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October 30, 2016
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Nice To Meet You Part 2

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  • Well, hi there.
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  • I'm Brian Houston.
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  • And along with my wife, Bobbie,
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  • we're the founders and
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  • global senior pastors of
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  • Hillsong Church.
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  • Bobbie and I are passionate
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  • We've got this heart to see
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  • people engaged in real,
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  • authentic worship, and see their
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  • full potential come to pass.
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  • We're on mission to see God's
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  • kingdom established here
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  • on earth, and specifically,
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  • in the lives of you and
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  • people like you.
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  • Each weekend there are
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  • tens of thousands of people
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  • who attend Hillsong Church
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  • in cities all around the world.
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  • Well, today's program is coming
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  • to you from our campus in
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  • New York City.
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  • We're so excited about what
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  • God's doing right there in
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  • the heart of the city.
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  • I pray that as you watch this
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  • program and hear biblical
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  • teaching, it will speak hope
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  • right into your soul,
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  • - Carl Lentz: Call this message
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  • "Nice to Meet You."
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  • Can you just look at somebody
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  • and say, "Nice to meet you"?
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  • The whole premise, I believe, is
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  • that a encounter can change a
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  • perception, can change a
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  • relationship, can change the way
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  • somebody views something they
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  • have previously thought
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  • otherwise about.
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  • One encounter, go from,
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  • "I thought I had questions,"
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  • to, "Nice to meet you."
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  • It's the power of a proper
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  • encounter.
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  • Have you ever thought something
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  • because you were far away from
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  • it?
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  • Then you meet the person,
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  • or you meet that thing,
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  • and then all the sudden you walk
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  • away, goin', "I am an idiot.
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  • I misjudged them.
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  • I misread the email.
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  • I didn't get the tone on
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  • the text."
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  • Then you actually got the words
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  • from the person and you're like,
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  • "Wow, I thought for years you
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  • hated me."
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  • And you found out,
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  • "Oh, you didn't."
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  • All you did was meet the person.
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  • Have you ever made up
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  • hypothetical reasons you're mad
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  • at someone?
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  • Like, you're reading a text, and
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  • like, someone doesn't get back
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  • to you and you're so mad at
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  • them.
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  • And you final see them, like,
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  • "Sup?
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  • You can't hit me back on text?"
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  • And then you look at your phone
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  • and it's on "Airplane" mode.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • We have a job to do as
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  • Christians, and it is to bring
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  • life, hope, peace, joy, unity,
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  • power into a dead world.
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  • That is your commission.
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  • You might do it different than
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  • I do, but ultimately,
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  • our call is the same.
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  • The vehicle will be different,
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  • but the call is to bring a life
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  • that the world has not seen.
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  • And I'm gonna prove it to you
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  • from our text for this series.
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  • And if you have a Bible, go with
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  • The context is Paul
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  • re-explaining to Christians why
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  • they are on planet Earth.
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  • There's been some confusion.
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  • People are using misguided
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  • Christianity.
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  • So Paul re-clarifies why he's on
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  • the planet and why we're on
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  • the planet.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Here's what he says,
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  • and this might get you cheerin'.
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  • I don't wanna preempt that,
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  • but you're gonna read some stuff
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  • in here.
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  • I call this,
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  • "The 7-11 of Scriptures."
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  • Said that 2 weeks ago.
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  • 7-11, you go in for a
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  • Slurpee, you leave with a
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  • Slim Jim and a Twinkie,
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  • and it's better than you ever
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  • Here's what he said:
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  • "From now on we regard nobody
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  • from a worldly point of view.
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  • Though we once regarded Christ
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  • in this way, we do so no
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  • longer."
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  • Worldly point of view:
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  • "Jesus was a guy.
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  • He was a good dude.
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  • He was a guru.
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  • He's a historical figure."
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  • We don't regard him like people
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  • in this world do anymore.
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  • He says, "Therefore, if anybody
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  • is in Christ, the new creation
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  • has come: the old has gone,
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  • the new is here!
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  • All this is from God, who
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  • reconciled us to himself through
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  • Jesus Christ and gave us
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  • the ministry of reconciliation:
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  • that God was reconciling
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  • the world to himself
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  • in Jesus Christ, not counting
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  • people's sins against them."
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  • Anybody grateful for that?
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  • And then he throws the
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  • responsibility attached to it:
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  • "He's committed to us
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  • the message of reconciliation.
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  • We are therefore Christ's
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  • ambassadors, as though God was
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  • making his appeal through us.
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  • We implore you on Jesus Christ's
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  • behalf: Be reconciled to God.
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  • God made him who had no sin be
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  • sin for us, so that in him we
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  • might become the righteousness
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  • of God."
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  • Come on, somebody.
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  • Holler if you hear me.
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  • Paul mixes no words.
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  • He says, "You are now
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  • the representation of heaven."
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  • Yikes.
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  • Guess what, y'all?
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  • The problem has never been
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  • the message.
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  • The problem has always been
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  • the messengers.
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  • We have the exclusive rights to
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  • the greatest story ever told,
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  • which is the gospel of
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  • the risen Savior.
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  • We have the right to look at
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  • anybody and say,
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  • "You might have a good story.
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  • I got a better story."
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  • We have the opportunity to be
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  • ministers of reconciliation.
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  • That word, by the way,
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  • if you want a ghetto definition,
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  • it means "to bury the hatchet."
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  • If you want a fancy definition
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  • of "reconciliation," it means
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  • "to present something to
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  • somebody that they did not
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  • previously want to hear, but
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  • you told 'em about it anyway and
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  • now they are considering it."
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  • That's the job of a Christian.
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  • "Oh, you think you're happy?
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  • You think you have it all?
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  • Can I present to you the fact
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  • that you're wrong?
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  • Can I present to you the gospel
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  • of Jesus Christ?"
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  • But I think sometimes our city
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  • and our world are desperate to
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  • hear Jesus, but they cannot
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  • work their way through
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  • the Christians.
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  • They're desperate to hear
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  • about the living God, but they
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  • can't sit through our long,
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  • stinking church services.
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  • What if I told you we're makin'
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  • it harder than it has to be to
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  • get the real message of
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  • the gospel to people who
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  • desperately need it?
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  • Why'd it get so quiet?
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  • C'mon, we gotta reconsider
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  • the way we are preachin' this
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  • message.
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  • If Paul's saying, "You're an
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  • ambassador," that means you have
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  • been sent with the seal of
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  • the King, and you have the right
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  • to invade any other territory,
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  • no matter what they say,
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  • no matter what the rules of
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  • the land are.
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  • You're a ambassador.
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  • Did you wake up today and go,
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  • "I'm an ambassador to the King"?
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  • What were you doin' last night
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  • at about midnight?
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  • You were an ambassador then too.
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  • Have you ever bought
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  • somethin'--there's a smattering
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  • of laughter now.
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  • Someone's like, "I just got it
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  • Have you ever bought somethin'
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  • that you, like, thought was a
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  • easy purchase, only to not be
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  • able to open the thing?
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  • Very frustrating.
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  • It's the life of a parent.
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  • I don't know who's in charge of
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  • deciding how toys are packaged,
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  • but I would like to meet them.
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  • I would like to see how they
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  • come up with this theory of,
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  • "Hey, it's not annoying enough
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  • that you have to go to
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  • a terrible toy store and buy
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  • things that your kids don't
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  • need.
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  • And then on top of that, we're
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  • gonna frustrate every parent by
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  • putting 19 different screws and
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  • 19 different things to hold that
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  • little toy in there, where you
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  • have to have a toolbox and
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  • a roadmap and an atlas and
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  • a thesaurus and fingers the size
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  • of ants to be able to even begin
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  • to open it."
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  • I went to go buy my son a
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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as
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  • a prize for just being a legend.
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  • And--ha, ha, ha.
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  • Low standard at my house.
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  • "Son, did you break any rules
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  • today?
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  • Let's get you a toy."
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  • And so we get it.
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  • And my son's in the car.
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  • He's like, "Dad, can we open
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  • it?"
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  • I'm like, "Yeah, for sure."
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  • We open it on the way as I'm
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  • driving, and I realize that this
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  • is rocket science.
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  • I can't do this on the drive.
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  • We get home, and I'm sitting
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  • there, and I am looking at this.
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  • I'm so frustrated.
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  • I did one thing,
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  • and there's another thing.
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  • It's just one turtle.
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  • It's just one turtle.
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  • I just wanna play with
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  • the turtle.
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  • I don't want to rebuild toy
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  • packaging.
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  • I don't wanna do all this stuff.
  • 00:08:05.120 --> 00:08:06.150
  • So, finally, and Roman's there,
  • 00:08:06.150 --> 00:08:07.230
  • and he always put pressure on me
  • 00:08:07.230 --> 00:08:08.200
  • 'cause he starts to breathe
  • 00:08:08.200 --> 00:08:10.030
  • heavy, and his glasses get
  • 00:08:10.030 --> 00:08:11.010
  • foggy.
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  • He's starin' at me.
  • 00:08:11.220 --> 00:08:12.110
  • I'm like, "Bro, I'm tryin'."
  • 00:08:12.110 --> 00:08:13.180
  • So I finally just rip the toy
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  • out.
  • 00:08:15.050 --> 00:08:16.050
  • And then the turtle lost an arm.
  • 00:08:16.050 --> 00:08:18.160
  • And Roman's now cryin'.
  • 00:08:18.160 --> 00:08:19.090
  • I'm like, "Make it work, son.
  • 00:08:19.090 --> 00:08:20.280
  • Make it work.
  • 00:08:20.280 --> 00:08:21.200
  • Play with the one-armed turtle.
  • 00:08:21.200 --> 00:08:22.280
  • It is what it is now.
  • 00:08:22.280 --> 00:08:23.270
  • It's not my fault that these
  • 00:08:23.270 --> 00:08:25.010
  • This, to me, is what it's like,
  • 00:08:28.180 --> 00:08:31.180
  • I think, to try to be a seeker,
  • 00:08:31.180 --> 00:08:34.170
  • to try to be a broken individual
  • 00:08:34.170 --> 00:08:36.150
  • who knows it's not working.
  • 00:08:36.150 --> 00:08:38.070
  • You're desperate to see
  • 00:08:38.070 --> 00:08:39.090
  • the living God,
  • 00:08:39.090 --> 00:08:40.190
  • but you do meet a Christian,
  • 00:08:40.190 --> 00:08:42.020
  • and their attitude is so bad,
  • 00:08:42.020 --> 00:08:43.280
  • and their worldview is so
  • 00:08:43.280 --> 00:08:45.190
  • twisted, and their prejudice is
  • 00:08:45.190 --> 00:08:47.040
  • so obvious, that you're like,
  • 00:08:47.040 --> 00:08:48.220
  • "Oh my gosh, is Jesus in there
  • 00:08:48.220 --> 00:08:50.080
  • at all?"
  • 00:08:50.080 --> 00:08:51.070
  • What if we started making it
  • 00:08:51.070 --> 00:08:53.250
  • easier for people to actually
  • 00:08:53.250 --> 00:08:55.280
  • see the living God in us?
  • 00:08:55.280 --> 00:08:57.130
  • Listen, let me just say this
  • 00:08:57.130 --> 00:08:58.280
  • outright.
  • 00:08:58.280 --> 00:08:59.140
  • The gospel is hard enough on its
  • 00:08:59.140 --> 00:09:01.190
  • own.
  • 00:09:01.190 --> 00:09:04.000
  • This is not an easy gospel.
  • 00:09:04.000 --> 00:09:05.080
  • This gospel is,
  • 00:09:05.080 --> 00:09:06.060
  • "You are dead without Jesus.
  • 00:09:06.060 --> 00:09:07.250
  • There are no other ways to
  • 00:09:07.250 --> 00:09:08.240
  • heaven but him.
  • 00:09:08.240 --> 00:09:09.290
  • And if you do accept this
  • 00:09:09.290 --> 00:09:11.080
  • gospel, you have to die to
  • 00:09:11.080 --> 00:09:12.240
  • yourself every day, die to your
  • 00:09:12.240 --> 00:09:15.050
  • flesh, not do what you want but
  • 00:09:15.050 --> 00:09:17.110
  • do what God wants.
  • 00:09:17.110 --> 00:09:18.170
  • You have to pick up your cross
  • 00:09:18.170 --> 00:09:19.200
  • every day."
  • 00:09:19.200 --> 00:09:20.130
  • This does not need any more
  • 00:09:20.130 --> 00:09:23.120
  • human complication added to it.
  • 00:09:23.280 --> 00:09:26.280
  • My goal as a Christian is to
  • 00:09:26.280 --> 00:09:28.000
  • say, "Lord, don't let me get in
  • 00:09:28.000 --> 00:09:28.190
  • the way.
  • 00:09:28.190 --> 00:09:30.170
  • Every day I live, Lord,
  • 00:09:30.170 --> 00:09:31.210
  • help my speech, my posture,
  • 00:09:32.220 --> 00:09:35.220
  • my attitude, my responses.
  • 00:09:35.220 --> 00:09:37.170
  • Let me be somebody who is a part
  • 00:09:37.170 --> 00:09:39.270
  • of the answer, not the problem.
  • 00:09:39.270 --> 00:09:42.030
  • Everything I do can somehow
  • 00:09:42.030 --> 00:09:43.160
  • glorify you."
  • 00:09:43.160 --> 00:09:46.090
  • It's the role of an ambassador.
  • 00:09:46.090 --> 00:09:47.160
  • We're done.
  • 00:09:47.160 --> 00:09:48.220
  • - Carl: Guess what else you
  • 00:09:48.220 --> 00:09:49.160
  • are?
  • 00:09:49.160 --> 00:09:50.010
  • You are a civil rights advocate
  • 00:09:50.010 --> 00:09:52.070
  • because that's exactly who Jesus
  • 00:09:52.070 --> 00:09:54.070
  • was.
  • 00:09:54.070 --> 00:09:54.220
  • He fought for those that had no
  • 00:09:54.220 --> 00:09:57.000
  • voice.
  • 00:09:57.000 --> 00:09:57.160
  • And on top of that, he was a
  • 00:09:57.160 --> 00:09:58.250
  • refugee who was murdered without
  • 00:09:58.250 --> 00:10:01.080
  • accountability even though he
  • 00:10:01.080 --> 00:10:02.280
  • did nothing wrong.
  • 00:10:02.280 --> 00:10:03.280
  • It's in our blood to understand
  • 00:10:03.280 --> 00:10:05.290
  • - Carl: We have a
  • 00:10:11.170 --> 00:10:12.010
  • responsibility to accept
  • 00:10:12.010 --> 00:10:13.240
  • the whole calling,
  • 00:10:13.240 --> 00:10:16.050
  • not just parts of it.
  • 00:10:16.090 --> 00:10:19.090
  • So if you shout me down about
  • 00:10:19.090 --> 00:10:20.060
  • bein' an ambassador, it's not
  • 00:10:20.060 --> 00:10:21.130
  • the way you think.
  • 00:10:21.130 --> 00:10:23.050
  • It's what God thinks about it.
  • 00:10:23.050 --> 00:10:24.240
  • identifying with things we
  • 00:10:26.230 --> 00:10:28.040
  • naturally would not.
  • 00:10:28.040 --> 00:10:29.230
  • Empathy is not complicated.
  • 00:10:31.040 --> 00:10:34.040
  • There are people who tell me all
  • 00:10:34.040 --> 00:10:35.210
  • the time, like, "That's just not
  • 00:10:35.210 --> 00:10:36.230
  • me.
  • 00:10:36.230 --> 00:10:38.120
  • That's just not what I gravitate
  • 00:10:38.120 --> 00:10:39.170
  • towards.
  • 00:10:39.170 --> 00:10:41.090
  • That's not me.
  • 00:10:41.090 --> 00:10:42.010
  • I totally resonate with this
  • 00:10:42.010 --> 00:10:43.070
  • side of Christianity, and this.
  • 00:10:43.070 --> 00:10:45.020
  • I wanna be an ambassador to
  • 00:10:45.020 --> 00:10:45.280
  • the stars."
  • 00:10:45.280 --> 00:10:47.000
  • I'm sure you do.
  • 00:10:47.000 --> 00:10:48.230
  • "I wanna be an ambassador to
  • 00:10:48.230 --> 00:10:49.220
  • prosperity."
  • 00:10:49.220 --> 00:10:50.180
  • Great.
  • 00:10:50.180 --> 00:10:51.110
  • Guess what?
  • 00:10:51.110 --> 00:10:51.290
  • You don't get to choose where
  • 00:10:51.290 --> 00:10:53.130
  • you are sent.
  • 00:10:53.130 --> 00:10:55.250
  • So all this, "That's not me,"
  • 00:10:55.250 --> 00:10:57.180
  • stuff, guess what?
  • 00:10:57.180 --> 00:10:58.110
  • I'm not a morning person.
  • 00:10:58.110 --> 00:11:00.120
  • Guess who is?
  • 00:11:00.120 --> 00:11:00.280
  • My children.
  • 00:11:00.280 --> 00:11:02.240
  • Guess who has to become a
  • 00:11:02.240 --> 00:11:03.170
  • morning person?
  • 00:11:03.170 --> 00:11:04.260
  • Me.
  • 00:11:04.260 --> 00:11:06.070
  • Because it's not about me.
  • 00:11:06.070 --> 00:11:07.050
  • It's about my children.
  • 00:11:07.050 --> 00:11:08.110
  • So I have to now adapt a new
  • 00:11:08.110 --> 00:11:10.150
  • life that I previously would not
  • 00:11:10.150 --> 00:11:12.260
  • because there's a greater cause
  • 00:11:12.260 --> 00:11:14.210
  • in my life that forces me to
  • 00:11:14.210 --> 00:11:15.230
  • change.
  • 00:11:15.230 --> 00:11:17.210
  • I wonder if you are being a
  • 00:11:17.210 --> 00:11:18.260
  • faithful ambassador to every
  • 00:11:18.260 --> 00:11:21.050
  • corner, not just the corners you
  • 00:11:21.050 --> 00:11:22.140
  • know, to everything in this
  • 00:11:22.140 --> 00:11:25.060
  • nasty, New York City culture,
  • 00:11:25.060 --> 00:11:27.270
  • not just the stuff that makes
  • 00:11:27.270 --> 00:11:29.000
  • you comfortable.
  • 00:11:29.000 --> 00:11:29.230
  • I'mma throw this out there.
  • 00:11:29.230 --> 00:11:30.190
  • It's just a small statement.
  • 00:11:30.190 --> 00:11:31.120
  • Deep racial tension has revealed
  • 00:11:31.270 --> 00:11:34.270
  • shallow Christianity in our
  • 00:11:34.270 --> 00:11:36.270
  • country.
  • 00:11:36.270 --> 00:11:38.100
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:11:38.100 --> 00:11:40.250
  • Can I say it again?
  • 00:11:40.250 --> 00:11:42.200
  • Deep racial tension has revealed
  • 00:11:42.200 --> 00:11:45.150
  • shallow Christianity in
  • 00:11:45.150 --> 00:11:47.040
  • our country.
  • 00:11:47.040 --> 00:11:48.180
  • You know what should be
  • 00:11:48.180 --> 00:11:49.110
  • happening right now when you see
  • 00:11:49.110 --> 00:11:51.280
  • stuff on the news and when you
  • 00:11:51.280 --> 00:11:53.140
  • see stuff, you know, being, you
  • 00:11:53.140 --> 00:11:55.270
  • know, portrayed in the media?
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:11:58.120
  • Guess what happens when you're
  • 00:11:58.120 --> 00:11:59.020
  • a Christian?
  • 00:11:59.020 --> 00:11:59.230
  • Empathy first, opinion second.
  • 00:11:59.230 --> 00:12:02.030
  • Empathy first, opinion second.
  • 00:12:02.030 --> 00:12:04.160
  • And when you're consumed with
  • 00:12:04.160 --> 00:12:05.130
  • empathy, which is not a
  • 00:12:05.130 --> 00:12:06.290
  • condoning of, or even
  • 00:12:06.290 --> 00:12:08.280
  • acknowledging or advocating for.
  • 00:12:08.280 --> 00:12:11.140
  • Empathy is, "I want to
  • 00:12:11.140 --> 00:12:12.240
  • understand.
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:14.000
  • I want to feel what you feel,
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:16.000
  • see what you see."
  • 00:12:16.000 --> 00:12:17.080
  • Empathy won't always change your
  • 00:12:17.080 --> 00:12:18.220
  • perspective, but it will change
  • 00:12:18.220 --> 00:12:19.290
  • your position from which you
  • 00:12:19.290 --> 00:12:21.050
  • give your perspective.
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:24.270
  • I mean, we're seein' stuff right
  • 00:12:24.270 --> 00:12:25.250
  • now that is just unconscionable
  • 00:12:25.250 --> 00:12:28.060
  • for most reasonable,
  • 00:12:28.060 --> 00:12:29.100
  • rational people.
  • 00:12:29.100 --> 00:12:31.010
  • But what kills me is that we
  • 00:12:31.010 --> 00:12:32.050
  • can't even get unity in
  • 00:12:32.050 --> 00:12:33.180
  • the church, and we're tryin' to
  • 00:12:33.180 --> 00:12:35.090
  • be reconcilers of people who are
  • 00:12:35.090 --> 00:12:37.270
  • outside the church.
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:38.290
  • And we have obvious racial
  • 00:12:38.290 --> 00:12:41.090
  • issues in our country.
  • 00:12:41.090 --> 00:12:43.080
  • And I'll say this.
  • 00:12:43.080 --> 00:12:43.260
  • And if it bothers you,
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:44.180
  • I don't mean to offend you.
  • 00:12:44.180 --> 00:12:45.230
  • It's just my opinion.
  • 00:12:45.230 --> 00:12:46.190
  • You do not have to agree.
  • 00:12:46.190 --> 00:12:47.280
  • But we absolutely have
  • 00:12:47.280 --> 00:12:49.220
  • systematic, sinful racism that
  • 00:12:49.230 --> 00:12:52.230
  • has been perpetrated as our
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:54.240
  • country was founded so we have
  • 00:12:54.240 --> 00:12:56.290
  • an issue.
  • 00:12:56.290 --> 00:12:57.190
  • Listen, work with me here.
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:13:00.040
  • Acknowledging the issue is
  • 00:13:00.040 --> 00:13:01.140
  • simply acknowledging the issue.
  • 00:13:01.140 --> 00:13:03.200
  • And when you have no empathy,
  • 00:13:03.200 --> 00:13:05.020
  • you end up fighting things that
  • 00:13:05.020 --> 00:13:06.130
  • don't really matter,
  • 00:13:06.130 --> 00:13:08.010
  • missing the point of what is
  • 00:13:08.010 --> 00:13:09.160
  • right in our face.
  • 00:13:09.160 --> 00:13:10.120
  • I was with somebody
  • 00:13:10.120 --> 00:13:11.060
  • the other day.
  • 00:13:11.060 --> 00:13:11.210
  • I didn't mean to cut 'em down to
  • 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:12.100
  • size quickly.
  • 00:13:12.100 --> 00:13:13.140
  • But we're watchin' what's goin'
  • 00:13:13.140 --> 00:13:14.100
  • on in Charlotte, people who are
  • 00:13:14.100 --> 00:13:16.110
  • protesting out of absolute
  • 00:13:16.110 --> 00:13:18.210
  • hopelessness and frustration,
  • 00:13:18.210 --> 00:13:20.150
  • most of them.
  • 00:13:20.150 --> 00:13:21.100
  • And he's like, "Hey, you know
  • 00:13:21.100 --> 00:13:21.280
  • that whole, you know, systematic
  • 00:13:21.280 --> 00:13:23.200
  • racism thing's bogus, right?"
  • 00:13:23.200 --> 00:13:26.020
  • And I'm like, "Really?
  • 00:13:26.020 --> 00:13:28.140
  • On what front?"
  • 00:13:28.140 --> 00:13:30.050
  • Tryin' to be, like, you know,
  • 00:13:30.050 --> 00:13:30.290
  • diplomatic about it.
  • 00:13:30.290 --> 00:13:32.150
  • I'm like, "Have you ever just
  • 00:13:32.150 --> 00:13:33.150
  • for one moment imagined being a
  • 00:13:33.150 --> 00:13:35.240
  • minority in
  • 00:13:35.240 --> 00:13:36.290
  • the United States of America?
  • 00:13:36.290 --> 00:13:39.110
  • Just for a moment."
  • 00:13:39.110 --> 00:13:40.030
  • He's like, "Well, no."
  • 00:13:40.240 --> 00:13:43.240
  • Can you imagine what the view
  • 00:13:43.240 --> 00:13:44.290
  • would look like if you were not
  • 00:13:44.290 --> 00:13:46.150
  • white lookin' at the news?
  • 00:13:46.150 --> 00:13:48.010
  • Can you imagine what your view
  • 00:13:48.010 --> 00:13:49.270
  • would look like if it was single
  • 00:13:49.270 --> 00:13:51.170
  • white women who apparently were
  • 00:13:51.170 --> 00:13:54.000
  • always being killed on
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:55.260
  • the streets with nobody held
  • 00:13:55.260 --> 00:13:57.150
  • accountable?
  • 00:13:57.150 --> 00:13:58.230
  • And we have news footage of
  • 00:13:58.230 --> 00:14:00.030
  • people, like, "There are other
  • 00:14:00.030 --> 00:14:00.280
  • issues."
  • 00:14:00.280 --> 00:14:01.150
  • Show 'em to me.
  • 00:14:01.150 --> 00:14:03.250
  • So having empathy right now for
  • 00:14:03.250 --> 00:14:05.100
  • what's happening in our black
  • 00:14:05.100 --> 00:14:06.130
  • community is
  • 00:14:06.130 --> 00:14:07.120
  • priority number one.
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:09.030
  • Having empathy for what's
  • 00:14:09.030 --> 00:14:09.290
  • happening in the, for instance,
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:11.240
  • let's just pick somethin' else
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:12.220
  • that's totally not
  • 00:14:12.220 --> 00:14:13.140
  • controversial,
  • 00:14:13.140 --> 00:14:14.230
  • the LGBT community.
  • 00:14:15.000 --> 00:14:18.000
  • Heard somebody talk about a
  • 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:18.290
  • transgender person the other
  • 00:14:18.290 --> 00:14:20.060
  • day, like, "I just can't fathom
  • 00:14:20.060 --> 00:14:21.100
  • it."
  • 00:14:21.100 --> 00:14:22.100
  • Your face should change when you
  • 00:14:22.100 --> 00:14:23.100
  • say that.
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:24.130
  • "I can't fathom it," to,
  • 00:14:24.130 --> 00:14:25.130
  • "I can't fathom it.
  • 00:14:25.130 --> 00:14:28.080
  • Can you tell me your journey?
  • 00:14:28.080 --> 00:14:29.280
  • Can you tell me where you're
  • 00:14:29.280 --> 00:14:30.190
  • comin' from?"
  • 00:14:30.190 --> 00:14:31.130
  • I'm secure in what I believe.
  • 00:14:31.130 --> 00:14:32.260
  • And I love Jesus.
  • 00:14:32.260 --> 00:14:33.270
  • And he is the way, the truth,
  • 00:14:33.270 --> 00:14:34.240
  • and the life.
  • 00:14:34.240 --> 00:14:35.200
  • But I lose nothing by being
  • 00:14:35.200 --> 00:14:37.290
  • where you are, seeing what you
  • 00:14:37.290 --> 00:14:39.260
  • see.
  • 00:14:39.260 --> 00:14:40.250
  • From there let's bring some
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:42.280
  • light to this.
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:43.260
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:14:45.050 --> 00:14:48.050
  • Where have we gotten to,
  • 00:14:48.050 --> 00:14:49.090
  • where empathy is like a amazing
  • 00:14:49.090 --> 00:14:51.210
  • I think, well, when I see,
  • 00:14:57.120 --> 00:14:58.130
  • I just, my heart goes out to
  • 00:14:59.190 --> 00:15:02.210
  • people who desperately wanna get
  • 00:15:02.210 --> 00:15:03.240
  • this right, but they just don't
  • 00:15:03.240 --> 00:15:04.240
  • see it.
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:07.040
  • In the equivalent to what a lot
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:08.070
  • of white America,
  • 00:15:08.070 --> 00:15:09.260
  • white Christianity, does,
  • 00:15:09.260 --> 00:15:11.070
  • Fought it my whole life.
  • 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:20.020
  • Can't shake it.
  • 00:15:20.020 --> 00:15:22.170
  • The equivalent would be watching
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:24.020
  • someone drowning, hollering,
  • 00:15:24.180 --> 00:15:27.180
  • "Help!"
  • 00:15:27.180 --> 00:15:29.020
  • And us going, "You know, there's
  • 00:15:29.020 --> 00:15:30.190
  • other ways to get by that river.
  • 00:15:31.000 --> 00:15:34.000
  • You know, it's not the river's
  • 00:15:34.000 --> 00:15:34.240
  • fault."
  • 00:15:34.240 --> 00:15:36.110
  • While the person's drowning.
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:38.200
  • You know what you do as
  • 00:15:38.200 --> 00:15:39.070
  • a Christian?
  • 00:15:39.070 --> 00:15:40.040
  • You lay down what you think.
  • 00:15:40.040 --> 00:15:41.190
  • You lay down your point, and
  • 00:15:41.190 --> 00:15:43.270
  • you go to the point, which is,
  • 00:15:43.270 --> 00:15:45.260
  • "I am an ambassador.
  • 00:15:45.260 --> 00:15:47.090
  • I am a reconciler.
  • 00:15:47.090 --> 00:15:49.030
  • I'm gonna get in there with you.
  • 00:15:49.030 --> 00:15:50.190
  • And I'm still right.
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  • And I still believe what
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  • I believe.
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  • But I have a duty to lay down
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  • what I wanna do, what God wants.
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  • I am here to bring truth, and
  • 00:15:57.200 --> 00:15:59.030
  • the way I do it will be, if I'm
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:01.030
  • an empathetic, passionate
  • 00:16:01.030 --> 00:16:02.120
  • Christian standpoint that could
  • 00:16:02.120 --> 00:16:03.230
  • possibly change history if we
  • 00:16:03.230 --> 00:16:05.120
  • all do it right and we do it
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  • together."
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  • C'mon, work with me.
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  • Shout me down.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Ooh, just please, I gotta preach
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  • faster.
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  • But please don't forget what you
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:17.270
  • have become as a Christian.
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  • We've become some things.
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  • The moment you bow your knee and
  • 00:16:22.240 --> 00:16:24.090
  • say, "I'm a sinner.
  • 00:16:24.090 --> 00:16:25.190
  • Can't do it without Jesus.
  • 00:16:25.190 --> 00:16:26.240
  • Without him I'm goin' to hell.
  • 00:16:26.240 --> 00:16:28.080
  • And I need him not to just save
  • 00:16:28.080 --> 00:16:28.290
  • my life in eternity but save my
  • 00:16:28.290 --> 00:16:30.180
  • life every single day."
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  • The moment you do that,
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  • you become some things.
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  • Everything the cross represents
  • 00:16:34.100 --> 00:16:36.100
  • you now represent, whether you
  • 00:16:36.100 --> 00:16:38.070
  • like it or not.
  • 00:16:38.070 --> 00:16:39.010
  • So guess what?
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  • You are an advocate.
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  • You are a reconciler.
  • 00:16:41.100 --> 00:16:42.260
  • You are a voice for
  • 00:16:42.260 --> 00:16:44.030
  • the voiceless.
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  • You are somebody who has to
  • 00:16:45.000 --> 00:16:46.210
  • fight for those who cannot fight
  • 00:16:46.210 --> 00:16:48.030
  • for themselves.
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  • Guess what else you are?
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  • You are a civil rights advocate
  • 00:16:49.290 --> 00:16:52.040
  • because that's exactly who Jesus
  • 00:16:52.040 --> 00:16:54.000
  • was.
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  • He fought for those that had no
  • 00:16:54.220 --> 00:16:56.290
  • voice.
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  • And on top of that, he was a
  • 00:16:57.140 --> 00:16:58.230
  • refugee who was murdered without
  • 00:16:58.230 --> 00:17:01.070
  • accountability even though he
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:02.240
  • did nothing wrong.
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  • It's in our blood to understand
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • You will be a Christian and
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:15.000
  • hold racial prejudice.
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:16.150
  • Do you know who saved your life?
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:19.010
  • A guy who couldn't make it
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  • through TSA today, just to be
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  • Can we do this as a church?
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:32.230
  • Can you help me with this?
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  • If this is not your home church,
  • 00:17:33.120 --> 00:17:34.230
  • God bless you.
  • 00:17:34.230 --> 00:17:35.210
  • We're believing for what God's
  • 00:17:35.210 --> 00:17:36.090
  • doin' in your home church.
  • 00:17:36.090 --> 00:17:37.120
  • Here, if you call this place
  • 00:17:37.120 --> 00:17:38.100
  • home, can we pray that God will
  • 00:17:38.100 --> 00:17:40.170
  • help us be a leader in
  • 00:17:40.210 --> 00:17:43.210
  • the Christian community?
  • 00:17:43.210 --> 00:17:45.140
  • And I'll just throw this out
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  • there.
  • 00:17:46.020 --> 00:17:46.170
  • Can we pray that God will help
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:47.280
  • us lead the way in empathy?
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  • "We wanna have albums that sell.
  • 00:17:52.200 --> 00:17:54.010
  • Ehh, we wanna have big,
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:55.150
  • glistening church buildings."
  • 00:17:55.150 --> 00:17:56.230
  • Great.
  • 00:17:56.230 --> 00:17:58.050
  • "We wanna be known for how many
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:17:59.010
  • people--"
  • 00:17:59.010 --> 00:17:59.200
  • Yeah, how 'bout this?
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:00.090
  • "That church is known for their
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:02.150
  • empathy, for their compassion,
  • 00:18:03.090 --> 00:18:06.090
  • for their drive, for their
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:08.000
  • focus.
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:09.020
  • They never sacrifice the truth,
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:11.090
  • but they're willing to change
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:13.000
  • the method if it reaches one."
  • 00:18:14.130 --> 00:18:17.130
  • Empathy is giving grace to
  • 00:18:18.040 --> 00:18:21.040
  • things you don't have to give
  • 00:18:21.040 --> 00:18:22.040
  • grace to.
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  • Empathy is choosing, "I don't
  • 00:18:23.190 --> 00:18:25.080
  • have to get to know you,
  • 00:18:25.080 --> 00:18:26.110
  • but I choose to.
  • 00:18:26.110 --> 00:18:28.160
  • I don't have to walk your road,
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:29.130
  • but I choose to."
  • 00:18:29.130 --> 00:18:31.260
  • I got a text the other day, and
  • 00:18:31.260 --> 00:18:33.040
  • I asked my friend if I could use
  • 00:18:33.040 --> 00:18:34.170
  • it 'cause it's so powerful to
  • 00:18:34.170 --> 00:18:35.140
  • me.
  • 00:18:35.140 --> 00:18:35.290
  • He was a friend.
  • 00:18:35.290 --> 00:18:37.110
  • Now he's like a brother to me.
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  • He is an African American livin'
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:39.250
  • in New York City.
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:41.050
  • And he wrote me a text.
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  • He just said,
  • 00:18:43.040 --> 00:18:43.220
  • "Man, I'll be honest with you.
  • 00:18:43.220 --> 00:18:44.180
  • I've been livin' in fear,
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:45.250
  • fear and frustration,"
  • 00:18:45.250 --> 00:18:47.060
  • two horrible things that we are
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:49.070
  • owed somethin' better because of
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:50.090
  • the cross.
  • 00:18:50.090 --> 00:18:51.220
  • And he just said, and he is also
  • 00:18:51.220 --> 00:18:53.010
  • 1 of 18 brothers and sisters
  • 00:18:53.010 --> 00:18:55.100
  • from Florida,
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  • and he's got 8 brothers alone.
  • 00:18:56.190 --> 00:18:57.250
  • He said, "As a black man,
  • 00:18:57.250 --> 00:18:58.210
  • you know, every time I leave
  • 00:18:58.210 --> 00:18:59.140
  • my house I fight fear or
  • 00:18:59.140 --> 00:19:00.230
  • frustration, fear or
  • 00:19:00.230 --> 00:19:01.290
  • frustration.
  • 00:19:01.290 --> 00:19:02.270
  • And if it's not about me, it's
  • 00:19:02.270 --> 00:19:04.010
  • about, you know, my brothers."
  • 00:19:04.010 --> 00:19:06.030
  • And this guy is an advocate for
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:07.200
  • people.
  • 00:19:07.200 --> 00:19:08.220
  • And we are all obviously
  • 00:19:08.220 --> 00:19:10.020
  • rational human beings in here.
  • 00:19:10.020 --> 00:19:11.090
  • We love our police force.
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  • There are amazing men and women
  • 00:19:12.220 --> 00:19:14.100
  • who are good in a bad system.
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  • This is a fact.
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  • Rational people don't argue
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  • this.
  • 00:19:18.100 --> 00:19:20.180
  • But he just said, "I had no
  • 00:19:20.180 --> 00:19:21.130
  • choice but to fight this thing.
  • 00:19:21.130 --> 00:19:23.090
  • So what I did was I tried to
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:25.000
  • understand, and I'm tryin' to
  • 00:19:25.000 --> 00:19:26.270
  • empathize.
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  • So I walked across the street."
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:29.100
  • And here's the photo that he
  • 00:19:29.100 --> 00:19:30.070
  • showed me.
  • 00:19:30.070 --> 00:19:31.060
  • Throw it up there.
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  • The one cop's cool with it.
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:36.040
  • I love this photo.
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  • Roderick did not have to do
  • 00:19:44.140 --> 00:19:45.140
  • this.
  • 00:19:45.140 --> 00:19:47.000
  • Sometimes you could say, "Well,
  • 00:19:47.000 --> 00:19:48.110
  • if there's a victim here, it's
  • 00:19:48.110 --> 00:19:49.080
  • probably more gonna fall on
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:50.210
  • the side of who Roderick is and
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:52.070
  • what his skin tone represents in
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:53.150
  • our country."
  • 00:19:53.150 --> 00:19:54.110
  • But what he did was pick up the
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:55.250
  • greater call, "I'm a Christian.
  • 00:19:55.250 --> 00:19:57.290
  • I'm gonna give grace where it's
  • 00:19:57.290 --> 00:19:58.190
  • not deserved.
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:19:59.140
  • I'm gonna pursue understanding
  • 00:19:59.140 --> 00:20:00.210
  • when other people are not."
  • 00:20:00.210 --> 00:20:01.290
  • And he told me, "I met two of
  • 00:20:01.290 --> 00:20:02.210
  • the greatest guys ever and we
  • 00:20:02.210 --> 00:20:04.020
  • shared our struggle.
  • 00:20:04.020 --> 00:20:05.020
  • We talked about our journey, and
  • 00:20:05.020 --> 00:20:06.090
  • it was a step for me."
  • 00:20:06.090 --> 00:20:08.070
  • May we all do this in every
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  • sphere of life.
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  • When you feel like judging,
  • 00:20:11.230 --> 00:20:13.100
  • you're an ambassador.
  • 00:20:13.100 --> 00:20:14.210
  • When you feel like pointin' a
  • 00:20:14.210 --> 00:20:15.230
  • finger, you're an ambassador.
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:17.210
  • Does not mean that you hold back
  • 00:20:17.210 --> 00:20:20.020
  • on truth, but the way you carry
  • 00:20:20.020 --> 00:20:21.180
  • it changes forever.
  • 00:20:21.180 --> 00:20:24.030
  • - Carl: What if we lived with
  • 00:20:24.030 --> 00:20:25.100
  • such an intentional embodiment
  • 00:20:25.100 --> 00:20:28.000
  • of the faith we profess that
  • 00:20:28.000 --> 00:20:30.030
  • people didn't have to come to
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:31.050
  • our church, they met you?
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:32.260
  • People didn't have to read their
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:33.160
  • Bible to get into the kingdom.
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:34.270
  • They read you, and that led 'em
  • 00:20:34.270 --> 00:20:37.020
  • to the Bible, and that led 'em
  • 00:20:37.020 --> 00:20:38.020
  • to the cross.
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  • Anybody wanna live a life like
  • 00:20:38.220 --> 00:20:39.160
  • that?
  • 00:20:39.160 --> 00:20:40.080
  • - Carl: Paul says this.
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  • Listen to how far he goes with
  • 00:20:46.100 --> 00:20:48.040
  • this ambassador role.
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:49.250
  • So I just read you a verse.
  • 00:20:49.250 --> 00:20:51.100
  • But what precedes it is pretty
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:52.170
  • powerful.
  • 00:20:52.170 --> 00:20:53.050
  • He says this.
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  • Keep in mind people were
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  • criticizing Paul, the way he
  • 00:20:54.200 --> 00:20:56.070
  • acted, what he did,
  • 00:20:56.070 --> 00:20:57.230
  • what he used to say.
  • 00:20:57.230 --> 00:20:58.160
  • he always had to defend himself.
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:01.260
  • 'Cause back in that day if you
  • 00:21:01.260 --> 00:21:03.040
  • didn't defend yourself,
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:04.050
  • nobody else would.
  • 00:21:04.050 --> 00:21:04.260
  • See, sometimes you had to put to
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:05.210
  • rest arguments.
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:06.250
  • That's why Paul always talks
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:07.220
  • about, "I'm not boasting in
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:09.080
  • this."
  • 00:21:09.080 --> 00:21:10.050
  • 'Cause in that day if you didn't
  • 00:21:10.050 --> 00:21:11.010
  • boast about who you were in God,
  • 00:21:11.010 --> 00:21:12.260
  • people would get the wrong idea.
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:13.290
  • That's the context.
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:14.200
  • He says this: "Since, then, we
  • 00:21:14.200 --> 00:21:16.090
  • know what it is to fear
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:17.240
  • the Lord," the verse before
  • 00:21:17.240 --> 00:21:20.100
  • that, by the way, talks
  • 00:21:20.100 --> 00:21:22.060
  • about Judgment Day.
  • 00:21:22.060 --> 00:21:23.240
  • So the context is because we
  • 00:21:23.240 --> 00:21:25.120
  • understand that our God is
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:26.290
  • gracious and he is merciful, we
  • 00:21:26.290 --> 00:21:29.010
  • understand that he is ultimately
  • 00:21:29.010 --> 00:21:30.170
  • a just and merciful judge.
  • 00:21:30.170 --> 00:21:33.010
  • And there will come a day when
  • 00:21:33.010 --> 00:21:34.120
  • we will be judged,
  • 00:21:34.120 --> 00:21:35.180
  • and we will be held accountable,
  • 00:21:35.180 --> 00:21:37.090
  • and we will have to show what we
  • 00:21:37.090 --> 00:21:38.140
  • have done with the grace we have
  • 00:21:38.140 --> 00:21:40.000
  • received.
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:40.220
  • Now the verse takes on a little
  • 00:21:40.220 --> 00:21:42.050
  • bit of a different tone.
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:43.230
  • "Since, then, we know what it is
  • 00:21:43.230 --> 00:21:44.260
  • to fear the Lord, we try to
  • 00:21:44.260 --> 00:21:46.100
  • persuade others."
  • 00:21:46.100 --> 00:21:48.260
  • What drives Paul is not the fear
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:50.180
  • of man.
  • 00:21:50.180 --> 00:21:51.080
  • It's the fear of God.
  • 00:21:51.080 --> 00:21:53.210
  • "What we are is plain to God,
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:55.220
  • and I hope it's plain to your
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:21:56.160
  • conscience."
  • 00:21:56.160 --> 00:21:57.110
  • He says this: "We're not tryin'
  • 00:21:57.110 --> 00:21:58.120
  • to commend ourselves again, but
  • 00:21:58.120 --> 00:22:00.020
  • we're givin' you an opportunity
  • 00:22:00.020 --> 00:22:01.060
  • to take pride in us, so you can
  • 00:22:01.060 --> 00:22:02.130
  • answer people."
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:03.050
  • He says this: "If we are 'out of
  • 00:22:03.050 --> 00:22:04.250
  • our mind,' as some say, it's for
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:07.190
  • God;" so don't worry about it,
  • 00:22:07.190 --> 00:22:10.020
  • "if we are in our right mind,
  • 00:22:10.020 --> 00:22:11.030
  • it's for you."
  • 00:22:11.030 --> 00:22:12.080
  • So worry about.
  • 00:22:12.080 --> 00:22:13.090
  • Paul is saying, "Don't judge me.
  • 00:22:13.090 --> 00:22:14.080
  • If you see me doin' things that
  • 00:22:14.080 --> 00:22:15.040
  • you don't understand,
  • 00:22:15.040 --> 00:22:15.280
  • God told me to do it.
  • 00:22:15.280 --> 00:22:17.250
  • I'm gonna reach everybody I can
  • 00:22:17.250 --> 00:22:18.240
  • at all times.
  • 00:22:18.240 --> 00:22:19.270
  • And if you do understand
  • 00:22:19.270 --> 00:22:20.260
  • what I'm doing," he said,
  • 00:22:20.260 --> 00:22:21.210
  • "and that's for you too."
  • 00:22:21.210 --> 00:22:22.230
  • Paul is givin' us a message
  • 00:22:22.230 --> 00:22:23.230
  • here.
  • 00:22:23.230 --> 00:22:24.080
  • His whole life is not about him.
  • 00:22:24.080 --> 00:22:26.100
  • "If you see me acting out,
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:27.050
  • it's not for me.
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:28.010
  • God told me to.
  • 00:22:28.010 --> 00:22:28.270
  • If you see me acting in, oh,
  • 00:22:28.270 --> 00:22:30.130
  • that's to reach you and
  • 00:22:30.130 --> 00:22:31.060
  • everybody else.
  • 00:22:31.060 --> 00:22:31.230
  • Just so you know, my whole life
  • 00:22:31.230 --> 00:22:32.230
  • is not my own."
  • 00:22:32.230 --> 00:22:34.200
  • He says, "For Christ's love
  • 00:22:34.200 --> 00:22:36.040
  • compels us, because we are
  • 00:22:36.040 --> 00:22:37.230
  • convinced that one died for all,
  • 00:22:37.230 --> 00:22:39.160
  • and therefore all died.
  • 00:22:39.160 --> 00:22:41.090
  • And he died for all, that those
  • 00:22:41.090 --> 00:22:42.290
  • who live should no longer live
  • 00:22:42.290 --> 00:22:44.220
  • for themselves but for him who
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:46.100
  • died for them and was raised
  • 00:22:46.100 --> 00:22:47.180
  • again."
  • 00:22:47.180 --> 00:22:48.090
  • Shout me down, please, because
  • 00:22:48.090 --> 00:22:49.150
  • Here's the problem with that.
  • 00:22:51.160 --> 00:22:52.270
  • Paul is saying, "Oh, yeah,
  • 00:22:52.270 --> 00:22:53.200
  • by the way, if you've been,
  • 00:22:53.200 --> 00:22:54.120
  • who's been raised to life,
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.100
  • salvation, through Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:56.100 --> 00:22:58.080
  • alone?"
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:22:59.010
  • He's now saying, "Now I'm doin'
  • 00:22:59.010 --> 00:23:00.190
  • this so you don't ever forget
  • 00:23:00.190 --> 00:23:02.080
  • your life is not your own.
  • 00:23:02.080 --> 00:23:04.060
  • I live for him now."
  • 00:23:04.060 --> 00:23:05.130
  • What does this rage in the face
  • 00:23:05.130 --> 00:23:06.220
  • of?
  • 00:23:06.220 --> 00:23:07.170
  • New York City common logic,
  • 00:23:07.170 --> 00:23:09.150
  • "I wanna live my truth,
  • 00:23:09.150 --> 00:23:11.020
  • my authentic self,
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:12.210
  • who I really am."
  • 00:23:12.210 --> 00:23:14.020
  • Not me, I'm an ambassador.
  • 00:23:14.020 --> 00:23:16.040
  • I don't want to know who
  • 00:23:16.040 --> 00:23:17.030
  • I really am.
  • 00:23:17.030 --> 00:23:18.040
  • My true authentic self,
  • 00:23:18.040 --> 00:23:19.240
  • you know what it is?
  • 00:23:19.240 --> 00:23:20.140
  • Sinful, broken, without hope.
  • 00:23:20.140 --> 00:23:22.090
  • Now that I've been raised to
  • 00:23:22.090 --> 00:23:23.130
  • life again I don't care if this
  • 00:23:23.130 --> 00:23:25.000
  • is really me.
  • 00:23:25.000 --> 00:23:25.250
  • I don't wanna be really me.
  • 00:23:25.250 --> 00:23:26.220
  • I wanna be really about him.
  • 00:23:26.220 --> 00:23:28.190
  • I want God's truth in my life.
  • 00:23:28.190 --> 00:23:30.110
  • I want God's plan in my life.
  • 00:23:30.110 --> 00:23:31.270
  • If it doesn't fit my agenda,
  • 00:23:31.270 --> 00:23:33.180
  • guess what has to go?
  • 00:23:33.180 --> 00:23:34.250
  • My agenda or God's plan.
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:38.150
  • As an ambassador, you lose your
  • 00:23:38.150 --> 00:23:40.010
  • true self and find out, "It was
  • 00:23:40.010 --> 00:23:42.090
  • never my true self anyway."
  • 00:23:42.090 --> 00:23:43.200
  • How can I know who I am being
  • 00:23:43.200 --> 00:23:44.200
  • apart from the one who made me?
  • 00:23:47.130 --> 00:23:50.130
  • Two ideas out of
  • 00:23:50.130 --> 00:23:51.050
  • 2 Corinthians 5.
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  • Number one, if we wanna live as
  • 00:23:52.220 --> 00:23:55.220
  • ambassadors, I believe we have
  • 00:23:55.220 --> 00:23:56.270
  • to embody that which we believe.
  • 00:23:59.090 --> 00:24:02.110
  • Exposure is a vital part of
  • 00:24:02.110 --> 00:24:05.010
  • higher learning.
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:07.260
  • We gotta embody what we believe,
  • 00:24:07.260 --> 00:24:08.240
  • y'all.
  • 00:24:08.240 --> 00:24:10.200
  • We have to expose people to what
  • 00:24:10.200 --> 00:24:12.130
  • we say is true.
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:14.170
  • Who we say we are as Christians
  • 00:24:14.170 --> 00:24:16.250
  • and who we really are as
  • 00:24:16.250 --> 00:24:17.290
  • Christians, that gap is kinda
  • 00:24:17.290 --> 00:24:19.260
  • the problem with faith.
  • 00:24:19.260 --> 00:24:21.260
  • The goal is to close it day in
  • 00:24:21.260 --> 00:24:23.170
  • and day out.
  • 00:24:23.170 --> 00:24:25.060
  • "This is who I say I am,
  • 00:24:25.060 --> 00:24:26.020
  • but this is who you felt.
  • 00:24:26.020 --> 00:24:28.020
  • This is who I say I am,
  • 00:24:28.020 --> 00:24:28.250
  • but this is what you saw."
  • 00:24:28.250 --> 00:24:31.010
  • We need to embody what we
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:32.110
  • believe to the point where
  • 00:24:32.110 --> 00:24:33.240
  • people have to just meet us to
  • 00:24:33.240 --> 00:24:36.040
  • know what we believe.
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:38.120
  • Meet us, think about that.
  • 00:24:38.120 --> 00:24:41.090
  • People learn two ways,
  • 00:24:41.090 --> 00:24:42.090
  • you can write this down,
  • 00:24:42.090 --> 00:24:43.200
  • education and exposure.
  • 00:24:44.070 --> 00:24:47.070
  • We fail on the latter as
  • 00:24:47.070 --> 00:24:48.200
  • Christians all the time.
  • 00:24:48.200 --> 00:24:50.020
  • Education, there's never been
  • 00:24:50.020 --> 00:24:51.020
  • a time in our world's history
  • 00:24:51.020 --> 00:24:52.140
  • where you can education yourself
  • 00:24:52.140 --> 00:24:53.170
  • easier than you can now.
  • 00:24:53.170 --> 00:24:55.160
  • There's information aplenty.
  • 00:24:55.160 --> 00:24:57.060
  • We're good on education.
  • 00:24:57.060 --> 00:24:58.040
  • We fail on the exposure side.
  • 00:24:58.040 --> 00:25:00.240
  • So people have read books,
  • 00:25:00.240 --> 00:25:01.260
  • and they've seen blogs,
  • 00:25:01.260 --> 00:25:02.280
  • and they've seen Bible colleges,
  • 00:25:02.280 --> 00:25:04.080
  • and they've seen churches.
  • 00:25:04.080 --> 00:25:05.200
  • But actually being exposed to
  • 00:25:05.200 --> 00:25:07.110
  • a living Christian who has the
  • 00:25:07.110 --> 00:25:09.270
  • grace of God coming out of them,
  • 00:25:09.270 --> 00:25:12.100
  • no talking, all action, that is
  • 00:25:12.100 --> 00:25:14.020
  • being missed.
  • 00:25:14.020 --> 00:25:16.020
  • We have to intentionally,
  • 00:25:16.020 --> 00:25:17.140
  • by the way, put ourselves in
  • 00:25:17.140 --> 00:25:19.040
  • position to expose our own lives
  • 00:25:19.040 --> 00:25:21.180
  • to things we would never
  • 00:25:21.180 --> 00:25:22.250
  • understand so this collision can
  • 00:25:22.250 --> 00:25:24.120
  • happen.
  • 00:25:24.120 --> 00:25:25.090
  • We can be preachin' about bein'
  • 00:25:25.090 --> 00:25:26.150
  • ambassadors all the time,
  • 00:25:26.150 --> 00:25:27.170
  • but where are you taking it?
  • 00:25:27.170 --> 00:25:29.130
  • Where are you going?
  • 00:25:29.130 --> 00:25:30.220
  • "Oh, God, I wanna meet need."
  • 00:25:30.220 --> 00:25:32.270
  • Do you know any need?
  • 00:25:32.270 --> 00:25:35.150
  • Have you ever been anywhere
  • 00:25:35.150 --> 00:25:36.110
  • where some of this stuff's gonna
  • 00:25:36.110 --> 00:25:37.170
  • resonate with you?
  • 00:25:37.170 --> 00:25:38.140
  • As a Christian you have to force
  • 00:25:38.140 --> 00:25:39.180
  • yourself to go, "My life is not
  • 00:25:39.180 --> 00:25:41.060
  • about me.
  • 00:25:41.060 --> 00:25:41.280
  • Who can I know that's different?
  • 00:25:41.280 --> 00:25:43.120
  • Who can I expose this world to,
  • 00:25:43.260 --> 00:25:46.260
  • and me feel their world?"
  • 00:25:47.120 --> 00:25:50.120
  • My life, I can trace everything
  • 00:25:50.120 --> 00:25:51.260
  • that I'm passionate about back
  • 00:25:51.260 --> 00:25:52.250
  • to exposure.
  • 00:25:52.250 --> 00:25:54.290
  • Went from readin' about it to
  • 00:25:54.290 --> 00:25:55.280
  • walking it out.
  • 00:25:55.280 --> 00:25:56.270
  • For instance, I am passionate
  • 00:25:56.270 --> 00:25:58.110
  • about doing something as a human
  • 00:25:58.110 --> 00:25:59.290
  • being to help what I believe to
  • 00:25:59.290 --> 00:26:01.280
  • be injustice in our justice
  • 00:26:01.280 --> 00:26:03.230
  • system towards young men in
  • 00:26:03.230 --> 00:26:05.150
  • the system right now.
  • 00:26:05.150 --> 00:26:07.040
  • I've always been passionate
  • 00:26:07.040 --> 00:26:07.250
  • about it, but there's a man in
  • 00:26:07.250 --> 00:26:08.270
  • our Montclair location who goes
  • 00:26:08.270 --> 00:26:11.090
  • every single week to a youth
  • 00:26:11.090 --> 00:26:13.100
  • detention center and plays
  • 00:26:13.100 --> 00:26:16.030
  • basketball with some amazing
  • 00:26:16.030 --> 00:26:17.210
  • young men, and then he stands
  • 00:26:17.210 --> 00:26:19.080
  • around and he talks to them
  • 00:26:19.080 --> 00:26:20.040
  • after.
  • 00:26:20.040 --> 00:26:20.210
  • I was passionate about it then.
  • 00:26:20.210 --> 00:26:23.000
  • And after being able to go with
  • 00:26:23.000 --> 00:26:24.020
  • him and visit it, now I am
  • 00:26:24.020 --> 00:26:25.200
  • incensed.
  • 00:26:25.200 --> 00:26:26.250
  • I am impassioned.
  • 00:26:26.250 --> 00:26:28.080
  • I am empathetic,
  • 00:26:28.080 --> 00:26:29.150
  • and I can't sleep at night.
  • 00:26:29.150 --> 00:26:31.010
  • Big difference.
  • 00:26:31.010 --> 00:26:32.220
  • All that happened was I got
  • 00:26:32.220 --> 00:26:33.240
  • a chance to talk to these
  • 00:26:33.240 --> 00:26:35.040
  • young men and play ball with
  • 00:26:35.040 --> 00:26:36.130
  • them, which we still won,
  • 00:26:36.130 --> 00:26:37.160
  • by the way.
  • 00:26:37.160 --> 00:26:38.250
  • "Well, I feel bad for you, but
  • 00:26:38.250 --> 00:26:39.290
  • hand down, man down.
  • 00:26:39.290 --> 00:26:41.090
  • Like, I still gotta get the W
  • 00:26:41.090 --> 00:26:44.030
  • leaving here.
  • 00:26:44.030 --> 00:26:45.050
  • What kinda Christian would I be
  • 00:26:45.050 --> 00:26:46.100
  • I talked to one young man who
  • 00:26:50.150 --> 00:26:51.190
  • had been in this thing for
  • 00:26:51.190 --> 00:26:52.240
  • 2 years.
  • 00:26:52.240 --> 00:26:53.220
  • He stole a car when he was 15,
  • 00:26:53.220 --> 00:26:55.210
  • which, by the way, every single
  • 00:26:55.210 --> 00:26:56.290
  • young man in there was
  • 00:26:56.290 --> 00:26:57.240
  • African American.
  • 00:26:57.240 --> 00:26:58.260
  • Which blows my mind 'cause it's
  • 00:26:58.260 --> 00:26:59.270
  • not like there's not bad white
  • 00:26:59.270 --> 00:27:00.290
  • kids in Jersey.
  • 00:27:01.260 --> 00:27:04.260
  • And I sat there and talked to
  • 00:27:04.260 --> 00:27:05.190
  • him, and he said,
  • 00:27:05.190 --> 00:27:07.000
  • "Yeah, I've been in here waitin'
  • 00:27:07.000 --> 00:27:07.240
  • for my trial.
  • 00:27:07.240 --> 00:27:08.120
  • Can you pray for my trial?"
  • 00:27:08.120 --> 00:27:09.090
  • I said, "When's your trial?"
  • 00:27:09.090 --> 00:27:10.160
  • He said, "Next year."
  • 00:27:10.160 --> 00:27:11.230
  • I said, "Let me get this
  • 00:27:11.230 --> 00:27:12.110
  • straight.
  • 00:27:12.110 --> 00:27:12.270
  • You stole a car when you were
  • 00:27:12.270 --> 00:27:13.150
  • 15?"
  • 00:27:13.150 --> 00:27:14.030
  • He's like, "Yeah."
  • 00:27:14.030 --> 00:27:14.190
  • And someone told me later what's
  • 00:27:14.190 --> 00:27:15.170
  • happening right now.
  • 00:27:15.170 --> 00:27:16.210
  • These young black men are
  • 00:27:16.210 --> 00:27:17.250
  • getting, you know, accused of
  • 00:27:17.250 --> 00:27:19.020
  • these crimes as juveniles and
  • 00:27:19.020 --> 00:27:20.170
  • they're keeping in the system
  • 00:27:20.170 --> 00:27:21.150
  • long enough so they can try 'em
  • 00:27:21.150 --> 00:27:22.210
  • as an adult system, perpetuates,
  • 00:27:22.210 --> 00:27:24.230
  • system.
  • 00:27:24.230 --> 00:27:25.200
  • And if you're like,
  • 00:27:25.200 --> 00:27:26.050
  • "That doesn't really happen."
  • 00:27:26.050 --> 00:27:26.280
  • We got white boys getting caught
  • 00:27:26.280 --> 00:27:28.220
  • during raping activities and
  • 00:27:28.220 --> 00:27:30.160
  • getting off in 3 months.
  • 00:27:30.160 --> 00:27:31.200
  • So if you don't think there's
  • 00:27:31.200 --> 00:27:32.080
  • a problem, please believe you're
  • 00:27:32.080 --> 00:27:33.040
  • wrong.
  • 00:27:33.040 --> 00:27:34.030
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:27:35.100 --> 00:27:38.100
  • So we got a 15-year-old boy who
  • 00:27:38.100 --> 00:27:39.160
  • made a bad decision in a bad
  • 00:27:39.160 --> 00:27:41.210
  • system.
  • 00:27:41.210 --> 00:27:42.220
  • And I just sat there,
  • 00:27:42.220 --> 00:27:43.100
  • and I walked out, and I said,
  • 00:27:43.100 --> 00:27:44.150
  • "Man--Lord, how much more need
  • 00:27:44.150 --> 00:27:46.100
  • can I go expose myself to so
  • 00:27:46.100 --> 00:27:48.080
  • I don't ever get caught bein' a
  • 00:27:48.080 --> 00:27:49.190
  • Christian that has my soapbox,
  • 00:27:49.190 --> 00:27:51.160
  • and my lane, and my people, but
  • 00:27:51.160 --> 00:27:53.140
  • the moment the world throws us a
  • 00:27:53.140 --> 00:27:55.040
  • curveball, we're all freakin'
  • 00:27:55.040 --> 00:27:56.140
  • out?"
  • 00:27:56.140 --> 00:27:57.280
  • What if we lived with such an
  • 00:27:57.280 --> 00:27:59.200
  • intentional embodiment of
  • 00:27:59.200 --> 00:28:02.030
  • the faith we profess that people
  • 00:28:02.030 --> 00:28:04.110
  • didn't have to come to our
  • 00:28:04.110 --> 00:28:05.010
  • church, they met you?
  • 00:28:05.010 --> 00:28:07.060
  • People didn't have to read their
  • 00:28:07.060 --> 00:28:08.020
  • Bible to get into the kingdom.
  • 00:28:08.020 --> 00:28:09.090
  • They read you, and that led 'em
  • 00:28:09.090 --> 00:28:11.160
  • to the Bible, and that led 'em
  • 00:28:11.160 --> 00:28:12.180
  • to the cross.
  • 00:28:12.180 --> 00:28:13.080
  • Anybody wanna live a life like
  • 00:28:13.080 --> 00:28:14.050
  • that?
  • 00:28:14.050 --> 00:28:14.230
  • I do.
  • 00:28:14.230 --> 00:28:15.160
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:28:17.150 --> 00:28:20.150
  • For Monday try this,
  • 00:28:21.210 --> 00:28:24.210
  • a little bit of homework.
  • 00:28:24.210 --> 00:28:25.070
  • Is that all right?
  • 00:28:25.070 --> 00:28:26.090
  • And this is not about racism
  • 00:28:26.090 --> 00:28:27.170
  • today.
  • 00:28:27.170 --> 00:28:28.040
  • But if you want it to be about
  • 00:28:28.040 --> 00:28:28.220
  • it, make it about that.
  • 00:28:28.220 --> 00:28:31.020
  • It's not black, white.
  • 00:28:31.020 --> 00:28:31.260
  • This is kingdom.
  • 00:28:31.260 --> 00:28:33.260
  • Somebody once said,
  • 00:28:33.260 --> 00:28:34.110
  • "I didn't come to church to hear
  • 00:28:34.110 --> 00:28:35.060
  • politics."
  • 00:28:35.060 --> 00:28:35.210
  • Well, good, we're not talking
  • 00:28:35.210 --> 00:28:36.140
  • politics.
  • 00:28:36.140 --> 00:28:37.000
  • We're talkin' Jesus.
  • 00:28:37.120 --> 00:28:40.120
  • And a faith that doesn't affect
  • 00:28:40.120 --> 00:28:41.150
  • what's goin' on in culture is
  • 00:28:41.150 --> 00:28:42.180
  • not a faith.
  • 00:28:42.180 --> 00:28:43.040
  • It's a club, and it's a joke.
  • 00:28:43.040 --> 00:28:45.240
  • We didn't get saved to stand by
  • 00:28:45.240 --> 00:28:47.000
  • while culture dies.
  • 00:28:47.000 --> 00:28:48.120
  • We got saved so we could get in
  • 00:28:48.120 --> 00:28:49.140
  • the culture and wave a flag and
  • 00:28:49.140 --> 00:28:51.140
  • say, "Hey, the whole world's
  • 00:28:51.140 --> 00:28:52.080
  • goin' bad.
  • 00:28:52.080 --> 00:28:53.120
  • Here's the good news."
  • 00:28:53.120 --> 00:28:55.270
  • For Monday, that's where I was,
  • 00:28:56.020 --> 00:28:59.020
  • try this: Embody kindness.
  • 00:28:59.020 --> 00:29:01.220
  • That's it.
  • 00:29:01.220 --> 00:29:03.090
  • Just try that tomorrow.
  • 00:29:03.090 --> 00:29:05.010
  • "And kindness?"
  • 00:29:05.010 --> 00:29:06.130
  • Yeah, just try it.
  • 00:29:06.130 --> 00:29:07.250
  • "Well, I am kind."
  • 00:29:07.250 --> 00:29:08.270
  • If that was your response,
  • 00:29:08.270 --> 00:29:09.130
  • you're not.
  • 00:29:09.130 --> 00:29:10.230
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:29:10.230 --> 00:29:13.060
  • Galatians chapter 5 says this--
  • 00:29:13.240 --> 00:29:16.240
  • And just, as I read this,
  • 00:29:16.240 --> 00:29:17.230
  • the fruit of the Holy Spirit is
  • 00:29:17.230 --> 00:29:19.080
  • certain things.
  • 00:29:19.080 --> 00:29:20.270
  • churches and in Christendom.
  • 00:29:23.150 --> 00:29:26.130
  • The fruit of the Spirit is love,
  • 00:29:26.130 --> 00:29:28.040
  • joy, peace, forbearance,
  • 00:29:28.080 --> 00:29:31.080
  • kindness, goodness,
  • 00:29:31.080 --> 00:29:33.150
  • faithfulness," everything you
  • 00:29:33.150 --> 00:29:34.280
  • never see on Fox News or CNN
  • 00:29:34.280 --> 00:29:37.160
  • on either side,
  • 00:29:37.160 --> 00:29:38.290
  • "gentleness, self-control.
  • 00:29:38.290 --> 00:29:41.120
  • Man, when I read that,
  • 00:29:46.050 --> 00:29:47.050
  • I laugh because I'm like,
  • 00:29:47.050 --> 00:29:48.080
  • "Let me get this straight.
  • 00:29:48.080 --> 00:29:49.050
  • Bein' an ambassador is so easy
  • 00:29:49.050 --> 00:29:50.280
  • that we have supernatural gifts
  • 00:29:50.280 --> 00:29:52.200
  • that supersede the laws and
  • 00:29:52.200 --> 00:29:54.120
  • the culture and the atmosphere
  • 00:29:54.120 --> 00:29:55.160
  • of this land.
  • 00:29:55.160 --> 00:29:56.240
  • So I might not have money, job,
  • 00:29:56.240 --> 00:29:58.080
  • position, title, but I've got
  • 00:29:58.080 --> 00:30:00.070
  • the presence of God.
  • 00:30:00.070 --> 00:30:01.030
  • Therefore, I can just go and
  • 00:30:01.030 --> 00:30:02.070
  • embody who Jesus is and be the
  • 00:30:02.070 --> 00:30:04.120
  • dominant force in my environment
  • 00:30:04.120 --> 00:30:06.070
  • because I'm a Christian."
  • 00:30:06.100 --> 00:30:09.100
  • Kindness, and New York,
  • 00:30:09.100 --> 00:30:10.120
  • trust me.
  • 00:30:10.120 --> 00:30:11.180
  • Your kindness is gonna stick
  • 00:30:11.180 --> 00:30:12.120
  • out.
  • 00:30:12.120 --> 00:30:14.000
  • 'Cause this is not the
  • 00:30:14.000 --> 00:30:14.160
  • friendliest place in the world.
  • 00:30:14.160 --> 00:30:16.160
  • The default face of a New Yorker
  • 00:30:16.160 --> 00:30:18.000
  • is like, "I wish you would.
  • 00:30:19.010 --> 00:30:22.010
  • I wish you would.
  • 00:30:22.010 --> 00:30:24.150
  • I wish you would."
  • 00:30:25.020 --> 00:30:28.020
  • Think about how far a wave goes
  • 00:30:28.020 --> 00:30:29.170
  • in New York.
  • 00:30:29.180 --> 00:30:32.180
  • Like, you could be about to
  • 00:30:32.180 --> 00:30:33.150
  • fight somebody.
  • 00:30:33.150 --> 00:30:34.290
  • They cut you off.
  • 00:30:34.290 --> 00:30:35.290
  • You're so mad.
  • 00:30:35.290 --> 00:30:36.210
  • Then they're like, "Sorry."
  • 00:30:36.210 --> 00:30:37.190
  • You're like, "It's all good.
  • 00:30:37.190 --> 00:30:38.060
  • Call me later.
  • 00:30:38.060 --> 00:30:38.230
  • We're friends.
  • 00:30:38.230 --> 00:30:39.090
  • We're straight."
  • 00:30:39.090 --> 00:30:40.270
  • It's like you didn't expect to
  • 00:30:40.270 --> 00:30:42.010
  • have a wave.
  • 00:30:42.010 --> 00:30:43.120
  • Conversely, you can use a wave.
  • 00:30:43.120 --> 00:30:44.240
  • Like, you can do serious damage
  • 00:30:44.240 --> 00:30:46.100
  • on the road, but, "Hi, my bad,"
  • 00:30:46.100 --> 00:30:47.140
  • then you're friends.
  • 00:30:47.140 --> 00:30:48.030
  • It's a wave.
  • 00:30:48.030 --> 00:30:50.050
  • That's, to me, is like what
  • 00:30:50.050 --> 00:30:51.030
  • the presence of God is.
  • 00:30:51.030 --> 00:30:52.220
  • Armies over here.
  • 00:30:52.220 --> 00:30:54.020
  • Culture over here.
  • 00:30:54.020 --> 00:30:55.240
  • One meager Christian,
  • 00:30:55.240 --> 00:30:58.000
  • whew, waving the power of
  • 00:30:58.000 --> 00:30:59.060
  • a supernatural God is stronger
  • 00:30:59.060 --> 00:31:00.290
  • than all of it.
  • 00:31:00.290 --> 00:31:02.110
  • And you might be thinkin',
  • 00:31:02.110 --> 00:31:02.290
  • "Well, this is just small
  • 00:31:02.290 --> 00:31:04.050
  • minded."
  • 00:31:04.050 --> 00:31:04.210
  • No, it's not.
  • 00:31:04.210 --> 00:31:05.100
  • If it's me, yeah.
  • 00:31:05.100 --> 00:31:06.110
  • But if it's you, and it's you,
  • 00:31:06.110 --> 00:31:07.230
  • and it's us, and it's a church
  • 00:31:07.230 --> 00:31:09.260
  • that's just gettin' started
  • 00:31:09.260 --> 00:31:10.240
  • that's about 9.000 strong who
  • 00:31:10.240 --> 00:31:12.120
  • are saying, "Hey, we might not
  • 00:31:12.120 --> 00:31:14.000
  • have it together, but we got
  • 00:31:14.000 --> 00:31:14.280
  • the love of our God.
  • 00:31:14.280 --> 00:31:16.050
  • We've got a gentleness of
  • 00:31:16.050 --> 00:31:17.010
  • spirit.
  • 00:31:17.010 --> 00:31:17.270
  • We've got a passion that
  • 00:31:17.270 --> 00:31:18.260
  • the cross is better than
  • 00:31:18.260 --> 00:31:20.000
  • anything else's culture has to
  • 00:31:20.000 --> 00:31:21.080
  • give."
  • 00:31:21.080 --> 00:31:21.230
  • And together, we mobilize.
  • 00:31:22.260 --> 00:31:25.260
  • No better time to be alive.
  • 00:31:25.260 --> 00:31:27.020
  • Holler, future.
  • 00:31:27.020 --> 00:31:29.040
  • - Carl: "We love all people.
  • 00:31:29.040 --> 00:31:30.150
  • But when somebody's hurting,
  • 00:31:30.150 --> 00:31:32.200
  • Lentz Christians, we hurt with
  • 00:31:32.200 --> 00:31:34.020
  • 'em.
  • 00:31:34.020 --> 00:31:35.060
  • And right now the people you
  • 00:31:35.060 --> 00:31:36.020
  • love that are in our house all
  • 00:31:36.020 --> 00:31:37.100
  • the time that don't have
  • 00:31:37.100 --> 00:31:37.250
  • the same skin tone as you,
  • 00:31:37.250 --> 00:31:39.100
  • they're frustrated.
  • 00:31:39.100 --> 00:31:40.080
  • So we're frustrated.
  • 00:31:40.080 --> 00:31:42.040
  • They're hurting so we're
  • 00:31:42.040 --> 00:31:43.010
  • hurting.
  • 00:31:43.010 --> 00:31:43.240
  • It's not their fight.
  • 00:31:43.240 --> 00:31:44.190
  • It is our fight because we're
  • 00:31:44.190 --> 00:31:45.280
  • - Carl: Pick the thing that you
  • 00:31:52.050 --> 00:31:52.240
  • are most passionate about that
  • 00:31:52.240 --> 00:31:55.130
  • you do the least about this
  • 00:31:55.130 --> 00:31:57.290
  • week.
  • 00:31:57.290 --> 00:31:58.150
  • Pray about it.
  • 00:31:58.150 --> 00:31:59.000
  • Act on it.
  • 00:31:59.000 --> 00:31:59.180
  • Pray about it.
  • 00:31:59.180 --> 00:32:00.060
  • Act on it.
  • 00:32:00.060 --> 00:32:01.220
  • Don't tell me you're passionate
  • 00:32:01.220 --> 00:32:02.240
  • not tell me you're not gonna
  • 00:32:06.120 --> 00:32:07.010
  • come to support somethin'
  • 00:32:07.010 --> 00:32:08.190
  • that A21 does.
  • 00:32:08.190 --> 00:32:11.030
  • "I wanna see lost people come
  • 00:32:11.030 --> 00:32:13.070
  • home."
  • 00:32:13.070 --> 00:32:14.260
  • But you don't volunteer a day
  • 00:32:14.260 --> 00:32:16.020
  • in your life in this church.
  • 00:32:16.020 --> 00:32:17.120
  • Don't wanna hear it.
  • 00:32:17.120 --> 00:32:18.230
  • You're not passionate about it.
  • 00:32:18.230 --> 00:32:19.210
  • It's an idea for you.
  • 00:32:19.210 --> 00:32:21.170
  • "I am passionate about helping
  • 00:32:21.170 --> 00:32:24.100
  • this systematic problem we
  • 00:32:24.100 --> 00:32:25.140
  • have."
  • 00:32:25.140 --> 00:32:26.000
  • Cool, well, go find out who's
  • 00:32:26.000 --> 00:32:26.290
  • protesting when.
  • 00:32:26.290 --> 00:32:29.040
  • Go join somebody.
  • 00:32:29.040 --> 00:32:30.070
  • Listen to somebody.
  • 00:32:30.070 --> 00:32:31.010
  • Don't tell me you're praying
  • 00:32:31.010 --> 00:32:31.210
  • about it if you're not actin' on
  • 00:32:31.210 --> 00:32:32.210
  • it.
  • 00:32:32.210 --> 00:32:34.180
  • Number one, embody.
  • 00:32:34.180 --> 00:32:36.220
  • And number two, as we land this
  • 00:32:36.220 --> 00:32:38.060
  • plane, I wanna embrace
  • 00:32:38.060 --> 00:32:40.080
  • the opportunity we do have.
  • 00:32:40.250 --> 00:32:43.250
  • One of the biggest challenges we
  • 00:32:43.250 --> 00:32:44.270
  • have in our culture right now,
  • 00:32:45.190 --> 00:32:48.190
  • come on up here, team.
  • 00:32:48.190 --> 00:32:49.180
  • I'm right on time.
  • 00:32:49.180 --> 00:32:50.260
  • We got a lot of visitors in
  • 00:32:50.260 --> 00:32:51.130
  • here.
  • 00:32:51.130 --> 00:32:51.270
  • I have a couple closes so don't
  • 00:32:51.270 --> 00:32:52.210
  • One of the biggest challenges we
  • 00:32:56.070 --> 00:32:57.060
  • face is the magnitude of
  • 00:32:57.060 --> 00:32:59.090
  • problems.
  • 00:32:59.090 --> 00:33:00.270
  • I mean, it just seems so bad.
  • 00:33:00.270 --> 00:33:02.120
  • Anyone else feel like that
  • 00:33:02.120 --> 00:33:03.040
  • sometimes?
  • 00:33:03.040 --> 00:33:03.240
  • Everywhere you look, like,
  • 00:33:03.240 --> 00:33:05.100
  • you're just tryin' to watch
  • 00:33:05.100 --> 00:33:06.050
  • mindless TV and you just saw
  • 00:33:06.050 --> 00:33:07.170
  • horrible human stuff,
  • 00:33:07.170 --> 00:33:08.230
  • and then you get one of those
  • 00:33:08.230 --> 00:33:09.110
  • SPCA commercials with sad dogs,
  • 00:33:09.110 --> 00:33:11.090
  • and you're like,
  • 00:33:11.090 --> 00:33:13.290
  • "Man, even the dogs need help.
  • 00:33:13.290 --> 00:33:15.160
  • This is ridiculous.
  • 00:33:15.160 --> 00:33:16.180
  • Like, I'm just--"
  • 00:33:16.180 --> 00:33:17.270
  • The problem, the magnitude,
  • 00:33:17.270 --> 00:33:20.200
  • is so big where the devil's
  • 00:33:20.200 --> 00:33:22.090
  • hoping Christians will get
  • 00:33:22.090 --> 00:33:24.100
  • overwhelmed.
  • 00:33:24.100 --> 00:33:25.210
  • And you'll just go, "Ah."
  • 00:33:25.210 --> 00:33:26.250
  • It's called, "The paralysis of
  • 00:33:26.250 --> 00:33:28.010
  • analysis," where you're like,
  • 00:33:28.010 --> 00:33:30.020
  • "Man, I can't do this, and
  • 00:33:30.020 --> 00:33:31.100
  • I can't do that, and I can't do
  • 00:33:31.100 --> 00:33:32.080
  • this.
  • 00:33:32.080 --> 00:33:32.240
  • And that's too big there.
  • 00:33:32.240 --> 00:33:33.180
  • And I wanna help here,
  • 00:33:33.180 --> 00:33:34.180
  • but I don't have what it takes
  • 00:33:34.180 --> 00:33:35.110
  • there."
  • 00:33:35.110 --> 00:33:35.270
  • And you end up doing nothing.
  • 00:33:35.270 --> 00:33:38.250
  • You know what a Christian can
  • 00:33:38.250 --> 00:33:39.160
  • do?
  • 00:33:39.160 --> 00:33:40.190
  • Just what God's called you to
  • 00:33:40.190 --> 00:33:42.090
  • do, and it's enough.
  • 00:33:42.090 --> 00:33:44.100
  • 'Cause here's the good news.
  • 00:33:44.100 --> 00:33:45.120
  • Ready?
  • 00:33:45.120 --> 00:33:46.000
  • The good news is this.
  • 00:33:46.000 --> 00:33:46.230
  • I love it.
  • 00:33:46.230 --> 00:33:47.110
  • God's not asking you to save
  • 00:33:47.110 --> 00:33:48.070
  • the day.
  • 00:33:48.070 --> 00:33:49.060
  • Jesus already did.
  • 00:33:49.060 --> 00:33:50.260
  • He's just asking you to play
  • 00:33:50.260 --> 00:33:52.140
  • your part, know your role,
  • 00:33:52.140 --> 00:33:54.180
  • and do it till the day he calls
  • 00:33:54.180 --> 00:33:56.040
  • you home, just your role.
  • 00:33:56.040 --> 00:33:57.240
  • He's God.
  • 00:33:57.240 --> 00:33:58.100
  • You're not.
  • 00:33:58.100 --> 00:33:58.250
  • But you are an agent of that
  • 00:33:58.250 --> 00:33:59.200
  • God.
  • 00:33:59.200 --> 00:34:00.070
  • Therefore, you have a part to
  • 00:34:00.070 --> 00:34:01.080
  • play.
  • 00:34:01.080 --> 00:34:03.010
  • I've been there.
  • 00:34:03.010 --> 00:34:03.190
  • To be honest with you,
  • 00:34:03.190 --> 00:34:04.070
  • even this week I just was so
  • 00:34:04.070 --> 00:34:05.160
  • frustrated because
  • 00:34:05.160 --> 00:34:06.280
  • the complications, even with
  • 00:34:06.280 --> 00:34:08.050
  • this racial divide right now.
  • 00:34:08.050 --> 00:34:09.230
  • It's just hard because you love
  • 00:34:09.230 --> 00:34:11.210
  • various aspects of people that
  • 00:34:11.210 --> 00:34:13.150
  • are involved, and you feel for
  • 00:34:13.150 --> 00:34:14.200
  • this side of things.
  • 00:34:14.200 --> 00:34:15.200
  • You understand this side of
  • 00:34:15.200 --> 00:34:16.090
  • things.
  • 00:34:16.090 --> 00:34:16.250
  • And you know what?
  • 00:34:16.250 --> 00:34:17.200
  • Even when you get a win in an
  • 00:34:17.200 --> 00:34:19.080
  • area, you look and you're like,
  • 00:34:19.080 --> 00:34:20.220
  • "Oh, there's another loss."
  • 00:34:20.220 --> 00:34:21.210
  • You put out a fire here.
  • 00:34:21.210 --> 00:34:22.250
  • There's another fire here.
  • 00:34:22.250 --> 00:34:23.230
  • We had an epic meeting on
  • 00:34:23.230 --> 00:34:25.070
  • Wednesday night at our church,
  • 00:34:25.070 --> 00:34:26.220
  • loved it, just focusing on what
  • 00:34:26.220 --> 00:34:29.100
  • we can do to fight racism in our
  • 00:34:29.100 --> 00:34:32.020
  • own lives.
  • 00:34:32.020 --> 00:34:32.220
  • And I walked away thinkin' it
  • 00:34:32.220 --> 00:34:33.180
  • was awesome, and it was.
  • 00:34:33.180 --> 00:34:35.200
  • But then I started gettin'
  • 00:34:35.200 --> 00:34:36.160
  • feedback, as you do as a pastor.
  • 00:34:36.160 --> 00:34:38.140
  • And then I started to get so
  • 00:34:38.140 --> 00:34:39.150
  • frustrated, and then so
  • 00:34:39.150 --> 00:34:40.170
  • overwhelmed, 'cause I heard
  • 00:34:40.170 --> 00:34:41.180
  • stuff like, "It was great,
  • 00:34:41.180 --> 00:34:42.130
  • but you know, why didn't you
  • 00:34:42.130 --> 00:34:43.110
  • have any light-skinned black
  • 00:34:43.110 --> 00:34:44.050
  • people up there?"
  • 00:34:44.050 --> 00:34:45.190
  • I was like, "That's cool.
  • 00:34:45.190 --> 00:34:47.230
  • I appreciate that."
  • 00:34:47.230 --> 00:34:48.230
  • And some of these are valid.
  • 00:34:48.230 --> 00:34:49.200
  • And okay, and I understand what,
  • 00:34:49.200 --> 00:34:50.210
  • one person was like,
  • 00:34:50.210 --> 00:34:51.080
  • "You know, I feel like,
  • 00:34:51.080 --> 00:34:52.030
  • one of the guys up there dates
  • 00:34:52.030 --> 00:34:52.270
  • a white woman.
  • 00:34:52.270 --> 00:34:53.130
  • Why don't you get black men that
  • 00:34:53.130 --> 00:34:54.060
  • date black women?"
  • 00:34:54.060 --> 00:34:55.110
  • And then I got somebody saying,
  • 00:34:55.110 --> 00:34:56.050
  • "What about the Mexican refugee
  • 00:34:56.050 --> 00:34:57.170
  • problem?"
  • 00:34:57.170 --> 00:34:58.020
  • And then somebody else sayin',
  • 00:34:58.020 --> 00:34:58.280
  • "What about--?"
  • 00:34:58.280 --> 00:34:59.130
  • I'm like, "Well, we can't solve
  • 00:34:59.130 --> 00:35:00.260
  • everything.
  • 00:35:00.260 --> 00:35:01.110
  • We're out.
  • 00:35:01.110 --> 00:35:04.100
  • Can't do it.
  • 00:35:04.100 --> 00:35:05.230
  • We're trying.
  • 00:35:05.230 --> 00:35:06.190
  • We're on a journey.
  • 00:35:06.190 --> 00:35:07.170
  • We'll get to that.
  • 00:35:07.170 --> 00:35:08.060
  • And we'll be here for 90 years.
  • 00:35:08.060 --> 00:35:09.140
  • And I understand you're
  • 00:35:09.140 --> 00:35:10.040
  • passionate about your issue,
  • 00:35:10.040 --> 00:35:11.050
  • but you can't--"
  • 00:35:11.050 --> 00:35:12.020
  • And you just wanna just go,
  • 00:35:12.140 --> 00:35:15.140
  • "I'll just do somethin' else
  • 00:35:15.140 --> 00:35:16.020
  • with my life, Lord, 'cause this
  • 00:35:16.020 --> 00:35:18.010
  • is too hard."
  • 00:35:18.010 --> 00:35:19.010
  • And it is too hard, if you do it
  • 00:35:19.010 --> 00:35:21.110
  • in your own strength.
  • 00:35:21.110 --> 00:35:23.040
  • And I felt like the Holy Spirit
  • 00:35:23.040 --> 00:35:25.150
  • stirred in my heart,
  • 00:35:25.150 --> 00:35:26.150
  • "Do what you can do."
  • 00:35:26.150 --> 00:35:27.180
  • And I remember thinkin',
  • 00:35:27.180 --> 00:35:28.090
  • "I can't control what anybody
  • 00:35:28.090 --> 00:35:29.240
  • thinks, except for my children.
  • 00:35:30.150 --> 00:35:33.150
  • I own them."
  • 00:35:33.150 --> 00:35:36.080
  • And I was so frustrated.
  • 00:35:36.080 --> 00:35:37.090
  • And I remember I said,
  • 00:35:37.090 --> 00:35:38.210
  • "We're gonna have a family
  • 00:35:38.210 --> 00:35:39.070
  • meeting."
  • 00:35:39.070 --> 00:35:39.220
  • Grabbed Laura, grabbed my
  • 00:35:39.220 --> 00:35:40.210
  • children, and I said, "Y'all,
  • 00:35:40.210 --> 00:35:41.150
  • we're gonna talk about racism."
  • 00:35:41.150 --> 00:35:44.070
  • And we just sat down, and I just
  • 00:35:44.070 --> 00:35:45.100
  • started breakin' it down because
  • 00:35:45.100 --> 00:35:46.010
  • there's so much swirling around
  • 00:35:46.010 --> 00:35:47.200
  • and stuff about, you know,
  • 00:35:47.200 --> 00:35:49.220
  • protests, and stuff about things
  • 00:35:49.220 --> 00:35:51.110
  • that might not even be true.
  • 00:35:51.110 --> 00:35:52.190
  • Like, for instance, a lot of
  • 00:35:52.190 --> 00:35:53.160
  • people have an idea about what
  • 00:35:53.160 --> 00:35:55.050
  • Black Lives Matter means because
  • 00:35:55.050 --> 00:35:57.110
  • of what the media sometimes has
  • 00:35:57.110 --> 00:35:58.150
  • spun it.
  • 00:35:58.150 --> 00:35:59.080
  • But we actually know the girl
  • 00:35:59.080 --> 00:36:01.000
  • who cofounded it.
  • 00:36:01.000 --> 00:36:01.280
  • She's a part of our church.
  • 00:36:01.280 --> 00:36:03.120
  • And when you talk to her, it's
  • 00:36:03.120 --> 00:36:04.140
  • very different than what you
  • 00:36:04.140 --> 00:36:05.130
  • heard on the news.
  • 00:36:05.130 --> 00:36:06.090
  • But that's another sermon for
  • 00:36:06.090 --> 00:36:07.070
  • another week.
  • 00:36:07.070 --> 00:36:08.010
  • I sat down with my children and
  • 00:36:08.010 --> 00:36:09.280
  • I said, "Y'all, we're gonna talk
  • 00:36:09.280 --> 00:36:10.200
  • about racism.
  • 00:36:10.200 --> 00:36:12.200
  • What do you know about it?
  • 00:36:12.200 --> 00:36:13.120
  • What have you heard about it,
  • 00:36:13.120 --> 00:36:14.070
  • Ava, Charlie?"
  • 00:36:14.070 --> 00:36:14.280
  • Roman's on another planet.
  • 00:36:14.280 --> 00:36:15.200
  • He's not there yet.
  • 00:36:15.200 --> 00:36:18.140
  • He just loves everybody.
  • 00:36:18.140 --> 00:36:19.240
  • "Just stay like that."
  • 00:36:19.240 --> 00:36:20.130
  • And I said, "Look, let me give
  • 00:36:20.130 --> 00:36:21.250
  • you an example,
  • 00:36:21.250 --> 00:36:22.190
  • Ava and Charlie."
  • 00:36:22.190 --> 00:36:23.110
  • I said, "Have y'all heard this
  • 00:36:23.110 --> 00:36:24.140
  • in school?"
  • 00:36:24.140 --> 00:36:25.140
  • She's 12.
  • 00:36:25.140 --> 00:36:26.180
  • Charlie's 10.
  • 00:36:26.180 --> 00:36:27.080
  • I said, "Y'all heard,
  • 00:36:27.080 --> 00:36:27.280
  • 'Black Lives Matter'?
  • 00:36:27.280 --> 00:36:28.130
  • You heard that statement?"
  • 00:36:28.130 --> 00:36:29.160
  • "Yeah, what does that mean,
  • 00:36:29.160 --> 00:36:30.060
  • Dad?"
  • 00:36:30.060 --> 00:36:30.220
  • I said, "Here's what it means
  • 00:36:30.220 --> 00:36:31.100
  • for the Lentz household."
  • 00:36:31.100 --> 00:36:33.260
  • My house, this is for me and
  • 00:36:33.260 --> 00:36:34.250
  • my house.
  • 00:36:34.250 --> 00:36:35.170
  • That's for me in my life.
  • 00:36:35.170 --> 00:36:36.220
  • That's for me in my mind.
  • 00:36:36.220 --> 00:36:38.100
  • That's your job.
  • 00:36:38.100 --> 00:36:39.110
  • I said, "Here's what it means in
  • 00:36:39.110 --> 00:36:40.000
  • our house.
  • 00:36:40.000 --> 00:36:40.210
  • At our house right now,
  • 00:36:40.210 --> 00:36:41.190
  • we're not gonna say,
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  • 'All lives matter.'
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  • Here's why, Ava.
  • 00:36:43.110 --> 00:36:44.070
  • Here's why, Charlie.
  • 00:36:44.070 --> 00:36:44.250
  • All lives are not in question
  • 00:36:44.250 --> 00:36:46.090
  • right now.
  • 00:36:46.090 --> 00:36:47.110
  • Right now in our communities it
  • 00:36:47.110 --> 00:36:48.170
  • would appear that some of the
  • 00:36:48.170 --> 00:36:50.000
  • systematic issues we have are
  • 00:36:50.000 --> 00:36:51.170
  • implying that black lives matter
  • 00:36:51.170 --> 00:36:53.090
  • less.
  • 00:36:53.090 --> 00:36:54.080
  • So what we're gonna focus on as
  • 00:36:54.080 --> 00:36:55.190
  • a family, when you go to school,
  • 00:36:55.190 --> 00:36:57.180
  • when you see stuff on the news
  • 00:36:57.180 --> 00:36:58.280
  • right now, us, as for--we say,
  • 00:36:58.280 --> 00:37:01.050
  • 'Black Lives Matter.'
  • 00:37:01.050 --> 00:37:02.230
  • Of course we believe that all
  • 00:37:02.230 --> 00:37:03.290
  • lives matter.
  • 00:37:03.290 --> 00:37:05.090
  • That is not in question.
  • 00:37:05.090 --> 00:37:06.170
  • What apparently is in question
  • 00:37:06.170 --> 00:37:08.060
  • is we have black brothers and
  • 00:37:08.060 --> 00:37:09.110
  • sisters all over this country
  • 00:37:09.110 --> 00:37:10.220
  • that seem to be less, according
  • 00:37:11.010 --> 00:37:14.010
  • to what is happening to them.
  • 00:37:14.010 --> 00:37:15.240
  • So until that is rectified, it
  • 00:37:15.240 --> 00:37:17.250
  • is okay for you, Charlie,
  • 00:37:17.250 --> 00:37:19.110
  • and it is okay for you, Ava,
  • 00:37:19.110 --> 00:37:20.240
  • to tweet and to hashtag
  • 00:37:20.240 --> 00:37:22.280
  • 'Black Lives Matter,' and not
  • 00:37:22.280 --> 00:37:24.080
  • qualify it, and not placate
  • 00:37:24.080 --> 00:37:26.100
  • people because that's how we do
  • 00:37:26.100 --> 00:37:27.220
  • it around here.
  • 00:37:27.220 --> 00:37:29.080
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:37:29.080 --> 00:37:30.140
  • You don't have to judge somebody
  • 00:37:30.140 --> 00:37:31.140
  • else.
  • 00:37:31.140 --> 00:37:32.180
  • Somebody else might think
  • 00:37:32.180 --> 00:37:33.170
  • differently.
  • 00:37:33.170 --> 00:37:34.250
  • But I'm telling you,
  • 00:37:34.250 --> 00:37:35.200
  • from my mouth to your ears,
  • 00:37:35.200 --> 00:37:37.070
  • this is why we do it.
  • 00:37:37.070 --> 00:37:38.110
  • We love all people.
  • 00:37:38.110 --> 00:37:39.260
  • But when somebody's hurtin',
  • 00:37:39.260 --> 00:37:42.050
  • Lentz Christians, we hurt with
  • 00:37:42.050 --> 00:37:43.180
  • them.
  • 00:37:43.180 --> 00:37:44.200
  • And right now the people you
  • 00:37:44.200 --> 00:37:45.130
  • love that are in our house all
  • 00:37:45.130 --> 00:37:46.200
  • the time that don't have the
  • 00:37:46.200 --> 00:37:47.070
  • same skin tone as you,
  • 00:37:47.070 --> 00:37:48.210
  • they're frustrated.
  • 00:37:48.210 --> 00:37:49.180
  • So we're frustrated.
  • 00:37:49.180 --> 00:37:51.150
  • They're hurting so we're
  • 00:37:51.150 --> 00:37:52.130
  • hurting.
  • 00:37:52.130 --> 00:37:53.060
  • It's not their fight.
  • 00:37:53.060 --> 00:37:54.010
  • It is our fight because we're
  • 00:37:54.010 --> 00:37:55.080
  • Christians."
  • 00:37:55.080 --> 00:37:56.060
  • Do what you can do.
  • 00:38:01.260 --> 00:38:03.230
  • So you leave here.
  • 00:38:03.230 --> 00:38:04.170
  • You're like, "Okay, whew,
  • 00:38:04.170 --> 00:38:06.040
  • my marriage is bad."
  • 00:38:06.040 --> 00:38:07.100
  • Okay, cool, do something
  • 00:38:07.100 --> 00:38:08.140
  • tomorrow that changes your
  • 00:38:08.140 --> 00:38:09.130
  • marriage, just one thing.
  • 00:38:09.130 --> 00:38:11.110
  • "Man, I gotta get my life
  • 00:38:11.110 --> 00:38:12.060
  • together."
  • 00:38:12.060 --> 00:38:12.210
  • Yeah, you probably do.
  • 00:38:12.210 --> 00:38:13.290
  • But what's the one thing God's
  • 00:38:13.290 --> 00:38:15.110
  • askin' you to do?
  • 00:38:15.110 --> 00:38:17.010
  • "Well, I've got an addiction
  • 00:38:17.010 --> 00:38:17.270
  • here, an addiction there."
  • 00:38:17.270 --> 00:38:18.240
  • Cool, do step one of addiction
  • 00:38:18.240 --> 00:38:20.200
  • number one, and watch
  • 00:38:20.200 --> 00:38:22.050
  • the Holy Spirit systematically
  • 00:38:22.050 --> 00:38:24.050
  • work his way through your
  • 00:38:24.050 --> 00:38:25.080
  • wretched life and bring out
  • 00:38:25.080 --> 00:38:26.290
  • somethin' incredible you didn't
  • 00:38:26.290 --> 00:38:28.080
  • even know you had in you.
  • 00:38:28.080 --> 00:38:30.160
  • I gotta finish.
  • 00:38:30.200 --> 00:38:33.200
  • But I'll tell ya this last
  • 00:38:33.200 --> 00:38:34.120
  • thing.
  • 00:38:34.120 --> 00:38:36.010
  • I don't know what this is,
  • 00:38:36.010 --> 00:38:36.200
  • but this one feels good.
  • 00:38:36.200 --> 00:38:37.240
  • Ring it up.
  • 00:38:37.240 --> 00:38:38.190
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:38:38.190 --> 00:38:41.070
  • When faced with overwhelming
  • 00:38:41.070 --> 00:38:43.210
  • challenge, which is gonna happen
  • 00:38:43.210 --> 00:38:45.210
  • in your life.
  • 00:38:45.210 --> 00:38:46.130
  • Anybody faced it as of yet?
  • 00:38:46.130 --> 00:38:48.270
  • No one's ever been overwhelmed?
  • 00:38:48.270 --> 00:38:50.050
  • Nobody even moved up there.
  • 00:38:50.050 --> 00:38:52.150
  • Y'all are super Christians.
  • 00:38:52.150 --> 00:38:53.280
  • Holler at me.
  • 00:38:53.280 --> 00:38:54.190
  • I need your prayer.
  • 00:38:54.190 --> 00:38:56.060
  • When you're faced with
  • 00:38:56.060 --> 00:38:57.050
  • overwhelming challenge and need,
  • 00:38:57.050 --> 00:38:59.180
  • do not leave the game early.
  • 00:39:00.210 --> 00:39:03.210
  • Say it again.
  • 00:39:03.210 --> 00:39:04.290
  • Do not leave the game early.
  • 00:39:05.120 --> 00:39:08.120
  • Don't do it.
  • 00:39:08.120 --> 00:39:09.090
  • Don't check out.
  • 00:39:09.090 --> 00:39:10.170
  • I mean, this is sports 101,
  • 00:39:10.170 --> 00:39:12.080
  • but it happened yesterday.
  • 00:39:12.080 --> 00:39:13.010
  • I was watchin'
  • 00:39:13.010 --> 00:39:13.180
  • the Tennessee Volunteers play
  • 00:39:13.180 --> 00:39:14.070
  • football.
  • 00:39:14.070 --> 00:39:15.120
  • Remember a couple years ago,
  • 00:39:15.120 --> 00:39:16.070
  • the same thing happened with
  • 00:39:16.070 --> 00:39:16.270
  • the Miami Heat.
  • 00:39:16.270 --> 00:39:17.220
  • Fans leave.
  • 00:39:17.220 --> 00:39:19.010
  • Followers stay.
  • 00:39:19.010 --> 00:39:21.090
  • And then, as they're gettin'
  • 00:39:21.090 --> 00:39:21.280
  • blown out, and they're
  • 00:39:21.280 --> 00:39:22.280
  • interviewing fans leavin' at
  • 00:39:22.280 --> 00:39:24.030
  • halftime, "This is the worst
  • 00:39:24.030 --> 00:39:24.280
  • team we've ever had.
  • 00:39:24.280 --> 00:39:26.130
  • I'm over 'em.
  • 00:39:26.130 --> 00:39:27.160
  • I'm done."
  • 00:39:27.160 --> 00:39:28.200
  • Classic.
  • 00:39:28.200 --> 00:39:29.200
  • They start to come back.
  • 00:39:29.200 --> 00:39:30.280
  • They start to come back.
  • 00:39:30.280 --> 00:39:32.040
  • Fans who left hear it on
  • 00:39:32.040 --> 00:39:33.210
  • the radio and they try to get
  • 00:39:33.210 --> 00:39:35.100
  • back in, to which they're told,
  • 00:39:35.100 --> 00:39:36.210
  • "Sorry, no re-entry."
  • 00:39:36.210 --> 00:39:38.140
  • Only the followers got to be in
  • 00:39:38.140 --> 00:39:40.040
  • there when it was down,
  • 00:39:40.040 --> 00:39:42.030
  • and it was low, and watched
  • 00:39:42.030 --> 00:39:43.140
  • those players come back.
  • 00:39:43.140 --> 00:39:45.130
  • And before you know it, you were
  • 00:39:45.130 --> 00:39:46.150
  • a part of this epic moment
  • 00:39:46.150 --> 00:39:48.090
  • because you simply did not leave
  • 00:39:48.090 --> 00:39:49.280
  • the game.
  • 00:39:49.280 --> 00:39:51.040
  • You know what Christianity comes
  • 00:39:51.040 --> 00:39:52.040
  • down to?
  • 00:39:52.040 --> 00:39:53.080
  • Believing that even when the
  • 00:39:53.080 --> 00:39:54.220
  • scoreboard looks insane, even
  • 00:39:54.220 --> 00:39:56.160
  • when it feels like the devil is
  • 00:39:56.160 --> 00:39:58.100
  • winning even though we know he
  • 00:39:58.100 --> 00:39:59.220
  • is defeated, even when you think
  • 00:39:59.220 --> 00:40:01.170
  • you are outnumbered, you
  • 00:40:01.170 --> 00:40:02.280
  • remember you are not outgunned
  • 00:40:02.280 --> 00:40:05.050
  • because your power's comin' from
  • 00:40:05.050 --> 00:40:06.170
  • a higher source.
  • 00:40:06.170 --> 00:40:07.210
  • So when it's hard,
  • 00:40:07.210 --> 00:40:08.240
  • you don't leave.
  • 00:40:08.240 --> 00:40:09.250
  • When it seems like you're not
  • 00:40:09.250 --> 00:40:11.000
  • gonna make it, you stand because
  • 00:40:11.000 --> 00:40:12.260
  • you realize, "This is not my
  • 00:40:12.260 --> 00:40:14.120
  • fight, and it's not my power.
  • 00:40:14.120 --> 00:40:16.080
  • It is his fight, and it's by his
  • 00:40:16.080 --> 00:40:18.030
  • power I'm gonna stand.
  • 00:40:18.030 --> 00:40:19.210
  • So I'm not gonna leave the game
  • 00:40:19.210 --> 00:40:21.040
  • when it's hurtin'.
  • 00:40:21.040 --> 00:40:21.290
  • I'm not gonna check out on
  • 00:40:21.290 --> 00:40:23.060
  • culture because it seems like
  • 00:40:23.060 --> 00:40:24.200
  • we're losin'.
  • 00:40:24.200 --> 00:40:25.130
  • We're not.
  • 00:40:25.130 --> 00:40:26.020
  • We are Christians."
  • 00:40:26.020 --> 00:40:28.240
  • So don't you dare leave
  • 00:40:28.240 --> 00:40:29.160
  • the game.
  • 00:40:29.160 --> 00:40:31.280
  • It's not over.
  • 00:40:31.280 --> 00:40:34.230
  • Can you stand to your feet
  • 00:40:34.230 --> 00:40:35.170
  • 'cause we're done?
  • 00:40:35.170 --> 00:40:36.170
  • But I wanna tell some of y'all,
  • 00:40:36.220 --> 00:40:39.220
  • from the bottom of my heart,
  • 00:40:39.220 --> 00:40:41.040
  • if you don't share my same skin
  • 00:40:41.040 --> 00:40:42.150
  • tone, and you're lookin' at
  • 00:40:42.150 --> 00:40:44.260
  • the world right now and goin',
  • 00:40:44.260 --> 00:40:45.260
  • "Where is God?"
  • 00:40:45.260 --> 00:40:46.260
  • He's workin'.
  • 00:40:47.120 --> 00:40:50.120
  • If you're thinkin',
  • 00:40:50.120 --> 00:40:50.290
  • "Are we makin' any progress?"
  • 00:40:50.290 --> 00:40:52.060
  • Yes, because our God is
  • 00:40:52.060 --> 00:40:54.280
  • supernaturally orchestrating.
  • 00:40:54.280 --> 00:40:56.230
  • He works good in evil.
  • 00:40:56.280 --> 00:40:59.280
  • And you cannot give up hope.
  • 00:41:00.180 --> 00:41:03.180
  • If you're in here right now and
  • 00:41:03.180 --> 00:41:04.120
  • you're dealing with other stuff,
  • 00:41:04.120 --> 00:41:05.230
  • and you're like, "I was about to
  • 00:41:05.230 --> 00:41:06.160
  • check out on my marriage.
  • 00:41:06.160 --> 00:41:08.170
  • I was about to check out on
  • 00:41:08.170 --> 00:41:09.040
  • my calling."
  • 00:41:09.040 --> 00:41:09.290
  • You don't dare leave the game.
  • 00:41:09.290 --> 00:41:12.070
  • God is working, and he's doin'
  • 00:41:12.070 --> 00:41:14.110
  • great things in your life.
  • 00:41:14.110 --> 00:41:15.170
  • You are an ambassador.
  • 00:41:15.170 --> 00:41:16.210
  • You don't get to lay down that
  • 00:41:16.210 --> 00:41:17.170
  • call.
  • 00:41:17.170 --> 00:41:20.160
  • Gives it to you once, and it
  • 00:41:20.160 --> 00:41:22.030
  • remains.
  • 00:41:22.030 --> 00:41:23.150
  • I've met people that think
  • 00:41:23.150 --> 00:41:24.040
  • they're backslidden Christians.
  • 00:41:24.040 --> 00:41:25.150
  • They're not.
  • 00:41:25.150 --> 00:41:26.270
  • They're just ambassadors that
  • 00:41:26.270 --> 00:41:28.010
  • are goin' the wrong way.
  • 00:41:28.010 --> 00:41:30.200
  • Best news ever:
  • 00:41:30.200 --> 00:41:31.100
  • There is no "no re-entry" in
  • 00:41:31.100 --> 00:41:33.030
  • the kingdom of God.
  • 00:41:33.030 --> 00:41:34.260
  • The door stays open.
  • 00:41:34.260 --> 00:41:36.110
  • 'Cause I've left the game
  • 00:41:36.110 --> 00:41:37.220
  • a million times.
  • 00:41:37.220 --> 00:41:39.200
  • Turned around, and I thought,
  • 00:41:39.200 --> 00:41:40.180
  • "Is my time up?"
  • 00:41:40.180 --> 00:41:43.010
  • Our God is the God of infinite
  • 00:41:43.010 --> 00:41:44.080
  • second chances.
  • 00:41:45.090 --> 00:41:48.090
  • - Brian: The very nature of
  • 00:41:51.090 --> 00:41:52.060
  • the gospel is inclusive.
  • 00:41:52.060 --> 00:41:54.080
  • Everyone, you and me, we're
  • 00:41:54.080 --> 00:41:55.270
  • invited into the story of grace,
  • 00:41:55.270 --> 00:41:58.090
  • invited into a life filled with
  • 00:41:58.090 --> 00:41:59.230
  • passion and purpose and
  • 00:41:59.230 --> 00:42:01.070
  • - Carl: Well, there it is.
  • 00:42:06.110 --> 00:42:07.260
  • Like always, pretty normal
  • 00:42:07.260 --> 00:42:10.200
  • sermon, but our prayer is that
  • 00:42:10.200 --> 00:42:13.000
  • and uses them in a graceful way,
  • 00:42:15.150 --> 00:42:17.080
  • and that was our heart.
  • 00:42:17.080 --> 00:42:18.250
  • You know, when we preached this
  • 00:42:18.250 --> 00:42:19.210
  • message, we had, I don't know
  • 00:42:19.210 --> 00:42:21.220
  • when this'll land, when you're
  • 00:42:21.220 --> 00:42:23.060
  • seein' it, but it's right in the
  • 00:42:23.060 --> 00:42:24.230
  • middle of some serious racial
  • 00:42:24.230 --> 00:42:26.010
  • tension in our own city.
  • 00:42:26.010 --> 00:42:28.050
  • And to me, Christianity should
  • 00:42:28.050 --> 00:42:31.030
  • bring answers to that issue.
  • 00:42:31.030 --> 00:42:32.270
  • And that's my prayer, is that
  • 00:42:32.270 --> 00:42:34.200
  • you woulda heard this and those
  • 00:42:34.200 --> 00:42:37.020
  • words will be a refrain in your
  • 00:42:37.020 --> 00:42:38.140
  • own mind, "Nice to Meet You,"
  • 00:42:38.140 --> 00:42:40.180
  • and then a smile.
  • 00:42:40.180 --> 00:42:41.200
  • Because that's my prayer,
  • 00:42:41.200 --> 00:42:42.180
  • is that when people hear
  • 00:42:42.180 --> 00:42:43.040
  • the gospel, even if it's hard to
  • 00:42:43.040 --> 00:42:44.030
  • hear, even if there's things in
  • 00:42:44.030 --> 00:42:45.230
  • it they don't understand, maybe
  • 00:42:45.230 --> 00:42:47.120
  • by meeting us, somehow God can
  • 00:42:47.120 --> 00:42:49.260
  • use us to, you know, get through
  • 00:42:49.260 --> 00:42:52.090
  • us so they can meet Jesus.
  • 00:42:52.090 --> 00:42:53.250
  • That's the goal.
  • 00:42:53.250 --> 00:42:54.170
  • We love you.
  • 00:42:54.170 --> 00:42:55.030
  • Occupy all streets, and don't
  • 00:42:55.030 --> 00:42:57.080
  • forget that God is with you
  • 00:42:57.080 --> 00:42:58.070
  • through it all.
  • 00:42:58.070 --> 00:42:59.030
  • We love you.
  • 00:42:59.030 --> 00:42:59.230
  • - Brian: Well, thanks so much
  • 00:43:04.140 --> 00:43:05.020
  • for joining us.
  • 00:43:05.020 --> 00:43:06.080
  • I hope you're being encouraged
  • 00:43:06.080 --> 00:43:07.160
  • and uplifted as you hear
  • 00:43:07.160 --> 00:43:08.200
  • teaching from across the global
  • 00:43:08.200 --> 00:43:10.100
  • platform of Hillsong Church.
  • 00:43:10.100 --> 00:43:12.180
  • I don't know your current
  • 00:43:12.180 --> 00:43:13.080
  • circumstances.
  • 00:43:13.080 --> 00:43:14.230
  • I may never have the opportunity
  • 00:43:14.230 --> 00:43:16.080
  • But what I do know and can
  • 00:43:18.090 --> 00:43:19.130
  • tell you today, with the utmost
  • 00:43:19.130 --> 00:43:20.240
  • confidence, is that
  • 00:43:20.240 --> 00:43:22.100
  • Jesus loves you.
  • 00:43:22.100 --> 00:43:23.210
  • The Savior of the world,
  • 00:43:23.210 --> 00:43:25.020
  • the Maker of heaven and earth,
  • 00:43:25.020 --> 00:43:26.270
  • knows you, loves you, and
  • 00:43:26.270 --> 00:43:28.170
  • desires relationship with you.
  • 00:43:28.170 --> 00:43:30.260
  • Here at Hillsong Church, we
  • 00:43:30.260 --> 00:43:32.080
  • believe that the Bible is
  • 00:43:32.080 --> 00:43:33.130
  • the inspired Word of God,
  • 00:43:33.130 --> 00:43:35.050
  • that it is as relevant today as
  • 00:43:35.050 --> 00:43:37.120
  • The very nature of the gospel is
  • 00:43:42.130 --> 00:43:44.080
  • inclusive.
  • 00:43:44.080 --> 00:43:45.160
  • Everyone, you and me, we're
  • 00:43:45.160 --> 00:43:47.060
  • invited into the story of grace,
  • 00:43:47.060 --> 00:43:49.190
  • invited into a life filled with
  • 00:43:49.190 --> 00:43:50.240
  • passion and purpose and
  • 00:43:50.240 --> 00:43:52.140
  • perspective and peace.
  • 00:43:52.140 --> 00:43:54.130
  • We believe in a God who designed
  • 00:43:54.130 --> 00:43:56.030
  • you and me for a personal
  • 00:43:56.030 --> 00:43:57.210
  • relationship with him, and
  • 00:43:57.210 --> 00:43:59.240
  • healthy relationships with each
  • 00:43:59.240 --> 00:44:01.020
  • other.
  • 00:44:01.020 --> 00:44:02.130
  • Too many people misconceive God.
  • 00:44:02.130 --> 00:44:04.240
  • They believe he's wanting to
  • 00:44:04.240 --> 00:44:05.180
  • judge and punish them.
  • 00:44:05.180 --> 00:44:07.250
  • Yet Jesus said that he didn't
  • 00:44:07.250 --> 00:44:08.290
  • come to condemn the world but to
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  • save it.
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  • The Bible tells us that,
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  • "While we were still sinners,
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  • Christ died for us."
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  • He died in our place so that we
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  • could have the full, abundant
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  • life that he promises.
  • 00:44:20.130 --> 00:44:22.060
  • Through that death on the cross
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  • and the power of his grace,
  • 00:44:24.100 --> 00:44:25.280
  • God can turn around the most
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  • devastating sin or failure in
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  • What is it that you need today?
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  • Perhaps it's peace or joy.
  • 00:44:34.120 --> 00:44:36.020
  • Maybe it's simply relationship,
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  • comfort, or wisdom.
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  • His grace provides an answer to
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  • every problem, a way through any
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  • obstacle, an enabling power to
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  • do what we can't do in our own
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  • power.
  • 00:44:46.290 --> 00:44:48.100
  • When we learn that of the free,
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  • the unmerited favor of God,
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  • we discover his grace is
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  • all-encompassing and
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  • Can I encourage you today?
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  • If you don't know this Jesus
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  • that I'm talking about, consider
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  • giving your life to him.
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  • It is my heart's desire that you
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  • would make the decision today to
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  • allow the work of Jesus to take
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  • effect in your life,
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  • to bring forgiveness,
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  • restore you to full relationship
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  • with God.
  • 00:45:12.290 --> 00:45:14.020
  • Jesus said, "I am the way,
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  • the truth, and the life.
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  • Everyone who calls on the name
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  • God already knows you.
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  • Now he wants to be known by you.
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  • It's as simple as this.
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  • Ask him to be the Lord of your
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  • life.
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  • Confess that, like all of us,
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  • you've sinned, and ask him to
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  • wash you clean and help you to
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  • walk with him.
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  • I believe he'll do exactly what
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  • you ask, and that even now you
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  • can be free, cleansed and
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  • blameless in his sight.
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  • And if you're in a vibrant and
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  • personal relationship with God
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  • already, my prayer is that you
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  • too would discover more of who
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  • he is today, that you would find
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  • a great local church, immerse
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  • yourself in the truth of his
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  • Word, and surround yourself with
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  • other believers who can
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  • encourage you on this journey.
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  • I pray that you'll continue
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  • to join us here on
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  • the Hillsong Channel as we dig
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  • deeper into the things of God,
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  • meditate on the truth of his
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  • Word, worship together in spirit
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  • and in truth, encourage one
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  • another through life's tragedies
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  • and victories, and discover our
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  • unique callings, passions, and
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  • purpose.
  • 00:46:23.270 --> 00:46:24.290
  • I believe that together we can
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  • grow in our faith, learn to live
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  • like Jesus, and continue to
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  • share the good news of
  • 00:46:30.060 --> 00:46:31.120
  • the gospel in order that all
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  • might come to know the power and
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  • the purpose found in
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  • Jesus' name.
  • 00:46:36.200 --> 00:46:38.020
  • I will boast in
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  • Christ alone
  • 00:46:42.270 --> 00:46:45.270
  • His righteousness
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  • - Reuben Morgan: C'mon, let's
  • 00:46:54.270 --> 00:46:55.150
  • make this our confession
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  • All I have because of Jesus
  • 00:47:03.170 --> 00:47:06.170
  • won for me
  • 00:47:10.160 --> 00:47:13.160
  • when he paid
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  • the highest ransom
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  • once for always
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  • for my freedom
  • 00:47:23.220 --> 00:47:26.220
  • I will boast in Christ alone
  • 00:47:30.010 --> 00:47:33.010
  • His righteousness
  • 00:47:33.080 --> 00:47:36.080
  • and not my own
  • 00:47:37.010 --> 00:47:40.010
  • I will cling to
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  • Christ my hope
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  • His mercy reigns
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  • now and forever
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  • Love will never lose
  • 00:47:54.030 --> 00:47:55.090
  • its power
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  • All my failures
  • 00:47:59.280 --> 00:48:02.260
  • could not erase
  • 00:48:03.160 --> 00:48:06.160
  • And now I walk within
  • 00:48:06.160 --> 00:48:08.200
  • your favor
  • 00:48:10.070 --> 00:48:13.070
  • Grace unending
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  • My salvation
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  • - Reuben: C'mon, let's declare
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  • this tonight.
  • 00:48:18.190 --> 00:48:20.030
  • I will boast in Christ alone
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  • His righteousness
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  • and not my own
  • 00:48:30.010 --> 00:48:33.010
  • I will cling to Christ
  • 00:48:34.000 --> 00:48:37.000
  • my hope
  • 00:48:37.000 --> 00:48:39.140
  • His mercy reigns
  • 00:48:39.240 --> 00:48:42.240
  • What can wash away my sin
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  • Nothing but the
  • 00:49:00.230 --> 00:49:02.060
  • blood of Jesus
  • 00:49:04.110 --> 00:49:07.110
  • What can make me
  • 00:49:07.180 --> 00:49:10.180
  • whole again
  • 00:49:10.260 --> 00:49:13.260
  • Nothing but the
  • 00:49:13.260 --> 00:49:15.180
  • blood of Jesus
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  • - Reuben: C'mon, let's fill
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  • this place with singing.
  • 00:49:18.290 --> 00:49:20.180
  • What can wash away my sin
  • 00:49:24.090 --> 00:49:27.090
  • Nothing but the
  • 00:49:27.090 --> 00:49:28.220
  • blood of Jesus
  • 00:49:31.010 --> 00:49:34.010
  • What can make me
  • 00:49:34.100 --> 00:49:37.100
  • whole again
  • 00:49:37.210 --> 00:49:40.210
  • Nothing but the
  • 00:49:40.210 --> 00:49:42.060
  • blood of Jesus
  • 00:49:44.080 --> 00:49:47.080
  • Nothing but the
  • 00:49:47.080 --> 00:49:49.110
  • blood of Jesus
  • 00:49:55.140 --> 00:49:58.140
  • I will boast in Christ alone
  • 00:50:01.240 --> 00:50:04.240
  • His righteousness
  • 00:50:05.040 --> 00:50:08.040
  • and not my own
  • 00:50:08.140 --> 00:50:11.140
  • I will cling to Christ
  • 00:50:12.060 --> 00:50:15.060
  • my hope
  • 00:50:15.060 --> 00:50:17.230
  • His mercy reigns
  • 00:50:18.030 --> 00:50:21.030
  • now and forever
  • 00:50:21.270 --> 00:50:24.270
  • Well, I will boast
  • 00:50:24.270 --> 00:50:26.290
  • in Christ alone
  • 00:50:27.290 --> 00:50:30.290
  • His righteousness
  • 00:50:31.250 --> 00:50:34.250
  • Not my own
  • 00:50:34.290 --> 00:50:37.290
  • I will cling to Christ
  • 00:50:38.290 --> 00:50:41.290
  • my hope
  • 00:50:41.290 --> 00:50:44.090
  • His mercy reigns
  • 00:50:44.160 --> 00:50:47.160
  • now and forever
  • 00:50:49.180 --> 00:50:52.180
  • What can wash away my sin
  • 00:50:56.000 --> 00:50:59.000
  • Nothing but the
  • 00:50:59.000 --> 00:51:00.140
  • blood of Jesus.
  • 00:51:02.190 --> 00:51:05.190
  • What can make me
  • 00:51:05.260 --> 00:51:08.260
  • whole again
  • 00:51:09.120 --> 00:51:12.120
  • Nothing but the
  • 00:51:12.120 --> 00:51:13.220
  • blood of Jesus
  • 00:51:15.070 --> 00:51:18.070
  • O precious
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  • O precious is the flow
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  • No other fount I know
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  • Nothing but the
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