Leadership Essentials Part 1

October 24, 2022 | 254 | 27:29

Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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Allen Jackson Ministries | Leadership Essentials Part 1 | October 24, 2022
  • Pastor allen jackson: i'm gonna absolve you today of the
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  • Burden you carry to be all things to all people.
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  • You are not, there is a god, that job's taken.
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  • God recruits people who are less than, so that in the middle of
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  • All the things that we are not, what he is becomes more visible.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor allen: it's an honor to be with you again.
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  • We're gonna talk today about leadership essentials.
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  • There is a spiritual conflict that has enveloped our world.
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  • It's not an american conflict or a western conflict, it's a
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  • Conflict that's taken over our world.
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  • Almost any place you put your finger on the globe, you could
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  • Describe something, that has to be understood in
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  • Spiritual terms.
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  • Well, we wanna learn to lead with spiritual influence.
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  • We understand political influence, or economic
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  • Influence, or even scientific influence.
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  • Think of the pandemic, but we are not very adept in thinking
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  • In terms of our spiritual influence changing our world.
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  • The most powerful force available to a human being
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  • Is spiritual.
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  • And as children of the king, we have to understand how to lead
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  • With that influence.
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  • Grab your bible and get a note pad and most of all, open your
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  • Heart to what god has for you today.
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  • Pastor allen: we began a new study last night.
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  • I'm gonna take a few sessions and explore with you what it
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  • Means to lead with our faith.
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  • I'm really, have given some time and energy and effort in this
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  • Season to mobilizing people wherever god gives me the
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  • Opportunity to lead with their faith.
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  • It is a critical season, not because of elections, folks, we
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  • Need outcomes far beyond what elections produce.
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  • I mean i realize they have value and they're important, but i
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  • Don't want you to be confused.
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  • Years ago when i was at a very critical juncture in my life,
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  • And it wasn't easy to identify a pathway, i was
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  • Handed some advice.
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  • Three simple lines, and i wanna share it with you because i have
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  • Lived with it for many years, and it has proven to be a
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  • Trustworthy guide for me.
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  • The first is that, when you have to make a choice, to do nothing
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  • Is to make a choice.
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  • And if you'll add to that, silence in the face of evil
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  • Is affirmation.
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  • And if you'll add to that, if you fail to respond, you will
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  • Increasingly be overcome by the evil that you're
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  • Standing against.
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  • That's helpful.
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  • The spiritual turmoil in our world these days continues to
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  • Gain momentum.
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  • Have you noticed?
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  • I mean, god is moving in some most remarkable ways.
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  • We'll talk about that in far more detail, but the reality is,
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  • It seems as if evil gains momentum on a daily basis.
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  • The daily reports of evil and wickedness are unsettling, both
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  • In their scope and in their frequency.
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  • It's just hard to believe sometimes.
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  • Thank god, the queen went to heaven and gave us a break in
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  • The news cycle.
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  • You know it's true.
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  • You know, one of the issues that made its way into the public
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  • Square recently, had to do with gender confusion being promoted
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  • Amongst our children.
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  • It's unsettling, it's kind of coming into the public
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  • Consciousness you know, drip by drip, by drip.
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  • It's really almost beyond belief.
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  • Not only is there curriculum in our schools which promotes these
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  • Destructive ideas to children, there was reporting this week
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  • That revealed many of our leading healthcare providers in
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  • Our nation had been sponsoring the mutilation of our children
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  • For several years.
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  • And in tennessee, we like to look other places and say,
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  • "well, it's there, it's on the coast someplace, or it's in some
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  • Urban center," but in this case, it was far more uncomfortable
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  • Than that.
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  • In this case, it involved middle tennessee, vanderbilt.
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  • I earned a degree there.
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  • I have benefited from their healthcare system, many of
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  • Us have.
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  • They began planning a clinic to address transgender health
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  • In 2016.
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  • It opened in august of 2018.
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  • It's not something which is emerged since the pandemic, it
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  • Didn't slip in with the virus from someplace else in
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  • The world.
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  • It's been flourishing amongst us; we've been asleep.
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  • Publicly acknowledging medical practices based upon thought
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  • Leaders, not clinical research.
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  • Minors in middle tennessee, having life altering surgeries
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  • Provided at vanderbilt because it was profitable.
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  • Their words, not mine.
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  • We're told there's nothing to see here.
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  • Don't ask any questions, don't have the temerity to inquire,
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  • Because parents have agreed to the procedures as if that should
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  • Cause us to be silent.
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  • Well, if parents agreed to let their minor children drink
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  • Alcohol, get drunk, and then sent them to school in an
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  • Altered mental state, there would be repercussions.
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  • We would say that's bad parenting.
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  • That's something you can recover from in a matter of a few hours.
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  • Surely we can acknowledge that gender reassignment for minors,
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  • Is not a wise choice to be celebrated in our schools or our
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  • Medical centers.
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  • Some profits are not acceptable.
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  • We all have to use our voice and i would submit, it's especially
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  • Important for those who live in that healthcare industry.
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  • Whatever your status, i understand there's consequences
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  • And there can be repercussions, but there'll be greater
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  • Repercussions for hiding the truth.
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  • I spent months walking with you through the principles of big
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  • Trouble ahead.
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  • We talked about how to flourish in the season of deception
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  • And fear.
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  • And the real objective of those weeks and months together was
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  • To identify a personal pathway, through this very
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  • Tumultuous season.
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  • We considered our private responses, we didn't wanna blame
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  • Other people, we didn't wanna point through the windows of the
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  • Church and say, "that's the problem."
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  • We spent months, many of them outdoors, kneeling, putting our
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  • Faces in the grass and in the asphalt saying, "god, be
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  • Merciful to us, we have worshiped at the altars of
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  • Comfort and convenience, and we have to be different."
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  • In fact, we put all those lessons into a book, which we
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  • Recently published, we gave you a copy,
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  • Trying to encourage christ followers across the nation,
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  • Make it easier to share those ideas with other people.
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  • Not everybody wants to watch 30 sermons.
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  • I know, it's a mystery to me, too.
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  • I have repeatedly reminded you that our problems at their root
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  • Are spiritual.
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  • Our fundamental problems aren't political, economic, or
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  • Ideological; we have a spiritual challenge.
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  • The good news in that is that you and i are at the center of
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  • The discussion.
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  • You're very important.
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  • It's not about titles or resources that are accumulated
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  • Or power that you've managed to gather; it's understanding the
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  • Role you have in the unfolding kingdom of god.
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  • I've asked you repeatedly with me to watch, to listen, to think
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  • And be prepared to act.
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  • Well, once you've begun to make personal adjustments, we have to
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  • Begin to consider our responsibilities
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  • Beyond ourselves.
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  • The question i'm asked most often is, "what can i do, what
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  • Can i do, pastor, what is it i'm supposed to do?"
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  • We feel powerless, primarily because we don't understand the
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  • Spiritual tools that we've been entrusted with.
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  • Many of you ever flown commercially, you ever been on a
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  • Commercial airline flight?
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  • About 10 of you, how do the rest of you travel?
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  • Bicycles?
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  • I know it's tennessee, but we still fly in tennessee, right?
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  • How many of you been on a commercial flight?
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  • That's a little better.
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  • You thought i was gonna ask for volunteers for something,
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  • Didn't you?
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  • But you've all heard the speech.
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  • Before they'll let you take off, they tell you how to
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  • Buckle your seatbelt.
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  • I'm thinking by this point, if you can't buckle the seatbelt,
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  • Probably shouldn't be flying.
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  • But then there's the part about in case of an emergency, an
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  • Oxygen mask would drop down from the ceiling.
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  • Remember hearing that?
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  • And you're told the first thing you should do is secure the mask
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  • Securely around your mouth and your nose.
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  • No matter whom you're traveling with, young or old, that before
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  • You help anybody else secure that mask, you pull on that
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  • Little cord to ensure that there's a free flow of oxygen,
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  • Secure your mask so you can breathe.
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  • That's the first order of business.
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  • And then if there's anything else to be done,
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  • Do it after you've done that.
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  • Well in the church world, i think that's kind of
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  • Us working out our salvation.
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  • Got to be born again, that's important, i'm an advocate
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  • For that.
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  • So i think we've had a tremendous focus in my run
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  • Through church in the last few decades on getting your mask on.
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  • But then i want you to imagine you're on that flight and those
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  • Masks drop down and there is some sort of an emergency, and
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  • You've got your mask secure, and you look around you and in the
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  • Seats next to you and the row behind you, and the row in front
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  • Of you, and across the aisle from you, they're all children,
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  • And they're all frightened, they seem to be having trouble with
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  • The masks, and you sit there breathing deeply of the oxygen
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  • You have totally disengaged, not your problem.
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  • They're not your kids.
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  • You don't share dna with them.
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  • Can't believe some parent put them on this plane and let them
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  • Fly unaccompanied like that.
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  • It's a shame they weren't better listeners.
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  • I have a word for that person: it's evil.
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  • If you have the ability to help and you don't, it's evil.
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  • Now, i've been a part of this story, so i'm not throwing
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  • Stones at anyone.
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  • It's my journey as well as yours, but i would submit to you
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  • That while 60 million children were sacrificed, we sat with our
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  • Masks on and didn't say much.
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  • It was inconvenient, it was awkward.
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  • We didn't wanna be excluded from places where we preferred to be
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  • Included, and now they're mutilating children.
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  • Again, we don't have to be angry, we don't wanna be
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  • Violent, you don't wanna be belligerent, but you have to be
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  • An advocate for the children.
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  • This is our generation, we're the church.
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  • Every human life is valuable.
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  • There's a dignity in all of us, confusion is a horrible thing,
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  • God's not the author of confusion, but when we see
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  • Confusion, we should bring truth.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor allen: you know, i was taught, as a young person, never
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  • To write in a book, and especially never write in
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  • Your bible.
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  • You know, maybe if you were some kind of zealous, fanatical
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  • Person, you would underline something; and occasionally
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  • You'd find someone with a highlighter fetish, and they
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  • Would highlight something in their bible.
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  • But for the most part, you didn't touch it.
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  • It was a sacred book, and you wanted it to last for decades.
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  • Well, at this point in my life, i've got a different opinion.
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  • My bible's the most important book that i ever read; and when
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  • I read it, i wanna keep every note, every insight, anything
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  • That the lord makes clear to me on that page, so the next time i
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  • Look at it, it's mine.
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  • Well, our premium right now is one of the best tools i have in
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  • It's become my go-to study bible, not because of the
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  • References, because of the places i can keep my thoughts
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  • Pastor allen: how do we lead with our faith?
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  • How do we impact our culture?
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  • What's that mean?
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  • You lead, in many ways, many of you are world class
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  • Leaders already.
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  • You're world class leaders in business, or finance, or
  • 00:14:25.189 --> 00:14:27.492
  • Academics, in all sorts of technology.
  • 00:14:27.492 --> 00:14:30.495
  • Some of you are great leaders in athletic circles, some of you
  • 00:14:30.495 --> 00:14:32.897
  • Are athletic leaders in academics in our schools, you're
  • 00:14:32.897 --> 00:14:36.534
  • Leaders in your peer groups, you lead in many, many, many ways.
  • 00:14:36.534 --> 00:14:39.804
  • I've observed something, oftentimes people who are very
  • 00:14:39.804 --> 00:14:42.707
  • Talented, gifted, effective leaders in other arenas are
  • 00:14:42.707 --> 00:14:47.211
  • Almost incapable of leading with their faith.
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  • There's a whole host of reasons i suppose for that, but we wanna
  • 00:14:51.516 --> 00:14:54.385
  • Overcome that.
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  • And i'm gonna take the minutes we have and focus on three
  • 00:14:56.220 --> 00:14:58.189
  • Leadership essentials with you.
  • 00:14:58.189 --> 00:14:59.891
  • There's some things that i would submit from a biblical
  • 00:14:59.891 --> 00:15:02.026
  • Perspective that are absolutely necessary, if you're going to
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  • Just exhibit influence for the kingdom of god.
  • 00:15:06.397 --> 00:15:09.968
  • They're not optional, you can't negotiate them away--easy for me
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  • To say.
  • 00:15:13.271 --> 00:15:16.174
  • Leadership essentials.
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  • The first one is it has to do with recognizing that
  • 00:15:17.508 --> 00:15:21.346
  • You're inadequate.
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  • In fact, i'm gonna absolve you today, of the burden you carry
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  • To be all things to all people.
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  • You are not, there is a god, that job's taken.
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  • God recruits people who are less than, so that in the middle of
  • 00:15:34.092 --> 00:15:37.962
  • All the things that we are not, what he is becomes more visible.
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  • And you're not allowed to withdraw from the arena because
  • 00:15:42.400 --> 00:15:45.370
  • You recognize how inadequate you are.
  • 00:15:45.370 --> 00:15:48.406
  • It's not a legitimate excuse, it won't be accepted because the
  • 00:15:48.406 --> 00:15:51.242
  • Price that was paid to qualify you to make a difference in your
  • 00:15:51.242 --> 00:15:54.545
  • Journey through time, was the sacrifice of god's son.
  • 00:15:54.545 --> 00:15:57.882
  • That's gonna be awkward to stand in front of your lord and say,
  • 00:15:57.882 --> 00:16:00.952
  • "you didn't do enough to empower me to be a difference maker."
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  • He was tortured to death.
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  • So just maybe we're gonna have to readjust this one, but that
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  • Recognition that we're inadequate, that in myself i
  • 00:16:11.462 --> 00:16:14.365
  • Can't do it, is an essential component in being effective.
  • 00:16:14.365 --> 00:16:20.104
  • Look in revelation chapter 5.
  • 00:16:20.104 --> 00:16:21.439
  • This is a beautiful picture.
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  • The book of revelation bounces back and forth with these scenes
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  • Between heaven and earth.
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  • It's a message delivered to john, jesus' closest friend.
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  • John said, "i saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice,
  • 00:16:31.783 --> 00:16:34.986
  • 'who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?'
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  • But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open
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  • The scroll or even look inside it.
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  • I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open
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  • The scroll or look inside.
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  • Then one of the elders said to me, 'don't weep!
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  • See, the lion of the tribe of judah, the root of david
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  • Has triumphed.
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  • He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'"
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  • That picture is helpful, it's a scene in heaven.
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  • John, now you've got to consider this a minute, this is jesus'
  • 00:17:06.584 --> 00:17:09.420
  • Closest friend.
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  • By this point, his peer group is gone, they've been martyred.
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  • He's been exiled to an island.
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  • He's a prisoner because of his advocacy for jesus.
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  • And the book of revelation opens with a message that there's a
  • 00:17:22.867 --> 00:17:25.236
  • Revelation god wants to deliver to his people in the earth.
  • 00:17:25.236 --> 00:17:28.573
  • And jesus says, "i know someone i can trust with this.
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  • I'll send an angel to john."
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  • So this is a man, highly esteemed.
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  • I mean, he was recruited by jesus, trained by jesus.
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  • He was entrusted with the care of jesus' mother when jesus was
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  • On the cross.
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  • This isn't just some scrub, they drug in from wherever.
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  • And when john sees this scene, and the question is, who's
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  • Worthy to open the scroll?
  • 00:17:55.500 --> 00:17:58.469
  • The answer is no one.
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  • And john begins to weep.
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  • Do you ever look at the world around you and weep?
  • 00:18:03.674 --> 00:18:06.410
  • Do you ever feel inadequate, incomplete, like you're not
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  • Charged up enough?
  • 00:18:10.481 --> 00:18:14.051
  • Do you need a fire wire?
  • 00:18:14.051 --> 00:18:17.355
  • Well that's the scene and someone says to john, "you don't
  • 00:18:17.355 --> 00:18:20.191
  • Need to weep, the lion of the tribe judah is here."
  • 00:18:20.191 --> 00:18:26.164
  • Inadequate we are, but we're not alone and the awareness of your
  • 00:18:26.164 --> 00:18:32.503
  • Limit is a very essential component to a role of
  • 00:18:32.503 --> 00:18:37.375
  • Significance in the kingdom of god.
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  • When you get to the place that you think you've got this, i
  • 00:18:40.244 --> 00:18:43.514
  • Hope you're on the other team.
  • 00:18:43.514 --> 00:18:47.485
  • It's our willingness to humble ourselves, and recognize that on
  • 00:18:47.485 --> 00:18:51.589
  • Our best day, we can't heal a gnat's wing.
  • 00:18:51.589 --> 00:18:55.226
  • We can't save anybody's life, we can't forgive a sin.
  • 00:18:55.226 --> 00:18:58.930
  • We can't defeat satan, you're no match for the devil.
  • 00:18:58.930 --> 00:19:02.400
  • If you and i were a match for satan himself, jesus wouldn't
  • 00:19:02.400 --> 00:19:04.835
  • Have needed to come and offer himself as a sacrifice.
  • 00:19:04.835 --> 00:19:08.906
  • So rather than your inadequacy disqualifying you, it's a
  • 00:19:08.906 --> 00:19:12.543
  • Nominating essential.
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  • I'm not making this up.
  • 00:19:16.547 --> 00:19:17.982
  • Look at 1 corinthians chapter 1 verse 28, says this, paul's
  • 00:19:17.982 --> 00:19:21.118
  • Writing to a church and he said, "god chose the lowly things of
  • 00:19:21.118 --> 00:19:23.754
  • This world and the despised things--and the things that are
  • 00:19:23.754 --> 00:19:25.690
  • Not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast
  • 00:19:25.690 --> 00:19:29.594
  • Before him.
  • 00:19:29.594 --> 00:19:31.262
  • It is because of him that you are in christ jesus."
  • 00:19:31.262 --> 00:19:33.898
  • That's the game changer right there, you're gonna be in
  • 00:19:33.898 --> 00:19:35.800
  • Christ, not in church, not in the denomination, not in the
  • 00:19:35.800 --> 00:19:38.869
  • Right translation, not in the right worship style; in christ
  • 00:19:38.869 --> 00:19:42.907
  • Jesus changes everything.
  • 00:19:42.907 --> 00:19:46.177
  • He is our righteousness, he's the one who justifies us.
  • 00:19:46.177 --> 00:19:50.348
  • Again, we've been distracted.
  • 00:19:50.348 --> 00:19:52.783
  • We've described ourselves in so many other ways.
  • 00:19:52.783 --> 00:19:57.188
  • "in christ jesus, who has become for us, wisdom from god--that
  • 00:19:57.188 --> 00:20:02.226
  • Is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
  • 00:20:02.226 --> 00:20:05.696
  • Therefore, as it is written, 'let him who boasts, boast in
  • 00:20:05.696 --> 00:20:07.932
  • The lord.'"
  • 00:20:07.932 --> 00:20:09.967
  • The message i'm processing with you is leading with your faith.
  • 00:20:09.967 --> 00:20:14.505
  • There's some real significant resistance to that in our world
  • 00:20:14.505 --> 00:20:17.108
  • These days: things you know you're not supposed to say,
  • 00:20:17.108 --> 00:20:20.511
  • Things you know you're not supposed to notice, perspectives
  • 00:20:20.511 --> 00:20:22.780
  • You're not supposed to extend into the culture 'cause there
  • 00:20:22.780 --> 00:20:25.483
  • Could be repercussions for that.
  • 00:20:25.483 --> 00:20:28.653
  • And if you feel inadequate to stand against them, you
  • 00:20:28.653 --> 00:20:30.655
  • Are right.
  • 00:20:30.655 --> 00:20:33.257
  • But from that place, if we can acknowledge that we don't stand
  • 00:20:33.257 --> 00:20:35.626
  • In our strength or our intellect or my training, we stand in the
  • 00:20:35.626 --> 00:20:39.530
  • Authority of jesus of nazareth, who happens to be the king of
  • 00:20:39.530 --> 00:20:43.200
  • Kings and the lord of lords.
  • 00:20:43.200 --> 00:20:45.803
  • And every knee will bow before him.
  • 00:20:45.803 --> 00:20:51.108
  • And in our journey through time, we want everybody affiliated
  • 00:20:51.175 --> 00:20:53.911
  • With us to know that we stand on his behalf, before we identify
  • 00:20:53.911 --> 00:20:58.215
  • With anything else.
  • 00:20:58.215 --> 00:21:00.918
  • Hm.
  • 00:21:00.918 --> 00:21:03.788
  • I would submit to you--and i spent my life in the church, so
  • 00:21:03.788 --> 00:21:06.624
  • I'm really, i'm not throwing stones at anybody else, i'm
  • 00:21:06.624 --> 00:21:09.193
  • Trying to observe the journey, and we struggle with a little
  • 00:21:09.193 --> 00:21:13.531
  • Bit too much selfish ambition.
  • 00:21:13.531 --> 00:21:17.301
  • You know, we'll put ourselves forward for big assignments,
  • 00:21:17.301 --> 00:21:20.304
  • Maybe profitable assignments, assignments that we imagine
  • 00:21:20.304 --> 00:21:23.374
  • Would be rewarded or self-fulfilling.
  • 00:21:23.374 --> 00:21:26.277
  • And i truly think that the pathway, the doorway to real
  • 00:21:26.277 --> 00:21:28.679
  • Significance in the kingdom, starts with doing things that
  • 00:21:28.679 --> 00:21:31.515
  • Others don't deem significant.
  • 00:21:31.515 --> 00:21:35.586
  • Thank you for that rousing amen.
  • 00:21:35.586 --> 00:21:37.388
  • I appreciate your support and your encouragement.
  • 00:21:37.388 --> 00:21:39.924
  • Look in philippians 2 verse 3.
  • 00:21:39.924 --> 00:21:41.359
  • "do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit."
  • 00:21:41.359 --> 00:21:44.528
  • Do nothing, don't do anything if you're doing it out of
  • 00:21:44.528 --> 00:21:46.330
  • Selfish ambition,
  • 00:21:46.330 --> 00:21:47.698
  • Ambition is not wrong.
  • 00:21:47.698 --> 00:21:49.834
  • God created you with the capacity for ambition.
  • 00:21:49.834 --> 00:21:52.436
  • I think the direction of scripture is that we have
  • 00:21:52.436 --> 00:21:54.138
  • Ambition for the kingdom of god.
  • 00:21:54.138 --> 00:21:56.741
  • Most of us are ambitious for many, many things but the
  • 00:21:56.741 --> 00:21:59.009
  • Kingdom of god is somewhere down that list.
  • 00:21:59.009 --> 00:22:02.346
  • And many of you are ambitious, that your children serve the
  • 00:22:02.346 --> 00:22:04.382
  • Lord wholeheartedly.
  • 00:22:04.382 --> 00:22:07.718
  • More than you're ambitious, that they achieve or become or get a
  • 00:22:07.718 --> 00:22:10.554
  • Scholarship, whatever.
  • 00:22:10.554 --> 00:22:11.889
  • You see, if that's at the top of the list, it changes how you
  • 00:22:11.889 --> 00:22:15.393
  • Pray, what you engage with them, what you involve them with.
  • 00:22:15.393 --> 00:22:18.162
  • "do nothing out of selfish ambition, but consider others
  • 00:22:18.162 --> 00:22:23.467
  • Better than yourselves.
  • 00:22:23.467 --> 00:22:25.436
  • Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also
  • 00:22:25.436 --> 00:22:28.272
  • To the interest of the others."
  • 00:22:28.272 --> 00:22:29.607
  • You talk about something that would change the culture of the
  • 00:22:29.607 --> 00:22:32.009
  • 21st century church, if we consider the interest of others.
  • 00:22:32.009 --> 00:22:34.178
  • No, we have to talk about it in church, don't get mad 'cause
  • 00:22:34.178 --> 00:22:37.014
  • Somebody sits in your seat.
  • 00:22:37.014 --> 00:22:41.519
  • I mean, we talk about it enough, we laugh about it.
  • 00:22:41.519 --> 00:22:45.055
  • Somebody's gonna take your parking place.
  • 00:22:45.055 --> 00:22:46.390
  • "well, you know, i don't know if i like that.
  • 00:22:46.390 --> 00:22:48.926
  • I'd park two rows further away."
  • 00:22:48.926 --> 00:22:51.362
  • "had to sit next to somebody."
  • 00:22:54.932 --> 00:22:56.801
  • Come on wednesday night; it's a beautiful thing to behold.
  • 00:22:56.801 --> 00:23:01.338
  • I'm amazed that without doing any, as far as i can tell,
  • 00:23:01.338 --> 00:23:03.707
  • There's no math being done in the room, but the geometric
  • 00:23:03.707 --> 00:23:06.544
  • Dispersal of people on campus is beautiful.
  • 00:23:06.544 --> 00:23:11.248
  • On the other side of the building, it's filled with
  • 00:23:11.248 --> 00:23:13.217
  • Teenagers, very close proximity.
  • 00:23:13.217 --> 00:23:18.689
  • Teenagers get close.
  • 00:23:18.689 --> 00:23:20.024
  • I mean, you got to keep an eye on them; they'll get too
  • 00:23:20.024 --> 00:23:22.927
  • Close, right?
  • 00:23:22.927 --> 00:23:24.261
  • I pray if you're not used to it, go watch a room full of
  • 00:23:24.261 --> 00:23:27.364
  • Teenagers, they don't have any problem, they don't wanna spread
  • 00:23:27.364 --> 00:23:29.567
  • Out, they'll be standing right up here in everybody's business.
  • 00:23:29.567 --> 00:23:32.002
  • "hi, i'm allan, how are you?
  • 00:23:32.002 --> 00:23:33.604
  • I don't think i know you."
  • 00:23:33.604 --> 00:23:36.040
  • You come over here where the people get a little older, we
  • 00:23:36.040 --> 00:23:40.911
  • Spread out like the pox has come in the room, and then we talk
  • 00:23:40.911 --> 00:23:46.617
  • About being brothers and sisters in the lord.
  • 00:23:46.617 --> 00:23:49.887
  • Think about others.
  • 00:23:49.887 --> 00:23:52.923
  • It would change the church.
  • 00:23:52.923 --> 00:23:54.859
  • The reality is we are inadequate.
  • 00:23:54.859 --> 00:23:57.528
  • We're not perfect, church isn't a hall of fame of faith.
  • 00:23:57.528 --> 00:24:01.365
  • Folks, we're a triage unit.
  • 00:24:01.365 --> 00:24:04.235
  • We come in here limping, and wounded, and taped up, we need
  • 00:24:04.235 --> 00:24:06.704
  • The encouragement.
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  • One of the most damaging things that's happened to us, there's
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  • Statistics coming out now about what happened to our children
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  • When they couldn't be together in school,
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  • That their learning declined precipitously.
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  • We're having some of the lowest test scores we've had in our
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  • History as a people.
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  • May i ask you a question?
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  • If the children's learning was diminished by the inability to
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  • Be together, do you think it's possible that the adult's
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  • Learning could be diminished because we weren't together?
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  • I'm just saying, i know all the skeptics, "you're just trying to
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  • Get me to come to church."
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  • No, actually it's easier for me if you're on the other side of a
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  • Screen, but i think there's a benefit in being with the people
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  • Of god far beyond sermons or music.
  • 00:24:49.747 --> 00:24:52.950
  • We help one another, we encourage one another.
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  • It's god's strength, it's not my strength, i am inadequate.
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  • If you've made that observation, you're absolutely right.
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  • Look at 2 corinthians 12:9.
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  • "he said to me, 'my grace is sufficient for you.'"
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  • This is paul asking god for help.
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  • He has a persistent challenge and god said, "my grace is
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  • Sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness."
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  • If it's up to me, i'd wipe that out of my bible.
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  • I'd just hit delete, i'd highlight it and hit delete.
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  • But the reality is, in the places where we're weak and
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  • We're inadequate, we become far better listeners.
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  • "therefore, i'll boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses
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  • So that christ's power may rest on me.
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  • That's why, for christ's sake, i delight in weakness, in insults,
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  • In hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
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  • For when i'm weak, then i'm strong."
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  • If you've been withdrawing from leading with your faith 'cause
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  • You feel inadequate, you've missed an important
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  • Qualification, that sense of inadequacy nominates you to a
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  • Front row seat.
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  • Stop using it.
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  • In fact, i brought you a proclamation, it's a verse of
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  • Scripture, i'm gonna ask you to say it with me as a declaration
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  • Over your life.
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  • Is it in your notes, have you found it?
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  • If you've been ignoring the notes, catch up with me.
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  • It's philippians chapter 4, verses 12 and 13.
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  • Let's just say it together.
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  • "i know what it is to be in need, and i know what it is to
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  • Have plenty.
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  • I have learned the secret of being content in any and every
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  • Situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty
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  • Or in want.
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  • I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
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  • Amen, you don't wanna wait until you have more to do something
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  • For the lord, you don't wanna wait until you're encumbered
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  • With less.
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  • You can do whatever god puts in front of you, if you're willing
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  • To lead with your faith.
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  • Pastor allen: if you feel inadequate for ministry, that's
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  • An important qualification for significance in the kingdom
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  • Of god.
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  • In ourselves, we can do very little, but in christ we can do
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  • All things.
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  • So where you feel inadequate is exactly the place that's the
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  • Incubator for the power of god to break loose in your life.
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  • I wanna pray with you, that we'll have the courage to stand
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  • For jesus in the midst of our own brokenness.
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  • Father, i thank you, that your strength is made perfect in
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  • My weakness.
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  • May we have the courage to choose you in every circumstance
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  • And to be your advocate, in jesus' name, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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