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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: Menand women are equal
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  • in every way,
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  • and when it comes to the truebiblical Christianity,
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  • there is no superiorityinferiority dichotomy
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  • in the Word of God.
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  • The only difference in function,the different roles
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  • and the functionsof men and women
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  • are not differentin importance,
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  • they're differentin kind.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Satan nevercomes out and says,
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  • "Hey, I'm Satan,I'm here to confuse you.
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  • I'm here to bring divisionin your home,
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  • and church,and in your society."
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  • That would be easy.
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  • I wish he would,but the Bible said
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  • he appears as an angelof light.
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  • But perhaps there is no greaterconfusion that Satan has managed
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  • to bring to our societyin trying to destroy it
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  • than the balance, the biblicalbalance, between men and women.
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  • That is really the tragedythat we're facing today,
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  • but the bigger tragedy,actually, for me personally,
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  • the bigger tragedyis the church leaders
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  • who have goneout of their way to redefine,
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  • or even watered downand modify biblical truth
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  • in order to accommodate thisterrible cultural confusion.
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  • Instead of standing upand standing out,
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  • they gave in andthey surrendered.
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  • In fact, they have goneeven further.
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  • In order to accommodateand to please the culture,
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  • they have changedthe Word of God.
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  • The one thing that I want toremind you regarding the church
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  • in the city of Corinth,the Corinthian church,
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  • in spite of their spiritualimmaturity,
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  • in spite of there areso many problems in the church,
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  • we've been seeing this
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  • throughout this seriesof messages,
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  • in spite of theirutter confusion
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  • on some issues, they respectedthe apostolic authority
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  • and the divine wisdomof the Apostle Paul.
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  • Despite of all that,and that is why
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  • we are seeing herein this epistle,
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  • the Apostle Paul is basicallyanswering questions
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  • that they have asked himand because they respect
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  • his apostolic authority,because they respected
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  • his divine wisdom,they come to him
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  • with questions about lifestyleand not doctrine.
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  • And they asked these questionsand the Apostle Paul,
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  • in spite of the Holy Spirit,
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  • he gives him an answerto every one of their questions
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  • and that is why1 Corinthians,
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  • these God-inspired answersto these questions
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  • are veryrelevant to us.
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  • And I want to show you the loveand respect for the authority
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  • of the Apostle Paul,something that the new,
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  • the modern church todayis trying to undermine.
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  • In verse 2, he says to them,
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  • "I praise you forremembering me in everything
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  • and for holding to the teachingsthat I have passed on to you."
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  • Now, some of your translationssaid "traditions."
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  • The word "paradosis" in Greekmeans a body of teaching
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  • that he passed onto them.
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  • He's not talking aboutsome dead rituals
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  • and dead traditionsthat some people
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  • think he's talking about,he's not.
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  • The main problemin the Corinthian church
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  • was not concerning doctrine,but morals.
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  • The main problemin the Corinthian church
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  • was not concerning theology,but lifestyle.
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  • They knew biblicaltruths,
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  • but they did not knowhow to apply these truths
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  • into their everyday life.
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  • They knew biblical teaching,
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  • but they did not knowhow to live a godly life,
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  • and that is whythe Apostle Paul
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  • praises themfor their strength
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  • before he dealswith their weaknesses.
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  • In this case,they had a confused notion
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  • regarding biblical manhoodand biblical womanhood.
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  • Can I say any morehow relevant that is?
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  • Biblical distinctionbetween men and women,
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  • between the roleand the function of men
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  • and the roleand the function of women,
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  • has always been an issueamong God's people.
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  • Satan created that divisionin the Garden of Eden,
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  • and he continues to reinvent itin every society
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  • and in every time in history.
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  • As you know in this church,
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  • we preach the wholecounsel of God
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  • and we don't skipthe tough passages.
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  • And that's what thepopular culture
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  • would want usto do,
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  • and that's what thepopular preachers want to do.
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  • We don't dothat.
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  • It's very popular to say we needto distinguish when
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  • the Apostle Paul is speakingas a rabbi,
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  • and when he's speakingas an apostles.
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  • Who's gonnamake that distinction?
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  • The Bible said they wereinspired of the Holy Spirit.
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  • When they wrote the wordsof God, God offered those words,
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  • all of them, the ones they likeand the ones they don't like.
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  • He authoredall of them.
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  • But here you must understandthat whether it is Paul,
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  • or Peter, or James, or Jude,or John,
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  • any of the New Testamentwriters,
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  • when theywere writing,
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  • not only they were inspiredof the Holy Spirit,
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  • not only directedby the Holy Spirit,
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  • but there were only expoundingeternal truth that has existed
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  • in all of the Old Testament.
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  • In fact, I can tell you,and I can prove it to you
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  • from history,that it is Jesus and his gospel
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  • who elevatedthe status of women.
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  • It is the gospel of Jesus thatgave women dignity, honor,
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  • and equality.
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  • It is the gospelof Jesus Christ that says
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  • that whenit comes to salvation,
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  • men and womenare on equal footing.
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  • 1 Corinthians 11, Paul confrontsa similar confusion of roles
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  • and identityin the Church of Jesus Christ.
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  • Please hear me outon this one.
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  • This is reallyimportant.
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  • If you think this passage isabout dress code
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  • for men and women in the church,you miss the meaning,
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  • you miss the eternal principle
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  • that the Apostle Paul is tryingto communicate here.
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  • You really miss it.
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  • And the principleis this,
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  • men and womenare equal in every way.
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  • And remember,this is very radical teaching.
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  • Whether it be among the Greeksor among the Jews,
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  • it's very radical.
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  • And Paul said whilethey are equal in every way,
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  • each of them servedifferent functions.
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  • And when it comes to the truebiblical Christianity,
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  • there is no superiorityinferiority dichotomy
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  • in the Word of Godbetween men and women.
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  • The only differencein function, is in role.
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  • And those differencein functions,
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  • listen carefully 'causethat's what
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  • the Word of Godis concerned about,
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  • only two institutions,the home and the church.
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  • He's not talkingabout the secular culture.
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  • Keep thatin mind.
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  • I'm gonna refer to itagain and again.
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  • Home, church, that is theirconcern,
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  • the concern of the Scripture,why?
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  • Because after all,what is the church?
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  • What is the church?
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  • It's the gatheringof the families.
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  • Here's how the Word of Godshows us the difference
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  • in function and in rolethat men and women occupy
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  • and that is whythe Apostle Paul,
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  • look at verse 3,underline it in your Bible
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  • because I want to show youwhat the real crux
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  • of the argument thatthe Apostle Paul is making here.
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  • It's in verse 3 and he's sayingthat just as the Father
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  • and the Son are equalin the Godhead,
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  • within the Godhead,they are equal,
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  • the Father and the Sonare equal.
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  • The Father and the Son haddifferent function
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  • and different role to playin relationship to salvation
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  • and relationshipto ministry.
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  • And yet, they both are equal.
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  • God the Father,
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  • God the Sonare equal in every way.
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  • That's where he begins.
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  • That's what you must understandwhere he's going from here.
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  • Think about this.
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  • If Christ Jesus God the Sondid not fulfill his role,
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  • humanity would be still livingin total darkness today.
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  • You and Iwould not be here today.
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  • Redemption, salvationwill not have taken place.
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  • If the Father did not willingly,or if he was not willing
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  • to go through the agonyof being separated
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  • from his Son, we would still bein darkness today.
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  • The Fatherfulfilled his function.
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  • The Son fulfilled his function,
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  • and yet both are equalin the Godhead.
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  • See, Paul never makes adistinction between
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  • men and women, hear me outplease, listen carefully.
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  • He never makes a distinctionbetween men and women
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  • in terms of their personalworth,
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  • in terms of their abilities,in terms of their intellect,
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  • or their spiritual walk.
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  • You will never find that.
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  • You'll never find itin the Scripture.
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  • But there's more, there's more.
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  • In some of these areas,
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  • and we all know that,some women
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  • even excel more than menin some areas,
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  • and that is why he is onlysticking to the church
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  • and the home.
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  • You see, their differing roles
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  • has nothing to dowith superiority.
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  • It has everything to dowith function,
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  • just like the Fatherand the Son.
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  • And that's where he beginsin verse 3 and that is why,
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  • Beloved, theycomplement each other.
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  • They complete each other,not contradict each other.
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  • They complement each other.
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  • Now, here Paul goes all the wayto the Book of Genesis,
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  • and he expoundon the eternal principle.
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  • He's not coming up withany new teaching.
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  • He's not coming up withsome new fangled ideas.
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  • He goes all the wayto the Book of Genesis,
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  • and he begins to talk aboutGod's eternal principle
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  • regarding thedifferent assignments
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  • and functionbetween men and women.
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  • So, what's the Apostle Pauldoing in this passage?
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  • He's merely reinstating,reinstating the assigned role
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  • of men and women that Godcreated them to do
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  • in order to fulfillGod's purpose in their life.
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  • Look at verse 3 again.God is the head of Christ.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That while Christis in every way equal
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  • to the Father,and yet John 4:34,
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  • and John 5 30,and John 6:34,
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  • he makes it clear over and overand over again,
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  • that he came to dothe will of the Father, why?
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  • Because there's harmony.
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  • There's harmony between theFather and the Son
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  • in their understandingof the different roles
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  • that theyare fulfilling.
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  • And he's saying here,the principle is this,
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  • it's aboutthe church,
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  • and I'm not talking aboutanything else.
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  • He's saying when you cometo worship
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  • the Lordin the church,
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  • do not dress up in such a waythat draw attention
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  • away from God andonto yourself, why?
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  • Because you are gatheredtogether on Sunday
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  • for the purpose of lifting upthe name of Jesus.
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  • And here Paul is dealing witha specific culture
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  • and a specific issuethat is relevant
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  • to the Corinthians because henever repeats it anywhere else.
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  • He takes the eternal principleand he applies it
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  • to this church,and applies it to this church,
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  • and this culture,
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  • whatever the church cultureis in.
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  • And that is why it is notnecessary, as I said,
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  • repeated in the Scripture.
  • 00:13:53.825 --> 00:13:56.094
  • But in Corinth, here's what youneed to know,
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  • women were shaving their head
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  • because they want to look likemen,
  • 00:14:00.531 --> 00:14:02.367
  • and men were growingtheir hair
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  • because they wantto look like women.
  • 00:14:03.768 --> 00:14:05.403
  • And Paul is saying that thedistinction between men
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  • and women should be clear,but this distinction
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  • should not be practicedor observed by tyranny,
  • 00:14:13.444 --> 00:14:17.882
  • only by love.
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  • The Father sent the Son who isdistinct from him out of love.
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  • The Son submitted to the Fatherout of love, not compulsion.
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  • And this is howit should be
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  • between husbands and wivesat home,
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  • and men and womenin the Church of Jesus Christ.
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • Please, don't ever forget,don't ever forget,
  • 00:14:42.206 --> 00:14:45.576
  • that the Son loved his brideso much that he died for her,
  • 00:14:45.610 --> 00:14:55.119
  • that he diedto redeem her.
  • 00:14:55.153 --> 00:14:58.690
  • But there's a key verse here,verse 11, again,
  • 00:14:58.723 --> 00:15:01.693
  • underline itin your own personal Bible.
  • 00:15:01.726 --> 00:15:04.529
  • Verse 11, is a key verse,don't miss it.
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  • In the Lord, a womanis not independent of man,
  • 00:15:08.266 --> 00:15:12.537
  • nor a manindependent of woman.
  • 00:15:12.570 --> 00:15:15.940
  • Beloved, chauvinistic attitudetoward women say nothing
  • 00:15:15.974 --> 00:15:21.379
  • about the abuse of womenis alien to the Scripture.
  • 00:15:21.412 --> 00:15:25.149
  • It's alien to the Scripture.
  • 00:15:25.183 --> 00:15:27.518
  • This arrogant attitude on boththe part of men and women
  • 00:15:27.552 --> 00:15:30.888
  • is alien to the Scripture.
  • 00:15:30.922 --> 00:15:33.725
  • Now I cannot emphasize enoughhow radical,
  • 00:15:33.758 --> 00:15:37.362
  • how radical,this liberating teaching
  • 00:15:37.395 --> 00:15:39.630
  • of the Scripturein the 1st century culture.
  • 00:15:39.664 --> 00:15:42.433
  • It was so radical.
  • 00:15:42.467 --> 00:15:44.569
  • And in the Greek culturein which Paul is preaching,
  • 00:15:44.602 --> 00:15:48.272
  • they literally tradedtheir wives at will.
  • 00:15:48.306 --> 00:15:51.843
  • And so, the Apostle Paulcomes in and says,
  • 00:15:51.876 --> 00:15:53.678
  • "No, man is dependent on womanand woman dependent on man."
  • 00:15:53.711 --> 00:16:00.618
  • While men and women servedifferent roles and functions
  • 00:16:00.651 --> 00:16:03.688
  • in the Christian church,they are not different
  • 00:16:03.721 --> 00:16:07.525
  • in their spiritual importanceto God and to the church.
  • 00:16:07.558 --> 00:16:13.031
  • Neither is womanindependent of man
  • 00:16:13.064 --> 00:16:15.166
  • nor manindependent of woman.
  • 00:16:15.199 --> 00:16:17.468
  • Now beloved,let me testify to you.
  • 00:16:17.502 --> 00:16:21.005
  • I think the vast majority of youknow this and probably know
  • 00:16:21.039 --> 00:16:23.908
  • what I'm gonna say,that in the past 50 years
  • 00:16:23.941 --> 00:16:29.414
  • if it was not for my wife'sencouragement and support,
  • 00:16:29.447 --> 00:16:32.483
  • I wouldn't be heretoday.
  • 00:16:32.517 --> 00:16:34.685
  • If it were not for my wife'sfaithful exercising of her role
  • 00:16:34.719 --> 00:16:37.922
  • and function in the familyover 50 years
  • 00:16:37.955 --> 00:16:40.925
  • that we've known each other,I would not be here today.
  • 00:16:40.958 --> 00:16:45.463
  • Listen to me, with all of ourups and downs,
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  • and we sharedsome of that with you
  • 00:16:48.666 --> 00:16:50.301
  • when we did the serieson marriage,
  • 00:16:50.334 --> 00:16:51.836
  • with all of the challenges thatwe faced in the early days,
  • 00:16:51.869 --> 00:16:54.806
  • in the middle days,any days,
  • 00:16:54.839 --> 00:16:57.241
  • but in the 50 yearsthat we have known each other,
  • 00:16:57.275 --> 00:17:00.711
  • the one thing thatwe have never disagreed on
  • 00:17:00.745 --> 00:17:04.315
  • is the different roles that Godhas given each of us,
  • 00:17:04.348 --> 00:17:07.452
  • and I know the samecan be said for most of you,
  • 00:17:07.485 --> 00:17:10.555
  • if notall of you.
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  • And the New Testamentmakes it very clear
  • 00:17:12.557 --> 00:17:15.593
  • that womenplay a vital role.
  • 00:17:15.626 --> 00:17:19.597
  • They have playeda vital role in the church.
  • 00:17:19.630 --> 00:17:22.366
  • That is the absolute truth.
  • 00:17:22.400 --> 00:17:24.502
  • In the same way Paul said,men's spiritual headship
  • 00:17:24.535 --> 00:17:28.272
  • does not make themindependent of women.
  • 00:17:28.306 --> 00:17:32.677
  • The different roles and thefunctions of men and women
  • 00:17:32.710 --> 00:17:37.381
  • are not different in importance,they're different in kind.
  • 00:17:37.415 --> 00:17:41.018
  • Can I get an amen?
  • 00:17:41.052 --> 00:17:44.122
  • And again, he's talking aboutthe home and the church,
  • 00:17:44.155 --> 00:17:48.426
  • not dealing withthe secular culture of life.
  • 00:17:48.459 --> 00:17:50.294
  • We're talking aboutonly two institutions
  • 00:17:50.328 --> 00:17:52.497
  • that the Bibleis concerned with.
  • 00:17:52.530 --> 00:17:54.398
  • And while one of thesedifferences is that women do not
  • 00:17:54.432 --> 00:17:58.136
  • teach men,and yet you and I know
  • 00:17:58.169 --> 00:18:00.905
  • that women usually arethe most influential
  • 00:18:00.938 --> 00:18:03.274
  • shapers of men.
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  • You say, how?
  • 00:18:04.642 --> 00:18:06.210
  • Women are indispensablein developing boys,
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  • which are men in the making.
  • 00:18:09.747 --> 00:18:12.483
  • Whether men acknowledge itor not,
  • 00:18:12.517 --> 00:18:15.419
  • men are dependent upon womenand vice versa.
  • 00:18:15.453 --> 00:18:19.824
  • Let me conclude by reiteratinga vitally,
  • 00:18:19.857 --> 00:18:24.061
  • vitally importantmatter.
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  • Here the main issue,not women cutting their hair
  • 00:18:28.566 --> 00:18:32.570
  • or men growing their hair,
  • 00:18:32.603 --> 00:18:34.839
  • although Paul is frowningon this,
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  • there's no doubtabout it.
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  • But don't miss the main issue.
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  • Don't miss the illnessby focusing on the symptoms.
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  • The heart of the matter thatPaul is dealing with here
  • 00:18:47.285 --> 00:18:50.454
  • is the issue of inner rebellion.
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  • What do I mean by that?
  • 00:18:54.525 --> 00:18:56.694
  • Is whether I am willingto accept
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  • the way God created me to be,whether the way I receive it
  • 00:18:59.497 --> 00:19:07.171
  • with gratitudeand live it up in my life,
  • 00:19:07.205 --> 00:19:11.242
  • or are rebel againstGod's ordained role.
  • 00:19:11.275 --> 00:19:16.080
  • That's really the issue,the issue is of the heart.
  • 00:19:16.113 --> 00:19:21.052
  • You see, there's not--thechurch does not and should not
  • 00:19:21.085 --> 00:19:24.121
  • legislate things likehaircut or style of clothes.
  • 00:19:24.155 --> 00:19:29.227
  • But these are notthe core issues.
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:33.197
  • These are the symptomsof a deeper problem.
  • 00:19:33.231 --> 00:19:35.633
  • The core problem back then,and the same thing,
  • 00:19:35.666 --> 00:19:39.103
  • the core problem today is that,"Do I have a rebellious heart?
  • 00:19:39.136 --> 00:19:43.841
  • Do I have a contentious heart?
  • 00:19:43.874 --> 00:19:45.977
  • Do I have a heart that defy,want to defy the will of God?
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:50.514
  • Do I have a discontented heartfor where God has placed me?
  • 00:19:50.548 --> 00:19:54.619
  • Do I accept the way God mademe and the role he assigned
  • 00:19:54.652 --> 00:19:58.222
  • and ordained for me?
  • 00:19:58.256 --> 00:19:59.857
  • Or do I operate and functionin a role
  • 00:19:59.890 --> 00:20:05.329
  • that he did notcreate me to be?"
  • 00:20:05.363 --> 00:20:07.398
  • I am trying to prove somethingto someone.
  • 00:20:07.431 --> 00:20:10.768
  • Beloved,the battle of the sexes,
  • 00:20:10.801 --> 00:20:13.070
  • so called, did not start evenin the 1st century church.
  • 00:20:13.104 --> 00:20:17.608
  • The battle of the sexesbegan in the Garden of Eden,
  • 00:20:17.642 --> 00:20:22.313
  • and the first thing that devildid is create a wedge
  • 00:20:22.346 --> 00:20:24.982
  • between Adam and Eve.
  • 00:20:25.016 --> 00:20:26.717
  • That's the first thinghe did.
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  • But thank God for theGarden of Gethsemane
  • 00:20:30.288 --> 00:20:34.659
  • where Christwon the battle,
  • 00:20:34.692 --> 00:20:36.794
  • where Christ's lovewon the day,
  • 00:20:36.827 --> 00:20:39.230
  • where Christ's submissionto God the Father
  • 00:20:39.263 --> 00:20:41.232
  • to accomplishwhat no movement,
  • 00:20:41.265 --> 00:20:45.636
  • no revolutioncould ever accomplish.
  • 00:20:45.670 --> 00:20:48.339
  • Christ now can fill our hearts,whether we're men or women,
  • 00:20:48.372 --> 00:20:54.011
  • with joyand contentment.
  • 00:20:54.045 --> 00:20:56.981
  • And he gave us only one wayfor spiritual contentment
  • 00:20:57.014 --> 00:21:01.218
  • and that's obedienceand not rebellion.
  • 00:21:01.252 --> 00:21:03.621
  • Can I get an amen?
  • 00:21:03.654 --> 00:21:05.156
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:21:06.991 --> 00:21:13.130
  • Ron Strand: Last yearwe had some fellows
  • 00:21:13.164 --> 00:21:15.032
  • come outfrom Leading the Way.
  • 00:21:15.066 --> 00:21:16.634
  • When they were out,they had the opportunity
  • 00:21:16.667 --> 00:21:18.536
  • to meet with a fellowhere in Orange County,
  • 00:21:18.569 --> 00:21:21.739
  • who was from the Middle East,named Ali.
  • 00:21:21.772 --> 00:21:24.475
  • Mohammad Ali Moallem:I was born in a Islamic
  • 00:21:24.508 --> 00:21:27.745
  • influenced environment.
  • 00:21:27.778 --> 00:21:30.514
  • That revolution happenedin Iran, and a Islamic Republic
  • 00:21:30.548 --> 00:21:37.054
  • took over the country,basically.
  • 00:21:37.088 --> 00:21:39.423
  • When I cameto the United States,
  • 00:21:39.457 --> 00:21:40.958
  • I did not pursue any religions,and I was not interested
  • 00:21:40.991 --> 00:21:47.832
  • in going after oneand study about one.
  • 00:21:47.865 --> 00:21:51.135
  • Michelle Moallem: And whenhe first met me,
  • 00:21:51.168 --> 00:21:52.937
  • he had told me he's neversetting foot in a church,
  • 00:21:52.970 --> 00:21:54.839
  • and he explained to me why--because of his childhood
  • 00:21:54.872 --> 00:21:57.441
  • and how he had seenso much turmoil
  • 00:21:57.475 --> 00:21:59.276
  • in his countrybecause of religion.
  • 00:21:59.310 --> 00:22:01.679
  • And I said, "I understand that,however,
  • 00:22:01.712 --> 00:22:03.881
  • there's a different wayto believe in God."
  • 00:22:03.914 --> 00:22:06.817
  • Ali: When I met my wifeat work,
  • 00:22:06.851 --> 00:22:08.719
  • and when she talked aboutChristianity and Jesus to me,
  • 00:22:08.753 --> 00:22:12.723
  • she is so confidentand strong about her opinions
  • 00:22:12.757 --> 00:22:18.095
  • that she does not need to lie.
  • 00:22:18.129 --> 00:22:20.931
  • The reasonshe doesn't need to lie,
  • 00:22:20.965 --> 00:22:22.533
  • because she is connectedto the truth.
  • 00:22:22.566 --> 00:22:25.436
  • I love that about her,
  • 00:22:25.469 --> 00:22:26.904
  • and I wantedto get to know her more.
  • 00:22:26.937 --> 00:22:29.740
  • I basically owe everythingto her.
  • 00:22:29.774 --> 00:22:32.443
  • Michelle: And so,after we got married,
  • 00:22:32.476 --> 00:22:34.545
  • it had been a couple of months,and I said,
  • 00:22:34.578 --> 00:22:36.046
  • "Okay, I think it's timethat we find a church."
  • 00:22:36.080 --> 00:22:38.115
  • And he had beganto really open up
  • 00:22:38.149 --> 00:22:40.017
  • throughout our relationship.
  • 00:22:40.050 --> 00:22:41.619
  • Ali: I saw that thismight be something
  • 00:22:41.652 --> 00:22:44.522
  • that can be a life-changingexperience for me.
  • 00:22:44.555 --> 00:22:48.659
  • Ron: And Aliwas kind of teetering.
  • 00:22:48.692 --> 00:22:50.895
  • He was coming to a faithin Christ
  • 00:22:50.928 --> 00:22:52.630
  • but still questioningabout his Muslim background.
  • 00:22:52.663 --> 00:22:56.267
  • And, coincidentally,through a friend that I met
  • 00:22:56.300 --> 00:22:59.003
  • at one of the Founders'Weekends conference
  • 00:22:59.036 --> 00:23:02.606
  • were Tom and Cindy Podmajersky,
  • 00:23:02.640 --> 00:23:05.409
  • and they were the onesthat were ministering to Ali,
  • 00:23:05.443 --> 00:23:09.079
  • and so they brought the team infrom Leading the Way
  • 00:23:09.113 --> 00:23:12.383
  • to speak to this man,to kind of solidify his faith,
  • 00:23:12.416 --> 00:23:16.554
  • to put it into context.
  • 00:23:16.587 --> 00:23:19.089
  • Ali: A member of my churchintroduced me
  • 00:23:19.123 --> 00:23:21.492
  • to a member of Leading the Way,
  • 00:23:21.525 --> 00:23:24.428
  • and I had some questionsthat he helped me--answer 'em.
  • 00:23:24.462 --> 00:23:30.167
  • Michelle:And he had told me
  • 00:23:30.201 --> 00:23:31.502
  • that he had been askinglots of questions,
  • 00:23:31.535 --> 00:23:33.103
  • and that's what helped himcome to realize
  • 00:23:33.137 --> 00:23:35.940
  • the truth that there is.
  • 00:23:35.973 --> 00:23:37.808
  • It's very possible that,while there was a lot of factors
  • 00:23:37.842 --> 00:23:40.911
  • that went into my husband'scoming into faith with Christ,
  • 00:23:40.945 --> 00:23:45.382
  • that that was a tipping pointfor him.
  • 00:23:45.416 --> 00:23:48.285
  • Ali: After clarifyingthose questions,
  • 00:23:48.319 --> 00:23:51.222
  • I went back to Michelle,and I said, "I believe."
  • 00:23:51.255 --> 00:23:56.060
  • I was baptizedon April 23, 2019;
  • 00:23:56.093 --> 00:24:00.464
  • and I felt refreshed,renewed, reestablished,
  • 00:24:00.498 --> 00:24:08.973
  • and it was completelya different life since then.
  • 00:24:09.006 --> 00:24:13.544
  • Ron: I love itwhen you hear stories
  • 00:24:13.577 --> 00:24:16.747
  • about how ministrieshave worked together,
  • 00:24:16.780 --> 00:24:20.417
  • particularly with this incidentwith Ali.
  • 00:24:20.451 --> 00:24:23.587
  • God's working on his heart,
  • 00:24:23.621 --> 00:24:25.222
  • and he broughtthe right people in,
  • 00:24:25.256 --> 00:24:26.590
  • the right organizations.
  • 00:24:26.624 --> 00:24:28.092
  • It just gelled,and that's how that happens,
  • 00:24:28.125 --> 00:24:30.461
  • and that's alwaysan amazing thing for me to see.
  • 00:24:30.494 --> 00:24:33.330
  • Ali: All I do is ask,and he gives.
  • 00:24:33.364 --> 00:24:36.500
  • Any questions that I have,one way or another,
  • 00:24:36.534 --> 00:24:39.970
  • from a unexpected source,
  • 00:24:40.004 --> 00:24:42.606
  • he provides the answerand provides the help.
  • 00:24:42.640 --> 00:24:46.877
  • Ron: So the fingers of whatLeading the Way is doing
  • 00:24:46.911 --> 00:24:50.147
  • is so amazing because,beyond what they're doing
  • 00:24:50.180 --> 00:24:52.316
  • in the Middle Eastand Africa and Asia,
  • 00:24:52.349 --> 00:24:54.752
  • even right here in our backyard,they're ministering,
  • 00:24:54.785 --> 00:24:58.822
  • and peopleare coming to Christ.
  • 00:24:58.856 --> 00:25:00.691
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:25:01.125 --> 00:25:07.932
  • Dr. Youssef: We arein deep trouble
  • 00:25:07.965 --> 00:25:09.700
  • at this time,
  • 00:25:09.733 --> 00:25:11.035
  • and we are gettinginto deeper trouble.
  • 00:25:11.068 --> 00:25:13.904
  • There is hope thatno matter how dark things are,
  • 00:25:13.938 --> 00:25:17.541
  • there is hope in Christ.
  • 00:25:17.575 --> 00:25:18.909
  • female: "God, Help MeRebuild My Broken World"
  • 00:25:18.943 --> 00:25:21.912
  • really inspired meto return to the Lord in prayer,
  • 00:25:21.946 --> 00:25:26.183
  • expecting his victory.
  • 00:25:26.216 --> 00:25:27.818
  • female: If you look at Nehemiah,
  • 00:25:27.851 --> 00:25:29.320
  • he was pretty particularabout standing firm
  • 00:25:29.353 --> 00:25:31.855
  • in his beliefs and to what Godhad called him.
  • 00:25:31.889 --> 00:25:34.158
  • Dr. Youssef: The principles thatNehemiah teaches us
  • 00:25:34.191 --> 00:25:36.994
  • are as relevant todayin the 21st century
  • 00:25:37.027 --> 00:25:39.496
  • as they were in his time.
  • 00:25:39.530 --> 00:25:41.131
  • female: We're at an interestingturning point culturally,
  • 00:25:41.165 --> 00:25:43.367
  • seems like we're headedtowards a path where
  • 00:25:43.400 --> 00:25:45.336
  • we're almost at a lossof identity as to who we are.
  • 00:25:45.369 --> 00:25:48.339
  • male: And I feel likeculture puts a spotlight
  • 00:25:48.372 --> 00:25:51.008
  • and sort of pressure on peopleto conform.
  • 00:25:51.041 --> 00:25:54.278
  • Dr. Youssef: Before the cross,the people of God
  • 00:25:54.311 --> 00:25:56.480
  • experienced similar situation,they ran away from God,
  • 00:25:56.513 --> 00:25:59.083
  • and God had to discipline themand judge them,
  • 00:25:59.116 --> 00:26:01.185
  • but then he forgave them,and he restored them,
  • 00:26:01.218 --> 00:26:03.887
  • and he helped them rebuildtheir broken walls.
  • 00:26:03.921 --> 00:26:06.790
  • male: I think thatDr. Youssef's writing
  • 00:26:06.824 --> 00:26:08.726
  • really helps you see thateven though you're being called
  • 00:26:08.759 --> 00:26:12.162
  • to do something that'sdifferent, you can still do it,
  • 00:26:12.196 --> 00:26:15.566
  • but do it with strength.
  • 00:26:15.599 --> 00:26:17.968
  • Dr. Youssef: I wrote this bookin order to help me
  • 00:26:18.002 --> 00:26:20.804
  • and everybody else to realizethat still there is victory
  • 00:26:20.838 --> 00:26:25.909
  • in Jesus's name,
  • 00:26:25.943 --> 00:26:27.244
  • and there is powerin the blood of Jesus,
  • 00:26:27.277 --> 00:26:30.147
  • and there is powerthat only God can give.
  • 00:26:30.180 --> 00:26:33.250
  • announcer: With societycrumbling around us,
  • 00:26:33.283 --> 00:26:35.052
  • it's time to rebuild.
  • 00:26:35.085 --> 00:26:37.187
  • In his book, "God, Help MeRebuild My Broken World,"
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef shares therelevant story of Nehemiah
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  • and how prayer, courage,and trust in God are the keys
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  • to fortifying your faithand your community
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  • in difficult times.
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  • announcer:Passionately proclaiming
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  • "Leading the Waywith Dr. Michael Youssef,"
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  • thanks youfor your faithful support
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