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To the World Part 2

Watch To the World Part 2
December 16, 2017
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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To the World Part 2

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  • Skip Heitzig: Jesus put it this way.
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  • In the parable of the wedding, the wedding feast,
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  • Luke chapter 14, Jesus said, "Go out into the highways
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  • and hedges and compel them to come in
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  • that my house may be filled."
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  • There are never too many people in heaven,
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  • and it's our opportunity to fill the house for eternity.
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  • J.C. Ryle, Bishop Ryle, said, "The highest form of selfishness
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  • is a man who is content to go to heaven alone."
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  • So through evangelism, we have the opportunity to plant the
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  • seed, to sow the seed of the Gospel to those
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  • who are literally standing in line to go to hell.
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  • Skip: Peter speaks to the crowd in mass evangelism.
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  • He says, "Repent, be saved from this perverse generation," his
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  • words here in Acts 2, and 3.000 souls were added to them.
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  • That's mass evangelism.
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  • Paul, in the book of Acts chapter 14, in the city of
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  • Lystra, later on, Acts 17 in Athens, there was a private
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  • as well as a public evangelism, so mass evangelism.
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  • Now, later on came Whitefield, Wesley, in England, and other
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  • people here in the United States like Finney and Edwards,
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  • Billy Sunday, Dwight L. Moody, Billy Graham.
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  • I mentioned that Dwight L. Moody loved evangelism, and he would
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  • call people to make a choice, and after one of his services,
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  • a lady came up to him and said, "Mr. Moody, I don't like
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  • the way you do evangelism."
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  • And he was very classy.
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  • He said, "Well, I'm actually, to be honest with you,
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  • not too fond of it, myself.
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  • I don't think I do a great job, myself."
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  • But he said, "Tell me, ma'am, how do you do it?
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  • We'll do it your way."
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  • And she said, "I don't do it."
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  • Then he smiled, and he said, "Well, then I would say I like
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  • the way I do it better than the way you don't do it."
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  • It's a very good response.
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  • I don't think you have the right to criticize unless you do it,
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  • and you do it effectively.
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  • So mass evangelism is one way in the New Testament it was done.
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  • A second way it was done is what you and I are most used to.
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  • This is for us now.
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  • This is what we do mostly,
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  • and that is personal evangelism, one-on-one.
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  • You build a relationship with someone, and whether you strike
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  • up a conversation or, over time, as they see your life and you
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  • have the opportunity to share it with them, you share with them
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  • personally how to know the Lord.
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  • Jesus did that in the New Testament.
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  • He personally met with the woman at the well in John 4, and had a
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  • conversation with her, and she responded favorably, and she
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  • believed in him, it says, and then she went out,
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  • and she told the townspeople the same message.
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  • Also, Philip personally evangelized the Ethiopian eunuch
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  • as he joined himself to that chariot in Acts chapter 8.
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  • That is our responsibility.
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  • Actually, a better word would be "privilege."
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  • It's our privilege to share with people, our friends,
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  • our neighbors, our relatives, people we work with,
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  • how to come to know Jesus Christ.
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  • And, by the way, let me suggest, because I know people go, "Oh,
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  • I hate sermons like this 'cause I'm really bad at this stuff,
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  • and I get embarrassed 'cause I just don't do this."
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  • You can be creative with this.
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  • I heard of an ophthalmologist in Dallas, Texas,
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  • who performed cataract surgeries.
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  • He had an ingenious way to witness.
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  • After the surgery, when patients would come back for follow-up
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  • exams, and they would have to see if they can read things and
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  • see things, they have to go through a series of tests.
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  • Instead of the standard ophthalmological line that they
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  • had to read, "Now is the time for all good men to come to
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  • the aid of their country," this ophthalmologist switched it out
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  • with the words, "God loves you and has a wonderful
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  • plan for your life."
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  • And so he would say, "Can you read that?
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  • What does it say? Say it out loud."
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  • "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life."
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  • And he said, "Invariably, patients would say,
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  • 'Well, Doctor, what is that plan?'"
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  • And he had an opportunity to share.
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  • That's creativity.
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  • Another one that I personally know of is a gal named Barb.
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  • She used to go to my Bible study in Garden Grove, California,
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  • when I taught there years ago.
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  • She was a cute little brunette at the time, single,
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  • and she was an expert pool player.
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  • I never met anybody who could beat her in a game of pool.
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  • That's what she was trained at. She was doin' it professionally.
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  • So she would go into bars.
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  • She would hang out there, and young men would come and try to
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  • pick her up: "Hey, baby, can I buy you a drink?"
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  • And she would smile, and she says, "Tell you what:
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  • Let's play a game of pool.
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  • The condition is this: If I beat you in pool, you have to listen
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  • to what I have to say.
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  • If you win, I'll sit and let you buy me a drink."
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  • She never lost.
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  • She had many opportunities to lead many young suitors
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  • to faith in Christ.
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  • She brought some of 'em to the Bible study.
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  • That's creativity.
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  • Or you could be like the man last week, who came to me after
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  • a wedding that I performed, who was at the reception,
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  • and he said, "Come over," and he took me over
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  • and introduced me to his wife, and when I got there, he said,
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  • "Tell my wife how to get saved."
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • So I did, and she did.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Let me give you a third.
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  • There's local church evangelism, and, really, this is the
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  • thought, I believe, of the text before us.
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  • It is a combination of, number one, mass evangelism; and,
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  • number two, personal evangelism.
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  • It's local church life.
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  • In the life of the local church, it is the natural outreach.
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  • The worshippers become those who are witnessing.
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  • That's part of what is going on.
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  • It's really the cycle of evangelism.
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  • I would define the cycle of evangelism as "Worship should
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  • lead to witness, and then witness should lead to worship."
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  • Now, the ones who have done the most research on evangelical
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  • Christians in our country is the Barna Research Group.
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  • They do this every year.
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  • They have done it for years, and Barna Researchers look at what
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  • Christians believe, what they think, what they do, how they go
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  • to church, how they don't go to church, what they do with their
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  • faith, and they have noted this, that 55% of born-again
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  • Christians claim to have shared their faith with
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  • a non-Christian in the last 12 months.
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  • That's the trend in the last decade: 55% of born-again
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  • Christians claim to have shared their faith with
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  • a non-Christian in the last 12 months.
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  • Now, they'll also say that 95% of all born-again Christians
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  • have never led a person to faith in Christ, but at least
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  • most of them are trying, 55%.
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  • Interesting, the highest rate for evangelism in America,
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  • guess where it is?
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  • Right here in the Western United States.
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  • It's the highest activity of evangelism.
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  • The lowest evangelistic activity is in the Midwest, so we need to
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  • pray for the Midwest and send more people out that way.
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  • Also, I found this fascinating: Whites, that is, Caucasians,
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  • are less likely to share their faith than blacks or Hispanics.
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  • I don't know why we're so reserved, some of us,
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  • but those are the stats.
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  • I don't really know why--but I love the way we do it together,
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  • and I believe we do it together.
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  • You sow seeds, you plant seeds, you water seeds,
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  • you tell your friends.
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  • You are doing the work of an evangelist out in this
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  • community, faithfully, in an ongoing way, and then,
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  • from time to time, you'll invite people to church.
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  • And we're all fishing together.
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  • You really do the baiting and the casting, and I just throw
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  • out the net, and people come, so it's all of us together
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  • doing the work that's local church evangelism.
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  • Now, let me show you a great example of that, and that's
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  • why I had you turn to 1 Thessalonians 1.
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  • Let's scoot over there really quickly.
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  • 1 Thessalonians chapter 1 is an excellent example of a New
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  • Testament group that actually did this.
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  • 1 Thessalonians chapter 1, verse 5, "For our gospel," Paul
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  • writes, 1 Thessalonians 1:5, "For our gospel did not come to
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  • you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit
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  • and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men
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  • we were among you for your sake.
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  • And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received
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  • the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
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  • so that you have become examples to all in Macedonia
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  • and Achaia who believe.
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  • For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only
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  • in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place.
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  • Your faith toward God has gone out,
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  • so that we do not need to say anything."
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  • Now, compare verse 5 and verse 8.
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  • In verse 5, it says, "Our gospel did not come
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  • to you in word only."
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  • That is, the gospel did come to them, and the gospel
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  • did come to them in word.
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  • It was preached by Paul, but not only in word,
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  • but also in example.
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  • He lived it among them.
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  • But it came to them, and then, in verse 8, it says, "For from
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  • you the word of the Lord sounded forth."
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  • So in verse 5, it came to them.
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  • In verse 8, it flowed through them.
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  • That's how it works.
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  • What comes to you must flow through you, otherwise, you just
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  • create a Christian ghetto: It's all about what we do,
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  • and we're together, our little church activities,
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  • but not here, not here.
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  • What happened here is that receivers became transmitters.
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  • They received the truth.
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  • They believed it to be the good news, so much so,
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  • that they wanted to tell other people the good news.
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  • It flowed to them, it flowed through them.
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  • And, by the way, if you look at the words in verse 8,
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  • "For from you the word of the Lord sounded forth."
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  • "Sounded forth" is one Greek word, "exechetai."
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  • It's from the word "echo," "echos" in Greek,
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  • a reverberation.
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  • The word picture is the Gospel made a loud "boom"
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  • in their town by Paul's preaching.
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  • They received it, and then they reverberated it.
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  • They echoed it through the canyons and valleys of
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  • the area around them.
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  • Now, I dare say, if all churches were faithful like Thessalonica,
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  • the world would've been evangelized long ago.
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  • John Stott wrote, "I know some churches which haven't seen
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  • a convert for 10 years or more, and if they got one,
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  • they wouldn't know what to do with him or her or it.
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  • So extraordinary would this phenomenon appear
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  • to be to them."
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  • So that's so much why I love you guys.
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  • You love the world.
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  • You love the lost of the world, and we work together.
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  • Now our joy is alive.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Now our hope is restored.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Now our hearts are renewed.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Now we are free.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Now our joy is alive.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Now our hope is restored.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Now our hearts are renewed.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Now we are free.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • Through the darkness,
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  • the Light has come.
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  • To the broken,
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  • the Light has come
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  • to lead us, to save us,
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  • to steal our death
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  • and break the curse.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • The Light has come.
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  • The Light--
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  • Skip: So it's a divine work. God does the work.
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  • He does the adding, but he also uses us to do it.
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  • It's a cooperation.
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  • Second, it's not only a divine work, it's a double work.
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  • Look back at verse 47: "And the Lord added," what does it say?
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  • To the what? He added to the church.
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  • "The Lord added to the church those who were being saved."
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  • Now mark that.
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  • He didn't just add them to the church without saving them,
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  • and he didn't just save them
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  • without adding them to the church.
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  • He did both.
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  • When he saves you, he adds you to a group called the church.
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  • Down in South America, there's a group of people, students,
  • 00:15:43.090 --> 00:15:48.130
  • who are disenfranchised with churches.
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  • They are disillusioned by what they call "organized religion."
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  • I've heard that. You've heard that.
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  • That's what people say when they don't wanna go to church:
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  • "I'm not into organized religion."
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  • They say, "We're Christians," but they call themselves
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  • "Cristianos Descolgados," "Unhooked Christians":
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  • "We're not hooked to the church.
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  • We're not part of that. We're pulling away from that."
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  • I understand their sentiment, however, from a New Testament
  • 00:16:12.100 --> 00:16:16.080
  • point of view, salvation and belonging to a church
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  • go hand in hand.
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  • I want you to see that.
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  • Go to chapter 5 of the book of Acts.
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  • Just turn a couple pages.
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  • Acts chapter 5, look at verse 14.
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  • It bears that out.
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  • Acts 5, verse 14, it says, "And believers,"
  • 00:16:36.240 --> 00:16:39.200
  • so these are saved people now, "believers were
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  • increasingly added--" what does it say?
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  • "To the Lord." Not to the church.
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  • It says that in chapter 2, but here it says, "They were added
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  • to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women."
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  • So who were added? Believers were added.
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  • Believers were added to the Lord, but the Lord added
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  • the believers to the church.
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  • See how it works?
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  • When you come to Christ, you belong to God, but you know
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  • what God does with you once he has you?
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  • He puts you in a group. He puts you in a family.
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  • You're added to the Lord. The Lord adds you to the church.
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  • So the true church then is a group of saved people.
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  • Let's not hide that fact. We're saved people.
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  • I've never really liked the approach of many churches
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  • in what's called the "seeker-friendly church,"
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  • or "seeker-friendly model."
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  • "Let's be seeker friendly."
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  • I'm not saying we should be seeker-unfriendly, but the idea
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  • of a seeker-friendly church is "Let's create an atmosphere
  • 00:17:40.250 --> 00:17:43.000
  • that even unbelievers feel comfortable in, so let's not
  • 00:17:43.010 --> 00:17:46.150
  • sing about the blood of Jesus Christ or get too Gospel-heavy,
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  • but let's make unbelievers feel comfortable."
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  • I think it's the wrong approach.
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  • What saved people need to do as they gather together
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  • is be fed the truth, to be equipped to reach people.
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  • I'm glad unbelievers come, but the church exists primarily
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  • to worship God and to equip believers.
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  • We need to be more concerned about feeding sheep
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  • than entertaining goats.
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  • I think that is a New Testament model.
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  • Now, evangelism helps goats become sheep.
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  • That's why we go out there, but then the sheep come and are fed,
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  • and fed sheep, in turn, go out and evangelize the goats.
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  • The goats become sheep. They get fed.
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  • Those sheep go out to the goats.
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  • The goats become sheep, they get back--and it's that cycle.
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  • That's how evangelism works, so it is a divine work.
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  • It is a double work, and, third--and I'll close with
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  • this--it's a daily work.
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  • It says, again, in verse 47,
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  • "The Lord added to the church daily."
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  • Look at that word "daily," or literally "day by day," it says.
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  • "Day by day, the Lord added to the church
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  • those who were being saved."
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  • I love this.
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  • To them, evangelism was not a sporadic event.
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  • It wasn't like, "It's Evangelism Sunday."
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  • Every Sunday was Evangelism Sunday.
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  • Every day was Evangelism Day. They're out in the communities.
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  • They're all doing the work together.
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  • They're sowing the seed. They're watering it.
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  • They're living the example. They're bringing people in.
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  • So they started with 120, and then Peter preached.
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  • Now there's 3.120.
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  • And then, later on, as we get into chapter 4,
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  • it says 5.000 men were added to them.
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  • That's not counting women and children, we think,
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  • so you have 120 plus 3.000.
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  • That's 3.120, plus 5.000 is 8.120.
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  • And then it just keeps growing, so pretty soon, they stop, they
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:05.020
  • drop the how many people are coming, and it just says,
  • 00:20:05.030 --> 00:20:07.170
  • "multitudes and multitudes came."
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  • It tells me two things: Number one, somebody back then
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  • was counting.
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  • So if you think, "Well, it's unspiritual to actually give
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  • numbers," well, somebody in the book of Acts in the Bible
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  • is counting and puttin' it down.
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  • But more than that, it tells me the most important thing is
  • 00:20:23.140 --> 00:20:28.070
  • this: There are never enough saved people.
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  • There are never enough saved people.
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  • There's always more that need to come.
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  • Church is never too full.
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  • "Oh, our church is gettin' full enough."
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  • No, it's not. Listen, we have four services.
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  • I've told you this before.
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  • Keep bringing them till we have to do eight services.
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  • That's a good way for me--it's a good way to die.
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  • It's a good way to go out.
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  • If that's what it is, what a great way to go.
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  • Besides that, I have a number of support staff.
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  • We'll have no problem being able to fill that.
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  • Jesus put it this way in the parable of the wedding, the
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:09.140
  • wedding feast, Luke chapter 14, Jesus said,
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  • "Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them
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  • to come in that my house may be filled."
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  • There are never too many people in heaven,
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  • and it's our opportunity to fill the house for eternity.
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  • J.C. Ryle, Bishop Ryle, said, "The highest form of selfishness
  • 00:21:28.190 --> 00:21:33.030
  • is a man who is content to go to heaven alone."
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  • I don't know how they figured this out, but somebody tried to
  • 00:21:38.180 --> 00:21:40.190
  • figure out how many unsaved people are on the earth,
  • 00:21:40.200 --> 00:21:43.210
  • and they came up with whatever their calculation was,
  • 00:21:43.220 --> 00:21:46.290
  • but they gave a visual.
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  • They said, "You could make a line of people.
  • 00:21:48.220 --> 00:21:53.080
  • Unsaved people would form a line that would go
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  • around the entire globe of the earth, 30 times, and
  • 00:21:55.260 --> 00:22:03.030
  • the line is growing miles every single day."
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  • So through evangelism, we have the opportunity to plant the
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  • seed, to sow the seed of the Gospel to those
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  • who are literally standing in line to go to hell.
  • 00:22:14.160 --> 00:22:20.090
  • And is it possible--could we actual do this?
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  • Could we actually do this? I want you to listen to this.
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  • This is true math.
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  • It has been figured that if--and I don't know how many saved
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  • people are in this room.
  • 00:22:34.190 --> 00:22:35.280
  • You might say, "Well, everybody's saved,"
  • 00:22:35.290 --> 00:22:37.090
  • but I'm not that naive.
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  • I don't think everybody, necessarily, who comes to church
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:40.130
  • really is saved, but let's just assume that there are only 12
  • 00:22:40.140 --> 00:22:46.200
  • believers, saved individuals on the earth right now, only 12,
  • 00:22:46.210 --> 00:22:52.260
  • but those 12, like the 12 apostles, say, "Let's win one
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  • single person to faith in the next 12 months.
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  • In the next year, we'll each pray and be part of the
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  • process of seeing one person come to faith."
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  • So by year two, after the first year, now you have 24, not 12.
  • 00:23:06.160 --> 00:23:11.110
  • If they all covenant together by the same in year three,
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  • you have 48, and as that exponentially increases,
  • 00:23:14.010 --> 00:23:17.120
  • within less than 30 years, the entire world will be converted.
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  • It's incredible to think.
  • 00:23:24.080 --> 00:23:27.090
  • But I want you to think of this in lieu of what you have heard
  • 00:23:27.100 --> 00:23:29.080
  • about going on in Paris and this last year or two,
  • 00:23:29.090 --> 00:23:32.270
  • what's going on with ISIS in the Middle East.
  • 00:23:32.280 --> 00:23:35.020
  • The world is watching a religion where there are people involved
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:39.230
  • in an aspect of this religion that are willing to go
  • 00:23:39.240 --> 00:23:43.110
  • all in for what they believe.
  • 00:23:43.120 --> 00:23:46.100
  • They are so committed, they will uproot their families and move
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  • to the caliphate and just start anew because they believe in
  • 00:23:49.160 --> 00:23:54.220
  • this cause, and they're willing to pay the ultimate price, their
  • 00:23:54.230 --> 00:23:57.190
  • own suicide and, unfortunately, the death and carnage of others.
  • 00:23:57.200 --> 00:24:03.000
  • The world is watching that.
  • 00:24:03.010 --> 00:24:04.160
  • Here's my question to us: Are you willing to do
  • 00:24:04.170 --> 00:24:06.180
  • for the truth what others are willing to do for a lie?
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  • Not kill people, not do suicides,
  • 00:24:10.230 --> 00:24:14.170
  • but to go all in for the cause.
  • 00:24:14.180 --> 00:24:16.280
  • I so believe that the Gospel is transforming, and it is the best
  • 00:24:16.290 --> 00:24:22.180
  • message ever, that I'm not gonna let the best news
  • 00:24:22.190 --> 00:24:26.030
  • become the best-kept secret.
  • 00:24:26.040 --> 00:24:29.200
  • Are you willing to do for the truth what others
  • 00:24:29.210 --> 00:24:32.170
  • are willing to do for a lie?
  • 00:24:32.180 --> 00:24:36.020
  • I wanna close with this thought: In Washington D.C. stands a
  • 00:24:36.030 --> 00:24:42.070
  • monument, a long, needlelike, tall monument, called the
  • 00:24:42.080 --> 00:24:45.210
  • Washington Monument, right on the other side
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  • of the White House.
  • 00:24:47.110 --> 00:24:49.090
  • A few years ago, they did a refurbishing of the Washington
  • 00:24:49.100 --> 00:24:52.110
  • Monument, and as they peeled away the wainscoting
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:57.020
  • in the lobby of the Washington Monument,
  • 00:24:57.030 --> 00:24:59.180
  • the marble wainscoting, you know what they found?
  • 00:24:59.190 --> 00:25:03.080
  • Graffiti, ancient graffiti, from the early to mid-1800s,
  • 00:25:03.090 --> 00:25:10.140
  • and they were fascinated that, obviously, the builders
  • 00:25:10.150 --> 00:25:13.290
  • decided to put graffiti on the wall, so, if you go there today,
  • 00:25:14.000 --> 00:25:19.010
  • you can see this graffiti in the lobby.
  • 00:25:19.020 --> 00:25:21.220
  • They preserved it.
  • 00:25:21.230 --> 00:25:23.250
  • But I thought you ought to hear what the graffiti says
  • 00:25:23.260 --> 00:25:26.070
  • in the Washington Monument.
  • 00:25:26.080 --> 00:25:29.060
  • It reads this: "Whoever is the human instrument under God,
  • 00:25:29.070 --> 00:25:33.160
  • in the conversion of one soul, erects a monument to his own
  • 00:25:33.170 --> 00:25:37.280
  • memory more lofty and enduring than this one."
  • 00:25:37.290 --> 00:25:43.030
  • So next time on the news you see a Washington Monument
  • 00:25:43.040 --> 00:25:45.130
  • or you see it in a photograph or you go to D.C.
  • 00:25:45.140 --> 00:25:47.250
  • and you see that pointing upward, know what was written in
  • 00:25:47.260 --> 00:25:52.280
  • the lobby, that whoever is part of the process with God in the
  • 00:25:52.290 --> 00:25:58.240
  • conversion of one soul, erects a monument to his own memory
  • 00:25:58.250 --> 00:26:02.020
  • more lofty and enduring that this."
  • 00:26:02.030 --> 00:26:05.230
  • So we must not let the best message
  • 00:26:05.240 --> 00:26:10.080
  • become the world's best-kept secret.
  • 00:26:10.090 --> 00:26:14.240
  • We have a story to tell.
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  • The word "Gospel" in English, by the way,
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