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Fellowship

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May 21, 2020
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Insightful teaching from Pastor Robert Morris and dynamic worship with Gateway Worship.

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  • Have you ever stopped toconsider where you are in life?
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  • Or where you're going?
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  • Have you considered whereGod wants you to go?
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  • Join us today, as my pastor,Robert Morris,
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  • begins a new series that willreveal to you where you are now,
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  • and more importantly, how to getto the next level
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  • of your walk with him.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: We're beginninga new series called,
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  • "You Are Here",
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  • and I'm extremely excitedabout this series.
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  • It'll be a four-week series.
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  • I'll preach all of the messagesin this series.
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  • I'm excited about this series,because I believe that Jesus
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  • gave us a teaching thatshows us exactly where we are
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  • in our life with God,our journey with God,
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  • and how to get to the next step.
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  • And the reason I titled it,"You Are Here",
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  • everyone knows about, you know,the, "You Are Here" --
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  • you've seen it in a mall,or you've seen it in --
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  • you know, at an amusement parkor something.
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  • We used to have season passesto Six Flags
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  • when the kids were young.
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  • And I remember the first thingwe did; we went
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  • to the "You Are Here" sign.
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  • And the reason we did that,was not to know where we were --
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  • we knew where we were --but to know how to get
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  • where we wanted to go.
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  • And there's a passage ofscripture in Mark 4
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  • that shows us that.
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  • Now, before I show you thispassage, let me show --
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  • let me tell you abouta survey that we actually
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  • participated in aboutseven years ago.
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  • There were 525 churches thatparticipated in the survey.
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  • 525 churches.
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  • And 180.000 peopleparticipated in the survey.
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  • The purpose of the surveywas to see how well we were,
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  • as churches, disciplining peopleand teaching people God's Word.
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  • And it helped pastorsand leadership to be able
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  • to see that, but what came outof this survey was it showed
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  • that everyone that'sattending church is
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  • in one of four groups of people.
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  • And not only did it show that,but it showed how you get
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  • to the next stage --
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  • And immediately, when I sawthe results of that survey,
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  • I thought of Mark 4.
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  • So let me justshow four groups.
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  • Don't make any snide remarkto the person beside you
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  • about my artistic abilities.
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  • So what this survey showed wasthat everyone is in
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  • one of four groups of people.
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  • The first group are thosepeople who -- and I'm just
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  • going to put the initials,who are exploring God.
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  • Now, I want to show yousomething else.
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  • If you're taking notesand you want to put this,
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  • it'll help you.
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  • Put a cross right there,because these are people that
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  • are actually attending church,but have not come to know
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  • the Lord as their Savior yet.
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  • And we love these people,because this is where
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  • we all start.
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  • All of us have a journey,and people start exploring God,
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  • but they just haven't come tounderstand that they need
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  • to accept Jesus as theirpersonal Lord and Savior yet.
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  • So -- by the way, this surveywas only people
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  • attending church.
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  • So there's a whole other groupof people over here
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  • that aren't even attendingchurch, and we would call them
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  • far from God.
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  • The second group are peoplewho are beginning in God.
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  • These are people who haveaccepted Christ now,
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  • and they are nowbeginning in God.
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  • The next group are peoplewho are close to God,
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  • and they're growing in theirrelationship even more.
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  • And then, this last groupare people who are God centered.
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  • And I'll show you the differencebetween close to God,
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  • and God centered.
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  • And, what I'm doing iseach of these, each week,
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  • I've given 'em a name.
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  • And this week,it's "Fellowship".
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  • These are people that arelearning to -- about fellowship,
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  • the people in the first group,and we'll -- each week,
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  • there'll be another wordlike this over each of these.
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  • I'll go ahead and give itto you,
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  • so you can kind of understand.
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  • I don't mind.
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  • These people, are peoplewho are -- let me think...
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  • Okay, I'll give itto you next week.
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  • So anyway.[laughter]
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  • It's driving me crazy now.
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  • Yeah; I knew that.
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  • I just wanted todo something funny.
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  • [laughter]
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  • These are people now who arein relationship with God;
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  • they've begun theirrelationship.
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  • These are people who arelearning about discipleship.
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  • And then, these are peoplewho've really entered into,
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  • and are experiencing on a dailybasis,
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  • the lordship of Christ.
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  • And so, we're going totalk about this for
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  • the next four weeks, alright?
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  • Okay.Look at Mark 4:1.
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  • "And he again beganto teach by the sea.
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  • And a great multitudewas gathered to him,
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  • so that he got into a boat andhe sat it -- in it on the sea.
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  • And the whole multitude wason the land facing the sea.
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  • Then he taught them manythings by parables," --
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  • remember the word parables:"And he said to them
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  • in his teaching: 'Listen!
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  • Behold, a sowerwent out to sow.
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  • And it happened, as he sowed,that some seed
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  • fell by the wayside.
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  • And the birds of the aircame and devoured it.
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  • Some fell on stony ground,'"-- this is the second group
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  • "Where it did not havemuch earth.
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  • And immediately it sprang upbecause it had
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  • no depth of earth.
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  • But when the sun was upand it was scorched,
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  • and because it had no rootit withered away."
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  • Here's the third group.
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  • "Some seed fellamong thorns.
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  • And the thorns grew upand choked it,
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  • and it yielded no crop."
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  • And the fourth group.
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  • Mark 4:8.
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  • "But other seed fell on goodground and yielded a crop
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  • that sprang up, increasedand produced:
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  • some thirty fold, some sixty,and some a hundred."
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  • Mark 4:9 says: "And he said tothem, 'He who has ears to hear,
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  • let him hear!'"
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  • Now, for those of you thathave been in church awhile,
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  • this phrase, "He who hasears to hear, let him hear!"
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  • is familiar to you.
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  • But if you've never beenin church, you know,
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  • if you think about that phrase,it's a little odd,
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  • because it sounds like thatthere were people that day
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  • that didn't have ears.
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  • And so, you know,they were thinking, okay.
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  • Oh, that guy,he doesn't have any ears
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  • on the side of his head,so Jesus isn't talking to him.
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  • Obviously, he's not talkingabout literal ears.
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  • He's talking aboutspiritual ears.
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  • So he said, "I'm talkingabout something spiritual.
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  • "I want to remind youthat the Bible
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  • is a spiritual book,written by a spiritual being,
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  • to spiritual beings.
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  • So according to1 Corinthians 2,
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  • the natural mind can'tunderstand this book.
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  • We can't -- you can'tunderstand it,
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  • unless you understand itthrough the spirit.
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  • All right?
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  • So notice Mark 4:10.
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  • "When he was alone, thosearound him with the twelve
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  • asked him about the parable."
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  • Now, watch Mark 4:13.
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  • "And he said to them, 'Do younot understand this parable?
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  • How then will you understandall the parables?'"
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  • Now, I don't want us togo past this, this quickly.
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  • Because we are readingthrough the Bible,
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  • and we go past stuff, you know?
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  • And let me just tell you,when you read something
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  • in the Bible, you needto stop and think about it.
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  • I just want you to let thissink in a moment, alright?
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  • Here's what Jesus said: "Youdon't understand this Parable?
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  • How are you going tounderstand the rest of them?"
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  • Now, think about that.
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  • This is Jesus.
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  • Here, in essence,is what he said.
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  • "If you don't understandthis one, you can't understand
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  • any of 'em."
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  • "How are you going tounderstand all of the parables,
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  • if you don't understandthis one?"
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  • So this one'spretty important.
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  • That's why we're going tospend four weeks on it.
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  • All right,look at Mark 4:14.
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  • "The sower sows the word."
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  • He's explaining it now.
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  • So seed representsthe word in this.
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  • "And these are the ones bythe wayside where the word
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  • is sown.
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  • When they hear, Satan," --so the birds of the air
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  • represent Satanin this parable.
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  • "Satan comes immediately,"that's a very important word.
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  • Immediately: "And takes awaythe word that was sown
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  • in their hearts.
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  • These likewise are the ones,"here's the second group:
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  • "Sown on stony ground who,when they hear the word,
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  • immediately receive it,"they receive it:
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  • "With gladness.
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  • And they have no rootin themselves,
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  • so they endure only for a time.
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  • Afterward, when tribulationor persecution arises
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  • for the word's sake,immediately they stumble."
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  • I'm not saying they fall away,just said they stumble.
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  • Mark 4:18.
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  • "These are the ones among --sown among thorns."
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  • And we -- and I'll show you itlater, what thorns represent
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  • in the Bible.
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  • "They are the ones who hearthe word, and the cares
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  • of this world,the deceitfulness of riches,
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  • and the desires for other thingsentering in choke the word,
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  • and it becomes unfruitful."In their lives, in other words.
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  • Mark 4:20.
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  • "These are the ones," fourthgroup: "Sown on good ground,
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  • those who hear the word,accept it, and bear fruit:
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  • some thirty fold, some sixty,and some a hundred."
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  • Okay, let's talk aboutthis for a moment.
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  • First of all,the word parable.
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  • The word parable comes froma Greek word, para --
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  • it's two Greek wordsput together.
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  • Para, bole.
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  • Parable.
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  • Para, bole.
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  • Para means alongside.
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  • Bole means to throw.
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  • Now, that doesn't makemuch sense to us,
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  • unless we think about it.
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  • It means to throwsomething alongside.
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  • That's what a parable is.
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  • A parable is a story thatJesus would use
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  • to throw alongside a truth.
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  • So you could see the --understand something
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  • in the natural,and see the truth.
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  • There's another Greek wordthat para as it --
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  • as part of it,and it's parakletos.
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  • Now, we say in English,kind of a version of it.
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  • People say paraclete.
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  • It's really not the best wayto say it,
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  • but it's parakletos.
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  • And that is the Holy Spirit.
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  • Para, again, means alongside.
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  • Kletos means to comeor to walk.
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  • So this is really good news,the Holy Spirit is someone
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  • who would like towalk alongside you.
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  • So that's what that means.
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  • So this is whatJesus is doing.
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  • He's telling us this story,so that we understand a truth.
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  • Now, I misunderstoodthis parable for years.
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  • I actually thought,and many people believe this,
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  • that it was talking about threepeople who were bad people.
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  • And one person who was good.
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  • Three people who didn'treceive the word,
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  • and one who did.
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  • But it actually -- even,very clearly says on one
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  • of 'em they receive the word.
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  • So this isn't talking aboutbad people.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • It's talking abouta bad enemy.
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  • And it's talking about howyou overcome the enemy,
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  • at each stage of yourgrowth in God.
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  • All right?
  • 00:11:49.367 --> 00:11:50.502
  • So if you notice, there arefour groups, and you could
  • 00:11:50.602 --> 00:11:53.271
  • actually put -- if you want to,over all four of these,
  • 00:11:53.371 --> 00:11:57.776
  • you could putthe word growing.
  • 00:11:57.876 --> 00:12:01.279
  • Because all of thesepeople are growing.
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  • So people grow in theirunderstanding of God
  • 00:12:04.983 --> 00:12:08.520
  • before they're born again.
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  • So we're all growing.
  • 00:12:10.221 --> 00:12:11.256
  • By the way, these people whoare God centered
  • 00:12:11.356 --> 00:12:13.291
  • haven't arrived.
  • 00:12:13.391 --> 00:12:14.826
  • They're still growing.
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  • And if you ever stop growing,you'll start going backwards.
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  • We call it backsliding, right?
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  • Okay?
  • 00:12:21.166 --> 00:12:21.933
  • All right, so I want youto notice.
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  • There are four groups.
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  • If there are four groups,there are three movements.
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  • Three steps.
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  • You see that?
  • 00:12:32.210 --> 00:12:33.645
  • In other words, if I havefour fingers here,
  • 00:12:33.745 --> 00:12:36.347
  • how many gaps are there?
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  • One, two, three.
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  • If I were to move from thisfinger to this finger,
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  • that's one move.
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  • That's a move.
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  • And that's a move.
  • 00:12:43.388 --> 00:12:44.355
  • So in this survey now,this is 180.000 people.
  • 00:12:44.455 --> 00:12:48.426
  • And it was just to find out howwell are we doing as churches,
  • 00:12:48.526 --> 00:12:51.830
  • disciplining people,and helping people
  • 00:12:51.930 --> 00:12:54.098
  • grow in their understandingof God and his Word?
  • 00:12:54.199 --> 00:12:55.767
  • And it was just amazing howit boiled down to these --
  • 00:12:55.867 --> 00:13:01.406
  • that every person attendingchurch was in one of
  • 00:13:01.506 --> 00:13:03.241
  • these four groups, and everyperson attending church,
  • 00:13:03.341 --> 00:13:05.910
  • it was easy to see one truththat caused them to move
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:10.949
  • from group one to group two.
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  • All right?
  • 00:13:12.617 --> 00:13:13.351
  • So let me showyou that truth.
  • 00:13:13.451 --> 00:13:14.652
  • If you move from group oneto group two, it was
  • 00:13:14.752 --> 00:13:18.656
  • because of this one truth thatyou understood finally.
  • 00:13:18.756 --> 00:13:22.327
  • It was the truth of grace.
  • 00:13:22.427 --> 00:13:27.699
  • That's how people moved.
  • 00:13:27.799 --> 00:13:28.967
  • Let me say it another way.
  • 00:13:29.067 --> 00:13:30.235
  • People in this category,when they talk -- in all
  • 00:13:30.335 --> 00:13:33.671
  • three of these, but whenthey talked about salvation,
  • 00:13:33.771 --> 00:13:36.474
  • they said, "I strongly agreethat nothing I have ever done
  • 00:13:36.574 --> 00:13:41.045
  • or ever will do couldearn my salvation."
  • 00:13:41.145 --> 00:13:45.383
  • But people who were over here,thought, no, I have to do
  • 00:13:45.483 --> 00:13:48.620
  • something to earn it.
  • 00:13:48.720 --> 00:13:50.421
  • But once they understood grace,they could move over here.
  • 00:13:50.521 --> 00:13:54.392
  • That's how you becomea believer,
  • 00:13:54.492 --> 00:13:55.994
  • is you understand Jesus paid foryour sins, and you accept that.
  • 00:13:56.094 --> 00:13:59.297
  • You accept himas your Savior.
  • 00:13:59.397 --> 00:14:00.732
  • You follow me?
  • 00:14:00.832 --> 00:14:01.633
  • Okay.
  • 00:14:01.733 --> 00:14:02.934
  • People that move from grouptwo to group three was people
  • 00:14:03.034 --> 00:14:06.938
  • who began to have anunderstanding of God's Word
  • 00:14:07.038 --> 00:14:13.678
  • as the final authorityin their life.
  • 00:14:13.778 --> 00:14:16.881
  • In other words, when a persongets saved, he thinks
  • 00:14:16.981 --> 00:14:19.150
  • the Bible's a good book,and it is, it's God's Word,
  • 00:14:19.250 --> 00:14:23.221
  • but once you understand,no, no, no.
  • 00:14:23.321 --> 00:14:25.423
  • Wait a minute.
  • 00:14:25.523 --> 00:14:26.424
  • This is God's Wordto my life.
  • 00:14:26.524 --> 00:14:30.228
  • This is how I run my life.
  • 00:14:30.328 --> 00:14:31.296
  • I want to know how to runmy business,
  • 00:14:31.396 --> 00:14:32.597
  • I want to know howto be married.
  • 00:14:32.697 --> 00:14:33.798
  • I want to know howto raise my children.
  • 00:14:33.898 --> 00:14:35.867
  • I -- it's in the book.
  • 00:14:35.967 --> 00:14:37.435
  • This is not justa good book.
  • 00:14:37.535 --> 00:14:38.770
  • This is the book, and oncepeople begin to recognize
  • 00:14:38.870 --> 00:14:42.340
  • God's Word as the finalauthority in their life.
  • 00:14:42.440 --> 00:14:46.544
  • You know, when I used to beable to talk with people
  • 00:14:46.644 --> 00:14:49.113
  • about their marriage,going through
  • 00:14:49.213 --> 00:14:50.882
  • marriage difficulties,I'd always have to come
  • 00:14:50.982 --> 00:14:52.350
  • to that point.
  • 00:14:52.450 --> 00:14:53.384
  • Let me just ask you something,sir, ma'am.
  • 00:14:53.484 --> 00:14:55.520
  • Is God's Word the finalauthority in your life?
  • 00:14:55.620 --> 00:14:58.323
  • Because if it is,we can fix this marriage.
  • 00:14:58.423 --> 00:15:00.758
  • If it's not,I can't help you.
  • 00:15:00.858 --> 00:15:03.261
  • So people who begin to moveand grow in their relationship
  • 00:15:03.361 --> 00:15:06.064
  • with God,they understood that.
  • 00:15:06.164 --> 00:15:08.266
  • Now, this third move,I got really excited about.
  • 00:15:08.366 --> 00:15:11.069
  • And I want to remind you,this is a survey again,
  • 00:15:11.169 --> 00:15:13.338
  • 525 churches, 180.000 people.
  • 00:15:13.438 --> 00:15:17.008
  • But one truth, people movefrom the third group
  • 00:15:17.108 --> 00:15:21.079
  • to the fourth group --watch the word,
  • 00:15:21.179 --> 00:15:24.082
  • you're going to seethat I really like it.
  • 00:15:24.182 --> 00:15:25.883
  • When they understoodthe truth of giving.
  • 00:15:25.984 --> 00:15:28.886
  • That's the theme ofthe Bible, right there.
  • 00:15:28.987 --> 00:15:30.355
  • Now, here -- but, listen.
  • 00:15:30.455 --> 00:15:31.789
  • It's not just giving money.
  • 00:15:31.889 --> 00:15:33.992
  • It's giving your life.
  • 00:15:34.092 --> 00:15:35.893
  • It's giving your life awayfor the Kingdom of God.
  • 00:15:35.994 --> 00:15:38.096
  • These people understood,I'm not on the earth for me.
  • 00:15:38.196 --> 00:15:41.099
  • I'm on the earth forthe Kingdom of God.
  • 00:15:41.199 --> 00:15:43.401
  • And this is when God became --God centered.
  • 00:15:43.501 --> 00:15:45.970
  • And they began to give oftheir time, their talents,
  • 00:15:46.070 --> 00:15:50.074
  • and their treasure.
  • 00:15:50.174 --> 00:15:51.409
  • you could also think aboutthis as "friendship".
  • 00:15:51.509 --> 00:15:54.212
  • I just, you know,they all have "-ship".
  • 00:15:54.312 --> 00:15:57.615
  • I'm just -- I'm gifted that way,but you could think about it,
  • 00:15:57.715 --> 00:16:00.018
  • this is friendship.Okay?
  • 00:16:00.118 --> 00:16:01.586
  • These people reallydon't know Christ,
  • 00:16:01.686 --> 00:16:03.221
  • they've never met him.
  • 00:16:03.321 --> 00:16:05.156
  • They've onlyheard about him.
  • 00:16:05.256 --> 00:16:06.157
  • He's not a friend yet.
  • 00:16:06.257 --> 00:16:07.592
  • Okay?
  • 00:16:07.692 --> 00:16:08.426
  • These people,now he's a friend.
  • 00:16:08.526 --> 00:16:10.595
  • He's become their friend.
  • 00:16:10.695 --> 00:16:11.796
  • They have actually met himand been introduced to him
  • 00:16:11.896 --> 00:16:13.598
  • through salvation,so he's a friend.
  • 00:16:13.698 --> 00:16:15.967
  • These people,he's the best friend.
  • 00:16:16.067 --> 00:16:18.703
  • He's their best friend.
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  • They talk to him.
  • 00:16:19.871 --> 00:16:21.806
  • As a matter of fact,in the survey,
  • 00:16:21.906 --> 00:16:22.940
  • these people rarelytalked to God.
  • 00:16:23.041 --> 00:16:27.712
  • These people occasionallytalk to God.
  • 00:16:27.812 --> 00:16:30.815
  • This is how we could tellthe difference.
  • 00:16:30.915 --> 00:16:32.417
  • These people frequentlytalked to God,
  • 00:16:32.517 --> 00:16:34.786
  • and these peopletalked to God often.
  • 00:16:34.886 --> 00:16:36.721
  • So this is best friend.
  • 00:16:36.821 --> 00:16:38.089
  • You say, "So, what?
  • 00:16:38.189 --> 00:16:39.424
  • What's a higher than that?"
  • 00:16:39.524 --> 00:16:40.558
  • Well, in our society,unfortunately,
  • 00:16:40.658 --> 00:16:43.227
  • it's difficult sometimes forsome people to relate to this,
  • 00:16:43.327 --> 00:16:45.563
  • because of the societywe live in.
  • 00:16:45.663 --> 00:16:47.665
  • The sin, the fallen naturethat we live in,
  • 00:16:47.765 --> 00:16:49.901
  • and it's gotten tosuch a degree,
  • 00:16:50.001 --> 00:16:51.235
  • we don't understand this.
  • 00:16:51.335 --> 00:16:52.270
  • But I'm going to show you.
  • 00:16:52.370 --> 00:16:53.504
  • I'll give it to youin another term.
  • 00:16:53.604 --> 00:16:54.906
  • This is the person, that notonly are you married to,
  • 00:16:55.006 --> 00:16:58.076
  • but it's your soulmate -- asJimmy said a few weeks ago --
  • 00:16:58.176 --> 00:17:00.845
  • it's the person you'vebeen married to 35 years,
  • 00:17:00.945 --> 00:17:03.014
  • and you lay your lifedown for that person.
  • 00:17:03.114 --> 00:17:05.416
  • That's -- when you see allof a sudden the Lord
  • 00:17:05.516 --> 00:17:08.119
  • is now your husband.
  • 00:17:08.219 --> 00:17:10.621
  • Your spouse.
  • 00:17:10.721 --> 00:17:11.722
  • And you enter into adeeper relationship.
  • 00:17:11.823 --> 00:17:13.291
  • But we're focusing on peoplewho are exploring God
  • 00:17:13.391 --> 00:17:16.661
  • this weekend.
  • 00:17:16.761 --> 00:17:17.662
  • All right?
  • 00:17:17.762 --> 00:17:18.896
  • So let me just show you again --look back at Mark 4:14.
  • 00:17:18.996 --> 00:17:24.402
  • It says: "The sowersows the word.
  • 00:17:24.502 --> 00:17:26.871
  • And these are the onesby the wayside
  • 00:17:26.971 --> 00:17:28.973
  • where the word is sown.
  • 00:17:29.073 --> 00:17:30.975
  • When they hear, Satan comesimmediately and takes away
  • 00:17:31.075 --> 00:17:37.849
  • the word that was sownin their hearts."
  • 00:17:37.949 --> 00:17:42.120
  • Okay, two -- couple things Iwant to share about this.
  • 00:17:42.220 --> 00:17:44.155
  • This is Jesus talking,remember.
  • 00:17:44.255 --> 00:17:45.790
  • First of all, I'm --this is going to shock you.
  • 00:17:45.890 --> 00:17:48.292
  • But Satan can take the wordout of your heart.
  • 00:17:48.392 --> 00:17:52.497
  • That's what Jesus said.
  • 00:17:53.898 --> 00:17:55.066
  • So if you disagree with me,I don't need an email on it.
  • 00:17:55.166 --> 00:17:57.401
  • Email him.
  • 00:17:57.502 --> 00:17:58.903
  • This is in red,by the way, okay?
  • 00:17:59.003 --> 00:18:01.506
  • Satan comes immediatelyand takes away the word
  • 00:18:01.606 --> 00:18:05.443
  • that was sown in their hearts.
  • 00:18:05.543 --> 00:18:06.911
  • This is why you need toprotect your heart,
  • 00:18:07.011 --> 00:18:09.480
  • 'cause your heart is the groundthat can produce thirty,
  • 00:18:09.580 --> 00:18:12.984
  • sixty, or a hundredfold.
  • 00:18:13.084 --> 00:18:14.819
  • Or, Satan can take theword out of your heart.
  • 00:18:14.919 --> 00:18:17.255
  • So it's very important.
  • 00:18:17.355 --> 00:18:18.356
  • Now, you say, "Well,I'm not in that group.
  • 00:18:18.456 --> 00:18:20.424
  • I don't need to hearthis message."
  • 00:18:20.525 --> 00:18:21.459
  • Yes, you do.
  • 00:18:21.559 --> 00:18:22.693
  • Because even if you're notin the group, exploring God,
  • 00:18:22.793 --> 00:18:24.162
  • you know someonein this group.
  • 00:18:24.262 --> 00:18:26.731
  • Is that right?
  • 00:18:26.831 --> 00:18:28.099
  • You know someonein that group.
  • 00:18:28.199 --> 00:18:30.034
  • We -- you're either in thisfirst group, or you know
  • 00:18:30.134 --> 00:18:32.737
  • someone in this group.
  • 00:18:32.837 --> 00:18:33.938
  • And here's what's amazing.
  • 00:18:34.038 --> 00:18:35.439
  • Have you ever had someonethat you've been working on,
  • 00:18:35.540 --> 00:18:38.176
  • and they go througha difficulty or a tragedy,
  • 00:18:38.276 --> 00:18:41.112
  • and they're all of a suddenopen to God?
  • 00:18:41.212 --> 00:18:43.781
  • You ever had that?
  • 00:18:43.881 --> 00:18:45.049
  • And they're real open to God,and they even talk to you,
  • 00:18:45.149 --> 00:18:47.585
  • and they ask foryour prayers and all.
  • 00:18:47.685 --> 00:18:49.020
  • And a few weeks go by,and they're not open anymore?
  • 00:18:49.120 --> 00:18:51.923
  • You ever seen that?
  • 00:18:52.023 --> 00:18:53.524
  • You know why?
  • 00:18:53.624 --> 00:18:54.592
  • Because Satan followed upon 'em immediately.
  • 00:18:54.692 --> 00:18:57.862
  • The word was sown in theirheart, and Satan
  • 00:18:57.962 --> 00:19:01.265
  • came and took it out.
  • 00:19:01.365 --> 00:19:03.234
  • So I have a question for you.
  • 00:19:03.334 --> 00:19:04.235
  • If Satan follows upon people immediately,
  • 00:19:04.335 --> 00:19:06.404
  • why don't we?
  • 00:19:06.504 --> 00:19:09.073
  • Why don't we follow upon 'em immediately?
  • 00:19:09.173 --> 00:19:10.608
  • Okay.
  • 00:19:10.708 --> 00:19:11.742
  • Now, this same parable inMark 4 is in Matthew 13
  • 00:19:11.842 --> 00:19:16.113
  • and Luke 8.
  • 00:19:16.214 --> 00:19:17.281
  • You don't need to turn to those,but I'm just going to
  • 00:19:17.381 --> 00:19:19.050
  • read you that one verse inthose passages as well,
  • 00:19:19.150 --> 00:19:22.086
  • and hopefully, the next fewweeks, you could read this
  • 00:19:22.186 --> 00:19:24.622
  • in all the gospels, and maybein different versions.
  • 00:19:24.722 --> 00:19:28.192
  • Matthew 13:19 says: "Whenanyone hears the word
  • 00:19:28.292 --> 00:19:31.862
  • of the Kingdom" when anyonehears the word of the Kingdom,
  • 00:19:31.963 --> 00:19:35.099
  • the gospel: "And does notunderstand it,
  • 00:19:35.199 --> 00:19:39.270
  • the wicked one comes --then the wicked one comes
  • 00:19:39.370 --> 00:19:41.839
  • and snatches away what was sownin his heart."
  • 00:19:41.939 --> 00:19:46.477
  • Now, why does God want youto understand it?
  • 00:19:46.577 --> 00:19:49.013
  • Well, Luke 8 tells us.
  • 00:19:49.113 --> 00:19:51.549
  • Again, same verse.
  • 00:19:51.649 --> 00:19:52.383
  • Luke 8:12.
  • 00:19:52.483 --> 00:19:53.451
  • "Those by the waysideare the ones who hear.
  • 00:19:53.551 --> 00:19:55.553
  • Then the devil comes andtakes away the word out of
  • 00:19:55.653 --> 00:19:58.656
  • their hearts, lest theyshould believe and be saved."
  • 00:19:58.756 --> 00:20:04.795
  • Did I not tell you that thesepeople haven't been saved yet?
  • 00:20:04.895 --> 00:20:09.900
  • See?
  • 00:20:10.001 --> 00:20:10.701
  • Lest they believeand be saved.
  • 00:20:10.801 --> 00:20:13.271
  • Here are three thingsthat you need to know
  • 00:20:13.371 --> 00:20:16.040
  • if you're in the exploringGod group,
  • 00:20:16.140 --> 00:20:18.509
  • so that you can understandthe word, and be saved.
  • 00:20:18.609 --> 00:20:22.446
  • Number one,this is on salvation,
  • 00:20:22.546 --> 00:20:24.815
  • it's not based on works.
  • 00:20:24.915 --> 00:20:27.952
  • It's not based on works.
  • 00:20:28.052 --> 00:20:30.655
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 says:"For by grace you have
  • 00:20:30.755 --> 00:20:34.158
  • been saved through faith,and that not of yourselves.
  • 00:20:34.258 --> 00:20:38.829
  • It is the gift of God,not of works,
  • 00:20:38.929 --> 00:20:42.433
  • lest anyone should boast."
  • 00:20:42.533 --> 00:20:44.602
  • Listen, I've got good newsfor you.
  • 00:20:44.702 --> 00:20:46.604
  • If you want to go to heaven,it's not based on your works.
  • 00:20:46.704 --> 00:20:50.574
  • That's good news.
  • 00:20:50.675 --> 00:20:51.942
  • It's based on his work.
  • 00:20:52.043 --> 00:20:54.078
  • John 6:28-29.
  • 00:20:54.178 --> 00:20:56.180
  • "They said to him, 'Whatshall we do, that we may work
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:59.283
  • the works of God?'"
  • 00:20:59.383 --> 00:21:02.186
  • Even plural, work the works,plural, of God.
  • 00:21:02.286 --> 00:21:04.522
  • "Jesus answered and said tothem, 'This is the work of God,
  • 00:21:04.622 --> 00:21:08.559
  • that you believe in himwhom he sent.'"
  • 00:21:08.659 --> 00:21:12.096
  • That's how you get saved.
  • 00:21:12.196 --> 00:21:13.431
  • Now, let me just saysomething, by the way, okay?
  • 00:21:13.531 --> 00:21:16.167
  • These people arestill growing.
  • 00:21:16.267 --> 00:21:17.835
  • I have noticed,more than anything,
  • 00:21:17.935 --> 00:21:20.938
  • one of the greatest battlesagainst people I know
  • 00:21:21.038 --> 00:21:23.941
  • who are in this group,it's to get them back in works.
  • 00:21:24.041 --> 00:21:27.845
  • It's amazing to me.
  • 00:21:27.945 --> 00:21:30.114
  • Because when you got saved,you knew that you didn't
  • 00:21:30.214 --> 00:21:33.317
  • deserve it.
  • 00:21:33.417 --> 00:21:34.518
  • There was no doubt,you didn't deserve it.
  • 00:21:34.618 --> 00:21:36.587
  • But now, it's20 years later.
  • 00:21:36.687 --> 00:21:38.756
  • And you're a leader inthe church, and you know
  • 00:21:38.856 --> 00:21:40.391
  • the Word of God, and you tithe.
  • 00:21:40.491 --> 00:21:45.029
  • You still don't deserve it.
  • 00:21:45.129 --> 00:21:47.098
  • It's still by his grace.
  • 00:21:47.198 --> 00:21:49.066
  • It's by his grace.
  • 00:21:49.166 --> 00:21:50.101
  • Ephesians says it's a gift.
  • 00:21:50.201 --> 00:21:52.203
  • It's a gift.
  • 00:21:52.303 --> 00:21:53.204
  • So, point number one,it's not by works.
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  • Here's number two,it's a free gift.
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  • I've got even better newsfor you.
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  • Not only is it a gift,it's free.
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  • Romans 6:23 says: "Forthe wages of sin is death,"
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  • notice, wages, that's whatyou get if you work for it.
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  • That's what youget paid, death.
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  • "But the free gift of God iseternal life through
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  • Jesus Christ our Lord."
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  • I know there's an old hymn,but listen to me carefully.
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  • Jesus paid it all.
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  • He did not make a down paymenton your salvation,
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  • and you have to pay the rest.
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  • He paid it all.
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  • You just -- that's good --is that good news?
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  • That's good news, isn't it?
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  • He paid it all.
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  • You just receive it.
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  • It's like he made a depositin your name, and if you'll
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  • just go and sign up,you can receive it.
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  • That's what this is.
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  • And here's number three,it's easy to receive.
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  • We're talkingabout salvation.
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  • It's easy to receive.
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  • Romans 10:9 says: "If youconfess with your mouth
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  • the Lord Jesus and believe inyour heart that God raised
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  • him from the dead,you will be saved."
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  • That's the Bible.
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  • Don't complicatewhat God made simple.
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  • God took the mostcomplicated issue in the world,
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  • how can a sinful personhave a relationship
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  • with a holy God,and he made it simple.
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  • Confess with your mouth,and believe in your heart.
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  • And you'll be saved.
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  • That's pretty simple,isn't it?
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  • And if you are here today,and you're in this group,
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  • Exploring God, I'm telling you,it's easy.
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  • It's easy; you just have tobelieve that it's by grace
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  • that you get saved;not of your works.
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  • ROBERT: A few years ago,Debbie and I
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  • were in Guatemala,and we took an afternoon,
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  • and just went bysome shops there.
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  • And we walked into this shop,and we heard Christian music.
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  • So I found the ownerand I said to him,
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  • "Are you a Christian?"
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  • And he said, "No, I'm not."
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  • I said, "Why are you playingthis music?"
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  • He said, "I like it.
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  • There's something about itthat I like."
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  • And I said to him, "Did you knowthat it's easy
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  • to become a Christian?"
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  • And he said, "No.
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  • I've heard just the opposite."
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  • And I said, "Oh, no.
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  • It's very easy."
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  • And I took a few momentsand explained to him
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  • exactly what I've told youin this message,
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  • that God took the mostcomplicated issue in the world,
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  • and that is how cana sinful person
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  • be in a relationship with a holyGod, and God made it simple,
  • 00:24:24.855 --> 00:24:28.726
  • because Jesus Christ, his Son,died for our sins.
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  • I'd like for you to acceptJesus right now,
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  • as your personal Lordand Savior.
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  • Just take a few momentsright now, and just follow me
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  • in this prayer.
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  • Just say, "Dear God,thank you for sending your Son
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  • to die for my sins.
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  • And I receive you today,as my Lord and as my Savior."
  • 00:24:48.178 --> 00:24:54.618
  • Hey, if you prayed that prayer,according to the Word of God,
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  • you're a Christian now.
  • 00:24:58.322 --> 00:24:59.557
  • And we'd love to help youand send you some resources
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  • to help you in your newrelationship with Christ.
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  • And I want to encourageall of you, watch next week,
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  • because I'm going tocontinue this series.
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  • We're going to talk aboutwhere we are, and how we go to
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  • the next step in ourrelationship with Christ.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:25:16.473 --> 00:25:17.875
  • ANNOUNCER: The Christian lifeisn't a destination,
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  • it's a journey.
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  • A journey to purpose, power,and productivity
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  • in God's Kingdom.
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  • In this, "You Are Here" series,Pastor Robert
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  • takes a practical lookat four specific milestones
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  • that we encounterin our journey:
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  • Fellowship, relationship,discipleship, and lordship.
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  • As you discover the natureof these milestones,
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  • you'll come to identifyprecisely where you are
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  • on this growth path,and more importantly,
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  • how to get to your destination;God's highest and best
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  • for your life.
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  • Pastor Robert explainsthe pitfalls that we face
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  • in each seasonof our journey,
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  • and he offers practicaland biblical steps
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  • to help us continueto move forward.
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  • The spiritual truths whichhe shares will encourage
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  • and strengthen you, as younavigate life's ups and downs.
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  • Living your best life isn'tabout having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, heath,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover that there
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  • is so much more still life.
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  • With humor, passion, and clarityPastor Robert presents
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  • the secrets of livingyour best life.
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