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October 5, 2016
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  • - Hi and welcome, to Church by the Glades.
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  • We're so excited you're here today.
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  • In the next few moments,
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  • we're going to hear from Pastor David Hughes
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  • as he shares about how we can live life to the fullest.
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  • So stick around.
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  • It's gonna be a ton of fun
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  • and you're definitely going to be encouraged.
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  • - At Church by the Glades,
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  • we like to say no perfect people allowed.
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  • Which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you will be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So, 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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  • Solid rock you're hope of our lives
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  • Almighty God you're our shield in the fight
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  • We're not gonna fear, you're forever near
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  • King of Glory, you're the strength in our hearts
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  • Light of the world turn our scars into stars
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  • For eternity you're our victory
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  • Whether near or far, everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low, you'll never let us go
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  • We're not gonna hide, with you in our lives
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  • With you on our side
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  • You are with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Holy Spirit you're alive in our hearts
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  • Shine your light, light a fire in the dark
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  • Like a mighty wind, breathe new life again
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  • Breathe new life again
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  • Whether near or far, everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low, you'll never let us go
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  • We're not gonna hide, with you in our lives
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  • With you on our side
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  • You are with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Singing oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Come on, let me hear it now
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  • You sing
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  • Whether near or far, everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low, you'll never let us go
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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 that you can visit.
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  • Just to go www.cbglades.com
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  • for all the times and directions.
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  • See ya soon.
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  • - Alright guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into today's teaching.
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  • So if you've got a Bible nearby, go ahead and grab it.
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  • Or pull it up on your phone or tablet.
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  • You might also wanna take some notes.
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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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  • - What is up Church by the Glades?
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  • Whoo! (crowd applauds)
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  • I just spilled some water all over the stage.
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  • Awesome!
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  • Hey, glad you're here.
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  • If you're a guest, welcome.
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  • I'm David, I'm one of the pastors.
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  • We're thrilled you're with us.
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  • And actually you have great timing too as we launch
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  • a new series, five weeks, called Change the World.
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  • And we're studying this, whoo, one happy person.
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  • Change the World, put your hands together.
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  • I just like that title.
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  • I like to aim high, think big.
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  • And we're studying the story of the birth
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  • and the initial days
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  • of the early church in the book of Acts.
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  • And by any appraisal, spiritually, sociologically,
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  • it's hard to fully fathom and measure
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  • the impact of the spiritual tsunami
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  • that was the early church.
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  • They were just doing things that were so big
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  • and so world changing.
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  • So I wanna jump right into the study today.
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  • So whether you're here as Sawgrass or at Sample Road.
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  • Lets welcome Sample Road campus.
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  • Sample Road!
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  • Or our Homestead campus.
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  • Celebrate Homestead, ladies in Homestead.
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  • Or if you're watching online or by way of television,
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  • find your Bible and the text today is Acts chapter 15,
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  • Acts chapter 15.
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  • So let's say that, all campuses loudly together.
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  • Acts chapter.
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  • - [Congregation] 15.
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  • - Come on, Acts chapter.
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  • - [Congregation] 15.
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  • - There we go.
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  • Turn there in your Bible.
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  • If you don't have your Bible
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  • I'll put the verses on the screen.
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  • But while you're in chapter 15, again to demonstrate
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  • just the impact and the influence of the early church.
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  • Let me show ya a statement in chapter 17
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  • not made by the advocates of the church,
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  • but the adversaries of the church, some haters,
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  • some critics said this
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  • about the impact of the early apostles.
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  • Says, "These men who have turned the world
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  • "upside down have come here."
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  • I mean the world, by the way, was a very broken world,
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  • a twisted world, a violent world, a racist world,
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  • a very corrupt world.
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  • But they were turning that broken world upside down.
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  • Again the impact was incredible.
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  • They literally are called by God to change the world.
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  • And their calling is our calling.
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  • In fact, we have so much in common
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  • with these early Christians.
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  • We have the same Christ, we have the same spirit,
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  • we have the same gospel, we're empowered,
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  • we have the same commission, we have all.
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  • So guess what?
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  • They were called to change the world,
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  • you and I are called to change the world.
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  • God's calling for your life nothing less.
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  • For you to be an agent of global transformation
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  • in this generation.
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  • So we're called to change the world.
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  • And my guess is this, that God wants to use you
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  • to change the world.
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  • He's gonna start changing the world
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  • by changing your world.
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  • He's gonna change your world.
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  • He wants to change the world by changing your world
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  • and today I wanna talk about the way
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  • he wants to probably have you think about
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  • the people in your world.
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  • I wanna talk to you about relationships, relationships.
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  • Anybody here, let's see if this is relevant,
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  • have a relationship with any living person?
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  • Have a relationship in your life?
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  • Yeah, you don't live in a cave as a hermit.
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  • Raise your hand, raise your hand, raise your hand.
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  • Got a relationship with some nice person you enjoy,
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  • you love, they encourage you, they brighten your day.
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  • Alright same token, anybody here have a relationship
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  • with somebody a little tough to love,
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  • kinda difficult to navigate.
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  • They got some issues, right?
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  • Man, they're a little weird, kinda crazy.
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  • Raise your hand, maybe you brought
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  • your weird, crazy person to church.
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  • I hope you did.
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  • So here's my premise,
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  • to maximize your God global impact,
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  • to fulfill all of your God given potential,
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  • you must be wise when it comes to managing
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  • your interpersonal relationships.
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  • You must be wise.
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  • When I say the word three, loudly say the word wise.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • - [Congregation] Wise.
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  • - We wanna be wise.
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  • So today is kind of a mature conversation.
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  • Sophisticated so to speak.
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  • I mean on how to be wise, discerning and intelligent
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  • when it comes to relationships.
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  • 'Cause a lotta Christians are not,
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  • a lot of Godly people are very
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  • haphazard about relationships, just kinda hang with whoever,
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  • very casual and cavalier about relation, whoever,
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  • I just roll with my boys.
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  • I just hang with my girls, right?
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  • Whatever it is, whatever it is.
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  • But God wants you, I think, to be wise,
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  • strategic, discerning when it comes to
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  • the way you navigate relationships.
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  • 'Cause God's plan for you is so big,
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  • so big, so epic in its scope and scale,
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  • it will require other people to journey with you in life.
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  • It will require the spiritual synergy of other relationships
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  • pouring into you to accomplish everything God has for you.
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  • So Acts chapter.
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  • - [Congregation] 15.
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  • - 15 come on, Acts chapter.
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  • - [Congregation] 15.
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  • - Alright, I wanna jump right into the text.
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  • I'll avoid my spill right here, here we go, here we go,
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  • really gonna be fun.
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  • I'll go verse by verse, read the highlighted words.
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  • It says, let's see, let's see, verse one, verse one.
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  • Alright, some men "came down from Judea to Antioch."
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  • There's a newer church in Antioch,
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  • a lot of Gentile believers there.
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  • And these believers from Judea came to Antioch
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  • and were teaching the brothers.
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  • "Unless you are
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  • - [Congregation] "circumcised."
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  • - "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom
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  • "taught by Moses, you cannot be saved."
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  • If you're a guest, I haven't been here in three weeks.
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  • I'm so excited to preach to you today.
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  • I can't wait to preach to you today.
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  • I can't wait to preach to you on the topic of circumcision.
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  • Circumci, let's have a big long awkward conversations
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  • about the biblical topic of circumcision.
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  • Let's talk some circumcision today.
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  • Yeah, I bet someone came to church
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  • just hoping, driving your car just hoping,
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  • oh I hope Pastor David preaches a sermon on circumcision!
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  • Yes, I came to church hoping that Pastor David
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  • would teach on the very, very biblical covenant.
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  • Awkward conversation, circumcision.
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  • Circumcision goes back of course, Old Testament,
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  • to Abraham, given as a sign
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  • of covenant solidification with God.
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  • It's affirmed by Moses with the practice of the Jews
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  • even to this day.
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  • And it was big in the New Testament.
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  • What's taking place here though is interesting.
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  • Because there are some Jewish Christians.
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  • Let me stop right there.
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  • Jewish Christians.
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  • Do you know, if you're like me
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  • and you're a non-Jewish Christian, I'm a Gentile Christian,
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  • that the greatest Christians in history
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  • have all been Jewish Christians.
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  • Every single one of 'em.
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  • All the people we name our kids after,
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  • like James and John and Peter and Paul,
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  • all Jewish Christians.
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  • In fact you do recognize Jesus was a Jewish rabbi.
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  • But here is the issue back in the day,
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  • these legalists, they're legalists,
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  • the circumcision party, they're saying guess what?
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  • Unless you're circumcised you can't be saved.
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  • See the question is occasionally I hear someone say,
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  • who's a Jew, "Well if I come to Christ,
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  • "if I accept Messiah Jesus, do I stop being Jewish?"
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  • No.
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  • No, I think it's a very Jewish thing to do.
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  • But the debate in the early church
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  • is someone like me, a Gentile.
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  • Can a Gentile even become a Christian
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  • without first converting to Judaism?
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  • And if you're a Gentile guy, that would include
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  • going through the rite of circumcision.
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  • That's kind of a big step before the invention of Novocaine.
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  • Amen?
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • And so here's this huge issue in this big debate,
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  • 'cause these legalists
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  • are trying to reduce the Christian faith.
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  • To another legalistic rule keeping, ritual driven religion.
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  • But someone stands up and says no,
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  • I mean that's not the way it should go down.
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  • Who stands up?
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  • It is the apostle Paul and his friend Barnabas.
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  • Look what it says in verse two, verse two.
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  • I gotta pick up the pace here.
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  • "This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp
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  • - "dispute." - Come on, read louder.
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  • "Into sharp dispute and debate with"
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  • this legalistic party, saying, advocating that
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  • circumcision was necessary for salvation.
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  • Alright, sharp dispute.
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  • What does this word mean?
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  • Passionate, strong conversation.
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  • Now it doesn't mean that Paul and Barnabas
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  • yelled and screamed and cussed and wagged their fingers
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  • and threw down.
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  • But it does mean this.
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  • Sometimes in love you gotta draw a strong line.
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  • You do realize you can make a strong case
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  • or strong stance and still keep your cool.
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  • Still be kind, still be polite, be nice.
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  • That's what Paul and Barnabas,
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  • they said no, no, guess what?
  • 00:12:14.230 --> 00:12:15.210
  • And the issue here, this is big.
  • 00:12:15.210 --> 00:12:18.040
  • This is the future of the church at stake.
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  • This is not like a little theological nuance.
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  • I see enjoy doing church with people
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  • who on small issues of theology we may not see eye to eye.
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  • I think that's cool.
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  • I love a level and degree of theological diversity.
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  • But this is on the very essence of salvation.
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  • So what makes you right with God?
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  • Is it going through a ritual, some ceremony?
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  • Or is it something much more and revolutionary?
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  • So anyways what happens is the church in Antioch
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  • kind of takes this issue to the church in Jerusalem,
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  • an older, more established church, more mature believers.
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  • I love churches working in cooperation
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  • and in tandem with each other.
  • 00:12:53.080 --> 00:12:54.250
  • And so what happens is well Paul and Barnabas say
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  • no, no, we're saved by grace in Christ.
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  • The legalists say no we're saved by Jesus,
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  • plus circumcision.
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  • And they kinda kick this around for a while.
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  • Then Peter, Peter stands up and speaks.
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  • And of course Peter is highly credible.
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  • Peter is, well he's one of the 12 disciples,
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  • the best friend of Jesus.
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  • And Peter was the one the Holy Spirit tapped
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  • to be the first Jewish Christian to take the gospel
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  • to the non Jews.
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  • Cornelius, back in chapter 10.
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  • And Peter kind of shares his heart.
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  • I'll give ya a snippet of what he says.
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  • You read the entire chapter,
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  • but drop down to say verse eight.
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  • Peter says this, "God knows the heart, he showed,
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  • "he accepted them" the Gentiles, "by giving them
  • 00:13:30.250 --> 00:13:33.040
  • "the Holy Spirit, giving the Holy Spirit to them,
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  • "just as he did to us."
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  • Look at verse nine, this is so powerful.
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  • God made, "He made no distinction."
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  • Thank you for reading.
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  • "No distinction between us and them."
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  • Peter says guess what?
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  • I don't think God wants a Jewish church
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  • and a Gentile church.
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  • I don't think God wants a slave church and a free church.
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  • I don't think God wants a male church and a female church.
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  • I don't think God wants a Greek church and a Roman church
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  • and an Egyptian church and a no.
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  • We are all one in Christ Jesus,
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  • God values and esteems all people.
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  • We are one beautiful, blended human family.
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  • There is no distinction between Jew and Gentile.
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  • Look at verse 10, "Now then, why do you try to test God
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  • "by putting on the necks of the disciples
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  • "a yoke that neither we nor our fathers
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  • "have been able to bear?"
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  • And verse 11 is the biblical bomb.
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  • Look at verse 11.
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  • "No, we believe."
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  • Get ready to read.
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  • "We believe it is through the
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  • - [Congregation] "grace."
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  • - "We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus
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  • "that we are
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  • - [Congregation] "saved."
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  • - This is huge.
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  • Peter's saying, I'm not knocking circumcision.
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  • I'm a Jew, I've been circumcised,
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  • I'm not knocking the biblical Old Testament,
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  • the law of Moses.
  • 00:14:49.150 --> 00:14:51.050
  • But guess what?
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  • That doesn't save us.
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  • It's not your rule keeping, not your morality,
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  • not any kind of ritual, whether you've been baptized.
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  • You're a church member, (vibrates tongue) who cares?
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  • It is the grace, what is grace,
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  • it's God's love and favor and blessing
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  • we do not merit or deserve.
  • 00:15:05.210 --> 00:15:08.090
  • It's the grace of Jesus, what he did on the cross.
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  • That is what saves you, plus nothing.
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  • I love what Pastor Tollien says on the other side of town,
  • 00:15:13.060 --> 00:15:15.090
  • he says, "Jesus plus nothing equals everything."
  • 00:15:15.090 --> 00:15:19.090
  • So somebody here I'm just thinking,
  • 00:15:20.140 --> 00:15:21.270
  • one of the campuses and you're not sure you're saved,
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  • you're like well I thought maybe being baptized
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  • or maybe a member of a church,
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  • maybe being good enough was how I got saved.
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  • I'm saved by what Jesus has done for me
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  • at Calvary plus nothing.
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  • How am I saved?
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  • Well here's what you do, at the end of the service
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  • in like 15 minutes, walk to the edge of the stage
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  • and talk to one of those prayer partners
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  • and say I wanna leave this place today
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  • knowing that I am saved.
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  • I want to say yes to the grace of Jesus Christ.
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  • I wanna be biblically right with God.
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  • And this very day you can be saved.
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  • Not by you cleaning yourself up.
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  • Some of you are waiting, like when I work out my issues God.
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  • I got so many issues.
  • 00:15:52.100 --> 00:15:53.180
  • When I kinda work out these areas of my life
  • 00:15:53.180 --> 00:15:54.230
  • that are inconsistent or hypocritical.
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  • Guess what?
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  • If you're waiting for that you will never come to Christ.
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  • You come to Jesus just as you are.
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  • His grace is more than sufficient for you.
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  • But you come today.
  • 00:16:04.050 --> 00:16:06.070
  • So that's your move at the end of the service.
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  • You come.
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  • A lotta folks are gonna be walking out,
  • 00:16:08.180 --> 00:16:09.160
  • you're gonna walk forward.
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  • And give your heart to Christ today.
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  • Best move and decision you will ever make in your life.
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:14.160
  • So anyways, what happens after this?
  • 00:16:14.160 --> 00:16:16.230
  • Well Peter makes a statement and Barnabas and Paul
  • 00:16:16.230 --> 00:16:19.050
  • made their statements and the circumcision party,
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:21.080
  • the legalists, the rituals have kinda made their case.
  • 00:16:21.080 --> 00:16:23.080
  • Well they kick it to the apostles,
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  • the apostles pray about it
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  • and they meditate and study the scriptures.
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  • And finally the senior pastor, senior pastor, Pastor James,
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  • he's a half brother of Jesus, stands up
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  • and says here's what I think God wants us to do.
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  • Tell the Gentiles circumcision is not necessary.
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  • Trusting Jesus is all you need.
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  • All you need.
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:42.110
  • Now he does mention, now live a holy life.
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  • Cause that whole Gentile Greek world was pretty twisted.
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  • Live a holy life.
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  • But that doesn't save you.
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  • Do that because you're saved.
  • 00:16:48.140 --> 00:16:49.280
  • But you're saved by trusting Christ and Christ alone.
  • 00:16:49.280 --> 00:16:53.060
  • Whoo!
  • 00:16:53.060 --> 00:16:54.040
  • Big thing, huge doctoral debate.
  • 00:16:54.040 --> 00:16:56.200
  • Essence of salvation established.
  • 00:16:56.200 --> 00:16:58.180
  • That's why back in verse two, Paul and Barnabas
  • 00:16:58.180 --> 00:17:01.010
  • had this sharp dispute with the circumcision party.
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:04.220
  • Now, I don't want to talk about any of that today.
  • 00:17:04.220 --> 00:17:08.290
  • I just kinda led all that to get this really cool
  • 00:17:08.290 --> 00:17:10.250
  • little story at the very end of chapter 15.
  • 00:17:10.250 --> 00:17:14.120
  • And you're still in chapter 15, you're still there?
  • 00:17:14.120 --> 00:17:16.110
  • Look at your Bible.
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  • Kind of an interesting relationship thing happens,
  • 00:17:17.240 --> 00:17:19.070
  • 'cause Paul and Barnabas, man they're bros.
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:21.100
  • They travel the world together man.
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:23.090
  • They're tight.
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  • They've been so effective in this stance
  • 00:17:24.130 --> 00:17:25.240
  • towards proper theology,
  • 00:17:25.240 --> 00:17:27.060
  • the doctrine of salvation established.
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  • Paul and Barnabas in tandem.
  • 00:17:28.150 --> 00:17:30.210
  • Look what happens here, like verse 36.
  • 00:17:30.210 --> 00:17:33.050
  • Verse 36, very interesting biblical nuance.
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  • "Sometime later Paul said to Barnabas.
  • 00:17:35.190 --> 00:17:38.080
  • "'Let us go back and visit the brothers in the town
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:40.270
  • "'where we preached the word of the Lord."
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:42.160
  • See the early church was about the word of the Lord,
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:44.040
  • about Jesus and his word.
  • 00:17:44.040 --> 00:17:46.040
  • "'And see how they are doing.'"
  • 00:17:46.040 --> 00:17:48.030
  • verse 37, "Barnabas wanted to take John,
  • 00:17:48.030 --> 00:17:50.290
  • "also called Mark" he wanted to take John Mark with them.
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:54.010
  • "But Paul did not think it
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:56.060
  • - [Congregation] "wise."
  • 00:17:59.080 --> 00:18:00.280
  • See I said as a Christian,
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:03.000
  • to maximize your full God given potential,
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:06.160
  • you gotta be spiritually smart, you gotta be wise
  • 00:18:06.160 --> 00:18:09.000
  • when it comes to managing relationships.
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:11.160
  • So it's not an issue of what's right and wrong,
  • 00:18:11.160 --> 00:18:13.120
  • what is good and what is sin,
  • 00:18:13.120 --> 00:18:15.040
  • he says but I don't think it's "wise to take him
  • 00:18:15.040 --> 00:18:19.020
  • "because John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:21.240
  • "and not continued with them in the work."
  • 00:18:21.240 --> 00:18:24.070
  • Verse 39, this is so intriguing to me.
  • 00:18:24.070 --> 00:18:26.070
  • Paul and Barnabas, "They, had such a sharp disa--
  • 00:18:26.070 --> 00:18:31.000
  • - [Congregation] "greement".
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:32.140
  • - Well that's very familiar.
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:33.280
  • That's almost the exact same language as verse two.
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:35.280
  • In verse two they had this sharp dispute,
  • 00:18:35.280 --> 00:18:37.150
  • not the same Greek words, but very similar intensity.
  • 00:18:37.150 --> 00:18:39.220
  • They had this huge dispute, not yelling,
  • 00:18:39.220 --> 00:18:41.180
  • not cussing, not screaming, but there's a very strong line
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:44.030
  • between the Judaisers, between the legalists,
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:46.110
  • the circumcision party, the ritual party
  • 00:18:46.110 --> 00:18:47.280
  • and proper doctrine.
  • 00:18:47.280 --> 00:18:49.180
  • But here, Paul draws a strong line over a relationship.
  • 00:18:49.180 --> 00:18:53.230
  • Tells me relationships must be very, very
  • 00:18:56.160 --> 00:18:59.040
  • very important.
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  • You wanna maximize your life.
  • 00:19:00.140 --> 00:19:02.170
  • Enjoy everything God has for you.
  • 00:19:02.170 --> 00:19:04.090
  • You gotta be wise when it comes to relationships.
  • 00:19:04.090 --> 00:19:06.070
  • So Paul and Barnabas had a sharp disagreement.
  • 00:19:06.070 --> 00:19:10.030
  • It was so sharp they parted company.
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:11.210
  • What?
  • 00:19:11.210 --> 00:19:13.030
  • "Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
  • 00:19:13.030 --> 00:19:16.010
  • "by Paul chose Silas" another disciple,
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:18.230
  • another leader "and left, commended by the brothers
  • 00:19:18.230 --> 00:19:21.140
  • "to the grace of the Lord."
  • 00:19:21.140 --> 00:19:23.020
  • And he goes a different direction.
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  • Dang.
  • 00:19:25.190 --> 00:19:26.140
  • So Paul and Barnabas kinda break up?
  • 00:19:27.190 --> 00:19:29.250
  • There's a sharp dispute, not over theology,
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:32.100
  • they believe the exact same thing about God
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:33.220
  • and Christ and salvation.
  • 00:19:33.220 --> 00:19:34.180
  • But over a relationship?
  • 00:19:34.180 --> 00:19:36.230
  • Yes.
  • 00:19:36.230 --> 00:19:37.180
  • Now let me give you some back story
  • 00:19:38.220 --> 00:19:40.000
  • to help you understand what's going on here.
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  • This was not Paul and Barnabas' first time
  • 00:19:42.050 --> 00:19:43.280
  • to journey the world.
  • 00:19:43.280 --> 00:19:45.050
  • This is actually the 2nd missionary expedition.
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:47.040
  • Back in chapter 13, the Holy Spirit said
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:49.240
  • hey set aside Barnabas, he's gonna be the team leader
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:51.280
  • and this young talented new Christian named Paul or Saul,
  • 00:19:51.280 --> 00:19:54.260
  • very articulate guy, and to round out the team,
  • 00:19:54.260 --> 00:19:57.110
  • put some other people on the team
  • 00:19:57.110 --> 00:19:58.270
  • and they chose this young guy, probably a teenager,
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:20:00.250
  • named John Mark and they're gonna go out
  • 00:20:00.250 --> 00:20:02.140
  • sharing the gospel around the ancient Mediterranean world.
  • 00:20:02.140 --> 00:20:05.200
  • Well somewhere on that first journey,
  • 00:20:05.200 --> 00:20:07.000
  • young cat John Mark bails.
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  • Runs home.
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:11.050
  • Not sure if it was the pressure
  • 00:20:12.090 --> 00:20:13.200
  • or the potential of persecution or just missed mama.
  • 00:20:13.200 --> 00:20:16.290
  • Got homesick.
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:18.020
  • But he goes home, he goes home.
  • 00:20:18.020 --> 00:20:20.090
  • He deserts them, he bails.
  • 00:20:20.090 --> 00:20:22.070
  • Well now what we have here is we got
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:24.040
  • Barnabas and we got Paul and this sharp disagreement,
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  • this dispute over is John Mark worthy of a second chance?
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  • Now Barnabas, I love the heart of Barnabas.
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  • Let me tell ya who he is.
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  • My favorite heroes in the Bible.
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  • I love Barnabas, in fact Barnabas is not even his name.
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  • Anybody here you kinda go by your nickname,
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  • go by your nickname, Bubba, whatever it is?
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  • Nickname, nickname Cool Breeze.
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  • What's your nickname?
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  • Whatever, Tubby, which nickname, right?
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  • How it is.
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  • Alright Barnabas was a nickname, his real name is Joseph.
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  • He's from Cyprus and the church quickly tags him Barnabas,
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  • which loosely translates son of encouragement.
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  • And Courtney, every time you see,
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  • every time you see Barnabas in the Bible,
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  • he's encouraging somebody, man he's standing by.
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  • He finds some broken, messed up person,
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  • wraps his arm around this person.
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  • He prays for that person, he speaks life in.
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  • I love Barnabas kind of people.
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  • Always giving people a 2nd chance.
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  • That is the heart of Barnabas.
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  • In fact, a little back story to the back story,
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  • go to chapter four and the first time we ever see
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  • this guy Joseph, Barnabas, show up,
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  • he's being generous.
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  • I can't believe we made it
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  • all the way through the book of Acts
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  • not even talked about the fact there was
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  • pervasive and radical kinda crazy generosity
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  • that marked the early church.
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  • Anytime there was a ministry need, people stepped up
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  • and met the need.
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  • Why?
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  • All the early Christians were rich.
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  • All had Escalade chariots, Versace robes, Gucci sand,
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  • no!
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  • No, they were kinda middle income, lower income,
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  • but they recognize everything we have doesn't belong to us.
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  • Everything we think is ours really belongs to God.
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  • We just manage God's stuff and occasionally God will call us
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  • as an act of courage and faith
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  • to give God back some of his stuff to resource ministry.
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  • It takes money to make ministry happen.
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  • And the first time we see Barnabas step up in chapter four,
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  • he gives a big old fat financial gift to the church
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  • to meet a ministry need.
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  • Gotta stop right now and just say thank you.
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  • You guys do such a great job of supporting our ministry.
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  • So many of you practice on a regular basis, generosity.
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  • You find the offering boxes,
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  • you go to the kiosk in the lobby,
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  • or like my family, you give online.
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  • I like to give online because I forget stuff sometimes.
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  • And giving online I've set up a reoccurring gift
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  • that builds habituality into my generosity.
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  • And God blesses individual acts,
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  • but God really blesses habits.
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  • And so I'm in the habit of doing,
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  • my family, we give to this church.
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  • We believe in this church, we recognize it takes
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  • money to make ministry happen.
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  • So some of you folks and thank you, thank you, thank you.
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  • Man, put your hands together
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  • for all the people that are generous around here.
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  • Put your hands together.
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  • Man, even if you're not generous,
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  • you can clap for the people who are.
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  • And the cool thing is I really believe this stuff.
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  • I really believe that their God is our God
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  • and their Christ is our Christ
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  • and their spirit is our spirit
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  • and their calling is our calling.
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  • And they were called to change the world.
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  • And we endeavour to be a church that stops at nothing less
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  • than changing the world.
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  • So Barnabas, Barnabas, always encouraging broken people.
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  • So Barnabas like, oh man John Mark,
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  • yeah he screwed up, he bailed on us,
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  • but this young man deserves a second chance.
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  • Second chance and by the way,
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  • this is not the most noteworthy or dramatic episode,
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  • but Barnabas standing next to someone that was marginalized.
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  • In fact, quick they don't have time.
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  • But let me show you some really, couple of cool verses
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  • in chapter nine.
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  • Chapter nine there was somebody nobody in the church liked,
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  • nobody trusted this guy.
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  • His background was so dubious,
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  • he was such a horrific mistake maker
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  • no on wanted to give this guy a second chance.
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  • But Barnabas, who was the guy?
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  • Surprising, verse 26, chapter nine,
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  • "When he came to Jerusalem," he being Paul,
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  • so now we're like years before, when Paul is a new believer
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  • and "he tried to join the disciples.
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  • "They were afraid of him,
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  • "not believing that he was really a disciple, but
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  • - "Barnabas." - Barnabas.
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  • Come on, "but--
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  • - [Congregation] Barnabas.
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  • - See I talked about money and ya'll tense.
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  • Shut up, get over yourself, alright?
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  • "But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles."
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  • See what happened was you remember Paul or Saul
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  • was a hater.
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  • He was the chief persecutor of the church.
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  • He had arrested and martyred many Christians.
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  • He gets radically saved, but the disciples think
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  • well what if he's a double agent?
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  • What if he's not really saved, he's trying to go deep cover
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  • to find who the leaders of the church are?
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  • We can't trust him.
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  • We can't give that guy a second chance.
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  • And Barnabas says guess what, Paul's cool.
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  • I've seen God work in his life.
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  • I've seen the radical transformation in him.
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  • He's cool.
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  • You can trust Paul, trust me, you can trust Paul.
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  • Wow.
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  • But here still, that all that happens,
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  • Paul says John Mark, no.
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  • No second chance for John Mark.
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  • Now here's the question, here's the question.
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  • Who's right?
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  • Barnabas or Paul?
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  • Who's right, don't answer.
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  • The answer might surprise you.
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  • Who is correct?
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  • I tend to sympathize with Barnabas.
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  • If you're one of my friends or you work with me on the team,
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  • you know I love to encourage people,
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  • I love to be that guy.
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  • Church by the Glades, by the way, we're a Barnabas church.
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  • You screwed up, we'll give ya a second chance.
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  • You mess up, we'll put our arms around you.
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  • You fall down, we're not gonna kick you and judge you.
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  • We'll help you find your feet again.
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  • We are a Barnabas kind of church.
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  • We always lean towards the Barnabas way.
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  • We always believe someone's worth a second chance.
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  • But I think Paul's not saying Barnabas,
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  • or he's not saying John Mark is a evil guy or wicked guy.
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  • He's just saying he's not ready for this trip.
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  • See what we're doing Barnabas, is really big.
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  • We have a calling, we have a mission,
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  • we have a vision to change the world.
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  • And we cannot afford the luxury
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  • of an immature spoiled mama's boy on this trip with us.
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  • Stakes are too high.
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  • This is not a buddy road trip.
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  • This is not a Griswold family vacation.
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • The heat will be on, it'll be highly pressurized
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  • and the church of Jesus Christ is one generation old.
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  • There's amazing God momentum.
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  • But the flame is a fragile one.
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  • We cannot afford to take this spoiled quitter with us.
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  • He's a great guy, has a great future, he's not ready.
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  • Is Paul wrong?
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  • He's saying I wanna be wise.
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  • I'm not saying John Mark is evil or bad.
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  • I wanna be wise.
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  • What we're doing matters so much.
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  • We have the right entourage around us.
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  • This journey is heavy.
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  • The vision is big.
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  • God has a big vision for your life.
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  • I don't know what it is.
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  • I know part of it is to be a catalytic agent
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  • of global transformation.
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  • God wants to use you to change the world,
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  • but where he changes the world,
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  • he's gonna change your world.
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  • He might forgive you and save you
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  • and bless you and empower you and call you,
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  • but to do that, to change your world
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  • he might have you think about the people in your world.
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  • As a Christian you gotta be wise
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  • when it comes to relationships.
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  • - Hey guys, we're so honored that you would tune in today
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  • and we hope that this message would continue to be
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  • a source of inspiration and encouragement
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  • as you go forward into your week.
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  • - Well, that's it for the 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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