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October 6, 2019
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  • This is the day when the lost are found
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  • can you hear, the angels are singing
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  • this is the day, the day when life begins.
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  • - You can all be seated, let's grab our Bibles
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  • and turn to Matthew, chapter 28.
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  • And the title of my message is
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  • "The Jesus Revolution in Evangelism".
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  • You know, one of the real traits of the Jesus movement
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  • was people were out everywhere sharing the gospel.
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  • Now when is the last time you saw that?
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  • When you're out in a public place, an amusement park
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  • down by the pier, out in a mall somewhere,
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  • and you just saw a bunch of people,
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  • maybe even carrying a Bible engaging people
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  • in conversations about Jesus Christ.
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  • We did a lot of that.
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  • So I became a Christian, as you know, at the age of 17.
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  • And I was going to church and I heard the pastor say
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  • we should go share our faith and I thought
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  • well, I've been a Christian two weeks,
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  • I know so much about God now,
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  • I better go out and talk to people.
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  • And I was, you know, my theological knowledge
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  • could have fit into a thimble.
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  • But I knew Jesus had changed my life,
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  • I knew it was all true and I wanted to go talk to somebody.
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  • So back then there was a little booklet out called
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  • "The Four Spiritual Laws"
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  • put out by Campus Crusade for Christ
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  • and it was very simple, it just asks questions.
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  • And so I was so new at this I hadn't even memorized
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  • the content of the booklet yet.
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  • So I went out to the beach, it was Newport beach
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  • and I was looking for someone to talk to
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  • and I saw this middle-aged lady and I thought
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  • well maybe she'll be nice to me,
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  • maybe she'll take pity on me.
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  • So I walked up to her and I said, "Hi, can I talk to you
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  • a little bit about God?"
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  • And she looked at me like "Um, sure, sit down."
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  • So I sat down and my voice was shaking,
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  • you know when you get nervous and you can't stop your voice
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  • from shaking?
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  • And so I'm literally just reading this booklet to her,
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  • I hadn't even memorized it as they said.
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  • So I just said, "Uh, can I just read this to you?
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  • 'The Four Spiritual Laws' copyright 1964,
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  • Campus Crusade for Christ.
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  • Law One: God loves you and has a wonderful plan
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  • for your life.
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  • Law Two: You've sinned -- so I'm reading through
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  • this booklet and as I'm reading through it I'm thinking
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  • this is so not going to work.
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  • I'm so, crashing and burning right now
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  • and I want this to be over with
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  • but at least I can say to my Christian friends
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  • I actually started a conversation about Jesus.
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  • So I'm almost through the booklet,
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  • I looked up at her periodically,
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  • she's just looking at me, no real reaction.
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  • I get to the end and there's a question
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  • they ask a person which was, "Is there any good reason
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  • why you should not accept Jesus Christ right now?"
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  • And I realized it was a question so I asked her, uh, is
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  • there any good reason why you should not accept Jesus Christ
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  • right now?
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  • And she said, "No."
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  • I went okay, what?
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  • No.
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  • I said, "You mean
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  • you want to accept Jesus Christ right now?"
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  • She said, "Yes."
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  • I'm like, excellent, great!
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  • Let's just pray, bow your head.
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  • (mumbles) I did not plan for success.
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  • I planned for failure.
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  • So she closes her eyes
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  • and frantically searching this booklet for some prayer
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  • or something.
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  • What do I do now?
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  • And I found a prayer.
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  • I led her in the prayer,
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  • and to show you how little faith I had,
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  • even as I'm leading her in this prayer,
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  • I'm thinking to myself, this isn't going to work!
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  • And as she's done praying this prayer
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  • of asking Christ to come into her life,
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  • she opened her eyes and she said,
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  • "Something just happened to me."
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  • And I'm like, whoa, something just happened to me, too.
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  • I realized that God could use an idiot like me.
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  • Now I guarantee I could pick anybody in this room
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  • and you would know so much more about the Bible
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  • so much more about Jesus Christ than I knew
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  • as a two week old Christian,
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  • but I went for it and God blessed it.
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  • And this is the thing we way over complicate evangelism.
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  • We get all worked up about it and all stressed about it
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  • and overly nervous about it and we don't understand
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  • that you can be used by God to share the gospel.
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  • You know evangelism is really communication with people
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  • and when the Bible says "Go unto all the world
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  • and preach the gospel" you can do that conversationally.
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  • You can do that on your social media pages.
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  • You can do that on Instagram.
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  • You can tweet the gospel.
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  • Go unto all the world and tweet the gospel.
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  • You know, but I think the big issue is
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  • when we engage a person you want to build a bridge to them.
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  • You might think because I'm a preacher
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  • I have a little pulpit like this
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  • that I take with me everywhere
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  • and I preach to everyone I meet.
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  • Well, look when I speak in a study like this
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  • or in a stadium, you know it's a monologue.
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  • It's me talking to people.
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  • But when I engage non-believers it's a dialogue
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  • and I don't come with all the answers.
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  • I ask a lot of questions and I listen
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  • because I don't want to come off like a know it all
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  • for starters, I'm not a know it all
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  • and to the point, I'm not better than anybody.
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  • I'm better off, but I'm not better.
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  • So you come in sort of a humility
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  • and Jesus himself modeled this with the woman at the well.
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  • He actually asks her for a drink of water.
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  • He comes to her in a humble way
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  • and he listens to her and then he engages her
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  • with the message of the gospel.
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  • So, that's what we want to do.
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  • But you know sooner or later
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  • you're gonna have to get down to the bottom line.
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  • And the bottom line of the gospel is
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  • all of humanity has sinned, there's nothing we can do
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  • to get rid of that sin.
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  • God sent his son Jesus Christ to die for that sin
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  • and arise again from the dead
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  • and then we'll turn from our sin and believe in Jesus.
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  • We can go to Heaven.
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • So, I know we're maybe reluctant to share that,
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  • but there's power in the message of the gospel.
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  • And that power's always been there
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  • and the power will always be there.
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  • Because Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ
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  • for it is the power of God and salvation
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  • to everyone who believes."
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  • And the word that he uses are for powers
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  • the Greek word dunamis,
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  • which means dynamic, dynamite, power.
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  • Years ago, I was at Billy Graham's house,
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  • in fact today is one year since Billy Graham went to Heaven
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  • and he was the greatest Evangelist who ever lived.
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  • No one has ever led more people to Christ,
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  • here's a picture with Billy that I took years ago.
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  • But no one has ever led more people to Christ than Billy,
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  • but I was having lunch at his house
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  • and I wanted to ask him a question and I said,
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  • "Billy, if an older Billy could speak to a younger Billy,
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  • what would he say?
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  • What advice would you give a younger you?
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  • After all of these years of preaching
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  • and sharing the gospel."
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  • And he said, "I would preach more on the cross of Christ
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  • and the blood because that's where the power is."
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  • So I never forgot that, so whenever I speak I always
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  • want to talk about the fact that Jesus died on the cross
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  • for the sin of the world
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  • and that his blood was shed for them.
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  • So if you want to really pay tribute
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  • to a guy like Billy Graham, do what Billy did.
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  • And what did Billy do, he preached the gospel
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  • and he invited people to follow Jesus Christ.
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  • So listen, evangelism is never gonna be passe.
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  • It's always gonna be something God wants us to do.
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  • Now we might find new and creative ways to do it
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  • but ultimately we never want to deviate
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  • from this calling God has given to all of us.
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  • And every generation is looking for answers.
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  • And I look at this young generation today
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  • and I think to myself if ever there was a generation
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  • that needs to be engaged with the gospel,
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  • it is this generation.
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  • And we're gonna do everything we can to engage them.
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  • Consider this, the US suicide rate has increased 30%
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  • since the year 2000 and it's tripled for young girls.
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  • Opioid deaths have increased 3 times in teens
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  • in the last 20 years as well.
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  • From January 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2013
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  • this is a staggering statistic,
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  • there were 3.567.000 suicide attempts
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  • in emergency department visits from people 10 and older.
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  • 3 million people tried to take their lives.
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  • And in just seven years
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  • that's 3.5 million attempted suicides.
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  • So don't tell me the day of evangelism is over
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  • because last year alone, of the 2.980 people
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  • that made a profession of faith, 6.389 of them
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  • were under the age of 30.
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  • So the gospel still works, Jesus Christ is the same
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  • yesterday, today, and forever.
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  • People need Jesus and they'll always need Jesus.
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  • So we want to keep that in mind always.
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  • (audience applauds)
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  • You know in the church we get excited about a lot of things.
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  • Some people get excited about the latest conference,
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  • "Oh, this conference is so amazing.
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  • Did you go to this conference?"
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  • Others might get excited about a new building program,
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  • "Oh, we got our new building up."
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  • Others might get excited if their candidate got elected.
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  • You want to know what God gets excited about?
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  • If I can use that verbage of God.
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  • God gets excited, Heaven gets excited,
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  • when people believe in Jesus.
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  • The Bible says, "There is joy in Heaven
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  • over one sinner that comes to repentance."
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  • I mean think about that for a moment,
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  • every time a person turns from their sin
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  • and puts their faith in Jesus Christ,
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  • there's a shout of praise in Heaven.
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  • There must be a lot of praising in Heaven
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  • because if you think of all the people that come to the Lord
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  • each and every day.
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  • And in Luke chapter 15 we're given a perspective
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  • of how God views those that don't know him.
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  • We have three metaphors that are employed by Jesus
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  • to show how God loves people.
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  • We have a shepherd who lost his sheep.
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  • We have a woman who lost a coin.
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  • And we have a father who lost a son.
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  • Have you ever lost anything of great value
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  • and you're searching for it cause you've gotta find it?
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  • The idea of a coin, a woman had a coin,
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  • is probably the idea of a wedding kind of hat
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  • she would wear a headband sort of
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  • and it would have coins in it.
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  • So to lose a coin was not just losing a dime or a quarter
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  • it was losing your wedding ring.
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  • That was a big deal.
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  • So she searched until she found it
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  • and then we have a father who lost his son,
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  • and a shepherd who lost a sheep.
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  • Years ago, I'd lost something of great value to me as a kid.
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  • I had a little parakeet and his name was Popcorn.
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  • I don't know why I named him Popcorn
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  • but that's what I called him.
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  • And so I was down in Balboa Island
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  • and I saw this guy who had a parrot on his shoulder
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  • and it just sat on his shoulder
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  • it didn't fly away.
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  • And I asked the guy,
  • 00:11:03.200 --> 00:11:04.260
  • "You know what's the deal with your parrot?"
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  • He goes, "Oh he's tame, he doesn't fly away."
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  • And I thought that's so cool.
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  • So at my house, my apartment actually,
  • 00:11:09.110 --> 00:11:12.010
  • Popcorn would fly out of his cage
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  • when I called his name and land on my shoulder
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  • and I'd walk around the house with him.
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  • So I thought maybe I'll do that with Popcorn,
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  • I'll go down to Balboa Island with Popcorn the Parakeet
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  • on my shoulder and it'll be just like the guy
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  • with the parrot.
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  • So I walked around the house for a while,
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  • making sure he wouldn't fly away.
  • 00:11:29.230 --> 00:11:30.290
  • Then I opened the door, walked outside,
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  • and Popcorn just flew off.
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  • I never saw him again.
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  • He was just gone.
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  • So I went for days, I was walking up and down the street,
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  • "Popcorn, Popcorn!"
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  • People are thinking that poor boy is hungry,
  • 00:11:44.290 --> 00:11:47.010
  • give him something to eat.
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  • And just the other day I drove by that same neighborhood
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  • and I rolled down the window of my car, "Popcorn!"
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  • And a really old bird landed
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  • on my windshield with a beard,
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  • no not really but he's gone!
  • 00:11:58.250 --> 00:12:01.050
  • And so I searched and I searched but I couldn't find him
  • 00:12:01.050 --> 00:12:05.010
  • and Jesus talked about the father searching for lost people
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  • as like a shepherd looking for a sheep.
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  • Now you know, sheep, I don't know if you've been around
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  • sheep very often, but in Israel sometimes
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  • we'll see a flock of sheep, everyone gets really excited
  • 00:12:18.000 --> 00:12:20.230
  • cause everyone wants a picture with a sheep in Israel
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  • right, or a little lamb, even better.
  • 00:12:24.120 --> 00:12:26.050
  • And I've always heard they're stupid,
  • 00:12:26.050 --> 00:12:28.230
  • but now having seen them up close and personal,
  • 00:12:28.230 --> 00:12:31.100
  • they really are dumb animals.
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  • And look they have their purpose in life,
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  • they're excellent with mint jelly
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  • and we can make sweaters out of their, you know.
  • 00:12:38.000 --> 00:12:41.140
  • So it's great, but these are animals that literally
  • 00:12:41.140 --> 00:12:44.240
  • cannot defend themselves.
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  • These are animals that cannot run, they cannot bite,
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  • and they're incredibly dumb.
  • 00:12:51.040 --> 00:12:53.040
  • That's why the Bible says,
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  • "All we, like sheep, have gone astray."
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  • We're that dumb.
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  • So there's a shepherd who has 100 sheep
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  • and one goes astray and he could just said,
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  • "You know, what if you lose a few,
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  • cost of doing business."
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  • No, Jesus said, that shepherd went and searched
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  • for this sheep until he found it
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  • and he wrapped it around his neck
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  • and brought it home rejoicing.
  • 00:13:13.040 --> 00:13:15.030
  • And then Jesus makes his point, "And I tell you
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  • in the same way there is joy in Heaven over one sinner
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  • that comes to repentance."
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  • But really, the crescendo of Luke 15 is the story
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  • of the Prodigal Son.
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  • And that's the one that we all remember best.
  • 00:13:29.160 --> 00:13:32.220
  • The story of the boy that left home,
  • 00:13:32.220 --> 00:13:35.180
  • drug the family name through the gutter,
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  • spent his inheritance,
  • 00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:40.200
  • messed his life up,
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  • got drunk, hung out with prostitutes,
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  • did everything wrong and one day he came to his senses
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  • and he returned home.
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  • And when the father saw him from a distance,
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  • and this is Jesus telling the story,
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  • when the father saw him at a distance he ran to his son,
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  • he threw his arms around him, he kissed him
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:01.290
  • and said this "my son who is dead is alive again
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  • he who is lost, is found".
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  • That's us, you know, we're sinners
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  • and God says I'm gonna get to you,
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  • I'm gonna push any obstacle out of the way to get to you.
  • 00:14:11.190 --> 00:14:14.290
  • And in the same way that the Father loves us,
  • 00:14:14.290 --> 00:14:18.080
  • we should love the world.
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  • He wants us to have that love.
  • 00:14:20.100 --> 00:14:21.240
  • So I mentioned the great commission,
  • 00:14:21.240 --> 00:14:23.200
  • let's go to our text now, Matthew 28.
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  • Let's read it, this is a very important statement
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  • that frankly, we all should commit to memory.
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:32.120
  • Jesus says, Matthew 28 verse 18,
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  • "All authority has been given to me in Heaven and on Earth.
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  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations."
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  • Notice the word 'therefore', as I've told you before,
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  • whenever you see the word therefore
  • 00:14:45.140 --> 00:14:47.000
  • find out what it's there for.
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  • He's drawing upon what has been said.
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  • What was just said, "All authority has been given to me
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  • in Heaven and on Earth so go therefore..."
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  • because he has this authority, we're his representatives
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  • so we go therefore, and what do we do?
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  • "Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name
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  • of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Teaching them to observe all things that I've commanded you,
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  • and lo' I am with you even to the end of the age."
  • 00:15:17.100 --> 00:15:21.070
  • There's one more version of the great commission,
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  • if you will, that's in Mark 16:8-15,
  • 00:15:24.070 --> 00:15:27.130
  • where Jesus simply says, "Go unto all the world
  • 00:15:27.130 --> 00:15:29.290
  • and preach the gospel to every person."
  • 00:15:29.290 --> 00:15:32.190
  • So to pull it all together, the great commission,
  • 00:15:32.190 --> 00:15:36.020
  • is to go unto all the world and preach the gospel,
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  • led by the Holy Spirit to bring people to Christ
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  • then to disciple them.
  • 00:15:44.090 --> 00:15:45.220
  • This is where a lot of people miss a key element.
  • 00:15:45.220 --> 00:15:49.150
  • It's not just to proclaim the gospel,
  • 00:15:49.150 --> 00:15:52.070
  • it's to lead people to Christ and disciple them,
  • 00:15:52.070 --> 00:15:55.060
  • get them up on their feet spiritually,
  • 00:15:55.060 --> 00:15:57.290
  • "Teaching them to observe all things
  • 00:15:57.290 --> 00:16:00.080
  • that I have commanded you
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  • and lo' I am with you to the end of the age."
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  • I believe if we would just obey the great commission
  • 00:16:04.160 --> 00:16:08.260
  • we would experience personal revival.
  • 00:16:08.260 --> 00:16:11.240
  • Why do I say that?
  • 00:16:12.210 --> 00:16:14.060
  • Because when you get your eyes off of yourself for a moment
  • 00:16:14.060 --> 00:16:19.030
  • and think about somebody else that's lost
  • 00:16:20.050 --> 00:16:21.230
  • and separated from God, and leave your comfort zone
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:25.170
  • and seek to share your faith, next to being a Christian
  • 00:16:25.170 --> 00:16:29.210
  • this is one of the most joyful, fulfilling things we can do.
  • 00:16:29.210 --> 00:16:33.170
  • And this is why the devil doesn't want us to do it,
  • 00:16:33.170 --> 00:16:36.210
  • if there's one thing Christians and non-Christians
  • 00:16:36.210 --> 00:16:38.260
  • have in common, it's this,
  • 00:16:38.260 --> 00:16:40.210
  • we're both uptight about the gospel.
  • 00:16:40.210 --> 00:16:43.220
  • Satan's uptight with us sharing the gospel,
  • 00:16:43.220 --> 00:16:47.220
  • we're uptight with sharing the gospel.
  • 00:16:47.220 --> 00:16:50.080
  • So non-believers, they don't want to hear it,
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:52.010
  • don't talk to me!
  • 00:16:52.010 --> 00:16:53.070
  • Because like we were saying earlier,
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:54.210
  • they think you're gonna shove it down their throat.
  • 00:16:54.210 --> 00:16:56.250
  • They think you're gonna be judgemental and mean,
  • 00:16:56.250 --> 00:16:59.110
  • we should never be that way.
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  • Listen, if you want to win some, be winsome.
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  • Be nice about it.
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:07.030
  • Share the gospel with a smile on your face.
  • 00:17:07.030 --> 00:17:10.070
  • Care about the person you're talking to
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  • and build that bridge.
  • 00:17:13.140 --> 00:17:14.180
  • So many times Christians burn bridges
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  • instead of, they burn bridges rather
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:20.030
  • instead of build bridges.
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:21.210
  • And the objective is not to win the argument.
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:24.160
  • It's to win the soul.
  • 00:17:24.160 --> 00:17:26.230
  • Because I've seen some Christians who are very knowledgeable
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:29.270
  • and they come in with both gospel guns loaded
  • 00:17:29.270 --> 00:17:33.160
  • and they unload them on the non-believer
  • 00:17:33.160 --> 00:17:35.140
  • and tear down their arguments and humiliate them
  • 00:17:35.140 --> 00:17:38.100
  • and the non-believer says, "What a jerk,
  • 00:17:38.100 --> 00:17:40.140
  • I never wanna talk to a Christian again."
  • 00:17:40.140 --> 00:17:43.100
  • You could have done a lot more if you just woulda shut up
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  • and listened about and showed a little compassion and love
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:50.290
  • and let them share for a while
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:52.130
  • and say what they think
  • 00:17:52.130 --> 00:17:53.180
  • and now you can respond appropriately
  • 00:17:53.180 --> 00:17:55.180
  • with the message of the gospel.
  • 00:17:55.180 --> 00:17:57.280
  • But this is the great commission but sadly for many,
  • 00:17:57.280 --> 00:18:00.190
  • the great commission is the great omission.
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:03.200
  • Now let me say something that might surprise some,
  • 00:18:03.200 --> 00:18:05.220
  • but I believe it's true.
  • 00:18:05.220 --> 00:18:07.160
  • I believe to not share the gospel can actually be a sin.
  • 00:18:07.160 --> 00:18:11.040
  • And you might say well Greg you're going too far.
  • 00:18:12.160 --> 00:18:13.230
  • Well wait, hold on, what is a sin?
  • 00:18:13.230 --> 00:18:16.060
  • There's different definitions of sin
  • 00:18:16.060 --> 00:18:17.220
  • because there's different kinds of sin.
  • 00:18:17.220 --> 00:18:19.110
  • One definition of sin is to cross a line
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:21.250
  • so if I'm told don't step on the black carpet
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:25.070
  • and I step on the black carpet, I just crossed the line.
  • 00:18:25.070 --> 00:18:28.260
  • That's called a trespass.
  • 00:18:28.260 --> 00:18:30.230
  • So when I break a commandment
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:32.030
  • or when I do what God tells me not to do,
  • 00:18:32.030 --> 00:18:34.010
  • I just crossed the line, that's a sin.
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:36.170
  • That's a sin of commission.
  • 00:18:36.170 --> 00:18:38.140
  • But then there's the sin of omission.
  • 00:18:38.140 --> 00:18:40.210
  • The sin of omission is not doing what I should do.
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:44.090
  • The Bible says, "To him that knows to do good
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:46.150
  • and does not do it, to him it is sin."
  • 00:18:46.150 --> 00:18:49.270
  • In the same way if I really believe the Bible,
  • 00:18:49.270 --> 00:18:53.050
  • how many of you believe the Bible is true?
  • 00:18:53.050 --> 00:18:55.090
  • Hold your Bible up, raise your hand up, okay.
  • 00:18:55.090 --> 00:18:57.190
  • If I really believe the Bible
  • 00:18:57.190 --> 00:18:59.150
  • and I really believe what the Bible says about the afterlife
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:02.180
  • that there really is a Heaven and there really is a Hell,
  • 00:19:02.180 --> 00:19:05.160
  • if I really believe the gospel, which effectively says,
  • 00:19:05.160 --> 00:19:08.180
  • Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father,
  • 00:19:08.180 --> 00:19:12.060
  • and I really believe if a person rejects Christ
  • 00:19:12.060 --> 00:19:14.270
  • they will spend eternity separated from Him
  • 00:19:14.270 --> 00:19:17.280
  • and I don't even try to engage a person in a conversation
  • 00:19:17.280 --> 00:19:21.200
  • that could be the sin of omission, you see?
  • 00:19:21.200 --> 00:19:25.010
  • So, we don't want that to happen
  • 00:19:25.010 --> 00:19:26.220
  • and I think also we miss out on a great blessing.
  • 00:19:26.220 --> 00:19:30.070
  • Here's how it spiritually revives you,
  • 00:19:30.070 --> 00:19:33.230
  • when you get a new believer in your life,
  • 00:19:33.230 --> 00:19:37.100
  • it can reinvigorate your faith.
  • 00:19:37.100 --> 00:19:39.070
  • Listen to this, a new Christian needs an older believer
  • 00:19:39.070 --> 00:19:43.010
  • in their life to stabilize them.
  • 00:19:43.010 --> 00:19:45.270
  • An older Christian needs a younger believer in their life
  • 00:19:45.270 --> 00:19:49.010
  • to energize them, you know?
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:52.010
  • So, you know, if you've known the Lord for a long time,
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:55.170
  • and you just hang around with other people
  • 00:19:55.170 --> 00:19:57.060
  • that've known the Lord for a long time,
  • 00:19:57.060 --> 00:19:59.120
  • you go to church, you go out afterwards.
  • 00:19:59.120 --> 00:20:01.110
  • Maybe you argue theological minutia.
  • 00:20:01.110 --> 00:20:05.140
  • But when you have a brand new believer
  • 00:20:05.140 --> 00:20:06.240
  • that's hearing this all for the first time,
  • 00:20:06.240 --> 00:20:08.200
  • man it's gonna change you.
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:10.220
  • First of all you're gonna have to mind your P's and Q's.
  • 00:20:10.220 --> 00:20:14.020
  • Because if you have a brand new Christian
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:15.200
  • and you're driving to get lunch after church,
  • 00:20:15.200 --> 00:20:17.220
  • you might drive the speed limit for the first time in years.
  • 00:20:17.220 --> 00:20:21.000
  • You might think about
  • 00:20:22.110 --> 00:20:23.180
  • what you're gonna talk about over lunch.
  • 00:20:23.180 --> 00:20:25.120
  • Not the normal conversation that you have
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:28.050
  • where you complain about things or argue about things
  • 00:20:28.050 --> 00:20:32.070
  • but you might actually talk about things
  • 00:20:32.070 --> 00:20:33.210
  • that would interest the new believer.
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:35.260
  • And they'll ask you questions
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:37.200
  • and you may not have the answers.
  • 00:20:37.200 --> 00:20:40.140
  • Then again you may have a lot more answers than you think.
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:43.190
  • See God does not give us His truth to hoard
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:47.000
  • and to keep to ourselves.
  • 00:20:47.000 --> 00:20:48.180
  • He gives us His truth to share and Jesus said,
  • 00:20:48.180 --> 00:20:51.040
  • "Give and it shall be given unto you pressed down,
  • 00:20:51.040 --> 00:20:54.110
  • shaken together, running over.
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:56.030
  • With the same measure you give, it will be given to you."
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:59.180
  • When you're a generous believer in every way,
  • 00:20:59.180 --> 00:21:03.060
  • that includes with your finances,
  • 00:21:03.060 --> 00:21:05.260
  • that includes in your evangelism,
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:08.250
  • that includes everything.
  • 00:21:08.250 --> 00:21:09.240
  • Where you're a giving person,
  • 00:21:09.240 --> 00:21:11.210
  • God will replenish your supply.
  • 00:21:11.210 --> 00:21:14.130
  • And I think this is part of discipling.
  • 00:21:14.130 --> 00:21:17.030
  • I'll tell you something, I kinda broke all the rules
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:20.280
  • the way I came to Christ.
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:22.230
  • And by that I mean normally you share the gospel
  • 00:21:22.230 --> 00:21:26.150
  • with someone you either lead them to the Lord
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:29.010
  • and you bring them to church and they come to Christ.
  • 00:21:29.010 --> 00:21:31.110
  • Then you follow up and you help them grow in their faith.
  • 00:21:31.110 --> 00:21:34.030
  • None of that happened for me.
  • 00:21:34.030 --> 00:21:35.190
  • No one invited me to anything.
  • 00:21:35.190 --> 00:21:37.240
  • So you know my story, I saw the Christians meeting
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:40.110
  • on the front lawn on my high school campus,
  • 00:21:40.110 --> 00:21:42.010
  • I sat close enough where I could eavesdrop
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:45.120
  • in their conversation, no one invited me to the meeting.
  • 00:21:45.120 --> 00:21:47.290
  • But I heard the gospel and I heard enough to understand
  • 00:21:47.290 --> 00:21:50.290
  • I needed Jesus and I went forward and I prayed
  • 00:21:50.290 --> 00:21:53.220
  • and asked him into my life.
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  • Now I could have gone the wrong direction,
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  • I could have fallen through the cracks
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  • but thank God someone followed up on me.
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  • And his name was Mark.
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  • And I haven't seen him in years.
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  • He came up to me a few days later and said,
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  • "Hi, is your name Greg?"
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  • I said, "Yeah."
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  • He says, "I saw that you had accepted Jesus Christ
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  • the other day."
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  • I was like, "Yes, so?"
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  • Because I didn't really know what had happened to me.
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  • I'm like, "yeah, so, yeah, I did, what about it?"
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  • "Well, you need to start going to church."
  • 00:22:23.150 --> 00:22:27.060
  • "No, that's okay."
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  • "No, you need to come to church with me."
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:30.080
  • "No, no, I don't really want to go to church with you."
  • 00:22:30.080 --> 00:22:32.270
  • "Yeah, whatever, where do you live?
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  • I'm gonna come pick you up."
  • 00:22:34.150 --> 00:22:36.010
  • "No, I don't want to go to church with you, I said."
  • 00:22:36.010 --> 00:22:38.050
  • "No, you need to come to church, come on."
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  • And he was so persistent, just to make him stop I said
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  • "Okay, here's my address."
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  • He shows up at my house, I did not want to go to church.
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  • Now, so all I'd known of Christianity
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  • literally was a Bible Study of like 25 young people.
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  • I had not been in a church pretty much my whole life,
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  • maybe when I was a little boy with my grandparents
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  • but I don't remember a lot about that.
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  • So I go to this church, it's Calvary Chapel,
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  • it's in the middle of the Jesus Movement,
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  • there's people everywhere
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  • coming out of the windows practically.
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  • Worshiping God and I literally walked in
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  • and it kind of freaked me out,
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  • there was too much love in one place.
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  • And you'll have to understand the way I was raised
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  • my mom never hugged me,
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  • I'm not saying this to illicit sympathy
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  • but if you feel bad for me go ahead.
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  • But, she never hugged me.
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  • She never said I love you.
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  • So literally I was in a home where there was no affection.
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  • No I love you's and I walked in when a complete stranger
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  • comes up, some girl, "God bless you brother, I love you!"
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  • And she hugs me, I'm like, eek!
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  • It's like I didn't wanna be hugged.
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  • I didn't wanna be in this place
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  • and it was so packed out there was no seats
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  • and I was glad and I started to walk away
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  • and someone in the front row recognized me
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  • because they went to my high school.
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  • They said, "Greg, come sit with us!"
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  • And I walk in and they're singing, "Happy, happy, happy,
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  • where does this happy feeling come from, Jesus!"
  • 00:24:01.030 --> 00:24:04.230
  • And I'm like, why are they pointing up?
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  • What's up there?
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  • What's happening?
  • 00:24:07.170 --> 00:24:09.020
  • And I sat in the front row and I thought, "Oh man."
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  • And I was very uncomfortable and then a guy walks out,
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  • he's old, he's bald.
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  • And I'm thinking aw really?
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  • His name was Chuck Smith, I thought, I don't want to listen
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  • to some adult.
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  • I don't like adults because all the adults
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  • I'd been exposed to were not very good examples to me.
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  • And this guy comes out and he brings his Bible
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  • and I'm thinking oh brother, this is going to be so boring.
  • 00:24:39.030 --> 00:24:41.230
  • And he opens up the Bible and it just comes to life.
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  • And I'm like drinking it in
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  • and you couldn't get me out of the place after that.
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  • I went every night of the week
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  • to every Bible Study they had.
  • 00:24:51.150 --> 00:24:53.180
  • This guy Mark, he said, "Now I want you to come home
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  • and meet my parents."
  • 00:24:56.220 --> 00:24:58.060
  • I'd never been around a Christian family.
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  • My mom was married and divorced seven times.
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  • We didn't sit around a table and eat a meal
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  • and have a prayer followed up by a Bible study.
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  • You kidding me?
  • 00:25:08.050 --> 00:25:09.130
  • She'd be passed out on the floor.
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  • That was my life.
  • 00:25:11.200 --> 00:25:13.020
  • So I'm sitting in this house, we have our little meal.
  • 00:25:13.020 --> 00:25:15.250
  • We have prayer, they say grace, I'd never done that before.
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  • And then afterwards, let's have a Bible study.
  • 00:25:19.200 --> 00:25:21.220
  • And they're talking about things in the Bible
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  • and I'm drinking it in, I'm like a sponge.
  • 00:25:23.290 --> 00:25:26.280
  • I'm like SpongeBob Square Pants, no not like that.
  • 00:25:26.280 --> 00:25:29.290
  • You know, I'm just taking it in.
  • 00:25:29.290 --> 00:25:32.220
  • I'd never heard this before.
  • 00:25:32.220 --> 00:25:35.120
  • My life was changed.
  • 00:25:35.120 --> 00:25:36.200
  • Why?
  • 00:25:36.200 --> 00:25:38.050
  • Cause one guy just said I'm gonna go help that guy, Greg.
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  • And he took me under his wing
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  • and because he did that for me, here I sit today.
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  • And you know, here's the thing.
  • 00:25:48.150 --> 00:25:51.220
  • (audience applauds)
  • 00:25:51.220 --> 00:25:54.260
  • We all know the great, you know rockstar preachers,
  • 00:25:54.260 --> 00:25:57.290
  • if you will, the Billy Graham's of the world,
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  • thank God for them.
  • 00:26:00.060 --> 00:26:01.210
  • But you know, a lot of times it's the unsung heroes
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  • that play a key role.
  • 00:26:05.130 --> 00:26:07.020
  • Someone who sews the seed in the life of the Billy Graham.
  • 00:26:07.020 --> 00:26:10.070
  • Or someone that follows up on someone
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  • that stands in the gap for someone.
  • 00:26:12.110 --> 00:26:14.080
  • You don't have to be a theologian to do this.
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  • So I'm telling you in this last message
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  • in this "Jesus Revolution" series,
  • 00:26:19.110 --> 00:26:21.260
  • if you want to experience revival, do revival-like things.
  • 00:26:21.260 --> 00:26:26.260
  • What did we do back in those days?
  • 00:26:27.290 --> 00:26:29.140
  • We told you already, we had passionate heartfelt worship.
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  • We studied the word of God.
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  • We believe that Jesus Christ could come back
  • 00:26:34.170 --> 00:26:37.150
  • at any moment.
  • 00:26:37.150 --> 00:26:39.040
  • And we shared our faith all of the time.
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  • I would just say to you, if you would just start
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  • doing those things, open every day with the Word of God,
  • 00:26:45.010 --> 00:26:48.140
  • study the Word of God.
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  • Start living, believing that Christ could come back
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  • at any moment and look for opportunities
  • 00:26:52.240 --> 00:26:55.090
  • to tell others about Jesus, you'll experience revival.
  • 00:26:55.090 --> 00:26:59.110
  • Cause as I've said, we overly mystify revival, too.
  • 00:26:59.110 --> 00:27:01.280
  • As we do evangelism, revival just means restoration
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  • to original condition.
  • 00:27:05.140 --> 00:27:07.210
  • And revival starts with you.
  • 00:27:07.210 --> 00:27:10.020
  • It starts with me.
  • 00:27:10.020 --> 00:27:12.000
  • (upbeat music)
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  • This is the day when the lost are found
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  • can you hear the angels are singing
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  • this is the day, the day when life begins.
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