You Are Designed To Lead

October 23, 2022 | 253 | 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 | You Are Designed To Lead | October 23, 2022
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  • Pastor allen: and when i think about coming back outside,
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  • It seemed like an appropriate time to try to understand
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  • Where we are a bit.
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  • I was given some counsel many years ago,
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  • And i think it's appropriate as we begin this new series
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  • In our fall festival, they were three lines.
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  • I was in a difficult place in my life and there seemed to be
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  • No easy choices, there were no choices where i liked
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  • The outcomes.
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  • And the advice that was given to me was this,
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  • To do nothing is to make a choice.
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  • Silence in the face of evil, is affirmation,
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  • And if you fail to respond, you will increasingly be overcome
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  • Until you're totally subjugated to what you've been
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  • Standing against.
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  • The spiritual turmoil in our world continues
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  • To gain momentum, now that's the reality
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  • In which we're living these days.
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  • Daily reports of evil and wickedness are both unsettling
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  • In scope and in their frequency.
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  • You can look away, you can put your fingers in your ears,
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  • You can pretend not to notice, but what we're watching
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  • Is not typical.
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  • Our world is changing.
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  • There are many, many expressions of that and because the time
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  • Are limited to a couple, and i'll choose one
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  • From the secular arena and one from the church world,
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  • Those are the places i'm most familiar with.
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  • We've heard a lot this week about gender confusion being
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  • Promoted amongst our children.
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  • Not only is there curriculum in our schools which promotes these
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  • Destructive ideas to children, but the reporting this week
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  • Across our nation, at least in some circles,
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  • Revealed that many of our leading healthcare providers,
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  • Have been sponsoring the mutilation of our children
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  • For several years.
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  • Didn't begin with covid.
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  • Vanderbilt, a place from which we have all benefited or most of
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  • Us have benefited began planning a clinic to address
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  • Transgender health in 2016, and it opened in august of 2018.
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  • Wasn't something that emerged since the pandemic.
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  • Medical practices were being based upon thought leaders,
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  • Not clinical research.
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  • Minors have been subjected to life altering surgeries provided
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  • By vanderbilt, because it was understood to be profitable,
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  • Their words not mine.
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  • We're told there's nothing to see here because parents
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  • Have agreed to the procedures.
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  • And for the most part everybody's been silent,
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  • But i'd like to pose a question, if parents agreed to let
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  • Their minor children drink alcohol, get drunk,
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  • And then sent them to the school in an altered mental state,
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  • There would be repercussions, and there should be,
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  • That's bad parenting.
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  • Surely we can acknowledge that gender reassignment
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  • For minors does not reflect wisdom.
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  • [applauding]
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  • Now, may i suggest that we all have to use our voice,
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  • Not in anger, not in belligerent,
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  • Certainly not in violence, but use your voice,
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  • Talk about it when you're at the ball fields watching
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  • Your children play.
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  • Talk about it when you're with parents,
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  • Interacting with other parents or when you're going
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  • Into the schools.
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  • Talk about it at work, your opinion, your perspective,
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  • Your voice on this matter is important,
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  • Especially if you work in healthcare.
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  • We can't just look away.
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  • I told you we had thousands of pastors on campus this week.
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  • I traveled a bit this month to do pastors conferences in texas,
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  • So i've been listening to a lot of pastors and the reporting
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  • From churches, and i can tell you the church
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  • In our nation is struggling.
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  • About 30% of the people that we're participating on campus
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  • In worship services pre-covid, have not returned.
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  • And to most of the pastors that are struggling with that,
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  • That feels very much like rejection.
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  • They didn't make choices that ushered in covid,
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  • People just found more comfortable lifestyles,
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  • We'll turn on a stream.
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  • I talked this week through a pastor from washington state,
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  • His church had to sue the state of washington in order to have
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  • His church be allowed to open.
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  • He said, in the city of portland so many churches have closed,
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  • Never reopened, that there's dozens of churches for sale
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  • Across the city of portland.
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  • On top of that, there's a falling away within the church,
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  • Those that still participate, those that are leading
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  • In churches, denominational apostasy,
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  • And apostasy in general, is flourishing at a rate
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  • I have never seen in my lifetime.
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  • We have leaders in institutions dictating policies
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  • And practices, to those that are serving under their authority
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  • Which are not orthodox against scripture.
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  • They're forcing churches and leaders to comply or leave.
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  • That's not freedom of speech nor freedom of choice.
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  • Church leaders demanding that language be used by pastors
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  • And other leaders, which is inclusive.
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  • If that's a little blind to you, it means they don't want anyone
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  • Referring to god as father.
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  • Such statements are no longer deemed acceptable in many
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  • Of our training institutions for church leaders
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  • And in many of our organized religious systems.
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  • Free speech has been limited even within the churches.
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  • Now, here's the awkward part, we've continued to be silent
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  • For the most part in the face of censorship, deception,
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  • And immorality.
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  • We've spent months together since we first gathered
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  • Outside for covid.
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  • I've walked with you through the principles of big trouble ahead,
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  • How we can flourish in a season of deception and fear.
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  • Our objective together was to identify
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  • A personal pathway through this season
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  • Of disruption and we considered
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  • The private responses to protect against destructive currents
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  • That have become so prevalent.
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  • We talked about the condition of our hearts,
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  • Our personal choices.
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  • Week, after week, after week, hundreds and thousands
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  • Of people knelt in the grass and on the pavement,
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  • Repenting in humility before the lord,
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  • We understood we had to change.
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  • I have repeatedly reminded you that our problems
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  • At their root are spiritual, they're not economic,
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  • They're not political, they're not
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  • In the industrial corporate world, they're spiritual.
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  • Therefore, you and i as the people of god
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  • Are empowered to be difference makers.
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  • You're not irrelevant, you're at the center of the discussion.
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  • God is watching us, he will move in the earth in response
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  • To his people.
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  • It's a principle of scripture.
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  • Leading with faith is an action plan for mobilizing effort
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  • In the kingdom of god.
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  • Once you begin to make some personal adjustments,
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  • We have to begin to consider our responsibilities
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  • Beyond ourselves.
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  • Now, i know that's an adjustment.
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  • Most of our faith has been given to us in terms
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  • Of personal salvation, and i believe in that,
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  • I believe in conversion.
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  • Being born again, salvation, whatever label you use
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  • For that initiation into the kingdom of god,
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  • But once you've established that,
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  • There's a broader assignment that comes with your faith.
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  • Does anybody here ever flown on a commercial airliner?
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  • Looks like about ten of you, is that really all?
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  • How many of you have flown on a commercial airliner?
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  • That's a little better, thank you for your honesty.
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  • If you just completely ignore me and eat ribs,
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  • That's rude, but there are some good ribs out there
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  • I'm just saying.
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  • Well, if you've been on one of those commercial flights,
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  • You have been told repeatedly, ad nauseam,
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  • What to do in case of an emergency.
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  • "if needed, an oxygen mask will appear from above you.
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  • Pull down on it, don't jerk it out of the roof just pull down
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  • On it, to be that the cord is be sure the cord is not encumbered,
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  • Then you secure it around your own face and mouth."
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  • Has anybody ever gotten that instruction?
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  • Yeah good, i got the right group, me too.
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  • "secure it around your own face and mouth before you consider
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  • Helping anyone else.
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  • Even if you're traveling with small children before you can
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  • Help them, you have to secure the oxygen around
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  • Your own face and mouth."
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  • However, if you secured your oxygen flow,
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  • And you looked around yourself on the airplane and you saw
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  • That all the seats immediately adjacent to you and the rows
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  • In front and the rows behind were filled with children,
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  • And you didn't help any of them, you just watched them struggle,
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  • And watched them move into oxygen deprivation,
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  • But you had your mask on.
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  • "they're not my kids, i'm not their parent,
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  • I'm not sure i have permission.
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  • Should i say anything?
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  • Should i raise an alert, what should i do?"
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  • If you just sat there with your oxygen flow un impeded,
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  • Breathing deeply and watched the children around you
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  • Be subject to that, it would be evil.
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  • It wouldn't just be negligent.
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  • Well, may i humbly submit it, i've been a part of this,
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  • This is my watch too.
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  • We've been way too silent while 60 million children lost
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  • Their lives.
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  • It was awkward, it was uncomfortable,
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  • It was inconvenient, we didn't know what to say.
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  • I can barely, i really struggle to comprehend that there seems
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  • To be some anticipation that there'll be so many people angry
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  • About the supreme court saying abortion shouldn't be celebrated
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  • And giving the states the opportunity
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  • To make the decision.
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  • So many people think that's a heinous thing,
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  • That it could change the elections this year.
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  • I can't believe there's not more godly people,
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  • People aware of the privilege of the sanctity of human life
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  • And the responsibility we have to defend it
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  • They would speak up.
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  • Well, god has intervened on our behalf in that arena.
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  • Not because we voted or we campaigned,
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  • But once again, our children are being sacrificed before
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  • Our very eyes, and once again we're tempted to be silent,
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  • While the children in our cities and communities
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  • In our states are mutilated.
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  • We cannot, use your voice, pay attention, don't be angry,
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  • Don't be belligerent, use your voice.
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  • Lead with your faith.
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  • You've been designed to lead, not to sit in church and
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  • Sing your favorite chorus and wait for the trumpet to blow.
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  • We will give an account for our watch.
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  • We will be asked how we did with the message with which we were
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  • Entrusted, and we'll be asked to do more than parse greek verbs,
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  • Or to defend our eschatology whether we were adamantly,
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  • Pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib or no-trib.
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  • We have been coached and i've lived in the system,
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  • I'm not casting stones.
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  • I'm telling you, god is awakening us to a different
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  • Engagement in the world in which we live.
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  • Pastor allen: you know, i was taught as a young person
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  • Never to write in a book, and especially never write
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  • In your bible.
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  • And maybe if you were some kind of zealous,
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  • Fanatical person, you would underline something,
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  • And occasionally you'd find someone with a highlighter
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  • Fetish and they would highlight something in their bible,
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  • But for the most part, you didn't touch it.
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  • It was a sacred book and you wanted it to last for decades.
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  • Well, at this point in my life, i've got a different opinion.
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  • My bible is the most important book that i ever read,
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  • And when i read it, i want to keep every note,
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  • Every insight, anything that the lord makes clear to me
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  • On that page.
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  • The next time i look at it, it's mine.
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  • Well, our premium right now is one of the best tools i have
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  • In my personal devotion.
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  • It's a journaling bible.
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  • It has actually room on every page for me to make my notes.
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  • It's become my go-to study bible,
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  • Not because of the references, because the places i can keep
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  • My thoughts while i'm reading the bible.
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  • Get a journaling bible for yourself.
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  • It'll be a blessing.
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  • Female announcer: reading the bible in a daily,
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  • Pastor allen: let's decide we're gonna lead
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  • With our faith in new ways.
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  • I would submit to you that you are designed by god to lead.
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  • Look at revelation chapter 5.
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  • It's a picture of heaven and the people gathered before
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  • The throne of god and it said, "and they sang a new song.
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  • 'you are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,
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  • Because you were slain, and with your blood
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  • You purchased men for god from every tribe and language
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  • And people and nation.'"
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  • Who are they singing about? jesus.
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  • You purchased people from god, from every nation,
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  • Tribe, language, race, "and you have made them
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  • To be a kingdom and priests to serve our god,
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  • And they will reign on the earth."
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  • Jesus's redemptive work was to give you the authority to serve
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  • As a king and a priest in your journey through time.
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  • You've been entrusted with authority,
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  • Spiritual authority, not political authority
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  • Or economic authority.
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  • You may not be a person of great influence in the social media,
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  • You may not know how to turn the social media on,
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  • But you are a child of the king, and the redemptive work of jesus
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  • Was expressed so that you and i might be representatives
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  • Of that authority in the earth.
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  • It's how jesus taught us to pray, "your kingdom come,
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  • Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,"
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  • That's our assignment.
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  • We go into the classroom to bring the will of god
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  • Into those places.
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  • We go into the marketplace to bring the will of god
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  • Into those places.
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  • We sit at our kitchen table so that the will of god
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  • Can be expressed within our family systems,
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  • That's our assignment.
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  • You are designed to lead.
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  • Look at jeremiah 1 and verse 7.
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  • "the lord said to jeremiah,
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  • 'do not say, 'i'm only a child.'
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  • You must go to everyone i send you to
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  • And say whatever i command you.
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  • Do not be afraid of them for i'm with you and i will rescue you."
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  • That's a scary little assignment to me,
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  • God says, "don't be afraid" 'cause he is afraid and then
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  • He says, i'm gonna rescue you, which means you're gonna get
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  • Into places where you're gonna need supernatural deliverance.
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  • Go anyway.
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  • Accept the assignment anyway.
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  • Don't say, "i'm only a child."
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  • Stop giving the reasons you can't, you shouldn't.
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  • We're not interested in the reasons that we imagine
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  • Were disqualified.
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  • Do we have the courage to lead with our faith?
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  • God gives each one of us a realm of influence,
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  • Every one of us.
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  • Sometimes we don't like the assignment.
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  • We just don't like the assignment we've received.
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  • It's not that we're not aware, that we don't comprehend it,
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  • We just choose to ignore it.
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  • It's inconvenient, we're not sure we would
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  • Like the consequence, so we've just acted
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  • As if we didn't understand.
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  • It's a new season.
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  • Look at 2 corinthians 5 and verse 19.
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  • "god has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
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  • We are therefore christ's ambassadors,
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  • As though god were making his appeal through us."
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  • You see, the message god has for our generation
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  • Isn't coming through an angel.
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  • Stop praying for pastors to be more anointed,
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  • Start becoming a bolder advocate for jesus of nazareth.
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  • I believe the pastors and the churches across america
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  • Would find more courage when the people that are
  • 00:17:58.861 --> 00:18:01.163
  • In their churches find courage.
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  • Would you prefer the pastors to lead?
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  • Sure, but we don't necessarily have that influence
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  • Or that opportunity, so let's decide to become the solution.
  • 00:18:08.103 --> 00:18:12.741
  • Let's stop pointing our fingers and waiting for somebody else
  • 00:18:12.741 --> 00:18:14.977
  • To have a change of heart, or a new boldness,
  • 00:18:14.977 --> 00:18:17.446
  • Or a new courage, let's become those people.
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  • It's time to lead with our faith.
  • 00:18:22.584 --> 00:18:26.755
  • Says, "we implore you on christ's behalf:
  • 00:18:26.755 --> 00:18:29.024
  • Be reconciled to god.
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  • God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
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  • So that in him we might become the righteousness of god."
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  • You're ambassadorial material.
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  • They may not know it in washington,
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  • But they know it in heaven.
  • 00:18:42.604 --> 00:18:45.073
  • That should make you sit up a little straighter.
  • 00:18:45.073 --> 00:18:48.777
  • You don't necessarily have to fly the christian flag
  • 00:18:48.777 --> 00:18:50.679
  • On your car when you drive through the community,
  • 00:18:50.679 --> 00:18:53.115
  • But a jesus is lord magnet wouldn't be bad.
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  • You're ambassador, you've been designed to be an ambassador.
  • 00:18:56.885 --> 00:19:01.957
  • I can say that word.
  • 00:19:01.957 --> 00:19:05.727
  • Look in 1 corinthians 1.
  • 00:19:05.727 --> 00:19:08.430
  • "so that no one may boast before him.
  • 00:19:08.430 --> 00:19:11.833
  • "it is because of him that you're in christ jesus,
  • 00:19:11.833 --> 00:19:14.603
  • Who has become for us wisdom from god, that is,
  • 00:19:14.603 --> 00:19:17.439
  • Our righteousness, holiness and redemption."
  • 00:19:17.439 --> 00:19:20.509
  • Therefore as it is written: 'let him who boasts,
  • 00:19:20.509 --> 00:19:22.911
  • Boast in the lord."
  • 00:19:22.911 --> 00:19:28.584
  • We don't lead because of our specialness,
  • 00:19:28.584 --> 00:19:32.154
  • Or how unique we are, or our iq, or the power that
  • 00:19:32.154 --> 00:19:36.258
  • We've managed to garner, or the accolades that we have achieved,
  • 00:19:36.258 --> 00:19:40.229
  • We lead because of what christ is doing in us.
  • 00:19:40.229 --> 00:19:43.665
  • What's been done on our behalf.
  • 00:19:43.665 --> 00:19:45.634
  • There's no room for boasting on our part.
  • 00:19:45.634 --> 00:19:48.604
  • This isn't about selfish ambition or selfish promotion.
  • 00:19:48.604 --> 00:19:52.274
  • Our creator designed us with these capacities,
  • 00:19:52.274 --> 00:19:55.444
  • And jesus has made the sacrifices that were required,
  • 00:19:55.444 --> 00:19:59.081
  • So that we might actually achieve our potential.
  • 00:19:59.081 --> 00:20:02.217
  • Without his sacrifices, we had no hope of that.
  • 00:20:02.217 --> 00:20:06.455
  • So our willingness to lead with our faith begins
  • 00:20:06.455 --> 00:20:09.124
  • From a place of humility.
  • 00:20:09.124 --> 00:20:11.493
  • It's not our strength or our ability,
  • 00:20:11.493 --> 00:20:13.428
  • The best i have is my god's story,
  • 00:20:13.428 --> 00:20:15.831
  • Let me tell you what god has been doing for me.
  • 00:20:15.831 --> 00:20:18.467
  • Let me tell you how he's forgiven me,
  • 00:20:18.467 --> 00:20:20.135
  • Or helped me, or redeemed me, or changed my heart,
  • 00:20:20.135 --> 00:20:23.272
  • Or he's changed my want-tos, or reordered my priorities.
  • 00:20:23.272 --> 00:20:27.809
  • In spite of my brokenness and my frailty he's helped me,
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  • And i think he would help you too.
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  • We've compromised with the darkness for too long.
  • 00:20:33.815 --> 00:20:37.886
  • Now there's some objections that are pretty frequent,
  • 00:20:37.886 --> 00:20:40.422
  • I hear them often.
  • 00:20:40.422 --> 00:20:41.857
  • I put 'em in kind of two buckets.
  • 00:20:41.857 --> 00:20:43.358
  • We object to accepting our leadership with our faith,
  • 00:20:43.358 --> 00:20:45.861
  • Because of some things we don't have,
  • 00:20:45.861 --> 00:20:49.031
  • And then we object because of some things we do have.
  • 00:20:49.031 --> 00:20:52.367
  • We say, "you know, i can't lead with my faith,
  • 00:20:52.367 --> 00:20:54.603
  • Because i don't have an audience.
  • 00:20:54.603 --> 00:20:56.838
  • Nobody cares about what i think."
  • 00:20:56.838 --> 00:20:59.141
  • Well, i would encourage you to say that a little differently,
  • 00:20:59.141 --> 00:21:01.543
  • In reality, we don't appreciate or respect the audience
  • 00:21:01.543 --> 00:21:04.346
  • That we do have.
  • 00:21:04.346 --> 00:21:06.882
  • We think, "well, i would only be bolder or have a voice
  • 00:21:06.882 --> 00:21:08.850
  • If i had a different audience, i don't wanna speak to my peers.
  • 00:21:08.850 --> 00:21:12.854
  • I don't wanna have to speak into my professional world.
  • 00:21:12.854 --> 00:21:16.291
  • I don't wanna have to bring a god perspective to bear there,
  • 00:21:16.291 --> 00:21:18.960
  • They'll think i'm a crackpot or a cook,
  • 00:21:18.960 --> 00:21:21.229
  • Or one of those people."
  • 00:21:21.229 --> 00:21:27.035
  • Sometimes in our selfish ambition,
  • 00:21:27.035 --> 00:21:28.670
  • We imagine that we should only respond to larger audiences.
  • 00:21:28.670 --> 00:21:33.075
  • We believe we're destined for more than small beginnings.
  • 00:21:33.075 --> 00:21:36.645
  • Well, in my life experience, until you honor the beginning
  • 00:21:36.645 --> 00:21:38.914
  • Point, until you're willing to begin with the influence god
  • 00:21:38.914 --> 00:21:42.050
  • Has given you, and with boldness and compassion,
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:45.487
  • And mercy, and courage, bring your jesus story to bear there,
  • 00:21:45.487 --> 00:21:49.591
  • You are not trustworthy for a larger audience.
  • 00:21:49.591 --> 00:21:54.496
  • We have to begin with the audience that we have.
  • 00:21:54.496 --> 00:21:57.432
  • You do have an audience, there are people who care
  • 00:21:57.432 --> 00:21:59.568
  • About your opinion.
  • 00:21:59.568 --> 00:22:01.269
  • There are those that will roll their eyes,
  • 00:22:01.269 --> 00:22:03.305
  • But there are those who will listen.
  • 00:22:03.305 --> 00:22:05.707
  • And then i hear people say,
  • 00:22:05.707 --> 00:22:07.042
  • "well, i don't have any resources."
  • 00:22:07.042 --> 00:22:09.611
  • With increased resources, i promise will come increased
  • 00:22:09.611 --> 00:22:13.248
  • Expectations and responsibilities.
  • 00:22:13.248 --> 00:22:16.284
  • Learn the lessons of being an advocate for jesus
  • 00:22:16.284 --> 00:22:18.787
  • With the resources that are currently available to you.
  • 00:22:18.787 --> 00:22:22.891
  • Greater resources would not give you greater freedom,
  • 00:22:22.891 --> 00:22:25.727
  • Until you become comfortable with the resources
  • 00:22:25.727 --> 00:22:27.763
  • You have today.
  • 00:22:27.763 --> 00:22:31.700
  • And then, people will say to me,
  • 00:22:31.700 --> 00:22:33.068
  • "pastor, i don't have all the necessary gifts.
  • 00:22:33.068 --> 00:22:37.205
  • You know it's easy for you, you're good with words
  • 00:22:37.205 --> 00:22:40.675
  • Or you like to talk in public," or some people just think
  • 00:22:40.675 --> 00:22:42.944
  • It's easy, people say to me, "i know you read your bible
  • 00:22:42.944 --> 00:22:45.347
  • But it's just easier for you."
  • 00:22:45.347 --> 00:22:48.550
  • No, i used to go to sleep reading in the bible every day.
  • 00:22:48.550 --> 00:22:53.822
  • I don't think that's true, but it's easy for us to project
  • 00:22:53.822 --> 00:22:56.024
  • That onto others.
  • 00:22:56.024 --> 00:22:57.359
  • I believe you're a design masterpiece.
  • 00:22:57.359 --> 00:23:01.029
  • I believe the creator of heaven and earth designs you to be
  • 00:23:01.029 --> 00:23:04.132
  • An ambassador for him, in this most pivotal time
  • 00:23:04.132 --> 00:23:07.369
  • In the unfolding of human history,
  • 00:23:07.369 --> 00:23:11.473
  • And self-awareness is needed to lead us into that.
  • 00:23:11.473 --> 00:23:16.912
  • If you'll begin where you are and garner the experience,
  • 00:23:16.912 --> 00:23:20.749
  • Begin to move, learn, grow, accept responsibility,
  • 00:23:20.749 --> 00:23:23.985
  • Listen, you'll be amazed at what god will do with your life.
  • 00:23:23.985 --> 00:23:30.625
  • And then there's another bucket of objections.
  • 00:23:30.625 --> 00:23:32.160
  • People tell me what they have, that are reasons that
  • 00:23:32.160 --> 00:23:34.196
  • They really aren't, they can't lead with their faith.
  • 00:23:34.196 --> 00:23:36.198
  • "i have too much baggage pastor, my past disqualifies me.
  • 00:23:36.198 --> 00:23:41.002
  • People know me at work or in my neighborhood or in my family,
  • 00:23:41.002 --> 00:23:43.605
  • I've been such a good pagan, they would just laugh at me
  • 00:23:43.605 --> 00:23:46.208
  • If i talked about jesus."
  • 00:23:46.208 --> 00:23:49.578
  • Well, most of our heroes in the bible,
  • 00:23:49.578 --> 00:23:52.414
  • Their biographies are littered with some tragic circumstances.
  • 00:23:52.414 --> 00:23:56.551
  • The redemptive work of jesus is adequate to provide forgiveness
  • 00:23:56.551 --> 00:24:00.121
  • For you, i promise.
  • 00:24:00.121 --> 00:24:04.226
  • And when people remind you of your past,
  • 00:24:04.226 --> 00:24:06.027
  • Just smile and say, "god's forgiven me
  • 00:24:06.027 --> 00:24:07.896
  • And he would forgive you of your past as well."
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  • It's a part of the good news we have to deliver.
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  • And then sometimes we just have too many responsibilities,
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  • "it's not a good life season for me.
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  • I'm busy, i'm in college and there's a lot i wanna get done.
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  • We're young parents, we've got small children,
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  • Life's crazy, i don't have any free time.
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  • I'm retired and this is my time in my life.
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  • I've worked all these years for others,
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  • And now these are my days and i wanna do what i want
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  • To with them."
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  • I'll give you the quick survey, there's no perfect season.
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  • There's no time when the responsibilities of life,
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  • Or the challenges of aging, or the circumstances
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  • Of your journey, will be so easy that you'll think,
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  • Now's the time.
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  • We have to begin tonight and accept the assignment
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  • To lead with our faith.
  • 00:24:54.676 --> 00:24:57.679
  • And then i met people that say, "you know pastor,
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  • I know that's a legitimate thing and i'm glad you've done that,
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  • And i'm glad god calls some other people to do that,
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  • But to be just candid with you, i have my own dreams,
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  • I have my own wants, i have my own aspirations,
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  • And candidly, i don't really wanna accept
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  • Any outside assignments".
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  • Well, i understand that to be real and i think
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  • It probably flourishes even within the church.
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  • But i would remind you of the fundamentals
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  • Of this relationship, jesus is lord, and he is either
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  • Lord of all of our lives, or he's not lord at all.
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  • Once you accept jesus as lord of your life,
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  • It's no longer your time or your calendar,
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  • They're not your resources, and even the dreams
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  • That we shelter and protect and we foster so carefully,
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  • They need to be informed and directed by the lord.
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  • I could give you character, after character,
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  • After character from scripture, where god wrote for them
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  • A new future.
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  • In hebrews, it says to us, "he's the author
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  • And the completer of our story."
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  • Do you have the courage to let god write a story for you?
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  • Pastor allen: hey, we are living through a leadership crisis
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  • And it's not just in washington dc,
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  • It's all around us.
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  • You know, stop worrying about who's leading in the white house
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  • And start leading in your house.
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  • That's the change we've got to make.
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  • We're way too heated up about others, and we're not
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  • Recognizing the opportunity god has put around us.
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  • I wanna make an announcement.
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  • God created you to lead.
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  • He's invested you with the things that you need to make
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  • An influence for the kingdom of god in this generation.
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  • You may not have the influence you would like or be leading
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  • In the place you would prefer, but god has given you influence
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  • And if you will exercise that on behalf of the kingdom of god,
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  • He will multiply that influence.
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  • I have lived that out, i know it to be true.
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  • I wanna pray for you that you'll have the boldness
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  • To become an outspoken ally of jesus of nazareth.
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  • Father, forgive us for when we've been quiet,
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  • When we've been or reluctant.
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  • Give us the wisdom to know what to say and when to be silent.
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  • Give us a boldness from your spirit,
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  • In jesus's name, amen.
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