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Heaven’s Oscars

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August 2, 2020
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Just as we enjoy receiving recognition on earth for a job well done; there will be rewards in heaven for our commitment to serving Christ on earth.

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Heaven’s Oscars

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  • male announcer: For millennia,
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  • humans have looked upinto the sky and wondered
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  • what lies ahead of themin the afterlife.
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  • Our souls innately desirean answer
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  • to what is perhapslife's greatest mystery,
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  • that which awaits uswhen we walk through the door
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  • into the world beyond.
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  • But God doesn't conceal
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  • the details aboutyour eternal resting place.
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  • Look in God's Word
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  • and you'll find a glimpseinto heaven:
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  • streets brighter than gold,God's radiant throne,
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  • and the eternal homeof Jesus Christ.
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  • All the magnificent details
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  • are written in the pagesof Scripture:
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  • what heaven will look like,how your soul will get there,
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  • if you'll be reunitedwith loved ones once you arrive,
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  • and how your bodywill appear for eternity.
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  • That is but just a sliver
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  • of what we can knowabout eternity,
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  • which promises to be a placebeyond your wildest dreams.
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  • All you have to dois open the Bible,
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  • and you'll find that, inside,
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  • God is revealingthe mysteries of heaven.
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  • Now here is your hostand Bible teacher,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Welcometo our current teaching series,
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  • "Revealingthe Mysteries of Heaven."
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  • You and I know that when we makesensible choices in our diet,
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  • our reward is good health.
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  • And when we cultivate growthin our spiritual life,
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  • we reap the rewardsof peace, joy, and contentment.
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  • When we havea good driving record,
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  • our behavior is rewardedby discounted insurance rates.
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  • You see, rewards are built
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  • into the very fabricof our lives at every level,
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  • even at the spiritual level.
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  • The expectation of knowingfuture rewards are coming
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  • should motivate usto live lives today
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  • that are pleasing to God.
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  • I've titled today's message,"Heaven's Oscars,"
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  • to make the point
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  • that the grandest awardsthis earth has to offer
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  • can't comparewith the rewards in store
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  • for Christians in heaven.
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  • Today, you'll learnwhat those rewards are
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  • and how to make sureyou receive them,
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  • on this editionof "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: We all havequestions about heaven,
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  • and many of us assumethat we can't know the answers,
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  • but nothing could be furtherfrom the truth.
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  • God's Word is full of detailedinformation about heaven
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  • if we only know where to look.
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  • Inside Dr. Jeremiah's book,
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  • "Revealingthe Mysteries of Heaven,"
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah will lead youthrough God's Word,
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  • uncovering the answersto your pressing questions
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  • about the world beyond,including,
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  • "If you've lost a child,will you be reunited in heaven?"
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  • "How are our soulstransported to heaven?"
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  • and "Where exactlyis it located?"
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  • As you read, you'll discover
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  • that the more you knowabout heaven,
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  • the more you'll live
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  • in the realitythat awaits you every day.
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  • This inspiring book
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  • is only availablefrom Turning Point,
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  • and it's yours as a thank you
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  • And if you give $60 or more,we'll send you the "Heaven set,"
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  • which includesDr. Jeremiah's book,
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  • study guide,his current teaching series
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  • on your choiceof CD or DVD album,
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  • and the "Is There a Heaven?"brochure.
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  • If your gift exceeds $100,Dr. Jeremiah will also send you
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  • the popular "Answersto Questions About Heaven" book.
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  • Don't miss out
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  • on this scriptural lookat your future home,
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  • only from Turning Point.
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  • Contact us today.
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  • female announcer:Thank you for watching
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  • "Revealingthe Mysteries of Heaven,"
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  • here on "Turning Point,"
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  • timeless teachingfrom Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • We appreciate your viewershipas Turning Point delivers
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  • the unchanging Word of Godto an ever-changing world.
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  • And now here is Dr. Jeremiah
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  • with his message,"Heaven's Oscars."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:We have Academy Awards
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  • and we have Choice Awards
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  • and Prism Awardsand Screen Actors Guild Awards
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  • and Country Music Awardsand Grammy Awards
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  • and Soap Opera Digest Awards.
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  • It seems as ifwe're into awards.
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  • But there's an award day coming
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  • and there are Oscarsto be given out
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  • like the worldhas never ever dreamed of.
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  • I need to tell you that when wetalk about rewards in heaven,
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  • a lot of people geta little nervous
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  • because there's this mentalitythat a lot of folks have
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  • that if you're living for Godout of the love for your heart,
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  • why would youwant any award?
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  • Why would you need a reward?
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  • They say something like,"Well, you know,
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  • if you give an award to someonefor good works as a Christian,
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  • that's like trying to getyour children to be good
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  • by offering them candy,"
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  • which they viewas an inferior strategy.
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  • Some people say we should notbe lured into goodness
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  • by promises of a bonus,
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  • for goodness is its own reward.
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  • While that argumentsounds logical and spiritual,
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  • it is entirely out of harmonywith what the Bible teaches.
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  • The Bible never defendsthe concept of rewards.
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  • The idea is accepted
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  • as if it is the most naturaland normal thing
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  • for us to expect.
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  • As you read through the Bible,
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  • startingeven in the Old Testament,
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  • you discover that rewardsis a common theme
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  • and, as you read the Biblewith that in mind,
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  • things start jumpingoff the page
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  • everywhere you go.
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  • Starts in the Old Testamentin places like Psalm 58:11
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  • that says: "So that menwill say,
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  • 'Surely there is a rewardfor the righteous;
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  • surely he is Godwho judges in the earth.'"
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  • Or Psalm 62:12: "Also to you,O Lord, belongs mercy;
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  • for you render to each oneaccording to his work."
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  • When you cometo the New Testament,
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  • the New Testament opens
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  • with the Lord's promiseof rewards in the Beatitudes.
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  • You remember this passagein Matthew 5:11 and 12:
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  • "Blessed are you when theyrevile you and persecute you,
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  • say all kinds of evilagainst you falsely for my sake.
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  • Rejoice and be exceedingly glad,
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  • for great is your rewardin heaven."
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  • When you go all the way throughthe New Testament
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  • and you come to the last bookin the Bible,
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  • Revelation 22, verse 12 says:
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  • "And behold,I am coming quickly,
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  • and my rewardis with me."
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  • And throughout the entireNew Testament,
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  • rewards are assumed to be a part
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  • of the Christian'sfuture experience.
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  • Hebrews 6:10 through 12says that, "God is not unjust
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  • to forget your workand your labor of love
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  • which you have showntoward his name."
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  • Luke 18:29 and 30 says:"Assuredly, I say to you,
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  • there is no one who has lefthouse or parents
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  • or brothers or wife or children,
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  • for the sakeof the kingdom of God,
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  • who shall not receivemany times more
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  • in this present time,
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  • and in the age to comeeternal life."
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  • Now, let's talk abouthow this is gonna happen.
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  • First of all, let's lookat the day of heaven's rewards.
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  • The Bible tells usthat after the church,
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  • all of the believersare taken to heaven
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  • by the Raptureor Resurrection.
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  • Individual believerswill be judged
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  • for their works as Christians
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  • and special rewardswill be handed out.
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  • This is the clear teachingof the Word of God,
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  • that even though wehave been saved from our sin,
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  • one day you and Iare going to stand
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  • before the Lord Jesus Christat the judgment seat,
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  • sometimes referred toas the Bema seat,
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  • and the Lordis going to judge us
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  • for our conductand for our work as a believer.
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  • Romans 14:12 says:"So then each of us
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  • shall give an accountof himself to God."
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  • That's speaking to believers.
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  • 2 Corinthians 5:10 says:"For we must all appear
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  • before the judgment seatof Christ,
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  • that each may receivethe things done in the body,
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  • according to what he has done,whether good or bad."
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  • Now, at that day we callJudgment Day,
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  • Jesus Christ will see--listen to me, now.
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  • He will see throughall of our posturing
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  • and all of our spinningof who we are and what we do.
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  • He will see into our heartfor the motives,
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  • for the reasons why we dowhat we do.
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  • He will get pastall the exterior things
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  • that we want others to see,
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  • and he will see usand he does now.
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  • Notice, Paul saysthat everyone's work
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  • will become clear.
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  • So on that day,the Judgment Day,
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  • the day of heaven's Oscars,
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  • the day of heaven'sAcademy Awards,
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  • we are going to,one by one, be judged
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  • by the Lord Jesusat the judgment seat.
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  • Not for our salvation;we're gonna gonna be judged
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  • for what we have doneas believers
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  • between the momentof our salvation
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  • and when we ultimately standbefore him.
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  • Let's notice secondly
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  • the distinctionof heaven's awards.
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  • The judgment seat of Christ
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  • is not the final examfor heaven.
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  • A lot of people think
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  • that one day you're gonna standbefore God in heaven's vestibule
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  • and he's gonna judge youfor all of your works.
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  • If you've done enoughgood works, you'll get in.
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  • If you haven't done enoughgood works, you won't.
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  • That is an absolute error
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  • because the Bibledoesn't teach that.
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  • The Bible teaches us that wewho have trusted Christ
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  • will never again face our sin.
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  • It is forever behind usand it is over.
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  • Galatians 1:4 says:"Who gave himself for our sins,
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  • that he might deliver usfrom this present evil age,
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  • according to the willof our God and Father."
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  • 1 Corinthians 15:3 says:"For I delivered to you
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  • first of allthat which I also received:
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  • that Christ died for our sinsaccording to the Scriptures."
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  • 1 John 2:12 says: "I writeto you, little children,
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  • because your sins are forgivenfor his name's sake."
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  • Romans 8:1 says: "There istherefore now no condemnation
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  • for those who arein Christ Jesus."
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  • Let me just explain this again.
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  • When you accepted Jesus Christas your Savior,
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  • all of your sins, past, present,and future, were forgiven.
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  • His blood covered it all,paid the debt for it all.
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  • You will never againhave to stand before God
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  • and give an answer for your sin.
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  • Jesus paid it all,and all to him we owe.
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  • The Bible saysin the book of Ephesians
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  • that by the grace of God
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  • we have been, "Savedthrough faith;
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  • and not of ourselves;it is the gift of God,
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  • not of works,lest any man should boast."
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  • Then it says in the next verse:"For we are his workmanship,
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  • created in Christ Jesusunto good works,
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  • that we should walk in them."
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  • No, we're not savedby good works.
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  • We're saved for the purposeof doing good works
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  • so that after webecome Christians,
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  • we're to, "Let our lightso shine
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  • that men will see our good works
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  • and glorify our Fatherwho is in heaven."
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  • So are we together now?Here's what's gonna happen.
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  • We're either gonna be alivewhen Jesus comes
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  • and be caught upor we're gonna be dead
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  • and our bodieswill be in the grave.
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  • We'll already be with Jesusin our spirit
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  • and our grave will open,we'll go up to be with the Lord,
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  • and as soon as we get to heaven,
  • 00:11:39.381 --> 00:11:40.883
  • while the Tribulationis going on
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  • down here on this earth,
  • 00:11:42.318 --> 00:11:43.953
  • we each one are gonna haveour moment before the Lord
  • 00:11:43.986 --> 00:11:46.822
  • for him to say to us, hopefully,
  • 00:11:46.856 --> 00:11:48.991
  • "Well done,good and faithful servant.
  • 00:11:49.024 --> 00:11:50.893
  • Enter into the joyof your Lord."
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  • That's what I want to happento me, amen?
  • 00:11:52.762 --> 00:11:57.166
  • Now, interestingly enough,in the Bible,
  • 00:11:57.199 --> 00:11:59.602
  • there are some Oscarsdescribed for us.
  • 00:11:59.635 --> 00:12:02.872
  • And this is not by any means
  • 00:12:02.905 --> 00:12:04.206
  • all of the awardsthat are gonna be given.
  • 00:12:04.240 --> 00:12:06.609
  • But there are five crowns
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  • that are listedin the New Testament
  • 00:12:08.077 --> 00:12:09.612
  • for certain things,and it might surprise you
  • 00:12:09.645 --> 00:12:11.781
  • some of the thingsthat the Lord is gonna reward
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  • when we standbefore him someday.
  • 00:12:13.883 --> 00:12:15.551
  • Number one,there's the victor's crown.
  • 00:12:15.584 --> 00:12:18.287
  • It is recorded for us in1 Corinthians 9:25 through 27:
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  • "Everyone who competesfor the prize
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  • is temperate in all things.
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  • Now they do it to obtaina perishable crown,
  • 00:12:27.229 --> 00:12:29.832
  • but we do itfor an imperishable crown.
  • 00:12:29.865 --> 00:12:32.601
  • Therefore I run thus:not with uncertainty.
  • 00:12:32.635 --> 00:12:35.037
  • Thus I fight: not as onewho beats the air.
  • 00:12:35.070 --> 00:12:37.206
  • But I discipline my bodyand bring it into subjection,
  • 00:12:37.239 --> 00:12:39.742
  • lest, when I have preachedto others,
  • 00:12:39.775 --> 00:12:41.811
  • I myself should becomedisqualified."
  • 00:12:41.844 --> 00:12:44.446
  • Paul's point is that athleteswho expect to win
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  • must train diligently.
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  • Walking with God demandspersonal sacrifice,
  • 00:12:50.186 --> 00:12:53.856
  • sacrifice of thingsnot necessarily evil,
  • 00:12:53.889 --> 00:12:56.559
  • but which prevent
  • 00:12:56.592 --> 00:12:57.893
  • the full devotionof our soul to God.
  • 00:12:57.927 --> 00:13:00.429
  • In an age of luxurylike the time in which we live,
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  • the words have real significance
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  • for serious-minded servantsof Christ.
  • 00:13:05.100 --> 00:13:07.269
  • If you want to win an award,
  • 00:13:07.303 --> 00:13:08.737
  • if you want to be standingthere, receiving a crown,
  • 00:13:08.771 --> 00:13:11.740
  • you're gonna have to say noto some things
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  • so that you can say yesto some other things.
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  • You can't livethis pleasure-gorged life
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  • that we have taught ourselvesis normal in our culture today.
  • 00:13:19.048 --> 00:13:22.685
  • You have to learn how to turnoff the television sometimes
  • 00:13:22.718 --> 00:13:25.521
  • so you can studyto prepare your lesson.
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  • You have to learn how to get up
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  • when you don't feellike getting up in the morning
  • 00:13:29.191 --> 00:13:30.826
  • so you can getinto the Word of God
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  • and be ready for the day.
  • 00:13:32.394 --> 00:13:33.896
  • You have to take time away
  • 00:13:33.929 --> 00:13:35.231
  • from all the thingsthat you wanna do
  • 00:13:35.264 --> 00:13:36.832
  • so you can get the Scripturein your heart.
  • 00:13:36.866 --> 00:13:38.767
  • You've got to take a nightout of your week once in a while
  • 00:13:38.801 --> 00:13:41.070
  • and go talk to somebodyabout Jesus.
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  • All of this is hardand it takes discipline,
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  • and the Bible says that a personwho won't do that can't--
  • 00:13:45.641 --> 00:13:49.078
  • he can't be a candidatefor this award.
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  • This award is given to thosewho discipline their body
  • 00:13:51.714 --> 00:13:55.818
  • as Paul did,
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  • who keep their bodyunder control
  • 00:13:57.186 --> 00:14:00.456
  • and they become candidatesfor the victor's crown.
  • 00:14:00.489 --> 00:14:03.592
  • And the Bible doesn't say wehave to be perfect at this,
  • 00:14:03.626 --> 00:14:05.628
  • but we have to be in training.
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  • Are you in training?
  • 00:14:08.597 --> 00:14:10.132
  • Are you in trainingto serve the Lord?
  • 00:14:10.165 --> 00:14:11.800
  • Are you trying to ask the Lord
  • 00:14:11.834 --> 00:14:13.269
  • to help youbecome a better servant?
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  • God honors your heartin this matter.
  • 00:14:15.971 --> 00:14:18.274
  • Then there'sthe crown of rejoicing.
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  • That's the second one.
  • 00:14:19.775 --> 00:14:21.110
  • And you find thatin 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
  • 00:14:21.143 --> 00:14:24.613
  • This is what it says:"For what is our hope,
  • 00:14:24.647 --> 00:14:27.683
  • or joy, or crown of rejoicing?"
  • 00:14:27.716 --> 00:14:30.886
  • Paul asked the Thessaloniansthis question.
  • 00:14:30.920 --> 00:14:33.088
  • He says, "What isour crown of rejoicing?"
  • 00:14:33.122 --> 00:14:35.758
  • And then he answersit in the next phrase.
  • 00:14:35.791 --> 00:14:38.227
  • He said, "It is even you
  • 00:14:38.260 --> 00:14:40.262
  • in the presenceof our Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:14:40.296 --> 00:14:41.997
  • at his coming?"
  • 00:14:42.031 --> 00:14:43.332
  • What is he talking about?
  • 00:14:43.365 --> 00:14:44.667
  • He is sayingthat the crown of rejoicing
  • 00:14:44.700 --> 00:14:47.536
  • is the crown you get
  • 00:14:47.569 --> 00:14:48.871
  • because youled someone to Christ.
  • 00:14:48.904 --> 00:14:50.639
  • He said, "Thessalonians,
  • 00:14:50.673 --> 00:14:52.074
  • let me tell youwhat the crown of rejoicing is.
  • 00:14:52.107 --> 00:14:54.009
  • It's you because weminister to you.
  • 00:14:54.043 --> 00:14:56.812
  • And someday when westand before the Lord,
  • 00:14:56.845 --> 00:14:58.414
  • you're gonna be there
  • 00:14:58.447 --> 00:14:59.748
  • because we hada ministry to you."
  • 00:14:59.782 --> 00:15:01.383
  • Sometimes, it's calleda soul-winner's crown.
  • 00:15:01.417 --> 00:15:03.018
  • Let's notice the third one,the crown of righteousness.
  • 00:15:03.052 --> 00:15:05.187
  • It's found in 2 Timothy 4:8.
  • 00:15:05.220 --> 00:15:07.156
  • Watch this, "Finally,there is laid up for me
  • 00:15:07.189 --> 00:15:09.358
  • the crown of righteousness,
  • 00:15:09.391 --> 00:15:10.693
  • which the Lord,the righteous Judge,
  • 00:15:10.726 --> 00:15:12.795
  • will give to me on that Day,and not to me only
  • 00:15:12.828 --> 00:15:14.930
  • but also to allwho love his appearing."
  • 00:15:14.964 --> 00:15:17.900
  • Now, Paul is preparedto meet the Lord.
  • 00:15:17.933 --> 00:15:20.469
  • He is certainof his own imminent death
  • 00:15:20.502 --> 00:15:22.338
  • as he writes this.
  • 00:15:22.371 --> 00:15:23.672
  • He is contentwith his record of service
  • 00:15:23.706 --> 00:15:26.008
  • and confidentof his reception by the Savior.
  • 00:15:26.041 --> 00:15:28.410
  • And Paul's useof the athletic metaphor
  • 00:15:28.444 --> 00:15:30.112
  • is especially descriptiveof the life of a believer
  • 00:15:30.145 --> 00:15:33.248
  • because it describes struggle,
  • 00:15:33.282 --> 00:15:34.750
  • endurance, discipline,and final victory.
  • 00:15:34.783 --> 00:15:37.753
  • The crown of righteousnessis reserved
  • 00:15:37.786 --> 00:15:39.388
  • for those who have a longingfor the Lord Jesus,
  • 00:15:39.421 --> 00:15:42.691
  • who look for Jesus to come back.
  • 00:15:42.725 --> 00:15:44.960
  • Then there's the crown of life,number four.
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  • James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10.
  • 00:15:47.863 --> 00:15:49.798
  • This is pretty easyto understand:
  • 00:15:49.832 --> 00:15:51.133
  • "Blessed is the manwho endures testing;
  • 00:15:51.166 --> 00:15:54.136
  • for when he has been approved,
  • 00:15:54.169 --> 00:15:55.471
  • he will receivethe crown of life
  • 00:15:55.504 --> 00:15:56.805
  • which the Lord has promisedto those who love him."
  • 00:15:56.839 --> 00:15:59.875
  • Revelation 2:10: "Do not fear
  • 00:15:59.908 --> 00:16:01.643
  • any of these thingswhich are about to suffer.
  • 00:16:01.677 --> 00:16:03.212
  • Indeed, the devil
  • 00:16:03.245 --> 00:16:04.546
  • is about to throw some of youinto prison,
  • 00:16:04.580 --> 00:16:05.914
  • that you may be tested,
  • 00:16:05.948 --> 00:16:07.249
  • and you will havetribulation ten days.
  • 00:16:07.282 --> 00:16:08.617
  • Be faithful unto death,
  • 00:16:08.650 --> 00:16:10.119
  • and I will give youthe crown of life."
  • 00:16:10.152 --> 00:16:12.521
  • Now watch this.
  • 00:16:12.554 --> 00:16:13.856
  • The crown of life is givenin recognition of enduring
  • 00:16:13.889 --> 00:16:17.092
  • and triumphing over trialand temptation and persecution,
  • 00:16:17.126 --> 00:16:21.163
  • even to the point of martyrdom.
  • 00:16:21.196 --> 00:16:23.966
  • The motivation has to belove for Christ.
  • 00:16:23.999 --> 00:16:27.269
  • When you go throughthe struggles
  • 00:16:27.302 --> 00:16:29.371
  • and the persecutionsthat so many have gone through
  • 00:16:29.405 --> 00:16:32.241
  • to preserve our faith,
  • 00:16:32.274 --> 00:16:34.109
  • many of those peoplewill be walking around
  • 00:16:34.143 --> 00:16:36.178
  • in the early days of heaven
  • 00:16:36.211 --> 00:16:38.047
  • with this particularcrown of life
  • 00:16:38.080 --> 00:16:39.748
  • because theysuffered persecution
  • 00:16:39.782 --> 00:16:41.483
  • for the cause of Christ.
  • 00:16:41.517 --> 00:16:42.918
  • The crown of life.
  • 00:16:42.951 --> 00:16:44.253
  • And then the last one isthe crown of glory
  • 00:16:44.286 --> 00:16:47.222
  • in 1 Peter 5: 4, and I'ma little excited about this
  • 00:16:47.256 --> 00:16:49.558
  • 'cause this isthe preacher's crown.
  • 00:16:49.591 --> 00:16:52.061
  • This is what it says:
  • 00:16:52.094 --> 00:16:53.395
  • "And when the Chief Shepherdappears,
  • 00:16:53.429 --> 00:16:55.197
  • you will receivea crown of glory
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:56.532
  • that does not fade away."
  • 00:16:56.565 --> 00:16:57.866
  • This crown is for those
  • 00:16:57.900 --> 00:16:59.668
  • who are faithful shepherdsof the people of God
  • 00:16:59.701 --> 00:17:02.371
  • and for Christian leaders.
  • 00:17:02.404 --> 00:17:04.006
  • He has oneout of the five crowns
  • 00:17:04.039 --> 00:17:05.974
  • that is reserved for thosewho are in leadership
  • 00:17:06.008 --> 00:17:08.944
  • and who are shepherds of people.
  • 00:17:08.977 --> 00:17:10.279
  • And you know what,you don't have to be a pastor
  • 00:17:10.312 --> 00:17:11.947
  • or even on a staff.
  • 00:17:11.980 --> 00:17:13.282
  • Maybe you shepherda small group.
  • 00:17:13.315 --> 00:17:15.451
  • Those of youwho are facilitators
  • 00:17:15.484 --> 00:17:17.052
  • and you shepherdthat group and you care about
  • 00:17:17.086 --> 00:17:19.088
  • all the peoplethat come every week.
  • 00:17:19.121 --> 00:17:20.422
  • You know who they are,what their names are,
  • 00:17:20.456 --> 00:17:22.391
  • what their challenges are,
  • 00:17:22.424 --> 00:17:23.725
  • and you pray for themand you shepherd them,
  • 00:17:23.759 --> 00:17:25.260
  • you're in the runningfor the shepherd's crown,
  • 00:17:25.294 --> 00:17:28.030
  • for the crown of glory.
  • 00:17:28.063 --> 00:17:30.065
  • Now, have you got all those?Those are just a few.
  • 00:17:30.099 --> 00:17:31.834
  • Those are the fivethat are mentioned by name
  • 00:17:31.867 --> 00:17:33.435
  • in the New Testament.
  • 00:17:33.469 --> 00:17:34.770
  • That'll give you some ideawhat this is all about.
  • 00:17:34.803 --> 00:17:36.672
  • This is not about beinga Christian.
  • 00:17:36.705 --> 00:17:38.407
  • You already are a Christianor you wouldn't be there.
  • 00:17:38.440 --> 00:17:40.409
  • If you were not a Christian,you will not be
  • 00:17:40.442 --> 00:17:41.910
  • in front of the judgment seatof Christ.
  • 00:17:41.944 --> 00:17:43.679
  • There's another judgment calledthe Great White Throne Judgment
  • 00:17:43.712 --> 00:17:46.548
  • that comes a lot later;and if you're not a Christian,
  • 00:17:46.582 --> 00:17:48.650
  • you'll get to standbefore that one,
  • 00:17:48.684 --> 00:17:50.385
  • but I wanna tell you something,you don't wanna be there.
  • 00:17:50.419 --> 00:17:52.821
  • You wanna be at this one
  • 00:17:52.855 --> 00:17:54.890
  • because youwill already be saved,
  • 00:17:54.923 --> 00:17:56.225
  • you will already be in heaven,
  • 00:17:56.258 --> 00:17:57.559
  • and the Bible says some of youare gonna get to heaven yet
  • 00:17:57.593 --> 00:17:59.561
  • so as by smoke or fire,
  • 00:17:59.595 --> 00:18:01.263
  • in other words,you're gonna skip into heaven
  • 00:18:01.296 --> 00:18:03.165
  • with the smell of smokeon your clothes.
  • 00:18:03.198 --> 00:18:04.833
  • I mean,that's kind of how it is.
  • 00:18:04.867 --> 00:18:07.069
  • But you're gonna bein heaven, amen?
  • 00:18:07.102 --> 00:18:09.104
  • Amen, but you know what?
  • 00:18:09.138 --> 00:18:10.439
  • I don't wanna be therelike that, do you?
  • 00:18:10.472 --> 00:18:13.208
  • I'm gonna tell youa couple of reasons why
  • 00:18:13.242 --> 00:18:15.010
  • as we come to the endof this message.
  • 00:18:15.043 --> 00:18:16.845
  • But I wanna give yousome applications
  • 00:18:16.879 --> 00:18:18.313
  • of how this works for us today.
  • 00:18:18.347 --> 00:18:19.882
  • Let's take note.
  • 00:18:19.915 --> 00:18:21.216
  • Number one: "Rememberthat the Lord your--
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:23.919
  • the Lord himself isyour chief reward."
  • 00:18:23.952 --> 00:18:26.455
  • Don't ever forget that.
  • 00:18:26.488 --> 00:18:27.789
  • Whatever else youmay get in heaven,
  • 00:18:27.823 --> 00:18:30.025
  • the Lord himself isyour chief reward.
  • 00:18:30.058 --> 00:18:31.827
  • In Genesis 15:1, we read:
  • 00:18:31.860 --> 00:18:33.929
  • "After these thingsthe Word of the Lord
  • 00:18:33.962 --> 00:18:35.397
  • came to Abram in a vision,saying, 'Do not be afraid.
  • 00:18:35.430 --> 00:18:37.766
  • I am your shield, and I amyour exceeding great reward.'"
  • 00:18:37.799 --> 00:18:41.203
  • How many of you knowthe Lord God
  • 00:18:41.236 --> 00:18:42.538
  • is your great reward?
  • 00:18:42.571 --> 00:18:44.239
  • If you never got anything else,you get the Lord,
  • 00:18:44.273 --> 00:18:45.807
  • you got it all, right, amen?
  • 00:18:45.841 --> 00:18:50.679
  • Remember, the Lord himselfis your chief reward.
  • 00:18:50.712 --> 00:18:53.315
  • Number two:"Resist doing works outwardly
  • 00:18:53.348 --> 00:18:56.752
  • just for the purposeof getting an award."
  • 00:18:56.785 --> 00:18:59.588
  • The book of Matthew,the Lord Jesus
  • 00:18:59.621 --> 00:19:01.256
  • has some interesting thingsabout posturing.
  • 00:19:01.290 --> 00:19:03.025
  • I mentioned that earlier.
  • 00:19:03.058 --> 00:19:04.359
  • We're really good at posturingand spinning and playacting.
  • 00:19:04.393 --> 00:19:08.397
  • Listen to this, Matthew 6:1:"Take heed that you
  • 00:19:08.430 --> 00:19:11.166
  • do not do your charitable deedsbefore men,
  • 00:19:11.200 --> 00:19:14.169
  • to be seen by them.
  • 00:19:14.203 --> 00:19:16.238
  • Otherwise you have not--no reward
  • 00:19:16.271 --> 00:19:18.407
  • from your Father in heaven.
  • 00:19:18.440 --> 00:19:19.741
  • But when you doa charitable deed,
  • 00:19:19.775 --> 00:19:21.176
  • do not let your left hand knowwhat your right hand is doing,
  • 00:19:21.210 --> 00:19:23.579
  • that your charitable deedmay be in secret;
  • 00:19:23.612 --> 00:19:26.114
  • and your Fatherwho sees in secret
  • 00:19:26.148 --> 00:19:28.317
  • will reward you himself openly."
  • 00:19:28.350 --> 00:19:32.421
  • If you serve the Lordjust so you can get a reward,
  • 00:19:32.454 --> 00:19:35.824
  • it indicates that youdon't understand Christianity.
  • 00:19:35.857 --> 00:19:37.693
  • Why do you serve the Lord?Because you love him.
  • 00:19:37.726 --> 00:19:40.429
  • And then reflecton the ultimate goal
  • 00:19:40.462 --> 00:19:42.798
  • of any rewardsthat you will receive.
  • 00:19:42.831 --> 00:19:46.368
  • What are we gonna dowith these crowns?
  • 00:19:46.401 --> 00:19:47.703
  • I don't knowwhat they're gonna look like,
  • 00:19:47.736 --> 00:19:49.037
  • but let me tell youwhat we're gonna do with them.
  • 00:19:49.071 --> 00:19:50.706
  • Watch this:"And the 24 elders fell down
  • 00:19:50.739 --> 00:19:53.909
  • before him who sitson the throne
  • 00:19:53.942 --> 00:19:56.411
  • and worship himwho lives forever and ever,
  • 00:19:56.445 --> 00:19:59.581
  • and they cast their crownsbefore the throne, saying:
  • 00:19:59.615 --> 00:20:04.553
  • 'You are worthy, O Lord,
  • 00:20:04.586 --> 00:20:05.887
  • to receive glory and honorand power;
  • 00:20:05.921 --> 00:20:07.589
  • for you created all things,
  • 00:20:07.623 --> 00:20:08.924
  • and by your will they existand were created.'"
  • 00:20:08.957 --> 00:20:11.293
  • Did you know that that'sgonna happen in heaven?
  • 00:20:11.326 --> 00:20:13.762
  • After we get all our rewards
  • 00:20:13.795 --> 00:20:15.330
  • and we're gonna beso excited about it,
  • 00:20:15.364 --> 00:20:17.165
  • then we're gonna see Jesusand we're gonna take
  • 00:20:17.199 --> 00:20:20.002
  • the only thing we havethat's in heaven beside us,
  • 00:20:20.035 --> 00:20:23.005
  • which is the crown he gave us
  • 00:20:23.038 --> 00:20:24.706
  • and we're gonna fall downat his feet
  • 00:20:24.740 --> 00:20:26.341
  • and give it to himand say "Thank you, Lord,
  • 00:20:26.375 --> 00:20:27.943
  • for helping me to be here.
  • 00:20:27.976 --> 00:20:29.845
  • Thank you, Lord,for paying for my sin.
  • 00:20:29.878 --> 00:20:31.446
  • Thank you, Lord,for being my Redeemer.
  • 00:20:31.480 --> 00:20:32.981
  • I haven't got much to give you,but here's my crown,"
  • 00:20:33.015 --> 00:20:35.584
  • and, friend, I don't wanna beleft out of that, do you?
  • 00:20:35.617 --> 00:20:38.954
  • I don't wanna be standingin the background
  • 00:20:38.987 --> 00:20:40.289
  • watching everybodythat I knew on this earth
  • 00:20:40.322 --> 00:20:41.923
  • bringing their crowns
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  • and giving themto the Lord Jesus
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  • and, because I wasso lazy as a Christian,
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  • so undisciplinedas a child of God,
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  • I've got nothing to offer.
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  • That would be a moment,and I'll tell you what.
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  • That is before hewipes away all tears.
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  • He wipes away all tearsafter this is over
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  • 'cause there are gonna be tearsat that moment, I promise you.
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  • There wasan old missionary couple
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  • who had been workingin Africa for years,
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  • and they were returningto New York City to retire.
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  • They had no pension,their health was broken,
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  • they were defeated,discouraged, and afraid.
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  • They discoveredas they got aboard ship
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  • that they had bookedthe same ship
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  • as President Teddy Roosevelt
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  • who was returningfrom Africa
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  • and one of his big gamehunting expeditions.
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  • No one paid attention to them.
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  • They watched the fanfare
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  • that accompaniedthe president's entourage
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  • with passengers trying to catcha glimpse of this great man
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  • wherever he was aboard ship.
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  • As the ship movedacross the ocean,
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  • the old missionarysaid to his wife,
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  • "Something's wrong.
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  • Why should we have givenour lives
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  • in faithful service for Godin Africa all these many years
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  • and have no one carea thing about us?
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  • Here this man comes backfrom a hunting trip
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  • and everybody makes muchover him,
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  • but nobody givestwo hoots about us."
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  • And this dear man's wifesaid,
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  • "Honey, you shouldn't feelthat way."
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  • "I can't help it," he said.
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  • "Doesn't seem right."
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  • Well, the shipdocked in New York.
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  • A band was waitingto greet the president.
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  • The mayor and other dignitarieswere there.
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  • Papers were fullof the president's arrival,
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  • but not one single personnoticed this missionary couple.
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  • They slipped off the ship,
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  • found a cheap flaton the east side,
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  • hoping the next day to seewhat they could do
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  • to make a livingin the city of New York.
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  • That night,
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  • this missionary man'sheart broke.
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  • He said to his wife,"I can't take this.
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  • God is not treating us fairly."
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  • His wife replied, "Why don't youjust go in the bedroom,
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  • tell that to the Lord?"
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  • Boy, are you fortunate if youhave a wife like that.
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  • Short time later, he came outfrom the bedroom
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  • and now his facewas completely different.
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  • His wife asked,"Honey, what happened?"
  • 00:22:58.059 --> 00:23:02.464
  • He said, "Well, the Lordsettled it with me.
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  • I told him how bitter I wasthat the president
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  • should receivethis tremendous homecoming
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  • when no one met usas we returned home.
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  • And when I finished,
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  • it seemed as though the Lordput his hand on my shoulder
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  • and simply said,'But you're not home yet.'"
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  • You're not home yet.
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  • It's rewarding to serve Christ,and there are many rewards
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  • that we receive in this life:people being thankful,
  • 00:23:27.122 --> 00:23:30.692
  • letters of appreciation,
  • 00:23:30.725 --> 00:23:32.527
  • testimonies from the baptisterythat we've had a little part in,
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  • but I wanna tell you something.
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  • All the awardsare not given out down here.
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  • The best awardsare being reserved
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  • for the award ceremonyin the heavens.
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  • If you've been servingthe Lord faithfully
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  • and nobody seems to be noticing,
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  • just rememberyou're not home yet,
  • 00:23:47.943 --> 00:23:50.679
  • and there's something coming
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  • that youdon't wanna miss out on.
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  • Don't you just lovethe Lord today?
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  • And don't you wanna servehim, amen, amen?
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Becausesome of the rewards
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  • God has planned for Christianswon't be realized until heaven,
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  • sometimes it's easyto lose sight of them,
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  • but there is one rewardthat is ours right now,
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  • and that is the rewardof fellowship with Jesus Christ.
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  • And the more closely wefollow him as his disciple,
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  • the more rewarding
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  • our relationship with himbecomes.
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  • The first step in enjoyingthat reward is accepting
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There will bethe presence of light
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  • throughout the city
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  • that emanatesfrom the throne of God
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  • where sits the Lambwho is the Lord Jesus.
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  • The Bible saysthat in that city,
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  • he will be the light,
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  • and there will be no needfor any other light
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  • because the brillianceof the light of the Lord Jesus
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  • in his glorification will fillthe city with brilliance.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Heavenly City,"here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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