in the Garden of Gethsemane.
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  • He took those three with him.
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  • The rest of the disciples were just out from them.
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  • He brings the three in, but then he leaves those three
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  • and the Scripture says in Matthew 26,
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  • starting with verse 36, that he himself went on
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  • further still, and it was just he and Jesus alone.
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  • Because for some of us, our tendency would be,
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  • "No, I want to do the 72.
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  • I want to interact with 12."
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  • And these are just, these numbers are just representative
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  • of just groups that might be somewhat around this size.
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  • I've really enjoyed the three.
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  • I love that it's three and not just two.
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  • But we want to do the one where it's just us and Jesus,
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  • where we go to that place where nobody else can go
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  • with us but right there,
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  • things are settled, right there,
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  • right there is where true surrender takes place.
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  • Right there is where we know him all by ourselves,
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  • right there in that place.
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  • And I stare at those circles and I think of them.
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  • They're written in my head now.
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  • I could save them from memory over and over again
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  • and continually year in and year out,
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  • I do a checklist in my mind.
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  • Do I have these intentional relationships?
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  • Because this is what it looks like
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  • to be intentionally Christ-like.
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  • This is how he interacted with the people.
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  • Are these alive and active in my life?
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  • 00:26:39.280 --> 00:26:45.170
  • You're not accidentally in the season
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  • that you find yourself in.
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  • We could sit in a circle of five or six around us right now
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  • and just talk about what season we're in,
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  • and there's every possibility
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  • all five of us would be in a different season.
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  • And he says make the most of it.
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  • Make the most of it.
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  • Somebody is gonna be glad to know you won't be there long.
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  • Somebody want to say amen?
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  • Some of you might be having the best season of your life,
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  • you won't be there long either
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  • because we just like walk from season to season.
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