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800 Pounds of Grace Part 2

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March 15, 2020
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.

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  • Thank you so much for joining uson Fresh Life TV.
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  • For a series of messages thatwe're calling, Creed.
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  • We're taking a look at theApostle's Creed.
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  • A statement of truth embodiedin the teaching of the Apostles.
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  • That has been believed on byJesus people ever since Herose from the dead.
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  • These are sort of theload bearing walls ofChristianity.
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  • You think about if you remodelyour house, you can move certainwalls.
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  • This can go down, thiskitchen can extend into theliving room or dining room.
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  • But this wall, if you takethis wall down, it's goingto knock the whole housedown.
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  • This is the load bearing wall.And that is exactly what we'retalking about
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  • when we talk about the creed.We're talking about what webelieve
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  • when we say we're followersof Jesus Christ.
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  • I hope this will stimulate youand help you understand
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  • what it is that being aChristian is all about.
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  • If this message or this seriesblesses you in any way,
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  • we would sure appreciate yoursupport of all that God is doing
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  • to bring these messages tothe world.
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  • Thank you so much, let'sbuckle up and begin thisadventure.
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  • This creed that we call theApostles' Creed, it
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  • actually is an enlargement onthe baptismal formula that
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  • Jesus gave to us at the end ofHis life on earth, before
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  • He ascended back into Heaven.You know that passage.
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  • Every-- if you've been baptizedin this Church, it was
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  • spoken, and we baptized you inthe name, singular, one
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  • God, of the Father, the Son, andthe Holy Spirit. God the
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  • Father, God the Son, God theHoly Spirit, all three
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  • distinct persons, but one God.Not names of the Father,
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  • Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thename, singular. One God who
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  • is revealed to himself asFather.
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  • You're just like, wait, I havequestion, I don't
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  • understand that. Yeah, meneither. Right? But that's what
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  • God has told to us, and that'swhat God's revealed to us
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  • all throughout the Bible,beginning to end. Even creation
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  • when God said to Himself, letUs make man in Our image,
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  • it's intertrinitariancommunication and community.God
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  • was modeling for us what Heasked of us that we would be
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  • in community as His followers.Is it possible to be a
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  • Jesus believer, but not to be apart of a local Church?
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  • Of course, but certainly notwhat God had in mind for
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  • you. And not what He Himselfmodeled for you, even within
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  • His own relationship, and we'remade in His image. We were
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  • made for relationship. That'spart of the DNA and the
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  • makeup of us spiritually andphysically as well.
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  • And so what we have in thecreed that we just read that
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  • we're going to be looking at isbasically, I baptize you,
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  • Matthew 28:19, in the nameof the Father-- Jesus said
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  • to do this-- the Son, and theHoly Spirit. But we're
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  • saying, well, who is the Father,and what do we believe
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  • about the Son, and what'simportant to know about the
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  • Holy Spirit, and what is Hedoing in the earth until
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  • Jesus does come back, as thesecond paragraph says He's
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  • going to. I know this is a lot.Some of your eyes are
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  • enormous. All right?
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  • Now, you say to me, Levi,there's a lot of different
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  • creeds, so why would we pickthis creed out of any of the
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  • creeds. Well, just as the Lord'sPrayer has been called
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  • the prayer of prayers, thiscreed has been called the
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  • creed of creeds. So we'rechoosing to go with that. Plus
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  • Martin Luther said of thisfamous creed, the Apostles'
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  • Creed, he said, and I quote,"Christian truth could not
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  • be possibly put into a shorterand clearer statement,"
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  • than these 100 words. If it'sgood enough for Martin
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  • Luther, good enough for me.
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  • Now what is the creed good for?Here's a really important
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  • distinction. It is-- ready? Aconsolidation, not an
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  • incantation. I need you tounderstand that. Some of you
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  • might have grown up in areligious context where this was
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  • almost like a Harry Potter spellthat could be said into
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  • the darkness. But it is aconsolidation. Do you get that?
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  • It is something big shrunk downinto a little packet.
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  • It's fat guy in a littletheological coat, right? Sothis
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  • is what we have here. That's thecreed. You heard it
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  • here, folks. This is God givingus the Tommy Boy gospel
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  • account of what-- you'rewelcome, God bless you. I'll be
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  • here all week. All right? So--
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  • Thank you, you like that? Sothat's what we have. We have
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  • here a consolidation, not anincantation. And I make that
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  • distinction because during theMiddle Ages, it became the
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  • practice of monks in monasteriesto began to repeat this
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  • at intervals throughout theday. And that led to almost a
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  • mindless reciting of this asthough it were somehow a
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  • magic formula or somehowsomething that would just-- it
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  • would just saying it in and ofitself would have meaning
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  • or value. Which of course someof the things we're
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  • extolling in it certainly arenot-- hey, are there worse
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  • things you could be saying toyourself? No. Yes. Yes.
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  • Would it be bad to say this? No.
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  • And I would actually encourageyou to memorize it. In
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  • preparation for the series ourfamily, we memorized the
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  • entire creed. It just took usfour weeks or so adding
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  • just a little bit at a time,and it's really a fun thing
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  • for us as a family to memorizeThis is what we
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  • believe. This is what we reallyknow. But its value is in
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  • consolidation. It's syllabus,right. It's created a
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  • syllabus of what we're sayingwe believe for Jesus
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  • followers, but not anincantation. So this isn't
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  • something like saying it seventimes a day, Gods,
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  • like wow, did you hear her?Gabriel, get a gold star.
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  • Yes. What a good--
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  • Nor is it punitive. Almost like,I think sometimes some
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  • of us perhaps grew up in acontext where it was like, as
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  • discipline we would saysomething like this. Right? It's
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  • not meant to be discipline,it's not meant to be
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  • punishment. What is it? It'seducation. We're saying,
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  • what do we learn? Here's whatwe learn, and there's value
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  • for our soul, there's value forminds. That help out?
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  • That was just my sort of crashcourse before we began.
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  • To which you might say, allright, would would be the
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  • value then of all the things youcould possibly spend
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  • time. Why do you feel that Godwould have us to spend--
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  • why is this worth our time?What's the value proposition?
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  • What you're really trying tosay, I know you've never put
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  • it this way is, what's in it forme? And I think that
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  • there are a number of reasons,but let me boil it down tothese four.
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  • First of all would, of course,be that this is an
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  • evangelistic tool. At leastthat's how it's been wielded
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  • throughout Church history.An evangelistic tool. Because
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  • even as we declared thesethings, as we declare these
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  • truths, there's power thesestatements. Just seeing them
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  • on the screen and reading themout loud about who God is,
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  • what His Son has done.This is the gospel, so of course
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  • you can't communicate thegospel without believing the
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  • Holy Spirit is going to usethat to produce the saving ofsouls.
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  • There might have been someone inthe Church this week or
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  • at Church online who even aswe said that, God brought
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  • you to a place one step nearersaving grace. One step
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  • nearer salvation. You walked inhere one way, but
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  • something loosened in yourheart as you heard about Jesus
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  • Christ being crucified, diedbut then after being buried
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  • rising again on the third day,and ascending to the right
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  • hand of the Father. Chills downyour spine as you think
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  • about the day when He's goingto come again to judge the
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  • living and the dead. Hello.
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  • So it's use, of course, would beevangelism, and we as a
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  • Church every time we gather,everything that we do moves
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  • towards a moment of callingpeople who feel stranded in
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  • sin, helpless and stuck,hopeless and lost, full of
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  • despair and anxiety. But comingto life and liberty in
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  • Jesus Christ. And so we wouldspend this time, these
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  • seven weeks, this collection oftalks would have as a
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  • goal that there would be anevangelistic thrust to this.
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  • That we're doing what anyonewould do if you ate at a new
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  • restaurant or found a new app,or bought clothes from a
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  • new store, you'd recommendit to a friend.
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  • Throughout the weeks of thisseries you can expect me to
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  • profusely, unapologetically, andhopefully clearly
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  • recommend Jesus Christ to youas the Savior of your soul,
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  • as the lover of who you are,not who you wish you were.
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  • Who you actually are. That Hewants to work in your life.
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  • And I hope you'll know as youconsider the people that
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  • you bump into in life, thepeople who you know, that
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  • you'll think about who you couldhave with you in the
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  • weeks of this series to besitting beside you as they
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  • would hear someone on a stage,imperfectly but with all
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  • their heart, point to JesusChrist as the only hope ofhumanity.
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  • And as we of course give onramps for people to say, hey,
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  • I'm in. I want to give my heartto Jesus, too. Would that
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  • be cool? And we're going tobe going like, no, you can't.
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  • Seats taken. Joking! We're goingto say come on in,
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  • there's room for one more.Anybody with me on that? All
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  • right. So that would be like apotential good. So someone
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  • could get saved. That's awesome
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  • How about education? For thoseof us who have made that
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  • decision to give our lives toChrist, to actually buckle
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  • down and learn, and figure outand understand what the
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  • Bible says, and why we believewhat we believe, and what
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  • these things are that matter.So of course, education and
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  • growth and sanctification asJesus' followers. But then I
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  • think it's also valuable forunity. For us to understand
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  • there is a lot of Churches inthe world, but the powerful
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  • thing about this is it really,shows where there's
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  • unity. What out of all thosewho believe this or believe
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  • that, or whatever, there's aunifying and clarifying that
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  • we can agree on these things.
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  • We may not agree on everypoint of how this is done and
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  • how that's done. But at theend of the day, we can look at
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  • the whole world and go, hey.Hey, look. Do you believe
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  • these things? We do too. Thenguess what, we're a part of
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  • the God's family, too. We're apart of the holy or
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  • Catholic Church, or as it'sbetter rendered, this is
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  • universal work of Jesusfollowers all around the world
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  • who trust Him and follow Him,and it's powerful in unity.
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  • That we can say, hey, look, wedon't agree on everything,
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  • but we agree on this. And thenwe have more in common than
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  • we do apart. So there's apowerful work of unity that itis.
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  • Plus I think it also-- this isthe last one I'm going to
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  • really spend just a second on.Because actually this isn't
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  • even my message. We haven'teven begun to fight. We find
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  • in it an anchor to the past. Arich, a rich anchor to the
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  • past of all those since Christascended to Heaven who have
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  • called themselves-- lived onthis earth and died and
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  • called themselves Jesusfollowers. For since the year
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  • AD when the old Roman creedreally began to give way to
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  • this expression of the creed, weas we said those words
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  • are linking up with 1900 yearsof people, who with oxygen
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  • from their lungs have spoken outthose words as a
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  • statement of their faith.
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  • That's pretty cool. I'm like inawe that we would get our
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  • turn at the wheel. Because justas we one day will go to
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  • Heaven, they're there now. Andthey had their turn on this
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  • earth with the baton in theirhands. And the question I
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  • guess they're asking and theworld's asking is, what are
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  • we going to do with the batonof this Gospel message
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  • that's in our hands right now,that angels desire to look
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  • into? All I'm trying to get tosee is we're living out
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  • dead men dreams, right? Solet's not mess it up. Let's
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  • give it all we got while wehave our turn.
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  • And then the day will comewhen we will hand this baton
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  • on. Unless Christ comes backin our lifetime. So that's
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  • really kind of in a nutshell,what the creed is, and why
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  • it matters. And there's alsothis. I mean we could talk
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  • about how I believe that whatyou believe determines how
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  • you behave. So there is a valuein looking into these
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  • things. There's a value in--I hope if I've given anything
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  • as the time that I've had thechance to serve as your
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  • pastor that I've hopefullyraised your love of God's word.
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  • That I hopefully have-- thegreatest compliment you could
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  • give is that it makes me want todig into God's word.
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  • Makes me want to understandit more. Makes me want to
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  • search these things out.
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  • And so I believe in a high viewof scripture and
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  • understanding these thingsmore than that just living it
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  • out, though. Because you canknow a lot but not do
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  • anything with it. So hopefullyit's like, oh, that's
  • 00:12:57.912 --> 00:13:00.248
  • awesome. Now go do somethingabout it, dummy. Hopefully
  • 00:13:00.314 --> 00:13:02.817
  • that's what you get from me,too. So you love me a little
  • 00:13:02.884 --> 00:13:05.052
  • bit, hate me me a little bitmore. It's OK. I got thick
  • 00:13:05.119 --> 00:13:07.989
  • skin. And then-- I do. BecauseI go on the internet sometimes.
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  • This is kind ofthe last thing I'm going to
  • 00:13:59.907 --> 00:14:02.076
  • say introductory, then we'lljump right in. And this is
  • 00:14:02.143 --> 00:14:04.779
  • just-- let this ring in yourheart. A.W. Tozer., he said
  • 00:14:04.846 --> 00:14:07.882
  • that "A Church will only be asgreat as its conception of
  • 00:14:07.949 --> 00:14:11.452
  • God." And so this would bea reason that we're going to
  • 00:14:11.519 --> 00:14:14.555
  • spend some time on thesematters, so that our conception
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  • of God would get bigger, sothat God can do more through us
  • 00:14:16.858 --> 00:14:19.527
  • What are we going to talkabout today? We're going to talk
  • 00:14:19.594 --> 00:14:21.696
  • about I believe in God theFather, almighty, creator of
  • 00:14:21.762 --> 00:14:26.901
  • Heaven and earth, in a messageI'm calling 800 pounds of
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  • Grace. My outline is just twosimple things. So real easy
  • 00:14:33.407 --> 00:14:37.778
  • to get. First we're going totalk about God as a mighty
  • 00:14:37.845 --> 00:14:40.848
  • creator, then we're going totalk about Him as a merciful
  • 00:14:40.915 --> 00:14:42.984
  • Father. Mighty creator andmerciful Father.
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  • There's an old idiom thatyou've probably heard and come
  • 00:14:46.988 --> 00:14:51.092
  • across, and the idiom is aquestion. And the question goes
  • 00:14:51.158 --> 00:14:53.694
  • like this. Where does-- wait,where does-- where's my
  • 00:14:53.761 --> 00:14:58.766
  • hairbrush-- no that's not it.Where, oh where does an 800
  • 00:14:58.833 --> 00:15:05.072
  • pound gorilla sit? And beforeyou answer that question, I
  • 00:15:05.139 --> 00:15:09.744
  • don't want to hear any answers.I want to present for your
  • 00:15:09.810 --> 00:15:11.979
  • consideration as you thinkabout where an 800 pound
  • 00:15:12.046 --> 00:15:14.715
  • gorilla could sit, an 800hundred pound gorilla. Actually
  • 00:15:14.782 --> 00:15:17.752
  • is probably more like 600pounds, because that's as big a
  • 00:15:17.818 --> 00:15:19.854
  • they get, but you get it.
  • 00:15:19.921 --> 00:15:21.789
  • An 800 pound gorilla. Where--he's thinking, where am I
  • 00:15:21.856 --> 00:15:26.327
  • going to sit? Where am Igoing to sit? Where is a chair
  • 00:15:26.394 --> 00:15:29.797
  • big enough to handle myweight? Where does an 800 pound
  • 00:15:29.864 --> 00:15:34.068
  • gorilla sit? And the answer, ofcourse is, any where it
  • 00:15:34.135 --> 00:15:39.740
  • wants to. And it's not going toask to you. It's not going
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  • to check with you, it's notgoing to ask if someone was
  • 00:15:43.044 --> 00:15:44.779
  • sitting here. Whose coat doesthis belong to? That fool is
  • 00:15:44.845 --> 00:15:48.783
  • going to sit down whereverhe wants, and you are going to
  • 00:15:48.849 --> 00:15:52.720
  • get out of his way. No, I wassitting here. Right? You're
  • 00:15:52.787 --> 00:15:57.458
  • going to move, right, becausehe will sit wherever he wants.
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  • If you look in the dictionary,an 800 pound gorilla is
  • 00:16:00.294 --> 00:16:02.930
  • defined is "one that isdominating or uncontrollable
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  • because of great size or power."In other words, God is
  • 00:16:07.501 --> 00:16:13.140
  • the 800 pound gorilla, parexcellence. I mean there is
  • 00:16:13.207 --> 00:16:19.981
  • there's nobody-- the descriptionwe read in Isaiah, does
  • 00:16:20.047 --> 00:16:22.416
  • it not present God? Could it notjust say, Isaiah 40,
  • 00:16:22.483 --> 00:16:25.252
  • God's awesome, and reallyhuge, and does whatever He
  • 00:16:25.319 --> 00:16:29.323
  • wants. That's what he wasreally saying. He's
  • 00:16:29.390 --> 00:16:31.859
  • uncontrollable, He called thestars out by name. Casual.
  • 00:16:31.926 --> 00:16:38.499
  • The sun is 92 plus millionmiles away from us, and is the
  • 00:16:38.566 --> 00:16:46.540
  • closest star that we know about.And this morning, if it's
  • 00:16:46.607 --> 00:16:50.878
  • not cloudy where you are, youcould stand and feel the
  • 00:16:50.945 --> 00:16:54.248
  • warmth from it. 92 millionmiles away, and you can feel
  • 00:16:54.315 --> 00:16:59.820
  • the warmth of it. And it's noteven that big of a star.
  • 00:16:59.887 --> 00:17:05.393
  • You know that? There's a starcalled Betelgeuse, and
  • 00:17:05.459 --> 00:17:09.663
  • Betelgeuse is not only a showthat traumatized my
  • 00:17:09.730 --> 00:17:12.800
  • childhood, it's also a star thatis 700 times bigger than oursun.
  • 00:17:12.867 --> 00:17:19.907
  • They could fit a million earthsin the sun, but Betelgeuse
  • 00:17:19.974 --> 00:17:26.680
  • is the biggest star we found,and it's 700 times bigger
  • 00:17:26.747 --> 00:17:30.151
  • than our sun. Did you knowthey estimate that there are
  • 00:17:30.217 --> 00:17:32.353
  • stars so big that it would beable to fit our entire solar
  • 00:17:32.420 --> 00:17:35.623
  • system inside of them. And wehave this universe that we
  • 00:17:35.689 --> 00:17:42.063
  • know is enormous andexpanding, and they estimate it46
  • 00:17:42.129 --> 00:17:47.234
  • billion light years across theuniverse. And the Bible
  • 00:17:47.301 --> 00:17:51.372
  • says, God measures it with thespan of his hand. And it
  • 00:17:51.439 --> 00:17:55.476
  • all came out of His mouth.
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  • And that's why the scripturesaid, who are you going to putin
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  • that category? Right? Whothinks they're in His weight
  • 00:18:00.081 --> 00:18:04.218
  • class? And it's just a joke.It's acomic joke to speak of
  • 00:18:04.285 --> 00:18:10.624
  • God as anything but a mightycreator. And Bible speak, by
  • 00:18:10.691 --> 00:18:17.698
  • the way, in Bible speak Heavenand earth is shorthand for
  • 00:18:17.765 --> 00:18:20.734
  • everything that exists. So isthere something? Yeah, He
  • 00:18:20.801 --> 00:18:23.804
  • made that too. When we say Ibelieve in God the Father
  • 00:18:23.871 --> 00:18:26.841
  • Almighty, omnipotent, allpower, He created everything
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  • that's ever been a thing. Ifthere's a thing that you
  • 00:18:32.813 --> 00:18:35.149
  • could think of-- you're likewhat about that thing? Hemade that too.
  • 00:18:35.216 --> 00:18:37.418
  • And if, by the way, James Webb,the telescope that's going
  • 00:18:37.485 --> 00:18:39.887
  • to replace Hubble. That's goingparked a million miles
  • 00:18:39.954 --> 00:18:42.089
  • away from us, and be openedup and unfurled, and hopefully
  • 00:18:42.156 --> 00:18:44.992
  • see, they say, as far as towhere-- or wherever the
  • 00:18:45.059 --> 00:18:48.129
  • universe came from. Sciencecalls it the Big Bang, Genesis
  • 00:18:48.195 --> 00:18:51.599
  • says God spoke. But howeveryou call it, there was an
  • 00:18:51.665 --> 00:18:54.735
  • explosion. And I'll bet youthere was a Big Bang, too. And
  • 00:18:54.802 --> 00:18:56.971
  • so we have all that is, and thesay that James Webb is
  • 00:18:57.037 --> 00:19:00.441
  • going to be able to see towherever that was.
  • 00:19:00.508 --> 00:19:02.076
  • It's so powerful, the optics onJames Webb that if it was
  • 00:19:02.143 --> 00:19:06.280
  • on the earth it would be ableto see not only a bumblebee
  • 00:19:06.347 --> 00:19:08.682
  • on the moon, but detect itsheat signature, too. That's my
  • 00:19:08.749 --> 00:19:14.955
  • face I make when I hear stufflike that. The heat
  • 00:19:15.022 --> 00:19:19.093
  • signature of a bumblebee onthe moon from the earth.
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:20.728
  • Follow NASA on Instagram,there's some stuff, man. It's
  • 00:19:23.130 --> 00:19:25.833
  • coming, it's amazing. SpaceX,the first crew capsule.
  • 00:19:25.900 --> 00:19:30.604
  • NASA, my friend who's anastronaut is telling me they're
  • 00:19:30.671 --> 00:19:32.439
  • gearing back up to be back onthe moon in five years, on
  • 00:19:32.506 --> 00:19:34.909
  • Mars in 20. It's unbelievable.
  • 00:19:34.975 --> 00:19:37.378
  • But all the stuff that we seewhile we're out there,
  • 00:19:37.444 --> 00:19:39.413
  • breathing in our little suitsthat give us just a few
  • 00:19:39.480 --> 00:19:41.849
  • minutes out there, God'slike, yes, spoke it, so. Mighty
  • 00:19:41.916 --> 00:19:47.821
  • creator of Heaven and earth.Nehamiah 9:6 says, "You
  • 00:19:47.888 --> 00:19:55.563
  • alone are the Lord." Howmany lords are there? "You alone
  • 00:19:55.629 --> 00:20:00.668
  • are the Lord. You made theHeavens, even the highest
  • 00:20:00.734 --> 00:20:03.737
  • Heavens, and all their starryhost, the earth and all
  • 00:20:03.804 --> 00:20:06.507
  • that's on it, the seas and allthat's in them. You give
  • 00:20:06.574 --> 00:20:09.743
  • life to everything and themultitudes of Heaven worshipyou."
  • 00:20:09.810 --> 00:20:14.515
  • Now of course it takes faith tobelieve in God, because
  • 00:20:14.582 --> 00:20:19.386
  • you never met Him and Inever met Him face to face,
  • 00:20:19.453 --> 00:20:21.322
  • because we would melt.There's that, right? Why doesn't
  • 00:20:21.388 --> 00:20:26.093
  • God just peek out and show us?Because it would be like
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:28.195
  • Indiana Jones and the RaidersLost Ark. It would be nasty.
  • 00:20:28.262 --> 00:20:30.931
  • You-- we would need a mop,OK? So that's why. And also
  • 00:20:30.998 --> 00:20:35.069
  • because it's impossible toplease God without faith. So
  • 00:20:35.135 --> 00:20:38.906
  • what does it take to believethat God is the creator of
  • 00:20:38.973 --> 00:20:41.575
  • the Heavens and the earth?Listen to me, it takes I
  • 00:20:41.642 --> 00:20:43.844
  • believe. Credo. It takes acreed. It takes, I believe.
  • 00:20:43.911 --> 00:20:48.015
  • But even if you don't believethat there's a God, listen
  • 00:20:48.082 --> 00:20:51.085
  • to me, you're still exercisingfaith. For it's been said
  • 00:20:51.151 --> 00:20:53.721
  • and well said, I believe in Godand I don't believe in
  • 00:20:53.787 --> 00:20:56.657
  • God, are both statements offaith. So whatever-- so to
  • 00:20:56.724 --> 00:21:00.461
  • believe that that intelligent--an intelligent being
  • 00:21:00.527 --> 00:21:03.097
  • created all that there is, or tobelieve that nothing
  • 00:21:03.163 --> 00:21:05.699
  • created something, both takefaith. And Hebrews 11:3
  • 00:21:05.766 --> 00:21:11.205
  • says it's "Faith thatempowers us to see that the
  • 00:21:11.272 --> 00:21:14.141
  • universe was created andbeautifully coordinated by the
  • 00:21:14.208 --> 00:21:17.478
  • power of God's words! Hespoke and the invisible realm
  • 00:21:17.544 --> 00:21:20.414
  • gave birth to all that is seen."
  • 00:21:20.481 --> 00:21:24.852
  • So we believe-- what do webelieve? That God created the
  • 00:21:24.918 --> 00:21:28.122
  • world, and why do we do that?Based on the clues. We can't
  • 00:21:28.188 --> 00:21:31.158
  • find proof, but we can findclues. And look into it, there
  • 00:21:31.225 --> 00:21:35.596
  • is overwhelming evidence tobuild a case for the existence
  • 00:21:35.663 --> 00:21:40.801
  • of God, and that God createdthe world, and that God
  • 00:21:40.868 --> 00:21:43.904
  • created you. And that's whatthe Bible says creation tells
  • 00:21:43.971 --> 00:21:48.108
  • us day and night, and as welook into the evidence within
  • 00:21:48.175 --> 00:21:51.178
  • our own souls, the questionsthat we ask, all of that, we
  • 00:21:51.245 --> 00:21:55.316
  • find clues to help us make thefaith filled decision to
  • 00:21:55.382 --> 00:22:00.554
  • believe what the Bible saysabout who God is, and that is
  • 00:22:00.621 --> 00:22:05.759
  • the all mighty creator ofeverything, including yo-self.All right?
  • 00:22:05.826 --> 00:22:12.733
  • But what the creed then goeson to suggest, and what the
  • 00:22:12.800 --> 00:22:16.003
  • Bible attests to, and the reasonwe went from Isaiah 40 to
  • 00:22:16.070 --> 00:22:19.540
  • Matthew Chapter 10, is thatwe're not left there,
  • 00:22:19.606 --> 00:22:23.544
  • unbalanced, like a body builderwho skipped leg day, or a
  • 00:22:23.610 --> 00:22:27.981
  • professional cyclist with treetrunk quads and
  • 00:22:28.048 --> 00:22:30.951
  • Tyrannosaurus arms. Whatwe have is a balance filled out
  • 00:22:31.018 --> 00:22:35.322
  • symmetrical picture of God,not only as the mighty
  • 00:22:35.389 --> 00:22:38.959
  • creator, but also amazingly ourmerciful Father. That that
  • 00:22:39.026 --> 00:22:44.231
  • mighty creator, who calls outthe stars and in a basket
  • 00:22:44.298 --> 00:22:48.569
  • can measure all the dirt that'son the earth, he also has
  • 00:22:48.635 --> 00:22:51.438
  • condescended in humility tolove tiny little, built out of
  • 00:22:51.505 --> 00:22:56.643
  • dust, filled with His lungs, ifHe snaps His fingers is
  • 00:22:56.710 --> 00:23:00.447
  • bigger than Thanos, right, thewhole world never was.
  • 00:23:00.514 --> 00:23:02.816
  • He snaps his fingers, I'mtelling you something, the
  • 00:23:02.883 --> 00:23:05.152
  • moment He wills it your heartstops beating, Bubba.
  • 00:23:05.219 --> 00:23:07.588
  • Right? You big and strongwith a big bank account? One
  • 00:23:07.654 --> 00:23:11.091
  • stroke, it's over. I'm tellingyou something. One car,
  • 00:23:11.158 --> 00:23:13.660
  • it's fleeting, it's a vapor. Youand I are not powerful.
  • 00:23:13.727 --> 00:23:17.364
  • God is not impressed with thestrength of a man. In 100
  • 00:23:17.431 --> 00:23:20.734
  • years it's like we were neverhere. 1.000 years the
  • 00:23:20.801 --> 00:23:23.837
  • etching on your tombstoneisn't even legible. I'm telling
  • 00:23:23.904 --> 00:23:27.775
  • you something, God is powerful,God is Almighty, God is strong,God is--
  • 00:23:27.841 --> 00:23:33.113
  • But that powerful, rich dynamicGod's your merciful
  • 00:23:37.151 --> 00:23:41.889
  • Father who counts little birdsfalling. Counts every bird
  • 00:23:41.955 --> 00:23:44.858
  • that dies on this planet, andyou mean more to Him than a
  • 00:23:44.925 --> 00:23:47.461
  • bunch of birds. That God alsoinvites you into this loving
  • 00:23:47.528 --> 00:23:52.633
  • relationship, this beautifuldance, this incredible life
  • 00:23:52.699 --> 00:23:56.236
  • where you get to call Him--I'm going to cry, man-- Dad.
  • 00:23:56.303 --> 00:24:00.107
  • How did Jesus tell us to pray?Oh mighty mega God who
  • 00:24:00.174 --> 00:24:06.647
  • builds everything. No, no, no.He should. You shouldn't
  • 00:24:06.713 --> 00:24:10.984
  • even get to talk to Him, norshould I. He said, if you
  • 00:24:11.051 --> 00:24:14.354
  • want to pray, don't be using9.000 theological words to
  • 00:24:14.421 --> 00:24:17.758
  • impress everybody with youramazing biblical grammar. O,
  • 00:24:17.825 --> 00:24:20.661
  • Father, God, mighty Lord. Mm.My sigh was deep. He's like
  • 00:24:20.727 --> 00:24:30.270
  • awesome. Cool. Wow, look atyou go.
  • 00:24:30.337 --> 00:24:34.441
  • If you want to pray, pray likethis. Our Father, who art
  • 00:24:34.508 --> 00:24:43.650
  • in Heaven, Hallowed be Yourname. You're in Heaven, but
  • 00:24:43.717 --> 00:24:47.821
  • you're my dad. Now two things,of course, He gives us as
  • 00:24:47.888 --> 00:24:52.659
  • earthly dads. Those of us whohave had good dads, we
  • 00:24:52.726 --> 00:24:56.997
  • immediately are happy in someways, because we think man,
  • 00:24:57.064 --> 00:24:59.399
  • of God's like my awesome dad.Or maybe not your dad, maybe
  • 00:24:59.466 --> 00:25:03.070
  • someone else's dad. Maybe agood father that you knew orhave seen depicted.
  • 00:25:03.136 --> 00:25:07.407
  • What is God like? God's like agood father. But I love
  • 00:25:07.474 --> 00:25:10.944
  • also on the other side of that,it tells us who want to be
  • 00:25:11.011 --> 00:25:13.413
  • good dads, what do we--what should we be like? If wewant
  • 00:25:13.480 --> 00:25:16.650
  • to be good dads. Be like God.What do you see God do? Be
  • 00:25:16.717 --> 00:25:20.020
  • like that. All of this power,but what do you choose to do
  • 00:25:20.087 --> 00:25:22.322
  • with it? Serve us, love us, carefor us. And I love in it
  • 00:25:22.389 --> 00:25:25.959
  • then we get redemption forthose who perhaps you did not
  • 00:25:26.026 --> 00:25:30.831
  • have that father. In God theFather you have you have the
  • 00:25:30.898 --> 00:25:33.367
  • father you never had. All of ushave in Him and a mighty, butmerciful father.
  • 00:25:33.433 --> 00:25:37.804
  • And not just any father, this isthe part that really gets
  • 00:25:37.871 --> 00:25:40.741
  • you. Not just any father. Youradopted father. That
  • 00:25:40.807 --> 00:25:46.113
  • because of what His Son did,you've been invited into the
  • 00:25:46.179 --> 00:25:50.217
  • family to have the samerelationship with the mighty
  • 00:25:50.284 --> 00:25:54.154
  • creator that Jesus, His Son,demonstrated for us when He
  • 00:25:54.221 --> 00:25:58.792
  • was here on this earth, that weget to come in based on
  • 00:25:58.859 --> 00:26:02.462
  • the Son. Because the Son getsto Him like the friend-- I'm
  • 00:26:02.529 --> 00:26:05.065
  • telling you, if you're good withmy kid, you're good with
  • 00:26:05.132 --> 00:26:06.500
  • me. He's, you know what I'msaying?
  • 00:26:06.567 --> 00:26:08.001
  • If you understand how much theFather loves the Son, and
  • 00:26:08.068 --> 00:26:11.939
  • what are you doing here? I'mwith Jesus.
  • 00:26:12.005 --> 00:26:13.340
  • Cool, come on in. You hungry?You see what I'm saying?
  • 00:26:13.407 --> 00:26:15.842
  • That's the invitation that theFather gives you. And He's
  • 00:26:15.909 --> 00:26:18.845
  • chosen to adopt you into thefamily based on what His Son
  • 00:26:18.912 --> 00:26:24.184
  • Jesus did for you on the cross.And an adopted father had
  • 00:26:24.251 --> 00:26:29.790
  • a choice, and didn't have toinvite you in. So if you're a
  • 00:26:29.856 --> 00:26:33.226
  • Jesus follower, you have afather who wants to be your
  • 00:26:33.293 --> 00:26:36.863
  • father. He wasn't stuck withyou because that's just you
  • 00:26:36.930 --> 00:26:39.166
  • came out, and that's well, Iguess I got gotta take care
  • 00:26:39.232 --> 00:26:41.602
  • of you. Another mouth to feed.No He went through all the
  • 00:26:41.668 --> 00:26:44.771
  • trouble to adopt you and bringyou into a relationship withHim.
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  • What am I trying to get you tosee? I'm trying to get you
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  • to see that God is mighty.Right? Mighty 800 pounds of
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  • might, 800 pounds of sitwherever He wants. Does whatever
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  • He wants. Doesn't check withanyone. No one's like Him, no
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  • one's even in the sameconversation, and with all that
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  • power coursing through Him,power that He could use to rip
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  • your arms up, He insteadspread His arms out on thecross
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  • MUSIC
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