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  • - Bil Cornelius: The guy
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  • who wrote more of the Bible
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  • than anyone was a murderer.
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  • His name is the Apostle Paul,
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  • and God used him greatly
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  • after he had murdered someone.
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  • God's not done with you.
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  • God is not finished.
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  • He is just beginning with what
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  • he wants to do in your life.
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  • I don't care what you're doing,
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome, I'm so glad
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  • you guys are here today.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • Pull out your notes,
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  • if you will.
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  • We're talking today on a message
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  • called "Go Get 'Em."
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  • God wants us to go and get
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  • people, and get them in church.
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  • The message is called
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  • "Go Get 'Em Today," based upon
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  • Matthew 28:19, "Go and make
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  • disciples of all nations."
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  • I heard about this
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  • college student.
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  • He was in a class,
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  • and he was a science major.
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  • And he was in a marine biology
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  • class, and his professor was
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  • an atheist, and he knew it.
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  • And he was trying to be
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  • a witness.
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  • He didn't know how to do it, but
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  • eventually the professor said
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  • something that really caught
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  • his attention.
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  • The professor said, "You know--"
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  • He showed a picture of this
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  • whale, and he was talking
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  • about the whale.
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  • And he goes, "It's interesting
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  • that the whale, as large as it
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  • is, has a very small mouth and
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  • cannot eat very large things."
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  • And so, immediately the student
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  • realized, "Hold on a sec.
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  • That goes against the Bible,
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  • because I know that a whale
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  • swallowed a man, right?"
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  • So he sticks his hand up,
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  • and says, "Excuse me, sir.
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  • We actually do have recorded
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  • history that a whale
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  • did swallow a human.
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  • It did not have to eat them.
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  • So, actually, they can,
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  • apparently, eat bigger items."
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  • And the professor says, "Okay,
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  • you're referring to the Bible.
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  • That's not true.
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  • That's just a made-up story."
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  • And again he shot his hand up,
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  • and said, "No, actually,
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  • that is true.
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  • I believe that's the truth.
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  • It's recorded history."
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  • And the professor again says,
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  • "That's ridiculous, son.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • That's just a made-up thing.
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  • It's just not real.
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  • There's just no way."
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  • And so--and he says, "Yeah,
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  • the Bible says that Jonah
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  • was swallowed by a whale,
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  • and he lived, you know?
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  • And then, eventually,
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  • the whale spit him back out,
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  • and, you know, God used that."
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  • And so, the professor is like,
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  • "That's just ridiculous."
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  • And so, finally, the student
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  • said, "Well, I guess one day
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  • I'll just have to ask him
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  • in heaven."
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  • And the professor looked at him,
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  • and said, "Well, but what
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  • if Jonah is in hell?"
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  • And he said, "Well, then,
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  • I guess you're gonna have
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  • to ask him."
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  • So here's the reality
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  • that we have to understand
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  • about the Bible.
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  • The Bible is very clear
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  • about this.
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  • We say we believe in God and we
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  • believe the Bible, but the Bible
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  • talks very clearly about
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  • heaven and hell.
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  • They're real.
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  • And whether someone receives
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  • Christ or not has eternal
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  • consequences.
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  • If you know Jesus, if you've
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  • accepted him in your heart, if
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  • you've prayed the simple prayer
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  • to receive him, then not only
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  • does he begin a relationship
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  • with you, but also he secures
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  • a place for you in heaven.
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  • If you reject the Spirit of God
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  • moving upon you, trying to get
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  • you to receive Christ,
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  • if you reject that, you also are
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  • sealing your fate to not be
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  • in heaven one day,
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  • but to rather go to hell.
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  • That seems harsh, I realize, but
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  • that is the truth of God's Word.
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  • Sometimes people will criticize
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  • our church because we go
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  • to great lengths to get people
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  • to come to church,
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  • and to invite them into
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  • a relationship with Jesus.
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  • There's really almost nothing we
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  • will not try if we feel like it
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  • will help us win more people to
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  • Christ, if it will help us
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  • take more people to heaven
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  • with us before we die, right?
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  • That's our goal.
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  • Our mission is to take
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  • as many people to heaven
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  • as we can before we die.
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  • Period.
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  • That's what we're all about
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  • around here.
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  • And so, there's not a lot
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  • we will not attempt to do if
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  • we can--if we feel like it
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  • will work to reach more people.
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  • One time I was--I heard about
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  • this on this--there was--like,
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  • Christians were going on,
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  • on Facebook, because we had
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  • recently leased a billboard.
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  • And so, we were, you know,
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  • advertising on the billboard,
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  • and someone was really going off
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  • on it, "I can't believe they
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  • spent money on a billboard.
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  • They should be giving money
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  • to the poor."
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  • And, of course, first of all,
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  • that assumes we're not giving
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  • to the poor, which is not true.
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  • They obviously have never been
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  • to our Westside ministry,
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  • or other ministries
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  • all around our city,
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  • that we're helping the poor,
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  • I mean, all over the place.
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  • And so, they clearly
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  • are not paying much attention
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  • to what we're doing.
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  • But, anyway, the bottom line
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  • is that they were
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  • criticizing us about this,
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  • and then they kept going, right?
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  • And then a lot of church members
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  • were kinda piling off, "No, you
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  • should see the stuff they do.
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  • They're doing great stuff,
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  • and this and that."
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  • And so--but this person kept
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  • going and going and going.
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  • And then, finally, someone
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  • told me about it, and so
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  • I went and checked it out.
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  • Normally I do not do this.
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  • Normally I do not read
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  • the comments below articles
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  • about us, and things like that,
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  • 'cause normally that's
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  • kind of a sewer.
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  • But I decided, "You know what?
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  • I'm gonna go and read this,
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  • because I'm interested to see
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  • how this person thinks."
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  • And so, I followed the whole
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  • line of thinking to the very
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  • last part, where they finally
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  • said, "It's all ridiculous
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  • anyway since there is no hell."
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  • And I was like, "Well, that
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  • makes perfect sense that they
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  • would think it's ridiculous."
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  • It is ridiculous to advertise,
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  • and to send out direct mail
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  • pieces, and to rent a billboard,
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  • and to ask you to invite your
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  • friends, if there is no hell.
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  • Well, then, it's completely
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  • a waste of time.
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  • But if there is a hell, if there
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  • is a heaven, then it matters
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  • greatly, and we should actually
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  • be increasing what we're doing,
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  • not decreasing it, because we
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  • have to have a sense of urgency
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  • that people need Jesus.
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  • And if we really believe that,
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  • it should change the way
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  • we live.
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  • It should change
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  • the way we do church.
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  • It should change the way we act.
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  • It should change everything
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  • about who we are and what we do,
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  • because heaven and hell are
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  • real, and I don't want anyone
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  • to go to hell.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • That may sound simple,
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  • but it's powerful.
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  • It's a big deal.
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  • If you've got your outlines,
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  • would you follow along with me
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  • a little bit here?
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  • Look at Matthew chapter 4,
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  • verse 19.
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  • I wanna give you a challenge
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  • today, because I believe this
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  • is the most important message
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  • that I will share all year long.
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  • I believe that much on what
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  • we're about to talk about,
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  • and I wanna challenge you
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  • to do something this year
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  • that will change everything
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  • in your personal walk with God.
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  • It will change everything
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  • in this ministry.
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  • It will change everything
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  • in our community, if you will
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  • just take this challenge.
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  • Matthew 4, verse 19,
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  • "Jesus called out to them,
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  • 'Come follow me, and I will show
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  • you how to fish for people!'"
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  • So he approaches a young man,
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  • then he says, "I want you to be
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  • my disciple, and I want you to
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  • put down your fishing gear
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  • and come join me,
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  • and we're gonna fish for people.
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  • You're no longer gonna be
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  • fishing for fish.
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  • You're now gonna fish
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  • for people."
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  • And so, he tells them, "I want
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  • you to be a fisher of men,
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  • a fisher of people."
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  • And so, God ultimately--
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  • what does, ultimately,
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  • discipleship turn into?
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  • What's the ultimate goal
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  • of you growing in Christ?
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  • It's to eventually reproduce.
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  • Everyone knows that physically
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  • you're not really mature until
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  • you can reproduce, but somehow
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  • we forget that you're really not
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  • spiritually mature until you can
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  • reproduce, until you can
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  • lead someone else to Christ,
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  • bring them into God's house
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  • and they can experience the love
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  • of Christ just like you have.
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  • And please do not say you're
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  • spiritually mature if you have
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  • not led anyone to Christ lately.
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  • I'm just calling you out
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  • on that.
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  • I get so tired of people, "Well,
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  • I'm not really into evangelism.
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  • I'm just really into
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  • discipleship."
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  • Discipleship leads to
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  • evangelism.
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  • You can't have one without
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  • the other.
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  • It's like saying which wing on
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  • the airplane do you want?
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  • I'm pretty sure you need both
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  • to lift off.
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  • So you need to grow in Christ,
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  • so you can do what?
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  • So you can win more people
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  • to Christ.
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  • And so,
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  • it's not one or the other.
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  • It's both.
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  • God is leading you and me
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  • to do something bold today.
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  • In fact, Jesus, in a relatively
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  • short period of time, some
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  • people think it was in a--within
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  • a few days, but it was defiantly
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  • within a few weeks.
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  • He recruited 12 young men to
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  • follow him to be his disciples.
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  • If Jesus can recruit 12 people
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  • in a few weeks, then you and I
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  • can recruit 12 people in a year.
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  • So I wanna challenge you
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  • right now, every single person,
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  • to commit to bringing 12 people
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  • a year to church.
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  • I wanna challenge you to do
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  • this, to commit to bringing
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  • 12 people a year to church.
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  • Some of you right now are
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  • thinking, "Twelve?
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  • I just need to bring one."
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  • That'd be great.
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  • I wanna challenge you to commit
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  • to 12, though, in the next year.
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  • The truth is, if you did not
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  • meet a quota of 12 products
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  • being sold as a salesperson, you
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  • would be fired within a month.
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  • And so, this is
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  • a very reasonable request.
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  • Actually, it's a request of
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  • mine, but it's a command of God,
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  • that we are called to reach out
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  • to those around us.
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  • So I wanna challenge you
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  • to bring 12 people to church.
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  • "But, pastor, I don't really
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  • know the words to say.
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  • I'm kinda new in Christ,
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  • and I'm a new Christian.
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  • I don't know all the stuff
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  • you know, so if they ask
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  • any questions,
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  • I won't know the answer."
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  • That's okay.
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  • You know what?
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  • Use that even more of an excuse
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  • to bring them to church.
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  • Here's what you say.
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  • You say, "Hey, will you come to
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  • church with me this weekend?"
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  • "Well, I got a question about
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  • this and that."
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  • "That's a great question.
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  • Why don't you come to church
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  • with me this weekend,
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  • and we'll ask together?"
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  • That's not an excuse
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  • for them not to come.
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  • It's an excuse for them to come.
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  • And so, when they ask a question
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  • you don't know the answer to,
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  • just say, "I don't know
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  • the answer to that."
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  • Guys, can I tell you what I do
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  • as a pastor when you come up and
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  • ask me a theological question
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  • I don't know the answer to?
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  • I do the same thing you do.
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  • I google it,
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  • and I google a couple
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  • of other theologians and
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  • other people that know the Bible
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  • a lot better than I do,
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  • and I find out what they think.
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  • What do you think seminary is?
  • 00:09:02.240 --> 00:09:04.090
  • It's gathering of people
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  • who are trying to learn
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  • more about the Bible,
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  • because we have questions.
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  • And so, please don't be arrogant
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  • enough to believe that
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  • you have all the answers.
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  • But also, be humble enough to,
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  • when you reach out, to realize
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  • they're gonna have questions
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  • you don't have the answers to.
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  • That doesn't mean
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  • you don't ask 'em.
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  • You still ask 'em.
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  • You still invite 'em.
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  • You still bring them in.
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  • I mean, I bet you told everyone
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  • about your iPad when you
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  • got one, "You got to get
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  • one of these things, man.
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  • They're awesome."
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  • But you didn't understand
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  • how all those ones and zeros add
  • 00:09:28.160 --> 00:09:30.090
  • up to make software, did you?
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  • But you still, certainly,
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  • encouraged someone else.
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  • We even call it product
  • 00:09:34.100 --> 00:09:35.190
  • evangelism, when you
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  • tell someone else about
  • 00:09:37.290 --> 00:09:39.060
  • a product you're using.
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  • Well, if God is using this
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  • church to change your life, why
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  • are you being quiet about it,
  • 00:09:44.190 --> 00:09:46.290
  • you know?
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  • It's so funny what happens in
  • 00:09:48.060 --> 00:09:49.010
  • Vegas is supposed to stay
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  • in Vegas.
  • 00:09:50.030 --> 00:09:51.020
  • What happens at Church Unlimited
  • 00:09:51.020 --> 00:09:52.080
  • should never stay
  • 00:09:52.080 --> 00:09:54.000
  • at Church Unlimited.
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  • We should be telling
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  • the world about it,
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  • about what God's doing.
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  • I have a friend who's a real big
  • 00:10:01.050 --> 00:10:01.270
  • fisherman.
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  • He's really into fish.
  • 00:10:03.000 --> 00:10:04.030
  • I mean, super into
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  • catching fish.
  • 00:10:05.010 --> 00:10:05.270
  • And I have been fishing,
  • 00:10:05.270 --> 00:10:08.000
  • but I would not call myself
  • 00:10:08.000 --> 00:10:09.030
  • a fisherman.
  • 00:10:09.030 --> 00:10:10.050
  • There's a lot of fishermen
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  • and fisherwomen in our church.
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  • By the way, they're
  • 00:10:12.110 --> 00:10:13.050
  • serious about fishing.
  • 00:10:13.050 --> 00:10:14.130
  • Now I know that in South Texas
  • 00:10:14.130 --> 00:10:15.290
  • most people aren't serious
  • 00:10:15.290 --> 00:10:16.270
  • about it.
  • 00:10:16.270 --> 00:10:17.220
  • I mean, most people,
  • 00:10:17.220 --> 00:10:18.160
  • just truth be told, when
  • 00:10:18.160 --> 00:10:20.210
  • they're done fishing is when
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:21.120
  • the six-pack is done.
  • 00:10:21.120 --> 00:10:22.180
  • Do you know what I'm saying?
  • 00:10:22.180 --> 00:10:23.070
  • Let's just be honest.
  • 00:10:23.070 --> 00:10:24.060
  • I'm not recommending that.
  • 00:10:24.060 --> 00:10:24.270
  • I'm just saying that's about
  • 00:10:24.270 --> 00:10:25.180
  • the truth, right?
  • 00:10:25.180 --> 00:10:26.200
  • I'm not a fisherman.
  • 00:10:26.200 --> 00:10:27.180
  • I don't drink, either.
  • 00:10:27.180 --> 00:10:28.090
  • But I'm not a fisherman.
  • 00:10:28.090 --> 00:10:29.090
  • I mean, when I'm bored,
  • 00:10:29.090 --> 00:10:30.070
  • I'm done.
  • 00:10:30.070 --> 00:10:30.260
  • That's kinda how it works
  • 00:10:30.260 --> 00:10:31.140
  • for me.
  • 00:10:31.140 --> 00:10:32.050
  • But serious fishermen
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:33.220
  • actually do something
  • 00:10:33.220 --> 00:10:34.240
  • that seems radical to me.
  • 00:10:34.240 --> 00:10:36.000
  • They will go where the fish are,
  • 00:10:36.040 --> 00:10:39.040
  • to where I expect the fish
  • 00:10:39.040 --> 00:10:40.090
  • to come to me.
  • 00:10:40.090 --> 00:10:41.250
  • That's how you know I'm not
  • 00:10:41.250 --> 00:10:42.270
  • a serious fisherman, right?
  • 00:10:42.270 --> 00:10:43.220
  • So I have a friend
  • 00:10:43.220 --> 00:10:44.140
  • who's really into fishing.
  • 00:10:44.140 --> 00:10:45.040
  • In fact, a number of years ago,
  • 00:10:45.040 --> 00:10:47.050
  • he was ranked number three in
  • 00:10:47.050 --> 00:10:48.070
  • the world in deep-sea fishing.
  • 00:10:48.070 --> 00:10:50.190
  • This guy is serious business
  • 00:10:50.190 --> 00:10:51.290
  • about fishing.
  • 00:10:51.290 --> 00:10:52.220
  • He is cray cray into it.
  • 00:10:52.220 --> 00:10:55.200
  • I mean, he's got all
  • 00:10:55.200 --> 00:10:56.070
  • the equipment.
  • 00:10:56.070 --> 00:10:57.030
  • He will go days at a time,
  • 00:10:57.030 --> 00:10:58.120
  • weeks at a time.
  • 00:10:58.120 --> 00:10:59.000
  • He will suffer to catch a fish.
  • 00:10:59.000 --> 00:11:01.210
  • I mean, he will go all out,
  • 00:11:01.210 --> 00:11:02.260
  • right?
  • 00:11:02.260 --> 00:11:03.140
  • One day I called him.
  • 00:11:03.140 --> 00:11:04.060
  • He's a mentor of mine.
  • 00:11:04.060 --> 00:11:04.260
  • I called him up, and I could
  • 00:11:04.260 --> 00:11:05.250
  • tell he wasn't in our country
  • 00:11:05.250 --> 00:11:06.250
  • because I could just tell
  • 00:11:06.250 --> 00:11:07.250
  • by the phone call.
  • 00:11:07.250 --> 00:11:08.100
  • You ever talk to someone
  • 00:11:08.100 --> 00:11:08.290
  • from another country?
  • 00:11:08.290 --> 00:11:09.240
  • You can just tell, right?
  • 00:11:09.240 --> 00:11:10.120
  • I was like, "Okay, it sounds
  • 00:11:10.120 --> 00:11:11.120
  • like I'm in a tunnel.
  • 00:11:11.120 --> 00:11:12.030
  • Where are you," right?
  • 00:11:12.030 --> 00:11:13.050
  • I go, "Hey, where are you at?"
  • 00:11:13.050 --> 00:11:13.260
  • He goes, "Oh, sorry, man.
  • 00:11:13.260 --> 00:11:15.070
  • I caught a quick flight out."
  • 00:11:15.070 --> 00:11:17.200
  • I go, "Oh, okay.
  • 00:11:17.200 --> 00:11:19.000
  • Where are you?"
  • 00:11:19.000 --> 00:11:19.170
  • He goes, "I'm in Guatemala."
  • 00:11:19.170 --> 00:11:20.260
  • I'm like, "Wow, okay.
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:22.130
  • So, like, is this like
  • 00:11:22.130 --> 00:11:23.110
  • a mission trip?"
  • 00:11:23.110 --> 00:11:23.280
  • He said, "No, I just caught
  • 00:11:23.280 --> 00:11:24.240
  • a flight yesterday.
  • 00:11:24.240 --> 00:11:25.240
  • I wanted to come out here."
  • 00:11:25.240 --> 00:11:27.050
  • "Why Guatemala?"
  • 00:11:27.050 --> 00:11:28.070
  • He goes, "The fish are biting."
  • 00:11:28.260 --> 00:11:31.260
  • So you--first of all,
  • 00:11:31.260 --> 00:11:33.140
  • how do you know the fish
  • 00:11:33.140 --> 00:11:34.030
  • are biting in Guatemala?
  • 00:11:34.030 --> 00:11:35.030
  • That's the first question.
  • 00:11:35.030 --> 00:11:36.130
  • Second of all, you just decided
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:37.090
  • you're just gonna spend
  • 00:11:37.090 --> 00:11:38.060
  • the money on a flight.
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:39.130
  • First of all, can you imagine
  • 00:11:39.130 --> 00:11:40.080
  • how expensive it is to fly
  • 00:11:40.080 --> 00:11:41.040
  • to Guatemala?
  • 00:11:41.040 --> 00:11:41.280
  • Now add flying to Guatemala
  • 00:11:41.280 --> 00:11:43.050
  • within 24 hours' notice.
  • 00:11:43.050 --> 00:11:44.250
  • What does that cost?
  • 00:11:44.250 --> 00:11:46.280
  • So he just gets all his gear,
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:48.140
  • gets a flight, flies
  • 00:11:48.140 --> 00:11:49.060
  • to Guatemala because
  • 00:11:49.060 --> 00:11:50.100
  • the fish are biting.
  • 00:11:50.100 --> 00:11:51.290
  • That is a serious fisherman.
  • 00:11:51.290 --> 00:11:54.230
  • I clearly am not
  • 00:11:54.230 --> 00:11:55.170
  • a serious fisherman.
  • 00:11:55.170 --> 00:11:56.190
  • I mean, that's some dedication.
  • 00:11:56.190 --> 00:11:58.000
  • But see, as a church, we can't
  • 00:11:58.000 --> 00:12:00.070
  • expect the fish to come to us.
  • 00:12:00.230 --> 00:12:03.230
  • We have to go where the fish are
  • 00:12:03.230 --> 00:12:06.140
  • to catch 'em.
  • 00:12:06.140 --> 00:12:07.210
  • God's calling us to go out
  • 00:12:07.210 --> 00:12:10.030
  • and reach people.
  • 00:12:10.030 --> 00:12:12.110
  • He wants us to be willing to
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:13.230
  • go to where they are, you know?
  • 00:12:13.230 --> 00:12:16.080
  • The best recruits, by the way,
  • 00:12:16.080 --> 00:12:17.140
  • are always new recruits
  • 00:12:17.140 --> 00:12:18.200
  • themselves.
  • 00:12:18.200 --> 00:12:19.190
  • The people who are the most
  • 00:12:19.190 --> 00:12:20.120
  • excited about the company
  • 00:12:20.120 --> 00:12:21.070
  • are the people who just
  • 00:12:21.070 --> 00:12:21.270
  • started working there.
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:22.200
  • The people who are the most
  • 00:12:22.200 --> 00:12:23.100
  • excited college, are the what?
  • 00:12:23.100 --> 00:12:25.170
  • They're freshmen.
  • 00:12:25.170 --> 00:12:26.140
  • They just started off,
  • 00:12:26.140 --> 00:12:27.010
  • "I love it.
  • 00:12:27.010 --> 00:12:27.240
  • This is so great.
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:28.090
  • I'm gonna call my friends,
  • 00:12:28.090 --> 00:12:29.070
  • and tell them, 'You gotta come
  • 00:12:29.070 --> 00:12:29.270
  • to this school,'" right?
  • 00:12:29.270 --> 00:12:30.200
  • The people who just started off
  • 00:12:30.200 --> 00:12:31.120
  • at a restaurant, the first time
  • 00:12:31.120 --> 00:12:32.250
  • they went, "Oh, you gotta
  • 00:12:32.250 --> 00:12:33.210
  • go try this new place.
  • 00:12:33.210 --> 00:12:34.180
  • It just opened.
  • 00:12:34.180 --> 00:12:35.080
  • You gotta get the sandwich,
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  • or get this, or whatever."
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  • And you tell everyone about it,
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  • right?
  • 00:12:37.260 --> 00:12:38.150
  • And so, the people--
  • 00:12:38.150 --> 00:12:39.130
  • believe it or not, the people
  • 00:12:39.130 --> 00:12:40.080
  • who are the most equipped
  • 00:12:40.080 --> 00:12:41.210
  • to bring people,
  • 00:12:41.210 --> 00:12:42.230
  • are the people in this room
  • 00:12:42.230 --> 00:12:43.260
  • right now, are the people all
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:44.260
  • over campus right now who feel
  • 00:12:44.260 --> 00:12:45.230
  • the least equipped to do it.
  • 00:12:45.230 --> 00:12:47.230
  • It's the new people
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:48.130
  • who are like, "Well,
  • 00:12:48.130 --> 00:12:49.020
  • I'm barely a Christian.
  • 00:12:49.020 --> 00:12:49.250
  • I'm trying to get my
  • 00:12:49.250 --> 00:12:50.190
  • life straightened out."
  • 00:12:50.190 --> 00:12:51.170
  • You know what?
  • 00:12:51.170 --> 00:12:52.090
  • That means you're still hanging
  • 00:12:52.090 --> 00:12:53.030
  • out with people that are far
  • 00:12:53.030 --> 00:12:54.000
  • from God, which means don't
  • 00:12:54.000 --> 00:12:55.020
  • break off those relationships.
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  • Invite them to church.
  • 00:12:56.060 --> 00:12:57.090
  • You already hang out with them
  • 00:12:57.090 --> 00:12:58.080
  • at the club, just invite them
  • 00:12:58.080 --> 00:12:59.040
  • to come to church with you now.
  • 00:12:59.040 --> 00:13:00.170
  • I mean, let's just be honest.
  • 00:13:00.170 --> 00:13:02.000
  • You've done all kinds of bad
  • 00:13:02.000 --> 00:13:02.220
  • stuff with them.
  • 00:13:02.220 --> 00:13:03.170
  • Now just do some good stuff
  • 00:13:03.170 --> 00:13:04.100
  • with them.
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:05.090
  • Invite them to come to church
  • 00:13:05.090 --> 00:13:06.120
  • with you.
  • 00:13:06.120 --> 00:13:07.000
  • It's important that we do that,
  • 00:13:07.000 --> 00:13:08.020
  • you know?
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  • "Oh, man, you don't know where
  • 00:13:08.200 --> 00:13:09.080
  • my friend has been.
  • 00:13:09.080 --> 00:13:10.060
  • I mean, there's no way I can
  • 00:13:10.060 --> 00:13:10.280
  • bring them."
  • 00:13:10.280 --> 00:13:11.270
  • Well, first of all, the reason
  • 00:13:11.270 --> 00:13:12.220
  • you know where they've been
  • 00:13:12.220 --> 00:13:13.110
  • is because you were there with
  • 00:13:13.110 --> 00:13:14.000
  • them; can we just be honest
  • 00:13:14.000 --> 00:13:14.280
  • Invite them to come to church
  • 00:13:18.000 --> 00:13:19.110
  • with you.
  • 00:13:19.110 --> 00:13:21.220
  • I remember one time we had
  • 00:13:21.220 --> 00:13:22.140
  • this stripper coming to church,
  • 00:13:22.140 --> 00:13:23.130
  • you know, and people were like,
  • 00:13:23.130 --> 00:13:24.080
  • "Man, she's a stripper,
  • 00:13:24.080 --> 00:13:25.010
  • and she's coming to church."
  • 00:13:25.010 --> 00:13:25.240
  • I'm like, "Yeah, that's great."
  • 00:13:25.240 --> 00:13:26.190
  • And they were like,
  • 00:13:26.190 --> 00:13:27.130
  • "This is awkward for her."
  • 00:13:27.130 --> 00:13:28.040
  • And I'm like, "The only reason
  • 00:13:28.040 --> 00:13:28.290
  • it's awkward is 'cause she sees
  • 00:13:28.290 --> 00:13:29.210
  • you, and she saw you last night
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:30.290
  • in the strip club."
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  • Let's be honest.
  • 00:13:33.070 --> 00:13:35.230
  • Give me a break,
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:36.180
  • being all judgmental.
  • 00:13:36.180 --> 00:13:37.160
  • Can we just admit none of us
  • 00:13:37.160 --> 00:13:38.290
  • have our lives together?
  • 00:13:38.290 --> 00:13:40.180
  • Can we just--we all need Jesus.
  • 00:13:40.180 --> 00:13:42.090
  • That's why we're here.
  • 00:13:42.090 --> 00:13:43.270
  • So let's bring them in.
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  • Let's bring 'em.
  • 00:13:46.170 --> 00:13:48.040
  • I don't recommend
  • 00:13:48.040 --> 00:13:48.280
  • that lifestyle.
  • 00:13:48.280 --> 00:13:49.180
  • I'm saying let's change.
  • 00:13:49.180 --> 00:13:50.120
  • Let's bring 'em in, and
  • 00:13:50.120 --> 00:13:51.290
  • let's--but let's understand that
  • 00:13:51.290 --> 00:13:53.100
  • all of us need grace, you know?
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:55.140
  • "Our church is a bunch of
  • 00:13:55.140 --> 00:13:56.060
  • hypocrites."
  • 00:13:56.060 --> 00:13:56.230
  • Come on in.
  • 00:13:56.230 --> 00:13:57.090
  • There's room for one more.
  • 00:13:57.090 --> 00:13:59.250
  • We're all hypocrites
  • 00:13:59.250 --> 00:14:00.150
  • at some level.
  • 00:14:00.150 --> 00:14:01.220
  • God's called us to reach out.
  • 00:14:01.220 --> 00:14:02.210
  • This is--listen,
  • 00:14:02.210 --> 00:14:03.240
  • none of us are perfect,
  • 00:14:03.240 --> 00:14:04.190
  • but we are being perfected.
  • 00:14:04.190 --> 00:14:07.160
  • So we gotta let God change us.
  • 00:14:07.160 --> 00:14:08.240
  • But in the process of changing,
  • 00:14:08.240 --> 00:14:09.280
  • please do not forget to
  • 00:14:09.280 --> 00:14:11.050
  • reach out to those around you
  • 00:14:11.050 --> 00:14:11.280
  • and bring them in with you.
  • 00:14:11.280 --> 00:14:14.120
  • It's critical that we understand
  • 00:14:14.120 --> 00:14:15.230
  • that is the role that we play.
  • 00:14:15.230 --> 00:14:17.170
  • God wants us to reach out
  • 00:14:17.170 --> 00:14:19.040
  • to those around us.
  • 00:14:19.040 --> 00:14:20.080
  • In fact, as I'm speaking right
  • 00:14:20.080 --> 00:14:21.070
  • now, as I'm preaching this
  • 00:14:21.070 --> 00:14:22.240
  • message, as God begins to give
  • 00:14:22.240 --> 00:14:24.040
  • you names of people, would you
  • 00:14:24.040 --> 00:14:25.040
  • just start to write 'em down
  • 00:14:25.040 --> 00:14:25.260
  • inside your outline.
  • 00:14:25.260 --> 00:14:26.240
  • That's the Spirit of God just
  • 00:14:26.240 --> 00:14:27.280
  • giving you the name of someone,
  • 00:14:27.280 --> 00:14:28.280
  • saying, "Here's someone you can
  • 00:14:28.280 --> 00:14:29.240
  • reach."
  • 00:14:29.240 --> 00:14:30.160
  • And so--and, by the way, we're
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:31.110
  • not trying to get Christians
  • 00:14:31.110 --> 00:14:32.080
  • from other churches.
  • 00:14:32.080 --> 00:14:33.030
  • Please do not invite a Christian
  • 00:14:33.030 --> 00:14:34.070
  • from another church.
  • 00:14:34.070 --> 00:14:35.050
  • We are not into that here.
  • 00:14:35.050 --> 00:14:36.210
  • That's not what we do.
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:37.280
  • And so, we believe
  • 00:14:37.280 --> 00:14:38.280
  • in new recruits,
  • 00:14:38.280 --> 00:14:40.100
  • people that don't know the Lord.
  • 00:14:40.100 --> 00:14:41.210
  • Start chasing beer-drinking,
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:44.050
  • partying non-believers.
  • 00:14:44.050 --> 00:14:46.200
  • It's who we are called to reach.
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:48.150
  • I would much rather reach a dude
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:49.240
  • who is much more interested in
  • 00:14:49.240 --> 00:14:52.130
  • watching the Cowboy's game
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:53.130
  • and getting laid
  • 00:14:53.130 --> 00:14:54.170
  • than coming to God's house.
  • 00:14:54.170 --> 00:14:55.200
  • That's who I'm going after.
  • 00:14:55.200 --> 00:14:56.180
  • And if that offends you, you're
  • 00:14:56.180 --> 00:14:57.230
  • in the wrong church, 'cause
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:14:58.180
  • that's what we're all about
  • 00:14:58.180 --> 00:14:59.200
  • around here, is we're trying
  • 00:14:59.200 --> 00:15:00.130
  • to reach people who are
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:01.010
  • far from God.
  • 00:15:01.010 --> 00:15:03.200
  • That's how we do it.
  • 00:15:03.200 --> 00:15:05.220
  • God is calling us to reach out
  • 00:15:05.220 --> 00:15:07.170
  • to people where they are.
  • 00:15:07.170 --> 00:15:09.140
  • That's who Jesus hung out with.
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:10.200
  • He hung out with sinners.
  • 00:15:10.200 --> 00:15:11.200
  • And so, that's who
  • 00:15:11.200 --> 00:15:12.110
  • I'm gonna hang out with.
  • 00:15:12.110 --> 00:15:12.280
  • I'm gonna hang out with people
  • 00:15:12.280 --> 00:15:13.190
  • who are far from God, and bring
  • 00:15:13.190 --> 00:15:14.210
  • them into God's house so
  • 00:15:14.210 --> 00:15:15.160
  • that their life can be changed,
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:16.190
  • just like mine has been changed.
  • 00:15:16.190 --> 00:15:18.200
  • Matthew 9:37 says this,
  • 00:15:18.200 --> 00:15:19.280
  • "He said to his disciples,
  • 00:15:19.280 --> 00:15:21.080
  • 'The harvest is great,
  • 00:15:21.080 --> 00:15:22.100
  • but the workers are few.'"
  • 00:15:22.100 --> 00:15:24.040
  • So sometimes we think,
  • 00:15:24.040 --> 00:15:24.270
  • "Well, there's just not that
  • 00:15:24.270 --> 00:15:25.230
  • many people to come to church."
  • 00:15:25.230 --> 00:15:27.000
  • No, there's plenty of people
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:27.180
  • that need to come to church.
  • 00:15:27.180 --> 00:15:28.070
  • There's not enough
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:28.220
  • people who'll invite them.
  • 00:15:28.220 --> 00:15:30.220
  • That's what that means.
  • 00:15:30.220 --> 00:15:31.100
  • There are more people who
  • 00:15:31.100 --> 00:15:32.150
  • will say yes to you inviting
  • 00:15:32.150 --> 00:15:33.210
  • them to church
  • 00:15:33.210 --> 00:15:34.160
  • than you're willing to ask.
  • 00:15:34.160 --> 00:15:36.080
  • We have to go and ask.
  • 00:15:36.080 --> 00:15:37.140
  • "Well, I asked this guy
  • 00:15:37.140 --> 00:15:38.060
  • one time, and he said no."
  • 00:15:38.060 --> 00:15:39.080
  • One time?
  • 00:15:39.080 --> 00:15:40.250
  • You asked him one time?
  • 00:15:40.250 --> 00:15:42.110
  • And how long ago was that?
  • 00:15:42.110 --> 00:15:43.230
  • Why don't you ask all
  • 00:15:43.230 --> 00:15:44.100
  • the five people around them
  • 00:15:44.100 --> 00:15:45.080
  • at the same time?
  • 00:15:45.080 --> 00:15:46.170
  • One of them will say yes.
  • 00:15:46.170 --> 00:15:48.010
  • Just keep inviting people.
  • 00:15:48.010 --> 00:15:49.080
  • In fact, the best way to get
  • 00:15:49.080 --> 00:15:49.270
  • someone who just will not come
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:50.290
  • to church is invite everyone of
  • 00:15:50.290 --> 00:15:52.030
  • their friends and family
  • 00:15:52.030 --> 00:15:52.290
  • until they're the only one--
  • 00:15:52.290 --> 00:15:53.280
  • they're the odd man out.
  • 00:15:53.280 --> 00:15:55.020
  • They're like, "Well,
  • 00:15:55.020 --> 00:15:55.200
  • everyone else is going.
  • 00:15:55.200 --> 00:15:56.100
  • I guess I should go, too."
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:57.080
  • That's the best way
  • 00:15:57.080 --> 00:15:57.290
  • to reach them,
  • 00:15:57.290 --> 00:15:58.140
  • but just keep reaching people.
  • 00:15:58.140 --> 00:16:00.070
  • It says, "The harvest is great,
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:01.080
  • but the workers are few.
  • 00:16:01.080 --> 00:16:02.090
  • So pray to the Lord who is
  • 00:16:02.090 --> 00:16:03.160
  • in charge of the harvest;
  • 00:16:03.160 --> 00:16:04.160
  • ask him to send
  • 00:16:04.160 --> 00:16:05.110
  • more workers into his fields."
  • 00:16:05.110 --> 00:16:07.120
  • I'm praying for that.
  • 00:16:07.120 --> 00:16:08.200
  • I really am.
  • 00:16:08.200 --> 00:16:09.180
  • You know why the average church
  • 00:16:09.180 --> 00:16:10.120
  • in America
  • 00:16:10.120 --> 00:16:11.090
  • is under 200 in attendance?
  • 00:16:11.090 --> 00:16:12.210
  • Do you know why?
  • 00:16:12.210 --> 00:16:13.250
  • It's because the average person
  • 00:16:13.250 --> 00:16:15.010
  • can only truly connect
  • 00:16:15.010 --> 00:16:16.120
  • with about 200 people.
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:18.060
  • If you pull your phone up right
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:19.200
  • now and go look at your list of
  • 00:16:19.200 --> 00:16:21.230
  • people in your database, on
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:23.150
  • your phone, or all the people
  • 00:16:23.150 --> 00:16:24.190
  • that you connect with, right?
  • 00:16:24.190 --> 00:16:25.230
  • I know you probably
  • 00:16:25.230 --> 00:16:26.170
  • have more than 200 names.
  • 00:16:26.170 --> 00:16:27.240
  • But the truth is, out of those
  • 00:16:27.240 --> 00:16:29.180
  • whatever hundred names you have,
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:30.240
  • it's less than 200
  • 00:16:30.240 --> 00:16:32.130
  • that you truly connect with.
  • 00:16:32.130 --> 00:16:34.070
  • And so, what this means is that
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:35.140
  • most churches only reach about
  • 00:16:35.140 --> 00:16:37.040
  • 200 people or less because
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:38.100
  • the pastor can only be connected
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:40.250
  • to so many people.
  • 00:16:40.250 --> 00:16:42.080
  • But what would happen
  • 00:16:42.080 --> 00:16:43.150
  • if all the people decided
  • 00:16:43.150 --> 00:16:45.090
  • to function like pastors?
  • 00:16:45.090 --> 00:16:47.280
  • What would happen if all of you
  • 00:16:47.280 --> 00:16:50.040
  • said, "It's not the pastor's
  • 00:16:50.040 --> 00:16:51.080
  • job to reach the world.
  • 00:16:51.080 --> 00:16:52.170
  • It's my job to reach the world,
  • 00:16:52.170 --> 00:16:54.200
  • alongside the pastor, and to
  • 00:16:54.200 --> 00:16:56.240
  • reach out to everyone I know."
  • 00:16:56.240 --> 00:16:59.040
  • How many people would that be
  • 00:16:59.040 --> 00:17:01.030
  • out of a church or 8- or 9.000
  • 00:17:01.030 --> 00:17:03.060
  • people a weekend, if we
  • 00:17:03.060 --> 00:17:04.290
  • all committed to doing this?
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:07.050
  • What could we do?
  • 00:17:07.050 --> 00:17:09.010
  • What kind of dent could we make
  • 00:17:09.010 --> 00:17:10.240
  • in the world if everyone of us
  • 00:17:10.240 --> 00:17:12.070
  • committed to reaching out
  • 00:17:12.070 --> 00:17:13.150
  • to those around us?
  • 00:17:13.150 --> 00:17:15.100
  • Luke 14:23 says this,
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:16.230
  • "So his master said,
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:18.060
  • 'Go out into the country lanes
  • 00:17:18.060 --> 00:17:19.210
  • and behind the hedges.'"
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:20.250
  • Let me translate that for you.
  • 00:17:20.250 --> 00:17:22.250
  • Go out into your workplace.
  • 00:17:22.250 --> 00:17:24.160
  • Go out into the military base
  • 00:17:24.160 --> 00:17:25.260
  • where you work.
  • 00:17:25.260 --> 00:17:26.150
  • Go out to the CCAD.
  • 00:17:26.150 --> 00:17:28.110
  • Go out to the oil patch.
  • 00:17:28.110 --> 00:17:29.070
  • Go out to the high school
  • 00:17:29.070 --> 00:17:30.090
  • where you go to school.
  • 00:17:30.090 --> 00:17:31.100
  • "And go behind the hedges and
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:32.160
  • urge anyone you find to come,
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:34.010
  • so that the house will be full."
  • 00:17:34.010 --> 00:17:35.180
  • Go where you live,
  • 00:17:35.180 --> 00:17:36.210
  • work, play, hang out.
  • 00:17:36.210 --> 00:17:38.240
  • Go to Starbucks, whatever
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:40.010
  • it is you do, and invite
  • 00:17:40.010 --> 00:17:41.010
  • that person back and bring
  • 00:17:41.010 --> 00:17:42.120
  • them back to church with you.
  • 00:17:42.120 --> 00:17:44.190
  • I wanna challenge you, number
  • 00:17:44.190 --> 00:17:45.100
  • two, to commit to bringing
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:46.210
  • at least one person to church
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:48.040
  • a month, to commit to bringing
  • 00:17:48.040 --> 00:17:50.250
  • at least one person
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:52.100
  • to church a month.
  • 00:17:52.100 --> 00:17:53.000
  • You know, we are committed to
  • 00:17:53.000 --> 00:17:53.220
  • bringing one person to church
  • 00:17:53.220 --> 00:17:54.160
  • because one of our core
  • 00:17:54.160 --> 00:17:55.060
  • values is grace.
  • 00:17:55.060 --> 00:17:56.090
  • We believe your past
  • 00:17:56.090 --> 00:17:57.060
  • is not your future,
  • 00:17:57.060 --> 00:17:58.090
  • and that you're welcome here.
  • 00:17:58.090 --> 00:17:59.220
  • And so, no matter what someone
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:00.240
  • has done or is currently doing,
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:02.150
  • they are welcome in this place.
  • 00:18:02.150 --> 00:18:05.070
  • I had a guy one time come to me,
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:05.290
  • and he said, "Pastor Bil,
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:06.270
  • am I welcome here?"
  • 00:18:06.270 --> 00:18:07.270
  • I was like, "Yeah."
  • 00:18:07.270 --> 00:18:08.280
  • He goes, "You don't understand."
  • 00:18:08.280 --> 00:18:09.250
  • He goes, "You know
  • 00:18:09.250 --> 00:18:10.180
  • the Ten Commandments?"
  • 00:18:10.180 --> 00:18:11.080
  • I was like, "Yeah."
  • 00:18:11.080 --> 00:18:11.260
  • He said, "What if you've
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:12.290
  • broken all of them?"
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:15.110
  • I said, "Like, all of them?"
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:17.230
  • "All of them."
  • 00:18:17.230 --> 00:18:19.240
  • I said, "You're welcome here."
  • 00:18:19.240 --> 00:18:21.030
  • And he started
  • 00:18:21.030 --> 00:18:22.160
  • coming to church here.
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:23.090
  • He was a hitman for
  • 00:18:23.090 --> 00:18:24.010
  • the Mexican mafia.
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  • Came to church here.
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  • God changed his life.
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  • Now can I tell you his life
  • 00:18:29.050 --> 00:18:30.210
  • is all perfect and everything
  • 00:18:30.210 --> 00:18:31.190
  • is great?
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  • No, I don't really know.
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:33.210
  • But I know this: Has Jesus.
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  • God loves you
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  • right where you are.
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  • Yes, he did his time.
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  • Yes, don't even ask.
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  • Yeah, all that.
  • 00:18:45.020 --> 00:18:45.270
  • Yep he did all that.
  • 00:18:45.270 --> 00:18:46.250
  • But guess what?
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  • He's still loved by God.
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  • I wanna encourage you today
  • 00:18:49.220 --> 00:18:50.200
  • to know that God forgives you
  • 00:18:50.200 --> 00:18:51.200
  • for whatever you've done.
  • 00:18:51.200 --> 00:18:52.070
  • In fact, the guy who wrote more
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:53.220
  • of the Bible than anyone
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:54.170
  • was a murderer.
  • 00:18:54.170 --> 00:18:56.040
  • His name is the Apostle Paul,
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  • and God used him greatly
  • 00:18:57.190 --> 00:18:58.260
  • after he had murdered someone.
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  • God's not done with you.
  • 00:19:00.230 --> 00:19:02.050
  • God is not finished.
  • 00:19:02.050 --> 00:19:03.100
  • He is just beginning with what
  • 00:19:03.100 --> 00:19:04.230
  • he wants to do in your life.
  • 00:19:04.230 --> 00:19:06.250
  • And so, just know this church
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:08.160
  • is a church of radical grace.
  • 00:19:08.160 --> 00:19:11.060
  • Everyone is welcome.
  • 00:19:11.060 --> 00:19:12.230
  • I don't care what you're doing.
  • 00:19:12.230 --> 00:19:14.010
  • God loves you.
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:17.120
  • It's true.
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  • I wanna mention this real quick.
  • 00:19:19.070 --> 00:19:20.060
  • We are a church
  • 00:19:20.060 --> 00:19:21.090
  • for the unchurched.
  • 00:19:21.090 --> 00:19:23.070
  • That means people who have
  • 00:19:23.070 --> 00:19:24.130
  • never been to church
  • 00:19:24.130 --> 00:19:25.160
  • their entire life.
  • 00:19:25.160 --> 00:19:26.090
  • Or, they used to go to church,
  • 00:19:26.090 --> 00:19:27.240
  • they didn't like it,
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:28.250
  • for whatever reason, and they
  • 00:19:28.250 --> 00:19:29.160
  • haven't been back in years.
  • 00:19:29.160 --> 00:19:30.240
  • Our church is designed
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:31.190
  • for that person.
  • 00:19:31.190 --> 00:19:33.100
  • So that's why--people come in
  • 00:19:33.100 --> 00:19:34.120
  • sometimes and they leave, and
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:35.080
  • they'll say to me at the door,
  • 00:19:35.080 --> 00:19:36.180
  • "I'm not gonna come back."
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:37.130
  • And I'll say, "Why?"
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:38.020
  • They go, "It just didn't
  • 00:19:38.020 --> 00:19:38.200
  • feel like church."
  • 00:19:38.200 --> 00:19:39.230
  • Well, they don't know that
  • 00:19:39.230 --> 00:19:40.110
  • I smile and I go, "Awesome.
  • 00:19:40.110 --> 00:19:41.240
  • We nailed it.
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  • Good.
  • 00:19:42.210 --> 00:19:43.110
  • That's perfect," 'cause if you
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:44.030
  • know what church feels like,
  • 00:19:44.030 --> 00:19:46.080
  • you're from a church.
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:48.030
  • But the person who doesn't like
  • 00:19:48.030 --> 00:19:50.110
  • that, we need to be different
  • 00:19:50.110 --> 00:19:52.070
  • than that, so when they come in,
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:53.210
  • they go, "You know, I don't know
  • 00:19:53.210 --> 00:19:54.270
  • what church is supposed to be
  • 00:19:54.270 --> 00:19:55.210
  • like, but I just felt like
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:57.120
  • God was talking to me."
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:19:58.130
  • Perfect.
  • 00:19:58.130 --> 00:19:59.110
  • That's what we're going for.
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:00.080
  • If it feels church-y,
  • 00:20:00.080 --> 00:20:01.150
  • I didn't do my job.
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:03.100
  • We're trying to remove all
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:04.190
  • the traditional stuff and just
  • 00:20:04.190 --> 00:20:06.270
  • talk to people where they are.
  • 00:20:06.270 --> 00:20:08.070
  • We don't have black walls
  • 00:20:08.070 --> 00:20:09.130
  • because we're satanic.
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:10.150
  • We have black walls because
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:11.150
  • we're like a movie theater,
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:12.170
  • to force people to look forward
  • 00:20:12.170 --> 00:20:14.060
  • and to pay attention.
  • 00:20:14.060 --> 00:20:15.100
  • It's all intentional.
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:16.230
  • It's by design.
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:18.020
  • We're a church
  • 00:20:18.020 --> 00:20:19.090
  • for the unchurched.
  • 00:20:22.000 --> 00:20:25.000
  • Find a church
  • 00:20:25.000 --> 00:20:25.240
  • where you should go.
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  • I'm really okay with it.
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:27.270
  • I'm okay with that criticism,
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:29.020
  • because the one thing that will
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:31.140
  • not stick with us is you will
  • 00:20:31.140 --> 00:20:33.090
  • not be able to say, "That church
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:34.080
  • is not reaching people."
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:35.240
  • We are committed to it.
  • 00:20:35.240 --> 00:20:37.240
  • We will do whatever it takes to
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:40.120
  • reach your friend
  • 00:20:40.120 --> 00:20:41.290
  • or your family member
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:42.260
  • that doesn't know the Lord.
  • 00:20:42.260 --> 00:20:44.120
  • We don't want anything to get
  • 00:20:44.120 --> 00:20:45.140
  • in the way of that.
  • 00:20:45.140 --> 00:20:46.180
  • We're serious about it.
  • 00:20:46.180 --> 00:20:47.160
  • No, this isn't "American Idol."
  • 00:20:47.160 --> 00:20:48.140
  • We're not trying to make sure
  • 00:20:48.140 --> 00:20:49.060
  • everyone looks perfect up here
  • 00:20:49.060 --> 00:20:49.290
  • No, I don't mean that, but we
  • 00:20:49.290 --> 00:20:52.020
  • wanna present our best in front
  • 00:20:52.020 --> 00:20:54.020
  • of people to say, "Here is who
  • 00:20:54.020 --> 00:20:55.200
  • we are, and here's the best of
  • 00:20:55.200 --> 00:20:56.210
  • who God is, and we want you
  • 00:20:56.210 --> 00:20:57.200
  • to know that."
  • 00:20:57.200 --> 00:20:58.240
  • Why do you think we have
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:20:59.150
  • greeters in the parking lot?
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:00.270
  • 'Cause we want people
  • 00:21:00.270 --> 00:21:01.150
  • to feel welcome.
  • 00:21:01.150 --> 00:21:02.110
  • Why do you think we want
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:02.290
  • the best people in the world
  • 00:21:02.290 --> 00:21:03.270
  • serving our children's areas?
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:04.290
  • We want to feel like Disney
  • 00:21:04.290 --> 00:21:06.010
  • over there.
  • 00:21:06.010 --> 00:21:07.030
  • You know why?
  • 00:21:07.030 --> 00:21:07.180
  • Because that's what
  • 00:21:07.180 --> 00:21:08.030
  • we're competing.
  • 00:21:08.030 --> 00:21:08.180
  • We're not competing against
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:09.060
  • other churches.
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:09.220
  • We're competing against
  • 00:21:09.220 --> 00:21:10.130
  • the world,
  • 00:21:10.130 --> 00:21:11.060
  • and the world's got it going on,
  • 00:21:11.060 --> 00:21:12.110
  • in case you haven't noticed.
  • 00:21:12.110 --> 00:21:13.270
  • They know what they're doing.
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:14.240
  • Shouldn't we?
  • 00:21:14.240 --> 00:21:16.240
  • Shouldn't the signature of God
  • 00:21:16.240 --> 00:21:18.010
  • on something means it's more
  • 00:21:18.010 --> 00:21:19.260
  • quality, but not less quality.
  • 00:21:20.070 --> 00:21:23.070
  • When I see a swoosh on
  • 00:21:23.070 --> 00:21:23.270
  • something, I know it's quality.
  • 00:21:23.270 --> 00:21:25.270
  • I see the word "Sony," I'm like,
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:27.050
  • "Okay, that's gonna be
  • 00:21:27.050 --> 00:21:27.290
  • a well-built piece of machinery,
  • 00:21:27.290 --> 00:21:29.140
  • whatever it is," right?
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:30.080
  • If you see the name
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:32.140
  • "Church Unlimited,"
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:33.160
  • it better be great.
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:36.190
  • That's how we do it.
  • 00:21:36.190 --> 00:21:38.230
  • I really believe in that.
  • 00:21:38.230 --> 00:21:40.240
  • We are a church
  • 00:21:40.240 --> 00:21:42.090
  • for the unchurched.
  • 00:21:42.090 --> 00:21:43.290
  • I really am convinced
  • 00:21:43.290 --> 00:21:45.030
  • that that's what God
  • 00:21:45.030 --> 00:21:45.230
  • has called us to be.
  • 00:21:45.230 --> 00:21:46.260
  • Look at Acts chapter 1, verse 8.
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:48.210
  • Acts 1, verse 8, says,
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:49.180
  • "You will be my witnesses."
  • 00:21:49.180 --> 00:21:51.000
  • It doesn't say, "If you feel
  • 00:21:51.000 --> 00:21:52.010
  • like being my witness today, be
  • 00:21:52.010 --> 00:21:53.030
  • my witness."
  • 00:21:53.030 --> 00:21:53.270
  • It doesn't say, "If you're
  • 00:21:53.270 --> 00:21:54.280
  • good at it, be my witness."
  • 00:21:54.280 --> 00:21:57.130
  • It doesn't say, "Well, if you've
  • 00:21:57.130 --> 00:21:58.140
  • been walking with God
  • 00:21:58.140 --> 00:21:59.090
  • a long time and know all
  • 00:21:59.090 --> 00:22:00.190
  • the right answers to questions,
  • 00:22:00.190 --> 00:22:02.080
  • then you be my witness."
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:03.200
  • It doesn't say any of that.
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:04.230
  • "You'll be my witnesses."
  • 00:22:04.230 --> 00:22:06.170
  • Again, the best people to
  • 00:22:06.170 --> 00:22:07.240
  • recruit people are normally
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:09.190
  • new believers 'cause
  • 00:22:09.190 --> 00:22:10.190
  • you're just so excited.
  • 00:22:10.190 --> 00:22:11.200
  • You don't have to have
  • 00:22:11.200 --> 00:22:13.000
  • all the answers.
  • 00:22:13.000 --> 00:22:13.180
  • Please, do not think you have
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:14.120
  • to have all the answers.
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:15.060
  • Acts chapter 2, verse 1, says
  • 00:22:15.060 --> 00:22:16.220
  • this, speaking of the Pentecost,
  • 00:22:16.220 --> 00:22:18.010
  • "On the day of Pentecost
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:18.240
  • all the believers were meeting
  • 00:22:18.240 --> 00:22:19.170
  • together in one place.
  • 00:22:19.170 --> 00:22:21.010
  • Suddenly, there was a sound from
  • 00:22:21.010 --> 00:22:22.110
  • heaven like the roaring
  • 00:22:22.110 --> 00:22:23.030
  • of a mighty windstorm,
  • 00:22:23.030 --> 00:22:24.040
  • and it filled the house
  • 00:22:24.040 --> 00:22:24.290
  • where they were sitting."
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:27.000
  • So this is right when
  • 00:22:27.000 --> 00:22:28.120
  • the Spirit of God
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:29.070
  • literally swept over them.
  • 00:22:29.070 --> 00:22:30.180
  • Tongues of fire came on them.
  • 00:22:30.180 --> 00:22:31.240
  • It was just crazy.
  • 00:22:31.240 --> 00:22:32.210
  • But notice the strategy
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:34.110
  • of God.
  • 00:22:34.110 --> 00:22:35.040
  • He chose to show up on
  • 00:22:35.040 --> 00:22:37.080
  • a naturally big day, when
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:39.050
  • something was already going on.
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:41.110
  • So God added bigness
  • 00:22:41.110 --> 00:22:43.060
  • to an already big day, because
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:45.150
  • Pentecost people gathered from
  • 00:22:45.150 --> 00:22:46.200
  • all over the world, actually,
  • 00:22:46.200 --> 00:22:47.240
  • to come to this big festival.
  • 00:22:47.240 --> 00:22:49.070
  • It was kinda like being in
  • 00:22:49.070 --> 00:22:50.050
  • Times Square on New Year's Eve.
  • 00:22:50.050 --> 00:22:52.090
  • I mean, just people
  • 00:22:52.090 --> 00:22:52.270
  • from all over the world.
  • 00:22:52.270 --> 00:22:53.170
  • I've been there before,
  • 00:22:53.170 --> 00:22:54.090
  • and I heard people speaking
  • 00:22:54.090 --> 00:22:55.040
  • all different languages.
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:57.030
  • It was crazy.
  • 00:22:57.030 --> 00:22:57.210
  • I was like, "Wow, this is
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:22:58.160
  • so worldwide."
  • 00:22:58.160 --> 00:22:59.230
  • It's just, like, international.
  • 00:22:59.230 --> 00:23:00.240
  • It's really cool.
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:01.090
  • So this is what God did
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:02.000
  • with Pentecost.
  • 00:23:02.000 --> 00:23:03.050
  • That's when he did
  • 00:23:03.050 --> 00:23:03.240
  • his greatest work here.
  • 00:23:03.240 --> 00:23:05.250
  • Number three is we need to focus
  • 00:23:05.250 --> 00:23:06.170
  • our efforts on big days
  • 00:23:06.170 --> 00:23:08.000
  • to maximize results.
  • 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:10.050
  • I want to challenge you
  • 00:23:10.050 --> 00:23:10.260
  • right now.
  • 00:23:10.260 --> 00:23:12.140
  • You know, the military
  • 00:23:12.140 --> 00:23:13.090
  • is pretty amazing.
  • 00:23:13.090 --> 00:23:14.200
  • We've got a lot of military
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:15.070
  • in our church.
  • 00:23:15.070 --> 00:23:16.070
  • Let's give it up for our men
  • 00:23:16.070 --> 00:23:16.290
  • and women who have served
  • 00:23:16.290 --> 00:23:17.240
  • and are serving.
  • 00:23:17.240 --> 00:23:20.090
  • We're grateful for 'em.
  • 00:23:20.230 --> 00:23:23.230
  • Our military has some incredible
  • 00:23:23.230 --> 00:23:25.060
  • weaponry now, you know?
  • 00:23:25.060 --> 00:23:26.130
  • They've got this phenomenal
  • 00:23:26.130 --> 00:23:27.090
  • technology.
  • 00:23:27.090 --> 00:23:27.290
  • And one of the technologies,
  • 00:23:27.290 --> 00:23:28.270
  • that's an older technology, that
  • 00:23:28.270 --> 00:23:30.200
  • they're renewing again and again
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:31.280
  • now is the ability to lock on.
  • 00:23:31.280 --> 00:23:34.000
  • You guys know what
  • 00:23:34.000 --> 00:23:34.280
  • I'm talking about?
  • 00:23:34.280 --> 00:23:35.170
  • Like, you watch these movies,
  • 00:23:35.170 --> 00:23:36.210
  • and you see where they're in
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:37.230
  • a jet, and they begin to fly
  • 00:23:37.230 --> 00:23:39.150
  • behind another jet, you know?
  • 00:23:39.150 --> 00:23:40.270
  • They're trying to do what?
  • 00:23:40.270 --> 00:23:41.220
  • They're trying to lock on.
  • 00:23:41.220 --> 00:23:42.290
  • And once the instrumentation,
  • 00:23:42.290 --> 00:23:44.080
  • the weaponry, locks on,
  • 00:23:44.080 --> 00:23:46.090
  • then at that point
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:47.070
  • all hell breaks loose, right?
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:49.040
  • Because the jet in front of them
  • 00:23:49.040 --> 00:23:50.120
  • knows they're locked down,
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:51.160
  • and so the enemy just starts
  • 00:23:51.160 --> 00:23:52.210
  • throwing everything at them
  • 00:23:52.210 --> 00:23:53.190
  • that they can.
  • 00:23:53.190 --> 00:23:54.100
  • And the reason the lock-on is so
  • 00:23:54.100 --> 00:23:55.060
  • important is 'cause once you're
  • 00:23:55.060 --> 00:23:56.130
  • locked on, then you can bob
  • 00:23:56.130 --> 00:23:57.200
  • and weave when you're getting
  • 00:23:57.200 --> 00:23:59.030
  • attacked, and without
  • 00:23:59.030 --> 00:24:00.120
  • losing your target.
  • 00:24:00.120 --> 00:24:02.030
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:03.250
  • And so, they are able to lock on
  • 00:24:03.250 --> 00:24:05.070
  • with jets.
  • 00:24:05.070 --> 00:24:05.280
  • Then they added that technology
  • 00:24:05.280 --> 00:24:06.270
  • to tanks.
  • 00:24:06.270 --> 00:24:07.200
  • Now they even have some guns,
  • 00:24:07.200 --> 00:24:09.090
  • some weaponry, that they can
  • 00:24:09.090 --> 00:24:10.070
  • actually do a lock-on with,
  • 00:24:10.070 --> 00:24:11.190
  • as well.
  • 00:24:11.190 --> 00:24:12.230
  • It's pretty amazing technology.
  • 00:24:12.230 --> 00:24:13.270
  • I love all those shows that
  • 00:24:13.270 --> 00:24:14.230
  • show us the latest gadgets
  • 00:24:14.230 --> 00:24:16.210
  • that they use in warfare.
  • 00:24:16.210 --> 00:24:17.200
  • But there is a reality
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:18.160
  • we can lock on.
  • 00:24:18.160 --> 00:24:19.170
  • God wants you and I
  • 00:24:19.170 --> 00:24:20.250
  • to learn to lock on.
  • 00:24:20.250 --> 00:24:22.280
  • How do you lock on to a target?
  • 00:24:22.280 --> 00:24:24.190
  • You start praying for 'em.
  • 00:24:24.190 --> 00:24:26.210
  • So I'm gonna lock on to
  • 00:24:26.210 --> 00:24:27.200
  • who God has called me to reach.
  • 00:24:27.200 --> 00:24:28.170
  • I'm gonna be praying for that
  • 00:24:28.170 --> 00:24:29.120
  • person, and no matter what
  • 00:24:29.120 --> 00:24:30.210
  • comes my way--because
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  • let me tell you something.
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  • The moment we commit to being
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  • an evangelist at church is
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  • the moment all hell breaks loose
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  • because we're trying to
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  • break loose heaven.
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  • And so, you gotta lock on.
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  • And once you lock on, you cannot
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  • let anything or anyone
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  • get in the way of you reaching
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  • who God told you to reach.
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  • You gotta be so focused,
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  • that nobody or nothing
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  • can get in the way,
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  • to where you are committed
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  • to saying, "I am gonna reach
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  • this person for Christ.
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  • I don't care what it takes.
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  • I'm gonna get them, and I'm
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  • gonna bring them to heaven
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  • with me.
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  • And I'm gonna take them to
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  • church, and I'm gonna make sure
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  • that I lock on, and I take
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  • this person with me."
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  • Are we locked on to bring them
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  • in the house of God?
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  • No matter what it takes,
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  • we will do it.
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  • We will bring them to Christ,
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  • and bring them.
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  • We cannot make them bow the knee
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  • but we can do our part.
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  • Will you be that church?
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  • Will you lock on?
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  • Will you reach people
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  • for Christ?
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  • That's who God called us to be.
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  • Let's do our job.
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  • That's who we're called to be.
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  • That's who we're called to be.
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  • - Bil: Wow, God is awesome.
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  • He is clearly moving today,
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  • I got a question I'd like to ask
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  • you: have you prayed the simple
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  • prayer to receive Christ
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  • as your Lord and Savior?
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  • If you've never done so,
  • 00:25:51.050 --> 00:25:52.120
  • would you pray this simple
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  • prayer with me?
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  • This is actually how you become
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  • a Christian.
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  • You can pray with me right now.
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  • You can say, dear Jesus, I
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  • realize I need you in my life,
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  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • and paid the price for all my
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  • sins, and that you rose again
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  • from the grave,
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  • proving that you're God.
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  • And now I ask you, I invite you,
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  • to come into my life.
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  • Change me from within.
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  • Be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • we believe that Christ has come
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  • in your life, and that's what
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  • it means to become a Christian.
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  • Thanks so much for being
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  • a part of our program today.
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  • We hope you have a great week.
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  • moving forward.
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  • As a thank you for your support
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  • of Bil Cornelius Ministries,
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  • In this incredible DVD message,
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  • But he wants to reveal to you
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