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  • - Brian Houston: Lord, help us
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  • to be before you on our knees
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  • and, Lord, at that moment that
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  • we soar into the promise and
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  • the purpose of an almighty God.
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  • Lord, I just thank you for what
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  • you're doing in our service.
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  • We're so excited for
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  • what you're about to do
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  • right across our church.
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  • Father, we just thank you that
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  • we could be people who represent
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  • a dangerous declaration,
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  • the power and the message
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • Thank you, Lord.
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  • Amen, amen, amen.
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  • Did you say amen?
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  • I want to speak about
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  • the greatest of all manifestos.
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  • I want to speak about the most
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  • dangerous of all declarations.
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  • I want to simply speak about
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  • "The Gospel."
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  • When you think of the gospel,
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  • what do you think about?
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  • Some people reduce the gospel
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  • just down to
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  • an evangelistic message
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  • or maybe a gospel crusade.
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  • Certainly, you can preach
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  • the gospel but there is
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  • so much more to the gospel
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  • than just a sermon or
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  • a particular style of message.
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  • Some people, somehow,
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  • they see the gospel
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  • as being hellfire and brimstone.
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  • Some people turn the gospel
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  • into something angry,
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  • into some finger pointing,
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  • bringing judgment.
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  • Some people see themselves
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  • as gospel police, they're like
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  • apologists for the gospel who
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  • tell people what the gospel is
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  • and sadly, they make it so small
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  • and so mean, and sadly,
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  • I think totally unreflective of
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  • everything that Jesus Christ
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  • was about that it diminishes
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  • and shrinks the gospel.
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  • And so I had one such gospel
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  • policeman on Twitter one day,
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  • so he gave me the gospel
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  • in 140 characters.
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  • He managed to fit in "wrath,"
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  • "hell."
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  • He managed to fit in "angry,"
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  • and he managed to fit in
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  • "repent."
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  • Of course the Bible says it's
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  • appointed unto every man once to
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  • die and after that the judgment.
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  • I have no doubt there's a heaven
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  • and a hell, but he had
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  • no room in his gospel for love,
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  • no room for forgiveness,
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  • no room for grace.
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  • Sadly, some people, they see
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  • the gospel as the vindictive
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  • writings of an angry God.
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  • I believe it is the beautiful,
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  • beautiful, refreshing words
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  • of a loving Savior,
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  • the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • There is no better news
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  • than the gospel, and we
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  • are so honored to be people
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  • who can live by the gospel.
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  • It is such a great honor
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  • to be the messenger when
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  • the message is so beautiful.
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  • And there is
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  • no more beautiful message,
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  • there is no greater manifesto,
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  • there is no more dangerous
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  • declaration, but dangerous
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  • in all the right ways,
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  • because you're in danger
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  • that it will change your life.
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  • You are in danger that it will
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  • heal your broken life.
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  • You are in danger that your past
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  • will be forgiven and all of
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  • a sudden you'll have a brand-new
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  • future and a brand-new hope.
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  • The gospel is
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  • a dangerous declaration.
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  • And I look around the world
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  • and I think about some of
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  • the atrocity that was done under
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  • the name of God, just some of
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  • the depravity you cannot believe
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  • that people could be
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  • so depraved.
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  • And you think about the gospel,
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  • how that Jesus came from
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  • his place well beyond gravity
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  • so he could reach human kind
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  • at their deepest depravity and
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  • you understand the beauty and
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  • the power of the great gospel.
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  • Jesus, he began, after coming
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  • out from the dessert in
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  • Luke chapter 4 in verse 16
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  • all the way up to verse 19
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  • and verse 18.
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  • He says, "The Spirit of the Lord
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  • is upon me," because I believe
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  • the Holy Spirit, whenever he
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  • is in our life or on our life,
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  • there's a because.
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  • There's a reason,
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  • there's a purpose.
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  • He said, "The Spirit of the Lord
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  • is upon me because he's anointed
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  • me to preach the gospel."
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  • Literally, the good news.
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  • The gospel is good news,
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  • that's why, to be the messenger,
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  • a pastor is such a joy because
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  • the message is so beautiful.
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  • Jesus said that he came, that
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  • the Holy Spirit was on him
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  • so that he could preach
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  • the good news to the poor.
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  • He had an answer to people's
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  • poverty so he could bring
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  • healing to broken hearts,
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  • so that he could bring liberty
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  • to those who abound, that
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  • he literally could speak sight
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  • to those who were blind, that
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  • he was able to bring release
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  • to those who were oppressed and
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  • ultimately he said, to preach
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  • the acceptable year of the Lord.
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  • Well, the acceptable year
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  • of the Lord is the year
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  • of jubilee, jubilee, 50 years.
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  • It's a year where back
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  • in Old Testament days,
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  • every debt was forgiven,
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  • every slave was set free.
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  • So Jesus, he is talking about
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  • the gospel and its power to set
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  • people free, to forgive debt,
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  • to give you a new beginning
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  • and a new hope.
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  • There is no nothing more
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  • powerful than the beautiful,
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  • glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • What a gospel it is,
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  • the good news gospel.
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  • Could you think of anything
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  • worse than being the policemen
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  • who has to knock on someone's
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  • door in the still of the night
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  • with the horrible, horrible news
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  • that a tragedy has happened
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  • to somebody's son,
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  • to somebody's daughter?
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  • I couldn't think of
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  • anything worse.
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  • Someone has to do that job
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  • but I think about the beauty of
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  • the opportunity when it comes to
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  • the best of all news.
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  • Don't ever underestimate
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  • what we have in our hand
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  • with the gospel.
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  • The gospel to me is the entire
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  • content of the message of Jesus.
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  • It is everything that Jesus
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  • represents, the gospel.
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  • It's not small.
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  • It's not angry.
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  • It's not something that shrinks
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  • and diminishes.
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  • I don't believe the gospel
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  • is only for a few people.
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  • I believe that all men may know,
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  • that all may come.
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  • And I think about the wonder
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  • and the grace of Jesus Christ.
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  • Aren't we blessed to represent
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  • such a beautiful
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  • glorious message?
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  • Aren't we blessed that we can
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  • be people who represent
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  • the blessing of the God?
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  • To me, the gospel, the story
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  • that I think portrays it most
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  • is the story that they call
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  • the parable of the prodigal son
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  • or the parable of the lost son
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  • but in actual fact in Luke 15
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  • it starts that the kingdom is
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  • like a father and his two sons.
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  • We know that perhaps one of
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  • those sons, he took his share,
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  • his portion of his inheritance.
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  • He went to the big smoke
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  • to the city.
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  • He got involved
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  • in prodigal living.
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  • He wasted everything
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  • that he had.
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  • He ended up destitute.
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  • There was a famine.
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  • Finally he found himself with
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  • nothing so he attached or joined
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  • himself to someone who left him
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  • eating what the pigs ate,
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  • the leftovers from the pig
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  • until finally the Bible says
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  • he came to his right mind.
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  • When he came to his right mind,
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  • he began to think
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  • about his father.
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  • He began to think about
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  • the blessing of the father
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  • and he decided that he
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  • would go back to the father.
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  • And this was not an angry father
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  • who told him, "Don't you come
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  • near my house with all you've
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  • done to waste my fortune."
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  • No, this was a father when
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  • the son approached he says,
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  • "My father, I'm not worthy
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  • to be called your son.
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  • Make me one of your servants."
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  • And the father, the Bible says,
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  • he ran towards him.
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  • That's how I see the gospel.
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  • That's how I see God the Father.
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  • The Bible described he ran to
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  • his son, he fell on his neck,
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  • and he...kissed him!
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  • My sons are still prodigal.
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  • They're still in the big city
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  • in America so I had to choose
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  • my son-in-law,
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  • which is not a bad second best.
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  • The gospel is good news.
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  • Listen to Galatians chapter 1,
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  • verse 6 and 7.
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  • Here the Apostle Paul's talking
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  • to those in Galatia and, of
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  • course, people are turning back
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  • toward the law that Jesus
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  • had set them free from.
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  • And in verse 6, verse 7,
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  • the Apostle Paul says, "I marvel
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  • that you are turning away
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  • so soon from Him who called you
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  • in the grace of Christ,
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  • to a different gospel."
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  • You see, it goes on and says,
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  • "Which is actually not another,"
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  • so it isn't the same gospel but
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  • there are some who trouble you
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  • and want to pervert
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  • the gospel of Christ."
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  • Some people
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  • talk about a prosperity gospel.
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  • There is only one gospel,
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  • it is the gospel of our Lord
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  • and Savior Jesus Christ.
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  • It is the gospel of grace,
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  • and yet, within the power
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  • of that gospel,
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  • Jesus wants to bless people.
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  • Jesus wants to cause people to
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  • be fruitful, but there is only
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  • one gospel and here
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  • it's talking about those
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  • who wanted to pervert; and
  • 00:09:01.070 --> 00:09:02.220
  • there'd be some who would say,
  • 00:09:02.220 --> 00:09:03.290
  • "Oh, that's people who try to
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  • turn it into a gospel of money."
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  • It's not talking about that
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  • at all.
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  • It's actually talking about
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  • those who are wanting to take it
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  • back to what Jesus
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  • had redeemed them free from,
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  • from bondage and the law.
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  • That's what it was actually
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  • talking about.
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  • There is only one gospel.
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  • And let's never ever
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  • live with a watered-down,
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  • perverted gospel.
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  • Let's understand
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  • the grace of Jesus.
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  • Let's understand the beauty
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  • of the message, that message
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  • for which I am honored
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  • to be the messenger tonight, and
  • 00:09:32.220 --> 00:09:34.130
  • never underestimate the beauty
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  • and the power of the gospel.
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  • It's not a different gospel.
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  • It's not a gospel of men, and
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  • we ought to thank God for that
  • 00:09:43.040 --> 00:09:44.220
  • because many times people
  • 00:09:44.220 --> 00:09:46.110
  • are harder on other people
  • 00:09:46.110 --> 00:09:48.070
  • than God is.
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  • I've sat on committees and
  • 00:09:51.190 --> 00:09:53.000
  • executives where maybe someone
  • 00:09:53.000 --> 00:09:55.220
  • has made mistakes in the past
  • 00:09:55.220 --> 00:09:57.090
  • and they're trying to make
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  • their way back.
  • 00:09:58.160 --> 00:10:00.000
  • And I've heard people
  • 00:10:00.000 --> 00:10:01.080
  • and executives say,
  • 00:10:01.080 --> 00:10:02.020
  • with sweeping statements,
  • 00:10:02.020 --> 00:10:04.120
  • "They never change.
  • 00:10:04.120 --> 00:10:06.000
  • They never change."
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  • And I think to myself, thank God
  • 00:10:08.060 --> 00:10:10.120
  • you're not God because that's
  • 00:10:10.120 --> 00:10:13.000
  • not the spirit of the gospel.
  • 00:10:13.000 --> 00:10:15.120
  • In Galatians chapter 1 still,
  • 00:10:15.240 --> 00:10:18.240
  • verse 11 and 12 it says,
  • 00:10:18.240 --> 00:10:21.110
  • "But I make known to you,
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  • brethren, that the gospel
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  • which was preached by me
  • 00:10:24.250 --> 00:10:26.120
  • is not according to man."
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  • It's not just the words of men.
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  • "For I neither received it from
  • 00:10:30.090 --> 00:10:31.160
  • man, nor was I taught it,"
  • 00:10:31.160 --> 00:10:34.000
  • Paul says, "but it came through
  • 00:10:34.000 --> 00:10:36.000
  • a revelation of Jesus Christ."
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • It gives us
  • 00:10:39.250 --> 00:10:40.190
  • a revelation of the Savior.
  • 00:10:40.190 --> 00:10:42.190
  • It gives us a revelation
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  • of Jesus.
  • 00:10:43.280 --> 00:10:45.070
  • That's the great manifesto.
  • 00:10:45.070 --> 00:10:46.250
  • That's the dangerous
  • 00:10:46.250 --> 00:10:48.020
  • declaration, that's what I'm
  • 00:10:48.020 --> 00:10:49.250
  • glad to be the messenger for.
  • 00:10:49.250 --> 00:10:51.200
  • I can be the messenger
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:53.090
  • of the greatest of all messages.
  • 00:10:53.090 --> 00:10:55.070
  • It's not a different gospel.
  • 00:10:55.070 --> 00:10:56.240
  • It's not a gospel of man.
  • 00:10:56.240 --> 00:10:58.070
  • It's not a gospel of law
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  • or works.
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  • In Galatians 3,
  • 00:11:00.280 --> 00:11:02.020
  • Paul is getting frustrated.
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  • Listen to what he says.
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  • Verse 1 and in verse 2,
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  • listen to it.
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  • "O foolish Galatians!
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  • Who has bewitched you that
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  • you should not obey the truth,
  • 00:11:13.210 --> 00:11:16.030
  • before whose eyes Jesus Christ
  • 00:11:16.030 --> 00:11:18.160
  • was clearly portrayed
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  • among you as crucified?
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  • This only I want to learn from
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  • you: Did you receive the Spirit
  • 00:11:22.110 --> 00:11:24.070
  • by the works of the law,
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  • or by the hearing of faith?"
  • 00:11:25.110 --> 00:11:28.030
  • It's talking in context
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:29.110
  • in the gospel and he's saying,
  • 00:11:29.110 --> 00:11:30.160
  • "Why are you being so foolish?
  • 00:11:30.160 --> 00:11:32.160
  • Why are you trying to take this
  • 00:11:32.160 --> 00:11:33.240
  • thing back to the law
  • 00:11:33.240 --> 00:11:35.200
  • when your only way to Jesus
  • 00:11:35.200 --> 00:11:37.240
  • is through faith?"
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  • In the J.B. Phillips translation
  • 00:11:39.190 --> 00:11:42.100
  • of the same verse here it is,
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  • "O you dear idiots,"
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  • at least they're "dear" idiots.
  • 00:11:47.110 --> 00:11:49.070
  • "You dear idiots of Galatia, who
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  • saw Jesus Christ the crucified
  • 00:11:52.110 --> 00:11:54.120
  • so plainly, who has been
  • 00:11:54.120 --> 00:11:56.160
  • casting a spell over you?
  • 00:11:56.160 --> 00:11:58.010
  • I will ask you one simple
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  • question: did you receive
  • 00:11:59.180 --> 00:12:01.090
  • the Spirit of God by trying to
  • 00:12:01.090 --> 00:12:02.220
  • keep the Law or by believing
  • 00:12:02.220 --> 00:12:04.050
  • the message of the Gospel?"
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  • Let's not live our lives
  • 00:12:07.180 --> 00:12:08.280
  • lowering the gospel down
  • 00:12:08.280 --> 00:12:10.280
  • to anything other than
  • 00:12:10.280 --> 00:12:12.230
  • the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
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  • Through Jesus Christ,
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  • we do have a good gospel.
  • 00:12:16.200 --> 00:12:18.290
  • It's good news.
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  • Healing to the brokenhearted,
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  • liberty to the bound,
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  • sight to the blind eye,
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  • release for the oppressed.
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  • Literally you can imagine people
  • 00:12:31.080 --> 00:12:32.190
  • celebrating after slavery,
  • 00:12:32.190 --> 00:12:35.030
  • slavery.
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  • After 50 years,
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  • every slave's free.
  • 00:12:36.290 --> 00:12:38.080
  • I can imagine there'd be
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  • a party.
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  • I mean, all debts forgiven.
  • 00:12:39.290 --> 00:12:41.290
  • How would you like it if this
  • 00:12:41.290 --> 00:12:43.070
  • was that year and your mortgage
  • 00:12:43.070 --> 00:12:44.180
  • was forgiven, it was forgiven?
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  • That would be
  • 00:12:47.120 --> 00:12:48.010
  • a good news gospel.
  • 00:12:48.010 --> 00:12:49.030
  • No wonder we can be in church
  • 00:12:49.030 --> 00:12:50.210
  • and not have to endure
  • 00:12:50.210 --> 00:12:51.290
  • a very long hour.
  • 00:12:51.290 --> 00:12:53.090
  • Church is to be enjoyed,
  • 00:12:53.090 --> 00:12:54.220
  • not to be endured and that's
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:56.080
  • because the message is powerful.
  • 00:12:56.080 --> 00:12:58.000
  • It's all about slaves
  • 00:12:58.000 --> 00:12:59.030
  • being set free.
  • 00:12:59.030 --> 00:13:00.160
  • It's all about debt
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  • being forgiven.
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  • He literally has paid a debt
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:06.040
  • I could never pay.
  • 00:13:06.040 --> 00:13:07.160
  • He actually paid a debt
  • 00:13:07.160 --> 00:13:08.240
  • he did not owe.
  • 00:13:08.240 --> 00:13:10.210
  • My debt, your debt,
  • 00:13:10.220 --> 00:13:13.220
  • that's the beauty
  • 00:13:13.220 --> 00:13:14.150
  • of the good news gospel.
  • 00:13:14.150 --> 00:13:16.280
  • I love it.
  • 00:13:16.280 --> 00:13:17.250
  • Isaiah chapter 52, verse 7
  • 00:13:17.250 --> 00:13:19.280
  • talks about people
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  • coming with the good news
  • 00:13:21.070 --> 00:13:22.180
  • of victory at battle.
  • 00:13:22.180 --> 00:13:23.230
  • It paints a picture of people
  • 00:13:23.230 --> 00:13:25.040
  • in a besieged city hiding behind
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  • a wall and I guess fearful
  • 00:13:26.250 --> 00:13:28.210
  • looking out as messengers come.
  • 00:13:28.210 --> 00:13:31.040
  • And the messengers, they come
  • 00:13:31.040 --> 00:13:32.120
  • with the message in their hand
  • 00:13:32.120 --> 00:13:33.220
  • of a victory.
  • 00:13:33.220 --> 00:13:34.240
  • And as they come in
  • 00:13:34.240 --> 00:13:36.060
  • the mountains the Bible says,
  • 00:13:36.060 --> 00:13:38.250
  • "How beautiful in the mountains
  • 00:13:38.250 --> 00:13:40.080
  • are the feet of him
  • 00:13:40.080 --> 00:13:41.130
  • who brings good news."
  • 00:13:41.130 --> 00:13:43.050
  • There's a Bible verse that says,
  • 00:13:43.050 --> 00:13:45.020
  • "Good news from a far country is
  • 00:13:45.150 --> 00:13:48.150
  • like water to a thirsty soul."
  • 00:13:48.150 --> 00:13:50.280
  • Hear the gospel,
  • 00:13:50.280 --> 00:13:51.270
  • it is water to a thirsty soul.
  • 00:13:51.270 --> 00:13:54.180
  • It is good news, in Jesus' name.
  • 00:13:54.180 --> 00:13:56.290
  • Not only do we have a gospel
  • 00:13:56.290 --> 00:13:58.190
  • that's a good gospel, you've got
  • 00:13:58.190 --> 00:14:00.090
  • a gospel to be proud of, nothing
  • 00:14:00.090 --> 00:14:01.290
  • to be ashamed of, nothing to
  • 00:14:01.290 --> 00:14:03.230
  • hide a light under a bushel for.
  • 00:14:03.260 --> 00:14:06.260
  • Listen to it, it's powerful.
  • 00:14:06.260 --> 00:14:09.130
  • Romans chapter 1, verse 16, it
  • 00:14:09.130 --> 00:14:11.210
  • says, "For everyone who believes
  • 00:14:11.210 --> 00:14:13.280
  • for the Jew first and also
  • 00:14:13.280 --> 00:14:15.230
  • for the Greek."
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  • It begins like this,
  • 00:14:16.200 --> 00:14:18.000
  • I am not ashamed of the gospel
  • 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:20.250
  • of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:20.250 --> 00:14:23.090
  • I am not ashamed."
  • 00:14:23.090 --> 00:14:24.140
  • It is the power of God
  • 00:14:24.140 --> 00:14:25.240
  • to salvation for everyone
  • 00:14:26.160 --> 00:14:29.160
  • who believes, first the Jew
  • 00:14:29.160 --> 00:14:31.020
  • and then also the Greek.
  • 00:14:31.020 --> 00:14:32.220
  • It's not an exclusive gospel,
  • 00:14:32.220 --> 00:14:34.220
  • it is for everyone;
  • 00:14:34.220 --> 00:14:37.040
  • that's why I am proud to belong
  • 00:14:37.040 --> 00:14:39.150
  • to this glorious gospel.
  • 00:14:39.150 --> 00:14:41.140
  • Young people, don't be ashamed.
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:43.150
  • Hold your head up high.
  • 00:14:43.150 --> 00:14:45.000
  • You have answers for people
  • 00:14:45.000 --> 00:14:47.010
  • because of the glorious gospel.
  • 00:14:47.010 --> 00:14:49.020
  • It's a gospel to be proud of.
  • 00:14:49.020 --> 00:14:51.020
  • I am not ashamed of
  • 00:14:51.020 --> 00:14:52.180
  • the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:52.180 --> 00:14:54.100
  • It is the power of God unto
  • 00:14:54.100 --> 00:14:56.150
  • salvation, first to the Jews
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:58.070
  • and then to the Greeks.
  • 00:14:58.070 --> 00:14:59.260
  • It is a gospel for everyone.
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:02.260
  • I believe
  • 00:15:02.260 --> 00:15:04.180
  • the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • 00:15:04.180 --> 00:15:06.050
  • is a powerful gospel.
  • 00:15:06.050 --> 00:15:08.040
  • 1 Thessalonians chapter 1,
  • 00:15:08.040 --> 00:15:10.180
  • verse 5 it says, "We don't come
  • 00:15:11.060 --> 00:15:14.060
  • to you with a gospel of words
  • 00:15:14.060 --> 00:15:16.000
  • only, but also in power,
  • 00:15:16.110 --> 00:15:19.110
  • and in the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:15:19.110 --> 00:15:21.160
  • and in much conviction."
  • 00:15:21.160 --> 00:15:23.260
  • It's a gospel of power.
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:25.260
  • For the same reason we're not
  • 00:15:25.260 --> 00:15:27.000
  • ashamed of the gospel
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:28.070
  • 'cause it's the power of God
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.280
  • unto salvation.
  • 00:15:29.280 --> 00:15:31.040
  • And here the Bible says
  • 00:15:31.040 --> 00:15:32.090
  • we don't come to you with just
  • 00:15:32.090 --> 00:15:33.010
  • a gospel of words.
  • 00:15:33.010 --> 00:15:34.200
  • A gospel of words is empty.
  • 00:15:34.200 --> 00:15:36.160
  • It doesn't change anything.
  • 00:15:36.160 --> 00:15:38.080
  • Look, I can give you words like
  • 00:15:38.080 --> 00:15:40.120
  • a bag of wind until
  • 00:15:40.120 --> 00:15:41.230
  • there were no more winds left,
  • 00:15:41.230 --> 00:15:43.090
  • but words won't change anything.
  • 00:15:43.090 --> 00:15:46.000
  • Somebody once said, "Preach
  • 00:15:46.000 --> 00:15:47.100
  • the gospel and if necessary,
  • 00:15:47.100 --> 00:15:49.160
  • use words," because the power of
  • 00:15:49.160 --> 00:15:52.080
  • the gospel is so much more
  • 00:15:52.080 --> 00:15:53.230
  • than empty words.
  • 00:15:53.230 --> 00:15:55.010
  • And Paul's saying, "We don't
  • 00:15:55.010 --> 00:15:56.020
  • just come to you with a gospel
  • 00:15:56.020 --> 00:15:57.200
  • of words, but one that is in
  • 00:15:57.200 --> 00:15:59.100
  • power and that can come with
  • 00:15:59.100 --> 00:16:00.270
  • full conviction in Jesus' name."
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  • I love what the Scripture tells
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:05.100
  • us in the same verses in
  • 00:16:05.100 --> 00:16:07.070
  • The Message where it tell us
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:09.080
  • the gospel will put steel
  • 00:16:09.080 --> 00:16:11.100
  • in your convictions.
  • 00:16:11.100 --> 00:16:12.200
  • "When the Message, the gospel
  • 00:16:12.200 --> 00:16:13.250
  • we preached came to you,
  • 00:16:13.250 --> 00:16:15.060
  • it wasn't just words.
  • 00:16:15.060 --> 00:16:16.080
  • Something happened in you.
  • 00:16:16.080 --> 00:16:17.270
  • The Holy Spirit put steel
  • 00:16:17.270 --> 00:16:20.090
  • in your convictions.
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:21.140
  • You paid careful attention
  • 00:16:21.140 --> 00:16:22.250
  • to the way we lived among you."
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  • That's a powerful gospel.
  • 00:16:25.070 --> 00:16:27.070
  • It can give you a backbone
  • 00:16:27.070 --> 00:16:28.110
  • instead of a wishbone.
  • 00:16:28.110 --> 00:16:29.230
  • It can give you something
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:30.280
  • to be proud of, the gospel.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:16:32.130 --> 00:16:33.070
  • What a great thing though in
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:34.190
  • a world where it is so easy to
  • 00:16:34.190 --> 00:16:36.120
  • stumble, and to compromise, and
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:38.130
  • to be pulled aside, and to go
  • 00:16:38.130 --> 00:16:40.070
  • astray, to believe for the power
  • 00:16:40.070 --> 00:16:42.090
  • of the gospel to give you
  • 00:16:42.090 --> 00:16:43.180
  • conviction of steel like a
  • 00:16:43.180 --> 00:16:45.120
  • backbone of steel where you will
  • 00:16:45.120 --> 00:16:47.160
  • stand up in Jesus' name and be
  • 00:16:47.160 --> 00:16:50.040
  • bold in proclaiming the greatest
  • 00:16:50.040 --> 00:16:52.190
  • of all news, the gospel.
  • 00:16:52.190 --> 00:16:54.270
  • The gospel is beautiful.
  • 00:16:54.270 --> 00:16:56.250
  • The gospel is beautiful, that's
  • 00:16:56.250 --> 00:16:59.210
  • why we should never, ever, ever
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:02.030
  • see the gospel as anything else
  • 00:17:02.030 --> 00:17:04.180
  • but the wonderful, wonderful
  • 00:17:04.180 --> 00:17:06.140
  • manifesto message, dangerous
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  • declaration of our Lord and
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  • Savior Jesus Christ, the gospel,
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  • the gospel to be proud of.
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  • The gospel is powerful.
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  • It's the gospel
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  • of God's kingdom.
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  • And do you know what
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  • the kingdom is?
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  • If you think about King Jesus,
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  • he's not just a king,
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  • he's the king above all kings.
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  • He is preeminent,
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  • that means he is eminent
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  • above all other eminencies.
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  • He is the king
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  • and in the Scripture,
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  • Mark chapter 1, verse 14 and 15
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  • again speaking about the gospel
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  • it says, "After John was put in
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  • prison, Jesus came to Galilee,
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  • preaching the gospel of
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  • the kingdom of God, and saying,
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  • 'The time is fulfilled, and
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  • the kingdom of God is at hand.
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  • Repent,
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  • and believe in the gospel.'"
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  • Turn around 180 degrees.
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  • Repent, turn around 180 degrees.
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  • There's a better way,
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  • there's a better future,
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  • but the Bible is talking about
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  • Jesus preaching the gospel of
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:09.030
  • the kingdom of God.
  • 00:18:09.030 --> 00:18:10.020
  • Simply the kingdom of God
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  • is everything that
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  • comes within God's realm.
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  • It's the king's realm; so if
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  • you think about everything,
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  • all the promise of God,
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  • all the beauty of God,
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  • all the blessing of God,
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  • everything that fits
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  • within the realm of God,
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  • that's the kingdom.
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  • Some people think we're on earth
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  • to build the kingdom.
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  • Not in one place does
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  • the Bible say that we are here
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  • to build the kingdom.
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  • The Scripture tells us Jesus
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  • didn't come--it doesn't say
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  • he came to build the kingdom.
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  • It said that he came
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  • preaching the kingdom.
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  • We've got a message
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  • which is the kingdom.
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  • It's all the realm of God.
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  • It's his blessing, it's his
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  • power, it's his promise,
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  • it's forgiveness, his goodness,
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  • his blessing, his prosperity.
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  • It's his freedom from shame.
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  • It's everything.
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  • It's the whole realm of God,
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  • that's the message.
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  • And if we did what Jesus said
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  • he would do, he preached
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  • the kingdom and he said,
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  • "I will build my church."
  • 00:19:02.150 --> 00:19:04.080
  • And a lot of people, they want
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  • to build the kingdom and they
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  • want so much to be involved
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  • in the church, but if we live
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  • the way Jesus taught us to live,
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  • which is make the kingdom the
  • 00:19:14.010 --> 00:19:15.030
  • message and live our lives for
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  • the building of the house of
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  • God, the church of our Lord
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  • Jesus Christ seeing
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  • the spiritual house become all
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  • God intends for it to be, then
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  • I believe this gospel can be
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  • working in your life because
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  • it is the gospel
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  • of the kingdom of God.
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  • The gospel comes with fullness
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  • and blessing, a gospel
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  • of fullness and blessing.
  • 00:19:37.090 --> 00:19:39.090
  • Romans 15:29, "I know that
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  • when I come to you, I shall come
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  • in the fullness of the blessing
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  • of the gospel of Christ."
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  • The full gospel.
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  • I come in the fullness
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  • of the blessing of the gospel.
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  • This, the gospel,
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:56.240
  • is so filled with blessing,
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:19:59.130
  • overflowing blessing.
  • 00:19:59.130 --> 00:20:01.270
  • Paul says, "When I come,
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  • I'm coming in the fullness
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  • of the blessing of the gospel
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  • and I pray that we are committed
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  • to living in the fullness
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  • of the blessing of this gospel.
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  • Don't shrink it down.
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  • Look, I say don't be ashamed
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  • of the gospel.
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  • If the gospel was only limited
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  • to a few people, then maybe
  • 00:20:17.230 --> 00:20:19.080
  • we would be ashamed of it
  • 00:20:19.080 --> 00:20:20.290
  • if it was a selective gospel.
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  • "You're in, you're out.
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  • You're in, you're out,"
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  • like a sports game.
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  • That's not the gospel.
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  • Man, I'd be ashamed
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  • of a gospel like that.
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  • It's not just for a few.
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  • It's not just for the elect.
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  • It's not just for
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  • some small group who somehow
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  • think that they qualify.
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  • It's not for a whole lot of
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  • angry finger pointers who think,
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  • "I'm in the gospel,
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  • but you're out of the gospel.
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  • No, it is for all humanity.
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  • That's the power of the gospel
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  • in Jesus' name.
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  • And I want to preach it in
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  • fullness and in blessing, amen,
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  • fullness and in blessing.
  • 00:20:53.070 --> 00:20:56.070
  • When the prodigal son moved
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  • away from the father's blessing,
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  • from the Word of the Father,
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  • you think about it he moved
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  • straight headlong into poverty.
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  • He ended up with the pigs.
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  • The gospel is all about
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  • the good news, bringing
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  • the poor to the fullness
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  • of the blessing of the gospel.
  • 00:21:17.060 --> 00:21:20.060
  • And perhaps the greatest
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  • of all poverties, at least
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  • the equal to physical poverty
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  • is spiritual poverty.
  • 00:21:26.000 --> 00:21:28.220
  • In Proverbs 10, verse 15
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  • it says, "The destruction of
  • 00:21:30.180 --> 00:21:33.140
  • the poor is in their poverty."
  • 00:21:33.260 --> 00:21:36.260
  • Just think about that
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  • for a moment, if you think about
  • 00:21:37.290 --> 00:21:40.120
  • spiritual poverty,
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  • poverty of soul, people
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  • who don't know the power of God.
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  • Poverty of soul.
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  • You think about the destruction
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  • of their potential.
  • 00:21:48.180 --> 00:21:49.290
  • You think about the destruction
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  • of hope.
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  • You think about the destruction,
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  • when it comes to the purpose
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  • and promise of God.
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  • You think about the destruction
  • 00:21:58.160 --> 00:22:00.090
  • that comes with sin and
  • 00:22:00.090 --> 00:22:02.080
  • the fallout that it causes, and
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:04.000
  • I believe the greatest poverty
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  • often is poverty of soul.
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  • Jesus said he came to bring
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:09.290
  • good news to the poor.
  • 00:22:09.290 --> 00:22:11.280
  • You know, there's a lot of
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:13.040
  • good news for the poor
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  • in a soup kitchen, maybe,
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:15.150
  • reasonably good news, but
  • 00:22:15.150 --> 00:22:18.030
  • I don't think that the best news
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:19.250
  • for the poor is just directions
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:21.060
  • to the soup kitchen.
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  • The best news for the poor
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  • is an answer to their poverty.
  • 00:22:24.170 --> 00:22:26.100
  • As poverty of soul,
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:27.230
  • the best news is an answer
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:29.150
  • to that poverty, the gospel.
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  • The fullness of the blessing
  • 00:22:31.060 --> 00:22:32.210
  • of the gospel brings answers
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:34.190
  • to the emptiness,
  • 00:22:34.190 --> 00:22:35.270
  • to the impoverished souls
  • 00:22:35.270 --> 00:22:37.110
  • of people.
  • 00:22:37.110 --> 00:22:38.080
  • The poverty itself has been
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:39.280
  • their destruction and within,
  • 00:22:39.280 --> 00:22:41.210
  • they have the destruction
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:42.270
  • of hope, the destruction
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:44.080
  • of a God-given future,
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:45.190
  • the destruction of potential,
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  • the destruction maybe even
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:49.140
  • of good perspective.
  • 00:22:49.140 --> 00:22:51.050
  • And in all that you think
  • 00:22:51.050 --> 00:22:52.080
  • about what God can bring, you
  • 00:22:52.080 --> 00:22:53.280
  • think about what God can do.
  • 00:22:53.280 --> 00:22:55.230
  • I love it.
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:57.090
  • In Proverbs 13, verse 23,
  • 00:22:57.090 --> 00:22:59.130
  • it talks about the poor and
  • 00:23:00.020 --> 00:23:03.020
  • it says, "There is much food in
  • 00:23:03.020 --> 00:23:05.210
  • the fallow ground of the poor,"
  • 00:23:05.210 --> 00:23:07.240
  • literally, the uncultivated
  • 00:23:07.240 --> 00:23:09.020
  • ground of the poor.
  • 00:23:09.020 --> 00:23:10.040
  • There's a whole lot of food
  • 00:23:10.040 --> 00:23:11.020
  • in there but because a lack
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:13.010
  • of justice, there is waste.
  • 00:23:13.010 --> 00:23:15.060
  • Think about that for a moment,
  • 00:23:15.060 --> 00:23:17.060
  • think about spiritual poverty.
  • 00:23:17.060 --> 00:23:18.220
  • You think about all of
  • 00:23:18.220 --> 00:23:20.070
  • the fertile soil deep down
  • 00:23:20.070 --> 00:23:22.220
  • within the souls of people from
  • 00:23:22.220 --> 00:23:25.010
  • which God can bring so much
  • 00:23:25.010 --> 00:23:26.180
  • fruitfulness, so much blessing.
  • 00:23:26.200 --> 00:23:29.200
  • And many times because people,
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:31.020
  • they don't know the power
  • 00:23:31.020 --> 00:23:32.070
  • of the gospel.
  • 00:23:32.070 --> 00:23:33.270
  • In other words, in that way
  • 00:23:33.270 --> 00:23:36.160
  • there's a lack of justice,
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:38.160
  • the justice of Jesus Christ
  • 00:23:38.160 --> 00:23:40.230
  • in their life.
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  • They continue to live.
  • 00:23:42.000 --> 00:23:43.090
  • I've been in countries
  • 00:23:43.090 --> 00:23:44.200
  • where the soil is so fertile.
  • 00:23:44.210 --> 00:23:47.210
  • The soil is beautiful and yet
  • 00:23:47.210 --> 00:23:49.250
  • there is such devastating
  • 00:23:49.250 --> 00:23:51.110
  • poverty because the truth is
  • 00:23:51.110 --> 00:23:54.030
  • there is a lack of justice
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:55.170
  • through either tyrants,
  • 00:23:55.170 --> 00:23:56.280
  • or dictators, or a whole series
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:23:58.240
  • of things that have held people
  • 00:23:58.240 --> 00:24:00.050
  • bound.
  • 00:24:00.050 --> 00:24:00.290
  • All of the potential of
  • 00:24:00.290 --> 00:24:02.080
  • that soil stays in the ground
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:05.140
  • and that's how it is
  • 00:24:05.140 --> 00:24:06.100
  • for some people in life.
  • 00:24:06.100 --> 00:24:07.160
  • There is so much potential
  • 00:24:07.160 --> 00:24:08.230
  • in them.
  • 00:24:08.230 --> 00:24:09.140
  • There are people here and there
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:10.220
  • is so much potential in you.
  • 00:24:10.220 --> 00:24:12.280
  • There is so much there.
  • 00:24:12.280 --> 00:24:14.140
  • And the destruction of
  • 00:24:14.140 --> 00:24:16.030
  • your soul, an impoverished
  • 00:24:16.030 --> 00:24:18.170
  • soul literally means
  • 00:24:18.170 --> 00:24:20.150
  • that so much of what is in
  • 00:24:20.150 --> 00:24:21.260
  • there remains in the ground.
  • 00:24:21.260 --> 00:24:23.140
  • But if you'd open your life
  • 00:24:23.140 --> 00:24:24.240
  • and open your heart to the power
  • 00:24:24.240 --> 00:24:26.200
  • of the gospel, the glorious,
  • 00:24:26.200 --> 00:24:28.120
  • wonderful gospel, that is,
  • 00:24:28.120 --> 00:24:30.230
  • the fullness and the blessing
  • 00:24:30.230 --> 00:24:32.010
  • of the gospel of Jesus,
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:34.070
  • the good news that brings
  • 00:24:34.070 --> 00:24:35.240
  • answers to the poor,
  • 00:24:35.240 --> 00:24:37.090
  • that heals broken hearts,
  • 00:24:37.090 --> 00:24:39.010
  • that sets at liberty those that
  • 00:24:39.010 --> 00:24:41.010
  • are bound that opens blind eyes,
  • 00:24:41.010 --> 00:24:43.110
  • that preaches a year of jubilee,
  • 00:24:43.110 --> 00:24:46.000
  • a year where slaves are
  • 00:24:46.000 --> 00:24:47.220
  • set free, where all debt is
  • 00:24:47.220 --> 00:24:50.000
  • forgiven, where it's a new day,
  • 00:24:50.000 --> 00:24:51.270
  • it's a new beginning,
  • 00:24:51.270 --> 00:24:53.130
  • it's the gospel.
  • 00:24:53.130 --> 00:24:54.270
  • Never be ashamed
  • 00:24:54.270 --> 00:24:57.020
  • of the glorious gospel.
  • 00:24:57.020 --> 00:24:59.110
  • What a wonderful,
  • 00:24:59.110 --> 00:25:00.160
  • wonderful, manifesto, what
  • 00:25:00.160 --> 00:25:02.140
  • a dangerous declaration to say,
  • 00:25:02.140 --> 00:25:04.260
  • I'm living my life
  • 00:25:04.260 --> 00:25:06.080
  • in the service of King Jesus.
  • 00:25:06.080 --> 00:25:08.040
  • I'm living my life,
  • 00:25:08.040 --> 00:25:10.070
  • living for the glorious gospel
  • 00:25:10.070 --> 00:25:12.170
  • - Brian: Well, thanks so much
  • 00:25:17.180 --> 00:25:18.120
  • for joining me today as
  • 00:25:18.120 --> 00:25:19.200
  • I've been sharing to you about
  • 00:25:19.200 --> 00:25:20.260
  • the most awesome
  • 00:25:20.260 --> 00:25:21.220
  • of all manifestos.
  • 00:25:21.220 --> 00:25:23.060
  • It's a dangerous declaration
  • 00:25:23.060 --> 00:25:25.040
  • but it's the gospel
  • 00:25:25.040 --> 00:25:26.190
  • and its danger is in its power
  • 00:25:26.190 --> 00:25:28.210
  • to change your life.
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  • You be blessed.
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  • You have a great, great week.
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  • Never ever minimize
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  • or shrink the gospel
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  • because it is the power of God
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  • and it's for everyone.
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  • When You pour out
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  • Your Spirit
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  • On the old
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  • and the young
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  • In the power
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  • of Your presence
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  • Holy Spirit rain
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  • Falling like a flood
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  • Break upon my praise
  • 00:26:08.280 --> 00:26:11.280
  • As I sing of Your love
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  • Holy Spirit fire
  • 00:26:16.050 --> 00:26:19.050
  • Burn within my soul
  • 00:26:19.160 --> 00:26:22.160
  • As I call on Your Name
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  • Dreams and visions
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  • of the Son
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  • As we stand
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  • in Your presence
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  • Revelations of Your love
  • 00:27:01.070 --> 00:27:04.070
  • As I look to the heavens
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  • Holy Spirit rain
  • 00:27:12.010 --> 00:27:15.010
  • Falling like a flood
  • 00:27:15.140 --> 00:27:18.140
  • Break upon my praise
  • 00:27:18.160 --> 00:27:21.160
  • As I sing of Your love
  • 00:27:22.120 --> 00:27:25.120
  • Holy Spirit fire
  • 00:27:25.250 --> 00:27:28.250
  • Burn within my soul
  • 00:27:29.080 --> 00:27:32.080
  • As I call on Your Name
  • 00:27:35.290 --> 00:27:38.290
  • As I call on Your Name
  • 00:27:43.010 --> 00:27:46.010
  • As I call on Your Name
  • 00:27:49.270 --> 00:27:52.270
  • As I call on Your Name
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  • Oh Holy Spirit
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  • Burn like a fire
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  • All consuming
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