Who Are God's Chosen People?

October 7, 2022 | 240 | 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 | Who Are God's Chosen People? | October 7, 2022
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  • Pastor allen: now, i wanna go back to the beginning,
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  • I think the foundations matter on this topic.
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  • So i'll take just a moment with it,
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  • But we're gonna move through it pretty quickly.
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  • So genesis chapter 12.
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  • The first 11 chapters of the book of genesis
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  • Are universal in scope.
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  • They deal with all the people on the planet.
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  • The creation narrative, the flood.
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  • Those first 11 chapters, the tower of babel,
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  • That they're universal in scope.
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  • The principles carry all the way through scripture.
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  • If you'll accept the book of genesis by faith,
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  • The rest of the bible makes sense.
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  • If you reject the book of genesis,
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  • The rest of the bible is nonsense.
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  • So don't be so intellectual you can't accept
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  • The book of genesis.
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  • In the beginning god created the heavens and the earth.
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  • I'm good with that. how did you do it?
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  • I don't know, i wasn't there yet.
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  • I'm not opposed to science folks.
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  • You will need your brain to know god.
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  • But science is a process, it's a system of learning
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  • And understanding the world in which we live.
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  • Science is not a completed fact.
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  • The most brilliant scientist in the world,
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  • The most brilliant medical practitioners in the world,
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  • Not too long ago, didn't wash their hands between patients.
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  • Wasn't malpractice, they didn't understand germ theory.
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  • There's much we don't know yet.
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  • Don't be embarrassed by believing god.
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  • Those first 11 chapters of genesis are universal
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  • And genesis chapter 12, the entire tone
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  • Of scripture changes.
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  • And the pattern that is initiated in genesis 12,
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  • Continues all the way through the conclusion of this age
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  • That we read about in the book of revelation.
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  • And the fundamental principle that is different,
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  • Is god begins to develop a people for himself.
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  • He's not talking about all of humanity
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  • In those universal terms any longer, he's talking
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  • About a people uniquely amongst all the people.
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  • Genesis 12 verse 1, "the lord said to abraham,
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  • Leave your country, your people and your father's household
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  • And go to the land i will show you."
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  • There's a separation that's gonna take place,
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  • Abram.
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  • There's a physical separation that's gonna take place.
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  • And look into the promise.
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  • "i will make you into a great nation and i will bless you;
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  • I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
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  • I'll bless those who bless you and whoever curses you i will
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  • Curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
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  • It's a promise of a gospel.
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  • It's a promise of a message that can change
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  • The destiny of humanity.
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  • But it's the beginning of god developing a people for himself.
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  • Genesis 17 and verse 7, "i will establish my covenant
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  • As an everlasting covenant between me and you."
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  • He's talking to abraham, "and your descendants
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  • After you for the generations to come, to be your god
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  • And the god of your descendants after you."
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  • See we move from, god created the heavens and the earth
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  • To god saying to abram, "i'll be your god."
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  • There's a personal quality of this.
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  • In fact, he's willing to be identified.
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  • He presents himself for the remaining part of the story
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  • As the god of abraham, the god of isaac and the god of jacob.
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  • "i'm the god that they believed in."
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  • Imagine that.
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  • Not a heavenly being, not a higher power,
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  • Not some unknown entity, not some creative force
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  • That brought order to the universe in which we live,
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  • A god who can be known.
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  • A god that looks across the span of human history and said,
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  • I'm looking for a people that will believe in me.
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  • In exodus chapter 3.
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  • This was the message god gave to moses to tell to the hebrews,
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  • The former slaves of egypt.
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  • He said, "i'm the god of your father,
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  • The god of abraham, the god of isaac and the god of jacob.
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  • At this, moses hide his face, because he was afraid
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  • To look at god."
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  • That's moses' recruitment narrative.
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  • That's the burning bush.
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  • He just gotten through taking off his sandals,
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  • 'cause god said, "you're standing on holy ground
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  • And you're messing up the floor."
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  • "i'm the god of abraham, the god of isaac,
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  • And the god of jacob, and i've come for you."
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  • You see, until that point, you can't really talk
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  • About the jewish people.
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  • They went into egypt as a family,
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  • An extended family.
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  • They were there for 400 years that they've never lived in the
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  • Promised land, as anything more than a family that lived there.
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  • They didn't have a capital city or a central government.
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  • God promised to abraham that he would give him a land,
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  • That it would his and his descendants forever,
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  • But as of yet, they haven't occupied it.
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  • So when god recruits moses at the opening chapters
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  • In the book of exodus, he said, "i'm the god of abraham,
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  • The god of isaac, and the god of jacob."
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  • I'm still watching over that promise i made back in genesis
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  • Chapter 12, and genesis 15, and genesis 17, and moses,
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  • You and i are gonna take some steps to fulfill that."
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  • And there's this big group of people,
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  • The bible refers to them as a mixed multitude.
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  • And from that mixed multitude, we're gonna make a people
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  • Unto me.
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  • They couldn't deliver themselves from egyptian slavery.
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  • They didn't have the power, the might, the experience,
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  • The expertise, they didn't have the leverage.
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  • It took a very blatant demonstration of the power
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  • Of god to get them out of the clutches of pharaoh,
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  • And the brick pits of egypt, agreed?
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  • But god said, "i'm the god of abraham, isaac, and jacob.
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  • Moses, we're going to do this."
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  • Now after they're delivered in exodus 19,
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  • And god's message to them is, "if you obey me fully
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  • And keep my covenant, then out of all nations,
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  • You'll be my treasured possession."
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  • "nations? we're just the slaves.
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  • We haven't even occupied a land yet.
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  • And with all due respect, the canaanites and the hittites
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  • And the perizzites and the rest of the ites,
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  • They think that's their land."
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  • And god said, "no, i've given it to you."
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  • "out of all the nations i have chosen you.
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  • You'll be s treasured possession.
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  • And although the whole earth is mine,
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  • You'll be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
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  • These are the words you're to speak to the israelites."
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  • "go tell 'em moses. you're gonna be a holy nation."
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  • "really, we just landed outta slavery."
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  • Isn't that the theme of exodus, numbers, deuteronomy?
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  • How many times you hear the people going,
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  • "we kind of liked it better back in the brick pits.
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  • We knew the menu, we knew the holidays,
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  • We knew what the egyptians were gonna do.
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  • You're kind of scaring us here god.
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  • Smoke and thunder and the earth swallowed
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  • 23.000 grumblers yesterday.
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  • And the grumbling line is filled up again today.
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  • And we don't like moses, and the people that delivered
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  • The message got leprosy."
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  • "i'll make you into a holy nation.
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  • That through you, all the nations will be blessed."
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  • Isn't that what he said to abraham?
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  • That's exactly what he's saying.
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  • They didn't volunteer, they didn't vote,
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  • It wasn't democratically decided.
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  • God chose them.
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  • The sovereignty of god, we've lost sight of that.
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  • We've become so rebellious.
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  • So filled with our own egos.
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  • So filled our own sense of self-determination,
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  • That the thought of the sovereignty of god
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  • Is almost in affront to us.
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  • We call god out, we act as if he's unjust, unfair.
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  • I can't tell you how many meetings i've taken with people
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  • Who wanna talk to me about how unfair god is.
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  • It is rampant amongst us.
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  • Listen to what god, "if you obey me fully
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  • And you keep my covenant, then out of all nations,
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  • You'll be my treasured possession."
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  • That is a conditional promise.
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  • Did you catch it?
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  • There's that little preposition, second word in the sentence.
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  • If, if you obey me most of the time.
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  • "if you obey me fully, and if you keep my covenant,
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  • You'll be unassailable."
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  • You'll be unassailable.
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  • We're reading the historical books right now,
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  • We're in chronicles.
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  • They struggle a lot, don't they?
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  • That obeying him fully and keeping his covenant,
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  • It's a lift and they struggle because of it.
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  • Now that's the introduction.
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  • That's the first scene in the narrative.
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  • By the time we get to the gospels,
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  • The nation of israel, the jewish people have been established
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  • In the promised land for a long time.
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  • King david was ruling on a throne in jerusalem,
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  • A 1000 years, bc.
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  • A 100 years, bc.
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  • I mean, plus or minus a handful.
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  • Calendar's got a little fuzzy.
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  • So by the time you open your new testament,
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  • Where a 1000 years later.
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  • They've been to exile they're back in the land.
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  • They have survived a lot.
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  • Empires have come and gone, the babylonians have come and gone,
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  • The persians have come and gone.
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  • The assyrians have come and gone,
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  • Empires have risen and fallen.
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  • The egyptians have been up and down,
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  • And the jewish people persist in the land that god promised them.
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  • Do you understand the magnitude of that?
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  • Our nation is just about what, 250 years old?
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  • Imagine a thousand years in that land.
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  • They're still flourishing.
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  • God fulfilling his promise to abraham.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen: we are walking through a season of instability,
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  • Unprecedented in recent years.
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  • We've never seen anything quite like this.
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  • But i don't believe it's a time to be afraid.
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  • I believe it's a time for a courageous response
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  • From god's people.
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  • Well, the team has pulled together
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  • Some prayers that we've been leaning on
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  • Here at the church, centered in the cross
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  • And its provision for our lives.
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  • You see, our stability doesn't come from the government
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  • Or a political party or an elected leader.
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  • It comes to us through the cross of jesus christ.
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  • It's not just our provision for eternity.
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  • It's not just a "get out of hell free" card.
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  • It's everything we need, the scripture says,
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  • For life and godliness made available to us
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  • Through the cross of jesus christ.
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  • These prayers will ground you on a daily basis
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  • To help you triumph over fear, anxiety, uncertainty.
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  • We're not alone.
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  • Almighty god has made provision for us and it's through
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  • The cross of his son jesus.
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  • Take these prayers, put 'em into your life on a daily basis.
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  • They'll strengthen you, your family, your friends.
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  • They'll make a difference.
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  • Enjoy the prayers.
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  • Female announcer: being a person who prays
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  • Is not about how many minutes you invest.
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  • It's about intentionally inviting god
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  • Into all the moments of your life.
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  • Make prayer a habit and see how the power of god begins
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  • To move in your home, your work, your relationships,
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  • And your circumstances.
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  • Pastor allen's book, "through the cross,"
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  • Can help you get started.
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  • You'll find 28 days of scripture, prayers,
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  • And inspiring thoughts, all centered on the promises
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  • Provided through the cross of jesus christ.
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  • It starts the weekend of september the 24th
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  • And will continue through the first three weekends in october.
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  • Saturday night, our church service will be outdoors.
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  • You can enjoy the beautiful fall weather in tennessee.
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  • After service, we'll enjoy a worship concert together
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  • Featuring special guest artists each week
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  • That'll include matthew west, meredith andrews, kari jobe,
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  • Pastor allen: and now the messiah is here.
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  • The one that's been long looked forward to,
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  • The one that's been prophesied about.
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  • The great deliverer of their people.
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  • And in john chapter 8, we get at least to listen in,
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  • Jesus is talking to the religious leaders in jerusalem.
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  • We begin with jesus.
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  • He said, "i know that you're abraham's descendants.
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  • Yet you are looking for a way to kill me."
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  • You understand i hope, we're not the first generation
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  • To recognize there could be pushback if you advocated
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  • For the purposes of god.
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  • Folks, we got to grow up.
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  • We do.
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  • Jesus said, "i know that you are abraham's descendants.
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  • Yet you are looking for a way to kill me,
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  • Because you have no room for my word.
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  • I'm telling you what i've seen in the father's presence,
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  • And you're doing what you have heard from your father."
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  • And they answered, "abraham is our father."
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  • They're not listening.
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  • They have no intention in engaging
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  • In a civilized discourse.
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  • Gee, that seems familiar.
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  • "if you were abraham's children, jesus said,
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  • Then you would do what abraham did.
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  • As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me,
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  • A man who has told you the truth that i heard from god.
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  • Abraham did not do such things.
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  • You are doing the works of your own father."
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  • They're deeply offended.
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  • "they protested, 'we're not illegitimate children,
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  • The only father we have is god himself.'"
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  • So they're extrapolating that the dna that they share
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  • With abram makes them a special people.
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  • "and jesus said, 'if god were your father,
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  • You would love me, for i've come here from god.
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  • I've not come on my own; god sent me.'
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  • Why is my language not clear to you?
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  • Because you're unable to hear what i say.
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  • You belong to your father, the devil,
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  • And you want to carry out your father's desires.
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  • He was a murderer from the beginning."
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  • Jesus had known satan from his beginning.
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  • "he was a murderer from the beginning,
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  • Not holding to the truth, there's no truth in him.
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  • When he lies, he speaks his native language,
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  • For he is a liar and the father of lies."
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  • Now this is a very helpful window into this discussion
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  • Because we started back in genesis and then in exodus,
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  • And we've watched this story unfold.
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  • Now we've skipped over some sections,
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  • We'll come back to this, but if we were gonna tell it
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  • Sequentially, we're over here in like act 4 or 5 now.
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  • And jesus is talking to the religious leaders,
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  • They're experts on the mosaic law,
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  • They're experts on their rules.
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  • They have existed in this land for the better part
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  • Of a thousand years, victorious over much more powerful empires.
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  • They've seen far superior armies turned back time and time again,
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  • They've been delivered, they've seen god's provision.
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  • Their family history reads with the fingerprints of god's
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  • All over it and they're very confident of that.
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  • In fact, they imagine with a great deal of arrogance,
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  • That their dna determines their spiritual status.
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  • We share genetic material with the one who had the promise.
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  • Abraham is our father, therefore we are god's people.
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  • They've forgotten those introductory verses i read
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  • To you just a moment ago.
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  • "if you obey me fully and you keep my covenant."
  • 00:17:38.607 --> 00:17:45.647
  • They have hyphenated their faith.
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  • They're no longer just obedient to god,
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  • Before they're obedience to god, before their obedience
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  • Scripture, before the condition of their heart is considered,
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  • They have put something in front of the covenant.
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  • "we're abraham's children."
  • 00:18:04.166 --> 00:18:07.803
  • Well, the only reason abraham makes any difference is
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  • The covenant he had with god.
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  • That's their confidence.
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  • Look at it in verse, "abraham is our father."
  • 00:18:15.010 --> 00:18:16.845
  • They said in verse, "who do you think you are?
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  • Who are you to question us?
  • 00:18:19.915 --> 00:18:22.551
  • Who are you to call us to an account?
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  • Who are you to bring correction to us?
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  • Abraham is our father.
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  • And god dealt with the babylonians and he dealt
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  • With the persians and he dealt with the assyrians,
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  • And he's dealt with all these others.
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  • And he'll deal with-- who do you think you are?"
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  • They've lost sight of what it means to be the people of god.
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  • Not my imagination.
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  • See, the covenant with abraham is still important.
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  • It's important to you and me, it's important to them.
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  • You see, you and i are included in the people of god.
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  • Not because we sit in the right church.
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  • Not because we've joined the right group.
  • 00:19:07.529 --> 00:19:10.365
  • Not because of the building we prefer on a saturday night
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  • Or a sunday morning.
  • 00:19:12.768 --> 00:19:15.170
  • Not because of our beverage list,
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  • Our vocabulary words, what gives us status with god,
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  • Is that same covenant that abram made.
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  • Look in galatians 3 and verse 14.
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  • It's speaking of jesus, "he redeemed us in order
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  • That the blessing given to abraham
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  • Might come to the gentiles through christ jesus,
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  • So that by faith we might receive
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  • The promise of the spirit."
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  • Jesus died on the cross to give the entire world access
  • 00:19:47.269 --> 00:19:51.039
  • To the covenant that had been made.
  • 00:19:51.039 --> 00:19:56.011
  • So the good news of the new covenant isn't that god wrote
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  • A new rule book, he just opened the door more broadly
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  • To those who would receive it by faith.
  • 00:20:02.050 --> 00:20:06.154
  • And what gives us status standing entrance to being
  • 00:20:06.154 --> 00:20:09.691
  • The people of god, has everything to do
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  • With our relationship with jesus.
  • 00:20:11.827 --> 00:20:16.131
  • Not the building we sit in or the denomination we've joined
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  • Or the translation that we read.
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  • Not all the things that you imagine that make
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  • You superior to the people that you don't like.
  • 00:20:22.671 --> 00:20:25.874
  • Galatians 3:29.
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  • "if you belong to christ, then you are abraham's seed,
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  • And heirs according to the promise."
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  • Is it possible that we become as arrogant as that
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  • First century audience that jesus was talking to?
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  • Is it possible that we're so smog,
  • 00:20:43.425 --> 00:20:45.093
  • We'll point at our, the prayers we prayed or the pool
  • 00:20:45.093 --> 00:20:49.131
  • That we got in, or the number of service projects
  • 00:20:49.131 --> 00:20:51.366
  • That we've been a part of?
  • 00:20:51.366 --> 00:20:54.102
  • And we have taken our eyes off what it means
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  • To live in obedience to christ.
  • 00:20:56.071 --> 00:21:02.210
  • We have to guard our hearts.
  • 00:21:02.210 --> 00:21:03.545
  • We have to help one another.
  • 00:21:03.545 --> 00:21:06.415
  • Look at hebrews chapter 2 and verse 1.
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  • It says, "we must pay more careful attention
  • 00:21:10.018 --> 00:21:13.255
  • To what we have heard so that we do not drift away."
  • 00:21:13.255 --> 00:21:16.358
  • It couldn't be more plain.
  • 00:21:16.358 --> 00:21:20.862
  • We have to pay more careful attention,
  • 00:21:20.862 --> 00:21:24.232
  • Or we will drift away.
  • 00:21:24.232 --> 00:21:25.567
  • That is not the environment that has filled our churches.
  • 00:21:25.567 --> 00:21:28.036
  • We haven't been about careful attention.
  • 00:21:28.036 --> 00:21:32.808
  • We've been sloppy.
  • 00:21:32.808 --> 00:21:36.745
  • In fact, the statistics across the board,
  • 00:21:36.745 --> 00:21:39.881
  • We've been a bit unique, but the statistics
  • 00:21:39.881 --> 00:21:41.650
  • In how christians have responded post covid,
  • 00:21:41.650 --> 00:21:44.086
  • Is we're far more laid back.
  • 00:21:44.086 --> 00:21:49.124
  • Far more casual about how we process our faith.
  • 00:21:49.124 --> 00:21:54.596
  • The author of hebrews is, "we must pay more careful
  • 00:21:54.596 --> 00:21:56.531
  • Attention to what we've heard so that we don't drift away.
  • 00:21:56.531 --> 00:21:59.501
  • For if the message spoken by angels was binding,
  • 00:21:59.501 --> 00:22:01.603
  • And every violation and disobedience received
  • 00:22:01.603 --> 00:22:04.172
  • Its just punishment,
  • 00:22:04.172 --> 00:22:05.707
  • How shall we escape
  • 00:22:05.707 --> 00:22:07.042
  • If we ignore such a great salvation?"
  • 00:22:07.042 --> 00:22:10.312
  • We've been invited to be the people of god,
  • 00:22:10.379 --> 00:22:14.316
  • But it's a total commitment.
  • 00:22:14.316 --> 00:22:17.219
  • It's not a part-time job.
  • 00:22:17.219 --> 00:22:20.522
  • You don't get to pick your favorite
  • 00:22:20.522 --> 00:22:21.857
  • Three commandments of the ten.
  • 00:22:21.857 --> 00:22:25.293
  • You can't negotiate them away.
  • 00:22:25.293 --> 00:22:27.596
  • You can't just put grace over the top of them and say,
  • 00:22:27.596 --> 00:22:30.432
  • "god is filled with grace."
  • 00:22:30.432 --> 00:22:33.935
  • This salvation was first announced by the lord,
  • 00:22:33.935 --> 00:22:35.837
  • It was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
  • 00:22:35.837 --> 00:22:39.441
  • We have been given a great salvation.
  • 00:22:39.441 --> 00:22:41.443
  • I love that phrase a great deliverance.
  • 00:22:41.443 --> 00:22:43.912
  • Just as certainly as the hebrews were delivered
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  • From egyptian slavery to freedom, to a promised land,
  • 00:22:46.248 --> 00:22:49.317
  • We have been delivered, from enslavement to sin,
  • 00:22:49.317 --> 00:22:54.723
  • And set free to serve a living god.
  • 00:22:54.723 --> 00:22:57.826
  • It's a tremendous deliverance.
  • 00:22:57.826 --> 00:23:01.696
  • It's every bit as great in scope and magnitude and implication
  • 00:23:01.763 --> 00:23:05.100
  • As the deliverance from the egyptian brick pits.
  • 00:23:05.100 --> 00:23:08.336
  • It's not a casual thing.
  • 00:23:08.336 --> 00:23:09.971
  • And if we lack the courage to tell our friends about it,
  • 00:23:09.971 --> 00:23:12.941
  • We're deceived to think we've benefited from it.
  • 00:23:12.941 --> 00:23:18.413
  • How can we not tell our friends?
  • 00:23:18.413 --> 00:23:21.349
  • You are not their friend if you leave them enslaved to sin.
  • 00:23:21.349 --> 00:23:27.856
  • It's a great deliverance, it's a great transformation.
  • 00:23:27.856 --> 00:23:30.792
  • We were an oppressed people, and we have become the people
  • 00:23:30.792 --> 00:23:34.996
  • Upon whom god's favor rests.
  • 00:23:34.996 --> 00:23:39.201
  • Time and again through history, through the scripture
  • 00:23:39.201 --> 00:23:41.536
  • And through the unfolding history, it's been said
  • 00:23:41.536 --> 00:23:44.206
  • Of the people of god, god has blessed them,
  • 00:23:44.206 --> 00:23:46.675
  • Be careful how you treat them.
  • 00:23:46.675 --> 00:23:48.443
  • We move from a condition of oppression,
  • 00:23:50.846 --> 00:23:52.814
  • To a condition of the unique presence of god
  • 00:23:52.814 --> 00:23:55.750
  • Abiding amongst us.
  • 00:23:55.750 --> 00:23:59.488
  • We have a great deliverance, a great transformation,
  • 00:23:59.488 --> 00:24:01.323
  • A great purpose, we have a message for the nations.
  • 00:24:01.323 --> 00:24:05.827
  • Lead with your faith.
  • 00:24:05.827 --> 00:24:08.497
  • Take your faith with you to the ball fields and to work
  • 00:24:08.497 --> 00:24:10.699
  • And to your kitchen table.
  • 00:24:10.699 --> 00:24:13.301
  • Stop leaving your faith in the church building.
  • 00:24:13.301 --> 00:24:19.441
  • And finally, an equal part of that great salvation is
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  • There'll be great opposition.
  • 00:24:21.710 --> 00:24:24.145
  • It follows all the way through the story of scripture.
  • 00:24:24.145 --> 00:24:26.014
  • It followed through the life of jesus.
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  • It's following through in the 21st century.
  • 00:24:27.816 --> 00:24:31.419
  • You represent a great threat to the status quo.
  • 00:24:31.419 --> 00:24:34.856
  • You are an ambassador for a kingdom beyond
  • 00:24:34.856 --> 00:24:37.325
  • The boundaries of time, you represent a set of values.
  • 00:24:37.325 --> 00:24:41.062
  • You hold out a truth, you hold out light in the midst
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  • Of darkness and many of those seeking to accumulate power
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  • Or great resources or pursuing pleasure,
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  • Understanding that what you hold out is a threat
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  • To what they're trying to achieve.
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  • Don't imagine there won't be opposition.
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  • Don't imagine that.
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  • Too often we undervalue the opportunity
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  • Which the gospel presents.
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  • Too frequently, we imagine god's intent is to diminish us.
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  • That idea has taken such deep root.
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  • We don't say it out loud, we just live as if it's true.
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  • We think he wants to take our money or redirect our time
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  • Or limit our pleasure, or intrude on our plans.
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  • And the thought is partially correct.
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  • God intends to intrude upon our kingdom of self.
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  • In fact, he asks us to put to death that carnal part of us,
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  • That says, "i want, and i feel, and i think."
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  • That leads with me first.
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  • To enter his kingdom, we must accept the conditions.
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  • My time becomes his time.
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  • My resources become his resources.
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  • I'm asked to live by his view,
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  • His definition of purity and holiness.
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  • To receive the blessings of the invitation,
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  • To be the part of the people of god,
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  • Means we choose jesus as lord.
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  • We don't get to negotiate the parameters of his kingdom,
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  • It's not a democracy.
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  • Pastor allen: i wanna pray with you before we go.
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  • I'm gonna ask god to give us a new boldness to stand for jesus.
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  • When jesus was on the earth, there was significant opposition
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  • To who he was and to what he did.
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  • And then he told us that that opposition
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  • Would persist and impact our lives.
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  • And yet we're surprised that's not helpful.
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  • Jesus told us it was a reality, we can see his response to it,
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  • That he was undeterred in his mission
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  • And his assignment and we have to be the same.
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  • Please don't let fear of someone else's opinion keep you
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  • From being who you should be for jesus.
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  • Heavenly father, give us a boldness to stand
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  • For your truth, with courage and clarity,
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  • Wherever you open the door.
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  • I thank you for what you're doing and i trust you
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  • In your protection, in jesus's name, amen.
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