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October 14, 2016
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Church by the Glades

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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
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  • as he shares about how to live life to the fullest,
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  • and it's going to be a ton of fun.
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  • 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, which means
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  • 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 peek of some of what
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  • you can expect at Church by the Glades.
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  • Lord how you've loved me
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  • I don't deserve
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  • Grace on top of grace
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  • More than I've asked for
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  • More than I'm worth
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  • Grace on top of grace
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  • How sweet the sound
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  • Once loved now found
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  • Heaven came down
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  • And grace rescued me
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  • Hallelujah I am free
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  • From my sin and penalty
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  • At the cross you took my place
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  • With your grace on top of grace hey
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  • Lord how you've loved me
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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
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  • in South Florida that you can visit.
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  • Just go to www.cbglades.com for
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  • all the times and directions.
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  • - Alright, guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into the teaching, so if you've got a Bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it or pull it up on your mobile device.
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  • You might also want to take some notes too.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments
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  • could make a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • - If you're watching online or on television,
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  • we're so glad you're here.
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  • I'm David, I'm one of the pastors.
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  • Find your Bible, I want to jump right into the study.
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  • We're in Acts chapter eight.
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  • Let's say it together loudly when I say three,
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  • all three campuses, Acts chapter.
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  • - [Audience] Eight.
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  • - That was good.
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  • You're caffeinated, I like that.
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  • You are listening, I like that more.
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  • I think for church to be meaningful, you gotta listen.
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  • Let me just say it this way.
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  • I spent a lot of time getting ready for this moment.
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  • Me and every Bible teacher in this house,
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  • we stand before you, it's not something
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  • we're causal about, no I have come very very prepared.
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  • But I spend hours in preparation and in prayer,
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  • hours researching and praying some more,
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  • and then hours memorizing, meditating on this,
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  • make sure it's a God word, and then praying some more,
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  • and I walk into this environment
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  • with the expectation that when I speak God's words
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  • over you, you will be listening.
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  • That may be a dubious assumption on my part
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  • based on your lack of applause right there,
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  • but I assume you'll be listening, amen?
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  • For the word of God only brings value to your life
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  • if you press in, if you are attentive,
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  • if you are listening.
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  • Now I recognize we all listen differently.
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  • We try to reach, we're a multi generational church.
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  • Right now in this room you'll see very young people,
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  • you'll see very senior senior adults.
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  • We try to have a stage reflect who we are.
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  • Different ages, different backgrounds.
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  • We have lots of young people.
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  • Most churches have a void when
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  • it comes to the 20 somethings.
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  • We have a bunch of them.
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  • But we all listen generationally differently.
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  • The fact that we demonstrate that,
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  • there's an app you can get on your smartphone
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  • that will play different tones,
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  • that based on your age, you may or may not be able to hear.
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  • Let me show you one right now.
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  • First we're going to play, if you are under
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  • the age of 70, you probably can hear this first tone.
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  • Guys, when I say three, you can go ahead and play that tone.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • (buzzing noise)
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  • Raise your hand if you hear it.
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  • Put your hands down.
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  • Anybody not hear it, anybody not hear it?
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  • Okay, I guess we've got a guy down here, that's cool.
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  • You probably listened to lots of loud
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  • rock and roll back in the day, that's good,
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  • lots of Rolling Stones or something.
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  • Alright, here we go, how about this one?
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  • This next one, if you're age 30, age 30 or younger,
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  • you'll probably hear it.
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  • If you're older than 30, you may not.
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  • When I say three, play the next tone.
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  • One, two, three, go.
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  • I have no idea if it's playing right now.
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  • Raise your hand if you hear it, do you hear it?
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  • Okay, you're younger than me, you hear it.
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  • Anybody over 30 hear it?
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  • Alright, that's good, some over 30 people.
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  • I just outed you for your age, awesome, that's cool.
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  • Alright, this last one, I think if you're 17,
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  • if you're 17 or more you'll hear this,
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  • so when I say three, play the last one.
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  • One, two, three and go.
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  • Raise your hand if you hear it.
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  • Really, that's awesome.
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  • I don't hear anything.
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  • Who doesn't hear anything, who hears nothing?
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  • Alright, and the reason I wanted you
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  • to hear that one was, parents, kids are now
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  • making that their ringtone on their smartphone,
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  • so they may get a call you don't want them to get,
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  • you don't even know the phone's ringing,
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  • so be watching those kids, be watching those kids.
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  • We hear differently, we press in,
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  • we listen differently.
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  • Raise your hand if you're like me
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  • and you're easily distracted.
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  • I have a hard time, I really do have a hard time listening,
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  • but when God speaks, we need to listen.
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  • If you have a hard time, I'm not saying
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  • that you're unintelligent or ungodly.
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  • Let me show you one instance when some really smart Godly
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  • people I think don't listen very well.
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  • You stay in Acts chapter, Acts chapter.
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  • - [Audience] Eight.
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  • - You listened, Acts chapter eight.
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  • You're going to be in eight verse one,
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  • but I going to go ahead and flip those numbers
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  • and show you Acts one eight.
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  • You recall 10 weeks ago as we started this study,
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  • I said the default verse in the book of Acts is this verse.
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  • Chapter one verse eight.
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  • The speaker is Jesus, he's giving a clear word
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  • of commission to the church.
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  • Here is what you guys do until I return,
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  • and I've highlighted one component
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  • of this clear Christ command for the church,
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  • and by the way, the listeners, and all the famous Christians
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  • we name our kids after, this James and John
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  • and Peter and Tom, and there's all
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  • those famous disciples, ready,
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  • all these holy heroes, here's what Jesus says.
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  • Acts one eight, you stay in chapter eight.
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  • But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
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  • comes on you and you will be my witnesses
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  • in Jerusalem and in all Judea and.
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  • - [Audience] Samaria.
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  • - What's that place?
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  • - [Audience] Samaria.
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  • - You listened, Samaria.
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  • And to the ends of the.
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  • - [Audience] Earth.
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  • - This is why I love we reach out
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  • to far away places like Nicaragua, Haiti.
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  • Our God's a global God.
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  • But you notice there's one component here that's very clear.
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  • Hey take the gospel to Samaria.
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  • Start in Jerusalem, Judea, then go to Samaria.
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  • Now Jerusalem is where you are.
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  • Start right there in your home city.
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  • They all lived in Jerusalem.
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  • You start where you are, but here's a principle in life.
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  • Never fly over one mission field to get to another.
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  • Your city is your main mission field.
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  • Your network of relationships,
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  • Christian, main place you articulate your faith
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  • and you bear witness, I mean where you work,
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  • where you go to school, your family, your friends, so.
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  • So you start, you start in Jerusalem,
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  • then Judea, that's like the state.
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  • That'd be like South Florida or something,
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  • and then you go to, you go where, go where, where, go where?
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  • - [Audience] Samaria.
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  • - Samaria, alright here's what happens
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  • in the next seven chapters of the book of Acts.
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  • The church blows up and people are coming
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  • to Christ right and left.
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  • The church is growing by the thousands
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  • and the tens of thousands.
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  • It's blowing up, all in Jerusalem and Judea.
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  • They'd never take it to Samaria,
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  • and these are the famous smart Christians of the day.
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  • It was like they weren't listening
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  • to that last part of the instruction.
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  • They stay in Jerusalem, Judea.
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  • They never get to Samaria.
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  • So now take Acts one eight, flip it.
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  • We get Acts eight one, alright look what happens here.
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  • After seven chapters, by the way, many years,
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  • finally, somebody's gonna listen
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  • and take the Gospel to Samaria.
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  • Here we go reading this narrative verse by verse.
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  • I love verse by verse study.
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  • It says in Acts eight one,
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  • on that day a great persecution broke out
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  • against the church at Jerusalem
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  • and all except the apostles were scattered
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  • throughout Judea and.
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  • - [Audience] Samaria.
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  • - Here's the sad thing.
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  • It wasn't love of God or passion for the Gospel
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  • that finally motivated the disciples
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  • to take the word to Samaria, it was persecution.
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  • Persecution, bad things happened, pressure, pain.
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  • I've found in life sometimes that if we don't
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  • listen to God's word out of love,
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  • God will allow life to turn up the heat on us
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  • until we finally listen.
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  • I'm not saying that God's causing your pain or pressure.
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  • I am, in the chapter before, God didn't call
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  • mean small minded religious zealots
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  • to murder Stephen, the first Christian martyr.
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  • God didn't cause that, but sometimes
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  • if we compartmentalize and don't listen
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  • to something God has clearly said
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  • and we don't listen and obey,
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  • God will say fine, I'll just take my hand
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  • of protection or my hand of blessing on you
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  • and you're kind of on your own,
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  • and life will turn up the heat,
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  • and finally we might start to listen.
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  • So if you're that person right now,
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  • there's all kind of frustration and dysfunction
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  • in your life, maybe you're not listening
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  • to God in some key area of your life,
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  • so bad things happen.
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  • Now who's going to be the first person
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  • to really listen to what Jesus said
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  • way back in chapter one?
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  • It's been a number of years, and finally take,
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  • because there's a clear geographical component
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  • to that instruction, be my witnesses,
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  • here's what you do, map it out.
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  • Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria.
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  • No one's done Samaria, who's going to be the first one?
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  • Who's going to be the first one?
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  • Verse four, those who had been scattered
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  • preached the word wherever they went, read.
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  • - [Audience] Philip.
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  • - Philip, there you go, first guy, first guy.
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  • Philip went down to a city in.
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  • - [Audience] Samaria.
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  • - And proclaimed about Christ there, we see.
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  • He told the good, told the story,
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  • told about the Messiah, Philip.
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  • He's not one of the famous guys is he?
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  • A little background.
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  • He shows up first in chapter six.
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  • He's one of the people that helps distribute food
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  • to people who are needy, hungry.
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  • He's like the social justice.
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  • He's a serve the city kind of guy,
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  • gets his hands dirty, he's off loading
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  • like semi trucks full of food for hungry people,
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  • he's being generous and helping out,
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  • and then he shows up again in chapter 21.
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  • Chapter 21, guys, it says he did life
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  • with four unmarried adult daughters.
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  • So he's doing life with probably five women
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  • counting his wife, no wonder he's a good listener.
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  • Anyways, but I think the reason
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  • the Holy Spirit tagged Philip to be
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  • the first one to bring the good news
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  • to Samaria was he listens.
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  • I mean surely there are other Christians
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  • who are more recognized, more experienced,
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  • more accomplished, but he, he listens, he listens.
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  • This is going to be a very simple message.
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  • It's so vital that we listen to God,
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  • and the reason God uses Philip in this huge way.
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  • He's the first one, though it took a few years,
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  • to listen and take the Gospel to Samaria.
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  • You're with me, you guys are so smart, to Samaria.
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  • So what happens is he shares the Gospel by verse eight.
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  • Man there are people getting saved,
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  • probably thousands of people coming to Christ,
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  • finding forgiveness, finding freedom, finding salvation.
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  • It says the city is full of joy.
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  • I'm praying that for our city,
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  • our city would find Christ and find his joy.
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  • I am praying that, there's not controversy
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  • and hatred, there's just joy pervasive in the city,
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  • and it becomes such a big thing
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  • that the church in Jerusalem has to send
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  • some of the famous guys.
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  • They send Peter and John, probably the two
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  • most famous Christians of the day,
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  • to Samaria, to go wow, look at this,
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  • there really are Samaritans coming to Christ.
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  • And by the way, one of the reasons
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  • for the resistance to take the Gospel to Samaria
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  • was not logistics or distance.
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  • It was racism.
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  • Recall we've talked about the fact
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  • the Roman world was a very racist world,
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  • and in this area of the world,
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  • Jews despised Samaritans, and Samaritans disdained Jews.
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  • It was a racial divide, but the first place
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  • in human history racial barriers are broken down
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  • is the church of Jesus Christ.
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  • And so here we see this beautiful thing
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  • where Jews and Samaritans come together,
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  • for in Christ there is no Jew, no Greek,
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  • no slave, no free, no male or female.
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  • We're all one in Christ Jesus,
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  • so the disciples come.
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  • Put your hands together right there.
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  • I want to see your hands.
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  • The disciples come, the Holy Spirit falls,
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  • there's not going to be a rival Samaritan church
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  • and Jewish church, there's just going to be one church.
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  • All these people are getting saved.
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  • It's awesome, there's joy in the city, there's miracles.
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  • Why did all this happen?
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  • Because one guy, not a famous guy, but a listening guy,
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  • Philip, responded to the word of God,
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  • though it took a few years.
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  • He listens, right, when I say three,
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  • loudly say the word listens, one, two, three.
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  • - [Audience] Listens.
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  • - Listens, he's listening to God,
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  • great things happen when we listen to the word,
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  • and by the way, the main way God speaks
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  • to us today is his word.
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  • When you come here, I don't serve up my opinions hopefully.
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  • When you read and study the Bible on your own,
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  • when God speaks through his word, run with what God says,
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  • do what God says, apply what God says.
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  • Listen, alright let's fast forward
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  • because this gets really cool here,
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  • so you feeling me, there's this huge urban revival,
  • 00:14:05.240 --> 00:14:09.050
  • thousands of people city wide crusade in Samaria
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  • because one guy, one guy listened.
  • 00:14:12.100 --> 00:14:15.070
  • Now jump to verse 26, look at verse 26.
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  • Let me show you something else that happens,
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  • because again, I propose, Philip was a good listener.
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  • Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - That was a little late, but thank you.
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  • We'll try it again, an angel of the Lord said to Philip.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Go, alright, I want to add a component, go, go.
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  • When I say three, loudly say the word go, one, two, three.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - There you go, so now we've got two ideas, two ideas.
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  • When God speaks by way of his word or his Spirit,
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  • I want to listen, and then the next thing
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  • is pretty clear, and I need to, I need to go.
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  • Need to go, listen and go, listen and go.
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  • Let's say it together, listen and.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Listen and.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Listen and.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Loudly, listen and.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Take some notes if you need to, but you shouldn't.
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  • Listen and.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Go, go south to the road, the desert road
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  • that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza,
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  • but what happens here, interesting,
  • 00:15:19.100 --> 00:15:20.250
  • go south to the road, the desert road.
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  • There were actually two roads to Gaza
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  • back in this day, neither one was busy.
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  • They were both like a little country road
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  • that the highway, the interstate came in
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  • and kind of bypassed, or once upon a time
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  • this little country road had like a Dairy Queen
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  • and a stop light, but now they don't even
  • 00:15:35.180 --> 00:15:37.220
  • have a Dairy Queen anymore, they just have a stop light,
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  • and there were two roads.
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  • That was the busy road.
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  • The desert road was the least busy of
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  • the two un-busy roads, you with me?
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:47.000
  • So the spirit of God, the angel of God says to Philip,
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  • go, he's a good listener, go to this desert road
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  • that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.
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  • Now, now don't spiritualize these Bible stories.
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  • At first glance, this doesn't make a lot of sense.
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  • Put yourself in Philip's sandals.
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  • God, I'll do whatever you want, man.
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  • In fact, you want me to serve tables
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  • and distribute tables, I did that man,
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  • serve the city, I did that back in chapter six,
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  • then when you said, you know,
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  • would someone finally go to Samaria,
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  • I listened, it took a little while,
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  • I listened, I went, and man, I'm preaching
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:22.120
  • and people are getting saved, God.
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  • There's miracles, there's literally thousands
  • 00:16:23.260 --> 00:16:25.170
  • of people calling upon Jesus.
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  • You want me to leave all that, this urban center,
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  • this city wide crusade that's affecting
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  • an entire, leave all that and go to a,
  • 00:16:32.160 --> 00:16:35.090
  • not the least busy road of these two un-busy roads,
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  • this desert road, doesn't make much, it's illogical,
  • 00:16:38.250 --> 00:16:41.190
  • counter intuitive, but you said go.
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  • I'm just telling you, many things Christ
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  • will call you to do, at first glance,
  • 00:16:47.140 --> 00:16:49.030
  • won't make a lot of sense.
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  • It will definitely be counter cultural,
  • 00:16:52.010 --> 00:16:54.000
  • it will be counter intuitive,
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  • it will somewhat go against your flesh, right,
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  • against, but when God speaks, God speaks,
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  • you listen and you.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
  • 00:17:01.180 --> 00:17:02.180
  • - You listen and you go.
  • 00:17:02.180 --> 00:17:04.030
  • So to leave these thousands of people coming to Christ
  • 00:17:04.030 --> 00:17:05.190
  • doesn't make a lot of sense, and I've been
  • 00:17:05.190 --> 00:17:07.070
  • meditating on this passage and researching this passage
  • 00:17:07.070 --> 00:17:09.140
  • because I knew you'd come ready to listen today,
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  • and I thought, you know, you know what I learned from this?
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:13.160
  • I learned how much one person matters to my God.
  • 00:17:13.160 --> 00:17:17.160
  • If you ever heard preachers say back in the day,
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  • you know if you'd have been the only person who sinned,
  • 00:17:20.120 --> 00:17:22.170
  • Jesus would have come and died just for you.
  • 00:17:22.170 --> 00:17:25.240
  • Trouble is, I can't find that specific verse
  • 00:17:25.240 --> 00:17:27.200
  • with that statement in the Bible.
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  • I see where God so loved the world,
  • 00:17:29.110 --> 00:17:31.070
  • but I can't find any verse where God so loved Bob
  • 00:17:31.070 --> 00:17:33.120
  • or Biff or Thelma, but I think those pastors were right.
  • 00:17:33.120 --> 00:17:37.170
  • I can't find that verse, but here he calls Philip away.
  • 00:17:40.240 --> 00:17:43.020
  • He's the point person on a city wide crusade,
  • 00:17:43.020 --> 00:17:45.040
  • thousands coming to Christ, to take him
  • 00:17:45.040 --> 00:17:47.250
  • to a deserted desert road because one guy,
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:51.290
  • one remarkable, we're going to study him next week.
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:54.010
  • By the way, he is brilliant.
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:55.080
  • There's so much we'll learn from this one guy,
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  • an African man, an Ethiopian man,
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  • but one precious person comes by.
  • 00:17:58.280 --> 00:18:01.210
  • God is all about the one.
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:03.230
  • And I believe the old preachers are right.
  • 00:18:05.170 --> 00:18:08.280
  • If you, or if you had been the only jacked up,
  • 00:18:08.280 --> 00:18:11.240
  • messed up, if I had been the only sinner,
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:14.260
  • Jesus values the one so much he would
  • 00:18:14.260 --> 00:18:17.270
  • have still come and died just for you or me.
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  • I love our God.
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  • The value of one.
  • 00:18:22.100 --> 00:18:23.230
  • That's why we do so many over the top things here
  • 00:18:25.030 --> 00:18:26.290
  • trying to reach, that's why we did Dog Days.
  • 00:18:26.290 --> 00:18:29.290
  • I don't love dogs, I love dog lovers,
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  • and we want to reach someone for Christ.
  • 00:18:32.160 --> 00:18:33.270
  • It's all about the one.
  • 00:18:33.270 --> 00:18:35.100
  • That's why we're resourcing ministry, doing camps.
  • 00:18:35.100 --> 00:18:37.070
  • It's all about the one.
  • 00:18:37.070 --> 00:18:38.220
  • Whatever it takes to reach one more amazing person
  • 00:18:38.220 --> 00:18:40.160
  • for King Jesus, it's all about the one.
  • 00:18:40.160 --> 00:18:42.040
  • And then I wrote down this,
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:43.190
  • and why, why did, why did the angel choose Philip?
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  • I mean think about it.
  • 00:18:47.000 --> 00:18:48.050
  • There's now more famous Christians around,
  • 00:18:48.050 --> 00:18:49.200
  • more resource, there's now Peter and John
  • 00:18:49.200 --> 00:18:52.120
  • have been to Samaria, why not choose one of those guys?
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:54.010
  • Know why the Spirit chose Philip?
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  • Answer, he listened, he listened.
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  • Man, God's always looking for a listener,
  • 00:18:59.250 --> 00:19:02.100
  • someone who will listen, and then when God speaks,
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:04.190
  • they go, listen, go, let's say it, listen, go.
  • 00:19:04.190 --> 00:19:08.260
  • - [Audience] Go.
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:09.260
  • - Come on, listen, go.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - If you don't respond, I think you're not listening.
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  • Listen.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Alright, you're almost there, almost there.
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  • Let's keep reading this amazing amazing narrative.
  • 00:19:18.120 --> 00:19:20.130
  • Alright, so go south on the road,
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:22.050
  • the desert road, that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza.
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:24.180
  • Now look at verse 27 because in my text,
  • 00:19:24.180 --> 00:19:26.180
  • verse 27 follows verse 26.
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  • Do you find the same thing?
  • 00:19:30.020 --> 00:19:31.090
  • Alright, so here, verse 27, right after verse.
  • 00:19:31.090 --> 00:19:33.130
  • Look what, what he does here is so amazing
  • 00:19:33.130 --> 00:19:35.080
  • and so intelligent and so insightful,
  • 00:19:35.080 --> 00:19:37.010
  • so God says this thing that's illogical.
  • 00:19:37.010 --> 00:19:40.040
  • Why leave an urban city when thousands of people
  • 00:19:40.040 --> 00:19:42.110
  • come to Christ and go to like this deserted road?
  • 00:19:42.110 --> 00:19:44.090
  • No one's going to be there.
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  • No one ever travels that road anymore.
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  • I'll be all by myself.
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  • I'll go, so he.
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:50.080
  • - [Audience] Started.
  • 00:19:52.230 --> 00:19:54.150
  • - For somebody, that's the word from God you need today.
  • 00:19:55.270 --> 00:19:59.000
  • See this are that God has been speaking to you,
  • 00:19:59.000 --> 00:20:00.270
  • he's been challenging you to make a change in your life,
  • 00:20:00.270 --> 00:20:03.010
  • an adjustment, to give this area to him,
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:04.140
  • to practice a new discipline, surrender a habit,
  • 00:20:04.140 --> 00:20:07.170
  • whatever it is, you have no history in this area.
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  • You have no track record, no momentum, no success.
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  • It's new territory for you, and you're like,
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  • this journey to healing, this journey to financial freedom,
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  • this journey to whatever it is,
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  • it's such a long intimidating journey.
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  • I don't even know what to do.
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  • Here's what you do, say a prayer, take a breath,
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  • get started, get started, just get started.
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  • I love, I love you guys giving that reluctant applause
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  • like I don't know, I'll clap but I'm not going to do it,
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  • I'm not going to, no you just need to start.
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  • You've made this tougher than it is.
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  • Long journeys begin with a single step.
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  • Of course, that's a cliche, but it's so very true,
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  • so what's an area, in fact I'm going
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  • to get a little personal, I'm going to get personal,
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  • I'm going to ask your permission to get personal.
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  • Can I get up in your stuff, can I get up in your stuff?
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  • Please say yes, I'm going to do it anyways.
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  • Please, alright, I'm going to get up in your stuff,
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  • into your chili, I'm going to get.
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  • I started writing down some areas
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  • where people need to get started,
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  • like I wrote down education.
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  • You've been whining you can't get a good job
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  • because you don't have your degree.
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  • Let's get your degree.
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  • I don't care what degree, your GED,
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  • listen, I never finished college,
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  • I didn't start college, alright here.
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  • Monday morning let's start.
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  • Monday morning, you go to Broward College,
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  • go to the Admissions Office and ask for an application.
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  • I don't even know if that's how you do it.
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  • Just tell them Pastor David sent you.
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  • And let's get started.
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  • Go online, you can take so many great courses.
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  • Start, let's get started, let's get on your education.
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  • Healthy.
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  • I don't like how I look, I don't like, let's get healthy.
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  • Gyms are open on Sunday.
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  • Go join a gym today, go online and find yourself a diet.
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  • I don't care what diet, do something.
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  • At least when you pray, put down the Twinkie.
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  • Let's get started.
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  • Volunteering, volunteering at the church.
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  • I really need probably sometime, no.
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  • Let's go to Guest Services today and volunteer.
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  • I've never read my Bible.
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  • I should probably read my Bible, tried and got,
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  • let's start today.
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  • I'll wait for it.
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  • I don't even have a Bible, I understand.
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  • Okay, go to our Resource Center and get you a Bible.
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  • Get you a Bible, or you'll hear it free.
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  • Some of you are like me, man.
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  • You love some free, 99, You Version on your smartphone,
  • 00:22:21.060 --> 00:22:24.280
  • all kinds of different translations and reading plans,
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  • you start today, let's get started today.
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  • Well I don't know where, I don't want to read,
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  • book of Acts, Acts chapter one, let's start
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  • reading the word of God.
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  • Man, journeys begin, God wants you
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  • to have the knowledge and information
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  • so you can listen, you can go,
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  • but you've got to get started.
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  • You can't fix it all today but you can start it all today.
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  • Get started, say it with me, get started.
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  • Get, it's a brilliant thing.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say you need to get
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  • started with something, in some area of your life,
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  • you need to get started, let's get started,
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  • let's do this thing, listen, because here's
  • 00:22:55.110 --> 00:22:57.020
  • what some of you guys are going to do.
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  • It's what you're going to do, listen.
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  • You're not going to start today.
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  • You're going to say, hey David, thank you so much
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  • for the helpful information.
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  • I'm going to go home, think about this,
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  • consider this, pray about this.
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  • Guess what, you're a big fat liar.
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  • You're going to go home, listen, you're going to go home
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  • and hope to get distracted and shake off
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  • the conviction of the Holy Spirit in your life.
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  • It will happen.
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  • You know what that is?
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  • That's just not listening, that's not listening.
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  • That's choosing, it's spiritualized
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  • but you're not listening, so guess what.
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  • Action step today, action step.
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  • You've never given your heart to Christ, today.
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  • Not next week, today, let's get started.
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  • Brilliant, you guys got to listen faster,
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  • listen faster because I've got another principle coming up.
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  • Let's come back to verse 27, verse 27.
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  • This is so good, this is such,
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  • two weeks on this text, I cannot wait,
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  • and by the way, next week, oh best stuff is next week.
  • 00:23:45.130 --> 00:23:48.010
  • Verse 27, so he started out, and on his way
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  • he met an Ethiopian, African guy, different continent,
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  • an important official in charge
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  • of all the treasury of Candace queen of the Ethiopians.
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  • Next week, man, this guy is juice.
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  • This guy is smart, he's brilliant, an influencer.
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  • The man had gone to Jerusalem to worship
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  • and on his way home was sitting on his chariot
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  • reading the book of Isaiah, this guy,
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  • next week too if you have a friend of yours
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  • who's not yet a Christ follower,
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  • this guy at this point in the narrative
  • 00:24:15.140 --> 00:24:16.260
  • is not yet a Christ follower.
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  • If you have a friend of yours that's not like religious,
  • 00:24:18.210 --> 00:24:20.160
  • into church, please bring them next week.
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  • This guy is such a great story,
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  • so now in verse 29, Philip's going to add something
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  • so cool to listen and go.
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  • He's going to add one more dimension.
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  • In fact, this is so big, I'm going
  • 00:24:30.200 --> 00:24:32.050
  • to put it on the biggest screen I have.
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  • Here's what's happening in the narrative to follow.
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  • Put it on the center screen too, guys.
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  • This is so awesome.
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  • It says, the Spirit told Philip what?
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Oh, that's some good reading.
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  • The Spirit told Philip.
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  • - [Audience] Go.
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  • - Go to that chariot, stay near it, then Philip.
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  • - [Audience] Ran.
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  • - So good, so good, so good.
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  • Listen, go, run.
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  • Listen, go, run.
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  • Say it with me, listen, go, run, it is so good.
  • 00:25:05.230 --> 00:25:09.050
  • So run up to the chariot and he heard the man
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  • reading Isaiah the prophet, and he asked,
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  • do you understand what you're reading?
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  • Listen, go, run.
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  • See, parents, don't you love when you ask your kid
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  • to do something and they're like.
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  • They drag their slow butts, all their body language
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  • like total denial and rebellion,
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  • and they obey you, but as slowly,
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  • as apathetically, right, anemically, ohh.
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  • Doesn't that just bless you as a parent?
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  • Does that bless you?
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  • Don't you want to like raise their allowance,
  • 00:25:43.270 --> 00:25:44.210
  • buy them a new car?
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  • Don't you just love, my kids did that to me yesterday,
  • 00:25:46.060 --> 00:25:48.200
  • here at church.
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  • My kids are nice smart kids, but I asked them
  • 00:25:50.110 --> 00:25:52.010
  • to do something, what, why.
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  • They didn't ask me why while they were obeying me,
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  • I am cool with that, they asked me why
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  • to see whether or not they're going to obey me, uh uh.
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  • I hate that slow obey because sometimes in life
  • 00:26:00.040 --> 00:26:02.150
  • slow obey is basically no obey.
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  • I just gave you a line there, mom and dad.
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  • Slow obey is no obey, and sometimes in life,
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  • see what I see Philip did here,
  • 00:26:16.180 --> 00:26:18.090
  • because first time it took him seven chapters to listen.
  • 00:26:18.090 --> 00:26:20.270
  • He went much faster than anybody else.
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  • Seven chapters to finally get to Samaria,
  • 00:26:22.260 --> 00:26:25.250
  • though Jesus had been crystal on the whole Samaria thing.
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  • When he finally gets there, you see him picking up the pace.
  • 00:26:28.080 --> 00:26:31.030
  • Now he listens and he goes, and this time,
  • 00:26:31.030 --> 00:26:33.260
  • he just goes, he runs.
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  • His obedience without hesitation.
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  • His obedience to the clear word of God
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  • without the luxury, the luxury of delay.
  • 00:26:42.250 --> 00:26:46.050
  • See sometimes in life, the blessing has
  • 00:26:47.080 --> 00:26:49.190
  • a very fleeting window of opportunity,
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  • and if you delay the obey, if you practice a slow obey,
  • 00:26:53.110 --> 00:26:57.190
  • you miss the blessing of God in your life.
  • 00:26:57.190 --> 00:27:01.050
  • That's why the smart person, and this is not real complex.
  • 00:27:01.050 --> 00:27:05.180
  • Listen, go, run, this is Christianity for dummies.
  • 00:27:05.180 --> 00:27:09.230
  • And also if you think you're like really theologically deep
  • 00:27:11.250 --> 00:27:13.250
  • and rich and I understand the Bible
  • 00:27:13.250 --> 00:27:15.080
  • and I know the original Greek, guess what,
  • 00:27:15.080 --> 00:27:16.240
  • it never gets more complex than this.
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  • - Well that's it for the show today.
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  • Thanks again for being here, and we'll look forward
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  • to seeing you next time on Church by the Glades.
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