Leadership Essentials Part 2

October 25, 2022 | 255 | 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 2 | October 25, 2022
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  • Allen jackson: it's an honor to be with you today.
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  • We're going to continue our study on leadership essentials.
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  • We're going to talk about influence.
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  • Leadership at the end of the day is about influence.
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  • It's not about titles, or positions, or offices, or orange
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  • Charts; it's about the influence of your life.
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  • But i want to plant an idea.
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  • You're using your influence in your life every day.
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  • You're using it either for godliness or ungodliness.
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  • So the question is, what is the direction in which you're
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  • Influencing people, not with your words, with your behavior,
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  • Your actions?
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  • If they modeled who you are and what you do, what would the
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  • Influence of your life be?
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  • It's an important question.
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  • Grab your bible, and let's ask god for his insight.
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  • Allen: leadership is not about titles or positions
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  • Or offices.
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  • All of you know someone who has a title or a position that
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  • Identifies them as a leader and people could care less, right?
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  • I'm sure somebody's face just came to mind.
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  • I hope they're not your supervisor and i hope it
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  • Wasn't me.
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  • And then you know some people who maybe don't have a formal
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  • Title or position but you care about their opinion.
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  • You want to know what they think.
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  • You wanted them to help you interpret what you're watching
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  • And what you're seeing.
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  • Ultimately, leadership is about influence.
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  • So when i talk about leading with your faith i'm talking
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  • About you allowing your faith to influence your words, your
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  • Actions, your choices, and the people with whom you interact.
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  • We've been covered christians for too long.
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  • Now, here's what you have to know, is you're exerting
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  • Influence every day.
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  • Every day, whether you're doing it on purpose or not, you're
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  • Exerting influence.
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  • My question to you is, are you exerting a godly influence or an
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  • Ungodly influence?
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  • You can sit in church and be a tremendous influence
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  • For ungodliness.
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  • You can give passive permission to wickedness and immorality.
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  • You may be an active participant, and other people
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  • Know you affiliate with the church or affiliate with the
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  • Christian faith, that you have some sense of a relationship
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  • With jesus, and they watch your behaviors, and you are giving
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  • Them license, permission to behave in the way you're acting,
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  • And it'll bring judgment on them just as certainly as it will
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  • On you.
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  • So you're an exhibiting, i'm exhibiting influence every day.
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  • I've been in those academic places where i would write the
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  • Papers i needed to write to get the grades that i wanted so i
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  • Could get the degree that i wanted.
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  • I didn't challenge anything. i just went along with the flow.
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  • I thought it would add some momentum to my
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  • Professional life.
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  • So i sat down and shut up and wrote the papers.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • You understand.
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  • You're demonstrating influence every day.
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  • And don't imagine that you have to be wicked or ungodly to lead
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  • With an ungodly influence.
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  • I brought you an example. it's exodus 32.
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  • This is the group. they still smell like egypt.
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  • They've still got mud from the brick pits in their clothes.
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  • They're not long on the other side of the red sea.
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  • And moses has gone up the mountain to get the
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  • Ten commandments, and he's left aaron in charge.
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  • He's left family in charge.
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  • And the people say, "we miss moses.
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  • He's been gone a while."
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  • "and aaron says, 'take off your gold earrings that your wives
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  • And your sons and your daughters are wearing."
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  • Right there's a problem, but we'll go on.
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  • "'bring them to me.'
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  • So all the people took off their earrings and brought them
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  • To aaron.
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  • And he took what they handed him.
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  • And they made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf,
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  • Fashioning it with a tool, and they said, 'these are your gods.
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  • These are your gods, israel.'"
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  • Aaron did it, not some pagan, somewhere out here or other, not
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  • Some roughing in on the periphery of the crowd of this
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  • Mixed multitude that came out of egypt.
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  • Aaron said it.
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  • He orchestrated the rebellion.
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  • You know what god said to moses? "get out of my way.
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  • I'm going to wipe them all out. i'll start over."
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  • And moses said, "please don't."
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  • Please don't be confused on it.
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  • It said if you see somebody that you've imagined to be a christ
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  • Follower behaving in an ungodly way, do not take it for license.
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  • And i want to encourage you to begin to think about the
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  • Influence of your life: the people who work with you, the
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  • People who live next door to you, the people who sit on the
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  • Bleachers with you while your children engage or your
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  • Grandchildren engage in sporting activities.
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  • Are you leading with your faith?
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  • Do you talk to them about your faith?
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  • Do you talk to them about your worldview?
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  • Do you give them your perspective on what's happening
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  • In the world?
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  • Do they know without any question, without any doubt
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  • Where you stand?
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  • You see, i hear people out there, "what can i do, pastor?
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  • You know, should i go to washington?"
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  • No, no, go to the ball fields.
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  • "should i contact my senator?"
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  • Well, i'm not opposed to that, but first contact your family
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  • And talk to them about honoring the lord.
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  • You see, it starts at the kitchen table and our family
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  • System and it moves into that concentric circle of those
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  • People we spend our--choose to spend our discretionary time
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  • With, and then we can talk about moving outward where we work,
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  • Then we can lift their eyes to the horizon, those people we
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  • Wish would stand up.
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  • Why should god send someone to stand up at a distance if we
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  • Won't stand up where we are?
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  • You have influence.
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  • I brought you a long passage from acts.
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  • I'm not going to read the whole thing.
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  • It's peter the--and the apostles.
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  • Jesus hasn't been gone very long.
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  • The church is gaining some momentum in jerusalem, and it's
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  • Creating a great deal of consternation.
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  • They thought they'd eliminated the threat to the existing power
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  • System when they executed jesus.
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  • They did it publicly.
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  • It was a very clear message to anybody that would have dared to
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  • Continue to follow him.
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  • "if you'll do what--if you'll continue with that crazy
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  • Message, we'll do to you what we did to him."
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  • They crucified him.
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  • They tortured him to death in a very public way.
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  • Cancel culture is not new.
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  • You with me?
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  • There's been--there have been threats to cancel the message of
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  • The kingdom of god since it first arrived.
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  • What's going to be said about the 21st century church?
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  • Did we capitulate?
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  • You can forget an audience far more quickly amongst christians
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  • If we're going to talk about building bridges with the world
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  • Than you can if we talk about holiness, and purity, and
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  • Godliness, and leading with your faith.
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  • Well, anyway, the jealousy in jerusalem is growing because now
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  • People are listening to the apostles, the disciples.
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  • So they bring in peter and the crew, and they said, "if you
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  • Don't stop this--"
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  • And peter's answer, i think i put it there.
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  • Yeah, it's in verse 29.
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  • He said, "we must obey god rather than men.
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  • The god of our fathers raised jesus from the dead, whom you
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  • Killed by hanging him on a tree."
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  • Are you kidding me?
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  • By current standards, that's a brazen response, standing in
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  • Front of the powerful elite in jerusalem and saying, "you
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  • Killed the messiah."
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  • Whoa, big fella.
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  • And they're ready to have them executed.
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  • And it says someone in the sanhedrin spoke up, a man by the
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  • Name of gamaliel, and said, "will you just ask them to step
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  • Out of the room for a minute.
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  • I need to talk to you."
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  • This man had tremendous courage.
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  • He understands there's a murderous rage in that room, and
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  • He's seen it expressed a few weeks earlier.
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  • They crucified a man who raised people from the dead and healed
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  • Blind eyes.
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  • And now he has the courage to stand in front of that body of
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  • People that orchestrated that event and say, "i need to talk
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  • To you about your attitude.
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  • It's possible you're resisting god and not just people."
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  • I'm telling you that's courage to lead.
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  • And it says there in your notes--you can read it.
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  • It says his speech persuaded them.
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  • If he'd been silent, they might have killed the apostles.
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  • It seems to be the suggestion; because after his speech
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  • Persuaded them, they brought them back in and ordered that
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  • They be flogged.
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  • It's an old english word for beaten almost to death.
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  • So after his speech persuaded them, they took their foot off
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  • The gas enough to say, "we're just going to beat you within an
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  • Inch of your life."
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  • But he had the courage to use his voice.
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  • Church, we've got to find our voice.
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  • We do.
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  • I brought you a proclamation.
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  • Again, i'm working--i'm commissioning leaders everywhere
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  • I can find a little group of people.
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  • I want you to lead with your faith in your home, in your
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  • Neighborhood, at the ball fields, in the office, wherever
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  • You go.
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  • We're going to talk about the how to of this for several
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  • Sessions with god's help.
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  • This is philippians 4:9.
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  • Have you found it? keep ignoring me.
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  • I'll keep bringing you back to your notes.
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  • Let's say this verse together.
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  • "whatever you have learned, or received, or heard from me, or
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  • Seen in me, put it into practice, and the god of peace
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  • Will be with you."
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  • Well, that verse always gives me just a little pause.
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  • Can you imagine going to work tomorrow and say, "listen.
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  • I want to help you with your faith.
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  • Whatever you've learned or heard or seen in me, you just
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  • Do that."
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  • Feel inadequate?
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  • Me too.
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  • That's what paul wrote to the church at philippi.
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  • Are you living that way or are you such an undercover christian
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  • That if they emulated your behavior and your words and your
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  • Attitudes, that it wouldn't be clear whether they were
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  • Christian or not?
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  • See, the problem is not the others, it's us.
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  • We got to learn to lead with our faith.
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  • I'm tired of the brazenness of wicked.
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  • I'm tired of the determination of the ungodly while the church
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  • Cowers in the corner.
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  • We are children of the king.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen: you know, i was taught as a young person never to write
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  • In a book and especially never write in your bible.
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  • Then maybe if you were some kind of zealous, fanatical person you
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  • Would underline something.
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  • And occasionally you'd find someone with a highlighter
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  • Fetish and who would highlight something in their bible, but
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  • 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 is the most important book that i ever read, and when
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  • I read it i want to 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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  • My own personal devotion.
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  • It's a journaling bible.
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  • There's actually room on every page for me to make my notes.
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  • It's become my go-to study bible not because of the references,
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  • Because of the places i can keep my thoughts while i'm reading
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  • Your bible.
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  • Allen: we're inadequate, we have influence that needs to be
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  • Exerted, and thirdly, we've got to be intentional about this.
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  • Leading is not accidental.
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  • You're not going to be an accidental leader.
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  • I promise you're not.
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  • It's not just a coincidental thing.
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  • In luke 9 there's a statement made about jesus.
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  • It's very insightful.
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  • It says, "as the time approached for him to be
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  • Taken up to heaven--"
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  • What an interesting statement, "as the time approached for him
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  • To be taken up to heaven.
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  • We're going to heaven.
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  • How many of you will like to taken up to heaven?
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  • Yeah, i'm in.
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  • Let's go.
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  • Jesus resolutely set out for jerusalem.
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  • There's something left out of that.
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  • Before he ascends to heaven he's going to be betrayed, his best
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  • Friends are going to abandon him, he's going to be beaten
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  • Almost beyond recognition, and then he'll be tortured to death.
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  • Oh, yeah, they left that out.
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  • The time approached for him to be taken up to heaven.
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  • You see, we've been making god-decisions based on comfort
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  • And convenience and ease, what makes me happy.
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  • And i'm not opposed to happy, but i refuse to serve happy.
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  • I mean, if i can choose happy or sad, i choose happy.
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  • I don't look for the most difficult path, but i will not
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  • Yield the privilege of serving the lord in order to maintain
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  • The space that makes me happy.
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  • Let's do some hard things for the kingdom of god.
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  • Let's teach our kids that doing life being a person of character
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  • Is going to require you to make some difficult lifts.
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  • It's not always about easy.
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  • Jesus set his face resolutely to go to jerusalem.
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  • In the king james it says he set his face like a flint.
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  • Look at 1 corinthians 9.
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  • This is the apostle paul.
  • 00:15:23.172 --> 00:15:24.506
  • "therefore i don't run like a man running aimlessly."
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  • He's not just out for a jog.
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  • If you catch me running and i'm running hard, you stop and give
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  • Me a ride.
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  • Something is after me.
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  • I promise.
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  • Don't you just drive past me; you call 911, you back up, you
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  • Come get me.
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  • We're in real trouble.
  • 00:15:42.758 --> 00:15:44.460
  • If you catch me walking, shuffling bottle of water,
  • 00:15:44.460 --> 00:15:47.096
  • Earbuds in, you just move on.
  • 00:15:47.096 --> 00:15:51.633
  • I'm out there for a pseudo, carto, cardio.
  • 00:15:51.633 --> 00:15:54.269
  • I want to eat more desert trip.
  • 00:15:54.269 --> 00:15:58.173
  • And i think we put them in coach to lead to our christian lives
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  • Like that.
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  • We participate when it's convenient.
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  • If we don't have a better option, if our team's not
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  • Playing, if it's not a good day to be someplace else we'll
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  • Choose the commandments that are most comfortable.
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  • We've kind of had an aimless--and we've been able to
  • 00:16:12.521 --> 00:16:14.656
  • Do that because our lives have been secured by the systems
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  • Around us.
  • 00:16:16.525 --> 00:16:17.860
  • We weren't sudanese christians.
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  • We weren't rwandan christians.
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  • We weren't in those places in the world where there was
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  • Tremendous suffering and death and volatility, we've been in a
  • 00:16:23.365 --> 00:16:26.201
  • Stable place with a great deal of liberty and freedom.
  • 00:16:26.201 --> 00:16:29.905
  • And we could use our christianity as kind of a casual
  • 00:16:29.905 --> 00:16:32.241
  • Self-identifier, and we didn't want to identify as muslim.
  • 00:16:32.241 --> 00:16:35.244
  • "so, yeah, i'm kind of a christian."
  • 00:16:35.244 --> 00:16:37.646
  • But we were pretty aimless.
  • 00:16:37.646 --> 00:16:42.785
  • Paul said, "i don't run like that.
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  • I don't fight like a man beating the air.
  • 00:16:45.087 --> 00:16:48.724
  • No, i beat my body and i make it my slave so that after i have
  • 00:16:48.724 --> 00:16:51.393
  • Preached to others, i myself will not be disqualified for
  • 00:16:51.393 --> 00:16:54.797
  • The prize."
  • 00:16:54.797 --> 00:16:56.865
  • There's a intentionality in paul's language.
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  • I want to ask you to begin to think of your faith in
  • 00:16:58.500 --> 00:17:02.004
  • A little more intentional way.
  • 00:17:02.004 --> 00:17:03.372
  • I think of the way i--we process god questions in our lives, and
  • 00:17:03.372 --> 00:17:06.875
  • It seems to me we're accepting of things, but we're often
  • 00:17:06.875 --> 00:17:09.845
  • Not intentional.
  • 00:17:09.845 --> 00:17:11.180
  • "i'm open for anything god has for me."
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:13.348
  • People say that to me.
  • 00:17:13.348 --> 00:17:14.716
  • "you know, pastor, i'll just--whatever god wants to do,
  • 00:17:14.716 --> 00:17:18.954
  • That'd be fine with me.
  • 00:17:18.954 --> 00:17:20.289
  • Whatever god want.
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  • If you'll just tell me what he wants me to do, i'm just all in
  • 00:17:21.623 --> 00:17:24.927
  • For that.
  • 00:17:24.927 --> 00:17:26.462
  • I promise i'll cooperate."
  • 00:17:26.462 --> 00:17:28.964
  • You know, with that attitude there's a high degree of
  • 00:17:28.964 --> 00:17:30.699
  • Probability you could go to hell.
  • 00:17:30.699 --> 00:17:34.636
  • Jesus died on a cross for us.
  • 00:17:34.636 --> 00:17:38.407
  • And the bible says in order to benefit from that i have to
  • 00:17:38.407 --> 00:17:41.043
  • Believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that jesus
  • 00:17:41.043 --> 00:17:43.679
  • Is lord.
  • 00:17:43.679 --> 00:17:47.349
  • God's done what he's going to do to make it possible for me to
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  • Participate in his kingdom.
  • 00:17:51.220 --> 00:17:53.522
  • So i need more than just an accepting attitude for whatever
  • 00:17:53.522 --> 00:17:56.492
  • God forces upon me.
  • 00:17:56.492 --> 00:17:59.161
  • I have to be intentional in how i seek him.
  • 00:17:59.161 --> 00:18:02.231
  • Bible says seek him while he may be found.
  • 00:18:02.231 --> 00:18:03.899
  • In hebrews it says he's the rewarder of those who diligently
  • 00:18:03.899 --> 00:18:06.034
  • Seek him.
  • 00:18:06.034 --> 00:18:08.103
  • We've been a little casual.
  • 00:18:08.103 --> 00:18:09.438
  • We've tried to get our god business done, and then we want
  • 00:18:09.438 --> 00:18:11.173
  • To go live our lives.
  • 00:18:11.173 --> 00:18:12.508
  • We're going to lead with our faith now.
  • 00:18:12.508 --> 00:18:14.109
  • It's a new season.
  • 00:18:14.109 --> 00:18:16.011
  • We need a new outcome.
  • 00:18:16.011 --> 00:18:17.346
  • We need--and our children need us to lead in a new way.
  • 00:18:17.346 --> 00:18:20.382
  • We got to help them with their masks.
  • 00:18:20.382 --> 00:18:23.118
  • We've been sitting over here breathing pretty comfortably.
  • 00:18:23.118 --> 00:18:26.822
  • Now, there's some preparation that goes with this.
  • 00:18:26.822 --> 00:18:28.524
  • 1 peter 1:13 says, "prepare your minds for action."
  • 00:18:28.524 --> 00:18:31.994
  • I love this is the fisherman jesus recruited, and he's near
  • 00:18:31.994 --> 00:18:34.563
  • The end of his life, and he writes to the church.
  • 00:18:34.563 --> 00:18:36.398
  • He said, "you better prepare your minds for action.
  • 00:18:36.398 --> 00:18:39.101
  • You haven't been thinking in a way that makes you able to get
  • 00:18:39.101 --> 00:18:41.403
  • In the active end of the discussion."
  • 00:18:41.403 --> 00:18:44.806
  • We've had theoretical christianity long enough.
  • 00:18:44.806 --> 00:18:47.743
  • We've sat in our churches and talked about first century
  • 00:18:47.743 --> 00:18:49.778
  • Culture, but we didn't want to talk about 21st century culture.
  • 00:18:49.778 --> 00:18:54.483
  • That's inappropriate, we've been told.
  • 00:18:54.483 --> 00:18:56.385
  • No, it's not. it's essential.
  • 00:18:56.385 --> 00:18:59.321
  • If our faith does not impact the culture of the 21st century, we
  • 00:18:59.321 --> 00:19:02.524
  • Failed as salt and light, and we won't make an influence.
  • 00:19:02.524 --> 00:19:06.461
  • We can't make an impact if we can't even talk about it.
  • 00:19:06.461 --> 00:19:10.699
  • I brought you a comparison; two persons that had done something
  • 00:19:14.937 --> 00:19:18.574
  • In the way they thought that changed their significance in
  • 00:19:18.574 --> 00:19:21.143
  • The kingdom.
  • 00:19:21.143 --> 00:19:22.477
  • The first is daniel.
  • 00:19:22.477 --> 00:19:23.812
  • You know him as a slave his whole life in babylon,
  • 00:19:23.812 --> 00:19:25.747
  • Remarkable man of faith.
  • 00:19:25.747 --> 00:19:27.983
  • It says daniel--the angel says to daniel, "do not be afraid.
  • 00:19:27.983 --> 00:19:31.620
  • Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding
  • 00:19:31.620 --> 00:19:33.722
  • And to humble yourself before god, your words were heard, and
  • 00:19:33.722 --> 00:19:38.427
  • I came in response to them."
  • 00:19:38.427 --> 00:19:39.761
  • He got an angelic visit because of an attitude in his mind.
  • 00:19:39.761 --> 00:19:44.866
  • He was intentional in the pursuit of god, and he
  • 00:19:44.866 --> 00:19:47.035
  • Humbled himself.
  • 00:19:47.035 --> 00:19:48.370
  • He knew he was inadequate.
  • 00:19:48.370 --> 00:19:49.705
  • The assignment in front of him was too great.
  • 00:19:49.705 --> 00:19:51.139
  • He wasn't going to overthrow the babylonian or the persian empire
  • 00:19:51.139 --> 00:19:53.842
  • On his strength alone, but god in him was so real that the
  • 00:19:53.842 --> 00:19:57.613
  • Leaders of both of those empires came to him for direction in
  • 00:19:57.613 --> 00:20:00.282
  • Making their choices.
  • 00:20:00.282 --> 00:20:03.585
  • You're right.
  • 00:20:03.585 --> 00:20:04.920
  • We're inadequate, but we have to determine that we are going to,
  • 00:20:04.920 --> 00:20:07.456
  • On purpose, intentionally seek the lord.
  • 00:20:07.456 --> 00:20:12.261
  • Look in matthew 16.
  • 00:20:12.261 --> 00:20:15.964
  • This was jesus talking to peter.
  • 00:20:15.964 --> 00:20:17.299
  • He turned to peter and he said, "get behind me.
  • 00:20:17.299 --> 00:20:18.867
  • You are a stumbling block to me.
  • 00:20:18.867 --> 00:20:20.402
  • You're not setting your mind on god's interests."
  • 00:20:20.402 --> 00:20:23.372
  • This is peter, water walking.
  • 00:20:23.372 --> 00:20:26.275
  • This is the first person to say, "you're the messiah."
  • 00:20:26.275 --> 00:20:30.279
  • He's a disciple.
  • 00:20:30.279 --> 00:20:31.613
  • He's a trusted friend of jesus. he is an inner-circle learner.
  • 00:20:31.613 --> 00:20:37.319
  • There isn't anybody in the book that's any closer to the messiah
  • 00:20:37.319 --> 00:20:40.422
  • Than peter, and jesus looks at peter and he said, "your mind is
  • 00:20:40.422 --> 00:20:44.226
  • Not set on the right thing.
  • 00:20:44.226 --> 00:20:45.560
  • Get out of my way."
  • 00:20:45.560 --> 00:20:48.130
  • We've been living a little presumptuously.
  • 00:20:48.130 --> 00:20:51.566
  • We have to invite the spirit of god to help us with our
  • 00:20:51.566 --> 00:20:53.535
  • Thoughts, with our priorities, with our determinations.
  • 00:20:53.535 --> 00:20:58.307
  • We have to set our minds on the things of god.
  • 00:20:58.307 --> 00:21:01.043
  • I want to give you a little paradigm, and i'm going to wrap
  • 00:21:01.043 --> 00:21:02.944
  • Up with this one.
  • 00:21:02.944 --> 00:21:04.746
  • I've used this through the years.
  • 00:21:04.746 --> 00:21:06.248
  • In fact, when i sent my notes in, they sent them back to me
  • 00:21:06.248 --> 00:21:08.483
  • And said i had a typo.
  • 00:21:08.483 --> 00:21:11.420
  • The paradigm is this: ready, fire, aim.
  • 00:21:11.420 --> 00:21:15.223
  • When they sent them back to me, what did they say?
  • 00:21:18.860 --> 00:21:22.764
  • Ready, aim, fire.
  • 00:21:22.764 --> 00:21:24.099
  • You know what we do in church?
  • 00:21:24.099 --> 00:21:25.834
  • Church, well, i've lived in church.
  • 00:21:25.834 --> 00:21:27.169
  • Well, i can speak this.
  • 00:21:27.169 --> 00:21:28.503
  • Our process is, "ready?
  • 00:21:28.503 --> 00:21:29.871
  • Aim.
  • 00:21:29.871 --> 00:21:35.844
  • Let's have a committee meeting in talking about how to aim
  • 00:21:31.406 --> 00:21:37.679
  • More effectively.
  • 00:21:37.679 --> 00:21:40.182
  • Let's have a vote. aim.
  • 00:21:40.182 --> 00:21:41.850
  • Well, i don't know.
  • 00:21:41.850 --> 00:21:43.185
  • Is anybody else aiming in this direction?
  • 00:21:43.185 --> 00:21:45.520
  • Aim.
  • 00:21:45.520 --> 00:21:46.855
  • I forgot what we were aiming at.
  • 00:21:46.855 --> 00:21:49.191
  • Can we go back to the beginning?
  • 00:21:49.191 --> 00:21:51.526
  • Ready?"
  • 00:21:51.526 --> 00:21:52.961
  • I want to suggest a different plan.
  • 00:21:52.961 --> 00:21:55.397
  • Ready? fire.
  • 00:21:55.397 --> 00:21:57.499
  • Fire. fire.
  • 00:21:57.499 --> 00:21:59.501
  • Somebody better look.
  • 00:21:59.501 --> 00:22:03.171
  • I'm not encouraging violence.
  • 00:22:03.171 --> 00:22:04.539
  • I'm not talking about guns.
  • 00:22:04.539 --> 00:22:07.509
  • I'm talking about leading with your faith.
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  • There are people all around you desperate to know the truth.
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  • All day here is what's cascading over them from all the delivery
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  • Systems in our world, and most of them are not helpful.
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  • They need a biblical perspective.
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  • They need a judeo-christian worldview.
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  • They need somebody that they're acquainted with, that they
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  • Interact with that will have the courage to say to them that, "i
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  • Believe jesus is lord."
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  • And as much as we would like it to be an angel, or a talking
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  • Donkey, or some elected official, or somebody other than
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  • Us, we're the church.
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  • When god recruited moses in exodus 3, he said--he comes and
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  • He says this wonderful thing to him.
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  • He said, "i've heard the suffering of my people, and i've
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  • Come down to deliver them."
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  • And moses is going, "yes.
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  • Thank god. i tried that.
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  • I messed that up in a major way."
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  • And then god says, "now, i'm sending you."
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  • "whoa."
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  • See, most of us would be happy if they prayed in our schools
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  • And put the ten commandments on the wall, and they prayed in the
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  • Hospitals, in the ballgames, in the courtrooms, and the nativity
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  • Scenes are back in the public square.
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  • We'd be happy if somebody else would go say, "that's a good
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  • Idea," while we stand over here and mumble something about
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  • Separating something from something.
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  • We've got to lead with our faith.
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  • The freedoms and liberties we have don't come from the
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  • Government, they come from god.
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  • Governments encroach upon liberties and freedoms.
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  • They have throughout human history.
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  • They're doing it all over the earth today.
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  • So what's our action plan?
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  • I'll talk to you about it in the next session, but i brought you
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  • One more proclamation.
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  • It's isaiah 6. it's near the end of your notes.
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  • There's hope.
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  • I'm done. it's isaiah 6:8.
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  • Let's just say it together.
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  • "i heard the voice of the lord saying, 'whom shall i send, and
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  • Who will go for us?'
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  • And i said, 'here i am.
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  • Send me.'"
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  • Now, i want you to stand with me, if you will.
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  • How many of you be willing to lead with your faith?
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  • If the lord gave you an opportunity this week to be an
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  • Advocate for jesus, if he gave you a let's-pray moment, if he
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  • Gave you an opportunity to say, "yeah, i go to that church," if
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  • He gave you an opportunity to say, "i don't think that's an
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  • Appropriate content for our minor children to be learning,"
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  • Would you be willing to lead with your faith?
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  • If you would, i'd like to pray a prayer of commissioning.
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  • It's a serious thing.
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  • I believe god takes us at our word.
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  • But i have something god's put in my heart that by the end of
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  • The year we will have commissioned thousands of people
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  • Across this nation to lead with their faith.
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  • It's time.
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  • Again, we're not angry, we're not belligerent, we're certainly
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  • Not violent, but we're taking jesus with us wherever we go.
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  • You know, they don't so much anymore.
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  • They used to ask me if i'd come do some prayer to dedicate
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  • Something, and they'd say, "you know, it's going to be a very
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  • Diverse audience.
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  • Could you kind of go light on the jesus thing?"
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  • I'd go, "no."
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  • So it kind of became a game with me.
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  • Kathy, she knows by now.
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  • She'll take count how many times i can say jesus in a
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  • 3-minute prayer.
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  • You're right. i'm inadequate.
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  • But christ in you, you can do that.
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  • You can do that.
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  • You ready?
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  • Father, i thank you.
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  • Lord, i believe you gathered us today.
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  • For far more than our decision or our will, i believe you led
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  • Us together by your spirit, lord, on our campus and
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  • Far beyond.
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  • And just as isaiah was willing to say, "here i am,
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  • Send me," father, we stand in your presence this morning to
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  • Say here we are.
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  • Send us into this generation.
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  • Holy spirit, we need your help.
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  • Where we've been unaware or unconcerned or uninvolved, i
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  • Pray you'll give us understanding hearts and new
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  • Eyes and new ears to be aware of what's happening.
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  • Give us the humility to recognize that in ourselves we
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  • Are weak and frail but the boldness to acknowledge that
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  • Christ in us is sufficient.
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  • I thank you for it, but i thank you that as we're willing to use
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  • Our voice and encourage others and pray for others and extend
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  • Hope to others that we'll begin to see you move in the most
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  • Remarkable ways.
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  • We'll bring those stories back where we'll share them, we'll
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  • Celebrate them, we'll give thanks for them.
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  • We'll let the name of jesus be exalted in the earth.
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  • Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is
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  • In heaven.
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  • Here we are.
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  • Lord, anoint us. give us boldness.
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  • May the fear of the lord grow in our hearts more than the fear
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  • Of people.
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  • And i thank you for what you will do in jesus' name, amen.
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  • Hallelujah. god bless you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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