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What Do You See?

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November 13, 2017
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Growth and Development

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  • Robert Fergusson: I have always had a fascination
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  • with Oology, the study of birds' eggs.
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  • Now, in case you think I'm slightly strange,
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  • I'm not alone.
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  • In 1861, the American abolitionist and suffragist
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  • Thomas Wentworth Higginson wrote:
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  • "I think, that, if required, on pain of death,
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  • to name instantly the most perfect thing in the universe,
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  • I should risk my fate on a bird's egg."
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  • Is this egg the most perfect thing in the universe?
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  • It is certainly one of them.
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  • When I was a small child, I was brought up in the south
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  • of England, and I used to search every bush and tree
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  • in our garden, looking for birds' nests.
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  • It's illegal to collect wild birds' eggs in England,
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  • and so my parents told me not to disturb any nest
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  • or touch any eggs.
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  • But they did allow me to look, and I was amazed at the color,
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  • the variations, the shapes, and the sizes.
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  • Tragically, when egg collecting was legal and hugely popular,
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  • especially in the 19th century, populations of certain birds
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  • were devastated and became extinct.
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  • But why did people want to collect eggs?
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  • Why are eggs so intriguing.
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  • This book gives us a clue,
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  • "The Ornithology of Francis Willughby."
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  • It is considered to be the oldest scientific book of birds
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  • in the world.
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  • This one was published in 1678, and the author, John Ray,
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  • writes: "All animals come of eggs."
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  • Perhaps this is the answer to the troublesome question:
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  • "Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"
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  • And maybe it also explains our fascination with eggs.
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  • They're not only beautifully formed,
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  • they speak of our origins.
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  • They symbolize life.
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  • Most of us are aware that eggs symbolize the Resurrection.
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  • After all, millions of chocolate eggs are sold
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  • around the world every Easter.
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  • However, we're usually more interested in the chocolate
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  • than in the symbolism.
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  • Nonetheless, the egg has been used as a symbol of life
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  • for thousands of years.
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  • In ancient culture, eggs were decorated as a sign of rebirth,
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  • and the early Christians continued this idea,
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  • painting eggs at Easter time, and giving them as gifts.
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  • The eggs represented new birth in Christ,
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  • and the empty eggs represented the empty tomb,
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  • a practice which continues today,
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  • especially in the Orthodox churches.
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  • Most of the eggs are simply decorated with food dye,
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  • but the Russian royal family took it to a whole
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  • 'nother level.
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  • They commissioned jeweled eggs from the House of Faberge
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  • to be given as gifts.
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  • Forty-three of these specially commissioned eggs still exist.
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  • And 9 of these eggs, these, "Imperial eggs,"
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  • as they are called, sold in 2004 for a reputed $100 million.
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  • Eggs, it seems, have always been valued.
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  • Robert: Whatever you think about eggs,
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  • they are remarkable.
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  • They're strong enough for a bird to sit on,
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  • but weak enough for a chick to hatch from,
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  • impermeable enough to keep germs out,
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  • butt permeable enough to allow air in.
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  • They're like the perfect incubator,
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  • and that is ultimately what they're for,
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  • and that is why I'm talking about them.
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  • These eggs not only speak of our origins and the resurrection
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  • life we're promised in Christ, but they have a huge amount
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  • to teach us about growth, development, and maturity,
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  • which is what I want to explore in this episode.
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  • Robert: The premise of this program is that a simple
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  • observation of life in the natural world can help us
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  • live the eternal, abundant, and spiritual life which Jesus
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  • offers to each one of us.
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  • As a biologist, I've discovered that life is teachable.
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  • What do I mean? It's designed for passing on.
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  • It's about passing on something of value to the next generation.
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  • Many geneticists think the sum total of life is the passing on
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  • of information.
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  • Obviously, as a Christian, I think life is much more
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  • than this.
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  • Nonetheless, the biological signs of life can teach us
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  • a great deal about how we should live our Christian life.
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  • When I became a Christian minister over 40 years ago,
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  • I wanted a mission statement which would describe
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  • everything I do.
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  • I chose a verse from Paul's letter to the Thessalonians.
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  • It says, "Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live
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  • in order to please God, as in fact you are living."
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  • This has always been the foundation for my teaching,
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  • and the motivation for my life.
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  • I want people to learn how to live,
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  • to exhibit the signs of life.
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  • It's the motivation for this episode.
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  • I want to help you grow, develop, and mature.
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  • I want to share with you the abundant life
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  • which Jesus Christ is offering.
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  • In this program, I'm looking at the subject of life,
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  • but with uncommon eyes.
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  • If we're going to live the way God wants us to live,
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  • I think we need to look at the world differently.
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  • So, for instance, what do you see when you look at this table?
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  • Do you see a group of random items,
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  • or do you see a pattern?
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  • Do you see objects, or object lessons?
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  • I see life and death.
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  • Some of these objects are alive, and some of them are dead.
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  • But which one is which?
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  • This egg looks dead, but it's actually alive.
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  • But how do we tell?
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  • And how can these objects teach us how to live?
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  • Today's episode is about one of the key tests of life,
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  • development, and what we need to know about how we should grow
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  • and mature in order to please God.
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  • I am Robert Fergusson, and this is "What Do You See?"
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  • Robert: There are numerous tests for biological life.
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  • For example, living things feed, move,
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  • and respond to stimuli.
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  • In this series of programs, I've been suggesting that
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  • we can also apply these natural tests to our spiritual life.
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  • Are we feeding ourselves with God's Word?
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  • Are we moving forward into all God has for us?
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  • Are we responding to him and the world around us as we should?
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  • But as we've seen, the focus of this episode is growth
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  • and development.
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  • And as we all come from eggs, and eggs are designed to grow
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  • and develop, are we growing spiritually?
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  • Are we developing into the person God wants us to be?
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  • Are we maturing to become like Jesus Christ?
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  • And if we are, what does that look like?
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  • What is the process through which living things develop?
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  • That's what we're going to find out.
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  • Robert: After the break, I want to continue
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  • our examination of eggs.
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  • Both a fertilized and an unfertilized egg look identical.
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  • So, clearly, when it comes to growth and development,
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  • it's what's on the inside that counts.
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  • But how do we look inside an egg?
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  • Let's find out after the break.
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  • Robert: Chickens lay eggs with or without a rooster,
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  • so their eggs can be fertilized or unfertilized.
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  • You can eat either, but if an egg is fertilized,
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  • a chick is developing within it.
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  • But how can you tell the difference?
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  • These are both eggs. One is large and brown.
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  • The other is small and white.
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  • They look different on the outside,
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  • but it's what's on the inside that matters.
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  • But how do you look inside an egg?
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  • You hold it up to the light.
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  • It's a process called "candling."
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  • If it is a developing egg, light reveals some opaqueness or small
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  • blood vessels inside the egg, which indicate development.
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  • So this is clearly not developing.
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  • That's a useful tip if you keep chickens,
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  • but how does it help us?
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  • The truth is, humanity is obsessed
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  • with external appearance.
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  • We're constantly comparing ourselves with other people.
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  • This is both unhelpful and unwise.
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  • The Bible says, "We don't dare to classify or compare ourselves
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  • with some who commend themselves.
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  • When they measure themselves by themselves and
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  • compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise."
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  • God is not looking at our appearance.
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  • As God said to the Prophet Samuel about King David,
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  • "The Lord doesn't look at the things man looks at.
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  • Man looks at the outward appearance,
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  • but the Lord looks at the heart."
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  • Eggs are eggs. People are people.
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  • We're exactly the same.
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  • What matters is what is happening on the inside.
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  • And the only thing that reveals what is on the inside is light.
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  • Eggs are fertilized when seed is present.
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  • It's the same with our faith.
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  • The Greek word used in the Bible for "seed" is "sperma."
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  • The Bible says, "No one who is born of God will continue
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  • to sin, because God's seed," sperma, "remains in him:
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  • he cannot go on sinning, because he's been born of God."
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  • We can't develop into all that God has for us until we allow
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  • the seed of the Word of God to be planted deep within us.
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  • Instead of making judgments about the appearance of others,
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  • why don't we hold our own lives up,
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  • candle our own soul, and let light reveal what
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  • is on the inside?
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  • If fertilization is revealed, growth can proceed.
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  • Robert: Many years ago, my wife and I visited
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  • a castle in England.
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  • As we walked through the gardens,
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  • I noticed a very bad example of topiary,
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  • the art of tree shaping.
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  • I said to my wife, "That is dreadful," only to discover
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  • the gardener right behind us.
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  • Of course, I apologized profusely,
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  • but then he explained vandals had damaged the tree.
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  • He said it would take 40 years to recover.
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  • He seemed strangely unconcerned, but as he pointed out,
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  • the garden was not yet mature.
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  • The original designer, Lancelot Capability Brown,
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  • had a 200-year vision when he planted his seeds
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  • in his garden in the 18th century.
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  • His beech trees, for instance, took 80 to 150 years
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  • to reach maturity, and can live for 400 or more years.
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  • And Beech trees are amateurs when it comes to longevity.
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  • There is a bristlecone pine in California that is over 5.000
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  • years old, and a root system with some Spruce trees in Sweden
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  • that have been estimated to be 9.500 years old.
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  • That's 115 human lifetimes.
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  • Growth and development take time,
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  • and trees change our concept of time.
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  • The Bible encourages us to grow spiritually.
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  • As Peter the Apostle said, "Grow in the grace
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  • and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • But in our rapid and time-poor world,
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  • we become frustrated when a prayer isn't answered
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  • immediately, when a friend doesn't change overnight,
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  • or our family is going through a rough season.
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  • We may even stop going to church or even give up on our faith.
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  • But we know that even our own children took time to grow.
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  • It may have been frustrating, but we didn't give up on them.
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  • It's the same with our spiritual life.
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  • As Peter also said: "Like newborn babies,
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:16.010
  • crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up
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  • in your salvation."
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  • We all know babies take time to grow,
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  • but God has an even longer perspective.
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  • He is thinking generationally, eternally.
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  • And if that's difficult to grasp,
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  • if you're feeling like giving up,
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  • go for a walk in an ancient forest.
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  • It may change your perspective.
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  • Of course, growth is irrelevant without development,
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  • and that is our next stage.
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  • Robert: As a biologist, I've observed the life cycle
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  • of numerous living things.
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  • Every one of them is slightly different,
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  • but they all go through similar stages: they are born,
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  • they grow, they develop, they reproduce, and they die.
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  • Sometimes these stages are obvious,
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  • sometimes less so.
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  • A butterfly's life cycle, for instance,
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  • has four distinct stages: an egg, a caterpillar,
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  • a pupa, and an adult.
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  • Every stage has specific characteristics.
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  • A bird, on the other hand, has less-defined stages.
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  • Once hatched, it grows incrementally
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  • until it is mature.
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  • There are no sudden changes, no major distinctions.
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  • As human beings, we're more like the bird than the butterfly.
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  • But when it comes to growth and development,
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  • I think I'd prefer to be a butterfly than a bird.
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  • Why do I say that? Well, I like clarity.
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  • I like to know where I am.
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  • I like to know what is expected of me,
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  • and I like to know what's next.
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  • Of course, I'm not a butterfly or a bird,
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  • so what's the point of me telling you this?
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  • Well, when it comes to our spiritual development,
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  • we need clarity, more defined life stages.
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  • If we don't have them, we tend to drift through life,
  • 00:16:20.230 --> 00:16:24.170
  • wondering where we are, wondering where we are going.
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  • So, what's the answer?
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  • In the Bible, leaders went through clearly defined stages.
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  • In the Old Testament, Moses spent 40 years as a prince
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  • in Egypt, 40 years as a shepherd in the wilderness,
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  • and then 40 years as a prophet, leading Israel toward
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  • the Promised Land.
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  • Three places, three clear stags.
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  • In the New Testament, Philip served the church in Jerusalem,
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  • found his identity as an evangelist in Samaria,
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  • and then settled in Caesarea, where he brought up his family.
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  • Three places, three clear stages.
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  • These three stages could be described as: home, discovery,
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  • and return.
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  • Home to grow. Discovery to develop.
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  • Return to build the next generation.
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  • It's the universal story. It's the pattern of life.
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  • Knowledge of each stage can help us progress to the next one.
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  • And without progression, there is no maturity.
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  • Maturity must be our goal.
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  • There is a weird creature in the animal world called the axolotl.
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  • It's a type of Mexican salamander.
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  • It looks like a larva, a tadpole,
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  • but behaves like an adult.
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  • It can reproduce.
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  • It's as if it has never grown up,
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  • as though it has become stuck in a life stage.
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  • When this happens, it is called, "Neoteny," and it can also be
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  • observed in the emu.
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  • Obviously, emus can't fly because of their size.
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  • It would be dangerous and messy if they could.
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  • But they also can't fly because of their baby down feathers.
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  • Their feathers don't have the barbs which helps
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  • adult feathers resist air flow.
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  • Of course, this is fine for an emu or the axolotl,
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  • but what if we suffer from spiritual neoteny?
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  • What if we fail to grow up, fail to mature in one area
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  • of our lives, fail to fulfill our God-given purpose?
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  • According to Paul the Apostle, one of the goals of the ministry
  • 00:18:48.040 --> 00:18:51.020
  • gifts is to help us to grow and develop.
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  • He said, "They equip us until we all reach unity in the faith
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  • and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature,
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  • attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:07.070
  • Why do we need to be mature?
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:09.010
  • Because natural and spiritual life is generational.
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  • It's about passing on what we have to another generation.
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  • As the Bible says of Moses, "He received living words
  • 00:19:16.250 --> 00:19:20.220
  • to pass on to us."
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  • And in order to pass on all we have in Christ,
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  • we need to be fully mature.
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  • So, maturity should be the goal of every Christian.
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  • As the Bible says, "Therefore let us leave the elementary
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  • teachings about Christ and go on to maturity."
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:39.110
  • Yet many of us have been to church all our lives,
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  • and yet have never grown up spiritually,
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  • never developed our gifts, never made disciples,
  • 00:19:45.250 --> 00:19:48.260
  • never passed on our wisdom.
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  • Like the emu, we are 50-year-old Christian teenagers.
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  • So, what do we do?
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  • How do we avoid being compared to a Mexican amphibian
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  • or a large Australian bird?
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  • Robert: After the break, I want to explore how Jesus
  • 00:20:05.250 --> 00:20:08.000
  • trained his disciples, and how this can inform
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  • our own growth and maturity.
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  • What can we learn from the example of Jesus when it comes
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  • to passing on God-given wisdom to the next generation?
  • 00:20:17.170 --> 00:20:21.070
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:28.070
  • Eggs are not just beautiful, they symbolize life,
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:36.200
  • and they also teach us some fundamental principles
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  • of fertilization, growth, development, and maturity.
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  • If we're going to live the abundant and eternal life God
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  • wants us to live, the seed of the Word of God needs to be
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:52.160
  • planted in our lives.
  • 00:20:52.170 --> 00:20:55.200
  • We also need to recognize that growth takes time.
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  • We need to understand and negotiate the different
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  • life stages of home, discovery, and return.
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  • And then we need to commit to maturity so that we can pass on
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  • all that God has given us.
  • 00:21:11.270 --> 00:21:15.060
  • But what are some of the practical principles
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  • we can apply today?
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  • Robert: If life is about passing on information from
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  • one generation to another, passing on God-given wisdom,
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:31.050
  • we need to receive from a former generation.
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  • As Paul the Apostle said, "Follow my example,
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  • as I follow the example of Christ."
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  • Jesus is our ultimate example.
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  • How did Jesus train his disciples?
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  • Firstly, he didn't just tell a story about a sower, he was one.
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  • He sowed seed with expectation, parable after parable,
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  • truth after truth, maxim after maxim.
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  • Not all his lessons were received or believed,
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  • but that didn't stop him sowing.
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  • He believed in the power of seed.
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  • As the Bible says, "Sow your seed in the morning,
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  • and at evening let not your hands be idle,
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  • for you don't know which will succeed,
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  • whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well."
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:22.070
  • Secondly, he kept doing this for 3 long years.
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  • He kept doing the right thing.
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  • This simple idea is the key to success in so many areas
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  • of our life, our marriages, our friendships, our discipleship.
  • 00:22:34.000 --> 00:22:38.190
  • Keep doing the right thing.
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:42.080
  • The third way Jesus trained his followers was by example.
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  • He exemplified the life stages.
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  • He then expected them to negotiate the same stages:
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  • the anonymity of his youth, the discovery of his identity,
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  • and his commitment to purpose.
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  • We're all designed to give his followers an example to follow.
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  • And finally, Jesus not only taught his disciples to be
  • 00:23:06.230 --> 00:23:10.190
  • mature, but expected them to act maturely.
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  • He released them to reveal maturity in their choices.
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  • He didn't allow them to stagnate or tread water.
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  • He discipled them to disciple others.
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  • He taught them to grow and develop.
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  • He taught them how to live in order to please God.
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  • Robert: Jesus Christ is not only our example,
  • 00:23:38.180 --> 00:23:41.140
  • he is our empowerment.
  • 00:23:41.150 --> 00:23:44.080
  • He not only commanded us to make disciples,
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  • he empowers us to do so.
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  • The imperative in the Great Commission is not the going
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  • into the world, but the making of disciples.
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:56.290
  • Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth
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  • has been given to me.
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  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
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  • baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and
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  • of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
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  • I have commanded you.
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  • And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
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  • It is this discipleship through which we are going to grow,
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  • develop, and reproduce our life.
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  • Next time you pick up on egg, don't just crack it and make an
  • 00:24:31.030 --> 00:24:35.130
  • omelet, hold it up to the light and think about candling
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  • your soul.
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  • Ask yourself whether you are growing,
  • 00:24:41.290 --> 00:24:45.080
  • maturing, and developing into all God has for you.
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  • Robert: Next time on "What Do You See?"
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  • we're starting a new series on seasons.
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  • The four natural seasons, spring, summer,
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  • autumn or fall, and winter,
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  • can each us a great deal about our own seasons of life.
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  • When most people refer to the seasons,
  • 00:25:07.190 --> 00:25:09.280
  • spring is the first.
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  • But the first season I want to explore with you is autumn.
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  • Autumn is a season of loss, so, why have I chosen
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  • it first in this series?
  • 00:25:19.040 --> 00:25:21.050
  • Why is loss so important for each one of us?
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  • And how can we navigate this difficult season well?
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  • I look forward to your company next time on "What Do You See?"
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