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May 25, 2019
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  • Looking for a ray of light.
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  • Looking for something better than this.
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white,
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  • longing for prism light or the bliss.
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  • Forward at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light.
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  • Moving at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light.
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  • Joy unspeakable
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  • and full of colors found a hope
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  • so bright and clear.
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid,
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  • the Savior's radiance so very near to me.
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  • male announcer: The world is watching how Christians live.
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  • We're under scrutiny and we must make sure
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  • we're following Jesus steadfastly.
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig," Skip shares several
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  • ways you can stand strong in your faith
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  • and be a bold witness for Jesus.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Do you ever feel like you're being watched
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  • by unbelievers?
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  • You ever feel that unbelievers look at you
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  • and they analyze you and scrutinize you?
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  • Well, if you ever get that feeling, you're right.
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  • That's what they're doing.
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  • And not only are they analyzing and scrutinizing you,
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  • they're criticizing you.
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  • And probably more so now than ever before in American history,
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  • the Christian church is being criticized
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  • by the unbelieving world.
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  • Every Christmas you hear the same stories about how kids
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  • can't sing "Silent Night" in a public setting, or throughout
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  • the year you hear about a Christian group who doesn't go
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  • along with the mainstream idea of sexuality, et cetera,
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  • and they're labeled as being intolerant and mean spirited.
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  • I was listening to the news yesterday, and in North
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  • Carolina, the Board of Commissioners every year get
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  • together and for the last 50 years, it has been their
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  • practice to get together and open up their public session
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  • with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a prayer.
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  • It's been in their history a long time.
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  • So, they did it this time.
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  • They opened up their session with Pledge of Allegiance
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  • and prayer.
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  • But this time, the ACLU is watching them and filed a
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  • lawsuit against them because they prayed, and get this.
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  • They said the worst thing of all you could say,
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  • they said at the end of the prayer, "in Jesus's name."
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  • So, that became a violation and a lawsuit was filed.
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  • And, you know, I've been asked to pray publicly from time to
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  • time and a couple of times people will say,
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  • "Well, the only thing we're skittish about is
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  • if you use that term at the end 'in Jesus's name.
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  • 'you probably shouldn't use that."
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  • And I say, "So do you want the prayer to work?"
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  • I saw an article on CNN.com that admitted that Christians are
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  • becoming a hated minority, a hated minority.
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  • I've long had an article in my arsenal about the neighbors
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  • that Americans don't want living next door.
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  • The article is called "Not In My Backyard,"
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  • and it's actually a little graph that shows this truth.
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  • It says, this is the percentage of Americans
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  • who do not like the following minorities as neighbors.
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  • One percent say they don't want Catholics living next door.
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  • Two percent don't want Protestants living next door.
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  • Three percent don't want Jews living next door.
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  • Nine percent say they don't want Hispanics as neighbors.
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  • Then comes unmarried couples, then comes blacks, and finally
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  • the bottom of the list the highest percentage 13%
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  • say they don't want religious fundamentalists as neighbors.
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  • They especially hate bold believers, the kind that make
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  • a stand for what they believe because bold believers,
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  • you know, the kind that don't fold with the culture
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  • and just sort of go along with the flow,
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  • the bold believers, they're the ones
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  • that will be labeled, narrow, myopic, bigoted, and biased.
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  • One website that I found, one honest atheist wrote and
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  • I quote, "I've considered myself an atheist for four
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  • or five years, and I feel a real hate of Christians,
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  • more so than any other religious cult.
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  • And it's growing inside of me.
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  • I cannot just read a story or watch a video of a Christian
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  • without this huge fireball of impatience and anger
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  • coming up through my body," closed quote.
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  • So, who's intolerant?
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  • You ever feel like you're the missionary surrounded
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  • by cannibals?
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  • And the missionary noticed one cannibal is staring intently
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  • at him, and he got really nervous and said,
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  • "Why are you looking at me so intensely?"
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  • And the guy said, "I'm the food inspector."
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  • You sort of feel like the world is watching you
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  • 'cause they want to gobble you up.
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  • Well, Paul understood this dilemma.
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  • Paul understood that if you become a Christian
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  • and you follow Christ boldly, that the Christian life
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  • is not a playground, man, it's a battleground.
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  • He got that, he understood that.
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  • In fact, here's part of his resume.
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  • In 2 Corinthians 11 he says, "I've been in prison frequently.
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  • I've been flogged severely.
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  • I've been exposed to death again and again.
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  • Five times I received from the Jews 40 lashes minus one.
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  • Three times I was beaten with rods.
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  • And once I was stoned," and that's not Colorado stoned,
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  • that's stoned with rocks.
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  • Now, as we have been reading in the Book of Philippians,
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  • this chapter, this book of joy, we saw that Paul begins
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  • by writing to the Philippians as saints.
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  • Paul and Timothy to the saints who were at Philippi
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  • in Christ Jesus.
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  • Then he writes to them as servants,
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  • those who enjoyed the fellowship of the gospel with him.
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  • They were partners in the gospel.
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  • But now there is a shift.
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  • Now he writes to them not as saints, not as servants,
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  • but as soldiers as it were.
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  • And the focus of his letter beginning
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  • in chapter 1, verse 27,
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  • turns from his imprisonment to their predicament.
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  • And you'll notice by just the wording in this little grouping
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  • of sentences, the word "adversaries"
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  • appears or enemies.
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  • The word "suffer" shows up.
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  • And the word "conflict" is all in what we're about to read.
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  • So, what I want to show you from this set of verses is how to
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  • stand for Christ when the world wants you to fall.
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  • Verse 27, Paul writes, "Only let your conduct be worthy of the
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  • gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am
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  • absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in
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  • one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith
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  • of the gospel, and not in any way be terrified
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  • by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition,
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  • but to you of salvation, and that from God.
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  • For you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to
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  • believe in Him, but also to suffer for his sake, having the
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  • same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me."
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  • I want you to picture something in your mind.
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  • I want you to picture a man and around him
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  • is standing a hostile crowd.
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  • The crowd does not like the man.
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  • The crowd is yelling at him, shouting at him,
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  • threatening him.
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  • They're jeering and they're taunting, and they wish him ill.
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  • They want to see him gone or hurt.
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  • Now, with that picture in mind, I want to show you
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  • four qualities on how to stand and not fall in the midst
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  • of a hostile world.
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  • I want you to picture it sort of like a stool with four legs.
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  • Each leg will add a little more stability to the whole.
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  • First, consistency.
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  • Consistency is the first quality.
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  • Verse 27 Paul says, "Only let your conduct be worthy
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  • of the gospel of Christ."
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  • You see the word "conduct."
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  • I'm gonna give you a literal translation of it,
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  • then I'm gonna explain it, but the word means
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  • your political affiliation.
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  • Don't think of politics in the terms of modern America.
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  • The Greek word is polituo, and polituo is the word
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  • by which we get our word political,
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  • or politics, or policy, or police.
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  • They all come from this word
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  • because polituo was all about the polis in ancient times.
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  • A polis is a city, or more accurately,
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  • a city state, a free state.
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  • It's the citizens that belong to a city state
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  • and they conduct themselves in a manner that represents
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  • the best of that state.
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  • So, the idea carries, the word carries the idea of being a good
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  • citizen, honoring the political affiliation or the city state
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  • that you're a part of.
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  • And what, what are we a part of?
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  • Chapter 3 will say your citizenship is in heaven.
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  • So, the idea is, let's conduct ourselves
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  • so that we are offering the very best of the kingdom of God.
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  • You know, wherever we travel, we represent our nation,
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  • whether we like it or not.
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  • You're an American.
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  • I don't know if you know what the reputation of Americans
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  • is around the world.
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  • It's not favorable in most cases.
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  • The loud American, the ugly American, there's several things
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  • that we are noted for around the world.
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  • And I remember on one trip I was on in India, I was with a group
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  • of people from different places, and there was one group
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  • of guys that were very, very loud.
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  • And they were at a meal, and they were being laughing,
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  • and loud, and obnoxious.
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  • And the Indians in that culture didn't know
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  • how to read these guys.
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  • They just sort of, I guess, this is how Americans act.
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  • You know, and I'm over in the corner, you know, with my head
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  • in my hands going, they don't represent the best my country
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  • has to offer, trust me.
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  • But they were representing their kingdom.
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  • They were conducting themselves in a certain way.
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  • Or, like the time I went to England
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  • and tried to sound like I was English.
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  • I tried really hard to come up with the best British accent.
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  • I practiced it. I thought I had it down.
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  • So, we went to breakfast, and I ordered in an English accent,
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  • and the maitre d looked at me said,
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  • "And you're from California."
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  • So, I must have given myself away either in my fake British
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  • accent, or the mannerisms that I displayed.
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  • So, let your conduct, your display
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  • of your national identity, and notice what it says,
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  • "Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ."
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  • The word "worthy" means to balance the scales
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  • or to weigh as much.
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  • That is, the weight on one side of the scales equals
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  • the weight on the other side of the scales.
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  • We use the word in that way.
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  • We will say, "That person is worthy of his pay."
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  • What we mean is, the money we are giving that person
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  • corresponds, or weighs as much, as the output of the work
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  • that he or she produces.
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  • If we say, "She is worthy of this honor,"
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  • we are saying the accolades we give her weigh
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  • as much or correspond to the productivity
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  • or the achievement that she has produced.
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  • So, when Paul writes, "Let your conduct be worthy
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  • of the gospel," that's his way of saying
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  • that your practice must match your proclamation.
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  • If it's like a set of scales, and on one side, you say,
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  • "Well, this is what I believe."
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  • That's your proclamation.
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  • Your practice, what you do, needs to match up,
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  • needs to weigh as much.
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  • And by the way, John the Baptist used this word like that.
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  • He said, "Bear fruits worthy of repentance.
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  • If you say you have a repentant life,
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  • let's see it in what that life will produce.
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  • So, what Paul is doing here is calling us
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  • to a consistent Christian life.
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  • If you're called Christian, then live up to the name.
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  • A Christian must never live beneath his theology.
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  • A Christian must never live beneath his belief.
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  • I know that you've heard all the research statistics for years.
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  • Barna research every year comes up with what Americans say they
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  • believe in and every year, we're always astonished because every
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  • year we find out that a large majority of Americans say
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  • that they're Christian.
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  • And a lot of them say they're born-again Christians.
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  • But as I look at the American landscape, I just gotta say,
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  • it doesn't quite weigh the same.
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  • What they say we are isn't really what we are.
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  • There's gotta be some inconsistency in that.
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  • Back in 1986, get this, an IRS 25-year auditor,
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  • a veteran of auditing for the IRS,
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  • was arrested and convicted for tax evasion.
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  • You know, that just gets to you, right?
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  • It's like, "Yeah, those are the guys that try to stiff me."
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  • You know, they're always bummed out
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  • about this little discrepancy.
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  • They audit me.
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  • Well, this auditor thought that he had found a loophole
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  • that he had found a flaw in the system.
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  • He didn't.
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  • The system found a flaw in him and when they found it,
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  • they fined him $115.000.
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  • He was inconsistent.
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  • What he said he believed in and what he actually practiced
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  • in his personal life were vastly different.
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  • And John Bunyan put it this way, "A man can be a saint abroad,
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  • and a devil at home."
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  • And if that is the case, then that is unworthy conduct.
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  • It is inconsistent.
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  • Now, let me turn that around.
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  • One of the greatest weapons you can use against the devil
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  • is a consistent life, a consistent life,
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  • a godly, consistent life,
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  • not that God expects perfection, he does not.
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  • The Bible says he knows our frame that we are dust.
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  • But he does expect that as citizens of the kingdom of God,
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  • of the kingdom of heaven, that we show a consistency in that.
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  • John says, 1 John chapter 1, verse 6, "If we say we have
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  • fellowship with Him and we walk in darkness,
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  • we lie and do not practice the truth."
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  • So, simply put, our lives must give proof that they have been
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  • touched by the gospel, by the good news
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  • about Jesus Christ, that's worthy of the gospel.
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  • So, here's a question, is your life filled with love?
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  • 'Cause the gospel is.
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  • "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son."
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  • Is your life filled with forgiveness?
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  • 'Cause the gospel is.
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  • Is your life filled with hope?
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  • 'Cause the gospel is.
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  • Is your life filled with holiness?
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  • 'Cause the gospel is.
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  • So, consistency is the first tool, weapon,
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  • strength that will help you stand when the world
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  • wants you to fall.
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  • Here's the second unity, unity.
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  • He says, continuing on in verse 27,
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  • "So that whether I come and see you or I'm absent,
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  • I may hear of your affairs that you stand fast
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  • in one spirit with one mind, striving together,"
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  • that's the unity, "for the faith of the gospel."
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  • Now, Paul doesn't know if he's gonna live or die.
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  • He said that, "I don't know if I'm gonna live or die.
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  • I don't know if I'm gonna be set free or stay incarcerated.
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  • I may come and see you, I may not.
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  • But that doesn't matter.
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  • Whether I'm around or not does not matter.
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  • What matters is that whether I'm with you or not,
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  • you stand firm."
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  • Now, that's soldier talk.
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  • The word that Paul uses here in the imperative, stakatai,
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  • stand firm means stand your post, don't leave your guard.
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  • It speaks of a soldier who would stand his position, even with
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  • the onslaught of tremendous opposition or temptation.
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  • So, go back to that little picture I put in your mind.
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  • Here's a man, there's a hostile crowd around him.
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  • He's standing, maybe he's sort of standing upright in a relaxed
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  • position, but the crowd gets louder and closer.
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  • And so, he does this, he widens his stance
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  • to give him more stability.
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  • He's now gonna stand firm, stand fast.
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  • He's not gonna move his position.
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  • But he would be better served, if he himself wasn't the only
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  • one standing fast, but he had a whole bunch of friends next to
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  • him kind of doing this, right?
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  • When you have other people standing with you,
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  • your odds for victory increase.
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  • That's the thought of this verse.
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  • "Standfast in one spirit with one mind,
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  • striving to gather for the faith of the gospel."
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  • I just gotta say, there are some great metaphors in this section.
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  • Paul, the apostle, uses some great words.
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  • The words for striving together,
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  • a single Greek word, "sonathleto".
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  • Son, the prefix for together.
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  • Athleto, we get the term athletic or athlete from it.
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  • So, come together as athletes, you might say.
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  • Strive and stand together in this race as athletes.
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  • It is clear, it is evident, that Paul saw the church
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  • as a team sport, not as some little,
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  • private, personal island
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  • experience that I have with God all by myself.
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  • No, he said, "Our team is in conflict.
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  • Our team is in a battle, and it takes teamwork.
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  • We have to stand together. We need unity."
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:26.190
  • Now, I would like to explain when the New Testament talks
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  • about unity, what it doesn't mean and what it does mean.
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  • Unity in the Bible doesn't mean necessarily unanimity
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  • where everybody thinks exactly the same.
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  • It doesn't necessarily mean uniformity
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  • where everybody acts exactly the same.
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  • If you think that you're gonna get every Christian to agree
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  • on every point of doctrine and style of worship, good luck.
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  • Not gonna happen.
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  • You may not agree with my view on certain things.
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  • You may not agree with my view on eschatology,
  • 00:21:01.110 --> 00:21:04.000
  • the rapture of the church.
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  • You may not agree with my view on spiritual gifts.
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  • You may not agree with my view on the election of the believer.
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  • And I always give anybody the privilege to be wrong.
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  • You can believe whatever you'd like.
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  • Somebody once said, if you find two people that agree
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  • on everything, one of them is not thinking.
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  • So, I think vigorous debate can be good, it can be healthy,
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  • it can be helpful, as long as we don't divide over it.
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  • Can you imagine if we could assemble
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  • the great Christian minds throughout the centuries
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  • and put them in one room together?
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  • For example, if we were to go back to the fourth century and
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  • get Augustine of Hippo, North Africa, who spiritualized so
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  • many texts of the Scripture, put him in the room and sit next to
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  • him, the 10th century Bernard of Clairvaux, and for fun let's add
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  • the 16th century reformer John Calvin next to him.
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  • And then to really spice things up, we'll go
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  • to the 18th century, we'll get John Wesley, Charles Wesley,
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  • and George Whitfield.
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  • Just those three in and of themselves would be fireworks.
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  • Then let's go to the 19th century and put
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  • in Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and D.L. Moody.
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  • We'll go to the 20th century, we'll put
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  • C.S. Lewis in that room and Billy Graham.
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  • We'll go to the 21st century and put the likes
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  • of N.T. Wright in there.
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  • I'm going to tell you something, there is not gonna
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  • be unanimity on every single point.
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  • It'll be a very, very lively discussion.
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  • But at the end of the day what you will have is unity
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  • when it comes to the essential historic Christian gospel.
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  • We're not much different than an athletic team.
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  • You've all heard of teams.
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  • Every season, the season starts out where there's bickering
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:58.070
  • between some of the individual players on that team.
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  • They're kind of out for their own glory, out for themselves.
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  • But as the season moves on and they near the playoff, they know
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  • they need to act together because victory is in sight.
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  • If they've made the playoff, they better give their best
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  • parts of who they are to the team so they can win the battle.
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  • So, unity then doesn't mean uniformity or unanimity.
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  • It does, however, mean harmony.
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  • It means harmony.
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  • It means we choose to work together.
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  • We choose to cooperate over the essentials, the essentials.
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  • I've always loved that little axiom from the Reformation.
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  • You've heard it.
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  • In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty.
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  • In all things, charity. That was Jesus's passion.
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  • He prayed for unity in his high priestly prayer of John 17.
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  • Jesus prayed that, "they all may be one, that they also may be
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  • one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me."
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  • Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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  • was a medical doctor who became a pastor.
  • 00:24:15.270 --> 00:24:20.010
  • Very interesting story on a personal level.
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  • He was a medical doctor, became an assistant pastor
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  • to Dr. G. Campbell Morgan of Westminster Chapel.
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  • When Morgan died, the church was given to
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  • as the pastor D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
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  • And one of the stories that Jones told is that before the
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  • Spanish Civil War in the great cities of Spain like Barcelona
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  • and Madrid, that the psychological clinics treated
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  • large numbers of people for what he called little issues,
  • 00:24:48.160 --> 00:24:54.000
  • personal problems, personal anxieties.
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  • But then the Civil War broke out and when it did, one of the most
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  • striking effects the Civil War had on the Spanish population
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  • is it virtually emptied the medical clinics overnight.
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  • They were suddenly all cured by a greater anxiety.
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  • No longer are they worried about little personal problems.
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  • Now they're worried about, "Will my husband
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