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November 22, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson:I believe, in 2020,
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  • God's put usin training.
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  • We need the church to bedifferent, more alive, more
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  • vital, more prayerful, morediscerning, able to hear with
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  • greater confidence, more filledwith the Word of God.
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  • And God has sent us home totrain, train ourselves
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  • to be Godly.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: The titlefor this session is,
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  • "Basics Training."
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  • Basics training.
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  • Matthew 24 is Jesus's mostlengthy prophetic discourse.
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  • And I want to read you just acouple of verses from
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  • Matthew 24.
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  • Jesus is talking about our worldin the season before he returns.
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  • And he says, "Becauselawlessness is increased,
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  • most people's lovewill grow cold.
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  • But the one who endures to theend will be saved.
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  • And the gospel of the kingdomwill be preached in the whole
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  • world as a testimony to all thenations, and then the end
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  • will come."
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  • Jesus's presentation concludeswith the penultimate event, he
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  • said this gospel of the Kingdomwill be preached in the
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  • whole world.
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  • So don't be discouraged ordissuaded by the dozen or more
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  • things that Jesus said will beindicators of the conclusion of
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  • the age, some of them are prettyintimidating.
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  • Because the ultimate event isthe proclamation of the gospel
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  • of the kingdom to the wholeworld.
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  • We have the tools and thetechnology and the opportunities
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  • to make that assignmentachievable in this generation.
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  • But Jesus said something elsethat I want to draw your
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  • attention to, these are thewords of our Lord.
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  • He said, "because lawlessness isincreased, most people's love
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  • will grow cold."
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  • Now, in Greek there's multiplewords for love.
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  • There's eros for physical love,and philia for brotherly love,
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  • but the word that's used here isthe word that's translated for a
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  • God kind of love.
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  • So he's talking about the lovein the hearts of the people
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  • of God.
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  • That the radical, dramaticincrease in lawlessness will
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  • cause the people of God towithdraw from an attitude
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  • of love.
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  • Now, you don't have to be verydiscerning to see that that's
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  • taking place right now.
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  • In fact, I'll start within thechurch, just some simple
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  • observations how we've turnedaway from the law of God.
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  • It's not uncommon to hear itwithin the context of
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  • church discussions.
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  • People say things like, well, Ijust don't believe God would
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  • send anyone to hell.
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  • Well, I respect your right toyour opinion, but that's not an
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  • informed one.
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  • Because the Scripture tells usjust the opposite.
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  • Or I'll hear people say, well,the Old Testament is just too
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  • harsh, I'm a New Testament kindof a person.
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  • Well, I appreciate that youwould prefer to think about
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  • happy things, but the NewTestament also houses the book
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  • of Revelation.
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  • And a significant portion of theearth's population is destroyed
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  • by the judgment of God in theNew Testament.
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  • I don't want to highlight thedarkness, but I don't want us to
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  • be naive and to deny the truth.
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  • Or we'll hear others say, well,you know, God is about love.
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  • And he is.
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  • But he's also about justice.
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  • It's commonplace in many of ourChristian settings these days to
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  • question the authority ofScripture, to question its
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  • authenticity, its veracity.
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  • We may use it as a point ofhistorical information, but
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  • we've rejected it in far toomany settings as a rule of faith
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  • and practice.
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  • Please don't imagine yourself tobe a Christ follower unless you
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  • accept the Word of God as yourrule of faith and practice.
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  • We have turned away from thefoundations.
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  • It's equally popular in manyChristian settings to question
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  • or even deny the uniqueness orthe Lordship of Jesus.
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  • We'll talk about multiple pathsto God, we'll talk about other
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  • expressions of faith in ourworld, other religious leaders,
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  • Buddha or Muhammad.
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  • Jesus said, "I'm the way, thetruth, and the life, no one
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  • comes to the Father exceptthrough me."
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  • Jesus of Nazareth is either theincarnate son of God or
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  • a deceiver.
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  • You can't have it both ways.
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  • We've got to turn our heartsback to the rule of God.
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  • Others will say, thou shalt notis just a little too harsh, can
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  • we be a little less blatant, alittle more inclusive?
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  • Or some will say that the thoushalt statements are appropriate
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  • if you have some free time ornothing better to do, but you
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  • surely shouldn't take them as asdirectives in your life.
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  • I see a greater crumbling of anattitude of respect for God's
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  • boundaries and God's foundationsand God's law within the church
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  • than I see a crumbling of therule of law in our secular
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  • society, and that is crumblingbefore our very eyes.
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  • We've been asleep.
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  • We just haven't paid muchattention.
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  • It hasn't mattered enough to us.
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  • We've shrugged our shoulders andsaid, well, whatever.
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  • In our nation, it's frighteningwhat we're watching.
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  • And it isn't just with 2020 andCOVID and the challenges that
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  • sheltering in place have broughtto us.
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  • We've watched, in the publicsquare now for quite a season of
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  • time, discussions, arguments infavor of open borders.
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  • The idea is we should haveimmigration without restraint.
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  • If we do, we no longer willexist as a sovereign nation.
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  • It's impossible.
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  • We've watched an intentionalundermining of confidence in law
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  • enforcement and military.
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  • This isn't something that'sgonna happen at some other point
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  • in history, it's happeningbefore us.
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  • And if we don't guard ourhearts, our response is, well,
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  • it really hasn't touched us.
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  • [speaking in foreign language]
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  • If we don't use our voices nowwhile we have the freedom and
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  • the liberty to be together, whenthey bring it to our doorstep,
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  • when they're throwing somethingthrough the window of your home
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  • or your business, there won't beanybody to speak for you.
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  • So what do we do?
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  • Pray!
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  • Talk about it with your friends!
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  • Help awaken those that areasleep!
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  • Don't relent!
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  • All of this is made possible bya distracted population, and an
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  • informed a group of people andat the heart of that is the
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  • church because we've pushed awaythe Word of God, we haven't
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  • welcomed the input of the HolySpirit.
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  • We've been consumed with our ownselfishness and our own comfort
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  • and our own convenience, and wehave failed to be the watchman
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  • on the walls that God called usto be.
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  • We are salt and light.
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  • The church holds the potentialto see this turn back, not a
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  • politician or a political party.
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  • It's an exciting time.
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  • Basics training.
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  • Let me start with the obvious,Jesus of Nazareth is Lord.
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  • Philippians chapter 2 in verse 9says, "God exalted him,"
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  • Jesus, "to the highest place."
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  • The creator of heaven and earth,the one that spoke this world
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  • into existence, gave Jesus the"highest place, gave him the
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  • name that's above every name,that at the name of Jesus every
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  • knee should bow, in heaven andon earth, and under the earth,
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  • and every tongue confess thatJesus Christ is Lord, to the
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  • glory of God the Father.
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  • Don't let there be any confusionin your heart or your thoughts.
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  • Don't let there be any relentingin your dialog.
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  • We've chosen Jesus of Nazarethas Lord of our lives because
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  • there's none to equal him.
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  • He's been given the highest namein heaven and earth and under
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  • the earth.
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  • In time and beyond time.
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  • He has the most exalted place.
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  • And we are honored to call himLord.
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  • To bear the name of Jesus is thegreatest privilege of your life.
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  • It's a greater privilege thanwhatever other groups you may
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  • belong to, whatever degrees youmay have earned, whatever
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  • resources you may haveaccumulated.
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  • Whatever else you use todescribe yourself, it is
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  • secondary to the honor and theprivilege of bearing the name
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  • of Jesus.
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  • I don't believe we have to beobnoxious, I don't believe we
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  • have to be condemning, I don'tbelieve we have to be critical,
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  • but I do not believe thatcapitulating and being tolerant
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  • of lies and untruth anddeception and the occult and
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  • ungodliness honors the Lord, norgives us a greater opportunity.
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  • My observation is that ourwillingness to be tolerant and
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  • surrender the field has not beenreciprocated with an equal
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  • expression of tolerance.
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  • And I don't intend to yield.
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  • I want to see Jesus's namehonored in our classrooms again,
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  • on our university campuses, inour courtrooms, and the halls of
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  • our hospitals.
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  • It's our heritage as a people.
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  • It's been a part of our nationfrom our foundation, and how
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  • dare anyone say that ourheritage is illegitimate and
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  • shouldn't be honored.
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  • Now, that's the assignment ofthe church.
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  • Jesus is Lord.
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  • There's a second basic you needto know.
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  • You've been invited into thekingdom.
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  • You have.
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  • Regardless of your lifecircumstances, how grand or how
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  • humble, the pathway is open toall.
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  • In Romans 10 in verse 9 it says,if you confess with your mouth,
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  • Jesus is Lord, and if youbelieve in your heart that God
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  • raised him from the dead, youwill be saved.
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  • Saved from what?
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  • Saved from an eternity apartfrom a God of grace and mercy.
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  • Saved from an eternity ofjudgment for rejecting Jesus of
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  • Nazareth as Lord of your life.
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  • Don't allow the hypocrisy or thewickedness of other people who
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  • may have embraced Jesus or stoodbeneath the umbrella of the
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  • Christian faith to cause you toforfeit the opportunity
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  • before you.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I cantell you this, that Christianity
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  • has been the single mostprofound influence in shaping
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  • the values, the course, andthe direction of our nation.
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  • And I believe because of ourfaith, we have been uniquely
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  • blessed by God.
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  • Now, our nation's not perfect.
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  • But if we neglect or set asidethe value sets which spawned our
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  • freedoms, I assure you ourfreedoms will not persist.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our nationis at a crossroads.
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  • It's a line of demarcation.
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  • We're gonna choose a directionvery soon, and it's not about
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  • an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history.
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  • We need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of
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  • the wicked.
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  • The great challenge we face isthe indifference of
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  • the faithful.
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  • We've got to have a heartchange.
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  • Well, I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
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  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them
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  • with you.
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  • We put them in a book, "GodBless America Again."
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  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation.
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  • He called us into existence, andhe has sustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
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  • of God's people than apolitician or a political party
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  • or an election.
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  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • healing to our nation.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Thekingdom of God will be comprised
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  • of people from every nation,
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  • every race, everylanguage, and every tribe.
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  • Everyone is welcome at the footof the cross.
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  • It's not about your IQ or yourbank account, it's not about the
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  • gifts you have or that you don'thave.
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  • It's not about the treatment youhave received from people good
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  • or bad.
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  • You have a choice to make.
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  • Will you acknowledge Jesus asLord of your life?
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  • Jesus is Lord,and you've been invited
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  • into the kingdom.
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  • Thirdly, it's an invitation to anew way of life.
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  • Not to a religious experience,or to join a church, but a new
  • 00:12:36.681 --> 00:12:39.951
  • way of life.
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  • Romans 14 in verse 7 says, "Noneof us lives to himself alone,
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  • and none of us dies to himselfalone.
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  • If we live, we live for theLord, and if we die, we die for
  • 00:12:47.892 --> 00:12:50.662
  • the Lord.
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  • So whether we live or die, webelong to the Lord."
  • 00:12:52.030 --> 00:12:55.366
  • See, the objective of thisChristian journey isn't the
  • 00:12:55.400 --> 00:12:57.836
  • recitation of a prayer and a dipin a pool, it's to reorient your
  • 00:12:57.869 --> 00:13:01.272
  • life to live a new way.
  • 00:13:01.306 --> 00:13:02.740
  • And that's more than anappointment on the weekends for
  • 00:13:03.641 --> 00:13:05.476
  • a religious service, it has todo with every aspect of your
  • 00:13:05.510 --> 00:13:08.613
  • life, how you do business, howyou conduct your relationships,
  • 00:13:08.646 --> 00:13:11.249
  • how do you interact with yourfamily system, how you interact
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  • with the world around us.
  • 00:13:14.118 --> 00:13:15.420
  • Our faith has persisted formillennia across many changes in
  • 00:13:15.453 --> 00:13:19.457
  • cultures and ideologies andpolitical systems and
  • 00:13:19.490 --> 00:13:22.861
  • economic systems.
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  • Our faith has persevered becauseit transcends those things.
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  • It's why we can't relinquish thefoundations of our faith.
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  • If we do, our culture willcrumble.
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  • It isn't progressive to rejectthe Word of God.
  • 00:13:37.876 --> 00:13:40.845
  • We've been called to a new wayof life.
  • 00:13:41.646 --> 00:13:43.681
  • In Ephesians 4 in verse 22, itsays, "You were taught with
  • 00:13:43.715 --> 00:13:47.051
  • regard to your former way oflife, to put off your old self."
  • 00:13:47.085 --> 00:13:51.656
  • If there's a former way of life,it's only logical that there's a
  • 00:13:52.523 --> 00:13:55.727
  • new way of life.
  • 00:13:55.760 --> 00:13:57.095
  • And the good news of our faithis that whatever's defined your
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  • life, whatever limits there havebeen, wherever evil has touched
  • 00:14:00.531 --> 00:14:03.167
  • you, whatever brokenness hastouched you, through the power
  • 00:14:03.201 --> 00:14:06.170
  • of the cross and the shed bloodof Jesus, you can be restored,
  • 00:14:06.204 --> 00:14:09.741
  • delivered, set free, renewed,you can have a new future.
  • 00:14:09.774 --> 00:14:13.278
  • Your past, your failures, thesins of others does not have the
  • 00:14:14.312 --> 00:14:18.349
  • authority to limit your future.
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  • The cross is sufficient.
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  • We have a message for the world,folks.
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  • It is good news.
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  • It's not a message ofcondemnation or hatred
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  • or belittlement.
  • 00:14:30.028 --> 00:14:31.329
  • It's a message of freedom.
  • 00:14:31.362 --> 00:14:32.864
  • Now, there's one last basic Iwant to be certain that you have
  • 00:14:35.066 --> 00:14:37.669
  • on the radar of your heart.
  • 00:14:37.702 --> 00:14:39.604
  • And that's that, before we'redone with this, there'll be
  • 00:14:39.637 --> 00:14:41.506
  • an evaluation.
  • 00:14:41.539 --> 00:14:42.874
  • Romans 14 in verse 10, it says,"We will all stand before God's
  • 00:14:44.175 --> 00:14:47.979
  • judgment seat.
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  • 'As it is written, as surely asI live,' says the Lord, 'every
  • 00:14:50.081 --> 00:14:53.051
  • knee will bow before me, andevery tongue will
  • 00:14:53.084 --> 00:14:54.419
  • confess to God.'"
  • 00:14:54.452 --> 00:14:56.621
  • "So then, each of us will givean account of himself to God."
  • 00:14:56.654 --> 00:15:01.159
  • Every one of us.
  • 00:15:01.192 --> 00:15:03.061
  • Now, for the Christ follower,it's not a judgment of
  • 00:15:03.094 --> 00:15:06.097
  • destination, it's not a judgmentof heaven or hell.
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  • If you've declared Jesus as Lordof your life, it's a judgment
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  • for what you've done with yourdays under the sun.
  • 00:15:12.270 --> 00:15:14.105
  • It's a judgment of what you'veaccumulated with the things that
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  • God entrusted to you, the giftshe's given to you and the
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  • opportunities he presented toyou.
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  • It's important.
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  • Do you want to live for therewards that God has for you?
  • 00:15:24.983 --> 00:15:29.087
  • You may think God's notwatching.
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  • You may be dabbling inungodliness and wickedness and
  • 00:15:31.622 --> 00:15:34.258
  • immorality, and you think you'regetting away with it and nobody
  • 00:15:34.292 --> 00:15:37.762
  • notices, or it's your life, orit's the privacy of your own
  • 00:15:37.795 --> 00:15:40.631
  • life and you can do with it asyou choose.
  • 00:15:40.665 --> 00:15:42.967
  • And there's some truth in that,you have a choice to do
  • 00:15:43.001 --> 00:15:45.370
  • as you choose.
  • 00:15:45.403 --> 00:15:47.505
  • But the Scripture is very clear,there's a life path that God
  • 00:15:47.538 --> 00:15:50.208
  • will reward.
  • 00:15:50.241 --> 00:15:51.609
  • And the invitation from theSpirit of God is to live in such
  • 00:15:53.578 --> 00:15:56.280
  • a way so that when you step outof time and step into eternity,
  • 00:15:56.314 --> 00:15:59.817
  • the creator of heaven and earthcan say to you, well done.
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  • Now, I want to take the minutesI've got left and talk a little
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  • bit about what God is doingaround us and before us, the
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  • opportunities that come fromthose basics.
  • 00:16:10.028 --> 00:16:12.130
  • God is putting together avolunteer army.
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  • He'll invite you.
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  • He'll put those invitationsbefore you, but you'll have to
  • 00:16:21.239 --> 00:16:23.574
  • choose to participate.
  • 00:16:23.608 --> 00:16:25.009
  • In fact, God is identifiedthroughout the Scripture as the
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  • Lord of the armies.
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  • I've been in some academicsettings that were pretty
  • 00:16:31.616 --> 00:16:34.952
  • liberal, and very few thingsmade them angrier than a
  • 00:16:34.986 --> 00:16:38.456
  • presentation of the Lord of thearmies.
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  • They prefer to think of God as apacifist.
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  • He's not.
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  • The phrase in Scripture is, theLord of the hosts.
  • 00:16:46.064 --> 00:16:49.534
  • The most literal translation isthe Lord of the armies.
  • 00:16:50.101 --> 00:16:52.470
  • It's Psalm 46 in verse 7, itsays, "The Lord of host is with
  • 00:16:52.503 --> 00:16:56.040
  • us, the God of Jacob is ourstronghold."
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  • And then in 2 Timothy chapter 2,Paul is giving instructions to a
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  • young man that he's coaching,he's mentoring in the faith.
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  • Listen to his instructions,they're appropriate for you and
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  • me into this season.
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  • Timothy--
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  • "Endure hardship with us like agood soldier of Christ Jesus.
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  • No one serving as a soldier getsinvolved in civilian affairs, he
  • 00:17:17.528 --> 00:17:21.399
  • wants to please his commandingofficer.
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  • Similarly, if anyone competes asan athlete, he doesn't receive
  • 00:17:24.368 --> 00:17:26.971
  • the victor's crown unless hecompetes according to the rules.
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  • The hardworking farmer should bethe first to receive a share of
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  • the crops.
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  • Reflect on what I'm saying, forthe Lord will give you insight
  • 00:17:34.679 --> 00:17:37.482
  • into all of this.
  • 00:17:37.515 --> 00:17:38.850
  • Endure hardship with us like agood soldier of Christ Jesus."
  • 00:17:39.984 --> 00:17:44.122
  • 1 Timothy 4, in verse 6, Paulsaid, "Train yourself to
  • 00:17:44.956 --> 00:17:47.992
  • be godly.
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  • Physical training is of somevalue, but godliness has value
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  • for all things, holding promisefor both the present life and
  • 00:17:52.997 --> 00:17:56.801
  • the life to come."
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  • Train yourself to be godly.
  • 00:17:58.169 --> 00:17:59.871
  • Are you conscious that we're intraining in 2020?
  • 00:18:00.104 --> 00:18:02.540
  • We're not just hangin' on to goback to February.
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  • God is training us to bedifferent than we were as this
  • 00:18:07.245 --> 00:18:10.381
  • year has been unfolding.
  • 00:18:10.414 --> 00:18:13.551
  • You know, I meet Christians allthe time and they say, Pastor,
  • 00:18:13.584 --> 00:18:15.586
  • I'm trying.
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  • I appreciate that, but that'snot enough.
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  • If outcomes matter, trying isnot the bar.
  • 00:18:20.191 --> 00:18:24.061
  • And our attitude, pretty muchacross the Christian church, has
  • 00:18:25.463 --> 00:18:28.766
  • been, well, I tried.
  • 00:18:28.799 --> 00:18:30.835
  • Well, bless your heart.
  • 00:18:31.736 --> 00:18:34.572
  • I want to suggest a biblicalapproach.
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  • Train yourself to be godly.
  • 00:18:36.941 --> 00:18:38.709
  • Training is engaging inbehaviors, with discipline and
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  • routine and intentionality, thatwill enable you to accomplish
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  • something in the future that'simpossible for you to accomplish
  • 00:18:46.083 --> 00:18:49.487
  • in this moment.
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  • I believe, in 2020, God's put usin training.
  • 00:18:51.656 --> 00:18:54.125
  • We need the church to bedifferent, more alive, more
  • 00:18:55.426 --> 00:18:57.828
  • vital, more prayerful, morediscerning, able to hear with
  • 00:18:57.862 --> 00:19:01.098
  • greater confidence, more filledwith the Word of God.
  • 00:19:01.132 --> 00:19:03.734
  • And God has sent us home totrain.
  • 00:19:03.768 --> 00:19:05.636
  • Train ourselves to be godly.
  • 00:19:06.470 --> 00:19:09.040
  • There's a second component ofthis training.
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  • We're going to have to have athinking change.
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  • I'm quite certain that bootcamp,or basic training, comes with a
  • 00:19:13.477 --> 00:19:16.847
  • very intentional reprogrammingof how we think.
  • 00:19:16.881 --> 00:19:19.517
  • In the military, you've gottatransition from a
  • 00:19:19.750 --> 00:19:21.385
  • civilian mindset.
  • 00:19:21.419 --> 00:19:23.888
  • Paul said that no one who isengaged does what they wanna do,
  • 00:19:23.921 --> 00:19:29.060
  • you want to please yourcommanding officer.
  • 00:19:29.093 --> 00:19:31.462
  • There's got to be a thinkingchange.
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  • There's many, many examples inScripture, time prevents me from
  • 00:19:36.634 --> 00:19:39.870
  • walking through them all withyou.
  • 00:19:39.904 --> 00:19:41.239
  • I'll give you one.
  • 00:19:41.272 --> 00:19:42.573
  • In Acts chapter 10, we get tolisten in to God as he's
  • 00:19:42.607 --> 00:19:45.810
  • adjusting Peter's thinking.
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  • Now, before we look at theadjustment, let me remind you at
  • 00:19:48.879 --> 00:19:51.182
  • this point, this is Acts chapter10.
  • 00:19:51.215 --> 00:19:54.318
  • Peter is the leader of thechurch in Jerusalem.
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  • He's the one that presented themessage on the day of Pentecost,
  • 00:19:58.155 --> 00:20:00.625
  • and 3.000 people got baptized.
  • 00:20:00.658 --> 00:20:02.927
  • Peter spent three yearspersonally engaged with Jesus'
  • 00:20:02.960 --> 00:20:06.397
  • ministry on earth.
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  • Peter walked on the water, Peterpicked up basketfuls of food
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  • after the multitude was fed,Peter was there when Lazarus was
  • 00:20:11.068 --> 00:20:14.605
  • raised from the dead, Peter hasseen people raised from the dead
  • 00:20:14.639 --> 00:20:17.775
  • from his own ministry.
  • 00:20:17.808 --> 00:20:19.343
  • When Peter walked through thestreets of Jerusalem, they put
  • 00:20:19.377 --> 00:20:21.846
  • sick people along the streetbecause, if his shadow fell on
  • 00:20:21.879 --> 00:20:24.949
  • them, there were some healed.
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  • Peter is not a novice.
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  • He's not a beginner.
  • 00:20:30.621 --> 00:20:31.922
  • In fact, his resume isintimidating.
  • 00:20:31.956 --> 00:20:34.625
  • But in Acts chapter 10, Peterneeds to change how he thinks,
  • 00:20:35.626 --> 00:20:39.930
  • or he's limited in what God cando in his life.
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  • He's waiting for his Noon meal.
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  • It's Acts 10 in verse 11, itsays, "He saw heaven opened and
  • 00:20:50.708 --> 00:20:53.477
  • something like a large sheetbeing let down to earth by its
  • 00:20:53.511 --> 00:20:57.181
  • four corners.
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  • And it contained all kinds offour-footed animals, as well as
  • 00:20:58.582 --> 00:21:01.686
  • reptiles of the earth and birdsof the air.
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  • And a voice told him, 'Get up,Peter.'
  • 00:21:03.821 --> 00:21:05.589
  • Kill and eat.
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  • And Peter said, 'Surely not,Lord!'"
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  • He's a good, observant Jewishman, he keeps the kosher rules,
  • 00:21:10.127 --> 00:21:13.564
  • he can't eat what's on thatmenu.
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  • If he does, he forfeits hisstatus, his standing.
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  • Whatever you imagine would makeyou unclean spiritually, that's
  • 00:21:21.672 --> 00:21:25.242
  • how Peter saw what was on thatmenu.
  • 00:21:25.276 --> 00:21:27.011
  • And God was clearly saying, eatit.
  • 00:21:27.044 --> 00:21:29.180
  • And Peter said, no, no, no, "Ihave never eaten anything impure
  • 00:21:29.213 --> 00:21:37.521
  • or unclean.
  • 00:21:37.555 --> 00:21:38.856
  • And the voice of the Lord spoketo him a second time, 'Do not
  • 00:21:38.889 --> 00:21:40.591
  • call anything impure that Godhas made clean'".
  • 00:21:40.624 --> 00:21:46.130
  • Don't call it impure, Peter.
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  • He had that same scene repeatedfor him three times, once
  • 00:21:50.267 --> 00:21:53.037
  • was inadequate.
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:55.005
  • He finds himself, before theweek passes, at the home of
  • 00:21:55.039 --> 00:21:57.641
  • Cornelius in Caesarea, a RomanCenturion.
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  • And the events of Acts chapter 2in Jerusalem are duplicated in
  • 00:22:00.945 --> 00:22:04.582
  • Caesarea in the home of a RomanCenturion, a Gentile, somebody
  • 00:22:04.615 --> 00:22:08.085
  • with no covenant.
  • 00:22:08.119 --> 00:22:09.453
  • And Peter said, I now understandthat God is no respecter of
  • 00:22:09.487 --> 00:22:13.224
  • persons, that what he's done forthe Jewish believers in
  • 00:22:13.257 --> 00:22:16.193
  • Jerusalem he will do for thenon-Jewish believers
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  • anywhere else.
  • 00:22:19.363 --> 00:22:22.500
  • The world shifted in Actschapter 10, the story of the New
  • 00:22:22.533 --> 00:22:25.369
  • Testament shifted in Actschapter 10.
  • 00:22:25.403 --> 00:22:27.738
  • It's as dramatic as the partingof the Red Sea.
  • 00:22:27.772 --> 00:22:31.409
  • Prior to Acts chapter 10, thestory is predominantly a
  • 00:22:31.442 --> 00:22:33.978
  • Jewish initiative.
  • 00:22:34.011 --> 00:22:35.479
  • After Acts chapter 10, it's opento the entire globe.
  • 00:22:35.513 --> 00:22:39.483
  • And God needed Peter, the rockin that early church, he needed
  • 00:22:39.984 --> 00:22:43.521
  • him to change how he thinks.
  • 00:22:43.554 --> 00:22:44.989
  • Now here's the question.
  • 00:22:45.022 --> 00:22:49.059
  • Some of you have been Christiansa long time.
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  • Decades.
  • 00:22:52.263 --> 00:22:53.597
  • Some of you've endured so manysermons that, if I stumble, you
  • 00:22:53.631 --> 00:22:55.966
  • can complete the sentence.
  • 00:22:56.000 --> 00:23:00.571
  • Do you have the imagination thatGod can introduce a change to
  • 00:23:00.604 --> 00:23:05.109
  • your thinking?
  • 00:23:05.142 --> 00:23:07.878
  • Are you willing to learn?Can we humble ourselves?
  • 00:23:07.912 --> 00:23:12.983
  • Folks, the goal isn't to returnto someplace we were.
  • 00:23:13.017 --> 00:23:16.587
  • It's not to recapture somemoment in our past.
  • 00:23:16.620 --> 00:23:19.857
  • It's to say to the Lord, what doyou have for us?
  • 00:23:19.890 --> 00:23:22.326
  • We need a thinking change.
  • 00:23:22.359 --> 00:23:23.961
  • We've been enlisted on a newassignment.
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  • The world has changed this year.
  • 00:23:25.629 --> 00:23:29.633
  • And it seems to me a thirdcomponent of basic training is
  • 00:23:29.667 --> 00:23:31.902
  • learning to lead your life underauthority.
  • 00:23:31.936 --> 00:23:34.705
  • Prior to your enlistment, youare your own authority.
  • 00:23:34.738 --> 00:23:38.442
  • There may be some civil law, butthose are typically distant and
  • 00:23:38.476 --> 00:23:42.012
  • can be negotiated.
  • 00:23:42.046 --> 00:23:44.448
  • But if you enlist in themilitary structure, you
  • 00:23:44.482 --> 00:23:47.351
  • forfeit that autonomy.
  • 00:23:47.384 --> 00:23:52.389
  • Your life is placed under a verysignificant, a very serious, a
  • 00:23:52.423 --> 00:23:56.393
  • very well-structured authority.
  • 00:23:56.427 --> 00:23:58.863
  • And when you acknowledge Jesusas Lord of your life, it's not
  • 00:23:58.896 --> 00:24:01.665
  • your life anymore.
  • 00:24:01.699 --> 00:24:03.400
  • They're not your days anymore,it's not your calendar anymore,
  • 00:24:03.434 --> 00:24:06.604
  • or your checkbook, or your bankaccount.
  • 00:24:06.637 --> 00:24:09.740
  • We lead our lives under theauthority of the king.
  • 00:24:09.773 --> 00:24:12.276
  • And if you're not doing that,then what exactly is the
  • 00:24:12.309 --> 00:24:14.612
  • evidence, what is the mindsetthat you're a Christ follower?
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  • We lead our lives underauthority.
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  • Now, that's something we learn,it's something we grow into,
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  • it's something that's developedand cultivated.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 6 in verse 18,it says, "Flee from
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  • sexual immorality.
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  • All other sins a man commits areoutside his body, but he who
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  • sins sexually sins against hisown body.
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  • Don't you know that your body isa temple of the Holy Spirit, who
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  • is in you, that you've receivedfrom God?
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  • You're not your own, you werebought at a price.
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  • Therefore honor God with yourbody."
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  • God is watching.We're under his authority.
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  • In Luke 7, one of the mostdramatic events in Jesus's
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  • personal ministry.
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  • He's in Capernaum, and a Romancenturion sends messengers to
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  • Jesus, he said, "I need you tocome to heal a servant."
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  • And Jesus starts on his way andhe gets interrupted, and finally
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  • the Centurion arrives, he says,"Listen, I don't deserve to have
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  • you come into my home, you justsay the word and my servant will
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  • get better."
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  • He said, "I'm a man ofauthority," he said, "I command
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  • people and they do my bidding,and I recognize
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  • in you an authority,
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  • you've got authority oversickness and disease and demons
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  • and the wind and the waves.
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  • If you'll just speak the word,my servant will get better."
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  • And the Scripture sayssomething, it's one of the most
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  • remarkable statements in all theGospels, it says, Jesus was
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  • astonished at this man's faith.
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  • Wouldn't you like to have afaith that caused Jesus to
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  • be astonished?
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  • And you know that basically, itwasn't that the man had spent
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  • time in synagogue, he hadn'tspent the time studying any,
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  • there were no--it said that herecognized the authority in
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  • Jesus, and he would humblehimself and submit to
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  • the authority.
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  • We've been rebellious too long.We're a people under authority.
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  • People say to me frequently,"Pastor, yeah, I know what the
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  • Bible says, but let me tell youwhat I think."
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  • I will typically try to listenrespectively, but you know the
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  • real answer, folks.
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  • We've gotta bring alignment withwhat the Bible says and what
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  • we think.
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  • We may not understand it all, itmay take time, it may take a lot
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  • of time for us to bringalignment, but we have to intend
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  • to align ourselves with what Godsays.
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