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November 25, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • Have you ever stopped to consider where you are in life?
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  • Or where you're going?
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  • Have you considered where God 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 will reveal to you where you are now,
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  • and more importantly, how to get to the next level
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  • of your walk with him.
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  • We're beginning a new series called, "You Are Here",
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  • I believe that Jesus
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  • gave us a teaching that shows 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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  • Now, before I show you this passage, let me show --
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  • let me tell you about a survey that we actually
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  • participated in about seven years ago.
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  • The purpose of the survey was to see how well we were,
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  • as churches, disciplining people and teaching people God's Word.
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  • And it helped pastors and leadership to be able
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  • to see that, but what came out of this survey was it showed
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  • that everyone that's attending church is
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  • in one of four groups of people.
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  • In one of four stages in your walk with God.
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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, or how people -- when they
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  • answer the question, it showed us how they made
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  • that step to the next stage.
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  • And immediately, when I saw the results of that survey,
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  • I thought of Mark 4.
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  • And so, let me just show you, first of all, a little bit
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  • about these four groups, 'cause we're going to talk about
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  • this the next four weeks here.
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  • So let me just show four groups.
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  • Don't make any snide remark to the person beside you
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  • about my artistic abilities.
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  • So what this survey showed was that everyone is in
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  • one of four groups of people.
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  • The first group are those people who -- and I'm just
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  • going to put the initials, who are exploring God.
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  • And we'll put up on the screen, so you can see it,
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  • so if you want to write that down.
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  • People who are exploring God.
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  • Now, I want to show you something else.
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  • If you're taking notes and 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 to understand that they need
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  • to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior yet.
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  • So -- by the way, this survey was only people
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  • attending church.
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  • So there's a whole other group of people over here
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  • that aren't even attending church, and we would call them
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  • far from God.
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  • So that's the first group.
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  • The second group are people who are beginning in God.
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  • These are people who have accepted Christ now,
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  • and they are now beginning in God.
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  • The next group are people who are close to God,
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  • and they're growing in their relationship even more.
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  • And then, this last group are people who are God centered.
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  • And I'll show you the difference between close to God,
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  • and God centered.
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  • By the way, God centered, GC, Gateway Church.
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  • Anyway.
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  • It's just something I noticed.
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  • And so -- and what I'm doing is each 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 are learning 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 word like this over each of these.
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  • I'll go ahead and give it to 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, they've begun their relationship.
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  • These are people who are learning about discipleship.
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  • And then, these are people who've really entered into,
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  • and are experiencing on a daily basis,
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  • the lordship of Christ.
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  • And so, we're going to talk about this for the next
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  • four weeks.
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  • All right?
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  • Okay.
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  • Look at Mark 4:1.
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  • "And he again began to teach by the sea.
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  • And a great multitude was gathered to him,
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  • so that he got into a boat and he sat it -- in it on the sea.
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  • And the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.
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  • Then he taught them many things 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 sower went 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 air came 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 have much earth.
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  • And immediately it sprang up because it had no depth
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  • of earth.
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  • But when the sun was up and it was scorched,
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  • and because it had no root it withered away."
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  • Here's the third group.
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  • "Some seed fell among thorns.
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  • And the thorns grew up and 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 good ground and yielded a crop
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  • that sprang up, increased and 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 to them, 'He who has ears to hear,
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  • let him hear!'"
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  • Now, for those of you that have been in church awhile,
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  • this phrase, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
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  • is familiar to you.
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  • But if you've never been in 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 that there 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 talking about literal ears.
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  • He's talking about spiritual ears.
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  • So he said, "I'm talking about something spiritual.
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  • "I want to remind you that 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 to 1 Corinthians 2,
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  • the natural mind can't understand this book.
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  • We can't -- you can't understand it,
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  • unless you understand it through 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, those around 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 you not understand this parable?
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  • How then will you understand all the parables?'"
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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 understand this one, you can't understand
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  • any of 'em."
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  • "How are you going to understand all of the parables,
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  • if you don't understand this one?"
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  • So this one's pretty important.
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  • That's why we're going to spend 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 represents the word in this.
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  • "And these are the ones by the 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 Satan in this parable.
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  • "Satan comes immediately," that's a very important word.
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  • Immediately: "And takes away the 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 root in themselves,
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  • so they endure only for a time.
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  • Afterward, when tribulation or 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 it later, what thorns represent
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  • in the Bible.
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  • "They are the ones who hear the word, and the cares
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  • of this world, the deceitfulness of riches,
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  • and the desires for other things entering 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," fourth group: "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 about this for a moment.
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  • First of all, the word parable.
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  • The word parable comes from a Greek word, para --
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  • it's two Greek words put 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 make much sense to us,
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  • unless we think about it.
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  • It means to throw something alongside.
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  • That's what a parable is.
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  • A parable is a story that Jesus 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 word that 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 way to 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 come or to walk.
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  • So this is really good news, the Holy Spirit is someone
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  • who would like to walk alongside you.
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  • So that's what that means.
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  • So this is what Jesus is doing.
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  • He's telling us this story, so that we understand a truth.
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  • Now, I misunderstood this parable for years.
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  • I actually thought, and many people believe this,
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  • that it was talking about three people who were bad people.
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  • And one person who was good.
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  • Three people who didn't receive 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 about bad people.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • It's talking about a bad enemy.
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  • And it's talking about how you overcome the enemy,
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  • at each stage of your growth in God.
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  • All right?
  • 00:10:51.160 --> 00:10:52.200
  • So if you notice, there are four groups, and you could
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  • actually put -- if you want to, over all four of these,
  • 00:10:55.160 --> 00:10:59.280
  • you could put the word growing.
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  • Because all of these people are growing.
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  • They're all growing.
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  • Even this person who's not saved.
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  • You say, "Well, how's that person growing?"
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  • Okay.
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  • Well Jesus said when you get saved,
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  • it's like being born again.
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  • Born from above.
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  • Born spiritually.
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  • Okay, let me just ask you something.
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  • Does a baby grow in the womb?
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  • Are you there?
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  • You know I'm talking to you, don't you?
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  • Okay, all right, all right.
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  • Okay, so, yes.
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  • So people grow in their understanding of God
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  • before they're born again.
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  • So we're all growing.
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  • By the way, these people who are God centered
  • 00:11:36.210 --> 00:11:38.190
  • haven't arrived.
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  • 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?
  • 00:11:46.150 --> 00:11:47.080
  • All right, so I want you to 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?
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  • In other words, if I have four fingers here,
  • 00:11:59.020 --> 00:12:01.220
  • how many gaps are there?
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  • One, two, three.
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  • If I were to move from this finger 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.
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  • So in this survey now, this is 180.000 people.
  • 00:12:09.250 --> 00:12:13.240
  • And it was just to find out how well are we doing as churches,
  • 00:12:13.270 --> 00:12:17.060
  • disciplining people, and helping people
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  • grow in their understanding of God and his Word?
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  • And it was just amazing how it boiled down to these --
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  • that every person attending church was in one of
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  • these four groups, and every person attending church,
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:31.080
  • it was easy to see one truth that caused them to move
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  • from group one to group two.
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  • All right?
  • 00:12:37.290 --> 00:12:38.210
  • So let me show you that truth.
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  • If you move from group one to group two, it was
  • 00:12:40.030 --> 00:12:44.000
  • because of this one truth that you understood finally.
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  • It was the truth of grace.
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  • That's how people moved.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • People in this category, when they talk -- in all
  • 00:12:55.200 --> 00:12:59.000
  • three of these, but when they talked about salvation,
  • 00:12:59.030 --> 00:13:01.260
  • they said, "I strongly agree that nothing I have ever done
  • 00:13:01.290 --> 00:13:06.130
  • or ever will do could earn my salvation."
  • 00:13:06.160 --> 00:13:10.230
  • But people who were over here, thought, no, I have to do
  • 00:13:10.260 --> 00:13:14.000
  • something to earn it.
  • 00:13:14.030 --> 00:13:15.240
  • But once they understood grace, they could move over here.
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  • That's how you become a believer,
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  • is you understand Jesus paid for your sins, and you accept that.
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  • You accept him as your Savior.
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  • You follow me?
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  • Okay.
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  • People that move from group two to group three was people
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  • who began to have an understanding of God's Word
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  • as the final authority in their life.
  • 00:13:39.040 --> 00:13:42.070
  • In other words, when a person gets saved, he thinks
  • 00:13:42.100 --> 00:13:44.150
  • the Bible's a good book, and it is, it's God's Word,
  • 00:13:44.180 --> 00:13:48.170
  • but once you understand, no, no, no.
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  • Wait a minute.
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  • This is God's Word to my life.
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  • This is how I run my life.
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  • I want to know how to run my business,
  • 00:13:56.220 --> 00:13:57.280
  • I want to know how to be married.
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  • I want to know how to raise my children.
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  • I -- it's in the book.
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  • This is not just a good book.
  • 00:14:02.280 --> 00:14:04.050
  • This is the book, and once people begin to recognize
  • 00:14:04.080 --> 00:14:07.220
  • God's Word as the final authority in their life.
  • 00:14:07.250 --> 00:14:11.280
  • You know, when I used to be able to talk with people
  • 00:14:12.010 --> 00:14:14.150
  • about their marriage, going through
  • 00:14:14.180 --> 00:14:16.080
  • marriage difficulties, I'd always have to come
  • 00:14:16.110 --> 00:14:17.220
  • to that point.
  • 00:14:17.250 --> 00:14:18.230
  • Let me just ask you something, sir, ma'am.
  • 00:14:18.260 --> 00:14:20.270
  • Is God's Word the final authority in your life?
  • 00:14:21.000 --> 00:14:23.210
  • Because if it is, we can fix this marriage.
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:26.040
  • If it's not, I can't help you.
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:28.190
  • So people who begin to move and grow in their relationship
  • 00:14:28.220 --> 00:14:31.130
  • with God, they understood that.
  • 00:14:31.160 --> 00:14:33.190
  • Now, this third move, I got really excited about.
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:36.130
  • And I want to remind you, this is a survey again,
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:38.210
  • 525 churches, 180.000 people.
  • 00:14:38.240 --> 00:14:42.110
  • But one truth, people move from the third group
  • 00:14:42.140 --> 00:14:46.130
  • to the fourth group -- watch the word,
  • 00:14:46.160 --> 00:14:49.130
  • you're going to see that I really like it.
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:51.070
  • When they understood the truth of giving.
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:56.150
  • This was a survey now, okay?
  • 00:14:56.180 --> 00:14:57.200
  • It just proves I was right.
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:14:59.220
  • It just proves I was right.
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  • All right?
  • 00:15:00.220 --> 00:15:02.050
  • But that's the theme of the Bible right there.
  • 00:15:02.080 --> 00:15:03.260
  • Now, here -- but, listen.
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:05.090
  • It's not just giving money.
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  • It's giving your life.
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  • It's giving your life away for the Kingdom of God.
  • 00:15:09.150 --> 00:15:11.180
  • These people understood, I'm not on the earth for me.
  • 00:15:11.210 --> 00:15:14.180
  • I'm on the earth for the Kingdom of God.
  • 00:15:14.210 --> 00:15:16.270
  • And this is when God became -- God centered.
  • 00:15:17.000 --> 00:15:19.140
  • And they began to give of their time, their talents,
  • 00:15:19.170 --> 00:15:22.100
  • and their treasure.
  • 00:15:22.130 --> 00:15:24.210
  • So these are the four levels.
  • 00:15:24.240 --> 00:15:26.060
  • You could also think about this as I got
  • 00:15:26.090 --> 00:15:29.210
  • fellowship/relationship -- you could also think about
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:31.120
  • this as friendship.
  • 00:15:31.150 --> 00:15:33.110
  • I just -- I -- you know, they all have -ship.
  • 00:15:33.140 --> 00:15:36.230
  • I'm just -- I'm gifted that way, but you could think about it,
  • 00:15:36.260 --> 00:15:39.050
  • this is friendship.
  • 00:15:39.080 --> 00:15:40.040
  • Okay?
  • 00:15:40.070 --> 00:15:41.060
  • These people really don't know Christ,
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:42.090
  • they've never met him.
  • 00:15:42.120 --> 00:15:43.160
  • They've only heard about him.
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:45.030
  • He's not a friend yet.
  • 00:15:45.060 --> 00:15:46.080
  • Okay?
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:47.040
  • These people, now he's a friend.
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:49.080
  • He's become their friend.
  • 00:15:49.110 --> 00:15:50.170
  • They have actually met him and been introduced to him
  • 00:15:50.200 --> 00:15:52.220
  • through salvation, so he's a friend.
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:55.030
  • These people, he's the best friend.
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  • He's their best friend.
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  • They talk to him.
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  • As a matter of fact, in the survey,
  • 00:16:01.030 --> 00:16:02.040
  • these people rarely talked to God.
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:06.270
  • These people occasionally talk to God.
  • 00:16:07.000 --> 00:16:10.000
  • This is how we could tell the difference.
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  • These people frequently talked to God,
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  • and these people talked to God often.
  • 00:16:14.020 --> 00:16:15.270
  • So this is best friend.
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:17.080
  • You say, "So, what?
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:18.180
  • What's a higher than that?"
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:19.220
  • Well, in our society, unfortunately,
  • 00:16:19.250 --> 00:16:22.120
  • it's difficult sometimes for some people to relate to this,
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:24.220
  • because of the society we live in.
  • 00:16:24.250 --> 00:16:26.250
  • The sin, the fallen nature that we live in,
  • 00:16:26.280 --> 00:16:29.020
  • and it's gotten to such a degree,
  • 00:16:29.050 --> 00:16:30.120
  • we don't understand this.
  • 00:16:30.150 --> 00:16:31.130
  • But I'm going to show you.
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:32.200
  • I'll give it to you in another term.
  • 00:16:32.230 --> 00:16:34.020
  • This is the person that not only are you married to,
  • 00:16:34.050 --> 00:16:37.070
  • but it's your soulmate, it's the person you've been married
  • 00:16:37.100 --> 00:16:39.050
  • to 35 years, and you lay your life down for that person.
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:43.010
  • That's -- when you see all of a sudden the Lord
  • 00:16:43.040 --> 00:16:45.140
  • is now your husband.
  • 00:16:45.170 --> 00:16:47.140
  • Your spouse.
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:48.290
  • And you enter into a deeper relationship.
  • 00:16:49.020 --> 00:16:50.230
  • So -- okay, so for -- now, this took me awhile
  • 00:16:50.260 --> 00:16:53.240
  • to lay this out.
  • 00:16:53.270 --> 00:16:54.200
  • I understand that.
  • 00:16:54.230 --> 00:16:55.250
  • But we're focusing on people who are exploring God
  • 00:16:55.280 --> 00:16:57.250
  • this weekend.
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:16:59.200
  • All right?
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:00.290
  • So let me just show you again -- look back at Mark 4:14.
  • 00:17:01.020 --> 00:17:05.290
  • It says: "The sower sows the word.
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:09.000
  • And these are the ones by the wayside
  • 00:17:09.030 --> 00:17:11.030
  • where the word is sown.
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:13.030
  • When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away
  • 00:17:13.060 --> 00:17:19.290
  • the word that was sown in their hearts."
  • 00:17:20.020 --> 00:17:24.070
  • Okay, two -- couple things I want to share about this.
  • 00:17:24.100 --> 00:17:26.080
  • This is Jesus talking, remember.
  • 00:17:26.110 --> 00:17:27.270
  • First of all, I'm -- this is going to shock you.
  • 00:17:28.000 --> 00:17:30.120
  • But Satan can take the word out of your heart.
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:33.230
  • That's what Jesus said.
  • 00:17:33.260 --> 00:17:37.000
  • So if you disagree with me, I don't need an email on it.
  • 00:17:37.030 --> 00:17:39.070
  • Email him.
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:41.280
  • Tell him -- say, "I don't believe Satan can take
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:44.180
  • the word out of your heart," but don't email me.
  • 00:17:44.210 --> 00:17:46.090
  • Email him.
  • 00:17:46.120 --> 00:17:47.260
  • 'Cause I didn't say that, he said that.
  • 00:17:47.290 --> 00:17:49.290
  • Satan could -- this is in red, by the way, okay?
  • 00:17:50.020 --> 00:17:53.070
  • Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:56.280
  • sown in their hearts.
  • 00:17:57.010 --> 00:17:58.090
  • Now, we're -- I'm going to get in this series --
  • 00:17:58.120 --> 00:18:01.090
  • I'm going to get into this later.
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:02.110
  • This is why you need to protect your heart,
  • 00:18:02.140 --> 00:18:04.240
  • 'cause your heart is the ground that can produce thirty,
  • 00:18:04.270 --> 00:18:07.290
  • sixty, or a hundredfold.
  • 00:18:08.020 --> 00:18:09.290
  • Or, Satan can take the word out of your heart.
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:12.260
  • So it's very important.
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:13.260
  • Now, you say, "Well, I'm not in that group.
  • 00:18:13.290 --> 00:18:15.280
  • I don't need to hear this message."
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:16.290
  • Yes, you do.
  • 00:18:17.020 --> 00:18:18.060
  • Because even if you're not in the group, exploring God,
  • 00:18:18.090 --> 00:18:19.200
  • you know someone in this group.
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:22.070
  • Is that right?
  • 00:18:22.100 --> 00:18:23.180
  • You know someone in that group.
  • 00:18:23.210 --> 00:18:25.160
  • We -- you're either in this first group, or you know
  • 00:18:25.190 --> 00:18:28.070
  • someone in this group.
  • 00:18:28.100 --> 00:18:29.130
  • And here's what's amazing.
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:30.280
  • Have you ever had someone that you've been working on,
  • 00:18:31.010 --> 00:18:33.200
  • and they go through a difficulty or a tragedy,
  • 00:18:33.230 --> 00:18:36.180
  • and they're all of a sudden open to God?
  • 00:18:36.210 --> 00:18:39.080
  • You ever had that?
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:40.160
  • And they're real open to God, and they even talk to you,
  • 00:18:40.190 --> 00:18:43.020
  • and they ask for your prayers and all.
  • 00:18:43.050 --> 00:18:44.150
  • And a few weeks go by, and they're not open anymore?
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:47.120
  • You ever seen that?
  • 00:18:47.150 --> 00:18:49.000
  • You know why?
  • 00:18:49.030 --> 00:18:50.020
  • Because Satan followed up on 'em immediately.
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:53.100
  • The word was sown in their heart, and Satan
  • 00:18:53.130 --> 00:18:56.220
  • came and took it out.
  • 00:18:56.250 --> 00:18:58.210
  • So I have a question for you.
  • 00:18:58.240 --> 00:18:59.210
  • If Satan follows up on people immediately,
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:01.280
  • why don't we?
  • 00:19:02.010 --> 00:19:04.180
  • Why don't we follow up on 'em immediately?
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:06.040
  • Okay.
  • 00:19:06.070 --> 00:19:07.080
  • Now, this same parable in Mark 4 is in Matthew 13
  • 00:19:07.110 --> 00:19:11.190
  • and Luke 8.
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:12.240
  • You don't need to turn to those, but I'm just going to
  • 00:19:12.270 --> 00:19:14.170
  • read you that one verse in those passages as well,
  • 00:19:14.200 --> 00:19:17.180
  • and hopefully, the next few weeks, you could read this
  • 00:19:17.210 --> 00:19:20.040
  • in all the gospels, and maybe in different versions.
  • 00:19:20.070 --> 00:19:23.210
  • Matthew 13:19 says: "When anyone hears the word
  • 00:19:23.240 --> 00:19:27.110
  • of the Kingdom" when anyone hears the word of the Kingdom,
  • 00:19:27.140 --> 00:19:30.180
  • the gospel: "And does not understand it,
  • 00:19:30.210 --> 00:19:34.230
  • the wicked one comes -- then the wicked one comes
  • 00:19:34.260 --> 00:19:37.100
  • and snatches away what was sown in his heart."
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:41.290
  • Now, why does God want you to understand it?
  • 00:19:42.020 --> 00:19:44.150
  • Well, Luke 8 tells us.
  • 00:19:44.180 --> 00:19:47.010
  • Again, same verse.
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:47.260
  • Luke 8:12.
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:48.280
  • "Those by the wayside are the ones who hear.
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:51.010
  • Then the devil comes and takes away the word out of
  • 00:19:51.040 --> 00:19:54.040
  • their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved."
  • 00:19:54.070 --> 00:20:00.080
  • Did I not tell you that these people haven't been saved yet?
  • 00:20:00.110 --> 00:20:05.110
  • See?
  • 00:20:05.140 --> 00:20:06.050
  • Lest they believe and be saved.
  • 00:20:06.080 --> 00:20:09.020
  • So either you know someone in this group,
  • 00:20:09.050 --> 00:20:11.190
  • or you're in this group.
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:13.250
  • So I know I'm getting to these points late,
  • 00:20:13.280 --> 00:20:16.230
  • but I won't spend much time on 'em.
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:19.140
  • But here are three things that you need to know
  • 00:20:19.170 --> 00:20:22.240
  • if you're in the exploring God group,
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:24.190
  • so that you can understand the word, and be saved.
  • 00:20:24.220 --> 00:20:28.200
  • Number one, this is on salvation,
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:31.010
  • it's not based on works.
  • 00:20:31.040 --> 00:20:34.050
  • It's not based on works.
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:36.260
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 says: "For by grace you have
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  • been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves.
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  • It is the gift of God, not of works,
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  • lest anyone should boast."
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  • Listen, I've got good news for you.
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  • If you want to go to heaven, it's not based on your works.
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  • That's good news.
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  • It's based on his work.
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  • John 6:28-29.
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  • "They said to him, 'What shall we do, that we may work
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  • the works of God?'"
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  • Even plural, work the works, plural, of God.
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  • "Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God,
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  • that you believe in him whom he sent.'"
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  • That's how you get saved.
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  • Now, let me just say something, by the way, okay?
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  • These people are still growing.
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  • I have noticed, more than anything,
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  • one of the greatest battles against people I know
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  • who are in this group, it's to get them back in works.
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  • It's amazing to me.
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  • Because when you got saved, you knew that you didn't
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  • deserve it.
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  • There was no doubt, you didn't deserve it.
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  • But now, it's 20 years later.
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  • And you're a leader in the church, and you know
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  • the Word of God, and you tithe.
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  • You still don't deserve it.
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  • It's still by his grace.
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  • It's by his grace.
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  • Ephesians says it's a gift.
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  • It's a gift.
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  • 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 news for you.
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  • Not only is it a gift, it's free.
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  • Romans 6:23 says: "For the wages of sin is death,"
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  • notice, wages, that's what you get if you work for it.
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  • That's what you get paid, death.
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  • "But the free gift of God is eternal 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 payment on 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 deposit in 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 talking about salvation.
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  • It's easy to receive.
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  • Romans 10:9 says: "If you confess with your mouth
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  • the Lord Jesus and believe in your 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 complicate what God made simple.
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  • God took the most complicated issue in the world,
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  • how can a sinful person have 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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  • A few years ago, Debbie and I were in Guatemala,
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  • and we took an afternoon, and just went by some 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 owner and 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 playing this music?"
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  • He said, "I like it.
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  • There's something about it that I like."
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  • And I said to him, "Did you know that 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."
  • 00:24:06.280 --> 00:24:08.150
  • And I took a few moments and explained to him
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  • exactly what I've told you in this message,
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:13.030
  • that God took the most complicated issue in the world,
  • 00:24:13.060 --> 00:24:16.140
  • and that is how can a sinful person
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  • be in a relationship with a holy God, and God made it simple,
  • 00:24:19.030 --> 00:24:22.290
  • because Jesus Christ, his Son, died for our sins.
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  • I'd like for you to accept Jesus right now,
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  • as your personal Lord and Savior.
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  • Just take a few moments right 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."
  • 00:24:42.120 --> 00:24:48.250
  • Hey, if you prayed that prayer, according to the Word of God,
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  • you're a Christian now.
  • 00:24:52.160 --> 00:24:53.230
  • And we'd love to help you and send you some resources
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  • to help you in your new relationship with Christ.
  • 00:24:56.220 --> 00:24:59.100
  • And I want to encourage all of you, watch next week,
  • 00:24:59.130 --> 00:25:02.140
  • because I'm going to continue this series.
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  • We're going to talk about where we are, and how we go to
  • 00:25:04.090 --> 00:25:07.060
  • the next step in our relationship with Christ.
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  • God bless you.
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