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We Pursue God...By The Word Part 1

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November 25, 2017
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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We Pursue God...By The Word Part 1

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  • Skip Heitzig: God has revered his Word even above his name.
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  • That is, when life is crashing in around you like this,
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  • you can hold fast to his promises.
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  • So, make God's Word your priority in times of delight as
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  • well as times of distress, when the cupboards are full,
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  • when the cupboards are bare, when there are smiles around you
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  • or frowns around you like in David's life.
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  • It's the primary way you will hear from God.
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  • Jesus said,
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  • "Sanctify them by your truth.
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  • Your Word is truth."
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  • Skip: Someone noted that if everyone in America decided
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  • to read their Bibles at once, we would have the worst
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  • dust storm in history.
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  • By the way, did you know that the most widely-known
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  • Bible verse in this country besides John 3:16,
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  • the most widely-known Bible verse in this country
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  • is not a Bible verse.
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  • The most widely-thought Bible verse in this country is,
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  • "God helps those who help themselves."
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  • Eighty-two percent of Americans think that's in the Bible.
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  • Some of you are looking at me like, "It's--it's not?"
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  • No, I think you know better by now,
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  • but 81%, 81% of those who call themselves born again Christians
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  • also believe that verse is in the Bible.
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  • It was spoken, of course, by Benjamin Franklin.
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  • It is not a portion of the Scripture.
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  • But according to the Gallop Organization,
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  • one-third don't know who gave the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • In fact, in this poll research that I found,
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  • not only do a third of those polled believe--only a third
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  • knew that Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount,
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  • a large majority of them thought Billy Graham was the one
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  • that gave the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • In the same poll, fewer than half could name the first book
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  • in the Bible, leading the Gallop Organization
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  • to make this statement, "As Americans, we revere the Bible,
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  • we just don't read it."
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  • And their conclusion is that America has become a nation
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  • of biblical illiteracy.
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  • Now, I know I'm preaching to the choir,
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  • I know that you guys are different.
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  • You truly are.
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  • You love the Scripture, you love the exposition of the Bible,
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  • you've come to expect that over the years.
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  • And that's one of the things I love about you
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  • is that you love God's Word.
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  • But teaching the Bible has always been central
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  • to this church.
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  • And though you know that and we know that and we do that,
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  • some of you may be new to this church,
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  • a couple months old or even a year,
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  • and you don't understand the foundations of where this flock,
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  • this expression of the body of Christ,
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  • how it was birthed and how it came about.
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  • So, a series like we have been doing on the vision of this
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  • church is I think extremely helpful because what we've tried
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  • to do is rediscover the biblical vision for the church.
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  • We don't believe this is our vision,
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  • like we came up with it.
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  • All we did was synthesize and put into a statement or a couple
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  • of statements what we believe the biblical vision
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  • for the church is, for God's people are.
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  • And so, our vision statement, as we've been saying the last few
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  • weeks, is simply this: we pursue the God who is passionately
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  • pursuing a lost world.
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  • We do it with one another, through worship,
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  • by the Word, and to the world.
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  • And we today are discovering what that
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  • by the Word is all about.
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  • So, we do it by the Word of God, by the Word of God.
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  • Christianity is the church of Jesus Christ being called out of
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  • the world to become a new group.
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  • And do you know that the church is the only institution that
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  • Jesus promised to build and to bless?
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  • He said, "Upon this rock I will build my church."
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  • So, it's the only institution he promised to build and to bless,
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  • but the way he builds it and the way he blesses it
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  • is in part by the Word.
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  • We believe that it's the Word of God that does the work of God.
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  • The Word of God does the work of God by the Spirit of God in the
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  • lives of the people of God.
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  • That's sort of been our mantra over the many years.
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  • Now, if you know your New Testament,
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  • you know that there are different analogies,
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  • different word pictures, metaphors
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  • to describe the church.
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  • We're called the flock of God.
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  • He's the shepherd, we're the sheep.
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  • It's called the bride of Christ.
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  • He's the bridegroom, we're the bride.
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  • It's called the building of God.
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  • But perhaps the most famous, certainly I think Paul the
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  • apostle's favorite analogy is that we are the body of Christ.
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  • And as a body, we need to eat.
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  • We need nourishment, and the nourishment comes
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  • from the Word of God.
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  • Job said, "I have esteemed the words of his mouth
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  • more than my necessary food.
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  • And Jeremiah said, "Your words were found and I did eat them.
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  • And they were to me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart."
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  • The Scripture says and Jesus quoted it,
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  • "Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."
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  • So, turning to Acts chapter 2, and in particular verse 42,
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  • we want to today examine, get this,
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  • one-half of one verse.
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  • That's really all we're going to look at,
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  • one-half of one verse.
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  • But I want to drill deep, I want to unpack one-half of one verse,
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  • and that is verse 42.
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  • And what I want you to see in that one-half of one verse is
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  • the early church's relationship in particular to the Scriptures,
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  • to the Word of God.
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  • We will discover that they were learning,
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  • number one, that they were learning truth,
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  • number two, and that they were learning truth continually,
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  • number three.
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  • They were learning truth and they were doing it continually.
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  • And as we look at this one verse and examine these things,
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  • I want to make three statements about us,
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  • about you, and three decisions that we need
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  • to make concerning the Scriptures.
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  • Before I do that, allow me to give you a little context of
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  • where we find ourselves once again in the book of Acts.
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  • It's the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2.
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  • Pentecost is 50 days after Passover,
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  • it's the day the church was born,
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  • it's the day the Holy Spirit descended on this group of
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  • people, 120 in an upper room.
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  • Peter goes outside and he preaches a sermon.
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  • And remember how many people came to faith that day,
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  • 3.000 converts, 3.000 born again believers.
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  • Now, as soon as they come into the church,
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  • these 3.000 new people will find themselves
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  • in a hostile environment.
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  • First of all, their leader now, the Messiah Jesus,
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  • he's been executed 6 weeks prior.
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  • And the religious elite of that city and even the civil
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  • government has their eye on this new group of believers,
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  • now 3.120 of them, and so the spotlight is on them
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  • and the persecution will be turned up.
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  • So, here's a question, what do we do with these 3.000?
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  • What do we train them to do?
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  • How will they survive?
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  • What priorities do they need to incorporate into their lives
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  • so that they can survive and thrive, mature and grow?
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  • With that question, we get the answer in verse 42,
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  • but let me take you to verse 41
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  • for just a little bit of context.
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  • "Then those who gladly received his Word were baptized.
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  • And that day, about 3.000 souls were added to them.
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  • And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine."
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  • That's the one-half of the one verse I want to cover.
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  • But let's indulge ourselves, let's finish the verse,
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  • shall we?
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  • "They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine
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  • and fellowship in the breaking of bread and in prayers."
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  • Now, let me make the first statement,
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  • the first decision we need to make regarding our relationship
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  • with the Scripture.
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  • Here it is, to grow, you must learn.
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  • To grow, you must learn.
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  • Notice it says, "They continued steadfastly
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  • in the apostles' doctrine."
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  • What does that mean, doctrine?
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  • Well, it simply means instruction.
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  • It means truth taught, truth that is taught.
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  • To be honest, I feel sorry for the word "doctrine."
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  • You know, there's some words in the Bible that I look at
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  • and I go, "I feel sorry for that word."
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  • And I feel sorry for the word "doctrine" because it has been
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  • so marginalized by people.
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  • People say things like, "Oh doctrine,
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  • we're not into doctrine.
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  • That's that technical stuff."
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  • But doctrine simply means good, wholesome instruction,
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  • or truth that is taught.
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  • We get doctrine through this book,
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  • through the Bible.
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  • It is our owner's manual to life.
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  • But you know, I am concerned, I fear because so many people
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  • treat their lives like they treat the gadgets they buy.
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  • You know, we buy gadgets and they all come
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  • with an owner's manual, either in the software built in
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  • or on paper like they used to.
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  • But sometimes the owner's manual are--they're quite large.
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  • I got a stereo this last year for my car,
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  • and the owner's manual for the stereo is about
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  • as big as the stereo.
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  • So, I did what any American does, I didn't read it.
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  • I just put it in, figured, "I can figure this out."
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  • But I couldn't.
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  • There's lots of little things it does that I need to go to the
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  • manual to figure out what to do.
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  • But a lot of people treat their lives like the gadget.
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  • They just sort of try to wing it themselves without figuring out
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  • what the manufacturer said about who they are
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  • and how to live their life at peak.
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  • I think we do that when it comes to the Scriptures.
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  • That is my concern.
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  • There is really an absence of theology in our churches,
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  • and I'm laying the blame squarely on the churches
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  • and the pastors.
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  • There's an absence of that.
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  • Dr. Michael Vlach, I agree with him,
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  • said, "There's a crisis of biblical knowledge
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  • in the American church."
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  • A lot of people don't want knowledge,
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  • they just want an experience.
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  • They want to feel something and then walk away after the
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  • feeling, but there's a crisis of biblical knowledge
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  • in the American church.
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  • Remember what God said through the prophet Hosea?
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  • "My people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge."
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  • Peter in the New Testament said, "Grow in the grace and the
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  • knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • Proverbs 19, verse 2, "Also it is not good for a soul
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  • to be without knowledge."
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  • So, here are the apostles giving these 3.000 believers knowledge,
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  • doctrine, instruction.
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  • Skip: Eric, what are your biggest concerns about America?
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  • Eric Metaxas: Well, the--I wrote a book,
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  • as you know, called, "If You Can Keep It"
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  • about America and American liberty.
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  • And it's my conviction that for 40 or so years,
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  • we have not been teaching the guts of what it means
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  • to be an American.
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  • And that because America is an ideal,
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  • we're not an ethnic group, we're not just a land mass,
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  • and if you live here you're an American.
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  • It's an idea that the founder said,
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  • "You must buy into the idea."
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  • If you buy into the idea, you can become as American
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  • as George Washington.
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  • Doesn't matter what your last name is,
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  • the color of your skin, but you have to buy into the idea,
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  • and we have to teach the idea of what is self-government,
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  • how does it work?
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  • I didn't learn it growing up in school.
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  • I think anybody my age or younger didn't learn it
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  • growing up in school.
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  • And then you get to college and they're sort of teaching
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  • against it in a weird way.
  • 00:13:06.190 --> 00:13:09.030
  • This is not just a crime and a travesty,
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  • but this is a horror for the future.
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  • If we do not learn these things and teach these things
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  • to our kids, America goes away.
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  • America is not normal, it is a fragile,
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  • extraordinary almost like a mutation.
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  • It pops up in history and you say,
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  • "Don't let this die.
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  • This is unique, this is amazing, and this holds promise
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  • for the whole world."
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  • But we've got to keep this flame alive.
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  • We've got to keep the torch alive,
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  • and I really think that that's something we've neglected
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  • for 40 or so years.
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  • And so, by writing, "If You Can Keep It," I tried to write a
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  • primer on the basics of what is self-government,
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  • what is American liberty.
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  • And I hope that if people just read that book,
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  • they'll get the basics and they'll be encouraged
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  • to look into it more.
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  • But I really feel that we need to know that
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  • what we have goes away by itself if we don't tend to garden,
  • 00:14:00.110 --> 00:14:03.130
  • if we don't keep--as Benjamin Franklin said,
  • 00:14:03.140 --> 00:14:05.270
  • "If you can keep it."
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  • If we keep it, if we keep it alive and love it and cherish it
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  • and teach it, it will last.
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  • But if we don't do that, it goes away.
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  • So, my fear is that it would go away because I don't think
  • 00:14:16.060 --> 00:14:18.200
  • there's anybody waiting in the wings with these ideas,
  • 00:14:18.210 --> 00:14:22.050
  • these ideas that have been entrusted to us.
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  • And so, it's a sacred charge that we've been called to keep,
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  • I believe, by God for his purposes
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  • and it's very important.
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  • People who try to separate that from the gospel,
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  • they're getting confused because the freedom to preach the gospel
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:37.120
  • comes from the liberty that we have.
  • 00:14:37.130 --> 00:14:39.260
  • Skip: How close do you think we are to that, to losing it?
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  • And can we get it back through just education?
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  • Eric: I think that we have been very much on the precipice.
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  • I think that, you know, you can say what you want about the
  • 00:14:48.280 --> 00:14:52.150
  • current president, but I think that the Supreme Court was on
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  • the verge of becoming fundamentally unable to preserve
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  • what it says in the constitution.
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  • That's the job of the Supreme Court.
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  • and I think that with Sotomayor or another Ginsberg,
  • 00:15:08.220 --> 00:15:14.000
  • we would lose that for more than a generation.
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  • And I think that people need to understand how serious that is.
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  • We're not talking about trying to make things perfect or
  • 00:15:21.190 --> 00:15:24.030
  • wonderful, we're talking about staying alive.
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  • If you're drowning, you don't ask too many questions about,
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  • "What color is the rope? I really don't like this rope.
  • 00:15:28.290 --> 00:15:32.070
  • This rope annoys me.
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  • This rope shouldn't tweet after 2 a.m."
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  • I really think that if you have an opportunity to stay alive
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  • for another 4 years or 8 years and preserve the liberties
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  • and teach this stuff, if you have a window,
  • 00:15:41.270 --> 00:15:44.290
  • the church needs to rise up and stand in the gap,
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  • teach these things, and understand we've been given
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  • a reprieve from the governor of the universe.
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  • It may not be the kind of reprieve we want,
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  • but if you're alive, God's given you an opportunity
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  • to be the church.
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  • If the church will be the church now,
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  • I am convinced that there is hope in the future.
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  • I'm convinced, but it's up to the church.
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  • The church needs to be the church.
  • 00:16:09.280 --> 00:16:11.170
  • And you know, I talk about that a lot,
  • 00:16:11.180 --> 00:16:12.270
  • but that is something that I'm not one of these naysayers.
  • 00:16:12.280 --> 00:16:15.290
  • I really--I have hope and joy, but that's up to the church.
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  • The church has to be the church.
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  • Skip: John Stott, a commentator on this section of
  • 00:16:24.030 --> 00:16:27.030
  • Scripture, writes, "One might say that the Holy Spirit opened
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  • a school in Jerusalem that day.
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  • The school teachers were the apostles,
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  • whom Jesus had appointed and trained,
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  • and there were 3.000 new pupils in kindergarten that day."
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  • I like that.
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  • To grow, you must learn apostles' doctrine.
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  • Something else, look at verse 42 again and notice really there
  • 00:16:51.120 --> 00:16:55.190
  • are four activities that are mentioned.
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  • It's really a list that is given of activities that they did.
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  • So, if you look at it in terms of the list,
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:04.090
  • they continued steadfastly, number one,
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  • in the apostles' doctrine.
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  • Number two, in fellowship.
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  • Number three, in the breaking of bread.
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  • And number four, in prayer.
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  • So, if you look at it like a list,
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  • I want you to notice that on their priority list,
  • 00:17:18.290 --> 00:17:23.000
  • number one is the Word of God.
  • 00:17:23.010 --> 00:17:26.290
  • Now, I bring that up because if we were writing the list,
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:29.120
  • I don't think we'd necessarily put that as number one.
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  • If we were to write a list of what a church ought to do
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  • and what ought to be the priorities,
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:39.030
  • some would write singing as number one.
  • 00:17:39.040 --> 00:17:43.040
  • Or they would do praying as number one,
  • 00:17:43.050 --> 00:17:45.280
  • or missions as number one, or serving as number one.
  • 00:17:45.290 --> 00:17:50.190
  • But according to Scripture, their survival priority list,
  • 00:17:50.200 --> 00:17:54.230
  • number one was the apostles' doctrine.
  • 00:17:54.240 --> 00:17:59.080
  • But let me ask you a question, how many people do you know
  • 00:17:59.090 --> 00:18:04.090
  • that are devoted to doctrine, honestly?
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:07.150
  • Just ask your Christian friends,
  • 00:18:07.160 --> 00:18:09.060
  • "Hey, are you devoted to doctrine?"
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:12.080
  • If you go to Christian bookstores,
  • 00:18:12.090 --> 00:18:14.110
  • books on doctrine are not the bestsellers.
  • 00:18:14.120 --> 00:18:18.040
  • They're hardly sold.
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  • Bestsellers are the "fix me" book kind of things.
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  • But doctrine was first on their list, why?
  • 00:18:25.250 --> 00:18:28.070
  • 'Cause it's the basis of everything.
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:32.130
  • Over the years, I've been asked questions like,
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:34.220
  • "Why do you preach expository sermons?
  • 00:18:34.230 --> 00:18:37.080
  • I mean, why do you feel, Skip, like you have to tether
  • 00:18:37.090 --> 00:18:39.210
  • everything to the text, and point out nouns and pronouns
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  • and word meanings and all that stuff?
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  • Why do you spend so much time studying
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  • and reading and teaching?
  • 00:18:48.180 --> 00:18:50.030
  • And why on Wednesday nights do you preach an hour
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:56.150
  • through a book of the Bible?"
  • 00:18:56.160 --> 00:18:58.040
  • Actually, you should count yourself fortunate,
  • 00:18:58.050 --> 00:18:59.160
  • they used to be like an hour and 20 minutes,
  • 00:18:59.170 --> 00:19:01.070
  • so I've cut back.
  • 00:19:01.080 --> 00:19:04.060
  • And let me tell you why, why I'm so insistent on that.
  • 00:19:04.070 --> 00:19:08.220
  • Because basically, when you come to church,
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:10.230
  • I'm asking you to trust God, I'm asking you to trust him.
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:14.130
  • I'm asking you to put your life in his hands.
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  • If I'm asking you to put your life in his hands,
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  • don't you want to know the one I'm asking you
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  • to entrust your life to?
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  • You want to know a little bit about him.
  • 00:19:25.190 --> 00:19:28.010
  • And so, that's why we focus on the Scriptures.
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  • As I get to know my Bible, I get to know my God.
  • 00:19:31.100 --> 00:19:36.180
  • Now, you can know about God a number of different ways.
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  • The moral law, the conscience that God has given every one
  • 00:19:41.220 --> 00:19:44.020
  • of us, the creation that we live in.
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  • You look around, creation, it tells you about God.
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:49.270
  • But if you want to get to know God,
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:52.150
  • he gives his self-disclosure, his full revelation in his Word
  • 00:19:52.160 --> 00:19:57.000
  • principally, principally.
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  • That's why we study it.
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  • That's why we seek to apply it and understand it continually.
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  • Psalm 19, David writes about this theme.
  • 00:20:07.130 --> 00:20:10.210
  • He says, "The heavens declared the glory of God.
  • 00:20:10.220 --> 00:20:13.140
  • The firmament shows his handiwork.
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  • Day unto day, they utter their speech,
  • 00:20:15.260 --> 00:20:17.120
  • night unto night they reveal knowledge.
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  • There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
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  • Their line has gone throughout all of the earth and their words
  • 00:20:23.050 --> 00:20:25.200
  • to the end of the world."
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:28.050
  • But then he says this, "The law of the Lord is perfect,
  • 00:20:28.060 --> 00:20:33.040
  • converting the soul.
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  • The testimony of the Lord is sure,
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:36.200
  • making wise the simple.
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  • The statures of the Lord are right,
  • 00:20:38.080 --> 00:20:40.000
  • rejoicing the heart.
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  • The commandment of the Lord is pure in lightening the eyes.
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  • More to be desired than gold,
  • 00:20:45.160 --> 00:20:47.270
  • more than much fine gold are these.
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  • Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
  • 00:20:50.090 --> 00:20:52.260
  • Moreover by them your servant is warned,
  • 00:20:52.270 --> 00:20:55.100
  • and in keeping them there is great reward."
  • 00:20:55.110 --> 00:20:58.250
  • Here's what he's saying, "You can look around your world
  • 00:20:58.260 --> 00:21:02.060
  • and you can look at the stars and the beauty of nature,
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:05.150
  • and it will tell you about God.
  • 00:21:05.160 --> 00:21:08.230
  • He's glorious, he's powerful, he's creative.
  • 00:21:08.240 --> 00:21:12.060
  • But if you want to get to know God in his perfection,
  • 00:21:12.070 --> 00:21:14.070
  • the law of the Lord is perfect.
  • 00:21:14.080 --> 00:21:17.040
  • That's where you really have God set before you
  • 00:21:17.050 --> 00:21:21.060
  • by his Scriptures."
  • 00:21:21.070 --> 00:21:24.120
  • When I was a brand new believer, I was in a bookstore,
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:28.250
  • and I'm walking by a bookshelf, and there was a title
  • 00:21:28.260 --> 00:21:31.250
  • that grabbed my attention.
  • 00:21:31.260 --> 00:21:33.190
  • It was the title that sold the book.
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  • It was a book by J.I. Packer called "Knowing God."
  • 00:21:36.050 --> 00:21:39.110
  • It's one of the best books I've ever read,
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:40.230
  • I would recommend it to you.
  • 00:21:40.240 --> 00:21:42.090
  • But when I took it home and cracked it open,
  • 00:21:42.100 --> 00:21:44.150
  • I was disappointed.
  • 00:21:44.160 --> 00:21:47.040
  • I was disappointed because the book said "Knowing God,"
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:50.030
  • but essentially this book was a theology text,
  • 00:21:50.040 --> 00:21:53.150
  • a systematic theology in laymen's terms.
  • 00:21:53.160 --> 00:21:56.180
  • So, I'm walking away going,
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:57.280
  • "I'm sort of disappointed in this book.
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:21:59.200
  • It says knowing God is about theology."
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:01.130
  • But then in struck me, "I think he's on to something.
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:05.010
  • I think he's absolutely right.
  • 00:22:05.020 --> 00:22:07.000
  • If I want to know God, I have to know God in the means
  • 00:22:07.010 --> 00:22:09.220
  • that God has disclosed himself, and that is principally
  • 00:22:09.230 --> 00:22:13.090
  • through the Scriptures."
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:15.240
  • So, no wonder the afternoon I gave my life to Christ after
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:19.290
  • Billy Graham led the audience in the sinner's prayer,
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:23.070
  • he turned and said, "And make sure that you go
  • 00:22:23.080 --> 00:22:25.230
  • to church this Sunday."
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:29.270
  • The reason he wanted people to go to church on Sunday is
  • 00:22:29.280 --> 00:22:32.200
  • because church, at least then, was the place
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:36.260
  • where you'll get the teaching from the Bible.
  • 00:22:36.270 --> 00:22:41.110
  • And to grow, you must learn.
  • 00:22:41.120 --> 00:22:44.000
  • Peter said, "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk
  • 00:22:44.010 --> 00:22:47.210
  • of the Word, that you may grow thereby."
  • 00:22:47.220 --> 00:22:51.180
  • So, that's the first statement, that's the first decision,
  • 00:22:51.190 --> 00:22:53.240
  • "To grow you must learn."
  • 00:22:53.250 --> 00:22:55.040
  • Here's the second, "To learn you must hear."
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:58.150
  • To learn you must hear.
  • 00:22:58.160 --> 00:22:59.250
  • Jesus said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
  • 00:22:59.260 --> 00:23:05.000
  • Now, look at verse 42 since we're dealing with the text.
  • 00:23:05.010 --> 00:23:10.030
  • It says, "They continued steadfastly
  • 00:23:10.040 --> 00:23:12.090
  • in the apostles' doctrine."
  • 00:23:12.100 --> 00:23:15.090
  • Notice the modifier to doctrine.
  • 00:23:15.100 --> 00:23:17.010
  • It's not any doctrine, it's the apostles' doctrine.
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:20.240
  • There were many false doctrines going around back then.
  • 00:23:20.250 --> 00:23:23.050
  • There were the doctrine of the Pharisees,
  • 00:23:23.060 --> 00:23:25.010
  • the legalistic doctrine.
  • 00:23:25.020 --> 00:23:26.110
  • There were--there was the doctrine of the Sadducees,
  • 00:23:26.120 --> 00:23:30.020
  • very liberal doctrine.
  • 00:23:30.030 --> 00:23:32.290
  • This was the apostles' doctrine.
  • 00:23:33.000 --> 00:23:34.180
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:23:34.190 --> 00:23:35.280
  • Simply this, the apostles preached,
  • 00:23:35.290 --> 00:23:38.080
  • they spoke, they taught with their mouths to the people what
  • 00:23:38.090 --> 00:23:42.010
  • the Old Testament said about what they were going
  • 00:23:42.020 --> 00:23:45.220
  • through at that time.
  • 00:23:45.230 --> 00:23:47.050
  • Keep in mind they didn't have the gospels of Matthew,
  • 00:23:47.060 --> 00:23:49.200
  • Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, et cetera.
  • 00:23:49.210 --> 00:23:52.180
  • They had the Old Testament.
  • 00:23:52.190 --> 00:23:54.110
  • So, the apostles' doctrine was taking the Old Testament
  • 00:23:54.120 --> 00:23:57.170
  • Scriptures and applying it in a New Testament setting.
  • 00:23:57.180 --> 00:24:01.080
  • That was the apostles' doctrine.
  • 00:24:01.090 --> 00:24:02.290
  • I want to show this to you.
  • 00:24:03.000 --> 00:24:04.230
  • Go back in chapter 2, same chapter of Acts,
  • 00:24:04.240 --> 00:24:08.050
  • go back a few verses to verse 14.
  • 00:24:08.060 --> 00:24:11.140
  • The setting is Peter is preaching.
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:14.060
  • The Holy Spirit has come upon the church.
  • 00:24:14.070 --> 00:24:16.210
  • They created a real stir because they were speaking in languages
  • 00:24:16.220 --> 00:24:20.110
  • and wondering what--the people were wondering
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:22.080
  • what the commotion was.
  • 00:24:22.090 --> 00:24:23.180
  • "So Peter," verse 14, "standing up with the 11 raised his voice
  • 00:24:23.190 --> 00:24:27.170
  • and said, 'Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem,
  • 00:24:27.180 --> 00:24:31.250
  • let this be known to you and heed my words.
  • 00:24:31.260 --> 00:24:33.270
  • For these are not drunk as you suppose,
  • 00:24:33.280 --> 00:24:36.090
  • since it's only the third hour of the day.'"
  • 00:24:36.100 --> 00:24:38.000
  • That was the accusation, "These guys sound like they're drunk."
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:40.280
  • Peter's saying, "It's way too early for that,
  • 00:24:40.290 --> 00:24:42.190
  • it's only 9 o'clock."
  • 00:24:42.200 --> 00:24:45.050
  • But look at verse 16, "But this is what was spoken
  • 00:24:45.060 --> 00:24:49.130
  • by the prophet Joel, 'And it shall come to pass,'"
  • 00:24:49.140 --> 00:24:54.280
  • now he's quoting Joel.
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  • "It shall come to pass in the last days,
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  • says God, 'I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.
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  • Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.
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  • Your young men shall see visions.
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  • Your old men shall dream dreams.'"
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  • So, what is Peter doing?
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  • Peter's quoting the Old Testament book of Joel chapter 2
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  • and showing them that the Scripture is fulfilled.
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  • But what I want you to see is that Peter's sermon is rooted
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  • in a text of Scripture, not some kind of emotion,
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  • or some kind of feeling, or some kind of an opinion.
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  • It's rooted in the text of Old Testament Scripture.
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  • Go down a couple verses, verse 23.
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  • Peter continues referring to Christ,
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  • "Him being delivered by the determined purpose and
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  • foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands
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  • and crucified and put to death.
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  • Whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death
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  • because it was not possible that he shall be held by it."
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  • Now, look at what he does, "For David says concerning him."
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  • Now he's quoting Psalm 16,
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  • "I foresaw the Lord always before my face.
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  • He is at my right hand. I shall not be shaken."
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  • Peter is showing them that the death of Jesus Christ
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  • and his resurrection was foretold by the Scripture,
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  • and he uses the text to do it.
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  • What I'd like you to see is this.
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  • The apostolic preaching, the preaching of the apostles
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  • was expository preaching.
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  • That is, they let the text speak for itself.
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  • They let the text speak.
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  • You see, an expository preacher believes in the power
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  • of the text more than the personality of the teacher.
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  • in God's Word by sending you
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  • in Scripture every day of the year.
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