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Peter, Holy Spirit | Episode 12

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April 17, 2018
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Max Lucado: Unshakable Hope

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Peter, Holy Spirit | Episode 12

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  • Cathedrals, castles, and monuments
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  • still standing centuries after they were constructed,
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  • or buildings like this one.
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  • Cracks and creaks reveal the years,
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  • yet it still remains.
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  • From the cathedrals of Rome to the Alamo near my own home,
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  • there's something special about a building
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  • that stands the test of time.
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  • Wars could not destroy them, storms could not devastate them.
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  • You might even say they're unshakable.
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  • Hi, I'm Max Lucado, and I wonder,
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  • what kind of life are you building?
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  • We live in a shaky world.
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  • Promises break and stock markets crash
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  • and relationships crumble.
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  • The pillars of our faith will be tested.
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  • Want to be unshakable in a shaky world?
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  • You can build your life on the enduring promises of God.
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  • You have a problem, God has a promise,
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  • and these promises stand the test of time,
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  • and they weather life's biggest storms.
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  • Today we're going to explore some of these great
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  • and precious promises found in God's Word.
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  • And when the world rages around you,
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  • you can stand with unshakable hope.
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  • Unshakable
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  • (female announcer) We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life
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  • or the pain in life.
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  • We stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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  • This is "Unshakable Hope."
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  • When God builds something, he builds it to last.
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  • In Matthew 16:18, he promises, "I will build my church,
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  • and all the powers of hell will not conquer it."
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  • No one told me they were going to take her away.
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  • Denalyn and I enjoyed the rehearsal dinner
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  • for our wedding.
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  • We talked with our family and friends, retold stories
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  • of how we met, fell in love, and got engaged.
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  • And then they took her away.
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  • Her loved ones whisked away my soon-to-be bride
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  • with the assurance,
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  • "We'll have her ready for tomorrow's wedding."
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  • Jesus knows the feeling.
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  • Did you know that the church is called the bride of Christ?
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  • Just like a groom waiting in anticipation to take his bride,
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  • this picture helps us understand the anticipation of the day
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  • when Christ will come back for the church.
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  • We are being prepared for a great wedding,
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  • an eternal union with the groom.
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  • Revelation 19:7 gives us a quick glimpse into the time
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  • of this reunion with Christ and his church.
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  • "Let us be glad and rejoice, let us give honor to him.
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  • "For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
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  • and his bride has prepared herself."
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  • Some years ago, I came up with a sermon illustration
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  • We were studying the topic of this message, the church.
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  • I pointed out that the Bible calls the church
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  • the bride of Christ.
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  • And upon that cue, a bride appeared at the top
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  • of the center aisle of the sanctuary.
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  • What better way to conclude the sermon, I thought,
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  • than to invite the bride of Christ
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  • to walk down the center aisle?
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  • We recruited a volunteer, dressed her in a wedding gown
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  • and veil, a veil which covered her face.
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  • At the appropriate time, I signaled for the music
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  • to start and the bride to begin her walk.
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  • She did, and she walked into the back pew.
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  • I don't know how I expected her to do anything else.
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  • The veil covered her face.
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  • She gathered herself and set out again,
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  • only to walk into another pew.
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  • She could not stay on the path.
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  • She pinballed her way into several pews before someone
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  • mercifully stepped out to guide her down the aisle.
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  • The image is apt.
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  • We too sway from side to side.
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  • We too struggle to find our way as the bride of Christ.
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  • Yet God has sent his Spirit to accompany us.
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  • He knows a veil blocks our vision.
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  • He knows we trip and fall.
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  • We aren't as faithful as we should be at times.
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  • We don't always respond when he calls to spend time with us.
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  • We are often preoccupied by less important things,
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  • but still he calls us his own.
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  • He still calls us his bride.
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  • And something tells me that he, like we,
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  • will cite the appearance of the bride
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  • as the highlight of the final wedding.
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  • Between now and then, however, preparation needs to happen.
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  • A wedding doesn't just come together without preparation.
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  • The invitation sent, the ceremony planned,
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  • the individual lives of the couple being lined up as one.
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  • Christ promises that the preparation
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  • for that day will take place.
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  • In fact, he takes responsibility for the development
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  • of his church.
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  • And it started with his disciples.
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  • You know, there wasn't a theologian among them,
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  • not a single rabbi, scribe, or priest,
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  • not a scholar in the bunch.
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  • No one had studied abroad or traveled the world.
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  • Most of them were low class and blue collared,
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  • more backwoods than uptown, blue collared than blue blood.
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  • Common people of common stock, with common weaknesses.
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  • They could be petty and snarky, grumpy even.
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  • They argued with each other.
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  • They even argued with Jesus.
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  • They told him what he couldn't do and what he should.
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  • They snored when they should have prayed.
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  • They ran when they should have stayed.
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  • For the forerunners of the faith,
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  • they certainly had their share of doubts.
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  • When he invited them to walk on water,
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  • only one of them got out of the boat.
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  • When he fell asleep in the storm,
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  • they accused him of falling asleep on the job.
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  • When he told them to feed the crowds,
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  • they thought he was out of his mind.
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  • When he promised to come back from the dead,
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  • they dismissed the thought.
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  • None of them, not one of them expected him to do so.
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  • On five different occasions, he assured them that he
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  • would vacate the grave, but were they looking for him
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  • on Easter morning?
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  • Hardly.
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  • They hid behind locked doors.
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  • Even after his resurrection, after nearly 6 weeks of watching
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  • a was-dead man eat, and walk, and breathe,
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  • some of the disciples still doubted.
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  • Stunning.
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  • The first followers of Jesus, thickheaded and slow to believe.
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  • Saints, scholars, sages? Hardly.
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  • They weren't that special, which makes the promise of Jesus
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  • even more so.
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  • "I will build my church, and all the powers of hell
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  • will not conquer it."
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  • The city of Caesarea Philippi set squarely on the boundary
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  • between Israel and the Gentile world.
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  • It attracted caravans and pilgrims from as far south
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  • as Ethiopia, north as Ephesus and Asia Minor.
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  • As much as any city in ancient Palestine,
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  • this was a melting pot of people, part Las Vegas,
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  • part Times Square, part Vatican City.
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  • It was in the maelstrom of this culture that Jesus asked Peter
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  • and his other disciples, "Who do you say that I am?"
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  • Jesus didn't pose this question in Galilee, where he was
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  • applauded and followed by the crowds, nor in Capernaum,
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  • where he was the most popular rabbi.
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  • This wasn't Cana, where Jesus rescued the wineless wedding,
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  • or Jericho, where Jesus enjoyed a parade.
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  • This was cosmopolitan Caesarea Philippi.
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  • Against the backdrop of this city, he asked,
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  • "Who do you say that I am?"
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  • It was Peter's turn to answer.
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  • Peter, always a wildcard, full of passion and zeal,
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  • he could remember the first time he had encountered Jesus.
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  • After a long, hot day of fishing without a catch, he was ready
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  • to throw in the towel, or the net in his case.
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  • But this man Jesus had insisted that he try one more time.
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  • Peter had never seen such a catch,
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  • more than his nets could bring in.
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  • But it was what Jesus said after that moment
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  • that changed Peter's life.
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  • "From now on, Peter, you'll be fishing for people."
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  • Jesus invited; Peter accepted.
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  • And what an adventure it was, what amazing things he saw.
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  • The lame walked, the blind could see, the 5.000 fed,
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  • the dead raised, the storms silenced, the water became
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  • as pavement beneath his feet.
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  • Well, at least for a moment or two.
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  • He was still mad at himself for taking his eyes off of Jesus
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  • and looking at the waves.
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  • After what might have been a long silence,
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  • Peter gave his answer, "You are the Christ,
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  • the Son of the living God."
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  • Jesus told him, "Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
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  • but my Father who is in heaven."
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  • Peter didn't arrive at this conviction by human logic,
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  • openmindedness, or spiritual discernment.
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  • He reached this decision, this pinnacle
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  • because God carried him to it.
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  • God deposited a seed of faith, and that one seed was all Jesus
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  • needed to inaugurate the most ambitious mission of history:
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  • the church.
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  • He told Peter, "On this rock I will build my church,
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  • and all the powers of hell will not conquer it."
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  • Upon this unshakable belief that Jesus was the Son of God,
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  • the hope of the church would be built.
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  • "I will build my church."
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  • The operative word is build.
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  • To build is to shape and form and nail and create.
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  • Builders build.
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  • Jesus is building his church, selecting stones.
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  • He is lifting you from your pile, and me from mine,
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  • and cementing us together.
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  • Jesus did not delegate this task.
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  • You do not build the church, nor do I.
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  • We may push the wheelbarrow or sweep the floor, but Jesus
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  • and Jesus alone is the master craftsman.
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  • Christ is in charge, and Christ does not fail.
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  • "I will build," not, "I might build,"
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  • or, "I'm hoping to build," or,
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  • "If I can get all the problems solved, I will build."
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  • No, Jesus will complete this project.
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  • Once he begins a work, he finishes it.
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  • He will build his church.
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  • Now, this is the first time the word appears in the Bible,
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  • ecclesia, church.
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  • It means the called out ones, the assembled, the gathered.
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  • Satan will try to defeat us,
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  • and he will divide us for a time.
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  • He will sidetrack us for a generation or ten.
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  • He will pull us down into his dark cavern for decades
  • 00:10:31.270 --> 00:10:34.180
  • at a time, but he will not prevail.
  • 00:10:34.190 --> 00:10:37.100
  • The church of Jesus Christ, built on the person of Jesus,
  • 00:10:37.110 --> 00:10:40.190
  • will succeed.
  • 00:10:40.200 --> 00:10:42.210
  • God's plan has always been to build his church,
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  • and to employ common people in this uncommon cause.
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  • Yes, we are the hands and feet of Jesus.
  • 00:10:50.130 --> 00:10:53.050
  • We are his ambassadors.
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  • We are his answer to the hungry and his response
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  • to the discouraged.
  • 00:10:58.290 --> 00:11:01.050
  • He could have used angels.
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  • He could have created a superhuman species
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  • of evangelistic robots.
  • 00:11:06.040 --> 00:11:08.200
  • He could have deputized lions and cheetahs and eagles,
  • 00:11:08.210 --> 00:11:11.260
  • but he chose us.
  • 00:11:11.270 --> 00:11:13.180
  • Ah, but therein lies the rub.
  • 00:11:13.190 --> 00:11:16.050
  • The church, like people, is imperfect.
  • 00:11:16.060 --> 00:11:19.210
  • I know this well.
  • 00:11:19.220 --> 00:11:21.070
  • I'm in my fourth decade of ministry,
  • 00:11:21.080 --> 00:11:23.080
  • and I've seen the church
  • 00:11:23.090 --> 00:11:24.180
  • used for self-promotion, profiteering, and politics.
  • 00:11:24.190 --> 00:11:28.160
  • I've seen church members argue, and bicker, and divide.
  • 00:11:28.170 --> 00:11:32.040
  • I can relate to the story of the man who told his wife,
  • 00:11:32.050 --> 00:11:35.080
  • "Today is Sunday, and I'm not going to church.
  • 00:11:35.090 --> 00:11:38.130
  • I've had enough of those people."
  • 00:11:38.140 --> 00:11:40.120
  • His wife answered, "There's two reasons you have to go.
  • 00:11:40.130 --> 00:11:43.180
  • "One, God commands us to love the church.
  • 00:11:43.190 --> 00:11:46.030
  • And two, you are the pastor."
  • 00:11:46.040 --> 00:11:48.120
  • Let's not give up.
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:50.050
  • Under his care, impetuous Peters will become preachers.
  • 00:11:50.060 --> 00:11:55.110
  • Sons of thunder will evolve into apostles of hope.
  • 00:11:55.120 --> 00:11:58.150
  • Thomases will step out of the shadows of doubts,
  • 00:11:58.160 --> 00:12:01.110
  • and Mary Magdalenes will find grace for their past.
  • 00:12:01.120 --> 00:12:06.030
  • Jesus will build his church.
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:09.080
  • Align your life with this promise.
  • 00:12:09.090 --> 00:12:12.100
  • When you said yes to Christ, you said yes to his church.
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:16.090
  • Now, Jesus did not add an invitation to his declaration
  • 00:12:16.100 --> 00:12:19.210
  • to Peter, "I will build my church, who wants to join?"
  • 00:12:19.220 --> 00:12:23.040
  • He didn't give us the choice
  • 00:12:23.050 --> 00:12:24.210
  • because he knew we might refuse it.
  • 00:12:24.220 --> 00:12:26.280
  • We are one messy lot, every imaginable hangup,
  • 00:12:26.290 --> 00:12:30.080
  • heartbreak, and headache.
  • 00:12:30.090 --> 00:12:32.020
  • We come from all tax brackets, tribes, latitudes,
  • 00:12:32.030 --> 00:12:35.090
  • and attitudes.
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  • We disagree on politics, presidents,
  • 00:12:36.260 --> 00:12:39.030
  • and premillennialism.
  • 00:12:39.040 --> 00:12:40.270
  • Yet, for all that separates us,
  • 00:12:40.280 --> 00:12:43.000
  • there is one truth that unites us.
  • 00:12:43.010 --> 00:12:45.160
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and upon
  • 00:12:45.170 --> 00:12:50.100
  • that foundation Jesus is building a movement.
  • 00:12:50.110 --> 00:12:53.110
  • The bride is being prepared.
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  • Hold this promise close to your heart, "I will build my church,
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  • and all the powers of hell will not conquer it."
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  • You are the church, so make this your own promise,
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  • "I will align myself with God's forever family."
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  • Feeling like you could use a little extra strength right now?
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  • Well, God has a promise for that.
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  • Acts 1:8 says, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit
  • 00:14:58.000 --> 00:15:02.150
  • comes on you."
  • 00:15:02.160 --> 00:15:04.190
  • Several years ago, when my legs were stronger,
  • 00:15:04.200 --> 00:15:06.250
  • belly was flatter, and ego was bigger,
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:08.230
  • I let my friend Pat convince me to enter a bike race.
  • 00:15:08.240 --> 00:15:12.140
  • Not just any bike race, mind you, but a race that included
  • 00:15:12.150 --> 00:15:15.270
  • a 1 1/2 mile pedal up a steep hill
  • 00:15:15.280 --> 00:15:18.260
  • with a gradient of 12%.
  • 00:15:18.270 --> 00:15:21.140
  • In other words, it was a tough climb out of the saddle,
  • 00:15:21.150 --> 00:15:25.000
  • set your thighs on fire, and prepare to suck air
  • 00:15:25.010 --> 00:15:28.110
  • for 10 minutes section of the race.
  • 00:15:28.120 --> 00:15:30.110
  • Appropriately called the killer diller, and yes,
  • 00:15:30.120 --> 00:15:33.260
  • it lived up to the hype.
  • 00:15:33.270 --> 00:15:36.010
  • I knew its reputation.
  • 00:15:36.020 --> 00:15:37.170
  • Still I signed up because Pat, my riding buddy,
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:41.010
  • told me I could make it.
  • 00:15:41.020 --> 00:15:42.220
  • Easy for Pat to say, he is 15 years my junior
  • 00:15:42.230 --> 00:15:46.020
  • and has competed since his elementary school days.
  • 00:15:46.030 --> 00:15:49.110
  • He was riding in pelotons before most of us knew what they were.
  • 00:15:49.120 --> 00:15:54.030
  • And when I balked at the idea of completing the race,
  • 00:15:54.040 --> 00:15:56.240
  • he assured me, "Believe me, Max, you will make it."
  • 00:15:56.250 --> 00:16:00.220
  • I almost didn't.
  • 00:16:00.230 --> 00:16:03.040
  • The riders who belonged there left those of us
  • 00:16:03.050 --> 00:16:06.120
  • who didn't far behind.
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:08.190
  • We, the barrel-bellied laggards, made jokes about
  • 00:16:08.200 --> 00:16:11.180
  • the upcoming ascent.
  • 00:16:11.190 --> 00:16:13.050
  • But we didn't joke for long.
  • 00:16:13.060 --> 00:16:14.150
  • It takes wind to talk, and we soon needed all the wind
  • 00:16:14.160 --> 00:16:16.250
  • we could muster to climb.
  • 00:16:16.260 --> 00:16:18.150
  • I pushed, and huffed, and puffed,
  • 00:16:18.160 --> 00:16:20.070
  • and about that point the ascent began.
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:22.230
  • By the time I was halfway to the top,
  • 00:16:22.240 --> 00:16:24.230
  • my thighs were on fire,
  • 00:16:24.240 --> 00:16:26.180
  • and I was having less than pleasant thoughts
  • 00:16:26.190 --> 00:16:29.030
  • about my friend Patrick.
  • 00:16:29.040 --> 00:16:30.290
  • That's when I felt the push.
  • 00:16:31.000 --> 00:16:33.160
  • A hand was pressing against my back.
  • 00:16:33.170 --> 00:16:36.200
  • I turned and looked, it was Pat.
  • 00:16:36.210 --> 00:16:39.130
  • He had already completed the race.
  • 00:16:39.140 --> 00:16:41.250
  • Anticipating my utter exhaustion,
  • 00:16:41.260 --> 00:16:44.080
  • he had hurried back down the hill, dismounted his bike,
  • 00:16:44.090 --> 00:16:47.200
  • and scurried to give me a hand, literally.
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:50.280
  • He began pushing me up the hill.
  • 00:16:50.290 --> 00:16:53.190
  • The fact that he could keep up with me tells you how slowly
  • 00:16:53.200 --> 00:16:56.230
  • I was pedaling.
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:16:58.090
  • "I told you you would make it," he shouted,
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:17:00.140
  • "and I came to make sure you did."
  • 00:17:00.150 --> 00:17:03.240
  • The Holy Spirit promises to do the same.
  • 00:17:03.250 --> 00:17:06.290
  • He promises power, the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:07.000 --> 00:17:11.140
  • Does the topic of the Holy Spirit
  • 00:17:11.150 --> 00:17:13.120
  • puzzle you, bewilder you?
  • 00:17:13.130 --> 00:17:15.280
  • We feel comfortable discussing God the Father and God the Son,
  • 00:17:15.290 --> 00:17:19.180
  • but God the Spirit?
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:21.140
  • Sometimes, we avoid the discussion,
  • 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:24.090
  • but we do so at great loss, however.
  • 00:17:24.100 --> 00:17:27.070
  • Suppose I offered you a really great deal
  • 00:17:27.080 --> 00:17:29.150
  • on a shiny new superspeed tricycle,
  • 00:17:29.160 --> 00:17:32.120
  • fire engine red, tassels that dangled from the handles,
  • 00:17:32.130 --> 00:17:35.180
  • and a little bell that sits on the handlebar.
  • 00:17:35.190 --> 00:17:38.050
  • Another great feature, a beautiful bike,
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:41.240
  • and I'm offering it to you at one-third the price.
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:44.160
  • And with these savings, you can take the entire family
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:47.060
  • out to dinner.
  • 00:17:47.070 --> 00:17:48.180
  • Of course, there is the small matter of one missing wheel.
  • 00:17:48.190 --> 00:17:52.020
  • But the trike still has two.
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:54.070
  • Little Johnny will eventually need to ride a two-wheeler
  • 00:17:54.080 --> 00:17:56.220
  • anyway, right?
  • 00:17:56.230 --> 00:17:58.090
  • Might as well start him out, right?
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:18:00.140
  • Buy him this two-wheeled trike.
  • 00:18:00.150 --> 00:18:03.010
  • Well, you'd be giving me that funny look.
  • 00:18:03.020 --> 00:18:04.230
  • You'd roll your eyes at me like Denalyn does.
  • 00:18:04.240 --> 00:18:06.260
  • You'd sigh, you'd walk away.
  • 00:18:06.270 --> 00:18:09.150
  • I'd try to tell you to think about it.
  • 00:18:09.160 --> 00:18:11.110
  • "One-third off the price for a trike that's missing
  • 00:18:11.120 --> 00:18:13.090
  • one little tiny wheel, don't you see the value?"
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:16.160
  • Of course you wouldn't, and I wouldn't blame you.
  • 00:18:16.170 --> 00:18:19.130
  • Who wants two-thirds when you can have the whole?
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:23.140
  • Many Christians do.
  • 00:18:23.150 --> 00:18:26.030
  • Ask a believer to answer this question, who is God the Father,
  • 00:18:26.040 --> 00:18:29.110
  • and they have a reply.
  • 00:18:29.120 --> 00:18:30.230
  • Describe God the Son, they will not hesitate.
  • 00:18:30.240 --> 00:18:34.000
  • But if you want to see them hem and haw in search for words,
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:37.100
  • ask this question: who is the Holy Spirit?
  • 00:18:37.110 --> 00:18:40.280
  • Even though the Holy Spirit occupies an equal third
  • 00:18:40.290 --> 00:18:43.240
  • of the Trinity with the Father and the Son,
  • 00:18:43.250 --> 00:18:46.090
  • it's as if we are settling for a two-thirds God.
  • 00:18:46.100 --> 00:18:49.280
  • And yet you wouldn't make that same mistake with a tripod,
  • 00:18:49.290 --> 00:18:53.120
  • or a trike, or a prism.
  • 00:18:53.130 --> 00:18:54.290
  • You certainly don't want to make that mistake with the Trinity.
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:57.290
  • Your Bible makes over 100 references to the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:58.000 --> 00:19:02.070
  • And Jesus says more about the Holy Spirit than he does
  • 00:19:02.080 --> 00:19:05.030
  • about the church, about marriage, about finances,
  • 00:19:05.040 --> 00:19:08.010
  • even about the future.
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:10.060
  • In fact, on the day of his ascension, as he prepared
  • 00:19:10.070 --> 00:19:12.190
  • his followers to face the future without him, he made this great
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:16.190
  • and precious promise in Acts chapter 1 and verse 8.
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:21.080
  • "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you."
  • 00:19:21.090 --> 00:19:26.180
  • The disciples wanted Jesus to stay with them after
  • 00:19:32.290 --> 00:19:35.180
  • his resurrection, and establish his kingdom on earth.
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:38.270
  • But Jesus had different plans, better plans.
  • 00:19:38.280 --> 00:19:42.090
  • He told them in John 16:17, "But in fact, it is best for you
  • 00:19:42.100 --> 00:19:47.250
  • "that I go away, because if I don't, the Helper won't come.
  • 00:19:47.260 --> 00:19:51.100
  • If I do go away, then I will send him to you."
  • 00:19:51.110 --> 00:19:55.150
  • Jesus told them it was actually better if he left so he could
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:58.260
  • ask the Father to send them another helper,
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:20:01.180
  • one that would live with them and be in them.
  • 00:20:01.190 --> 00:20:04.290
  • Just like an extra push to get you to the top of the hill,
  • 00:20:05.000 --> 00:20:08.180
  • the Holy Spirit promises to do this for believers.
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:12.000
  • After Jesus ascended into heaven, the Holy Spirit became
  • 00:20:12.010 --> 00:20:15.090
  • the primary agent of the Trinity on earth.
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:18.050
  • He will complete what was begun by the Father and the Son.
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:21.280
  • Though all three expressions of the Godhead are active,
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:24.230
  • the Spirit is taking the lead in this, the final age.
  • 00:20:24.240 --> 00:20:28.060
  • The Spirit promises power, unity, supervision,
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:32.230
  • and holiness, P-U-S-H.
  • 00:20:32.240 --> 00:20:35.100
  • Need a push?
  • 00:20:35.110 --> 00:20:36.200
  • He promises power to the saint.
  • 00:20:36.210 --> 00:20:39.060
  • He is the animating force behind creation.
  • 00:20:39.070 --> 00:20:42.070
  • The Bible says, "If it were his intention and he withdrew his
  • 00:20:42.080 --> 00:20:45.280
  • "Spirit and breath, all humanity would perish together
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:49.140
  • and mankind would return to the dust."
  • 00:20:49.150 --> 00:20:53.180
  • The Spirit of God is a life-giving force to creation,
  • 00:20:53.190 --> 00:20:57.160
  • and more significantly a midwife of new birth for the believer.
  • 00:20:57.170 --> 00:21:03.050
  • Jesus told Nicodemus, "No one can enter the kingdom of God
  • 00:21:03.060 --> 00:21:06.200
  • "unless they are born of the water and the Spirit.
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:09.250
  • "The flesh gives birth to flesh,
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:12.110
  • but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."
  • 00:21:12.120 --> 00:21:15.030
  • The Holy Spirit enters the believer
  • 00:21:15.040 --> 00:21:17.030
  • upon confession of faith.
  • 00:21:17.040 --> 00:21:19.000
  • From that point forward, the Christian has access to
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:22.170
  • the very power and personality of God.
  • 00:21:22.180 --> 00:21:25.250
  • As the Spirit has his way in the life of a believer,
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:29.210
  • a transformation occurs.
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:31.130
  • He or she begins to think like God thinks,
  • 00:21:31.140 --> 00:21:33.270
  • and love like God loves, and see like God sees.
  • 00:21:33.280 --> 00:21:36.170
  • They minister in power, they pray in power,
  • 00:21:36.180 --> 00:21:39.170
  • they walk in power.
  • 00:21:39.180 --> 00:21:41.090
  • When the disciples were gathered together in the upper room,
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:44.130
  • the Holy Spirit showed up on the scene, and what an entrance.
  • 00:21:44.140 --> 00:21:48.140
  • The disciples described it as a mighty wind and fire.
  • 00:21:48.150 --> 00:21:52.260
  • The Spirit of God promised to be with them and in them.
  • 00:21:52.270 --> 00:21:56.110
  • The Holy Spirit baptized the early believers in power,
  • 00:21:56.120 --> 00:22:00.090
  • and he promises to do the same for all who follow,
  • 00:22:00.100 --> 00:22:03.190
  • for you and me.
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:05.110
  • In Galatians, we are told that the manifestation or fruit
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:08.180
  • of the Spirit in a believer is love, and joy, and peace,
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:11.130
  • and forbearance, and kindness, and goodness, faithfulness,
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:14.120
  • gentleness, and self-control.
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:16.130
  • These attributes appear in the life of the saint
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:18.290
  • in the same way an apple appears on the branch of an apple tree.
  • 00:22:19.000 --> 00:22:22.000
  • Fruit happens as a result of a relationship.
  • 00:22:22.010 --> 00:22:25.020
  • Sever the branch from the tree and forget the fruit.
  • 00:22:25.030 --> 00:22:28.020
  • Yet, if the branch is secured to the trunk,
  • 00:22:28.030 --> 00:22:30.120
  • then the nutrients flow and fruit happens.
  • 00:22:30.130 --> 00:22:33.220
  • So it is with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:22:33.230 --> 00:22:36.070
  • As our relationship with God is secured and unmarred by
  • 00:22:36.080 --> 00:22:39.050
  • rebellion, or sin, or stubborn behavior,
  • 00:22:39.060 --> 00:22:42.060
  • we can expect a harvest of fruit.
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  • We needn't force it.
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  • We can expect it.
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  • It's simply our job to stay connected.
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  • At the right time, we will feel
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  • the power of the Spirit helping us.
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  • We will also enjoy some gifts of the Spirit.
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  • After providing a list of possible gifts,
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  • the Apostle Paul clarifies,
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  • "All these are the work of one and the same Spirit,
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  • and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines."
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  • He knows each saint, and he knows the need of each church.
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  • he distributes gifts according to what the church will need
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  • in a particular region and generation.
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  • And the result is unity.
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  • The Holy Spirit of God is the mother hen with her
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  • extended wing urging the church to gather together in safety.
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  • We are told to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit
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  • through the bond of peace.
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  • Harmony is always an option because the Spirit
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  • is always present.
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  • Gone is the excuse, "Oh, I just can't work alongside so and so.
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  • "Or so and so doesn't like me and think like me,
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  • so I can't be on his team."
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  • Well, maybe you can't, but the Spirit within you can.
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  • This unity is possible regardless of gender,
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  • nationality, or political affiliation.
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  • Fellowship is not always easy, but unity is always possible.
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  • Ephesians 2:18 tells us, "For through him we both have access
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  • to the Father by one Spirit."
  • 00:24:09.280 --> 00:24:13.060
  • The Holy Spirit unifies the church,
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  • and the Holy Spirit supervises the church.
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:20.040
  • Want to hear some of the to-do list of the Holy Spirit?
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  • Comfort the bereaved, guide the believe into all truth,
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  • reveal the things that are yet to come,
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  • offer prayers of intercession,
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  • bear witness that the saint is saved,
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  • attest to the presence of God with signs and miracles.
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  • Create a God-like atmosphere of truth, wisdom, and freedom.
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  • However, this list of activities is incomplete without this word:
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  • holiness.
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  • The Spirit of God makes us holy.
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  • After all, is he not the Holy Spirit?
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  • One of his primary activities is to cleanse us from sin,
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  • and to sanctify us for a holy work.
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  • Paul reminds the Corinthians, "But you were washed,
  • 00:24:57.240 --> 00:25:00.230
  • "you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of
  • 00:25:00.240 --> 00:25:03.090
  • the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
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  • I've seen images of women washing clothes by rubbing
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  • the garments on a washboard.
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  • Perhaps the image is a good one for the work of the Holy Spirit.
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  • He rubs us until the result is spotlessness.
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  • Consequently, we can stand before the presence of God,
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  • and we are empowered for the work of the ministry.
  • 00:25:22.070 --> 00:25:25.220
  • Hear the words of Paul to Titus, "But when the kindness and love
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  • "of our Savior appeared, he saved us,
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  • "not because of righteous things we had done,
  • 00:25:32.240 --> 00:25:35.030
  • "but because of his mercy.
  • 00:25:35.040 --> 00:25:37.000
  • "He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by
  • 00:25:37.010 --> 00:25:40.280
  • "the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously
  • 00:25:40.290 --> 00:25:45.090
  • "through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that,
  • 00:25:45.100 --> 00:25:47.290
  • "having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs
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  • having the hope of eternal life."
  • 00:25:52.110 --> 00:25:55.140
  • What hope this gives us.
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  • The Holy Spirit is everything to the church.
  • 00:25:57.110 --> 00:25:59.200
  • He gives us power, unity, supervision, and holiness.
  • 00:25:59.210 --> 00:26:03.280
  • And he will do so until the end of the age.
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  • So, for heaven's sake, walk by the Spirit.
  • 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:09.250
  • You can place your heart on the promise that you
  • 00:26:09.260 --> 00:26:13.130
  • will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.
  • 00:26:13.140 --> 00:26:17.250
  • And let's make this promise back,
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  • "I will seek to sense, see, and hear the Holy Spirit."
  • 00:26:20.110 --> 00:26:25.180
  • What's shaking in your world?
  • 00:26:27.280 --> 00:26:29.290
  • Your finances, your family, your faith?
  • 00:26:30.000 --> 00:26:32.160
  • It's easy to lose hope when the storms of life come.
  • 00:26:32.170 --> 00:26:35.180
  • But there is one thing in life we can stand on
  • 00:26:35.190 --> 00:26:37.210
  • when everything around us is shaken.
  • 00:26:37.220 --> 00:26:40.020
  • We can build our lives on the promises of God.
  • 00:26:40.030 --> 00:26:43.090
  • Why?
  • 00:26:43.100 --> 00:26:44.220
  • Well, God's Word is sure.
  • 00:26:44.230 --> 00:26:46.070
  • What he says happens.
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  • God will not, indeed he cannot break his promises.
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  • His covenants won't collapse.
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  • His word is his bond, and his bond won't break.
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  • What he says will happen.
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  • Won't you say it with me?
  • 00:26:58.230 --> 00:27:00.260
  • We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life
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  • or the pain in life,
  • 00:27:10.240 --> 00:27:12.160
  • we stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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