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October 8, 2020
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  • female announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • I pray that the message you'reabout to hear will empower you
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  • to use your voice, helpchange the way you think,
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  • and refresh your spirit.
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  • of prayer.
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  • Jesus tells us to goand make disciples.
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  • How do we do that?
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  • It's simple, really.
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  • Live like Jesus, show his loveto all people, and be bold
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  • about it.
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  • There's no reasonto point out sin.
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  • People know they'vedone wrong before.
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  • Instead, show them a bold love.
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  • Right now more than ever, peopleare hungry for love, and when we
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  • show them that love, it openstheir hearts and a door for us
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  • to be bold about how Jesus haschanged our lives.
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  • Duane Vander Klok: I wanna beginwith some of the Words of Jesus.
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  • He has risen from the dead, heappears to his disciples, he's
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  • about, literally, to go up intoheaven, and he said, "Go
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  • therefore and make disciples ofall the nations."
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  • Now, what Jesus is saying isthis.
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  • He is not just interested ingetting you to heaven.
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  • So often people think aboutChristianity, "I'm gonna go to
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  • heaven, I'm gonna go to heaven,"but Jesus has a purpose right
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  • now, and he says, "Make theminto disciples," not just
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  • Christians but disciples,and Jesus's explanation
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  • of a disciple was this.
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  • He said when a disciple is fullytrained, they will be like
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  • their master.
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  • In other words, you and I whenwe're disciples, we become
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  • like Jesus.
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  • That's what we're gonna becomelike, and that's his plan for
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  • us, not that we just get toheaven but his plan for us is
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  • that while we're here, we gothrough this process, and we
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  • keep on being changed.
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  • The Bible says in Corinthians"from glory to glory into
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  • his image."
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  • We're becoming moreand more like him.
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  • That's God's plan.
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  • Well, today I wanna talk to youabout disciples being
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  • evangelistically bold.
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  • Now, Jesus is calling disciplesthat--in the beginning of his
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  • ministry, he's been preaching bythe Sea of Galilee, and Peter
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  • and Andrew are there.
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  • They're by Peter's boat, andthey're cleaning up the net, and
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  • Jesus calls them and says,"Follow me, and I will make you
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  • fishers of men."
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  • Now, that word, we can say,"Well, look, he's talking
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  • to Peter.
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  • He's talking to Andrew, andthey're gonna become apostles,
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  • and they're gonna becomedisciples of Jesus, and that
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  • really has to do with them butnot with me."
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  • That would be like saying thatwhen Jesus met with Nicodemus
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  • and said, "Nicodemus, you mustbe born again," that it was only
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  • talking to Nicodemus.
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  • How many of you know what hesaid to Nicodemus was for you
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  • and me?
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  • And the same thing is true whenJesus said, "Follow me, and I
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  • will make you fishers of men."
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  • That wasn't just something forPeter and Andrew, that was
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  • something for all of hisdisciples, you and I included.
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  • The mission of Jesus--say itthis way--is now the mission
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  • of the church.
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  • It's the mission of believers.
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  • We can say it's the mission ofdisciples, and Jesus explained
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  • his mission this way.
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  • He said, "The Son of Man hascome to seek and save that which
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  • was lost."
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  • That was Jesus's mission.
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  • Now, that is to be our missionas disciples.
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  • The passion of Christ is to beexpressed through his followers.
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  • The love that drove him to thecross now should drive his
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  • disciples to reach the lost.
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  • He trusts you and I to continuehis ministry.
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  • That ministry did not end.
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  • It's to continue through hisdisciples, so we need to
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  • recognize--God's not calling usto be some wide-eyed person
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  • yelling on a street cornercarrying a sign, but he is
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  • calling us to have the missionof Jesus, which is "to seek and
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  • save that which was lost."
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  • You may have heard me mentionWilliam Carey before.
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  • William Carey was born in 1761in Northamptonshire, England.
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  • His father was a schoolteacher,and he immediately developed a
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  • real love for languages, but bythe time he's 20, he is a
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  • shoemaker, a part-timeschoolteacher, and a lay
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  • preacher, and he goes to a--orwhat we'd call it, a pastors'
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  • convention, a ministers'meeting--and while he's there,
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  • he asks the question--now, atthis time, he's about 20 years
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  • old--and he asks this question.
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  • He says, "Was the command Jesusgave his disciples to teach all
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  • nations obligatory on allsucceeding generations until the
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  • end of the world?"
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  • In other words, he's saying whenJesus said go into all the world
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  • and preach to every creature,was that only for the first
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  • century, or is that for us?
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  • He's talking in the 16thcentury--excuse me, in the 18th
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  • century--and for us in the 21stcentury.
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  • Now, he's answered by the manwho's presiding over this
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  • pastors' meeting by the name ofDr. John Rollin.
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  • Now, I would not wanna be famousfor what he just said, but this
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  • is his claim to fame.
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  • He responded and he said, "Youngman, young man, sit down,
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  • sit down.
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  • You are an enthusiast."
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  • Now, by the way, an enthusiastis somebody who loves Jesus more
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  • than you do, mm-hmm.
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  • It's somebody who was fanaticalabout loving Jesus, and his
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  • was--this is what he said.
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  • He said, "When God wants toconvert the heathen, he will do
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  • it without consulting youor me."
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  • In other words, he saidevangelism is totally up to God.
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  • If God wants to do it,God will do it.
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  • He doesn't use people.
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  • Well, of course, Careywas totally unaffected.
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  • In a very short time later, hepreaches another--he preaches a
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  • sermon, and by the way, thetitles that they had on sermons
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  • a few hundred years ago werelike sermons all by themselves.
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  • You know, we like to have two-,three-word titles.
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  • I mean, they have, like--here'sthe title of his sermon: Inquiry
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  • into the obligations ofChristians to use means for the
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  • conversion of the heathen.
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  • The title of the sermon--in other words, he says,
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  • "Should we use means?
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  • Shall we do something to try toreach lost people, or should we
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  • just let God do everything toreach lost people?"
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  • Jesus said, "The harvestis plentiful."
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  • Plenty of work to do in theKingdom of God, so many people
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  • that need to be reached.
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  • "The laborers are few."
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  • He says to "pray the Lord of theharvest that he would send
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  • laborers into the harvest."
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  • Now, where is the harvest?
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  • Where do we do this?
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  • Well, wherever you happen to be.
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  • Whether you're at work, atschool, the gym, the coffee
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  • shop, wherever you are is theplace where we're supposed to
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  • become fishers of men.
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  • I know--how many of you arefishermen?
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  • Let me just tell you somethingabout fishermen, all right?
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  • They always think the next cast,and after a while, then it's the
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  • next lure, and when it's bad oneday, they say, "Tomorrow will
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  • be better."
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  • They are the eternal optimist.
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  • All the fishermen are going,"You know, that's exactly what
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  • we're like," but when we'refishing for men, we need to be
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  • the same way.
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  • Well, one prominent soul-winnersaid this, "Let the cross be
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  • raised again at the center ofthe marketplace, as well as the
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  • steeple of the church.
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  • Jesus was not crucified in acathedral between two candles
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  • but on a cross between twothieves" and a cross road that
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  • was so cosmopolitan that thepaper above his head had to be
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  • written in three differentlanguages.
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  • The Son of God was crucified "atthe kind of place where cynics
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  • talk smut, where thieves curseand where soldiers gamble,"
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  • because that's where he died,and that is what he died for.
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  • He died for the cynics, he'sdied for the thieves, he died
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  • for the soldiers, he died forthe people that talk smut.
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  • If you look at the first-centuryChristians, they literally had
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  • the passion of Christ to shareJesus wherever they went.
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  • The Bible says daily from houseto house, face to face, they
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  • would share.
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  • Bad theology is this, "God willdo it without me."
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  • Because we are his hands and hisfeet, Jesus lives in and through
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  • us today.
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  • Acts 5:42, "And daily in thetemple, in every house, they did
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  • not cease teaching and preachingJesus as the Christ."
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  • So, they did it in the temple.
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  • They had the big gathering, butit was also house to house.
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  • Wherever they were at, they weredoing it.
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  • Now, the reason they did houseto house is--how many of you
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  • know, most of the time, sinnersdon't come to church?
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  • They probably won't bein church.
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  • There's the exception to that,but most of the time they're
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  • not, and we need to reach peopleright where they are.
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  • It's not about condemning peopleand telling them how bad they
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  • are, it's about loving people.
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  • Jesus said the great commandmentwas to love God and to love your
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  • neighbor as yourself.
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  • Daniel said, "He who wins soulsis--" excuse me, in Proverbs
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  • says, "He who wins souls iswise," and then in Daniel,
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  • "Those who turn many torighteousness Like stars they
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  • will shine forever and thebrightness of the firmament."
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  • You know, there's this there's--the Bible talks about the crown
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  • of rejoicing is sometimes calledthe soul-winner's crown.
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  • It's such a shame that so manyChristians--their story's this,
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  • "I've never broughtanyone to Jesus.
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  • I've never broughtanyone to Jesus."
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  • Let me just say take a chance,take a chance, and you say,
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  • "But what if itdoesn't work out?"
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  • You know, it very likely won'twork out right away.
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  • You see, Paul said this.
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  • He said, "I planted, Apolloswatered, and God gave
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  • the increase."
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  • You know, you might be plantingthe seed, you might be watering
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  • the seed, and that seed mightneed quite a bit of water, so
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  • you may not always see theharvest.
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  • When you say something--but you're watering, you're
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  • planting, you're doing whatneeds to be done.
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  • Several years ago, we had apastors' conference here, and I
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  • think we had about 600 pastorsthat was here, were here, and
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  • I'm surprised how many pastorsnever give an invitation in
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  • their church.
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  • In fact, I grew up in a churchand went to that church for 20
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  • years, and I never one timeheard an invitation, not one
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  • time in 20 years, and the truthwas I did not even know how to
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  • become a Christian after beingin church for 20 years, so I'm
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  • talking to these pastors abouthow to give an invitation, and
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  • the truth is they're afraid, andsomebody says, "Well, you know,"
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  • he says, "I've done it, but itjust didn't work," and I just
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  • said, "Well, it's 'cause you'reno good at it.
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  • You're just no good at it."
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  • How many of you know the firsttime you play basketball, you're
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  • not good at it?
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  • But you get good at it as youkeep on playing, and the same
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  • thing is true with these--witha pastor giving an invitation.
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  • He may not be good at it thefirst time, but he keeps doing
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  • it, he's gonna figure out whatworks, what doesn't work.
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  • He's gonna learn how to pray forGod's instruction.
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  • He's gonna learn how to pray forGod to bring conviction.
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  • So, it says the same thing istrue when it comes to sharing
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  • your faith, but the main thingthat we do is not--in fact, I
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  • would say this.
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  • The one thing we don't do istalk theology.
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  • It's interesting on the day ofPentecost, when the church is
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  • born, and the 120 are speakingin tongues, the Bible says that
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  • everyone heard them declaringthe wonderful works of God.
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  • The Holy Spirit did not come andbring theology, the Holy Spirit
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  • came and talked about the greatthings that God had done.
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  • How many of you have had God dosomething in your life?
  • 00:13:09.805 --> 00:13:12.942
  • You see, there's 10.000 peoplethat need the exact same thing
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  • that you had happen in yourlife, and when you talk about
  • 00:13:16.879 --> 00:13:20.683
  • what God has done, see, that'sglorifying God, that is
  • 00:13:20.716 --> 00:13:25.020
  • magnifying God, that's givingGod opportunities to do
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  • something in our life.
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  • Now, with Jesus literally nobodywas off limits.
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  • He reached out to the taxcollectors, ooh.
  • 00:13:34.630 --> 00:13:38.167
  • You know, that was like as badas it got.
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  • They were considered people whohad committed treason, and then
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  • they would constantlyovercharge.
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  • He reached out to the to therich, to the poor, to the
  • 00:13:45.741 --> 00:13:48.944
  • sinner, to the prostitute.
  • 00:13:48.978 --> 00:13:50.646
  • He was reaching to everybody.
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  • He initiates a conversation--this is in John 4--with what we
  • 00:13:52.681 --> 00:13:56.852
  • call the woman at the well, theSamaritan woman.
  • 00:13:56.886 --> 00:14:00.556
  • Now, she was a foreigner.
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  • In that culture, the Jews andthe Samaritans--in fact, it
  • 00:14:02.958 --> 00:14:07.563
  • says it right in the Bible--they had nothing to do with each
  • 00:14:07.596 --> 00:14:09.665
  • other, but Jesus broke thatcultural norm.
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  • Men didn't talk to women inpublic.
  • 00:14:14.470 --> 00:14:16.872
  • Jesus broke that cultural norm,and this was a woman who was
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  • literally living in anadulterous relationship, so what
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  • Jesus does is very interesting.
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  • He talks to her, he asks her fora drink of water, and she
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  • responds, and he begins aconversation, and literally he
  • 00:14:32.988 --> 00:14:37.826
  • sends her into town, andimmediately she becomes
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  • an evangelist for Jesus.
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  • Tradition tells us shebecame a missionary
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  • and a leader in the churchin Northern Africa in Carthage.
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  • She preached the gospel and wasconsidered such a great
  • 00:14:52.541 --> 00:14:55.144
  • evangelist that she rivaledthe apostles.
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  • Well, in Carthage she has adream, and in her dream, she's
  • 00:14:58.514 --> 00:15:01.784
  • instructed by the Lord to go toRome and to confront Nero, who's
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  • persecuting the church, whichshe does, and she's beat up, and
  • 00:15:07.056 --> 00:15:10.526
  • she's thrown in prison.
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  • While in prison, she wins theemperor's daughter and her
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  • household to Christ.
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  • Then, as a result of that, Nerohas her put to death, but what
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  • this story tells me is this,that nobody is disqualified,
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  • doesn't matter your past,doesn't matter your gender,
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  • doesn't matter your ethnicity,doesn't matter your education,
  • 00:15:32.514 --> 00:15:36.919
  • your economic condition.
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  • None of it makes any difference.
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  • Jesus uses people that love Godand love people.
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  • The Bible says this.
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  • Peter is speaking.
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  • He says, "We are witnesses ofthese things."
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  • See, what were the apostles?
  • 00:15:52.334 --> 00:15:53.669
  • They were just witnesses.
  • 00:15:53.702 --> 00:15:55.137
  • In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, "Butyou shall receive power after
  • 00:15:55.170 --> 00:15:58.974
  • the Holy Spirit has come uponyou; and you shall
  • 00:15:59.008 --> 00:16:01.143
  • be witnesses."
  • 00:16:01.176 --> 00:16:03.779
  • See, all God wants us to do isto be a witness to what he
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  • has done.
  • 00:16:08.083 --> 00:16:09.385
  • To love God and to love people,that's our purpose.
  • 00:16:09.418 --> 00:16:14.423
  • It seems to me like so manypeople in the church today in
  • 00:16:14.456 --> 00:16:17.659
  • this Western culture have beeninoculated to Christianity.
  • 00:16:17.693 --> 00:16:23.699
  • You know, inoculation, or avaccine, they give you a very
  • 00:16:24.233 --> 00:16:26.835
  • small dose of the disease thatis supposed to enable your body
  • 00:16:26.869 --> 00:16:30.739
  • to create an immunity, and somany people have an immunity to
  • 00:16:30.773 --> 00:16:36.111
  • what they believe Christianityis and to theology.
  • 00:16:36.145 --> 00:16:40.716
  • But the truth is this.
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  • Nobody has an immunity to beingloved--nobody--and everybody
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  • has needs.
  • 00:16:48.757 --> 00:16:50.392
  • See, when we talk about thewonderful things that God has
  • 00:16:50.426 --> 00:16:52.995
  • done, it opens people's hearts.
  • 00:16:53.028 --> 00:16:55.431
  • Pharisees, you know, they lovethe religious duties, the
  • 00:16:55.464 --> 00:16:59.201
  • rituals, and the traditions morethan people, but God's--
  • 00:16:59.234 --> 00:17:04.406
  • Jesus said, "Love God,love people," love people.
  • 00:17:04.440 --> 00:17:08.944
  • When the church is born, theHoly Spirit is just declaring
  • 00:17:08.977 --> 00:17:11.747
  • the wonderful thingsthat God has done.
  • 00:17:11.780 --> 00:17:14.883
  • In Mark 16, we're told to "gointo all the world and preach
  • 00:17:14.917 --> 00:17:18.020
  • the gospel to every creature."
  • 00:17:18.053 --> 00:17:20.289
  • You know, being bold in ourevangelism and just sharing what
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  • God has done in our life is notoptional for a disciple.
  • 00:17:23.926 --> 00:17:29.932
  • There is a lawyer who comes toJesus and wants to know, "What's
  • 00:17:30.599 --> 00:17:34.570
  • the law?
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  • How do I fulfill the law?"
  • 00:17:36.205 --> 00:17:38.173
  • And Jesus said, "Well, love theLord your God with all your
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  • heart, with all your soul, withall your mind, with all your
  • 00:17:40.442 --> 00:17:42.044
  • strength and your neighbor asyourself," and you know
  • 00:17:42.077 --> 00:17:46.048
  • the story.
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  • He said, "Who's my neighbor?"
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  • So Jesus tells him a story, andhe said, "Well, a certain man
  • 00:17:48.784 --> 00:17:52.421
  • went down from Jerusalem toJericho, and he fell
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  • among thieves.
  • 00:17:55.491 --> 00:17:57.059
  • They beat him up, they stolefrom them, and they left him
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  • there half dead."
  • 00:17:59.495 --> 00:18:01.530
  • He said, "By chance, along comesa Levite, a religious person,
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  • and he sees him," and I don'tknow if he was afraid there--
  • 00:18:07.269 --> 00:18:10.506
  • thieves might be around--get orwhatever, but he passes by on
  • 00:18:10.539 --> 00:18:14.376
  • the other side, and then alongcomes the Levite.
  • 00:18:14.409 --> 00:18:18.280
  • Now, he's--excuse me, alongcomes a priest secondly--so
  • 00:18:18.313 --> 00:18:22.151
  • he's even of the priestlyfamily, and when he sees him,
  • 00:18:22.184 --> 00:18:26.388
  • he figures, "Hey, if I goover there and touch him,
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  • I might be contaminated.
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  • I might become unclean.
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  • I'm going to do some religiousduties right now," and he
  • 00:18:31.793 --> 00:18:34.897
  • leaves, and then the Samaritancomes by, who sees him and has
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  • compassion on him.
  • 00:18:38.967 --> 00:18:41.503
  • Now, let me just divert herejust a moment.
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  • It's interesting that so manytimes in the Bible when we find
  • 00:18:45.140 --> 00:18:49.144
  • Jesus feeding, when Jesus ishealing the sick, the Bible says
  • 00:18:49.178 --> 00:18:55.017
  • he was moved with compassion.
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  • It says it this way in the bookof Corinthians.
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  • It says, "Pursue love," and whenwe feel that love, when we feel
  • 00:19:00.722 --> 00:19:05.194
  • that compassion, we're supposedto pursue it.
  • 00:19:05.227 --> 00:19:07.996
  • What that means is we'resupposed to move in the
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:10.832
  • direction that that compassionis moving.
  • 00:19:10.866 --> 00:19:14.136
  • When you see somebody and youthink, "I need to pray
  • 00:19:14.169 --> 00:19:16.371
  • for them."
  • 00:19:16.405 --> 00:19:17.706
  • When you sense, "Man,something's going on in
  • 00:19:17.739 --> 00:19:20.542
  • somebody's life," you need toget on the phone, and you need
  • 00:19:20.576 --> 00:19:22.644
  • to talk to them.
  • 00:19:22.678 --> 00:19:23.979
  • When we follow that love, that'swhen we see more supernatural
  • 00:19:24.012 --> 00:19:30.018
  • moves of the Spirit of God thanany other time.
  • 00:19:30.152 --> 00:19:33.055
  • In fact, it says, "Pursue love,and desire earnestly
  • 00:19:33.088 --> 00:19:35.824
  • spiritual gifts."
  • 00:19:35.857 --> 00:19:37.192
  • It's the spiritual gifts thatshow up when we pursue love,
  • 00:19:37.226 --> 00:19:42.064
  • when we pursue that love.
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  • So, that man was moved withcompassion, and he goes down,
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  • and he cleans his wounds, and heputs him on his donkey, and he
  • 00:19:47.102 --> 00:19:50.939
  • takes them into town, puts themin a hotel and the next morning
  • 00:19:50.973 --> 00:19:55.277
  • gets up and says to theinnkeeper, "Here's two
  • 00:19:55.310 --> 00:19:57.813
  • days' wages.
  • 00:19:57.846 --> 00:19:59.181
  • Take care of that man, and ifyou spend any more, I'll take
  • 00:19:59.214 --> 00:20:01.283
  • care of it when I come back,"and Jesus said to the man who
  • 00:20:01.316 --> 00:20:06.288
  • had asked the question, "Whichof these was a neighbor?
  • 00:20:06.321 --> 00:20:10.525
  • Which of them showed loveto that man?"
  • 00:20:10.559 --> 00:20:15.197
  • And here's what's interesting.
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:17.499
  • He wouldn't even say "theSamaritan," because the Jews
  • 00:20:17.532 --> 00:20:21.336
  • hated Samaritans so much.
  • 00:20:21.370 --> 00:20:23.538
  • He just said "the one who hadcompassion on him," and Jesus
  • 00:20:23.572 --> 00:20:27.009
  • said, "You go, and you dolikewise."
  • 00:20:27.042 --> 00:20:30.312
  • See, all the law, all yourBible, according to Jesus, is--
  • 00:20:30.345 --> 00:20:35.150
  • in just a nutshell--is loveGod, love people, love God.
  • 00:20:35.183 --> 00:20:41.189
  • Jesus said, "Love the Lord yourGod with all your heart, with
  • 00:20:42.157 --> 00:20:44.092
  • all your soul, with all yourstrength, with all your might.
  • 00:20:44.126 --> 00:20:46.128
  • This is the first commandment,and the second is like unto it.
  • 00:20:46.161 --> 00:20:48.997
  • You shall love your neighbor asyour self, and on these two
  • 00:20:49.031 --> 00:20:53.435
  • commandments hang all the lawand the prophets."
  • 00:20:53.468 --> 00:20:57.739
  • Loving people, loving God,that's what Jesus came to do,
  • 00:20:57.773 --> 00:21:02.544
  • show us how to do it.
  • 00:21:02.577 --> 00:21:04.579
  • You and I are to do the samething, and I just want to ask
  • 00:21:04.613 --> 00:21:07.316
  • you, when's the last time youshared with somebody what God
  • 00:21:07.349 --> 00:21:11.486
  • has done for you?
  • 00:21:11.520 --> 00:21:13.322
  • I know some people don't wannado it because they feel
  • 00:21:13.355 --> 00:21:15.524
  • rejection or, literally, sooften it's because we aren't
  • 00:21:15.557 --> 00:21:20.495
  • loving people if we loveourself.
  • 00:21:20.529 --> 00:21:24.599
  • We aren't loving people the waythat we should.
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  • When I think about this, I thinkabout Joyce Meyers.
  • 00:21:30.739 --> 00:21:32.708
  • Somebody said to her, "Joyce,don't you ever get nervous
  • 00:21:32.741 --> 00:21:36.078
  • getting in front of all of thosepeople."
  • 00:21:36.111 --> 00:21:38.714
  • This is what she said, "I neverthink about myself.
  • 00:21:38.747 --> 00:21:43.552
  • I think about how I canhelp the people."
  • 00:21:43.585 --> 00:21:47.189
  • The church of Jesus is not abuilding, it's the followers of
  • 00:21:47.222 --> 00:21:50.826
  • Jesus, who've been cleansed byhis blood, and he speaks through
  • 00:21:50.859 --> 00:21:56.031
  • your voice.
  • 00:21:56.064 --> 00:21:57.466
  • He walks in your shoes.
  • 00:21:57.499 --> 00:22:00.402
  • He touches through your hands.
  • 00:22:00.435 --> 00:22:03.271
  • He embraces throughyour arms of love.
  • 00:22:03.305 --> 00:22:07.008
  • The church cannot send Christor the Holy Spirit out
  • 00:22:07.042 --> 00:22:11.813
  • as a spiritual messengerto bless the poor,
  • 00:22:11.847 --> 00:22:14.282
  • to comfort the distressed,to visit the sick,
  • 00:22:14.316 --> 00:22:16.985
  • to persuade those who are lostto believe the gospel.
  • 00:22:17.018 --> 00:22:20.722
  • The only way he can visit thesick and witness to the unsaved
  • 00:22:20.756 --> 00:22:25.560
  • people is through believers,disciples like you and me.
  • 00:22:25.594 --> 00:22:31.600
  • You're his hands, you're hisfeet, you're who he moves
  • 00:22:32.000 --> 00:22:36.071
  • through today."
  • 00:22:36.104 --> 00:22:38.173
  • I wanna just close with a dreamthat someone had, and I really
  • 00:22:38.206 --> 00:22:43.211
  • believe that Godgave them this dream.
  • 00:22:43.245 --> 00:22:45.781
  • In the dream, Jesus has risenfrom the dead, and he's ascended
  • 00:22:45.814 --> 00:22:49.584
  • into heaven, and he's sittingthere at God's right hand, and
  • 00:22:49.618 --> 00:22:52.788
  • the angels are all around, andthey're like, "Jesus, we saw the
  • 00:22:52.821 --> 00:22:56.324
  • wonderful things that you did.
  • 00:22:56.358 --> 00:22:58.293
  • We saw how you died for people'ssins and redeemed humanity, and
  • 00:22:58.326 --> 00:23:02.931
  • now you've risen from the dead,and you're here.
  • 00:23:02.964 --> 00:23:05.434
  • This is awesome," and he says,"Now," the angel says, "Jesus,
  • 00:23:05.467 --> 00:23:09.004
  • what is your plan?
  • 00:23:09.037 --> 00:23:10.539
  • How are you going to let peopleknow what you did?"
  • 00:23:10.572 --> 00:23:14.676
  • And Jesus says, "My disciples,"and the angel says, "What, well,
  • 00:23:14.709 --> 00:23:19.815
  • what else are you gonna do?
  • 00:23:19.848 --> 00:23:22.284
  • What else?"
  • 00:23:22.317 --> 00:23:23.652
  • And Jesus said, "Nothing, mydisciples," and the angel said,
  • 00:23:23.685 --> 00:23:27.756
  • "But what if they don't?"
  • 00:23:27.789 --> 00:23:29.090
  • And Jesus said, "They will," butthen the angel said, "But what
  • 00:23:29.124 --> 00:23:33.295
  • if they don't?"
  • 00:23:33.328 --> 00:23:34.863
  • And Jesus said, "I haveno alternative plan.
  • 00:23:34.896 --> 00:23:40.902
  • I have no alternative plan."
  • 00:23:41.403 --> 00:23:43.872
  • You and I are Jesus's plan toreach this world, to reach the
  • 00:23:43.905 --> 00:23:49.911
  • people where you live, where youwork, where you go to school,
  • 00:23:50.946 --> 00:23:55.784
  • the gym, at the coffee shop.
  • 00:23:55.817 --> 00:23:58.153
  • You and I are Jesus's plan toreach this world, and all we
  • 00:23:58.186 --> 00:24:04.192
  • really need to do is love Godand love people.
  • 00:24:04.226 --> 00:24:09.865
  • Duane: You know, so many of us,we try to reach God without
  • 00:24:09.898 --> 00:24:14.236
  • realizing that God has alreadyreached down to rescue us
  • 00:24:14.269 --> 00:24:18.273
  • through Jesus, and if you'rewatching today, but you know
  • 00:24:18.306 --> 00:24:21.843
  • you're not right with God,you're away from God, and you
  • 00:24:21.877 --> 00:24:24.579
  • say, "I wanna be right, I wannabe forgiven, I wanna be a child
  • 00:24:24.613 --> 00:24:27.916
  • of God."
  • 00:24:27.949 --> 00:24:29.251
  • I wanna invite you right now tobow your head and pray this
  • 00:24:29.284 --> 00:24:32.254
  • prayer with me.
  • 00:24:32.287 --> 00:24:33.588
  • Make these words around and you.
  • 00:24:33.622 --> 00:24:34.923
  • Say, "O God, I believe Jesusdied on the cross.
  • 00:24:34.956 --> 00:24:38.827
  • I believe his blood paidfor my sins.
  • 00:24:38.860 --> 00:24:41.997
  • I believe that he rose again,and I believe he's coming again.
  • 00:24:42.030 --> 00:24:46.134
  • Today I receive the forgivenessthat Jesus purchased for me, and
  • 00:24:46.167 --> 00:24:50.972
  • today I give him all of my heartand all of my life.
  • 00:24:51.006 --> 00:24:54.576
  • I hold nothing back.
  • 00:24:54.609 --> 00:24:57.045
  • I thank you you've heard myprayer, that I'm a part of your
  • 00:24:57.078 --> 00:25:00.815
  • family today and forever, inJesus's name, amen."
  • 00:25:00.849 --> 00:25:06.588
  • Now, if you prayed that simpleprayer from your heart, you are
  • 00:25:06.621 --> 00:25:09.758
  • right with God, you're forgiven,you're a part of his family, on
  • 00:25:09.791 --> 00:25:13.428
  • your way to heaven, but you needto keep growing spiritually, and
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  • it's gonna help you keep ongrowing in Christ, walking
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  • by faith.
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  • God bless you.
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