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The Contagious Nature of the Church Part 1

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  • - Brian Houston:
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  • "The Contagious Nature
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  • of the Church."
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  • You may have heard
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  • a whole lot of messages
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  • about the church,
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  • and often it may be every reason
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  • why you should be
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  • a part of the church.
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  • But this message
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  • is not so much about what you
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  • can do for the church.
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  • And JFK, he said,
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  • "Ask not what your country
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  • can do for you.
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  • Ask for what you can do
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  • for your country."
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  • Well, this message is
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  • pretty well
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  • exactly the opposite.
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  • This is all about the blessing
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  • being a part of a local church
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  • is in your own life.
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  • I don't wanna spend
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  • my whole ministry,
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  • my whole life, telling people
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  • why they should be part
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  • of what I'm doing.
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  • I would rather always
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  • be building people's lives
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  • and telling them what God
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  • is doing in their lives.
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  • And in this instance, what he
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  • is doing through his church.
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  • "The Contagious Nature
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  • of the Church" is the name
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  • of my message.
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  • Maybe I should start
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  • with this Rick Warren quote
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  • from "The Purpose Driven Life."
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  • Rick Warren says: "I love
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  • the church of Jesus Christ
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  • with all my heart.
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  • Despite all its faults,
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  • due to our sinfulness,
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  • it is still
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  • the most magnificent concept
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  • ever created.
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  • It has been
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  • God's chosen instrument
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  • of blessing for 2.000 years."
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  • Note that, "It's been
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  • God's chosen instrument
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  • of blessing for 2.000 years.
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  • It has survived abuse,
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  • horrifying persecution,
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  • and widespread neglect.
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  • Parachurch organizations
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  • will come and go, but the church
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  • will last for eternity.
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  • It's worth giving our lives for
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  • and it deserves our best."
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  • God's chosen instrument
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  • of blessing for 2.000 years.
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  • I genuinely believe God wants
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  • those who are part of his church
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  • to live flourishing, blessed,
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  • living in the promise of God.
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  • In Psalm 92, and I love
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  • these verses, verse 12 says:
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  • "The righteous shall flourish
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  • like a palm tree,
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  • they shall grow like a cedar
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  • in Lebanon."
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  • Psalm 92, verse 12.
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  • That whole neat idea
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  • of flourishing.
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  • And in verse 12, like I say,
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  • "Growing like a cedar
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  • in Lebanon."
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  • You see, the cedars of Lebanon,
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  • they were
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  • huge, huge, huge, trees
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  • that grow to a size
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  • that, certainly in that part
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  • of the world, nothing else
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  • can compare with.
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  • And the idea of being
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  • in God's house and flourishing,
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  • and living as one
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  • whose life is growing,
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  • going forward, progressing,
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  • stepping upwards, to me
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  • that's a pretty exciting thing.
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  • "Those who are planted
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  • in the house of the Lord
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  • shall flourish in the courts
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  • of our God."
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  • And verse 14: "They shall still
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  • bear fruit in old age; they
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  • shall be fresh and flourishing."
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  • "Still bear fruit in old age."
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  • Now, I was born
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  • to Salvation Army parents.
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  • My parents were ministers
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  • in the Salvation Army.
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  • Well, that was where
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  • I started going to church.
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  • I'm pretty sure
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  • probably the first weekend
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  • I was around after coming out
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  • of the maternity hospital
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  • I was in church.
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  • And I have to tell you
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  • everyone's story is different.
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  • Everyone's life is different.
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  • But I got 62 years now
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  • of not too many Sundays
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  • when I haven't been
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  • in God's house,
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  • and certainly no time
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  • when I wasn't a part
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  • of a church community
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  • or a church family.
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  • At 2 I became a Baptist.
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  • And then by the age of 5
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  • my parents took on
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  • a Pentecostal church
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  • in New Zealand.
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  • And so, I went from being
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  • Salvation Army to being
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  • a Baptist to being part
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  • of a Pentecostal church
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  • before I was 5 years old.
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  • That's not a bad journey, is it?
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  • Well, I've been going to church
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  • ever since.
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  • Now, here I am 62.
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  • It says, "They shall still,"
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  • I better read it, "They shall
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  • still bear fruit in old age."
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  • Well, I'm not at old age yet.
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  • That's another year away
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  • at least.
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  • But I do know this,
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  • that I look at my life,
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  • I look at my marriage.
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  • And Bobbie and I, we met,
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  • part of the church.
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  • Obviously, all three of our kids
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  • were born part of the church.
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  • We started with two boys.
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  • Pretty well they were just only
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  • very, very small toddlers
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  • when we started our church,
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  • this church, Hillsong Church.
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  • A little after that
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  • we were believin' for a girl.
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  • And sure enough, after two boys,
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  • we got our little girl.
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  • I got to church that Sunday
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  • so excited to have a daughter.
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  • And I walk in and right across
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  • the back of the church there's
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  • pink balloons everywhere.
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  • And back in the old days,
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  • old school days,
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  • cut out from paper,
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  • in pink paper, "It's a girl!"
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  • Right across the back page,
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  • so the whole family celebrated.
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  • I look at my family.
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  • I look now that we've got
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  • three children all part
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  • of God's house, different parts
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  • of the globe, serving Jesus.
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  • I look at the fact
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  • that my opportunity today,
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  • along with Bobbie's,
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  • and our reality is beyond
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  • what we perhaps could
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  • ever have imagined in many ways.
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  • And all of that, when I look
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  • at it, has come out
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  • of our commitment
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  • to God's church.
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  • So your life, your journey,
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  • as I said, may be different
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  • than mine in the way
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  • you serve God.
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  • Not everyone's called to stand
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  • on pulpits and preach.
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  • We've all got different walks,
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  • different calls in life.
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  • But I do know that it's
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  • the will of God for the people
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  • of God to flourish.
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  • And he promises
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  • that flourishing life to those
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  • who plant themselves
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  • in God's house.
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  • I think that there's
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  • no Scripture that describes
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  • the church as being
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  • like a restaurant or a café.
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  • It does call it,
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  • "A house and a home."
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  • And I think that's important
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  • to know because it's so easy
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  • sometimes for people, they're
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  • Christians, they're believers,
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  • and they--
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  • sadly though, they treat
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  • the church like cafés.
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  • "Let's go to P.F. Chang's
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  • tonight."
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  • "No, I wanna go to Spaghettini."
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  • "I think we should go
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  • to Cheesecake Factory."
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  • But, "Those who are planted
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  • in the house of the Lord
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  • shall flourish."
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  • Sadly, I think the people
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  • who love to go around
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  • lots of churches,
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  • they don't actually understand
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  • the impact
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  • of any of the churches.
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  • Because you go to a restaurant
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  • for a meal.
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  • That's it.
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  • But when you're part
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  • of a family, it's
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  • a different thing altogether.
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  • You come home.
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  • You become part of a community.
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  • It's a much, much different
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  • thing altogether.
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  • And out of that is
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  • the promise of flourishing,
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  • out of being planted.
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  • To be planted
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  • is to be deeply rooted.
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  • To be planted means
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  • that when the storm comes,
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  • like those beautiful trees
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  • of Lebanon,
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  • they're deeply rooted.
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  • And when the storm comes,
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  • they are able to withstand it
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  • because they're planted.
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  • "Those who are planted,"
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  • the Scripture says,
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  • "by rivers of living water,"
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  • the Scripture talks about,
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  • "whatever they do
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  • shall prosper."
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  • And so there's
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  • all sorts of promise
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  • and all sorts of power
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  • in living our lives planted.
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  • I wonder in life how planted
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  • you are.
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  • Maybe not even in church,
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  • just in the Word of God
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  • and in the consistency
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  • of serving Jesus.
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  • Because butterflies,
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  • butterflies,
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  • they fly everywhere.
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  • But it's not
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  • a butterfly anointing
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  • that will cause you to flourish.
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  • It's being planted in life,
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  • knowing who you are, where you
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  • belong, what you're a part of,
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  • and putting your roots
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  • down deep.
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  • And so, with that in mind,
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  • I just wanna talk
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  • about the contagious nature
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  • of the church.
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  • There's no doubt we're all
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  • products of our environment.
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  • You are.
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  • I am.
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  • Well, a product doesn't mean you
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  • have to live all your life
  • 00:07:51.190 --> 00:07:53.150
  • a product of whatever abuse
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  • or whatever horrible things may
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  • have happened to you as a child.
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  • But it does mean
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  • that who we hang around
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  • or what we hang around has
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  • an impact on our lives.
  • 00:08:01.270 --> 00:08:03.190
  • And so there's lots of examples.
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  • When it comes to friends,
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  • the Bible says,
  • 00:08:05.290 --> 00:08:06.190
  • "Iron sharpens iron."
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  • So, in other words,
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  • it's contagious.
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  • If one person has a steel
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  • about them, a metal about them
  • 00:08:12.160 --> 00:08:14.030
  • that's positive and powerful,
  • 00:08:14.030 --> 00:08:16.000
  • then people all around them
  • 00:08:16.000 --> 00:08:17.070
  • are sharpened by that iron.
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  • In exactly the same way,
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  • but in a negative sense,
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  • Psalm 101, verse 3,
  • 00:08:22.130 --> 00:08:24.220
  • David talked about:
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  • "Those who fall away."
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  • In other words,
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  • they're not standing solid
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  • when it comes to the things
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  • of God.
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  • And listen to what he says
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  • about them.
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  • He said, "I will set
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  • nothing wicked before my eyes.
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  • I hate," that's a strong word,
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  • "the work of those,"
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  • not the people, "the work
  • 00:08:40.170 --> 00:08:41.260
  • of those who fall away."
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  • He says,
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  • "It shall not cling to me."
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  • In other words,
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  • stuff gets on you.
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  • We're products
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  • of our environment.
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  • Hang around iron,
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  • it'll sharpen you.
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  • Hang around the wrong stuff
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  • and it gets on you.
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  • It clings to you.
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  • The same thing with people
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  • like Elijah and Elisha.
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  • How many know Elisha,
  • 00:09:03.140 --> 00:09:04.220
  • he got on him what Elijah had.
  • 00:09:04.220 --> 00:09:06.270
  • But in actual fact,
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  • the Scripture said,
  • 00:09:07.200 --> 00:09:08.100
  • "He had a double portion."
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  • So he got double by just being
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  • a product of Elijah's life,
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  • and in some sense of being
  • 00:09:13.040 --> 00:09:14.200
  • a disciple of Elijah.
  • 00:09:14.200 --> 00:09:16.040
  • Here he is now, Elisha,
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  • with twice as much on his life.
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  • It's contagious.
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  • It's in the generations.
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  • Psalm 145, verse 4:
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  • "One generation shall praise you
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  • to another generation,
  • 00:09:26.220 --> 00:09:28.010
  • and declare your mighty works."
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  • So generation to generation,
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  • person to person, you can see.
  • 00:09:32.070 --> 00:09:34.060
  • Well, the contagious nature
  • 00:09:34.060 --> 00:09:35.270
  • of the church, I think,
  • 00:09:35.270 --> 00:09:37.070
  • is very clear.
  • 00:09:37.070 --> 00:09:38.270
  • I believe that the blessing
  • 00:09:38.270 --> 00:09:39.250
  • that's on the house can impact
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  • your life in a profound way.
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  • And I'm gonna go on
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  • and talk about that and explain
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  • why I believe it.
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  • And my prayer, my faith,
  • 00:09:47.080 --> 00:09:48.190
  • for the people of our church,
  • 00:09:48.190 --> 00:09:51.160
  • and that's you if you're
  • 00:09:51.160 --> 00:09:52.210
  • a part of our church,
  • 00:09:52.210 --> 00:09:54.050
  • my prayer for you, my faith
  • 00:09:54.050 --> 00:09:55.220
  • for you, my belief for you,
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  • is that you will flourish,
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  • that you will bless.
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  • That by being part
  • 00:10:00.010 --> 00:10:01.000
  • of this house, the impact,
  • 00:10:01.000 --> 00:10:02.250
  • the overflow of it on your life,
  • 00:10:02.250 --> 00:10:05.140
  • will have a positive effect.
  • 00:10:05.140 --> 00:10:07.080
  • And so, you, in your daily walk,
  • 00:10:07.080 --> 00:10:09.240
  • in your daily talk,
  • 00:10:09.240 --> 00:10:10.200
  • and everything you're called to,
  • 00:10:10.200 --> 00:10:12.130
  • that there will be this sense
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  • that what's on the house
  • 00:10:13.240 --> 00:10:14.250
  • - Brian: I don't think it's
  • 00:10:20.000 --> 00:10:20.170
  • the will of God for us
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  • to be miserable, negative,
  • 00:10:21.110 --> 00:10:22.250
  • legalistic, light up
  • 00:10:22.250 --> 00:10:24.100
  • the Internet type believers.
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  • Settle down, people.
  • 00:10:26.120 --> 00:10:27.220
  • Chill out and just enjoy life
  • 00:10:27.220 --> 00:10:30.120
  • - Brian: You see, my prayer
  • 00:10:34.060 --> 00:10:34.260
  • for the people of our church
  • 00:10:34.260 --> 00:10:37.240
  • is seen in the church
  • 00:10:37.240 --> 00:10:38.250
  • that I now see,
  • 00:10:38.250 --> 00:10:39.190
  • a mission statement I wrote
  • 00:10:39.190 --> 00:10:40.240
  • 2 or 3 years ago.
  • 00:10:40.240 --> 00:10:42.260
  • And in there it says,
  • 00:10:42.260 --> 00:10:44.000
  • "I see a church that loves God,
  • 00:10:44.000 --> 00:10:46.030
  • loves people, loves life."
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  • There's a whole lot of people
  • 00:10:49.060 --> 00:10:50.010
  • out there.
  • 00:10:50.010 --> 00:10:50.210
  • Man, they are mean and nasty.
  • 00:10:50.210 --> 00:10:53.030
  • I don't know whether they love
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  • life at all.
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  • I don't think it's the will
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  • of God for us to be miserable,
  • 00:10:56.020 --> 00:10:57.180
  • negative, legalistic, light up
  • 00:10:57.180 --> 00:10:59.120
  • the Internet type believers.
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  • I believe we need to be a part
  • 00:11:01.170 --> 00:11:03.020
  • of a church that loves God,
  • 00:11:03.020 --> 00:11:04.220
  • loves people, and loves to live
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  • a little bit, amen?
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  • Loves to live a little bit.
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  • Settle down, people.
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  • Chill out and just enjoy life
  • 00:11:13.020 --> 00:11:15.150
  • a little bit more.
  • 00:11:15.150 --> 00:11:17.010
  • And so, hey, think about this
  • 00:11:17.010 --> 00:11:19.080
  • for a moment.
  • 00:11:19.080 --> 00:11:20.140
  • It goes on, says, describing
  • 00:11:20.140 --> 00:11:22.270
  • the church that I believe
  • 00:11:22.270 --> 00:11:23.290
  • for you and I to be a part of,
  • 00:11:23.290 --> 00:11:25.230
  • "Youthful in spirit,
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  • generous at heart,
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  • faith-filled in confession,
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  • loving in nature,
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:32.130
  • and inclusive in expression."
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  • I believe God's called us to be
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  • a church where listen
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  • to what God is moving,
  • 00:11:37.140 --> 00:11:39.130
  • where salvation is flowing,
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  • momentum is growing,
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  • where marriages and families
  • 00:11:43.150 --> 00:11:45.200
  • are blossoming, where businesses
  • 00:11:45.200 --> 00:11:48.000
  • and marketplace people
  • 00:11:48.000 --> 00:11:49.120
  • are thriving, people pursuing
  • 00:11:49.120 --> 00:11:51.140
  • God's call in their life.
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  • They are flourishing.
  • 00:11:53.130 --> 00:11:54.260
  • They are thriving.
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:56.130
  • I believe for us to be a church
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  • where the air is light.
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  • You walk in and you breathe
  • 00:12:00.230 --> 00:12:01.250
  • fresh air.
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  • Where the atmosphere is warm.
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  • Where there's a sense the spirit
  • 00:12:05.060 --> 00:12:06.210
  • is pure.
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  • In other words, there's not
  • 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:08.290
  • all sorts of agendas going on
  • 00:12:08.290 --> 00:12:10.100
  • between people.
  • 00:12:10.100 --> 00:12:11.150
  • There's just a purity.
  • 00:12:11.150 --> 00:12:12.260
  • This'd be my church that I would
  • 00:12:12.260 --> 00:12:14.220
  • dream for, that I would want us
  • 00:12:14.220 --> 00:12:16.240
  • to be, youthful in spirit,
  • 00:12:16.240 --> 00:12:18.180
  • generous at heart, and so on.
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  • Warm, the air is light.
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  • There's a buoyancy
  • 00:12:22.230 --> 00:12:23.290
  • because there's a unity.
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:25.190
  • Where the Scripture talks
  • 00:12:25.190 --> 00:12:26.220
  • about God commanding blessing
  • 00:12:26.220 --> 00:12:28.290
  • where people are unified.
  • 00:12:28.290 --> 00:12:30.260
  • And so, you've got that sense
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:32.200
  • of buoyancy and unity.
  • 00:12:33.060 --> 00:12:36.060
  • We're a church that's filled
  • 00:12:36.060 --> 00:12:37.150
  • with a good report.
  • 00:12:37.150 --> 00:12:38.130
  • "Whatsoever things are
  • 00:12:38.130 --> 00:12:39.090
  • of good report," Paul says,
  • 00:12:39.090 --> 00:12:41.120
  • "think on these things."
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  • The kind of church where there's
  • 00:12:42.270 --> 00:12:45.050
  • a generosity and there's
  • 00:12:45.050 --> 00:12:46.250
  • an encouragement.
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  • You bring your tithe,
  • 00:12:48.100 --> 00:12:49.200
  • your offering.
  • 00:12:49.200 --> 00:12:50.200
  • And what's the promise?
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  • It's blessing.
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:52.200
  • "See if I'll not pour out
  • 00:12:52.200 --> 00:12:53.210
  • for you such blessing."
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  • Pour out for you,
  • 00:12:57.000 --> 00:12:58.000
  • not raindrops of blessing.
  • 00:12:58.000 --> 00:13:00.280
  • Not even showers of blessing.
  • 00:13:00.280 --> 00:13:03.170
  • Showers of blessing
  • 00:13:03.170 --> 00:13:06.000
  • Showers of blessing, do, do
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  • Anyone remember that old hymn?
  • 00:13:09.050 --> 00:13:11.030
  • Mercy drop
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  • No mercy drops here.
  • 00:13:12.080 --> 00:13:13.270
  • No.
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  • The Scripture talks
  • 00:13:14.200 --> 00:13:15.160
  • about pouring out such blessing
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  • you're not able to contain it,
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  • uncontainable blessing.
  • 00:13:19.140 --> 00:13:21.040
  • That's pretty awesome
  • 00:13:21.040 --> 00:13:22.070
  • right there.
  • 00:13:22.070 --> 00:13:23.070
  • And so I'm just trying
  • 00:13:23.070 --> 00:13:24.120
  • to give you a sense
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:25.130
  • of the kind of church
  • 00:13:25.130 --> 00:13:26.160
  • that I believe as a pastor
  • 00:13:26.160 --> 00:13:28.070
  • for us to be.
  • 00:13:28.070 --> 00:13:29.110
  • So that the impact, the flow,
  • 00:13:29.110 --> 00:13:31.050
  • the overflow, on people's lives
  • 00:13:31.050 --> 00:13:32.290
  • turns into blessing, that you're
  • 00:13:32.290 --> 00:13:34.190
  • flourishing, that you're seeing
  • 00:13:34.190 --> 00:13:36.110
  • your dreams come true, that God
  • 00:13:36.110 --> 00:13:38.020
  • is answering your prayer.
  • 00:13:38.020 --> 00:13:40.050
  • You see, the Lord loves
  • 00:13:40.050 --> 00:13:41.210
  • his church.
  • 00:13:41.210 --> 00:13:44.170
  • The Scripture
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:45.090
  • in the Old Testament
  • 00:13:45.090 --> 00:13:46.030
  • talks a lot about the temple
  • 00:13:46.030 --> 00:13:48.010
  • as the house of God.
  • 00:13:48.010 --> 00:13:50.020
  • And, of course, Jesus,
  • 00:13:50.020 --> 00:13:51.200
  • he introduced the church
  • 00:13:51.200 --> 00:13:53.020
  • in the New Testament.
  • 00:13:53.020 --> 00:13:54.150
  • But in the Old Testament,
  • 00:13:54.150 --> 00:13:55.200
  • 1 Kings chapter 9,
  • 00:13:55.200 --> 00:13:57.180
  • verse 1 and 2, listen to this:
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  • "After Solomon
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:01.030
  • had completed building the house
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:03.250
  • of God and his own palace,
  • 00:14:03.250 --> 00:14:06.160
  • all the projects he had set
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:08.060
  • his heart on doing, God appeared
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:11.220
  • to Solomon again, just as he
  • 00:14:11.220 --> 00:14:14.000
  • had appeared to him at Gibeon,"
  • 00:14:14.000 --> 00:14:16.160
  • listen, "and God said to him,
  • 00:14:16.160 --> 00:14:18.120
  • 'I've listened to and received
  • 00:14:18.120 --> 00:14:19.250
  • all your prayers,
  • 00:14:19.250 --> 00:14:21.130
  • your ever-so-passionate prayers.
  • 00:14:21.130 --> 00:14:23.260
  • I've sanctified this temple,'"
  • 00:14:23.260 --> 00:14:26.040
  • this house, "that you have
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:27.230
  • built: And my name is stamped
  • 00:14:27.230 --> 00:14:30.190
  • on it forever;" here it is,
  • 00:14:30.190 --> 00:14:33.160
  • "My eyes are on it and my heart
  • 00:14:33.280 --> 00:14:36.280
  • is in it always."
  • 00:14:36.280 --> 00:14:39.090
  • Talking about the house of God,
  • 00:14:39.090 --> 00:14:41.100
  • "My eyes are on it and my heart
  • 00:14:41.100 --> 00:14:43.220
  • is in it always."
  • 00:14:43.220 --> 00:14:46.080
  • Well, that's a good sign to me.
  • 00:14:47.010 --> 00:14:50.010
  • Obviously, this is
  • 00:14:50.010 --> 00:14:50.200
  • an Old Testament paradigm,
  • 00:14:50.210 --> 00:14:53.210
  • but it's a great, great sign
  • 00:14:53.210 --> 00:14:55.110
  • to me that when we're part
  • 00:14:55.110 --> 00:14:56.270
  • of the house of God,
  • 00:14:56.270 --> 00:14:58.170
  • we're part of something
  • 00:14:58.170 --> 00:14:59.180
  • where God's promise is his eyes
  • 00:14:59.180 --> 00:15:01.100
  • are on it.
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:02.170
  • Not only are his eyes on it,
  • 00:15:02.170 --> 00:15:04.170
  • his heart is in it.
  • 00:15:04.170 --> 00:15:06.060
  • Now, this is not even
  • 00:15:06.060 --> 00:15:07.040
  • a church building.
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:07.280
  • We're sent downtown L.A.
  • 00:15:07.280 --> 00:15:10.070
  • We're in the Belasco Theater.
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:11.270
  • And it's
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:12.140
  • kind of a very, very cool,
  • 00:15:12.140 --> 00:15:13.230
  • I'm sure there's been all sorts
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:15.000
  • of things, all sorts of things
  • 00:15:15.000 --> 00:15:16.220
  • happen in this theatre.
  • 00:15:16.220 --> 00:15:18.280
  • Who knows when we come in
  • 00:15:18.280 --> 00:15:20.030
  • Sunday morning
  • 00:15:20.030 --> 00:15:20.290
  • what may have been happening
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:21.270
  • here Saturday night?
  • 00:15:21.270 --> 00:15:23.010
  • All I know is it becomes
  • 00:15:23.010 --> 00:15:23.270
  • the house of God
  • 00:15:23.270 --> 00:15:25.030
  • when you walk in the door.
  • 00:15:25.030 --> 00:15:26.210
  • Because ultimately, where two
  • 00:15:26.210 --> 00:15:27.270
  • or three gather in God's name,
  • 00:15:27.270 --> 00:15:30.010
  • that's where he is.
  • 00:15:30.010 --> 00:15:30.290
  • So the moment you walk in,
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:32.050
  • we become the church.
  • 00:15:32.050 --> 00:15:33.150
  • And so he is the church.
  • 00:15:33.150 --> 00:15:34.260
  • This is not the church.
  • 00:15:34.260 --> 00:15:36.000
  • This is the church right here.
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  • And the church, praise God,
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:39.130
  • the church, his eyes are on it
  • 00:15:39.130 --> 00:15:41.230
  • and his heart is in it always.
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • His eyes right now are on us
  • 00:15:46.120 --> 00:15:48.080
  • and his heart is with us.
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  • And his name is stamped
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  • on his house forever, evah.
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  • Everyone say, "Evah."
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  • That's it, you Aussies,
  • 00:15:59.150 --> 00:16:01.020
  • - Brian: Isn't it awesome
  • 00:16:06.200 --> 00:16:07.110
  • to know that being
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:08.040
  • in God's house, the will of God
  • 00:16:08.040 --> 00:16:09.260
  • is that you're being built up
  • 00:16:09.260 --> 00:16:11.160
  • for the purpose of God
  • 00:16:11.160 --> 00:16:12.210
  • in your life?
  • 00:16:12.210 --> 00:16:14.120
  • So then being part of the church
  • 00:16:14.120 --> 00:16:15.150
  • is not just about all what you
  • 00:16:15.150 --> 00:16:16.200
  • can do for the church.
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:17.270
  • It's filled with blessing
  • 00:16:17.270 --> 00:16:19.070
  • - Brian: You know,
  • 00:16:23.150 --> 00:16:24.000
  • my little granddaughters,
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:24.260
  • when they first moved here
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:25.180
  • to the USA, Samantha,
  • 00:16:25.180 --> 00:16:28.050
  • she had just started school.
  • 00:16:28.050 --> 00:16:29.250
  • And she came
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  • with an Australian accent.
  • 00:16:30.230 --> 00:16:32.080
  • It was gone in about a month.
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  • At school she got corrected.
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:36.000
  • She would get corrected
  • 00:16:36.000 --> 00:16:36.240
  • for being an Aussie.
  • 00:16:36.240 --> 00:16:38.150
  • And so she'd have to pronounce
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  • her R's more, betterrr,
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  • not bettah, betterrr.
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:44.130
  • And so on.
  • 00:16:44.130 --> 00:16:45.180
  • And so they messed up
  • 00:16:45.180 --> 00:16:46.230
  • my little granddaughter
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:47.270
  • in just 1 month
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  • in the United States.
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  • What is with that?
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:52.080
  • What is with that?
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  • Some of you are thinking,
  • 00:16:53.180 --> 00:16:54.070
  • "Well, she's
  • 00:16:54.070 --> 00:16:54.220
  • And there's so many verses,
  • 00:17:03.050 --> 00:17:05.200
  • and so many ways the Bible talks
  • 00:17:05.200 --> 00:17:07.150
  • about God's blessing being
  • 00:17:07.150 --> 00:17:08.280
  • on his house.
  • 00:17:08.280 --> 00:17:09.180
  • And again, on that house,
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:10.280
  • not talkin' about this.
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  • Talkin' about you.
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  • Think about this.
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:14.220
  • Think about the fruitfulness
  • 00:17:14.220 --> 00:17:15.150
  • of the tree.
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:16.080
  • "Those who are planted
  • 00:17:16.080 --> 00:17:16.290
  • in the house of the Lord
  • 00:17:16.290 --> 00:17:18.160
  • shall flourish.
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  • They'll be," the Scripture says,
  • 00:17:19.200 --> 00:17:20.260
  • "like the cedars of Lebanon,"
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  • that grow, that produce,
  • 00:17:24.120 --> 00:17:26.110
  • that are beautiful,
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  • that create great shade.
  • 00:17:27.100 --> 00:17:29.090
  • "And even in their old age,
  • 00:17:29.090 --> 00:17:31.210
  • they will still be fruitful."
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  • That's the promise.
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  • So thee fruitfulness
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  • of the tree.
  • 00:17:35.220 --> 00:17:37.020
  • And then there's the favor
  • 00:17:37.020 --> 00:17:37.250
  • on the church.
  • 00:17:37.250 --> 00:17:38.270
  • Listen to this, Matthew 16:18:
  • 00:17:38.270 --> 00:17:40.220
  • "I will build my church,"
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  • now, you are the church,
  • 00:17:42.110 --> 00:17:44.010
  • "and the gates of hell
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  • will not prevail against it."
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  • There's a promise for you
  • 00:17:47.260 --> 00:17:48.190
  • right now.
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  • I believe in our own lives
  • 00:17:50.030 --> 00:17:51.170
  • to see the fruitfulness
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:52.170
  • of the tree, to see the favor
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:54.240
  • on the church, to see the grace
  • 00:17:54.240 --> 00:17:56.230
  • on the leadership.
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  • Listen carefully,
  • 00:17:58.150 --> 00:17:59.040
  • Acts chapter 4, verse 11,
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:18:01.030
  • it starts talkin'
  • 00:18:01.030 --> 00:18:01.260
  • about ministry gifts.
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:03.120
  • It's not just gifts
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:04.050
  • that individual has,
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:05.260
  • and it's a calling.
  • 00:18:05.260 --> 00:18:07.030
  • And it's related to the people
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:08.130
  • who do do what I'm doing
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:10.060
  • right now.
  • 00:18:10.060 --> 00:18:11.020
  • And it talks
  • 00:18:11.020 --> 00:18:11.170
  • about, "Some being apostles,
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  • some prophets, some evangelists,
  • 00:18:13.130 --> 00:18:16.030
  • some pastors, some teachers,"
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  • but this is what it's for,
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  • "for the edifying
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  • of the saints."
  • 00:18:21.000 --> 00:18:21.250
  • In other words, they're building
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:22.230
  • people, blessing people,
  • 00:18:22.230 --> 00:18:24.140
  • "For the work of the ministry."
  • 00:18:24.140 --> 00:18:26.080
  • Not this ministry,
  • 00:18:26.080 --> 00:18:27.120
  • your ministry.
  • 00:18:27.120 --> 00:18:28.170
  • "For the work of the ministry."
  • 00:18:28.170 --> 00:18:30.170
  • The Greek word is "diakonos."
  • 00:18:30.170 --> 00:18:32.090
  • It means "service."
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:34.010
  • And so, basically, God's promise
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:37.130
  • is that you, through being
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:39.200
  • a part of this church,
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:40.280
  • will be built up
  • 00:18:40.280 --> 00:18:42.140
  • for your purpose, for your call,
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:44.290
  • for your ministry, for your way
  • 00:18:44.290 --> 00:18:47.110
  • of serving God.
  • 00:18:47.110 --> 00:18:48.120
  • I'm sure there's probably
  • 00:18:48.120 --> 00:18:49.070
  • some would-be actors here.
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:51.040
  • Isn't it awesome to know
  • 00:18:51.040 --> 00:18:52.060
  • that being in God's house,
  • 00:18:52.060 --> 00:18:53.150
  • the will of God is
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:18:54.200
  • that you're being built up
  • 00:18:54.200 --> 00:18:55.280
  • for the purpose of God
  • 00:18:55.280 --> 00:18:57.050
  • in your life?
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:18:59.240
  • So then being part of the church
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:01.030
  • is not just about all what you
  • 00:19:01.030 --> 00:19:02.050
  • can do for the church.
  • 00:19:02.050 --> 00:19:03.110
  • It's filled with blessing
  • 00:19:03.110 --> 00:19:04.230
  • for you.
  • 00:19:04.230 --> 00:19:07.020
  • And I'd say it again.
  • 00:19:07.020 --> 00:19:08.160
  • I genuinely believe
  • 00:19:08.160 --> 00:19:09.150
  • that Bobbie's and my longevity
  • 00:19:09.150 --> 00:19:11.100
  • of being part of,
  • 00:19:11.100 --> 00:19:12.100
  • by God's grace,
  • 00:19:12.100 --> 00:19:14.120
  • over all of those years,
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:15.200
  • a pretty healthy church,
  • 00:19:16.060 --> 00:19:19.060
  • the fruit of it
  • 00:19:19.060 --> 00:19:20.120
  • is what we're walking in
  • 00:19:20.120 --> 00:19:21.110
  • and living in right now,
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:22.240
  • in the generations,
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  • in our children,
  • 00:19:23.260 --> 00:19:24.140
  • and little granddaughters,
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:25.140
  • and grandsons, and so on.
  • 00:19:25.140 --> 00:19:27.250
  • So, there's the favor
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:31.050
  • on the church.
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:32.070
  • There's the grace
  • 00:19:32.070 --> 00:19:32.230
  • on the leadership.
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:34.090
  • And then, there's the increase
  • 00:19:34.090 --> 00:19:36.040
  • on the house.
  • 00:19:36.040 --> 00:19:37.130
  • Because Psalm 84, verse 10 says:
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:39.130
  • "One day," just one day,
  • 00:19:40.020 --> 00:19:43.020
  • any day.
  • 00:19:43.020 --> 00:19:43.250
  • Let's choose Sunday, this day.
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:46.180
  • "One day in God's house
  • 00:19:46.180 --> 00:19:49.040
  • is better than 3 years' worth
  • 00:19:49.040 --> 00:19:51.130
  • of days in the world."
  • 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:53.220
  • I think in The Message,
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:19:55.180
  • Eugene Peterson,
  • 00:19:55.180 --> 00:19:56.220
  • the way he puts that
  • 00:19:56.220 --> 00:19:57.160
  • is something like, "One day
  • 00:19:57.160 --> 00:19:58.240
  • in God's house is better
  • 00:19:58.240 --> 00:20:00.190
  • than a thousand days
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:02.170
  • on Greek island beaches."
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:04.170
  • That's pretty awesome.
  • 00:20:04.170 --> 00:20:05.180
  • All I know is I think
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:07.080
  • about the power of that.
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:08.120
  • What perhaps at one point
  • 00:20:08.120 --> 00:20:09.280
  • would have taken you
  • 00:20:09.280 --> 00:20:10.160
  • a thousand days, that's 3 years,
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.270
  • through being a part
  • 00:20:12.270 --> 00:20:13.150
  • of God's house, the promises
  • 00:20:13.150 --> 00:20:14.200
  • he can do in a single day.
  • 00:20:14.200 --> 00:20:16.250
  • There's a whole lot of promise
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:18.000
  • to those of us who are a part
  • 00:20:18.000 --> 00:20:19.090
  • of the house of God.
  • 00:20:19.090 --> 00:20:21.020
  • That's why I really, really,
  • 00:20:21.020 --> 00:20:22.080
  • I would implore you.
  • 00:20:22.080 --> 00:20:23.250
  • Don't let the spirit around
  • 00:20:23.250 --> 00:20:25.120
  • and about you cause you to be
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:27.070
  • a casual attender of a church.
  • 00:20:27.070 --> 00:20:29.130
  • Look, if you choose this church,
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:30.120
  • choose another church,
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:31.110
  • choose any church,
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:32.090
  • but just get yourself
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:33.050
  • deeply rooted and planted.
  • 00:20:33.050 --> 00:20:34.250
  • Because there's so much blessing
  • 00:20:34.250 --> 00:20:37.000
  • being a part of what God says
  • 00:20:37.000 --> 00:20:39.010
  • his eyes are on and his heart
  • 00:20:39.010 --> 00:20:40.210
  • is in.
  • 00:20:40.210 --> 00:20:41.130
  • "And his name is established
  • 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:42.240
  • there forever,"
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:44.120
  • the Scripture says.
  • 00:20:44.120 --> 00:20:46.020
  • And so, with that,
  • 00:20:46.020 --> 00:20:47.100
  • let's just think a moment about
  • 00:20:47.100 --> 00:20:50.080
  • the fruitfulness of the tree.
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:51.210
  • I already mentioned that.
  • 00:20:51.210 --> 00:20:53.280
  • "In old age they shall be fresh
  • 00:20:53.280 --> 00:20:56.060
  • and flourishing."
  • 00:20:56.060 --> 00:20:58.110
  • I love it.
  • 00:20:58.110 --> 00:20:59.250
  • I believe you can see the impact
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:01.030
  • in your life.
  • 00:21:01.030 --> 00:21:02.070
  • I believe you can see it
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:03.040
  • in your ministry,
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:04.090
  • in your calling,
  • 00:21:04.090 --> 00:21:05.210
  • when you sow down deep.
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:07.180
  • Do you know what I believe for
  • 00:21:07.180 --> 00:21:09.150
  • when it comes to people
  • 00:21:09.150 --> 00:21:10.110
  • flourishing in our church?
  • 00:21:10.110 --> 00:21:11.280
  • I really do believe, I really do
  • 00:21:11.280 --> 00:21:13.240
  • believe, that Psalm 1, verse 3,
  • 00:21:15.210 --> 00:21:18.210
  • when it talks about being
  • 00:21:18.210 --> 00:21:19.130
  • planted, it says: "He shall be
  • 00:21:19.130 --> 00:21:21.130
  • like a tree planted by rivers
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:22.260
  • of water that brings forth
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:24.140
  • its fruit in its season,
  • 00:21:24.140 --> 00:21:26.080
  • whose leaf
  • 00:21:26.080 --> 00:21:26.270
  • also shall not wither;
  • 00:21:26.270 --> 00:21:29.040
  • and whatever they do
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:30.100
  • shall prosper."
  • 00:21:30.100 --> 00:21:32.030
  • Now, I want us to think about
  • 00:21:32.030 --> 00:21:33.000
  • that in terms of being planted
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:35.090
  • in the house of the Lord
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:36.120
  • and flourishing.
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:37.180
  • If it's the will of God
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:38.240
  • for the people in our church
  • 00:21:38.240 --> 00:21:39.280
  • to flourish, then it's up to me
  • 00:21:40.100 --> 00:21:43.100
  • and those around and about me
  • 00:21:43.100 --> 00:21:44.220
  • to do everything we can,
  • 00:21:44.220 --> 00:21:46.150
  • understanding it's all about
  • 00:21:46.150 --> 00:21:47.180
  • his grace, to create
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:48.210
  • an environment where you
  • 00:21:48.210 --> 00:21:49.240
  • can flourish.
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:50.290
  • I mean, an environment which is
  • 00:21:50.290 --> 00:21:52.170
  • harsh, and rigid,
  • 00:21:52.170 --> 00:21:53.240
  • and legalistic,
  • 00:21:53.240 --> 00:21:54.210
  • and finger pointing,
  • 00:21:54.210 --> 00:21:55.290
  • has you serving God
  • 00:21:55.290 --> 00:21:57.110
  • out of a guilty conscience
  • 00:21:57.110 --> 00:21:59.010
  • almost.
  • 00:21:59.010 --> 00:21:59.180
  • That's not
  • 00:21:59.180 --> 00:22:00.050
  • the kind of environment
  • 00:22:00.050 --> 00:22:01.050
  • where you can flourish.
  • 00:22:01.050 --> 00:22:02.120
  • We have to create
  • 00:22:02.120 --> 00:22:03.070
  • the kind of environment
  • 00:22:03.070 --> 00:22:04.170
  • where people can flourish
  • 00:22:04.170 --> 00:22:06.090
  • because that's what happens.
  • 00:22:06.090 --> 00:22:07.240
  • That's what God promises
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:08.240
  • to those who are planted.
  • 00:22:08.240 --> 00:22:10.130
  • So by being planted, if they
  • 00:22:10.130 --> 00:22:11.200
  • can't flourish, why would they
  • 00:22:11.200 --> 00:22:13.160
  • stay planted?
  • 00:22:13.160 --> 00:22:15.160
  • I'm blessed to have a church
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:16.210
  • where, by God's grace, we've had
  • 00:22:16.210 --> 00:22:18.140
  • tremendous longevity when it
  • 00:22:18.140 --> 00:22:20.290
  • comes to our team and our staff.
  • 00:22:20.290 --> 00:22:23.070
  • Most of the key people around
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:24.120
  • and about me have been with us
  • 00:22:24.120 --> 00:22:25.250
  • not just 1 year, 2 year, 5,
  • 00:22:25.250 --> 00:22:27.130
  • most of them literally
  • 00:22:27.130 --> 00:22:28.120
  • 15, 20, 25, over 30 years.
  • 00:22:29.070 --> 00:22:32.070
  • And I only believe that's
  • 00:22:32.070 --> 00:22:33.060
  • possible when you create
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:34.160
  • an environment where people
  • 00:22:34.160 --> 00:22:36.010
  • can flourish.
  • 00:22:36.010 --> 00:22:37.100
  • If it's controlling, if it's
  • 00:22:37.100 --> 00:22:38.160
  • manipulative, if it's all about
  • 00:22:38.160 --> 00:22:40.090
  • how you can help me, then people
  • 00:22:40.090 --> 00:22:42.120
  • aren't gonna flourish.
  • 00:22:42.120 --> 00:22:44.050
  • I wanna see you flourish.
  • 00:22:44.050 --> 00:22:45.130
  • It's my passion.
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:47.010
  • It switches me on.
  • 00:22:47.010 --> 00:22:48.000
  • I wanna see you rise up to be
  • 00:22:48.000 --> 00:22:49.250
  • all God called you to be.
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:51.090
  • I wanna see the blessing of God
  • 00:22:51.090 --> 00:22:53.040
  • that's promised to those who are
  • 00:22:53.040 --> 00:22:54.120
  • part of the house of God
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:55.170
  • actively working in your life.
  • 00:22:55.170 --> 00:22:58.060
  • It doesn't mean
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:22:58.260
  • across the seasons of life
  • 00:22:58.260 --> 00:23:00.270
  • we don't have heartaches
  • 00:23:00.270 --> 00:23:02.000
  • when we're part of the church,
  • 00:23:02.000 --> 00:23:03.140
  • and painful times,
  • 00:23:03.140 --> 00:23:04.160
  • and some people who don't face
  • 00:23:04.160 --> 00:23:05.260
  • financial crisis.
  • 00:23:05.260 --> 00:23:06.290
  • All of that's part of life.
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:09.090
  • But you gotta look at life
  • 00:23:09.090 --> 00:23:10.020
  • sometimes not according
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:11.080
  • to what's happening right now,
  • 00:23:11.080 --> 00:23:13.010
  • like a microcosm.
  • 00:23:13.010 --> 00:23:14.070
  • You gotta look at your life
  • 00:23:14.070 --> 00:23:15.050
  • across the spread.
  • 00:23:15.050 --> 00:23:16.150
  • And that's the good thing
  • 00:23:16.150 --> 00:23:17.080
  • about being a little older.
  • 00:23:17.080 --> 00:23:19.080
  • You can look back
  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:19.260
  • through the pain,
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:20.240
  • the heartaches,
  • 00:23:20.240 --> 00:23:21.160
  • the different seasons,
  • 00:23:21.160 --> 00:23:22.210
  • even in church life
  • 00:23:22.210 --> 00:23:23.160
  • some of the seasons
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:24.190
  • and challenges.
  • 00:23:24.190 --> 00:23:25.180
  • But you can look
  • 00:23:25.180 --> 00:23:26.120
  • across the breadth of it all,
  • 00:23:26.120 --> 00:23:27.250
  • see your children serving God,
  • 00:23:27.250 --> 00:23:29.230
  • see your grandchildren
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:31.040
  • being raised in the house,
  • 00:23:31.040 --> 00:23:32.130
  • see in the worldwide opportunity
  • 00:23:32.130 --> 00:23:33.280
  • you have.
  • 00:23:33.280 --> 00:23:35.000
  • And you can say, "God, to you be
  • 00:23:35.000 --> 00:23:37.180
  • the glory.
  • 00:23:37.180 --> 00:23:39.000
  • Great things, great things,
  • 00:23:39.000 --> 00:23:41.010
  • - Brian: The Bible talks
  • 00:23:46.230 --> 00:23:47.090
  • about, "Those planted by rivers
  • 00:23:47.090 --> 00:23:48.210
  • of living water," says,
  • 00:23:48.210 --> 00:23:49.190
  • "whatever they do
  • 00:23:49.190 --> 00:23:50.120
  • shall prosper."
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:51.140
  • Wouldn't that be nice in life?
  • 00:23:51.140 --> 00:23:52.280
  • Everything that you do
  • 00:23:52.280 --> 00:23:53.250
  • does prosper.
  • 00:23:53.250 --> 00:23:56.020
  • Everything.
  • 00:23:56.020 --> 00:23:57.200
  • But what prospers is determined
  • 00:23:57.200 --> 00:24:00.170
  • by what you do.
  • 00:24:00.170 --> 00:24:02.020
  • And you know what?
  • 00:24:02.020 --> 00:24:02.170
  • You all know it's not what I do.
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:04.150
  • It's not do good, get good.
  • 00:24:04.150 --> 00:24:06.000
  • It's not that.
  • 00:24:06.000 --> 00:24:06.200
  • But also we know that it is
  • 00:24:06.200 --> 00:24:08.020
  • an eternal principle
  • 00:24:08.020 --> 00:24:09.160
  • that the way we live our lives
  • 00:24:09.160 --> 00:24:11.020
  • determines the fruit
  • 00:24:11.020 --> 00:24:11.260
  • - Brian: The Bible talks
  • 00:24:14.160 --> 00:24:15.020
  • about, "Those planted by rivers
  • 00:24:15.020 --> 00:24:16.140
  • of living water," says,
  • 00:24:16.140 --> 00:24:17.120
  • "whatever they do
  • 00:24:17.120 --> 00:24:18.070
  • shall prosper."
  • 00:24:18.070 --> 00:24:19.050
  • Wouldn't that be nice in life,
  • 00:24:19.050 --> 00:24:20.170
  • if everything you do prospers?
  • 00:24:20.170 --> 00:24:22.220
  • Ka-bang, it prospers.
  • 00:24:22.220 --> 00:24:24.030
  • Ka-bang, that prospers.
  • 00:24:24.030 --> 00:24:25.130
  • Ka-bang, that prospers.
  • 00:24:25.130 --> 00:24:27.230
  • Everyone say, "Ka-bang."
  • 00:24:28.070 --> 00:24:31.070
  • That's the worst "ka-bang"
  • 00:24:31.070 --> 00:24:32.010
  • I've ever heard in my life.
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:34.130
  • I'm trying to get you guys
  • 00:24:34.130 --> 00:24:35.120
  • inspired about going out there
  • 00:24:35.120 --> 00:24:36.240
  • and conquering and making
  • 00:24:36.240 --> 00:24:37.290
  • a difference, and all you
  • 00:24:37.290 --> 00:24:39.070
  • can give me is a--and it's
  • 00:24:39.070 --> 00:24:40.190
  • only from the four front rows
  • 00:24:40.190 --> 00:24:41.270
  • as well, you heathen back there.
  • 00:24:42.150 --> 00:24:45.150
  • "Let them do it.
  • 00:24:45.150 --> 00:24:46.040
  • This is all I've got:
  • 00:24:46.040 --> 00:24:46.250
  • 'Ka-bang.'"
  • 00:24:47.030 --> 00:24:50.030
  • Movin' right along.
  • 00:24:52.160 --> 00:24:55.160
  • Everything that you do
  • 00:24:55.160 --> 00:24:56.110
  • does prosper.
  • 00:24:56.110 --> 00:24:58.050
  • Everything.
  • 00:24:58.050 --> 00:24:59.230
  • But what prospers is determined
  • 00:24:59.230 --> 00:25:02.210
  • by what you do.
  • 00:25:02.210 --> 00:25:04.170
  • Sometimes we can have
  • 00:25:04.170 --> 00:25:05.080
  • all the wrong things prospering
  • 00:25:05.080 --> 00:25:06.130
  • in our life
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:07.280
  • because of what we do.
  • 00:25:07.280 --> 00:25:10.020
  • The Scripture calls it,
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:10.280
  • it's an eternal promise,
  • 00:25:10.280 --> 00:25:12.020
  • "Reaping what you sow."
  • 00:25:12.020 --> 00:25:13.150
  • I believe God wants
  • 00:25:13.150 --> 00:25:14.150
  • all the right things to prosper
  • 00:25:14.150 --> 00:25:15.290
  • in our life.
  • 00:25:15.290 --> 00:25:16.250
  • And you know what?
  • 00:25:16.250 --> 00:25:17.100
  • You all know it's not what I do.
  • 00:25:17.100 --> 00:25:19.150
  • It's not do good, get good.
  • 00:25:19.150 --> 00:25:20.290
  • It's not that.
  • 00:25:20.290 --> 00:25:21.200
  • But also we know that it is
  • 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:23.050
  • an eternal principle
  • 00:25:23.050 --> 00:25:24.110
  • that the way we live our lives
  • 00:25:24.110 --> 00:25:25.250
  • determines the fruit
  • 00:25:25.250 --> 00:25:26.200
  • of our lives.
  • 00:25:26.200 --> 00:25:27.200
  • "As a man reaps,
  • 00:25:27.200 --> 00:25:28.290
  • that shall he also sow."
  • 00:25:28.290 --> 00:25:30.260
  • So if we just do
  • 00:25:30.260 --> 00:25:31.220
  • the right things,
  • 00:25:31.220 --> 00:25:32.190
  • sometimes it means
  • 00:25:32.190 --> 00:25:33.170
  • in the difficulty
  • 00:25:33.170 --> 00:25:34.170
  • of the middle of the winter,
  • 00:25:34.170 --> 00:25:35.280
  • or in the height of summer,
  • 00:25:35.280 --> 00:25:37.120
  • or when there's a marathon
  • 00:25:37.120 --> 00:25:38.230
  • in the heart of the city,
  • 00:25:38.230 --> 00:25:39.280
  • or whatever.
  • 00:25:39.280 --> 00:25:40.210
  • We see the action
  • 00:25:40.210 --> 00:25:41.230
  • of going to church as more
  • 00:25:41.230 --> 00:25:43.020
  • than just attending church.
  • 00:25:43.020 --> 00:25:44.150
  • It's something we do,
  • 00:25:44.150 --> 00:25:45.250
  • understanding that it can build
  • 00:25:45.250 --> 00:25:47.130
  • blessing and prosperity
  • 00:25:47.130 --> 00:25:48.180
  • and flourishing into our lives,
  • 00:25:48.180 --> 00:25:51.090
  • into the great breadth
  • 00:25:51.090 --> 00:25:52.090
  • of our lives, in Jesus' name.
  • 00:25:52.090 --> 00:25:54.140
  • That's why I really do pray we
  • 00:25:54.140 --> 00:25:56.140
  • understand what can come
  • 00:25:56.140 --> 00:25:59.000
  • from being a part
  • 00:25:59.000 --> 00:25:59.270
  • of God's house.
  • 00:25:59.270 --> 00:26:02.070
  • You know what I love to see,
  • 00:26:02.070 --> 00:26:03.120
  • that what I wanna see
  • 00:26:03.120 --> 00:26:04.030
  • flourishing in people's lives?
  • 00:26:04.030 --> 00:26:06.000
  • I love the fact, being part
  • 00:26:06.000 --> 00:26:07.180
  • of the house of the Lord,
  • 00:26:07.180 --> 00:26:08.130
  • watching young people,
  • 00:26:08.130 --> 00:26:09.280
  • the confidence it gives them.
  • 00:26:09.280 --> 00:26:11.230
  • Do you know, I look
  • 00:26:11.230 --> 00:26:12.080
  • at the young people
  • 00:26:12.080 --> 00:26:13.020
  • in our church.
  • 00:26:13.020 --> 00:26:13.190
  • They're so much more confident
  • 00:26:13.190 --> 00:26:14.210
  • than I was.
  • 00:26:14.210 --> 00:26:15.190
  • And I love it.
  • 00:26:15.190 --> 00:26:16.160
  • I go to weddings
  • 00:26:16.160 --> 00:26:17.120
  • and young people, young people,
  • 00:26:17.120 --> 00:26:19.120
  • young adults get up
  • 00:26:19.120 --> 00:26:20.130
  • to make speeches.
  • 00:26:20.130 --> 00:26:21.170
  • And I'm thinkin', "I cannot
  • 00:26:21.170 --> 00:26:22.070
  • believe that they can speak
  • 00:26:22.070 --> 00:26:23.270
  • that well at that age."
  • 00:26:23.270 --> 00:26:25.280
  • I believe that's a part of being
  • 00:26:25.280 --> 00:26:27.170
  • a part of a healthy church.
  • 00:26:27.170 --> 00:26:29.110
  • It builds into you
  • 00:26:29.110 --> 00:26:30.110
  • this confidence
  • 00:26:30.110 --> 00:26:31.060
  • because you're constantly
  • 00:26:31.060 --> 00:26:32.180
  • being put into,
  • 00:26:32.180 --> 00:26:34.010
  • being invested into,
  • 00:26:34.010 --> 00:26:35.230
  • being--it's not
  • 00:26:35.230 --> 00:26:36.180
  • all about taking, taking,
  • 00:26:36.180 --> 00:26:37.190
  • in the church.
  • 00:26:37.190 --> 00:26:38.130
  • It's about giving.
  • 00:26:38.130 --> 00:26:39.030
  • It's about investing.
  • 00:26:39.030 --> 00:26:40.010
  • It's about helping you guys
  • 00:26:40.010 --> 00:26:41.130
  • to fulfill everything God
  • 00:26:41.130 --> 00:26:43.070
  • has put in your heart.
  • 00:26:43.070 --> 00:26:44.260
  • It's about us seeing
  • 00:26:44.260 --> 00:26:46.010
  • the grace of God
  • 00:26:46.010 --> 00:26:47.140
  • across the breadth of our life.
  • 00:26:47.140 --> 00:26:49.080
  • And I love the fact
  • 00:26:49.080 --> 00:26:50.120
  • that confidence is built because
  • 00:26:50.120 --> 00:26:51.280
  • confidence, it has great reward.
  • 00:26:51.280 --> 00:26:54.200
  • And the world
  • 00:26:54.200 --> 00:26:55.120
  • takes confidence out of people.
  • 00:26:55.120 --> 00:26:57.010
  • How much better
  • 00:26:57.010 --> 00:26:57.220
  • if you come in here
  • 00:26:57.220 --> 00:26:58.150
  • and get confidence invested
  • 00:26:58.150 --> 00:26:59.200
  • into you, in Jesus name?
  • 00:26:59.200 --> 00:27:02.220
  • Not overconfidence.
  • 00:27:02.220 --> 00:27:03.240
  • Not self-confidence.
  • 00:27:03.240 --> 00:27:05.070
  • No, a godly confidence
  • 00:27:05.070 --> 00:27:07.060
  • that deep down on the inside
  • 00:27:07.060 --> 00:27:08.260
  • I know who I am.
  • 00:27:08.260 --> 00:27:10.200
  • I know that Jesus is my Lord.
  • 00:27:10.200 --> 00:27:12.140
  • I know he's called me
  • 00:27:12.140 --> 00:27:13.180
  • to serve him.
  • 00:27:13.180 --> 00:27:14.110
  • I know
  • 00:27:14.110 --> 00:27:14.260
  • even in the darkest moments
  • 00:27:14.260 --> 00:27:16.210
  • that there's a light at the end
  • 00:27:16.210 --> 00:27:17.260
  • of this tunnel.
  • 00:27:17.260 --> 00:27:18.280
  • And I'm gonna keep on
  • 00:27:18.280 --> 00:27:19.260
  • putting him first.
  • 00:27:19.260 --> 00:27:21.040
  • And the confidence I see
  • 00:27:21.040 --> 00:27:22.150
  • coming out of people who are
  • 00:27:22.150 --> 00:27:24.020
  • just a part of a healthy,
  • 00:27:24.020 --> 00:27:25.180
  • positive environment.
  • 00:27:25.180 --> 00:27:27.290
  • I love the fact that people
  • 00:27:27.290 --> 00:27:30.070
  • are inspired to aspire.
  • 00:27:30.080 --> 00:27:33.080
  • Inspired to aspire.
  • 00:27:33.080 --> 00:27:35.180
  • Because aspirationals are seen
  • 00:27:35.180 --> 00:27:37.010
  • as a negative to many people.
  • 00:27:37.010 --> 00:27:39.040
  • Aspirationals means you
  • 00:27:39.040 --> 00:27:40.090
  • actually wanna do something
  • 00:27:40.090 --> 00:27:41.080
  • with your life.
  • 00:27:41.080 --> 00:27:42.000
  • You wanna get ahead in life.
  • 00:27:42.000 --> 00:27:43.240
  • I wanna see young people
  • 00:27:43.240 --> 00:27:45.230
  • dare to dream.
  • 00:27:45.230 --> 00:27:47.070
  • I want 'em to dream
  • 00:27:47.070 --> 00:27:48.040
  • big, bold dreams.
  • 00:27:48.040 --> 00:27:49.160
  • I want them to believe that God
  • 00:27:49.160 --> 00:27:51.110
  • can cause their dreams
  • 00:27:51.110 --> 00:27:52.120
  • come true.
  • 00:27:52.120 --> 00:27:53.070
  • I believe, like Joseph,
  • 00:27:53.070 --> 00:27:54.200
  • he was only 17 when God gave him
  • 00:27:54.200 --> 00:27:56.250
  • a dream.
  • 00:27:56.250 --> 00:27:57.190
  • And before he even--
  • 00:27:57.190 --> 00:27:58.220
  • people could digest that dream,
  • 00:27:58.220 --> 00:28:00.130
  • the Scripture says,
  • 00:28:00.130 --> 00:28:01.100
  • "He's dreaming another dream."
  • 00:28:01.100 --> 00:28:02.230
  • And it was a big dream.
  • 00:28:02.230 --> 00:28:04.030
  • It involved the sun, the moon,
  • 00:28:04.030 --> 00:28:05.060
  • and the stars bowing down
  • 00:28:05.060 --> 00:28:06.210
  • to him.
  • 00:28:06.210 --> 00:28:07.080
  • In other words, he was going
  • 00:28:07.080 --> 00:28:08.120
  • to be a great leader.
  • 00:28:08.120 --> 00:28:10.040
  • And all sorts of things
  • 00:28:10.040 --> 00:28:11.020
  • tried to threaten that dream.
  • 00:28:11.020 --> 00:28:12.260
  • I mean, his brothers
  • 00:28:12.260 --> 00:28:13.170
  • tried to kill the dream in him.
  • 00:28:13.170 --> 00:28:15.130
  • Slavery tried to kill the dream.
  • 00:28:15.130 --> 00:28:17.020
  • Accusation tried to kill
  • 00:28:17.020 --> 00:28:18.080
  • the dream.
  • 00:28:18.080 --> 00:28:19.240
  • In the end of the day,
  • 00:28:19.240 --> 00:28:20.230
  • when he became the leader
  • 00:28:20.230 --> 00:28:22.040
  • of the whole land,
  • 00:28:22.040 --> 00:28:23.020
  • famine tried to kill the dream.
  • 00:28:23.020 --> 00:28:24.250
  • Everything you can imagine
  • 00:28:24.250 --> 00:28:26.100
  • came against that dream.
  • 00:28:26.100 --> 00:28:27.200
  • But I believe that by being part
  • 00:28:27.200 --> 00:28:29.190
  • of God's house we can create
  • 00:28:29.190 --> 00:28:30.260
  • an environment that just causes
  • 00:28:30.260 --> 00:28:32.220
  • confidence to be a fruit,
  • 00:28:32.220 --> 00:28:35.010
  • where we see people
  • 00:28:35.010 --> 00:28:36.010
  • who are inspired to aspire.
  • 00:28:36.010 --> 00:28:38.210
  • I wanna be the kinda church
  • 00:28:38.210 --> 00:28:39.210
  • where you do have role models
  • 00:28:39.210 --> 00:28:41.030
  • to follow.
  • 00:28:41.030 --> 00:28:43.080
  • I think it's the saddest thing
  • 00:28:43.080 --> 00:28:44.010
  • when people are part
  • 00:28:44.010 --> 00:28:45.000
  • of the church but they have
  • 00:28:45.000 --> 00:28:47.090
  • no real role models to follow.
  • 00:28:47.090 --> 00:28:49.260
  • I believe we have the chance
  • 00:28:49.260 --> 00:28:51.060
  • in the church to be able to look
  • 00:28:51.060 --> 00:28:53.050
  • at those further ahead and say,
  • 00:28:53.050 --> 00:28:55.040
  • "I'll never be them, but man,
  • 00:28:55.040 --> 00:28:56.220
  • I pray some of that grace'll be
  • 00:28:56.220 --> 00:28:58.040
  • on my life.
  • 00:28:58.040 --> 00:28:59.020
  • And I pray that I may be able
  • 00:28:59.020 --> 00:29:00.170
  • to serve God just like that
  • 00:29:00.170 --> 00:29:02.020
  • as well."
  • 00:29:02.020 --> 00:29:03.030
  • Some of the blessing,
  • 00:29:03.030 --> 00:29:04.000
  • some of the beauty,
  • 00:29:04.000 --> 00:29:04.260
  • that I believe comes out
  • 00:29:04.260 --> 00:29:05.290
  • of being a part
  • 00:29:05.290 --> 00:29:06.210
  • of a healthy, a healthy church.
  • 00:29:06.210 --> 00:29:09.200
  • Listen, there's that sense
  • 00:29:09.200 --> 00:29:10.260
  • of belonging and family
  • 00:29:10.260 --> 00:29:12.210
  • and community.
  • 00:29:12.210 --> 00:29:13.260
  • And so, like the Scripture says
  • 00:29:13.260 --> 00:29:15.190
  • in Psalms, I think it's 63,
  • 00:29:15.190 --> 00:29:17.250
  • it says that, "God puts
  • 00:29:17.250 --> 00:29:19.000
  • the solitary, the single,
  • 00:29:19.000 --> 00:29:20.250
  • the alone, in families."
  • 00:29:20.250 --> 00:29:22.130
  • I love the fact that we
  • 00:29:22.130 --> 00:29:23.190
  • can all be part of a family.
  • 00:29:23.190 --> 00:29:25.200
  • You don't become part
  • 00:29:25.200 --> 00:29:26.080
  • of a family by the odd visit.
  • 00:29:26.080 --> 00:29:28.200
  • You don't become part
  • 00:29:28.200 --> 00:29:29.200
  • of the family
  • 00:29:29.200 --> 00:29:30.180
  • by just kinda saying,
  • 00:29:30.180 --> 00:29:32.170
  • "Well, look, I'm a believer
  • 00:29:32.170 --> 00:29:33.120
  • and that's
  • 00:29:33.120 --> 00:29:34.010
  • the most important thing."
  • 00:29:34.010 --> 00:29:34.290
  • And obviously,
  • 00:29:34.290 --> 00:29:35.200
  • our faith in Jesus is
  • 00:29:35.200 --> 00:29:37.180
  • the most important thing.
  • 00:29:37.180 --> 00:29:39.070
  • But there is something beautiful
  • 00:29:39.070 --> 00:29:40.090
  • about family and community.
  • 00:29:40.090 --> 00:29:42.140
  • You know family
  • 00:29:42.140 --> 00:29:43.080
  • not just in the good times.
  • 00:29:43.080 --> 00:29:44.110
  • You know them
  • 00:29:44.110 --> 00:29:44.290
  • in the tough times.
  • 00:29:44.290 --> 00:29:47.020
  • And man, I just love the idea
  • 00:29:47.020 --> 00:29:49.050
  • of being planted
  • 00:29:49.050 --> 00:29:50.050
  • and what it brings.
  • 00:29:50.050 --> 00:29:51.020
  • I love the challenge.
  • 00:29:51.020 --> 00:29:53.130
  • If you're gonna come to church
  • 00:29:53.130 --> 00:29:54.090
  • and the preaching
  • 00:29:54.090 --> 00:29:54.280
  • never challenges you,
  • 00:29:54.280 --> 00:29:56.240
  • if it never convicts you,
  • 00:29:56.240 --> 00:29:57.260
  • if it never stretches you,
  • 00:29:57.260 --> 00:29:59.040
  • if it never causes you
  • 00:29:59.040 --> 00:30:00.100
  • to wanna grow
  • 00:30:00.100 --> 00:30:01.090
  • and just be better,
  • 00:30:01.090 --> 00:30:03.110
  • then I'd question whether or not
  • 00:30:03.110 --> 00:30:05.050
  • you're in the right place.
  • 00:30:05.050 --> 00:30:07.010
  • I pray that we'll always have
  • 00:30:07.010 --> 00:30:08.020
  • a little challenge to it,
  • 00:30:08.020 --> 00:30:09.110
  • and that we've got
  • 00:30:09.110 --> 00:30:10.020
  • the kind of big spirits
  • 00:30:10.020 --> 00:30:10.290
  • that can, that are
  • 00:30:10.290 --> 00:30:11.260
  • up for a challenge.
  • 00:30:11.260 --> 00:30:13.060
  • You know, some of us,
  • 00:30:13.060 --> 00:30:13.260
  • we need to be told straight.
  • 00:30:13.260 --> 00:30:15.150
  • Hit in the eyes, you know,
  • 00:30:15.150 --> 00:30:17.220
  • with reality and truth.
  • 00:30:17.220 --> 00:30:19.280
  • But never in a manipulative way.
  • 00:30:19.280 --> 00:30:21.110
  • Never in a controlling way.
  • 00:30:21.110 --> 00:30:22.280
  • And never in a condemning way.
  • 00:30:22.280 --> 00:30:24.240
  • Always in a way that's about
  • 00:30:24.240 --> 00:30:26.020
  • building people, inspiring you
  • 00:30:26.020 --> 00:30:28.090
  • to be all God's called you
  • 00:30:28.090 --> 00:30:29.140
  • to be, to step up
  • 00:30:29.140 --> 00:30:31.020
  • into all his promise.
  • 00:30:31.020 --> 00:30:32.100
  • There are so many things I love
  • 00:30:32.100 --> 00:30:35.000
  • about being part
  • 00:30:35.000 --> 00:30:36.290
  • of a local church.
  • 00:30:36.290 --> 00:30:38.270
  • I think, ultimately, there are
  • 00:30:38.270 --> 00:30:40.140
  • the things I started with,
  • 00:30:40.140 --> 00:30:42.010
  • like meeting
  • 00:30:42.010 --> 00:30:42.260
  • your life's partner.
  • 00:30:42.260 --> 00:30:44.140
  • Whoo-hoo-hoo.
  • 00:30:44.140 --> 00:30:46.040
  • [Laughing]
  • 00:30:46.040 --> 00:30:47.210
  • No, but think about that
  • 00:30:47.210 --> 00:30:48.180
  • for a moment.
  • 00:30:48.180 --> 00:30:50.060
  • Obviously, many of us,
  • 00:30:50.060 --> 00:30:51.000
  • we've already married or we have
  • 00:30:51.080 --> 00:30:54.080
  • our partner in life.
  • 00:30:54.080 --> 00:30:56.160
  • But what better place?
  • 00:30:56.160 --> 00:30:58.110
  • What better place?
  • 00:30:58.110 --> 00:30:59.290
  • Would you rather meet someone
  • 00:30:59.290 --> 00:31:00.280
  • here or down at the pub,
  • 00:31:00.280 --> 00:31:02.200
  • or in a club?
  • 00:31:02.200 --> 00:31:03.250
  • Where would you
  • 00:31:03.250 --> 00:31:04.100
  • rather meet them?
  • 00:31:04.100 --> 00:31:05.180
  • Where you rather find
  • 00:31:05.180 --> 00:31:06.130
  • somebody--?
  • 00:31:06.130 --> 00:31:08.020
  • I saw a couple people laughing.
  • 00:31:08.020 --> 00:31:08.290
  • I think they're thinking,
  • 00:31:08.290 --> 00:31:09.260
  • "I'd rather the club."
  • 00:31:09.260 --> 00:31:11.020
  • But anyway, but anyway,
  • 00:31:12.130 --> 00:31:15.130
  • you know, you think about it.
  • 00:31:15.130 --> 00:31:17.120
  • If two people are here,
  • 00:31:17.120 --> 00:31:18.280
  • not necessarily in this service.
  • 00:31:18.280 --> 00:31:20.160
  • I mean, if you can't see them
  • 00:31:20.160 --> 00:31:22.020
  • in this service,
  • 00:31:22.020 --> 00:31:22.200
  • keep coming back all day.
  • 00:31:22.200 --> 00:31:23.250
  • You never know.
  • 00:31:23.250 --> 00:31:24.180
  • We've got four more
  • 00:31:24.180 --> 00:31:25.110
  • after this one.
  • 00:31:25.110 --> 00:31:27.070
  • But if you can't find them here,
  • 00:31:27.070 --> 00:31:29.060
  • I mean, what better place?
  • 00:31:29.060 --> 00:31:30.040
  • Two people,
  • 00:31:30.040 --> 00:31:30.210
  • you would have to consider,
  • 00:31:30.210 --> 00:31:31.260
  • in the big, big picture of life,
  • 00:31:31.260 --> 00:31:34.070
  • there's an awful good chance
  • 00:31:34.070 --> 00:31:35.080
  • that you've got the same values.
  • 00:31:35.080 --> 00:31:37.230
  • The same things are important
  • 00:31:37.230 --> 00:31:38.220
  • to you.
  • 00:31:38.220 --> 00:31:39.180
  • You're about the same God.
  • 00:31:39.180 --> 00:31:41.140
  • What better place?
  • 00:31:41.140 --> 00:31:43.010
  • I'm trying to keep it practical.
  • 00:31:43.010 --> 00:31:44.230
  • But I just wanna encourage you
  • 00:31:44.230 --> 00:31:46.010
  • because I am gonna go on
  • 00:31:46.010 --> 00:31:46.260
  • and talk about more ways,
  • 00:31:46.260 --> 00:31:48.140
  • scripturally and biblically,
  • 00:31:48.140 --> 00:31:50.050
  • that being part
  • 00:31:50.050 --> 00:31:50.270
  • of a local church
  • 00:31:50.270 --> 00:31:52.180
  • can really set you up to win,
  • 00:31:52.180 --> 00:31:54.240
  • set you up to be
  • 00:31:54.240 --> 00:31:55.210
  • all that God has called for you.
  • 00:31:55.210 --> 00:31:57.210
  • Jesus put his promise
  • 00:31:57.210 --> 00:31:58.200
  • on his church.
  • 00:31:58.200 --> 00:31:59.200
  • He said, "I'm gonna build it."
  • 00:31:59.200 --> 00:32:01.100
  • He said, "The gates of hell
  • 00:32:01.100 --> 00:32:02.120
  • will not prevail against it."
  • 00:32:02.120 --> 00:32:03.290
  • I love that because if you are
  • 00:32:03.290 --> 00:32:05.280
  • the church, he's sayin', "He's
  • 00:32:05.280 --> 00:32:07.210
  • gonna build it, and the gates
  • 00:32:07.210 --> 00:32:09.170
  • of hell cannot prevail."
  • 00:32:09.170 --> 00:32:11.090
  • That means that you can prevail.
  • 00:32:11.090 --> 00:32:13.180
  • You can prevail over the things
  • 00:32:13.180 --> 00:32:15.050
  • that try to rule and rob you,
  • 00:32:15.050 --> 00:32:16.290
  • and live in the purpose
  • 00:32:16.290 --> 00:32:18.000
  • and the promise
  • 00:32:18.000 --> 00:32:18.240
  • of an Almighty God.
  • 00:32:18.240 --> 00:32:20.280
  • He said to Peter,
  • 00:32:20.280 --> 00:32:23.150
  • "Your name is Peter."
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  • Some mornings I need
  • 00:32:25.140 --> 00:32:26.070
  • to be reminded as well.
  • 00:32:26.070 --> 00:32:28.050
  • "Your name is Peter,
  • 00:32:28.050 --> 00:32:29.180
  • and upon this rock I'll build
  • 00:32:29.180 --> 00:32:30.190
  • my church."
  • 00:32:30.190 --> 00:32:32.050
  • So he's not sayin',
  • 00:32:32.050 --> 00:32:32.220
  • "Peter, this is your church."
  • 00:32:32.220 --> 00:32:34.000
  • He's sayin', "This is my church,
  • 00:32:34.000 --> 00:32:35.090
  • but I'm gonna give you
  • 00:32:35.090 --> 00:32:37.010
  • the great, great honor
  • 00:32:37.010 --> 00:32:38.140
  • of being involved with me
  • 00:32:38.140 --> 00:32:39.200
  • in the building of my church,"
  • 00:32:39.200 --> 00:32:42.110
  • he's saying.
  • 00:32:42.110 --> 00:32:43.090
  • Well, here's the thing.
  • 00:32:43.090 --> 00:32:45.130
  • Was it Peter who was crucified
  • 00:32:45.130 --> 00:32:46.190
  • upside down on a cross?
  • 00:32:46.240 --> 00:32:49.240
  • In other words, not everything
  • 00:32:49.240 --> 00:32:51.190
  • went well for Peter.
  • 00:32:51.190 --> 00:32:52.210
  • But he had a life
  • 00:32:52.210 --> 00:32:53.150
  • of serving God.
  • 00:32:53.150 --> 00:32:54.220
  • Ultimately, this life of serving
  • 00:32:54.220 --> 00:32:56.160
  • God had an impact
  • 00:32:56.160 --> 00:32:58.090
  • on generations.
  • 00:32:58.090 --> 00:33:00.110
  • And at the end of the day,
  • 00:33:00.110 --> 00:33:01.260
  • I know he would have gone
  • 00:33:01.260 --> 00:33:02.260
  • to heaven and received
  • 00:33:02.260 --> 00:33:03.220
  • that reward, "Well done,
  • 00:33:03.220 --> 00:33:05.090
  • good and faithful servant."
  • 00:33:05.090 --> 00:33:07.110
  • Just being a part of the church
  • 00:33:07.110 --> 00:33:08.220
  • doesn't make all your troubles
  • 00:33:08.220 --> 00:33:09.210
  • go away, but it sure gives you
  • 00:33:09.210 --> 00:33:11.240
  • an environment where there's
  • 00:33:11.240 --> 00:33:13.130
  • a way through, and there's
  • 00:33:13.130 --> 00:33:14.190
  • a family around you,
  • 00:33:14.190 --> 00:33:16.100
  • and you can prosper.
  • 00:33:16.100 --> 00:33:17.080
  • You can flourish.
  • 00:33:17.080 --> 00:33:18.110
  • You can see what's on the house
  • 00:33:18.110 --> 00:33:20.070
  • start getting on you.
  • 00:33:20.070 --> 00:33:21.220
  • That's why I encourage you,
  • 00:33:21.220 --> 00:33:22.290
  • be part of something
  • 00:33:22.290 --> 00:33:23.240
  • that's blessed because it gets
  • 00:33:23.240 --> 00:33:26.090
  • on you.
  • 00:33:26.090 --> 00:33:27.120
  • It gets on you, amen.
  • 00:33:27.120 --> 00:33:29.170
  • Don't forget, David says
  • 00:33:29.170 --> 00:33:30.230
  • about certain things,
  • 00:33:30.230 --> 00:33:31.270
  • "I don't want that on me."
  • 00:33:31.270 --> 00:33:34.050
  • Sometimes we can have
  • 00:33:34.050 --> 00:33:35.070
  • the wrong stuff on us.
  • 00:33:35.070 --> 00:33:36.090
  • It clings to us.
  • 00:33:36.090 --> 00:33:37.100
  • But let's make sure that we're
  • 00:33:37.100 --> 00:33:38.210
  • part of an environment
  • 00:33:38.210 --> 00:33:40.050
  • where what's on the house,
  • 00:33:40.050 --> 00:33:41.290
  • if it's healthy,
  • 00:33:41.290 --> 00:33:43.020
  • is also on our lives.
  • 00:33:43.020 --> 00:33:45.070
  • You got the spirit
  • 00:33:45.070 --> 00:33:45.290
  • of what I'm saying?
  • 00:33:45.290 --> 00:33:47.170
  • - Brian: Would you see
  • 00:33:53.070 --> 00:33:54.020
  • the church as a major source
  • 00:33:54.020 --> 00:33:56.000
  • of blessing in your life?
  • 00:33:56.000 --> 00:33:57.150
  • - Reed Bogard: Yeah,
  • 00:33:57.150 --> 00:33:58.010
  • absolutely.
  • 00:33:58.010 --> 00:33:58.240
  • I think, you know,
  • 00:33:58.240 --> 00:33:59.260
  • my pre-church history
  • 00:33:59.260 --> 00:34:02.180
  • wasn't always the greatest.
  • 00:34:02.180 --> 00:34:04.030
  • But I think actually when I came
  • 00:34:04.030 --> 00:34:05.180
  • into church, I actually
  • 00:34:05.180 --> 00:34:07.030
  • discovered who I was a lot more.
  • 00:34:07.030 --> 00:34:09.180
  • A hundred percent, you know,
  • 00:34:09.180 --> 00:34:11.070
  • being in church has changed
  • 00:34:11.070 --> 00:34:12.170
  • - Brian: Well, here we are
  • 00:34:15.280 --> 00:34:16.160
  • in downtown L.A.
  • 00:34:16.160 --> 00:34:18.210
  • And I've had the chance today
  • 00:34:18.210 --> 00:34:19.120
  • to be speaking
  • 00:34:19.120 --> 00:34:20.070
  • to our Hillsong Los Angeles
  • 00:34:20.070 --> 00:34:21.170
  • congregation, who I love.
  • 00:34:21.170 --> 00:34:23.220
  • We have five services here
  • 00:34:23.220 --> 00:34:24.250
  • currently on a Sunday.
  • 00:34:24.250 --> 00:34:26.140
  • I've been speaking
  • 00:34:26.140 --> 00:34:27.020
  • about the contagious nature
  • 00:34:27.020 --> 00:34:29.110
  • of the church.
  • 00:34:29.110 --> 00:34:30.210
  • And I really do believe
  • 00:34:30.210 --> 00:34:32.030
  • that who we hang around,
  • 00:34:32.030 --> 00:34:33.130
  • what we hang around, gets on us.
  • 00:34:33.130 --> 00:34:35.170
  • And so, I was speaking
  • 00:34:35.170 --> 00:34:36.200
  • about the fact
  • 00:34:36.200 --> 00:34:37.200
  • that iron sharpens iron.
  • 00:34:37.200 --> 00:34:39.200
  • So you've got friends who are
  • 00:34:39.200 --> 00:34:41.100
  • iron-type friends, then they put
  • 00:34:41.100 --> 00:34:43.170
  • steel in you because there's
  • 00:34:43.170 --> 00:34:44.200
  • steel in their convictions,
  • 00:34:44.200 --> 00:34:46.050
  • and they have metal about them,
  • 00:34:46.050 --> 00:34:47.200
  • which is powerful.
  • 00:34:47.200 --> 00:34:48.180
  • But in the same way, David said
  • 00:34:48.180 --> 00:34:50.290
  • in Psalm 101, verse 3,
  • 00:34:50.290 --> 00:34:53.030
  • talking about the works
  • 00:34:53.030 --> 00:34:53.270
  • of those who fall away, he said:
  • 00:34:53.270 --> 00:34:55.280
  • "It will not cling to me."
  • 00:34:55.280 --> 00:34:57.170
  • Because things get on us.
  • 00:34:57.170 --> 00:34:59.130
  • It happens positively.
  • 00:34:59.130 --> 00:35:01.010
  • For example, Elisha came up
  • 00:35:01.010 --> 00:35:02.260
  • under Elijah, ended up
  • 00:35:02.260 --> 00:35:04.160
  • with not only what Elijah had,
  • 00:35:04.160 --> 00:35:06.140
  • but double what he had.
  • 00:35:06.140 --> 00:35:07.290
  • It got on him.
  • 00:35:07.290 --> 00:35:09.020
  • And I believe with the church,
  • 00:35:09.020 --> 00:35:10.120
  • if you're part
  • 00:35:10.120 --> 00:35:11.060
  • of a healthy church,
  • 00:35:11.060 --> 00:35:12.170
  • a blessed church
  • 00:35:12.170 --> 00:35:13.210
  • where there's life,
  • 00:35:13.210 --> 00:35:14.130
  • where there's momentum,
  • 00:35:14.130 --> 00:35:15.090
  • where there's growth,
  • 00:35:15.090 --> 00:35:16.020
  • then it gets on you.
  • 00:35:16.020 --> 00:35:18.000
  • And I do believe
  • 00:35:18.000 --> 00:35:18.270
  • in the local church.
  • 00:35:18.270 --> 00:35:19.270
  • And I think sometimes
  • 00:35:19.270 --> 00:35:20.180
  • when we think of the church,
  • 00:35:20.180 --> 00:35:22.030
  • what we think about is,
  • 00:35:22.030 --> 00:35:23.130
  • "Oh, gotta go to church.
  • 00:35:23.130 --> 00:35:24.230
  • They'll want me to do this.
  • 00:35:24.230 --> 00:35:25.290
  • They want me to do that.
  • 00:35:25.290 --> 00:35:27.030
  • They'll want me--"
  • 00:35:27.030 --> 00:35:28.000
  • And this is not a message
  • 00:35:28.000 --> 00:35:29.030
  • about what we the church
  • 00:35:29.030 --> 00:35:30.100
  • want you to do.
  • 00:35:30.100 --> 00:35:31.140
  • This is all about how being
  • 00:35:31.140 --> 00:35:32.190
  • a part of a church,
  • 00:35:32.190 --> 00:35:34.160
  • a local church, a healthy,
  • 00:35:34.160 --> 00:35:35.250
  • positive, faith-filled,
  • 00:35:35.250 --> 00:35:37.100
  • local church, how it brings
  • 00:35:37.100 --> 00:35:39.280
  • blessing into your life.
  • 00:35:39.280 --> 00:35:41.230
  • Well, I'm joined
  • 00:35:41.230 --> 00:35:42.110
  • by two great friends who are
  • 00:35:42.110 --> 00:35:43.200
  • part of our team here
  • 00:35:43.200 --> 00:35:44.210
  • at Hillsong Los Angeles.
  • 00:35:44.210 --> 00:35:46.250
  • Here is Reed Bogard.
  • 00:35:46.250 --> 00:35:48.110
  • Reed is one of our pastors,
  • 00:35:48.110 --> 00:35:50.140
  • one of our key pastors.
  • 00:35:50.140 --> 00:35:51.240
  • He's a great man of God,
  • 00:35:51.240 --> 00:35:53.070
  • pastor inside the church,
  • 00:35:53.070 --> 00:35:55.150
  • like I mentioned.
  • 00:35:55.150 --> 00:35:56.090
  • But also a great husband
  • 00:35:56.090 --> 00:35:57.290
  • and father
  • 00:35:57.290 --> 00:35:58.240
  • of three beautiful young boys.
  • 00:35:58.240 --> 00:36:01.180
  • And so I'm pleased to have you
  • 00:36:01.180 --> 00:36:02.220
  • here, Reed.
  • 00:36:02.220 --> 00:36:03.260
  • - Reed: Good to be here.
  • 00:36:03.260 --> 00:36:04.120
  • - Brian: And you're
  • 00:36:04.120 --> 00:36:04.260
  • a great guy.
  • 00:36:04.260 --> 00:36:05.110
  • We're glad to have you.
  • 00:36:05.110 --> 00:36:06.050
  • And then Sam, Sam Lopez.
  • 00:36:06.050 --> 00:36:07.210
  • Sam also went
  • 00:36:07.210 --> 00:36:08.260
  • to Hillsong College.
  • 00:36:08.260 --> 00:36:10.020
  • He's a great guy,
  • 00:36:10.020 --> 00:36:11.230
  • part of our pastoral,
  • 00:36:11.230 --> 00:36:12.170
  • actually speaks in church.
  • 00:36:12.170 --> 00:36:14.030
  • Only 24 years of age, but I
  • 00:36:14.030 --> 00:36:16.130
  • think's got a wisdom when it
  • 00:36:16.130 --> 00:36:18.070
  • comes to the Word of God
  • 00:36:18.070 --> 00:36:19.080
  • above your years.
  • 00:36:19.080 --> 00:36:21.060
  • So, great to have you guys
  • 00:36:21.060 --> 00:36:22.110
  • on board.
  • 00:36:22.110 --> 00:36:23.060
  • So we're gonna have
  • 00:36:23.060 --> 00:36:23.210
  • a little talk
  • 00:36:23.210 --> 00:36:24.060
  • about the message today.
  • 00:36:24.060 --> 00:36:26.280
  • I started talkin'
  • 00:36:26.280 --> 00:36:27.210
  • about Rick Warren
  • 00:36:27.210 --> 00:36:28.290
  • and "The Purpose Driven Life,"
  • 00:36:28.290 --> 00:36:30.170
  • that amazing book.
  • 00:36:30.170 --> 00:36:32.070
  • And he talked about the church
  • 00:36:32.070 --> 00:36:34.180
  • and described it,
  • 00:36:34.180 --> 00:36:35.180
  • "For the last 2.000 years
  • 00:36:35.180 --> 00:36:37.270
  • as the main instrument God
  • 00:36:37.270 --> 00:36:39.050
  • has used to bring blessing."
  • 00:36:39.050 --> 00:36:41.020
  • And you get the chance
  • 00:36:41.020 --> 00:36:42.180
  • to raise up your children
  • 00:36:42.180 --> 00:36:44.270
  • as part of a local church
  • 00:36:44.270 --> 00:36:46.270
  • and build your family.
  • 00:36:46.270 --> 00:36:48.170
  • And would you see, I know
  • 00:36:48.170 --> 00:36:50.240
  • your answer before you give it,
  • 00:36:50.240 --> 00:36:52.060
  • but would you see
  • 00:36:52.060 --> 00:36:53.130
  • the church as a major source
  • 00:36:53.130 --> 00:36:55.060
  • of blessing in your life?
  • 00:36:55.060 --> 00:36:56.250
  • - Reed: Yeah, absolutely.
  • 00:36:56.250 --> 00:36:57.250
  • I think, you know,
  • 00:36:57.250 --> 00:36:59.000
  • my pre-church history
  • 00:36:59.000 --> 00:37:01.190
  • wasn't always the greatest.
  • 00:37:01.190 --> 00:37:03.100
  • But I think, actually, when I
  • 00:37:03.100 --> 00:37:04.150
  • came into church, I actually
  • 00:37:04.150 --> 00:37:06.100
  • discovered who I was a lot more.
  • 00:37:06.100 --> 00:37:09.050
  • Which ultimately, you know,
  • 00:37:09.050 --> 00:37:11.190
  • flowed over into, you know,
  • 00:37:11.190 --> 00:37:13.040
  • meeting my wife, and you know,
  • 00:37:13.040 --> 00:37:14.220
  • doing relationship with her.
  • 00:37:14.220 --> 00:37:16.130
  • And then having kids
  • 00:37:16.130 --> 00:37:17.060
  • in Australia.
  • 00:37:17.060 --> 00:37:18.030
  • And like, to see my boys
  • 00:37:18.030 --> 00:37:20.220
  • in church today excited
  • 00:37:20.220 --> 00:37:21.220
  • about Jesus, I think
  • 00:37:21.220 --> 00:37:23.140
  • just absolutely blows my mind.
  • 00:37:23.140 --> 00:37:25.020
  • A hundred percent, you know,
  • 00:37:25.020 --> 00:37:26.090
  • being in church has changed
  • 00:37:26.090 --> 00:37:27.220
  • my life.
  • 00:37:27.220 --> 00:37:28.270
  • - Brian: Yeah, so what do you
  • 00:37:28.270 --> 00:37:29.150
  • think would be
  • 00:37:29.150 --> 00:37:30.270
  • the major difference
  • 00:37:30.270 --> 00:37:31.190
  • between being a Christian,
  • 00:37:31.190 --> 00:37:33.010
  • being a part of that church,
  • 00:37:33.010 --> 00:37:35.230
  • and actually planting your life
  • 00:37:35.230 --> 00:37:37.290
  • inside a local church?
  • 00:37:37.290 --> 00:37:39.180
  • What do you think are
  • 00:37:39.180 --> 00:37:40.090
  • the major differences in terms
  • 00:37:40.090 --> 00:37:42.010
  • of blessing and opportunity?
  • 00:37:42.010 --> 00:37:43.290
  • - Reed: Yeah, I think,
  • 00:37:43.290 --> 00:37:45.240
  • you know, you can be a Christian
  • 00:37:45.240 --> 00:37:47.050
  • and kind of exist
  • 00:37:47.050 --> 00:37:48.270
  • out on your own as an island
  • 00:37:48.270 --> 00:37:49.290
  • to yourself.
  • 00:37:49.290 --> 00:37:51.010
  • But to be a part of family
  • 00:37:51.010 --> 00:37:53.010
  • absolutely changes, you know,
  • 00:37:53.010 --> 00:37:55.040
  • it changes the game.
  • 00:37:55.040 --> 00:37:56.030
  • I mean, to, you know, when you
  • 00:37:56.030 --> 00:37:58.050
  • have a home, you could walk
  • 00:37:58.050 --> 00:37:59.270
  • in and you could be in a place
  • 00:37:59.270 --> 00:38:01.080
  • by yourself, and you just exist
  • 00:38:01.080 --> 00:38:02.110
  • by yourself.
  • 00:38:02.110 --> 00:38:03.210
  • You know, it's lonely.
  • 00:38:03.210 --> 00:38:04.290
  • But when you have people coming
  • 00:38:04.290 --> 00:38:05.280
  • in to be a part of that home, it
  • 00:38:05.280 --> 00:38:08.220
  • just, you know, brings intimacy.
  • 00:38:08.220 --> 00:38:10.280
  • It brings passion for life.
  • 00:38:10.280 --> 00:38:13.190
  • You know, you can build off
  • 00:38:13.190 --> 00:38:14.140
  • of one another.
  • 00:38:14.140 --> 00:38:15.160
  • Yeah, I think being planted
  • 00:38:15.160 --> 00:38:17.190
  • in a church is more
  • 00:38:17.190 --> 00:38:19.180
  • about the bigger picture.
  • 00:38:19.180 --> 00:38:21.110
  • It's about something that you're
  • 00:38:21.110 --> 00:38:22.050
  • part of, you know?
  • 00:38:22.050 --> 00:38:23.150
  • And that's what inspires me
  • 00:38:23.150 --> 00:38:25.070
  • about being part of a church,
  • 00:38:25.070 --> 00:38:26.270
  • being planted in a church.
  • 00:38:26.270 --> 00:38:28.180
  • And again, like I said,
  • 00:38:28.180 --> 00:38:29.180
  • once I got planted in a church,
  • 00:38:29.200 --> 00:38:32.200
  • it just totally changed
  • 00:38:32.200 --> 00:38:33.180
  • my perspective about life
  • 00:38:33.180 --> 00:38:35.130
  • and about what life's about.
  • 00:38:35.130 --> 00:38:37.060
  • - Sam Lopez: Yeah, that's
  • 00:38:37.060 --> 00:38:37.270
  • so good.
  • 00:38:37.270 --> 00:38:38.200
  • I think I always grew up
  • 00:38:38.200 --> 00:38:39.270
  • in attending church
  • 00:38:39.270 --> 00:38:42.110
  • but not really having family
  • 00:38:42.110 --> 00:38:43.250
  • in church.
  • 00:38:43.250 --> 00:38:44.200
  • And so, you just kinda rock up
  • 00:38:44.200 --> 00:38:47.170
  • and you just kinda know
  • 00:38:47.170 --> 00:38:48.230
  • different people around,
  • 00:38:48.230 --> 00:38:49.240
  • but it's never really a place
  • 00:38:49.240 --> 00:38:51.100
  • that you would call home
  • 00:38:51.100 --> 00:38:52.190
  • or a real, I guess,
  • 00:38:52.190 --> 00:38:54.110
  • family environment.
  • 00:38:54.110 --> 00:38:55.130
  • And that's one thing
  • 00:38:55.130 --> 00:38:56.000
  • that I've loved about being
  • 00:38:56.000 --> 00:38:57.100
  • a part of a church
  • 00:38:57.100 --> 00:38:58.060
  • that has become home.
  • 00:38:58.060 --> 00:38:59.170
  • And you do good times together.
  • 00:38:59.170 --> 00:39:00.290
  • You do bad times together.
  • 00:39:00.290 --> 00:39:02.140
  • And then you're around people
  • 00:39:02.140 --> 00:39:03.170
  • that might be further along
  • 00:39:03.170 --> 00:39:04.220
  • the journey if you're
  • 00:39:04.220 --> 00:39:05.220
  • a young guy like me.
  • 00:39:05.220 --> 00:39:06.230
  • Seeing someone like Reed,
  • 00:39:06.230 --> 00:39:08.070
  • who has the family, who has
  • 00:39:08.070 --> 00:39:10.040
  • a, you know, great marriage,
  • 00:39:10.040 --> 00:39:11.090
  • and it's those people
  • 00:39:11.090 --> 00:39:12.050
  • that they'll see the gold in you
  • 00:39:12.050 --> 00:39:13.220
  • when you don't see it
  • 00:39:13.220 --> 00:39:14.190
  • in yourself.
  • 00:39:14.190 --> 00:39:15.100
  • And that's only happens
  • 00:39:15.100 --> 00:39:16.200
  • when you're actually planted
  • 00:39:16.200 --> 00:39:17.190
  • somewhere and you have,
  • 00:39:17.190 --> 00:39:18.120
  • you know, good family
  • 00:39:18.120 --> 00:39:19.100
  • and good people around you,
  • 00:39:19.100 --> 00:39:20.170
  • the like-minded people.
  • 00:39:20.170 --> 00:39:21.210
  • And I think that's
  • 00:39:21.210 --> 00:39:23.070
  • what's so important
  • 00:39:23.070 --> 00:39:24.060
  • about being planted, yeah.
  • 00:39:24.060 --> 00:39:26.020
  • - Brian: I think it's
  • 00:39:26.020 --> 00:39:26.200
  • a huge difference
  • 00:39:26.200 --> 00:39:27.200
  • between going to church,
  • 00:39:27.200 --> 00:39:29.030
  • "I went to church,"
  • 00:39:29.030 --> 00:39:29.210
  • and being the church.
  • 00:39:29.210 --> 00:39:30.150
  • - Sam: Oh, 100%.
  • 00:39:30.150 --> 00:39:31.170
  • - Brian: And I feel
  • 00:39:31.170 --> 00:39:33.120
  • like when people have
  • 00:39:33.120 --> 00:39:34.030
  • the attitude of being planted,
  • 00:39:34.030 --> 00:39:36.070
  • 'cause that's where the promise
  • 00:39:36.070 --> 00:39:37.000
  • is in the Old Testament
  • 00:39:37.000 --> 00:39:39.030
  • about the temple,
  • 00:39:39.030 --> 00:39:39.240
  • the house of God.
  • 00:39:39.240 --> 00:39:40.210
  • "Those who are planted
  • 00:39:40.210 --> 00:39:41.200
  • in God's house."
  • 00:39:41.200 --> 00:39:42.210
  • Being planted is very different
  • 00:39:42.210 --> 00:39:44.090
  • than just attending.
  • 00:39:44.090 --> 00:39:45.190
  • But that's where the promise
  • 00:39:45.190 --> 00:39:46.290
  • is that people will flourish.
  • 00:39:46.290 --> 00:39:48.290
  • And God puts so much promise
  • 00:39:48.290 --> 00:39:50.060
  • on his church.
  • 00:39:50.060 --> 00:39:51.110
  • He promises he'll build it.
  • 00:39:51.110 --> 00:39:53.100
  • He'll advance it.
  • 00:39:53.100 --> 00:39:54.150
  • He'll protect it,
  • 00:39:54.150 --> 00:39:55.170
  • that it will prevail.
  • 00:39:55.170 --> 00:39:57.100
  • And so I just feel like,
  • 00:39:57.100 --> 00:39:59.050
  • you know, if we live our lives
  • 00:39:59.050 --> 00:40:00.040
  • understanding that,
  • 00:40:00.040 --> 00:40:01.290
  • then that promise starts getting
  • 00:40:01.290 --> 00:40:03.180
  • into our lives, into our homes,
  • 00:40:03.180 --> 00:40:06.030
  • and into our families.
  • 00:40:06.030 --> 00:40:07.090
  • Which I think is really cool.
  • 00:40:07.090 --> 00:40:09.270
  • A lot of people, they think,
  • 00:40:09.270 --> 00:40:10.240
  • "Well, yeah, we're the church."
  • 00:40:10.240 --> 00:40:12.100
  • As in, you know, well, you know,
  • 00:40:12.100 --> 00:40:14.070
  • in the Bible, in the church,
  • 00:40:14.070 --> 00:40:16.140
  • like, there was
  • 00:40:16.140 --> 00:40:17.130
  • just the church of Ephesus,
  • 00:40:17.130 --> 00:40:19.040
  • or the church of Galatia,
  • 00:40:19.040 --> 00:40:21.070
  • or the church of Macedonia.
  • 00:40:21.070 --> 00:40:24.050
  • I do a tweet,
  • 00:40:24.050 --> 00:40:26.160
  • "Most Sunday mornings
  • 00:40:26.160 --> 00:40:27.160
  • at 6 am in Australia,
  • 00:40:27.160 --> 00:40:28.180
  • no matter where I am
  • 00:40:28.180 --> 00:40:29.110
  • in the world,
  • 00:40:29.110 --> 00:40:30.060
  • and it's always church,"
  • 00:40:30.060 --> 00:40:31.180
  • in block letters,
  • 00:40:31.180 --> 00:40:32.110
  • "where such and such happens."
  • 00:40:32.110 --> 00:40:34.120
  • And I've often had people
  • 00:40:34.120 --> 00:40:35.270
  • write back at me mad
  • 00:40:35.270 --> 00:40:37.150
  • because they said,
  • 00:40:37.150 --> 00:40:38.020
  • "The church is not a place."
  • 00:40:38.020 --> 00:40:40.060
  • You know, the interesting thing
  • 00:40:40.060 --> 00:40:41.060
  • is Paul talks about the churches
  • 00:40:41.060 --> 00:40:42.290
  • in Macedonia.
  • 00:40:42.290 --> 00:40:44.170
  • And he talks about the churches.
  • 00:40:44.170 --> 00:40:46.150
  • He said, "Make known to you
  • 00:40:46.150 --> 00:40:47.230
  • the grace bestowed
  • 00:40:47.230 --> 00:40:49.000
  • on the churches of Macedonia,
  • 00:40:49.000 --> 00:40:51.280
  • of Galatia," and so on.
  • 00:40:51.280 --> 00:40:53.100
  • And so, yeah, I really do
  • 00:40:53.100 --> 00:40:55.200
  • believe that the church
  • 00:40:55.200 --> 00:40:57.070
  • is not just the believings.
  • 00:40:57.070 --> 00:40:59.070
  • The army of believers are
  • 00:40:59.070 --> 00:41:00.270
  • the church.
  • 00:41:00.270 --> 00:41:01.250
  • But really, a function is
  • 00:41:01.250 --> 00:41:02.280
  • the church where we
  • 00:41:02.280 --> 00:41:03.200
  • get together.
  • 00:41:03.200 --> 00:41:04.200
  • Because alone I'm a Christian,
  • 00:41:05.090 --> 00:41:08.090
  • but put us together,
  • 00:41:08.090 --> 00:41:09.180
  • "Where two or three gather
  • 00:41:09.180 --> 00:41:10.180
  • in my name,
  • 00:41:10.180 --> 00:41:11.090
  • there I am in the midst."
  • 00:41:11.090 --> 00:41:12.060
  • Suddenly, then we become
  • 00:41:12.060 --> 00:41:13.160
  • the church.
  • 00:41:13.160 --> 00:41:14.110
  • And then I think when we
  • 00:41:14.110 --> 00:41:16.250
  • do that, we can live in unity,
  • 00:41:17.250 --> 00:41:20.250
  • which is where God commands
  • 00:41:20.250 --> 00:41:21.250
  • blessing, you know?
  • 00:41:21.250 --> 00:41:23.170
  • I mean, you think about that,
  • 00:41:23.170 --> 00:41:24.220
  • so many promises for being
  • 00:41:24.220 --> 00:41:25.220
  • in unity.
  • 00:41:25.220 --> 00:41:27.000
  • And a lot of Christians
  • 00:41:27.000 --> 00:41:27.210
  • are isolated.
  • 00:41:27.210 --> 00:41:28.160
  • There's no unity there.
  • 00:41:28.160 --> 00:41:29.170
  • You can't be in unity
  • 00:41:29.170 --> 00:41:31.010
  • on your own.
  • 00:41:31.010 --> 00:41:32.100
  • You have to be linked to others.
  • 00:41:32.100 --> 00:41:33.270
  • You know, I just really do
  • 00:41:33.270 --> 00:41:35.210
  • believe that the local church,
  • 00:41:35.210 --> 00:41:37.260
  • there's God great church,
  • 00:41:37.260 --> 00:41:39.280
  • capital C, "Church."
  • 00:41:39.280 --> 00:41:41.220
  • And then there's where we go
  • 00:41:41.220 --> 00:41:43.030
  • to church, small C.
  • 00:41:43.030 --> 00:41:45.100
  • For us it's Hillsong Church.
  • 00:41:45.100 --> 00:41:47.130
  • And, you know, as a father,
  • 00:41:47.160 --> 00:41:50.160
  • like you were saying,
  • 00:41:50.200 --> 00:41:53.200
  • as a husband, I just thank God
  • 00:41:53.200 --> 00:41:55.190
  • for the impact of my kids
  • 00:41:55.190 --> 00:41:57.200
  • being raised in a church,
  • 00:41:57.200 --> 00:41:59.000
  • healthy youth group,
  • 00:41:59.000 --> 00:42:00.160
  • healthy ministry, seeing it
  • 00:42:00.160 --> 00:42:01.210
  • - Sam: I think faith is
  • 00:42:06.010 --> 00:42:06.230
  • contagious, you know?
  • 00:42:06.230 --> 00:42:08.000
  • And joy is contagious.
  • 00:42:08.000 --> 00:42:09.060
  • And positivity is contagious.
  • 00:42:09.060 --> 00:42:10.260
  • And I think sometimes when
  • 00:42:10.260 --> 00:42:12.040
  • you're down and you might be
  • 00:42:12.040 --> 00:42:13.150
  • tunnel vision on the maybe
  • 00:42:13.150 --> 00:42:15.080
  • the negatives, being around
  • 00:42:15.080 --> 00:42:16.170
  • like-minded people that are full
  • 00:42:16.170 --> 00:42:18.220
  • of faith, like, it sticks
  • 00:42:18.220 --> 00:42:20.030
  • on you.
  • 00:42:20.030 --> 00:42:20.190
  • And I think that's why it's
  • 00:42:20.190 --> 00:42:21.090
  • so important to be
  • 00:42:21.090 --> 00:42:22.170
  • - Sam: I think it's
  • 00:42:27.040 --> 00:42:27.190
  • so important that people
  • 00:42:27.190 --> 00:42:28.190
  • gather together.
  • 00:42:28.190 --> 00:42:29.230
  • It's, you know, you see it
  • 00:42:29.230 --> 00:42:31.010
  • in an embassy.
  • 00:42:31.010 --> 00:42:32.120
  • If you're overseas and there
  • 00:42:32.120 --> 00:42:34.070
  • might be harm, the first thing
  • 00:42:34.070 --> 00:42:35.130
  • they tell you is,
  • 00:42:35.130 --> 00:42:36.020
  • "Go to the embassy."
  • 00:42:36.020 --> 00:42:37.080
  • And I think it's
  • 00:42:37.080 --> 00:42:37.280
  • one of those things that when we
  • 00:42:37.280 --> 00:42:39.040
  • have a place that people
  • 00:42:39.040 --> 00:42:40.050
  • can gather, they might be
  • 00:42:40.050 --> 00:42:41.230
  • in trouble, but they know,
  • 00:42:41.230 --> 00:42:43.010
  • "I need to get the embassy."
  • 00:42:43.010 --> 00:42:44.140
  • Or, "I need to get the house
  • 00:42:44.140 --> 00:42:45.100
  • of God because I know
  • 00:42:45.100 --> 00:42:46.230
  • once I'm there
  • 00:42:46.230 --> 00:42:47.150
  • I'm gonna be safe."
  • 00:42:47.150 --> 00:42:48.150
  • And I think it's those things
  • 00:42:48.150 --> 00:42:49.240
  • that that's why it's
  • 00:42:49.240 --> 00:42:51.060
  • so important to have a location,
  • 00:42:51.060 --> 00:42:52.190
  • to have where people
  • 00:42:52.190 --> 00:42:53.200
  • gather together.
  • 00:42:53.200 --> 00:42:54.210
  • And even across
  • 00:42:54.210 --> 00:42:56.240
  • different cities.
  • 00:42:56.240 --> 00:42:57.150
  • Obviously, our church,
  • 00:42:57.150 --> 00:42:59.130
  • you know, is global
  • 00:42:59.130 --> 00:43:00.280
  • in different locations.
  • 00:43:00.280 --> 00:43:01.290
  • And I think, obviously,
  • 00:43:01.290 --> 00:43:03.040
  • the local impact that it has
  • 00:43:03.040 --> 00:43:04.110
  • in the greater city, you know,
  • 00:43:04.110 --> 00:43:06.110
  • that's what it's all about.
  • 00:43:06.110 --> 00:43:07.240
  • That's what the mission
  • 00:43:07.240 --> 00:43:08.210
  • of Jesus is.
  • 00:43:08.210 --> 00:43:10.060
  • - Reed: Yeah, I was gonna say
  • 00:43:10.060 --> 00:43:10.260
  • one of my favorite times
  • 00:43:10.260 --> 00:43:12.120
  • in our services
  • 00:43:12.120 --> 00:43:13.060
  • is when we do the prayer
  • 00:43:13.060 --> 00:43:14.140
  • and praise requests, you know?
  • 00:43:14.140 --> 00:43:16.010
  • And you see in those moments
  • 00:43:16.010 --> 00:43:18.200
  • the church coming together.
  • 00:43:18.200 --> 00:43:19.260
  • And it's really, you know,
  • 00:43:19.260 --> 00:43:22.200
  • you could be going through
  • 00:43:22.200 --> 00:43:23.100
  • the hardest time ever,
  • 00:43:23.100 --> 00:43:24.200
  • but to know that you have
  • 00:43:24.200 --> 00:43:25.260
  • someone alongside you to pray
  • 00:43:25.260 --> 00:43:28.010
  • and to go on your behalf.
  • 00:43:28.010 --> 00:43:29.220
  • You know,
  • 00:43:29.220 --> 00:43:30.120
  • one of my favorite Scriptures
  • 00:43:30.120 --> 00:43:31.080
  • is that, "Faith
  • 00:43:31.080 --> 00:43:33.040
  • the size of the mustard seed
  • 00:43:33.040 --> 00:43:34.050
  • can move mountains."
  • 00:43:34.050 --> 00:43:35.140
  • You know, sometimes I think
  • 00:43:35.140 --> 00:43:36.130
  • about that,
  • 00:43:36.130 --> 00:43:37.020
  • that little bit of faith,
  • 00:43:37.020 --> 00:43:38.080
  • and you have so many people
  • 00:43:38.080 --> 00:43:39.040
  • that come together.
  • 00:43:39.040 --> 00:43:40.100
  • Imagine this,
  • 00:43:40.100 --> 00:43:41.050
  • that little bit of faith.
  • 00:43:41.050 --> 00:43:42.120
  • How many mountains can be moved
  • 00:43:42.120 --> 00:43:44.170
  • as we combine our faith,
  • 00:43:44.170 --> 00:43:45.280
  • you know,
  • 00:43:45.280 --> 00:43:46.130
  • just that little bit of faith?
  • 00:43:46.130 --> 00:43:47.200
  • And I love it because, you know,
  • 00:43:47.200 --> 00:43:50.140
  • when you're on your own,
  • 00:43:50.140 --> 00:43:51.130
  • it's lonely.
  • 00:43:51.130 --> 00:43:52.220
  • And when you have someone
  • 00:43:52.220 --> 00:43:53.130
  • alongside you, you know that you
  • 00:43:53.130 --> 00:43:54.140
  • can just keep going
  • 00:43:54.140 --> 00:43:55.110
  • and keep pressing forward.
  • 00:43:55.110 --> 00:43:56.220
  • It's pretty amazing.
  • 00:43:56.220 --> 00:43:57.070
  • - Brian: I like to say
  • 00:43:57.070 --> 00:43:57.290
  • that with the church,
  • 00:43:57.290 --> 00:43:58.200
  • when we gather
  • 00:43:58.200 --> 00:43:59.100
  • around the prayer requests,
  • 00:43:59.100 --> 00:44:00.140
  • 'cause people do, they fill in
  • 00:44:00.140 --> 00:44:01.110
  • those physical prayer requests.
  • 00:44:01.110 --> 00:44:03.010
  • We bring them.
  • 00:44:03.010 --> 00:44:03.240
  • We also have
  • 00:44:03.240 --> 00:44:04.280
  • a huge, huge pile of them
  • 00:44:05.010 --> 00:44:08.010
  • from the television ministry.
  • 00:44:08.010 --> 00:44:10.010
  • And now, with the channel,
  • 00:44:10.010 --> 00:44:10.270
  • obviously, that's gonna increase
  • 00:44:10.270 --> 00:44:12.070
  • even more.
  • 00:44:12.070 --> 00:44:13.170
  • But I love to say to people,
  • 00:44:13.170 --> 00:44:14.140
  • "Pray like you know
  • 00:44:14.140 --> 00:44:15.060
  • this person."
  • 00:44:15.060 --> 00:44:16.020
  • You know, "Lean into this
  • 00:44:16.020 --> 00:44:17.010
  • like it was your brother
  • 00:44:17.010 --> 00:44:18.120
  • or your sister."
  • 00:44:18.120 --> 00:44:19.120
  • And that sense then
  • 00:44:19.120 --> 00:44:20.130
  • of the church leaning in
  • 00:44:20.130 --> 00:44:22.030
  • I do feel gives people
  • 00:44:22.030 --> 00:44:23.120
  • a sense of hope.
  • 00:44:23.120 --> 00:44:24.160
  • "Well, people are supporting me.
  • 00:44:24.160 --> 00:44:26.000
  • They're with me in the struggle,
  • 00:44:26.000 --> 00:44:27.080
  • in this trial,
  • 00:44:27.080 --> 00:44:28.130
  • in my mother's cancer,"
  • 00:44:28.130 --> 00:44:29.160
  • or whatever it is.
  • 00:44:29.160 --> 00:44:31.030
  • So, you know, I just think
  • 00:44:31.030 --> 00:44:32.090
  • that's a very significant thing.
  • 00:44:32.090 --> 00:44:33.150
  • - Sam: And even the importance
  • 00:44:33.150 --> 00:44:34.210
  • of being in a corporate setting
  • 00:44:34.210 --> 00:44:36.150
  • where you might walk in
  • 00:44:36.150 --> 00:44:37.290
  • a bit weary, but I think faith
  • 00:44:37.290 --> 00:44:40.120
  • is contagious, you know?
  • 00:44:40.120 --> 00:44:41.220
  • And joy is contagious.
  • 00:44:41.220 --> 00:44:43.020
  • And positivity is contagious.
  • 00:44:43.020 --> 00:44:44.170
  • And I think sometimes
  • 00:44:44.170 --> 00:44:45.170
  • when you're down and you
  • 00:44:45.170 --> 00:44:46.170
  • might be tunnel vision
  • 00:44:46.170 --> 00:44:48.000
  • on the maybe the negatives,
  • 00:44:48.000 --> 00:44:49.170
  • being around like-minded people
  • 00:44:49.170 --> 00:44:51.080
  • that are, maybe not like minded,
  • 00:44:51.080 --> 00:44:53.030
  • but that are, you know,
  • 00:44:53.030 --> 00:44:54.170
  • full of faith,
  • 00:44:54.170 --> 00:44:55.110
  • and full of vision for where God
  • 00:44:55.110 --> 00:44:57.090
  • wants to take them,
  • 00:44:57.090 --> 00:44:58.040
  • it's contagious.
  • 00:44:58.040 --> 00:44:58.260
  • And you walk, it's like how you
  • 00:44:58.260 --> 00:44:59.290
  • were saying earlier.
  • 00:44:59.290 --> 00:45:00.260
  • Like, it rubs off on you.
  • 00:45:00.260 --> 00:45:02.090
  • And you're just like,
  • 00:45:02.090 --> 00:45:02.280
  • it sticks on you.
  • 00:45:02.280 --> 00:45:03.290
  • And I think that's why it's
  • 00:45:03.290 --> 00:45:04.260
  • so important to be around
  • 00:45:04.260 --> 00:45:06.200
  • people like that.
  • 00:45:06.200 --> 00:45:07.280
  • - Brian: When I think
  • 00:45:07.280 --> 00:45:08.240
  • of the church, my paradigm
  • 00:45:10.000 --> 00:45:13.000
  • of the church, I think
  • 00:45:13.000 --> 00:45:14.280
  • all of my great role models
  • 00:45:14.280 --> 00:45:16.130
  • in life, really, have been
  • 00:45:16.130 --> 00:45:17.280
  • inside a local church.
  • 00:45:17.280 --> 00:45:20.030
  • I think if I were to look
  • 00:45:20.030 --> 00:45:21.010
  • at my children,
  • 00:45:21.010 --> 00:45:21.200
  • who obviously now are adults
  • 00:45:21.200 --> 00:45:22.280
  • and are all in ministry
  • 00:45:22.280 --> 00:45:24.100
  • pastoring themselves
  • 00:45:24.100 --> 00:45:25.190
  • in different ways, that I
  • 00:45:25.190 --> 00:45:28.110
  • would say, if you asked them,
  • 00:45:28.110 --> 00:45:29.080
  • "Who has been
  • 00:45:29.080 --> 00:45:29.240
  • your biggest role models?"
  • 00:45:29.240 --> 00:45:31.090
  • They would all be people
  • 00:45:31.090 --> 00:45:32.150
  • who were either leaders
  • 00:45:32.150 --> 00:45:33.190
  • in their youth ministry
  • 00:45:33.190 --> 00:45:34.280
  • or pastors in church.
  • 00:45:34.280 --> 00:45:36.240
  • Which may be someone who's not
  • 00:45:36.240 --> 00:45:37.250
  • on a platform
  • 00:45:37.250 --> 00:45:38.160
  • but just somebody who's
  • 00:45:38.160 --> 00:45:39.210
  • really got their act together
  • 00:45:39.210 --> 00:45:40.210
  • in life, you know?
  • 00:45:40.210 --> 00:45:42.060
  • And so there's
  • 00:45:42.060 --> 00:45:43.170
  • a lot of different ways
  • 00:45:43.170 --> 00:45:44.150
  • like that where I just see
  • 00:45:44.150 --> 00:45:46.150
  • the blessing and the benefit
  • 00:45:46.150 --> 00:45:48.000
  • of the church.
  • 00:45:48.000 --> 00:45:48.170
  • If you were to talk
  • 00:45:48.170 --> 00:45:49.210
  • about your role models,
  • 00:45:49.210 --> 00:45:51.090
  • would they be mostly people
  • 00:45:51.090 --> 00:45:52.120
  • that you know through being part
  • 00:45:52.120 --> 00:45:53.210
  • of a local church?
  • 00:45:53.210 --> 00:45:55.020
  • - Reed: I would say,
  • 00:45:55.020 --> 00:45:56.020
  • "Yeah, 100%."
  • 00:45:56.020 --> 00:45:57.100
  • And funny enough, I think
  • 00:45:57.100 --> 00:45:59.160
  • one of the guys
  • 00:45:59.160 --> 00:46:00.100
  • that, over the last year
  • 00:46:00.100 --> 00:46:02.090
  • and a bit,
  • 00:46:02.090 --> 00:46:02.290
  • has really kind of become
  • 00:46:02.290 --> 00:46:04.280
  • a person that has inspired me
  • 00:46:04.280 --> 00:46:06.200
  • is a guy by the name
  • 00:46:06.200 --> 00:46:07.150
  • of Jim Hogue.
  • 00:46:07.150 --> 00:46:08.170
  • And Jim Hogue's a guy
  • 00:46:08.170 --> 00:46:10.070
  • in our church battling
  • 00:46:10.070 --> 00:46:11.250
  • liver cancer.
  • 00:46:11.250 --> 00:46:13.010
  • And the guy is just, everywhere
  • 00:46:13.010 --> 00:46:15.140
  • he goes he's makin' people
  • 00:46:15.140 --> 00:46:17.270
  • smile.
  • 00:46:17.270 --> 00:46:18.120
  • Everywhere he goes he's lookin'
  • 00:46:18.120 --> 00:46:19.240
  • to talk to people about Jesus.
  • 00:46:19.240 --> 00:46:20.220
  • I mean, he would be, you know,
  • 00:46:20.220 --> 00:46:22.190
  • in the hospital fighting,
  • 00:46:22.190 --> 00:46:24.070
  • you know, just feeling sick,
  • 00:46:24.070 --> 00:46:26.110
  • and he's going to every room
  • 00:46:26.110 --> 00:46:28.000
  • he can, you know,
  • 00:46:28.000 --> 00:46:29.260
  • just to talk to people
  • 00:46:29.260 --> 00:46:30.270
  • about Jesus,
  • 00:46:30.270 --> 00:46:31.200
  • regardless of how he feels.
  • 00:46:31.200 --> 00:46:33.080
  • You know, he'll be the guy
  • 00:46:33.080 --> 00:46:34.060
  • who'll walk from church
  • 00:46:34.060 --> 00:46:35.110
  • at lunchtime down the road,
  • 00:46:35.110 --> 00:46:37.070
  • you know, to sit and talk
  • 00:46:37.070 --> 00:46:38.090
  • with one of the homeless people
  • 00:46:38.090 --> 00:46:39.270
  • who are around the city.
  • 00:46:39.270 --> 00:46:41.190
  • And to me, his passion for Jesus
  • 00:46:41.190 --> 00:46:44.140
  • has just been so contagious.
  • 00:46:44.140 --> 00:46:45.290
  • And he has inspired me,
  • 00:46:45.290 --> 00:46:47.110
  • you know, this last year
  • 00:46:47.110 --> 00:46:48.190
  • especially to kinda look
  • 00:46:48.190 --> 00:46:50.150
  • beyond my own stuff.
  • 00:46:50.150 --> 00:46:51.230
  • We all got stuff goin' on,
  • 00:46:51.230 --> 00:46:52.280
  • you know?
  • 00:46:52.280 --> 00:46:53.170
  • But to see someone like him
  • 00:46:53.170 --> 00:46:56.070
  • who steps out and, you know,
  • 00:46:56.070 --> 00:46:58.280
  • wants to help people
  • 00:46:58.280 --> 00:46:59.280
  • in the middle of his own pain,
  • 00:46:59.280 --> 00:47:01.260
  • that's inspiring to me.
  • 00:47:01.260 --> 00:47:03.160
  • That's what it truly means to be
  • 00:47:03.160 --> 00:47:05.060
  • a Christian I think.
  • 00:47:05.060 --> 00:47:06.070
  • - Sam: And for me
  • 00:47:06.070 --> 00:47:06.220
  • it's been shaping,
  • 00:47:06.220 --> 00:47:07.210
  • like, understanding that as I
  • 00:47:07.210 --> 00:47:09.270
  • was going to Bible college,
  • 00:47:09.270 --> 00:47:11.020
  • I think still tryin'
  • 00:47:11.020 --> 00:47:12.090
  • to figure out what I wanted,
  • 00:47:12.090 --> 00:47:14.220
  • or who I was,
  • 00:47:14.220 --> 00:47:15.140
  • or and still am, but I
  • 00:47:15.140 --> 00:47:17.120
  • didn't have a role models
  • 00:47:17.120 --> 00:47:18.250
  • in church growing up.
  • 00:47:18.250 --> 00:47:19.260
  • And I grew up in church,
  • 00:47:19.260 --> 00:47:20.250
  • but there weren't
  • 00:47:20.250 --> 00:47:21.120
  • a lot of people that I looked to
  • 00:47:21.120 --> 00:47:22.210
  • and be like,
  • 00:47:22.210 --> 00:47:23.100
  • "I wanna be like that,"
  • 00:47:23.100 --> 00:47:24.080
  • or, you know,
  • 00:47:24.080 --> 00:47:24.290
  • "That's what it would be
  • 00:47:24.290 --> 00:47:26.010
  • to follow Jesus,
  • 00:47:26.010 --> 00:47:27.030
  • an example I wanna follow."
  • 00:47:27.030 --> 00:47:29.100
  • But being in Bible college was
  • 00:47:29.100 --> 00:47:31.090
  • my first experience
  • 00:47:31.090 --> 00:47:33.190
  • to what a healthy role model is.
  • 00:47:33.190 --> 00:47:36.070
  • And being
  • 00:47:36.070 --> 00:47:36.260
  • in that healthy environment
  • 00:47:36.260 --> 00:47:37.270
  • that sometimes they love on you,
  • 00:47:37.270 --> 00:47:39.160
  • sometimes, like you said,
  • 00:47:39.160 --> 00:47:42.120
  • they look you in the eye
  • 00:47:42.120 --> 00:47:43.100
  • and they tell you when you're
  • 00:47:43.100 --> 00:47:44.090
  • wrong and when you need
  • 00:47:44.090 --> 00:47:46.010
  • to grow up in different areas.
  • 00:47:46.010 --> 00:47:47.260
  • And so, for me it's guys
  • 00:47:47.260 --> 00:47:49.070
  • in our church
  • 00:47:49.070 --> 00:47:49.230
  • that really took the time
  • 00:47:49.230 --> 00:47:51.240
  • to invest into me and that I
  • 00:47:51.280 --> 00:47:54.280
  • still look up to to this day.
  • 00:47:54.280 --> 00:47:56.200
  • - Brian: I love that verse,
  • 00:47:56.200 --> 00:47:57.280
  • "The righteous shall flourish
  • 00:47:57.280 --> 00:47:59.140
  • like a palm tree, shall grow
  • 00:47:59.140 --> 00:48:01.130
  • like the cedars of Lebanon;
  • 00:48:01.130 --> 00:48:03.100
  • those who are planted
  • 00:48:03.100 --> 00:48:04.140
  • in God's house," the Bible says,
  • 00:48:04.140 --> 00:48:07.000
  • "will flourish.
  • 00:48:07.000 --> 00:48:08.040
  • Even in their old age,"
  • 00:48:08.040 --> 00:48:10.110
  • the Bible says,
  • 00:48:10.110 --> 00:48:11.160
  • "they will still flourish."
  • 00:48:11.160 --> 00:48:13.110
  • Now I am at that point in life
  • 00:48:13.110 --> 00:48:15.170
  • where I actually have been going
  • 00:48:15.170 --> 00:48:16.270
  • to church all of my life.
  • 00:48:16.270 --> 00:48:18.000
  • I've been a pastor
  • 00:48:18.000 --> 00:48:18.230
  • for most of my life now.
  • 00:48:18.230 --> 00:48:20.270
  • So I feel like I'm at the stage
  • 00:48:20.270 --> 00:48:22.130
  • now where some of the things you
  • 00:48:22.130 --> 00:48:23.280
  • preach, you know,
  • 00:48:23.280 --> 00:48:25.040
  • because it's in the Word of God.
  • 00:48:25.040 --> 00:48:26.180
  • But then you live out a journey
  • 00:48:26.180 --> 00:48:28.220
  • where, as part of the church,
  • 00:48:28.220 --> 00:48:30.040
  • I've actually seen the fruit
  • 00:48:30.040 --> 00:48:31.050
  • when people lock in
  • 00:48:31.050 --> 00:48:32.060
  • and they sow it.
  • 00:48:32.060 --> 00:48:33.060
  • And sometimes the tragedy
  • 00:48:33.060 --> 00:48:35.060
  • of people who don't lock in
  • 00:48:35.060 --> 00:48:37.060
  • and sow in, or who,
  • 00:48:37.060 --> 00:48:38.060
  • for whatever reason,
  • 00:48:38.060 --> 00:48:39.020
  • bust out and decide that they
  • 00:48:39.020 --> 00:48:40.250
  • don't need it anymore.
  • 00:48:40.250 --> 00:48:42.030
  • Maybe they got discouraged,
  • 00:48:42.030 --> 00:48:42.290
  • or who knows, disillusioned,
  • 00:48:42.290 --> 00:48:44.230
  • or offended, or whatever.
  • 00:48:44.230 --> 00:48:46.050
  • And I always think it's sad.
  • 00:48:46.050 --> 00:48:47.140
  • 'Cause you know, the idea
  • 00:48:47.140 --> 00:48:48.040
  • of being planted,
  • 00:48:48.040 --> 00:48:49.060
  • Psalm 1 talks about,
  • 00:48:49.060 --> 00:48:50.180
  • "The people who walk not
  • 00:48:50.180 --> 00:48:51.080
  • in the counsel of the ungodly
  • 00:48:51.080 --> 00:48:52.070
  • nor stand in the way of sin
  • 00:48:52.070 --> 00:48:53.210
  • nor sits in the seat
  • 00:48:53.210 --> 00:48:54.170
  • of scornful, but their delight
  • 00:48:54.170 --> 00:48:56.090
  • is in God's Word,
  • 00:48:56.090 --> 00:48:57.050
  • and in that Word they meditate
  • 00:48:57.050 --> 00:48:58.210
  • day and night."
  • 00:48:58.210 --> 00:48:59.160
  • And it says, "They'll be
  • 00:48:59.160 --> 00:49:00.140
  • like a tree planted by rivers
  • 00:49:00.140 --> 00:49:02.140
  • of living water."
  • 00:49:02.140 --> 00:49:03.210
  • It goes on and says, "The leaf
  • 00:49:03.210 --> 00:49:06.030
  • shall not wither, and whatever
  • 00:49:06.030 --> 00:49:07.170
  • they do shall prosper."
  • 00:49:07.170 --> 00:49:09.170
  • So that thought, I mean,
  • 00:49:09.170 --> 00:49:10.160
  • it's a bit ridiculous, isn't it,
  • 00:49:10.160 --> 00:49:11.210
  • that whatever we do
  • 00:49:11.210 --> 00:49:12.210
  • could prosper.
  • 00:49:12.210 --> 00:49:14.050
  • And so I did make the point
  • 00:49:14.050 --> 00:49:15.080
  • today, and I believe it,
  • 00:49:15.080 --> 00:49:17.170
  • that whatever a person does
  • 00:49:17.170 --> 00:49:18.230
  • does prosper.
  • 00:49:18.230 --> 00:49:19.280
  • But sadly, often we've got
  • 00:49:19.280 --> 00:49:21.140
  • all the wrong things prospering
  • 00:49:21.140 --> 00:49:22.220
  • in our lives because we're not
  • 00:49:22.220 --> 00:49:24.070
  • doing the right things.
  • 00:49:24.070 --> 00:49:25.030
  • So some
  • 00:49:25.030 --> 00:49:25.180
  • of the daily disciplines,
  • 00:49:25.180 --> 00:49:26.100
  • like reading God's Word,
  • 00:49:26.100 --> 00:49:27.210
  • like being in God's house,
  • 00:49:27.210 --> 00:49:29.200
  • like bringing with you
  • 00:49:29.200 --> 00:49:31.200
  • not just your body
  • 00:49:31.200 --> 00:49:33.110
  • and whatever you're wearing,
  • 00:49:33.110 --> 00:49:34.180
  • but really bringing an attitude
  • 00:49:34.180 --> 00:49:35.280
  • of faith and your gift
  • 00:49:35.280 --> 00:49:37.130
  • that you're gonna honor God
  • 00:49:37.130 --> 00:49:38.190
  • with, and bringing all that
  • 00:49:38.190 --> 00:49:40.040
  • to the house of God.
  • 00:49:40.040 --> 00:49:41.180
  • You know, I just think if people
  • 00:49:41.180 --> 00:49:43.060
  • just understand that action
  • 00:49:43.060 --> 00:49:44.230
  • creates reaction, and that if we
  • 00:49:44.230 --> 00:49:47.090
  • do genuinely understand
  • 00:49:47.090 --> 00:49:49.070
  • that if we just build
  • 00:49:49.070 --> 00:49:51.130
  • the kind of decision
  • 00:49:51.130 --> 00:49:53.020
  • that, you know, "Church
  • 00:49:53.020 --> 00:49:53.290
  • is important to me, and it's
  • 00:49:53.290 --> 00:49:55.060
  • important to my family."
  • 00:49:55.060 --> 00:49:56.110
  • Joshua said, "And as for me
  • 00:49:56.110 --> 00:49:57.150
  • and my house, we're gonna serve
  • 00:49:57.150 --> 00:49:59.030
  • the Lord."
  • 00:49:59.030 --> 00:50:00.000
  • So, by saying,
  • 00:50:00.000 --> 00:50:01.020
  • "Me and my house,"
  • 00:50:01.020 --> 00:50:02.160
  • he's not saying,
  • 00:50:02.160 --> 00:50:03.120
  • "My house without me."
  • 00:50:03.120 --> 00:50:05.110
  • He's not saying,
  • 00:50:05.110 --> 00:50:05.270
  • "Me without my house."
  • 00:50:05.270 --> 00:50:07.050
  • Because I do think, possibly,
  • 00:50:07.050 --> 00:50:08.130
  • you know, I can serve God.
  • 00:50:08.130 --> 00:50:09.200
  • I can burn out for him.
  • 00:50:09.200 --> 00:50:10.250
  • But if I'm not bringin'
  • 00:50:10.250 --> 00:50:11.140
  • my family and my home
  • 00:50:11.140 --> 00:50:12.160
  • with me, that's not gonna help.
  • 00:50:12.160 --> 00:50:14.000
  • And then if I'm the kinda dad
  • 00:50:14.000 --> 00:50:15.080
  • who says, "Well, you know,
  • 00:50:15.080 --> 00:50:16.090
  • I don't go to church,
  • 00:50:16.090 --> 00:50:17.030
  • but it'll be good for my kids
  • 00:50:17.030 --> 00:50:18.070
  • so I'll send them along."
  • 00:50:18.070 --> 00:50:19.180
  • Well, you know, it's not,
  • 00:50:19.180 --> 00:50:20.120
  • "My house without me."
  • 00:50:20.120 --> 00:50:22.120
  • But the most important thing
  • 00:50:22.120 --> 00:50:23.200
  • when it comes to leadership
  • 00:50:23.200 --> 00:50:25.000
  • as a father, or as a parent,
  • 00:50:25.000 --> 00:50:27.130
  • is, "It's me first,
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  • and then my house."
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  • And if you do that, if you put
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  • the things of God first,
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  • and in this particular instance,
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  • believe to be part
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  • of a healthy church
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  • where it will rub off
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  • on your children, then I believe
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  • you'll see all the right things
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  • flourish in your family.
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  • So thanks so much for joining us
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  • today.
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  • Appreciate you guys.
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  • Appreciate you being a part
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  • of this discussion.
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  • And I really do believe
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  • that, maybe you think, "Well,
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  • like, yeah, but that's okay.
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  • But we don't have a Hillsong.
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  • We don't have
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  • that kind of church in our town,
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  • or in our city,
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  • or around here."
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  • But the moment you go
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  • with a good, healthy attitude
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  • and a spirit that you
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  • wanna be part of the answer
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  • and not part of the problem
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  • to a church, you can lift
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  • its tone.
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  • You can make a difference.
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  • And so I would encourage
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  • every believer
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  • to never underestimate
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  • the daily discipline of being
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  • a part of a local church,
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  • believing that your planting,
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  • being a part of what God said he
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  • would build, will see
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  • the blessing rub off on you,
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  • rub off on the people around you
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  • who are important to you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Thanks so much for joining us.
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