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The Caller and The Called Part 2

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January 12, 2021
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Understand your divine calling through the lens of God's Word.

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The Caller and The Called Part 2

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  • I believe two things.
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  • I believe that most peoplein the faith
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  • are probably not fully engagedin their spirits
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  • with the call of Christon their life.
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  • And the second thing,
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  • I am convinced,I'm absolutely convinced,
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  • if they understoodwhat it was,
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  • there would be nothingto stop them,
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  • nothing, nothing, 'cause thereis nothing like this.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • One of the things that Iwill do very often with the Lord
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  • and very oftenon my face,
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  • is I will just say to himtake it, take it all.
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  • Take it all.Take it all.
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  • Here's my physical body,use it up.
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  • Here is my mind.
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  • And Lord, you've only used--
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  • we've only used,what, this much of it,
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  • so go in it, go in it,in all those places.
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  • Go.Go for it.
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  • Use it.My whole mind belongs to you.
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  • Lord, take my heart,all of my emotions, everything.
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  • Everything in my personality.
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  • I'll just go throughthe whole thing.
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  • Take it all.Take it all.
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  • Take everything that I have.
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  • Use it.Use it.
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  • Go ahead and just take it.
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  • And this is what the idea isbehind this holy calling.
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  • It's holistic.
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  • It's the whole person.I want to read to you.
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  • I'm going to readout of Guinness's book.
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  • He's talking about calling.
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  • He says, "First, calling
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  • "has a simpleand straightforward meaning.
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  • "In the Old Testament,the Hebrew word
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  • "that has been translatedas 'call'
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  • "usually hasthe same everyday meaning
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  • "as our English word.
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  • "Human beingscall to each other,
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  • to God, and to animals."
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  • Then he goes on to say,"When you 'call' on the phone,
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  • for example, you catchsomeone's ear for a season."
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  • So there's that.You'd see that.
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  • If we looked up--oh, my goodness,
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  • the word call or callingis in the Scripture
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  • some 600 and something times,at least in the CSV.
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  • So some of thoseare just going to be
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  • and he called out to so-and-so.
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  • So they're not abouta dramatic divine calling.
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  • They're just the usual,
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  • and he calledthat person to him.
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  • It could be person to person.
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  • It could be callingthe donkey too,
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  • and it' s just calling.
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  • But then it getsinto the holy calling.
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  • It says, "Second, calling has
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  • "another important meaningin the Old Testament.
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  • "To call means to name,
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  • "and to name meansto call into being or to make.
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  • "Thus, in the first chapterof Genesis,
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  • "'God called the light "day"
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  • "and the darknesshe called "night."'
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  • "This type of calling isfar more than labeling,
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  • "hanging a name tagand something to identify it.
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  • Such decisive creative namingis a form of making."
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  • When he called you,he was already fashioning--
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  • let me put it this way.
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  • He has already made us
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  • who we are not even beginningto yet be.
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  • Does anybody knowwhat I'm talking about?
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  • Like when he called us,he made us that,
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  • that it--his wordshad creative power.
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  • I know you've heard thisa thousand times.
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  • It's why Jesus had to say,"Lazarus, come forth,"
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  • because if he had just saidcome forth,
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  • all the graves, out they come,out they come.
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  • And then he'd go,"Oh, you know what,
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  • "I just meant the one.
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  • All of you are going to needto go back in."
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • But no, no,it was just the one
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  • because when he speaks,it's just done.
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  • Remember whenthe Centurion's servant said,
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  • listen, you say the word.
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  • You just say the word.
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  • So this iswhat it's talking about.
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  • "Thus when God called Israel
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  • "he namedand thereby constituted
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  • "and createdIsrael his people.
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  • "Calling is not only a matterof being and doing what we are
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  • "but also of becomingwhat we are not yet
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  • "but are called by God to be.
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  • "Thus 'naming-calling,'
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  • "a very different thingfrom name-calling,
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  • is the fusion of beingand becoming."
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  • If you are in Christ,
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  • something enormousand miraculous
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  • and marvelous happened to you.
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  • Literally, he called your nameand in call--
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  • you may not have heard itwith your ears,
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  • but you somehow responded.
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  • You responded with your faith.
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  • You did not knowthat what he had done
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  • is literally call your name.
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  • And somehow, that even thoughyou may have the same name
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  • as a thousand other peopleon planet Earth,
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  • he knew he meant you,
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  • and the spirit in youknew he meant you too,
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  • and you answered,
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  • but you have no idea
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  • that you were madea miracle that day.
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  • I know we all want one,I do too.
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  • I have some areaswhere I really want a miracle,
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  • but I hope it helps someoneto know you already are one.
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  • You already are one.
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  • You're already on your way.
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  • You're on your way.
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  • The creative aspectof God calling.
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  • Now, the verb form, to call,when it says he called us,
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  • to call, that is Greek kaleo,
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  • the Greek word for churchin the New Testament.
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  • Now, when the New Testamentuses the word church,
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  • it's not meaning
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  • just a specific local groupof believers.
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  • The church waseveryone who believed in Christ,
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  • Jew or Gentile, everyone.
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  • So it had nothing to dowith denominations.
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  • It had everything to do
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  • with have you placedyour faith in Christ,
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  • by grace and not by works
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  • to the power of his deathand resurrection.
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  • Then you were partof this thing called the church,
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  • which is the word ecclesia.
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  • And ecclesia meansthe called out ones.
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  • I want you to understandif you are in Christ,
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  • you are partof the called out ones.
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  • Mean, it's just marvelousand miraculous.
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  • Now, right here in 2 Timothy,look at verse 9 again.
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  • "He has saved us and called uswith a holy calling,
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  • "not according to our works,
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  • "but accordingto his own purpose and grace,
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  • "which was given to usin Christ Jesus
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  • before time began."
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  • I can't help but thinkif we got this,
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  • there's no way wewould resist this.
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  • Because I need youto understand,
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  • there's this thing called time,so it's set out of eternity.
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  • Eternity like no beginning,no end, eternity.
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  • And then God really technically,
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  • the very first thing that Godever created was time.
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  • Because it says,"In the beginning."
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  • And by, "In the beginning,"
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  • that means that the clockwent, "Tick."
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  • For the very first time, "Tick."
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  • And time will tickuntil time is done.
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  • So there's beginning of timeand there's the end of time.
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  • So here's where it began,here is where it will end.
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  • And before he ever toldthe clock to tick tock,
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  • he had already calledyour name
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  • out of his own purposeand grace.
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  • I need somebodyto get that with me.
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  • I lovewhat a friend of mine says.
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  • He's the photographer,David Lowe,
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  • that you'll see here.
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  • I just love the way he says it,'cause he says, you know,
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  • "Jesus knew what he was gettingwhen he got us."
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  • I don't know if that's freeingto anybody else,
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  • but like, he saw it all coming,it's not like,
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  • "Whoa, did you turn outto be a mistake."
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  • You knowwhat I'm talking about?
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  • "Whoa ho.
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  • I did not see that coming."
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  • That's just not him.
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  • He knew what he was getting.
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  • Saw the whole thing.
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  • All of time before time began.
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  • I want you to try to wrapyour mind around this.
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  • And it says, "Accordingto his purpose and grace."
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  • I want you to see the definitionof the Greek word,
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  • out of a Greek dictionary,for purpose,
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  • for God's purpose because Ijust think it's so powerful.
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  • Purpose.Purpose.
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  • You'll see on the screenthe transliteration for it.
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  • It's próthesis.
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  • It would have the accenton the first syllable.
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  • Próthesis.
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  • And it is a wordthat means, "A setting forth,
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  • "presentation, exposition,
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  • "determination, plan, or will.
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  • It involves purpose,resolve, and design."
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  • Purpose, resolve, and design.
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  • It is, "A placing in viewor openly displaying something."
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  • So there is nothing haphazardhappening here.
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  • 1 Corinthians 1:26 says,
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  • "Brothers and sisters,consider your calling."
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  • A few blatant descriptionsof your calling
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  • based on the Scriptures;one, the first one would start
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  • right herein 2 Timothy 1, verse 9.
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  • I tell you this.Your calling is holy.
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  • It's holy.It's a holy calling.
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  • I can tell youthat according to Hebrews 3:1,
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  • it's a heavenly calling.
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  • And also, it's also calledan upward call,
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  • and it's called a high callingin Philippians 3:14.
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  • In that same segmentin Philippians 3:12-14,
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  • we find that the goalhe has set for us,
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  • that if we're going to fulfillit wholly,
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  • it's going to takestraining forward
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  • and pressing forward.
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  • It's going to involve forgettingwhat is behind us
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  • and pressingto what is ahead of us.
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  • But it's upward,it's not downward,
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  • and it's a holy calling.
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  • And I also want to say thisto you, it is God's calling.
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  • It is God's calling.2 Thessalonians.
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  • We would see thisa number of places.
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  • But 2 Thessalonians 1:11,2 Thessalonians 1:11,
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  • is one of my very favoriteplaces when it talks about it.
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  • It speaks about Godmaking us worthy
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  • of his calling, his calling.
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  • And so, the best news I havefor somebody here today
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  • is that you did not callyourself,
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  • and that ought to be a relief.
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  • Because, I mean,if we called ourselves--
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  • there's nothing like thinkingyou're just really in the middle
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  • of something that Godhas given you to do in his name
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  • and you going like,you know, the thing of it is,
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  • 'cause it's about to kill you,and you're thinking yourself,
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  • "You know,I got myself into this."
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  • It's just nothing likethat kind of pain.
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  • You did not call--look at somebody and say,
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  • "You did not call yourself."
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  • Jesus just blatantly,John chapter 15,
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  • you know what,you did not choose me.
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  • I chose you.
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  • You chose mebecause I chose you.
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  • And it's one of the mostimportant truths we can get.
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  • And here's what else,
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  • so it's God's calling,but here's what you got to know.
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  • It's also your calling.It's also your calling.
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  • So like 2 Peter 1:10 callsand he says--
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  • it talks about makingyour election sure,
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  • your calling sure.
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  • It's your calling.
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  • So, it's God's calling,but it's also your calling.
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  • And by that, I meanthat it's nontransferable
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  • and nobody can fulfillyour calling for you.
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  • Nobody can.
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  • That really spiritual personin your life,
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  • your aunt Marge,
  • 00:12:08.676 --> 00:12:11.412
  • your grandmotheror your grandfather
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  • who has prayed for youso many times,
  • 00:12:12.781 --> 00:12:15.216
  • and you felt like,you always know
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:16.551
  • like they've got the anchor.
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  • They've got me.They've got me.
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  • No, they don't.No, they don't, mm-mmm.
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  • They're interceding for you,praise God,
  • 00:12:22.724 --> 00:12:25.827
  • but they cannot fulfillyour calling for you.
  • 00:12:25.860 --> 00:12:28.329
  • So some us, we're going to say
  • 00:12:28.363 --> 00:12:30.031
  • okay, I've got a divine calling,but you know what,
  • 00:12:30.064 --> 00:12:31.966
  • I think I am too busyto fulfill it.
  • 00:12:32.000 --> 00:12:34.269
  • See, this iswhat I've come to say.
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  • I do not think,if we understood it,
  • 00:12:36.204 --> 00:12:39.741
  • we would do that.
  • 00:12:39.774 --> 00:12:41.776
  • I just don't think we would.
  • 00:12:41.810 --> 00:12:44.078
  • Maybe I just have more faithin people than I ought to.
  • 00:12:44.112 --> 00:12:47.415
  • But I just--wait a second,what does it--
  • 00:12:47.448 --> 00:12:50.985
  • so we're going to betoo busy for this?
  • 00:12:51.019 --> 00:12:55.156
  • What you've got goingbetter than this?
  • 00:12:55.190 --> 00:12:57.125
  • Hi, I'm Natalieand this is Selena.
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  • I know we all need something newto look forward to.
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  • (Selena)This seven-week study
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  • The material iswildly interesting
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  • (Beth Moore)I gotta tell you,
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  • we have all been through a lotin the last years,
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  • and I have never in my life,I say to you,
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  • I have never had more confidence
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  • in the pure gospelof our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ Lift up the nameof the one who saves ♪
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  • ♪ He reigns forever ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ Lift up your praise ♪
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  • ♪ I will riseand bless the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪♪
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • He's come to speak in powerto us this weekend,
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  • because his Wordis fresh and alive.
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  • That's the miracleof the Scriptures.
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  • (announcer)Come join us in a city near you.
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  • Now, let me tell you where thishas gotten confusing
  • 00:15:02.383 --> 00:15:04.719
  • because we will think as soonas I have my master's degree,
  • 00:15:04.752 --> 00:15:09.657
  • I am going to fulfillmy calling.
  • 00:15:12.527 --> 00:15:16.464
  • Your calling ain't waitingthree solid years.
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  • Listen, I'm all about go getyour doctorate in theology.
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  • Man, that--you need thatin certain areas
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  • where God may call you.
  • 00:15:28.443 --> 00:15:30.578
  • Go get your doctoratein original languages,
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  • in Greek or Hebrew.
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  • Yes, praise God.
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  • But you're not waiting till thento fulfill your calling.
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  • Your calling is right now.
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  • You may be dead by then.
  • 00:15:45.159 --> 00:15:47.128
  • You know, I hateto be that blunt,
  • 00:15:47.161 --> 00:15:50.732
  • but we're planningon fulfilling our calling
  • 00:15:50.765 --> 00:15:54.035
  • and he's going like,you know what,
  • 00:15:54.068 --> 00:15:55.403
  • actually, you and Iare going to have seen
  • 00:15:55.436 --> 00:15:56.771
  • one another face to faceby then.
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  • What you waiting on,'cause like, it was like now.
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  • It was today.
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  • It was today with someoneyou encountered.
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  • It's today, this season,in your workplace
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  • and your schoolat the University,
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  • in your mothering.
  • 00:16:17.959 --> 00:16:21.195
  • You're trying to figure out
  • 00:16:21.229 --> 00:16:22.530
  • how on earthyou're going to stay married.
  • 00:16:22.563 --> 00:16:29.137
  • Trying to figure outhow you're going to get married.
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  • Everything waiting.Everything waiting.
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  • Everything waiting.Everything waiting.
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  • Here's God calling,we're just going,
  • 00:16:38.946 --> 00:16:41.015
  • am I going to accept it or not?
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  • 'Cause I'm on the phone.
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  • I'm on the phone.
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  • Call back.Leave a message.
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  • But I want youto know something,
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  • there's no one wayin the Scriptures.
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  • If you look in the Old Testamentand the New,
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  • there's no one way
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  • that original call of Godlooks on a person.
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  • For instance, God called outto Moses from a burning bush.
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  • We know nothingabout Elijah's calling.
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  • He was the other real big,I mean big, big mover
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  • in the Old Testament,along with several others,
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  • but Elijah and Moses, huge.
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  • But here's what we do know,is that Elijah then,
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  • 'cause he just whinedand whined
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  • and whined and whined,I'm the only one.
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  • I'm the only one.I'm the only one.
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  • God goes, okay,I'm going to give you Elisha,
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  • for crying out loud, and so,
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  • God doesn't even say anythingto Elisha that we know of.
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  • He sends Elijah to him.
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  • Elisha's ploughingthe field like this,
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  • just doing the workin his father's farm
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  • and Elijah just comes overto him,
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  • like, throws a cloak on him.
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  • I mean, it's just so weird.It's so weird.
  • 00:17:43.711 --> 00:17:46.948
  • It's so weird, but thatwas how his calling came.
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  • And so, to the Galileanfisherman in the gospels
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  • Jesus just went, "Follow me."
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  • And I mean they just droppedeverything and did.
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  • This is intriguing to me,in John 1, here's what we see.
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  • So Jesus goes--it says,
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  • "Jesus found Philipand said, 'Follow me.'"
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  • Then Philip went and toldNathaniel about Jesus.
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  • He brings Nathaniel.
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  • Nathaniel now comesto see Jesus,
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  • and then he's going to beconnected with his call.
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  • Reason why I'm saying thisis because,
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  • I mean, like was one--since one
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  • was so, like,Jesus found him.
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  • Now listen, Jesusfound all of us.
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  • Even if Nathanielthought I found Jesus.
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  • No, no, no you didn't.
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  • You found mebecause I found you.
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  • That's it, that's it, that's it.I saw you under the fig tree.
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  • That's it.
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  • So both of those are callings.
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  • Some of you think you kindof got a Nathaniel thing going,
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  • where, you know,after thinking about it,
  • 00:18:54.916 --> 00:18:56.217
  • is I think I wasa secondhand calling,
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  • like there wasthe firsthand calling.
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  • That person really was called,then they came and got me,
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  • so I'm a secondhand calling.
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  • There's no such thing.
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  • Listen, this will setall of us free.
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  • God does what he wants.
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  • There's just--and lest wethink that there's no miracles
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  • surrounding callin the New Testament,
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  • that's not true at all
  • 00:19:16.938 --> 00:19:18.239
  • because we seethe Ethiopian eunuch
  • 00:19:18.272 --> 00:19:20.408
  • in the book of Acts.
  • 00:19:20.441 --> 00:19:23.811
  • And so, Philip is sent by God.This is a different Philip.
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  • This is oneof the seven deacons.
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  • Philip is sentto meet his chariot
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  • out in the middleof what seems to us nowhere.
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  • He's sent to meet him.
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  • He meets him there.
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  • He's reading the book of Isaiah.
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  • He asked for help to determine
  • 00:19:41.762 --> 00:19:44.232
  • what on earth the book of Isaiahis saying.
  • 00:19:44.265 --> 00:19:47.335
  • Philip tells them, leads himto the Lord and baptizes him.
  • 00:19:47.368 --> 00:19:50.605
  • And then it says--I mean, so then God has
  • 00:19:50.638 --> 00:19:53.741
  • this little mini rapturefor Philip, the deacon.
  • 00:19:53.774 --> 00:19:56.944
  • I mean, it'sa little mini rapture
  • 00:19:56.978 --> 00:19:58.312
  • because it says in Acts 8:39,
  • 00:19:58.346 --> 00:20:00.381
  • "That as soon as the mancame up out of the water,
  • 00:20:00.414 --> 00:20:02.817
  • "the Spirit of the Lordcarried Philip away
  • 00:20:02.850 --> 00:20:05.019
  • and he suddenly appearedin another town."
  • 00:20:05.052 --> 00:20:06.887
  • I mean, it's like, whoosh.
  • 00:20:06.921 --> 00:20:08.222
  • I mean, he just can dowhat he wants.
  • 00:20:08.256 --> 00:20:11.259
  • He can just do what he wants.
  • 00:20:11.292 --> 00:20:12.627
  • If that's not miraculous enough,
  • 00:20:12.660 --> 00:20:14.595
  • I mean, he strikes Saul blind,
  • 00:20:14.629 --> 00:20:19.500
  • the persecutor, the blasphemer,on his way to Damascus.
  • 00:20:19.533 --> 00:20:26.240
  • Over and over againin Scripture when we see it,
  • 00:20:26.274 --> 00:20:31.712
  • some of the most enormouspurpose in their lives,
  • 00:20:31.746 --> 00:20:35.249
  • lay on the other side.
  • 00:20:35.283 --> 00:20:38.019
  • And see, here you are,some of you
  • 00:20:38.052 --> 00:20:39.487
  • just like, getting readyto retire.
  • 00:20:39.520 --> 00:20:43.758
  • You got no ideathat while you're gearing down,
  • 00:20:43.791 --> 00:20:47.995
  • he's going, "No, actually,I'm calling you back."
  • 00:20:48.029 --> 00:20:53.567
  • I've never let you go,and we still got work to do."
  • 00:20:53.601 --> 00:20:58.472
  • If you're still breathing,
  • 00:20:58.506 --> 00:21:01.976
  • there's calling on your life
  • 00:21:02.009 --> 00:21:05.546
  • and work for your lifethat has purpose.
  • 00:21:05.579 --> 00:21:08.249
  • No estimating the powerof a fresh sense
  • 00:21:08.282 --> 00:21:10.484
  • of an already existing calling,a reawakening,
  • 00:21:10.518 --> 00:21:13.854
  • a reconfirmation, a redirection.
  • 00:21:13.888 --> 00:21:15.956
  • We're, of course, not talkingabout a second salvation here.
  • 00:21:15.990 --> 00:21:18.793
  • The Holy Spirithas never left us.
  • 00:21:18.826 --> 00:21:20.127
  • He comes in.He stays.
  • 00:21:20.161 --> 00:21:22.730
  • We're not talking about
  • 00:21:22.763 --> 00:21:24.065
  • a second blessingof any kind here.
  • 00:21:24.098 --> 00:21:25.900
  • We're talking about when,for whatever reason,
  • 00:21:25.933 --> 00:21:27.902
  • there is a seasonwhen God calls.
  • 00:21:27.935 --> 00:21:29.770
  • I'm going to give youa fresh direction here,
  • 00:21:29.804 --> 00:21:33.074
  • where for whatever reason,he just awakens us,
  • 00:21:33.107 --> 00:21:35.276
  • reawakens us in our calling.
  • 00:21:35.309 --> 00:21:38.112
  • And puts iron in our blood againand calcium in our bones again.
  • 00:21:38.145 --> 00:21:43.351
  • So I think Peter wasthe most obvious one
  • 00:21:43.384 --> 00:21:45.286
  • in the New Testament
  • 00:21:45.319 --> 00:21:46.787
  • because, you know, of course,he denies Christ three times
  • 00:21:46.821 --> 00:21:50.391
  • and Christ already tells themthat he's going to,
  • 00:21:50.424 --> 00:21:53.361
  • and he does it.
  • 00:21:53.394 --> 00:21:54.695
  • You could imaginehow devastating it was.
  • 00:21:54.729 --> 00:21:56.030
  • We downplay it,but I tell you,
  • 00:21:56.063 --> 00:21:57.565
  • it doesn't get much worsethan that.
  • 00:21:57.598 --> 00:21:58.899
  • We always think, well no,this kind of sin,
  • 00:21:58.933 --> 00:22:01.635
  • that kind of sin,this kind of sexual sin,
  • 00:22:01.669 --> 00:22:03.771
  • all these kinds of things.
  • 00:22:03.804 --> 00:22:05.172
  • It is really a big dealto go I never knew Jesus.
  • 00:22:05.206 --> 00:22:08.509
  • I've never known him.
  • 00:22:08.542 --> 00:22:09.844
  • I mean, I just wantto say something to you,
  • 00:22:09.877 --> 00:22:11.612
  • That is a very big dealto repeat it.
  • 00:22:11.645 --> 00:22:14.949
  • Boom, boom, boom.
  • 00:22:14.982 --> 00:22:17.518
  • And so, then we seethis blatant reconfirmation
  • 00:22:17.551 --> 00:22:22.790
  • in John chapter 21.
  • 00:22:22.823 --> 00:22:25.259
  • "Peter, do you love me?
  • 00:22:25.292 --> 00:22:27.461
  • Feed my sheep."
  • 00:22:27.495 --> 00:22:29.130
  • Not once, not twice,exactly three times,
  • 00:22:29.163 --> 00:22:32.433
  • and in front of the othersso that they will know it.
  • 00:22:32.466 --> 00:22:36.871
  • Peter is the most obvious one.
  • 00:22:36.904 --> 00:22:38.806
  • But Peter is certainlynot the only one.
  • 00:22:38.839 --> 00:22:40.474
  • John Mark, John Markwas traveling
  • 00:22:40.508 --> 00:22:43.277
  • with Paul and Barnabas,and we don't know why,
  • 00:22:43.310 --> 00:22:46.781
  • but soon he just decideslike, I'm out of this.
  • 00:22:46.814 --> 00:22:50.951
  • And we don't know did he--it just wasn't what he expected.
  • 00:22:50.985 --> 00:22:54.889
  • Chances are, if you look in Actsthat they probably like
  • 00:22:54.922 --> 00:22:57.124
  • whoa, this really turns outa whole lot worse
  • 00:22:57.158 --> 00:23:00.528
  • than we thoughtit was going to.
  • 00:23:00.561 --> 00:23:01.929
  • You could get beaten uparound here for faith in Christ.
  • 00:23:01.962 --> 00:23:05.299
  • But all we know is hesuddenly goes home.
  • 00:23:05.332 --> 00:23:08.035
  • Well, listen, we don't knowwhat happens,
  • 00:23:08.068 --> 00:23:10.571
  • but all we know is this,that based on the epistles,
  • 00:23:10.604 --> 00:23:14.708
  • he ends up going back out thereand not only working with Paul,
  • 00:23:14.742 --> 00:23:19.713
  • but also working with Peter.
  • 00:23:19.747 --> 00:23:21.315
  • In Paul's very last letter,
  • 00:23:21.348 --> 00:23:23.451
  • he calls for Timothyto bring John Mark to him
  • 00:23:23.484 --> 00:23:26.821
  • because he said, "He isa great help to me in ministry."
  • 00:23:26.854 --> 00:23:29.256
  • Listen, this guy wasso annoying to Paul,
  • 00:23:29.290 --> 00:23:33.093
  • it split up him and Barnabas.
  • 00:23:33.127 --> 00:23:35.196
  • It was like, "No,I don't want him anymore."
  • 00:23:35.229 --> 00:23:36.797
  • Barnabas was like,"No, we need to keep him."
  • 00:23:36.831 --> 00:23:38.399
  • Well, they endof splitting apart.
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  • This is how much it looked over.
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  • And here's John Markright back in it.
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  • He's going to writethe Gospel of Mark,
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  • the very first gospel.
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  • You want to think Old Testamentfor moment.
  • 00:23:47.875 --> 00:23:49.677
  • Joshua, We don't seeanything big with Joshua.
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  • All we know is by the time--
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  • I mean, if you look upall the Scriptures about him,
  • 00:23:53.647 --> 00:23:55.883
  • he was just a kid when hefirst started serving Moses.
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  • We don't know.It says he was just young.
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  • He was young, maybe a teenager,when he started serving Moses.
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  • So he's just like--he's faithful,
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  • he's just faithful,all these years goes by,
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  • he's just faithful,he's just faithful.
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  • It's not his faultthat they get 40--
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  • what would have beenat least 38 extra years
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  • in the wilderness,
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  • and it's not even his faultor Caleb's.
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  • They did the right thing,but here they've got it,
  • 00:24:17.938 --> 00:24:20.107
  • here they've got it,they're going to have to say,
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  • "Faithful, faithful,faithful, faithful."
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  • Moses dies, Joshua opens up,and God even calls him,
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  • it even calls him,from the beginning of Joshua,
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  • Moses's servant.
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  • I mean, am I always going to besomebody's servant?
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  • Always going to besomebody's servant.
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  • Always going to besomebody's--
  • 00:24:36.790 --> 00:24:38.092
  • I'm always, I'm alwaysin the shadow of Moses.
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  • Always in the shadow Moses.
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  • And he said, "My servant Mosesis dead.
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  • "Get up, because I'm aboutto send you
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  • to take my peopleinto the land of promise."
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  • Couldn't have seen that comingin a lifetime.
  • 00:24:55.743 --> 00:24:59.880
  • The entire reformation resulted
  • 00:24:59.914 --> 00:25:03.851
  • from Martin Luther's rediscoveryof calling.
  • 00:25:03.884 --> 00:25:09.290
  • I'll tell you something,
  • 00:25:09.323 --> 00:25:12.593
  • if you live by divine calling,
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  • I promise you,
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  • based on the authorityof the Word of God,
  • 00:25:20.935 --> 00:25:23.871
  • you're going to dodivine exploits,
  • 00:25:23.904 --> 00:25:27.775
  • but you may never know it.
  • 00:25:27.808 --> 00:25:33.380
  • You may not know ituntil you're face-to-face,
  • 00:25:33.414 --> 00:25:35.883
  • but you can't live accordingto his purpose and grace
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  • and do thatwithout wonders.
  • 00:25:40.888 --> 00:25:43.524
  • It's impossible.It's impossible.
  • 00:25:43.557 --> 00:25:48.462
  • Sometimes, our divine exploitsare cloaked
  • 00:25:48.495 --> 00:25:53.734
  • in the normal everyday living
  • 00:25:53.767 --> 00:25:56.070
  • of just one footin front of the other
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  • following Jesusthrough the hard stuff,
  • 00:26:00.174 --> 00:26:03.310
  • through the boring stuff,through the suffering,
  • 00:26:03.344 --> 00:26:06.814
  • through the joy,through life,
  • 00:26:06.847 --> 00:26:11.452
  • not big heroic choicesthat go viral on YouTube.
  • 00:26:11.485 --> 00:26:15.723
  • They were justthe continued living out
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  • of the one choice
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  • to just follow Jesuswherever he's going.
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  • I want you to know somethingtoday,
  • 00:26:30.938 --> 00:26:32.239
  • our calling is the same todayas it was.
  • 00:26:32.272 --> 00:26:37.311
  • It's still, "Follow me."
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:44.184 --> 00:26:50.157
  • ♪♪♪
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  • We're going to leaveour allegiances,
  • 00:26:52.726 --> 00:26:55.629
  • spiritually speaking,and we're going to follow Jesus.
  • 00:26:55.663 --> 00:26:58.499
  • But there are thingsthat can trip us up,
  • 00:26:58.532 --> 00:27:01.502
  • and it's important for usto establish these
  • 00:27:01.535 --> 00:27:04.238
  • so that you know themwhen they're happening,
  • 00:27:04.271 --> 00:27:06.240
  • and so that you can acknowledge,no, these are the things
  • 00:27:06.273 --> 00:27:08.776
  • that can really trip you upin your followship,
  • 00:27:08.809 --> 00:27:11.145
  • and in your calling with Christ.
  • 00:27:11.178 --> 00:27:13.180
  • I already know them in advance
  • 00:27:13.213 --> 00:27:14.615
  • so that when they happen,I'm aware of them.
  • 00:27:14.648 --> 00:27:17.885
  • (Selena)If you don't already have plans
  • 00:27:19.153 --> 00:27:20.521
  • for getting into the Scripturesthis new year,
  • 00:27:20.554 --> 00:27:22.890
  • join us as we diveinto the study of Galatians.
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  • (Natalie)And we look forward
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  • to seeing you next week.
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