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Café Theology with Terry Crist

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February 8, 2017
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Good News People in a Bad News World

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  • - Terry Crist: I wanna begin
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  • with the profound
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  • theological question,
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  • what's up with the zombie craze?
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  • Have you noticed just how
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  • popular zombies have
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  • become over the last few years?
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  • Man, it's like we're actually
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  • living out some scene from
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  • "The Walking Dead."
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  • You know, it's just so easy to
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  • go through the motions of eat,
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  • work, sleep, repeat, and just
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  • take for granted what others
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  • have told us about life,
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  • and love, and God.
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  • But life could be so much better
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  • if we would just slow down
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  • for a moment and open our heart
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  • to the words of Scripture.
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  • God is not silent.
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  • He has communicated everything
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  • we need to succeed in this life
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  • in the Bible.
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  • So, I wanna invite you today
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  • to put down your mobile device,
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  • grab a cup of coffee,
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  • and set aside everything going
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  • on in your world
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  • for the next few minutes
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  • as we explore God's Word
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  • - Terry: Hello,
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  • I'm Terry Crist,
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  • the lead pastor
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  • of Hillsong Phoenix,
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  • and I wanna welcome you
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  • to another edition
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  • of "Cafe Theology."
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  • Hey, I opened the program
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  • by asking what's up
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  • with the zombie craze.
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  • I don't know if this is true
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  • for our viewers who are watching
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  • from other places across
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  • the planet, but right here
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  • in America, it seems like
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  • they're everywhere.
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  • I mean,
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  • they're on every channel.
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  • They're in every genre from
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  • cartoons, to drama,
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  • to action movies,
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  • to--believe it or not,
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  • documentaries.
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  • Zombies have taken over
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  • the airwaves.
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  • I was channel surfing
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  • a few weeks ago and I actually
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  • saw a documentary on
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  • the History Channel called,
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  • "How to Survive
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  • a Zombie Apocalypse."
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  • And I thought,
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  • "It's the History Channel,
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  • people!"
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  • Seems more hysterical
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  • than historical.
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  • I've seen articles about zombies
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  • in The New York Times,
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  • the Washington Post,
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  • and even the LA Times.
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  • I've seen news reports about
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  • zombies on Fox and CNN.
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  • And if that's not strange
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  • enough, one of our leading
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  • traditional retail stores
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  • in America is now selling
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  • zombie apocalypse survival gear.
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  • It's cray cray out there.
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  • And I get the fact that most
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  • of it's tongue-in-cheek.
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  • I understand that.
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  • I'm not taking it all that
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  • seriously, but I do think
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  • it's also a social commentary.
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  • I recently read an article
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  • in the New York Times that had
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  • a really thoughtful tone to it.
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  • It was by Chuck Osterman,
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  • and it was entitled,
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  • "My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern
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  • Life Feels Rather Undead."
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  • He wrote this, "What if
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  • contemporary people are less
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  • interested in seeing depictions
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  • of their unconscious fears
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  • and more attracted to allegories
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  • of how their day-to-day
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  • existence feels?
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  • That would explain why so many
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  • people watched that
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  • first episode
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  • 'The Walking Dead': They knew
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  • they would be able to relate
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  • to it."
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  • That's an interesting point.
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  • I think he may be right.
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  • Perhaps the reason so many
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  • people relate to zombies
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  • is because deep down they know
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  • they aren't living life at its
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  • - Terry: Is it possible that
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  • you and I are dead to our
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  • purpose, the purpose of our
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  • existence, and we're just living
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  • out this automatic state,
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  • this zombie-like existence
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  • without really being tuned
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  • - Terry: I think there's a lot
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  • in that.
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  • And I think the zombie
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  • commentary is not because our
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  • quality of life has declined
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  • in the modern world,
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  • as some would claim.
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  • I think it's deeper than that.
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  • I think a lot of people are
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  • attracted to zombies
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  • because we all subconsciously
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  • know that we are not who we were
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  • originally created to be.
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  • That's because of the impact
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  • of sin on humanity, and that's
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  • what the Bible teaches.
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  • The Bible teaches us that
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  • when man sinned
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  • in the Garden of Eden,
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  • his sin not only separated him
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  • from God, but it actually killed
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  • the part of him that was really
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  • alive to God,
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  • leaving a hollow shell of our
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  • existence in its place.
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  • Here's how the Bible frames
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  • that in Ephesians 2,
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  • beginning with verse 1.
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  • "And you were dead
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  • in the trespasses and sins
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  • in which you once walked,
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  • following the course
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  • of this world,
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  • following the prince
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  • of the power of the air,
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  • the spirit that is now at work
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  • in the sons of
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  • disobedience--among whom we all
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  • once lived in the passions
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  • of our flesh,
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  • carrying out the desires
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  • of the body and the mind,
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  • and were by nature
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  • children of wrath,
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  • like the rest of mankind.
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  • But God, being rich in mercy,
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  • because of the great love with
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  • which he loved us, even when we
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  • were dead in our trespasses,
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  • made us alive together with
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  • Christ--by grace you have
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  • been saved."
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  • Now, that provides the basis
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  • for what I really wanna talk
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  • about in this program.
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  • I know you're thinking,
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  • "You mean you're not gonna take
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  • the entire time to talk about
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  • zombies?"
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  • No, I'm gonna talk about
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  • spiritual realities,
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  • and I wanna talk about what
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  • brings about the transformation
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  • of human beings from their dead
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  • in existence state to being
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  • people who have been fully
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  • - Terry: By the way, it's
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  • the same thing that awakens
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  • communities from their dead
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  • in existence state into being
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  • fully alive.
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  • It's the very thing that awakens
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  • people, that awakes communities
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  • and cities.
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  • I've spent the past few years
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  • thinking a lot about restoring
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  • cities, rebuilding ruins,
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  • renewing society,
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  • and all of that is possible
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  • because of the impact
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  • of one single thing: the gospel.
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  • The gospel brings dead things
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  • - Terry: The gospel
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  • is the truth.
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  • It's the truth about what got us
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  • into the condition that we're
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  • in and it's the truth about what
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  • will get us out of the condition
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  • - Terry: What areas of your
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  • life feel dead to God?
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  • What areas of your life feel
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  • dead to purpose?
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  • What area in your soul
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  • or in your relationship
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  • to others feels dead?
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  • What area in your community
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  • feels dead?
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  • You see, if we allow the gospel
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  • to work in those areas,
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  • just as the gospel at work
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  • in the human heart moves us
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  • from death to life,
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  • the gospel working in a marriage
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  • will bring it alive again.
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  • The gospel working in a family
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  • relationship will awaken it.
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  • The gospel working
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  • in a community will revitalize,
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  • renew, and restore it.
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  • There is resurrection power
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  • resident within the gospel.
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  • That's why Paul said
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  • in Romans 1 and verse 16,
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  • he says, "For I am not ashamed
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  • of the gospel,
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  • for it is the power of God
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  • for salvation to everyone
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  • who believes."
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  • Now, in light of that powerful
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  • promise, what is the gospel?
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  • If the gospel brings dead things
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  • to life, what is the gospel?
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  • Maybe you've never really
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  • thought about that.
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  • Maybe you've only heard
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  • about the gospel in kind of an
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  • abstract way, or even in
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  • a negative pejorative way.
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  • Maybe you've heard of the gospel
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  • as in, "I'm gonna tell you
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  • the gospel truth,"
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  • or "I'm gonna go all gospel
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  • on you, sister."
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  • Maybe you've heard references
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  • to the gospel that only seem
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  • to confuse what it actually is.
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  • Here's what the gospel is:
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  • the gospel is the truth.
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  • It's the truth about what got us
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  • into the condition that we're
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  • in and it's the truth about what
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  • will get us out of the condition
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: Now, the word "gospel"
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  • is found 99 times
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • This simply means "good news."
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  • I wanna just encourage you,
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  • from now on, any time you hear
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  • the word "gospel," just kind
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  • of substitute two words for it,
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  • "good news."
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  • The gospel is good news
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  • for sinful people.
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  • The gospel is good news
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  • for broken people.
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  • It's good news
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  • for hopeless people,
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  • for helpless people, for people
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  • bound by guilt and shame,
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  • and it's even good news
  • 00:09:28.050 --> 00:09:29.060
  • for self-righteous people who
  • 00:09:29.060 --> 00:09:31.050
  • might be listening and thinking,
  • 00:09:31.050 --> 00:09:33.160
  • "I'm not like those sorts
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  • of people."
  • 00:09:34.220 --> 00:09:36.150
  • The gospel is good news
  • 00:09:36.150 --> 00:09:38.070
  • for all people.
  • 00:09:38.070 --> 00:09:39.010
  • It's good news for you.
  • 00:09:39.010 --> 00:09:40.210
  • It's good news for me.
  • 00:09:40.210 --> 00:09:42.180
  • But it's not just good news
  • 00:09:42.180 --> 00:09:43.140
  • in general, it's a very specific
  • 00:09:43.140 --> 00:09:46.020
  • kind of good news.
  • 00:09:46.020 --> 00:09:48.190
  • Now, let me quickly add,
  • 00:09:48.190 --> 00:09:50.120
  • there's nothing wrong with
  • 00:09:50.120 --> 00:09:51.100
  • good news in general,
  • 00:09:51.100 --> 00:09:53.090
  • but have you ever noticed
  • 00:09:53.090 --> 00:09:54.010
  • that good news in general rarely
  • 00:09:54.010 --> 00:09:55.290
  • has any positive impact on
  • 00:09:55.290 --> 00:09:58.010
  • our personal state?
  • 00:09:58.010 --> 00:10:00.120
  • Let me illustrate it this way.
  • 00:10:00.120 --> 00:10:03.080
  • Many of you have perhaps watched
  • 00:10:03.080 --> 00:10:05.190
  • the stories of the rise
  • 00:10:05.190 --> 00:10:06.250
  • of deadly viruses over
  • 00:10:06.250 --> 00:10:08.100
  • the past few years.
  • 00:10:08.100 --> 00:10:10.120
  • Whether it's Ebola, or Zika, or
  • 00:10:10.120 --> 00:10:12.250
  • something else, we watch these
  • 00:10:12.250 --> 00:10:14.210
  • horrific stories playing out
  • 00:10:14.210 --> 00:10:16.190
  • on the evening news.
  • 00:10:16.190 --> 00:10:18.200
  • Let's imagine for one moment,
  • 00:10:18.200 --> 00:10:20.220
  • you've been affected with
  • 00:10:20.220 --> 00:10:21.190
  • a deadly virus.
  • 00:10:21.190 --> 00:10:23.170
  • And as terrible as it is,
  • 00:10:23.170 --> 00:10:24.200
  • let's imagine that you've been
  • 00:10:24.200 --> 00:10:26.030
  • told you only have 3 days
  • 00:10:26.030 --> 00:10:27.090
  • to live.
  • 00:10:27.090 --> 00:10:29.070
  • As you're sitting there alone
  • 00:10:29.070 --> 00:10:30.020
  • in the hospital, struggling with
  • 00:10:30.020 --> 00:10:32.040
  • the weight of that devastating
  • 00:10:32.040 --> 00:10:33.150
  • news, imagine that nurse walks
  • 00:10:33.150 --> 00:10:35.280
  • in and says, "Hey, I just bumped
  • 00:10:35.280 --> 00:10:37.220
  • into your doctor as he was
  • 00:10:37.220 --> 00:10:39.150
  • making his nightly rounds,
  • 00:10:39.150 --> 00:10:40.260
  • and he wanted me to tell
  • 00:10:40.260 --> 00:10:42.000
  • you that he's coming by with
  • 00:10:42.000 --> 00:10:43.200
  • good news."
  • 00:10:43.200 --> 00:10:45.290
  • Three hours later,
  • 00:10:45.290 --> 00:10:48.020
  • your family doctor walks into
  • 00:10:48.020 --> 00:10:49.030
  • the room.
  • 00:10:49.030 --> 00:10:50.040
  • Isn't that how it usually goes?
  • 00:10:50.040 --> 00:10:51.120
  • Three hours later,
  • 00:10:51.120 --> 00:10:52.210
  • he shows up and says,
  • 00:10:52.210 --> 00:10:53.160
  • "Hey, I've got good news.
  • 00:10:53.240 --> 00:10:56.240
  • The stock market is soaring.
  • 00:10:56.240 --> 00:10:59.030
  • I'm gonna make a fortune today."
  • 00:10:59.030 --> 00:11:01.250
  • And then, he turns around
  • 00:11:01.250 --> 00:11:03.060
  • and walks out.
  • 00:11:03.060 --> 00:11:04.260
  • The next day, the same scenario
  • 00:11:04.260 --> 00:11:06.010
  • repeats itself.
  • 00:11:06.010 --> 00:11:07.000
  • You're sitting in despair,
  • 00:11:07.000 --> 00:11:08.070
  • feeling even worse than the day
  • 00:11:08.070 --> 00:11:09.190
  • before, when the doctor walks
  • 00:11:09.190 --> 00:11:11.070
  • in and says, "I have good news.
  • 00:11:11.070 --> 00:11:14.060
  • My daughter just received
  • 00:11:14.060 --> 00:11:15.170
  • a college scholarship today.
  • 00:11:15.170 --> 00:11:17.140
  • My wife and I are so happy."
  • 00:11:17.140 --> 00:11:20.040
  • I know how this goes.
  • 00:11:20.040 --> 00:11:21.040
  • On the third day, when
  • 00:11:21.040 --> 00:11:22.060
  • the same thing happens again,
  • 00:11:22.060 --> 00:11:23.260
  • you're at the end of your rope.
  • 00:11:23.260 --> 00:11:25.260
  • Doctor bounces in,
  • 00:11:25.260 --> 00:11:27.020
  • "I've got good news.
  • 00:11:27.020 --> 00:11:29.080
  • You probably don't know, but
  • 00:11:29.080 --> 00:11:30.210
  • I've been really stressed out,
  • 00:11:30.210 --> 00:11:32.070
  • and I'm going on vacation
  • 00:11:32.070 --> 00:11:33.110
  • next week."
  • 00:11:33.110 --> 00:11:35.060
  • That's the point when you break
  • 00:11:35.060 --> 00:11:36.140
  • with reality.
  • 00:11:36.140 --> 00:11:38.040
  • You reach up,
  • 00:11:38.040 --> 00:11:39.040
  • grab him by the stethoscope,
  • 00:11:39.040 --> 00:11:41.030
  • pull him in close, and say,
  • 00:11:41.030 --> 00:11:43.010
  • "Hey buddy, you can take your
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:44.240
  • good news and get out of
  • 00:11:44.240 --> 00:11:46.150
  • my hospital room right now.
  • 00:11:46.150 --> 00:11:49.080
  • I don't care about your
  • 00:11:49.080 --> 00:11:50.160
  • good news.
  • 00:11:50.160 --> 00:11:51.180
  • What about some good news
  • 00:11:51.180 --> 00:11:53.120
  • for me?"
  • 00:11:53.120 --> 00:11:55.090
  • See, all good news is not
  • 00:11:55.090 --> 00:11:56.060
  • created equal.
  • 00:11:56.060 --> 00:11:57.200
  • Well, the gospel is not just
  • 00:11:57.200 --> 00:11:58.210
  • good news in general,
  • 00:11:58.210 --> 00:12:00.050
  • it's a very specific type
  • 00:12:00.050 --> 00:12:01.220
  • of good news that relates
  • 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:03.150
  • to the severest of conditions.
  • 00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:05.200
  • It is the good news that Jesus
  • 00:12:05.200 --> 00:12:07.190
  • has set us free from
  • 00:12:07.190 --> 00:12:09.080
  • the virus of sin.
  • 00:12:09.080 --> 00:12:11.090
  • We've all been infected with
  • 00:12:11.090 --> 00:12:12.070
  • it and we're all terminal
  • 00:12:12.070 --> 00:12:14.110
  • because of it.
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:16.140
  • That's why Romans 5 and verse 12
  • 00:12:16.140 --> 00:12:18.070
  • says this, "When Adam sinned,
  • 00:12:18.070 --> 00:12:20.170
  • sin entered into the world.
  • 00:12:20.170 --> 00:12:23.130
  • Adam's sin brought death,
  • 00:12:23.130 --> 00:12:25.060
  • so death spread to everyone,
  • 00:12:25.060 --> 00:12:27.150
  • [music]
  • 00:12:38.210 --> 00:12:41.210
  • - Terry: Now, I can only
  • 00:12:41.210 --> 00:12:42.170
  • imagine somebody might be
  • 00:12:42.170 --> 00:12:43.230
  • thinking, "Terry, is sin really
  • 00:12:43.230 --> 00:12:45.270
  • our biggest problem?
  • 00:12:45.270 --> 00:12:48.000
  • I mean, we seem to have so many
  • 00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:48.270
  • problems in the world,
  • 00:12:48.270 --> 00:12:51.030
  • financially, socially,
  • 00:12:51.080 --> 00:12:54.080
  • ecologically, relationally.
  • 00:12:54.080 --> 00:12:57.070
  • How can you lay it all
  • 00:12:57.070 --> 00:12:57.260
  • at the feet of sin?
  • 00:12:57.260 --> 00:12:59.240
  • Isn't that an
  • 00:12:59.240 --> 00:13:00.160
  • oversimplification?"
  • 00:13:00.160 --> 00:13:03.040
  • But you see,
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:03.200
  • that's the real problem.
  • 00:13:03.200 --> 00:13:05.070
  • As long as we keep
  • 00:13:05.070 --> 00:13:06.050
  • self-diagnosing, we'll keep
  • 00:13:06.050 --> 00:13:07.110
  • coming up with the wrong cure.
  • 00:13:07.110 --> 00:13:09.250
  • The real problem is that we
  • 00:13:09.250 --> 00:13:10.290
  • don't wanna acknowledge
  • 00:13:10.290 --> 00:13:12.100
  • the real problem,
  • 00:13:12.100 --> 00:13:13.190
  • so we keep passing around
  • 00:13:13.190 --> 00:13:14.130
  • general, shallow,
  • 00:13:14.130 --> 00:13:16.020
  • temporary messages of good news
  • 00:13:16.020 --> 00:13:18.050
  • that don't even really relate
  • 00:13:18.050 --> 00:13:19.080
  • to what's wrong with us.
  • 00:13:19.080 --> 00:13:21.200
  • And even worse,
  • 00:13:21.200 --> 00:13:22.260
  • if we don't face the diagnosis,
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:24.110
  • we will never really come
  • 00:13:24.110 --> 00:13:26.070
  • to appreciate the antidote.
  • 00:13:26.070 --> 00:13:29.030
  • Sin is what's wrong with us,
  • 00:13:29.030 --> 00:13:31.010
  • and the good news is what God
  • 00:13:31.010 --> 00:13:33.020
  • [music]
  • 00:13:46.280 --> 00:13:49.280
  • - Terry: And we can only
  • 00:13:49.280 --> 00:13:50.220
  • appreciate the good news
  • 00:13:50.220 --> 00:13:52.040
  • to the degree that we're honest
  • 00:13:52.040 --> 00:13:54.160
  • with the bad news.
  • 00:13:54.160 --> 00:13:56.260
  • I'm sorry to rain on your parade
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:58.060
  • today, but our biggest problem
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:13:59.270
  • is not political.
  • 00:13:59.270 --> 00:14:01.190
  • It's not financial.
  • 00:14:01.190 --> 00:14:03.210
  • It's not legal.
  • 00:14:03.210 --> 00:14:05.010
  • It's not psychological,
  • 00:14:05.010 --> 00:14:06.010
  • or social, or even relational.
  • 00:14:06.010 --> 00:14:08.110
  • Our biggest problem
  • 00:14:08.110 --> 00:14:10.140
  • is spiritual.
  • 00:14:10.140 --> 00:14:12.150
  • You know, if our biggest problem
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:13.160
  • were political, God would have
  • 00:14:13.160 --> 00:14:15.060
  • sent us a candidate.
  • 00:14:15.060 --> 00:14:17.100
  • If our biggest problem were
  • 00:14:17.100 --> 00:14:18.040
  • legal, he would have sent us
  • 00:14:18.040 --> 00:14:20.000
  • a lawyer.
  • 00:14:20.000 --> 00:14:21.150
  • If our biggest problem
  • 00:14:21.150 --> 00:14:22.060
  • was psychological, he would
  • 00:14:22.060 --> 00:14:24.100
  • have sent us a counselor.
  • 00:14:24.100 --> 00:14:25.290
  • You see where I'm going with us?
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:27.180
  • If our biggest problem were
  • 00:14:27.180 --> 00:14:28.110
  • social, he would've sent a
  • 00:14:28.110 --> 00:14:30.120
  • community leader, but he didn't.
  • 00:14:30.120 --> 00:14:32.190
  • Our biggest problem is sin and
  • 00:14:32.190 --> 00:14:34.050
  • our greatest need is salvation,
  • 00:14:34.050 --> 00:14:36.180
  • so God sent a savior to bring
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:38.150
  • us good news of a very specific
  • 00:14:38.150 --> 00:14:40.170
  • type.
  • 00:14:40.170 --> 00:14:41.210
  • It is good news related to our
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:42.280
  • actual condition,
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:44.240
  • and if we believe it,
  • 00:14:44.240 --> 00:14:46.050
  • we can step out of the kingdom
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:47.080
  • ruled by sin, and sickness,
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:48.260
  • and death, and despair,
  • 00:14:48.260 --> 00:14:49.280
  • and poverty, and fear, and lack,
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:52.260
  • and into another kingdom ruled
  • 00:14:52.260 --> 00:14:54.060
  • by righteousness, peace,
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:56.020
  • and joy through the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:56.020 --> 00:14:58.230
  • And the one thing that makes
  • 00:14:58.230 --> 00:14:59.210
  • that passage possible from one
  • 00:14:59.210 --> 00:15:01.280
  • kingdom to another is by hearing
  • 00:15:02.040 --> 00:15:05.040
  • and believing the good news
  • 00:15:05.040 --> 00:15:07.040
  • of the salvation offered to us
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:09.130
  • through Jesus.
  • 00:15:09.130 --> 00:15:11.020
  • Without the gospel truth,
  • 00:15:11.020 --> 00:15:12.040
  • we're working in the dark.
  • 00:15:12.040 --> 00:15:14.130
  • We don't know what's really
  • 00:15:14.130 --> 00:15:15.050
  • wrong.
  • 00:15:15.050 --> 00:15:16.250
  • We can't see the answer
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:17.280
  • and we can't find the solution.
  • 00:15:17.280 --> 00:15:20.190
  • Without the gospel,
  • 00:15:20.190 --> 00:15:21.180
  • we're just spiritual zombies,
  • 00:15:21.180 --> 00:15:24.110
  • operating on one another.
  • 00:15:24.110 --> 00:15:26.290
  • That isn't a pretty scene.
  • 00:15:26.290 --> 00:15:28.220
  • We've tried to educate ourselves
  • 00:15:28.220 --> 00:15:29.190
  • out of the mess we're in,
  • 00:15:29.190 --> 00:15:31.000
  • but then we end up as
  • 00:15:31.000 --> 00:15:31.210
  • intellectual zombies.
  • 00:15:31.210 --> 00:15:33.220
  • We've tried to earn our way out
  • 00:15:33.220 --> 00:15:35.160
  • of the mess that we're in, but
  • 00:15:35.160 --> 00:15:37.010
  • then we end up as rich zombies.
  • 00:15:37.010 --> 00:15:39.170
  • We've tired to embrace pleasure
  • 00:15:39.170 --> 00:15:42.080
  • as an escape for the mess that
  • 00:15:42.080 --> 00:15:43.250
  • we're in, and we just end up
  • 00:15:43.250 --> 00:15:45.050
  • as party zombies.
  • 00:15:45.050 --> 00:15:47.130
  • We've tried to accomplish
  • 00:15:47.130 --> 00:15:48.280
  • our way out of this mess, but
  • 00:15:48.280 --> 00:15:51.170
  • we become zombies with medals,
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:53.200
  • awards, and accolades.
  • 00:15:53.200 --> 00:15:56.070
  • You can see the problem,
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:56.290
  • can't you?
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:15:58.160
  • We're still zombies.
  • 00:15:58.260 --> 00:16:01.280
  • Without the gospel,
  • 00:16:01.280 --> 00:16:04.110
  • I'm a zombie, you're a zombie,
  • 00:16:04.220 --> 00:16:07.220
  • - Terry: The gospel is not just
  • 00:16:16.170 --> 00:16:17.060
  • the means by which we enter
  • 00:16:17.060 --> 00:16:18.150
  • a relationship with God
  • 00:16:18.150 --> 00:16:20.030
  • and the promise of eternal life.
  • 00:16:20.030 --> 00:16:22.050
  • It is also the driving force
  • 00:16:22.050 --> 00:16:23.210
  • behind every good
  • 00:16:23.210 --> 00:16:24.260
  • and godly thing that we
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:26.120
  • - Terry: So, what is
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:34.280
  • the gospel if the gospel is
  • 00:16:34.280 --> 00:16:36.210
  • not good advice, or self help,
  • 00:16:36.210 --> 00:16:39.070
  • or moralism, or philosophy,
  • 00:16:39.070 --> 00:16:41.050
  • or a code of ethics, or
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:42.110
  • a call to behavior modification,
  • 00:16:42.110 --> 00:16:44.270
  • or even good news in general?
  • 00:16:44.290 --> 00:16:47.290
  • What is the gospel?
  • 00:16:47.290 --> 00:16:49.210
  • Again, the gospel is the good
  • 00:16:49.210 --> 00:16:51.090
  • news that Jesus lived, suffered,
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:54.160
  • died, and rose again to free us
  • 00:16:54.160 --> 00:16:57.110
  • from the power of sin and death,
  • 00:16:57.110 --> 00:16:59.210
  • and to bring us into
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:00.220
  • a life-changing relationship
  • 00:17:00.220 --> 00:17:02.140
  • with God our Father.
  • 00:17:02.140 --> 00:17:04.160
  • That's the gospel, period.
  • 00:17:04.170 --> 00:17:07.170
  • And it's not just a message
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:08.140
  • that brings us alive to God,
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:10.260
  • it is a message that fuels
  • 00:17:10.260 --> 00:17:12.110
  • our life in God.
  • 00:17:12.180 --> 00:17:15.180
  • Listen to what the Bible
  • 00:17:15.180 --> 00:17:16.140
  • says in 1 Corinthians 15,
  • 00:17:16.140 --> 00:17:18.210
  • beginning with verse 1.
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:21.120
  • Paul says, "Now I would remind
  • 00:17:21.120 --> 00:17:23.050
  • you, brothers, of the gospel
  • 00:17:23.050 --> 00:17:25.070
  • I preached to you,
  • 00:17:25.070 --> 00:17:26.250
  • which you received,
  • 00:17:26.250 --> 00:17:27.280
  • in which you stand,
  • 00:17:27.280 --> 00:17:29.180
  • and by which you are being
  • 00:17:29.180 --> 00:17:30.150
  • saved, if you hold fast
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:32.150
  • to the word I preached
  • 00:17:32.150 --> 00:17:33.130
  • to you--unless you believed
  • 00:17:33.130 --> 00:17:34.220
  • it in vain.
  • 00:17:34.220 --> 00:17:36.030
  • For I delivered to you as
  • 00:17:36.030 --> 00:17:37.230
  • of first importance what I also
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:39.080
  • received: that Christ died
  • 00:17:39.080 --> 00:17:41.110
  • for our sins in accordance
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:42.210
  • with the Scriptures,
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:43.260
  • that he was buried,
  • 00:17:43.260 --> 00:17:45.060
  • that he was raised on
  • 00:17:45.060 --> 00:17:46.030
  • the third day in accordance
  • 00:17:46.030 --> 00:17:47.160
  • with the Scriptures."
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:49.280
  • Paul calls that the gospel.
  • 00:17:50.090 --> 00:17:53.090
  • The beauty of that simple
  • 00:17:53.090 --> 00:17:54.040
  • message is that when I repent
  • 00:17:54.040 --> 00:17:56.010
  • of my sins and put my faith
  • 00:17:56.010 --> 00:17:57.220
  • in Jesus to save me by believing
  • 00:17:57.220 --> 00:18:00.110
  • in the gospel,
  • 00:18:00.110 --> 00:18:02.060
  • that then positions me for a lot
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:04.060
  • of additional benefits.
  • 00:18:04.060 --> 00:18:06.290
  • The Bible says in Psalms 68:19,
  • 00:18:06.290 --> 00:18:09.070
  • "Blessed is the Lord, Who daily
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:11.050
  • loads us with benefits,
  • 00:18:11.050 --> 00:18:13.090
  • the God of our salvation!"
  • 00:18:13.120 --> 00:18:16.120
  • So, that word "salvation"
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:17.210
  • goes back to the fact that God
  • 00:18:17.210 --> 00:18:19.150
  • blesses us, he saves us,
  • 00:18:19.250 --> 00:18:22.250
  • he positions us,
  • 00:18:22.250 --> 00:18:24.200
  • and he blesses us.
  • 00:18:24.200 --> 00:18:26.140
  • Now, those benefits are not
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  • the gospel.
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  • They're simply the blessed
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  • results of believing the gospel.
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  • Righteousness, and peace,
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  • and joy, purpose, and healing,
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  • and blessing, honor, and favor,
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  • and increase.
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  • The gospel is not just the means
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  • by which we enter a relationship
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  • with God and the promise
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  • of eternal life.
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  • It is also the driving force
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  • behind every good
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  • and godly thing that we
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  • experience in this life.
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  • The gospel starts with
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  • the spiritual condition
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  • of humanity,
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  • but it doesn't end there.
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  • The ripple effects of the gospel
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  • flow out into our lives,
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  • our families, our neighborhoods,
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  • our communities, our cities,
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: In fact, Jesus himself
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  • gives us a glimpse of what can
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  • happen in a city when he stood
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  • up in his hometown
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  • in the local synagogue,
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  • and Jesus preached the gospel.
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  • He took an ancient,
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  • dusty manuscript written
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  • by a prophet called Isaiah,
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  • and in Luke chapter 4,
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  • in his first message,
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  • here's what Jesus himself
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  • preached.
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  • "The Spirit of the Lord is upon
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  • me, because he has anointed me
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  • to proclaim good news
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  • to the poor."
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  • The gospel.
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  • "He has sent me to proclaim
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  • liberty to the captives
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  • and the recovering of sight
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  • to the blind,
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  • to set at liberty those who are
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  • oppressed, to proclaim the year
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  • of the Lord's favor."
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  • Out of that declaration,
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  • great things begin to happen.
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  • You see, when the gospel takes
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  • root in a city,
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  • people come alive to God;
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  • and when people come alive
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  • to God, they awaken
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  • to his purpose; and when they
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  • awaken to his purpose,
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  • the poor are cared for,
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  • people are liberated from
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  • anything that holds them
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  • in captivity,
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  • the sick are healed,
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  • families are restored,
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  • justice is established.
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  • The gospel, just as it
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  • transforms us as individuals,
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  • when it is believed
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  • and received, obeyed
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  • and proclaimed, and lived out
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  • faithfully, it has a powerful
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  • effect in our community.
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  • I think your cities should
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  • be so much better
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  • because your church is in it.
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  • Here at Hillsong Church,
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  • we're all about championing
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  • the cause of the local church,
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  • and when the gospel
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  • is proclaimed through your
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  • local church and in your
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  • personal life, your environment
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  • should be so much better
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  • because of it.
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  • And as you continue to preach
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  • the gospel, live out the gospel,
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  • walk out the gospel,
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  • and enjoy the benefits
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  • of the gospel, many other people
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  • will experience the benefits
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  • and become better for it.
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  • I believe the gospel is good
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  • news, and because of that,
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  • I wanna give you some
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  • practical things.
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  • These are deep,
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  • core values within my life.
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  • Maybe you wanna embrace them
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  • as some new core values
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  • in your life.
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  • Number one, I want everybody
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  • to hear the Good News.
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  • Because I've been changed
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  • by the gospel,
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  • I wanna share the gospel.
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  • I'm on a mission to share
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  • the gospel with as many people
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  • as I can.
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  • The Bible says
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  • in 2 Corinthians 4, and verse 3,
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  • "If the Good News that we tell
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  • others is covered with a veil,
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  • it's hidden from those who are
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  • dying."
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  • In other words, we should
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  • take the veil off the gospel,
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  • unleash the gospel in your soul,
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  • unleash the good news
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  • in your family,
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  • unleash the good news
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  • in your community.
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  • People are dying without it.
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  • Number two,
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  • because of the gospel,
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  • I choose to be a good news
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  • person in a bad news world.
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  • Believing the positive tone
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  • of the gospel doesn't mean
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  • you ignore the negative parts
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  • of life, it just means you keep
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  • on believing until you see
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  • the benefits of the gospel
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: But because I believe
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  • the gospel, I have chosen
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  • to become a determined optimist.
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  • I choose to embrace a big,
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  • bright, positive view
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  • of God's goodness and his grace.
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  • I choose to serve the Lord
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  • with gladness, not sadness
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  • and not madness.
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  • I choose to live a positive life
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  • that reflects the heart
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  • and soul of this glorious gospel
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  • that I believe.
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  • And then, number three,
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  • I want the culture of our church
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  • to reflect the good news.
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  • We're a good news church
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  • in a bad news world.
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  • We're a good news people
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  • in a bad news society.
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  • That doesn't mean we live
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  • in denial.
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  • It doesn't mean we don't deal
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  • with problems.
  • 00:23:07.130 --> 00:23:09.100
  • It just simply means that
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  • the orientation of our heart
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  • has been framed by the gospel,
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  • and our expectation
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  • is for better days ahead.
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  • The good news produces
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  • good fruit in a marriage,
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  • in a family, in a career,
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  • and in a community if you allow
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  • it to frame the orientation
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  • and expectation of your heart.
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  • Hey, in closing today, what's
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  • the best news you've ever heard?
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  • I can think of some.
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  • The best news I ever heard
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  • was my dear wife saying "Yes"
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  • to my completely underwhelming
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  • marriage proposal.
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  • I can think of the doctor
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  • looking at my wife, and when
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  • our son had died in her womb,
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  • there was no sign
  • 00:23:57.010 --> 00:23:57.260
  • of a heartbeat,
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  • and we prayed in faith,
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  • and went back to the doctor
  • 00:24:01.070 --> 00:24:02.090
  • for another test,
  • 00:24:02.090 --> 00:24:03.230
  • and the doctor checked
  • 00:24:03.230 --> 00:24:05.090
  • the heartbeat again and said,
  • 00:24:05.090 --> 00:24:07.100
  • "I have a heartbeat."
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  • That was amazing news.
  • 00:24:09.040 --> 00:24:10.250
  • I've been blessed to hear some
  • 00:24:10.250 --> 00:24:12.190
  • extraordinary good news
  • 00:24:12.190 --> 00:24:14.080
  • in my life, but none of that,
  • 00:24:14.080 --> 00:24:16.100
  • as beautiful, and powerful,
  • 00:24:16.100 --> 00:24:18.090
  • and wonderful as it is,
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:20.050
  • even rises to the level
  • 00:24:20.050 --> 00:24:21.280
  • of hearing Jesus say,
  • 00:24:21.280 --> 00:24:24.050
  • "I forgive your sins and I give
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  • you the promise of eternal life
  • 00:24:26.220 --> 00:24:29.180
  • because you have believed
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  • in the gospel."
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  • The gospel has powerful
  • 00:24:33.180 --> 00:24:36.030
  • ramifications, implications,
  • 00:24:36.030 --> 00:24:39.000
  • and a beautiful expression
  • 00:24:39.000 --> 00:24:40.260
  • for all of humanity,
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  • so let's live, as the Bible
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: Hey, it's been an
  • 00:24:53.150 --> 00:24:54.020
  • amazing joy to have you with us
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  • here today on "Cafe Theology."
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  • And as you resume
  • 00:24:58.110 --> 00:24:59.030
  • your daily schedule,
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  • I just wanna encourage you
  • 00:25:00.220 --> 00:25:01.210
  • to think about what we have
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  • studied and look for some ways
  • 00:25:03.120 --> 00:25:05.110
  • to put the gospel into practice
  • 00:25:05.110 --> 00:25:08.020
  • by strengthening your faith
  • 00:25:08.020 --> 00:25:09.230
  • in the gospel.
  • 00:25:09.230 --> 00:25:11.010
  • Read the gospel,
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  • quote the gospel,
  • 00:25:12.170 --> 00:25:13.270
  • affirm the gospel,
  • 00:25:13.270 --> 00:25:15.060
  • share the gospel,
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  • and let the gospel work.
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  • I can't wait to have you join me
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  • next week, right here once again
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: What if we quit making
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  • points and started having
  • 00:25:30.090 --> 00:25:31.130
  • conversations?
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  • What if we made kindness
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  • a priority?
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  • What if we injected
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  • a higher level of civility
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  • into our national discourse
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  • on morality instead
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  • of characterizing, and labeling,
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  • and defining people you don't
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