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March 9, 2019
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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The Family Business Part 2

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  • Lookin' for a ray of light, lookin' for
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  • somethin' better than this.
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  • Oh so tired of the black and white,
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  • longing for a prism light.
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  • Oh, the bliss.
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  • Flowin' in the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light.
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  • Moving at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light.
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors.
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  • Found a hope so bright and clear, whoa.
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid.
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  • Our Savior's radiance so very near to me.
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  • male announcer: We're all going to stumble in life,
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  • but you can trust that God will never give up on you.
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  • He'll always be there to pick you up.
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig," Skip shows you that
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  • whatever God starts, he finishes, including the
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  • work in you.
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  • Now let's dive into today's teaching with Pastor Skip.
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: He's been unjustly accused.
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  • He's now locked up in a Roman prison.
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  • Those are the things he refers to.
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  • "The things that have happened to me have actually
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  • turned out for the furtherance of the," what?
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  • "The gospel," the product has gone out.
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  • The life-changing element has gone out.
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  • "So that it has become evident to the whole palace guard
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  • and to all the rest that my chains are in Christ.
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  • And most of the brethren in the Lord have become confident by my
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  • chains and are much more bold to speak the Word without fear.
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  • So my painful hardship has extended the family,
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  • and for that I'm joyful."
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  • This is Paul looking back.
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  • This is the Holy Spirit pressing the delete key, Paul looking
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  • back, saying, "Bless you, pain.
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  • Bless you, problems.
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  • Bless you, prison.
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  • Bless you, chains.
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  • Because as hard as those were, I see the effect the gospel has
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  • had, and for that, I have joy."
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  • Boy, that's an attitude.
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  • That's an attitude.
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  • I read an article.
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  • I found an article this week about your attitude, and it was
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  • all about the right kind of attitude in life, and it was
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  • found in, of all places, "The Huffington Post," and the
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  • article was called "Your Attitude Determines
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  • Your Altitude."
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  • The article spoke about how your attitude affects your ability
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  • to enjoy your life.
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  • It affects your ability to be grateful for blessings, to note
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  • that these things are blessings to me.
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  • And the article went on to say, "It's the reason it's so
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  • important to hang out with the right kind of people who will
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  • influence your attitude."
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  • And there's an awful lot of people, even Christian people,
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  • who look like basset hounds.
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  • You know, they're on their way to heaven, but
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  • you'd never know it.
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  • And it's important to be with those people like Paul, who can
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  • look back and go, "Oh, but look, it filtered through it.
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  • Notice how God was at work.
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  • I have joy because of that.
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  • I rejoice in that."
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  • My mind could go back, as I go through my catalogue of
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  • memories.
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  • I could think about the hardships when we started, the
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  • trials and the tears that we experienced, the betrayals I've
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  • had in ministry.
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  • But as I look back, honestly, so much has been deleted.
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  • I remember things happened, but I don't remember the
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  • particulars.
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  • And I thank God for that selective memory disorder, and I
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  • think it's from him.
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  • I think back to changed lives and churches planted and souls
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  • saved, and for that I rejoice.
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  • I'm thankful for God's work collectively.
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  • Here's the second partnership principle.
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  • Not only be thankful for God's work collectively, be confident
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  • in God's work personally.
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  • And that's what he draws our attention to in verse 6: "Being
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  • confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good
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  • work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
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  • Now, allow me to unpack this little verse.
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  • There's a lot in it.
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  • This personal work was begun by God.
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  • It's God's work.
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  • Notice what it says, "Being confident that he who has begun
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  • this good work."
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  • Paul is not referring to what the Philippians did.
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  • He's not saying, "Kudos to you guys.
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  • You did such a great work at Philippi.
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  • You planned, you strategized, you took demographic studies of
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  • the greater Philippian region."
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  • Nor is Paul talking about himself.
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  • He's not talkin about or bragging about the work that he
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  • and Silas and Timothy did.
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  • Because, frankly, he just showed up, and God did the work.
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  • Now, you might hear that and go, "Skip, you're not givin' Paul
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  • enough credit."
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  • He did more than just show up. He spoke the Word to Lydia.
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  • Yeah, but Luke, who was with him, put it this way: "The Lord
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  • opened up her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul."
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  • So, who did the work, Paul or God?
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  • Well, Paul spoke, but he spoke sorta 'cause he was there, and
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  • the Lord opened her heart.
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  • The Lord did that.
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  • Then Paul was put in prison and his back was covered with welts
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  • and he's in stocks, and it's midnight, so he turns to his
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  • buddy and goes, "Hey, let's sing."
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  • So they started singin' hymns, and what happened?
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  • An earthquake happened.
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  • An earthquake shook the prison and opened the doors, and the
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  • chains fell off.
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  • Did Paul do that? That wasn't Paul's work.
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  • That was God's work. Paul showed up.
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  • The Lord opened people's hearts.
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  • An earthquake happened.
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  • It is God's work that he was doing.
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  • I love that verse in Ephesians 2: "For we are his workmanship,"
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  • his poiema, his work of art.
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  • God is the Master Artist, skillful Artist, always looking
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  • to express himself.
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  • It's his work.
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  • Not only is it God's work, notice more carefully in the
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  • verse, it's a gradual work.
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  • It says, "He who has begun a good work."
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  • Now, that word "begun" implies it's still going on.
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  • Think for a moment of the good work that God has begun in you.
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  • Think of the first time you heard the gospel.
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  • Maybe you heard it and parts of you said, "Yeah, I'm sort of
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  • touched by that."
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  • But then you heard it a second time and your heart softened,
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  • and a third time.
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  • Maybe it took several times till you finally said, "I give up.
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  • I surrender my life to Christ."
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  • At that moment, on that day, God began a work.
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  • He initiated a task.
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  • It's an ongoing work.
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  • I bring this up because some of you that I'm talking to feel
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  • very discouraged as you look at your own life.
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  • There are problems in your life.
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  • There are imperfections in your life, and you're tempted to look
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  • at yourself and say, "This is God's masterpiece?
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  • This is the workmanship?
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  • This is the poiema, the great work of art?
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  • Doesn't look very good to me."
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  • But what you're looking at is what a visitor to a great
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  • artist's studio would see if he walked in and there is that
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  • artist with that white canvas spread out on a beautiful frame,
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  • and the visitor notices a splotch of orange and yellow and
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  • green and the visitor thinks, "I could do that.
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  • That's not art.
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  • I can throw paint at a canvas and put color on it."
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  • And that visitor might even say, "Excuse me, Mr. Famous Artist,
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  • but that doesn't look like a great piece of art to me."
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  • And the artist would say, "That's because you're looking
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  • at a work in progress.
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  • I have something in my mind.
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  • I have a goal for this, but you are just seeing it at
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  • its early stages."
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  • Just like you are seeing you in the middle of the job.
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  • You see, holiness is not a light switch.
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  • It's not like you come to Christ and he flips the switch and it's
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  • like, "I'm perfect."
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  • We all know that's not true.
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  • The Christian life is not a sprint.
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  • It is a marathon.
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  • You put in your time.
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  • You go through the paces.
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  • So it's God's work.
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  • It's a gradual work.
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  • But notice more carefully in verse 6, it's a growing work.
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  • That is, it has to do with your spiritual growth inside of you.
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  • Notice it says, "He who has begun a good work," where?
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  • "In you."
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  • You see, God's work is always an inside job before it's ever an
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  • outside job.
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  • God works in you before he works through you.
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  • It's sad really, but most of our concerns in life are
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  • outwards concerns.
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  • Most people, their focus, their concern is about outward thing.
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  • "How do I look?
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  • Do you like my hair? Do you like this dress on me?
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  • Do I look too fat? Am I too thin?
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  • Am I too wrinkled? Am I too pale?"
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  • It's usually outward stuff that we are preoccupied with.
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  • "How's the weather? How's the temperature?
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  • How do I feel?" It's all outward stuff.
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  • Rarely do people really get concerned about the inside work.
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  • I was in a furniture store a while back, and my
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  • eye was drawn.
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  • It was a used furniture, a consignment place, you know,
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  • where people bring in their stuff to sell.
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  • And my eye was drawn to this beautiful antique
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  • refurbished piano.
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  • I love musical instruments, so I walked over to it immediately.
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  • It was dark walnut all redone, the casing.
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  • And what struck me about this piano is looking in it, you know
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  • what was in it?
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  • Nothing, it was a piano casing redone.
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  • There was no good work in it.
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  • There were just outsides, no insides.
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  • Now, compare that to a modern Steinway piano.
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  • Ever look at a price tag of a Steinway piano, $120.000?
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  • You think, "Pshew, what?
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  • Let me go back to that consignment store."
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  • But there's no good work in it.
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  • Now, what the amazing thing about a Steinway piano, it
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  • doesn't just look good, what's in it is amazing.
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  • What's in it are 12.500 different components assembled
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  • by 200 different craftspeople who meticulously put that
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  • together, and then after it's done, the Steinway piano is
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  • taken to a special room they call, "The pounder room."
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  • That doesn't sound very good, does it?
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  • The pounder room is the place where every key gets pounded
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  • 10.000 times.
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  • But with all that work and all that pounding, there's a good
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  • work inside that piano.
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  • And eventually, a master musician sits down at those
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  • keys, moves the fingers around, and the beautiful music is
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  • played and enjoyed.
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  • That's God's intention to do through you.
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  • He wants to make his music through you.
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  • Before he works through you, he's gotta work in you, and
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  • sometimes you feel, "I'm in the pounder room," over and over and
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  • over and over and over again.
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  • So, it's God's work.
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  • It's a gradual work.
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  • It's a growing work.
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  • Now, let me just bring this up because you might ask, "Well,
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  • what are the kinds of things God would do in me?"
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  • Well, let me give you a few suggestions.
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  • The first work God does in you that's a good work is he makes
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  • you guilty.
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  • You say, "That's good?
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  • Doesn't sound like a good work.
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  • I live in a culture, Skip, that tells me guilt is bad and I
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  • should do everything I can to get rid of guilt."
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  • No, God makes you guilty, and that's a good work.
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  • See, he makes you and I aware of our lost condition.
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  • And in our awareness of a lost condition, that's what drives us
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  • to seek salvation.
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  • So, the first work he does is he makes you guilty.
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  • The second work he does is he makes you hungry.
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  • You long for something different.
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  • You long and hunger and thirst for a different kind of life.
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  • Third thing he does in you is he makes you happy.
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  • Once you come to Christ, he puts the joy of a forgiven life, he
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  • puts that joy inside of you.
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  • You're now forgiven.
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  • Fourth thing he does is he makes you holy.
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  • And let me tell you, that's a lifelong--that's where the
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  • pounder room comes in.
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  • He makes you holy.
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  • That is, he takes off the rough edges of your life.
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  • Have you got any rough edges?
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  • Mine are still comin' off.
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  • That's the good work he does in you.
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  • So it's God's work, a gradual work, a growing work, but I
  • 00:13:50.240 --> 00:13:53.180
  • gotta say this 'cause it's in the verse, it's a guaranteed
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  • work.
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  • It says, "Being confident of this very thing, that he who has
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  • begun a good work in you will," what?
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  • "He will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
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  • One translation says, "He'll bring it to a flourishing
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  • finish."
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  • Whatever God starts, God finishes.
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  • "He who has begun will complete."
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  • How many of you here have unfinished projects at home?
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  • Come on, be honest.
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  • Yeah, God bless you.
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  • I see that hand. God bless you.
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  • I have a running list of unfinished projects.
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  • The other day, I noticed a--I looked out my window of my study
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  • and I noticed in the front yard there's a project.
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  • Won't tell you what it is, but it has been on my docket for
  • 00:14:37.230 --> 00:14:39.260
  • five years.
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  • Now, I started it, and I walked away from it, and now I look at
  • 00:14:42.080 --> 00:14:47.010
  • it as an unfinished project.
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  • Aren't you glad that God Almighty is not like
  • 00:14:51.060 --> 00:14:53.150
  • Skip Heitzig?
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  • He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith.
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  • What he begins he completes.
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  • Now, he's gonna keep workin' in you.
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  • You know until when?
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  • I'll tell you when. It says so in the verse.
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  • "He will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
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  • God won't stop working on you till Jesus shows up.
  • 00:15:14.130 --> 00:15:18.120
  • Now, that's commitment.
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  • The day of Jesus Christ is referring to the day when we are
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  • in his presence with glorified resurrected bodies.
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  • God will never give up on you.
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  • He will never stop working on you until you're like Jesus.
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  • God never says of any of you, "I quit, I'm done."
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  • He never goes, "No way, I'm done.
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  • You're so lame.
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  • I mean, I work hard on you, and nothin' really changes,
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  • so I'm done."
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  • No, it's as if when you came to Christ, he hung a sign over your
  • 00:15:50.270 --> 00:15:55.290
  • life that says, "Under construction."
  • 00:15:56.000 --> 00:15:59.140
  • You're under construction, and he won't take that sign down
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  • until you're glorified.
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  • So, "Until the day of Christ."
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:06.280
  • It's God's work, a gradual work, a growing work, and it is a
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  • guaranteed work.
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  • So, be thankful.
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  • That's the first partnership principle.
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  • Be thankful for God's work collectively.
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  • Be confident in God's work personally.
  • 00:16:18.090 --> 00:16:21.140
  • And here's the third, and I'll close with this partnership
  • 00:16:21.150 --> 00:16:23.050
  • principle, be aware of God's work practically.
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  • Verse 7, he says: "Just as it is right for me to think this of
  • 00:16:26.270 --> 00:16:30.260
  • you all because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my
  • 00:16:30.270 --> 00:16:35.080
  • chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you
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  • are all partakers of me with grace.
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  • For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with
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  • the affection of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:16:46.030 --> 00:16:49.170
  • Now, that's a confusing statement, the way it's written,
  • 00:16:49.180 --> 00:16:53.250
  • for us, but let me just sort of sum it up for you.
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  • This is a tender statement of Paul the Apostle saying, "You
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  • have a special place in my heart, a very unique and tender
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  • place in my heart."
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  • And Paul's saying, "I feel linked together with you whether
  • 00:17:07.260 --> 00:17:10.030
  • I'm in prison or I'm out on the streets preaching the gospel.
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  • I feel we are linked together."
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  • Why?
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  • Well, I want you to notice a word in verse 7.
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  • Look at the word "partakers."
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  • Look at the word "partakers."
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  • And if you have the freedom to write in your Bibles, not all of
  • 00:17:24.020 --> 00:17:27.080
  • you feel you have that freedom, I do, you may wanna circle
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  • "partakers" and circle "fellowship" in verse 5 and run
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  • a line to them because they are related words.
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  • Remember what I told you?
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  • The word "fellowship," "koinonia," also translated
  • 00:17:41.130 --> 00:17:43.080
  • "partnership."
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  • The word "partakers" is related to that word "fellowship."
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  • But it's not "koinonia."
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  • The word in verse 7 is "sugkoinonos," "sugkoinonos."
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  • It means "a joint fellowship" or "a joint partnership."
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  • And it's translated here "partakers."
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  • Now, let me be practical.
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  • How can you be sure that God is really working in you?
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  • Are there signs that show, "Yeah, God is at work in me"?
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  • Yes, there are.
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  • There are two signs mentioned in verse 7.
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  • It's when you stand up for the gospel and it's when you spread
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  • the gospel.
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  • Those two signs show that you are serious about the family
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  • business.
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  • You believe the product, so much so that you stand up for the
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  • gospel and you spread the gospel.
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  • I want you to see it in verse 7: "It's right for me to think this
  • 00:18:46.190 --> 00:18:50.180
  • of you all 'cause I have you in my heart," a special place in my
  • 00:18:50.190 --> 00:18:53.080
  • heart, "inasmuch as both in my chains and in the," watch this,
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:56.050
  • "defense," defense is when you stand up for something, "and
  • 00:18:56.060 --> 00:19:01.050
  • confirmation of the gospel, you are partakers with me of grace."
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:07.050
  • Now, that word "defense" is "apologia."
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  • We get the term "apologetics" from it.
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  • It's a defense of the faith.
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  • So, whenever you hear somebody ridicule the gospel or mock the
  • 00:19:16.250 --> 00:19:22.090
  • Jesus that you love, you stand up and you defend it.
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  • You say, "Excuse me, you're speaking about somebody
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  • that I love.
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  • That Jesus you just used in that cuss word, that's somebody
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  • that I love.
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  • I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't do that."
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  • You stand up for it.
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  • You try to answer people's questions.
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  • You try to explain your faith. You stand up for the truth.
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  • You do what Peter said to do in 1 Peter chapter 3, "Always be
  • 00:19:45.100 --> 00:19:49.000
  • read to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason
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  • for the hope that lies in you."
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  • Now, if you didn't love God, you wouldn't do that.
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  • You wouldn't care less what people say about Jesus or the
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  • Christian faith or anything.
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  • The fact that you stand up for it is a sign or a proof that it
  • 00:20:03.290 --> 00:20:10.130
  • matters to you, that you love him, that he's at work in you,
  • 00:20:10.140 --> 00:20:13.150
  • 'cause you stand up for it.
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  • You make a defense.
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  • Second, is you spread the gospel.
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:19.070
  • And that's the word right after that, "The confirmation of the
  • 00:20:19.080 --> 00:20:22.090
  • gospel."
  • 00:20:22.100 --> 00:20:24.110
  • Now, that is a word that was a legal term used in giving legal
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  • testimony.
  • 00:20:29.120 --> 00:20:31.110
  • It means "to tell, to speak, and it's to confirm a fact," used in
  • 00:20:31.120 --> 00:20:35.290
  • legal testimony.
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:37.150
  • So here's how it works.
  • 00:20:37.160 --> 00:20:39.040
  • Every time the gospel is preached and received, it's
  • 00:20:39.050 --> 00:20:42.080
  • confirmed.
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  • Every time you see somebody respond to the gospel, whether
  • 00:20:45.040 --> 00:20:47.270
  • you give it or I give it, when that gospel is given out and
  • 00:20:47.280 --> 00:20:52.010
  • received, it confirms the gospel.
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  • You're going, "Look, it works.
  • 00:20:55.230 --> 00:20:57.250
  • It happened again.
  • 00:20:57.260 --> 00:20:59.240
  • That same old message still changes lives."
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:02.190
  • It confirms it, the defense and the confirmation of the gospel.
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  • The practical proof that you are part of the family business is
  • 00:21:07.260 --> 00:21:12.260
  • that you believe in the product.
  • 00:21:12.270 --> 00:21:15.040
  • You believe in it so much is that you stand up for it, and
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:18.290
  • you spread it around.
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  • If you don't stand up for it and you don't spread it around, it's
  • 00:21:21.120 --> 00:21:25.060
  • good to ask, "Do you really believe the product?"
  • 00:21:25.070 --> 00:21:30.110
  • Well, that makes sense, right?
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  • Now, this task, this is what I wanna underscore as I close,
  • 00:21:32.180 --> 00:21:36.080
  • this task is a family task.
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:38.160
  • Remember, it's a family business.
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  • "I must be about my Father's business."
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  • Jesus passed that on to his disciples.
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  • His disciples passed that on to the next generation.
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  • Now it's our turn.
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  • The baton of the gospel is in our hands.
  • 00:21:50.140 --> 00:21:54.030
  • We are always, Christianity is always one generation from
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:57.250
  • extinction.
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  • We pass it on to the next.
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  • All of us are involved.
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:05.050
  • It's a family partnership.
  • 00:22:05.060 --> 00:22:07.010
  • An article I read said this: "The kingdom of God is not meant
  • 00:22:07.020 --> 00:22:09.250
  • to be a loose confederation of island individuals, but rather a
  • 00:22:09.260 --> 00:22:15.260
  • unified group that is committed to the welfare of each other.
  • 00:22:15.270 --> 00:22:19.100
  • The only cell in the human body that does its own thing is the
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:23.170
  • cancer cell."
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  • Paul's letter to the Philippians teaches us that fellowship is
  • 00:22:26.270 --> 00:22:30.210
  • vital in the Christian life.
  • 00:22:30.220 --> 00:22:32.270
  • Christian life in the United States is something like
  • 00:22:32.280 --> 00:22:35.230
  • American football, where you have 11 men out on the field in
  • 00:22:35.240 --> 00:22:39.210
  • desperate need of rest and 50.000 people in the stadium in
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:42.250
  • desperate need of exercise.
  • 00:22:42.260 --> 00:22:46.090
  • In a similar way, in too many churches, the pastor and a small
  • 00:22:46.100 --> 00:22:52.080
  • band of helpers are exhausted while most of the congregation
  • 00:22:52.090 --> 00:22:57.200
  • sits and takes it all in.
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  • That is not a New Testament church.
  • 00:23:01.120 --> 00:23:03.060
  • A New Testament church is a joint partnership together in
  • 00:23:03.070 --> 00:23:06.240
  • the family business.
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:09.190
  • And we're all about doing our part wherever we are.
  • 00:23:09.200 --> 00:23:13.150
  • Now, that's the family business, but you gotta be in the family
  • 00:23:13.160 --> 00:23:18.010
  • to be in the business.
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:22.060
  • And how do you get in the family?
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  • You gotta be born into it, right?
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:25.060
  • Jesus said, "You must be born again," a spiritual birth, a
  • 00:23:25.070 --> 00:23:29.230
  • spiritual birth, "or you will not see," his words, "you will
  • 00:23:29.240 --> 00:23:32.080
  • not see the kingdom of God," you know, the kingdom of heaven.
  • 00:23:32.090 --> 00:23:36.070
  • Unless you are born again, you will not get to heaven.
  • 00:23:36.080 --> 00:23:38.230
  • You need a spiritual birth, a spiritual awakening,
  • 00:23:38.240 --> 00:23:40.290
  • to go to heaven.
  • 00:23:41.000 --> 00:23:42.090
  • So, yeah, he wants to work through you, but first he's
  • 00:23:42.100 --> 00:23:47.170
  • gotta work in you, and the first work in you is to make you
  • 00:23:47.180 --> 00:23:50.180
  • realize you need him.
  • 00:23:50.190 --> 00:23:53.010
  • And maybe some of you are realizing that right now.
  • 00:23:53.020 --> 00:23:55.030
  • Maybe some of you are feeling a little bit guilty.
  • 00:23:55.040 --> 00:23:59.140
  • I know what some people do when they feel guilty.
  • 00:23:59.150 --> 00:24:01.190
  • The get up and walk out.
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  • I'm glad that you've decided to sit down and listen to the whole
  • 00:24:03.290 --> 00:24:06.020
  • message.
  • 00:24:06.030 --> 00:24:07.290
  • And maybe God has been trying to make you feel guilty to show you
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:10.280
  • you're lost and that you need him so that you just go, "Well,
  • 00:24:10.290 --> 00:24:13.250
  • I've had enough of that.
  • 00:24:13.260 --> 00:24:15.140
  • I've had enough of walkin' my own way.
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  • Now I'm gonna walk his way."
  • 00:24:17.040 --> 00:24:18.220
  • That's called "repentance" in the Bible, where you turn around
  • 00:24:18.230 --> 00:24:20.100
  • and walk his way.
  • 00:24:20.110 --> 00:24:21.220
  • And if you have never done that personally, though you may have
  • 00:24:21.230 --> 00:24:24.270
  • gone to church all your life or for the last few years, if you
  • 00:24:24.280 --> 00:24:27.190
  • have not personally received Christ, I'm gonna give you the
  • 00:24:27.200 --> 00:24:30.280
  • opportunity.
  • 00:24:30.290 --> 00:24:33.070
  • You know, I know people that come to church every week
  • 00:24:33.080 --> 00:24:34.230
  • because they're sorta drug to church.
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:36.240
  • "You will come to church.
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  • You will sit there."
  • 00:24:38.160 --> 00:24:40.000
  • And so, that's it.
  • 00:24:40.010 --> 00:24:41.140
  • But is it real to you?
  • 00:24:41.150 --> 00:24:45.170
  • Are you a saved man or a saved woman?
  • 00:24:45.180 --> 00:24:48.230
  • Are you sure that when you die, you will go directly to heaven?
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:56.140
  • You can be sure. You can know.
  • 00:24:56.150 --> 00:24:59.060
  • It doesn't come by being a good person.
  • 00:24:59.070 --> 00:25:00.270
  • It's acknowledging, "I'm not a good person.
  • 00:25:00.280 --> 00:25:02.260
  • I need the good person, the God person, who died in my place.
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  • I need him as my Savior.
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  • I'm gonna trust him."
  • 00:25:08.290 --> 00:25:10.100
  • That's the gospel. "I'm gonna trust him.
  • 00:25:10.110 --> 00:25:12.240
  • I'm gonna believe him. I'm gonna turn to him."
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  • announcer: When God invites us to be part of his family,
  • 00:25:17.010 --> 00:25:18.280
  • it's an invitation to experience meaning and joy as you fulfill
  • 00:25:18.290 --> 00:25:22.100
  • his good purpose for your life.
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  • Now, we want to tell you about a resource that will help you
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  • cultivate the right attitude towards serving.
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  • announcer: Remember the last time you went to the theater,
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  • the heavy curtain, the bright spotlight,
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  • the actor's first words?
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  • It's easy to remember what happens onstage, but what about
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  • what happens backstage?
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  • It takes people behind the scenes to make it successful.
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  • Likewise, a successful church requires believers to serve
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  • behind the scenes.
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  • Learn the qualities of a true servant of Christ in Skip
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  • Heitzig's lifestyle booklet, "Backstage, Serving When
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  • No One is Looking."
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  • Get this resource when you give a gift today to help expand the
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  • Bible teaching outreach of Skip Heitzig.
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  • Give online or call today.
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  • Skip: I'm thrilled to invite you to take your life's purpose
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  • to a whole new level with a degree in biblical studies from
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  • Calvary College.
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  • We have retooled our School of Ministry into an associate
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  • degree program, and it all happens right here on campus.
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  • Calvary College instructors are theologians who are passionate
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  • about the text of the Bible, and our curriculum trains students
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  • to study the Bible academically, think about it critically, and
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  • serve God practically.
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  • Classes are evening only, and you have the option to attend
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  • full or part time.
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  • If you've always wanted to learn more about God and his Word in
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  • an academic environment, visit calvaryabq.college.
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  • Applications for the upcoming academic year are due
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  • by August 16.
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  • announcer: Next time on "Connect with Skip Heitzig,"
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  • Skip unpacks what real mature love looks like.
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  • announcer: "Connect with Skip Heitzig" is a presentation of
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  • Connection Communications, connecting you to God's
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  • never-changing truth in ever-changing times.
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