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Back To School | Love Looks Like

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October 21, 2020
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Dr. Derwin Gray delivers timely messages with theological conviction on how Jesus can transform lives.

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Back To School | Love Looks Like

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  • female announcer: Todayon "The Transformed Life"
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  • with Dr. Derwin L. Gray.
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  • Derwin L. Gray: We can trusthim because he owns it all.
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  • And he says, "Seek firstthe kingdom of God and his
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  • righteousness, and he willprovide all that you need."
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  • And so, we want to haveintentional acts of a godward,
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  • upward gaze.
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  • ♪ 'Cause I can feel itin the air, yeah, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna bea good day ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna bea good day, yeah ♪♪
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  • Derwin: So,followers of Jesus,
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  • what do we do in hard times?
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  • Teenagers, what dowe do in hard times, you ready?
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  • This is what wedo in hard times.
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  • In hard times, love harder.
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  • In hard times, love harder.
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  • Let me say it one more timefor the people in the back,
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  • love harder.
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  • Jesus said this, "Youwant to know my disciples,
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  • because they love one another."
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  • And the greatestof these is love,
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  • as the Apostle Paul says.
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  • So, the harder thetimes, the harder we love.
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  • And what does love look like?
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  • Abiding in Messiah Jesus,who is love.
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  • Love is not what God does,love is who God is.
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  • God is not made loving.
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  • God himselfeternally exists as love.
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  • And one of the reasons why weknow that the Christian doctrine
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  • that God, Yahweh,that Abba, the Son,
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  • and the Spirit are atri-personal being that shares
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  • the same nature is that inorder for God to be love,
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  • 1 John 4:8, there would haveto be more than one person
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  • because love requires community.
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  • So, for all eternity,the Father, the Son,
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  • and the Spirithave loved each other.
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  • And I know a sixthgrader right now is saying,
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  • "But well, who created God?"
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  • If God was created,he would not be God.
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  • God is the uncreated creator,who has always existed
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  • in a community of love.
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  • And when God creates,it's like he's inviting us
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  • to this eternal party.
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  • So, what does love look like?
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  • It looks likeabiding in Messiah Jesus,
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  • who is love.
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  • Let's look at the text:"Let brotherly love continue."
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  • So, what does that mean?
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  • First of all, wegot to start upward.
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  • Followers of Jesus and thosewho are yet to be followers of
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  • Christ, we ain't--we need tohave an intentional gaze upward.
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  • That we want to intentionallylive with our minds situated in
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  • the kingdom of God so thekingdom of God can be
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  • expressed here on earth.
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  • We have to beintentional about it.
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  • What does beingintentional mean?
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  • Well, let me giveyou an illustration.
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  • Fridays are what'scalled my Sabbath,
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  • that's my day of rest.
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  • What does day of rest mean?
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  • It means this, God, there isso much that has to be done,
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  • if I don't rest,it'll never get done.
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  • We want to have thisintentional upward gaze.
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  • And on my Sabbath, I'llgo fishing or whatever,
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  • but while I'mfishing, I'm praying.
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  • And yes, I pray to catch fish,but I'm praying about what's
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  • going on in my life, what'sgoing on in my family's life,
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  • what's going on with TC's life.
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  • And I'm notprimarily asking for things,
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  • I'm praising God for who heis and what he's already done.
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  • Intentional actsupward is also serving.
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  • Who are people in mycommunity that I can serve
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  • in my unique gifting?
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  • But then alsofinancial generosity.
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  • It's easy to give and trustGod when the situation
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  • and circumstances look okay.
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  • But can we trust him with ourfinancial giving to advance his
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  • kingdom when itdoesn't look okay?
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  • We can trust himbecause he owns it all.
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  • And he says, "Seek firstthe kingdom of God and his
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  • righteousness, and he willprovide all that you need."
  • 00:04:01.901 --> 00:04:05.171
  • And so, we want to haveintentional acts of a godward,
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  • upward gaze.
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  • And the more we'rein love with God,
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  • guess what happens?
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  • The more his love transforms us.
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  • 1 John 3:16 and 17 says this:"This is how we have come
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  • to know love.
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  • He laid down his life for us.
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  • We should also lay downour lives for our brothers
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  • and sisters."
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  • You see, our brotherand sisterhood comes
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  • from the same wound,which is Jesus's tomb.
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  • And when we rose fromthe--when he rose from the dead,
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  • the way we praise himis by loving each other.
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  • It's by loving each other.
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  • Don't let an elephant, don't leta donkey rip apart what Jesus
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  • bled to come together.
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  • "If anyone has this world'sgoods and sees a fellow believer
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  • in need but withholdscompassion from him,
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  • how does God'slove reside in him?"
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  • So, in the Western mindset,
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  • a believer is primarilyintellectual.
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  • I believe these creeds.
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  • In the Jewish mindset, and wesee this in the book of James
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  • and all throughoutthe entire Bible,
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  • "Do not just be ahearer of the Word,
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  • be a doer of the Word,"James 1:26, 1:22.
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  • And so, what he's saying here isour creed is fleshed out in our
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  • Spirit enabled deeds.
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  • Let me say thatagain, I'm rhyming today.
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  • Our creeds of belief are fleshedout in our deeds that are
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  • empowered by the Holy Spirit.
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  • What we believe is fleshed outin an act of obedience because
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  • of God's grace.
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  • And one of the ways that youknow that someone has fallen in
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  • love with Jesus, and hiskingdom has captivated them,
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  • and his grace is fillingthe space of their souls is
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  • compassion for otherfollowers of Jesus and
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  • obviously for the world.
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  • Love looks likeshowing hospitality.
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  • Look at this, "Do notneglect showing hospitality,
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  • for by doing this,"listen to this now,
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  • "some have welcomed angels asguests without knowing it."
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  • The author of Hebrews is makinga connection all the way back
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  • to Genesis 18, when Abrahamshowed hospitality and
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  • he welcomed angels.
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  • Here's a question for us,you ready, you ready?
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  • I'm going to messwith you in a good way.
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  • What if the veryperson that you despise,
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  • God is calling you to welcomebecause it's not you blessing
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  • them, but them blessing you?
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  • Now, take a stepback because,
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  • "Well, Derwin, I don'thave any prejudice."
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  • Listen, we all do.
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  • If we didn't, there'd be noneed for us to be born again.
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  • The question is, how quickly dowe repent of those prejudices
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  • and allow ourselves to seepeople with the gospel glasses
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  • of Jesus, that everybodyhe died for is worthy
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  • of honor and respect?
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  • You don't have to agree withsomeone to love them
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  • and respect them.
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  • As a matter of fact, the onlyway you're going to win them
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  • to your position is throughlove and respect and kindness.
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  • But what if the verypeople you despise,
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  • the very people I despise arethe very people that God wants
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  • to bring into ourlives to heal us?
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  • We want to bepeople of hospitality.
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  • Well, what does love look like?
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  • It looks like caringfor the forgotten,
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  • marginalized,mistreated, and imprisoned.
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  • Where's Derwingetting this from?
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  • So glad you asked.
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  • The Bible's agreat book, read it.
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  • Eat this book.
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  • The author of Hebrews says this,"Remember those in prison."
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  • Notice what he said,"Remember those in prison."
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  • He's primarily talkingabout followers of Jesus
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  • who are in prison.
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  • But also as followers of Christ,we remember our brothers
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  • and sisters in Christwho are in prison.
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  • And for some of us, ifnot by the grace of God,
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  • you and I would besitting up in there also.
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  • So, I don't knowwho I'm talking to.
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  • Let me use a San Antonio,Texas word for you.
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  • Don't get all sediddy andforget who you used to be
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  • before Jesus came inand renovated your soul.
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  • Don't forget that thatcould've been you if not
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  • by the grace of God.
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  • Grace gave you a whole newpace to live life in
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  • the pattern of Jesus.
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  • If not by the grace of God,that could've been you,
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  • that could've been me.
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  • So, let us never forget the pitthat he reached down into
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  • and pulled us out of.
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  • "Remember those in prison, asthough you were in prison with
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  • them, and the mistreated,as though you yourselves
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  • were suffering bodily."
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  • Let me look at the last parthere 'cause this is important.
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  • The Bible says that we areliterally the body of Christ.
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  • Not metaphorically,not symbolically, but literally.
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  • Jesus was flesh and blood,that's why we're going
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  • to have resurrected, glorified,real human bodies.
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  • And so, we arethe body of Christ.
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  • And if one part ofour body's hurting,
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  • we should be hurting.
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  • Now, let me hit you with this.
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  • I want you to picture a familyescaping violence and brutality,
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  • seeking asylum, and comingto this great nation called
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  • the United States of America.
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  • If a nation is goingto be great,
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  • which we are, if a nationis going to be great,
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  • how it treats the leastof these is a statement.
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  • I believe inprotecting our borders,
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  • but I believe Jesus calls us tonot only protect our borders,
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  • but to protect thesanctity of human life.
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  • Don't get it twisted,that's not only in the womb,
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  • but that's also asylum seekingfamilies who are right now
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  • separated in cages.
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  • Now, before you go, "Derwin,you're getting political,"
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  • let me mess withyou Democrats here.
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  • Let's don't forget thatPresident Obama put migrants
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  • seeking asylum incages together.
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  • He kept their families together,President Trump
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  • moved them apart.
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  • And some of you go,"Well, Derwin, they
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  • shouldn't have came."
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  • Well, I know there'sa lot of things that
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  • I shouldn't have done.
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  • Oh, but I'm so thankfulfor the grace of God.
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  • You know, let me talkto you for a minute.
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  • How many times have you donethings that you shouldn't have
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  • done, but God bailed you out?
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  • The greatest bailouthappened when Jesus of Nazareth,
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  • Israel's Messiah andtrue Lord of the world,
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  • went to the cross at theJerusalem garbage dump.
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  • And it says this in Romans 5:8:"But while yet we were sinners,
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  • Christ died for us."
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  • We can protect our bordersand protect the dignity
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  • of people's souls.
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  • And if you've got aproblem with what I just said,
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  • go talk to Jesus.
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  • Let him soften the theologicalarteries of your heart.
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  • We can protect the borders,we can protect the dignity
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  • of people's livesand the mistreated.
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  • Isn't it ironic thatthe King of kings,
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  • as you read Matthew,Mark, Luke, and John,
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  • for those of younew to the faith,
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  • teenagers, that'scalled the Gospels.
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  • The Gospels are the story ofJesus through the perspectives
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  • of some of his homies,that's He-bro for his disciples.
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  • And the people that Jesus spentthe overwhelming amount of time
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  • with was the mistreated,the forgotten, the marginalized.
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  • Transformation Church,we have an opportunity.
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  • There are so manypeople who feel forgotten,
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  • who feel mistreated,who feel marginalized.
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  • And if Jesus isgoing to meet them, you ready?
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  • He's going to meet themthrough you and through me.
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  • But that doesn't happenby, "Oh, I have to do this."
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  • It happens by delighting andbeing overwhelmed with
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  • the God of grace who met us.
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  • With the God of gracewho says, "I see you.
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  • I haven't forgotten about you.
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  • I'm going to visit you."
  • 00:12:47.193 --> 00:12:50.496
  • And don't get this twisted.
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  • Just 'cause somebody got abig house does not mean
  • 00:12:52.164 --> 00:12:55.467
  • that their soul is not empty.
  • 00:12:55.501 --> 00:12:57.837
  • Just 'cause somebody got a bigbank account don't mean
  • 00:12:57.870 --> 00:13:00.039
  • that they're spiritually broke.
  • 00:13:00.072 --> 00:13:02.141
  • Just 'cause somebody has a lotof friends and influence doesn't
  • 00:13:02.174 --> 00:13:05.211
  • mean that they have thefriendship and the influence
  • 00:13:05.244 --> 00:13:08.347
  • of God the Holy Spiritin their lives.
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  • There are peopleassigned to you all around you.
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  • Open up the eyes of loveso that you can see them.
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  • Let's connect them to this Godof great grace and great mercy.
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  • They may agitate you,they may annoy you,
  • 00:13:23.162 --> 00:13:27.166
  • oh, but God is so worth it.
  • 00:13:27.199 --> 00:13:29.635
  • Who are themistreated, forgotten,
  • 00:13:29.668 --> 00:13:30.970
  • and maligned in your context?
  • 00:13:31.003 --> 00:13:34.273
  • This is one of thereasons why we have a thriving,
  • 00:13:34.306 --> 00:13:36.942
  • beautiful prison ministry,because we want men and women
  • 00:13:36.976 --> 00:13:41.380
  • who are incarcerated behind barsto know that we are for them,
  • 00:13:41.413 --> 00:13:45.084
  • we believe in them, Godhasn't forgotten about them,
  • 00:13:45.117 --> 00:13:47.620
  • God loves them.
  • 00:13:47.653 --> 00:13:49.088
  • And some of the men andwomen behind bars are freer than
  • 00:13:49.121 --> 00:13:52.258
  • people who are not behind bars.
  • 00:13:52.291 --> 00:13:54.593
  • The bars they'rebehind are physical,
  • 00:13:54.627 --> 00:13:56.362
  • but the bars that people outin the world are behind are
  • 00:13:56.395 --> 00:13:58.530
  • spiritual, and Jesuswants to tear them down.
  • 00:13:58.564 --> 00:14:02.167
  • And to our men andwomen incarcerated, we love you.
  • 00:14:02.201 --> 00:14:05.504
  • Continue to be missionaries.
  • 00:14:05.537 --> 00:14:07.373
  • We want to continue tosupport and to encourage you.
  • 00:14:07.406 --> 00:14:13.078
  • Love looks like honoringGod in your sexuality.
  • 00:14:13.112 --> 00:14:16.548
  • Marriage is to be honored byall and the marriage bed
  • 00:14:16.582 --> 00:14:22.321
  • kept undefiled.
  • 00:14:22.354 --> 00:14:24.490
  • Let me pause here.
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  • Young married folks, do nothustle so hard for money and
  • 00:14:25.858 --> 00:14:29.895
  • houses and cars that yougrow apart from your spouse.
  • 00:14:29.929 --> 00:14:35.067
  • I'm pretty sure thatwhen you get married,
  • 00:14:35.100 --> 00:14:37.736
  • it said, "For richer or poorer,and sickness and in health."
  • 00:14:37.770 --> 00:14:41.573
  • But what happens is isidolatry fuels our hearts,
  • 00:14:41.607 --> 00:14:45.611
  • and we're working and workingand working at building
  • 00:14:45.644 --> 00:14:47.579
  • a career, and thus we're workingat tearing down our marriages.
  • 00:14:47.613 --> 00:14:51.850
  • Protect each other emotionally.
  • 00:14:51.884 --> 00:14:54.320
  • Protect each other spiritually.
  • 00:14:54.353 --> 00:14:58.257
  • Protect each other sexually.
  • 00:14:58.290 --> 00:15:00.759
  • Physical intimacy betweena husband and wife
  • 00:15:00.793 --> 00:15:02.661
  • is an act of worship.
  • 00:15:02.695 --> 00:15:04.663
  • This is whypre-marriage is so important,
  • 00:15:04.697 --> 00:15:07.833
  • premaritalcounseling is so important.
  • 00:15:07.866 --> 00:15:09.635
  • If you're thinkingabout getting married,
  • 00:15:09.668 --> 00:15:11.503
  • listen, spend more money onpremarital counseling
  • 00:15:11.537 --> 00:15:14.740
  • than the actual wedding.
  • 00:15:14.773 --> 00:15:16.408
  • The wedding is one day,a marriage is a lifetime.
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  • When you say, "I do," you arebringing all of your past
  • 00:15:20.012 --> 00:15:24.683
  • to bear, and your spouseis going to inherit it,
  • 00:15:24.717 --> 00:15:27.720
  • this spouse is goingto inherit it as well.
  • 00:15:27.753 --> 00:15:30.723
  • So, make sure you do a deepwork and be willing to work
  • 00:15:30.756 --> 00:15:35.060
  • on your marriage.
  • 00:15:35.094 --> 00:15:36.495
  • Your marriage is like a garden.
  • 00:15:36.528 --> 00:15:37.896
  • You got to fertilize it,you got to talk to it,
  • 00:15:37.930 --> 00:15:39.531
  • you got to pull up the weeds.
  • 00:15:39.565 --> 00:15:41.233
  • You got to--you gotto work that thing.
  • 00:15:41.266 --> 00:15:43.836
  • It's not just goingto be on autopilot.
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  • Meet each other's spiritualneeds and physical needs.
  • 00:15:45.938 --> 00:15:49.641
  • And the closer bothof you are to Jesus,
  • 00:15:49.675 --> 00:15:52.311
  • the closer you willbe to each other.
  • 00:15:52.344 --> 00:15:54.947
  • So, if you're going to getmarried and you follow Jesus,
  • 00:15:54.980 --> 00:15:56.982
  • understand that your marriageis actually a part of God's
  • 00:15:57.016 --> 00:16:00.486
  • covenantal creationmandate to display his goodness,
  • 00:16:00.519 --> 00:16:04.423
  • two opposites blending intoone to display how heaven
  • 00:16:04.456 --> 00:16:09.795
  • and earth blends intoone through Jesus,
  • 00:16:09.828 --> 00:16:12.231
  • who's God, who's man.
  • 00:16:12.264 --> 00:16:14.033
  • And now, we as hispeople are the temple,
  • 00:16:14.066 --> 00:16:16.535
  • and the temple is whereheaven and earth meet.
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  • Marriage is sacred.Now, let's flip.
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  • Being single does notmean you're less than.
  • 00:16:21.640 --> 00:16:25.411
  • As a matter of fact,the Apostle Paul said,
  • 00:16:25.444 --> 00:16:27.546
  • "I wish all y'all were single."
  • 00:16:27.579 --> 00:16:29.381
  • That was his focus,that was his calling,
  • 00:16:29.415 --> 00:16:31.817
  • that's what he did.
  • 00:16:31.850 --> 00:16:33.552
  • And what's happening in Hebrews,there are Gnostics going around
  • 00:16:33.585 --> 00:16:36.722
  • saying, "Hey, don't get married.
  • 00:16:36.755 --> 00:16:38.524
  • Do whatever you wantto do with your bodies, okay?"
  • 00:16:38.557 --> 00:16:40.159
  • So listen, whetheryou're married or single,
  • 00:16:40.192 --> 00:16:42.327
  • that doesn't make youfirst string or second string.
  • 00:16:42.361 --> 00:16:45.464
  • If you're single,Jesus is your spouse,
  • 00:16:45.497 --> 00:16:48.200
  • he is your focus.
  • 00:16:48.233 --> 00:16:51.136
  • And think about how muchmore you can get done for his
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:54.606
  • kingdom, that's whatGod is calling you to.
  • 00:16:54.640 --> 00:16:57.676
  • You want to keep themarriage bed undefiled.
  • 00:16:57.709 --> 00:17:00.479
  • Pornography during COVID rosefor men and for women as well.
  • 00:17:00.512 --> 00:17:06.118
  • And the pornography issueis not a physical issue,
  • 00:17:06.151 --> 00:17:10.122
  • it's an idolatry issue.
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  • Now listen, get help,take it to the cross.
  • 00:17:12.024 --> 00:17:14.293
  • God is not ashamed.
  • 00:17:14.326 --> 00:17:16.195
  • God is not runningfrom you, he's actually
  • 00:17:16.228 --> 00:17:18.397
  • running toward you.
  • 00:17:18.430 --> 00:17:20.299
  • Get some help, get discipled.
  • 00:17:20.332 --> 00:17:22.668
  • Jesus is better because Godwill judge the sexually
  • 00:17:22.701 --> 00:17:29.174
  • immoral and idolaters.
  • 00:17:29.208 --> 00:17:31.844
  • There it is, like Idon't make this stuff up.
  • 00:17:31.877 --> 00:17:34.012
  • And what's interesting is thisis the word that Jesus himself
  • 00:17:34.046 --> 00:17:37.783
  • used in Matthew,sexually immoral.
  • 00:17:37.816 --> 00:17:40.319
  • And for the Jewish mindset, ahusband and wife in marriage
  • 00:17:40.352 --> 00:17:45.491
  • was a reflection ofGod's intentions.
  • 00:17:45.524 --> 00:17:48.794
  • Anything outside of that wouldbe considered sin and missing
  • 00:17:48.827 --> 00:17:52.764
  • the mark of what Godhas called us to do.
  • 00:17:52.798 --> 00:17:55.634
  • Recently, I was in aconversation with a younger
  • 00:17:55.667 --> 00:17:59.671
  • person, and we were discussingsexuality and God's desire.
  • 00:17:59.705 --> 00:18:04.510
  • And the youngperson, and I get it,
  • 00:18:04.543 --> 00:18:06.545
  • I'm like, "I'm with you.
  • 00:18:06.578 --> 00:18:07.946
  • I feel you.I'm with you."
  • 00:18:07.980 --> 00:18:09.781
  • And the personkept saying, "Well,
  • 00:18:09.815 --> 00:18:11.750
  • Jesus, I don't thinkJesus would say that."
  • 00:18:11.783 --> 00:18:14.520
  • And I said, "Well,how do you know?
  • 00:18:14.553 --> 00:18:16.221
  • Do you read the Bible?
  • 00:18:16.255 --> 00:18:17.589
  • Because the things that you'resaying about him is a reflection
  • 00:18:17.623 --> 00:18:20.592
  • that you actuallydon't read the Bible."
  • 00:18:20.626 --> 00:18:23.695
  • So, this is what Iwould say to everybody,
  • 00:18:23.729 --> 00:18:25.264
  • read the Bible.
  • 00:18:25.297 --> 00:18:28.000
  • Read the Gospels:Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  • 00:18:28.033 --> 00:18:30.636
  • And then all you have to do isput in sexual immorality and
  • 00:18:30.669 --> 00:18:34.273
  • say, "What doesit say in Greek?"
  • 00:18:34.306 --> 00:18:36.675
  • in order to explain it.
  • 00:18:36.708 --> 00:18:38.010
  • I didn't write the book.You know what?
  • 00:18:38.043 --> 00:18:40.679
  • There are thingsthat I go, "God,
  • 00:18:40.712 --> 00:18:42.014
  • whoo boy, that's tough."
  • 00:18:42.047 --> 00:18:43.348
  • But here's the deal,when he bled for me,
  • 00:18:43.382 --> 00:18:44.683
  • when he died for me,when he rose from the dead,
  • 00:18:44.716 --> 00:18:46.485
  • he didn't say, "Derwin, give meyour opinion on things 'cause
  • 00:18:46.518 --> 00:18:48.554
  • you seem to be pretty smart."
  • 00:18:48.587 --> 00:18:51.423
  • No, he says, the Spirit says,"What did Jesus say in
  • 00:18:51.456 --> 00:18:57.563
  • the garden when it was reallyhard and he didn't want
  • 00:18:57.596 --> 00:19:01.700
  • to go to the cross?"
  • 00:19:01.733 --> 00:19:03.168
  • He said, "Father, ifthere's any other way,
  • 00:19:03.202 --> 00:19:04.703
  • but not my will be done,thy will be done."
  • 00:19:04.736 --> 00:19:09.474
  • It comes down to, has the loveof God soaked me and saturated
  • 00:19:09.508 --> 00:19:14.313
  • me to the point that even whenI don't want to, I do it?
  • 00:19:14.346 --> 00:19:19.384
  • And that's what discipleship is.
  • 00:19:19.418 --> 00:19:23.555
  • Love looks like beingfree from loving money, wow.
  • 00:19:23.589 --> 00:19:26.959
  • Keep your life freefrom the love of money.
  • 00:19:26.992 --> 00:19:29.828
  • Here's one of the blessings.
  • 00:19:29.861 --> 00:19:31.697
  • And I just want to sharemy experience with you,
  • 00:19:31.730 --> 00:19:34.433
  • here's one of the blessings.
  • 00:19:34.466 --> 00:19:36.101
  • Growing up poor, I used to shopat a store called hand me downs.
  • 00:19:36.134 --> 00:19:40.072
  • We didn't have Gap, wedidn't have Banana Republic,
  • 00:19:40.105 --> 00:19:42.074
  • we had the storecalled hand me down.
  • 00:19:42.107 --> 00:19:44.076
  • You know what ahand me down was?
  • 00:19:44.109 --> 00:19:45.410
  • My older cousin, whowas four years older,
  • 00:19:45.444 --> 00:19:47.112
  • handed me down his clothes.
  • 00:19:47.145 --> 00:19:51.250
  • So, like I know whatit's like to be poor,
  • 00:19:51.283 --> 00:19:53.218
  • got successful quote unquote,made it to the NFL,
  • 00:19:53.252 --> 00:19:56.655
  • got some money.
  • 00:19:56.688 --> 00:19:58.523
  • Is having money bad?
  • 00:19:58.557 --> 00:20:00.292
  • No, I want all of us tobe rich, you know why?
  • 00:20:00.325 --> 00:20:02.194
  • 'Cause then we can give moreand more to the kingdom of God,
  • 00:20:02.227 --> 00:20:05.597
  • and help more and more people.
  • 00:20:05.631 --> 00:20:07.599
  • Here's the point: moneyis a terrible master,
  • 00:20:07.633 --> 00:20:11.069
  • but it's a great servantin the hands of the master.
  • 00:20:11.103 --> 00:20:14.406
  • Listen, work hard, work hard.
  • 00:20:14.439 --> 00:20:17.909
  • Your work is a gift.
  • 00:20:17.943 --> 00:20:19.911
  • Money is simply a resource,it's not a god.
  • 00:20:19.945 --> 00:20:25.183
  • And when money's your god,we become like our god,
  • 00:20:25.217 --> 00:20:27.919
  • and we become greedy.
  • 00:20:27.953 --> 00:20:29.755
  • Greedy is not abouthow much money you have,
  • 00:20:29.788 --> 00:20:31.657
  • it's about the money you wantand how much does it have you.
  • 00:20:31.690 --> 00:20:35.227
  • Let us let Jesus have us sothat he can use our resources
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:38.830
  • for his kingdom.
  • 00:20:38.864 --> 00:20:40.832
  • That means there arethings that we can delight in,
  • 00:20:40.866 --> 00:20:43.068
  • there are thingsthat we can enjoy,
  • 00:20:43.101 --> 00:20:44.936
  • but there's also things thatGod wants to do through us.
  • 00:20:44.970 --> 00:20:47.806
  • And family, I read astudy the other day.
  • 00:20:47.839 --> 00:20:50.342
  • Well, actually it wasabout three weeks ago,
  • 00:20:50.375 --> 00:20:52.144
  • and it says that Christiansgive about 2.3%
  • 00:20:52.177 --> 00:20:55.681
  • to the church, not 10%.
  • 00:20:55.714 --> 00:20:59.885
  • Like here atTransformation Church,
  • 00:20:59.918 --> 00:21:01.553
  • we teach that gracemoves us beyond the tithe.
  • 00:21:01.586 --> 00:21:05.524
  • Tithe means tenth.
  • 00:21:05.557 --> 00:21:07.292
  • Tenth is the starting point.
  • 00:21:07.326 --> 00:21:09.261
  • We want to move beyond thatbecause God's grace is great.
  • 00:21:09.294 --> 00:21:12.364
  • I don't--I don't know whatthe giving percentage is here,
  • 00:21:12.397 --> 00:21:15.600
  • Transformation Church, but Lord,I pray that we love you enough
  • 00:21:15.634 --> 00:21:20.072
  • that it's more than 2.3%,that we delight in you,
  • 00:21:20.105 --> 00:21:23.775
  • that we're satisfied in you,that we desire to see more
  • 00:21:23.809 --> 00:21:25.844
  • people come to knowyou and love you,
  • 00:21:25.877 --> 00:21:27.979
  • that it's more than 2.3%.
  • 00:21:28.013 --> 00:21:30.082
  • And some of youare going, "Derwin,
  • 00:21:30.115 --> 00:21:31.416
  • but I got all these bills."
  • 00:21:31.450 --> 00:21:32.818
  • Probably one of the reasonswhy you got all these bills
  • 00:21:32.851 --> 00:21:34.619
  • is because you'rebeing stingy with God.
  • 00:21:34.653 --> 00:21:36.688
  • You can trust him.
  • 00:21:36.722 --> 00:21:40.292
  • Be satisfied with what you have,for he himself said,
  • 00:21:40.325 --> 00:21:44.863
  • "I will never leaveyou or abandon you."
  • 00:21:44.896 --> 00:21:47.699
  • Therefore, we may boldly say,"The Lord is my helper,
  • 00:21:47.733 --> 00:21:51.837
  • I will not be afraid.
  • 00:21:51.870 --> 00:21:53.605
  • What can man do to me?"
  • 00:21:53.638 --> 00:21:56.375
  • Finally, love looks likeremember and encourage your
  • 00:21:56.408 --> 00:22:01.279
  • pastors and ministry leaders.
  • 00:22:01.313 --> 00:22:05.784
  • Encourage, encouragemeans to put courage in.
  • 00:22:05.817 --> 00:22:08.453
  • And Christ is thecourageous one.
  • 00:22:08.487 --> 00:22:11.189
  • Want to speak Christ.
  • 00:22:11.223 --> 00:22:12.924
  • Now, let me pause here.
  • 00:22:12.958 --> 00:22:14.760
  • Oftentimes as the co-foundingand lead elder pastor of
  • 00:22:14.793 --> 00:22:20.265
  • Transformation Church,like I get a lot of credit.
  • 00:22:20.298 --> 00:22:22.834
  • I'm thankful forthe role that I have,
  • 00:22:22.868 --> 00:22:26.004
  • but there are so manygodly leaders that serve you,
  • 00:22:26.037 --> 00:22:31.777
  • Transformation Church.
  • 00:22:31.810 --> 00:22:33.311
  • So, the stage design.
  • 00:22:33.345 --> 00:22:36.381
  • We have this genius on staff,Zach McCory.
  • 00:22:36.415 --> 00:22:40.285
  • Oh man, he is--he is theMichelangelo of stage design
  • 00:22:40.318 --> 00:22:46.858
  • and all this beautiful stuff.
  • 00:22:46.892 --> 00:22:48.794
  • You probably don'teven know his name,
  • 00:22:48.827 --> 00:22:50.595
  • but the aesthetics you seeto be a platform for this
  • 00:22:50.629 --> 00:22:53.498
  • message, man,it's him and his team.
  • 00:22:53.532 --> 00:22:56.368
  • There are people filmingand doing things and--
  • 00:22:56.401 --> 00:23:00.772
  • and the list could go on and on.
  • 00:23:00.806 --> 00:23:02.107
  • But then I think about allthe servant leaders
  • 00:23:02.140 --> 00:23:06.311
  • from teenagers to adults.
  • 00:23:06.344 --> 00:23:08.146
  • Teamwork truly doesmake the dream work.
  • 00:23:08.180 --> 00:23:11.650
  • And I want to saythank you to Pastor Paul,
  • 00:23:11.683 --> 00:23:15.487
  • and Pastor Tom, Pastor Tim, andVicky and the incredible staff.
  • 00:23:15.520 --> 00:23:20.125
  • This is--there's onlyone celebrity at
  • 00:23:20.158 --> 00:23:22.461
  • Transformation Church,his name is Jesus.
  • 00:23:22.494 --> 00:23:24.529
  • He's been the star ofthe show since day one,
  • 00:23:24.563 --> 00:23:27.432
  • and I'm thankful that all of ourhearts are pointing towards him.
  • 00:23:27.466 --> 00:23:31.303
  • Because when he is lifted up, hewill draw all men unto himself.
  • 00:23:31.336 --> 00:23:35.941
  • So congregation, your emails,your notes of encouragement,
  • 00:23:35.974 --> 00:23:41.980
  • that's puttingcourage in us to serve you,
  • 00:23:42.013 --> 00:23:46.318
  • and to lead you.
  • 00:23:46.351 --> 00:23:48.119
  • And to lead youdoesn't mean come on.
  • 00:23:48.153 --> 00:23:49.721
  • No, it's we're serving youunto Christ's likeness because
  • 00:23:49.754 --> 00:23:53.024
  • listen, God is doing more,God is doing more.
  • 00:23:53.058 --> 00:23:56.628
  • And we're asking him to do more,we want him to do more in us
  • 00:23:56.661 --> 00:24:00.599
  • to make us more likeChrist, but more through us.
  • 00:24:00.632 --> 00:24:04.069
  • There's a world indarkness, in dungeons,
  • 00:24:04.102 --> 00:24:06.872
  • and we are the liberators.
  • 00:24:06.905 --> 00:24:09.341
  • We are the freedom fighters.
  • 00:24:09.374 --> 00:24:12.210
  • We don't fight with gunsand knives and grenades
  • 00:24:12.244 --> 00:24:14.880
  • and bazookas.
  • 00:24:14.913 --> 00:24:16.748
  • We fight with faithand hope and love.
  • 00:24:16.781 --> 00:24:19.751
  • And all of us got a role,all of us got a part.
  • 00:24:19.784 --> 00:24:23.021
  • I know what you'resaying, you're going,
  • 00:24:23.054 --> 00:24:24.689
  • "Derwin, but I can't do this."
  • 00:24:24.723 --> 00:24:26.024
  • Listen, you may notbe able to do it,
  • 00:24:26.057 --> 00:24:28.093
  • but let me tell you about theone who can do it through you,
  • 00:24:28.126 --> 00:24:30.629
  • his name is Jesus.
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  • Family, God is moving andhe's moving powerfully.
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  • Check this out, rememberyour leaders and who
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  • have spoken God's Word to you.
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  • As you carefully observethe outcomes of their lives,
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  • imitate their faith.
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  • Our lives are to be an example,and so we need your prayers so
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  • that we can walk in love,that we can walk in holiness,
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  • that we can walkin the Spirit's power.
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  • Listen and pray thisfor me, pray this for me.
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  • Family, pray this for me.
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  • I pray that the greatest sermonthat I ever preach is loving my
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  • wife, is loving my children,is being a man of integrity.
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  • That's what I want mygreatest sermon to be.
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  • I'm 45 minutes on astage every once in a while,
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  • but in and out, day to day,walking in the power of the
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  • Spirit and abiding in Christand delighting in his Father,
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  • as such that the Spirit of Godis a fragrant aroma that
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  • comes from my life.
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  • Derwin: It is our prayer thatthe Holy Spirit moved on your
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  • heart, and that afterthis message that you think,
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  • "Wow, Jesus is more beautiful,he's more life giving,
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  • he's more forgiving,he's more gracious,
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  • that he's the greatest treasurethat I could ever possess."
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  • If you're ready to receive Jesusas your God and Savior and King,
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  • pray this to him.
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  • He's listening, he's present.
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  • Pray these words to him:"Lord Jesus,
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  • I bow my knee to you, andI say thank you for your grace,
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  • thank you for takingmy place on the cross,
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  • your blood forever forgives me,that three days later you rose
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  • from the tomb and youbrought me out with you.
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  • And now, your life is my life.
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  • I say yes to you, Lord Jesus."
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  • Friends, if you prayedthat prayer with me,
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  • go to derwinlgray.com.
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  • Please let me know, wewant to celebrate with you.
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  • Derwin: Thank youso much for tuning into
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  • "The Transformed Life."
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  • It is our prayer that you wouldsee that God's grace is amazing,
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  • that he is the greatest treasurethat a human heart can possess.
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  • If this messagestrengthened you,
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  • if it encouraged you, would youconsider giving a financial gift
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  • to support us so that we cancontinue to preach the gospel
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  • around the world?
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  • But first, we want youto give your first fruits
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  • to your local church.
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  • And then secondly, if Godmoves your heart to give,
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  • would you go to derwinlgray.comand give a generous gift so that
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  • more lives can be transformed?
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  • ♪♪♪
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