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Life On Purpose: We Intend

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May 28, 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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Life On Purpose: We Intend

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson:It's good to be with you again.
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  • I always enjoy the beginningof a new year.
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  • There's something about a freshcalendar and a fresh set of
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  • opportunities, and the promiseof a new year that brings
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  • a sense of hope to me,a sense of promise.
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  • And I'm excited tobegin this year with you,
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  • particularly, as we beginthis study together,
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  • we're gonna spend a few weekstalking about our intent.
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  • And our objective for the yearis to know God at the end
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  • of 2019 better than we doat the beginning.
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  • What a wonderful opportunity.
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  • Well, with the help of the Wordof God and the invitation of the
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  • Holy Spirit, we're gonna unpacksome ideas and look at some
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  • principles will that help youand I gain a more vibrant,
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  • more meaningful, moretransformative spiritual life
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  • than we've ever known before.
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  • I wanna invite you away from theidea that you've already done
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  • all your God business.
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  • Maybe you're born again, you'vemade a profession of faith.
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  • You've been baptized.
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  • You've walked withthe Lord for a while.
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  • We're not done.
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  • We've just got thequalifications to make
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  • a difference forthe kingdom of God.
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  • Welcome to 2019, and welcometo a year of God opportunity.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen: In Colossianschapter 3, in verse 1,
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  • it says: "Since you havebeen raised with Christ,
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  • set your hearts on things above,where Christ is,
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  • seated at the right hand of God.
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  • Set your minds on things above,not on earthly things."
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  • We processed that in a bitmore detail last weekend.
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  • There are two componentsto that.
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  • "Set your mind on things above."
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  • The contrast is between thingsof the earth and things above.
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  • "Set your mind on things above."And then, "Set your hearts."
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  • Your heart is your emotionsand your will.
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  • Collectively, we, set our minds,our will,
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  • and our emotions onthe things of God.
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  • And it's not an invitationto be so heavenly minded
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  • you're no earthly good.
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  • I don't believe that'swhat it's about at all.
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  • But in the things thatyou're thinking about,
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  • the things you're longing for,the things you're dreaming
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  • about, begin to doan adjustment.
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  • Let them be things relatedto the kingdom of God.
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  • There should be a difference inthe dreams of the peoples of God
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  • and the dreams of the pagans,amen?
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  • And I'm not askin' you to beembarrassed or ashamed
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  • or to feel guilty.
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  • I'm askin' you to just setyour hearts and your minds
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  • on the things above.
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  • And this weekend--last weekend,we started with something
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  • personal, with, "I intend."
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  • This weekend, I wanna talkto you about what we intend,
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  • the outcomes ofthis collectively.
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  • Now, I'm not gonna addto your list of ten,
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  • but I wanna identify for yousome things that I think
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  • will be reflected in this bodyof believers.
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  • If we intend to honor the Lord,I think there will be some
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  • collective expressions of that.
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  • And I say that based uponwhat God has called us
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  • to as a congregation.
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  • Not every congregation'sthe same, nor should they be.
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  • But it's importantto understand,
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  • and I think at the beginning ofthat discussion it's important
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  • to be aware of the value thatJesus attaches to the church.
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  • The Bible says that "Jesusis the head of the church."
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  • In Ephesians, I didn'tput it in your notes,
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  • but in Ephesians 5, it saysthat "Jesus gave himself up
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  • for the church."
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  • He gave himself upfor the church.
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  • We've had this strong emphasisin American Evangelicalism
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  • on a personal faith,a personal salvation.
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  • And I believe inpersonal salvation.
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  • I believe in being born again.
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  • But once you're born again,we are to be a part
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  • of the body of Christ.
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  • Jesus gave himself upfor the church.
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  • Look at 1 Corinthians 12.You have it.
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  • It says, "The body is unit,made of many parts;
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  • and though all ofits parts are many,
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  • they form one body.
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  • So it is with Christ."
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  • A lot of parts, one body.
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  • What is the church?
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  • Well, it's not about a buildingor a denomination
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  • or an hour of the week.
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  • In the broadest-picture view,the church is every person that
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  • identifies Jesus of Nazareth asChrist and serves him as Lord.
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  • But we have local expressionsof the body of Christ,
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  • congregations.
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  • One body, many parts, andevery part's important.
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  • Different strengths, differentexpressions of strength.
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  • I have a right and a left hand.
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  • They look at a lot alike,but they're very different.
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  • My right hand isreally coordinated.
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  • My left hand is alittle awkward.
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  • But I like 'em both.
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  • I don't wanna giveeither of them up.
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  • One body, many parts.
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  • Look at Ephesians 4,"We will in all things grow up
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  • into him who is the Head,that is, Christ."
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  • We grow up collectively.
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  • See, I wanna do everything I canto dispel this notion
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  • that your profession of faithand your baptism
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  • and your Bible is all you need.
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  • You can go live by yourself.
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  • It's a lie.
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  • It's as much a mistaken idea asif I took a newborn child from
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  • the nursery at the hospital,drove to the remotest part
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  • of our community, and left it.
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  • What are the chances thatthat child would grow to be
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  • a healthy, functional,normal human being?
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  • Slim and none.
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  • What makes us think,as Christ followers,
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  • we can be birthed into thekingdom of God and then,
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  • alone and isolated,we will grow to be mature,
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  • productive parts ofthe body of Christ?
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  • It's deception.
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  • We need one another.
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  • Now, that didn't come naturallyto me.
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  • I came to faith outsideof the organized church.
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  • I learned about God inthose formative years
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  • of my spiritual journey outsideof the organized church.
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  • I was baptized in the ocean.
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  • So it took the Spirit of God towork a real change into my heart
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  • to come to value a congregationas an important part
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  • of the development in the livesof men and women
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  • and their faith journeys.
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  • But it's the truth.Jesus is the head of the church.
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  • And if you've beenangry at the church,
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  • critical of the church,or mad at the church, repent.
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  • We need the church to be aliveand vital.
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  • Brought you a passagefrom 2 Timothy.
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  • It's chapter 4.
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  • Paul is writingfrom a Roman prison,
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  • and it's clear from the text,the context,
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  • that he really expectshis next trial to result
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  • in his condemnation to death.
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  • So he's writing to Timothyand he says,
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  • "Do your best to cometo me quickly, for Demas,
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  • because he loved this world,has deserted me
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  • and he's gone to Thessalonica.
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  • And Crescens has goneto Galatia,
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  • and Titus to Dalmatia.
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  • And only Luke is with me.
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  • Get Mark and bring him with you,because he's helpful to me
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  • in my ministry.
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  • And I sent Tychicus to Ephesus."
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  • Say that five times real fast.
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  • Let's call him "Ty.""I've sent Ty to Ephesus.
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  • And when you come, bring thecloak that I left with Carpus
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  • at Troas, and my scrolls,especially the parchments."
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  • What's Paul talkin' about?
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  • He's in a Roman prison,and he writes to Timothy.
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  • He said, "Timothy, I need youto get here, and hurry."
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  • He said, "Demas is gone,and Titus is gone,
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  • and Ty is gone.
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  • Luke's here, but I'm cold.
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  • Could you bring me a coat?
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  • And bring my books.I need my books."
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  • When I read that, I'mreminded who this is.
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  • This is the Apostle Paul.
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  • This is Saul of Tarsus,the Pharisee of the Pharisees
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  • that Jesus Christ, after heascended back to heaven,
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  • he came back to the DamascusRoad and recruited this man
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  • into his service.
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  • Remember the story?
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  • He knocked him off his horseinto the dust and said,
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  • "Just what do you thinkyou're doing, young man?"
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  • Said, "I've got an assignmentfor you."
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  • This is Paul, who praysfor the dead,
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  • and they're raisedto life again.
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  • This is Paul, who confrontsdemonized people
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  • and they're set free.
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  • This is Paul, that stands infront of a city committed to
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  • a riot and confronts them withthe gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • And now he's in a Roman prison.
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  • And what does he say?
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  • "Timothy, hurry.
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  • Luke's here, but I'm cold.
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  • And Demas is gone,and Ty is gone."
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  • It's a people initiative, folks.
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  • We need one another.
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  • You bring a strength to my life.
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  • The people around youbring a strength to you.
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  • We matter to one another.
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  • Jesus is the head of the church.
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  • I'm an advocate for the church.
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  • I'm an advocate for you.
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  • Now, I brought you a collectionof five statements
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  • that we intend to be a partof this congregation.
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  • They're not new this weekend.
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  • They've been a part ofour intent for many years,
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  • but our commitment to themhasn't diminished or yielded
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  • or been directed in another way.
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  • And the first is, we intendto be a redeeming place.
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  • We understand the church to be aplace for people to be restored,
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  • renewed, refreshed.
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  • In Ephesians 1:7, it says:"In him we have redemption
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  • through his blood,the forgiveness of sins,
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  • in accordance with the richesof God's grace."
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  • And if you're watching ussomeplace else,
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  • we're all turning the pageof our outlines.
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  • I do not understand thechurch to be a hall of fame
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  • of Christianity, where we gatheron the weekends and we stand
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  • on our pedestals with littleplaques in front of us
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  • that signify the remarkableachievements of our lives.
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  • And those who haven't achievedgreatness as we have might
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  • occasionally drop by and driftthrough the calls and let us
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  • tell them of our exploits.
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  • I understand the churchto be a hospital.
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  • For we come, limping andcrawling and carried in,
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  • in all of the variousexpressions of our brokenness
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  • and present ourselves before aliving God and ask that he would
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  • accomplish his redemptivepurposes in our lives.
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  • Our goal in beinghere is not to pretend.
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  • It's not just to fake it for anhour and a half until we can get
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  • home and be ourselves again.
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  • It's a rallying point, wherewe know there are like-minded
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  • people that will stand alongsideof us and believe with us and
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  • pray with us andinvite God into our lives,
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  • that his redemptive power wouldcontinue the transformation that
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  • began in us when we madea profession of faith.
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  • We are growing up in theredemptive purposes of God.
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  • So we delight in welcomingpeople here that couldn't spell
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  • "God" if you gave'em a G and an O.
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  • They don't knowwhen to sit and stand.
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  • They don't know the drill.
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  • We'll give you an outline thathas the Scripture verses in it.
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  • "Well, pastor, Idon't like that.
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  • I'd rather followalong in my own Bible."
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  • So bring your Bible.
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  • Knock yourself out.
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  • It's okay with me, but we intendto extend an invitation to know
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  • a redemptive God,not just to join a group,
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  • sit in the building,endure a sermon, sing a song.
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  • God, change us.
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  • Now, that's initiatedwith a personal faith.
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  • Jesus said, "You haveto be born again."
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  • It's extended as we make agrowing commitment to prayer.
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  • Folks, we've gotta learnto pray for one another.
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  • We'll start with sentenceprayers that we pray
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  • kind of genuinelyacross broader groups,
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  • but we wanna grow to wherewe can pray for one another,
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  • and receive prayerfrom one another.
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  • It's not embarrassingto say, "Pray for me.
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  • I had a tough week," or,"I'm excited about
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  • the opportunities ahead.
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  • Pray for me.
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  • I don't wanna face theopportunities without God."
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  • I'll give you a little practice.
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  • For 100 days, if youwant an opportunity,
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  • come 5 minutes early to service.
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  • Just take a seat inyour normal spot,
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  • and sit there quietlyand pray for the day.
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  • You don't have tosay anything out loud.
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  • Just sit there and say, "God,let your power be present in
  • 00:12:32.333 --> 00:12:35.236
  • this place today.
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  • Allen: Number four, we intendto experience God.
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  • We don't intend just to comeon the weekends
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  • and endure sermonsand sing songs.
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  • We intend to experiencethe power of God.
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  • I believe God heals the sick,that he delivers us from unclean
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  • things, that principalities andpowers that stand opposed to
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  • the purposes of God in our liveshave to yield to the authority
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  • of Jesus's name and the powerof his shed blood.
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  • And when we gatherhere on the weekends,
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  • it's more than to recite a creedor to put in our time
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  • so we can go on tothe important things of life.
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  • We intend to experienceGod together.
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  • Now, to do that, we'll have tocultivate a reverence for God,
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  • a respect for God.
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  • We'll have to se to it that wereverence and make room
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  • for the Spirit of God to workin out midst.
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  • We'll have to honor his Word,but we're working
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  • on those things.
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  • And finally, the last thing weintend is to love our neighbor.
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  • We believe people matterto God, amen.
  • 00:14:24.445 --> 00:14:30.251
  • People matter to God, allpeople, different sizes, shapes,
  • 00:14:30.285 --> 00:14:33.788
  • colors, ethnicities, economicstatus, educational status.
  • 00:14:33.821 --> 00:14:39.460
  • People matter to God, andso they have to matter to us.
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  • And when theydon't matter to us,
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  • we have to change.
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  • I tell you that becausepeople used to annoy me.
  • 00:14:48.503 --> 00:14:54.509
  • I mean, I became a pastor so Icould serve the people of God,
  • 00:14:54.542 --> 00:14:57.478
  • and the people that keptshowin' up didn't know God.
  • 00:14:57.512 --> 00:15:01.249
  • And I thought,"What an intrusion.
  • 00:15:01.282 --> 00:15:02.583
  • God, couldn't youjust send me one mature,
  • 00:15:02.617 --> 00:15:05.153
  • grown-up Christian?
  • 00:15:05.186 --> 00:15:07.522
  • The people you'resendin' are a mess."
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  • Until it occurred to me,that was the job of the church,
  • 00:15:14.862 --> 00:15:20.101
  • and I was just as biga mess as they were.
  • 00:15:20.134 --> 00:15:21.869
  • That's why they wantedto hang out with me.
  • 00:15:21.903 --> 00:15:26.140
  • People matter to God.
  • 00:15:26.174 --> 00:15:28.776
  • You say, "Pastor, I workin a place that's hard."
  • 00:15:28.810 --> 00:15:30.345
  • I don't doubt that, but Godput you there because
  • 00:15:30.378 --> 00:15:32.213
  • those people matter to him.
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  • "Pastor, my neighborhood'snot a pleasant place."
  • 00:15:35.483 --> 00:15:37.485
  • I don't doubt that, but Ibelieve God planted you there to
  • 00:15:37.518 --> 00:15:39.921
  • be a light because people matterto him and he knew he could
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  • trust you with that assignment.
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  • You'd walk that block atthe end of the day and say,
  • 00:15:44.192 --> 00:15:46.928
  • "God, let Jesus be revealedin these homes."
  • 00:15:46.961 --> 00:15:51.632
  • People matter to him, folks.
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  • The church isn't some closeton this campus.
  • 00:15:56.437 --> 00:15:59.807
  • There's no, like, dark roomwhere the church resides.
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  • It's us.
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  • People say to me,"What's the church gonna do
  • 00:16:04.579 --> 00:16:05.880
  • about something?"
  • 00:16:05.913 --> 00:16:07.215
  • "What are you doing?"
  • 00:16:07.248 --> 00:16:09.083
  • "Well, I didn't mean me.I meant everybody else."
  • 00:16:09.117 --> 00:16:11.119
  • Oh, well, we appreciate youmaking a to-do list for us.
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  • We're gonna love our neighbor.People matter to God.
  • 00:16:18.693 --> 00:16:21.162
  • We're gonna hold up the truth.
  • 00:16:21.195 --> 00:16:22.497
  • Loving people isn't hidingthe truth,
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  • or telling 'em twoof the commandments.
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  • A doctor isn't a good doctor, hedoesn't care about his patients,
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  • if he doesn'ttell 'em the truth.
  • 00:16:29.904 --> 00:16:32.840
  • That's not condemning.
  • 00:16:32.874 --> 00:16:34.675
  • It's not critical.It's not judgmental.
  • 00:16:34.709 --> 00:16:36.744
  • It's the reality, so theycan have a better future.
  • 00:16:36.778 --> 00:16:40.782
  • And when you and I sharethe truth of God,
  • 00:16:40.815 --> 00:16:42.683
  • it's because we're strugglingto embrace it ourselves
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  • and we wanna share itwith other people.
  • 00:16:45.053 --> 00:16:46.888
  • Not to condemn or tocriticize or diminish.
  • 00:16:46.921 --> 00:16:49.057
  • We believe the best pathwayforward is by embracing
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:52.126
  • the truth.
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  • It's not always popular,the truth.
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  • We'll serve those in need.
  • 00:16:59.033 --> 00:17:02.804
  • Now, there's a mistakewe sometimes fall into
  • 00:17:02.837 --> 00:17:05.039
  • in church world, and I've spentmy life in church world.
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  • We think that the way we serveand the way we care
  • 00:17:07.975 --> 00:17:10.078
  • is the best way.
  • 00:17:10.111 --> 00:17:12.613
  • And once you make that decision,then you become critical
  • 00:17:12.647 --> 00:17:15.183
  • of people who servein other ways.
  • 00:17:15.216 --> 00:17:16.717
  • "Because I'm servingthe best way,
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  • so your way must be inferior."
  • 00:17:18.286 --> 00:17:23.124
  • And I think that's a childlike,and in many respects,
  • 00:17:23.157 --> 00:17:26.661
  • a childish response.
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  • When you're a little person,you think the safest,
  • 00:17:28.629 --> 00:17:30.665
  • best place in the world is home.
  • 00:17:30.698 --> 00:17:33.534
  • Then best cook inthe world is your mom.
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  • The strongest person inthe world's your dad.
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  • That's a great attitudewhen you're two or three,
  • 00:17:38.272 --> 00:17:41.909
  • but at some point you realize,other people prepare food
  • 00:17:41.943 --> 00:17:44.612
  • and there are other strongpeople in the world,
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  • and you're putting your dadat risk if you keep saying,
  • 00:17:46.314 --> 00:17:48.082
  • "My dad can beat up your dad."
  • 00:17:48.116 --> 00:17:53.721
  • And your dad's probablynot too bummed out
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  • when you back off of that claim.
  • 00:17:55.323 --> 00:18:00.294
  • And then we kind of practicethat same childlike,
  • 00:18:00.328 --> 00:18:03.064
  • and sometimes childishness,in the church.
  • 00:18:03.097 --> 00:18:05.633
  • We say, "Well, the waywe do it's the best way."
  • 00:18:05.666 --> 00:18:08.903
  • We don't all servein the same way, nor should we.
  • 00:18:08.936 --> 00:18:13.107
  • When our church was smalland young and just beginning,
  • 00:18:13.141 --> 00:18:15.676
  • we looked around our community.
  • 00:18:15.710 --> 00:18:17.879
  • There were somewonderful churches,
  • 00:18:17.912 --> 00:18:19.213
  • established churches,churches with decades of serving
  • 00:18:19.247 --> 00:18:21.716
  • in our community.
  • 00:18:21.749 --> 00:18:23.050
  • We'd been herejust a little while.
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  • And they were doin'some remarkable things.
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  • Some of them had food pantrieswhere they gave food to people
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  • who needed it,and clothes closets,
  • 00:18:30.124 --> 00:18:31.526
  • where people couldcome get clothing.
  • 00:18:31.559 --> 00:18:33.294
  • And one church wasrepurposing furniture,
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  • doin' a beautiful job.
  • 00:18:35.062 --> 00:18:37.098
  • And we though, "There's no wayto compete with them
  • 00:18:37.131 --> 00:18:38.833
  • or to try to duplicatewhat they're doing."
  • 00:18:38.866 --> 00:18:41.869
  • We said, "Where can we findsomeplace that's kinda
  • 00:18:41.903 --> 00:18:44.205
  • not being addressedor being overlooked?
  • 00:18:44.238 --> 00:18:46.174
  • How can we add momentumto the story of Jesus
  • 00:18:46.207 --> 00:18:48.709
  • in this community?
  • 00:18:48.743 --> 00:18:50.778
  • We're not competingwith those places.
  • 00:18:50.811 --> 00:18:52.747
  • There's lots ofunchurched people.
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  • We'll go find a wayto speak to them."
  • 00:18:54.115 --> 00:18:57.018
  • We went to the Christmas parade,and there wasn't a single
  • 00:18:57.051 --> 00:18:59.554
  • expression of Christianityin the Christmas parade.
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  • This was several years ago.
  • 00:19:03.691 --> 00:19:05.092
  • And we thought,"Well, we could do that.
  • 00:19:05.126 --> 00:19:06.427
  • We could do somethin' in that."
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  • We were a handful of people.
  • 00:19:07.795 --> 00:19:09.096
  • We didn't havevery many resources.
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:10.431
  • We thought, "We'll getin the Christmas parade
  • 00:19:10.464 --> 00:19:11.866
  • and say, 'Jesus.'"
  • 00:19:11.899 --> 00:19:14.535
  • So we recruited a Maryand a Joseph,
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  • and some wise guys, and somebanner carriers that said,
  • 00:19:16.037 --> 00:19:18.673
  • "Merry Christmas,"and, "God loves you."
  • 00:19:18.706 --> 00:19:21.042
  • And we said, "We'll walkin the Christmas parade."
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  • And we bought a little burro,a little donkey.
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  • We named him Murphy.
  • 00:19:25.947 --> 00:19:29.050
  • So, at one time, World Outreachowned Murphy Burro, thank you.
  • 00:19:29.083 --> 00:19:39.093
  • [congregation laughing]
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  • My assignment was to trainMurphy for his job
  • 00:19:44.265 --> 00:19:46.901
  • in the Christmas parade.
  • 00:19:46.934 --> 00:19:49.737
  • Well, we had church that day.
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  • The parade's onSunday afternoon,
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  • and they line up for the paradewhile we were havin' church.
  • 00:19:52.440 --> 00:19:54.108
  • So the parade crowdwas goin' to the parade,
  • 00:19:54.141 --> 00:19:56.210
  • and the two dozen of us thatwere left, we had church.
  • 00:19:56.244 --> 00:19:59.580
  • We got done with church,and changed our clothes,
  • 00:19:59.614 --> 00:20:01.716
  • and went up--the parade usedto--they used to do the staging
  • 00:20:01.749 --> 00:20:04.085
  • in the big parking lotby Greenland Drive
  • 00:20:04.118 --> 00:20:05.987
  • next to Murphy Center.
  • 00:20:06.020 --> 00:20:08.823
  • And I went up there to seethe parade folks
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  • before they started walkin'.
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  • And Mary was there,and Joseph was there,
  • 00:20:11.626 --> 00:20:13.227
  • and the wise guys were there,but Murphy wasn't.
  • 00:20:13.261 --> 00:20:16.864
  • And I said,"Well, where's Murphy?"
  • 00:20:16.897 --> 00:20:19.667
  • And with a straight face,they looked at me and said,
  • 00:20:19.700 --> 00:20:22.036
  • "He didn't wanna come."
  • 00:20:22.069 --> 00:20:25.072
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:20:25.239 --> 00:20:32.380
  • "He didn't--"I was very surprised.
  • 00:20:32.413 --> 00:20:34.348
  • I didn't know Murphycould speak.
  • 00:20:34.382 --> 00:20:39.253
  • And I said, "Well, did he--was it sign language?
  • 00:20:39.287 --> 00:20:41.255
  • Did he write it for you?
  • 00:20:41.289 --> 00:20:44.392
  • Give me the truck keys."
  • 00:20:44.425 --> 00:20:45.726
  • Now, I confess, at the point,the love of Jesus
  • 00:20:45.760 --> 00:20:47.595
  • was nowhere near my heart.
  • 00:20:47.628 --> 00:20:51.732
  • It was time forthe parade to start.
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  • We'd worked for weeks.
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:54.402
  • It was the best expressionwe had at that time
  • 00:20:54.435 --> 00:20:56.237
  • into the community.
  • 00:20:56.270 --> 00:20:57.605
  • So I took the truck andthe trailer and headed out
  • 00:20:57.638 --> 00:20:59.206
  • to where Murphy lived.
  • 00:20:59.240 --> 00:21:01.208
  • And when I got there, Murphywanted to go to the parade,
  • 00:21:01.242 --> 00:21:08.616
  • miracle of miracles.
  • 00:21:08.649 --> 00:21:11.118
  • He got in the trailer.
  • 00:21:11.152 --> 00:21:12.453
  • We got back to the parkinglot at Greenland,
  • 00:21:12.486 --> 00:21:13.921
  • but the parade had started.
  • 00:21:13.954 --> 00:21:15.256
  • In fact, they were just turningfrom Middle Tennessee Boulevard
  • 00:21:15.289 --> 00:21:18.893
  • now onto East Main Street.
  • 00:21:18.926 --> 00:21:21.662
  • And we were at the parking loton Greenland Drive.
  • 00:21:21.696 --> 00:21:25.900
  • So I unloaded Murphy,and we started,
  • 00:21:25.933 --> 00:21:27.268
  • and a police officer stopped meand he said,
  • 00:21:27.301 --> 00:21:29.337
  • "Sir, this is a parade route?"
  • 00:21:29.370 --> 00:21:33.007
  • I said, "I know, but I haveMary's transportation."
  • 00:21:33.040 --> 00:21:39.280
  • And he didn't say anything.He just pointed.
  • 00:21:39.313 --> 00:21:41.916
  • So Murphy and I started runnin'down Middle Tennessee Boulevard.
  • 00:21:41.949 --> 00:21:46.253
  • And one police officer afteranother--I watched 'em talkin'
  • 00:21:46.287 --> 00:21:48.255
  • in their radio, shakin' theirhead when we came trotting past.
  • 00:21:48.289 --> 00:21:53.728
  • We caught Mary and Josephin the crowd,
  • 00:21:53.761 --> 00:21:56.597
  • and Murphy participated.
  • 00:21:56.630 --> 00:22:00.267
  • Folks, there's not juston way to honor Jesus.
  • 00:22:00.301 --> 00:22:03.571
  • Don't be critical of the waysothers are serving.
  • 00:22:03.604 --> 00:22:06.807
  • We've changed the wayswe've served in our community
  • 00:22:06.841 --> 00:22:08.943
  • through the years as our churchhas grown and the resources
  • 00:22:08.976 --> 00:22:11.212
  • have changed and ouropportunities have changed.
  • 00:22:11.245 --> 00:22:14.849
  • I thank God, but I don't thinkwe're done yet.
  • 00:22:14.882 --> 00:22:17.651
  • During the last weeksof last year,
  • 00:22:17.685 --> 00:22:19.587
  • we spent tens of thousands,hundreds of thousands of dollars
  • 00:22:19.620 --> 00:22:22.556
  • helping people with foodand clothing and toys,
  • 00:22:22.590 --> 00:22:25.493
  • and helping countless families,I mean, and organizations,
  • 00:22:25.526 --> 00:22:28.929
  • all sorts of expressions.
  • 00:22:28.963 --> 00:22:32.466
  • But it really began inthe simplest of ways,
  • 00:22:32.500 --> 00:22:34.869
  • and I don't think we've evenscratched the surface of what
  • 00:22:34.902 --> 00:22:36.904
  • God will allow us to do.
  • 00:22:36.937 --> 00:22:39.640
  • But it's not a comparisonor a criticism.
  • 00:22:39.673 --> 00:22:42.743
  • Don't be angry, encourage them.
  • 00:22:42.777 --> 00:22:46.213
  • And if they're still lookin'at you, goin',
  • 00:22:46.247 --> 00:22:47.548
  • "My daddy can beat upyour daddy," just wink at 'em.
  • 00:22:47.581 --> 00:22:50.718
  • It's okay, we intend to servein the name of the Lord.
  • 00:22:50.751 --> 00:22:57.858
  • It's important to us.
  • 00:22:57.892 --> 00:23:00.060
  • We're gonna show the loveof God in the community
  • 00:23:00.094 --> 00:23:02.263
  • where he's planted us.
  • 00:23:02.296 --> 00:23:05.733
  • I am honored to bea part of a living, vibrant,
  • 00:23:05.766 --> 00:23:09.870
  • vital, awakening church,and I thank God for you,
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  • but I don't thinkwe're done yet.
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  • In fact, I think everything thathas preceded us has prepared us
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  • for the season that is ahead.
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  • We're gonna haveto grow up, folks.
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  • I'm not sharing this stuff withyou predominantly so that
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  • the numbers of people thatworship with us will increase.
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  • I think that will bea side effect of you
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  • and I growing up a bit.
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  • And I believe you have togrow up in order to thrive
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  • in the season that is ahead.
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  • Knowing your Bible,knowing how to pray,
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  • knowing how to honor Godin your home,
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  • knowing how to workwith integrity,
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  • knowing how to trust Godwith and for your resources,
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  • knowing how to say, "No,"to ungodliness and be able
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  • to discern between them arenecessary components
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  • for thriving in what's next.
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  • The outcomes of that,how we serve together,
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  • what God does through us,those are fun discussions,
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  • but I wanna encourage you totake this hundred days and say,
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  • "I'm in, I'm in."
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  • What do you intend to do?
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  • Make a choice.
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  • Allen: Before we go, I wanna askyou a question.
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  • What do you intend to happen inyour spiritual life this year?
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  • I wanna ask you to thinkabout that a little bit,
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  • beyond this program certainly,because when you can
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  • answer that, then we can talkabout a set of behaviors
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  • and responses thatmake it possible.
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  • If you don't hold the intent,it's highly improbably that
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  • you'll get to the outcome.
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  • Well, let me make a suggestion.
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  • Let's intend to honor Godmore completely this year
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  • than ever before.
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  • Maybe you intendto read his Word.
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  • Take 10 or 15 minutes a day,we can read through
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  • the Gospels in the first100 days of the year.
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  • Maybe you intend to saya prayer every day.
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  • I don't know.
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  • You can build your list,but I wanna be certain
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  • that you take a momentand do it on purpose.
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  • "God, this is what I intendto honor you with this year."
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  • I wanna ask the Holy Spiritto lead you,
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  • to give you his wisdom,to give you a prompt,
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  • to not be contentwith where you are,
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  • but say, "God, I'd liketo know you better."
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  • God has something for you,and I don't want us to miss it,
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  • not one bit of what Godhas for us.
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  • Holy Spirit, we welcomeyou into our lives today.
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  • You're our Teacher andour Helper and our Guide.
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  • Open our hearts and our mindsand our imaginations
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  • to all that God has for us.
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  • May 2019 be the most fruitfulyear we've ever known
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  • in the kingdom of God,in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • announcer: From the openingchapters of the Bible
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  • to the end, the Spirit of Godand the power of God are
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  • connected, even synonymous,and we all at some point have
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  • places in our lives where itwould take no less than
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  • the power of God to bringan acceptable outcome.
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