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February 7, 2021
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • Allen Jackson: We're learningto follow God in new ways.
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  • We're learning to get overourselves a little bit,
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  • and the smugness and thecertainty that we had everything
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  • lined up just right, and thatwe have it all figured out.
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  • We've got to stop being offendedwhen God doesn't answer our
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  • prayers the way we want him to.
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  • Allen Jackson: And I don'tremember exactly how old I was,
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  • I was five or six, and my dadasked me to go on a road trip
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  • with him.
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  • We lived--the family lived inMissouri at the time.
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  • We were coming to Tennessee.
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  • I don't remember much about thetrip except that the trip was
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  • filled with him teaching me toread the road signs.
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  • I'm sure he was trying to keepme from driving him nuts with
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  • questions while we traveled.
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  • It must have worked to someextent because I remember
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  • the lesson.
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  • Scroll forward a few years,I was studying at Hebrew
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  • University in Jerusalem.
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  • Phillip and I were there.
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  • To attend the university, youhave to go to language school.
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  • I didn't even know theHebrew alphabet.
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  • And if you didn't know,the Hebrew language is
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  • an ancient language.
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  • They have a different alphabetand it reads from right to left,
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  • so the back of your book is thefront of your book.
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  • It's sufficient to say it wasa bit confusing.
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  • Well, a small breakthrough forme in that process was when
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  • I began to learn the alphabetand the language well enough
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  • that I could just read the signson the roadways.
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  • It made me feel much less like astranger and a bit more at home
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  • in some very unfamiliarsurroundings.
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  • Well, interpreting the signsof our times is essential.
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  • And if you've limited your faithto a knowledge of conversion and
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  • an baptismal experience, I wantto commend you for those things,
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  • they're both very important, butbeyond that initiation into the
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  • kingdom of God is the lifeof a Christ follower.
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  • And to live effectively, totravel the path we're on,
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  • we've got to be able toread the signs.
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  • Not a new idea,it's a Jesus idea.
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  • We're gonna followMatthew's presentation.
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  • Actually, I'm just gonna takethree chapters.
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  • It's an unfolding narrativebetween Jesus and his
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  • closest friends.
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  • I believe the Holy Spiritthrough Matthew is helping us
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  • learn something that willprovide direction in our lives
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  • right now.
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  • I'm not an advocate for studyingour Bible just to collect facts.
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  • When I open my Bible, I do itbecause I recognize I have
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  • a need to understand Godin my life today.
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  • I wanna start in Matthew 16,with verse 1: "The Pharisees and
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  • the Sadducees came to Jesus andthey tested him by asking him to
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  • show them a sign from heaven.
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  • And his answer was, 'Whenevening comes, you say, "It'll
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  • be fair weather,for the sky is red."
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  • And in the morning, "Todayit'll be stormy, for the sky is
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  • red and overcast."
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  • You know how to interpret theappearance of the sky, but you
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  • cannot interpret the signsof the times.'"
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  • "Interpret" suggest somethingless than exact.
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  • And when you interpret language,not every word in a language
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  • interprets directly.
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  • And then there's a bit of a--there's a margin for error
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  • and getting the right meaningwhen you interpret language.
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  • And so when Jesus talks about usinterpreting the signs, it's not
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  • something that's gonna always beobvious to everyone.
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  • There's an awareness required.
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  • A local knowledge is important.
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  • Now, it's popular in AmericanChristianity to say, "We won't
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  • have to suffer.
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  • We'll be rescued."
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  • We've got some rather fancytheological constructions
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  • for that.
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  • Well, it's a wonderful idea.
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  • It brings a sense of peaceand security to us.
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  • Unfortunately, I think it bringsa casualness to our faith that
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  • often is not helpful.
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  • But you know, for much of theglobal Christian community,
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  • that's a rather naive responseto the Scripture.
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  • It'd be a very difficult messageto say to believers in Iran,
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  • or Egypt, or China, orIndonesia, or India, or
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  • Pakistan, or several dozen otherplaces on our map that
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  • as a Christ follower youwon't have to suffer.
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  • They wouldn't even understandwhat you were saying.
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  • So I would submit to you,we need a little help in
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  • interpreting the signsof the times.
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  • Now, it's very difficultto process change.
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  • Gradual change, incrementalchange, perhaps, but rapid,
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  • widespread change isdisorienting.
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  • There are so many breaks withyour past habits and routines.
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  • It's unsettling.
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  • In fact, once you get thatmovement started, it's much
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  • easier to keep it going.
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  • I think we can understand.
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  • It's Matthew chapter 20.
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  • Now, we're gonna step in withJesus and his disciples.
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  • Beginning in verse 17, "As Jesuswas going to Jerusalem, he took
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  • the twelve disciples aside andhe said to them, 'We're going up
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  • to Jerusalem and the Son of Manwill be betrayed by the chief
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  • priests and theteachers of the law.
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  • They will condemn him to deathand will turn him over to the
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  • Gentiles to be mocked, andflogged, and crucified.
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  • On the third day, he'llbe raised to life.'"
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  • Is it safe to say theydon't understand?
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  • How many think that thedisciples had absolute clarity
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  • on what Jesus was sayingto them?
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  • I mean, we know the story wellenough, we know they absolutely
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  • don't, and yet thewords aren't confusing.
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  • There's not somethinglinguistically hidden.
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  • He's not speakingin some parable.
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  • They're confused and there'sreally no explanation offered.
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  • I'll give you my opinion.
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  • I think in the disciples'imagination, they think what
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  • Jesus is telling them about issomething in the far distance.
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  • Jesus is only 33.
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  • This is still a relativelynew adventure to them.
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  • He said, "Follow me and I'llmake you fishers of men," and
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  • this particular group has walkedaway from everything:
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  • businesses, relationships,routines, habits.
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  • They've establisheda new way of life.
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  • They are all in, both publiclyand privately, with support of
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  • this itinerant rabbi,Jesus of Nazareth.
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  • They've seen the mostextraordinary things.
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  • He can dance on the waves.
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  • He can make wine at a wedding.
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  • He commands the windand the waves.
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  • He casts out demons.
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  • He confounds his enemies.
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  • He can raise the deador heal the blind.
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  • Betrayal and crucifixionseem most improbable.
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  • And maybe it's some distantpoint in the future.
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  • We've been to Jerusalem with himbefore and we've seen his
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  • enemies arrayed against him, andhe's defeated them either with
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  • logic or with cunning.
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  • They've just posed no realthreat so they cannot process
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  • what's happening.
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  • Is that fair?
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  • Jesus could nothave been more plain.
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  • The words couldnot be more simple.
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  • He gave it to them as a roadmap and it's gone completely
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  • past them.
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  • Same chapter, Matthew 20,there's some rather immature
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  • questions posed to Jesus.
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  • In fact, they make you smile ifyou don't put yourself into
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  • the circumstance.
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  • "The mother of Zebedee's sonscame to Jesus."
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  • Who are Zebedee's sons?
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  • James and John.
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  • So their mom comes in to Jesus,kneels down, and asks
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  • a favor of him.
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  • Jesus said, "What isthat you want?"
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  • "Well, grant that one of thesetwo sons of mine may sit at your
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  • right hand and the other at yourleft in your kingdom."
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  • Awkward!
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  • I mean, the rest of the crew'ssitting there watching this.
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  • Where's my mom?
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  • Helicopter parents aren't new.
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  • My boys need an advantage.
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  • And Jesus's answeris stunning to me.
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  • He said, "You don't knowwhat you're asking."
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  • You have no ideawhat you're asking.
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  • So Jesus said to the men,"Can you drink the cup
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  • I'm going to drink?"
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  • How many think that had any ideawhat that was gonna be?
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  • He's told them plainly.
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  • We just read it.
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  • It's recently been told to them.
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  • "Can you drink the cupI'm going to drink?"
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  • I promise you, they're notthinking about it.
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  • They're not processing it.
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  • It hasn't broken through theirconsciousness yet 'cause their
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  • answer is, "We can."
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  • And Jesus, without any debateor argument, he said to them,
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  • "You will indeeddrink from my cup."
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  • You don't think your wordshave spiritual authority?
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  • I would suggest to you they do.
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  • "'You will indeed drink from mycup, but to sit at my right hand
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  • or left is not for me to grant.
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  • These places belong to those forwhom they have been prepared by
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  • my Father.'
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  • When the ten heard about this,they were indignant with
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  • the two brothers."
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  • Ya think?Ya think?
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  • Maybe there's a little internaldiscussion amongst the 12
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  • that afternoon.
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  • You had to bring yourmom in, didn't ya?
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  • We know your mom.
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  • She always--but Jesus, I'mintrigued by Jesus's response.
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  • He didn't try to disruptor distract.
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  • He didn't shrug it off.
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  • He didn't say--you know,he didn't deflect.
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  • He turned to them and said,"Are you prepared to drink from
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  • the cup I'm going to?
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  • I've told you what's coming."
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  • And their answer was,"Yes, we're ready."
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  • He said, "Game on."
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  • male announcer: You know, one ofthe great things about the Bible
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  • is you don't need to have theknowledge of a "Jeopardy" champ
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  • to be able to jump in.
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  • Just a quick review of the storyand, boom, you're right there
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  • with it.
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  • And sometimes it's those of uswho think we know everything
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  • about God's story that are theones who really need the review.
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  • So as a way to help all of us,we're gonna recap the entire
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  • story so far inunder 60 seconds.
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  • "Sixty seconds?" you say."Impossible!"
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  • To which I say, "Well, maybe,but let's give this a shot."
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  • Okay, go.
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  • The story starts at thebeginning of the whole
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  • enchilada, when God spoke theuniverse into existence,
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  • including creating the world'sfirst man and woman.
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  • At first, life was perfect.
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  • But soon after, these folks andtheir kids and grandkids decided
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  • they didn't want to live the wayGod had told them to and pretty
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  • much everybody on earth got intosome kind of evil or another.
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  • So God decided to hit the resetbutton and wiped out all of
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  • earth with a flood, except for aman named Noah and his family.
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  • The population started to growagain and eventually God chose
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  • a group of people to starta new nation called Israel.
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  • Israel went through some prettyrough stuff early on, like bein'
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  • slaves in Egypt.
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  • But eventually, God rescued themand brought them into a giant
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  • piece of land Godhad promised to them.
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  • Later, God raised up atking named David to rule Israel.
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  • David was an amazing guy,helping people live the way
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  • God wanted.
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  • The people of Israel were unitedand living at peace.
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  • But when David's son Solomonbecame king, he sorta forgot
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  • about God and startedto worship other gods.
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  • As you can imagine, that wasabout to spell great trouble,
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  • not only for Solomon,but for all of Israel.
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  • Allen Jackson: The truth isthe Bible is intimidating.
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  • Sixty-six books written over along period of time, dozens of
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  • authors, different cultures,words we don't know how to
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  • pronounce, places we don't knowwhere they are, and we're
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  • supposed to understand it.
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  • Most of us have just given up.
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  • Well, I built a tool to help.
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  • It starts with a timeline, 12points that'll arrange the whole
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  • Allen Jackson: So immaturequestions are a part
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  • of this learning.
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  • We're gonna ask some thingswithout fully understanding.
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  • It's a part of the journey.
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  • Jesus's best friends, thebest-trained people around
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  • him did.
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  • And there's times we're gonnahear and we're not gonna all
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  • have equal understanding.
  • 00:13:30.801 --> 00:13:32.936
  • In Matthew 24--you know,hearing the Word of God does not
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  • mean we always have completeunderstanding of what we're
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  • walking through.
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  • Again, seasons of significantchange, unprecedented changed,
  • 00:13:41.178 --> 00:13:44.481
  • unparalleled change.
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  • It's too much to assimilate.
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  • It's why we have togive attention.
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  • It's why we have topay attention.
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  • It's why we need one another.
  • 00:13:51.688 --> 00:13:53.257
  • Matthew 24: "Jesus left thetemple and was walking away
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  • when his disciples came up tohim to call his attention
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  • to its buildings.
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  • And Jesus answers,'Do you see all these things?
  • 00:14:01.131 --> 00:14:03.867
  • I tell you the truth.'"
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  • What do you know aboutthat phrase now?
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  • When you read that phrase, youneed to buckle up 'cause he's
  • 00:14:07.137 --> 00:14:09.006
  • about to say somethingthat's unbelievable.
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  • So he says before he says it,"I'm telling you the truth."
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  • "I tell you the truth, not onestone here will be left
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  • on another.
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  • Every one will be thrown down."
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  • If you just use your imaginationa little bit, you can see the
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  • shock on the face ofthe disciples.
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  • You can see 'em looking at oneanother wide-eyed.
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  • "What's he mean?"
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  • It took 46 years to buildthe place.
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  • "Well, as Jesus was sitting onthe Mount of Olives--"
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  • They'd just crossed theKidron Valley and go up
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  • the Mount of Olives.
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  • "As he's sitting on the Mount ofOlives, the disciples come
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  • to him privately.
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  • 'Tell us,' they said,'when will this happen?
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  • And what will be the signof your coming and the
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  • end of the age?'"
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  • Jesus makes a statement.
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  • He said, "Not one stone ofthis temple is gonna be
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  • left standing.
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  • It's gonna be destroyed."
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  • The disciples add aninterpretation to it that
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  • Jesus didn't give them.
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  • Their assumption is when thathappens, it will be the end
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  • of the age and timefor Jesus's return.
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  • So their question--they askedhim those two questions,
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  • "When is this gonna happenand what will be the sign
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  • of your return?"
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  • It's very clear from the contextthat they don't understand what
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  • Jesus meant, and he doesn'tcorrect them.
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  • He doesn't say, "Those eventsaren't linked together."
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  • He didn't say, "Yourtimeline's messed up."
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  • In fact, Matthew 24 is Jesus'smost lengthy prophetic
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  • discussion, and heanswers their questions.
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  • He tells them the timelineof when the temple will be
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  • destroyed, and when the end ofthe age will be, and what the
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  • signs of his coming will be.
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  • And from their vantage pointthat day, I suspect they thought
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  • it was all one in the same.
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  • But they're learning, and youand I are learning.
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  • We're learning to followGod in new ways.
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  • We're learning to get overourselves a little bit, and
  • 00:16:11.361 --> 00:16:13.630
  • the smugness and the certaintythat we had everything lined up
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  • just right, and that we haveit all figured out.
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  • We've gotta stop being offendedwhen God doesn't answer our
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  • prayers the way we want him to.
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  • We've got to be determined tofollow him, even when everything
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  • isn't exactly clear.
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  • The temple is gonna be destroyedin 70 AD, about 40 years after
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  • Jesus has thatconversation with them.
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  • His return and the end of theage was much further away, but
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  • in his discourse in Matthew 24and Luke 21, they're parallel
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  • passages, he answered all thequestions of the above.
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  • But he didn't hand it to thedisciples in such a simple way.
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  • Again, hearing does not alwaysequal understanding.
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  • See, it doesn't surprise me thatwe're a little off balance.
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  • The events we've watched inthe last ten months were
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  • beyond imagination.
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  • Week, after week, after week,I have participated in church
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  • and in things in a way thatI'd said I never would.
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  • Much of what is happening wewere told was coming, but we'd
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  • pushed it down the calendar.
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  • Oh, not me.
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  • Not mine.
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  • I have a plan.
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  • I've got vacations scheduled.
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  • I know what I wanted to doover the summer.
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  • I had a--I know how I wantedthe next few months to unfold.
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  • And we've been more agitatedabout the disruption than we
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  • have been focused on what Godis saying to us.
  • 00:17:43.653 --> 00:17:48.024
  • But there's a beginningof an awakening.
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  • It's a little unsettling becausewe realized while we slept there
  • 00:17:51.027 --> 00:17:53.830
  • have been some strong thingshappening, but they discount
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  • our boss.
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  • I'm excited.
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  • Failures don't disqualify us.
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  • Those 11 men that had so muchtrouble following what Jesus
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  • said were entrusted with theassignment, and you'd have to
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  • say they did pretty well.
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  • They did pretty well.
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  • In fact, you and I are fruitof their faithfulness.
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  • Matthew 28, my last passage fromMatthew, "The eleven disciples
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  • went to Galilee."
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  • It's where they'd beentold to go.
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  • By now, they're payinga little more attention.
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  • "To the mountainwhere Jesus had told them to go.
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  • And when they saw him, theyworshiped him, but some doubted.
  • 00:18:34.604 --> 00:18:39.109
  • And then Jesus came to them andsaid, 'All authority in heaven
  • 00:18:39.109 --> 00:18:41.678
  • and earth has been given to me.
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  • Therefore, you go and you makedisciples of all nations,
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  • baptizing them in the name ofthe Father, and the Son, and
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  • the Holy Spirit, and teachingthem to obey everything
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  • I've commanded you.
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  • And surely, I'm with you always,to the very end of the age.'"
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  • No more leaving.
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  • I'll be with you to the very endof the age if you'll accept
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  • the assignment.
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  • Make disciples ofall nations, go.
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  • Now, they may have fumbled someof the earlier assignments.
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  • They may have had a little bitof trouble with the unfolding
  • 00:19:09.673 --> 00:19:12.642
  • events around Jesus's betrayaland arrest, to his crucifixion
  • 00:19:12.642 --> 00:19:15.679
  • and his resurrection, but you'dhave to say from this point
  • 00:19:15.679 --> 00:19:18.215
  • forward, their focus beganto get much, much better.
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  • They don't always get it right.
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  • There'll be squabblesamongst themselves.
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  • They're not over that yet.
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  • They'll have to have somecouncils in Jerusalem and
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  • to work out their differences.
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  • They'll have some internalfights about who's gonna
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  • travel with whom.
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  • Peter will have a little troubleholding the boundaries against
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  • whether he's going to keep therabbinic rules or whether
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  • he's not.
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  • And Paul is going to call himout a time or two because Paul
  • 00:19:42.239 --> 00:19:44.307
  • just likes calling folks out.
  • 00:19:44.307 --> 00:19:49.913
  • But they took that assignmentvery literally.
  • 00:19:49.913 --> 00:19:55.318
  • They may have fished again,but they never went back to
  • 00:19:55.318 --> 00:19:57.287
  • the fishing business.
  • 00:19:57.287 --> 00:20:00.090
  • They may have returned to somefamiliar places, but they had
  • 00:20:00.090 --> 00:20:02.525
  • a totally new assignment,a totally new perspective,
  • 00:20:02.525 --> 00:20:05.528
  • a totally new hope, a totallynew purpose.
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  • Now, what my prayer for thechurch is is that we come
  • 00:20:07.998 --> 00:20:10.300
  • through this season with a newperspective, and a new purpose,
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  • and a new commitment.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Folks, I don't think you'reweak, or worldly, or wrong
  • 00:20:20.910 --> 00:20:26.316
  • because what's happeningto us is disorienting.
  • 00:20:26.316 --> 00:20:28.685
  • We're not accustomed to seeingmedia reports that say what
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  • we believe is corrosive.
  • 00:20:33.189 --> 00:20:37.093
  • We're not familiar with seeingthat with the boldness that
  • 00:20:37.093 --> 00:20:39.996
  • we're watching it, where theywill censor in broad ways the
  • 00:20:39.996 --> 00:20:42.899
  • vantage points that we holdand say they're dangerous.
  • 00:20:42.899 --> 00:20:48.405
  • But it's not a surprise.
  • 00:20:48.405 --> 00:20:51.074
  • It's not a frightening time,it's an exciting time.
  • 00:20:51.074 --> 00:20:55.412
  • God is calling us.
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  • We were content to get ourticket to heaven punched
  • 00:20:58.048 --> 00:21:01.017
  • and then go live our lives onour terms, and for some reason
  • 00:21:01.017 --> 00:21:04.487
  • God called our names for thispivotal season.
  • 00:21:04.487 --> 00:21:10.126
  • So what do we do?
  • 00:21:10.126 --> 00:21:12.028
  • Well, it starts with ourprofession of faith.
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  • That's the beginning pointfor all of us.
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  • In fact, I think we ought tojust say that a little prayer
  • 00:21:18.068 --> 00:21:19.803
  • together 'cause you need to knowhow to help somebody else.
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  • I'm not done.
  • 00:21:22.772 --> 00:21:24.140
  • You can't run after this prayer.
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  • I'm about done, but you needthis prayer tucked in
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  • your portfolio.
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  • You need to be as comfortablewith helping somebody do this
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  • as anything in your life, 'causethere are people in your sphere
  • 00:21:32.248 --> 00:21:36.353
  • of influence that don'tknow the Lord.
  • 00:21:36.353 --> 00:21:37.687
  • They're not ready to see him.
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  • That can't be okay with you.
  • 00:21:39.022 --> 00:21:42.092
  • It cannot be okay with you.
  • 00:21:42.092 --> 00:21:44.394
  • We have to care about itmore than that.
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  • They may have a formof godliness.
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  • They may attend churchoccasionally.
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  • They may know about God.
  • 00:21:50.500 --> 00:21:51.868
  • They may not be declaredan atheist.
  • 00:21:51.868 --> 00:21:53.203
  • They may not be declareda Buddhist.
  • 00:21:53.203 --> 00:21:54.571
  • They may not be declaredsomething else, but you know
  • 00:21:54.571 --> 00:21:58.241
  • that they have no intent ofhonoring Jesus as Lord.
  • 00:21:58.241 --> 00:22:00.910
  • Folks, passing through churchoccasionally does not make you
  • 00:22:00.910 --> 00:22:03.613
  • a Christ follower any more thanpassing through the parking lot
  • 00:22:03.613 --> 00:22:06.950
  • makes you an automobile.
  • 00:22:06.950 --> 00:22:12.255
  • And many of us have been thereand pretended that.
  • 00:22:12.255 --> 00:22:14.090
  • We've played that game and hadto be awakened to the truth.
  • 00:22:14.090 --> 00:22:17.827
  • But it begins with a birth, anamazing event, a supernatural
  • 00:22:17.827 --> 00:22:22.132
  • event made possiblethrough the redemptive work
  • 00:22:22.132 --> 00:22:24.734
  • of Jesus on the cross.
  • 00:22:24.734 --> 00:22:26.069
  • On the cross, he exhausted thecurse of my sin and my
  • 00:22:26.069 --> 00:22:28.972
  • ungodliness that I might havethe full benefits of his
  • 00:22:28.972 --> 00:22:31.975
  • perfect obedience.
  • 00:22:31.975 --> 00:22:35.111
  • And if I'm willing to forgiveothers, I can ask for
  • 00:22:35.111 --> 00:22:37.547
  • his forgiveness.
  • 00:22:37.547 --> 00:22:38.882
  • And the Bible says somethingsupernatural happens.
  • 00:22:38.882 --> 00:22:41.251
  • There's a new birth.
  • 00:22:41.251 --> 00:22:42.619
  • Not a physical birth, but aspiritual birth, and the part of
  • 00:22:42.619 --> 00:22:45.155
  • us that was dead to God is madealive and we become a totally
  • 00:22:45.155 --> 00:22:49.325
  • new creation.
  • 00:22:49.325 --> 00:22:51.528
  • Your future is no longerdominated just by your DNA.
  • 00:22:51.528 --> 00:22:54.964
  • It's dominated by the power ofthe Creator of heaven and earth
  • 00:22:54.964 --> 00:22:57.901
  • because you belong to him.
  • 00:22:57.901 --> 00:23:00.470
  • That's why we call Jesus Lord.
  • 00:23:00.470 --> 00:23:03.973
  • It's not about joining a church.
  • 00:23:03.973 --> 00:23:05.909
  • It's not about putting your nameon a roll, or getting your
  • 00:23:05.909 --> 00:23:08.178
  • doctrine just right, or readingthe right translation,
  • 00:23:08.178 --> 00:23:11.181
  • or the clothing you wearto church for worship.
  • 00:23:11.181 --> 00:23:15.051
  • It begins with a birth.
  • 00:23:15.051 --> 00:23:17.153
  • Just pray this prayer with me,"Almighty God, I'm a sinner
  • 00:23:17.153 --> 00:23:22.225
  • and I need a Savior.
  • 00:23:22.225 --> 00:23:24.227
  • I believe Jesus is your Son,that he died on a cross for my
  • 00:23:24.227 --> 00:23:29.165
  • sin, and that you raised himto life again that I might
  • 00:23:29.165 --> 00:23:35.205
  • be justified.
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  • Forgive me of my sins, and Iforgive everyone of anything
  • 00:23:37.540 --> 00:23:43.379
  • they've done.
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  • I release them.
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  • And I thank you now that I'ma child of God, washed by the
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  • blood of Jesus, redeemed,cleansed, delivered, set free.
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  • I belong to God.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen."
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • But then you have to add to thatyour intent to grow up.
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  • You can't stop there.
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  • You don't want to have--bespiritually stillborn.
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  • That's the beginning.
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  • It gives you the tools, allthat you need to grow up.
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  • Now you're gonna needthe Word of God.
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  • You need a hunger for it.
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  • If you don't have a hungerfor it, start to tell the Lord,
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  • "Lord, I could care less.
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  • Help me.
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  • I know I need to read it, but--"He'll help you.
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  • Stop pretending.
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  • There's nothing to begained by pretending.
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  • Tell--there is a God, folks.
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  • We're gonna see himsooner than later.
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  • Tell him the truth.
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  • He will help you.
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  • Say, "I know you sold a lotof copies, but I think
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  • it's a little dry.
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  • Could you help me?"
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  • He will.
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  • Begin listening, practicingspiritual hygiene.
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  • We treat repentance so casually,go, "Oh, I prayed.
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  • I prayed.I prayed.
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  • I got it."
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  • It'd be like saying, "You know,I showered, I showered."
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  • Lately?
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  • Repentance needs to bea part of your routine.
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  • You cannot practice ungodlinessand think you can participate
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  • in the kingdom of God.
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  • You can make a mistake.
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  • You can make a misstep.
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  • You can--I'm not--we'renot perfect.
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  • We're a broken people inprocess, but you can't choose
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  • to live in sin and thinkGod will welcome you.
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  • We've been way toocasual with him.
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  • Spiritual hygiene.
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  • "Lord, I'm sorry."
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  • That's a daily thing.
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  • We've been a littleoffended this year.
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  • We got the 2 Chronicles verseout, "If my people called by my
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  • name will humble themselves andrepent, I'll heal their land."
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  • We got a little torqued up.
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  • We didn't see as muchhealing as we wanted.
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  • Violence in our cities.
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  • Violence in our Capitol.
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  • We were little indignant.
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  • Well, I prayed twice.
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  • Well, excuse me.
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  • We have to serve.
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  • We have to allow God torearrange our priorities.
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  • We have to let himcontinue to do that.
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  • The disciples, "We lefteverything to follow you."
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  • Jesus said, "Yeah, uh-huh, butunless you take up your cross
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  • every day."
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  • God is moving.
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  • We don't want to miss this.
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  • Be strong and courageous.
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  • There's some unsettlingthings happening.
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  • Be strong and courageous.
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  • You're gonna hear thingsyou don't like.
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  • Be strong and courageous.
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  • The one who callsyou is faithful.
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  • male announcer: Join usevery week for another exciting
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  • message fromPastor Allen Jackson.
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  • And until then, visit us onlineand discover remarkable
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  • to the next level.
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  • you at World Outreach Churchin Murfreesboro.
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  • of this ministry.
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  • with Pastor Allen Jackson.
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