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The Joy of Unity

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September 22, 2020
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During this message learn how Christ’s attitude of servanthood is the foundation of unity in the Church.

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The Joy of Unity

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:What's tipping the balance
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  • of your relationships?
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  • Are you experiencingharmony or disagreement?
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  • Coming up in a few minutes,we'll examine
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  • the contentment that comesfrom being unified with others.
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  • The secret lieswithin the answers
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  • to three questions:why, how, and who.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • In the book of Philippians,the apostle Paul urged
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  • early Christians not to letanimosity and conflict
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  • get in the wayof their relationships.
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  • Paul provides uswith four reasons,
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  • three requirements,and one role model
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  • for living in harmonywith others.
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  • So stay tunedas we unpack it all
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  • on today's editionof "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • female announcer:Are you waiting for joy
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  • to find you?
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  • Don't wait.
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  • Claim a happinessthat circumstances cannot change
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's book,"Count It All Joy."
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  • In this rich exploration
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  • of the biblical bookof Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncoversthe apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing a joythat carried Paul
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  • through the mostdifficult times.
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  • Discover this happinessfor yourself
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  • with, "Count It All Joy."
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  • would like to send youin appreciation,
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  • the "Count It All Joy" set,which includes his book,
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD,and a correlation study guide.
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  • when you contact Turning Pointtoday.
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching "Count It All Joy,"
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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Joy of Unity."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Our attitudes are important.
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  • In fact, they are more importantthan our actions.
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  • We're to work on our attitudes.
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  • How many of you knowwe could all work a little bit
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  • on our attitudes?
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  • Maybe you came to church todayand you got a bad attitude.
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  • You came for the right sermon.
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  • I'm gonna talk to youabout that.
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  • From his incarcerationin the city of Rome,
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  • he actually writes to the churchin Philippi and he says,
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  • "What you do with your attitudes
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  • is either a source of joyor discouragement to me
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  • as I'm here in prison.
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  • If you have the right attitude,it brings joy to my heart."
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  • And then he beginsto tell them in his letter,
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  • first of all, some reasonsthat they should work
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  • on their attitude of unitywith one another.
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  • Secondly, he gives them
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  • some requirementsfor doing that;
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  • and third, and this is
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  • the main partof the message today,
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  • he introduces themto a role model
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  • who illustrates what all of thisreally looks like.
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  • Let's take a few momentswith these first few verses
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  • and try to getPaul's introduction
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  • under our belt.
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  • In the first verse, he says,
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  • "If there is any consolationin Christ,
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  • if there is any comfort of love,
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  • if there is any fellowshipof the Spirit,
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  • if any affection and mercy."
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  • Now, without gettingtoo technical,
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  • let me just tell you
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  • if you insert the word "since,"where the word "if" is,
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  • you will have moreof the meaning of the verse.
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  • What Paul is sayingis simply this:
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  • "Since there is consolationin Christ,
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  • since there is comfort in love,
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  • since there is fellowshipof the Spirit,
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  • and since there isaffection and mercy."
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  • In other words,here are the reasons why
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  • we should care about
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  • the chemistrythat Paul writes about.
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  • The word "consolation" herecomes from a word
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  • which meansto draw alongside of somebody.
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  • The mental picture that you getwith this word is
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  • you walk up to somebodywho's hurting
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  • and you put your armaround them
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  • and you encourage themand you talk with them
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  • and you bless themwith your words.
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  • The testimony of our Lord's life
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  • was continually that of helpingand encouraging others.
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  • I remember readingthe Scripture that says:
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  • "He went everywhere doing good."
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  • What a testimony for anyone,even the Lord Jesus.
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  • How would it be to havesomeone say about you,
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  • "Janey went everywheredoing good.
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  • Jack went everywheredoing good."
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  • That was the testimony of Jesus.
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  • He was always encouragingpeople.
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  • So the writerof Philippians says,
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  • "Since there isthis encouragement
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  • that Jesus gives to us,we should be giving
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  • that same encouragementto others.
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  • Secondly," he said,
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  • "since there's the exampleof Christ's love,
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  • therefore if there isany consolation in Christ,
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  • if any comfort of love."
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  • The love that hementions here is,
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  • first of all, the lovethat God has for us,
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  • but it is also the lovethat we receive from God
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  • that is shed abroadin our hearts toward others.
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  • The best wayto describe that is this.
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  • When God loves you,he sets up in your life
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  • a reservoir of his love,
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  • and out of that reservoirof God's love for you,
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  • you love other people.
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  • You can say, "I don't haveenough love for that."
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  • Of course you don't,but God's given you his love.
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  • Dip into his loveand love others
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  • with the love he provides.
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  • His third reason is
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  • the encouragementof Christ's body.
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  • Listen to the last part of it.
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  • "If any fellowshipof the Spirit."
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  • Paul is saying, "Here aresome reasons why we
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  • should be encouragedto work on our chemistry.
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  • First of all, because we havethis example of Christ
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  • and this encouragementof Christ."
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  • But now he comesto the body of Christ
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  • and that's who we are.
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  • Did you know that when youbecame a Christian,
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  • you becamea part of Christ's body,
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  • a part of his family?
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  • And when you becamea part of his family,
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  • you were given an initial gift
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  • and that gift isthe Holy Spirit.
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  • I hear people sayonce in a while,
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  • "Well, I got Jesuswhen I was saved,
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  • but I haven't gottenthe Holy Spirit yet."
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  • Well, that's not true.
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  • When you got saved,you got the whole package.
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  • You got Jesus and yougot the Holy Spirit.
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  • If you don't havethe Holy Spirit,
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  • you don't have Jesus
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  • because when itcomes to salvation,
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  • they come together.
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  • You may learn moreabout the Holy Spirit later,
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  • but you don't get more of him.
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  • He may get more of you,but you don't get more of him.
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  • When you become a Christian,
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  • the initial gift of salvationis the gift of the Holy Spirit,
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  • so stop for a moment and think.
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  • You have the Holy Spirit,and I have the Holy Spirit.
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  • Your DNA is the Holy Spirit.
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  • And Paul is saying to us,
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  • "Since we all havethe Holy Spirit,
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  • let's cooperate together.
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  • Realizing that we allhave the same Spirit,
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  • we shouldn't be quarrelingwith each other,
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  • we shouldn't be slanderingeach other.
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  • We should be encouragingone another
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  • because the Holy Spiritwho lives in you, lives in me.
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  • And I might not look like you
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  • or talk like youor act like you,
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  • but I've got the same Spirityou have.
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  • And that's what binds ustogether.
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  • If there are any fellowshipin the Spirit," he said.
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  • And then finally he says,"Any affection and mercy."
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  • He says, "Because God has hadaffection and mercy for you,
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  • now you go out and youbecome purveyors of that mercy
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  • and of that affection."
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  • How can I love youwhen I don't feel like it?
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  • Because I understandhow much God loved me.
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  • Interesting in the text,this word "affection"
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  • is from a word that refersto an inward organ.
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  • If we were to say this
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  • the way the textactually says it,
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  • we would say,"I love you with my kidneys."
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  • Now, we would never say that.That's not how we do it.
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  • We say, "I love youwith all my heart."
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  • Why do we say that?
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  • It's not the heart pumping bloodthat we're talking about.
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  • The heart is a description
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  • of the most intimate,deepest part of who we are,
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  • and so the Bible tells usthat when Christ loved us,
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  • he loved us with everythingthat was within him,
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  • with his great affectionand with his mercy.
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  • Did you know that graceis what God gives us
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  • that we don't deserve
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  • and mercy is what Godwithholds from us
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  • that we do deserve.
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  • I'm thankful for both,aren't you?
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  • I'm glad he's given meall this that I don't deserve.
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  • I'm also glad he's withheldfrom me what I did deserve.
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  • And he says,
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  • "Now that you've received thatfrom God,
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  • now that you have thatfrom the Father, don't hoard it.
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  • Share it.
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  • With the same affectionand the same mercy
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  • that you've receivedfrom the Almighty,
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  • let that be the way youtreat one another.
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  • Let that be the reasonthat you work on your chemistry
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  • and understand the onenessthat you have in Christ."
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  • Those are the reasonsfor this passage.
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  • Then he gives ussome requirements.
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  • He says there's three thingsyou've got to have
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  • if you're gonna have chemistry,if you're gonna have unity.
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  • First of all,let me just tell you,
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  • there's a difference herethat needs to be explained.
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  • How many of you knowthe difference
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  • between uniformity,unanimity, and unity?
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  • Let me explain to youwhat that means.
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  • Some people think unityin the body of Christ
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  • is uniformity,so they all dress alike.
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  • But I wanna tell you,unity's not uniformity.
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  • Unity is noteverybody looking the same.
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  • Has nothing to do with that.
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  • And then there's unanimity,
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  • and that means everybody saysthe same, speaks the same.
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  • Wouldn't that be a boring world?
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  • Unity is not because we alllook alike or we all talk alike.
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  • Unity is because webelieve alike.
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  • To have unity, you have to have
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  • core doctrinesthat you're committed to.
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  • Our unity is based on the factthat we believe in creation,
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  • we believe that Jesus Christdied on the cross
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  • and three days latercame out of the tomb
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  • victorious over death.
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  • We believethat he offers salvation
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  • to anyone who will comeand ask for it.
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  • We believethat when we get saved,
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  • we get the Holy Spirit.
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  • We believe that the Bible isthe authoritative Word of God.
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  • We believe that one dayJesus Christ is coming back
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  • to take to heaven thosewho put their trust in him.
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  • We believe all of this stuff.
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  • We believe it together,
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  • and we are one in Christbecause of what we believe.
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  • And this isa very, very important lesson
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  • because todaywhat we're being told is
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  • that it doesn't matterwhat you believe.
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  • Just everybody be goodto everybody else.
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  • Just try to get along.
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  • How's that working?
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  • Now, we're gonna havedifferences
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  • and little issueswith what we think about,
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  • but our core cardinal doctrinesare the same.
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  • You believe what you believe
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  • and that's what brings youtogether.
  • 00:11:08.317 --> 00:11:10.152
  • So unity's not how we look.Uniformity.
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  • It's not even what we say.Unanimity.
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  • Unity's what we believe.
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  • When you believewhat the Bible teaches,
  • 00:11:17.860 --> 00:11:19.595
  • you become a partof the oneness of Christ.
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  • Do you know that most disunityin Christian organizations
  • 00:11:21.897 --> 00:11:26.502
  • is over disagreementover basic doctrines
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  • about which there isno issue?
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  • I'm so thankful that you believewhat you believe
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  • 'cause we have one sourceand it's this book.
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  • And that's why I don't strayfrom it very much
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  • 'cause it's really importantthat we continue
  • 00:11:44.120 --> 00:11:46.122
  • to be remindedthat our unity in Christ
  • 00:11:46.155 --> 00:11:49.325
  • is based upon what we believe.
  • 00:11:49.358 --> 00:11:53.295
  • Now, Paul goes on to say
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  • that the building blocksof this unity are three.
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  • First of all, harmony.
  • 00:11:57.833 --> 00:12:00.069
  • He says, "Fulfill my joyby being like-minded,
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  • having the same love,one accord, one mind."
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  • We're to be like-minded.
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  • That means we're to havethe same attitude,
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  • the same mind.
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  • We not only need harmony,we need humility.
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  • Listen to what he saysin verse 3:
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  • "Don't let anything be done
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  • through selfish ambitionor conceit,
  • 00:12:20.589 --> 00:12:23.192
  • but in lowliness of mind
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  • let each esteem othersbetter than himself."
  • 00:12:24.693 --> 00:12:28.697
  • Did you know that prideis the original sin?
  • 00:12:28.731 --> 00:12:32.034
  • Pride is what caused Satanto rebel and leave heaven
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  • and this whole messwe're in right now got started.
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  • How many of you knowthe closer you get to Christ,
  • 00:12:39.675 --> 00:12:42.144
  • the more you see
  • 00:12:42.178 --> 00:12:43.479
  • the imperfectionsin your own life?
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  • When we first get started,we might think we're something.
  • 00:12:45.714 --> 00:12:47.883
  • We got this all wired.
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  • But when you walk with the Lord,
  • 00:12:49.652 --> 00:12:51.220
  • you grow in knowledgeand you grow in understanding.
  • 00:12:51.253 --> 00:12:55.958
  • You also grow in self-awareness.
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  • That's just the way it is.
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  • That's howthe body of Christ works.
  • 00:13:00.362 --> 00:13:02.932
  • So you gotta have harmonyand you gotta have humility
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  • and you gotta have helpfulness.
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  • He said,"Let each of you look out
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  • not only for his own interests,
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  • but for the interestsof others."
  • 00:13:10.806 --> 00:13:12.274
  • What does this say?
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  • Don't look outfor your own stuff.
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  • Look out for other people.
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  • And the real core of unityin Christianity
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  • is not just doing the bestwe can for ourselves,
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  • but getting outof our proud selves
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  • and looking around to find wayswe can help others.
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  • And you know what happenswhen we do that?
  • 00:13:28.924 --> 00:13:31.093
  • While we're helping others,
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  • the help that they're doingfor others touches us.
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  • In order to feelthe strength of it,
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  • I wanna give yousix steps that he took.
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  • So this iswhere the story begins.
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  • It begins with Jesus in heavenwith his Father,
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  • and step one of his comingto this earth
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  • was he relinquished his place.
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  • Here are the wordsof the apostle:
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  • "Who, beingin the form of God,"
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  • verse 6, "did not consider itrobbery to be equal with God."
  • 00:13:58.053 --> 00:14:02.358
  • In other words, whenJesus Christ was in heaven,
  • 00:14:02.391 --> 00:14:05.127
  • he was God,he was equal with God.
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  • He didn't consider that to beanything that he should grasp,
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  • but he was equal with God.
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  • He is God, he was God.
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  • If we're to understand
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  • the greatnessof Christ's sacrifice,
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  • we have to try to comprehendhow lofty was his position
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  • before he came here.
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  • I mean, coming to this earthdidn't do anything for Jesus.
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  • He was at the heightof his glory.
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  • He wasin the most incredible position
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  • that could ever be dreamed of.
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  • He was the very God, a very God.
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  • He had existed for eternity.
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  • What in the world would hewant to do by coming
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  • to this messed up worldthat we live in?
  • 00:14:43.799 --> 00:14:49.505
  • But the Bible says he tookthe first step,
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  • and that first step wasaway from his place.
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  • Number two,he refused his prerogative.
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  • It says: "Who,being in the form of God,
  • 00:15:01.150 --> 00:15:03.485
  • did not consider it robberyto be equal with God."
  • 00:15:03.519 --> 00:15:06.155
  • In other words, even though hewas God and had always been God
  • 00:15:06.188 --> 00:15:10.359
  • and would always continueto be God,
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  • he didn't consider it robbery,he didn't think that it was
  • 00:15:12.227 --> 00:15:15.564
  • something that heshould hold on to.
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  • Instead of focusing
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  • on his relationshipwith the Father,
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  • he focused on the needthat all of us had
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  • for the problem of sinto be resolved.
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  • He had so much going up there.
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  • Why would he leaveall of that to come here?
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  • I certainly don't considermyself
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  • worthy of such a sacrifice
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  • and I'm sure you don't either.
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  • He left his place.
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  • He left his prerogativeand he renounced his privileges.
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  • Listen, this isa little bit theological;
  • 00:15:47.696 --> 00:15:50.733
  • but if you'll listen carefully,you'll understand it;
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  • and it's incredibly marvelousas a truth.
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  • The Bible says: "He made himselfof no reputation."
  • 00:15:56.805 --> 00:16:03.078
  • He what?
  • 00:16:03.112 --> 00:16:04.713
  • "He made himselfof no reputation."
  • 00:16:04.747 --> 00:16:08.117
  • Here was the Almighty Godwho was omnipotent,
  • 00:16:08.150 --> 00:16:12.488
  • omniscient,nothing was too hard for him.
  • 00:16:12.521 --> 00:16:16.925
  • But the Bible says that when hecame to this earth,
  • 00:16:16.959 --> 00:16:20.396
  • he put aside allof those privileges that he had
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  • while he walkedamong us for 30-some years.
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:28.037
  • So the Bible saysthat when he left his throne
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:30.606
  • and he left heaven,
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  • he left the independent useof his attributes,
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  • he left those in heaven.
  • 00:16:36.578 --> 00:16:38.547
  • Now, some people say that meanswhen he came down here,
  • 00:16:38.580 --> 00:16:41.016
  • he became less Godthan he was before.
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  • Let me tell youhow silly that is.
  • 00:16:43.252 --> 00:16:45.220
  • You cannot diminish deity.
  • 00:16:45.254 --> 00:16:47.322
  • You're either God or you're not.
  • 00:16:47.356 --> 00:16:49.058
  • As soon as you diminish deity,it's not deity anymore.
  • 00:16:49.091 --> 00:16:52.594
  • So he didn't become less God,
  • 00:16:52.628 --> 00:16:54.863
  • he didn't just give awaysome of it.
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  • Listen, here's what happened.
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  • You follow the life of Jesusas much as you can
  • 00:16:58.300 --> 00:17:00.502
  • both through the Scriptureand secular documents,
  • 00:17:00.536 --> 00:17:03.172
  • from the time he was borntill the time he was 30,
  • 00:17:03.205 --> 00:17:05.507
  • there's no evidence that heever did any miracles.
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  • If you'd have seen him walkingaround the streets of Nazareth,
  • 00:17:08.944 --> 00:17:11.380
  • you'd have just maybe lookedat his hands and said,
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  • "This guy worksin a carpenter's shop."
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  • And when he was baptized,
  • 00:17:16.051 --> 00:17:17.986
  • he began to do some miraclesto authenticate his message,
  • 00:17:18.020 --> 00:17:24.126
  • but here's what we noticethat happened
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  • when he became one of us.
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  • He voluntarily decidedto live like we live.
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  • In the Crucifixion narrative,we're told that if he wanted to,
  • 00:17:33.535 --> 00:17:36.138
  • he could have called10.000 angels to rescue him
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  • from the brutalitythat he experienced.
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  • Did he do that?No.
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  • Could have.
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  • Are you getting the story?
  • 00:17:45.481 --> 00:17:47.382
  • He left his Father,he left his heaven,
  • 00:17:47.416 --> 00:17:51.553
  • he left his privileges,he left his prerogatives.
  • 00:17:51.587 --> 00:17:55.124
  • Here's one that youdon't ever think about.
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  • He restricted his presence.
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  • I cannot imaginewhat it was like
  • 00:18:01.964 --> 00:18:04.433
  • for the Lord Jesus Christbefore his incarnation
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  • except that as the Triune Godhe was omnipresent.
  • 00:18:07.369 --> 00:18:10.339
  • Do you knowwhat omnipresent means?
  • 00:18:10.372 --> 00:18:12.241
  • Always present everywhere.
  • 00:18:12.274 --> 00:18:15.043
  • He was omniscient,he knew everything
  • 00:18:15.077 --> 00:18:16.812
  • both possible and actual.
  • 00:18:16.845 --> 00:18:20.782
  • He was omnipotent,he could do anything he wanted,
  • 00:18:20.816 --> 00:18:22.985
  • but the Scripture says he cameto this earth
  • 00:18:23.018 --> 00:18:26.355
  • and he restricted his presence.
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  • You say, "Pastor,what do you mean?"
  • 00:18:27.823 --> 00:18:29.258
  • Well, first of all,he restricted his presence
  • 00:18:29.291 --> 00:18:31.493
  • to the womb of a woman.
  • 00:18:31.527 --> 00:18:35.230
  • How's that for a contrast?
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  • From the gloriousunbounded heaven
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  • to the small wombof a Jewish girl.
  • 00:18:42.271 --> 00:18:46.642
  • And then when hewas born into humanity,
  • 00:18:46.675 --> 00:18:49.044
  • he became a man,a man who never left Israel.
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  • From the glories of heaven
  • 00:18:55.717 --> 00:18:57.686
  • and the unbounded reachesof omnipresence,
  • 00:18:57.719 --> 00:19:01.990
  • to the womb of a woman,the body of a man,
  • 00:19:02.024 --> 00:19:05.727
  • and a little countrycalled Israel, wow.
  • 00:19:05.761 --> 00:19:11.967
  • He did that for you.
  • 00:19:12.000 --> 00:19:13.335
  • He did that for me.
  • 00:19:13.368 --> 00:19:15.470
  • And the Bible sayshe realized his purpose.
  • 00:19:15.504 --> 00:19:19.408
  • What was his purpose?
  • 00:19:19.441 --> 00:19:20.909
  • Of any person who ever walkedon this earth,
  • 00:19:20.943 --> 00:19:23.045
  • there never wasa clearer purpose
  • 00:19:23.078 --> 00:19:24.446
  • for the birth of an individualthan there was for Jesus.
  • 00:19:24.479 --> 00:19:26.915
  • He was born to die.
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  • That was his purpose.
  • 00:19:30.252 --> 00:19:31.853
  • Jesus Christ came downfrom the glories of heaven,
  • 00:19:31.887 --> 00:19:34.556
  • born through a woman,born into humanity,
  • 00:19:34.590 --> 00:19:37.192
  • and his real purposewas simply to die.
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  • Without his death,we have no hope.
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  • That's not just my statement;that's his statement.
  • 00:19:43.899 --> 00:19:47.736
  • That's the statementof the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:47.769 --> 00:19:49.705
  • He says, "I didn't come hereto be served, but to serve,
  • 00:19:49.738 --> 00:19:54.910
  • and to give my lifea ransom for many."
  • 00:19:54.943 --> 00:19:58.647
  • He left heaven,he left his Father,
  • 00:19:58.680 --> 00:20:01.250
  • he left his privileges,he restricted his presence,
  • 00:20:01.283 --> 00:20:05.687
  • and actually cameto do what he did.
  • 00:20:05.721 --> 00:20:09.157
  • He humbled himselfunto death and the Bible says:
  • 00:20:09.191 --> 00:20:11.893
  • "Even the death of the cross."
  • 00:20:11.927 --> 00:20:13.395
  • Did you know the deathof the cross, crucifixion,
  • 00:20:13.428 --> 00:20:15.731
  • was for non-Romansor criminals?
  • 00:20:15.764 --> 00:20:18.533
  • It was such a brutal death
  • 00:20:18.567 --> 00:20:20.068
  • that people died 100 timesbefore they died once.
  • 00:20:20.102 --> 00:20:24.239
  • And that's the death he diedfor you and for me.
  • 00:20:24.273 --> 00:20:28.343
  • And that's notthe end of the story.
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  • He received his promotion.
  • 00:20:31.680 --> 00:20:34.283
  • One day after his deathhe was put into a tomb,
  • 00:20:34.316 --> 00:20:36.818
  • and three days laterhe came out of that grave
  • 00:20:36.852 --> 00:20:38.387
  • victorious over death.
  • 00:20:38.420 --> 00:20:40.222
  • And a few days after that,he was ascended to heaven.
  • 00:20:40.255 --> 00:20:43.592
  • Listen to these words:
  • 00:20:43.625 --> 00:20:44.926
  • "Therefore God alsohas highly exalted him
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  • and given him a namewhich is above every name,
  • 00:20:48.430 --> 00:20:50.932
  • that at the name of Jesusevery knee should bow,
  • 00:20:50.966 --> 00:20:54.102
  • of those in heaven,and those on earth,
  • 00:20:54.136 --> 00:20:56.772
  • and those under the earth,
  • 00:20:56.805 --> 00:20:58.140
  • and that every tongueshould confess
  • 00:20:58.173 --> 00:21:00.175
  • that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father."
  • 00:21:00.208 --> 00:21:05.947
  • What a round tripour Savior had.
  • 00:21:05.981 --> 00:21:10.052
  • He ended upback where he started,
  • 00:21:10.085 --> 00:21:12.220
  • but not until he'd takenthis long journey
  • 00:21:12.254 --> 00:21:15.891
  • and suffered for youand for me.
  • 00:21:15.924 --> 00:21:18.593
  • Now, let me just put thisin context.
  • 00:21:18.627 --> 00:21:22.164
  • Paul wrote to the Philippiansabout unity and humility.
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  • And he used Jesusas his illustration.
  • 00:21:26.802 --> 00:21:31.173
  • After he gets done giving themall the instruction
  • 00:21:31.206 --> 00:21:32.908
  • about being one-mindedand all that, he says,
  • 00:21:32.941 --> 00:21:34.976
  • "Let this mind be in youwhich was also in Christ Jesus,"
  • 00:21:35.010 --> 00:21:38.080
  • and then he tells
  • 00:21:38.113 --> 00:21:39.414
  • this whole storythat I just told.
  • 00:21:39.448 --> 00:21:42.250
  • And he says, "If you wanna know
  • 00:21:42.284 --> 00:21:43.585
  • how to make unityand humility work,
  • 00:21:43.618 --> 00:21:46.755
  • there's a place where youcan go to get your answers.
  • 00:21:46.788 --> 00:21:49.124
  • Just watch what Jesus did
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  • and let this mind be in youwhich was also in him."
  • 00:21:50.959 --> 00:21:53.862
  • In other words,have the same attitude yourself
  • 00:21:53.895 --> 00:21:56.631
  • as you see Jesus had.
  • 00:21:56.665 --> 00:21:57.966
  • And what does that mean?
  • 00:21:57.999 --> 00:21:59.468
  • There can never be anythingbeneath the dignity
  • 00:21:59.501 --> 00:22:01.603
  • of a truly humble Christian
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  • if it's for the cause of Christand the reality of salvation.
  • 00:22:03.705 --> 00:22:08.343
  • And this is the planof a believer
  • 00:22:08.377 --> 00:22:10.512
  • who cares about chemistry.
  • 00:22:10.545 --> 00:22:13.115
  • My role in creating chemistryis to do what Jesus did,
  • 00:22:13.148 --> 00:22:18.253
  • to live in humility,
  • 00:22:18.286 --> 00:22:21.256
  • not always trying to getthe best deal for myself,
  • 00:22:21.289 --> 00:22:25.794
  • but looking outat the needs of others,
  • 00:22:25.827 --> 00:22:28.630
  • being willing to do menial tasks
  • 00:22:28.663 --> 00:22:31.700
  • that others would think would bebeneath your dignity.
  • 00:22:31.733 --> 00:22:35.670
  • And the Bible sayswhen we do that
  • 00:22:35.704 --> 00:22:37.239
  • and humble ourselves before God,God lifts us up.
  • 00:22:37.272 --> 00:22:41.343
  • Did you know that the way upis the way down?
  • 00:22:41.376 --> 00:22:45.781
  • The way up is the way down.
  • 00:22:45.814 --> 00:22:50.485
  • And if the churchof Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:50.519 --> 00:22:52.320
  • could ever get ahold of that,
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  • if we could everreally believe that,
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  • where you believe thingsin your kidneys,
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  • if we could get that right,what chemistry we would have.
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  • I've been around the churchfor a long time.
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  • I've seenlots of different things,
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  • and I'm telling youwhenever you see
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  • that little sin of pridestarting to creep in,
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  • you need to kill itwith everything.
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  • You need to nuke itand get it out of your life
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  • 'cause if you don't,it'll destroy you.
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  • It'll keep you from knowing
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  • the true blessing of the Lordon your life.
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  • So this word is from God to us.
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  • To all of us who serve,
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  • to all of us who workin the ministry,
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  • to all of us who are a partof a business or a team,
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  • who work in some organization.
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  • It's to all of us, but it's alsoto all of us individually.
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  • The Bible says if wewill not humble ourselves
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  • and become as little children,
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  • we cannot enterthe kingdom of God.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means youhave to acknowledge
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  • that you have sinned.
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  • You haven't just made mistakes.
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  • You have sinned.
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  • You have violatedthe holiness of God.
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  • You have to acknowledge thatand admit that.
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  • You have to humble yourselfbefore God and say,
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  • "Lord God, please forgive me.
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  • I am a sinner."
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  • When you do that,the mercy and grace of God
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  • floods over your life
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  • like somebody turned ona fire hose
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  • and you will never be the same.
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: No theme appearsin the apostle Paul's letters
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  • more oftenthan his exhortation to unity.
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  • As unity is builtinto our lives,
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  • we set an examplefor others to follow
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  • and we discover harmonyand humility serving together.
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  • Because the church isthe body of Christ,
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  • he set the role modelfor Christian unity.
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  • Nowhere does Paul explainthe importance of unity more
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  • than in the passagewe studied today.
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  • In short, unity is found as weput on Christ in our actions,
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  • but that all startswith knowing Christ by faith.
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  • announcer: Next time,on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hold forththe word of life.
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  • Give them the messageof the gospel.
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  • You cannot get to heavenwithout content.
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  • Content is what the Biblesays you must do
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  • to become a Christian.
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  • You can shineuntil there's no shining left,
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  • but if you don't,along with that,
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  • hold forth the word of life,
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  • nobody will ever knowwhat they're supposed to do.
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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 Joy of Responsibility,"here on "Turning Point."
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