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October 4, 2016
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A Simple Guide to Walking on Water: God Is for You

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  • Bobby: Welcome. We're so glad you're watching.
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  • We want you to know we love you.
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  • Shepherd's Grove is a place that loves people
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  • and we want you to know that if you've ever in this area,
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  • come down and worship with us.
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  • We wanna meet you.
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  • We love you and we believe in you.
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  • And this is a place where God will give you everything you
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  • need to become the person he's called you to be.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign of receiving?
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  • Say this with me.
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  • I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • And I just wanna begin today, we're talking about faith and
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  • this series is called, "A Simple Guide to Walking on Water."
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  • That's what God wants you to do.
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  • You know, God wants you to do as amazing and crazy things
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  • as walking on the water sounds.
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  • You know, the greatest change agent in the world today,
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  • I believe is the church.
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  • I believe the church is where great things can happen because
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  • this is the heart of people in America and around the world.
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  • So I want you to know that God wants you to do things
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  • that are bigger than you think you can do.
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  • If you are sufficient for the task,
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  • it's not big enough for God.
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  • You need goals and dreams that are even bigger than the ones
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  • you've got right now.
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  • And you need to have the faith to believe, the audacity to
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  • believe, that God will give you what you're asking for
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  • and you do.
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  • You have faith.
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  • And your faith is being released and you're using your faith
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  • to see a different world.
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  • People need faithful people like you to live by faith.
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  • If faith is trust and faith means trusting that God will be
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  • faithful to us, how can we have faith in God
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  • if we don't believe God is for us?
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  • And in answer to that question today, I just wanna say,
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  • "God is for you."
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  • God is for you.
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  • We wanna invalidate God's love for us by saying,
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  • "Well, my behavior hasn't been very good lately."
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  • Can I just say that a parent doesn't stop loving their child
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  • when they start messing up?
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  • God doesn't stop loving you or stop being for you
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  • when you mess up.
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  • And certainly, if you're not a good person,
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  • if you're an evil person, if you're doing bad to others,
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  • if you're harming others, God hates the things you're doing.
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  • But God's still for you.
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  • Can we just get that straight, that God is completely on your
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  • side, that as long as you're alive, God still believes
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  • in you and so do I.
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  • With the time you have left in this world, it's never too late
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  • not only to turn your life around and become a Jesus kind
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  • of person, but it's never too late to become a world-changer.
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  • And you're, like, "Well, I'm on my deathbed."
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  • I believe in a God who can use someone on their deathbed
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  • to change the world.
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  • Do you?
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  • We wanna see, over the next few weeks, we wanna see our faith
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  • expand to believe that regardless of our circumstance,
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  • that God is a powerful enough God to use weak, suffering,
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  • imperfect people to make a huge difference in the world
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  • for his kingdom.
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  • That's who I am and that's who you are.
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  • God can use people like you and me to make
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  • a difference in the world.
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  • Broken trees still bear fruit, did you know that?
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  • And God can use you, even in your brokenness and sometimes
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  • because of your brokenness to make a big difference
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  • in the world.
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  • God is gonna use some of the things that you may be so
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  • ashamed of, so embarrassed by, they become your greatest
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  • strength to make a difference for others.
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  • Your trial's gonna become your testimony, I think.
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  • And you have to--in order to endure the suffering of life,
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  • the sickness, the challenges that we face, we have to trust
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  • that God's power is big enough to overcome the challenges that
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  • we're facing, that he's given us everything we need to do what
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  • we need to do to thrive and succeed in life.
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  • We have to not only believe in God, we have to believe
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  • God is for us and he is.
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  • He is faithful to his covenant. God is for you.
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  • If you read the Bible, in my opinion, you see a loving God,
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  • you see a world that's torn where bad things happen, but not
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  • a God who likes those things.
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  • The premise for Christianity is that Jesus shows us
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  • what God is like.
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  • Does Jesus make people sick?
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  • No, he heals them.
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  • Jesus is the fullness of the Word of God.
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  • He is the Word of God.
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  • If you wanna know the Bible, look at Jesus.
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  • He is living out the Bible perfectly.
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  • All of Jesus' opinions completely line up
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  • with what the Bible says.
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  • And Jesus does not make someone sick if they sin and then say,
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  • "Get your behavior right.
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  • I'll be back in 3 or 4 weeks, I'll heal that, maybe, if you
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  • confess your sins," right?
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  • You just don't see the behavior, in fact, that people that act
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  • that way are the people that Jesus is always saying
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  • are going to hell: religious leaders, like me!
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  • It's the religious leaders, the ones that are creating all
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  • of these new barriers between God and people and, of course,
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  • they become the moderators of those barriers.
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  • So you come to me in my priestly pastoral form and, if you behave
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  • right, I might let you, you know, see God and talk
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  • to God or I might let you in the house of God.
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  • But see, that's so contrary to the gospel of grace.
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  • And this is, by the way, what makes the Christian religion
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  • unique is that we're not what we do.
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  • That we're, by default, children of God.
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  • So the kingdom of God is upside down in Christianity.
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  • What Jesus teaches us is not that we get everything right
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  • and then God loves us, but rather the other way around.
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  • As broken, messed up, hurting, addicted people, God loves us
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  • and, out of that love, we do great things.
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  • The more we experience the joy, the hope, and the faith
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  • that is in God, the more we do what is good.
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  • So that legalism has no part of Christianity.
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  • If you read it, especially Epistles of Saint Paul,
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  • you will find very quickly that there is no place for legalism
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  • in the church, and there is a big difference.
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  • We--you know, people are supposed to be moral and to be
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  • good but God does not love you more for good behavior
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  • and this is the big mistake that so many churches make.
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  • God loves you just as you are, not as you should be, 'cause
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  • nobody is as they should be.
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  • Can we just get that straight?
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  • So that's why it's so important when we talk about faith
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  • to just establish the fact that God is for you.
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  • Nobody wants you to go to heaven more than God.
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  • Nobody wants you to have a thriving, full,
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  • happy life more than God.
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  • He's your dad.
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  • He's a perfect loving dad.
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  • If you ask most parents, "What do you want for your children?"
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  • And you--let's say you were to put three things:
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  • I want them to be wealthy, I want them to be beautiful,
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  • I want them to be happy.
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  • Which of the three will they pick?
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  • Yeah, right?
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  • If I want my children to be sick or healthy,
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  • which one will they pick?
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  • Huh? Healthy? Yeah.
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  • Do you think God's different? Do you think God's a bad dad?
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  • Do you think he's evil?
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  • You see, God wants the best for you.
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  • And the really stinky thing about the place that we're in,
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  • is we're in this odd in-between in which God is working to
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  • fulfill his kingdom on earth and it's already been won
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  • in the cross and Resurrection but not yet.
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  • And that's what we say in theology.
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  • That--and faith is this.
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  • That in the end, the good is gonna far outweigh the bad.
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  • That in the end, we are gonna look back and say,
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  • "That makes sense."
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  • But part of faith is understanding that right now
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  • there is gonna be some confusion but the one thing
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  • you should never, ever be confused about is this.
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  • God is for you. He is for you.
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  • He's not abandoned you. He believes in you.
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  • If you have faith, even in the midst of your sin and your
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  • mistakes and your flaws and everything you don't have
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  • and all of your scarcity and insufficiency,
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  • God's best is ahead for you. God is so pleased by faith.
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  • Faith pleases God. That's what the Scriptures say.
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  • And I believe it, I have seen it.
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  • So God is on your side. So stop being a shameful person.
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  • Stop saying things like, "If people only knew this
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  • about me they wouldn't love me.
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  • If--or God is disappointed in me," et cetera.
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  • You are doing better than you think, by the way.
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  • And the Lord sees it and he's so proud of you.
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  • He really is.
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  • And I just wanna say to everybody who just went,
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  • "Well, God's not proud of me," he is proud of you.
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  • You know, I'm proud of my kids even though they
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  • haven't accomplished anything.
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  • Can I just say that? I'm so proud of my children.
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  • I just love my kids so much.
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  • They haven't really done anything.
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  • They're 6 and 4.
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  • So I just wanna say and this is--it's so important.
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  • This is the gospel of grace.
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  • This is a sermon, by the way, this was my first sermon,
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  • what I'm about to tell you, this exegesis of Scripture.
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  • I preached this when I was 17 years old.
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  • And I preached it for about 5 years.
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  • And it's basically the gospel. And it's the reformed gospel.
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  • It's the gospel based on covenant not trying harder.
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  • Do you know what a covenant is? It's God's promise to you.
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  • It's God's promise that he's the one that's doing the work.
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  • It's God's promise that as long as you don't give up, things are
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  • gonna be all right.
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  • Actually, it's God's promise that even if you do give up,
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  • things are gonna be all right 'cause God's not gonna let you
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  • give up 'cause he's a good dad and he loves you.
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  • Luke chapter 13.
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  • Hannah read it this morning.
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  • I'm gonna try and bring you back.
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  • Imagine being in the 1st century.
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  • So think sandy floors and adobe buildings and hot Israel and big
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  • religious gowns and poor people and sick people and sinners who
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  • are outside and super, great, religious people who are inside.
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  • And these very clear lines of in and out.
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  • And this rabbi, Jesus, who is now being called a prophet,
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  • that sort of looks like the people that are on the outside
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  • but is the best at being like the people on the inside.
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  • In other words, he's one of the most respected,
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  • admired rabbis and yet he's also one of the most hated rabbis
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  • and everybody knows who Jesus is.
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  • He's become super-famous.
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  • Actually, not because of his teaching and mainly
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  • because of his miracle-working.
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  • Because you see, he's gathering people--I don't think his
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  • sermons are drawing people.
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  • In fact, very often it seems like Jesus is sort of preaching
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  • to get people to go away.
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  • People are coming to Jesus 'cause if they get close enough
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  • to him, he'll just heal them.
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  • Some people, they just get close enough to him,
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  • they're just healed.
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  • I'd wanna see that. Wouldn't you?
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  • Even if I was an atheist, I'd wanna check that out.
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  • That sounds awesome.
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  • So Jesus is drawing thousands of people.
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  • He's super-famous.
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  • And the Jewish community doesn't really know what to do
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  • with him because he's challenging their norms.
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  • And Jesus--believe it or not, the way in which
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  • the current religious environment is not old-school.
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  • It's new-school for the time.
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  • There is this new view of rabbinic Judaism,
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  • of putting a hedge around the law.
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  • So it's like--it would be like saying something like,
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  • "Well, I don't wanna break the Sabbath and I'm not sure
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  • if this, you know, if spitting is breaking the Sabbath,
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  • so I'm just not gonna spit.
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  • And then not spitting becomes a new law, right?
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  • That's a real one, by the way.
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  • And Jesus is teaching in the synagogue.
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  • So in the synagogue, it's very much like a church.
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  • In fact, preaching, Christian preaching,
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  • comes out of the Jewish tradition.
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  • Preaching, it was established in Judaism as teaching
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  • the Word of God.
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  • And so Christians are still like rabbis in this way.
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  • And all the people are gathered.
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  • Very often, the people are separated.
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  • Sometimes the women are in one place and the men are
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  • in the other but everybody can see each other.
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  • And they're in the synagogue, not the temple,
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  • and Jesus is preaching.
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  • So he's this famous guest preacher that has gathered.
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  • You know, the local pastor of this little synagogue is really
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  • stoked because, you know, Jesus came.
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  • But now, all of a sudden--it'd be like if I had a guest pastor
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  • and this guest pastor was, like,
  • 00:12:26.070 --> 00:12:27.230
  • "Your pastor, Bobby Schuller, is a big hypocrite."
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  • I'd start squirming in my chair, and say, "Amen."
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  • Anyway, so here's Jesus so he's teaching in the synagogue and
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  • he's teaching to everybody there and we don't know what he's
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  • saying but I believe he's talking about the kingdom of God
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  • 'cause he always--
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  • and I think he's talking about people being healthy and
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  • thriving and so--because what happens is in response
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  • to his teaching, there is this woman who stands up,
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  • who's been bent over like this, crippled, for 18 years.
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  • And she said she's gonna come to Jesus.
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  • And so what probably happens is she even walks into the area
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  • she's not supposed to walk, like the men's area.
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  • Even though she's maybe elevated or on the outside.
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  • And does something.
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  • She sort of walks right up to Jesus to be healed.
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  • And everybody's watching, "What's gonna happen?"
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  • She's breaking all of these cultural taboos.
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  • Right in the middle of his sermon,
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  • she walks up to him just to get healed.
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  • And what does he do?
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  • He says, "You are free." She stands up.
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  • How did the religious people respond?
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  • Joy?
  • 00:13:49.190 --> 00:13:51.050
  • Well, the appropriate response would be,
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  • "Kingdom of God is here!
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  • Whoa! What just happened?
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  • That's amazing."
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  • I mean, these are people that would have known her.
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  • People don't leave town, right?
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  • So everybody would have seen this lady bent over
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  • for 18 years.
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  • People should have gotten up and screamed or violence
  • 00:14:04.080 --> 00:14:06.120
  • should have broken out, right?
  • 00:14:06.130 --> 00:14:08.080
  • What happens?
  • 00:14:08.090 --> 00:14:10.140
  • So the local pastor,
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  • the Bobby Schuller of their church--
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  • I would never do this, of course.
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  • The president of the synagogue says, "Excuse me."
  • 00:14:16.120 --> 00:14:18.270
  • And so here's Jesus standing here teaching, right?
  • 00:14:18.280 --> 00:14:21.170
  • And then the president kind of stands in front of Jesus.
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  • He doesn't even talk to Jesus.
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  • He turns and talks to everybody else.
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  • He's, like, "Everyone, everyone, it's the Sabbath, all right?
  • 00:14:28.070 --> 00:14:35.070
  • There are 6 days in the week.
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  • Jesus is gonna be around for a while.
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  • So please, nobody else come forward to get healed,
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  • all right?
  • 00:14:42.200 --> 00:14:44.150
  • We're trying to have a church service.
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  • And we wanna be appropriate here.
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  • You can come--it's a Sabbath and it's not right to heal
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  • on the Sabbath.
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  • So you can come back tomorrow. Come back tomorrow."
  • 00:14:53.130 --> 00:14:57.150
  • What does Jesus say?
  • 00:14:57.160 --> 00:14:59.130
  • So Jesus says--so he don't even look at Jesus, right?
  • 00:14:59.140 --> 00:15:03.210
  • He didn't have the courage to do that.
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  • Jesus looks at him and he says, "You hypocrite."
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  • He says, "You take your donkey to water on the Sabbath."
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  • You know, the Scriptures or the--
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  • I think it's the Mission.
  • 00:15:17.010 --> 00:15:18.260
  • There was some writings--tradition in Judaism
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  • that you can take a donkey to water on the Sabbath, why?
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:25.030
  • Because Jews have a-- and appropriately so,
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  • a dignity for animals.
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  • Animals are supposed to be--even though you eat animals,
  • 00:15:30.010 --> 00:15:32.020
  • there's a right and a wrong way.
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  • A humane way to care and eat animals and you actually
  • 00:15:33.280 --> 00:15:38.030
  • see it in Israel today.
  • 00:15:38.040 --> 00:15:39.220
  • It's amazing.
  • 00:15:39.230 --> 00:15:41.150
  • They actually--one of our guys was saying, they play classical
  • 00:15:41.160 --> 00:15:43.040
  • music and massage their cows when they milk them
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  • and they get more milk.
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  • I thought that was awesome.
  • 00:15:46.150 --> 00:15:48.020
  • Anyway, so there's this love for animals, right?
  • 00:15:48.030 --> 00:15:49.250
  • So he says, "You hypocrites.
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  • You have allowed donkeys to have water on the Sabbath but this
  • 00:15:51.130 --> 00:15:58.100
  • woman who has been crippled for 18 years and is a daughter
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  • of Abraham must wait?"
  • 00:16:03.060 --> 00:16:06.160
  • And it says that the leaders of the synagogue were humiliated,
  • 00:16:06.170 --> 00:16:10.260
  • as they should be.
  • 00:16:10.270 --> 00:16:12.250
  • What is Jesus saying?
  • 00:16:12.260 --> 00:16:14.090
  • He's saying, "God is for you."
  • 00:16:14.100 --> 00:16:19.070
  • I just wanna pause here for a minute 'cause I'm not done
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:21.050
  • talking with the story but how many of you--don't raise your
  • 00:16:21.060 --> 00:16:23.150
  • hands 'cause they might actually be here and I
  • 00:16:23.160 --> 00:16:25.060
  • might be one of them.
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  • I hope I'm not.
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  • How many of you have been abused by religious leaders and have
  • 00:16:28.260 --> 00:16:30.190
  • gotten something woven into your soul.
  • 00:16:30.200 --> 00:16:32.170
  • Maybe in your head you don't believe it but in your heart you
  • 00:16:32.180 --> 00:16:34.160
  • still kind of think, "Well, maybe God hates me.
  • 00:16:34.170 --> 00:16:35.280
  • Maybe God is rooting against me.
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  • Maybe God's disappointed with me.
  • 00:16:37.210 --> 00:16:39.120
  • Maybe I need to keep, you know, advocating for God and maybe
  • 00:16:39.130 --> 00:16:41.240
  • finally he'll be on my side."
  • 00:16:41.250 --> 00:16:43.280
  • Maybe you have been treated by a religious leader the way
  • 00:16:43.290 --> 00:16:47.180
  • this religious leader treated this woman.
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  • You are no better.
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  • In fact, you're worse than a donkey.
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  • "You need to get in line. Follow the rules!"
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  • And we've heard--some of us have heard those things in our life
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  • and we have this tremendous weight around our neck that
  • 00:17:05.140 --> 00:17:08.190
  • until I get in line and I follow the rules, until I'm, like, an
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  • A-minus on my Jesus report card, until I get that, God's not
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:16.140
  • really gonna be for me.
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  • We don't believe that in Christianity.
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  • Anybody who taught you that is false.
  • 00:17:23.270 --> 00:17:28.060
  • We believe in this thing called grace and it's wonderful.
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  • I'm gonna tell you more about it in just a minute but I want you
  • 00:17:30.160 --> 00:17:34.190
  • to know God is for you.
  • 00:17:34.200 --> 00:17:36.020
  • God is for you, God is for you.
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  • Even though, even though, even though, God is for you.
  • 00:17:38.200 --> 00:17:42.060
  • He's for you. He's for you.
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  • Have faith.
  • 00:17:43.250 --> 00:17:45.090
  • You can trust in a God who believes in you.
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  • So it's so important.
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  • So Jesus says, "This--"
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:53.110
  • This is what humiliates them is this line right here.
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  • "This daughter of Abraham."
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  • This daughter of Abraham.
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  • You know what he's saying when he says,
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:04.170
  • "This daughter of Abraham"?
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  • He is appealing to covenant.
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  • In Judaism when you talk about Abraham,
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:10.220
  • you're talking about covenant.
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  • You're talking about a promise made between
  • 00:18:12.130 --> 00:18:15.060
  • our great ancestor Abraham and God.
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  • There is this ancient promise made that you will be my people
  • 00:18:17.220 --> 00:18:21.080
  • and I will be your God.
  • 00:18:21.090 --> 00:18:22.290
  • There is this ancient promise that you will be the head and
  • 00:18:23.000 --> 00:18:24.290
  • not the tail, you will be many, you will be blessed, and you
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:26.290
  • will be a blessing to the world.
  • 00:18:27.000 --> 00:18:29.150
  • In other words, she's special because she's
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:33.190
  • in covenant with God.
  • 00:18:33.200 --> 00:18:35.070
  • Do you know you're in covenant with God?
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  • If you have put on Christ Jesus, you've also put on the covenant.
  • 00:18:37.090 --> 00:18:40.260
  • And you know what God is saying to Abraham?
  • 00:18:40.270 --> 00:18:43.160
  • He's saying, "I'm your God.
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  • You are my people. You will be blessed.
  • 00:18:46.020 --> 00:18:48.090
  • The nations will be blessed by you.
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:49.240
  • You'll be the head and not the tail.
  • 00:18:49.250 --> 00:18:51.080
  • You'll be above and not beneath.
  • 00:18:51.090 --> 00:18:52.180
  • The fruit of your womb will be blessed.
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:54.180
  • The fruit of your land will be blessed.
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:56.190
  • Your baskets will be full. This is what God is saying.
  • 00:18:56.200 --> 00:19:01.050
  • So God and Abraham are making covenant with one another,
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:04.150
  • a promise that they will be there for one another.
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:07.060
  • And of course, this is so important when it comes to the
  • 00:19:07.070 --> 00:19:09.270
  • cross of Jesus Christ because Christ becomes the sacrificial
  • 00:19:09.280 --> 00:19:13.110
  • lamb of a new covenant in which all people are woven
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:16.150
  • into the same promise with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:16.160 --> 00:19:19.190
  • The best part that hits on this is Galatians chapter 3:26.
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  • Jesus says, "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:28.040
  • through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:32.140
  • have clothed yourselves with Christ.
  • 00:19:32.150 --> 00:19:35.030
  • There is neither Jew nor Greek. There is neither slave nor free.
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:41.160
  • There is neither male nor female,
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:44.220
  • for you are all one in Christ.
  • 00:19:44.230 --> 00:19:47.190
  • If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed,
  • 00:19:47.200 --> 00:19:50.260
  • and heirs according to the promise.
  • 00:19:50.270 --> 00:19:55.020
  • You're a daughter of Abraham, you're a son of Abraham.
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  • You are an heir according to the promise.
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  • God will be faithful to his covenant to you.
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:06.010
  • God keeps his promises and we have to be people of faith
  • 00:20:06.020 --> 00:20:11.030
  • who trust and rely and know that God is true,
  • 00:20:11.040 --> 00:20:15.200
  • that he will be faithful to this promise and he will.
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:21.220
  • And so I just wanna say this.
  • 00:20:21.230 --> 00:20:23.020
  • Have faith in the goodness of God.
  • 00:20:23.030 --> 00:20:24.190
  • And I'm only a third of the way through my sermon
  • 00:20:24.200 --> 00:20:26.250
  • but I've run out of time and that's gonna give me
  • 00:20:26.260 --> 00:20:28.150
  • lots of good content for next week.
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:30.180
  • It'll have you wanting to come back for more but if you
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:33.080
  • hear one thing, it's hear this.
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:35.020
  • You can trust that God is for you and he is, that this
  • 00:20:35.030 --> 00:20:38.040
  • covenant that was made between Abraham and God
  • 00:20:38.050 --> 00:20:41.150
  • was made with you.
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:43.260
  • And guess what?
  • 00:20:43.270 --> 00:20:45.060
  • Your half of the covenant was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
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  • That's the really good news. Isn't that good news?
  • 00:20:46.230 --> 00:20:51.040
  • The good news is that God is for you
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:52.240
  • and that he will never give up on you.
  • 00:20:52.250 --> 00:20:55.040
  • You keep trusting in him and your days are very, very bright.
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  • Let go of all of that religious baggage
  • 00:20:58.120 --> 00:21:00.160
  • that you might be carrying.
  • 00:21:00.170 --> 00:21:01.260
  • Maybe you're new to the faith but you still have, you know,
  • 00:21:01.270 --> 00:21:04.070
  • the stuff from your past that you're carrying from
  • 00:21:04.080 --> 00:21:06.040
  • your parents or from, you know, some other person.
  • 00:21:06.050 --> 00:21:08.170
  • It's time to let it go.
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:09.270
  • Christianity is all about a fresh start.
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:12.060
  • Faith is all about believing that I can do with Jesus Christ
  • 00:21:12.070 --> 00:21:16.130
  • what I cannot do on my own.
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  • Man, great things are ahead for you.
  • 00:21:19.020 --> 00:21:20.140
  • Great things are ahead for you. You have faith.
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  • People need people like you.
  • 00:21:23.020 --> 00:21:24.230
  • Keep releasing your faith and know that God
  • 00:21:24.240 --> 00:21:26.290
  • will do great things in your life.
  • 00:21:27.000 --> 00:21:29.120
  • And maybe you're watching today and you're not a Christian.
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:31.250
  • Maybe you say, "Well, I haven't put on Christ,"
  • 00:21:31.260 --> 00:21:33.210
  • or "that's not for me because I haven't become a believer."
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  • Today's the day! Today's the day.
  • 00:21:35.280 --> 00:21:38.290
  • And so I'm gonna ask that everybody watching on television
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:42.070
  • and everybody here in this church, the Scriptures say if
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:44.180
  • you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth
  • 00:21:44.190 --> 00:21:46.230
  • that Jesus Christ is Lord you'll be saved.
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  • We're gonna do that just right now, okay?
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:50.060
  • I don't care that we're running late.
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  • I want people to get saved, all right?
  • 00:21:51.240 --> 00:21:53.240
  • So we're gonna do that together
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  • and I'm gonna ask everybody to pray this with me,
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:56.270
  • and if you're watching on television, pray this with me.
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  • Close your eyes.
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  • Maybe hold your hands like this, kind of a way of opening your
  • 00:22:00.040 --> 00:22:02.020
  • body to the good things of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Lord Jesus, be the Lord of my life.
  • 00:22:05.000 --> 00:22:10.280
  • I repent of my sin. I've made so many mistakes.
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:18.040
  • And yet you love me. Thank you for your grace.
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  • I love you, God.
  • 00:22:23.210 --> 00:22:26.010
  • Make me a new creation, mark my name in the Lamb's Book of Life.
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  • Teach me how to be a good person.
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  • And teach me how to always lean in your love,
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  • in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Bobby: Thanks for being here, guys.
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  • Hope you leave refreshed, encouraged,
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  • and ready for a new week.
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  • And now for the benediction.
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  • The Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace,
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  • in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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  • male announcer: When you give to our ministry,
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  • we wanna say a small thank you, so when you give a gift
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  • of $40 or more, we will send you a Creed of the Beloved tumbler.
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  • Let it be a reminder that God is your provider.
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  • Bobby: Every single week we get literally thousands
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  • of letters from people all around the world
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  • who tell us that their lives were radically transformed.
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  • Every single letter we get, we open and we read it.
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  • Every prayer request we get we pray for those people,
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  • and every time we do it, our team is so encouraged
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  • and we're encouraged because lives are being changed.
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  • We want you to know that that's not our doing.
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  • That's your doing.
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  • When you give to this ministry, you are making
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  • such a big impact on people's lives.
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  • This is crazy.
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  • Like, every week we have to raise lots and lots of money
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  • to pay for air time.
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  • If one month goes by that we don't get money,
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  • we go off the air and we are so,
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  • so thankful for your generosity.
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  • Here's one story that was touched
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  • because of your generosity.
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  • female: Dear Bobby, I am an inmate
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  • at a correctional facility here in Tennessee.
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  • I have been incarcerated since February 1998
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  • but only recently discovered "Hour of Power."
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  • I am a stronger, more seeking Christian
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  • because of the message Jesus gives through you.
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  • And even I, a sinner who is locked away for a crime,
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  • still feel the love and forgiveness of Christ.
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  • You have helped me realize that though many
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  • may look down upon me, God controls everything.
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  • I am forgiven, loved, and want to be a part of life again.
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  • I will be going home within the next few years.
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  • It's scary to consider what that will be like.
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  • But you have given me hope and faith.
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  • I thank you and I send you this high five
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  • in praise and gratitude for what Christ does through you.
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  • Bobby: Kasy, we want you to know you really are
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  • a part of this church family.
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  • High five right back at you.
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  • Seriously, you are not what you do,
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  • you're not what you have,
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  • you're not what people say about you.
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  • We believe that for you.
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  • We love you and we're rooting for you.
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  • For everybody else that's watching on TV,
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  • we just want you to know that this is one
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  • of thousands of stories of people who are touched
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  • because of your giving.
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  • So, thank you, and please continue
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  • to support this ministry as we reach people
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  • all around the world.
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  • announcer: This week when you give to our ministry,
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  • we wanna say a small thank you,
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  • so when you give a gift of $40 or more,
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  • or a recurring gift of $20 or more,
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  • we will send you a Creed of the Beloved tumbler.
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  • Every time you take a sip, let it be a reminder that God
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  • is your provider, and he unconditionally loves you
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  • just as you are.
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  • Your donations are what get this message
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  • out to people like Kasy.
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  • And with your help, millions more.
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