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The Church: A Place to Call Home

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December 29, 2019
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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The Church: A Place to Call Home

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  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day]♪ THIS IS THE DAY WHEN
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  • ♪ THE LOST ARE FOUND
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  • ♪ O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THEANGELS ARE SINGING ♪
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  • ♪ THIS IS THE DAY THEDAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS ♪
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  • LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOUHAVE EVER RECEIVED
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  • A GIFT YOU DID NOT LIKE?RAISE YOUR HAND.
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  • YOU DID NOT LIKE IT. OKAY.
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  • SO THERE ARE PEOPLE THATGIVE YOU CERTAIN GIFTS.
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  • SOMETIMES IT'S SOMETHINGYOU WEAR, AND THEN THEY
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  • ASK YOU HAVE YOU WORN THATSHIRT, THAT BLOUSE, OR
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  • THAT COAT OR WHATEVER ITIS THAT I GAVE YOU, AND
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  • YOU DON'T WANT TO LIE TOTHEM BECAUSE THE REALITY
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  • IS YOU SET IT ONFIRE ONE HOUR AFTER
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  • BECAUSE IT WAS SO UGLY.
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  • BY THE WAY, IF YOU'RE ONEOF THOSE PEOPLE DON'T GIVE
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  • STUFF TO PEOPLE ANDTHEN ASK THEM
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  • WHY THEY'RE NOT WEARING IT.
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  • CHANCES ARE YOU HAVEREALLY BAD TASTE AND
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  • THAT'S WHY THEY'RENOT WEARING IT.
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  • AND WHAT I ALWAYS DO WHENI GIVE A GIFT IS I'LL SAY,
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  • "LOOK, I GOTYOU THIS GIFT.
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  • I KNOW YOU LIKE THIS THINGAND SO I HOPE YOU LIKE
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  • THIS GIFT, BUT IF YOU DONOT LIKE THIS GIFT,
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  • HERE'S THE GIFT RECEIPT.PLEASE, RETURN IT.
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  • I WOULD BE THRILLED TOHEAR THAT YOU RETURNED IT
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  • AND GOT SOMETHING YOUWANTED BECAUSE I'M NOT
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  • GOING TO BE THE GUY THATASKED YOU IF YOU'RE
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  • WEARING THE UGLY SHIRTTHAT I BOUGHT YOU FOR
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  • YOUR BIRTHDAY." OR DIDYOU EAT THAT FRUITCAKE
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  • THAT I GAVE YOU FOR CHRISTMAS?
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  • NO, BUT THE DOG DIDAND HE'S DEAD SO...
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  • [laughter]
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  • WE'VE ALL RECEIVED GIFTSWE DIDN'T REALLY LIKE ALL
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  • THAT MUCH, AND THEN, OFCOURSE, IF YOU RECEIVE A
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  • GIFT AND YOU DON'T WANT TOKEEP IT YOU'LL SAY,
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  • "I'LL RETURN IT," AND THENMAYBE YOU MISS THAT WINDOW
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  • OF OPPORTUNITY TO RETURNTHE GIFT AND SAY
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  • "I'LL GIVE IT AWAY AGAIN.I'LL RE-GIFT IT" RIGHT.
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  • AND THE ONLY THINGYOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL OF:
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  • REMEMBER WHO GAVE YOUTHE GIFT BECAUSE IT HAS
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  • HAPPENED WHERE PEOPLE HAVERE-GIFTED THE GIFT TO THE
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  • PERSON WHO ORIGINALLYGAVE THEM THE GIFT.
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  • THAT'S CALLED A VERYAWKWARD MOMENT RIGHT.
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  • OKAY, WELL, I WANT TO TALKTO YOU TODAY ABOUT THE
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  • GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT THATGOD HAS GIVEN TO EACH OF US.
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  • I WANT YOU TO KNOW THATTHE GIFT OR GIFTS THAT GOD
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  • HAS FOR YOU ARE THEPERFECT GIFTS AND YOU'LL
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  • NEVER WANT TO RETURN IT.
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  • THEY'RE JUST FOR YOU ANDIT IS FOR YOU TO RECEIVE
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  • THE GIFT, TO DEVELOP THEGIFT AND TO USE THE GIFT
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  • FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
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  • YOU KNOW WHERETHAT HAPPENS?
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  • THAT HAPPENS RIGHTHERE IN THE CHURCH.
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  • AND LET ME JUST SAY, I THANK GODFOR THE CHURCH, DON'T YOU?
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  • I MEAN THE CHURCHIS SO IMPORTANT.
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  • [applause]
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  • OH, I KNOW WEHAVE OUR FLAWS.
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  • I KNOW WE'RE NOT PERFECT,BUT WE'RE STILL
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  • THE BEST THING GOING, OKAY.THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT.
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  • AND DON'T FORGET, JESUSSTARTED THE CHURCH.
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  • WE CALL IT AN ORGANIZATIONAND IN A TECHNICAL SENSE
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  • IT IS, BUT IT'S MORE OF ANORGANISM, AND TO BE MORE
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  • BIBLICAL, IT'S A FAMILY.
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  • THE CHURCH IS A GATHERINGOF THE FAMILY, AND WHEN
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  • I'M A PART OF THE CHURCH,AS A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY,
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  • I HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY.
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  • I NEED THE CHURCH AND THECHURCH NEEDS ME, AND IT IS
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  • HERE THAT I DISCOVER ANDDEVELOP MY SPIRITUAL GIFTS
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  • THAT I CAN USE FORTHE GLORY OF GOD.
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  • LET ME DISTINGUISH BETWEENSPIRITUAL GIFTS AND
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  • NATURAL ABILITIES.
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  • WE'RE ALL BORN WITHCERTAIN ABILITIES.
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  • SOME PEOPLE ARE NATURALLYATHLETIC, AREN'T THEY?
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  • AND OTHER PEOPLE ARENATURALLY KLUTZES.
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  • WHY IS THAT?
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  • SOME PEOPLE ARE ARTISTIC,YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE A
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  • TALENT FOR DRAWING ORPAINTING OR DESIGN.
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  • SOME PEOPLE HAVE ATALENT FOR MUSIC.
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  • SOME PEOPLE THAT DON'THAVE A TALENT FOR MUSIC
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  • THINK THEY HAVE A TALENTFOR MUSIC, RIGHT.
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  • AND THEN SOME PEOPLE AREGOOD AT DETAILS, THEY'RE
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  • GOOD AT CRUNCHING NUMBERS.
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  • THEY'RE GOOD ATOTHER THINGS.
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  • SOME PEOPLE ARE BIGPICTURE, SOME PEOPLE ARE
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  • SMALL PICTURE, BUTEVERYBODY IS BORN WITH
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  • CERTAIN ABILITIES ANDTALENTS THAT ARE ALSO
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  • GIVEN TO US BY GOD.
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  • BUT I WANT TO DISTINGUISHBETWEEN THOSE GOD-GIVEN
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  • TALENTS AND THOSESPIRITUALLY-GIVEN GIFTS
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  • FROM THE ACTUALHOLY SPIRIT.
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  • HERE'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYSIN ROMANS 12 IN VERSE 5,
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  • "WE, BEING MANY, AREONE BODY IN CHRIST.
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  • INDIVIDUALLY WE'RE MEMBERSONE OF ANOTHER, HAVING GIFTS
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  • DIFFERING ACCORDING TO THEGRACE THAT IS GIVEN TO US.
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  • LET US USE THEM." LISTENTO THIS: EVERY BELIEVER
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  • IS GIVEN GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT,
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  • IF THEY'RE FILLEDWITH THE SPIRIT.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE BEENFILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?
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  • RAISE YOUR HAND UP.
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  • JUST IN CASE YOU HAVEN'TBEEN, LET'S GET THIS COVERED.
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  • PRAY THIS AFTER ME.
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  • LORD JESUS, FILL MEWITH YOUR HOLY SPIRIT.
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  • I WANT ALL THE GIFTSYOU HAVE FOR ME. BOOM.
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  • YOU'RE FILLED WITHTHE HOLY SPIRIT.
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  • I'M SERIOUS. YOU ARE.
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  • [applause]
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  • "WAIT, NOW GREG, WE HAVETO LOWER THE LIGHTS AND
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  • SING 12 WORSHIPSONGS." NO, WE DON'T.
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  • JESUS SAID THE FATHER WILLGIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO
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  • THOSE THAT BEG HIM ANDPLEAD WITH HIM FOR HOURS. NO.
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  • HE SAID THE FATHER WILLGIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO
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  • THOSE WHO ASK HIM.
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  • I THINK WE WAY OVERLYMYSTIFY THE HOLY SPIRIT
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  • HIMSELF, AND AS A RESULT,WE OVERLY MYSTIFY THE
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  • GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT, BUTIT'S A VERY SIMPLE THING,
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  • I ASK GOD TO FILL ME WITHTHE SPIRIT, AND THEN I ASK
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  • HIM TO REVEAL TO ME WHATMY GIFT OR GIFTS ARE.
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  • PAUL WRITES IN 1CORINTHIANS 12,
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  • "CONCERNING SPIRITUALGIFTS, BROTHERS AND
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  • SISTERS, I DON'T WANTYOU TO BE IGNORANT,"
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  • AND THIS IS THE PROBLEM, ISTHERE'S A LOT OF IGNORANCE
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  • ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
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  • BECAUSE WE DON'TUNDERSTAND THEM OR BECAUSE
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  • WE NEGLECT THEM, WE MISSOUT ON THEM AND MAYBE ONE
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  • OF THE REASONS IS BECAUSEWE'VE SEEN EXCESS IN THIS
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  • AREA CAUSING US TO RECOIL.
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  • SOME PRETTY STRANGE THINGSARE DONE OCCASIONALLY IN
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  • THE NAME OF THE HOLYSPIRIT, SO WE SEE THAT AND
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  • WE SAY, "WELL, I DON'TWANT THAT IN MY LIFE." SO
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  • WE THROW THE BABY OUTWITH THE BATHWATER.
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  • BY THE WAY, DID ANYONEEVER REALLY THROW A BABY
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  • OUT WITH BATHWATER?
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  • I MEAN THAT'S...WHAT HAPPENED THERE?
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  • I GUESS A LOT OF FAMILYMEMBERS WERE USING THE
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  • BATH AND THE BABY WAS LASTAND THEN LATER ON THAT
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  • NIGHT, "WHERE'S THE BABY?"
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  • "I DON'T KNOW HE WAS INTHE BATH THE LAST TIME I
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  • CHECKED." "OH, HE'SSITTING IN THE YARD.
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  • HE'S OKAY." I MEAN I DON'TKNOW HOW THAT EXPRESSION
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  • ORIGINATED, BUT THE IDEAHERE IS WE MISS OUT
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  • BECAUSE WE DON'TUNDERSTAND SOMETHING,
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  • YET THE BIBLE SPECIFICALLYTELLS US THAT WE SHOULD
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  • NOT COME BEHIND IN ANYSPIRITUAL GIFT AS WE'RE
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  • WAITING FOR THE RETURNOF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • 1 CORINTHIANS 1:7 "DON'TLACK ANY SPIRITUAL GIFT AS
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  • YOU EAGERLY WAIT FORCHRIST TO BE REVEALED."
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  • SO WE SHOULD EAGERLYDESIRE THESE GIFTS.
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  • GOING BACK TO CHRISTMASFOR A MOMENT.
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  • REMEMBER WHEN YOU WEREA LITTLE KID AND YOU
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  • WONDERED IF YOUR PARENTSACTUALLY GOT YOU WHAT YOU
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  • ASKED FOR, SO YOU WENTSEARCHING BECAUSE WE ALL
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  • KNEW WHERE OUR PARENTS HIDTHE PRESENTS, DIDN'T WE?
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  • SO PARENTS, WE'RE NOTAS CLEVER AS WE THINK.
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  • IF YOU WERE SMART, YOULEARNED HOW TO KIND OF
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  • PEEL THE WRAPPING PAPERBACK WITHOUT RIPPING IT
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  • AND TAKING THE TAPE BACK."OH, THEY GOT IT!"
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  • AND THEN YOU PUT IT BACKVERY CAREFULLY AGAIN, AND
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  • YOU CAN HARDLY WAIT UNTILCHRISTMAS DAY TO OPEN YOUR GIFT.
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  • THAT'S HOW WE SHOULD BEWITH THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.
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  • WE SHOULD BEDESIRING THEM.
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  • 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1 SAYS"DESIRE" WHICH MEANS
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  • ESPECIALLY WANT ANDCULTIVATE SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
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  • AND LISTEN TO THIS, TO NOTWANT THESE GIFTS, TO NOT
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  • DISCOVER THESE GIFTS, ANDTO NOT USE THESE GIFTS
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  • COULD BE QUENCHING THEHOLY SPIRIT BECAUSE WE'RE
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  • TOLD OVER IN 1THESSALONIANS 5:19,
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  • "QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT,AND DON'T DESPISE
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  • PROPHESYING," OR LITERALLYDON'T DEPRECIATE PROPHETIC
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  • UTTERANCE ORSPURN THE GIFTS.
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT THEWORD "QUENCH" MEANS.
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  • IF YOU'RE CAMPING AND YOUHAVE YOUR FIRE GOING AND
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  • YOU BREAK CAMP, YOUEXTINGUISH THE FIRE.
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  • POUR WATER ON IT.
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  • MAYBE SHOVELSOME DIRT ON IT.
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  • YOU QUENCH THE FIRE.
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  • SO MAYBE THE SPIRITSWORKING IN YOUR LIFE AND
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  • HE HAS GIFTS THAT HE WANTSTO HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE AND
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  • YOU SAY, "I DON'T WANT ANYOF THAT." LISTEN, THAT'S
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  • NOT ONLY A BAD IDEA,THAT COULD EVEN BE A SIN
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  • BECAUSE WE'RE TOLD THAT TOHIM THAT KNOWS TO DO GOOD
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  • AND DOES NOT DO IT,TO HIM IT IS SIN.
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  • SO LET'S DESIRE THESEGIFTS AND PRAY THAT GOD
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  • WILL SEND THEM, SO BEFOREWE IDENTIFY SOME OF THOSE
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  • GIFTS, AND MAYBE YOU'LLFIND YOURSELF HERE IN ONE
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  • OF THESE CATEGORIES, LETME COME TO POINT NUMBER ONE.
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  • FIRST, LET'SREAD ROMANS 12:3.
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  • "I GIVE EACH OF YOU THISWARNING: DON'T THINK
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  • YOU'RE BETTER THANYOU REALLY ARE.
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  • BE HONEST IN YOUREVALUATION OF
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  • YOURSELVES MEASURINGYOURSELVES BY THE
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  • FAITH THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US.
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  • 1. YOU ARE NOT ALL THATAND A BAG OF CHIPS.
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  • [laughter]
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  • YOU'RE NOT AS GOODAS YOU THINK YOU ARE.
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  • YOU'RE NOT AS TALENTEDAS YOU SAY YOU ARE.
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  • YOU'RE NOT AS SMART ASYOU TELL US YOU ALL ARE.
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  • YOU'RE NOT ALL THAT AND A BAGOF CHIPS, SO GET REALISTIC.
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  • SEE YOURSELF HONESTLY -THAT'S EXACTLY
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  • WHAT PAUL IS SAYING.
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  • YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLELOVE TO TELL YOU HOW
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  • WELL-EDUCATED THEY ARE ORHOW SUCCESSFUL THEY ARE OR
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  • HOW WEALTHY THEY ARE, SOIF YOU'RE LIKE HAVING
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  • A DISCUSSION,WHATEVER YOUR STORY IS,
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  • THEY'RE GOING TO TOP YOUR STORY.
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  • THEY'RE GOING TO DO BETTERTHAN YOU AND SO THEY BOAST
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  • A LOT ABOUT THEMSELVES.
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  • THEY KNOW MORE THAN YOUAND ON AND ON IT GOES.
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  • THEY THINK THEY'RE JUSTGOD'S GIFT TO HUMANITY.
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  • BUT AS I HEARD IT SAID,CEMETERIES ARE FULL
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  • OF INDISPENSABLE PEOPLE.
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  • YOU'RE NOT AS GREAT AS YOUTHINK YOU ARE, AND THAT'S
  • 00:10:00.189 --> 00:10:03.859
  • WHAT PAUL IS SAYING, SOTHINK CLEARLY, HAVE A
  • 00:10:03.959 --> 00:10:06.262
  • BALANCED REALISTICVIEW OF YOURSELF.
  • 00:10:06.362 --> 00:10:08.698
  • DON'T THINK YOU'RE BETTERTHAN YOU ARE, BUT NOW THE
  • 00:10:08.798 --> 00:10:11.534
  • OTHER SIDE, DON'T THINKYOU'RE WORSE THAN YOU ARE.
  • 00:10:11.634 --> 00:10:14.003
  • GOD'S GIVEN YOU GIFTSSO DON'T SAY, "I DON'T
  • 00:10:14.103 --> 00:10:18.274
  • DESERVE THIS GIFT." WELL,YOU KNOW YOU DON'T
  • 00:10:18.374 --> 00:10:20.609
  • DESERVE IT AND YOUNEVER DESERVED IT.
  • 00:10:20.710 --> 00:10:22.044
  • YOU DON'T DESERVESALVATION, BUT IT'S NOT
  • 00:10:22.144 --> 00:10:24.180
  • ABOUT THAT AND HE'S GIVENYOU THIS GIFT SO RECEIVE
  • 00:10:24.280 --> 00:10:27.049
  • THE GIFT, THANK GODFOR THE GIFT AND START
  • 00:10:27.149 --> 00:10:29.985
  • DEVELOPING THE GIFT, BUTSOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL SAY,
  • 00:10:30.086 --> 00:10:33.255
  • "NO. I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS.
  • 00:10:33.355 --> 00:10:35.491
  • I DON'T FEEL I'M WORTHYAND I WANT TO BE HUMBLE.
  • 00:10:35.591 --> 00:10:38.994
  • IN FACT, I WANT TO BE SOHUMBLE I DROP THE 'H'.
  • 00:10:39.095 --> 00:10:42.298
  • I WANT TO BE 'UMBLE.
  • 00:10:42.398 --> 00:10:43.632
  • [laughter]
  • 00:10:43.733 --> 00:10:45.034
  • I WANT TO BE "'UMBLE."NO YOU'RE JUST...
  • 00:10:45.134 --> 00:10:49.205
  • YOU'RE BEING PRIDEFUL.
  • 00:10:49.305 --> 00:10:50.773
  • PEOPLE THAT TALK ALL THETIME ABOUT BEING HUMBLE -
  • 00:10:50.873 --> 00:10:53.709
  • ISN'T THAT AFORM OF PRIDE?
  • 00:10:53.809 --> 00:10:55.678
  • I'M SO PROUD I'M HUMBLE.
  • 00:10:55.778 --> 00:10:58.147
  • IF GOD GAVE YOU A GIFTDEVELOP AND USE YOUR GIFT.
  • 00:10:58.247 --> 00:11:01.217
  • IT'S DISOBEDIENCE TO NOTUSE THAT GIFT SO START
  • 00:11:01.317 --> 00:11:04.120
  • BY HAVING AN HONESTEVALUATION OF YOURSELF.
  • 00:11:04.220 --> 00:11:08.824
  • 2. WE ALL HAVE A PARTTO PLAY IN THE CHURCH
  • 00:11:08.924 --> 00:11:13.229
  • WITH OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
  • 00:11:13.329 --> 00:11:18.968
  • VERSE 4, "JUST AS OURBODIES HAVE MANY PARTS
  • 00:11:19.068 --> 00:11:21.337
  • AND EACH PART HASA SPECIAL FUNCTION,
  • 00:11:21.437 --> 00:11:23.839
  • SO IT IS WITH CHRIST'S BODY.
  • 00:11:23.939 --> 00:11:25.775
  • WE'RE MANY PARTS OF ONEBODY AND WE ALL BELONG
  • 00:11:25.875 --> 00:11:28.844
  • TO EACH OTHER." WE'RENOT ALL THE SAME.
  • 00:11:28.944 --> 00:11:32.214
  • AREN'T YOU GLAD OF THAT?SOME PEOPLE ARE OUTGOING.
  • 00:11:32.314 --> 00:11:37.119
  • SOME PEOPLE AREMORE RESERVED.
  • 00:11:37.219 --> 00:11:38.754
  • SOME PEOPLE HAVE WHAT WECALL THE GIFT OF GAB,
  • 00:11:38.854 --> 00:11:41.657
  • OTHER PEOPLE THEY DON'THAVE A LOT TO SAY.
  • 00:11:41.757 --> 00:11:44.927
  • SOME ARE BIG PICTURE.SOME ARE SMALL PICTURE.
  • 00:11:45.027 --> 00:11:47.530
  • GOD LOVES DIVERSITY.HE CREATED US DIFFERENTLY.
  • 00:11:47.630 --> 00:11:51.133
  • YOU SEE IT REFLECTED INHIS CREATION, DON'T YOU?
  • 00:11:51.233 --> 00:11:54.203
  • ALL THE AMAZINGFLOWERS OUT THERE.
  • 00:11:54.303 --> 00:11:56.305
  • ALL THE AMAZINGCREATURES IN THE OCEAN.
  • 00:11:56.405 --> 00:11:58.841
  • ALL THE AMAZING ANIMALS THATHE CREATED. SUCH DIVERSITY.
  • 00:11:58.941 --> 00:12:04.180
  • SO NOW HERE'S A PARTIAL LISTOF THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.
  • 00:12:04.280 --> 00:12:07.349
  • BY THE WAY, THIS ISNOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST.
  • 00:12:07.449 --> 00:12:09.618
  • IT'S JUST ONE OF MANY.
  • 00:12:09.718 --> 00:12:12.021
  • ANOTHER LIST IS FOUND INEPHESIANS 4 IF YOU WANT TO
  • 00:12:12.121 --> 00:12:15.324
  • TRY TO DISCOVER WHAT GODHAS GIFTED YOU TO DO.
  • 00:12:15.424 --> 00:12:18.928
  • ROMANS 12:6, "IN HIS GRACEGOD HAS GIVEN US DIFFERENT
  • 00:12:19.028 --> 00:12:22.431
  • GIFTS FOR DOINGCERTAIN THINGS WELL.
  • 00:12:22.531 --> 00:12:24.233
  • SO IF GOD HAS GIVEN YOUTHE ABILITY TO PROPHESY,
  • 00:12:24.333 --> 00:12:27.303
  • SPEAK OUT WITH AS MUCHFAITH AS GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.
  • 00:12:27.403 --> 00:12:30.172
  • IF YOUR GIFT IS SERVINGOTHERS, SERVE THEM WELL.
  • 00:12:30.272 --> 00:12:32.808
  • IF YOU'RE A TEACHER,TEACH WELL, IF YOUR GIFT
  • 00:12:32.908 --> 00:12:35.578
  • IS TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS,BE ENCOURAGING.
  • 00:12:35.678 --> 00:12:38.881
  • IF YOUR GIFT IS GIVING,THEN GIVE GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:12:38.981 --> 00:12:41.884
  • IF GOD HAS GIVEN YOULEADERSHIP ABILITY TAKE
  • 00:12:41.984 --> 00:12:45.654
  • THE RESPONSIBILITYSERIOUSLY, AND IF YOU
  • 00:12:45.754 --> 00:12:48.357
  • HAVE A GIFT FOR SHOWINGKINDNESS TO OTHERS, DO IT
  • 00:12:48.457 --> 00:12:50.926
  • GLADLY." CERTAIN PHRASESBUBBLE UP HERE:
  • 00:12:51.026 --> 00:12:54.530
  • DO IT WELL,GENEROUSLY, GLADLY,
  • 00:12:54.630 --> 00:12:58.467
  • TAKE THIS RESPONSIBILITYSERIOUSLY.
  • 00:12:58.567 --> 00:13:02.638
  • LET'S START WITH THE FIRSTGIFT THAT PAUL IDENTIFIES,
  • 00:13:02.738 --> 00:13:05.074
  • THE GIFT OF PROPHECY.
  • 00:13:05.174 --> 00:13:07.376
  • PROPHECIES IS DEFINEDDIFFERENT WAYS IN BOTH
  • 00:13:07.476 --> 00:13:10.980
  • THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 00:13:11.080 --> 00:13:12.248
  • IN ONE INSTANCE IT MEANSTO SPEAK FOR ANOTHER.
  • 00:13:12.348 --> 00:13:15.451
  • A REPRESENTATIVE OF GOD.A MOUTHPIECE FOR GOD.
  • 00:13:15.551 --> 00:13:19.255
  • IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,GOD RAISED UP CERTAIN PROPHETS.
  • 00:13:19.355 --> 00:13:22.591
  • THE PROPHET ISAIAH,THE PROPHET EZEKIEL,
  • 00:13:22.691 --> 00:13:26.362
  • THE PROPHET JONAH AND MANYOTHERS, AND SO IN SOME
  • 00:13:26.462 --> 00:13:31.667
  • INSTANCES, THESE PROPHETSFORETOLD THE FUTURE.
  • 00:13:31.767 --> 00:13:34.637
  • DANIEL FORETOLD THEFUTURE IN GRAPHIC DETAIL.
  • 00:13:34.737 --> 00:13:37.306
  • SO DID EZEKIEL, SO DIDISAIAH, SO SOMETIMES A
  • 00:13:37.406 --> 00:13:41.243
  • PROPHET PREDICTSTHE FUTURE.
  • 00:13:41.343 --> 00:13:43.045
  • WELL WE FIND PROPHETS INTHE NEW TESTAMENT AS WELL.
  • 00:13:43.145 --> 00:13:45.581
  • AGABUS WAS CALLED APROPHET AND HE PREDICTED
  • 00:13:45.681 --> 00:13:48.784
  • THE FUTURE FORTHE APOSTLE PAUL.
  • 00:13:48.884 --> 00:13:50.586
  • BASICALLY, A PROPHET OR APROPHESY, IS SPEAKING FOR
  • 00:13:50.686 --> 00:13:55.524
  • GOD, BUT THE PROPHETMUST ALWAYS BE HELD
  • 00:13:55.624 --> 00:13:58.427
  • ACCOUNTABLE TO SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:13:58.527 --> 00:14:00.696
  • I HAVE TO BE HONEST, I'MA LITTLE SUSPICIOUS OF
  • 00:14:00.796 --> 00:14:02.865
  • SOMEONE IF THEY COME TO MEAND SAY, "I'M A PROPHET OF
  • 00:14:02.965 --> 00:14:05.701
  • GOD" BECAUSE SOMETIMESI'VE SEEN ABUSE IN THIS
  • 00:14:05.801 --> 00:14:09.405
  • AREA AND THE BIBLE DOESWARN US THAT THERE WILL
  • 00:14:09.505 --> 00:14:12.574
  • BE FALSE PROPHETSIN THE LAST DAYS.
  • 00:14:12.675 --> 00:14:14.443
  • HOWEVER, THERE IS ASPIRITUAL GIFT OF
  • 00:14:14.543 --> 00:14:16.512
  • PROPHESY WHERE YOUSPEAK FOR THE LORD
  • 00:14:16.612 --> 00:14:18.814
  • AND GOD SPEAKS THROUGH YOU.
  • 00:14:18.914 --> 00:14:20.950
  • THEN THERE'S THE SPIRITUALGIFT OF SERVING.
  • 00:14:21.050 --> 00:14:26.655
  • HE SAYS HERE THATIF YOU SERVE OTHERS
  • 00:14:26.755 --> 00:14:30.859
  • THEN SERVE THEM WELL.
  • 00:14:30.960 --> 00:14:32.194
  • YOU KNOW, YOUSERVE THEM WELL.
  • 00:14:32.294 --> 00:14:33.929
  • I MEAN, I LOVE PEOPLETHAT LOVE WHAT THEY DO.
  • 00:14:34.029 --> 00:14:36.498
  • I WAS AT A CHICK-FIL-AYESTERDAY
  • 00:14:36.598 --> 00:14:38.701
  • GETTING SOME GOURMET FOOD
  • 00:14:38.801 --> 00:14:40.736
  • [laughter]
  • 00:14:40.836 --> 00:14:41.837
  • WITH THE GRANDKIDSAND YOU KNOW AND THEY'RE
  • 00:14:41.937 --> 00:14:43.405
  • SO POLITE AND SOWELL TRAINED. AS YOU KNOW,
  • 00:14:43.505 --> 00:14:46.141
  • IT'S A CHRISTIAN-RANORGANIZATION, RIGHT.
  • 00:14:46.241 --> 00:14:47.977
  • AND I ALSO HAPPEN TO LIKECHICK-FIL-A AS JUST A
  • 00:14:48.077 --> 00:14:50.579
  • SANDWICH TOO BECAUSE IWOULDN'T JUST EAT THERE
  • 00:14:50.679 --> 00:14:52.815
  • BECAUSE CHRISTIANS OWN IT.
  • 00:14:52.915 --> 00:14:54.350
  • IT HAS TO TASTEGOOD AND IT DOES.
  • 00:14:54.450 --> 00:14:56.685
  • BUT THE TRAINING... AMAZING.SHE WAS SO CHEERFUL.
  • 00:14:56.785 --> 00:15:00.956
  • MY ORDER WAS BIZARRE WITHALL THE GRANDKIDS AND
  • 00:15:01.056 --> 00:15:03.792
  • THINGS I WAS ASKING FORAND I GET UP TO THE THING
  • 00:15:03.892 --> 00:15:07.363
  • AND SHE RECOGNIZES ME.
  • 00:15:07.463 --> 00:15:08.630
  • "OH YOU'RE GREG LAURIE.""OH, YEAH HOW ARE YOU?"
  • 00:15:08.731 --> 00:15:10.099
  • AND WE TALKEDA LITTLE BIT.
  • 00:15:10.199 --> 00:15:11.200
  • SHE'S A CHRISTIAN, SO IEVEN UNDERSTOOD MORE WHY
  • 00:15:11.300 --> 00:15:13.268
  • SHE WAS THE WAY SHE WAS.
  • 00:15:13.369 --> 00:15:14.436
  • I SAID, "DO YOULIKE YOUR JOB?"
  • 00:15:14.536 --> 00:15:15.971
  • SHE SAYS, "I LOVE MY JOB."AND I THOUGHT THAT'S HOW
  • 00:15:16.071 --> 00:15:18.640
  • WE ALL SHOULD BE,WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING.
  • 00:15:18.741 --> 00:15:20.376
  • YOU KNOW, IF YOUOWN A CHICK-FIL-A
  • 00:15:20.476 --> 00:15:22.311
  • OR IF YOU WORKIN A CHICK-FIL-A.
  • 00:15:22.411 --> 00:15:24.413
  • IF YOU'RE IN THE FRONT,IF YOU'RE IN THE BACK,
  • 00:15:24.513 --> 00:15:26.181
  • WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING INTHE CHURCH, IN BUSINESS,
  • 00:15:26.281 --> 00:15:29.218
  • IF YOU'RE CALLED TOSERVE, SERVE WELL.
  • 00:15:29.318 --> 00:15:31.720
  • NOTICE THAT THIS WORD"SERVE" IS PUT RIGHT NEXT
  • 00:15:31.820 --> 00:15:34.356
  • TO PROPHESY SO WE THINK OFSOMEONE PROPHESYING AS NOW
  • 00:15:34.456 --> 00:15:37.626
  • THAT IS A SUPER COOL GIFT,BUT SERVING BEHIND THE SCENES...
  • 00:15:37.726 --> 00:15:42.297
  • WELL THAT'S NOT AS IMPORTANT.
  • 00:15:42.398 --> 00:15:44.266
  • WELL, GOD PUTS THEM RIGHTNEXT TO EACH OTHER.
  • 00:15:44.366 --> 00:15:46.602
  • SO IF YOU'RE TEACHING THECLASS IN SUNDAY SCHOOL,
  • 00:15:46.702 --> 00:15:49.038
  • THAT'S GREAT, AND IFYOU'RE WIPING THE NOSES OF
  • 00:15:49.138 --> 00:15:51.273
  • THE KIDS WHO ARE LISTENINGTHAT'S GREAT TOO.
  • 00:15:51.373 --> 00:15:54.710
  • WHATEVER YOU DO, ITMATTERS, SO IF YOU'RE
  • 00:15:54.810 --> 00:15:57.746
  • CALLED TO SERVE,SERVE WELL.
  • 00:15:57.846 --> 00:16:00.215
  • HERE'S THE MARK OF APERSON WHO IS CALLED TO
  • 00:16:00.315 --> 00:16:02.351
  • SERVE - THEY SEE A NEEDAND THEY GET IN AND DO
  • 00:16:02.451 --> 00:16:06.121
  • SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
  • 00:16:06.221 --> 00:16:07.489
  • SOME PEOPLE I THINKTHEY HAVE A SPIRITUAL
  • 00:16:07.589 --> 00:16:09.758
  • GIFT OF COMPLAINING.
  • 00:16:09.858 --> 00:16:11.226
  • [laughter]
  • 00:16:11.326 --> 00:16:13.195
  • THEY FIND THINGS THAT AREN'TRIGHT IN THEIR ESTIMATION.
  • 00:16:13.295 --> 00:16:15.664
  • "WHY DOESN'T THECHURCH DO THIS?
  • 00:16:15.764 --> 00:16:17.533
  • WHY DOESN'T THECHURCH DO THAT?"
  • 00:16:17.633 --> 00:16:19.868
  • WELL WHY DON'TYOU HELP US?
  • 00:16:19.968 --> 00:16:21.470
  • "I DON'T FEELCALLED." OKAY.
  • 00:16:21.570 --> 00:16:23.639
  • BUT A PERSON WHO IS CALLEDTO SERVE SAYS, "I SEE A
  • 00:16:23.739 --> 00:16:26.375
  • NEED AND I'M GOING TO MEETTHAT NEED BECAUSE I WANT
  • 00:16:26.475 --> 00:16:29.278
  • TO HELP OUT." HAS GOD GIVENYOU THE GIFT OF SERVING?
  • 00:16:29.378 --> 00:16:32.614
  • WHAT A WONDERFULGIFT IT IS.
  • 00:16:32.714 --> 00:16:33.982
  • THEN, OTHERS ARE CALLEDTO TEACH THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:16:34.083 --> 00:16:36.251
  • VERSE 7: "IF YOU'RE ATEACHER, TEACH WELL."
  • 00:16:36.351 --> 00:16:41.457
  • WORK AT YOUR CRAFT.
  • 00:16:41.557 --> 00:16:42.958
  • LET ME USE MUSICAS AN EXAMPLE.
  • 00:16:43.058 --> 00:16:44.693
  • IF YOU'RE A MUSICIAN, PLAYWELL, SING WELL, PRACTICE.
  • 00:16:44.793 --> 00:16:49.798
  • KNOW YOUR CRAFT.WORK ON YOUR SKILL SET.
  • 00:16:49.898 --> 00:16:52.835
  • AND IN THE SAME WAY, IFYOU'RE A PREACHER OR A
  • 00:16:52.935 --> 00:16:55.404
  • TEACHER, STUDY, PREPARE,GET THAT MESSAGE READY
  • 00:16:55.504 --> 00:16:59.441
  • BECAUSE IT'S A PRIVILEGETO SPEAK FOR GOD AND THE
  • 00:16:59.541 --> 00:17:04.279
  • BIBLE ACTUALLY WARNS US:DON'T ASK GOD TO MAKE YOU
  • 00:17:04.379 --> 00:17:07.816
  • A TEACHER BECAUSE WE WILLRECEIVE A GREATER JUDGMENT.
  • 00:17:07.916 --> 00:17:10.719
  • I KNOW THAT I'LL BE HELDACCOUNTABLE FOR EVERYTHING
  • 00:17:10.819 --> 00:17:13.322
  • I SAY TO YOU GUYS, ANDSOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE ASKED
  • 00:17:13.422 --> 00:17:16.692
  • ME, "WHAT'S IT LIKE TO STANDON THE STAGE AND PREACH
  • 00:17:16.792 --> 00:17:18.894
  • TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLEIN A CRUSADE?"
  • 00:17:18.994 --> 00:17:20.762
  • IT'S AN AWESOME PRIVILEGEAND IT'S KIND OF A SCARY
  • 00:17:20.863 --> 00:17:23.465
  • RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE IWANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I
  • 00:17:23.565 --> 00:17:26.401
  • REPRESENT THE LORD WELLAND I WANT TO MAKE SURE
  • 00:17:26.502 --> 00:17:28.971
  • THAT WHAT I SAY UP THEREIS BIBLICAL AND I WANT TO
  • 00:17:29.071 --> 00:17:32.007
  • RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OFGOD BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT
  • 00:17:32.107 --> 00:17:36.044
  • YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DOWHEN YOU'RE A TEACHER.
  • 00:17:36.145 --> 00:17:38.013
  • [applause]
  • 00:17:38.113 --> 00:17:41.350
  • AND I HAVE TO TELL YOUTHAT I AM THE LEAST
  • 00:17:41.450 --> 00:17:43.552
  • QUALIFIED PERSON WHOHAS EVER BEEN CALLED
  • 00:17:43.652 --> 00:17:46.822
  • TO BE A TEACHER.I WAS A POOR STUDENT.
  • 00:17:46.922 --> 00:17:49.625
  • I WASN'T THETEACHER'S PET.
  • 00:17:49.725 --> 00:17:51.093
  • I WAS THETEACHER'S MONSTER.
  • 00:17:51.193 --> 00:17:54.029
  • MY TEACHERS HATED ME.I DISRUPTED CLASS.
  • 00:17:54.129 --> 00:17:56.732
  • I NEVER STUDIED.I FAILED TESTS.
  • 00:17:56.832 --> 00:17:59.401
  • I WAS JUST A BIG GOOFOFF AND GOD CALLS
  • 00:17:59.501 --> 00:18:01.670
  • ME TO BE A TEACHER.
  • 00:18:01.770 --> 00:18:03.071
  • IT'S ALMOSTLAUGHABLE, YOU SEE.
  • 00:18:03.172 --> 00:18:05.607
  • BUT SINCE THEN, I'VELEARNED TO STUDY, TO
  • 00:18:05.707 --> 00:18:08.911
  • PREPARE, AND TO PUT ALOT OF EFFORT INTO THOSE
  • 00:18:09.011 --> 00:18:11.680
  • MESSAGES, BUT THE WAY TOKNOW IF YOU'RE A TEACHER
  • 00:18:11.780 --> 00:18:15.050
  • IS IF PEOPLE WANTTO LISTEN TO YOU.
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:16.852
  • IT'S VERY SIMPLE.
  • 00:18:16.952 --> 00:18:17.953
  • I'VE OFTEN SAID TOLEADERS, "YOU WANT TO
  • 00:18:18.053 --> 00:18:19.421
  • FIND OUT IF YOU'RE A LEADER,LEAD AND SEE IF ANYONE
  • 00:18:19.521 --> 00:18:21.323
  • FOLLOWS." BECAUSE I DOFEAR THAT THERE ARE SOME
  • 00:18:21.423 --> 00:18:25.427
  • PEOPLE THAT THINKTHEY'RE CALLED
  • 00:18:25.527 --> 00:18:26.762
  • TO BE TEACHERS THAT AREN'T.
  • 00:18:26.862 --> 00:18:28.697
  • YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THEMOMENT THEY START SPEAKING
  • 00:18:28.797 --> 00:18:30.899
  • I'M JUST LIKE BORED.
  • 00:18:30.999 --> 00:18:32.868
  • LIKE TWO MINUTESIN, I'M BORED.
  • 00:18:32.968 --> 00:18:34.903
  • WHAT IS GOING ONWITH THIS PERSON?
  • 00:18:35.003 --> 00:18:36.371
  • WELL, MAYBE THEY'RENOT CALLED TO TEACH.
  • 00:18:36.471 --> 00:18:38.173
  • THAT DOESN'T MAKE THEMLESS OF A PERSON OR LESS
  • 00:18:38.273 --> 00:18:40.609
  • GIFTED THAN ANOTHER, THATJUST MAY NOT BE YOUR GIFT.
  • 00:18:40.709 --> 00:18:44.213
  • IF YOU HAVE THEGIFT, YOU HAVE IT.
  • 00:18:44.313 --> 00:18:46.048
  • IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEGIFT, YOU DON'T HAVE IT,
  • 00:18:46.148 --> 00:18:48.450
  • BUT IF YOU DO HAVE THEGIFT DEVELOP IT, CULTIVATE
  • 00:18:48.550 --> 00:18:51.553
  • IT, AND IF YOU'RE CALLEDTO TEACH THEN TEACH WELL.
  • 00:18:51.653 --> 00:18:55.224
  • BUT THEN GOD'S GIVENOTHERS THE GIFT
  • 00:18:55.324 --> 00:18:57.292
  • OF ENCOURAGING OTHERS.
  • 00:18:57.392 --> 00:18:59.428
  • LOOK AT VERSE 8, "IF YOURGIFT IS TO ENCOURAGE
  • 00:18:59.528 --> 00:19:02.898
  • OTHERS, WELL THEN BEENCOURAGING." I LIKE THAT.
  • 00:19:02.998 --> 00:19:06.668
  • YOU'RE CALLED TO ENCOURAGEOTHERS, WELL, BE ENCOURAGING.
  • 00:19:06.768 --> 00:19:10.138
  • SEE, THIS IS BECAUSESOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOW
  • 00:19:10.239 --> 00:19:12.441
  • HOW TO PAY A COMPLIMENT, RIGHT.ALWAYS CRITICAL.
  • 00:19:12.541 --> 00:19:17.379
  • I KNOW PEOPLE, I WON'TNAME THEM BUT THERE'S
  • 00:19:17.479 --> 00:19:19.982
  • ONE HERE...NO, NOT REALLY. JOKING.
  • 00:19:20.082 --> 00:19:22.985
  • BUT I KNOW PEOPLE,EVERYTHING IS A CRITICISM.
  • 00:19:23.085 --> 00:19:25.654
  • WHENEVER I SEE THEM, THERE'SGOING TO BE A CRITICISM.
  • 00:19:25.754 --> 00:19:29.024
  • THEY'RE GOING TO CRITIQUETHIS OR CRITIQUE THAT AND
  • 00:19:29.124 --> 00:19:31.460
  • ACTUALLY I DON'T MINDBEING CRITIQUED,
  • 00:19:31.560 --> 00:19:33.528
  • BUT IT WOULD BENICE TO HEAR
  • 00:19:33.629 --> 00:19:35.063
  • JUST A LITTLE AFFIRMATIONOCCASIONALLY.
  • 00:19:35.163 --> 00:19:37.666
  • SOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOWHOW TO PAY A COMPLIMENT.
  • 00:19:37.766 --> 00:19:40.002
  • IT BECOMES A BACK-HANDEDCOMPLIMENT
  • 00:19:40.102 --> 00:19:42.971
  • ALSO KNOWN AS COMPLISULT .
  • 00:19:43.071 --> 00:19:45.574
  • A COMPLISULT IS INSULTINGSOMEONE WHILE YOU'RE
  • 00:19:45.674 --> 00:19:49.144
  • SUPPOSEDLYCOMPLIMENTING THEM.
  • 00:19:49.244 --> 00:19:51.346
  • FOR INSTANCE, YOU MEETTHEM FOR LUNCH AND YOU
  • 00:19:51.446 --> 00:19:53.482
  • SAY TO THEM, "HEY,YOU'RE ON TIME!"
  • 00:19:53.582 --> 00:19:56.952
  • [laughter]
  • 00:19:57.052 --> 00:19:58.920
  • THAT'S A COMPLIMENT, BUTWHAT YOU'RE REALLY SAYING
  • 00:19:59.021 --> 00:20:00.322
  • IS "YOU'RE ALWAYS LATE."
  • 00:20:00.422 --> 00:20:02.024
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:02.124 --> 00:20:03.525
  • OR YOU SAY TO SOMEONE,"YOU KNOW, YOU'RE A
  • 00:20:03.625 --> 00:20:05.193
  • REALLY GOOD DRIVER...FOR A WOMAN." WHAT?!
  • 00:20:05.294 --> 00:20:08.530
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:08.630 --> 00:20:10.499
  • THAT'S AN INSULT.
  • 00:20:10.599 --> 00:20:11.800
  • HOW ABOUT THIS ONE.I LOVE THIS ONE.
  • 00:20:11.900 --> 00:20:13.802
  • "YOU LOOK GREAT...FOR YOUR AGE."
  • 00:20:13.902 --> 00:20:16.805
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:16.905 --> 00:20:19.174
  • SO I LOOK OKAY, BUT I'MREALLY OLD AND I HAVE ONE
  • 00:20:19.274 --> 00:20:21.376
  • FOOT IN THE GRAVE, IS THATWHAT YOU'RE SAYING TO ME?
  • 00:20:21.476 --> 00:20:24.046
  • OR HOW ABOUT THIS,"YOU'RE SO PRETTY.
  • 00:20:24.146 --> 00:20:26.381
  • WHY ARE YOU STILL SINGLE?"WAIT WHAT?
  • 00:20:26.481 --> 00:20:28.884
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:28.984 --> 00:20:30.585
  • THAT'S NOT A PROPERCOMPLIMENT, AND THERE
  • 00:20:30.686 --> 00:20:33.522
  • IS NO SPIRITUAL GIFTOF CRITICISM.
  • 00:20:33.622 --> 00:20:36.958
  • NOW, THE WORD "EXHORT"THAT IS USED HERE THE GIFT
  • 00:20:37.059 --> 00:20:40.429
  • OF EXHORTATION KING JAMESIS A WORD THAT MEANS
  • 00:20:40.529 --> 00:20:44.166
  • TO MOTIVATE,TO STIMULATE, TO EXCITE,
  • 00:20:44.266 --> 00:20:48.503
  • AND WHEN NECESSARY,TO CORRECT.
  • 00:20:48.603 --> 00:20:50.972
  • THERE'S A PLACE FORALL THESE THINGS.
  • 00:20:51.073 --> 00:20:52.474
  • URGING SOMEONE ON,MOTIVATING SOMEONE TO GO.
  • 00:20:52.574 --> 00:20:56.178
  • SEE, THE DIFFERENCEBETWEEN A TEACHER AND
  • 00:20:56.278 --> 00:20:58.013
  • SOMEONE WITH THE GIFT OFEXHORTATION IS A TEACHER
  • 00:20:58.113 --> 00:21:01.183
  • TELLS YOU HOW TO DO IT;SOMEONE WITH THE GIFT
  • 00:21:01.283 --> 00:21:03.952
  • OF EXHORTATION MAKESYOU WANT TO DO IT.
  • 00:21:04.052 --> 00:21:06.788
  • SOME PEOPLE ARE GREATWITH DETAILS AND GREEK AND
  • 00:21:06.888 --> 00:21:10.025
  • HEBREW AND BACKGROUND ANDSCRIPTURES ON SCRIPTURES
  • 00:21:10.125 --> 00:21:13.161
  • AND IT'S FANTASTIC.
  • 00:21:13.261 --> 00:21:14.629
  • BUT THEN I HEAR OTHERPEOPLE AND I JUST HEAR
  • 00:21:14.730 --> 00:21:16.865
  • THAT MESSAGE AND I WANT TORUN OUT THE BACK DOOR
  • 00:21:16.965 --> 00:21:19.067
  • AND CHANGE THE WORLD.
  • 00:21:19.167 --> 00:21:20.702
  • AND WE NEED BOTHGIFTS IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:21:20.802 --> 00:21:22.838
  • WE NEED TEACHERS,WE NEED PEOPLE WITH
  • 00:21:22.938 --> 00:21:24.606
  • THE GIFT OF EXHORTATION.SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE BOTH
  • 00:21:24.706 --> 00:21:27.242
  • OF THOSE GIFTSCOMBINED TOGETHER.
  • 00:21:27.342 --> 00:21:29.478
  • BUT THESE ARE WONDERFULGIFTS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE
  • 00:21:29.578 --> 00:21:33.148
  • OUT THERE, AND I THINKJESUS ACTUALLY GIVES US
  • 00:21:33.248 --> 00:21:36.385
  • THE MODEL OF HOW TOPROPERLY EXHORT IN HIS
  • 00:21:36.485 --> 00:21:38.887
  • MESSAGE TO THE SEVENCHURCHES OF REVELATION,
  • 00:21:38.987 --> 00:21:42.157
  • AND AS AN EXAMPLE, THECHURCH OF EPHESUS.
  • 00:21:42.257 --> 00:21:44.493
  • LOOSE PARAPHRASE:
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  • HE SAYS, "YOU KNOW,I KNOW YOU GUYS WORK HARD.
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  • I KNOW YOU'RE DISCERNING.
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  • I KNOW ALL THAT YOU DO FORME AND I APPRECIATE THAT,
  • 00:21:49.965 --> 00:21:52.934
  • BUT I HAVE THISISSUE WITH YOU.
  • 00:21:53.034 --> 00:21:54.970
  • YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR FIRSTLOVE, SO REMEMBER FROM
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:58.306
  • WHERE YOU HAVE FALLEN ANDREPENT AND DO THE FIRST
  • 00:21:58.407 --> 00:22:00.776
  • WORKS QUICKLY."SO HE STARTS WITH
  • 00:22:00.876 --> 00:22:02.677
  • COMPLIMENTS AND AFFIRMATION.
  • 00:22:02.778 --> 00:22:05.147
  • THEN, HE COMES WITHA WORD OF CRITICISM,
  • 00:22:05.247 --> 00:22:07.816
  • THEN HE COMES WITH ASOLUTION AS WELL.
  • 00:22:07.916 --> 00:22:12.354
  • SO DEPOSIT A COMPLIMENTBEFORE YOU MAKE THE
  • 00:22:12.454 --> 00:22:14.790
  • WITHDRAWAL OF A CRITICISM.
  • 00:22:14.890 --> 00:22:17.392
  • I'M GOING TO GO CRITIQUEYOU, BUT I'M GOING TO SAY
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  • SOMETHING NICE TO YOUFIRST AND AFFIRMING TO YOU,
  • 00:22:20.662 --> 00:22:25.734
  • AND THEN I'M GOINGTO OFFER MY CRITICISM
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  • IF IT IS NECESSARY.
  • 00:22:28.370 --> 00:22:30.005
  • AND THEN THERE'S THESPIRITUAL GIFT OF GIVING.
  • 00:22:30.105 --> 00:22:32.507
  • ROMANS 12:8, "IF ITIS GIVING, THEN GIVE
  • 00:22:32.607 --> 00:22:35.343
  • GENEROUSLY." JUST AS GODHAS GIFTED CERTAIN PEOPLE
  • 00:22:35.444 --> 00:22:39.714
  • TO BE EVANGELIST, BUTHAS ALSO CALLED EVERY
  • 00:22:39.815 --> 00:22:43.518
  • CHRISTIAN TO EVANGELIZE;IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT GOD
  • 00:22:43.618 --> 00:22:47.322
  • HAS GIVEN CERTAIN PEOPLETHE GIFT OF GIVING, THOUGH
  • 00:22:47.422 --> 00:22:50.692
  • IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT EVERYCHRISTIAN SHOULD
  • 00:22:50.792 --> 00:22:53.762
  • GIVE TO THE LORDON A REGULAR BASIS.
  • 00:22:53.862 --> 00:22:58.366
  • TO FAIL TO DO SO CHEATSYOU OF THE BLESSING OF
  • 00:22:58.467 --> 00:23:01.470
  • LAYING UP FOR YOURSELFTREASURES IN HEAVEN AS
  • 00:23:01.570 --> 00:23:04.973
  • WELL AS THE SHEERJOY OF GIVING.
  • 00:23:05.073 --> 00:23:08.410
  • HAVE YOU DISCOVEREDTHE JOY OF GIVING?
  • 00:23:08.510 --> 00:23:12.214
  • JESUS SAID IT'S MOREBLESSED OR LITERALLY HAPPY
  • 00:23:12.314 --> 00:23:15.484
  • MAKING TO GIVE THANIT IS TO RECEIVE.
  • 00:23:15.584 --> 00:23:18.019
  • THERE'S ALMOST A EUPHORIA.
  • 00:23:18.119 --> 00:23:19.621
  • STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONEON THIS, AND THERE'S AN
  • 00:23:19.721 --> 00:23:21.323
  • ENDORPHIN RELEASE THEYFOUND MEDICALLY THAT
  • 00:23:21.423 --> 00:23:23.892
  • HAPPENS WHEN YOU DOAN ACT OF KINDNESS
  • 00:23:23.992 --> 00:23:26.461
  • OR GENEROSITY FOR SOMEBODY ELSE.
  • 00:23:26.561 --> 00:23:28.763
  • I'M NOT SAYING DO IT FORENDORPHINS; DO IT BECAUSE
  • 00:23:28.864 --> 00:23:32.067
  • THE LORD HAS TOLDYOU TO DO IT.
  • 00:23:32.167 --> 00:23:34.002
  • BUT THIS IS A FUNNY THINGWITH CHRISTIANS BECAUSE THIS
  • 00:23:34.102 --> 00:23:36.805
  • IS AN AREA THAT IS A WEAKNESSIN MANY BELIEVERS' LIVES.
  • 00:23:36.905 --> 00:23:40.375
  • STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONEAND IT'S QUITE CLEAR THAT
  • 00:23:40.475 --> 00:23:42.377
  • 10-20 PERCENT OF PEOPLE INAN AVERAGE CONGREGATION DO
  • 00:23:42.477 --> 00:23:46.848
  • THE GIVING THATUNDERWRITES THE WHOLE WORK.
  • 00:23:46.948 --> 00:23:49.718
  • THAT MEANS 80 PERCENT OFTHE PEOPLE ARE EITHER NOT
  • 00:23:49.818 --> 00:23:52.187
  • GIVING AT ALL, OR ATBEST THEY'RE GIVING IN
  • 00:23:52.287 --> 00:23:54.789
  • A HAPHAZARD OR SPORADIC WAY.
  • 00:23:54.890 --> 00:23:57.425
  • THAT MEANS ALL THOSEPEOPLE ARE MISSING OUT ON
  • 00:23:57.526 --> 00:24:00.128
  • THE BLESSING OF GIVING,AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY
  • 00:24:00.228 --> 00:24:02.864
  • WHEN WE GET TO THESUBJECT WE RECOIL.
  • 00:24:02.964 --> 00:24:05.267
  • IT'S LIKE WE BELIEVEEVERYTHING THE BIBLE SAYS
  • 00:24:05.367 --> 00:24:07.335
  • ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFE.
  • 00:24:07.435 --> 00:24:08.837
  • WE BELIEVE EVERYTHING THE BIBLESAYS ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE.
  • 00:24:08.937 --> 00:24:11.606
  • WE BELIEVE EVERYTHINGTHE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT
  • 00:24:11.706 --> 00:24:14.009
  • EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT WHENIT COMES TO THE SUBJECT OF
  • 00:24:14.109 --> 00:24:16.378
  • MONEY AND GIVING WE SAY,"EH, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT
  • 00:24:16.478 --> 00:24:19.247
  • THAT." WHY IS THAT?
  • 00:24:19.347 --> 00:24:22.384
  • BECAUSE THE BIBLE ACTUALLYTELLS US THAT HE WANTS US
  • 00:24:22.484 --> 00:24:26.955
  • TO BRING OUROFFERINGS TO HIM.
  • 00:24:27.055 --> 00:24:29.624
  • HERE'S AN AMAZING PROMISEWE'VE ALL HEARD IN MALACHI 3.
  • 00:24:29.724 --> 00:24:33.495
  • IT SAYS, "SHOULDPEOPLE CHEAT GOD,
  • 00:24:33.595 --> 00:24:35.196
  • YET YOU'VE CHEATED ME.
  • 00:24:35.297 --> 00:24:37.165
  • THEY ASKED, 'WHENDID WE CHEAT YOU?'
  • 00:24:37.265 --> 00:24:38.633
  • THE LORD SAID, 'YOUCHEATED ME OF THE TITHES
  • 00:24:38.733 --> 00:24:41.303
  • AND OFFERING DUE TO ME.'"THEN GOD MAKES HIS AMAZING
  • 00:24:41.403 --> 00:24:44.205
  • PROMISE TO THEFAITHFUL GIVER.
  • 00:24:44.306 --> 00:24:45.840
  • "BRING ALL OF THE TITHESINTO THE STOREHOUSE SO
  • 00:24:45.941 --> 00:24:48.376
  • THERE WILL BE ENOUGH FOODIN MY TEMPLE," LISTEN TO
  • 00:24:48.476 --> 00:24:51.079
  • THIS, "'IF YOU DO,' SAYSTHE LORD, 'I'LL OPEN UP
  • 00:24:51.179 --> 00:24:54.182
  • THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN FORYOU AND I'LL POUR OUT A
  • 00:24:54.282 --> 00:24:57.018
  • BLESSING SO GREAT, YOUWON'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM
  • 00:24:57.118 --> 00:24:59.087
  • TO TAKE IT IN. TRY IT.
  • 00:24:59.187 --> 00:25:01.089
  • PUT ME TO THE TEST.'"THIS ISN'T SO MUCH ABOUT
  • 00:25:01.189 --> 00:25:05.293
  • WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO.
  • 00:25:05.393 --> 00:25:06.494
  • THIS IS ABOUT WHATGOD IS GOING TO DO.
  • 00:25:06.595 --> 00:25:09.264
  • I SUGGEST TO YOU THEREASON MANY PEOPLE GET
  • 00:25:09.364 --> 00:25:12.467
  • THEMSELVES INTO TROUBLEFINANCIALLY IS BECAUSE
  • 00:25:12.567 --> 00:25:15.270
  • THEY DISOBEY GOD.LEARN TO GIVE.
  • 00:25:15.370 --> 00:25:19.774
  • YOU SAY, "WHAT'S A TITHE?"TEN. TEN PERCENT.
  • 00:25:19.874 --> 00:25:22.277
  • YOU HAVE 10 PENNIES,ONE PENNY GOES TO GOD.
  • 00:25:22.377 --> 00:25:25.146
  • YOU HAVE $10, ONEDOLLAR GOES TO GOD.
  • 00:25:25.246 --> 00:25:27.415
  • DO THE MATH.EXTRAPOLATE IT.
  • 00:25:27.515 --> 00:25:28.550
  • THAT'S HOW IT WORKS.
  • 00:25:28.650 --> 00:25:29.884
  • BUT YOU DON'T JUST BRINGYOUR TITHE, YOU ALSO
  • 00:25:29.985 --> 00:25:32.087
  • BRING YOUR OFFERINGS TO HIM.
  • 00:25:32.187 --> 00:25:34.356
  • LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS.LISTEN TO THIS PROMISE.
  • 00:25:34.456 --> 00:25:37.092
  • 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6"WHOEVER SOWS SPARINGLY
  • 00:25:37.192 --> 00:25:42.230
  • WILL REAP SPARINGLY.
  • 00:25:42.330 --> 00:25:44.499
  • WHOEVER SOWS GENEROUSLYWILL REAP GENEROUSLY,
  • 00:25:44.599 --> 00:25:47.535
  • FOR GOD LOVES A CHEAPSKATE."
  • 00:25:47.636 --> 00:25:49.871
  • [laughter]
  • 00:25:49.971 --> 00:25:51.973
  • OH. IT DOESN'T SAYTHAT DOES IT?
  • 00:25:52.073 --> 00:25:54.409
  • "FOR GOD LOVES A CHEERFULGIVER" IS WHAT IT DOES SAY.
  • 00:25:54.509 --> 00:25:57.545
  • SO IF I'M GENEROUS, HERE'SWHAT THE LORD PROMISES:
  • 00:25:57.646 --> 00:26:00.415
  • GOD WILL GENEROUSLYPROVIDE ALL YOU NEED AND
  • 00:26:00.515 --> 00:26:03.551
  • THEN YOU'LL HAVE PLENTYLEFT OVER TO GIVE TO OTHERS.
  • 00:26:03.652 --> 00:26:08.523
  • I'M TELLING YOU, IF WEWOULD OBEY GOD IN THIS
  • 00:26:08.623 --> 00:26:10.759
  • AREA IT COULDREVOLUTIONIZE YOUR
  • 00:26:10.859 --> 00:26:13.495
  • FINANCES AND IT COULDREVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:26:13.595 --> 00:26:16.831
  • GOD SAYS, "PUTME TO THE TEST.
  • 00:26:16.931 --> 00:26:18.600
  • BRING YOUR TITHES.
  • 00:26:18.700 --> 00:26:19.601
  • BRING YOUROFFERINGS TO ME.
  • 00:26:19.701 --> 00:26:21.269
  • I'LL OPEN UP THE WINDOWSOF HEAVEN AND IT WILL OVERFLOW.
  • 00:26:21.369 --> 00:26:25.473
  • YOU WON'T HAVE ROOM ENOUGHTO CONTAIN IT ALL."
  • 00:26:25.573 --> 00:26:27.542
  • SO THERE IS THE GIVING THATEVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD
  • 00:26:27.642 --> 00:26:30.278
  • ENGAGE IN, AND THEN THEREIS THE GIFT OF GIVING, AND
  • 00:26:30.378 --> 00:26:34.149
  • IT'S A FUNNY THING, YOUKNOW, YOU DON'T HAVE
  • 00:26:34.249 --> 00:26:37.218
  • TO BE WEALTHY TO HAVETHE GIFT OF GIVING.
  • 00:26:37.318 --> 00:26:39.020
  • I KNOW SOME WEALTHY PEOPLEWHO ARE VERY GENEROUS AND
  • 00:26:39.120 --> 00:26:41.823
  • HAVE THIS GIFT, BUT I KNOWPEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING ON A
  • 00:26:41.923 --> 00:26:44.526
  • MORE MODERATE INCOME THATALSO HAVE THE GIFT OF GIVING.
  • 00:26:44.626 --> 00:26:48.396
  • THEY'RE JUST ALWAYS DOINGTHINGS FOR OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:26:48.496 --> 00:26:50.598
  • AND YOU'LL SAY, "OH,THAT'S TOO GENEROUS."
  • 00:26:50.699 --> 00:26:52.400
  • AND THEY SAY, "OH NO,I'M HAPPY TO DO IT."
  • 00:26:52.500 --> 00:26:55.236
  • THEY HAVE THE GIFT OF GIVING.WHAT A GREAT GIFT THAT IS.
  • 00:26:55.336 --> 00:26:58.440
  • IF YOU HAVE THAT GIFT, USETHAT GIFT FOR GOD'S GLORY.
  • 00:26:58.540 --> 00:27:02.544
  • AGAIN, THE BIBLE SAYS,"DON'T NEGLECT THE GIFT
  • 00:27:02.644 --> 00:27:04.979
  • THAT IS IN YOU" OR ASANOTHER TRANSLATION PUT
  • 00:27:05.080 --> 00:27:08.783
  • IT, "KEEP YOUR GIFTDUSTED OFF AND IN USE."
  • 00:27:08.883 --> 00:27:12.787
  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day]♪ THIS IS THE DAY WHEN
  • 00:27:12.887 --> 00:27:14.589
  • ♪ THE LOST ARE FOUND
  • 00:27:14.689 --> 00:27:16.624
  • ♪ O CAN YOU HEAR ALLTHE ANGELS ARE SINGING ♪
  • 00:27:16.725 --> 00:27:21.062
  • ♪ THIS IS THE DAY THEDAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS ♪
  • 00:27:21.162 --> 00:27:22.163