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February 23, 2019
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  • Looking for a ray of light.
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  • Looking for something better than this.
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  • Also 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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  • Forward in the speed of life towards the color and light.
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  • Moving in the speed of light towards the color
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  • and the light.
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors.
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  • Found our hopes so bright and clear,
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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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  • announcer: Tim Keller said the God of the Bible is the one
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  • who comes down into this world to accomplish the salvation and
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  • give us a grace that we could never attain ourselves.
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig," Skip shares how you
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  • can embrace the spiritual blessings God's made available
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  • to you through Christ.
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  • Now, grab your Bible and turn to Philippians chapter 1 as we join
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  • Skip for today's study.
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: They pass their days upon the earth,
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  • but their citizenship is in heaven.
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  • What a testimony.
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  • They live responsibly here, but their citizenship is in heaven.
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  • That's important, because some have accused Christians of being
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  • so heavenly minded, they're no earthly good,
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  • and to that Paul would say, "Well,
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  • you haven't understood the next part of the address."
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  • They're not only in Christ Jesus,
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  • but notice what it says in verse 1,
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  • "Who are in Philippi."
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  • In other words, on this Earth you happen to be citizens of the
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  • Roman Empire, in the Roman colony called the city of
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  • Philippi, so we are residents of two realms.
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  • In this case, if we were in Philippi,
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  • we're in Christ, but in Philippi.
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  • So, because we're residents of two realms,
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  • we should live responsible in both realms.
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  • Be responsible citizens in Christ and in Philippi.
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  • Jesus prayed this, "My prayer," praying to his Father in John
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  • 17, "my prayer is not that you take them out of the world,
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  • but that you keep them from the evil one."
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  • Please understand his heart cry.
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  • "Father, don't take them out of this world.
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  • Just keep them from the evil one while they're in this world."
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  • In other words, Jesus never intended for you to live in a
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  • cave or a monastery as a hermit and to be uninvolved
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  • and disassociated from your world and your society.
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  • In fact, Jesus said this, and it must have
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  • startled his disciples.
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  • Jesus said, "Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in
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  • the midst of wolves."
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  • If I heard that, I'd have said, "Why?
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  • You don't love me very much if you wanna send me,
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  • your sheep, in the midst of wolves.
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  • You must be cruel." No, he's kind.
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  • He loves wolves so much, that sending his sheep out in the
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  • midst of them may turn some of those wolves
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  • into some of his sheep.
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  • That's the purpose of it, but this,
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  • then, becomes a struggle to us.
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  • Part of our struggle is knowing how to balance both passports.
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  • I'm in Christ, but I'm in Albuquerque.
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  • I'm in Christ, but I'm in Philippi,
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  • so we have responsibilities to both.
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  • How do we balance that?
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  • One of the ways we balance it is make sure that you are talking
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  • to Christ about your Philippi and talking to
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  • Philippi about your Christ.
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  • When you talk to Jesus, when you pray to him,
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  • tell him about your neighbors, your neighborhood,
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  • your city, the problems in your city.
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  • Pray about where you live and then tell your Philippi about
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  • your Christ.
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  • Tell people who don't know the Lord about what following Jesus
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  • is like.
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  • That will keep you and I in the balance of carrying responsibly
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  • two passports in this dual citizenship in which we live.
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  • We're responsible to him, but we're responsible
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  • in our culture.
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  • Back in the days of what is called the Jesus Movement--I
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  • always feel like I need to explain that nowadays 'cause
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  • that's so old from memory.
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  • The Jesus Movement was a phenomenon in the '60s and '70s
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  • whereby thousands upon thousands of young people were coming to
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  • Christ in droves, especially on the West Coast.
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  • It was a phenomenon, but we all believed that
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  • Jesus was coming soon.
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  • I still believe that, but we believed what that meant is
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  • he's coming so soon.
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  • Might as well just do nothing.
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  • Just sit around and wait for him.
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  • Just enjoy yourself, 'cause he'll be here,
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  • well, any minute, so it created a lot of people who were
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  • irresponsible, and I remember when I announced to some of my
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  • friends that I was gonna go to college,
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  • they go, "College?
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  • Jesus will come back before you graduate from college."
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  • I said, "Well, if he does he'll find me at college and last time
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  • I checked colleges need to hear about Jesus.
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  • They're not, like, the bastion of righteousness and goodness.
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  • I feel colleges need a good witness,
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  • so that's where I'm gonna be, and if he comes back
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  • before I am done, fine."
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  • But Jesus said he was coming, but he also said,
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  • "Occupy until I come.
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  • Stay responsible.
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  • Stay busy. Stay involved.
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  • Stay engaged," so we're in Christ,
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  • but we're in Philippi.
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  • A saint belongs to two spheres.
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  • There is a second quality of a saint,
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  • a New Testament saint: a saint behaves submissively.
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  • In other words, a saint is a servant.
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  • Again, notice in verse 1.
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  • I know I touched on it last week,
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  • but there is always more in a verse,
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  • you know, so I did one verse last week.
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  • I'm doing verse 1 and 2 this week,
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  • but just look at that Word.
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  • "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ."
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  • Don't you love how Paul introduces himself?
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  • He didn't say, "Paul and Timothy, bigwigs."
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  • Or, "Doctor Paul and Doctor Timothy, eminent theologians
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  • writing to you low lifers in
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  • Philippi, who really don't know theology like I do."
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  • He came as low as you can get.
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  • We are bond-slaves of Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, Paul is writing as a slave, as a servant to saints,
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  • but look at it this way.
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  • He's writing as a servant to servants.
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  • You see, throughout this book he is going to encourage them to
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  • become like him.
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  • Chapter 2 he's gonna say, "Let this mind be in you which was
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  • also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God,
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  • did not think it robbery to be the same," on the same par,
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  • "as God, but he emptied himself and became a bondservant."
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  • "So, be servants like Jesus was a servant and like I am a
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  • servant," so he's writing as a servant to servants.
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  • Now, when they heard the term "bond-slave" or "bondservant,"
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  • it sounded different to their ears than it does to our ears.
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  • We have eradicated slavery in our culture.
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  • In the Roman Empire slavery was 40% of the population still.
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  • Forty percent of people in the Roman Empire were owned by other
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  • human beings at that time, but it was an enforced
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  • kind of a slavery.
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  • They were often despised, and slaves were regarded as simply
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  • a piece of property.
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  • Now, there was a slavery even in Judaism,
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  • in the religious sector, but if you know your Old Testament you
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  • know that you could have a slave for six years.
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  • You had to treat them very kindly and then on the seventh
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  • year you released them.
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  • But if the slave loved the master--do you remember there
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  • was a ceremony?
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  • The slave could say, "No, no, no,
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  • I wanna serve my master for the rest of my life."
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  • Well, the ceremony was you take your slave to the doorpost,
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  • and you run a spike through his earlobe or an awl.
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  • Like, you'd get an earring.
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  • You pierce it, and you would designate that person as a
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  • servant voluntarily for life.
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  • That's the idea of a New Testament bondservant.
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  • I'm a bondservant of Jesus not 'cause I have to.
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  • I signed up for this.
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  • I want to, a voluntary bondservant bound
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  • willfully to Christ.
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  • Now, this is important terminology because there is
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  • another New Testament term that you hear a lot or read a lot in
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  • the New Testament.
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  • It's the word "redeem."
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  • Christians are fond of saying, "I'm redeemed."
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  • We don't always understand what it means.
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  • "Redeem," used 20 times in the New Testament,
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  • means to go to the slave market and pay a price for that slave,
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  • releasing that slave from the slave market to be your slave,
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  • so here is what "redeem" means.
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  • When you say, "I'm redeemed by Jesus," it doesn't mean I'm set
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  • free to be me.
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  • "I'm set free so I can do whatever I want."
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  • No, you are redeemed from the slave market to
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  • be a slave of Jesus.
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  • You're called to a higher slavery.
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  • That's what it means.
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  • Romans chapter 6.
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  • Paul says, "Once you were slaves of sin.
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  • Now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching that
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  • God has given you.
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  • Now you are free from sin, your old master,
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  • and have become slaves to your new master,
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  • righteousness," so being a believer means you've defected.
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  • You ran away from your old master,
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  • sin, used by Satan to keep you bound,
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  • keep you in fetters.
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  • You ran from that to a higher form of slavery,
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  • to willingly obey him.
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  • That's what surrendering your life to Jesus means.
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  • You are free to be his slave, bondservants of Jesus Christ.
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  • I've always loved the story about the husband and wife.
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  • They were talking about going to the Holy Land on a tour,
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  • and the husband got all amped, got so excited,
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  • said, "I can't wait.
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  • Let's go. Come on, let's go to Israel.
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  • Let's go to the Holy Land."
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  • And he said, "Can you imagine standing on Mount Sinai and just
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  • shouting the Ten Commandments?"
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  • And his wife, not so excited to go and wanting to save a little
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  • bit of money, she goes, "I think it would be better if we just
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  • stayed home and kept the Ten Commandments."
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  • Now, I don't want to give that little illustration to dissuade
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  • you if you wanna sign up for our tour going to Israel.
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  • No, I think you can do both.
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  • I think you can obey them at home,
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  • but then go see it and shout it from that mountain,
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  • so being a saint, then, is not having an emotional goosebump.
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  • Being a saint is having a submissive heart.
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  • That's part of sainthood.
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  • It's a living, breathing person who lives in two spheres in
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  • Christ, in Philippi--but is submissive to the
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  • commands of Christ.
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  • Jesus said, "If you love me, you'll keep my commandments."
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  • You know, one of the things I love about you is your
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  • excitement in worship.
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  • Some of you are very, very excited and emotional in
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  • worship, and I always think that God is the most worthy being in
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  • the universe and should be told so,
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  • and our expression shouldn't be lackluster.
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  • It should be all in.
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  • However, it's not how high you jump.
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  • It's how straight you walk when you hit the ground.
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  • It's wonderful to get all excited about worship,
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  • but it's better when you get more excited about
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  • doing what he said to do.
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  • That's a saint. A saint behaves submissively.
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  • There is a third quality I want you to notice.
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  • A saint believes in the Scriptures.
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  • A saint believes in the Scriptures.
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  • Now, I'm not gonna refer to a particular verse in verse 1
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  • and 2 or a word.
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  • I want you to step back for a moment from these two verses and
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  • consider the whole book of Philippians for just a moment,
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  • the whole book, a letter.
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  • Paul wrote 4 chapters, 104 verses to be exact,
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  • in our Bibles, and that is the letter to the Philippian church.
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  • It's a short letter or a moderately sized letter,
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  • piece of correspondence.
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  • Now, when they received the letter,
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  • you know what they did?
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  • They read it.
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  • Ah, but they didn't just read it.
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  • They obeyed it and then they did something else.
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  • They circulated it to other congregations.
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  • You know why they did that?
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  • It wasn't just 'cause Paul wrote it.
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  • They actually believed that what Paul was writing was from God.
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  • That it was the Scripture.
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  • That "we apply it, and we share it,
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  • and we use it in discipleship, 'cause we believe that the
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  • writings of Paul," they believed from an early stage on,
  • 00:13:59.050 --> 00:14:04.020
  • "was directly from the Lord."
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  • So, when Peter writes his letter in 2 Peter,
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  • he refers to Paul's writings as Scripture.
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  • The Thessalonian Church, Paul noted to them,
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  • "When you receive my teaching, you receive it not just as human
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  • words, but as it is, in fact, the very Word of God," and Paul
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  • believed, he was confident, that he wrote with God's authority.
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  • Now, look at verse 2.
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  • "Grace and peace to you," notice the authority base behind him,
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  • "from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Now, all of that to say this: saints are not people who glow
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  • in the dark.
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  • Saints are not people who live perfect lives.
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  • Saints are not people who go through an elaborate
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  • canonization process over years.
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  • Saints are people who believe that God has no problem
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  • superintending the writing of a book.
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  • God has no problem making sure that human authors like Paul and
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  • Peter and John wrote what the Divine Author intended,
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  • so that the words of these authors can at the same time be
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  • the very Word of God, because that's how the
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  • early church took it.
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  • "This is God's Word to us."
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  • A saint believes the Scriptures.
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  • Now, I know there are no patron saints,
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  • but if there were I'd wanna be the patron
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  • saint of Bible readers.
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  • I love people who love their Bibles.
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  • I love people who ask Bible questions.
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  • I love people who are always immersed in the things of God
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  • and the Scriptures.
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  • I've been reading the Bible now for 44 years and every single
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:54.050
  • time I open my Bible I find something to wow over.
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  • "I didn't notice that.
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  • Look at that," or trying to reorient myself to understand
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  • how it all fits together.
  • 00:16:05.010 --> 00:16:07.080
  • I did a funeral sometime back of a former staff member.
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  • It was a former member of our pastoral staff,
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  • and he was a leader of a great group for years,
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  • a leader of The Navigators, great,
  • 00:16:18.190 --> 00:16:20.260
  • great discipleship ministry, and he memorized whole
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  • portions of Scripture.
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  • I was always amazed sitting and talking to George and having him
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  • counsel, or just how well he knew the Scriptures,
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  • and it was a part of his everyday life,
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  • and he spent so much daily time not only memorizing but being
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  • able to communicate them.
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  • So, I did his funeral and after I was done with the funeral his
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  • family walked up to me and handed me this: his Bible.
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  • His Bible.
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  • I thought, "Oh, man, this is--you sure you want me
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:51.270
  • to have it?"
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  • He goes, "Oh, George would want you to have it,"
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  • so I have his Bible.
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  • And as I received it with humility I thought,
  • 00:16:57.120 --> 00:16:59.270
  • "How much of this book was stored in that man's heart?"
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  • It was just a part of the fabric of his life,
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  • which leads me to ask us all a question: what is your attitude
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  • toward the Book?
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  • Does the Book occupy a prominent position in your life?
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  • Is it the Book or is it a book?
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  • How important is it? Now, I will say this.
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  • Your love for the Bible is directly proportional to your
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  • relationship to its author.
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  • Your love for the Bible is directly proportional to your
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  • relationship to its author, to God.
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  • Here is an example.
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  • There was a woman who bought a book from her bookstore,
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  • a local bookstore.
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  • She started reading a few pages, then a chapter.
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  • She couldn't make it past a chapter or two.
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  • She put the book down 'cause she said it was dull.
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  • It was boring.
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  • She was done with it, until she met the author.
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  • She met the author, a friendship struck up,
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:12.240
  • then a romantic relationship developed.
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  • They were both unattached.
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  • Now they're romantically attached.
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  • Suddenly, she was looking for that book and when she read that
  • 00:18:20.160 --> 00:18:25.110
  • book it was a different book.
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  • She wanted to turn over every phrase and every sentence and
  • 00:18:27.270 --> 00:18:32.080
  • wonder, "What did he mean by that?
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  • And what's that experience about?"
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  • What made the difference?
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  • Love, a love relationship.
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  • Love was now the interpreter of that book,
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  • and so let me just say this.
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  • What if from now on you saw the Bible as a love letter from God
  • 00:18:45.170 --> 00:18:52.190
  • to you?
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  • If you started seeing the Bible as a love letter from God to
  • 00:18:54.240 --> 00:18:57.230
  • you, I dare say we would all read it differently.
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  • We wouldn't just read in the Bible.
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  • We would feed on the Bible.
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  • "What did he mean by that?
  • 00:19:07.210 --> 00:19:09.110
  • What is that phrase all about?
  • 00:19:09.120 --> 00:19:10.210
  • What's this experience?"
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  • So, a saint believes in the Scriptures.
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  • And here is the fourth and final quality: a saint
  • 00:19:15.030 --> 00:19:18.040
  • benefits spiritually.
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  • That's the second verse.
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  • Paul writes, "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • He is wishing that they will experience God's grace and enjoy
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  • God's peace.
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  • Now, I know.
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  • I know this is a typical salutation.
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  • It's a typical ancient salutation.
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  • You could look up thousands of letters from antiquity,
  • 00:19:39.260 --> 00:19:42.170
  • thousands of papyri fragments, and you will find a very similar
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  • orientation, which, by the way, I like the way old letters were
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:52.120
  • written, like this.
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  • And here is why.
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:55.130
  • It's gonna sound kinda dumb, but they put their name--the author
  • 00:19:55.140 --> 00:19:57.140
  • puts their name at the beginning.
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:59.240
  • You know, when we write a letter we say,
  • 00:19:59.250 --> 00:20:01.090
  • "Dear so and so," we write the letter,
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:02.230
  • and at the very end we go, "Signed," and we put our name.
  • 00:20:02.240 --> 00:20:05.060
  • So, what I do whenever I get a letter--what's
  • 00:20:05.070 --> 00:20:07.230
  • the first thing I do?
  • 00:20:07.240 --> 00:20:09.030
  • I turn it over to find out who it's from,
  • 00:20:09.040 --> 00:20:12.010
  • so it's just awfully nice that we begin,
  • 00:20:12.020 --> 00:20:14.160
  • "Paul and Timothy."
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  • Okay, now I know who wrote it.
  • 00:20:16.090 --> 00:20:18.130
  • "To the saints at Philippi."
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:20.140
  • Okay, now I know who it's addressed to.
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  • It's all there in one little sentence,
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  • but what Paul does is Paul combines greetings from the
  • 00:20:23.290 --> 00:20:30.090
  • Western world and greetings from the Middle Eastern world and
  • 00:20:30.100 --> 00:20:35.010
  • combines them into one greeting and then he
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:38.040
  • tweaks it a little bit.
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  • Let me explain that.
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  • The common Greek greeting 2.000 years ago in the Greek-speaking
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:46.120
  • world was the word "rejoice."
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  • "Rejoice.
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  • Chairo," they would say in Greek.
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  • Chairo.
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  • You'd see somebody, "Chairo. Rejoice."
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  • In the Middle East, in Israel, when you saw somebody you'd say,
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  • "Peace. Shalom."
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  • Hello and goodbye, "Shalom, Shalom."
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  • So what Paul does is he combines the Western chairo and
  • 00:21:05.200 --> 00:21:09.160
  • shalom, puts 'em together, but he changes the word "rejoice,"
  • 00:21:09.170 --> 00:21:15.000
  • chairo, into a very similar word, "charis," which is grace.
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  • Not just rejoice, but grace and peace.
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:26.040
  • These are called the Siamese twins of the New Testament,
  • 00:21:26.050 --> 00:21:29.150
  • 'cause you always find them together.
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  • You always find grace and peace together and the
  • 00:21:32.010 --> 00:21:34.240
  • order is never reversed.
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  • You'll never find peace and grace.
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  • And you know why that is?
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:39.160
  • 'Cause it's grace that produces peace.
  • 00:21:39.170 --> 00:21:43.260
  • God's grace produces peace.
  • 00:21:43.270 --> 00:21:46.050
  • When you have experienced the grace of God,
  • 00:21:46.060 --> 00:21:48.150
  • you start experiencing the peace of God.
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  • Grace is the fountain.
  • 00:21:51.290 --> 00:21:53.090
  • Peace is the stream that flows from the fountain of grace,
  • 00:21:53.100 --> 00:21:57.280
  • so let me ask you, do you have peace today?
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:22:01.020
  • Is there peace in your heart?
  • 00:22:01.030 --> 00:22:02.250
  • 'Cause if there is not peace in your heart,
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:05.270
  • could it be that you've not experienced the grace of God?
  • 00:22:05.280 --> 00:22:11.060
  • Did you know that Caesar Augustus,
  • 00:22:11.070 --> 00:22:13.090
  • the emperor of Rome, once heard that there was a man in that
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:16.290
  • city of Rome who, though he had many problems in life and was
  • 00:22:17.000 --> 00:22:22.010
  • sky high in debt, slept like a baby every night?
  • 00:22:22.020 --> 00:22:27.000
  • And that intrigued the caesar, so he demanded that that man
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:31.040
  • be brought before him.
  • 00:22:31.050 --> 00:22:32.200
  • And when he did, Caesar offered to buy that man's bed.
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:37.050
  • He thought that was the answer to a good night's sleep.
  • 00:22:37.060 --> 00:22:40.100
  • It's a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
  • 00:22:40.110 --> 00:22:42.250
  • It's the right Sleep Number, but that is not the answer.
  • 00:22:42.260 --> 00:22:47.280
  • The ability to sleep with a clear conscience and a heart at
  • 00:22:47.290 --> 00:22:52.230
  • ease comes from understanding the grace of God and that
  • 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:58.000
  • settles the peace.
  • 00:22:58.010 --> 00:23:00.140
  • Romans 5, verse 1, "Therefore, we have been justified through
  • 00:23:00.150 --> 00:23:04.230
  • faith," that's God's grace, "and so we have peace with God
  • 00:23:04.240 --> 00:23:08.250
  • through our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:10.190
  • Grace and then peace, so, newsflash,
  • 00:23:10.200 --> 00:23:16.120
  • if you're a believer in Jesus Christ this morning,
  • 00:23:16.130 --> 00:23:19.250
  • if you belong to Christ, you are a saint.
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:24.160
  • You can nudge your wife and go, "I'm a saint."
  • 00:23:24.170 --> 00:23:26.280
  • Remember that.
  • 00:23:26.290 --> 00:23:28.090
  • Husband, "I'm a saint," so it's perfectly appropriate if you
  • 00:23:28.100 --> 00:23:32.170
  • wanna call me Saint Skip from now on.
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:34.280
  • Just saying.
  • 00:23:34.290 --> 00:23:36.080
  • It's got a ring to it. Biblical.
  • 00:23:36.090 --> 00:23:39.290
  • Somebody asked a little boy if he knew what a saint was,
  • 00:23:40.000 --> 00:23:42.200
  • and the little boy was raised in a traditional church and all he
  • 00:23:42.210 --> 00:23:46.040
  • knew were stained-glass windows.
  • 00:23:46.050 --> 00:23:47.150
  • He goes, "I know what a saint is.
  • 00:23:47.160 --> 00:23:48.270
  • It's a person the light shines through."
  • 00:23:48.280 --> 00:23:52.100
  • He's on to something, isn't he?
  • 00:23:52.110 --> 00:23:54.070
  • The light of the gospel, the light of Christ
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:57.120
  • shines through you.
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:23:58.290
  • Imperfect perhaps, certainly, but the light shines through,
  • 00:23:59.000 --> 00:24:03.130
  • so you and I, we are saints in Christ Jesus in Philippi or
  • 00:24:03.140 --> 00:24:07.250
  • Albuquerque or wherever we might live.
  • 00:24:07.260 --> 00:24:11.200
  • Now, the word "saint" means holy,
  • 00:24:11.210 --> 00:24:15.150
  • or the most holy thing.
  • 00:24:15.160 --> 00:24:18.050
  • Hagios.
  • 00:24:18.060 --> 00:24:20.110
  • And I know you're going, "Yeah, man.
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:22.050
  • I don't feel that way."
  • 00:24:22.060 --> 00:24:24.220
  • And your wife is going, "And you don't act that way," but I want
  • 00:24:24.230 --> 00:24:29.080
  • you to know God sees you that way and the reason God sees you
  • 00:24:29.090 --> 00:24:32.250
  • that way is 'cause you are in Christ,
  • 00:24:32.260 --> 00:24:38.000
  • so you might wanna think of it this way.
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:40.160
  • God sees you through rose-colored glasses.
  • 00:24:40.170 --> 00:24:44.200
  • God sees you through blood-stained glasses.
  • 00:24:44.210 --> 00:24:48.080
  • Because of what Jesus did for you on the cross,
  • 00:24:48.090 --> 00:24:51.070
  • he sees you in Christ, and he sees you as righteous.
  • 00:24:51.080 --> 00:24:54.260
  • Not because of what you've done, but because of what he's done.
  • 00:24:54.270 --> 00:24:58.130
  • He sees you through rose-colored glasses,
  • 00:24:58.140 --> 00:25:02.140
  • and he says, "You're a saint."
  • 00:25:02.150 --> 00:25:04.190
  • So, when you think about it, then,
  • 00:25:04.200 --> 00:25:06.080
  • there is really only two kinds of people in the world:
  • 00:25:06.090 --> 00:25:09.140
  • saints and ain'ts.
  • 00:25:09.150 --> 00:25:13.160
  • You're either a saint or you ain't, and I hope he is.
  • 00:25:13.170 --> 00:25:18.180
  • 00:25:19.090 --> 00:25:26.150
  • announcer: As saints of Jesus,
  • 00:25:26.160 --> 00:25:27.270
  • we're to live set apart from the world,
  • 00:25:27.280 --> 00:25:29.110
  • holy and different, but present so people can see Christ in us.
  • 00:25:29.120 --> 00:25:33.180
  • Now we want to share about a resource that will help you
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  • develop more healthy relationships.
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  • Free love. Make love, not war.
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  • love, and brotherhood, but instead it brought confusion
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  • and moral decline.
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  • the Bible-teaching outreach of Skip Heitzig.
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  • Call today or give online.
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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,
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  • and 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 to learn more about God and his Word in an
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  • academic environment, visit calvaryabq.college.
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  • Applications for the upcoming academic year
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  • are due by August 16.
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  • announcer: Join us next time as Skip explains that no matter
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  • what you do for a living, God has a higher purpose and calling
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  • for your life.
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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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