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A Glorious Life and Death

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September 14, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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A Glorious Life and Death

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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore you
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen!
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome, visitors and church family.
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  • Today, know God does not wonder if you are capable.
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  • He wonders if you are willing.
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  • Thank you so much for being here today.
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  • You are loved.
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  • Bobby: We really are so glad that you're here with us this
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  • morning and we're so thrilled to have the band I Am They
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  • with us in the house today.
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  • They're gonna be leading us in a couple of songs.
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  • And so grateful that everyone is here.
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  • We believe that God has you here for a reason.
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  • Let's begin with a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you and we love you and we ask, Lord, in Jesus's
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  • name that everyone under the sound of my voice would receive
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  • exactly what they need to receive.
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  • Lord, when our people were in the wilderness and they needed
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  • manna from heaven, you gave it.
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  • And many people are here and they need something
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  • from you, Lord.
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  • We're asking in Jesus's name, Lord, help us.
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  • Lord, we love you, and we thank you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As a daily reminder of who you are in Christ,
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  • Pastor Bobby wants to send you
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  • the Creed of the Beloved suncatcher.
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  • With the words of the creed etched in glass,
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  • this floral-adorned ornament will be a stunning addition
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  • to your home or patio.
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  • This 7 1/2 by 7-inch metal-framed suncatcher
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  • is secured with a twine hanger for easy display.
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  • We'll send you this one-of-a-kind decoration
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  • with your generous financial gift of $25 or more.
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  • For your gift of $50 or more, we'll include Pastor Bobby's
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  • "Connect to Cultivate: Leading the Way" DVD.
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  • In this special sermon, Bobby explains how to develop
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  • meaningful connections, the kind that enable you
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  • to lead by putting other people first.
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  • We'll also include this two-sided "Connect to Cultivate"
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  • reminder card with Proverbs 22:6 on the front and reminders
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  • of ways to cultivate relationships on the back.
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request these valuable
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  • resources and learn to reestablish and strengthen
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  • the relationships in your life.
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  • Bobby: There has never been a greater need
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  • for real relationships with God, with our spouses,
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  • our children, and our grandchildren
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  • than there is today.
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  • Our fast-paced culture, the demands placed on our time,
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  • and the pressures of social media,
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  • have led to a breakdown in genuine connection.
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  • That is why it's important that we learn to cultivate
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  • true authentic relationships,
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  • the kind that are grounded in Christ.
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  • Nothing has the power to transform generations
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  • like knowing their worth in Jesus.
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  • Hannah: You may be seated.
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  • In preparation for the message, Acts 7:54: "When the members
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  • of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed
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  • their teeth at him.
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  • But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven
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  • and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing
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  • at the right hand of God.
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  • 'Look,' he said, 'I see heaven open and the Son of Man
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  • standing at the right hand of God.'
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  • At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their
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  • voices, they rushed at him, dragged him out of the city
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  • and began to stone him.
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  • Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet
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  • of a young man named Saul.
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  • While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, 'Lord Jesus,
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  • receive my spirit.'
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  • Then he fell on his knees and cried out, 'Lord,
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  • do not hold this sin against them.'
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  • When he had said this, he fell asleep."
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  • May God give us the same passion as Stephen that we are even
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  • willing to lay down our lives for his kingdom, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim McCalmont: People of God, it's time for prayer.
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  • Would you join me?
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  • Lord, we pray for our church as we seek to be disciples
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  • discipling other disciples.
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  • And Lord, as we're called to this community and especially,
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  • Lord, to the school across the street and to young people,
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  • would you inspire within us courage and faith to be
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  • the people you've called us to be?
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  • Today we pray for our pastor Bobby as he brings
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  • your message to us.
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  • Open our hearts and minds to be able to do what we're called
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  • to be and do.
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  • We pray for the offering as it's received that it may come from
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  • honest and open hearts that give out of gratitude and conviction
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  • for the great work you've done among us.
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  • Lord, we thank you and we praise you as we pray this prayer in
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  • Jesus's name who taught us to pray together, saying,
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  • "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
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  • Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth
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  • as it is in heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we
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  • forgive our debtors.
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  • And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
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  • for thine is the kingdom and the power
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  • and the glory forever, amen."
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  • You unravel me with a melody
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  • You surround me with a song
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  • of deliverance from my enemies
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  • til all my fears are gone
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  • And I'm no longer a slave to fear
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  • I am a child of God
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  • And I'm no longer a slave to fear
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  • I am a child of God
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  • I'm your child
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  • From my mother's womb you have chosen me
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  • Your love has called my name
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  • And I've been born again, into your family, God
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  • Your blood flows through my veins
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  • Lift it up
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  • Now, I'm no longer a slave to fear
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  • Oh, I am a child of God
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  • I'm no longer a slave to fear
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  • I am a child of God
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  • I'm your child
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  • Whoa-oh
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  • Whoa-oh-oh
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  • Whoa-oh
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  • Whoa-oh-oh
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  • You split the sea
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  • so I could walk right through it
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  • My fears were drowned in perfect love
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  • You rescued me so I could stand and sing
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  • I am a child of God
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  • You split the sea
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  • so I could walk right through it
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  • My fears were drowned in perfect love
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  • Thank you, God
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  • You rescued me so I could stand and sing
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  • I am a child of God
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  • I am a child of God, yes, I am
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  • I am a child of God
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  • I am a child of God
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Wow, I Am They, everyone.
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  • It's such a joy to have you guys in the house.
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  • Matt Hein, thank you so much for being here today.
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  • Matt Hein: It's an honor to be here.
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  • Bobby: And I want anybody, if you're just watching on
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  • television or online or if you're here, get the CD
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  • or go to iTunes right now and download it.
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  • This is an amazing work that you guys are doing.
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  • Tell me a little bit of the story behind your band.
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  • Matt: Yeah, it's a wild story.
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  • We've been on a wild ride, actually, since 2008, about.
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  • We had one night of worship and that was
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  • all we intended it to be.
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  • It was to pull our small community together in
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  • Carson City, Nevada, and there was actually five churches.
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  • We didn't have enough people in one church to form, like,
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  • a full worship team so we actually had, like,
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  • five churches come together to form this worship band
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  • and put on this one night of worship, and so.
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  • Bobby: What happened?
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  • I mean, was it--was there some, like, big outpouring
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  • of the Spirit or just a great--
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  • Matt: Yeah, I mean, in our area, when 300 people show up
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  • for a night of worship it was like, "Holy smokes.
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  • Do you guys wanna keep doing this?"
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  • And so we just kept doing that and more people came and more
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  • doors started opening and we just wanna be faithful and
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  • follow the Lord just in that faithfulness, obedience,
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  • to what he was calling us to do.
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  • Bobby: Well, the song, "I am a child of God,"
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  • is one that's special to us.
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  • It's one that our daughter Haven sang when we were on tour in
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  • Europe and she sang it here a few months ago so thank you,
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  • guys, for bringing that song to the house today.
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  • And tell me a little bit about the name, "I Am They."
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  • It's after John 17, right?
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  • Matt: We're leading the league in pronouns so that's--
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  • we actually, yeah, John 17 is a passage, Jesus is praying for
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  • his disciples and it's sometimes known as the high priestly
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  • prayer and referring to his disciples as "they,"
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  • and really calling out, paving an identity for us to walk in
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  • as followers of Christ.
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  • And we believe that, as a band, it's so much more than the songs
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  • that we're just singing, but it's the lives that we live
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  • outside of this place, and so I Am They is just
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  • a personalization of this identity that God has given us.
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  • He says things like that they would be not of the world,
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  • that they would be one, just as you and I are one.
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  • So for us to carry that as the church, the collective they,
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  • is just as important to us and embodies what we do.
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  • Bobby: I love it. It's great.
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  • And it reminds me of, like, this big emphasis that we're supposed
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  • to put on discipleship, on being daily committing--
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  • committed to following Rabbi Jesus.
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  • It's really what you wanna help people do.
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  • Something about music helps that.
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  • I remember my grandpa said once that every great movement always
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  • had its own music.
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  • Matt: Ah, that's cool.
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  • Yeah, I think it's a great unifier for the church.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, that's right, amen.
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  • The song you're about to sing, it's original to you guys
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  • and it's called "Scars."
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  • Before you sing it, can you just tell me a little bit about,
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  • like, your heart behind it?
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  • Matt: Yeah, absolutely.
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  • I mean, we in the band, we all have testimonies and things that
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  • God has brought us through as individuals and collective
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  • as a band.
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  • And I know that everybody out there has some kind of scar that
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  • they carry or wound, you know, whether it's physical
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  • or spiritual or emotional, but Jesus had scars, right?
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  • And the Bible says even by his wounds we are healed and so
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  • there's--we, oftentimes, hide our scars but the truth of God's
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  • Word is that we don't have to.
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  • We can actually in Christ reveal those things and ultimately even
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  • praise God, be thankful for the scars because we find out more
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  • of who he is, his character, his heart towards us, his goodness,
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  • and his love, even in the midst of those painful things that we
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  • walk through as human beings.
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  • So that's the message of this song is just to turn our pain
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  • into praise and just share the message of the gospel
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  • which is our hope in Christ.
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  • Bobby: Such a good word.
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  • Yeah, Jesus, after the Resurrection,
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  • has these holes in his hands and in his feet, yeah.
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  • And it's great, and it's the heart of Christianity too is
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  • that even though when we go through tough times,
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  • God is always with us.
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  • Or as my grandpa used to say,
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  • "Tough times never last but tough people do."
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  • We're just--you guys are so full of the Spirit and so full of
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  • life and it's such a gift to us to have you in the house, so.
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  • Matt: Thank you, it's an honor.
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  • Bobby: Thank you, I Am They, and Matt Hein,
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  • thanks so much, guys.
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  • We love you and appreciate you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Matt: Yeah, I love you guys.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • 00:21:51.280 --> 00:22:01.270
  • 00:22:01.280 --> 00:22:07.160
  • Waking up to a new sunrise
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  • Looking back from the other side
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  • I can see now with open eyes
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  • darkest water and deepest pain
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  • I wouldn't trade it for anything
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  • 'cause my brokenness brought me to you
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  • And these wounds are a story you'll use
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  • So I'm thankful for the scars
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  • 'cause without them I wouldn't know your heart
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  • And I know they'll always tell of who you are
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  • so forever I am thankful for the scars
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  • Now I'm standing in confidence
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  • with the strength of your faithfulness
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  • and I'm not who I was before
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  • And no, I don't have to fear anymore
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  • So I'm thankful for the scars
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  • 'cause without them I wouldn't know your heart
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  • And I know they'll always tell of who you are
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  • so forever I am thankful for the scars
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  • I can see, I can see how you delivered me
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  • In your hands, in your feet
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  • I found my victory
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  • I can see, I can see
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  • how you delivered me
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  • In your hands, in your feet
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  • I found my victory
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  • I'm thankful for your scars
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  • 'cause without them I wouldn't know your heart
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  • And with my life I'll tell of who you are
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  • so forever I am thankful
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  • I'm thankful for the scars
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  • 'cause without them I wouldn't know your heart
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  • And I know they'll always tell of who you are
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  • so forever I am thankful for the scars
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  • So forever I am thankful for the scars
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Hannah and I are so happy
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  • you've joined us in worship today,
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  • and we'd like to say thank you for all the ways
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  • you continue to support "Hour of Power" worldwide
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  • on its mission.
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  • God is on the move, and great things are happening.
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  • You know, I love the Greek proverb that says,
  • 00:25:58.110 --> 00:26:01.010
  • "Society grows great when old men plant trees
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  • whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
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  • How many of us are sitting in the shade of trees
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  • that were planted by a parent, a grandparent,
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  • a teacher, or a mentor?
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  • I don't know about you, but I wanna be a person like that,
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  • someone who is so rooted in Christ
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  • that their witness will transform future generations
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  • and enable them to know their worth in Jesus.
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  • Hannah: Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child
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  • in the way he should go and when he is old
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  • he will not depart from it."
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  • In our own parenting, Bobby and I believe it's so important
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  • to connect with them and teach them how to connect with others.
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  • By affirming the dignity of those around us
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  • and agreeing with what Jesus says about them,
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  • we change the world one relationship at a time.
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  • Bobby: As a daily reminder of who you are in Christ,
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  • we wanna send you the beautiful Creed of the Beloved suncatcher.
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  • We believe that internalizing the powerful truths
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  • in this creed can transform your life.
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  • announcer: Call, write, or go online today
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  • and request the Creed of the Beloved suncatcher.
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  • that you are not what you do, not what you have,
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  • and not what people say about you,
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  • your true identity as God's beloved will take root
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  • in your heart, and you will be transformed.
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  • For your gift of $50 or more, we'll include Pastor Bobby's
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  • "Connect to Cultivate: Leading the Way" DVD.
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  • In this special sermon, Bobby explains how
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  • to develop meaningful connections,
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  • the kind that enable you to lead by putting other people first.
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  • We'll also include this two-sided "Connect to Cultivate"
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  • reminder card with Proverbs 22:6 on the front and reminders
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  • of ways to cultivate relationships on the back.
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request these
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  • valuable resources and learn to reestablish
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  • and strengthen the relationships in your life.
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  • Bobby: The "Hour of Power" would not be on the air today
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  • if it weren't for you and people like you who bless us
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  • with their generous gifts.
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  • Your financial support keeps the "Hour of Power" on the air
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  • and enables us to make a positive difference
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  • in the lives of viewers around the world.
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  • We simply just can't do it without you.
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  • So please call, write, or go online
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  • God loves you, and so do we.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you for joining us.
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  • So glad you're with us.
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  • It's an honor to be on your TV set or your phone
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  • or whatever it is you're watching on.
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  • At this very moment we believe that God has a word for you.
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  • And by the way, if you're ever in Irvine or Orange County,
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  • won't you come down to Shepherd's Grove Presbyterian?
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  • Come worship with us. We'd love to meet you.
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  • If you live locally, bring your kids.
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  • We'd love to teach them the things of God.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign of receiving?
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  • Let's say this creed together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Today we're finishing the "Back to School" series about
  • 00:29:48.260 --> 00:29:53.010
  • disciples making disciples, training a child up in the way
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  • that he or she should go and they will not depart from it.
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  • And we're talking specifically about the power of reaching
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  • the next generation.
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  • Doesn't always mean children, doesn't always mean teens.
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  • But it means that we're always going to be doing things to
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  • support those who are coming after us, not only in our places
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  • of work and leadership and churches,
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  • but especially in terms of discipleship.
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  • That we think about making not Christians but disciples.
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  • Making people who are committed to following and knowing the
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  • Rabbi Jesus, to be more and more like him in everything they do.
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  • And so with all the kids going back to school and college,
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  • it's a great time to especially talk about them.
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  • You know, Jesus loved children.
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  • Jesus loved young people.
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  • Whenever he, you know, there was a time when they didn't want
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  • the children to come to him and he said,
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  • "Hinder not the children unto me."
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  • He said, "The kingdom of God is made up of ones like this."
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  • If you want to inherit the kingdom of God you have
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  • to become like a child.
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  • Even Jesus's own disciples, the 12 disciples,
  • 00:30:59.240 --> 00:31:03.020
  • scholarship believes were teenagers, you know,
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  • maybe early college students.
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  • The youngest of them was John and most people believe John
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  • was somewhere between 8 and 12 years old.
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  • John was a kid.
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  • No wonder he's called the one that--the disciple Jesus loved.
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  • He was like this little guy that was always with their group.
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  • Peter who was sort of the captain of the group following
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  • Jesus was maybe 25 or 30.
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  • But none of them were old men and there were old men following
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  • Jesus in the group of 70 and the, you know,
  • 00:31:34.060 --> 00:31:36.280
  • broader group there were-- Nicodemus--
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  • older men who loved the Lord.
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  • But his inner circle, the ones he really wanted to pass
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  • his mantle to, were young people.
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  • In a world that glorifies youth, you always wanna be careful
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  • not to share in the sort of glorification of youth yet at
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  • the same time we also must remember that the example
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  • of Jesus Christ was to believe in the next generation
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  • and to invest in them.
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  • And so today I wanna finish with this idea that the best way to
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  • invest in the next generation is to simply do whatever you can
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  • to be as passionate and bold about loving God
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  • and loving others the way the Rabbi was,
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  • the way Jesus was and is.
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  • To, as the Scripture says, love the Lord with all your heart,
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  • with all your soul, with all your strength.
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  • Are any of us perfect at that?
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  • Certainly not, but to wake up in the morning and decide that the
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  • best way I'm gonna have an impact on the next generation is
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  • to love the Lord with all my heart and all my soul
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  • and all my strength and use that same passion to love
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  • my neighbor as myself.
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  • If I do that, I will see a change in the next generation.
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  • It's interesting because many of you know I'm a PK,
  • 00:32:56.270 --> 00:32:59.290
  • but I'm like a multiple PK.
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  • My dad is a pastor, my grandpa was a pastor,
  • 00:33:02.060 --> 00:33:04.110
  • my great-grandpa was a pastor, my great-uncle was a pastor.
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  • Lots of siblings have been in various ministries.
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  • How many in the room by just a show of hands is a PK,
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  • by the way, anybody here?
  • 00:33:14.170 --> 00:33:17.010
  • What the others don't know is we're in an actual club.
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  • Nice to see you guys.
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  • We'll be meeting later this evening.
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  • We have a secret handshake.
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  • No, a lot of PKs, actually, you find--
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  • I find that very often PKs tend to have big personalities
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  • and they tend to be-- they have a--
  • 00:33:31.150 --> 00:33:34.230
  • what's the word I'm looking for?
  • 00:33:34.240 --> 00:33:36.230
  • A reputation that very often PKs end up being rebellious, angry.
  • 00:33:36.240 --> 00:33:42.160
  • Why is that? Why is that?
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  • I think we all know the answer.
  • 00:33:46.010 --> 00:33:47.280
  • It's because their parents, their father or mother,
  • 00:33:47.290 --> 00:33:50.100
  • very often is one person on stage
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  • but different when they go home.
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  • Or even worse, their parent thinks the church and service
  • 00:33:55.030 --> 00:33:58.260
  • to the church is more important than the child.
  • 00:33:58.270 --> 00:34:02.120
  • And what you find is that very often PKs end up hating
  • 00:34:02.130 --> 00:34:05.140
  • the church, hating God, hating everything they stand for and
  • 00:34:05.150 --> 00:34:08.270
  • how many people have turned away from Christian faith
  • 00:34:08.280 --> 00:34:12.060
  • because of the evil that people have done in Jesus's name?
  • 00:34:12.070 --> 00:34:15.280
  • And yet, I'm so thankful for my dad and my grandpa
  • 00:34:15.290 --> 00:34:19.050
  • and my parents and--they really did love the Lord
  • 00:34:19.060 --> 00:34:21.280
  • with all their heart.
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  • No, my parents are not perfect.
  • 00:34:23.210 --> 00:34:25.090
  • They'd be the first ones to tell you that but I did always
  • 00:34:25.100 --> 00:34:27.030
  • believe that they genuinely loved the Lord and they
  • 00:34:27.040 --> 00:34:28.210
  • genuinely loved me.
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  • Maybe you're here today and you're like, "But you don't
  • 00:34:30.130 --> 00:34:32.090
  • understand, I loved my kids, I poured into them,
  • 00:34:32.100 --> 00:34:35.150
  • I made sacrifices for them and now they're gone.
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  • There's--are you blaming me?"
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  • I'm certainly not.
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  • In fact, let me encourage you.
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  • If you made those sacrifices, if you planted those seeds,
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  • I guarantee you that God can use those seeds to turn them around.
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  • They're looking to those good memories to help them.
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  • So don't give up hope.
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  • But all this to simply say that the best way to make
  • 00:34:53.250 --> 00:34:57.110
  • a difference in the next generation is to live it out,
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  • is to eat the food you're cooking.
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  • To not just talk about it but to truly live it, to believe it,
  • 00:35:05.130 --> 00:35:09.250
  • to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul,
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  • with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.
  • 00:35:12.180 --> 00:35:15.190
  • One great example we're gonna look at today is the first
  • 00:35:15.200 --> 00:35:19.090
  • martyr in the church, a Jewish Christian named Stephen
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  • who was a part of the body of Jewish people who,
  • 00:35:24.060 --> 00:35:26.290
  • at this point, are still completely Jewish.
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  • They're still at the synagogues.
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  • They don't view themselves as different from Jews,
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  • and how his confrontation with the leaders
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  • of the Jewish people is a move to lay his life down
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  • to influence the other young Jewish people there,
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  • to see that their leadership is not godly like
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  • the men and women who went before them.
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  • And his--we've used this quote a lot, that--this Greek proverb
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  • that a society becomes great when its elders plant trees
  • 00:35:55.120 --> 00:35:59.010
  • under whose shade they know they will never sit.
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  • Tertullian says: "The blood of martyrs is seed,"
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  • and I think this is true of Stephen's life that his life,
  • 00:36:05.100 --> 00:36:09.220
  • like Jesus, is like a seed planted in the ground of those
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  • who view it, that God is going to use the seed of his faithful
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  • act of sacrifice and death to turn the hearts
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  • of the young men and young women who are watching.
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  • One of those, by the way, is named Paul.
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  • Paul the apostle, actually Saul at the time
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  • and he's changed in his conversion.
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  • A little background to the story:
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  • it begins in Acts chapter 6.
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  • The Word of God is being preached
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  • throughout all of Israel.
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  • God is moving in power.
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  • And then there is this thing comes--
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  • that comes up within the body of Jewish people
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  • and it says that the basket that is being taken
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  • for widows and orphans are being rejected
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  • or held back from the Greek-speaking or Greek Jewish
  • 00:36:56.030 --> 00:37:00.180
  • widows and orphans.
  • 00:37:00.190 --> 00:37:02.140
  • Just a little background to that.
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  • In Jesus's day, Israel, you know,
  • 00:37:04.070 --> 00:37:06.020
  • kind of looks like California.
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  • It's a coastal kind of desert kind of place.
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  • And in the first century, Israel was sort of broken up into three
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  • parts: Galilee in the north, Samaria in the middle,
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  • Judea in the south.
  • 00:37:17.290 --> 00:37:20.090
  • Interesting thing about this is Samaria, they are considered the
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  • ultimate outsiders and they sort of split the country in two.
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  • In fact, you can't go through Samaria if you're a Jew.
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  • If you traveled through, you'd probably be murdered.
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  • But even more than that, they believed that Samaritans were
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  • unclean and you just weren't supposed to do it so there's
  • 00:37:35.150 --> 00:37:37.210
  • this wide gap between Galilee and Judea,
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  • a walk that can take between three and six days
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  • and so the culture is very different.
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  • More than that, 400 years earlier, Jews returned
  • 00:37:45.250 --> 00:37:48.160
  • from the Babylonian exile but not all of them.
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  • We often think that this massive group of people came back
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  • to Israel but actually what happened is there were Jews
  • 00:37:54.020 --> 00:37:56.240
  • spread all over the world and they began to congregate
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  • in various cities that spoke and practiced Greek culture.
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  • One big one was a town called Alexandria in Egypt.
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  • It was the center of life and philosophical thinking
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  • and there was a huge body of Jewish people that lived there.
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  • The other was obviously Babylonia.
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  • And these Jewish folks were very prophetic in their faith.
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  • You almost might think of them as sort of charismatic types.
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  • They believed in miracles and they studied Torah
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  • and they were far from the temple.
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  • But over the 400 years since the Babylonian exile,
  • 00:38:29.040 --> 00:38:31.170
  • they begin to start returning over this period of time
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  • to Israel and where is the place they go?
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  • Do you remember?
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  • Almost all of them go not to Judea;
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  • they go to Galilee in the north.
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  • And so this group of sort of Greek-type Jews begins
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  • to form in the north in Galilee.
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  • It also is kind of like a wealthy--
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  • in the southern part is Judea.
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  • This is where Jerusalem is, this is where the temple is,
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  • this is where the Sanhedrin is.
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  • This is the heartbeat of the Pharisees and in the south you
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  • might say the Judeans are more, I hate to use this word,
  • 00:39:04.240 --> 00:39:07.100
  • it's so loaded, but they're more kind of conservative.
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  • They're strict, they're orthodox.
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  • It's like God doesn't really move in those ways anymore.
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  • These are the rules.
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  • This is how you do it.
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  • And so over time, you see that they all are sort of one nation
  • 00:39:19.280 --> 00:39:23.010
  • but there is this weird divide that's going on between them
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  • and a prejudice begins to develop.
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  • By the way, where's Jesus born?
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  • Do you remember?
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  • In Judea or Galilee?
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  • He's born in Bethlehem in Judea, right?
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  • His adoptive father, Joseph, is Judean.
  • 00:39:37.200 --> 00:39:40.280
  • But where does he do his ministry?
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  • In Capernaum, right? In Galilee.
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  • He does almost his whole ministry around
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  • that little lake in the north.
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  • Of the 12 disciples, 11 are Galilean, Greek-speaking,
  • 00:39:50.010 --> 00:39:56.040
  • also Hebrew-speaking, but Greek and one is Judean.
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  • Can you guess which of the 12 is Judean?
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  • That's right, it was Judas.
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  • Your guess is good.
  • 00:40:05.070 --> 00:40:07.150
  • This sort of highlights a little bit of a prejudice that's
  • 00:40:07.160 --> 00:40:09.260
  • existing in the story of Jesus and in the book of Acts
  • 00:40:09.270 --> 00:40:12.220
  • and it's important.
  • 00:40:12.230 --> 00:40:14.140
  • And so Stephen finds--or this group of disciples finds out
  • 00:40:14.150 --> 00:40:17.130
  • that the Galilean were Hellenistic-style Jews that the
  • 00:40:17.140 --> 00:40:22.020
  • widows and orphans are not being given food, they're not being,
  • 00:40:22.030 --> 00:40:26.110
  • you know, cared for by the broader Jewish community, and
  • 00:40:26.120 --> 00:40:29.170
  • then, this is me saying it, that it's probably coming from the
  • 00:40:29.180 --> 00:40:32.190
  • Sanhedrin which has become very like, only Jews gotta be--
  • 00:40:32.200 --> 00:40:36.160
  • can be Jewish and you have to be very strict
  • 00:40:36.170 --> 00:40:38.120
  • and very tight, et cetera, et cetera.
  • 00:40:38.130 --> 00:40:40.170
  • And they say, "You know what?
  • 00:40:40.180 --> 00:40:42.130
  • We need to resolve this issue," and this is what I love.
  • 00:40:42.140 --> 00:40:44.240
  • Luke points out that nobody wants to resolve this issue
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  • because it seems petty to them.
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  • It seems silly.
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  • The disciples feel like we need to go out and preach
  • 00:40:51.120 --> 00:40:53.240
  • and it actually, Luke says that they say to one another,
  • 00:40:53.250 --> 00:40:56.140
  • "Are we to wait tables?"
  • 00:40:56.150 --> 00:40:58.280
  • You know, it's very funny.
  • 00:40:58.290 --> 00:41:00.260
  • And so they pick a group of seven and one of those seven
  • 00:41:00.270 --> 00:41:03.150
  • to go "wait tables," that is, care for widows and orphans,
  • 00:41:03.160 --> 00:41:06.200
  • is a guy named Stephen.
  • 00:41:06.210 --> 00:41:08.250
  • And Stephen says, "Okay. Okay, great.
  • 00:41:08.260 --> 00:41:12.110
  • Yeah, I'll do that."
  • 00:41:12.120 --> 00:41:14.050
  • See, Stephen in my mind is someone who just loves people.
  • 00:41:14.060 --> 00:41:17.010
  • He loves to reach people, he loves to serve.
  • 00:41:17.020 --> 00:41:19.190
  • He loves to be available.
  • 00:41:19.200 --> 00:41:21.150
  • And where these other wise men are gonna go out and preach
  • 00:41:21.160 --> 00:41:24.090
  • and pray, it says he's gonna go serve tables.
  • 00:41:24.100 --> 00:41:26.150
  • And then immediately, Luke tells us nothing
  • 00:41:26.160 --> 00:41:29.130
  • about those so-called wise men who were gonna go preach.
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  • He tells us everything about a guy named Stephen,
  • 00:41:32.040 --> 00:41:34.170
  • that he becomes the most powerful preacher among them.
  • 00:41:34.180 --> 00:41:40.110
  • The one who was willing to do the work that nobody wanted to
  • 00:41:40.120 --> 00:41:44.060
  • do because he loved people, because he loved widows,
  • 00:41:44.070 --> 00:41:49.260
  • because he loved orphans, because he loved the underdog,
  • 00:41:49.270 --> 00:41:52.280
  • that was the one God chose to anoint with his Holy Spirit
  • 00:41:52.290 --> 00:41:57.220
  • to preach with power.
  • 00:41:57.230 --> 00:42:01.080
  • That's a lesson for us. That's a lesson.
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  • If God calls us to do something that seems petty or silly in the
  • 00:42:05.130 --> 00:42:08.200
  • kingdom of God, say yes.
  • 00:42:08.210 --> 00:42:10.230
  • Might be the doorway to something great.
  • 00:42:10.240 --> 00:42:13.070
  • And even more so, be the kind of person that just loves widows
  • 00:42:13.080 --> 00:42:15.180
  • and orphans, that just loves people.
  • 00:42:15.190 --> 00:42:19.150
  • So the Holy Spirit comes upon Stephen and he begins to preach
  • 00:42:19.160 --> 00:42:23.110
  • with power and then miracles start just like flowing
  • 00:42:23.120 --> 00:42:26.250
  • out of his life and people are being healed
  • 00:42:26.260 --> 00:42:28.290
  • and amazing things are happening.
  • 00:42:29.000 --> 00:42:30.290
  • And now rabbis and priests are starting to come and believe
  • 00:42:31.000 --> 00:42:34.230
  • in Jesus and this is creating an uproar and so some people
  • 00:42:34.240 --> 00:42:38.250
  • decide, "All right, we're gonna take--
  • 00:42:38.260 --> 00:42:40.270
  • we're gonna arrest Stephen.
  • 00:42:40.280 --> 00:42:42.260
  • We're going to drum up false charges and bring him before
  • 00:42:42.270 --> 00:42:45.040
  • the Sanhedrin and we're gonna make sure that he's killed."
  • 00:42:45.050 --> 00:42:48.280
  • Now before we get to Stephen's execution,
  • 00:42:48.290 --> 00:42:54.010
  • let's talk about the Sanhedrin.
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  • The Sanhedrin met in a hall called the Hall of Hewn Stone.
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  • It's in the temple.
  • 00:42:59.090 --> 00:43:01.120
  • So here's the--here's a model of the temple and you can see this
  • 00:43:01.130 --> 00:43:04.080
  • main part here is where the Holy of Holies is,
  • 00:43:04.090 --> 00:43:06.120
  • it's like the heart of the temple.
  • 00:43:06.130 --> 00:43:08.060
  • And the Hall of Hewn Stone is on the opposite side of that wall.
  • 00:43:08.070 --> 00:43:10.140
  • So this is facing the temple.
  • 00:43:10.150 --> 00:43:12.040
  • It's only a few feet from it.
  • 00:43:12.050 --> 00:43:14.000
  • So they're--it's really, really close to, like,
  • 00:43:14.010 --> 00:43:15.260
  • where they believe God is.
  • 00:43:15.270 --> 00:43:18.010
  • And this is where the Sanhedrin is supposed to meet.
  • 00:43:18.020 --> 00:43:20.130
  • And it's like a courthouse of 71 people led by the high priest
  • 00:43:20.140 --> 00:43:23.290
  • who at this time is named Caiaphas.
  • 00:43:24.000 --> 00:43:26.130
  • At Jesus's execution, this place is full of people.
  • 00:43:26.140 --> 00:43:30.130
  • Josephus says maybe as many as 2 million people
  • 00:43:30.140 --> 00:43:33.030
  • were there for Passover.
  • 00:43:33.040 --> 00:43:35.050
  • And they all were really into this rabbi named Jesus.
  • 00:43:35.060 --> 00:43:39.070
  • But remember, on the night that they arrest Jesus,
  • 00:43:39.080 --> 00:43:41.250
  • where do they take him?
  • 00:43:41.260 --> 00:43:43.270
  • Do they take him here, where they're supposed to take him?
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  • They take him to the house of Caiaphas.
  • 00:43:46.200 --> 00:43:49.110
  • Now, in Judaism there are three rules about
  • 00:43:49.120 --> 00:43:52.070
  • the Sanhedrin meeting.
  • 00:43:52.080 --> 00:43:53.260
  • One is you don't meet at night.
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  • Two is you meet here in the temple.
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  • Three, you never meet in a festival.
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  • Look what they did.
  • 00:44:00.110 --> 00:44:02.060
  • They arrest Jesus at night.
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  • They don't take him here.
  • 00:44:04.170 --> 00:44:06.120
  • They take him to the guy's house.
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  • And number three, they do it during Passover.
  • 00:44:08.150 --> 00:44:11.040
  • And it's there at his house they decide that he needs
  • 00:44:11.050 --> 00:44:14.240
  • to be killed with nobody looking, in secret.
  • 00:44:14.250 --> 00:44:17.160
  • These--these are the men that have told people
  • 00:44:17.170 --> 00:44:21.100
  • that they can't wear two types of cloth together.
  • 00:44:21.110 --> 00:44:24.030
  • These are the men that yelled at his disciples
  • 00:44:24.040 --> 00:44:26.130
  • for eating a little grain on the Sabbath.
  • 00:44:26.140 --> 00:44:29.090
  • These are the ones who got mad at Jesus for healing people
  • 00:44:29.100 --> 00:44:32.130
  • on the Lord's day.
  • 00:44:32.140 --> 00:44:34.130
  • And yet they break the written law to murder someone
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  • and after Jesus's death the whole Jewish community knows it.
  • 00:44:39.060 --> 00:44:45.170
  • Everybody knows it.
  • 00:44:45.180 --> 00:44:48.150
  • This is the Sanhedrin.
  • 00:44:48.160 --> 00:44:50.130
  • The group that, like Jesus said,
  • 00:44:50.140 --> 00:44:52.210
  • will strain the gnat out of a cup, right?
  • 00:44:52.220 --> 00:44:56.070
  • But here they are, just doing something utterly evil.
  • 00:44:56.080 --> 00:44:59.160
  • They're hypocrites.
  • 00:44:59.170 --> 00:45:02.040
  • And Stephen is brought before this Sanhedrin
  • 00:45:02.050 --> 00:45:04.280
  • because the power of God is moving in him and he gives
  • 00:45:04.290 --> 00:45:09.040
  • this sort of amazing speech to them.
  • 00:45:09.050 --> 00:45:11.240
  • Now remember, the Sanhedrin is made up of 71 rabbis.
  • 00:45:11.250 --> 00:45:15.260
  • All of them have the entire Old Testament, the Tanakh,
  • 00:45:15.270 --> 00:45:18.240
  • memorized, okay?
  • 00:45:18.250 --> 00:45:20.240
  • And he's about to tell them about the Torah.
  • 00:45:20.250 --> 00:45:23.000
  • So this is already hilarious.
  • 00:45:23.010 --> 00:45:24.260
  • It's kind of condescending as he speaks to them.
  • 00:45:24.270 --> 00:45:27.000
  • And there they are, they're gathered in the Sanhedrin.
  • 00:45:27.010 --> 00:45:29.120
  • Now, this time, it is during the day.
  • 00:45:29.130 --> 00:45:31.070
  • It's not during a festival and then there is a crowd
  • 00:45:31.080 --> 00:45:33.090
  • kind of watching.
  • 00:45:33.100 --> 00:45:35.010
  • They're all wondering, "Who is this man, Stephen?
  • 00:45:35.020 --> 00:45:37.030
  • What's he about?"
  • 00:45:37.040 --> 00:45:39.070
  • I wonder if Stephen, when he was being dragged there,
  • 00:45:39.080 --> 00:45:41.050
  • wondered what he was gonna say.
  • 00:45:41.060 --> 00:45:43.190
  • And I feel that the Holy Spirit told him that the message
  • 00:45:43.200 --> 00:45:47.190
  • that he needs to give is not for the Sanhedrin but for this group
  • 00:45:47.200 --> 00:45:51.070
  • of young people that's watching.
  • 00:45:51.080 --> 00:45:54.150
  • There would have been children and other rabbis
  • 00:45:54.160 --> 00:45:58.050
  • and other really good people who were watching.
  • 00:45:58.060 --> 00:46:02.120
  • And Stephen begins to speak to them and he says,
  • 00:46:02.130 --> 00:46:05.160
  • "God called our father Abraham out of the land of Chaldeans
  • 00:46:05.170 --> 00:46:11.040
  • to make a covenant with him that he would be our God
  • 00:46:11.050 --> 00:46:14.240
  • and we would be his people."
  • 00:46:14.250 --> 00:46:17.060
  • Everybody listening is saying, "Of course,
  • 00:46:17.070 --> 00:46:19.040
  • we've got the whole story memorized.
  • 00:46:19.050 --> 00:46:20.240
  • We could tell you word for word."
  • 00:46:20.250 --> 00:46:22.120
  • And then he says, "And Abraham had Isaac, and Isaac had Jacob,
  • 00:46:22.130 --> 00:46:26.280
  • and Jacob had Joseph, and Joseph had 11 brothers."
  • 00:46:26.290 --> 00:46:31.000
  • Like, okay, that's a weird way to say it.
  • 00:46:31.010 --> 00:46:33.050
  • He says, "And his 11 brothers took Joseph," who's considered,
  • 00:46:33.060 --> 00:46:36.230
  • you know, kind of the greatest of the 12,
  • 00:46:36.240 --> 00:46:38.240
  • "took Joseph and they sold him into slavery
  • 00:46:38.250 --> 00:46:42.170
  • and they wanted to kill him but wanted to make some money,"
  • 00:46:42.180 --> 00:46:45.050
  • or something like this.
  • 00:46:45.060 --> 00:46:47.050
  • And then he looks at them and he says, "You are not like Joseph.
  • 00:46:47.060 --> 00:46:50.130
  • You are like his 11 brothers."
  • 00:46:50.140 --> 00:46:53.190
  • And he says, "And Moses."
  • 00:46:53.200 --> 00:46:55.110
  • And now when--as he begins to speak, listen to this.
  • 00:46:55.120 --> 00:46:58.030
  • His face begins to glow.
  • 00:46:58.040 --> 00:47:00.130
  • His face is literally--his skin is literally glowing
  • 00:47:00.140 --> 00:47:03.260
  • with God's glory.
  • 00:47:03.270 --> 00:47:05.290
  • Do you remember there's one place in the Torah
  • 00:47:06.000 --> 00:47:08.090
  • where someone--someone's face is glowing?
  • 00:47:08.100 --> 00:47:10.260
  • Do you remember who that is?
  • 00:47:10.270 --> 00:47:13.160
  • Moses, when he comes down from Mount--it's a famous story.
  • 00:47:13.170 --> 00:47:16.240
  • He comes down with the law and he's bringing it
  • 00:47:16.250 --> 00:47:19.060
  • to his people and his face is radiating
  • 00:47:19.070 --> 00:47:21.290
  • because he's been in God's presence.
  • 00:47:22.000 --> 00:47:23.200
  • And as Stephen is saying this to them, he begins talking about
  • 00:47:23.210 --> 00:47:27.290
  • Moses and his face begins to glow and he says to them,
  • 00:47:28.000 --> 00:47:33.280
  • "Moses said to those brawlers," something, you know,
  • 00:47:33.290 --> 00:47:39.130
  • "and they rejected him.
  • 00:47:39.140 --> 00:47:41.090
  • You are not like Moses.
  • 00:47:41.100 --> 00:47:43.050
  • You are like those two men who were brawling."
  • 00:47:43.060 --> 00:47:46.180
  • And then his face glows even more and more
  • 00:47:46.190 --> 00:47:49.090
  • and everybody's like, "What is going on?"
  • 00:47:49.100 --> 00:47:51.120
  • And then he says, "And Moses, when he was on Mount Sinai,
  • 00:47:51.130 --> 00:47:55.180
  • many of the people made a golden calf
  • 00:47:55.190 --> 00:47:57.290
  • and bowed down to that calf,"
  • 00:47:58.000 --> 00:47:59.220
  • and he said, "You are not like Moses.
  • 00:47:59.230 --> 00:48:02.080
  • You are like the ones who bowed down to that golden calf."
  • 00:48:02.090 --> 00:48:05.220
  • And he said, "And every prophet after them who killed every man
  • 00:48:05.230 --> 00:48:09.070
  • of God, that God in his mercy and favor sent to us,
  • 00:48:09.080 --> 00:48:12.200
  • you are like those who killed them."
  • 00:48:12.210 --> 00:48:15.230
  • What is he referring to?
  • 00:48:15.240 --> 00:48:17.230
  • Not only their evil against Jesus but the way they did it.
  • 00:48:17.240 --> 00:48:21.110
  • In secret, sneaky, fake, fake, fake.
  • 00:48:21.120 --> 00:48:28.180
  • He says, "You are fake.
  • 00:48:28.190 --> 00:48:31.210
  • You are not men of God."
  • 00:48:31.220 --> 00:48:34.030
  • Is he saying this for the Sanhedrin?
  • 00:48:34.040 --> 00:48:36.090
  • No, he's saying it for those who are following them.
  • 00:48:36.100 --> 00:48:40.120
  • He knows these words are going to get him killed.
  • 00:48:40.130 --> 00:48:47.130
  • He knows it.
  • 00:48:47.140 --> 00:48:49.110
  • But he doesn't care because he believes that he can almost
  • 00:48:49.120 --> 00:48:52.200
  • bait them into doing to all the prophets to do that to him.
  • 00:48:52.210 --> 00:49:00.190
  • His finishing line is,
  • 00:49:00.200 --> 00:49:02.170
  • "Oh you, of uncircumcised ears and hearts."
  • 00:49:02.180 --> 00:49:06.200
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:49:06.210 --> 00:49:08.190
  • Their hearts and their ears are not of God,
  • 00:49:08.200 --> 00:49:10.150
  • that they're unclean.
  • 00:49:10.160 --> 00:49:12.080
  • He says, "You have rejected the Holy Spirit."
  • 00:49:12.090 --> 00:49:17.290
  • And with that, they begin to take Stephen.
  • 00:49:18.000 --> 00:49:21.110
  • It says they freak out, they gnash their teeth,
  • 00:49:21.120 --> 00:49:24.090
  • they grab him and they lay their coats at the feet
  • 00:49:24.100 --> 00:49:28.080
  • of a young rabbi named Saul.
  • 00:49:28.090 --> 00:49:32.140
  • Saint Augustine says that without the work of Stephen,
  • 00:49:32.150 --> 00:49:36.040
  • Saul would have never become Paul.
  • 00:49:36.050 --> 00:49:40.060
  • So they take Stephen and they drag him out of the temple and
  • 00:49:40.070 --> 00:49:43.240
  • out of the city which is a long way to drag a person and there
  • 00:49:43.250 --> 00:49:48.190
  • he stands and heaven begins to open up before him
  • 00:49:48.200 --> 00:49:52.040
  • and they just start chucking stones at him.
  • 00:49:52.050 --> 00:49:54.150
  • They're ready to kill him.
  • 00:49:54.160 --> 00:49:56.150
  • And as that happens, it says that all of heaven opens up
  • 00:49:56.160 --> 00:50:01.140
  • and he looks and he says, "I see before me
  • 00:50:01.150 --> 00:50:05.010
  • the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."
  • 00:50:05.020 --> 00:50:09.160
  • He literally sees Jesus not sitting, but standing.
  • 00:50:09.170 --> 00:50:13.000
  • It's the only time in the New Testament that it says
  • 00:50:13.010 --> 00:50:15.230
  • Jesus is not sitting but standing
  • 00:50:15.240 --> 00:50:18.100
  • at the right hand of God.
  • 00:50:18.110 --> 00:50:20.140
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:50:20.150 --> 00:50:22.130
  • He's standing to honor.
  • 00:50:22.140 --> 00:50:24.110
  • You wanna hear Jesus say,
  • 00:50:24.120 --> 00:50:26.250
  • "Well done, good and faithful servant"?
  • 00:50:26.260 --> 00:50:29.260
  • Be like Stephen.
  • 00:50:29.270 --> 00:50:32.100
  • Be willing to go the extra mile for widows, for orphans,
  • 00:50:32.110 --> 00:50:37.260
  • for young people, for those who are hurting.
  • 00:50:37.270 --> 00:50:41.010
  • Be willing to live your full life for the gospel
  • 00:50:41.020 --> 00:50:45.290
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:50:46.000 --> 00:50:48.290
  • If you do that, Christ will stand for you
  • 00:50:49.000 --> 00:50:52.210
  • as you stand for him.
  • 00:50:52.220 --> 00:50:57.000
  • And he says, "Lord Jesus," boom, boom, rocks hitting him,
  • 00:50:57.010 --> 00:51:01.210
  • spitting on him, throwing trash at him.
  • 00:51:01.220 --> 00:51:04.220
  • "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
  • 00:51:04.230 --> 00:51:08.070
  • Another one hits him in the side of the neck.
  • 00:51:08.080 --> 00:51:10.190
  • He falls to his knees, dying, and his last words are:
  • 00:51:10.200 --> 00:51:16.050
  • "Do not hold this sin against them, Lord."
  • 00:51:16.060 --> 00:51:21.080
  • And he breathes his last.
  • 00:51:21.090 --> 00:51:23.070
  • Final words: "Love your enemies."
  • 00:51:23.080 --> 00:51:26.240
  • Final words: "Lord, forgive them."
  • 00:51:26.250 --> 00:51:29.270
  • Who does that sound like?
  • 00:51:29.280 --> 00:51:31.180
  • That's Jesus.
  • 00:51:31.190 --> 00:51:33.190
  • "Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do."
  • 00:51:33.200 --> 00:51:39.030
  • If you wanna have an impact on the next generation,
  • 00:51:39.040 --> 00:51:41.000
  • be like Stephen.
  • 00:51:41.010 --> 00:51:42.230
  • Man, be like Stephen.
  • 00:51:42.240 --> 00:51:44.180
  • Be willing to care for those in need when other people
  • 00:51:44.190 --> 00:51:47.130
  • have more important things to do.
  • 00:51:47.140 --> 00:51:49.290
  • Be like Stephen.
  • 00:51:50.000 --> 00:51:51.210
  • Be willing to stand up for the Lord
  • 00:51:51.220 --> 00:51:53.120
  • in the most uncomfortable time.
  • 00:51:53.130 --> 00:51:55.040
  • Be like Stephen.
  • 00:51:55.050 --> 00:51:56.190
  • Do what you're going to do, not to get at someone
  • 00:51:56.200 --> 00:52:00.170
  • but to bring truth to that third party, those young people,
  • 00:52:00.180 --> 00:52:05.020
  • those children, those kids, who are listening.
  • 00:52:05.030 --> 00:52:07.200
  • This is how--this is how you make disciples
  • 00:52:07.210 --> 00:52:10.130
  • of the next generation.
  • 00:52:10.140 --> 00:52:12.090
  • By living with passion and by living with power
  • 00:52:12.100 --> 00:52:15.000
  • for those who are to come after us.
  • 00:52:15.010 --> 00:52:19.080
  • Maybe you're here today and you're like,
  • 00:52:19.090 --> 00:52:21.110
  • "Bobby, you don't understand.
  • 00:52:21.120 --> 00:52:23.130
  • I'm an old person.
  • 00:52:23.140 --> 00:52:24.230
  • I'm an old man, I'm an old woman.
  • 00:52:24.240 --> 00:52:26.090
  • My kids are gone; my grandkids, they've moved out.
  • 00:52:26.100 --> 00:52:28.230
  • I can't have an impact anymore.
  • 00:52:28.240 --> 00:52:30.150
  • And I felt so strongly as I was praying for this service,
  • 00:52:30.160 --> 00:52:33.040
  • between, that the Lord was saying,
  • 00:52:33.050 --> 00:52:35.130
  • "It's not too late for you to have an impact
  • 00:52:35.140 --> 00:52:38.240
  • on your kids and your grandkids.
  • 00:52:38.250 --> 00:52:40.280
  • It's not too late for you to reach out.
  • 00:52:40.290 --> 00:52:43.180
  • It's not too late for you to make a difference for them."
  • 00:52:43.190 --> 00:52:47.150
  • Someone needs to hear this today,
  • 00:52:47.160 --> 00:52:49.270
  • that we think it's already done, it's already gone.
  • 00:52:49.280 --> 00:52:52.180
  • But let me tell you, as an almost 40-year-old man,
  • 00:52:52.190 --> 00:52:55.030
  • my parents still have a big impact on my life.
  • 00:52:55.040 --> 00:52:58.290
  • I think no matter how old you get,
  • 00:52:59.000 --> 00:53:02.060
  • your kids are always gonna be your kids.
  • 00:53:02.070 --> 00:53:05.230
  • Your grandkids are always going to be your grandkids.
  • 00:53:05.240 --> 00:53:10.030
  • And if you are willing to seek with all your heart, to invest
  • 00:53:10.040 --> 00:53:14.090
  • in them, to love them, to care for them, even when it hurts,
  • 00:53:14.100 --> 00:53:18.270
  • to reach out to them, to say you're sorry, to be with them,
  • 00:53:18.280 --> 00:53:21.260
  • to shake hands with them.
  • 00:53:21.270 --> 00:53:23.290
  • And maybe it's not your kids. Maybe it's your grandkids.
  • 00:53:24.000 --> 00:53:26.030
  • Maybe you don't have kids or grandkids.
  • 00:53:26.040 --> 00:53:28.020
  • Maybe it's the next generation. Maybe it's students.
  • 00:53:28.030 --> 00:53:30.030
  • Maybe it's teenagers.
  • 00:53:30.040 --> 00:53:32.010
  • But that you're willing to say, "Lord, put young people
  • 00:53:32.020 --> 00:53:34.210
  • in my life I can pour into," I guarantee you are walking
  • 00:53:34.220 --> 00:53:38.170
  • in the yoke of Stephen.
  • 00:53:38.180 --> 00:53:40.200
  • It's the yoke of Jesus.
  • 00:53:40.210 --> 00:53:42.170
  • That I'm willing to lay down my own life to make
  • 00:53:42.180 --> 00:53:46.110
  • an impact on the next generation.
  • 00:53:46.120 --> 00:53:49.070
  • I'm willing to let my own blood be the seed that can plant
  • 00:53:49.080 --> 00:53:52.290
  • the trees for tomorrow.
  • 00:53:53.000 --> 00:53:55.150
  • When you become that kind of person you become
  • 00:53:55.160 --> 00:53:58.130
  • the kind of person that when you get to heaven,
  • 00:53:58.140 --> 00:54:01.080
  • both Stephen and Christ will be there, saying,
  • 00:54:01.090 --> 00:54:03.150
  • "Well done, good and faithful servant."
  • 00:54:03.160 --> 00:54:07.030
  • There's nothing like living the gospel with all your heart,
  • 00:54:07.040 --> 00:54:11.190
  • with all your soul, and with all your mind,
  • 00:54:11.200 --> 00:54:13.160
  • and watching the Lord do great things in the people you love.
  • 00:54:13.170 --> 00:54:18.030
  • Those are the greatest treasures.
  • 00:54:18.040 --> 00:54:19.250
  • I remember, Hannah and I, we were having
  • 00:54:19.260 --> 00:54:21.210
  • a little worship night with our--
  • 00:54:21.220 --> 00:54:23.150
  • I hope it's okay to say this about Haven
  • 00:54:23.160 --> 00:54:25.040
  • but it seems so small but we were worshiping together
  • 00:54:25.050 --> 00:54:28.130
  • upstairs, the four of us, and she said,
  • 00:54:28.140 --> 00:54:30.270
  • "Mom, Dad, do you ever feel like God speaks to you?"
  • 00:54:30.280 --> 00:54:34.020
  • And we said, "Yeah."
  • 00:54:34.030 --> 00:54:36.010
  • And she said, "Did God just speak to you now
  • 00:54:36.020 --> 00:54:37.270
  • when you were worshiping?"
  • 00:54:37.280 --> 00:54:39.210
  • And I said, "Well, in some ways but not directly."
  • 00:54:39.220 --> 00:54:41.280
  • Hannah said, "No, not right now."
  • 00:54:41.290 --> 00:54:44.010
  • She said, "I feel like God spoke to me."
  • 00:54:44.020 --> 00:54:47.060
  • And she told us this great thing that she felt like the Lord
  • 00:54:47.070 --> 00:54:49.270
  • was saying to her for our whole family.
  • 00:54:49.280 --> 00:54:52.090
  • I can't tell you how much that blessed my heart.
  • 00:54:52.100 --> 00:54:54.180
  • Everything--I feel like there is no greater reward, you know,
  • 00:54:54.190 --> 00:54:59.010
  • than knowing and maybe it's not your kids or you maybe
  • 00:54:59.020 --> 00:55:01.230
  • don't have kids or grandkids, as I said, but knowing
  • 00:55:01.240 --> 00:55:04.010
  • that there are children or young people or teenagers
  • 00:55:04.020 --> 00:55:06.270
  • or college students in your life that are getting
  • 00:55:06.280 --> 00:55:10.010
  • to know the Lord personally, that it's not--
  • 00:55:10.020 --> 00:55:14.090
  • that maybe it was through you at first but eventually
  • 00:55:14.100 --> 00:55:17.060
  • it's like you're the training wheels and then you come off
  • 00:55:17.070 --> 00:55:19.110
  • and they have--they've got it all to their own.
  • 00:55:19.120 --> 00:55:21.140
  • They've got it all to themselves.
  • 00:55:21.150 --> 00:55:23.060
  • There's nothing better than that.
  • 00:55:23.070 --> 00:55:25.250
  • And I guarantee when we finish this life, when we go to heaven
  • 00:55:25.260 --> 00:55:29.040
  • to be with the Lord, this will be the thing we think about.
  • 00:55:29.050 --> 00:55:33.280
  • It'll be the legacy.
  • 00:55:33.290 --> 00:55:35.260
  • It'll be the lives we touched, the people we impacted.
  • 00:55:35.270 --> 00:55:37.250
  • Did we invest in those who will be here after us
  • 00:55:37.260 --> 00:55:43.020
  • after we go?
  • 00:55:43.030 --> 00:55:44.220
  • And that's our prayer, amen?
  • 00:55:44.230 --> 00:55:46.190
  • So, Lord, we pray for that.
  • 00:55:46.200 --> 00:55:48.060
  • We pray for our children or our grandchildren
  • 00:55:48.070 --> 00:55:50.000
  • or our great-grandchildren.
  • 00:55:50.010 --> 00:55:52.030
  • We pray for young people in America today.
  • 00:55:52.040 --> 00:55:55.180
  • Lord, we pray for so many millennials in particular that
  • 00:55:55.190 --> 00:55:58.160
  • society loves to make fun of, that loves to mock,
  • 00:55:58.170 --> 00:56:03.100
  • and, Lord, we're not gonna do that.
  • 00:56:03.110 --> 00:56:05.130
  • We're going to believe in millennials.
  • 00:56:05.140 --> 00:56:07.040
  • We're gonna believe in their children.
  • 00:56:07.050 --> 00:56:08.220
  • We're gonna believe in the next generation.
  • 00:56:08.230 --> 00:56:10.090
  • We're gonna believe in teenagers and college students and believe
  • 00:56:10.100 --> 00:56:13.090
  • that this can be the greatest generation America's ever seen.
  • 00:56:13.100 --> 00:56:16.180
  • We're gonna believe for whatever country that we live in, Lord.
  • 00:56:16.190 --> 00:56:18.260
  • We're gonna believe, Lord, that they're gonna know you.
  • 00:56:18.270 --> 00:56:20.260
  • They're gonna be the type of people
  • 00:56:20.270 --> 00:56:22.150
  • who serve orphans and widows.
  • 00:56:22.160 --> 00:56:24.050
  • They're gonna be the kind of people who are willing
  • 00:56:24.060 --> 00:56:25.290
  • to lay their lives down for the gospel.
  • 00:56:26.000 --> 00:56:27.180
  • They're gonna be people committed to knowing Jesus
  • 00:56:27.190 --> 00:56:29.280
  • and following him, people committed to knowing the text.
  • 00:56:29.290 --> 00:56:33.270
  • Lord, we are asking for that in Jesus's name,
  • 00:56:33.280 --> 00:56:36.180
  • and, Lord, we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • When peace like a river, attendeth my way
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  • when sorrows like sea billows roll
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  • Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
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  • it is well
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  • it is well with my soul
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  • It is well, it is well
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  • with my soul, with my soul
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  • It is well
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  • it is well with my soul
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  • Bobby: And now the Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace.
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  • In the name of the Father and of the Son
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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