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Stepping Out Strong

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June 17, 2019
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Don Wilton

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Stepping Out Strong

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  • male announcer: We can all use some encouragement
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  • and today you'll find it in the Bible-based preaching
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  • of Dr. Don Wilton right here on "The Encouraging Word."
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: So, I want you to open your Bibles today to
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  • Acts chapter 15, and I want to share something from my heart
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  • today, and I'm speaking on the subject, "Stepping Out Strong."
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  • Life is so filled with a continual stepping out.
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  • We say this to one another many times, you know?
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  • You seem to always be reaching a certain point and then it comes
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  • time to turn the page and move on to the next.
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  • It happens when we even change jobs or if we move cities, when
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  • we graduate, all the way from kindergarten to this stage to
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  • that stage, when we go all the way to the top, finally get a
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  • Ph.D., stepping from a single life into married life,
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  • then married life to the life of parents.
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  • It never stops.
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  • I'm going to show you something here, because in the New
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  • Testament there were a group of people just very much like us
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  • who found themselves having to leave what they were in many
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  • ways accustomed to, the people that they knew and loved,
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  • and they were about to step out and go into their world.
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  • So, here is what I'm gonna do before I even read this passage.
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  • I asked myself this question: what are some of the things
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  • that the devil actually wants you to do?
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  • So, I've come up with seven of them.
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  • There are a hundred thousand more.
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  • Is that fair enough?
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  • This is what the devil wants you and me to do
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  • as we step into our world.
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  • Number one, be unchurched.
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  • If he can get you unchurched, he's got you.
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  • Now, what does it mean to be unchurched?
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  • He wants you at the very base level not to come to
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  • church, not to be in a church.
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  • He doesn't want you to be sitting where you are today,
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  • doesn't want you to be listening where you are today.
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  • He doesn't like it, doesn't like the church, doesn't like the
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  • fact that it's right there in the church that you hear about
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  • God's Word, you read God's Word, that you have people
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  • that love Jesus, that encourage you.
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  • He wants you to be discouraged.
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  • He doesn't want you to get fuel in your tank for the week.
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  • He wants you to start your week out with no gas in your tank.
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  • He doesn't want you, so, number one, what does the devil--what
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  • does he want of you?
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  • He wants you to be unchurched.
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  • Number two, he wants you to be undecided.
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  • If he can get you and me to hover between two opinions
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  • and never make a decision, he got you.
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  • Number three, devil wants you to be unconcerned, unconcerned.
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  • Unconcerned about what?
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  • About who's out there.
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  • I'm gonna show you in just a minute, so I'm going to tell you
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  • if we talk about the world I am going to tell you and you will
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  • agree with me there are a lotta troublemakers out there.
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  • You know what the devil wants you to do?
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  • He wants you to be unconcerned.
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  • All right, number four, I think the devil wants you
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  • and me to be unwilling.
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  • Unwilling to do what? Unwilling to stand up for Jesus.
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  • Unwilling to take risks.
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  • Unwilling to move our family overseas to serve him.
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  • Unwilling to go on mission.
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  • Unwilling to give our tithes and offerings to the Lord's work.
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  • Unwilling to associate with Christian people too much.
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  • Unwilling.
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  • He just wants you to be unwilling.
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  • You ever met anybody like that?
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  • You ever met a person that seems to be so willing?
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  • I mean, just like fall-out-of-my-seat willing
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  • to do just about anything: travel, go, be.
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  • But as soon as you ask them to do something for the Lord
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  • it's like just unwilling, sort of do it maybe.
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  • He wants you to be unwilling.
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  • It's like you'll do anything, but you really need to think
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  • about it when it comes to anything to do with the Lord.
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  • That's what he wants you to do.
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  • He's got you.
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  • You ever met a man at the ball game who will buy everybody
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  • in the stadium a hotdog?
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  • Nothing is too much trouble, and I like it.
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  • I don't buy everybody a hotdog,
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  • but I like buying people things, too.
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  • Do you ask that same man to give something
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  • to a poor person and he's unwilling?
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  • Like, he's gotta really think about it.
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  • I don't know what number I'm on.
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  • Number five, devil wants you and me to be unaccountable.
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  • He just wants you to step out into your world totally
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  • unaccountable to anybody.
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  • He wants you to be the king of your own roost.
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  • He just wants you to strut some stuff, like, "Hey, big boy,
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  • this is about me and the rest of you can do with it
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  • whatever you wanna do.
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  • I'm not accountable to anybody.
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  • Whatever cranks my tractor is what I'm gonna do."
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  • He wants you to be, wants you to be unaccountable, unaccountable
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  • to your parents, unaccountable to your grandparents,
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  • unaccountable to your friend, unaccountable to your church,
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  • unaccountable to your teacher, unaccountable to your coach.
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  • He just wants you to be unaccountable,
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  • just go out there and live it, man.
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  • Get on with it.
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  • Number six, devil wants us to be unattentive.
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  • He just doesn't want us to pay attention in two areas:
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  • to the Holy Spirit, number one, and he doesn't want us
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  • to pay attention to fellow godly believers.
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  • He wants us to be unattentive.
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  • If he can get you to not listen right now, he got you.
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  • He got you.
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  • Number seven, he wants you to be unhinged.
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  • Lemme define what it means to live unhinged.
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  • It's what America and American politics tell us today that's
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  • how we've gotta live: unhinged.
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  • Just do your thing.
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  • Guys, get--we need to really get together.
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  • We're Americans. We got a right.
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  • You like it? Do it.
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  • Unhinged.
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  • Lemme read you this passage.
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  • Watch this.
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  • I'm gonna read it quickly, so I'll start in verse 22.
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  • "Then it seemed good to the apostles and to the elders and
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  • to the whole church, to choose from among them a number of men,
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  • send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas."
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  • So, they sent Judas and Silas, "Leading men among the brothers,
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  • with the following letters, and they said to the apostles, the
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  • elders, and to all the brothers and sisters and the believers,
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  • who are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia:
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  • 'We want you to know something.
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  • Since we have heard that there are some people who have gone
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  • out from us and are causing you trouble.'" How?
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  • "With words, unsettling your minds,
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  • although we gave them no such permission."
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  • God certainly didn't.
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  • "It has seemed to us," because of these troublemakers out
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  • there, "having come to one accord, to choose some men, send
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  • them to you with Paul and Barnabas, men who have kissed
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  • their life--risked their lives for the sake of the name
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves
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  • will tell you the same things by word of mouth.
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  • For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on
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  • you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain
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  • from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from
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  • what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality."
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  • Here is the bottom line, "If you keep yourselves
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  • from these things, you will do well."
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  • Let's just stop right there, just to say this.
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  • These people were surrounded by a lot of people who meant a lot
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  • to them and now they were beginning to go on their journey
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  • into the world.
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  • In fact, in context this is the beginning
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  • of Paul's missionary journeys.
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  • This is when these people whose lives had been changed, who knew
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  • better, who loved the Lord were getting ready to take this
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  • message out there, but, boy, what a world they were stepping
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  • into and there were seven things that they did.
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  • Number one, they gathered themselves together.
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  • That's what they did in verse 22.
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  • They gathered themselves together.
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  • We're gonna find this right throughout the New Testament.
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  • I mean, time without number.
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  • What Jesus said proves to be true.
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  • That "I'm going to establish my church and the gates of,"
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  • what's the word?
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  • Hell.
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  • "The gates of hell will not prevail against my church, my
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  • believers, those who trust in me because I'm the Rock," and he
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  • instituted the gathered church so that the scattered church
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  • has got a rock to stand on.
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  • So, what did they do? They gathered together.
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  • In fact, the Bible says, "Don't forsake the gathering of
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  • yourselves together," so what does the devil want us to do?
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  • Be unchurched.
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  • It's the new movement.
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  • "Church?
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  • Are you kidding me?
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  • Church?
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  • I'm too busy.
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  • Church? Man, I don't know."
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  • I just commend you for being part of the gathered church.
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  • My greatest prayer for you today is that at the very least,
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  • on the authority of God's Word, that you are going to be
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  • fortified because you're part of the gathered church.
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  • I can say with absolute confidence--because it doesn't
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  • have anything to do with me.
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  • It's all God.
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  • I can promise you when you gather God is going to speak
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  • to you at some point.
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  • He's gonna give you at least one takeaway that is going
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  • to fortify you as a parent, as a graduate,
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  • as a ball player, as a young thing.
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  • He's gonna do it.
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  • Number two, they made good decisions.
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  • They made good decisions.
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  • Every time they gathered together, they got together
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  • to determine, to make good decisions about how
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  • to do whatever it was they were gonna do next.
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  • Isn't that great?
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  • I'm telling you when you get God's people together
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  • good decisions come out.
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  • I'm seeing that even in our church.
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  • I saw it this week like I'm just telling you.
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  • Can't wait to tell you all of this.
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  • I mean, it's like one voice.
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  • Men, women, young, old coming together, talking, studying,
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  • trying to find, ask questions.
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  • What's happening?
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  • God is telling us that when we gather we have the greatest
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  • opportunity to make good decisions.
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  • Now, I was not always successful at this, but every once in a
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  • while as the Grand Poobah in my house, when our children were
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  • still children, I would make an announcement.
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  • "You know, let's all get together."
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  • By the way, it's the value of all sitting actually having
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  • a meal together, because you have a conversation.
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  • I don't know how many times we sat down, living room,
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  • out on the deck, but we just pulled our self together.
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  • Had a conversation.
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  • You know what came out of that? Good decisions.
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  • That's what they did.
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  • Number three, they watched out. Look at verse 24.
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  • I mean, verse 24 is powerful.
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  • Bible says, "We've heard that there are people out there
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  • making trouble."
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  • May I say this?
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  • You know it's true, don't you?
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  • A lotta troublemakers out there.
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  • Go and ask the average parent.
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  • One of the many things they pray for their children,
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  • that their children won't hang around with troublemakers.
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  • People who--just beats me.
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  • They don't have anybody's interests at heart.
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  • They just wanna be partnered in destroying you,
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  • discrediting you.
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  • "Come on, you take--go on. Have some.
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  • Nobody is gonna mind. Drink this, man.
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  • Everybody is. Come on.
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  • Oh, come on. Smoke this, man.
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  • Colorado says it's okay. Blow your mind, man.
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  • This is America. Come on, man.
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  • Get a life."
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  • What did the early church do?
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  • They just watched out.
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  • Number four, they stood up for Jesus.
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  • The Bible says right there in verse 26, I believe,
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  • they identified men and woman who had risked their lives
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  • for the Lord Jesus.
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  • They stood up for Jesus.
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  • Now, what does the Bible tell us that the devil
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  • does not want us to do?
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  • The devil wants us to be unwilling.
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  • I'll tell you he's got you in your workplace if you buy into
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  • the lie that you cannot talk about Jesus in your workplace.
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  • He's got you.
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  • He's got you hook, line, and sinker.
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  • He's got you if he's persuaded you.
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  • "Anything that involves a risk, don't do it.
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  • They'll, they, they'll come after you.
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  • Just keep your Christian stuff inside the church,
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  • otherwise they'll come after you.
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  • Don't ever take a risk out there.
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  • Just become silent."
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  • That's the world we're living in.
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  • What did they do?
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  • They stood up for Jesus, but, furthermore,
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  • they held one another accountable.
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  • The Bible says in verse 27 that they made a decision.
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  • Then they got two of their most trusted people and sent them out
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  • to verify that what they had decided to do had
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  • in fact been done.
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  • That's accountability and these people here
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  • in the New Testament, they held each other accountable.
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  • Number six, they paid attention. They paid attention.
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  • Look what happened right there in verse 28.
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  • The Bible says they listened, number one, to the Holy Spirit.
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  • Do you know the Holy Spirit give you a nudge, jab you in the
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  • back, break your toe if he needs to, to get your attention?
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  • That's what he does.
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  • He lives in us, but he not only--they not only paid
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  • attention to the Holy Spirit, but they paid attention to the
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  • arsonists of we, we believers.
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  • They paid attention.
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  • There was real value placed on paying attention
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  • and there was one more thing here.
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  • I'll close with this. This is a big one.
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  • They abstained.
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  • Now, what was it we said the devil wants us to do?
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  • Be unhinged.
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  • You'll be interested to note here in this text that they talk
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  • about abstaining, not being unhinged,
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  • abstaining from two areas.
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  • Number one, abstain from becoming a stumbling block
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  • to other people.
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  • Now, I want you to listen to me, 'cause here they're talking
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  • about some weird stuff like food sacrifice to idols.
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  • Who cares?
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  • Ha-ha, huh, huh?
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  • I mean, blood, animals that have been strangled.
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  • It's like, "What? What?
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  • What do you--what?
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  • What do you--" Listen, that stuff was very important
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  • in Jewish law.
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  • It was part of their heritage.
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  • It was Jewish law.
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  • It was very serious and these people had become believers and
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  • the first thing that they made a decision as they stepped out
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  • into the world is that even though they didn't fully
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  • understand nor agree with anymore about food sacrificed to
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  • idols, because they had met Jesus, they were not going to
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  • eat that food because it would become a stumbling block
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  • to those that did that.
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  • They made a decision to abstain, first of all,
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  • from being a stumbling block.
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  • I don't--I pray to God every day that there is not something
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  • I--because I'm so imperfect.
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  • That there is not something, as your pastor,
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  • that you would see me doing, saying, looking like.
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  • I know it's really--you say, "Oh, that's just silly.
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  • It's just silly."
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  • I don't want to do--how do I say that in the right way?
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  • I don't want to--I just ask God, 'cause I can't do it,
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  • "Lord, please let me abstain from doing anything that
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  • might hurt someone else and affect their walk with Jesus."
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  • And the second one, abstained from sexual immorality.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • You know what it means.
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  • Need me to explain it to you?
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  • Just means conduct yourself the way God says.
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  • Make a decision.
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  • Got to make that decision stepping out into tomorrow,
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  • wherever it is, whatever page is turning,
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  • so right now the page is turning.
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  • Dr. Wilton: Hello, my dear friends.
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  • I want to speak to you personally today
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  • from my heart to yours.
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  • for us to respond to our world by standing up
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  • for righteousness.
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  • crosscurrents that you and I know full well
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  • are challenging the very fabric of our faith.
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