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October 20, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues the Created to Be series with a message titled; “Belong to Family;” where he shares that we belong to Christ and His Church.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: So youcan read that verse,
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  • and you can get caughtup in the doing.
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  • Giving the cup of water.
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  • That's the doing.
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  • But you mightmiss the being.
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  • You belong to me.
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  • We belong to Jesus.
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  • He purchased us.
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  • Did you know that Godcreated us to belong to Him
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  • and to His family?
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  • Unfortunately, sin separatedus from relationship with God
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  • until Jesus gave his life andbecame the sin offering for us.
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  • Now, when we believe inJesus, we belong to his family.
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  • Join my Pastor RobertMorris as he challenges
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  • and inspires us to become whomGod created us to be.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: This week,we're going to talk about
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  • belong to family, thatGod created us to belong.
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  • He created us to belong to Him,and to belong to family.
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  • He created Adam and Eve.
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  • They were to belong toHim, and to each other.
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  • All of us want to belong.
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  • And probably most of us didsome things growing up,
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  • because we wanted to belong,that we shouldn't have done.
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  • Don't look at me with thatholier than thou, look.
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  • Or smarter than thou lookeither, cause I, you know,
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  • like for one year in highschool, I joined the rodeo club.
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  • That was a mistake.
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  • I, and I choseto ride bulls.
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  • It was a huge mistake.
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  • And ended up with a trip tothe emergency room
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  • and some broken bones andthings like that.
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  • I don't know if you noticethis, but most trips
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  • to the emergency room forteenage boys are preceded
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  • by the statement,"Hey guys, watch this."
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  • So we do some things becausewe're born with a desire
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  • to belong.
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  • I want to show you wherethat came from, and how sin
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  • entered the world and tookand perverted
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  • that desire, right.
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  • Genesis 3 look at verse 7, thisis after Adam and Eve sinned.
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  • "Then the eyes of both ofthem were opened, and they knew
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  • that they were naked;and they sewed fig leaves
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  • together and madethemselves coverings.
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  • They heard the sound of theLord God walking in the garden
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  • in the cool of the day, and Adamand his wife hid themselves
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  • from the presence of the LordGod among the trees
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  • of the garden.
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  • And then the Lord God calledto Adam, and said to him,
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  • 'Where are you?'
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  • So he said, 'I heard yourvoice in the garden,
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  • and I was afraid, because I wasnaked; and I hid myself.'"
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  • Okay I just want youto think about this.
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  • He said, "I heard your voiceand I hid myself
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  • because I was afraid."
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  • What was he afraid of?
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  • Now, again, we justthink about it.
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  • He was afraid thathe didn't belong.
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  • They thought, "Wedon't belong anymore."
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  • And God says,"Where are you?"
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  • Now of course Godknew where they were.
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  • But Adam didn'tknow where he was.
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  • Because sin entered, andwhen sin enters,
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  • immediately we have a problem.
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  • And that problem is thatwe're separated from God.
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  • So this is a goodnews, bad news message.
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  • Okay, you know, you've heardthat, I've got some good news
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  • and bad news,what do you want first?
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  • Okay.
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  • I'm going to give you thebad news first, alright?
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  • And so, there areonly two points.
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  • The first one's bad news, thesecond one's good news, alright?
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  • Here's number one.
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  • We were born rejected.
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  • The reason we do so manystupid things to be accepted
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  • is because we wereborn rejected.
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  • Isaiah 59:2 days, "Yourinequities have separated you
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  • from your God."
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  • Romans 3:23, "For all havesinned and fall short
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  • of the glory of God."
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  • There's a couple of thingsI want you to notice about that.
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  • All have sinned, past tense.
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  • Now, watch this, and fallshort of the glory of God,
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  • present tense.
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  • See, it doesn't say all havesinned, and you have the word
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  • have in there, then the nextshould say
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  • and have fallen short.
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  • Now, I pick up those thingsbecause I like grammar,
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  • but you can't correct the Bible.
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  • The Bible is correct.
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  • So, God is saying exactlywhat he wants to say.
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  • In other words, yes you'vesinned in the past,
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  • but even if you say, "Yeah, butI don't do as much sinning
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  • as I used to do, youstill fall short.
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  • You're still shortof the glory of God.
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  • And this word sin, by the way,is a Greek word hamartano.
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  • Now I've shared this withyou before, but just to give
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  • you context again, many,many Greek words that are used
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  • in the New Testamenthave either a military root
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  • or a sporting root.
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  • And we can go back thenand get a little more
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  • understanding of the word,then, like it says,
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  • "Let the peace of God rulein your hearts."
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  • Okay, that word rule has asporting root,
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  • which means umpire.
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  • So "let God's peaceumpire" your heart.
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  • Tell you where the linesare, and if you're safe or out.
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  • Okay.
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  • Then it says also, "and thepeace of God
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  • will guard your heart."
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  • That word has a military,guard has a military root,
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  • and it means a garrison.
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  • Let God's peace provide agarrison of soldiers
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  • around your heart.
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  • Okay, you seewhat I'm saying?
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  • So, this word hamartanohas a sporting root to it.
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  • And it means tomiss the mark.
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  • And it actuallycomes from archery.
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  • And it means to miss not justthe mark but the bullseye.
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  • The very centerof the target.
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  • Now here's what I want youto know is, it doesn't mean
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  • to miss the target.
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  • If you've ever seen atarget, you've got the real
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  • small bullseye in themiddle, and then another circle,
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  • another circle,another circle, okay.
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  • So like me, I mean, I missthe whole target, you know.
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  • I know that.
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  • Debbie didn't miss thetarget, but she still missed
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  • the bullseye.
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  • See, we're in the same camp.
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  • So she can't act betterthan I am, you know.
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  • We're still sinners.
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  • Everybody missesthe bullseye.
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  • That's what it means.
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  • Everyone.
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  • So you need to understand that'sthe way we were born rejected.
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  • We were born separated fromGod because of sin,
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  • because God's a holy God.
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  • So how can a holy God have arelationship
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  • with a sinful person?
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  • Not only that you'rerejected by God,
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  • that you're born rejected byGod.
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  • You're already born separatedfrom God because of sin.
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  • Here's the worst news.
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  • You have to be perfectto be accepted.
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  • Now, I know your mind goesall sorts of places
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  • when I say things like this.
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  • But I like to give you ashocking statement,
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  • because if I don't shock you outof wherever you are,
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  • then I can't move you tounderstand how amazing the truth
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  • is that I want toshow you, okay.
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  • So, here's what you mighthave thought when I said you
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  • have to be perfectto be accepted.
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  • You might have thought,"That's impossible."
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  • Okay.
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  • That's exactly right.
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  • That's exactly right.
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  • It's the same thing, inessence, same concept
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  • when the rich man came and Jesussaid, "Sell everything."
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  • And then Jesus turned to thedisciples, and says,
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  • "How hard it is for richpeople to go to heaven."
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  • He said, "it would be easierfor a camel to go through
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  • the eye of a needle."
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  • Do you rememberwhat they said?
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  • "That's impossible."
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  • Jesus was talking about anactual camel and a needle.
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  • It's impo-- , and here'swhat he's trying to say,
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  • it's impossible foryou to save yourself.
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  • It's impossible.
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  • The reason is youhave to be perfect.
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  • Hear me, a perfect Godonly accepts perfection.
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  • I'll show you.
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  • Leviticus 22:21, "AndWhoever offers a sacrifice
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  • of peace offerings to theLord to fulfill his vow,
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  • or a freewill offering from thecattle or the sheep,"
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  • watch carefully, "it must beperfect to be accepted."
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  • It must be perfectto be accepted.
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  • Okay, so I told you I hadbad news, and worse news.
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  • I haven't got a point two,and that's good news,
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  • but let me just give you alittle good news here.
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  • Jesus is theperfect offering.
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  • He's the perfect one.
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  • And that's the only way I'mgoing to get in, is the perfect
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  • one came and wasthe perfect offering.
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  • Because it has to beperfect to be accepted.
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  • He was perfect.
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  • And, again, you want alittle shocking statement?
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  • He made me perfect.
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  • Now listen to me.
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  • Not in my performance,just ask Debbie.
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  • Not in my performance.
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  • Not even in my progress.
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  • But in my position.
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  • And my position has mademe perfect so I can have
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  • a relationship with God.
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  • In other words, it's simple.
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  • You've heard this, but itshocks us kind of the way
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  • I'm saying it.
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  • I know that.
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  • But he took away all my sin.
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  • He had to.
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  • He couldn't leave one of them,
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  • because that would disqualifyme.
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  • Let me tell you, hecleansed me completely.
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  • Let me show you scriptureon this being perfect.
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  • Hebrews, in our position,Hebrews 10:14,
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  • "For by one offering," we cansay a perfect offering,
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  • "By one perfect offering, he hasperfected forever those who
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  • are being sanctified."
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  • Those who are beingsanctified means I still
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  • got some work to do.
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  • But as far as my positionwith God, perfect forever,
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  • he perfected me.
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  • Now this next verse I wantto show you has lots of types
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  • of the church in it,symbols of the church.
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  • But I've got to show youthat so I can get you
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  • to the last part, alright.
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  • Hebrews 12:22-23, "But youhave come to Mount Zion,"
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  • that's the type of thechurch, that's where you gather
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  • to worship, "to thecity of the living God,
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  • to the heavenly Jerusalem, toan innumerable company
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  • of angels, to the generalassembly and church,"
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  • it's all at the church, "ofthe first born who
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  • are registered in heaven to Godthe Judge of all,"
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  • now watch this, "to the spiritsof just men made perfect."
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  • Are y'all following me?
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  • Is this, is itdawning on ya?
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  • Cause this getsme really excited.
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  • Cause I know how bad I am.
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  • I know how bad I've been.
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  • I know how I still blow it.
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  • And yet it says, "Thespirits of just men,
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  • or justified men,made perfect."
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  • The perfect offering made meperfect in my position
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  • with the perfect Father.
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  • See, the only way I could beperfect was, is by grace.
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  • That the perfectone perfects me.
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  • it's the only way, okay.
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  • And this will explain thescripture that Jesus said this
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  • in his Sermon on the Mount, anda whole bunch of preachers
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  • have messed this one up.
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  • Big time messed this one up.
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  • A lot of people have messedit up and thought
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  • that it means somethingtotally different.
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  • But there's only one meaningit could have,
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  • and that's when you look at itthrough the eyes of grace.
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  • Let me read you this.
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  • Maybe it will help youunderstand the scripture
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  • you've never understood.
  • 00:11:54.439 --> 00:11:55.540
  • Matthew 5:48, Jesus said"Therefore, you shall be perfect
  • 00:11:55.640 --> 00:12:02.313
  • just as your Fatherin Heaven is perfect."
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  • Okay.
  • 00:12:08.753 --> 00:12:10.088
  • In other words, you're gonnahave to be perfect
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  • in your behavior?
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  • No.
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  • Here's what he'sactually saying.
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  • Listen.
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  • The key is, you shall be.
  • 00:12:16.060 --> 00:12:18.329
  • In other words, when I takecare of it,
  • 00:12:18.429 --> 00:12:20.999
  • when I'm the perfect offering.
  • 00:12:21.099 --> 00:12:22.967
  • When I'm theperfect sacrifice.
  • 00:12:23.067 --> 00:12:25.136
  • When I pay for all yoursins, you shall be.
  • 00:12:25.236 --> 00:12:29.240
  • I'm gonna make you perfect.
  • 00:12:29.340 --> 00:12:32.110
  • So you can have arelationship
  • 00:12:32.210 --> 00:12:33.611
  • with the perfect one in heaven.
  • 00:12:33.711 --> 00:12:35.380
  • Otherwise, there's no wayyou can do this verse,
  • 00:12:35.480 --> 00:12:37.248
  • especially because he adds,he says, "You shall be perfect,"
  • 00:12:37.348 --> 00:12:39.784
  • listen to this.
  • 00:12:39.884 --> 00:12:41.052
  • "Just as your Father inHeaven is perfect."
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  • Okay.
  • 00:12:44.022 --> 00:12:45.223
  • Not only shall you be perfect,but you got to be as perfect
  • 00:12:45.323 --> 00:12:46.891
  • as God is.
  • 00:12:46.991 --> 00:12:49.460
  • We couldn't dothat without grace.
  • 00:12:49.561 --> 00:12:52.564
  • It's only by grace thatHe has made us perfect.
  • 00:12:52.664 --> 00:12:56.601
  • I'm just tellingyou, we belong.
  • 00:12:56.701 --> 00:12:59.938
  • We belong.
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  • We were born, that's the badnews, we were born rejected.
  • 00:13:01.306 --> 00:13:04.642
  • Here's pointnumber two, though.
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  • Here's the good news.
  • 00:13:06.077 --> 00:13:07.078
  • We were born again accepted.
  • 00:13:07.178 --> 00:13:11.883
  • I've been accepted on Jesus'performance,
  • 00:13:11.983 --> 00:13:15.620
  • not my own performance.
  • 00:13:15.720 --> 00:13:18.556
  • Ephesians 1:6, "To thepraise of the glory of His
  • 00:13:18.656 --> 00:13:20.959
  • grace by which He made usaccepted in the Beloved."
  • 00:13:21.059 --> 00:13:28.066
  • Made us acceptedin the Beloved.
  • 00:13:28.166 --> 00:13:31.436
  • And then this next verse,it's talking about doing an act
  • 00:13:31.536 --> 00:13:35.940
  • of benevolence, but there's aphrase in there
  • 00:13:36.040 --> 00:13:39.177
  • that I just love.
  • 00:13:39.277 --> 00:13:40.345
  • You have to catch this.
  • 00:13:40.445 --> 00:13:41.713
  • Mark 9:41, "Whoever givesyou a cup of water to drink
  • 00:13:41.813 --> 00:13:45.049
  • in my name," now watch this,"because you belong to
  • 00:13:45.149 --> 00:13:51.055
  • Christ, as surely I say youhe will by no means
  • 00:13:51.155 --> 00:13:56.361
  • lose his reward."
  • 00:13:56.461 --> 00:13:57.795
  • I just think we couldread over that phrase.
  • 00:13:57.896 --> 00:14:00.698
  • Because youbelong to Christ.
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  • I belong to God now.
  • 00:14:04.502 --> 00:14:07.572
  • I mean, that's good news.
  • 00:14:07.672 --> 00:14:10.074
  • See, you could read thatverse, and you can get
  • 00:14:10.174 --> 00:14:12.644
  • caught up in the doing.
  • 00:14:12.744 --> 00:14:14.145
  • Giving the cup of water.
  • 00:14:14.245 --> 00:14:15.179
  • That's the doing.
  • 00:14:15.280 --> 00:14:17.115
  • But you mightmiss the being.
  • 00:14:17.215 --> 00:14:21.219
  • You belong to me.
  • 00:14:21.319 --> 00:14:23.154
  • We belong to Jesus.
  • 00:14:23.254 --> 00:14:25.323
  • He purchased us.
  • 00:14:25.423 --> 00:14:27.325
  • And we belong.
  • 00:14:27.425 --> 00:14:28.693
  • And because we belong to God,then we belong to God's family.
  • 00:14:28.793 --> 00:14:33.131
  • And if you belong to God'sfamily, you belong to God, see.
  • 00:14:33.231 --> 00:14:36.100
  • If it's really God's family,and you really belong to God.
  • 00:14:36.200 --> 00:14:39.003
  • When you belong to God,you belong to His family.
  • 00:14:39.103 --> 00:14:41.806
  • And I want to say to you,if Gateway Church is where God's
  • 00:14:41.906 --> 00:14:44.676
  • called you,then jump in.
  • 00:14:44.776 --> 00:14:49.781
  • Don't just attend.
  • 00:14:49.881 --> 00:14:52.717
  • There are benefits to reallybeing part of the family,
  • 00:14:52.817 --> 00:14:59.190
  • and not just showing up atThanksgiving and Christmas.
  • 00:14:59.290 --> 00:15:02.060
  • But belonging to the family.
  • 00:15:02.160 --> 00:15:04.329
  • I'd like to encourage you,because I hear this
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  • a lot from people.
  • 00:15:06.698 --> 00:15:07.699
  • They'll say, you know, weattended for you know,
  • 00:15:07.799 --> 00:15:10.568
  • several years before we wentthrough "Catch the Vision."
  • 00:15:10.668 --> 00:15:13.404
  • Okay, no, I don't want youto feel any condemnation.
  • 00:15:13.504 --> 00:15:15.340
  • No problem.
  • 00:15:15.440 --> 00:15:16.641
  • But if you haven't gonethrough "Catch the Vision"
  • 00:15:16.741 --> 00:15:18.309
  • and become amember yet, do it.
  • 00:15:18.409 --> 00:15:22.847
  • You belong here.
  • 00:15:22.947 --> 00:15:24.315
  • That's why Godbrought you here.
  • 00:15:24.415 --> 00:15:26.351
  • Get involved in a group.
  • 00:15:26.451 --> 00:15:27.685
  • Belong.
  • 00:15:27.785 --> 00:15:28.920
  • Meet some of your family.
  • 00:15:29.020 --> 00:15:32.357
  • Get to know yourfamily, you belong.
  • 00:15:32.457 --> 00:15:34.859
  • Psalm 68:6, here's ascripture I love,
  • 00:15:34.959 --> 00:15:37.195
  • "God sets the solitary infamilies."
  • 00:15:37.295 --> 00:15:42.400
  • God sets thesolitary in families.
  • 00:15:42.500 --> 00:15:43.668
  • Now, I want to explain toyou why God has accepted us,
  • 00:15:43.768 --> 00:15:48.473
  • and again, there's someshocking statements here,
  • 00:15:48.573 --> 00:15:50.508
  • but just staywith me, alright?
  • 00:15:50.608 --> 00:15:53.444
  • The reason that we have beenaccepted by God is because God
  • 00:15:53.544 --> 00:16:00.852
  • rejected Jesusin our place.
  • 00:16:00.952 --> 00:16:06.657
  • Theologically, this is calledsubstitutionary atonement.
  • 00:16:06.758 --> 00:16:11.362
  • But what it means is,is that Jesus is our substitute,
  • 00:16:11.462 --> 00:16:14.265
  • he took our place.
  • 00:16:14.365 --> 00:16:17.101
  • And you might be thinking,I don't, I'm not quite following
  • 00:16:17.201 --> 00:16:19.771
  • you on thisthat God rejected Jesus.
  • 00:16:19.871 --> 00:16:22.573
  • Jesus became a sin offeringfor us, and was rejected,
  • 00:16:22.673 --> 00:16:27.678
  • so that we could be accepted.
  • 00:16:27.779 --> 00:16:30.048
  • And by the way, I say, younot only belong to God,
  • 00:16:30.148 --> 00:16:32.483
  • you belong to God's family, Hewas also rejected
  • 00:16:32.583 --> 00:16:36.354
  • by God's family.
  • 00:16:36.454 --> 00:16:38.689
  • He wasn't justrejected by God.
  • 00:16:38.790 --> 00:16:40.158
  • He was rejectedby God's family.
  • 00:16:40.258 --> 00:16:42.360
  • Let me show you afew verses here.
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  • Isaiah 53:3, "He wasdespised and rejected by man."
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  • He knows what it feelslike to be rejected.
  • 00:16:50.501 --> 00:16:53.104
  • Mark 8:31, "And he began toteach them that the Son of Man
  • 00:16:53.204 --> 00:16:56.407
  • must suffer many thingsand be rejected by the elders
  • 00:16:56.507 --> 00:17:00.678
  • and chief priests andscribes, and be killed,
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  • and after three daysrise again."
  • 00:17:02.780 --> 00:17:04.415
  • Psalm 118:22, "The stonewhich the builders rejected
  • 00:17:04.515 --> 00:17:08.886
  • has become thechief cornerstone."
  • 00:17:08.986 --> 00:17:10.655
  • And here's the New Testamentversion of that, Acts 4:11,
  • 00:17:10.755 --> 00:17:13.091
  • "This is the stone which wasrejected by you builders,
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  • which has become thechief cornerstone."
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  • Okay,so I showed you how hewas rejected by people,
  • 00:17:19.964 --> 00:17:22.700
  • but I'll who you how he wasrejected by his Father.
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  • Maybe you've neverput this together.
  • 00:17:25.036 --> 00:17:26.571
  • But it's a prettyfamous verse.
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  • Mark 15:34, Jesus said, "MyGod, My God,
  • 00:17:29.107 --> 00:17:35.213
  • why have You forsaken Me?"
  • 00:17:35.313 --> 00:17:39.550
  • Let me tell you what thisword means, forsaken.
  • 00:17:39.650 --> 00:17:41.652
  • It means to completely abandon,to leave totally, to reject.
  • 00:17:41.752 --> 00:17:53.064
  • "My God, My God, whyhave You forsaken Me?"
  • 00:17:53.164 --> 00:17:55.032
  • Why have you rejected me?
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  • Now, let me help you,because a lot of people,
  • 00:17:56.767 --> 00:18:00.571
  • this is a confusing verse.
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  • And they say, "Well Jesusknew that he was going
  • 00:18:03.441 --> 00:18:07.645
  • to be this offering andbecome a sin offering.
  • 00:18:07.745 --> 00:18:09.680
  • He knew that he would haveto be separated from the Father
  • 00:18:09.780 --> 00:18:12.016
  • so we could be reunited.
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  • So why did he say this?"
  • 00:18:14.652 --> 00:18:16.020
  • Okay.
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:17.021
  • This is just mypersonal opinion.
  • 00:18:17.121 --> 00:18:18.122
  • We'll have to ask Jesuswhen we get to Heaven.
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  • I think he knew but I don'tthink he knew how it would feel
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  • until it happened.
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  • And he was rejected sowe could be accepted.
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  • Now, you need tounderstand something.
  • 00:18:31.903 --> 00:18:35.006
  • If you're a believer, God isnever going to reject you.
  • 00:18:35.106 --> 00:18:42.246
  • The reason is, Herejected Jesus for you.
  • 00:18:42.346 --> 00:18:46.484
  • Let me say it another way.
  • 00:18:46.584 --> 00:18:47.618
  • He's never going to forsake you,because He already
  • 00:18:47.718 --> 00:18:50.721
  • forsook Jesus for you.
  • 00:18:50.821 --> 00:18:53.257
  • As a matter of fact,it's in scripture.
  • 00:18:53.357 --> 00:18:55.526
  • Hebrews 13:5, "For HeHimself has said, 'I will never
  • 00:18:55.626 --> 00:19:00.131
  • leave you nor forsake you.'"
  • 00:19:00.231 --> 00:19:05.269
  • Okay, so how do I know God
  • 00:19:05.369 --> 00:19:06.270
  • will never forsake me?
  • 00:19:06.370 --> 00:19:07.538
  • Because he forsookJesus for me.
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  • This is how Iknow I'm accepted.
  • 00:19:10.942 --> 00:19:12.577
  • I belong.
  • 00:19:12.677 --> 00:19:13.678
  • This is how I know I belong.
  • 00:19:13.778 --> 00:19:14.812
  • This is what happened whensin came in the world.
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  • The first thing Adam and Evefelt, they felt shame,
  • 00:19:17.815 --> 00:19:21.018
  • they felt fear, they feltlike they didn't belong.
  • 00:19:21.118 --> 00:19:24.522
  • This is why you'vestruggled with it.
  • 00:19:24.622 --> 00:19:25.957
  • This is why I'vestruggled with it.
  • 00:19:26.057 --> 00:19:27.258
  • I struggled withrejection for years.
  • 00:19:27.358 --> 00:19:29.160
  • Why?
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:30.261
  • Because for almost 20 years,say when I was 19,
  • 00:19:30.361 --> 00:19:32.463
  • I was almost 20 years old whenI finally got saved,
  • 00:19:32.563 --> 00:19:34.465
  • the reason was, I was rejected.
  • 00:19:34.565 --> 00:19:37.368
  • But for years, I could notfigure out why Debbie loved me.
  • 00:19:37.468 --> 00:19:43.107
  • She said, "I just do."
  • 00:19:43.207 --> 00:19:45.276
  • I know, but why?
  • 00:19:45.376 --> 00:19:47.511
  • And we had this conversationa lot in our early years
  • 00:19:47.612 --> 00:19:50.047
  • of marriage.
  • 00:19:50.147 --> 00:19:51.249
  • And so I can remember onetime, it was late at night.
  • 00:19:51.349 --> 00:19:53.651
  • I was so trying to figure itout, because I could give her
  • 00:19:53.751 --> 00:19:56.220
  • lots of reasons whynot to love me, you know.
  • 00:19:56.320 --> 00:19:58.923
  • And so, it was late.
  • 00:19:59.023 --> 00:19:59.957
  • She was tired.
  • 00:20:00.057 --> 00:20:01.025
  • And I said, "Nowwhy do you love me?"
  • 00:20:01.125 --> 00:20:02.193
  • She said, "I do."
  • 00:20:02.293 --> 00:20:02.994
  • "Why though?
  • 00:20:03.094 --> 00:20:03.961
  • Why?
  • 00:20:04.061 --> 00:20:04.962
  • Give me some reasons.
  • 00:20:05.062 --> 00:20:06.998
  • I want to know why."
  • 00:20:07.098 --> 00:20:08.933
  • So she said, "Well,you're a kind person."
  • 00:20:09.033 --> 00:20:13.170
  • Okay, this is how screwedup my wiring is, okay.
  • 00:20:13.271 --> 00:20:16.207
  • So I said to her, "Okay,well what if I wasn't kind?
  • 00:20:16.307 --> 00:20:21.679
  • Then you wouldn't love me?"
  • 00:20:21.779 --> 00:20:24.115
  • She said, "No, no.
  • 00:20:24.215 --> 00:20:25.549
  • You're asking for reasons.
  • 00:20:25.650 --> 00:20:26.684
  • I'm trying to giveyou a reason."
  • 00:20:26.784 --> 00:20:28.953
  • I said, "Okay, butwhat if I weren't kind?
  • 00:20:29.053 --> 00:20:33.891
  • Why do you love me?
  • 00:20:33.991 --> 00:20:35.459
  • There's no reason.
  • 00:20:35.559 --> 00:20:36.360
  • There's no reason."
  • 00:20:36.460 --> 00:20:37.361
  • Okay.
  • 00:20:37.461 --> 00:20:38.329
  • Can I just help youa little bit here?
  • 00:20:38.429 --> 00:20:41.065
  • There's no reasonfor God to love you.
  • 00:20:41.165 --> 00:20:43.567
  • It's going to shock you.
  • 00:20:43.668 --> 00:20:44.502
  • I know it's goingto shock you.
  • 00:20:44.602 --> 00:20:45.636
  • It's unreasonable.
  • 00:20:45.736 --> 00:20:47.371
  • It's not unexplainable.
  • 00:20:47.471 --> 00:20:49.473
  • I'm going to explain it toyou, but it's unreasonable.
  • 00:20:49.573 --> 00:20:53.411
  • I mean, just, couple verseshere, kind of blow you
  • 00:20:53.511 --> 00:20:56.981
  • away here.
  • 00:20:57.081 --> 00:20:58.182
  • Romans 5:8, "But Goddemonstrates His love toward us
  • 00:20:58.282 --> 00:21:04.755
  • in that while we were stillsinners, Christ died for us."
  • 00:21:04.855 --> 00:21:08.259
  • Let me say this anther way.
  • 00:21:08.359 --> 00:21:09.560
  • God demonstrates His lovetoward us in that there
  • 00:21:09.660 --> 00:21:12.029
  • was no reason to love us.
  • 00:21:12.129 --> 00:21:15.366
  • Even when there wasn't areason, He still loved us.
  • 00:21:15.466 --> 00:21:20.237
  • Are y'all following me?
  • 00:21:20.338 --> 00:21:22.239
  • 1 John 4:19, "We love Himbecause He first loved us."
  • 00:21:22.340 --> 00:21:25.276
  • Okay, so, the root ofobviously my things
  • 00:21:25.376 --> 00:21:28.412
  • was that God could love meeither.
  • 00:21:28.512 --> 00:21:31.115
  • And so I kept saying,"Well, why do you love me?"
  • 00:21:31.215 --> 00:21:32.550
  • She said, "Well, okay,because you're a good father."
  • 00:21:32.650 --> 00:21:35.019
  • "Well, what if Iweren't a good father?"
  • 00:21:35.119 --> 00:21:39.357
  • So finally I said, "Comeon, why, why, why, why?
  • 00:21:39.457 --> 00:21:42.159
  • Tell me why do you love me?
  • 00:21:42.259 --> 00:21:43.694
  • Why do you love me?"
  • 00:21:43.794 --> 00:21:45.162
  • She said, "Wellbecause you love me."
  • 00:21:45.262 --> 00:21:48.666
  • I said, "Well what ifI didn't love you?"
  • 00:21:48.766 --> 00:21:53.904
  • So here's what she said.
  • 00:21:54.004 --> 00:21:54.939
  • Remember it's late night.
  • 00:21:55.039 --> 00:21:55.873
  • She said, "Because I do.
  • 00:21:55.973 --> 00:21:58.476
  • Shut up and go to sleep.
  • 00:21:58.576 --> 00:22:01.245
  • Just shut up andgo to sleep."
  • 00:22:01.345 --> 00:22:04.048
  • So she goes on to sleep.
  • 00:22:04.148 --> 00:22:06.317
  • So I'm, I can't go to sleep.
  • 00:22:06.417 --> 00:22:10.054
  • I'm thinking she'sgoing to reject me.
  • 00:22:10.154 --> 00:22:12.323
  • I don't know if any of youhave ever dealt
  • 00:22:12.423 --> 00:22:14.625
  • with stuff like this, but Ijust, I was really mixed up.
  • 00:22:14.725 --> 00:22:18.396
  • And I just said, "Lord,I don't understand.
  • 00:22:18.496 --> 00:22:20.231
  • I don't understand.I don't understand."
  • 00:22:20.331 --> 00:22:21.899
  • I was telling the Lord.
  • 00:22:21.999 --> 00:22:23.200
  • You know, He's the only oneawake now, so I'm near the Lord.
  • 00:22:23.300 --> 00:22:26.103
  • "I don't understand.
  • 00:22:26.203 --> 00:22:26.837
  • I don't understand, Lord.
  • 00:22:26.937 --> 00:22:27.705
  • Why, why, why doesDebbie love me?"
  • 00:22:27.805 --> 00:22:29.540
  • You know what theLord said to me?
  • 00:22:29.640 --> 00:22:30.574
  • He said, "I knowwhy she loves you."
  • 00:22:30.674 --> 00:22:32.843
  • I said, "You do?"
  • 00:22:32.943 --> 00:22:34.478
  • He said, "Of course Ido, I know everything."
  • 00:22:34.578 --> 00:22:38.082
  • I thought, "You do.
  • 00:22:38.182 --> 00:22:39.116
  • You do know everything.
  • 00:22:39.216 --> 00:22:41.085
  • I preach that.
  • 00:22:41.185 --> 00:22:42.319
  • Omniscient.
  • 00:22:42.420 --> 00:22:43.220
  • Alright, you do,you know everything.
  • 00:22:43.320 --> 00:22:44.555
  • Why does Debbie love me?"
  • 00:22:44.655 --> 00:22:46.891
  • Here's what He said, "Thesame reason I love you."
  • 00:22:46.991 --> 00:22:55.366
  • "Okay, so whydo you love me?"
  • 00:22:55.466 --> 00:22:58.235
  • This is what He said.
  • 00:22:58.335 --> 00:23:00.004
  • "Because you're mine.
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  • Because you belong to me."
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  • He said, "Do youlove your kids?"
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  • "Yeah."
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  • "Why?"
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  • Then it hit me.
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  • Because they're mine.
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  • They're my kids.
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  • He said, "Debbie lovesyou because you're hers.
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  • You're hers.
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  • That's why she loves you.
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  • And that's the reason I loveyou, because you're mine."
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  • Listen to me.
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  • You belong to Christ.
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  • If you believe, youbelong to Christ.
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  • And you belongto Christ body.
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  • You belong.
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  • And I want you, if God'scalled you here
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  • to Gateway Church, I want youto belong to family.
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  • I want you to know, wegot the same Father.
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  • Listen, you can pick yourfriends but you're stuck
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  • with your relatives.
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  • I'm going to live rightbeside some of you in Heaven,
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  • whetheryou like me or not.
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  • I'm your brother.
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  • And I love you.
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  • And you love me.
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  • God created us to belong.
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  • I want you toknow you belong.
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  • You belong to God, and youbelong to God's family.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: God loves you.
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  • He loves youbecause you're His.
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  • You're His son.
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  • You're His daughter.
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  • That's why God loves us.
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  • He loves us because we'reHis kids, and He wants us
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  • to belong to a family.
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  • You know, the Bible saysthat God puts the solitary
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  • in families.
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  • And I want to encourage you,I'm glad that people come
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  • to Gateway Church, but I knowmany of you that watch
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  • this program, you livesomewhere else.
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  • I want to encourage youto find a local church.
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  • Now it won't be perfect, butwe all need to belong
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  • to a family.
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  • God wants to plug you into agroup of people
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  • where your gifts can be used andutilized to build His kingdom.
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  • Hey, I'm gonna continue thisseries "Created to Be."
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  • See you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Did you know thatGod created you with a purpose,
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  • and did you know you have apart to play in His kingdom
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  • here on earth?
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  • You were created to believein Jesus, belong to family,
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  • become a follower,and build God's kingdom.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: But I'm tellingyou, God created you to be.
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  • I want to emphasizethe word be.
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  • God created us to be, not do,and when we catch that,
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  • it helps us.
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  • In this exciting series,Pastor Robert Morris
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  • and Pastor Josh Morris will helpyou discover your role
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  • in God's Kingdom.
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  • And who you were created to be.
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  • That's why we'd love to send youthis series on CD
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  • or as an audio digital download,it's our way of saying thank you
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  • for your giftof any amount today.
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  • and include the"Created to Be Devotional".
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  • You'll look forward to readingthrough this 28-day devotional
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  • where you will find anencouraging word for each day,
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  • scriptures to memorize,and a place to journal what God
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  • speaks to you as you discovermore about Him
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  • and how He created you to be,and not just do.
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  • So, be sure to request theseresources today
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  • so you can experiencing thefulfillment and joy that comes
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  • from living in God's amazingplan for your life.
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  • Visit us today atPastorRobert.com
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  • to order these resources,watch current series again,
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  • and share your prayer requestswith us.
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  • We look forward to hearing fromyou, and as always,
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  • thank you for your generousprayer and financial support
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  • of Pastor Robert Morrisministries.
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  • - ANNOUNCER: Recently it wasestimated that there are
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  • at least 30 million committedChristians in America
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  • who do not regularly votetheir beliefs.
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  • And, almost every majorelection in America
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  • has been decided by lessthan a third of that.
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  • You have the abilityto make a difference,
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  • so visit VoteUnderGod.comand get all of the resources
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Registerto vote, pray, and then vote.
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