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We Are New Covenant Family

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October 7, 2020
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Dr. Derwin Gray delivers timely messages with theological conviction on how Jesus can transform lives.

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We Are New Covenant Family

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  • female announcer: Today on,"The Transformed Life"
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  • with Dr. Derwin L. Gray.
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  • Derwin L. Gray:No matter how bad it gets,
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  • we have a futureto look forward
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  • to called the new heavensand the new earth.
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  • It always won't be like this.
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  • There's going to be a new day,there's going to be
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  • a better day, but todaywe can still praise,
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  • we can still worship.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ 'Cause I can feel itin the air ♪
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  • ♪ yeah, yeah ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna bea good day ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna be a good day,yeah ♪♪
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  • Derwin: As we goback to school,
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  • it's important for usto remember
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  • that we are the new covenantfamily of God,
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  • that we are the new covenantfamily of God,
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  • that God has always wanteda family.
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  • Think about this, God hasalways wanted you in his family.
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  • When Jesus tells us to prayin Matthew 6 our Father,
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  • that's the Aramaic word "Abba,"and it means a term of intimacy
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  • in love, that we have an Abba,that Abba wants us
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  • to be his kids, that we can beAbba's kids.
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  • You know, the word "daddy"or "abba" is a powerful word,
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  • it speaks of protection,it speaks of love,
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  • it speaks of wisdom,it speaks of purpose.
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  • Well, God, after Adam and Evenblew it in the garden of Eden,
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  • for those of you whodon't know the story,
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  • the story goes like this,God creates,
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  • he places his image bearersin the garden of Eden,
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  • which is like a sacred temple.
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  • And Adam and Eve's job,we're to be like
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  • these royal priests who were tomultiply God's kingdom on earth.
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  • But instead of multiplyingGod's kingdom,
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  • they wanted to compete withGod's kingdom because
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  • they listened to the deceptionof the serpent,
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  • and he told them,"Look, look, look,
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  • look, God's holding out on you.
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  • Forget the tree of life,go to the tree
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  • of knowledge of good and evil."
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  • When that takes place,theologians called this
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  • the fall, we were devoidof the life of God.
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  • There's a bunch of thingsthat take place in the story,
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  • but we get to what'scalled Genesis 12,
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  • and God finds thisman named Abram,
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  • changed his name to Abraham,which means father of many.
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  • And God says, "Look, I'm goingto make you a great nation.
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  • Your offspring is goingto be like the stars,
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  • and the whole world's goingto be blessed because of you."
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  • And so, God worksthrough the nation of Israel.
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  • Ultimately, Jesus himself comes.
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  • Let me pause here.
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  • Some of you are going, "Derwin,you shared that last week."
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  • Mm-hmm, and I'm goingto share it next week,
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  • you know why?
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  • Because we as Christiansdon't know the story,
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  • and there's a people who arelonging to be a part
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  • of a bigger story.
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  • Christianity does notstart in John 3:16.
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  • So, God made this covenant,and he's faithful to keep it,
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  • and he sends Jesus ultimatelyto give God this family so that
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  • we could call Abba our Abba.
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  • That we could know his presence.
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  • That in the midstof a broken world, we can--
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  • we can know him.
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  • So, look at this.
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  • So, how does Abba get his newcovenant multiethnic family?
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  • In the midst of thisbroken world, in the midst
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  • of dysfunctional families,God wants a family.
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  • And to the teenagers,I know you're going,
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  • "Man, I wish my familywas normal."
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  • Well, guess what?
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  • No family's normal exceptfor families are
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  • normally dysfunctional.
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  • All of us, there'sno perfect family.
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  • You won't have a perfect family,you won't be a perfect parent,
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  • but there is a perfect Abba,a Father who wants
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  • to invite us into thisnew covenant family.
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  • And I want to give us atheological anchor to hold onto.
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  • So, what is the problem?
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  • How come God lost his family?
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  • Basically, it's three moves,right?
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  • The biggest problem in humanityis not this thing called sin
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  • and death.
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  • That's a consequence.
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  • So, the word "sin" is a darkpower that means
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  • to miss the mark.
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  • Like literally God created usto reflect his image perfectly.
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  • So, Adam was supposedto do that, but he messed up.
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  • So, Jesus is calledthe last Adam,
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  • 1 Corinthians 15:45.
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  • So, Jesus is the last Adam,is the prototype of what
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  • we were meant to be.
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  • Just pause for a minute.
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  • Can you imagine loving,and listening,
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  • and living with the presenceand power of Jesus just
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  • for two seconds uninterrupted?
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  • Can you imagine how beautifulthat would be?
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  • It would be likeheaven on earth.
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  • So, but the real problemis idolatry.
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  • And you know, we don'treally use that language much,
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  • but the reality,idolatry simple means this,
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  • I think there's something betterthan Abba.
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  • I think there's something betterthat can satisfy me than Jesus.
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  • I think there's somethingbetter than the Holy Spirit.
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  • And so, before we're borninto God's family,
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  • we are stuck andtrapped in idolatry,
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  • and thus we're trappedin sin and we're doomed
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  • to physical deathand spiritual death.
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  • But when we becomefollowers of Christ,
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  • this is broken in our lives.
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  • Yet the ramifications and theaspects of this is still alive.
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  • But the point is I want usto get this.
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  • Man's problem is insteadof worshipping the uncreated
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  • Creator, we take the things thathe gave us and we worship them.
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  • But I've got somereally good news.
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  • Hebrews chapter 7,verse 22 says this,
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  • "Jesus has also become theguarantee of a better covenant."
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  • So, for those of younew to the faith, teenagers,
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  • or maybe you've walkedwith Christ for a long time,
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  • you're going through a toughtime and you're like,
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  • "But where is God?
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  • I mean, he said he'sgoing to protect us."
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  • Well, ultimate protectionis called the resurrection.
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  • Ultimate protection is God says,"I work all things together,"
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  • listen to this now, "I workall things together."
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  • Let me say it one more timefor the people in the back,
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  • "I work all things togetherfor the good," for who?
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  • "For those who love me andwho are called according
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  • to my purpose."
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  • And then it says,"For whom he foreknew,
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  • he predestined to be conformedto the image of his Son."
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  • That's God's greatest goal.
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  • And so, he's moving in us,he's working in us,
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  • but Jesus is the one who says,"My Father has kept his Word."
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  • Now, what I want to do isI want to pause.
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  • So, I laid the foundation,some of y'all going,
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  • "Good Lord, if that wasjust the introduction,
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  • we're going to be listening tothis sermon for eight years."
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  • Well, you ain't got nothingto do anyway, neither do I.
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  • Okay, let's go.
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  • So, I laid the foundationfor us, right?
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  • So, sometimes what we do asfollowers of Jesus is we try
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  • to make our faith so modern andso relevant and so practical
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  • that we practically preach Jesusand his truth out of it,
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  • and it's like a self-help talk.
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  • We don't do that here atTransformation Church.
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  • So, I want to take you back.
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  • I want you to comeon a journey with me.
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  • Could you all bring outthe Ark of the Covenant?
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  • By the way, I've been wanting usto make one for ourselves
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  • so we don't have to borrow one.
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  • All right, so let me--let me open up with this,
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  • how does God gethis family back?
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  • Let me take you back a couplethousand years, okay?
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  • The way Abba gets his newcovenant family is he gives us,
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  • that's grace, he gives usan unblemished Lamb,
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  • a High Priest,and a Holies of Holies.
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  • You're like, "Derwin,what in the world?"
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  • Well, we got to enterinto the mystery.
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  • There's more to itthan what you see, all right?
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  • So, let me read to you the text.
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  • Hebrews chapter 9:11through 13,
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  • this is where we're going toland for the rest of our time.
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  • It says this, "But Christ hasappeared as a high priest."
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  • We learned that Jesus isour High Priest.
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  • Why is that important?
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  • I'll continue hereand I'll let you know.
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  • "Of the good things thathave come in the greater
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  • and more perfect tabernaclenot made with hands,
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  • that is not this creation.
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  • He entered the most holy paceonce for all time,
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  • not by the blood of goatsand calves,
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  • but by his own blood, havingobtained eternal redemption."
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  • Eternal redemption,that's where the power is.
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  • All right, so whenever you dealwith the words "redemption,"
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  • for our faith as Christians,it's rooted in two
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  • of the greatest eventsin Israel's history.
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  • The first one iscalled Passover,
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  • where the children of Israelwere in slavery in Egypt.
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  • God gave them a mission,they couldn't do it unless
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  • they got set free.
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  • God raises up Moses,Moses is used by God
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  • to perform ten miracles.
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  • Those ten miracles defeatthe ten false gods of Israel,
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  • and the last one is God says,
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  • "I'm going to takethe firstborn out of--"
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  • Not Israel, Egypt.
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  • God says, "I'm going to take thefirstborn throughout the land
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  • of Egypt because youwon't let my people go."
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  • Then he tells Israel,"Get the blood of a lamb,
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  • put it over your door, and theangel of death will pass by."
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  • So, that first eventis called the Passover,
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  • and it deals with freedomfrom slavery.
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  • Well, when we cometo the New Testament,
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  • we're also in slavery,but not to pharaoh.
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  • We're in slavery to sinand death,
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  • and the blood sets us free.
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  • After the peopleof Israel get free,
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  • the Jewish people movethrough the wilderness,
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  • and God's like, "I want youto make a home for me,
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  • a tabernacle, then eventuallya temple.
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  • But in the temple, I want youto put the Ark of the Covenant."
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  • In Jewish theology,the temple is
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  • where heaven and earthcollapsed into one.
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  • And one time a yearon Yom Kippur,
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  • the high priest could go inside.
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  • But a rope would be tied aroundhis leg because if he did
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  • something unholy, he would diebecause of the holiness
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  • and the majesty of God.
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  • Let me pause here.
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  • There are Christians or peopletongue in cheek will say,
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  • "You know, when I see Godin the afterlife,
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  • I'm going to havesome questions for him."
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  • Oh no, you're not.
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  • You are going to fall onyour face and sit there
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  • and weep and cry at the beautyof his holiness.
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  • You are going to unravel,you are going to be undone
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  • in pure pleasure.
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  • You ain't going to havenothing to say, but,
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  • "Holy, holy, holy isthe Lord God Almighty."
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  • I don't know about for you,but that was good for me, okay.
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  • The priest would go in and hewould have the blood of a lamb.
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  • And as the high priestwould go in,
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  • he would take the blood of thelamb and he would pour the blood
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  • in between the seraphim,these mighty, powerful angels.
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  • And in the middle was theTen Commandments with the
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  • mercy seat above it, was thissmoke called the shekinah glory.
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  • And so, when the bloodcame down,
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  • it splattered or toned overthe Ten Commandments.
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  • So, when God's presencelooks down,
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  • it doesn't see the peoplebreaking the Ten Commandments,
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  • it sees that their sinsare atoned for.
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  • Well, God's family comesinto being as a result
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  • of an unblemished lamb, a highpriest, the unblemished lamb,
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  • the high priest, the blood,the temple.
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  • So, when Jesus comes,guess what he is?
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  • This is why Jesus is the keyto understanding Scripture.
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  • Look how beautiful our God is.
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  • The very requirements that hesets forth, he is in it himself.
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  • So, Jesus is calledthe High Priest.
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  • So, in tough times, we havethe High Priest walking with us,
  • 00:12:16.195 --> 00:12:19.732
  • he's the bridge.
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  • Jesus is the Holies of Holies.
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  • He's the temple himself.
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  • That's why the Pharisees said,"Oh, in three days,
  • 00:12:27.239 --> 00:12:29.875
  • you say you're going to raisethe temple,"
  • 00:12:29.909 --> 00:12:31.544
  • but Jesus was talkingof his body.
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  • He's the unblemished Lamb, thathe himself is the unblemished
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  • Lamb for eternal redemption.
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  • So listen, as brothersand sisters in Christ,
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  • no matter how hard it gets,no matter how bad it gets,
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  • we have a future to look forwardto called the new heavens
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  • and the new earth.
  • 00:12:53.065 --> 00:12:54.433
  • It always won't be like this.
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  • There's going to be a new day,there's going to be a better
  • 00:12:56.268 --> 00:12:58.704
  • day, but today we can stillpraise, we can still worship,
  • 00:12:58.737 --> 00:13:02.908
  • we can still call his name, why?
  • 00:13:02.942 --> 00:13:05.277
  • Because of eternal redemption.
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  • Listen, some of you have carriedguilt and shame for too long.
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  • Jesus has given youa blood bath, you're forgiven.
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  • We're family.
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  • We have to encourage eachother with these truths.
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  • Jesus is the Holies of Holies.
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  • Jesus is the mercy seaton the cross.
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  • Jesus is the High Priest,the unblemished Lamb.
  • 00:13:30.669 --> 00:13:34.206
  • Jesus is all of these thingsso that we all could become
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  • children of the Most High.
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  • Check this out, "For if theblood of goats and bulls
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  • and the ashes of a young cowsprinkled those who are defiled,
  • 00:13:48.420 --> 00:13:51.290
  • sanctified for the purificationof the flesh."
  • 00:13:51.323 --> 00:13:55.828
  • There's power inthe blood of Jesus.
  • 00:13:55.861 --> 00:13:58.397
  • In hard times, in tough times,we got to remember
  • 00:13:58.430 --> 00:14:00.900
  • who Jesus is andwhat he's done for us.
  • 00:14:00.933 --> 00:14:03.702
  • And also, we have to rememberthat as his people,
  • 00:14:03.736 --> 00:14:07.106
  • he has a purpose for us, justlike the children of Israel.
  • 00:14:07.139 --> 00:14:09.642
  • He said, "I'm going to set youfree from slavery,
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  • you're going to gothrough the wilderness,
  • 00:14:11.810 --> 00:14:13.245
  • you're going to gothrough the Promised Land."
  • 00:14:13.279 --> 00:14:14.947
  • Well, guess what?
  • 00:14:14.980 --> 00:14:16.282
  • God does that for us.
  • 00:14:16.315 --> 00:14:17.616
  • He sets us freefrom sin and death,
  • 00:14:17.650 --> 00:14:18.951
  • and right now in this life,we're in the wilderness,
  • 00:14:18.984 --> 00:14:20.386
  • and we are journeying thenew heavens and new earth.
  • 00:14:20.419 --> 00:14:23.088
  • Let me talk to someonewho's exploring Christianity.
  • 00:14:23.122 --> 00:14:26.625
  • The goal is not to get youto heaven when you die.
  • 00:14:26.659 --> 00:14:29.128
  • The goal is to bring heavenhere to earth,
  • 00:14:29.161 --> 00:14:33.632
  • and one day we'll get allnew resurrection bodies.
  • 00:14:33.666 --> 00:14:37.102
  • And we're not going to singall day to God kumbaya"
  • 00:14:37.136 --> 00:14:40.205
  • with wings like chubby babies.
  • 00:14:40.239 --> 00:14:42.207
  • We're going to have resurrected,glorified bodies.
  • 00:14:42.241 --> 00:14:44.677
  • We're going to explorethe earth.
  • 00:14:44.710 --> 00:14:46.345
  • We're going to have roles,we're going to have assignments.
  • 00:14:46.378 --> 00:14:48.747
  • There will never ever be a boredday because an infinite God
  • 00:14:48.781 --> 00:14:52.918
  • of greatness cannever be boring.
  • 00:14:52.952 --> 00:14:56.088
  • It's going to be glorious,it's going to be beautiful.
  • 00:14:56.121 --> 00:14:58.691
  • Not only will we seeour loved ones, we will,
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  • but the highlightof the new heavens
  • 00:15:01.260 --> 00:15:03.162
  • and new earth is Jesus,who is the Lamb.
  • 00:15:03.195 --> 00:15:06.098
  • And by the way,when we see Jesus,
  • 00:15:06.131 --> 00:15:08.267
  • he's going to show us the holesin his wrists and say,
  • 00:15:08.300 --> 00:15:11.737
  • "I did this for you."
  • 00:15:11.770 --> 00:15:13.339
  • He's going to lift upthe side and say,
  • 00:15:13.372 --> 00:15:15.274
  • "I did this for you."
  • 00:15:15.307 --> 00:15:16.976
  • We're going to see the markson his head
  • 00:15:17.009 --> 00:15:18.944
  • from the crown of thorns,"I did this for you."
  • 00:15:18.978 --> 00:15:21.847
  • So remember, no matter howtough it gets,
  • 00:15:21.880 --> 00:15:24.049
  • remember what he did for you,remember who you are,
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  • remember who you belong to.
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  • That ooh child, one day,things are going to get easier.
  • 00:15:28.954 --> 00:15:32.591
  • But until that day, we can callon the one who said,
  • 00:15:32.624 --> 00:15:35.728
  • "Today is the day thatwe declare that God is great,
  • 00:15:35.761 --> 00:15:38.964
  • that God is good."
  • 00:15:38.998 --> 00:15:40.332
  • It's easy to worship him wheneverything is going your way.
  • 00:15:40.366 --> 00:15:43.469
  • But what happens whenall hell breaks loose?
  • 00:15:43.502 --> 00:15:46.005
  • We call heaven.
  • 00:15:46.038 --> 00:15:48.540
  • He's present.
  • 00:15:48.574 --> 00:15:49.975
  • How do we know?
  • 00:15:50.009 --> 00:15:51.343
  • He's the unblemished Lamb.
  • 00:15:51.377 --> 00:15:53.078
  • He's the High Priest.
  • 00:15:53.112 --> 00:15:54.613
  • He's the Holies of Holies,he's the temple.
  • 00:15:54.646 --> 00:15:56.715
  • He is all that we need.
  • 00:15:56.749 --> 00:15:59.885
  • So, he's leading us now ona new and better exodus.
  • 00:15:59.918 --> 00:16:03.856
  • Like God has us on an exodus,and as a part of this exodus,
  • 00:16:03.889 --> 00:16:06.759
  • there's worship, discipleship,and mission.
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  • What is worship?
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:12.865
  • Worship is declaring who God is.
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  • Not only do we sing that, buta life of obedience sings that.
  • 00:16:20.072 --> 00:16:24.309
  • Obedience isn't a dirty word,obedience is simply
  • 00:16:24.343 --> 00:16:26.445
  • I'm responding to the initiationof your grace and love,
  • 00:16:26.478 --> 00:16:30.783
  • and I declarethat you are great.
  • 00:16:30.816 --> 00:16:33.585
  • And so, God sets us freefor worship.
  • 00:16:33.619 --> 00:16:36.555
  • Now, some of you, you go,"Well, is God like a narcissist?
  • 00:16:36.588 --> 00:16:39.825
  • Does he need our worship?"
  • 00:16:39.858 --> 00:16:41.393
  • Of course not.
  • 00:16:41.427 --> 00:16:42.928
  • God designed us to worship himbecause we can't live
  • 00:16:42.961 --> 00:16:45.597
  • without it.
  • 00:16:45.631 --> 00:16:47.199
  • God himself is life,and anything that has breathe,
  • 00:16:47.232 --> 00:16:50.436
  • anything that has lifeowes his life to the one
  • 00:16:50.469 --> 00:16:53.439
  • who is eternally life.
  • 00:16:53.472 --> 00:16:57.342
  • We can't help but worship him.
  • 00:16:57.376 --> 00:17:00.379
  • And then this word here,"discipleship."
  • 00:17:00.412 --> 00:17:03.182
  • The word "Christian" isused three times
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  • in the New Testament.
  • 00:17:06.251 --> 00:17:08.053
  • The word "discipleship"is used 269 times.
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  • What does discipleship mean?
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  • Teenagers, preteens,those of you new to the faith,
  • 00:17:13.592 --> 00:17:15.394
  • discipleship means to bean apprentice or a student.
  • 00:17:15.427 --> 00:17:21.567
  • If you're a follower of Jesus,we are his students.
  • 00:17:21.600 --> 00:17:25.304
  • We're learning his teaching,we're relying on his life,
  • 00:17:25.337 --> 00:17:28.907
  • we're learning his rhythm,we're learning his ways
  • 00:17:28.941 --> 00:17:33.378
  • of the kingdom.
  • 00:17:33.412 --> 00:17:34.780
  • That's what it means to bea disciple.
  • 00:17:34.813 --> 00:17:37.382
  • And in the ancient world,a disciple always
  • 00:17:37.416 --> 00:17:40.519
  • followed his master.
  • 00:17:40.552 --> 00:17:43.455
  • So, Jesus redeems us,he moves us from darkness
  • 00:17:43.489 --> 00:17:46.592
  • and brings us intohis light, why?
  • 00:17:46.625 --> 00:17:49.828
  • So that we can learnhow to love like him.
  • 00:17:49.862 --> 00:17:53.298
  • So that we can learn howto be patient like him.
  • 00:17:53.332 --> 00:17:56.135
  • So we can learn how tobe generous like him.
  • 00:17:56.168 --> 00:17:58.670
  • So we can learn howto be humble like him.
  • 00:17:58.704 --> 00:18:03.242
  • That's discipleship.
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  • And then what happens is,is out of worship,
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  • God, you set us free,I love you.
  • 00:18:09.515 --> 00:18:12.217
  • Out of discipleship, God,I want to become like you.
  • 00:18:12.251 --> 00:18:15.220
  • Then that moves us to mission.
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  • God, I want others to know you.
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  • We got to remind ourselvesin the midst of this,
  • 00:18:20.592 --> 00:18:23.428
  • in the midst of a tough time,we got to remind ourselves we're
  • 00:18:23.462 --> 00:18:26.131
  • a new covenant family, we have anew mission and a new purpose.
  • 00:18:26.165 --> 00:18:30.235
  • Let's look at the text.
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  • Hebrews 9:14, "How muchmore will the blood of Christ,
  • 00:18:32.171 --> 00:18:37.976
  • who through the eternal Spiritoffered himself
  • 00:18:38.010 --> 00:18:40.679
  • without blemish to God?"
  • 00:18:40.712 --> 00:18:42.714
  • By the way, here atTransformation Church,
  • 00:18:42.748 --> 00:18:44.716
  • like all orthodoxbelieving Christians,
  • 00:18:44.750 --> 00:18:46.852
  • we believe that God is triune.
  • 00:18:46.885 --> 00:18:48.987
  • So look, we got the Father,we got the Spirit,
  • 00:18:49.021 --> 00:18:51.823
  • we got the Son.
  • 00:18:51.857 --> 00:18:53.292
  • We see the Trinity in actionin our salvation.
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  • "Without blemish to God,cleanse our consciousness,
  • 00:18:57.062 --> 00:19:01.266
  • cleanse our consciousnessfrom dead works so that
  • 00:19:01.300 --> 00:19:04.403
  • we can serve the living God."
  • 00:19:04.436 --> 00:19:07.039
  • So, we have forgiveness.
  • 00:19:07.072 --> 00:19:08.574
  • God is making us new,so we got worship,
  • 00:19:08.607 --> 00:19:12.644
  • we got discipleship,we've got mission.
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  • I want to share a text with you.
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  • This wasn't initiallya part of my message,
  • 00:19:18.383 --> 00:19:20.319
  • but in my own privatedevotional reading time,
  • 00:19:20.352 --> 00:19:23.188
  • this text just stood out.
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  • And this is God's passionfor Israel.
  • 00:19:25.390 --> 00:19:29.361
  • Israel failed in this mission,so Jesus came as the Messiah
  • 00:19:29.394 --> 00:19:33.765
  • to live this out, and nowhe hands us his mission.
  • 00:19:33.799 --> 00:19:37.803
  • That's why we're calledthe body of Christ.
  • 00:19:37.836 --> 00:19:40.105
  • Now, I want you to listen,this is so important.
  • 00:19:40.138 --> 00:19:41.974
  • Friends, in the midst of COVID,God is awakening people
  • 00:19:42.007 --> 00:19:48.647
  • to their need for him.
  • 00:19:48.680 --> 00:19:52.117
  • Literally, Vicky and I,we're traveling,
  • 00:19:52.150 --> 00:19:55.020
  • we're on an airplane,a gentleman who works
  • 00:19:55.053 --> 00:19:57.956
  • for the airline comes in,he's like,
  • 00:19:57.990 --> 00:19:59.891
  • "Hey, are you Pastor Gray?"
  • 00:19:59.925 --> 00:20:01.360
  • I'm like, "Yeah."
  • 00:20:01.393 --> 00:20:02.728
  • He's like, "Man, my wife saidthat we need to start
  • 00:20:02.761 --> 00:20:04.529
  • attending church, and we wantto attend your church.
  • 00:20:04.563 --> 00:20:07.466
  • Can we come?"
  • 00:20:07.499 --> 00:20:08.800
  • I'm like, "Yeah."
  • 00:20:08.834 --> 00:20:10.535
  • And so we--I gave him my email.
  • 00:20:10.569 --> 00:20:12.271
  • My point is this,people are hungry.
  • 00:20:12.304 --> 00:20:16.174
  • COVID has revealed thingsthat were concealed,
  • 00:20:16.208 --> 00:20:21.680
  • and now they're laid wide open.
  • 00:20:21.713 --> 00:20:24.249
  • And we're empty,and Christ says,
  • 00:20:24.283 --> 00:20:26.084
  • "I want to fill that," so youand I are his missionaries.
  • 00:20:26.118 --> 00:20:30.355
  • Watch this.
  • 00:20:30.389 --> 00:20:32.090
  • "I am the Lord.
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  • I have called you fora righteous purpose."
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  • You hear that, guys?A righteous purpose.
  • 00:20:40.632 --> 00:20:43.769
  • "And I will hold youby your hand."
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  • I love that, God will hold usby the hand.
  • 00:20:46.038 --> 00:20:50.275
  • God will hold us by the hand.
  • 00:20:50.309 --> 00:20:52.811
  • "I will watch over you,and I will appoint you to be
  • 00:20:52.844 --> 00:20:55.580
  • a covenant for the peopleand a light to the nations."
  • 00:20:55.614 --> 00:21:00.085
  • This is not just peopleacross the sea,
  • 00:21:00.118 --> 00:21:02.854
  • but people across the street.
  • 00:21:02.888 --> 00:21:06.058
  • Now, listen to this languageof people outside of the scope
  • 00:21:06.091 --> 00:21:09.528
  • of God's new covenant,outside of faith in Christ.
  • 00:21:09.561 --> 00:21:13.598
  • "In order to open blind eyes."
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  • People outside of the scopeof Christ in relationship
  • 00:21:17.369 --> 00:21:20.772
  • who've not received him as Kingand Savior have blind eyes,
  • 00:21:20.806 --> 00:21:24.710
  • blind eyes, blind eyes.
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  • Can you imaginedriving a car blind?
  • 00:21:26.978 --> 00:21:28.647
  • A lot of car wrecks.
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  • Well, in our society, there'sa lot of people wrecking
  • 00:21:30.048 --> 00:21:32.584
  • into each other becausewe're spiritually blind.
  • 00:21:32.617 --> 00:21:36.188
  • Watch this, "To bring prisonersfrom the dungeon."
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  • So, without Christ, peopleare prisoners in a dungeon.
  • 00:21:40.459 --> 00:21:44.529
  • Not just a regular jail,but a dungeon.
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  • "And those sitting in darknessfrom the prison house."
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  • So, notice that language.Let that hit your heart.
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  • I promise you this,when God's agenda is
  • 00:21:55.474 --> 00:22:00.712
  • the most important agenda to us,he'll meet our needs.
  • 00:22:00.746 --> 00:22:05.784
  • You're like,"Derwin, how you know?"
  • 00:22:05.817 --> 00:22:07.252
  • Well, this ain't really deep,but the Bible says it.
  • 00:22:07.285 --> 00:22:10.288
  • Matthew 6:33, "Seek firstthe kingdom of God
  • 00:22:10.322 --> 00:22:13.825
  • and his righteousness,and all these things
  • 00:22:13.859 --> 00:22:15.761
  • will be provided to you likeyour earthly needs."
  • 00:22:15.794 --> 00:22:18.697
  • And so, God is wanting toreorient us to understand that
  • 00:22:18.730 --> 00:22:22.033
  • he has eternally redeemed us.
  • 00:22:22.067 --> 00:22:24.169
  • He has set us free to worship,to discipleship,
  • 00:22:24.202 --> 00:22:28.240
  • to grow, but also to bemissionaries because people
  • 00:22:28.273 --> 00:22:30.842
  • are blind, people are in prisonsof dungeons,
  • 00:22:30.876 --> 00:22:33.412
  • prisons of darkness.
  • 00:22:33.445 --> 00:22:35.080
  • And he says, "I am the Lord,this is my name,
  • 00:22:35.113 --> 00:22:37.315
  • and I will not give my glory toanother or my praise to idols."
  • 00:22:37.349 --> 00:22:41.219
  • So, we're back at idolatry.
  • 00:22:41.253 --> 00:22:42.721
  • The people in darkness,the people in prison,
  • 00:22:42.754 --> 00:22:45.891
  • the people in dungeons,the people that are blind
  • 00:22:45.924 --> 00:22:48.760
  • have been sold a bagof false idols.
  • 00:22:48.794 --> 00:22:52.564
  • And God is saying,"Go tell them about me."
  • 00:22:52.597 --> 00:22:55.400
  • And here's what's beautiful,y'all, here's what's beautiful.
  • 00:22:55.434 --> 00:22:58.303
  • In this season of COVID,in this season of online,
  • 00:22:58.336 --> 00:23:02.107
  • all you have to do is prayand click a button and say,
  • 00:23:02.140 --> 00:23:05.844
  • "I want you to listen to this."
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  • Build relationships,love people,
  • 00:23:07.212 --> 00:23:09.448
  • pray for people, why?
  • 00:23:09.481 --> 00:23:12.584
  • Because the same waythat we adore Jesus,
  • 00:23:12.617 --> 00:23:14.920
  • we want others to adore him.
  • 00:23:14.953 --> 00:23:19.858
  • Watch this, how does Abbaget his new covenant
  • 00:23:19.891 --> 00:23:23.395
  • multiethnic family?
  • 00:23:23.428 --> 00:23:24.963
  • Number three, we servethe living God,
  • 00:23:24.996 --> 00:23:27.799
  • you ready, by loving each otherand the world.
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  • Oh man, somewhere along theway in western Christianity
  • 00:23:36.508 --> 00:23:40.979
  • in America, we have this falsebelief that we could love God
  • 00:23:41.012 --> 00:23:45.217
  • and not love peopleand think we're saved.
  • 00:23:45.250 --> 00:23:50.622
  • 1 John I believe 5:4 says, "Howcan you say you love God whom
  • 00:23:50.655 --> 00:23:53.925
  • you can't see, but don't loveyour brother who you can see?"
  • 00:23:53.959 --> 00:23:57.963
  • The way we display our love forGod is the love we love people.
  • 00:23:57.996 --> 00:24:01.867
  • So, let me say this,this is so important.
  • 00:24:01.900 --> 00:24:04.603
  • Husbands and wives,protect yourselves.
  • 00:24:04.636 --> 00:24:08.440
  • Give your best energyto each other.
  • 00:24:08.473 --> 00:24:12.043
  • Husbands and wives,don't give your best energy
  • 00:24:12.077 --> 00:24:14.813
  • to your jobs or your kids.
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  • Moms, your child is notyour first priority, it's Jesus,
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  • your husband, your child.
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  • Husbands, your first priorityis Jesus, your wife,
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  • your children, your job,whatever it may be.
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  • Give your best energy to protecteach other physically,
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  • protect each other spiritually,protect each other emotionally.
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  • Now, as Christians in the midstof this divisive, crazy,
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  • reality TV political whateverit is, love each other.
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  • Don't let an elephant,don't let a donkey tear apart
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  • what the eternal redemptionof Jesus brought together.
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  • Protect each other.
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  • We are the family of God.
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  • Be kind to each other.
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  • Give each other the samegrace that Jesus has given you.
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  • Man, sometimes I scroll throughFacebook and I see people
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  • all Christian, and thenI look at their Facebook
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  • and it's all politics.
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  • That's got to break his heart.
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  • Like Jesus came preachinga politic called
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  • the kingdom of God.
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  • Friends, we have a momentand an opportunity.
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  • Our country andour world is ripe,
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  • their hearts are openfor King Jesus.
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  • We have a good Fatherthat loves us,
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  • a good Father that wantsto bring us into his family
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  • so that we can learn to behis kingdom kids of worship,
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  • of discipleship, and mission.
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  • Derwin: It is our prayerthat the Holy Spirit moved
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  • on your heart, and that afterthis message that you think,
  • 00:26:01.386 --> 00:26:04.889
  • "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, and I saythank 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
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  • you rose from the tomb andyou brought 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, we wantto celebrate with you.
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  • Derwin: Thank you so muchfor tuning in to,
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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 treasurethe 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 firstfruits
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  • to your local church.
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  • And then secondly, if God movesyour heart to give,
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  • would you go to derwinlgray.comand give a generous gift
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  • so that more livescan be transformed?
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