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I Know That I Know, What I Know

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  • - Brian Houston: Lord, I just
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  • thank you today the presence of
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  • God is here, Lord, that you're
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  • speaking into people's lives.
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  • And I believe even now through
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  • the preaching of your Word, for
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  • lives to change, even through
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  • the live stream, Father,
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  • even through the television.
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  • Father, to every campus,
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  • everywhere we meet, we proclaim
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  • the name above all names,
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  • that name is Jesus.
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  • We say, Lord, you are Lord,
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  • you are God, and we give you
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  • all the praise and glory.
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  • Amen, amen, amen, amen.
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  • - Brian: This message is this,
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  • "I Know That I Know
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  • What I Know."
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  • It's called steely conviction.
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  • To live your life
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  • with a conviction means that
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  • you live fully convinced.
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  • What are you fully convinced
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  • about when it comes
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  • to salvation?
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  • I've taught last time
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  • on how could you neglect
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  • so great a salvation?
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  • Obviously, there's greatness
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  • in salvation that the Hebrew
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  • people were neglecting.
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  • The verses are Hebrews 2,
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  • verse 1 to 4, it says,
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  • "Therefore we must
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  • give the more earnest heed
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  • to the things we have heard,"
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  • in other words, listen
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  • even more, "lest we drift away.
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  • For if the word spoken
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  • through angels proved steadfast,
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  • and every transgression
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  • and disobedience received a just
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  • reward, how shall we escape if
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  • we neglect so great a salvation,
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  • which at the first began to be
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  • spoken by the Lord,
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  • and was confirmed to us by those
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  • who heard Him, God also bearing
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  • witness both with signs and
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  • wonders, with various miracles,
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  • and gifts of the Holy Spirit,
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  • according to His own will?"
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  • Notice there it talks about God
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  • also bringing or giving witness,
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  • God also bearing witness
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  • 'cause I'm gonna be speaking
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  • a lot about that.
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  • And so,
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  • if you look at the context
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  • of the Book of Hebrews
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  • and if you look at the condition
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  • of the Hebrew people, the great
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  • challenge was people were not
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  • living by steely conviction
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  • and because of that,
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  • they were able easily to neglect
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  • the greatness of salvation.
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  • For the Hebrew people,
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  • there was a turning back
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  • to old days and old ways,
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  • a turning back to old religion
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  • and exalting angels above Jesus.
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  • And there was just a sense of
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  • Jesus no longer
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  • being in the center.
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  • They were neglecting their
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  • salvation and the root issue was
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  • lack of steely conviction about
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  • Christ, about the purpose of
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  • Christ, about salvation
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  • through Jesus Christ.
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  • And the end of that, of course,
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  • was compromise, going backwards
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  • and poor fruit.
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  • I believe that we are called
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  • to live our lives
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  • with full conviction.
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  • You know, I love the words of
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  • Joshua who said in Joshua 24:15,
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  • "As for me and my house,
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  • we will serve the Lord."
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  • There's no ifs,
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  • no maybes, no what-ifs.
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  • It's, "As for me and my house,
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  • we will."
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  • That's what conviction
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  • looks like.
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  • "As for me and my house,
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  • we will serve the Lord."
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  • There is the sense
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  • of being fully convinced.
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  • I love the words of Paul
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  • who says, "I know whom I have
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  • believed and am persuaded that
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  • he's able to keep that
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  • which I've committed unto him
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  • against that day.
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  • I know, I believe,
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  • I'm persuaded, I'm committed.
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  • That is steely conviction."
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  • You know, Jesus had to
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  • steel himself, as he marches
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  • toward Jerusalem and ultimately
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  • to ascending into heaven.
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  • The Scripture says,
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  • Luke chapter 9, verse 51
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  • in The Message.
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  • "When it came close to the time
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  • for his Ascension, he gathered
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  • up his courage and steeled
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  • himself for the journey
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  • to Jerusalem."
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  • And you know when it comes
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  • to salvation, we have to
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  • steel ourselves for the journey
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  • because salvation is not just
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  • a static, stand still existence
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  • called saved.
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  • Is a pilgrimage, it's a journey.
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  • There's a progress to it and
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  • that's why the Bible talks about
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  • us having been saved.
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  • By grace, we have been saved.
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  • And the Scripture talks about
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  • now, now is the day
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  • of salvation.
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  • I am saved.
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  • And in 1 Corinthians 1,
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  • verse 18,
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  • talking about the preaching
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  • of the cross, it says,
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  • "To those who are perishing it
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  • is foolishness, but to those of
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  • us being," ongoing, progressive,
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  • "being saved, it's the power
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  • of God unto salvation."
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  • Then ultimately, the Scripture
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  • says we will be saved.
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  • So, if I look at that, I have
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  • been saved, there was a time,
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  • there was a day, that's when
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  • I prayed the prayer, that's when
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  • Jesus came into my life
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  • and I repented of my sin
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  • and we had a brand-new beginning
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  • and I have been saved.
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  • And today, today,
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  • I'm not the person I used to be.
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  • I'm saved but
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  • I'm not stopping there either.
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  • I'm not stopping now.
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  • I am being saved.
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  • I'm moving forward.
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  • Ultimately, I will be saved.
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  • That's a journey and for that
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  • journey for us to keep Jesus in
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  • the middle and not neglect that
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  • salvation, we need to
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  • steel ourselves for the journey,
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  • just like Jesus steeled himself
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  • for the journey.
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  • If I could give you one more
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  • Scripture about
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  • steely conviction, it's in
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  • 1 Thessalonians chapter 1,
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  • verse 4 and 5.
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  • Here in the King James the Bible
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  • says, "We didn't come to you
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  • just for the gospel of words but
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  • of power and of the Holy Ghost
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  • and of," what?
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  • "Full assurance,"
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  • or "full conviction."
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  • And in The Message, it is clear
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  • to us, friends, that God
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  • not only loves you very much,
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  • but also has put his hand on you
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  • for something special.
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  • "When the message we preach came
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  • to you," Paul said, it wasn't
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  • just words, something happened
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  • in you, the Holy Spirit
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  • put steel in your convictions."
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  • I believe as a church,
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  • Hillsong Church,
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  • it's the will of the Lord for us
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  • to be steely in our conviction.
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  • We have not easily
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  • knocked off course.
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  • We don't easily neglect the joy,
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  • and the greatness,
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  • and the wonder, and the power,
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  • and the fullness,
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  • and the blessing of Christ which
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  • is all inside of our salvation.
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  • We don't easily
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  • fall back from that.
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  • So, conviction,
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  • do you know conviction,
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  • it means fully convinced?
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  • Conviction has to underlay
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  • all of our principles.
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  • The principles you live by
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  • are the beliefs which determine
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  • your conduct or your behavior.
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  • The way we actually live life
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  • is connected to our principles.
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  • Our morals are what we think
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  • are right or wrong,
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  • what we think are good or bad.
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  • Ethics are basically my ethics
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  • is the code that I live by, what
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  • I see as ethical according to
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  • my conviction, and the things
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  • I see unethical according to
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  • my conviction may look slightly
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  • different than what you see
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  • as ethical
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  • according to your conviction.
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  • But things like morality,
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  • principles, ethics, values,
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  • your values are what
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  • are important to you.
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  • My family values,
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  • I value my family.
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  • I value my church.
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  • I value my time.
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  • I value hard work.
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  • The things that you put value
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  • on, those are the things that
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  • are most important to you
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  • and all of these things
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  • come back to conviction.
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  • So, there's so many things that
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  • are undergirded by conviction
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  • but salvation is also
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  • very clearly undergirded
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  • by conviction.
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  • How strong, how steely
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  • is your conviction?
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  • You see, for the Hebrews,
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  • I already mentioned that
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  • if you look at the context
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  • of the Book or Hebrews
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  • or look at the condition
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  • of the Hebrew people,
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  • the thing that was lacking
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  • was conviction, real conviction,
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  • being fully convinced of Jesus
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  • and because of that, Jesus no
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  • longer was taking center place
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  • when Hebrews chapter 2
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  • was being written.
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  • And, you know, because of that,
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  • they were neglecting
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  • their salvation.
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  • I think it's easy to neglect
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  • your salvation,
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  • take it for granted,
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  • presume on it, become familiar.
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  • As soon as the Hebrews
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  • were doing that,
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  • they were starting to drift.
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  • "Take earnest care
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  • lest you drift."
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  • And, you know, drift, you never
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  • drift toward God,
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  • you only drift from him.
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  • You can't drift uphill.
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  • You can only drift downhill
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  • and it's just a reality in life.
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  • I mentioned about the time
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  • I went skiing, snowboarding,
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  • and there was a whiteout.
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  • You couldn't tell what was cloud
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  • and what was snow.
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  • It was the most horrific thing.
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  • Everything was just white,
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  • could hardly even see my hand
  • 00:08:33.070 --> 00:08:35.030
  • but the only thing I could see
  • 00:08:35.030 --> 00:08:36.250
  • was the tops of the orange poles
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  • that marked the track,
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  • the run down the hill.
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  • And so, I was standing still
  • 00:08:41.230 --> 00:08:44.130
  • and to my amazement,
  • 00:08:44.130 --> 00:08:45.240
  • the orange poles were moving,
  • 00:08:45.240 --> 00:08:47.280
  • but, of course, it wasn't
  • 00:08:47.280 --> 00:08:49.270
  • the poles that were moving.
  • 00:08:49.270 --> 00:08:51.080
  • I thought I was stopped still
  • 00:08:51.080 --> 00:08:52.080
  • but I was drifting.
  • 00:08:52.080 --> 00:08:53.230
  • And, you know, in life sometimes
  • 00:08:53.230 --> 00:08:55.240
  • we think we're just sitting
  • 00:08:55.240 --> 00:08:56.220
  • still but we're drifting.
  • 00:08:56.220 --> 00:08:58.000
  • And when you drift, you think
  • 00:08:58.000 --> 00:08:59.060
  • it's the poles that are moving.
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  • "Church isn't like
  • 00:09:00.250 --> 00:09:01.210
  • it used to be.
  • 00:09:01.210 --> 00:09:02.200
  • I don't get as much out of
  • 00:09:02.200 --> 00:09:03.270
  • the messages anymore.
  • 00:09:03.270 --> 00:09:04.290
  • I just don't seem to have
  • 00:09:04.290 --> 00:09:06.020
  • any friends there anymore.
  • 00:09:06.020 --> 00:09:07.110
  • The Bible doesn't speak to me
  • 00:09:07.110 --> 00:09:08.200
  • like it used to speak to me."
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  • It's not the poles that are
  • 00:09:10.060 --> 00:09:11.270
  • moving, that's why we have to
  • 00:09:11.270 --> 00:09:13.210
  • live our lives with that sense
  • 00:09:13.210 --> 00:09:15.120
  • of godly conviction when it
  • 00:09:15.120 --> 00:09:16.280
  • comes to serving Jesus because
  • 00:09:17.100 --> 00:09:20.100
  • neglecting your salvation, soon,
  • 00:09:20.100 --> 00:09:22.080
  • will mean Jesus is no longer
  • 00:09:22.080 --> 00:09:24.040
  • in the center of your salvation.
  • 00:09:24.040 --> 00:09:26.020
  • And can I tell you that gap,
  • 00:09:26.020 --> 00:09:27.180
  • that Jesus gap,
  • 00:09:27.180 --> 00:09:29.140
  • if he's not in the center,
  • 00:09:29.140 --> 00:09:30.200
  • something else will be?
  • 00:09:30.200 --> 00:09:32.050
  • So, it might be bondage,
  • 00:09:32.050 --> 00:09:33.050
  • it might be obligation,
  • 00:09:33.050 --> 00:09:34.100
  • it might be familiarity,
  • 00:09:34.100 --> 00:09:35.260
  • it might be religion.
  • 00:09:35.260 --> 00:09:36.280
  • It might be some other thing,
  • 00:09:36.280 --> 00:09:38.110
  • something else will be
  • 00:09:38.110 --> 00:09:39.210
  • but you won't have the power
  • 00:09:39.210 --> 00:09:41.150
  • in salvation the Bible says
  • 00:09:41.150 --> 00:09:43.230
  • we should have.
  • 00:09:43.230 --> 00:09:45.010
  • Romans 1:16, "I'm not ashamed of
  • 00:09:45.010 --> 00:09:47.050
  • the gospel, the good news of
  • 00:09:47.050 --> 00:09:48.110
  • Jesus, it's the power of God
  • 00:09:48.110 --> 00:09:49.180
  • unto salvation."
  • 00:09:49.180 --> 00:09:51.040
  • The moment Jesus is not
  • 00:09:51.040 --> 00:09:52.160
  • the center of it all, then
  • 00:09:52.160 --> 00:09:54.160
  • you have a powerless salvation,
  • 00:09:54.160 --> 00:09:56.240
  • not a powerful salvation.
  • 00:09:56.240 --> 00:09:59.140
  • And so, that's exactly what was
  • 00:09:59.140 --> 00:10:01.020
  • happening with the Jews,
  • 00:10:01.020 --> 00:10:03.030
  • there was the sense of drift,
  • 00:10:03.030 --> 00:10:05.020
  • there was a sense of moving away
  • 00:10:05.020 --> 00:10:07.180
  • from salvation.
  • 00:10:07.180 --> 00:10:09.060
  • So, in that context,
  • 00:10:09.060 --> 00:10:11.210
  • the Apostle Paul
  • 00:10:11.210 --> 00:10:13.260
  • in Hebrews chapter 2, these
  • 00:10:13.260 --> 00:10:15.100
  • first 4 or 5 verses, he uses,
  • 00:10:15.100 --> 00:10:18.060
  • if you look at these verses
  • 00:10:18.060 --> 00:10:20.130
  • expository style, do
  • 00:10:20.130 --> 00:10:23.030
  • an exposition on these verses,
  • 00:10:23.030 --> 00:10:25.060
  • he's using incredibly persuasive
  • 00:10:25.060 --> 00:10:26.260
  • language in these verses
  • 00:10:26.260 --> 00:10:28.290
  • and he's using legal terms.
  • 00:10:28.290 --> 00:10:31.260
  • So, he talks about witnesses,
  • 00:10:31.260 --> 00:10:33.270
  • God bearing witness
  • 00:10:33.270 --> 00:10:35.160
  • and that word, "witness,"
  • 00:10:35.160 --> 00:10:36.260
  • it literally is a legal term.
  • 00:10:36.260 --> 00:10:38.280
  • It belongs inside
  • 00:10:38.280 --> 00:10:39.200
  • a court of law.
  • 00:10:39.200 --> 00:10:40.210
  • And, of course, the Hebrews,
  • 00:10:40.210 --> 00:10:41.240
  • they understood law.
  • 00:10:41.240 --> 00:10:43.050
  • So, here is the Apostle Paul
  • 00:10:43.050 --> 00:10:44.220
  • using persuasive language and
  • 00:10:44.220 --> 00:10:46.270
  • referring to legal terms,
  • 00:10:46.270 --> 00:10:49.250
  • trying to explain to the Hebrews
  • 00:10:49.250 --> 00:10:51.210
  • why they need to not neglect
  • 00:10:51.210 --> 00:10:54.190
  • salvation, why they need to be
  • 00:10:54.190 --> 00:10:56.150
  • very careful about the drift.
  • 00:10:56.150 --> 00:10:58.110
  • And so, he calls three witnesses
  • 00:10:58.110 --> 00:11:00.120
  • and the three witnesses are in
  • 00:11:00.120 --> 00:11:02.020
  • these verses and the first one
  • 00:11:02.020 --> 00:11:04.020
  • is the Word of God.
  • 00:11:04.020 --> 00:11:05.180
  • It says, "Take earnest care,"
  • 00:11:05.180 --> 00:11:08.100
  • or, "take earnest heed
  • 00:11:08.100 --> 00:11:09.250
  • of the things that you hear."
  • 00:11:09.250 --> 00:11:11.260
  • And what is it they had heard?
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  • What they had heard is that
  • 00:11:13.190 --> 00:11:15.240
  • Jesus Christ is the way that God
  • 00:11:15.240 --> 00:11:17.270
  • speaks today, that Jesus Christ
  • 00:11:17.270 --> 00:11:20.040
  • is in the center of it all.
  • 00:11:20.040 --> 00:11:21.160
  • I love the way
  • 00:11:21.160 --> 00:11:22.130
  • the Book of Hebrews starts.
  • 00:11:22.130 --> 00:11:23.280
  • The very first word in
  • 00:11:23.280 --> 00:11:25.280
  • the Book of Hebrews is "God,
  • 00:11:25.280 --> 00:11:28.210
  • God."
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  • That's the first word.
  • 00:11:29.190 --> 00:11:31.010
  • Just like in the very beginning
  • 00:11:31.010 --> 00:11:32.120
  • of Scripture, the very first
  • 00:11:32.120 --> 00:11:33.250
  • words, "In the beginning God."
  • 00:11:33.250 --> 00:11:36.140
  • And so, when you look at Hebrews
  • 00:11:36.140 --> 00:11:38.160
  • it's very clear that God
  • 00:11:38.160 --> 00:11:39.200
  • is where it all begins.
  • 00:11:39.200 --> 00:11:41.250
  • And these verses, Hebrews
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:42.280
  • chapter 1, verse 1 to 4,
  • 00:11:42.280 --> 00:11:45.000
  • it talks about the way
  • 00:11:45.000 --> 00:11:46.060
  • that God has spoken.
  • 00:11:46.060 --> 00:11:47.090
  • It said at different times and
  • 00:11:47.090 --> 00:11:48.210
  • in various ways he's spoken.
  • 00:11:48.210 --> 00:11:50.280
  • Still today God speaks,
  • 00:11:50.280 --> 00:11:52.140
  • different times in various ways.
  • 00:11:52.140 --> 00:11:54.290
  • But in the Old Testament,
  • 00:11:54.290 --> 00:11:56.120
  • he spoke through prophets,
  • 00:11:56.120 --> 00:11:57.210
  • that's what the Scripture says.
  • 00:11:57.210 --> 00:11:59.100
  • They spoke through prophets.
  • 00:11:59.100 --> 00:12:01.050
  • But now the Scripture says,
  • 00:12:01.050 --> 00:12:02.230
  • as you read through Hebrews 1,
  • 00:12:02.230 --> 00:12:04.190
  • verse 4, he speaks through
  • 00:12:04.190 --> 00:12:06.250
  • Jesus Christ.
  • 00:12:06.250 --> 00:12:08.180
  • And so, in other words,
  • 00:12:08.180 --> 00:12:10.080
  • the first witness, the Word
  • 00:12:10.080 --> 00:12:11.260
  • of God is bringing
  • 00:12:11.260 --> 00:12:13.040
  • the life of Jesus,
  • 00:12:13.040 --> 00:12:14.150
  • keeping Jesus in the center
  • 00:12:14.150 --> 00:12:15.260
  • of your salvation and the moment
  • 00:12:15.260 --> 00:12:17.260
  • Jesus is not,
  • 00:12:17.260 --> 00:12:19.230
  • the moment it's ritual,
  • 00:12:19.230 --> 00:12:20.240
  • the moment it's obligation,
  • 00:12:20.240 --> 00:12:22.090
  • the moment you get over familiar
  • 00:12:22.090 --> 00:12:24.070
  • sadly at that moment, all
  • 00:12:24.070 --> 00:12:26.070
  • the joy goes out of salvation.
  • 00:12:26.070 --> 00:12:28.080
  • David says, "Restore unto me
  • 00:12:28.080 --> 00:12:29.250
  • the joy of my salvation."
  • 00:12:29.250 --> 00:12:31.130
  • So, in other words, it may be,
  • 00:12:31.130 --> 00:12:33.040
  • must be possible to kind of
  • 00:12:33.040 --> 00:12:34.140
  • be saved, but have no joy.
  • 00:12:34.140 --> 00:12:37.020
  • And it's the conviction that'll
  • 00:12:37.020 --> 00:12:38.150
  • keep joy in your salvation.
  • 00:12:38.150 --> 00:12:40.010
  • It's the conviction that'll
  • 00:12:40.010 --> 00:12:41.100
  • stop you from neglecting
  • 00:12:41.100 --> 00:12:42.110
  • your salvation.
  • 00:12:42.110 --> 00:12:43.210
  • So, called to the stand,
  • 00:12:43.210 --> 00:12:45.110
  • if you look at it in terms of
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:47.110
  • an exposition,
  • 00:12:47.110 --> 00:12:48.080
  • called to the stand is
  • 00:12:48.080 --> 00:12:49.240
  • the Word of God to make the case
  • 00:12:51.040 --> 00:12:54.040
  • for why you should not neglect
  • 00:12:54.040 --> 00:12:55.230
  • your salvation.
  • 00:12:55.230 --> 00:12:57.090
  • And then the next is the works
  • 00:12:57.090 --> 00:12:59.110
  • and the words of Jesus,
  • 00:12:59.110 --> 00:13:01.060
  • Jesus himself.
  • 00:13:01.060 --> 00:13:02.230
  • So, it goes on and it talks
  • 00:13:02.230 --> 00:13:04.230
  • about how, "So great a salvation
  • 00:13:04.260 --> 00:13:07.260
  • should not be neglected, which
  • 00:13:07.260 --> 00:13:09.100
  • at the first began to be spoken
  • 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:11.050
  • by the Lord, spoken by Jesus."
  • 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:14.210
  • And so, the third person
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:16.030
  • called to the stand is,
  • 00:13:16.030 --> 00:13:18.030
  • of course, the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:13:18.030 --> 00:13:20.080
  • And so, it's the Word of God,
  • 00:13:20.080 --> 00:13:22.180
  • it's the works, the Word of
  • 00:13:22.180 --> 00:13:24.100
  • Jesus, and the works of Jesus,
  • 00:13:24.100 --> 00:13:26.000
  • and it's the wonders of
  • 00:13:26.000 --> 00:13:26.290
  • the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:13:26.290 --> 00:13:27.290
  • So, here the writer, in Hebrews,
  • 00:13:27.290 --> 00:13:30.180
  • the writer is using those things
  • 00:13:30.180 --> 00:13:32.290
  • as an absolute signal, signpost,
  • 00:13:34.210 --> 00:13:37.210
  • that those things have to be
  • 00:13:37.210 --> 00:13:39.110
  • what are framing your salvation.
  • 00:13:39.110 --> 00:13:41.220
  • God's Word,
  • 00:13:41.220 --> 00:13:42.220
  • there's a power to God's Word.
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:43.230
  • The Scripture says
  • 00:13:43.230 --> 00:13:45.040
  • the things you hear.
  • 00:13:45.040 --> 00:13:46.050
  • Faith comes by hearing,
  • 00:13:46.050 --> 00:13:48.050
  • Romans says,
  • 00:13:48.050 --> 00:13:48.250
  • and hearing by the Word of God.
  • 00:13:48.250 --> 00:13:50.200
  • There's nothing more powerful
  • 00:13:50.200 --> 00:13:51.240
  • you can have on your own lips
  • 00:13:51.240 --> 00:13:53.070
  • than the Word of God.
  • 00:13:53.070 --> 00:13:55.000
  • I love the fact that Abraham,
  • 00:13:55.000 --> 00:13:57.010
  • God changed his name.
  • 00:13:57.010 --> 00:13:58.050
  • He was Abram.
  • 00:13:58.050 --> 00:13:59.040
  • God changed his name to Abraham,
  • 00:13:59.040 --> 00:14:00.210
  • it meant father of a multitude.
  • 00:14:00.210 --> 00:14:02.210
  • And Sarai, God changed her
  • 00:14:02.210 --> 00:14:04.190
  • name to Sarah,
  • 00:14:04.190 --> 00:14:05.190
  • it meant mother of princes.
  • 00:14:05.190 --> 00:14:07.030
  • I love it because that was
  • 00:14:07.030 --> 00:14:08.120
  • 25 years before they had
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:10.160
  • their miracle son.
  • 00:14:10.160 --> 00:14:11.200
  • Sarah was barren, unable to have
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:13.120
  • children, but 25 years before,
  • 00:14:13.120 --> 00:14:15.180
  • God made a promise about
  • 00:14:15.180 --> 00:14:16.270
  • fruitfulness, children
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:18.290
  • like the stars of the sky.
  • 00:14:18.290 --> 00:14:20.130
  • And so, he changes their names
  • 00:14:20.130 --> 00:14:22.090
  • but for 25 years,
  • 00:14:22.090 --> 00:14:23.240
  • no sign of that son.
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:25.060
  • But the way they were addressing
  • 00:14:25.060 --> 00:14:26.090
  • each other, father of
  • 00:14:26.090 --> 00:14:27.270
  • a multitude, mother of a nation.
  • 00:14:27.290 --> 00:14:30.290
  • Father of a multitude,
  • 00:14:30.290 --> 00:14:32.090
  • mother of a nation.
  • 00:14:32.090 --> 00:14:33.260
  • Keep the Word of God
  • 00:14:33.260 --> 00:14:35.170
  • in the center of your salvation,
  • 00:14:35.170 --> 00:14:36.150
  • my friend.
  • 00:14:36.150 --> 00:14:37.110
  • Keep the Word of God on your
  • 00:14:37.110 --> 00:14:38.120
  • lips so you keep Jesus
  • 00:14:38.120 --> 00:14:40.120
  • in the center of it all.
  • 00:14:40.120 --> 00:14:42.170
  • Praise God.
  • 00:14:42.170 --> 00:14:44.240
  • Ha, and so then ultimately
  • 00:14:44.240 --> 00:14:46.250
  • the Scripture talks about
  • 00:14:46.250 --> 00:14:48.090
  • the wonders of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:48.090 --> 00:14:50.110
  • It talks about how God bears
  • 00:14:50.110 --> 00:14:52.250
  • witness through, what?
  • 00:14:52.250 --> 00:14:54.090
  • Signs and wonders, through
  • 00:14:54.090 --> 00:14:55.250
  • various miracles, and through
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:57.230
  • the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:15:00.260
  • And if we are really
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:02.260
  • looking after our salvation,
  • 00:15:02.260 --> 00:15:04.090
  • not neglecting it,
  • 00:15:04.090 --> 00:15:05.150
  • it is in good health.
  • 00:15:05.150 --> 00:15:06.240
  • It is still seeing all
  • 00:15:06.240 --> 00:15:08.020
  • the blessing that is in Christ,
  • 00:15:08.020 --> 00:15:10.030
  • which is what that Greek word
  • 00:15:10.030 --> 00:15:11.200
  • "soteria," soteria
  • 00:15:11.200 --> 00:15:13.050
  • salvation means.
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:14.260
  • It means that basically you are
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:16.100
  • delivered and you're living in
  • 00:15:16.100 --> 00:15:17.180
  • all of the blessing
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:18.150
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:15:18.150 --> 00:15:21.070
  • Wow.
  • 00:15:21.070 --> 00:15:22.130
  • So much there.
  • 00:15:22.130 --> 00:15:23.270
  • I want to encourage you, let's
  • 00:15:23.270 --> 00:15:25.050
  • continue to believe for God.
  • 00:15:25.050 --> 00:15:26.190
  • What started in the day of
  • 00:15:26.190 --> 00:15:28.010
  • Pentecost with miracles
  • 00:15:28.010 --> 00:15:30.140
  • is still happening today.
  • 00:15:30.140 --> 00:15:32.220
  • I wonder what kind of condition
  • 00:15:32.220 --> 00:15:33.290
  • your salvation is actually in.
  • 00:15:33.290 --> 00:15:36.010
  • I wonder if you've still got
  • 00:15:36.010 --> 00:15:37.140
  • a great and deep conviction
  • 00:15:37.140 --> 00:15:38.280
  • about Jesus and that
  • 00:15:38.280 --> 00:15:40.140
  • that deep conviction is keeping
  • 00:15:40.140 --> 00:15:41.270
  • Jesus in the center.
  • 00:15:41.270 --> 00:15:43.140
  • I wonder if you're still
  • 00:15:43.140 --> 00:15:44.130
  • pointing forward when it comes
  • 00:15:44.130 --> 00:15:45.170
  • to salvation, being saved,
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:47.130
  • moving forward, progressing
  • 00:15:47.130 --> 00:15:49.130
  • until that great day when you
  • 00:15:49.130 --> 00:15:50.180
  • will be saved or whether you're
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:52.060
  • looking backwards to a testimony
  • 00:15:52.060 --> 00:15:54.120
  • that maybe you almost have to
  • 00:15:54.120 --> 00:15:55.220
  • pull off the shelf and dust off.
  • 00:15:55.220 --> 00:15:57.160
  • There's no power in a testimony
  • 00:15:57.160 --> 00:15:59.170
  • you've gotta dust off that
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:00.240
  • talked about what Jesus did
  • 00:16:00.240 --> 00:16:02.090
  • 30 years ago.
  • 00:16:02.090 --> 00:16:03.120
  • That testimony is only
  • 00:16:03.120 --> 00:16:04.280
  • as powerful as what's happening
  • 00:16:04.280 --> 00:16:06.190
  • in your life today and if you're
  • 00:16:06.190 --> 00:16:08.040
  • neglecting your salvation,
  • 00:16:08.040 --> 00:16:09.170
  • then sadly, sadly, sadly,
  • 00:16:09.170 --> 00:16:12.070
  • that testimony there
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:13.200
  • it's just a relic to the past.
  • 00:16:13.200 --> 00:16:16.000
  • "I was saved."
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  • Let's not live as testimonies
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  • that are a relic to the past
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  • what God did in 1963, or
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  • in 1987, or in 1992, or in 2006.
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  • Let's make sure that Jesus
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  • is alive in our lives today.
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  • So, here's some questions.
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  • Here's some questions that
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:33.130
  • really help you to see whether
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  • Jesus is still at the center
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  • of it all bringing life
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  • to your salvation.
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  • And the first question is this:
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  • Are you tuning into God's voice
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  • or are you tuning out
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  • from God's voice?
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  • I think it's very possible
  • 00:16:48.060 --> 00:16:49.200
  • to go either way.
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  • When the Scripture says in
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  • Hebrews 2 here, our theme verse,
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  • "Therefore we must give the more
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  • earnest heed to the things
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  • we have heard," I wonder what
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  • voices you're hearing today.
  • 00:17:02.010 --> 00:17:03.220
  • There's so many voices around.
  • 00:17:03.220 --> 00:17:05.220
  • There's so many different noises
  • 00:17:05.220 --> 00:17:07.070
  • and voices around.
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  • Do you know in this service,
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:10.240
  • there's actually sort of
  • 00:17:10.240 --> 00:17:11.250
  • three worlds going on
  • 00:17:11.250 --> 00:17:12.280
  • while we're having church.
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  • First of all, there's
  • 00:17:14.100 --> 00:17:15.020
  • the supernatural,
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:16.090
  • there's the presence of God,
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  • there's the Holy Spirit,
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  • God speaking specifically
  • 00:17:18.250 --> 00:17:20.000
  • into people's lives.
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  • All of a sudden,
  • 00:17:21.080 --> 00:17:21.280
  • God's speaking to someone
  • 00:17:21.280 --> 00:17:22.290
  • through a particular song.
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  • The Holy Spirit just melting
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:25.250
  • someone's heart, bringing,
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:27.140
  • you know, softness
  • 00:17:27.140 --> 00:17:28.180
  • instead of hardness.
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  • All that's happening
  • 00:17:29.150 --> 00:17:30.080
  • at one level.
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  • Then, it's what we can
  • 00:17:31.050 --> 00:17:32.010
  • experience and what we see,
  • 00:17:32.010 --> 00:17:33.050
  • that's happening at
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:34.140
  • a different level.
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:35.060
  • But do you know there's another
  • 00:17:35.060 --> 00:17:36.010
  • world, I won't call it
  • 00:17:36.010 --> 00:17:37.160
  • the underworld,
  • 00:17:37.160 --> 00:17:38.190
  • but there's another world
  • 00:17:38.190 --> 00:17:40.260
  • that is subliminal.
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  • We don't see it.
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  • We don't hear it.
  • 00:17:43.010 --> 00:17:44.010
  • And I'm gonna come over here to
  • 00:17:44.010 --> 00:17:45.030
  • explain it to you and describe
  • 00:17:45.030 --> 00:17:46.160
  • it to you because there's
  • 00:17:46.160 --> 00:17:48.030
  • all these people on that stage,
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  • and out there in the TV room,
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:52.010
  • and whoever's putting the words
  • 00:17:52.010 --> 00:17:54.140
  • on the screen, whoever is doing
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:59.080
  • other things in the service,
  • 00:17:59.080 --> 00:18:00.220
  • the worship leader,
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:01.260
  • every musician,
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:02.260
  • all of those key singers,
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:04.090
  • they're all tuned into
  • 00:18:04.090 --> 00:18:06.030
  • each other and you and I
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:07.110
  • don't even see it or hear it.
  • 00:18:07.110 --> 00:18:08.270
  • So, this guy, he's sort of
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:11.240
  • gotta be able to listen to
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:12.250
  • all these voices.
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:13.250
  • But, you know, there's
  • 00:18:13.250 --> 00:18:14.180
  • one voice, there's one voice
  • 00:18:14.180 --> 00:18:16.140
  • that perhaps is more important
  • 00:18:16.140 --> 00:18:17.230
  • than any other voice
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  • and that's it right there.
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:20.160
  • If you're looking at your
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  • screen, you may think that
  • 00:18:21.080 --> 00:18:23.270
  • Autumn is just that lovely lady
  • 00:18:23.270 --> 00:18:25.230
  • who plays the keyboard, but
  • 00:18:25.230 --> 00:18:27.030
  • she's actually directing a whole
  • 00:18:27.030 --> 00:18:29.100
  • different world of people there.
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:30.260
  • She's not singing, she's talking
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  • and so everyone, all these
  • 00:18:32.240 --> 00:18:34.280
  • people I'm mentioning
  • 00:18:34.280 --> 00:18:35.270
  • can hear her voice.
  • 00:18:35.270 --> 00:18:37.130
  • So, out of all the noise, they
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:39.120
  • all have to hear that one voice
  • 00:18:39.120 --> 00:18:41.030
  • and that means they have to tune
  • 00:18:41.030 --> 00:18:42.080
  • out a whole lot of other voices.
  • 00:18:42.080 --> 00:18:44.080
  • Keeping the greatness in
  • 00:18:44.080 --> 00:18:44.290
  • your salvation is much the same
  • 00:18:44.290 --> 00:18:47.240
  • and so life's just like that.
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:51.150
  • You know, when it comes to
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:52.140
  • really keeping Jesus in your
  • 00:18:52.140 --> 00:18:54.020
  • salvation, there's a whole lot
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:55.260
  • of voices you have to switch out
  • 00:18:55.260 --> 00:18:57.110
  • and today more voices than ever.
  • 00:18:57.110 --> 00:18:58.270
  • Some of them are on
  • 00:18:58.270 --> 00:18:59.190
  • social media.
  • 00:18:59.190 --> 00:19:00.260
  • Some of them are friends
  • 00:19:00.260 --> 00:19:02.000
  • who are not speaking
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:03.140
  • into the life of your faith.
  • 00:19:03.140 --> 00:19:04.270
  • They maybe are speaking
  • 00:19:04.270 --> 00:19:06.120
  • a contrary language.
  • 00:19:06.120 --> 00:19:07.270
  • Some of it may be the voice of
  • 00:19:07.270 --> 00:19:09.000
  • cynics, negative people, voices
  • 00:19:09.000 --> 00:19:11.150
  • of people who can't understand
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:12.280
  • the things of God and so they
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:14.240
  • hate what you represent,
  • 00:19:14.240 --> 00:19:16.060
  • all of these noises.
  • 00:19:16.060 --> 00:19:17.220
  • And if you want to keep Jesus in
  • 00:19:17.220 --> 00:19:19.020
  • the center of your salvation,
  • 00:19:19.020 --> 00:19:21.040
  • then believe me, we have to
  • 00:19:21.040 --> 00:19:22.280
  • be able, amongst all that noise,
  • 00:19:22.280 --> 00:19:24.160
  • listen to one voice and that is
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:26.270
  • the words of God, it's the words
  • 00:19:26.270 --> 00:19:28.140
  • of Jesus Christ that points
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:30.060
  • to the finished work of Jesus.
  • 00:19:30.060 --> 00:19:32.010
  • We have to listen to
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:32.240
  • that one voice.
  • 00:19:32.240 --> 00:19:35.150
  • How tuned in are you
  • 00:19:35.150 --> 00:19:36.150
  • to God's Word?
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:37.240
  • How good are you at tuning out
  • 00:19:37.240 --> 00:19:39.010
  • all the distractions like
  • 00:19:39.010 --> 00:19:41.150
  • those things I just mentioned?
  • 00:19:41.150 --> 00:19:43.030
  • What about the voices of
  • 00:19:43.030 --> 00:19:44.000
  • friends?
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:45.000
  • Do, you know, sometimes
  • 00:19:45.000 --> 00:19:47.080
  • we need to be able to listen to
  • 00:19:47.080 --> 00:19:48.130
  • people around and about us whose
  • 00:19:48.130 --> 00:19:50.020
  • voice all it does is basically
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:52.200
  • support the most important
  • 00:19:52.200 --> 00:19:54.060
  • voice, the voice of
  • 00:19:54.060 --> 00:19:55.150
  • the Spirit of God in our lives.
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:58.210
  • In the times of Hezekiah in
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:00.260
  • the Old Testament, 2 Chronicles,
  • 00:20:00.260 --> 00:20:02.170
  • it paints a picture where
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:04.200
  • Sennacherib was the king of
  • 00:20:04.200 --> 00:20:05.280
  • Assyria and he was attacking
  • 00:20:05.280 --> 00:20:07.190
  • Judah.
  • 00:20:07.190 --> 00:20:08.260
  • And so, in other words,
  • 00:20:08.260 --> 00:20:09.250
  • God's people were under siege
  • 00:20:09.250 --> 00:20:11.140
  • and feeling besieged,
  • 00:20:11.140 --> 00:20:13.220
  • they, you know, they,
  • 00:20:13.220 --> 00:20:16.170
  • I guess, were feeling anxious.
  • 00:20:16.170 --> 00:20:18.260
  • And Hezekiah said this, it's
  • 00:20:18.260 --> 00:20:20.180
  • in 2 Chronicles 32, verse 6.
  • 00:20:22.030 --> 00:20:25.030
  • It says, "Hezekiah
  • 00:20:25.030 --> 00:20:26.000
  • rallied the people, saying,
  • 00:20:26.000 --> 00:20:26.290
  • 'Be strong! Take courage!
  • 00:20:26.290 --> 00:20:29.020
  • Don't be intimidated by the king
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:31.020
  • of Assyria and his troops--
  • 00:20:31.020 --> 00:20:32.160
  • there are more on our side
  • 00:20:32.160 --> 00:20:33.230
  • than on their side.
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:35.070
  • He only has a bunch of mere men;
  • 00:20:35.070 --> 00:20:37.220
  • we have our God to help us
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:39.090
  • and fight for us!'
  • 00:20:39.090 --> 00:20:40.120
  • Morale surged," the Bible says.
  • 00:20:40.120 --> 00:20:42.100
  • Hezekiah's words
  • 00:20:42.100 --> 00:20:43.160
  • put steel in their spines.
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:45.170
  • Let's be listening to the kind
  • 00:20:45.170 --> 00:20:46.280
  • of words when it comes to faith
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.160
  • that put steel in our spines,
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:50.260
  • that kind of steely conviction
  • 00:20:50.260 --> 00:20:52.190
  • that will have you standing and
  • 00:20:52.190 --> 00:20:54.020
  • still standing no matter what
  • 00:20:54.020 --> 00:20:55.210
  • other voices are speaking, you
  • 00:20:55.210 --> 00:20:57.050
  • know, how to tune out to all of
  • 00:20:57.050 --> 00:20:58.240
  • these voices and tune in
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:21:00.200
  • to the one voice that matters
  • 00:21:00.200 --> 00:21:02.040
  • and that, of course,
  • 00:21:02.040 --> 00:21:03.070
  • is the voice of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:21:03.070 --> 00:21:05.050
  • the voice of God,
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:06.140
  • the voice of his Son, Jesus.
  • 00:21:06.140 --> 00:21:08.140
  • Amen.
  • 00:21:08.140 --> 00:21:09.190
  • So, that's the first question.
  • 00:21:09.190 --> 00:21:11.200
  • He tuned in or tuned out
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:13.100
  • from the Word of God.
  • 00:21:13.100 --> 00:21:14.250
  • Here's the second question:
  • 00:21:14.250 --> 00:21:16.090
  • Are you drifting from or running
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:18.150
  • with the message of salvation?
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:21.170
  • "Take heed to the things we have
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:22.210
  • heard, lest we drift away."
  • 00:21:22.210 --> 00:21:25.210
  • You know, it's sad when you
  • 00:21:25.210 --> 00:21:27.030
  • see drift in people's lives and
  • 00:21:27.030 --> 00:21:29.030
  • sadly, drifting from salvation
  • 00:21:29.030 --> 00:21:31.180
  • means it becomes mechanical,
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:33.070
  • means it becomes obligation.
  • 00:21:33.070 --> 00:21:34.260
  • It means then you're just going
  • 00:21:34.260 --> 00:21:36.050
  • through the motions
  • 00:21:36.050 --> 00:21:37.160
  • and that's why we
  • 00:21:37.160 --> 00:21:38.130
  • have to understand this,
  • 00:21:38.130 --> 00:21:40.030
  • that in the Old Testament
  • 00:21:40.030 --> 00:21:41.150
  • and in Greek literature
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:42.260
  • the good news is always brought
  • 00:21:42.260 --> 00:21:44.080
  • by a messenger,
  • 00:21:44.080 --> 00:21:45.180
  • always brought by a messenger,
  • 00:21:45.180 --> 00:21:47.190
  • the gospel being brought
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:48.290
  • by a messenger.
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:50.100
  • And Isaiah paints a beautiful
  • 00:21:50.100 --> 00:21:51.130
  • picture of how in a time of
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:53.210
  • battle, the people are waiting,
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:55.190
  • maybe they're besieged.
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:57.080
  • They're waiting in the city
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:58.230
  • behind the walled city
  • 00:21:58.230 --> 00:22:00.020
  • and they're just waiting to see
  • 00:22:00.020 --> 00:22:00.290
  • the messenger come with news of
  • 00:22:00.290 --> 00:22:02.200
  • what's happened on the battle,
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:04.020
  • whether their own son is still
  • 00:22:04.020 --> 00:22:05.230
  • alive, whether their own
  • 00:22:05.230 --> 00:22:07.260
  • loved ones are still alive,
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:09.120
  • whether they have survived in
  • 00:22:09.120 --> 00:22:10.240
  • the battle, and they're waiting.
  • 00:22:10.240 --> 00:22:12.030
  • There's no social media.
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:13.100
  • There's no communication,
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:14.060
  • no telephones, no telegrams.
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:16.000
  • There's nothing.
  • 00:22:16.000 --> 00:22:17.010
  • Back in Bible times,
  • 00:22:17.010 --> 00:22:18.020
  • all you gotta do is wait for
  • 00:22:18.020 --> 00:22:19.150
  • the messenger and then suddenly
  • 00:22:19.150 --> 00:22:21.110
  • the messenger appears in
  • 00:22:21.110 --> 00:22:23.200
  • the hills and the Bible says,
  • 00:22:23.200 --> 00:22:25.070
  • "How beautiful on the mountains
  • 00:22:25.070 --> 00:22:27.060
  • are the feet of him
  • 00:22:27.060 --> 00:22:28.040
  • who brings good news."
  • 00:22:28.040 --> 00:22:29.210
  • It's talking about the one
  • 00:22:29.210 --> 00:22:30.170
  • running with message
  • 00:22:30.170 --> 00:22:32.010
  • of salvation.
  • 00:22:32.010 --> 00:22:33.030
  • And I'll read you the verses
  • 00:22:33.030 --> 00:22:34.130
  • 'cause it talks
  • 00:22:34.130 --> 00:22:35.080
  • specifically about a messenger
  • 00:22:35.080 --> 00:22:37.080
  • who comes proclaiming salvation.
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:39.020
  • It says, "How beautiful upon
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:40.100
  • the mountains are the feet of
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:41.280
  • him who brings good news,
  • 00:22:41.280 --> 00:22:43.090
  • who proclaims peace, who brings
  • 00:22:43.090 --> 00:22:44.210
  • glad tidings of good things,"
  • 00:22:44.210 --> 00:22:46.140
  • in other words, bring good news,
  • 00:22:46.140 --> 00:22:48.000
  • "who proclaims," what?
  • 00:22:48.000 --> 00:22:49.130
  • "Salvation."
  • 00:22:49.130 --> 00:22:50.270
  • And then it goes on
  • 00:22:50.270 --> 00:22:51.270
  • a little later and it says,
  • 00:22:51.270 --> 00:22:53.090
  • "Your watchmen shall lift up
  • 00:22:53.090 --> 00:22:54.210
  • their voices, with their voices
  • 00:22:54.210 --> 00:22:56.070
  • they shall sing together;
  • 00:22:56.070 --> 00:22:57.210
  • they shall see eye to eye
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:22:59.010
  • when the Lord brings back Zion.
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  • Break forth into joy, sing
  • 00:23:00.170 --> 00:23:02.180
  • together," the Scripture says.
  • 00:23:02.180 --> 00:23:04.080
  • And it goes on and ends,
  • 00:23:04.080 --> 00:23:05.160
  • "And all the ends of the earth
  • 00:23:05.160 --> 00:23:06.240
  • shall see the salvation of God."
  • 00:23:06.240 --> 00:23:09.040
  • So, are you gonna run with
  • 00:23:09.040 --> 00:23:10.020
  • the good message of salvation?
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:12.020
  • If you believe that salvation is
  • 00:23:12.020 --> 00:23:13.150
  • great and you're not neglecting
  • 00:23:13.150 --> 00:23:14.280
  • the--how could you keep it
  • 00:23:14.280 --> 00:23:16.110
  • to yourself?
  • 00:23:16.110 --> 00:23:17.110
  • How could you not be a messenger
  • 00:23:17.110 --> 00:23:18.250
  • wanting other people to know
  • 00:23:18.250 --> 00:23:20.100
  • so great a salvation?
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:21.230
  • How could you not want to bring
  • 00:23:21.230 --> 00:23:23.030
  • people along and see them
  • 00:23:23.030 --> 00:23:24.130
  • connect to Jesus Christ?
  • 00:23:24.130 --> 00:23:25.240
  • Let's be people who run
  • 00:23:25.240 --> 00:23:26.250
  • with the message of salvation.
  • 00:23:26.250 --> 00:23:28.250
  • Here, the Scripture says oh,
  • 00:23:28.250 --> 00:23:30.200
  • it's beautiful to see the runner
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:32.070
  • coming with good news.
  • 00:23:32.070 --> 00:23:33.190
  • It's a cause for singing.
  • 00:23:33.190 --> 00:23:35.010
  • It's a cause for joy.
  • 00:23:35.010 --> 00:23:36.140
  • It's a cause for celebration and
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.110
  • that's why in church with Jesus
  • 00:23:38.110 --> 00:23:40.210
  • in the center of our salvation,
  • 00:23:40.210 --> 00:23:42.130
  • we love to sing,
  • 00:23:42.130 --> 00:23:43.140
  • we love to praise God.
  • 00:23:43.140 --> 00:23:44.290
  • We love to dance.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • We love to get excited about God
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  • because there's a whole lot
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  • to get excited about
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  • when you're serving King Jesus.
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  • Ah, let's be people filled with
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  • love, filled with grace,
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  • running with, not running from.
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  • Are you familiar or overfamiliar
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  • with the message of salvation,
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  • Jesus at the center of it all?
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  • Are you familiar
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  • or overfamiliar?
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  • I'm gonna read a verse to you,
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  • it's 2 Corinthians 8, verse 8.
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  • It says, "I'm not trying
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  • to order you around
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  • against your will."
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  • It's talking about giving,
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  • by the way, "But by bringing
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  • in the Macedonians' enthusiasm
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  • as a stimulus to your love,
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  • I am hoping to bring
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  • the best out of you."
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  • Listen, "You are familiar with
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  • the generosity of our Master,
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  • Jesus Christ."
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  • You're familiar with
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  • Jesus' generosity and it's
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  • not negative, it's a positive.
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  • You see, listen carefully to
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  • this, the word "familiar"
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  • comes from the same place
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  • as the word "family."
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  • So, in other words, we're not
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  • talking about being familiar,
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  • I'm actually talking about the
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  • principles of family.
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  • We know each other.
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  • We love each other.
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  • We know each other.
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  • We're comfortable around
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  • each other.
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  • My kids don't have to ask
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  • permission to sit down
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  • in the lounge room.
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  • You know, it's a long, long time
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  • since they asked for permission
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  • for anything, come to think of
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  • it, but we know each other.
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  • Overfamiliar is different.
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  • Overfamiliar you just got
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  • a bit too close.
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  • You got so close that you went
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  • far now you presume on each
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  • other, now, you're overfamiliar,
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  • the loves goes out of it.
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  • And do you know that's exactly
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  • what can happen with our faith,
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  • with Jesus at the center?
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  • When we determine we're not
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  • neglecting our salvation,
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  • when we listen to the three
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  • witnesses, the Word of God, the
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  • works of Jesus, the wonders of
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  • the Holy Spirit and we have
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  • those things operating in our
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  • lives, then, friends, we can
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  • live in the joy of our salvation
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  • and we can, rather than neglect
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  • so great a salvation, we
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  • can be living in the blessings
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  • - Brian: Well, I'm so glad
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  • you were part of this program.
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  • I really do believe that
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  • for salvation to have all of
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  • the power and all of
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  • the blessing that God intends,
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  • we have to live our lives
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  • with a deep, steely conviction.
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  • Conviction means fully
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  • convinced, the Apostle Paul was.
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  • He said, "I know, I believe,
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  • I'm persuaded, I'm committed."
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  • I pray that you and I can have
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  • that kind of conviction which
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  • will keep us on course for
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  • all of the promise and blessing
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  • of God and for salvation
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  • to frame our world.
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  • So, God bless you,
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  • have a great week.
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  • And don't forget it, will you,
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  • The entrance sealed
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  • by heavy stone
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  • Messiah still
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  • and all alone
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  • O praise the name
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  • of the Lord our God
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  • O praise His name
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  • forever more
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  • For endless days
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  • we will sing Your praise
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  • Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
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  • Then on the third
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  • At break of dawn
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  • The Son of heaven rose again
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  • O trampled death
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  • Where is your sting?
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  • The angels roar
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  • O praise the name
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  • Of the Lord our God
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  • O praise His name
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  • forever more
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  • For endless days
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  • we will sing Your praise
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  • Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
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  • He shall return
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  • in robes of white
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  • The blazing Son
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  • shall pierce the night
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  • And I will rise
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  • among the saints
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  • My gaze transfixed
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