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Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship Part 3

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July 17, 2019
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Living Proof with Beth Moore

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  • Every single one of us, when we take it on
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  • that everything I do, everything I do,
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  • I want to be for the sake of the kingdom,
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  • that 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 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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  • We are talking about staying afloat on the fellow ship.
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  • We're talking about a body of believers that can be cohesive,
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  • teamed up, for the sake of the gospel, and do what we have been
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  • called to do in our generation, at a time of great hostility
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  • to everything gospel.
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  • These were my mighty servants.
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  • Oh, that would be a gorgeous thing.
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  • Tell me the first two points.
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  • Number one is what?
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  • "The gospel holds us personally responsible
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  • for being intentionally relational."
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  • What I'm talking about is is that you and I are gonna leave
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  • this place being significantly improved in the way
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  • we do relationships.
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  • Anybody into that?
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  • That literally that it won't be something that is vague, that we
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  • will have let God perform such a wonder in us, so convince us
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  • and convict us of his Word, that literally the way we do
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  • relationship changes when we leave because we're
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  • becoming intentional.
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  • I mean, we're just gonna walk around with our salt shaker
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  • and just...
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  • no matter how much we wish we could say this,
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  • we're gonna say this instead, 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,
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  • we're just gonna...
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  • Somebody?
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  • Let's, everybody say, "I'm gonna salt them
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  • "instead of assault them.
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  • When I want to assault somebody, I'm gonna salt them instead."
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  • I have a feeling that we might get an opportunity
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  • before the day is over.
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  • I find that I get tested quickly, so that the Lord
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  • can say, "You know what?
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  • "Let's get this message down.
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  • Let's make sure it takes root."
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  • So, that's number one.
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  • Number two is what? The gospel priority.
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  • This, this is the good news but I think in a lot of respects,
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  • it becomes fresh news to us.
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  • Like, what?
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  • Oh, the reason for the insiders is the outsiders.
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  • Is anybody with me on this?
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  • In other words, okay, when we turn all in, and we're just
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  • facing inward, and we are somehow trying to avoid
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  • the world, then this bright light comes on the Scriptures
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  • and goes, "Wait a second, the reason you're still here
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  • is to reach them."
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  • We come in and get equipped to do it, so that we're strong
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  • enough to do it, so that we're strengthened in our faith,
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  • so that when we do minister, we don't stumble into sin, so that
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  • we do know in the discernment of the Spirit, that we'll know what
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  • that point is at which, okay, that's too much for me.
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  • Like, okay, for instance, a friend, a new friend,
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  • was telling me some months ago, a young woman who God is using
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  • in ministry, she has had quite a battle with addiction.
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  • And she said, "I'm trying to decide," she said,
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  • "really, my church is asking me if I would start working
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  • with other addicts, some one on one."
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  • And she said, "I just don't know if I'm ready to do that."
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  • And she said, "I just wonder what you think."
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  • One of the things I said back to her I said, "Okay, I'm already
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  • "flagging because you're not sure, so that that makes me
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  • think okay, hesitate, hesitate."
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  • And I said, "It also troubles me that it has not been
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  • "a really long time.
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  • It had been just under a year."
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  • I said, "There's so much ministry that Jesus is doing
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  • in you right now."
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  • I said, "That probably will come, but I wonder
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  • if it needs to be now."
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  • And I said, "And I ask you also this, the one-on-one thing,
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  • "I mean, if you have been had that same stronghold,
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  • "and they are in that stronghold, it has been what you
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  • have been weak to and vulnerable."
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  • Can I hear anybody being honest in the room?
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  • "Then one on one, are you kidding me?
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  • The chances that you're both gonna go down in that ditch."
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  • Galatians 6 starts out that way.
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  • It says, "When someone has fallen into sin, let the ones
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  • "who are spiritual, restore them, but make them careful too
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  • that they not get in that same ditch with them."
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  • Paraphrasing that.
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  • But the whole idea is that the most spiritual person out there,
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  • all of us are vulnerable and all of us have weaknesses.
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  • We need to know what those are, what they presently are.
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  • The worst mess I ever got myself in trying to minister
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  • to somebody, I knew I had a flag.
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  • I had a warning.
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  • I had a warning that I was not the one,
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  • that I needed to step back from it.
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  • But I was just shamed over it.
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  • Does anybody understand what I'm saying?
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  • I was told by someone, "But you can't just let them go."
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  • And the thing of it was I wasn't willing to let them go,
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  • I just didn't think I was the one.
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  • Does anybody relate to that?
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  • God was telling me, "Scoot back, you are too vulnerable right now
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  • for that, too vulnerable."
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  • I also think if we're going to do it, we're gonna minister
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  • because I do believe in ministering where
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  • we have been broken.
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  • I minister to women who have a background
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  • of childhood molestation and abuse on an ongoing basis.
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  • I'm able to do that freely, it does not pull me back in.
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  • I've been now in the faith for a lot of years.
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  • And, you know, it'll give me sorrow and a lot of tenderness.
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  • And I have tremendous compassion.
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  • And sometimes I might even get in the car,
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  • and I might cry all the way home.
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  • That's okay, that's not the same thing as being then oppressed
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  • by it again.
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  • But we gotta know when that sense is coming up in us, uh-uh.
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  • And we gotta be brave.
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  • And so, when we come together as a body, we're built up in that.
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  • I always think that a small group is so much better than
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  • just one on one.
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  • If you're ministering to somebody in a really volatile
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  • situation, may I be so bold to say, I believe that
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  • the Holy Spirit is prompting me to say this, especially
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  • in particularly if someone is in a sexual stronghold,
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  • and I would just suggest to you please, please, think of
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  • being in a small team of people helping that loved one along.
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  • There's just safety in that where it just does not go
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  • one on one because let me tell you something, there's a lot
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  • of seductive quality to sexual strongholds.
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  • I say that with all due respect.
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  • I was young woman who had them.
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  • And so, I don't say that with any kind of condemnation.
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  • I say that we're told in the Word that we're
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  • to walk in wisdom, let's do it.
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  • Let's do it. And so, this is the reason.
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  • I mean, we come together, we look in, we look up,
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  • and then we go out.
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  • And we minister bravely and with wisdom.
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  • I've got salt all over my notes, and I thank God for it.
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  • I thank God for it.
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  • So, all right, before I get to point 3, I'm just about
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  • to give it to you.
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  • I told you that I would read to you the little excerpt that
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  • I mentioned in our last session out of the book,
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  • "A Severe Mercy" by Sheldon Vanauken.
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  • I hope, again, that I'm saying that last name correctly.
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  • I want you to hear is before the day is over,
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  • I'll have read you a couple of excerpts.
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  • But listen to this one.
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  • Remember, he and his wife are lost.
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  • They're intellectuals, and they just don't have need.
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  • They're happy just like they are and have no interest
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  • in Christ whatsoever.
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  • And then they move to England, and God just so has it
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  • that they meet this little band of believers.
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  • "These were our first friends, close friends, more to the point
  • 00:10:11.130 --> 00:10:13.270
  • "perhaps, all five were keen, deeply committed Christians,
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  • "but we liked them so much that we forgave them for it.
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  • "We began hardly knowing what we were doing to revise our
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  • opinions, not of Christianity, but of Christians."
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  • And notice that this was the bridge over.
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  • They were still certain of Christianity.
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  • They didn't want anything to do with it, but maybe they
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  • were beginning to change their mind just a little bit
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  • about Christians.
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  • Interesting, isn't it?
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  • "Our fundamental assumption, which had been pleased to regard
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  • "as an intelligent insight, had been that all Christians were
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  • "necessarily stuffy, hidebound, or stupid, people to keep
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  • "one's distance from.
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  • "And we had kept our distance so successfully, indeed,
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  • "that we didn't know anything about Christians.
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  • Now, that assumption soundlessly collapsed."
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  • That is the power of insiders
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  • who are awake and have joy,
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  • and let Christ be seen through them in the eyes of outsiders.
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  • It's a beautiful thing.
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  • All right, back to Colossians.
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  • I want you to see these verses.
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  • I want you to remember some of the wording.
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  • In verse 2, "Continue steadfastly in prayer,
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  • "being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
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  • "At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us
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  • "a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ,
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  • "on account of which I am in prison--that I may make it
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  • "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 words always be gracious, seasoned with salt,
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  • "that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
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  • "Tychicus will tell you 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's a fellow servant in the Lord.
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  • "I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know
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  • "how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,
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  • "and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother,
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  • "who is one of you.
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  • They will tell you of everything that has taken place here."
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  • One more verse, "Aristarchus my fellow," what?
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  • "Prisoner greets you."
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  • The fellows, the fellows, and that brings us
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  • to point number three, "fellowship without fellows
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  • is nothing but a ghost ship."
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  • Look around you and say, "We gotta have our fellows."
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  • Now, if somebody's just tuning in with us,
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  • I do not mean the men.
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  • I'm thankful for the men, but what we're learning in the book
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  • of Colossians, and we'll see it also in Philippines in
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  • a little while, is that his fellow workers, his fellows,
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  • were also women, people he worked together side by side
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  • with in the gospel that God had given him to sow
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  • all throughout this region of the world.
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  • And so, understand with me that what we are is fellows
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  • to one another.
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  • If we're in the faith, we're one another's fellows.
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  • We're fellow citizens, fellow heirs, fellow partakers
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  • fellow members of the same body.
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  • And fellowship without fellows, it's just nothing
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  • but a ghost ship.
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  • We've already said, and I want to say again,
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  • there'll be seasons when we don't feel like we fit in,
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  • that we necessarily belong, but we gotta push past
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  • that because we gotta have our fellowship.
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  • Whether you feel like you fit or not, you've got to have
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  • your fellowship.
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  • I've got to have mine.
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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.
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  • And I think what God's gonna remind us of today
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  • 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.
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  • Now, of course, in our title and in our theme, I'm staying
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  • afloat on the fellow ship, it's a play on words, but I do want
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  • you to see where it holds a little scriptural ground.
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  • Turn with me to 1 Corinthians 4:1
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  • and let me show you something fun.
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  • "This is how one should regard us,"
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  • this is also the Apostle Paul,
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  • "as servants of Christ
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  • and stewards of the mysteries of God."
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  • I love that is says in verse 2, "Moreover,
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  • it is required of stewards that they be found faithful."
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  • Now, go back.
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  • See where it says, "servants of Christ," this is how
  • 00:16:10.090 --> 00:16:12.100
  • one should regard us as servants of Christ, servants of Christ.
  • 00:16:12.110 --> 00:16:16.120
  • I want to show you the Greek word for servants right there
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  • because it is an unusual word to be translated that way.
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  • It is used a number of times, but we more often see servant
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  • as bond slave as dulos.
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  • This is a different word and it's a really, really,
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:34.230
  • really remarkable word.
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  • I want you to look at the screen and take it in a little bit.
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  • You see the spelling of it in the Greek transliteration,
  • 00:16:40.210 --> 00:16:44.240
  • you would say it like this huperetes, huperetes, and it is
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  • from a word that means that H-U-P-O means under or beneath.
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  • And the other part of the word means a rower.
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  • It literally really meant an under rower on a ship.
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  • It would be the people that go in under, that board the ship,
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  • go in under it and they all sit in that row right in a line
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  • one back of the other back, back, back, back, back,
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  • and they're all rowing together.
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  • And so, this picture in classical Greek, it was
  • 00:17:19.280 --> 00:17:22.250
  • a nautical term, and it meant to be just like a regular kind
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  • of common sailor.
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  • And so, this word that is being used right here, it means
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:33.180
  • attendant in the Scriptures and in the New Testament.
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  • You see different places of those who wait on magistrates
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  • or public officials, an attendant in a synagogue,
  • 00:17:40.160 --> 00:17:43.050
  • generally a minister, attendant, associate in any work.
  • 00:17:43.060 --> 00:17:47.150
  • But in its classic sense in Greek, it meant under rower
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  • that we, together, are fellow sailors, common sailors in under
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  • that ship rowing with everything we've got sitting right behind
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  • one another's back, watching their back.
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  • Anybody get that with me?
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  • Those are our fellow rowers.
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  • Fellowship without fellows is nothing but a ghost ship.
  • 00:18:12.100 --> 00:18:17.020
  • Now, I want you to look back with me at Colossians
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  • and let's start going through this a little bit because we've
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  • been talking about outsiders.
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  • And so, since Paul gave them that name, we decided, okay,
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:28.260
  • then we'll call--if we're in the faith, inside the faith,
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:31.280
  • we're in Christ, okay, we'll go with that name insider.
  • 00:18:31.290 --> 00:18:35.290
  • But here's what I want to show you, Christ establishes this
  • 00:18:36.000 --> 00:18:40.290
  • gorgeous work between these insiders that the enemy
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  • would love to tear apart.
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  • So, we've looked at a little bit of our relationship with
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:49.290
  • outsiders, but now let's look at our relationship now
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  • for the next little while with one another
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  • because does anybody agree with me?
  • 00:18:56.130 --> 00:18:58.290
  • We could use a little help, that the enemy really truly has come
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  • to tear us apart, as he has every effective generation
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  • of believers since the New Testament Church
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  • was born.
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  • The devil is going to do his job.
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  • He's not getting tired of his job.
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  • And the fact is, the closer and closer he sees it getting
  • 00:19:15.000 --> 00:19:19.110
  • to the time of Christ's return, no one believes the Bible
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  • any more than the devil does.
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:26.030
  • He knows that God always fulfills prophecy, that every
  • 00:19:26.040 --> 00:19:30.250
  • single prophecy, and there are hundreds and hundreds of them,
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  • that God ever gave through his Word that have had time to come
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  • true, have come true to the detail 100%.
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  • God is batting a thousand with prophecy.
  • 00:19:42.270 --> 00:19:45.220
  • And so, all that's left, these numbers of things that will be
  • 00:19:45.230 --> 00:19:50.290
  • signs of the end of times.
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  • The more the enemy sees those things, the more outrageous
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:58.200
  • he gets, why?
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  • The Word says in Revelation 12:12,
  • 00:20:00.210 --> 00:20:03.230
  • "The devil is furious because he knows his time is short."
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:10.160
  • And so, he's coming with everything he's got
  • 00:20:10.170 --> 00:20:12.200
  • against the church.
  • 00:20:12.210 --> 00:20:14.060
  • And so, one of the plays that he makes with us is that there's
  • 00:20:14.070 --> 00:20:17.240
  • so much division between the insiders.
  • 00:20:17.250 --> 00:20:21.100
  • And so what he does, because he knows the powerful force we
  • 00:20:21.110 --> 00:20:25.040
  • would be in unity, he also knows that Jesus wants to unify
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:28.290
  • his church, and that that's what he delights in.
  • 00:20:29.000 --> 00:20:32.160
  • So, the enemy is doing everything he can.
  • 00:20:32.170 --> 00:20:34.170
  • And one of the things that we just take on so easily is that
  • 00:20:34.180 --> 00:20:39.040
  • we're so busy treating insiders like outsiders, we can't even
  • 00:20:39.050 --> 00:20:43.060
  • effectively get to the real outsiders because we're
  • 00:20:43.070 --> 00:20:46.260
  • too busy, let me say that again, treating our own insiders
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:51.040
  • like outsiders.
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:53.080
  • We can't even see the real outsiders because we've decided
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:56.220
  • the outsiders are in our own midst.
  • 00:20:56.230 --> 00:20:59.200
  • We--I mean, if they don't believe exactly what we believe,
  • 00:20:59.210 --> 00:21:02.260
  • and there's a lot of this.
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  • This is one of the things.
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:05.170
  • I think social media's done a lot to let us see a bigger world
  • 00:21:05.180 --> 00:21:09.140
  • and break some stereotypes.
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  • I love that.
  • 00:21:10.250 --> 00:21:12.110
  • But one of the things it also does is there's just a lot
  • 00:21:12.120 --> 00:21:14.270
  • of talk out there, a lot of throwing around the word
  • 00:21:14.280 --> 00:21:19.020
  • "heresy" and "false teacher."
  • 00:21:19.030 --> 00:21:21.010
  • And I want to say something to you know, and I want you
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  • to be aware of this.
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  • You check your Scriptures.
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  • Number one, when someone says that many, many times
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:30.100
  • they are going by someone else having said that,
  • 00:21:30.110 --> 00:21:32.070
  • and someone else having said that.
  • 00:21:32.080 --> 00:21:33.230
  • They have never even read that person's work.
  • 00:21:33.240 --> 00:21:36.230
  • I know an example of a woman who was criticized so strongly
  • 00:21:36.240 --> 00:21:42.230
  • for prosperity gospel a number of years ago, and I mean
  • 00:21:42.240 --> 00:21:46.190
  • just like pummeled about it.
  • 00:21:46.200 --> 00:21:49.160
  • She came to realize that it had been a teaching that was
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:53.260
  • in error and she changed dramatically.
  • 00:21:53.270 --> 00:21:56.240
  • However, they never knew she changed it, and she's
  • 00:21:56.250 --> 00:21:59.180
  • still charged with exactly the same thing.
  • 00:21:59.190 --> 00:22:02.160
  • It doesn't matter one iota publicly because she's still
  • 00:22:02.170 --> 00:22:06.010
  • assaulted for the main, the same thing that she was years ago.
  • 00:22:06.020 --> 00:22:09.180
  • Is that making sense to anyone?
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  • If someone is supposed to be a false teacher or heretic,
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  • look into it, match it with the Scriptures.
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  • So often that term is getting thrown around when what they are
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  • saying is, they interpret that differently than I do.
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  • A different interpretation doesn't make someone
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  • an outsider.
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  • If they have been saved by the blood of Christ,
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  • through the power of the cross, if they have placed their faith
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  • in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and he has become Lord
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  • to them, they are our fellows.
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  • They are--whether or not they see end time events the same
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  • as we do, whether or not they practice spiritual gifts
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  • the same way we do, if they hardly crack open their Bible
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  • past the book of Malachi, if they place their faith in Christ
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  • the way he calls upon us to do it, there are fellows.
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  • We may not agree with them.
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  • They may not have grown up and been discipled in the Word yet,
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  • but they're not outsiders.
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  • And I mean, we're just like going outsiders.
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  • So, what I'm gonna call it is insider outsiding.
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  • That's what we're doing, insider outsiding.
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  • We're just pushing, pushing, pushing, pushing.
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  • Well, the thing about it is the outsiders see our insider
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  • outsiding, why would they want to be an insider?
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  • Listen, listen, there have been famous authors, and even
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  • celebrities that have come into the faith, have been so harassed
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  • by the body for not getting their terminology right
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  • when they first began to testify, that they have
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  • left Christianity.
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  • We ought to be ashamed of ourselves.
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  • And I say that to you not, you don't take it on if it's not
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  • you, but what does that say about us that we will not even
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  • give somebody time to grow up?
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  • We were just so publicly maligned them, write long blogs
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  • about what heresies they're teaching, instead of maybe they
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  • just need to be disciples in the Scriptures.
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  • But a brand-new insider can be pushed outside so fast.
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  • "Did you not know it all immediately?"
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  • No, they didn't, no they didn't.
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  • We have to grow up in him.
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  • We have to grow up in him.
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  • I don't feel passionately about this, as you can tell.
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  • Number four, treating dissimilar insiders like outsiders
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  • is tremendously unlike Christ, tremendously.
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  • I can't say it enough.
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  • Treating dissimilar, this is where we get into it is that
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  • the ones that are like us, well, if they're like me,
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  • they're an insider.
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  • Anybody getting that with me?
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  • But if they're not like me, then that's my insider outsiding.
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  • Treating dissimilar insiders like outsiders is tremendously
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  • unlike Christ.
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  • What you and I are trying to get our minds wrapped around this
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  • weekend, if we're willing, is this, that we are seeing that
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  • there is an idea of what could be acceptably Christian,
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  • but we're called to more than that.
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  • We're called to pursue Christlikeness,
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  • to imitate Christ, to act as he did.
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  • And he was not one iota concerned about
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  • guilt by association.
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  • He was not one iota concerned about who he was caught
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  • restoring and encouraging, and bringing into the truth,
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  • not one iota.
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  • That's what he did, and we're learning that, that he had,
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  • among his disciples, I don't know if you've had
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  • the opportunity to study what his disciples were like,
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  • but among them, like one, for instance, was a zealot,
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  • the other was a tax collector.
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  • These would have been men coming from such different backgrounds,
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  • they would have been, by their religious nature,
  • 00:26:19.210 --> 00:26:22.140
  • at one another's throats and there they were all together,
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  • fishermen, money men, former liars and cheaters,
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  • some of them, all together.
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  • I don't think we begin to wrap our minds around the kind
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  • of power that we really do have through the Holy Spirit when
  • 00:26:51.130 --> 00:26:57.090
  • we band together and we contend on the same team, as different
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  • as we may be, but he'll come in as often as he can and cause
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  • a fight between people who fight powerfully together,
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  • fight the darkness and now instead they are distracted
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  • fighting with one another.
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