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Is He the Teacher of Truth or the Truth to Be Taught?

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May 23, 2020
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We know the teachings of Jesus are true because He is the Truth. It isn’t based upon opinion or how we feel – Jesus is the truth.

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Is He the Teacher of Truth or the Truth to Be Taught?

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Many say,"I know about Jesus."
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  • You may know about Jesus,but do you know Jesus?
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  • Do you know him personally?
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  • The study of Jesus,as revealed to us
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  • in the New Testament Scripture,
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  • shows he is more thanjust a man,
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  • more than a martyr,more than a revolutionary,
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  • more than a movement,more than a superstar.
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  • So, who is Jesus?
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Jesus isthe mystery of the ages
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  • and the marvel of history.
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  • He is personal and knowable,and he longs to know you more.
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  • Discover how your life willoverflow when the Jesus
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  • you may not knowbecomes the Lord and Savior
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  • you will always love.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Who breaks the powerof sin and darkness ♪
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  • ♪ Whose love is mightyand so much stronger ♪
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  • ♪ The King of glory,the King above all kings ♪
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  • ♪ Who shakes the wholeearth with holy thunder ♪
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  • ♪ Who leaves us breathlessin awe and wonder ♪
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  • ♪ The King of glory,the King above all kings ♪
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  • Michael Sanchez: C'mon, church,lift up.
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  • ♪ This is amazing grace ♪
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  • ♪ This is unfailing love ♪
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  • ♪ That you wouldtake my place ♪
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  • ♪ that you wouldbear my cross ♪
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  • ♪ You laid down your lifethat I would be set free ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Jesus, I sing for allthat you've done for me ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, you've done for me ♪
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  • ♪ Who brings our chaosback into order ♪
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  • ♪ Who makes the orphana son and daughter ♪
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  • ♪ The King of glory,The King of glory ♪
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  • ♪ Who rules the nationswith truth and justice ♪
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  • ♪ Shines like the sunin all of its brilliance ♪
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  • ♪ The King of glory,the King above all kings ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, this isamazing grace ♪
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  • ♪ This is unfailing love ♪
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  • ♪ That you wouldtake my place ♪
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  • ♪ that you wouldbear my cross ♪
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  • ♪ You laid down your lifethat I would be set free ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Jesus, I sing for allthat you've done for me ♪
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  • Michael: Sing "Worthy."
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  • ♪ Worthy is the Lambwho was slain ♪
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  • ♪ Worthy is the King whoconquered the grave ♪
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  • ♪ Worthy is the Lambwho was slain ♪
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  • ♪ Worthy is the King whoconquered the grave ♪
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  • ♪ Worthy is the Lambwho was slain ♪
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  • ♪ Worthy is the Kingwho conquered the grave ♪
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  • ♪ Worthy is the Lambwho was slain ♪
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  • ♪ Worthy is the King ♪
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  • ♪ This is amazing grace ♪
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  • ♪ This is unfailing love ♪
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  • ♪ That you wouldtake my place ♪
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  • ♪ that you wouldbear my cross ♪
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  • ♪ You laid down your lifethat I would be set free ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Jesus, I sing for allthat you've done for me ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, all you've donefor me ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • female announcer:In today's message,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah answersthe question,
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  • "Is he the teacher of truthor the truth to be taught?"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You will neverfind a better model for what
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  • it means to be a true teacherthan to go
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  • to the teacher himself,the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • and discover how committedhe was,
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  • not just to communicating truthbut to changing lives.
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  • Does he fill each of your dayswith hope and does he direct you
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Michael: Sing,"You give life."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ You give life,you are love ♪
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  • ♪ you bring lightto the darkness ♪
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  • ♪ You give hope ♪
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  • ♪ you restore every heartthat is broken ♪ ♪
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  • Great are you, Lord ♪
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  • Michael: "It's your breath."
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour outour praise ♪
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  • ♪ we pour out our praise ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour out our praiseto you only ♪
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  • Michael: "You give life."
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  • ♪ You give life,you are love ♪
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  • ♪ you bring lightto the darkness ♪
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  • ♪ You give hope,you restore every heart ♪
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  • ♪ that is broken ♪
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  • ♪ Great are you, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour outour praise ♪
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  • ♪ we pour out our praise ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breath inour lungs so we pour out ♪
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  • ♪ our praise to you only ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour out our praise,we pour out our praise ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour out our praiseto you only ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Michael: Sing, "All the earthwill shout your praise,"
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  • c'mon, church.
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  • ♪ All the earth will shoutyour praise ♪
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  • ♪ Our hearts will cry,these bones will sing ♪
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  • ♪ Great are you, Lord ♪
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  • Michael: "All the earth."
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  • ♪ All the earth will shoutyour praise ♪
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  • ♪ Our hearts will cry,these bones will sing ♪
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  • ♪ Great are you, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ All the earth will shoutyour praise ♪
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  • ♪ Our hearts will cry,these bones will sing ♪
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  • ♪ Great are you, Lord ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour out our praise,we pour out our praise ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour out our praiseto you only ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs so ♪
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  • ♪ we pour out our praise,we pour out our praise ♪
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  • ♪ It's your breathin our lungs ♪
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  • ♪ so we pour out our praiseto you only ♪
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  • ♪ Great are you, Lord ♪
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  • Michael: Sing that out to him,"Great are you, Lord."
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  • ♪ Great are you, Lord ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ The Lord is my shepherd;I shall not want ♪
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  • ♪ In green pastureshe makes me lie down ♪
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  • ♪ He restores my soul andleads me on for his name ♪
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  • ♪ for his great name ♪
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  • ♪ Surely goodness,surely mercy ♪
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  • ♪ right beside meall my days ♪
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  • ♪ Then I will dwellin your house forever ♪
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  • ♪ and blessyour holy name ♪
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  • ♪ You prepare a tableright before me ♪
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  • ♪ in the presenceof my enemies ♪
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  • ♪ Though the arrow fliesand the terror ♪
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  • ♪ of night is at my door ♪
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  • ♪ I'll trust you, Lord ♪
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  • Michael: Sing this with us.
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  • ♪ Surely goodness,surely mercy ♪
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  • ♪ right beside meall my days ♪
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  • ♪ And I will dwellin your house forever ♪
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  • ♪ and blessyour holy name ♪
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  • ♪ Surely goodness,surely mercy ♪
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  • ♪ right beside meall my days ♪
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  • ♪ And I will dwellin your house forever ♪
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  • ♪ and blessyour holy name ♪
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  • ♪ Even though I walkthrough the valley ♪
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  • ♪ of the shadow of deathI will fear no evil ♪
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  • ♪ Even though I walkthrough the valley ♪
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  • ♪ of the shadow of deathyou are on my side ♪
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  • Michael: Stand and sing thatwith us, "Even though I walk."
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  • ♪ Even though I walkthrough the valley ♪
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  • ♪ of the shadow of deathI will fear no evil ♪
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  • ♪ Even though I walkthrough the valley ♪
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  • ♪ of the shadow of deathyou are on my side ♪
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  • ♪ Even though I walkthrough the valley ♪
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  • ♪ of the shadow of deathI will fear no evil ♪
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  • ♪ Even though I walkthrough the valley ♪
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  • ♪ of the shadow of deathyou are on my side ♪
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  • ♪ Surely goodness,surely mercy ♪
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  • ♪ right beside meall my days ♪
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  • ♪ Then I will dwellin your house forever ♪
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  • ♪ and blessyour holy name ♪
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  • Michael: Sing thatwith us again.
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  • ♪ Surely goodness,surely mercy ♪
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  • ♪ right beside meall my days ♪
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  • ♪ And I will dwellin your house forever ♪
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  • ♪ and bless your holy name ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ When peace like a river,attendeth my way ♪
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  • ♪ when sorrows likesea billows roll ♪
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  • ♪ Whatever my lot ♪
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  • ♪ thou hast taught meto say, it is well ♪
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  • ♪ it is well with my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is well with my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is well, it is wellwith my soul ♪
  • 00:22:10.479 --> 00:22:20.489
  • ♪ Though Satanshould buffet ♪
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  • ♪ though trialsshould come ♪
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  • ♪ let this blestassurance control ♪
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  • ♪ that Christhas regarded ♪
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  • ♪ my helpless estateand hath shed ♪
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  • ♪ his own bloodfor my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is wellwith my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is well, it is wellwith my soul ♪
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  • ♪ My sin, O the blissof this glorious thought ♪
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  • ♪ My sin, not in partbut the whole ♪
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  • ♪ is nailed to the cross,and I bear it no more ♪
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  • ♪ Praise the Lord,praise the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ And Lord,haste the day ♪
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  • ♪ when my faith shall besight the clouds ♪
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  • ♪ be rolled backas a scroll ♪
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  • ♪ The trump shall resoundand the Lord shall descend ♪
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  • ♪ Even so, it is wellwith my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is well with my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is well, it is wellwith my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is well, it is wellwith my soul ♪
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  • ♪ It is well, it is wellwith my soul ♪
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  • ♪ With my soul,with my soul ♪♪
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  • Now here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Is He the Teacher of Truthor the Truth to Be Taught?"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Wess Staffordwas speaking at an educators'
  • 00:26:51.126 --> 00:26:53.495
  • conference in Nairobi, Kenya,when he was impressed
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  • by the dedicationof the approximately
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  • 400 teacherswho had come
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  • to this mission compoundfor this special moment.
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  • Near the end of his talk,he asked the group
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  • if anyone had a story to share.
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  • A young man in the third rowstood up and he said
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  • he was still in his first yearof teaching and he loved it
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  • and then he told the groupwhy he had chosen
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  • the field of education.
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  • He recalled how his first daysas a schoolboy had been painful
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  • because he suffered fromstuttering in a terrible way.
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  • He felt embarrassed and aloneand he could hardly wait
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  • for each day to end sohe could go home.
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  • But his teacher,noticing his struggle,
  • 00:27:34.669 --> 00:27:37.772
  • approached him and praised hiswork and she wrote encouraging
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  • notes on his papers and gave himsome of the only hugs
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  • that he'd ever receivedin his whole life.
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  • And it was at that momenthe decided he wanted to be
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  • a teacher, all the way backin the first grade because
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  • of a wise and loving teacher.
  • 00:27:54.222 --> 00:27:57.559
  • Stafford asked him,
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  • "Did you ever tell herof her impact on your life?"
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  • He said,"No, I never really did."
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  • "Do you think she even knows?"said Stafford.
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  • The young man said,"Well, sir, she does now."
  • 00:28:09.003 --> 00:28:11.873
  • There was a hush in the crowd asthe young man collected himself.
  • 00:28:11.906 --> 00:28:15.009
  • Turning, he pointed acrossthe crowded room and continued,
  • 00:28:15.043 --> 00:28:18.379
  • "Because she's sittingright over there."
  • 00:28:18.413 --> 00:28:22.917
  • The teachers gaspedand turned to see
  • 00:28:22.951 --> 00:28:24.886
  • where this man was pointing.
  • 00:28:24.919 --> 00:28:26.955
  • There sat an aged, gray-hairedwoman with glistening eyes who,
  • 00:28:26.988 --> 00:28:30.091
  • amid tremendous applause,stood quietly to her feet.
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  • I love Wess Stafford.
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  • Here's what he said about that.
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  • He said, "Now, I can't prove itbut I could swear violins were
  • 00:28:38.800 --> 00:28:40.935
  • playing as the two of them madetheir way to the center aisle
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  • and met in a warm lingeringand overdue embrace."
  • 00:28:45.140 --> 00:28:51.179
  • Teachers change lives,and the lives
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  • of millions of peoplehave been changed
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  • by a teacher they metin grade school
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  • or high school or college.
  • 00:29:00.522 --> 00:29:03.024
  • Good teachers leavea deep imprint,
  • 00:29:03.057 --> 00:29:05.326
  • and the American author,Philip Wylie, said,
  • 00:29:05.360 --> 00:29:07.762
  • "One good teacher in a lifetimecan sometimes change
  • 00:29:07.796 --> 00:29:10.064
  • a delinquentinto a solid citizen."
  • 00:29:10.098 --> 00:29:13.368
  • I'm sure all of you can thinkback over your lives
  • 00:29:13.401 --> 00:29:15.203
  • and remember one or maybetwo particular teachers.
  • 00:29:15.236 --> 00:29:18.640
  • The teacher who really madethe first impact
  • 00:29:18.673 --> 00:29:21.276
  • on my life entered my life70 years ago.
  • 00:29:21.309 --> 00:29:25.647
  • I was in the first grade and,believe it or not,
  • 00:29:25.680 --> 00:29:28.383
  • after 70 years I rememberher name.
  • 00:29:28.416 --> 00:29:30.485
  • Her name was Miss Gadelland she taught in the school
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  • that I went to when my fatherwas a pastor in Toledo, Ohio.
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  • She encouraged me and helped me.
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  • I felt so out of placefor some reason, like we all do.
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  • School's a prettyrough place to be
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  • if you're therefor the first time.
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  • She made an impact on my lifeand I'm sure you can remember
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  • somebody like that as well.
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  • America is full of godlyprofessors and teachers.
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  • I believe teachers share a nobleprofession
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  • and I believe that becauseif you're a teacher,
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  • you have chosen the same
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  • vocational opportunityas the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:30:04.152 --> 00:30:09.591
  • He was the master teacher.
  • 00:30:09.624 --> 00:30:13.795
  • He was often addressed notas Jesus or Lord,
  • 00:30:13.828 --> 00:30:17.031
  • but his title of Teacher.
  • 00:30:17.065 --> 00:30:19.400
  • In Matthew 8:19, a scribecame to Jesus, saying,
  • 00:30:19.434 --> 00:30:24.505
  • "Teacher, I will follow youwherever you go."
  • 00:30:24.539 --> 00:30:30.044
  • The rich young ruler addressedJesus and said to him,
  • 00:30:30.078 --> 00:30:32.714
  • "Good Teacher,what thing shall I do that
  • 00:30:32.747 --> 00:30:36.084
  • I might have eternal life?"
  • 00:30:36.117 --> 00:30:38.319
  • Once the disciples were caughtin a storm and they awoke Jesus,
  • 00:30:38.353 --> 00:30:42.357
  • saying, "Teacher, do you notcare that we are perishing?"
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  • James and John came to Jesusone time and said,
  • 00:30:47.662 --> 00:30:50.231
  • "Teacher, we want you to dofor us whatever we ask."
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  • Nicodemus came to Jesusby night and he said to him,
  • 00:30:54.102 --> 00:30:56.471
  • "Rabbi," or Teacher,
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  • "we know that you're a teachercome from God."
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  • Now, if you would takea concordance,
  • 00:31:02.277 --> 00:31:03.945
  • especially an unabridgedconcordance,
  • 00:31:03.978 --> 00:31:06.114
  • and look up the word "teacher"or "rabbi," you'd be surprised.
  • 00:31:06.147 --> 00:31:10.051
  • Jesus is called teacheror rabbi more than 45 times
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  • in the New Testament.
  • 00:31:13.655 --> 00:31:16.190
  • Jesus is called rabbi or teacherby the first person following
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  • the Resurrection.
  • 00:31:21.129 --> 00:31:23.197
  • Remember that story?
  • 00:31:23.231 --> 00:31:24.532
  • Mary Magdalene was standingby the tomb weeping
  • 00:31:24.565 --> 00:31:27.635
  • when she turned around andshe saw Jesus and, at first,
  • 00:31:27.669 --> 00:31:31.139
  • she thought he was the gardenerbut then it came
  • 00:31:31.172 --> 00:31:34.275
  • to her like a rush.
  • 00:31:34.309 --> 00:31:35.810
  • It was Jesus.
  • 00:31:35.843 --> 00:31:37.145
  • In John 20:16, "She turnedand said to him, 'Rabboni,'
  • 00:31:37.178 --> 00:31:40.315
  • (which is to say, Teacher)."
  • 00:31:40.348 --> 00:31:44.218
  • Jesus also spoke of himselfin this way in John 13:13.
  • 00:31:44.252 --> 00:31:48.056
  • He told his disciples,"You call me Teacher
  • 00:31:48.089 --> 00:31:50.291
  • and Lord, and you say well,for so I am."
  • 00:31:50.325 --> 00:31:54.862
  • Just as he is King of kingsand Lord of lords,
  • 00:31:54.896 --> 00:32:00.735
  • he is also Teacher of teachers.
  • 00:32:00.768 --> 00:32:03.071
  • He's the supreme educatorof the ages.
  • 00:32:03.104 --> 00:32:06.174
  • Sometimes, he taughttwo or three people at once,
  • 00:32:06.207 --> 00:32:08.776
  • sometimes just one.
  • 00:32:08.810 --> 00:32:10.478
  • Other times, he spoketo thousands without
  • 00:32:10.511 --> 00:32:12.847
  • the amplificationor electronic projection and,
  • 00:32:12.880 --> 00:32:16.250
  • even now, he is our teacher andhe speaks to us across the ages,
  • 00:32:16.284 --> 00:32:20.188
  • does he not, through his wordswhich find a foundation
  • 00:32:20.221 --> 00:32:23.825
  • in our minds and in our hearts.
  • 00:32:23.858 --> 00:32:27.195
  • Dr. J. Oswald Sanderspointed out that
  • 00:32:27.228 --> 00:32:29.263
  • the teachings of Jesuswere simple and vital
  • 00:32:29.297 --> 00:32:32.033
  • and ethical and practicaland original
  • 00:32:32.066 --> 00:32:36.204
  • and psychologically correctand absolutely true.
  • 00:32:36.237 --> 00:32:38.973
  • Indeed, true in every way.
  • 00:32:39.007 --> 00:32:42.410
  • We know his teachings are truebecause he himself is the truth.
  • 00:32:42.443 --> 00:32:50.418
  • So before we look at the natureof his teachings,
  • 00:32:50.451 --> 00:32:53.488
  • let's look at what it meansfor Jesus to be
  • 00:32:53.521 --> 00:32:56.257
  • the very definition of truth.
  • 00:32:56.290 --> 00:32:58.960
  • Jesus is the truth.
  • 00:32:58.993 --> 00:33:01.295
  • He is both God and man.
  • 00:33:01.329 --> 00:33:03.131
  • As God, he is the sourceof the truth.
  • 00:33:03.164 --> 00:33:04.866
  • As man, he's the personificationof the truth.
  • 00:33:04.899 --> 00:33:08.336
  • Jesus said in John 14:6:
  • 00:33:08.369 --> 00:33:11.305
  • "I am the way, the truth,and the life."
  • 00:33:11.339 --> 00:33:16.778
  • He didn't simply say,"I will show you the way.
  • 00:33:16.811 --> 00:33:19.247
  • I will tell you the truth.
  • 00:33:19.280 --> 00:33:20.648
  • I will provide you life."
  • 00:33:20.681 --> 00:33:22.216
  • He boldly declaredhe was those things.
  • 00:33:22.250 --> 00:33:25.086
  • He said, "I am the way.
  • 00:33:25.119 --> 00:33:27.388
  • I am the truth.I am the life."
  • 00:33:27.422 --> 00:33:30.625
  • He was the very embodimentof those things.
  • 00:33:30.658 --> 00:33:34.328
  • This is a major themein John's Gospel.
  • 00:33:34.362 --> 00:33:38.266
  • As you study the fourth Gospel,which is one of my favorites
  • 00:33:38.299 --> 00:33:40.868
  • in the Bible, you can't helpnoticing how the subject
  • 00:33:40.902 --> 00:33:44.839
  • of truth just keeps coming upagain and again.
  • 00:33:44.872 --> 00:33:47.909
  • John begins in chapter 1,telling us that Jesus Christ,
  • 00:33:47.942 --> 00:33:50.945
  • "was the true light," and thathe came to us from the Father,
  • 00:33:50.978 --> 00:33:55.450
  • "full of grace and truth,"and referred to himself as the,
  • 00:33:55.483 --> 00:33:58.619
  • "true bread from heaven."
  • 00:33:58.653 --> 00:34:01.823
  • Perhaps John's interestin emphasizing the nature
  • 00:34:01.856 --> 00:34:04.425
  • of his absolute integritywas prompted by something
  • 00:34:04.459 --> 00:34:08.262
  • John heard whenJesus was on trial.
  • 00:34:08.296 --> 00:34:11.732
  • You remember inthis public exchange,
  • 00:34:11.766 --> 00:34:14.602
  • Jesus toldGovernor Pontius Pilate,
  • 00:34:14.635 --> 00:34:17.505
  • "Everyone who is of the truthhears my voice."
  • 00:34:17.538 --> 00:34:22.243
  • And Pilate snarled back at himwith this question:
  • 00:34:22.276 --> 00:34:28.182
  • "What is truth?"
  • 00:34:28.216 --> 00:34:30.751
  • You can see the smirkon his face.
  • 00:34:30.785 --> 00:34:33.621
  • That is the cynical cryof relativism today.
  • 00:34:33.654 --> 00:34:38.092
  • Humanism and secularism.
  • 00:34:38.126 --> 00:34:40.261
  • Pilate's question has overtakenour age
  • 00:34:40.294 --> 00:34:43.097
  • and most modern thinkers,they reject the existence
  • 00:34:43.131 --> 00:34:48.503
  • of ultimate truthor absolute values.
  • 00:34:48.536 --> 00:34:51.873
  • Os Guinness pointsout in his book,
  • 00:34:51.906 --> 00:34:54.408
  • "Impossible People,"that today's radical form
  • 00:34:54.442 --> 00:34:56.844
  • of philosophy claimsthat all human knowledge
  • 00:34:56.878 --> 00:35:00.181
  • is socially constructedand nothing more.
  • 00:35:00.214 --> 00:35:03.951
  • In other words, we invent truth.
  • 00:35:03.985 --> 00:35:06.787
  • We make up knowledge.
  • 00:35:06.821 --> 00:35:09.323
  • It has no objectiveabsolute source.
  • 00:35:09.357 --> 00:35:11.826
  • That's what's being taught.
  • 00:35:11.859 --> 00:35:13.661
  • And that is what you hearif you enroll in many
  • 00:35:13.694 --> 00:35:15.863
  • of today's university classesin philosophy, history, biology,
  • 00:35:15.897 --> 00:35:19.333
  • or any other subject.
  • 00:35:19.367 --> 00:35:21.335
  • The sneer of Pilate is echoingin the halls of our colleges,
  • 00:35:21.369 --> 00:35:24.739
  • across our screens,
  • 00:35:24.772 --> 00:35:26.841
  • through the pagesof our textbooks.
  • 00:35:26.874 --> 00:35:29.477
  • And the world tells us there areno eternal foundations.
  • 00:35:29.510 --> 00:35:33.781
  • There's no truth.
  • 00:35:33.814 --> 00:35:36.184
  • I have truth, you have truth.
  • 00:35:36.217 --> 00:35:38.286
  • If you let me have my truth,I'll let you have your truth,
  • 00:35:38.319 --> 00:35:40.755
  • even though they may be totallycontradictory to each other.
  • 00:35:40.788 --> 00:35:45.193
  • So here's the deal.
  • 00:35:45.226 --> 00:35:46.961
  • We think that we have truthat our disposal
  • 00:35:46.994 --> 00:35:48.863
  • that we can make our own truth.
  • 00:35:48.896 --> 00:35:51.065
  • Randy Alcorn reminds usthat truth isn't about
  • 00:35:51.098 --> 00:35:53.568
  • our own perceptions or desires.
  • 00:35:53.601 --> 00:35:55.903
  • It's always about Realitywith a capital "R."
  • 00:35:55.937 --> 00:35:58.739
  • A majority of us could gettogether and agree
  • 00:35:58.773 --> 00:36:01.242
  • that we'd like gravity to besuspended tomorrow.
  • 00:36:01.275 --> 00:36:03.978
  • But our vote would haveno impact on reality.
  • 00:36:04.011 --> 00:36:10.117
  • You and I can discover truthbut we cannot create truth.
  • 00:36:10.151 --> 00:36:15.356
  • What's true is trueand what's not is not,
  • 00:36:15.389 --> 00:36:17.892
  • for all of us, all the time.
  • 00:36:17.925 --> 00:36:20.761
  • Our culture views truth assomething inside of us subject
  • 00:36:20.795 --> 00:36:24.532
  • to revision according toour growth and enlightenment.
  • 00:36:24.565 --> 00:36:28.336
  • Scripture views truthas something outside of us
  • 00:36:28.369 --> 00:36:31.839
  • which we can believe or not,but never ever change.
  • 00:36:31.872 --> 00:36:37.245
  • You know, a lot of pastors,if you wanna know the truth,
  • 00:36:37.278 --> 00:36:39.113
  • can take the Bibleand make it say
  • 00:36:39.146 --> 00:36:40.448
  • whatever they want it to say.
  • 00:36:40.481 --> 00:36:42.650
  • But my role as your teacher isto go to the Bible
  • 00:36:42.683 --> 00:36:45.353
  • and find out what it says,what it meant
  • 00:36:45.386 --> 00:36:48.456
  • when it was written,what it meant to those
  • 00:36:48.489 --> 00:36:50.224
  • who first read itin their culture and take
  • 00:36:50.258 --> 00:36:52.526
  • that same truth and apply itto us today.
  • 00:36:52.560 --> 00:36:55.796
  • I do not have the authority tochange the meaning of the Bible.
  • 00:36:55.830 --> 00:37:00.534
  • My job is to find outwhat the Bible really means,
  • 00:37:00.568 --> 00:37:03.571
  • what it really says,and then help us
  • 00:37:03.604 --> 00:37:05.973
  • all understand whatthat means to us.
  • 00:37:06.007 --> 00:37:08.809
  • Count me among thosewho will stand and shout
  • 00:37:08.843 --> 00:37:12.580
  • that Jesus is the truth, thatJesus is the author of truth.
  • 00:37:12.613 --> 00:37:18.619
  • Jesus is the communicationof truth.
  • 00:37:21.122 --> 00:37:23.524
  • Without this core axiom,there's nothing
  • 00:37:23.557 --> 00:37:25.726
  • on which to build one's life.
  • 00:37:25.760 --> 00:37:27.695
  • That's why there's so muchchaos and confusion
  • 00:37:27.728 --> 00:37:29.997
  • in our world today.
  • 00:37:30.031 --> 00:37:31.365
  • Everybody's inventingtheir own set of truth.
  • 00:37:31.399 --> 00:37:34.335
  • There's nothing but the kindof despair that eventually
  • 00:37:34.368 --> 00:37:37.004
  • overwhelmed Pilatewho's gone down in history
  • 00:37:37.038 --> 00:37:40.374
  • as one of the greatest foolswho ever lived.
  • 00:37:40.408 --> 00:37:43.311
  • He stood face to face with thetruth himself and rejected him.
  • 00:37:43.344 --> 00:37:48.749
  • He had the truth standingin front of him and he asked
  • 00:37:48.783 --> 00:37:51.118
  • the truth, "What is truth?"
  • 00:37:51.152 --> 00:37:54.388
  • He could have accepted Jesus.
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  • So can you.
  • 00:37:56.624 --> 00:37:58.125
  • Think of what this means.
  • 00:37:58.159 --> 00:37:59.460
  • If Jesus Christ isthe incarnation of truth,
  • 00:37:59.493 --> 00:38:01.996
  • we can have a personalrelationship
  • 00:38:02.029 --> 00:38:04.031
  • with the incarnationof the truth.
  • 00:38:04.065 --> 00:38:06.500
  • We can not only know Jesus,we can know truth.
  • 00:38:06.534 --> 00:38:09.270
  • The truth is absolute,it's objective,
  • 00:38:09.303 --> 00:38:12.039
  • but it's also personaland knowable.
  • 00:38:12.073 --> 00:38:14.408
  • That's why Jesus said,"You shall know the truth,
  • 00:38:14.442 --> 00:38:16.911
  • and the truthshall set you free."
  • 00:38:16.944 --> 00:38:21.582
  • And because this truthis a person,
  • 00:38:21.615 --> 00:38:23.918
  • you can know him andbecause he is Jesus,
  • 00:38:23.951 --> 00:38:26.787
  • he can set you free.
  • 00:38:26.821 --> 00:38:28.422
  • Oh, what we could learn aboutJesus as we study his teaching.
  • 00:38:28.456 --> 00:38:32.526
  • Jesus, the truth,and Jesus, the teacher.
  • 00:38:32.560 --> 00:38:37.264
  • Math teacher, Jim O'Connor,is known for his tough,
  • 00:38:37.298 --> 00:38:40.868
  • no-nonsense approachingto algebra,
  • 00:38:40.901 --> 00:38:44.605
  • pushing his students,all of them boys, into shape.
  • 00:38:44.638 --> 00:38:48.376
  • O'Connor is a Vietnam vet.
  • 00:38:48.409 --> 00:38:50.678
  • He told CBS, "It drives me crazywhen people say
  • 00:38:50.711 --> 00:38:54.315
  • schools should be fun.
  • 00:38:54.348 --> 00:38:56.217
  • I mean, it's nice if it could bebut you can't make school fun."
  • 00:38:56.250 --> 00:39:01.188
  • Pat McGoldrick,a senior at St. Francis,
  • 00:39:01.222 --> 00:39:03.524
  • says it this way: "Until peopleget used to him,
  • 00:39:03.557 --> 00:39:06.160
  • they think he's really mean."
  • 00:39:06.193 --> 00:39:09.163
  • But all that changed for Patone day when he
  • 00:39:09.196 --> 00:39:11.098
  • and his classmates visitedLos Angeles
  • 00:39:11.132 --> 00:39:13.000
  • Children's Hospitalto recruit blood donors
  • 00:39:13.033 --> 00:39:15.936
  • for a blood drivethey were organizing.
  • 00:39:15.970 --> 00:39:19.273
  • When the boys mentionedwhere they went to school,
  • 00:39:19.306 --> 00:39:21.342
  • they were immediatelymet with awe.
  • 00:39:21.375 --> 00:39:23.344
  • Hospital staff said things like,
  • 00:39:23.377 --> 00:39:25.980
  • "Oh, so you must knowJim O'Connor.
  • 00:39:26.013 --> 00:39:27.715
  • Isn't he wonderful?"
  • 00:39:27.748 --> 00:39:30.584
  • And the boys were stunned.
  • 00:39:30.618 --> 00:39:33.621
  • They didn't think he wasall that wonderful.
  • 00:39:33.654 --> 00:39:36.190
  • They thought he was mean.
  • 00:39:36.223 --> 00:39:39.260
  • As if they were being honest anda little confused about the man
  • 00:39:39.293 --> 00:39:41.796
  • they thought they knew,that confusion was cleared up
  • 00:39:41.829 --> 00:39:45.032
  • when they saw a plaquein the hospital
  • 00:39:45.065 --> 00:39:47.301
  • for all-time donorsand at the top
  • 00:39:47.334 --> 00:39:49.370
  • of the list was Jim O'Connor.
  • 00:39:49.403 --> 00:39:52.006
  • A universal blood donor,type O-negative,
  • 00:39:52.039 --> 00:39:55.443
  • O'Connor has donated 72 gallonsof blood and platelets
  • 00:39:55.476 --> 00:40:00.548
  • since 1989, surely savingcountless lives along the way.
  • 00:40:00.581 --> 00:40:06.220
  • But there was more.
  • 00:40:06.253 --> 00:40:08.422
  • The boys learned that day thatJim O'Connor who never married
  • 00:40:08.456 --> 00:40:11.759
  • or had children of his ownvolunteers three days a week,
  • 00:40:11.792 --> 00:40:14.962
  • holding and rocking sickand dying babies
  • 00:40:14.995 --> 00:40:17.465
  • when their parentscan't be there.
  • 00:40:17.498 --> 00:40:20.301
  • O'Connor says of the babies,"I don't want to see them alone.
  • 00:40:20.334 --> 00:40:23.237
  • I can't do that."
  • 00:40:23.270 --> 00:40:24.972
  • O'Connor's studentswere blown away.
  • 00:40:25.005 --> 00:40:26.707
  • "I mean, I've alwaysrespected him,"
  • 00:40:26.740 --> 00:40:28.576
  • said Pat, "but now it'sto an even different degree.
  • 00:40:28.609 --> 00:40:31.045
  • Now, I not only respect him,I wanna be like him."
  • 00:40:31.078 --> 00:40:34.982
  • The most effective teachersin life are those who model
  • 00:40:35.015 --> 00:40:38.652
  • the truth that they teachand challenge their students
  • 00:40:38.686 --> 00:40:42.590
  • to grow beyond what they thinkare their possibilities.
  • 00:40:42.623 --> 00:40:46.060
  • And that was true of Jesus,was it not?
  • 00:40:46.093 --> 00:40:48.462
  • He influenced his disciples,not only by what he said,
  • 00:40:48.496 --> 00:40:51.765
  • but by how he livedand by the curriculum he taught.
  • 00:40:51.799 --> 00:40:54.768
  • He had a vision of whatdisciples could be and he gave
  • 00:40:54.802 --> 00:40:58.639
  • his life to teaching them whatwould that look like in you.
  • 00:40:58.672 --> 00:41:04.712
  • I wanna share with you justthree ways that Jesus's teaching
  • 00:41:04.745 --> 00:41:08.649
  • not only affected thosewho heard it when he walked
  • 00:41:08.682 --> 00:41:11.852
  • on this earth,but how it affects us
  • 00:41:11.886 --> 00:41:13.621
  • today as well,as followers of Jesus.
  • 00:41:13.654 --> 00:41:16.724
  • First of all, when Jesus taught,his teaching challenged people
  • 00:41:16.757 --> 00:41:21.228
  • and his teachingwill challenge you.
  • 00:41:21.262 --> 00:41:23.998
  • The Jesus you may not knowwas a teacher
  • 00:41:24.031 --> 00:41:26.333
  • who constantly challengedhis students.
  • 00:41:26.367 --> 00:41:29.570
  • He challenged their priorities,their potential,
  • 00:41:29.603 --> 00:41:31.972
  • their possibilities.
  • 00:41:32.006 --> 00:41:33.874
  • For example,Jesus challenged the rich young
  • 00:41:33.908 --> 00:41:36.710
  • ruler's priorities.
  • 00:41:36.744 --> 00:41:38.345
  • Remember what he said to him?
  • 00:41:38.379 --> 00:41:39.980
  • He said,"Go and sell everything you have
  • 00:41:40.014 --> 00:41:42.249
  • and then come backand follow me."
  • 00:41:42.283 --> 00:41:44.051
  • Well, he didn't really carewhether the man sold
  • 00:41:44.084 --> 00:41:45.986
  • everything he had or not.
  • 00:41:46.020 --> 00:41:47.421
  • Here's what the problem was.
  • 00:41:47.454 --> 00:41:48.789
  • This man didn't have his wealth;his wealth had him.
  • 00:41:48.822 --> 00:41:51.525
  • And Jesus wanted to find outif he was willing to walk away
  • 00:41:51.559 --> 00:41:54.795
  • from that in order to putJesus first in his life.
  • 00:41:54.828 --> 00:41:59.633
  • Jesus also sent out hisdisciples to accomplish things
  • 00:41:59.667 --> 00:42:02.436
  • that seemed beyondtheir potential,
  • 00:42:02.469 --> 00:42:04.538
  • things like feeding 5000 people,healing the sick,
  • 00:42:04.572 --> 00:42:07.575
  • and most of all,casting out demons.
  • 00:42:07.608 --> 00:42:09.476
  • And remember, they failed.
  • 00:42:09.510 --> 00:42:11.078
  • They came back and they said,"Lord, what do we do now?
  • 00:42:11.111 --> 00:42:12.713
  • It didn't work?"
  • 00:42:12.746 --> 00:42:14.848
  • And it was a teaching momentfor Jesus and his young men.
  • 00:42:14.882 --> 00:42:18.552
  • And when Jesus gavethe Great Commission,
  • 00:42:18.586 --> 00:42:20.955
  • it was physically impossiblefor them to complete it.
  • 00:42:20.988 --> 00:42:24.124
  • But he used it to expandthe vision and get them
  • 00:42:24.158 --> 00:42:27.261
  • started planting churchesaround the world.
  • 00:42:27.294 --> 00:42:29.863
  • And we're still following thatteaching and still feeling
  • 00:42:29.897 --> 00:42:32.866
  • the impossibility of it all,but because of the teaching
  • 00:42:32.900 --> 00:42:36.003
  • of Jesus we continue to takethe gospel to the whole world.
  • 00:42:36.036 --> 00:42:41.842
  • Perhaps the most challengingpart of the teaching of Jesus
  • 00:42:41.875 --> 00:42:44.712
  • and the most famous, by the way,is found in Matthew 5 through 7.
  • 00:42:44.745 --> 00:42:51.051
  • This is what we know asthe Sermon on the Mount.
  • 00:42:51.085 --> 00:42:55.522
  • These chapters prove thatJesus was more than a carpenter,
  • 00:42:55.556 --> 00:43:00.227
  • more than a preacher,and more than a mere man.
  • 00:43:00.260 --> 00:43:03.797
  • From his first word,he spoke as if he were
  • 00:43:03.831 --> 00:43:06.600
  • the author and interpreterof Scripture.
  • 00:43:06.634 --> 00:43:10.137
  • His words and their tone amazedthe crowds as they astound us
  • 00:43:10.170 --> 00:43:14.708
  • today and, in the Sermonon the Mount,
  • 00:43:14.742 --> 00:43:17.211
  • we have a set of ethicsthat has never been bettered,
  • 00:43:17.244 --> 00:43:19.513
  • a set of images thathave never been forgotten,
  • 00:43:19.546 --> 00:43:22.049
  • and a set of instructionsso relevant and challenging
  • 00:43:22.082 --> 00:43:26.320
  • for us today as if they werewritten just for us.
  • 00:43:26.353 --> 00:43:31.458
  • There are 107 versesin the Sermon on the Mount
  • 00:43:31.492 --> 00:43:36.263
  • and here we have,now listen to this.
  • 00:43:36.296 --> 00:43:38.399
  • In the Sermon on the Mountwe have this: the Beatitudes,
  • 00:43:38.432 --> 00:43:42.136
  • the Lord's Prayer,the Golden Rule,
  • 00:43:42.169 --> 00:43:44.438
  • the city on a hill,the salt of the earth,
  • 00:43:44.471 --> 00:43:47.641
  • the narrow gate and the wise manwho built his house upon a rock.
  • 00:43:47.675 --> 00:43:52.913
  • Here in this sermon, we discoverthe eternal dimensions
  • 00:43:52.946 --> 00:43:56.316
  • of morality and spirituality andwe discover how to deal
  • 00:43:56.350 --> 00:43:59.453
  • with anger and lust and divorceand retaliation and anxiety
  • 00:43:59.486 --> 00:44:04.091
  • and oaths and hypocrisy.
  • 00:44:04.124 --> 00:44:06.126
  • All of those are taughtin the Sermon on the Mount
  • 00:44:06.160 --> 00:44:08.762
  • and we know what to dowhen we read them.
  • 00:44:08.796 --> 00:44:12.099
  • In Matthew 5 through 7 we havethe greatest advice
  • 00:44:12.132 --> 00:44:14.435
  • ever given in the greatestsermon ever preached
  • 00:44:14.468 --> 00:44:18.172
  • by the greatest manwho ever lived.
  • 00:44:18.205 --> 00:44:21.375
  • The Sermon on the Mount providesevidence for the truthfulness
  • 00:44:21.408 --> 00:44:24.044
  • of Christ in Christianityfor if Jesus were any less than
  • 00:44:24.078 --> 00:44:28.015
  • he claimed, his message wouldhave been less than it was.
  • 00:44:28.048 --> 00:44:33.220
  • How otherwise, do we explainthat here we are,
  • 00:44:33.253 --> 00:44:35.355
  • over 2000 years later,talking about a sermon
  • 00:44:35.389 --> 00:44:38.392
  • that was preachedby a man outside
  • 00:44:38.425 --> 00:44:40.527
  • on a mountain to a groupof people
  • 00:44:40.561 --> 00:44:43.297
  • who don't have anything to dowith us or our culture today?
  • 00:44:43.330 --> 00:44:47.601
  • That sermon is stillthe greatest sermon
  • 00:44:47.634 --> 00:44:52.272
  • from the greatest preacherwho ever lived and it is
  • 00:44:52.306 --> 00:44:56.210
  • also regarded as oneof the most famous speeches
  • 00:44:56.243 --> 00:44:58.946
  • in world historyand the greatest message
  • 00:44:58.979 --> 00:45:01.648
  • on practical ethicsand moral psychology
  • 00:45:01.682 --> 00:45:04.318
  • that has ever been deliveredby anyone.
  • 00:45:04.351 --> 00:45:07.554
  • The secularists say that,not religious people.
  • 00:45:07.588 --> 00:45:12.292
  • This great sermon, which waspreached in Matthew 5 through 7,
  • 00:45:12.326 --> 00:45:16.330
  • was only the beginning of ourLord's instructional ministry.
  • 00:45:16.363 --> 00:45:20.467
  • But for the sake of time,let me just give you
  • 00:45:20.501 --> 00:45:23.070
  • a few little tidbits of whathe said just in the verses.
  • 00:45:23.103 --> 00:45:28.675
  • This is some of what Jesustaught in his great sermon.
  • 00:45:28.709 --> 00:45:32.246
  • Matthew 5:16: "Let your lightso shine before men,
  • 00:45:32.279 --> 00:45:36.049
  • that they may seeyour good works and glorify
  • 00:45:36.083 --> 00:45:39.019
  • your Father in heaven."
  • 00:45:39.052 --> 00:45:40.954
  • Matthew 5:44:"Love your enemies,
  • 00:45:40.988 --> 00:45:45.092
  • bless those who curse you,do good to those who hate you,
  • 00:45:45.125 --> 00:45:48.428
  • and pray for thosewho spitefully use you."
  • 00:45:48.462 --> 00:45:52.432
  • Matthew 6:6: "But you,when you pray,
  • 00:45:52.466 --> 00:45:55.836
  • go into your room, and whenyou have shut your door,
  • 00:45:55.869 --> 00:45:58.205
  • pray to your Father who isin the secret place."
  • 00:45:58.238 --> 00:46:03.076
  • Matthew 6:20: "Lay up foryourselves treasures in heaven."
  • 00:46:03.110 --> 00:46:07.881
  • Matthew 6:25: "Do not worryabout your life."
  • 00:46:07.915 --> 00:46:12.252
  • Matthew 6:33:"Seek first the kingdom of God
  • 00:46:12.286 --> 00:46:14.621
  • and his righteousness."
  • 00:46:14.655 --> 00:46:17.191
  • Matthew 6:34: "Do not worryabout tomorrow."
  • 00:46:17.224 --> 00:46:20.928
  • Jesus said thatin his great sermon,
  • 00:46:20.961 --> 00:46:24.331
  • and Matthew 7:12: "Therefore,whatever you want men
  • 00:46:24.364 --> 00:46:27.568
  • to do to you, do also to them,
  • 00:46:27.601 --> 00:46:30.571
  • for this is the Lawand the Prophets."
  • 00:46:30.604 --> 00:46:34.208
  • Can you imagine having that kindof incredible truth packed into
  • 00:46:34.241 --> 00:46:38.579
  • one sermon, given by one person,at a specific time
  • 00:46:38.612 --> 00:46:42.683
  • and place in history?
  • 00:46:42.716 --> 00:46:45.052
  • Herbert Taylor was a Chicagobusiness leader who salvaged
  • 00:46:45.085 --> 00:46:47.988
  • a nearly bankrupt companycalled Club Aluminum.
  • 00:46:48.021 --> 00:46:51.491
  • In time, Taylor made a smallfortune and invested most of it
  • 00:46:51.525 --> 00:46:54.361
  • in Christian causes.
  • 00:46:54.394 --> 00:46:56.697
  • He was a deep and dedicatedChristian and he became
  • 00:46:56.730 --> 00:46:59.566
  • the major financial backerfor many
  • 00:46:59.600 --> 00:47:02.302
  • of the great student ministriesthat shaped the last half
  • 00:47:02.336 --> 00:47:05.339
  • of the 20th century.
  • 00:47:05.372 --> 00:47:08.742
  • Once, during an illness,Taylor felt God wanted him
  • 00:47:08.775 --> 00:47:12.579
  • to memorize the Sermonon the Mount and,
  • 00:47:12.613 --> 00:47:17.718
  • while bedridden, he did it.
  • 00:47:17.751 --> 00:47:20.254
  • While he couldn't doanything else, he couldn't work,
  • 00:47:20.287 --> 00:47:22.489
  • he used his timewhile he was sick to memorize
  • 00:47:22.522 --> 00:47:24.791
  • the Sermon on the Mount,107 verses.
  • 00:47:24.825 --> 00:47:27.794
  • And he recited the Sermon onthe Mount to himself every day.
  • 00:47:27.828 --> 00:47:32.099
  • And those who knew him saidhis life increasingly began
  • 00:47:32.132 --> 00:47:35.135
  • to take on the truthswhich Jesus spoke.
  • 00:47:35.168 --> 00:47:39.606
  • So let me make a suggestionto all of us.
  • 00:47:39.640 --> 00:47:41.675
  • No, I'm not gonna ask youto memorize
  • 00:47:41.708 --> 00:47:43.176
  • the Sermon on the Mount.
  • 00:47:43.210 --> 00:47:44.578
  • Memorization, for most of us,is like,
  • 00:47:44.611 --> 00:47:46.580
  • "You want me to do what?"
  • 00:47:46.613 --> 00:47:49.883
  • Take a few minutes,though, in the next few days,
  • 00:47:49.917 --> 00:47:52.786
  • perhaps during your daily Biblereading time and just work
  • 00:47:52.819 --> 00:47:55.489
  • your way through Matthew 5, 6,and 7, the Sermon on the Mount.
  • 00:47:55.522 --> 00:48:00.560
  • Use a colored pencilto highlight any command
  • 00:48:00.594 --> 00:48:02.996
  • you find there or make a listof them on a tablet.
  • 00:48:03.030 --> 00:48:05.866
  • Choose one of those thingsyou read that strikes you
  • 00:48:05.899 --> 00:48:08.669
  • in a special wayand ask the Lord to pump that
  • 00:48:08.702 --> 00:48:14.174
  • into your bloodstreamuntil the obedience of your life
  • 00:48:14.207 --> 00:48:17.911
  • reflects the truth that camefrom the lips of our Lord.
  • 00:48:17.945 --> 00:48:22.249
  • You will never have a moreinteresting experiment than
  • 00:48:22.282 --> 00:48:26.186
  • to experiment on the Sermonon the Mount and learn the truth
  • 00:48:26.219 --> 00:48:30.357
  • that is there and applyit to your life.
  • 00:48:30.390 --> 00:48:33.093
  • Number two, his teachingwill challenge you
  • 00:48:33.126 --> 00:48:36.196
  • and his teachingwill change you.
  • 00:48:36.229 --> 00:48:40.233
  • Jesus's teachinginspires us to change,
  • 00:48:40.267 --> 00:48:43.236
  • to be different, to be better.
  • 00:48:43.270 --> 00:48:45.172
  • When we read about his lifeand study his words,
  • 00:48:45.205 --> 00:48:47.641
  • we wanna be more like him:the perfect picture
  • 00:48:47.674 --> 00:48:50.377
  • of what it means to be a holy,healthy human being.
  • 00:48:50.410 --> 00:48:54.081
  • Only one personever successfully lived
  • 00:48:54.114 --> 00:48:56.650
  • a Christian life and that wasChrist himself.
  • 00:48:56.683 --> 00:48:59.453
  • When he returned to heaven,he sent his Spirit to live
  • 00:48:59.486 --> 00:49:01.888
  • within us so that his Spiritcould form the personality
  • 00:49:01.922 --> 00:49:05.826
  • of Jesus in our hearts.
  • 00:49:05.859 --> 00:49:08.195
  • And that's why you readin 2 Corinthians chapter 3,
  • 00:49:08.228 --> 00:49:11.999
  • "But we all,with unveiled faces,
  • 00:49:12.032 --> 00:49:15.102
  • behold as in a mirrorthe glory of the Lord,
  • 00:49:15.135 --> 00:49:18.905
  • and we are being transformed,"we're being changed,
  • 00:49:18.939 --> 00:49:22.676
  • "into the same imagefrom glory to glory,
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  • as by the Spirit of the Lord."
  • 00:49:25.812 --> 00:49:27.214
  • In other words, Paul toldthe Corinthians when God
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  • brought Jesus back to heaven,Jesus sent his Holy Spirit
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  • down here and when you acceptJesus as your Savior,
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  • his Holy Spirit comes to livewithin your heart.
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  • And one of the thingsthe Holy Spirit does,
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  • one of his key jobs,one of his ministries,
  • 00:49:39.493 --> 00:49:41.795
  • is to convict us of sinand to help us to grow
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  • into the likenessof who Jesus is.
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  • Not that we become religiousweirdoes but that we just become
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  • the quiet people of Godwho live out the reality
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christin our life.
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  • And as we notice him doing that,as that begins to happen
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  • in our hearts, we are oftensurprised by ourselves
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  • because we ourselvesare not ourselves.
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  • We are surprised because we seethe Lord Jesus doing things
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  • in us that we never dreamedwe would ever do and we stop
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  • and say, "Where did thatcome from?"
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  • In other words, as we keepour eyes on Jesus,
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  • the Holy Spirit transforms usinto the very person
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  • that Jesus himself is.
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  • We become more like Jesus.
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  • Romans 8:29 says:"God has chosen us
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  • to be conformed to the imageof his Son."
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  • And Ephesians 4:15 tells us to,
  • 00:50:40.654 --> 00:50:43.223
  • "grow up in all things unto himwho is the head--Christ."
  • 00:50:43.256 --> 00:50:49.496
  • As we grow up in Christ, ourlives become more intrinsically
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  • truthful for we are becominglike the one of whom we speak.
  • 00:50:53.767 --> 00:50:59.272
  • Could I just stop for a momentand say that in the world
  • 00:50:59.306 --> 00:51:04.644
  • you can have a job and unlessyou do something really,
  • 00:51:04.678 --> 00:51:09.249
  • really bad,what you do on your own time
  • 00:51:09.282 --> 00:51:12.252
  • will never become an issue.
  • 00:51:12.285 --> 00:51:15.322
  • In fact, in many places you cango to work 8 to 5 or whatever
  • 00:51:15.355 --> 00:51:18.859
  • the hours are and live likea demon outside of that time.
  • 00:51:18.892 --> 00:51:22.596
  • Nobody finds out, nobody cares,makes no difference at all.
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  • But that is not trueif you're a Christian.
  • 00:51:25.465 --> 00:51:28.201
  • If you're a Christian,and you name
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  • the name of Christ,and you claim him
  • 00:51:30.036 --> 00:51:33.173
  • to be your Savior,somewhere along the way
  • 00:51:33.206 --> 00:51:35.809
  • it has to start makinga difference
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  • in the way that you live.
  • 00:51:38.078 --> 00:51:40.480
  • You cannot live like you'd nevermet Christ and then come
  • 00:51:40.514 --> 00:51:43.850
  • to church on Sunday and say,"Oh yes, I'm a Christian.
  • 00:51:43.884 --> 00:51:46.820
  • I'm a Christian."
  • 00:51:46.853 --> 00:51:48.188
  • The worst thing that can happenis to say with your mouth,
  • 00:51:48.221 --> 00:51:50.724
  • "This is who Jesus is,"and then to live with your life
  • 00:51:50.757 --> 00:51:53.360
  • in such a way that you denyeverything that you said.
  • 00:51:53.393 --> 00:51:56.897
  • If you don't believewhat you teach,
  • 00:51:56.930 --> 00:51:58.465
  • you shouldn't teach.
  • 00:51:58.498 --> 00:52:00.367
  • Teaching is not a career,it's a calling.
  • 00:52:00.400 --> 00:52:06.173
  • And teaching is not justabout more information.
  • 00:52:06.206 --> 00:52:08.775
  • Teaching is about a lifethat changes.
  • 00:52:08.808 --> 00:52:13.079
  • His teaching will challenge you,
  • 00:52:13.113 --> 00:52:14.881
  • his teaching will change you.
  • 00:52:14.915 --> 00:52:16.483
  • and his teachingwill cheer you up.
  • 00:52:16.516 --> 00:52:19.319
  • It will cheer you.
  • 00:52:19.352 --> 00:52:20.854
  • I love to readthe words of Jesus.
  • 00:52:20.887 --> 00:52:22.489
  • One time, his disciples hadgotten wind of the fact
  • 00:52:22.522 --> 00:52:25.358
  • that he was goingback to heaven.
  • 00:52:25.392 --> 00:52:26.960
  • They didn't know what that allmeant but they'd been with him
  • 00:52:26.993 --> 00:52:28.962
  • for three yearsand they loved him.
  • 00:52:28.995 --> 00:52:30.997
  • And so, they startedasking him questions,
  • 00:52:31.031 --> 00:52:33.400
  • and here's what Jesus said.
  • 00:52:33.433 --> 00:52:35.168
  • He said, "Guys, just cool it.
  • 00:52:35.202 --> 00:52:37.003
  • Let not your heart be troubled;you believe in God,
  • 00:52:37.037 --> 00:52:39.406
  • believe also in me.
  • 00:52:39.439 --> 00:52:41.441
  • In my Father's houseare many mansions;
  • 00:52:41.474 --> 00:52:43.910
  • I go to prepare a place for youand if I go to prepare a place
  • 00:52:43.944 --> 00:52:46.112
  • for you, I'll come againand receive you unto myself,
  • 00:52:46.146 --> 00:52:48.548
  • that where I am,there you may be also."
  • 00:52:48.582 --> 00:52:54.454
  • I love that passage of Scripture'cause I can get
  • 00:52:54.487 --> 00:52:56.957
  • into what the discipleswere feeling:
  • 00:52:56.990 --> 00:52:59.459
  • "Jesus is leaving?
  • 00:52:59.492 --> 00:53:01.561
  • He's not gonna be here anymore?
  • 00:53:01.595 --> 00:53:03.563
  • He's going to another world?
  • 00:53:03.597 --> 00:53:05.498
  • What are we gonna do?"
  • 00:53:05.532 --> 00:53:07.801
  • Jesus stepped rightinto that moment of despair
  • 00:53:07.834 --> 00:53:09.869
  • with his comforting words.
  • 00:53:09.903 --> 00:53:13.106
  • It was Jesus who said, "Let notyour heart be troubled."
  • 00:53:13.139 --> 00:53:15.408
  • It was also Jesus who said,"Peace be still."
  • 00:53:15.442 --> 00:53:18.411
  • And it was our Lordwho reassured us,
  • 00:53:18.445 --> 00:53:20.714
  • "For your heavenly Father knowsthat you need
  • 00:53:20.747 --> 00:53:23.183
  • all of these things."
  • 00:53:23.216 --> 00:53:26.286
  • And Jesus was a teacher.
  • 00:53:26.319 --> 00:53:29.489
  • All of us in one way,the another,
  • 00:53:29.522 --> 00:53:31.758
  • we're teaching somebody,aren't we?
  • 00:53:31.791 --> 00:53:34.427
  • Whether just as parents,we're teaching our children,
  • 00:53:34.461 --> 00:53:37.464
  • or maybe you teachin our Sunday school.
  • 00:53:37.497 --> 00:53:40.333
  • You will never find a bettermodel for what it means to be
  • 00:53:40.367 --> 00:53:43.670
  • a true teacher than to goto the teacher himself,
  • 00:53:43.703 --> 00:53:47.440
  • the Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:53:47.474 --> 00:53:49.376
  • and discover how committedhe was,
  • 00:53:49.409 --> 00:53:53.780
  • not just to communicating truth,but to changing lives.
  • 00:53:53.813 --> 00:53:58.818
  • Here's what I know,men and women.
  • 00:53:58.852 --> 00:54:00.754
  • You can't walk with Jesusthe way you're supposed to walk
  • 00:54:00.787 --> 00:54:03.390
  • with Jesus and not be changed.
  • 00:54:03.423 --> 00:54:06.793
  • Jesus will change you.
  • 00:54:06.826 --> 00:54:09.296
  • If you wanna grow in your faith,go get a Bible and read it.
  • 00:54:09.329 --> 00:54:14.734
  • The greatest resource we haveis this book and it's
  • 00:54:14.768 --> 00:54:17.137
  • the most neglected resourcefor all of us if we're honest.
  • 00:54:17.170 --> 00:54:21.341
  • The devil has done a huge taskon many of us to push the Bible
  • 00:54:21.374 --> 00:54:26.446
  • to the circumference of ourlives so that it cannot make
  • 00:54:26.479 --> 00:54:31.084
  • an impact on us.
  • 00:54:31.117 --> 00:54:33.787
  • My challenge to us all is,we have this Book and it's
  • 00:54:33.820 --> 00:54:37.891
  • primarily a book about Jesus,and when you read this Book,
  • 00:54:37.924 --> 00:54:42.862
  • it makes you differentand it makes you better
  • 00:54:42.896 --> 00:54:46.666
  • and it makes you the personyou really want to be.
  • 00:54:46.700 --> 00:54:50.737
  • I pray that for all of us today,amen.
  • 00:54:50.770 --> 00:54:53.740
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