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Human Shield Part 2

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September 8, 2019
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Fresh Life with Levi Lusko

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Human Shield Part 2

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  • He's got your name on His hand. But He doesn t just know the name you were
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  • given, He also knows the name He speaks over you.
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  • It may be very different than what's been spoken over you by your family, it might
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  • be very different than what's been spoken over you by the people at work, it might
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  • be very different from what's been spoken over you from life's experience's.
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  • Read the Bible, He's always changing people's names and I'm just telling you, if
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  • you have ears to hear, he's speaking different names over you.
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  • He's speaking love, He's speaking forgiven, He's speaking called, He's speaking
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  • equipped, He's speaking strong, He's speaking brave, He's speaking lovely, He's
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  • speaking able. He's speaking a name over you. He's your friend, He's a good shepherd.
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  • Hey this is Levi and I wanna thank you so much for watching Fresh Life TV. It is
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  • such an incredible privilege to get to bring God's word into your life, and that's
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  • exactly what we're about to do.
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  • We' re gonna have our attention turned to the Gospel of John, where were going to
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  • be looking at the seven different times that Jesus disclosed His identity using the
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  • words, I Am, and then telling us who He is.
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  • We'll be going from the bread of life, to the true vine, to the door of the sheep and
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  • the good shepherd, to the resurrection and the life.
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  • Come one, it's going to be an incredible ride.
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  • And I also love that He chose seven different times to tell us who He is.
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  • Cause if you know anything about scripture you'll know the number seven is kind
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  • of like one of God's favorite Easter eggs.
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  • He loves to hide in and pepper in, not only into the scripture but really into all of
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  • creation this number seven.
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  • That really speaks of completion or fullness. It's in the calendar, seven days in the week.
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  • It's in the rainbow, seven colors. It's in the musical scale, it's even in the amount
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  • Harry Potter books there are.
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  • Now I m not sure that God had anything to do with that but it is an incredible thing
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  • because in the seven statements of Jesus this magnificent seven, we're going to
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  • get a totality a full picture of the rainbow of who He is and how He wanted to
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  • reveal Himself to us.
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  • And through that our lives can be changed in the process.
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  • If in anyway you're encouraged by this message or blessed,we sure would love to hear about it.
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  • Shoot me an email, Levi@freshlife.church and I would love to hear what God is
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  • doing in your life.
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  • And as well if you wanna support this ministry financially and help us to bring
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  • God's word to more people, we would be thrilled to partner with you in that way.
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  • You can click the give button at Levilusko.com.
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  • Well let's jump into today's message.
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  • And I'm telling you, your father He speaks different names over you than have
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  • been spoken over you in this life. You might feel like you're unwanted. You might
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  • feel like you've been told you're lazy.
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  • You've been told you're no good. Your shepherd says, no, your name is bold. Your
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  • name is brave. Your name is beautiful.
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  • Your name is wanted. Your name is strong. Your name is courageous.
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  • Your name is valuable. He calls you chosen. He calls you child.
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  • He says you are royalty. You are worth having. You are worth waiting for.
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  • You are worth knowing. He speaks a name over you. He's not afraid to change
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  • your name either.
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  • Abram, your name's now Abraham. Your name's Simon, I call you Peter. Your
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  • name is Saul, I call you Paul.
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  • He speaks over situations, different names. This is called this. I now call it that.
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  • I just encourage you to listen to the sound of your shepherd's voice because He's
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  • constantly speaking to you. At the end of the day, really, if you think about it, voices
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  • and names are both audible. Therefore, your shepherd really is whoever gets your
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  • ear the most.
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  • Who's your shepherd?Who gets your ear the most? You think about the list I put
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  • up, those things all speak to us, and we can listen to them.
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  • It's very hard to have a thriving relationship with God listening to six hours of
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  • Netflix a day and getting two minutes of Bible a week. Your shepherd could very
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  • well be the media that you consume, meaning you make your decisions through
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  • the lens of what you pour into your heart-- videos on YouTube, podcasts you listen
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  • to, books that you read. Whatever you're listening to the most, that's your
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  • shepherd because you're going to follow the sound of that voice.
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  • Jesus said, my sheep, they know my voice. They follow my voice. He's constantly
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  • speaking over you. Every day, He's speaking over your day
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  • And you get to choose whether or not you open up this book in the morning before
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  • you rush into the business of your day. But I got a promise for you. He's speaking if
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  • you're willing to listen.
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  • The church service you miss, He was speaking there. Did the tree make a sound
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  • when it fell in the forest?You weren't there, so you won't know.
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  • But I'm telling you, He's always speaking as we gather in his name. He's always
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  • speaking through this book. He's always exalted in worship.
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  • He always floods in to those who put themselves out there. No one ever knocks
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  • and finds Him not there. He never puts a do not disturb sign out.
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  • Those who seek me with their whole heart, they will find me. You got a good
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  • shepherd who will always take your calls. He'll never send you to voicemail if you
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  • have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.
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  • And listen to me-- He's good even when you're not. I love that about our
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  • shepherd. In fact, look how good He is because, you know, some of this is like,
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  • man, He sounds great. But man, I have so much that needs to change in my life.
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  • I want to know God. I love God, but as I look at my life, I just don't feel worthy of
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  • Him. Good, that's fine.
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  • That's fine to feel that way because it's not about your goodness. It's all about His.
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  • What happens to the sheep that strays?
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  • What happened to the sheep that's swiping wrong? What happens to the sheep
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  • that falls back into that old life or that old addiction? What happens to the sheep
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  • that knows the path?
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  • I know the difference between right and wrong, but I just follow the voice of a
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  • false shepherd, a bad shepherd. I followed the rent-a-shepherd. It's not the good
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  • shepherd who's gonna fight the wolf for me.
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  • It's the moment it got hard, I was on my own facing the charges that came
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  • against me even though all my friends were there and we were all equally in it.
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  • But I'm the only one who's being prosecuted for it. Now I got no shep-- let me tell you something.
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  • Here's what happens to you when you stray from the path you should be on.
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  • Jesus said in Luke 15, "if the shepherd has 100 sheep and one of them gets lost,
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  • what will he do? Won't he lead the 99 others in the wilderness and go to search
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  • for that one lost sheep until he finds it?"
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  • And when he finds it, he will bring it back to the fold. Your shepherd's calling your
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  • name, but not to accuse you, not to condemn you, not to judge you, not to
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  • criticize you, but to say come back with me. Come back to life.
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  • Come back to forgiveness. Come back to restoration. Come back to me.
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  • I've got good things for you. You might still face consequences. You might face jail time.
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  • You might deal with that addiction for a long time, but you're not going to deal
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  • with it alone because you're going to have the help of your shepherd and you're
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  • going to have the help of His people who are going to be with you and not against
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  • you, not there to throw rocks at you, but to protect you, to nurse you back to
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  • health, to love you all the way to wholeness, and to believe that there are better
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  • days in front of you than behind you. He's so good, He's got goodness for the both of you.
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  • So when you say I feel like I'm a bad sheep, sheep only have one job. Sheep
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  • only have one job. Verse 27 says a sheep follows their shepherd.
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  • You're like, I only have one job.It's to follow Him, and I didn't no good at it. He
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  • says, that's cool.
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  • You don't feel like you've been good? I'm so good, it'll cover up a multitude of
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  • sins. That's the power of love.
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  • He's good even when you're not. That's friendship. Isn't it beautiful?
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  • I like how Timothy Keller put it when he said, look at this, "the understanding of
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  • God as your shepherd will fill up the greatest holes in your soul no matter what
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  • they are." And I know you have holes in your soul because I do too. There are
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  • areas of brokenness in all of our lives-- pain, mistake, regret.
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  • We feel like we have holes in our soul. And when you have a shepherd, it will
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  • cover up the holes in your soul. Let me just tell you there's nothing more
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  • important than your relationship with the shepherd and your friendship with Him.
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  • No matter where you go-- listen to me.
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  • No matter where you go in life and where things take you and if today you're just
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  • laughing this all off-- this iso stupid, you're so dumb-- and it's going to take you
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  • 20 years. But if you wake up 20 years from now and you remember this
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  • message, just know your shepherd loves you and your relationship with your
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  • shepherd will cover up for any holes in your soul, and however you wasted time
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  • and racked up regret, your shepherd loves you and wants to welcome you back
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  • into his arms-- friendship. Partnership is the next thing that I see that's so great
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  • about our shepherd because you never read about a sheep who only has one-- a
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  • shepherd who only has one sheep.
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  • This story we just read from Luke 15, the shepherd went chasing down one
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  • sheep. But what was His heart? To bring the sheep back to the other 99. There
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  • was a lot of sheep.
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  • Sheep are not really profitable if you grow them just one at a time. It's not really
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  • efficient and effective.It won't keep the lights on in your farming establishment, you know
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  • Especially Middle Eastern sheep that lead their sheep from the front, they were
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  • always growing them for their wool. Sheep that were being driven to the
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  • slaughter, to the butcher, were driven from the rear. You didn't want to get to
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  • know them. They're just going to be eaten. You're just driving them from the back.
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  • But a shepherd that led the sheep from the front wanted the relationship so they
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  • were not stressed out so they produced the best wool. There had to be a
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  • friendship for there to be good wool production. And if your goal, which is the
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  • case here because he talks about I lead them from the front and they follow me,
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  • he wants them to be full of peace so they would grow good wool, you wouldn't do
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  • that with just one sheep.
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  • What are you going to do with the wool from just one sheet? Make a beanie for a
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  • premie? Hey, if you just have one sheep, you can't do a lot with that wool. Like,
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  • that was so funny.
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  • That was one of the funniest things I've ever said. I just want to quit now while I'm
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  • ahead. All right, so--all right, you know what? I'm out.
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  • Peace out. I'm just going to retire at the top. No, I'm just kidding.
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  • OK, so if you have 99 sheep, if you have 100 sheep, now talk about the wool
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  • from all the sheep, you can do something. That's the power of the local church.
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  • By ourselves, we just-- I got a little wool.
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  • But when you got your wool, I got my wool, you got your gift, I got my gift, you got
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  • this gift, you give that, when we're all sacrificing, when we're all believing in a
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  • vision, when we realize there's power comes from the flock all following our
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  • shepherd, then we can do something. We can have church in four different states
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  • on the same Sunday and reach church online and send our broadcast out on TV.
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  • I'm telling you, there's something really, really cool about following the shepherd
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  • together. And I love that because it's not just what we can accomplish. Yeah,
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  • yeah, yeah, synergy unlocks new capability. That's rad.
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  • But it's also about the personal safety of our souls. There's this really hip-- I
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  • mean, there's nothing new under the sun, but it just pops up every while where
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  • it's like, Jesus, yes. Church, no.
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  • I love Jesus for sure, but I don't need to be a part of a church to worship Jesus
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  • because I can go out to some beautiful meadow and make a duck call and read
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  • my Bible and just be with the Lord just in the duck blind or whatever it is that you
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  • would do. You know, just sing to God while I ski.
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  • I don't need church. I just ski and I'm free in the powder and it's just Him and me
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  • there. And the powder washes around me.
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  • Hey, look, get your groove on while you're skiing, man. Get your praise on in your duck blind. Sing.
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  • But I'm just telling you the only one who wants you to be split off from the flock is
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  • the devil, just so you know. Jesus actually put it this way. Right, you can clap.
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  • You're in church. All the people who are doing that are gone, right? Look, the wolf
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  • catches the sheep-- it's all uncomfortable.
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  • You're like, that's what I was doing last weekend. No one knows because you're
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  • here now. Just go with me.
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  • Look at-- the wolf wants to scatter the sheep. He wants them all off on their own.
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  • I'm just-- I'm a Jesus follower, but I don't need a local church
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  • he Wants to scatter them.It's a lot easier to destroy a sheep that's been split off
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  • from the flock. When we're all in here together, there's something that happens,
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  • and it's safety.
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  • That's why the author of the book of Hebrews says, "let us not forsake the
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  • meeting of ourselves together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us
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  • encourage one another and all the more as you see the day approaching." That's
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  • what this is about. Our gatherings, our small groups, our teams are about
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  • encouraging each other.
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  • Don't stop. Keep going. You got it.
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  • God loves you. Come on. Let's worship.
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  • And you're a part of it and you're celebrating the other baptisms and you're
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  • excited for the wins. And we all can be part of it together. That's really good for
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  • you. The enemy wants to split you off, but it is not just about productivity and it's
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  • not just about safety.
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  • It's about continuing the mission that's in the shepherd's heart.
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  • Didn't Jesus say-- look at it. He said, I got other sheep. I got other sheep that I
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  • want to be in this pen in addition to those already in the pen. I want to get them in.
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  • I want to gather them in. I want to bring them in. They're going to hear my voice.
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  • They're going to recognize my voice. Do you realize what he's saying? He's
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  • saying, don't ever come to a place where you're just this happy little sheep getting fat.
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  • Man, my shepherd's so good. I got ownership. I got friendship. I got partnership
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  • and say to the whole world, go to hell because we're not going to be about
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  • reaching more people.
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  • I'm telling you, churches easily become country clubs instead of hospitals. We've
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  • got to say, yeah, the water's good. Yeah, the food's good.
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  • Yeah, shepherd's good. That's why we need to reach out to the rest of the other
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  • sheep. We need to reach more sheep.
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  • I need to reach sheep at work, in my neighborhood, in my city. We've got to have
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  • a heart to say, this sheep fold, we're going to kick down some walls and make it
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  • bigger. We're going to go to some new places.
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  • We're going to reach some more people. We've got to have a mentality like the
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  • shepherd that says, 99, that's great. 100 is better.
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  • 100's great. You know what's better? 1.000 and then 9.900 and then 99.000.
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  • When are we gonna stop? Never until we're in Heaven.
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  • That's what Jesus said. Look at the verse again. That's the last phrase of that verse we just read.
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  • It says, "then it will be one flock, one shepherd." When's that? Heaven, no sooner.
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  • And guess what?
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  • In heaven, just one flock. In heaven, just one shepherd. There's not the Baptist
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  • section in Heaven, the Methodist section in heaven.
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  • It's not like that. And that means then, listen to me, that the other churches
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  • preaching the gospel, the other sheep folds around the world, they're not the
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  • competition. The wolf is the competition.
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  • Anyone preaching Jesus,they're our family. In Heaven, we're all worshipping Him
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  • together. We're doing the same thing now.
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  • That's our mentality. We're trying to fight against those who are dying of heroin
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  • overdoses, taking their lives through suicide attempts, starving themselves, or
  • 00:16:38.240 --> 00:16:43.000
  • throwing up after they eat. Our enemy are the things that are robbing this world of
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  • life, not churches preaching Jesus.
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  • All right, so we have in Jesus ownership, friendship, partnership. I also see in the
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  • text, a celebration of, listen, the strength of his grip. Write that down. It's so good.
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  • But I need some help preaching this to you because you need a visual. I like
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  • visuals. So I don't have a sheep.
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  • I don't have a little baby sheep but I do have a little Lennox lamb. And this right
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  • here, this is my little Lennox's lamb. And in the scriptures- listen to me.
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  • In the scriptures, a relationship between a shepherd and his sheep is also
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  • compared to a father who holds his baby in his arms. Like a father-- I think
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  • someone sees mama. He's got that tongue out.
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  • That's the new thing. So a father and his son, a shepherd with a lamb-- these
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  • things are used synonymously in the Bible. And Jesus said something real
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  • interesting to me about our security in Christ.
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  • He said, look at it. No one is going to snatch you out of my hand. Because sheep
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  • get fearful. It's what they do.
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  • Sheep get scared. It's-- you're not listening to anything I'm saying, are you? I'm
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  • OK with that.
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  • You want to see Lennox's new trick? Whoa, hey. Here's the new trick.
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  • Ready? You ready to show them how good your core strength is? That's good, buddy.
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  • OK, so sheep get fearful. They're easily worried. They're easily agitated.
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  • And what Jesus said is, I know you're afraid. I know you're afraid, but just know
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  • this. You're safe in my hands.
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  • You're safe in my hands. Why? We would say, I'm not that strong, Jesus.
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  • And he would say, I'm not trusting in your grip. I'm trusting in mine.Like,it's cute
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:53.060
  • that Lenox is holding my hand, but I'm not trusting in Lenox's ability to hang on to me.
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  • I'm trusting in my ability to hang on to him. Lenox has been like standing up
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  • recently. Watch this.
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  • Watch this. Oh, by the way, matching kicks-- look at that. Someone in our Salt
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  • Lake City-- oh. Lenox, there's ladies here. OK, so Lenox, show them how you can stand.But
  • 00:19:10.180 --> 00:19:18.130
  • Lake City-- oh. Lenox, there's ladies here. OK, so Lenox, show them how you can stand.But
  • 00:19:18.130 --> 00:19:24.110
  • look, I'm not trusting in Lenox's hands on me.
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  • He can let go at any moment. He's tiny and insane and drunk on milk, right? I'm
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  • trusting in my ability to hold on to him.
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:35.060
  • And sometimes, Christians say stuff like, can I lose my salvation? I'd say to you
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  • this. No one can steal you out of his hand. No one can snatch you out of the
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  • father's hand.
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  • Well, what if I do a bunch of bad things? Am I gonna lose my salvation? He would
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  • say, how are you going to lose something you never earned in the first place?
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  • It was all about the shepherd's goodness. It was never about your goodness. Just
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  • trust in your father.
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  • Just grow in your relationship with Jesus. Just be like a little kid in his arms. He's
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  • got this under control.
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  • Does that encourage anybody in the slightest bit? So we can trust in the strength
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  • of his grip. Now you might at this point in the sermon be thinking, hold on a second.
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  • Last week you said that he's the door of the sheep. And this week you said that
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  • he's the shepherd. Which is it?
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  • Is he the shepherd or is he the door? And I say to you, the answer is yes.
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  • Understanding something about Middle Eastern shepherding practices would
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  • probably be helpful.
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  • Back in that day, shepherds would lead their sheep all over the place into different
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  • areas. And they would come to little pens that had been set up for communal use,
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:42.080
  • meaning any shepherd coming through could use them. And what they would find
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  • is a corral like you would keep horses or livestock in. It would be a pen, a
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  • sheepfold, but they didn't have any door.
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  • There was just a gap. There was an entrance. So the shepherd would come and
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  • he would bring his little sheep through. And so little sheep would get led into the pen.
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  • And they come skipping in. Bah. And all the shepherd would do is make sure that
  • 00:20:59.160 --> 00:21:06.140
  • the little sheep had gotten into the sheep fold. And so they're lying down over here.
  • 00:21:06.160 --> 00:21:11.090
  • And now they're all in the sheep fold, but there's a gap. There's no door. So what
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:15.220
  • the shepherd would do is he would position himself to lie down and go to sleep in
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  • the mouth of the sheepfold.
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  • So you'd say, where's the door? The shepherd would say, I am the door of the
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  • sheep. And so these little sheep in that fold, what did they have to do?
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  • They just have to worry about nothing because the shepherd's got it all under
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  • control. How good is our shepherd? He takes care of everything.
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  • How good is our shepherd? Look at Psalm 23. It's right here where my foot is.
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  • It says in Psalm 23, "the Lord is my shepherd." I don't have anything to worry
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  • about. Lennox has nothing to worry about.
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  • The shepherd makes sure he's got green pastures. The shepherd make's sure
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  • he's got still waters. The shepherd restores his soul, leads him in paths of
  • 00:21:53.060 --> 00:21:56.160
  • righteousness for his namesake.
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  • How good is our shepherd? I get to the valley of the shadow of death, I don't fear
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  • evil. The shepherd is with me.
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  • The staff, it comforts me. He prepares a table before me in the presence of my
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  • enemies. He anoints my head with oil.
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  • He causes my cup to run over and goodness and mercy follows me all the days of
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  • my life. And I will dwell in the house of the lord forever. I got a shepherd who's in
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  • the doorway because my shepherd is also my door.
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  • And guess what? While the shepherd lies here sleeping all night long, any wolf,
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:26.270
  • any cougar, any mountain lion, or any bear that wants to get those sheep, guess
  • 00:22:26.290 --> 00:22:30.070
  • what? He's got to get to those sheep over the shepherd's dead body.
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  • The shepherd would say, you want to get to them? You've got to go through me.
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  • You see the sheep who are in the fold? They got a human shield.
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  • They got a shepherd for a shield. They got protection. There's a barrier.
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  • Come on, how good is it to have a good shepherd? It's the best. Come on up
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  • here, worship team. We're getting real close to a conclusion.
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  • So here's my thought. My thought is, since we have a shepherd who provides
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  • ownership and friendship and partnership, we've got a shepherd with a really
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  • strong group who not even death can get to us because it goes through him first,
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  • because he lays his life down-- wait, he did die, though. What about that?
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  • Yeah, well, here's good news. He lays his life down, but he also has the power to
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:20.280
  • take it up again. So the shepherd who died on the cross for his sheep also rises
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  • up from the dead and can give us eternal life.
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  • Here, let's give little Lennox to mama. Let's hear it for what a great prop he was. So listen.
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  • The shepherd that laid his life down also can take it up again and can give that
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:39.090
  • eternal life to anybody who believes in him. So here's what's great about this. Our
  • 00:23:39.110 --> 00:23:44.140
  • part is simple.
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  • What's the shepherd's job? We read it in verse 11. A shepherd who's good lays his
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  • life down for the sheep.
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  • What's our job? We read it in verse 27. There's only one job a sheep has got to do.
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  • Verse 27 says my sheep, they follow me. They follow me. So your job-- here go,
  • 00:23:58.250 --> 00:24:06.220
  • ready-- is to simply worship.
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  • Look at it-- worship.What, you mean like singing? I'm supposed to sing all the time?
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  • Yeah, that is one tiny, minuscule portion of what worship is. If worship to you is
  • 00:24:14.280 --> 00:24:21.210
  • only singing, you're probably not tapping into all the gears of worship you've been
  • 00:24:21.230 --> 00:24:26.110
  • given. That's like driving your car only in first gear.
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  • You've been given the ability to live a whole life of following your shepherd. And as
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  • you serve and as you tell other sheep how great the shepherd is and invite them
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  • to come over to the pen for a meal, as you do all that you do giving, as you do all
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  • that you do working, your entire life, every second of it- if you're a PE teacher at a
  • 00:24:43.090 --> 00:24:49.090
  • middle school, if you're a ski instructor teaching little ones how to ski, no matter
  • 00:24:49.110 --> 00:24:53.030
  • what you're doing-- if you're in stocks and bonds or if you're a parole officer, you're
  • 00:24:53.050 --> 00:24:58.210
  • meant to live your whole life as an expression of worship and that in all you're
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:25:03.020
  • doing, you're following your shepherd. That all is your response to worship.
  • 00:25:03.040 --> 00:25:07.090
  • The shepherd's job? Lays his life down for you. So what's your job?
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  • Follow the shepherd, for imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitate your
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  • shepherd. What's that going to look like? Here's what it's going look like.
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  • He laid his life down for you, so return the favor. Lay your life down for him. Lay
  • 00:25:21.060 --> 00:25:27.220
  • everything down at his feet, for you will find the surprise of your life is you'll get to
  • 00:25:27.240 --> 00:25:32.030
  • take it back up again.
  • 00:25:32.050 --> 00:25:34.020
  • Here's the problem with American Christianity today, though. There's a whole
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  • swath of our culture wanting to take their life up again but never having laid it
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  • down in the first place. William Barclay put it this way and we'll close with this.
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  • "The world is full of people who missed their destiny because they wouldn't pay
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  • the price." The privilege of taking your life up again comes from following your
  • 00:25:51.280 --> 00:25:57.080
  • shepherd's footsteps who laid it down.
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  • Would you pray with me? Father, we're grateful for always seeing your word and
  • 00:25:59.080 --> 00:26:05.030
  • how much it touches our hearts and lives. And we pray that we would, with open
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  • hands-- and this is the posture of your heart.
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  • Maybe just put your palms to heaven. Just while you're sitting there, you can put
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  • them on your lap. Just open your palms up as a way of saying, I want to open my
  • 00:26:15.240 --> 00:26:19.070
  • life up to you.
  • 00:26:19.090 --> 00:26:21.060
  • As followers of Jesus, we all have strayed in different ways. Think of those ways
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  • even now as you tell them, I want to open my life back up to you and your
  • 00:26:25.100 --> 00:26:28.200
  • direction and your leadership nd your guidance. Thank you for being our good
  • 00:26:28.220 --> 00:26:34.230
  • shepherd and thank you, father, that anyone who comes to you now in this
  • 00:26:34.250 --> 00:26:39.110
  • moment will not be cast out.
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  • They'll be saved. If you're here in this moment now as we're praying and you've
  • 00:26:41.060 --> 00:26:44.260
  • never said yes to Jesus, you've never opened up your heart to him, you're not just
  • 00:26:44.280 --> 00:26:48.240
  • a Christian who's wandered and needs to renew their commitment to Jesus.
  • 00:26:48.260 --> 00:26:52.200
  • You're someone who never put your faith in Jesus hands.
  • 00:26:52.220 --> 00:26:55.170
  • You don't have the promise of heaven. You don't have the peace that comes from
  • 00:26:55.190 --> 00:26:59.030
  • knowing when you go into that casket or when your ashes are scattered that
  • 00:26:59.050 --> 00:27:02.200
  • you're going to be in heaven with God. But you can because right here, right now,
  • 00:27:02.220 --> 00:27:06.220
  • there's salvation in the name of Jesus.
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  • There's not a religious hoop you have to jump through. There's not a church you
  • 00:27:08.260 --> 00:27:11.290
  • have to join or a verse that you need to memorize. There's a savior who you need
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  • to give your heart to.
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  • And he died for you and he rose from the dead and he's in love with you. But you
  • 00:27:17.120 --> 00:27:21.110
  • have to open your life up to him.
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