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Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship Part 2

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July 10, 2019
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Living Proof with Beth Moore

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Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship Part 2

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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 in church history,
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  • 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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  • Now what I began to see is that these segments
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  • in Colossians chapter 4
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  • have parallels to those circles and I hope to prove it to you.
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  • Now, number one is this, the gospel holds us
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  • personally responsible
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  • for being intentionally relational.
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  • Number two is this, the gospel priority
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  • is for insiders to reach outsiders.
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  • My pastor is huge on this.
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  • He reminds us over and over again.
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  • I love to say that it's holy harassment
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  • because he says over and over,
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  • "We gather to scatter, we gather to scatter,
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  • we gather scatter."
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  • He reminds us of that every single week.
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  • He made me change, now not him,
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  • but the way he was preaching,
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  • I even changed where I got my hair done
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  • because he kept saying to us,
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  • "How are you putting yourself out there
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  • where you begin to have relationships,
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  • and you begin to have interpersonal encounters
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  • with people who were not of the faith.
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  • And he challenged it.
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  • And you may say, "Listen, I'm from a part of the country,
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  • I'm trying to find people who believe where I am."
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  • We'll get to that in just a moment.
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  • But this is so common where I'm from that we would just go,
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  • "You know what, that's too hard
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  • "and I'm afraid that will get on me.
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  • And so, I don't want any part of that."
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  • And yet, the Great Commission is,
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  • "Go therefore into all the world."
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  • That means we have to get where we can interact
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  • with people, and function with people,
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  • and keep our heads together,
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  • and keep our hind ends out of the ditch.
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  • Do y'all call it hind ends where you're from?
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  • That would be what you're sitting on right now
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  • where I'm from.
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  • How to keep ourselves out of the ditch
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  • while we're still out there
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  • doing what God has called us to do in the world.
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  • We've got to figure this out.
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  • Think of it this way in this these relational circles,
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  • we come together to face in and to face up.
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  • We come together like on Sundays,
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  • I'll come together with my church.
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  • We're facing in that day and we're facing up altogether
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  • looking toward Jesus,
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  • the author and finisher of our faith.
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  • But the moment that is over, we turn outward and out we go.
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  • That's what we're called to, to get that in our head.
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  • And what it says in Colossians 4 and 5,
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  • it says, "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders."
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  • In other words, it takes wisdom.
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  • It takes wisdom.
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  • It takes what we do not yet know so often.
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  • We're thinking, "Beth, I don't know how to do it."
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  • Neither do I.
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  • We have to just keep going back to him over and over again.
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  • He promises us in James chapter 1,
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  • "If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God
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  • "who gives to all generously and without reprimand,
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  • "and it will be given to him.
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  • But let him have faith without doubting."
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  • We're gonna go to him. We're gonna ask him.
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  • It's a beautiful word.
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  • If you're new to the whole idea of the Greek language
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  • translating into an English New Testament,
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  • then you'll love knowing
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  • that the Greek word for wisdom is sofia, sofia.
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  • He would give us a wisdom that somehow something
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  • we would not have even learned from experience,
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  • he's just downloading it into our hearts.
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  • Other times, what he's taught us through something
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  • we've encountered,
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  • that we've gotta learn how to go out with wisdom.
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  • Notice that he says then, "Making the best use
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  • of the time," making the best use of the time.
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  • I thought that's a wonderful word for time there.
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  • There's the word in the Greek chronos,
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  • chronology.
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  • You would recognize that word that is a succession of minutes.
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  • But this is kairos K-A-I-R-O-S,
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  • kairos and it means season.
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  • Listen, 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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  • Somebody of you might be having the best season of your life,
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  • you won't be there long either because we just like walk
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  • from season to season, and strength to strength
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  • as the 84th Psalm says.
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  • "Grace upon grace and faith to faith," as Romans 1 says.
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  • We're just constantly walking through seasons.
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  • But he's saying make the best use of the time
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  • because he knows we're gonna get face to face
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  • with Jesus, and we're gonna go, "You know what?
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  • "You were so worthy of that.
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  • "I don't know how I missed it.
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  • "I don't know how I was so busy, so distracted with things
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  • "that weren't gonna last.
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  • "When you wanted to do things through me that were eternal,
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  • "that would stick forever,
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  • "you had relationships for me to make,
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  • "they were gonna matter to their great grandchildren
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  • "and their great grandchildren,
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  • that I'd be part of a lineage of faith."
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  • Just let your imagination go with what God can do
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  • with one obedient person,
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  • just one who decides to walk in wisdom
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  • and make the best use of your time.
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  • Some of you are in the house and the doctor
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  • is not giving you much time.
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  • What if you decided to make the most of it?
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  • God is the great physician.
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  • He can intervene any way he wants to,
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  • any way he wants to.
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  • But if he was to take you home before this time next year,
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  • wouldn't it be something to say,
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  • "I made the best use of the time"?
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  • Here's what's so good verse 6,
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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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  • Let your words always be gracious,
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  • seasoned with what?
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  • Say it again.
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  • Now, there are lots of different reasons for salt,
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  • preservatives, all sorts of things
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  • that have been used through the centuries,
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  • the use of salt,
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  • but if you'll go and do a little study,
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  • you'll find that most commentators will agree
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  • that what he's really after here is seasoning, is seasoning.
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  • Their words would be seasoned with salt,
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  • that they'd be just a little bit salty.
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  • I'm not talking about worldly, I'm saying that something
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  • about them would be seasoned in such a way,
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  • not poured out.
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  • We don't want the salt to overtake the food
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  • where all they can taste is the salt
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  • because, you see, salt wasn't meant
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  • to change the flavor.
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  • It was meant to bring the flavor out.
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  • It was meant to enhance the flavor
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  • so that the tongue would taste and know that the Lord is good.
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  • Is anybody going there with me?
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  • What if we began to pray?
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  • I love this.
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  • Because did you notice just earlier he said,
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  • "Would you pray also for us
  • 00:09:02.010 --> 00:09:03.290
  • "that God may open to us a door for the word,
  • 00:09:04.000 --> 00:09:05.160
  • "to declare the mystery of Christ,
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  • "on account of which I'm in prison.
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  • And then I will make it clear."
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  • Do you realize what an impact prayer would have if we began
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  • to say, "Open doors for me, open doors for me.
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  • "And Lord, help me to walk in wisdom toward those
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  • "who were outside the faith and give me gracious words
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  • "that are seasoned, not overtaken,
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  • seasoned with salt."
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  • And so, often what's happened in our current culture
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  • is we have a culture of verbal assaults,
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  • and we're a people called to words
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  • seasoned with salt.
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  • Every time you see an assault, every time I seen an assault,
  • 00:09:43.180 --> 00:09:46.250
  • think salt, think salt.
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  • "How can my conversation, Lord,
  • 00:09:49.280 --> 00:09:52.090
  • "season my words with salt not to deceive in any way.
  • 00:09:52.100 --> 00:09:57.250
  • "But Lord, in Jesus's name, in the holiest context possible,
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  • make me charming, for crying out loud."
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  • Anybody, anybody?
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  • I think it's so fair to say that so many of us in this room,
  • 00:10:10.190 --> 00:10:13.280
  • naturally speaking, would just say,
  • 00:10:13.290 --> 00:10:15.080
  • "This is not my strong suit.
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  • It's really not."
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  • But I want to say this to you tonight
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  • because I think that some of us
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  • can be so immersed in our Christianese,
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  • that we forget that no, it really, it really is true.
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  • It's not just speech.
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  • The Holy Spirit transforms us.
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  • We are not limited
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  • to our natural inclinations anymore.
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  • If you are in Christ,
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  • you have the Spirit of the Living God
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  • living inside of you,
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  • and you're not just limited to your former limitations,
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  • and all your natural inclinations.
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  • That's not how it works anymore.
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  • I am, I am convinced, after this many years
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  • of working in the body of Christ,
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  • that I love dearly, and am part of,
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  • and have been just as guilty of this as anybody else,
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  • I truly believe that at our core,
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  • most of us are truly convinced that how we are
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  • is mostly how we'll stay.
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  • If we were to take a gut-level, gut-honest survey in this room
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  • and I said, "How many of you believe that most of the time
  • 00:11:33.280 --> 00:11:39.030
  • people just really change a little?"
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  • Overwhelmingly our hands would go up and we'd say, "That's me."
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  • I mean, there's a little bit of tweaking transformation.
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  • No, I know very few people that have really,
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  • really been transformed.
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  • Well, it's not because he wasn't willing to do it.
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  • It's because we still limit ourselves
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  • to our natural inclination.
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  • We were all stamped with this beautiful uniqueness
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  • that God means to take advantage of.
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  • You see, you're this blend, and so am I,
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  • of all of these different things,
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  • this glorious conglomeration of our genetics,
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  • of your braided DNA, of your environment,
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  • of your upbringing,
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  • of the timing of our generations,
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  • of our experiences, and our exposures.
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  • You think, how could people,
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  • this many millions of people,
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  • billions of people,
  • 00:12:42.220 --> 00:12:44.050
  • on planet earth created in the image of God,
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  • how can it be that we are all completely unique?
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  • This is how, because nobody has your exact strand of DNA
  • 00:12:49.250 --> 00:12:55.030
  • coming together with your exact same environment,
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  • with your exact same experiences,
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  • your skill level, all these different things,
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  • all this colorful conglomeration you bring together,
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  • your education, both formal and informal,
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  • your personality, your talents, your beliefs.
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  • And then the Holy Spirit's inhabitation
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  • and his influence on our lives.
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  • We don't just become--this is what we're meant to be,
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  • colorful people,
  • 00:13:23.250 --> 00:13:26.250
  • gorgeous conglomerations of dust and spirit.
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  • But somehow we think we've all got to become this,
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  • that it's all just gonna blend in together
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  • until we lose it and we just become one glob
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  • of exactly the same color.
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  • Not only is that not the body of Christ,
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  • it's not even you.
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  • You're meant to come together and still be completely distinct
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  • in all this putting together of this marvelous person,
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  • overtaken by Spirit of Christ
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  • and set loose in a lost world.
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  • It is a beautiful thing and a beautiful trust.
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
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  • Anybody else got a little bit of joy on them today?
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  • 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.
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  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
  • 00:15:33.030 --> 00:15:37.110
  • And I think what God's gonna remind us of today
  • 00:15:37.120 --> 00:15:40.090
  • 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
  • 00:16:05.050 --> 00:16:09.180
  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:13.090
  • So, let me ask you this, how many of you in the room say,
  • 00:16:15.150 --> 00:16:17.120
  • "By my natural inclination, I am an introvert"?
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  • May I see your hand please?
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  • See, isn't that gorgeous?
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  • Just beautiful.
  • 00:16:24.240 --> 00:16:26.030
  • I love this 'cause I bet the other--I've seen
  • 00:16:26.040 --> 00:16:27.220
  • one in some couples hold up one hand
  • 00:16:27.230 --> 00:16:29.270
  • and the other one's gonna hold up the other one.
  • 00:16:29.280 --> 00:16:32.050
  • All right, that's the introverts in the room.
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:34.160
  • Extroverts, would you hold up your hand?
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  • Yeah, see, I knew it.
  • 00:16:37.080 --> 00:16:39.260
  • I knew it.
  • 00:16:39.270 --> 00:16:41.060
  • I wrote down in my notes you really want to stand, don't you?
  • 00:16:41.070 --> 00:16:45.150
  • And I told myself,
  • 00:16:45.160 --> 00:16:46.250
  • I said, they're gonna holler out.
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:48.260
  • The introverts are gonna go like this...
  • 00:16:48.270 --> 00:16:51.030
  • and you're gonna hate that I asked.
  • 00:16:55.270 --> 00:16:57.060
  • And the extroverts all like, "Right here, right here,
  • 00:16:57.070 --> 00:17:01.030
  • right here I am."
  • 00:17:01.040 --> 00:17:03.060
  • And so, here's what we think, we really do not think
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:06.210
  • that Jesus is greater than our genetics.
  • 00:17:06.220 --> 00:17:10.070
  • We think, listen, there's nothing more
  • 00:17:10.080 --> 00:17:12.280
  • set in stone than our personalities.
  • 00:17:12.290 --> 00:17:16.030
  • We think in our minds, once an introvert,
  • 00:17:16.040 --> 00:17:19.110
  • always an introvert.
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:20.210
  • Once an extrovert, always an extrovert.
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  • Do not misunderstand me, not in my wildest dreams
  • 00:17:22.200 --> 00:17:26.020
  • would I suggest to you
  • 00:17:26.030 --> 00:17:27.170
  • God wants us all to be extroverts.
  • 00:17:27.180 --> 00:17:30.030
  • Imagine, imagine, imagine
  • 00:17:30.040 --> 00:17:34.200
  • the pure noise factor in the world, imagine it.
  • 00:17:34.210 --> 00:17:39.110
  • "My introversion doesn't opt me out of interaction."
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:44.140
  • Now, don't think for a second,
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:46.120
  • I got good news for you introverts.
  • 00:17:46.130 --> 00:17:49.060
  • Don't assume that extroverts are experts at relationships
  • 00:17:49.070 --> 00:17:53.180
  • just because they're out there
  • 00:17:53.190 --> 00:17:55.010
  • trying to be the life of the party
  • 00:17:55.020 --> 00:17:58.220
  • because extroverts can be perfectly happy,
  • 00:17:58.230 --> 00:18:03.290
  • just simply putting on a show and knowing no one.
  • 00:18:04.000 --> 00:18:09.120
  • Am I telling the truth?
  • 00:18:09.130 --> 00:18:11.070
  • Am I telling the truth?
  • 00:18:11.080 --> 00:18:12.240
  • We can be perfectly happy to party with everyone
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:16.170
  • and really know no one.
  • 00:18:16.180 --> 00:18:18.150
  • "My extraversion can masquerade as interaction."
  • 00:18:18.160 --> 00:18:23.000
  • See, we both got challenges.
  • 00:18:23.010 --> 00:18:25.230
  • We could just be performing for them thinking
  • 00:18:25.240 --> 00:18:29.090
  • that when we leave, "Weren't they glad I came?"
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:34.240
  • When they're thinking they never gave a single one
  • 00:18:34.250 --> 00:18:38.060
  • of us any opportunity to even talk.
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:42.220
  • Some of you are thinking, "The reason I am an introvert is
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:47.000
  • because I live with an extrovert!"
  • 00:18:47.010 --> 00:18:52.090
  • All right, we've looked a little bit at the world
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:54.070
  • but we've got to be intentionally relational
  • 00:18:54.080 --> 00:18:58.050
  • with people that are out there in the world,
  • 00:18:58.060 --> 00:19:01.050
  • that we will not just somehow close ourselves in.
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:06.040
  • That is not the will of God, and it's not an imitation of Christ.
  • 00:19:06.050 --> 00:19:11.140
  • So, with that in mind,
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  • I want you to stare at Colossians
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  • and I want you to see something with me.
  • 00:19:14.080 --> 00:19:16.000
  • I want you to see that now as we look at the insiders,
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:20.160
  • we're gonna talk about our fellow insiders,
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:23.020
  • and we're going to use that particular word, "fellow."
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:27.090
  • Notice something in Colossians, first of all, in Colossians 1:7,
  • 00:19:27.100 --> 00:19:31.250
  • "Just as learned it from Epaphras,
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  • our beloved fellow servant."
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  • Everybody say, "fellow servant."
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:38.050
  • Now, look next at 4:7, "Tychicus will tell you
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:41.210
  • all about my activities.
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  • He's a beloved brother and faithful minister,"
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  • and what is he?
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  • He is a fellow servant.
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:49.010
  • Now, would you live with me at verse 10.
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  • Verse 10 says, "Aristarchus my fellow," what?
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  • All right, say those two words.
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  • Fellow prisoner.
  • 00:19:58.030 --> 00:19:59.120
  • And then would you look lastly at the very next verse in 11?
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  • "And Jesus who is called Justus.
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  • "These are the only men of the circumcision
  • 00:20:04.250 --> 00:20:06.260
  • "among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God,
  • 00:20:06.270 --> 00:20:10.110
  • and they have been a comfort to me."
  • 00:20:10.120 --> 00:20:12.130
  • Here's what I'm gonna throw out to you
  • 00:20:12.140 --> 00:20:13.280
  • and this is the first time I've ever done this.
  • 00:20:13.290 --> 00:20:15.210
  • And I am so intrigued by it.
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:18.030
  • And I'm just praying, as raw and new as it is to me,
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:22.170
  • that I can get it across to you.
  • 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:24.080
  • I have long since been a fan of this fellow language.
  • 00:20:24.090 --> 00:20:29.140
  • I mean, it's just a beautiful thing.
  • 00:20:29.150 --> 00:20:31.190
  • And if you look up, by the way, I understand that this
  • 00:20:31.200 --> 00:20:35.030
  • is the home of Merriam-Webster's dictionary,
  • 00:20:35.040 --> 00:20:38.070
  • and this is just a very beautiful thing to me
  • 00:20:38.080 --> 00:20:40.080
  • because there is no end to the words I look up.
  • 00:20:40.090 --> 00:20:42.220
  • I love, love, love word studies.
  • 00:20:42.230 --> 00:20:45.230
  • And if you and I were to look up the word "fellow,"
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:48.280
  • we would see that not until the fourth definition
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:52.090
  • does it even bring up guys.
  • 00:20:52.100 --> 00:20:57.180
  • It is all about people who are compadres,
  • 00:20:57.190 --> 00:21:01.200
  • people who are associates,
  • 00:21:01.210 --> 00:21:04.070
  • people that are with us in our work,
  • 00:21:04.080 --> 00:21:07.220
  • and people who are friends to us and companions to us.
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:12.150
  • And I thought wouldn't it be a beautiful thing
  • 00:21:12.160 --> 00:21:14.010
  • if you and I developed,
  • 00:21:14.020 --> 00:21:15.110
  • especially all of us women, new terminology?
  • 00:21:15.120 --> 00:21:17.230
  • These are my fellows because there are fellows
  • 00:21:17.240 --> 00:21:22.010
  • and there's fellow talk all over the New Testament.
  • 00:21:22.020 --> 00:21:25.230
  • If you went into the New Testament
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  • and looked up every single time fellow is used as an adjective,
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  • fellow something or other,
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  • you would find this number of fellows.
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  • Look at Ephesians 3:6.
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  • I'm gonna read it in the NET because it uses the wording.
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  • "Through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs,"
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  • there's one word for it,
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  • "fellow members of the body," there's another word for that,
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  • "and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus."
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  • All of this fellow talk that Paul is doing,
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  • if there were a word in the Scriptures
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  • for fellow earthlings, that would be a beautiful thing.
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  • We could put that on the outside where that broken line is.
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  • But all of his fellow talk now is going to be in the terms
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  • of insiders.
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  • So, would you go there?
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  • Because there are four of those fellow words
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  • that go for everyone
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  • in the faith automatically, automatically.
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  • Three of them were in that Ephesians 3:6
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  • and the other one is fellow citizen,
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  • fellow heirs, partakers, and members of the body.
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  • Fellow heirs, we are that the moment
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  • we come into the faith.
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  • We are fellow citizens with the rest of the saints
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  • the moment we come into the faith.
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  • We are partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus,
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  • fellow members of the body, that all comes with it.
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  • Now, I want you to go to those 72
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  • because now what this represents to us
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  • is people who are pressing on in from simply
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  • being in the faith
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  • to now these are people who want to work
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  • for the great gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, I'm not talking about, listen, would we ever miss it
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  • if we thought that this had to take place in the church?
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  • Why on earth would God take the most light
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  • and stick it in the house where the most light already is?
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  • He takes us like a strand of Christmas lights,
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  • and means to wrap us all over the world
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  • in every possible ethical kind of work,
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  • and profession, and school, and atmosphere.
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  • He means to wrap us all over the earth
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  • and plug us all in to the socket of the Holy Spirit.
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  • We're meant to be that.
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  • But every single one of us,
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  • when we take it on that everything I do,
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  • everything I do,
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  • I want to be for the sake of the kingdom,
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  • God would be able to use me in that workplace,
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  • not to just evangelize instead of doing my job.
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  • No, we do our job more excellently
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  • than anyone there
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  • because we gotta be salt and light in that place.
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  • We're responsible for carrying the reputation of the gospel.
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  • So, bring it in next and what you've got around that 72,
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  • now you've got your fellow workers
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  • and your fellow servants.
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  • Now, bring it on down to the 12,
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  • and you're gonna have your fellow disciples
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  • and your soldiers.
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  • By this time, these are people
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  • who fight the good fight together.
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  • Anybody know what I'm talking about?
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  • I mean, fighting the good fight.
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  • How about those three?
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  • Okay, this is what I'm just gonna have to go
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  • with you conceptually
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  • because I can't just support this fully
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  • and connect it to you in the Word
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  • so I'm just throwing this out.
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  • This is not really for Magic Marker.
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  • This is very light pencil, very light pencil.
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  • But I would press on and say maybe by the time
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  • it's coming down to three,
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  • just several, maybe those, in some strange way,
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  • think with me beyond what it would mean
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  • in its most literal term,
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  • maybe those are fellow prisoners,
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  • the ones with whom you have suffered
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  • for the sake of Christ.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • The ones with whom, I mean like, you've sacrificed at times
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  • when God has called you to,
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  • to the point that only a few people around you
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  • could really understand and press in with you.
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  • Is that fair?
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  • Just conceptually speaking, could we make that stick?
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  • Let me tell you something,
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  • Jesus has really been hammering me
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  • in the last year
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  • about learning the difference in my personal life.
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  • It's not about somebody else, it's me and my personal life.
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  • The difference between being acceptably Christian
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  • and pursuing actual Christ-likeness,
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  • Christ-likeness, not just to what the world
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  • would say, "Well, that's what Christians would do."
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  • That's not what we're talking about.
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  • The whole objective with us, once we are born again
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  • into the faith, is that we are conformed,
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  • be conformed into the image of Christ,
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  • that everything else goes to the wayside
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  • when it comes to that one objective,
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  • I want to grow in Christ-likeness.
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  • We're becoming intentional.
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  • I mean, we're just gonna walk around with our saltshaker
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  • and just--no matter how much we wish we could say this,
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  • we're gonna say this instead.
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  • Know what I'm saying?
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  • That we want to say, but we're gonna say, "Yes, yes."
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  • And when we want to assault somebody, we're just gonna--
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