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Cutting Through The Crowd

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March 14, 2018
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Church by the Glades

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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - Hello, and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments we're going
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  • to hear from Pastor David Hughes as he
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  • shares about how to live life the fullest.
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  • It's going to be a ton of fun,
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  • and you're going to be encouraged so stick around.
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  • - At Church by the Glades we like to say,
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  • no perfect people allowed,
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  • which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you'll be welcomed when you visit,
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  • so just in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peak at some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • Now the darkness fades into new beginnings
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  • As we lift our eyes to a hope beyond
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  • All creation waits
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  • With an expectation
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  • To declare the reign of the Lord our God
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  • We will not be moved
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  • When the earth gives way
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • And for every fear
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  • There's an empty grave
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • Now the silence breaks
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  • In the name of Jesus
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  • As the heavens cry let the earth respond
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  • All creation shouts
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  • With a voice of triumph
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  • To declare the reign of the Lord our God
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  • We will not be moved
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  • When the earth gives way
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • And for every fear
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  • There's an empty grave
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • Oh
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  • Come on church you sing
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  • He shall reign forever
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  • Strongholds now surrender
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  • For the Lord our God has overcome
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  • Who can be against us
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  • Jesus our Defender
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  • He is Lord and He has overcome
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  • He shall reign forever
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  • Strongholds now surrender
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  • For the Lord our God has overcome
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  • Who can be against us
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  • Jesus our Defender
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  • He is Lord and He has overcome
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  • We will not be moved
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  • When the earth gives way
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • And for every fear
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  • There's an empty grave
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • We will not be moved
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  • When the earth gives way
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • And for every fear
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  • There's an empty grave
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  • For the risen One has overcome
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  • Oh
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  • For the risen one has overcome
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  • - So that was just a quick look of what it's like
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  • to experience Church by the Glades on a weekend.
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  • We would love for you to come see us sometime.
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  • And we have several locations right here in South Florida
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  • that you can visit, just go to www.cbglades.com
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  • for all the times and directions.
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  • - What's up Church by the Glades?
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  • (cheering)
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  • Good to see you today, hey, if you're a guest,
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  • my name is David I'm one of the pastors here at CBG,
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  • we're in a theme or a series, called I Heart Pop.
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  • If you're wondering why we're doing a pop culture theme,
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  • you skipped church last week, you skipped church last week,
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  • 'cause last week I explained the why,
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  • but you can go online, cbglades.com,
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  • we archive our talks give that away for free,
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  • check it out.
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  • I tried to explain the why,
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  • we love to speak into pop culture.
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  • But here's one reason why, Jesus did it.
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  • The reason the crowds were astonished and amazed
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  • at the teaching of Jesus was this.
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  • The other religious teachers talked about what God had done
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  • a thousand years before.
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  • Here's what God did in the past,
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  • here's what God did in history,
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  • here's what God did way back with Moses and Abraham.
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  • Jesus talked about what God was doing today.
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  • 'Cause is busy today, God is busy even today, 2017,
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  • in our popular culture, our God is moving.
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  • And in the time of Jesus, Jesus moved the multitudes.
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  • I didn't realize until preparing for this study,
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  • what a huge dynamic the crowd was in the Jesus narrative.
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  • In the four gospels, the word crowd shows up 149 times.
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  • Let me show you one, let me show you one,
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  • find your bibles and I don't know,
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  • turn to Matthew chapter eight, Mathew chapter eight.
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  • I'm gonna make sure you're with me here, 10 o'clock crowd,
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  • that you're caffenated, awake.
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  • Let's say that text together at all campuses,
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  • Matthew chapter--
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  • - [Audience] Eight!
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  • - Matthew chapter eight man I know we're one church
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  • in many locations in fact, man, some of our other locations,
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  • if you've not been to visit some of the campuses,
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  • I would really encourage you to do that.
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  • In fact, I'll be at five o'clock at the downtown
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  • Fort Lauderdale campus,
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  • that is one of our smaller venues,
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  • but it's a really cool room, it's this historic building.
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  • We bring our energy, our music, I preach live,
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  • I would love for you to come.
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  • As we began that campus in this old building,
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  • the AC wasn't working
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  • and in Jesus' name the AC has been fixed.
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  • And it's now bring a sweater, it's great in there.
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  • So if you haven't been to Fort Lauderdale in a while,
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  • please come check it out.
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  • Or Sample Road campus, or Lake Worth campus,
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  • or if you get arrested Dayton or Homestead,
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  • those are great campuses.
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  • People watching online on TV.
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  • Matthew chapter eight, let me kinda set it up,
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  • because the crowd is a big part of the ministry of Jesus.
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  • In fact, here's the chronology of the crowd,
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  • end of chapter four Matthew's gospel,
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  • the crowd begins to gather.
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  • Jesus is a tenor at ministry of preaching and miracles
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  • and people are showing up by the thousands.
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  • Now he has a crowd of maybe 10.000,
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  • so he takes them by the Sea Galilee,
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  • has them sit down on a mountainside
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  • and he preaches the greatest sermon of all time.
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  • Matthew chapters five, six, and seven, Sermon on the Mount.
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  • Now when we finish church here at Church by the Glades,
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  • I mean there's 2000 seats on this campus,
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  • when I say amen, you guys leave.
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  • Thank you for that, we need your parking space,
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  • you guys leave when church is done.
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  • But Jesus finishes this remarkable sermon,
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  • and nobody leaves.
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  • So he finishes this sermon, chapter seven,
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  • then look what happens first verse of chapter eight,
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  • like the crowd won't leave.
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  • It's on the screen right now at every campus.
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  • It says when Jesus came down from the mountainside, large--
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  • - [Audience] Crowds!
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  • - Followed Him, that's kinda funny.
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  • You think Peter, and James, and John are like,
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  • why are these people still following us?
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  • Don't they know the sermon is done?
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  • Just people couldn't get enough of Jesus.
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  • So Jesus, you know, a pop star is not just someone
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  • who's talented, not someone who's charismatic,
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  • but they connect with the crowd.
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  • So Jesus is a first century pop star,
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  • what I love about Jesus it's not just about the numbers.
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  • It's not just about the multitudes and the crowds,
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  • 'cause Jesus has this crazy ability
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  • to cut through the crowd and speak to the one.
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  • Our God is highly personal.
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  • Our God would love to get all up in your stuff,
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  • in powerful and personal ways
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  • and Jesus might be speaking to 10.000 people,
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  • but he would cut through the crowd and touch
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  • and transform the one.
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  • I'm about to show you in Matthew chapter eight,
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  • Matthew chapter eight, 'cause we love study the bible
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  • at Church by the Glades, give it up for the Word of God,
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  • man we love the Word of God.
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  • (cheering)
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  • As I was explaining why last week,
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  • I told you we have two values.
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  • Of the many things we value,
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  • our chief values are Jesus and His--
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  • - [Altogether] Word!
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  • - We're a Christ century church without apology,
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  • and we love to teach the Word of God,
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  • every campus, every venue, no matter who the speaker is,
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  • the text is the Word of God.
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  • Now you might wonder why about that.
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  • Hey David, I get it, it's a church,
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  • and churches are big on the bible,
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  • but why are you guys so fixated on the bible?
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  • Because maybe you're thinking you've tried
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  • to read the bible before and it didn't make a lot of sense.
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  • Didn't feel very connected to your life.
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  • Didn't feel very 2017 relevant for some reason.
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  • So why, David, you guys study this old book,
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  • that the newest parts of the old book are 2000 years old?
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  • So why is that?
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  • And I think that's a valid question,
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  • I wanna stop for a moment and say here is the way,
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  • and here's why we study the Word of God.
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  • We study the Word of God because we believe
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  • the Word of God is the Word of God.
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  • We think the bible is not just a good book,
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  • we think it's a God book.
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  • I don't mean that we worship our bibles,
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  • we revere our bibles, but we think the bible is,
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  • divinely inspired, the whole thing,
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  • from Genesis 1:1 up until the maps in the back.
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  • It is the Word of God, it's the ultimate
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  • source of truth in this world.
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  • I believe in something called the inerrancy of scripture.
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  • That God put every word in the bible on purpose,
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  • that it is truth without mixture of error.
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  • That's why we teach the bible, it is that.
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  • In fact, what's remarkable is,
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  • it took God 40 generations to write the Word of God.
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  • You know there's 66 small books in the big book,
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  • He used about 40 different human authors,
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  • but the ultimate author is the Holy Spirit of God,
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  • so there's all these different people,
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  • different perspectives, different walks of life,
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  • but they all had the same exact unifying theme.
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  • The bible's about one thing.
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  • God redeeming the human family through history.
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  • And it's so remarkably consistent,
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  • this one big idea in a book that is so diverse.
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  • That's why we study the bible.
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  • And so what I do, because I believe in the whole Word of God
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  • and I teach the whole Word of God,
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  • but I do focus our energies on the most relevant parts,
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  • the most powerful parts, some of those great promises
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  • that simply are the most popular verses in the bible.
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  • So I teach the whole thing,
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  • but I kinda land on those really popular verses.
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  • Are you tracking with me?
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  • - [Audience] Yes!
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  • - Alright, about six loud people, thank you six loud people.
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  • (laughing)
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  • For the rest of you guys who aren't.
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  • Okay, here's the experiment.
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  • What do you think is the most famous
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  • or popular verse in the bible?
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  • - [Audience] John 3:16.
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  • - Okay, yeah a bunch of people saying John 3:16.
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  • I would say clearly for some reason,
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  • in fact I know the reason, it's kinda the whole Jesus story,
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  • our redemption story in one verse.
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  • John 3:16's probably, of all the famous verses,
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  • the most famous or most popular,
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  • and the reason it's popular is,
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  • it's powerful, it's an amazing promise, and it's relevant.
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  • In fact I'll put John 3:16 on the screen right now
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  • at every campus if you don't know this verse,
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  • it's a great one to learn, and even memorize.
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  • Here's what it says,
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  • "For God so loved the world,
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  • "that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever",
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  • and by the way this is kind of the King James version here
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  • that old 1611 translation,
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  • and I have to do the verse that way,
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  • I don't recommend you read that,
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  • it was just the one I memorized as a kid,
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  • so if I try to do it some other way Melissa,
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  • I'll screw it up, alright, so this is for me,
  • 00:12:32.210 --> 00:12:34.190
  • so "whosoever believes in Him", here it is,
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  • "should not perish, but have everlasting life."
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  • This is relevant because I'd like
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  • to live forever in Heaven with God.
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  • (cheering)
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  • And if you'd like to live forever in paradise with God,
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  • if you'd like to go to Heaven,
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  • this is how you punch your ticket.
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  • That's powerful, that's relevant.
  • 00:12:55.100 --> 00:12:58.170
  • You read that and you go, yeah, I kinda get it,
  • 00:12:58.170 --> 00:12:59.270
  • I kinda get it, I see why it's so famous.
  • 00:12:59.270 --> 00:13:01.290
  • But just to be honest,
  • 00:13:01.290 --> 00:13:03.160
  • there's other verses you can find in the bible,
  • 00:13:03.160 --> 00:13:05.090
  • all divinely inspired, but others not
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  • so clearly relevant for our lives.
  • 00:13:07.260 --> 00:13:09.280
  • Like last week if you were here last week
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  • I was kinda picking on Leviticus,
  • 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:13.040
  • I asked whose read through Leviticus, who enjoys Leviticus?
  • 00:13:13.040 --> 00:13:15.200
  • Leviticus is a hard read it's like,
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  • regulations and rules for the Old Testament people,
  • 00:13:17.060 --> 00:13:19.140
  • so an example of that, maybe if you're
  • 00:13:19.140 --> 00:13:21.120
  • thumbin' through the bible and have read the bible,
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  • and you happen to land on Leviticus 13,
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  • Leviticus 13, and you start reading maybe verse nine.
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  • Here's what it says in Leviticus 13,
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  • and it's the Word of God, it's divinely inspired,
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:32.280
  • but it's weird.
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  • Verse nine, "if anyone has a defiling skin disease,
  • 00:13:34.130 --> 00:13:38.050
  • "they must be brought to the priest,
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  • "the priest is to examine them,
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  • "if there is any white swelling in the skin
  • 00:13:41.270 --> 00:13:45.060
  • "that has turned the hair white
  • 00:13:45.060 --> 00:13:46.270
  • "if there's any raw flesh in the swelling,
  • 00:13:46.270 --> 00:13:50.090
  • "it's a chronic skin disease,
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  • "and the priest shall pronounce them unclean."
  • 00:13:52.210 --> 00:13:56.150
  • Like, that was never making a bumper sticker, right?
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  • That one, that was never,
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  • oh that's my life verse right there, yes,
  • 00:14:01.260 --> 00:14:03.120
  • I love Leviticus 13, could we preach a whole series on like,
  • 00:14:03.120 --> 00:14:07.060
  • in fact you're thinkin' I don't need that verse,
  • 00:14:07.060 --> 00:14:09.180
  • that's weird about sores and skin and swelling,
  • 00:14:09.180 --> 00:14:12.220
  • I go to a dermatologist, why is that in the bible?
  • 00:14:12.220 --> 00:14:15.240
  • Like someone's going, that's why I don't read my bible,
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:18.090
  • Leviticus 13, I hit stuff like that
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  • and go I don't understand why that's,
  • 00:14:20.050 --> 00:14:21.280
  • I'm so confused.
  • 00:14:21.280 --> 00:14:23.140
  • Alright, I've been studying the bible as serious student
  • 00:14:23.140 --> 00:14:26.030
  • for probably about 30 years.
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  • And when I find a passage like this,
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  • here's what I do with it,
  • 00:14:29.010 --> 00:14:30.240
  • I have to admit, sometimes when I ask the question
  • 00:14:30.240 --> 00:14:33.000
  • why is that in the bible or what is God saying to me?
  • 00:14:33.000 --> 00:14:36.110
  • I have to say, I don't know.
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  • (laughing)
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  • I hate to admit that to you,
  • 00:14:39.290 --> 00:14:41.070
  • but sometimes I get to a weird passage like that,
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  • I go, I don't know God, I know it's all Your word,
  • 00:14:42.230 --> 00:14:45.030
  • and there's probably some message You have for me,
  • 00:14:45.030 --> 00:14:47.030
  • but I don't know what it is.
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  • My bible confuses me sometimes,
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  • can I just acknowledge the fact,
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:51.230
  • can I be the one preacher in America
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  • saying my bible confuses me sometime?
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:54.100
  • Ever been confused by your bible?
  • 00:14:54.100 --> 00:14:55.290
  • (clapping)
  • 00:14:56.290 --> 00:14:57.240
  • If you're not clapping,
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:14:59.010
  • you've just not read your bible enough,
  • 00:14:59.010 --> 00:15:00.170
  • occasionally it confuses me.
  • 00:15:00.170 --> 00:15:01.250
  • But what I've found most times,
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:03.010
  • because here's the cool thing about God,
  • 00:15:03.010 --> 00:15:03.290
  • since God's the ultimate author,
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:05.270
  • God's working through all these human personalities,
  • 00:15:07.110 --> 00:15:08.250
  • and God is unlimited by finite human categories,
  • 00:15:08.250 --> 00:15:11.140
  • like time and space, God writes the bible like
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:14.180
  • a Quentin Tarantino movie, non-linear.
  • 00:15:14.180 --> 00:15:18.180
  • So sometimes He'll inspire someone
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  • to write something in the Old Testament
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  • that has background or texture or fabric
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  • to something in the New Testament.
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  • And God kinda jumps around through time.
  • 00:15:25.160 --> 00:15:27.160
  • And all of the sudden this weird passage,
  • 00:15:27.160 --> 00:15:29.090
  • when you kinda bounce it off something,
  • 00:15:29.090 --> 00:15:30.240
  • that maybe Jesus did, all of a sudden you're like,
  • 00:15:30.240 --> 00:15:32.020
  • oh my gosh!
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  • That's why that's there!
  • 00:15:33.080 --> 00:15:34.220
  • I see information, I see emotion, I see human condition,
  • 00:15:34.220 --> 00:15:39.060
  • I would not know, God is a genius!
  • 00:15:39.060 --> 00:15:42.000
  • That's why Leviticus 13 is in the bible,
  • 00:15:42.000 --> 00:15:45.030
  • it's weird, it's gross, but it's God Word,
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:47.240
  • and just maybe, just maybe, it's background,
  • 00:15:47.240 --> 00:15:50.040
  • and then finally let me admit this.
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:52.080
  • I do focus my energy on the popular verses,
  • 00:15:52.080 --> 00:15:56.020
  • I preach the popular verses,
  • 00:15:56.020 --> 00:15:57.280
  • I try to practice those understandable
  • 00:15:57.280 --> 00:16:00.100
  • and famous and relevant verses, here's why,
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:03.210
  • if I would just do everything
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  • I already understand in the bible,
  • 00:16:06.210 --> 00:16:09.190
  • I'd be such a better version of me.
  • 00:16:09.190 --> 00:16:11.210
  • If I would just do the stuff in those big famous,
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:15.040
  • I would just do the John 3:16's things,
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  • and the Romans 10:9 things, and the Romans 8:28 things,
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:21.090
  • and the Philippians chapter one and chapter four,
  • 00:16:21.090 --> 00:16:23.130
  • and the James, if I would just do the stuff that's clear,
  • 00:16:23.130 --> 00:16:25.270
  • if I would just do the Joshua chapter one verses six,
  • 00:16:25.270 --> 00:16:28.160
  • if I would just do the stuff that's so straight forward,
  • 00:16:28.160 --> 00:16:31.160
  • I'd be such a better Christian.
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:33.070
  • 'Cause the blessing is not in the knowing or understanding,
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:35.180
  • the blessing is in the doing, James chapter one,
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  • as I begin to apply this in my life,
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:40.120
  • that's what God energizes, that's what God blesses.
  • 00:16:40.120 --> 00:16:44.000
  • If you would just do what you already know,
  • 00:16:44.000 --> 00:16:46.190
  • yeah, try to understand the whole thing,
  • 00:16:46.190 --> 00:16:48.060
  • but first do what you already understand.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, I think he's talking to you.
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  • If you would just practice what he's been preaching
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  • and you understand, you'd be a much better person.
  • 00:16:55.210 --> 00:16:58.290
  • (laughing)
  • 00:16:58.290 --> 00:17:00.080
  • And someone show me how that works,
  • 00:17:00.080 --> 00:17:01.220
  • if we would just focus on like the famous verse,
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:02.290
  • like the popular verse, let's go back quickly,
  • 00:17:02.290 --> 00:17:04.210
  • we'll get back to Matthew, but give me a second,
  • 00:17:04.210 --> 00:17:06.240
  • on John 3:16, John 3:16 is on the screen right now.
  • 00:17:06.240 --> 00:17:09.200
  • What if we just kind of examined and thought through this
  • 00:17:09.200 --> 00:17:11.160
  • famous, most famous, popular verse a word at a time,
  • 00:17:11.160 --> 00:17:14.140
  • Like here you have highlighted the word,
  • 00:17:14.140 --> 00:17:16.070
  • "For God so loved the--
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:18.160
  • - [Audience] World!
  • 00:17:18.160 --> 00:17:20.010
  • - The world, okay, let's see how that applies to our lives.
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  • When I say three to every campus,
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  • I want you to say out loud your address.
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  • Ready, one, two, three, go--
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:27.020
  • - (audience chattering)
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:29.010
  • All these different addresses,
  • 00:17:29.010 --> 00:17:31.070
  • unless you live with somebody,
  • 00:17:31.070 --> 00:17:32.210
  • you're married to somebody, you got your kids here,
  • 00:17:32.210 --> 00:17:34.020
  • all these different addresses, different campuses,
  • 00:17:34.020 --> 00:17:36.000
  • alright let's look for something that's more commonality,
  • 00:17:36.000 --> 00:17:38.070
  • when I say three, shout out your zip code!
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  • One, two, three!
  • 00:17:40.080 --> 00:17:41.200
  • (audience shouting numbers)
  • 00:17:41.200 --> 00:17:42.250
  • - Okay a little, a little more of the same.
  • 00:17:42.250 --> 00:17:45.070
  • (laughing)
  • 00:17:45.070 --> 00:17:46.080
  • Let's see if we can dial it in.
  • 00:17:46.080 --> 00:17:47.230
  • How about when I say three, shout out your area code, go,
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:50.070
  • one, two, three.
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:51.070
  • - [Audience] 954!
  • 00:17:51.070 --> 00:17:52.160
  • - Had a lot of 954, but had some 305,
  • 00:17:52.160 --> 00:17:55.010
  • I had some 561, any out of towners, different one?
  • 00:17:55.010 --> 00:17:58.170
  • (audience chattering)
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:18:00.040
  • - There you go, 407, came all the way from Orlando
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:02.260
  • to go to church, that's awesome, that's great.
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:05.260
  • And listen, by way of Hillsong Channel and internet,
  • 00:18:05.260 --> 00:18:09.070
  • we're on all over the world right now, in fact,
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:11.010
  • listen this is cool, we just started televising our services
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:14.130
  • in Iran.
  • 00:18:14.130 --> 00:18:17.070
  • (cheering)
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:18.120
  • So Church by the Glades is on in Iran,
  • 00:18:18.120 --> 00:18:21.260
  • three times a week, and they translate it into Farsi.
  • 00:18:21.260 --> 00:18:25.120
  • So Iran, we're thrilled you're with us,
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:27.230
  • so if I asked our people on TV,
  • 00:18:27.230 --> 00:18:29.160
  • when I say three, shout out your state,
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:31.210
  • or your province, or your nation,
  • 00:18:31.210 --> 00:18:33.030
  • we get all these different answers,
  • 00:18:33.030 --> 00:18:35.110
  • but here's one place that should be the same,
  • 00:18:35.110 --> 00:18:37.250
  • when I say three, you tell me what planet you live on.
  • 00:18:37.250 --> 00:18:41.280
  • (laughing)
  • 00:18:41.280 --> 00:18:42.230
  • One, two, three, I live!
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:44.180
  • - [Altogether] Planet earth!
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:45.240
  • - Yeah, hopefully everybody said earth.
  • 00:18:45.240 --> 00:18:48.180
  • (laughing)
  • 00:18:48.180 --> 00:18:49.260
  • Here's the wild thing about John 3:16,
  • 00:18:49.260 --> 00:18:51.270
  • if you said earth, God loves you,
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:55.030
  • whether you're in Iraq, or Iran, or Afghanistan,
  • 00:18:56.200 --> 00:19:00.080
  • or Des Moines, Iowa or South Florida,
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:03.070
  • if you live on this planet, God made you
  • 00:19:03.070 --> 00:19:05.260
  • and He's crazy in love with you.
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:07.220
  • How much does He love you?
  • 00:19:07.220 --> 00:19:09.060
  • John 3:16's back on the screen.
  • 00:19:09.060 --> 00:19:11.230
  • It says, "for God so loved the world, that He"--
  • 00:19:11.230 --> 00:19:15.120
  • - [Audience] Gave!
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:16.180
  • - Generous, generous, and by the way,
  • 00:19:16.180 --> 00:19:17.230
  • if you've been studying the Word of God,
  • 00:19:17.230 --> 00:19:19.020
  • the bible as a wholistic book, as one anthology,
  • 00:19:19.020 --> 00:19:21.230
  • not these 66 individual books but one text,
  • 00:19:21.230 --> 00:19:25.170
  • you're not surprised that God's generous.
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:26.270
  • God has been giving and giving since Genesis.
  • 00:19:26.270 --> 00:19:29.080
  • Genesis one, two, He gave life,
  • 00:19:29.080 --> 00:19:30.260
  • then later on He gives the 10 Commandments,
  • 00:19:30.260 --> 00:19:32.150
  • then He gives the Torah, then He gives all these
  • 00:19:32.150 --> 00:19:34.060
  • examples in the Old Testament of these heroes,
  • 00:19:34.060 --> 00:19:36.000
  • men and women that do incredibly things.
  • 00:19:36.000 --> 00:19:37.250
  • He gives a whole bunch of second chances to His people,
  • 00:19:37.250 --> 00:19:40.080
  • 'cause we need a whole bunch of second chances.
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:42.160
  • He's generous, so how generous is He,
  • 00:19:42.160 --> 00:19:44.170
  • back to John 3:16, "for God so loved the world,
  • 00:19:44.170 --> 00:19:48.000
  • "that He gave His only begotten"--
  • 00:19:48.000 --> 00:19:50.020
  • - [Audience] Son!
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:51.120
  • - Wow, he gave His Son, that's staggering.
  • 00:19:51.120 --> 00:19:54.110
  • Calvary's what it's talking about,
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:56.120
  • His Son was a blood sacrifice to atone
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:59.240
  • or pay for the sin of humanity.
  • 00:19:59.240 --> 00:20:01.090
  • But again, if you've been checking out the whole book,
  • 00:20:01.090 --> 00:20:03.000
  • you'll see a wholistic message, way back in Genesis,
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:05.120
  • you see blood sacrifice, then later in the New Testament,
  • 00:20:05.120 --> 00:20:07.240
  • in Hebrews, you see a verse where it says,
  • 00:20:07.240 --> 00:20:09.100
  • without the shedding of blood there's no remission of sin.
  • 00:20:09.100 --> 00:20:12.160
  • So you see, God, working through time,
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:14.180
  • 'cause in Genesis, you had to sacrifice animal,
  • 00:20:14.180 --> 00:20:17.010
  • and early in Genesis it's one animal for every person.
  • 00:20:17.010 --> 00:20:19.240
  • Then by the time you hit Exodus,
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:21.020
  • it's one lamb per family passover.
  • 00:20:21.020 --> 00:20:23.100
  • And later on in the Pentateuch,
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:24.280
  • you find out it's one lamb for the whole nation,
  • 00:20:24.280 --> 00:20:27.210
  • Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement,
  • 00:20:27.210 --> 00:20:29.110
  • but by the time you get to Jesus,
  • 00:20:29.110 --> 00:20:31.260
  • it's one sacrifice, sufficient for the whole world.
  • 00:20:31.260 --> 00:20:36.200
  • That God gave His Son.
  • 00:20:36.200 --> 00:20:38.110
  • You see, this verse is amazing.
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:40.010
  • But the most staggering part to a first century reader,
  • 00:20:40.010 --> 00:20:43.070
  • on the screen again, "for God so loved the world,
  • 00:20:43.070 --> 00:20:46.270
  • "that He gave His only begotten Son,"
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:48.220
  • look at this, look, that--
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:51.120
  • - [Altogether] Whosoever!
  • 00:20:51.120 --> 00:20:52.160
  • - Yeah, it's an old school word, whosoever,
  • 00:20:53.220 --> 00:20:56.110
  • whosoever believes in Him should not perish,
  • 00:20:56.110 --> 00:20:58.230
  • but have this everlasting, whosoever,
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:21:00.160
  • the big idea, whosoever,
  • 00:21:00.160 --> 00:21:02.050
  • 'cause people in the first century would have been shocked,
  • 00:21:02.050 --> 00:21:03.250
  • whosoever?
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:05.020
  • Why would that have shocked people?
  • 00:21:05.020 --> 00:21:06.040
  • Why, because,
  • 00:21:06.040 --> 00:21:07.020
  • listen we have all kinds of division in America today,
  • 00:21:08.150 --> 00:21:11.100
  • we have racism today, we have issues with inequality today,
  • 00:21:12.240 --> 00:21:17.160
  • now listen, the church needs to lead the charge
  • 00:21:17.160 --> 00:21:21.130
  • in fighting for unity, fighting for dignity,
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:24.270
  • fighting for human rights, that's what we're to do.
  • 00:21:24.270 --> 00:21:28.000
  • We lead the charge all of God's children deserve dignity.
  • 00:21:28.000 --> 00:21:32.240
  • I think the diversity is not a problem,
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  • I think it's beautiful and amazing,
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  • so the church needs to understand that.
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  • There's no place for division and racism
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  • in the church of Jesus Christ in any way shape or form.
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  • (clapping)
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  • But, the reason the whosoever was such
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  • a shocker in the first century,
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  • the first century also was a racist world,
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  • and if you study your history,
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  • more racist than the modern world,
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  • in fact racism in the first century world was expected.
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  • It was not just tolerated that
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  • you were expected to be a racist.
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  • Basically every people group hated every other people group.
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  • It was barbaric, it was violent,
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  • so non Jews were anti sematic and hated the Jews,
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  • and the Jews, as a defense mechanism,
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  • for generations of persecution,
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  • were anti Gentile, but it was everybody.
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  • The Romans looked down their noses
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  • at everyone else in the empire,
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  • and the Greeks look down their noses at the Romans,
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  • and the Egyptians feel superior,
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  • and all these groups, the sexes,
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  • there was sexism, men treated women
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  • like property or chad on the ancient world.
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  • Division between slave and free, rich and poor,
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  • educated, it was a divided segmented world.
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  • There were insiders and a whole bunch of outsiders.
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  • And in the face of that division,
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  • the bible proclaims that this eternal life,
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  • this relationship with God, this grace, is for whosoever.
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  • Open invitation!
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  • I don't care who you are, what you look like,
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  • what you know, what you don't, what you have,
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  • what you don't, you're invited.
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  • It was a shocker.
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  • Those people are invited, they get in?
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  • She's allowed?
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  • He can be part of this?
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  • (laughing)
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  • Now we wouldn't exclude anybody now
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  • based on how much money they make,
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  • or where they come from, or the language they speak,
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  • but listen, some of y'all think about the whosoever part,
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  • and you're like, well wait a minute, wait a minute.
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  • David, there's some pretty messy people out there.
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  • There's some pretty broken people, man,
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  • some people made a lot of mistakes, right?
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  • Sinful people out there,
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  • there's some really dysfunctional people,
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  • does it really, does whosoever really mean whosoever?
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  • And I would answer,
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  • Matthew chapter eight, Matthew chapter eight,
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  • let me show you a marginalized person,
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  • a messy person, and look at Jesus' response.
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  • Now again, He's dealing with the multitude,
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  • He's dealing with the crowd, He connected with the crowd,
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  • but here's my premise, He would cut through the crowd,
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  • to touch and transform the one.
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  • Alright, so somebody shows up,
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  • so there's these giant crowds, the sermon's done,
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  • disciples are like, these people won't leave us alone!
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  • Church is over, go home.
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  • Pack up the camel, take the kids, get outta here,
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  • and they're following Jesus.
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  • What happens is verse one and verse two
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  • on the screen right now.
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  • "When Jesus came down from the mountainside,
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  • "large crowds followed Him", get ready, "a man with"--
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  • - [Audience] Leprosy!
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  • - Great reading, "a man with leprosy came
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  • "knelt before Him and said, 'Lord, if You are willing,
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  • "'You can make me clean.'"
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  • A man with leprosy and that would be,
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  • the modern equivalent is HD or Hansen's Disease.
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  • It still exists.
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  • Now we have medicines, we can't cure it,
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  • but medicines to treat the most severe symptoms today.
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  • And guess what, about 90% of the modern population
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  • is now immune to leprosy, but in the ancient world,
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  • it was the most dread of all disease.
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  • It was a death sentence every single time,
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  • there was no medicine to help you.
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  • If you contracted this highly infectious disease,
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  • it would show up in the skin, Leviticus 13.
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  • There would be lesions, and bleeding sores,
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  • and then tumor like swellings,
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  • it would start in the extremities,
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  • eventually your body though,
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  • you're still alive and begin to decay.
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  • And you'd lose fingers and toes,
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  • and finally it would disfigure your face,
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  • you might lose your nose, your ears,
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  • and then your body was rotting while you were alive.
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  • There was this horrific smell,
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  • then eventually it would attack the internal organs,
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  • the immune system, and you would die.
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  • And maybe here is why God put Leviticus 13,
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  • and Numbers chapter verse two in the bible.
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  • As a precaution, 'cause this disease was so infectious
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  • in the ancient world, if you contracted this,
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  • if you're pronounced a leper,
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  • you're not just sick physically, you were unclean.
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  • And you had to stay away from everybody.
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  • They prescribed a six foot halo
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  • that no one could come within six feet on a normal day,
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  • and on a windy day, 150 feet.
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  • Why, 'cause they actually found out
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  • it's not just transferred by touch,
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  • but through the air as well.
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  • So because there was no cure,
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  • and it was such a horrific way to die,
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  • if you contracted leprosy, it was horrible on every level.
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  • Physically, emotionally, relationally.
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  • If you were pronounced by the priest,
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  • 'cause they would examine you one time,
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  • then isolate you for seven days,
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  • and examine you a second time,
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  • then the third time they said,
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  • you're a leper, you're unclean.
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  • You couldn't even kiss your wife goodbye.
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  • You couldn't hug your kids goodbye.
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  • So here's this man, he's so desperate why,
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  • he's lost literally everything has.
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  • His status, his job, his home, he lives in a leper colony,
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  • he's eventually gonna die a
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  • very lonely, lonely, lonely death.
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  • You see, dysfunction, brokenness,
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  • comes in all shapes and sizes.
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  • Anybody here messy?
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  • I don't mean you have leprosy, anybody here got some issues?
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  • Got some brokenness, got some sin?
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  • Raise your hand, you got somethin'
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  • in your life you're ashamed of, raise your hand,
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  • some of y'all aren't raising, you're lying in church,
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  • raise your hand.
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  • (laughing)
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  • Yeah, in case you have this preconception
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  • or you're new to the church,
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  • there's a bunch of perfect people or almost perfect people,
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  • nope, working on it, serious about it,
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  • trying to get better, wanna see a better version of me,
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  • but a lot of us got some issues,
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  • now some of us we've got issues,
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  • we're so messed up we can't even hope to hide it.
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  • - Thanks so much for being here.
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  • We hope you were encouraged by today's teaching.
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  • Just so you know it's not over yet,
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  • we're going to continue next time,
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  • with part two of Pastor David's message,
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  • and we hope to see you there.
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  • - Well that's it for our show today,
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  • thanks again for being here,
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  • and we look forward to seeing you next time,
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  • on Church by the Glades.
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  • (upbeat music)
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