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What Happened to Sin Part 2

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July 24, 2020
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  • Allen Jackson: The church isn'tusing our voice.
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  • We're sounding more like thesecular culture.
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  • We're embracing politicalsolutions and medical solutions.
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  • We have a different aisle tofill, we have a
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  • different assignment.
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  • We believe Jesus of Nazareth isthe Messiah, the anointed,
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  • incarnate son of God.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: God has madeextravagant provision for us
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  • through the crossof Jesus Christ.
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  • And with prayer, you can openthe door for God's plan in
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  • your life.
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  • That's why, when you donatetoday, we want to send you
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  • Pastor Allen's book of prayers,"Through the Cross."
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  • We hope these prayers help openthe door for the power of God to
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  • Together, we are making adifference.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to bewith you again.
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  • We're living through anextraordinary season.
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  • We're facing medical challengeswith the virus from the other
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  • side of the world, we're facingeconomic turmoil that's
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  • unprecedented in our lifetime.
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  • Now we have a whole new set ofunrest and frustration that's
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  • boiling in the cities, in thestreets, across our nation.
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  • It's a confusing, frighteningtime.
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  • It's important enough that we'vechanged our whole
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  • production schedule.
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  • We're having church outsidethese days, and we want you to
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  • hear what we're doing.
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  • God's put a message in ourheart, and it's important
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  • enough, I think, we have tostand together as the church.
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  • Not just a local congregation,but the body of Christ across
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  • our nation and around the world.
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  • I hope it'll be a blessing toyou.
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  • We're walkin' through a seriesright now on whatever happened
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  • to sin.
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  • Folks, we don't have a politicalproblem or an ideological
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  • problem, we have a sin problem.
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  • And it's not somebody else'ssin.
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  • We've tolerated it in our heartsand in our lives.
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  • In the Word of God, wheneverGod's people came under judgment
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  • or stress, it was about theirhearts, it wasn't about
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  • somebody else.
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  • If we will be the church, andwe'll cooperate with the spirit
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  • of God, God will bring healingto our land.
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  • The end of the lesson today,we're gonna take
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  • communion together.
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  • If you want to hit pause on yourDVR, go grab your elements, you
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  • can use saltine crackers and acup of water, whatever you
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  • have available.
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  • We're gonna take communion andpray together.
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  • You don't have to be in a churchto take them, to come to the
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  • Lord's table.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • God is moving, and we're goingto be a part.
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  • Allen Jackson: We were washed,we were justified.
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  • To be justified is to be madejust like you'd never sinned.
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  • To be sanctified, to be setapart for God.
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  • How did that happen?
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  • It's not an accident of yourbirth.
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  • It happens through your decisionaround the name of the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • And by the working of the spiritof God in you, calling you
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  • to repentance.
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  • And you humble yourselves andsay, you know, I have been a
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  • greedy thief.
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  • I've been a drunkard.
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  • A lot of stress in my life, andI just needed some escapism.
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  • And I've been a slanderer, Iused my tongue to say things
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  • about other people that weren'ttrue.
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  • Don't think you can do that andparticipate in the kingdom
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  • of God.
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  • You can't practice sin.
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  • We can wrestle with sin, we canstruggle with sin, but you can't
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  • choose sin.
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  • Remember what Joshua said, ifyou'll obey fully,
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  • you'll flourish.
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  • But if you don't, God will comefor you.
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  • This is not some subtle theme ofScripture, Old or New Testament.
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  • Galatians 5 verse 21 is thepunchline.
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  • "I warn you, as I did before,those who live like this will
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  • not inherit the kingdom of God."
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  • It's a warning he's repeated tothe believers in
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  • Galatians before.
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  • And he's writing them a list andhe's reminding them again.
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  • Listen to the list.
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  • The acts of the sinful nature,he said, are obvious.
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  • They're not so obvious in ourgeneration.
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  • We're stepping so far away fromthe Word of God, and the counsel
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  • of God, and the perspective ofGod, that we're calling
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  • sin normal.
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  • The church isn't using ourvoice.
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  • We're sounding more like thesecular culture.
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  • We're embracing politicalsolutions and medical solutions.
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  • We have a different aisle tofill, we have a
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  • different assignment.
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  • We believe Jesus of Nazareth isthe Messiah, the anointed,
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  • incarnate son of God.
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  • And that he's come to the earth,that he offered himself as a
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  • sacrifice, that God placed onhim the punishment for my sin
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  • and yours so that we can be freefrom it.
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  • That message is not gonna bedelivered from the healthcare
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  • community, or from legislators.
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  • "I warn you, as I did, if youlive like this, the acts of the
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  • sinful nature are obvious.
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  • Sexual immorality, impurity,debauchery."
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  • That's excess, it's a big ol'fancy word for you're just never
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  • satisfied, you want more.
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  • "Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred,discord, jealousy, fits
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  • of rage."
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  • You don't have the luxury ofhaving unbridled emotion.
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  • As a Christ follower, Godexpects you to cooperate with
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  • the spirit of God to bring somediscipline to your emotions.
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  • And if you don't, you can missthe Kingdom.
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  • "Selfish ambition, dissension,factions, envy."
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  • Who knew?
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  • Who knew that hating yourneighbor 'cause he had a bigger
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  • television than you did put youat risk?
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  • If you recognize those attitudesin yourself, don't excuse 'em,
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  • don't justify 'em, don't blamesomebody else, don't look at
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  • your family system or socialtrends.
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  • Get on your knee and say, God, Iam so sorry.
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  • This isn't a message somebodyelse needs.
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  • This is the message the churchhas to hear.
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  • What has happened to our idea ofsin?
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  • It is the problem that plagueshumanity.
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  • It's why we hate and kill.
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  • It's why we're overcome withgreed.
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  • It's why we're never satisfied.
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  • It's why we're immoral.
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  • In Ephesians 5, verse 5 is thepunchline.
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  • Ephesians 5:5.
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  • "Of this you can be sure.
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  • No immoral, impure or greedyperson has any inheritance in
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  • the kingdom of God."
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  • That's Paul's message to thechurch at Ephesus.
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  • He said, you can be sureof this.
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  • Listen to what preceded it.
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  • "Among you, amongst the church,there must not even be a hint of
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  • sexual immorality, or any kindof impurity."
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  • Can't even be a hint of any kindof impurity.
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  • "Or of greed, because these areimproper for God's holy people.
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  • Nor should there be obscenity,or foolish talk or coarse
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  • joking, they're out of place."
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  • I mean, he's meddling now.
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  • You know, it's one thing when hewas talkin' about idolatry,
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  • 'cause we're not thinkin' aboutlittle statues or somethin' that
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  • we kinda feel clear on, but nowhe's talkin' about the casual
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  • language you use.
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  • And the next sentence is, "forof this you can be sure, no
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  • immoral, impure or greedyperson."
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  • So if you're engaged in foolishtalk and coarse joking.
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  • Or are greedy.
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  • He's the lumping us in there asbeing immoral and impure.
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  • He says we will not have aninheritance of the kingdom of
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  • Christ and of God.
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  • He's got my attention.
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  • If after Joshua ate manna fordecades and saw the walls of
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  • Jericho fall and knew themiraculous intervention of God.
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  • If his final words were, youbetter focus.
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  • I don't want to presume upon thedecades I've known the Lord.
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  • I don't want to tell you howmany times I've read this book
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  • or that book.
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  • I want to turn my heart to theLord and say, what do I need to
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  • do today to be as compliant as Ican be with you?
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  • I don't want to tolerate sin.
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  • I don't want to excuse it.
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  • I don't want to justify it.
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  • Now, what's God's resolution?
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  • I don't think we can talk aboutthis without at least looking at
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  • this for a moment.
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  • In 1 Peter chapter 2, Peter isactually quoting Isaiah.
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  • But he's describing his friendJesus.
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  • And he said, "he himself-"It's a point of emphasis.
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  • It said Jesus, himself, "boreour sins in his body on the
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  • tree, so that we," the pronounsin here are important.
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  • Jesus bore my sin in his body sothat we might die to sin and
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  • live for righteousness.
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  • Jesus went to that cross that Imight die to sin.
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  • Not simply to take my punishmentfor sin, but to make it possible
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  • that sin could be put to deathin my body.
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  • That I may face temptations.
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  • I may face points ofvulnerability.
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  • I may struggle with sin.
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  • But it doesn't have the power toovercome me.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul said,"what I received I passed on to
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  • you as of first importance, thatChrist died for our sins
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  • according to the Scriptures."
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  • And I thought you needed Isaiah53, it's that beautiful
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  • messianic prophecy.
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  • Isaiah said, "we all, likesheep, have gone astray, and
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  • each of us has turned to his ownway."
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  • Isn't that what Joshua warned usabout?
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  • Don't go your way.
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  • But it says, "the Lord laid onhim, on Jesus, the iniquity of
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  • us all."
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  • We're gonna celebrate communionin just a minute.
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  • And we're gonna come to thecross ourselves tonight.
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  • And I pray we're ready to do alittle business with God.
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  • I pray that the fear of Godcomes to us in a personal enough
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  • way that we'll stop excusing oursin.
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  • That we'll stop justifying ourrebellion.
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  • That we'll stop finding culturalthings that we think free us
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  • from the revelation of God'scharacter that is in Scripture.
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  • Because if we continue to ignorethe revelation, I assure you the
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  • consequences will come fully tous.
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  • The Scripture isn't given to usso we can choose the
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  • convenient parts.
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  • It's given to us so that wemight be obedient, that we might
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  • fully obey, that we might listencarefully, that we might
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  • pay attention.
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  • I don't really like readinginstructions.
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  • Does anybody here have thatproblem?
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  • Now if you're gonna putsomething together and it comes
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  • in a box, and it's got one ofthose sheets that's in four
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  • languages, and the print ismicroscopic, and it starts with
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  • slot a and flap b, I'm like,nah, no bother, I know what I
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  • bought, I can put it together.
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  • And then you get done and yougot some extra parts.
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  • All right, and it doesn't lookjust right.
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  • You think, I'm gonna have toread the instructions.
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  • Well, I think that's anexpression of our character,
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  • my character.
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  • And when it comes to the Lord,the instruction is to be
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  • fully obedient.
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  • You'll never make a case soconvincing that you'll get God
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  • to agree with your sin.
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  • When he says forgive if you holdanything against anybody.
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  • He didn't say, unless they didsomething really bad.
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  • No, he said do you have toforgive.
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  • When he defined human sexualityand the context in which it can
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  • be expressed, he said, unlessyou have a really good idea or a
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  • really strong desire.
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  • No, he gave us the lane.
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  • When he defined marriage andfamily, he didn't put it to
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  • a vote.
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  • He said, I created you, here'sthe plan.
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  • Well, that's not easy for me.
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  • I understand.
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  • I don't think it's easy for anyof us.
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  • I wanna give you one lastpassage, it's in Psalm 15.
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  • And it asks a question that Ithink is appropriate for
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  • this discussion.
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  • It says, "Who may dwell in yoursanctuary?
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  • And who can live on your holyhill?"
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  • And the answer is, those whoattend
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  • inter-denominational churches.
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  • Wow!
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  • Don't you wish it were thateasy, if you could find the
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  • right group of people and get amembership card, and you could
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  • just sit back.
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  • See, we have misunderstood ourfaith.
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  • We thought that if we recite aprayer and we get dunked in a
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  • pool that there's no furtherattention required.
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  • Or we can just kinda flippantlysay, oh, I'm sorry.
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  • God didn't say if you're sorrythat his blessings will come
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  • to you.
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  • He said if you're fullyobedient.
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  • And if we don't intend to beobedient, if we don't even hold
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  • the idea, do you think we'refooling God?
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  • The liberties and freedoms andabundance that have filled our
  • 00:14:35.657 --> 00:14:38.960
  • lives and our land, theblessings that our children
  • 00:14:38.993 --> 00:14:42.997
  • have, have come from the handof God.
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  • They haven't come from adocument, or a person,
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  • or an institution.
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  • They are the blessings of God.
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  • We are so blessed, we don't evenknow how blessed we are.
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  • I had a message from a pastorfriend in Armenia this week.
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  • He and his wife had been--theCOVID virus is sweeping that
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  • country and they've been servingthe people in their church, and
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  • they both came down withthe virus.
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  • And he said our health caresystem is so poor, there's
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  • really no medical help availableto us.
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  • We don't even have thatimagination.
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  • We think it's a right.
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  • God has blessed us.
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  • God has blessedus.
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  • "Who can dwell in yoursanctuary, and who can live on
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  • your holy hill?"
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  • Listen to what the Psalmistsaid.
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  • "He whose walk is blameless andwho does what is righteous."
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  • You're gonna get up every dayand say, Lord, I'm going to
  • 00:15:46.661 --> 00:15:48.262
  • honor you today.
  • 00:15:48.296 --> 00:15:54.736
  • "He who speaks the truth fromhis heart has no slander on his
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  • tongue, who does his neighbor nowrong and casts no slur on his
  • 00:16:00.341 --> 00:16:06.147
  • fellow man, who despises a vileman but honors those who fear
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  • the Lord."
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  • Who are you honoring these days?
  • 00:16:12.887 --> 00:16:16.758
  • "Who keeps his oath even when ithurts, who lends his money
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  • without usury, withoutexorbitant interest, and doesn't
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  • accept a bribe against theinnocent.
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  • He who does these things willnever be shaken."
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  • Everything around him may beshaking.
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  • But if you'll take that list andbegin to meditate on it and
  • 00:16:35.743 --> 00:16:38.513
  • begin to implement it in yourlife, the shaking won't
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  • touch you.
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  • Now I want to invite you to thecommunion table.
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  • If you're livestreaming, I hopeby now you found a cracker.
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  • If you haven't, just getsomething.
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  • Chew on a sofa cushion.
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  • Jesus put this in place.
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  • It was the Passover meal.
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  • The night that is to begin hisPassion.
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  • They're gonna leave the Passovermeal and go to Gethsemane where
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  • he's gonna be arrested.
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  • It's a very stressful meal.
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  • He begins by washing thedisciples' feet.
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  • The disciples really are not,they're not very dialed in
  • 00:17:13.781 --> 00:17:16.818
  • that night.
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  • There's an argument at the tableabout which one of them is the
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  • greatest, the shadow of thecross is hanging over that table
  • 00:17:19.554 --> 00:17:23.891
  • and certainly over Jesus' heart,and his best friends, his most
  • 00:17:23.925 --> 00:17:28.729
  • trained followers, are arguingabout who's the greatest.
  • 00:17:28.763 --> 00:17:33.668
  • And Jesus kinda pushes theargument aside and says, one of
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  • you is going to betray me.
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  • And all of you are going to denyme.
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  • And they get to the end of themeal and he takes a piece
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  • of bread.
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  • And he said, this bread is mybody that's broken for you.
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  • As often as you eat this, dothis in remembrance of me.
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  • He hasn't been to the cross yet,they're not paying
  • 00:17:54.856 --> 00:17:56.557
  • enough attention.
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  • I assure you that night, in themidst of that meal, that goes
  • 00:17:57.925 --> 00:18:01.362
  • beyond them.
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  • It's after the fact, lookingback on that night, that they
  • 00:18:02.730 --> 00:18:06.167
  • took that event and memorializedit for us so that we would
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  • understand, because they came tounderstand the value of
  • 00:18:11.105 --> 00:18:13.241
  • the cross.
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  • You see, we are participants inthe kingdom of God, not because
  • 00:18:14.642 --> 00:18:17.645
  • we were born to the right familyor because of our hairstyle or
  • 00:18:17.678 --> 00:18:21.749
  • because of our accent, we canparticipate in the kingdom of
  • 00:18:21.782 --> 00:18:24.485
  • God because of a choice we makewith regard to a person, and his
  • 00:18:24.519 --> 00:18:27.488
  • name is Jesus.
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  • And by faith in him our sins canbe forgiven.
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  • Communion is not some ritual inthe church.
  • 00:18:35.530 --> 00:18:38.065
  • We celebrate communion togetherroutinely, and we've been
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  • encouraging you to celebrate itas families, because you want to
  • 00:18:40.735 --> 00:18:43.938
  • walk clean before the Lord.
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  • Not presumptively, notarrogantly, not boastfully.
  • 00:18:49.544 --> 00:18:54.515
  • In humility.
  • 00:18:54.549 --> 00:18:55.850
  • Jesus said, as often as you dothis, do this and remember.
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  • Remember what I did for you.
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  • None of us deserve to be calledchildren of God.
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  • We're all rebels.
  • 00:19:06.594 --> 00:19:07.895
  • It's the reason we're notpointing condemning fingers at
  • 00:19:07.929 --> 00:19:10.631
  • other people, but it's also thereason we can say to them with
  • 00:19:10.665 --> 00:19:13.534
  • love, you don't have to betrapped in sin, you can be free,
  • 00:19:13.568 --> 00:19:17.471
  • let me tell you how I've foundsome freedom.
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  • Ignoring sin, explaining itaway, denying it, handing
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  • somebody a pass will not removeus from the reality of God.
  • 00:19:26.480 --> 00:19:32.553
  • As often as you eat this, hesaid.
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  • And then he took a cup, a cupthat was reserved for the
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  • Messiah at the meal, at thetable.
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  • And he said, this cup is a newcovenant.
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  • This is a whole new contract.
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  • I'm gonna seal it with my blood.
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  • And every time you drink thiscup you proclaim my death, 'til
  • 00:19:57.044 --> 00:20:01.082
  • you see me again.
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  • It's in that spirit that you andI come his disciples tonight.
  • 00:20:02.450 --> 00:20:08.322
  • We're not the 1st centuryedition, we're the 21st century.
  • 00:20:08.356 --> 00:20:12.360
  • But we have a need for thecross.
  • 00:20:12.393 --> 00:20:14.395
  • We have denied the Lord.
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  • We've been overcome with almosteverything in those lists.
  • 00:20:15.763 --> 00:20:20.501
  • Collectively, I suspect we'vebeen overcome with everything in
  • 00:20:20.534 --> 00:20:23.537
  • those lists.
  • 00:20:23.571 --> 00:20:24.872
  • And we need to know the mercyand the forgiveness and the
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  • grace of God.
  • 00:20:27.441 --> 00:20:28.776
  • And we're going to have thecourage to speak to our culture.
  • 00:20:28.809 --> 00:20:34.582
  • If we're going to find peace andharmony and cooperation and
  • 00:20:34.615 --> 00:20:37.385
  • opportunity, it will be becausewe acknowledge the challenge of
  • 00:20:37.418 --> 00:20:42.456
  • sin and begin to share theresponse that brings freedom.
  • 00:20:42.490 --> 00:20:49.930
  • Nothing else will resolve ourproblems.
  • 00:20:49.964 --> 00:20:53.000
  • I think it's why we're outside.
  • 00:20:53.034 --> 00:20:56.304
  • We needed a reminder.
  • 00:20:56.337 --> 00:20:57.672
  • We were too comfortable and tooconvenient, too settled in, too
  • 00:20:57.705 --> 00:21:02.810
  • smug, too certain.
  • 00:21:02.843 --> 00:21:06.681
  • It's too uncomfortable to thinkabout people we know and care
  • 00:21:06.714 --> 00:21:08.883
  • about that are leading ungodlylives.
  • 00:21:08.916 --> 00:21:10.484
  • Maybe it's just--it shouldmotivate us to begin to pray, to
  • 00:21:10.518 --> 00:21:18.259
  • cry out to God, to refuse to besilent before the Lord.
  • 00:21:18.292 --> 00:21:26.133
  • You don't have to spend yourenergy condemning other people,
  • 00:21:26.167 --> 00:21:28.235
  • spend your energy crying outto God.
  • 00:21:28.269 --> 00:21:33.507
  • Spend your energy, you'rehonoring those that fear
  • 00:21:33.541 --> 00:21:35.810
  • the Lord.
  • 00:21:35.843 --> 00:21:37.178
  • We need a new kind of hero.
  • 00:21:37.211 --> 00:21:46.387
  • Now let's make it personal.
  • 00:21:46.420 --> 00:21:47.722
  • We're here not to learnreligious facts, we're here
  • 00:21:47.755 --> 00:21:51.659
  • because we need God's mercy.
  • 00:21:51.692 --> 00:21:54.362
  • And we come to the communiontable tonight as
  • 00:21:54.395 --> 00:21:56.163
  • disciples ourselves.
  • 00:21:56.197 --> 00:21:57.531
  • And whatever issue you broughtto this place, if it's a sin
  • 00:21:57.565 --> 00:22:02.937
  • problem, repent.
  • 00:22:02.970 --> 00:22:06.207
  • If it's unforgiveness, if it'srebellion, if it's stubbornness,
  • 00:22:06.240 --> 00:22:11.412
  • if you're dishonoring God in thecontext of your home or in how
  • 00:22:11.445 --> 00:22:15.249
  • you do business or in your lifewith one another,
  • 00:22:15.282 --> 00:22:18.953
  • repent tonight.
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  • We're not getting away with it.
  • 00:22:23.491 --> 00:22:27.628
  • But we can be forgiven.
  • 00:22:27.661 --> 00:22:32.133
  • Have you found your wafer?
  • 00:22:32.166 --> 00:22:33.501
  • Jesus said, as often as we eatthis, we do it in remembrance
  • 00:22:33.534 --> 00:22:37.405
  • of him.
  • 00:22:37.438 --> 00:22:38.773
  • Let's receive it together.
  • 00:22:38.806 --> 00:22:40.107
  • And then he said, as often as wedrink this cup, we do it in
  • 00:22:40.141 --> 00:22:46.313
  • remembrance of him.
  • 00:22:46.347 --> 00:22:47.648
  • We celebrate his death.
  • 00:22:47.681 --> 00:22:49.016
  • Let's receive it together.
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  • I want to pray with you.
  • 00:22:55.556 --> 00:22:56.891
  • I want to pray that we willreceive God's forgiveness, God's
  • 00:22:56.924 --> 00:23:02.630
  • mercy, God's healing, God'sdeliverance, whatever that point
  • 00:23:02.663 --> 00:23:06.133
  • of need is.
  • 00:23:06.167 --> 00:23:07.468
  • But I want to pray that God willawaken his church.
  • 00:23:07.501 --> 00:23:12.706
  • To be salt and light as we havenever seen it before.
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  • Amen?
  • 00:23:19.180 --> 00:23:20.481
  • Why don't you stand with me?
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  • Father, I thank you for yourWord, for its truth and
  • 00:23:26.987 --> 00:23:30.591
  • authority and power in ourlives.
  • 00:23:30.624 --> 00:23:34.662
  • I praise you for the revelationyou've given us, for the access
  • 00:23:34.695 --> 00:23:37.798
  • we have, that we might know youand your character.
  • 00:23:37.832 --> 00:23:43.304
  • Lord, we come to you tonight inhumility.
  • 00:23:43.337 --> 00:23:46.707
  • We have received the bread andthe cup because we acknowledge
  • 00:23:46.740 --> 00:23:49.310
  • we're a people in need of mercy.
  • 00:23:49.343 --> 00:23:52.313
  • But we're not pointing a fingerat anyone else.
  • 00:23:52.346 --> 00:23:56.050
  • We bow before you toacknowledge, Father, our need.
  • 00:23:56.083 --> 00:23:59.420
  • Forgive us of our sins.
  • 00:23:59.453 --> 00:24:02.523
  • Forgive us of our rebellion andour stubbornness.
  • 00:24:02.556 --> 00:24:05.960
  • Forgive us for the hardness ofour hearts.
  • 00:24:05.993 --> 00:24:09.063
  • Forgive us when we hear itcalled evil good.
  • 00:24:09.096 --> 00:24:13.267
  • And good evil.
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  • Forgive us when we have beendisinterested in honoring you.
  • 00:24:14.668 --> 00:24:21.175
  • We've stood in our stubbornnessand rebellion and demanded our
  • 00:24:21.208 --> 00:24:24.245
  • own way.
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  • Well, there's no excuse.
  • 00:24:25.613 --> 00:24:30.117
  • We want to dwell in yoursanctuary.
  • 00:24:30.150 --> 00:24:32.720
  • We want to live on yourholy hill.
  • 00:24:32.753 --> 00:24:35.289
  • We want to be pleasing inyour sight.
  • 00:24:35.322 --> 00:24:36.790
  • And I thank you tonight that,through the blood of Jesus, we
  • 00:24:36.824 --> 00:24:39.226
  • have been redeemed from an emptyway of life.
  • 00:24:39.260 --> 00:24:43.397
  • I thank you that, through theblood of Jesus, we have been
  • 00:24:43.430 --> 00:24:45.533
  • washed, cleansed, justified, andsanctified.
  • 00:24:45.566 --> 00:24:52.973
  • I thank you that, through thework of the cross, we have been
  • 00:24:53.007 --> 00:24:55.242
  • delivered from the hand ofthe devil.
  • 00:24:55.276 --> 00:24:58.312
  • That he is powerless to defineour future.
  • 00:24:58.345 --> 00:25:02.216
  • That we have been liberated toserve the one who created us,
  • 00:25:02.249 --> 00:25:06.086
  • and we praise you for ittonight.
  • 00:25:06.120 --> 00:25:07.588
  • We thank you for your mercy andyour forgiveness in our lives.
  • 00:25:07.621 --> 00:25:11.125
  • We thank you, Father, that weare clean.
  • 00:25:11.158 --> 00:25:14.261
  • We praise you that you're notcounting our sins against us.
  • 00:25:14.295 --> 00:25:20.301
  • Lord, we pray for the church.
  • 00:25:20.334 --> 00:25:22.436
  • Awaken us.
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  • Stir us.
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  • Move us.
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  • Let us be salt and light in thisgeneration that it might be
  • 00:25:28.409 --> 00:25:31.412
  • pleasing to you to move in ourmidst beyond anything
  • 00:25:31.445 --> 00:25:34.815
  • we've seen before.
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  • We thank you for it.
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  • We praise you for whatyou're doing.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • continue sending this powerfuland challenging message around
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  • the globe.
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  • We want to share this programworldwide, but we can only do it
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  • with your help, so considerpartnering with us today.
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • you at World Outreach Church inMurfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find, so look usup when you're
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  • traveling through.
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  • And don't forget to connect withPastor Jackson every day through
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  • social media.
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part of
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  • this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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  • ♪♪♪
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