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October 22, 2020
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Pastor Josh Morris concludes the Created to Be series with a message titled; “Build God’s Kingdom;” where he shares what it means to build the kingdom of God right here on earth by praying; giving; and serving.

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  • PASTOR JOSH MORRIS:To pray that in,
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  • to allow it to growin this place.
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  • We pray thatour prayers matter.
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  • We can see multiple, many,many instances in the Word
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  • where people, godly people,pray and God move.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: We're ina series called "Created to Be,"
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  • and this is the last messagein that series.
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  • And I actually asked my sonto share this message.
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  • So, you're going tolove this message.
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  • This is my son, Josh Morris.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR JOSH: Oh, we'retalking about "Created to Be"
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  • and we were all createdto be something.
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  • God has a plan,a goal for our lives.
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  • And this week we want totalk about how to build
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  • God's kingdom.
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  • So, the title of the messageis "Build God's Kingdom."
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  • And all of us canparticipate in this.
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  • All of us can have a partin helping to build
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  • God's kingdom.
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  • It's not something that wejust think of or imagine
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  • in this far off place.
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  • It's for us, right here,today, in this place.
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  • So often we, as Christians,have our minds set
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  • on this other worldly placethat we want to be at.
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  • So desperate to be out ofour suffering,
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  • so desperate to be out ofour pain,
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  • so desperate to be out ofthis place that's difficult
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  • and hurtful many times,and to be in that place
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  • where we can walk the streetsof gold,
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  • and so we imagine itand we picture it
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  • and we so want to be in thisplace that many times
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  • we neglect the earth.
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  • And who are we to judgeGod's creation?
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  • Who are we to say, "This isn'tthe place I want to be.
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  • This is not the kind of placethat I want to be around."
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  • See, we're like childrenmany times pressed up
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  • against the glass insidethe house looking outside
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  • just longing to be out there,playing in greener grass.
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  • And if we could justbe out there,
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  • if we could just be out there.
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  • And the closer we are tothe glass, the more our noses
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  • press against it, the moreaware we are of the barrier
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  • that keeps us frombeing out there.
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  • Our breath fogs the windowand all we can think about
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  • is this one barrier thatkeeps us from getting to
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  • that place.
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  • And, instead,there's a whole home,
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  • a house that God created, thatHe made us, right behind us.
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  • Instead of just turningaround and engaging in this
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  • place that He created justfor us, we just sit here
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  • waiting for the day that we die,and we get to go to
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  • another place.
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  • God hasn't called usto that.
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  • He's called us to have a missionright here on earth.
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  • A way and an opportunityfor us to be involved
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  • and engaged in what He's doingright here in this place.
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  • One of Jesus' primary messageswas about the kingdom of God.
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  • And so, if we want to buildGod's kingdom and we want to
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  • participate in this, we needto first understand what
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  • God's kingdom really is.
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  • What is the kingdom of God?
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  • And Jesus seemed to becompletely preoccupied
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  • with the kingdom of God.
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  • Yeah, I'll show you someof these scriptures
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  • and He says,"The kingdom of heaven,"
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  • or "The kingdom of God," and Heseemed to be talking about it
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  • over and over.
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  • These things are virtuallythe same thing.
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  • He's just saying these thingsover and over again.
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  • Let me just show you justa few examples of this.
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  • Matthew 4:17 says, "Fromthat time Jesus began to preach
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  • and to say, 'Repent, for thekingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
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  • Now, in Mark 1:14 it says,"Now after John
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  • was put in prison, Jesus came toGalilee preaching the gospel
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  • of the kingdom of Godand saying,
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  • 'The time is fulfilled,and the kingdom of God
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  • is at hand."
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  • "Repent and believein the gospel.
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  • And as you go, preach.'"
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  • This is in Matthew 10:7,"'As you go preach saying,
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  • 'The kingdom of heavenis at hand.'"
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  • We've so completelymisunderstood these passages.
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  • We've so thought of this asjust this far off place
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  • that we'll experienceat one point.
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  • And Jesus is saying, "Repent,for the kingdom of heaven
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  • is right here.
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  • It is at hand."
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  • Meaning, it is withinyour grasp.
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  • It's right here.
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  • "Repent, for the kingdomof heaven is at hand."
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  • We've taken this to meanthat there's judgment coming.
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  • Watch out.
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  • You've been bad, and Jesusknows and He's coming back,
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  • so He's gonna get youwhenever He comes back.
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  • Watch out.
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  • He's gotta list.
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  • He's checkin' it twice.
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  • Watch out.
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  • He's coming backand don't let him be angry
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  • whenever He shows up.
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  • We've totally misunderstoodwhat He was talking about.
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  • We need to remember whatPastor Robert tells us
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  • that that Greek word therefor repent is metanoeo.
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  • It means tochange your mind.
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  • To change your mind.
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  • Confession is great.
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  • It's needed.
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  • We need to confess to God.
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  • But this is simply to say,"Change your mind."
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  • And He was asking to changeour mind about where
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  • the kingdom really is.
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  • To change our mind about howwe would participate
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  • in the kingdom.
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  • Change your mind,the kingdom of heaven is here,
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  • and it is now, and you havethe opportunity to participate
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  • with God in buildingthe kingdom.
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  • He has chosen to partnerwith you through this time.
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  • What is the kingdom?
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  • What is it all about?
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  • Where is it?
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  • Who gets in?
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  • And who doesn't get in?
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  • Are questions that we'vebeen preoccupied
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  • and questions that we don'tneed to be asking.
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  • It's about right now.
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  • It's about this placeright here.
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  • We desperately need to changeour minds on this subject.
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  • So, we're saying now thatthe kingdom of God is here.
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  • It's here for us and it'sfor us to interact with
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  • and be a part of.
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  • Wouldn't it be great ifthere's a scripture
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  • where God just explain this,just give it to us, clear,
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  • what is the kingdom?
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  • Well, I'll show youin Luke 17:20,
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  • they were asking Himabout the kingdom.
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  • And so, it says, "Now whenhe was asked by the Pharisees
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  • when the kingdom of Godwould come,
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  • He answered them and said,'The kingdom of God
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  • does not come with observation;nor will they say, "See here!"
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  • or, "See there!"
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  • For indeed the kingdom of Godis within you.'"
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  • It's right here.
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  • It's right now.
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  • It is within you.
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  • And you won't say,"See here.
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  • I see it coming now.
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  • Here it is arriving."
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  • It will be within you.
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  • And He has chosen for it to bethere and for it to live there
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  • and for it to grow inside of youand for you to be able
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  • to make an impact on the peoplewho are around you.
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  • And so, we want to look atthree different ways
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  • that we ourselves, can partnerwith God to build the kingdom.
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  • This is not the only three ways,but it's three ways
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  • that I wanted tohighlight for us.
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  • Different ways that we, as achurch body, can participate
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  • in building the kingdom.
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  • The first is that we buildthe kingdom with prayer.
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  • We build the kingdomwith prayer.
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  • Our prayers matter.
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  • Our prayers are important.
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  • We must be vigilantin our prayers.
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  • One of the examples of thiswhere we talk about building
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  • the kingdom with prayer canbe found in exactly
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  • the spot where Jesustaught us to pray.
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  • You know the prayer very well,but I'm going to read it to you.
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  • It's the Lord's Prayer.
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  • The one that he instituted,and it said, "Pray like this."
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  • So, it startsin Matthew 6:9.
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  • It says, "In this manner,therefore, pray:
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  • 'Our Father, in heaven,Hallowed be Your name.'"
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  • Right from the start, we startoff by acknowledging God
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  • and saying,"Hallowed be Your name,"
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  • and then the very next thingthat we pray is
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  • "Your kingdom come,Your will be done."
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  • The very nextthing we ask for.
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  • "God, let your kingdom come.
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  • Let it be in this place."
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  • You say, "Well, you'retelling me that the kingdom
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  • is already here.
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  • Why would we then prayfor the kingdom to come?"
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  • When you look at this word here,this means that it would be
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  • ever-growing, ever-expanding,blossoming within you.
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  • This word, we say,"God, let your kingdom come."
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  • It says, "Let it grow.
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  • Let it flourish.
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  • Let it expand in me."
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  • This is whatwe're praying for.
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  • Jesus was using these typesof examples whenever he was
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  • talking about the kingdom.
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  • These growing examples,He would say,
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  • the kingdom of heaven is like,and it would be
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  • the wheat and tares,the mustard seed,
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  • the leaven, it's growing.
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  • It's in a process,it's growing and expanding.
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  • And God put that processinto motion.
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  • When Jesus came,he died on the cross
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  • and he set His kingdomback in place here on earth.
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  • And we have the opportunityto pray that in,
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  • to allow it to growin this place.
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  • We pray thatour prayers matter.
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  • We can see multiple,many, many instances
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  • in the Word where people --godly people prayed
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  • and God moved.
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  • He acted.
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  • That their prayers weregiven consistently,
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  • and they weren't given upand they were given over
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  • a long period of timeand it moved God to action.
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  • We see this overand over in scripture.
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  • It reminds me of the storythat I heard.
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  • It's the story of a little boywho desperately wanted
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  • a little sister.
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  • And so, he kept tellinghis parents,
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  • "I want a little sister.
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  • I want a little sister.
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  • And the parents finally said,"If you want a sister,
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  • you need to pray that Godwill give you a little sister."
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  • So, he said, "OK,I'm gonna do it.
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  • I'm going to pray everysingle day that God'll give me
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  • a little sister."
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  • And so, the parents said,"OK, great.
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  • No problem."
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  • Well, it camea long time passed
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  • and the mom did get pregnant.
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  • And then she had the baby.
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  • And so, the father bringsthe son over and he says,
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  • "Son, I want toshow you something.
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  • I know you'll beexcited about this.
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  • I want to show it to you.
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  • I'm really excited.
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  • And he pulls thecurtain back.
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  • And there's alittle baby sister.
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  • He says, "Meetyour baby sister."
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  • And the boy says,"Oh, great, daddy.
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  • I'm so excited about this.
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  • And the dad says,"Wait, wait, wait, though,
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  • there's more.
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  • And he pulls the curtainback a little bit more
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  • and there's two baby sisters.
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  • He says, "Two baby sisters.
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  • Look at this.
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  • Can you believe it?
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  • And the boy, "Oh, I'm so --I'm so excited.
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  • Double the blessing, Daddy.
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  • This is amazing."
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  • And the father says,"No, no, no, wait.
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  • There's a little bit more."
  • 00:09:43.875 --> 00:09:44.909
  • He pulls the curtain back.
  • 00:09:45.010 --> 00:09:46.011
  • There's three baby sisters,there.
  • 00:09:46.111 --> 00:09:47.846
  • And the boy goes,"Oh, this is wonderful, Daddy."
  • 00:09:47.946 --> 00:09:49.514
  • He says -- The dad says,"Your mom had triplets
  • 00:09:49.614 --> 00:09:52.183
  • and now you have not just onebaby sister,
  • 00:09:52.283 --> 00:09:54.552
  • but three baby sisters."
  • 00:09:54.653 --> 00:09:56.287
  • He says, "Son,aren't you glad you prayed?"
  • 00:09:56.388 --> 00:09:58.823
  • And the boy goes,"I am, Daddy.
  • 00:09:58.923 --> 00:10:00.759
  • But, aren't you gladI gave up after three days?"
  • 00:10:00.859 --> 00:10:10.502
  • So, we gotta stick with it.
  • 00:10:10.602 --> 00:10:11.903
  • Our prayers matter.
  • 00:10:12.003 --> 00:10:13.405
  • We gotta pray and believethat God will show up
  • 00:10:13.505 --> 00:10:15.774
  • and that He will move in us.
  • 00:10:15.874 --> 00:10:17.642
  • The second way that we canpartner with God in building
  • 00:10:17.742 --> 00:10:20.945
  • the kingdom is to buildthe kingdom with giving.
  • 00:10:21.046 --> 00:10:23.581
  • We build the kingdomwith giving.
  • 00:10:23.682 --> 00:10:26.718
  • This is our time, our finances,giving of our heart,
  • 00:10:26.818 --> 00:10:30.522
  • our resources.
  • 00:10:30.622 --> 00:10:31.790
  • This is giving in a way thatwould impact the community,
  • 00:10:31.890 --> 00:10:35.727
  • the body of believersaround us.
  • 00:10:35.827 --> 00:10:38.063
  • And so, I want to read to youa passage of Scripture.
  • 00:10:38.163 --> 00:10:40.265
  • It's a little bit long,but I want you to see
  • 00:10:40.365 --> 00:10:42.067
  • the whole story.
  • 00:10:42.167 --> 00:10:43.301
  • It's a story thatyou're familiar with,
  • 00:10:43.401 --> 00:10:44.869
  • but I want us to be ableto read it and then to be able
  • 00:10:44.969 --> 00:10:47.238
  • to talk a little bit more aboutwhat's really going on
  • 00:10:47.338 --> 00:10:49.340
  • here in this passage.
  • 00:10:49.441 --> 00:10:51.376
  • This is found in Mark 10:17and you can follow along on
  • 00:10:51.476 --> 00:10:55.213
  • the screens with me.
  • 00:10:55.313 --> 00:10:56.648
  • But, this is the storyof the rich young ruler.
  • 00:10:56.748 --> 00:10:58.283
  • Starting in Verse 17, it says,"Now, as He was going out
  • 00:10:58.383 --> 00:11:01.720
  • on the road, one came running,knelt before Him and asked Him,
  • 00:11:01.820 --> 00:11:05.123
  • 'Good Teacher, what shallI do that I may inherit
  • 00:11:05.223 --> 00:11:08.827
  • eternal life?'
  • 00:11:08.927 --> 00:11:10.428
  • And so, Jesus said to him,'Why do you call Me good?
  • 00:11:10.528 --> 00:11:12.897
  • No one is good, that is God.'"
  • 00:11:12.997 --> 00:11:15.066
  • What He's saying is He's callingout something
  • 00:11:15.166 --> 00:11:17.535
  • that He sees in this man.
  • 00:11:17.635 --> 00:11:18.870
  • You'll see in just a minutethat this man thinks of himself
  • 00:11:18.970 --> 00:11:21.272
  • as very good, also.
  • 00:11:21.372 --> 00:11:22.941
  • And so, God questions him hereon what his definition
  • 00:11:23.041 --> 00:11:25.810
  • of good really is.
  • 00:11:25.910 --> 00:11:27.779
  • But, then in Verse 19 He says,"'You know the commandments,
  • 00:11:27.879 --> 00:11:29.948
  • "Do not commit adultery,do not murder,
  • 00:11:30.048 --> 00:11:32.016
  • do not steal,do not bear false witness,
  • 00:11:32.117 --> 00:11:34.085
  • do not defraud, honor yourfather and mother."
  • 00:11:34.185 --> 00:11:36.721
  • 'And he answered and said toHim, 'Teacher, all these things
  • 00:11:36.821 --> 00:11:41.893
  • I have kept from my youth.'
  • 00:11:41.993 --> 00:11:43.428
  • And then Jesus,looking at him loved him.
  • 00:11:43.528 --> 00:11:46.364
  • And He said to him, 'One thingyou lack: Go your way.
  • 00:11:46.464 --> 00:11:49.734
  • Sell whatever you haveand give to the poor
  • 00:11:49.834 --> 00:11:52.403
  • and you will have treasurein heaven.
  • 00:11:52.504 --> 00:11:55.039
  • And come, take up the crossand follow Me.'
  • 00:11:55.140 --> 00:11:57.208
  • But, he was sad at this wordand went away sorrowful,
  • 00:11:57.308 --> 00:12:00.078
  • for he had great possessions.
  • 00:12:00.178 --> 00:12:02.180
  • And then Jesus looked aroundand said to His disciples,
  • 00:12:02.280 --> 00:12:04.983
  • 'How hard is it for thosewho have riches to enter
  • 00:12:05.083 --> 00:12:09.454
  • the kingdom of God?'"
  • 00:12:09.554 --> 00:12:12.557
  • Now, to be honest with you,there's been times
  • 00:12:12.657 --> 00:12:14.893
  • that I've read this scripturewithout a full understanding
  • 00:12:14.993 --> 00:12:16.928
  • of what Jesus is talkingabout here.
  • 00:12:17.028 --> 00:12:18.496
  • And not that I should be worriedso much about having
  • 00:12:18.596 --> 00:12:22.700
  • so much money asthe rich ruler did.
  • 00:12:22.801 --> 00:12:26.204
  • But, in this instance, I go,"What does this mean?"
  • 00:12:26.304 --> 00:12:30.008
  • The rich, young ruler comesto Jesus and he says,
  • 00:12:30.108 --> 00:12:32.143
  • "How do I have eternal life?"
  • 00:12:32.243 --> 00:12:34.579
  • Which here,in our western mindset,
  • 00:12:34.679 --> 00:12:37.048
  • basically sounds like,"How do I get to heaven?
  • 00:12:37.148 --> 00:12:39.651
  • How can I do that?
  • 00:12:39.751 --> 00:12:40.552
  • How can I get to heaven?"
  • 00:12:40.652 --> 00:12:41.686
  • And here Jesus says,"What you must do
  • 00:12:41.786 --> 00:12:43.454
  • is sell everything that you ownand give it to the poor."
  • 00:12:43.555 --> 00:12:47.025
  • And so, there's been a lotof confusion on my part
  • 00:12:47.125 --> 00:12:50.328
  • in understandingthis scripture.
  • 00:12:50.428 --> 00:12:52.297
  • But, there's a couple thingsthat we need to understand.
  • 00:12:52.397 --> 00:12:54.265
  • This first century Jew comesup to Jesus and he says,
  • 00:12:54.365 --> 00:12:57.435
  • "How can I experienceeternal life?"
  • 00:12:57.535 --> 00:13:00.872
  • You must remember that anytime you see eternal
  • 00:13:00.972 --> 00:13:02.640
  • in the Bible, most likely whatwas there is ages and ages.
  • 00:13:02.740 --> 00:13:06.644
  • That's the wordthat is used there.
  • 00:13:06.744 --> 00:13:08.179
  • And any first century Jew,their perspective,
  • 00:13:08.279 --> 00:13:10.715
  • would not have been the sameas ours, in the same way,
  • 00:13:10.815 --> 00:13:13.785
  • how can I make sure that I getinto heaven one day when I die.
  • 00:13:13.885 --> 00:13:17.255
  • Here's what hewould be asking.
  • 00:13:17.355 --> 00:13:18.556
  • How can I enter into yourkingdom in this age
  • 00:13:18.656 --> 00:13:22.193
  • and in all the ages to come?
  • 00:13:22.293 --> 00:13:24.829
  • That's what he was asking.
  • 00:13:24.929 --> 00:13:25.964
  • Right now, today, how canI enter into your kingdom
  • 00:13:26.064 --> 00:13:28.533
  • in this age and in allthe ages to come.
  • 00:13:28.633 --> 00:13:31.936
  • And Jesus clearly is talkingabout the kingdom of God
  • 00:13:32.036 --> 00:13:35.039
  • that is right here on earthbecause it's the way
  • 00:13:35.139 --> 00:13:37.775
  • that he wraps it up.
  • 00:13:37.876 --> 00:13:38.776
  • He says to the disciples,he's been talking
  • 00:13:38.877 --> 00:13:40.445
  • in a whole series,all these passages
  • 00:13:40.545 --> 00:13:42.647
  • before and after are talkingabout the kingdom of God
  • 00:13:42.747 --> 00:13:45.450
  • that is right hereand right now.
  • 00:13:45.550 --> 00:13:47.452
  • And He says to them,"How difficult is it
  • 00:13:47.552 --> 00:13:49.821
  • for a rich man to enterthe kingdom of God?"
  • 00:13:49.921 --> 00:13:54.125
  • So, and so you go, what isthis passage that Jesus
  • 00:13:54.225 --> 00:13:56.928
  • is talking about?
  • 00:13:57.028 --> 00:13:57.829
  • Is this -- is it true?
  • 00:13:57.929 --> 00:13:59.030
  • Is this the only way to getinto heaven is to sell
  • 00:13:59.130 --> 00:14:01.032
  • all of your possessions?
  • 00:14:01.132 --> 00:14:02.567
  • Here's what exactlywas going on.
  • 00:14:02.667 --> 00:14:04.068
  • God noticed -- Jesus noticesright here in this moment,
  • 00:14:04.168 --> 00:14:08.172
  • here's a guy who is keepingthe law, here is a guy who
  • 00:14:08.273 --> 00:14:11.075
  • loves God and Jesus loves him,but what He notices is that
  • 00:14:11.175 --> 00:14:15.914
  • he has fist wrapped so tightlyaround something
  • 00:14:16.014 --> 00:14:19.050
  • that it's keeping himin bondage.
  • 00:14:19.150 --> 00:14:22.353
  • His fist is wrapped so tightlyaround this thing.
  • 00:14:22.453 --> 00:14:24.689
  • And he may feel likehe's experiencing life
  • 00:14:24.789 --> 00:14:26.457
  • because he's still alive,but the truth is,
  • 00:14:26.557 --> 00:14:28.726
  • he can't leavewhat he's attached to.
  • 00:14:28.826 --> 00:14:30.695
  • Life is happeningall around him.
  • 00:14:30.795 --> 00:14:32.664
  • And here is he, attached to thisbecause he's got his fist
  • 00:14:32.764 --> 00:14:35.099
  • so tightly wrapped aroundthis item
  • 00:14:35.199 --> 00:14:38.002
  • that he wants so desperately.
  • 00:14:38.102 --> 00:14:40.138
  • The story is not aboutwhether this person
  • 00:14:40.238 --> 00:14:43.007
  • will make it into heaven or not.
  • 00:14:43.107 --> 00:14:44.842
  • The story is and can be usedas a teaching for us today
  • 00:14:44.943 --> 00:14:50.682
  • to say, "What do I havemy fist wrapped around?"
  • 00:14:50.782 --> 00:14:53.384
  • Something that's holding meback -- holding me back
  • 00:14:53.484 --> 00:14:56.988
  • from being able to experiencelife that's all around me.
  • 00:14:57.088 --> 00:14:59.490
  • And the only way to releasedfrom that trap is to let it go,
  • 00:14:59.590 --> 00:15:03.661
  • is to give it away,is to know and understand,
  • 00:15:03.761 --> 00:15:07.098
  • "I may not get it.
  • 00:15:07.198 --> 00:15:08.132
  • I may not receive it.
  • 00:15:08.232 --> 00:15:09.033
  • I may never have it.
  • 00:15:09.133 --> 00:15:11.035
  • But, it's more important to methat I live right here
  • 00:15:11.135 --> 00:15:13.171
  • in the kingdom of God thanto stay here trapped
  • 00:15:13.271 --> 00:15:16.074
  • by this one thing."
  • 00:15:16.174 --> 00:15:17.608
  • So, whatever it is,if it's status,
  • 00:15:17.709 --> 00:15:19.410
  • if it's a certain positionin work, if it is money,
  • 00:15:19.510 --> 00:15:22.213
  • finances, whatever it is,allow God to break our hearts
  • 00:15:22.313 --> 00:15:27.151
  • for the things that hold usand keep us
  • 00:15:27.251 --> 00:15:29.220
  • from experiencing his kingdom.
  • 00:15:29.320 --> 00:15:31.356
  • To call those things out in usso that we can let it go
  • 00:15:31.456 --> 00:15:35.259
  • and then move on to experiencinglife with Him
  • 00:15:35.360 --> 00:15:38.262
  • and to build the kingdom.
  • 00:15:38.363 --> 00:15:39.998
  • The third way that we canpartner with God in building
  • 00:15:40.098 --> 00:15:42.934
  • the kingdoms is to buildthe kingdom with serving.
  • 00:15:43.034 --> 00:15:46.371
  • To build the kingdomwith serving.
  • 00:15:46.471 --> 00:15:48.973
  • We want to be servantsin this house.
  • 00:15:49.073 --> 00:15:50.541
  • We want to be servantsto the people around us,
  • 00:15:50.641 --> 00:15:52.043
  • servants to our community,to our church,
  • 00:15:52.143 --> 00:15:53.945
  • to our church body.
  • 00:15:54.045 --> 00:15:55.179
  • And there's a passageof scripture, again,
  • 00:15:55.279 --> 00:15:57.081
  • it's a little bit long.
  • 00:15:57.181 --> 00:15:58.883
  • But, again, I want us to seethe whole context of this story.
  • 00:15:58.983 --> 00:16:01.919
  • And I think it hits rightat the heart of serving
  • 00:16:02.020 --> 00:16:04.322
  • and exactly what Jesuswas talking about.
  • 00:16:04.422 --> 00:16:06.657
  • So, in Mark 12, starting inVerse 28, here's the story,
  • 00:16:06.758 --> 00:16:11.863
  • "Then one of the scribes cameand having heard them
  • 00:16:11.963 --> 00:16:14.065
  • reasoning together,perceiving that He,
  • 00:16:14.165 --> 00:16:16.634
  • Jesus, had answered them well,asked Jesus,
  • 00:16:16.734 --> 00:16:18.970
  • 'Which Is the first commandmentof all?'
  • 00:16:19.070 --> 00:16:21.672
  • And Jesus answered him,'The first commandment is,'"
  • 00:16:21.773 --> 00:16:24.609
  • and this is where Jesusbreaks into song.
  • 00:16:24.709 --> 00:16:26.411
  • If you don't know that.
  • 00:16:26.511 --> 00:16:27.545
  • If it was a musical,He would just start singing
  • 00:16:27.645 --> 00:16:28.679
  • right here.
  • 00:16:28.780 --> 00:16:29.814
  • Because for some reason,He goes, "Hear, O Israel,"
  • 00:16:29.914 --> 00:16:31.983
  • it's like a small group ofpeople gathered around him,
  • 00:16:32.083 --> 00:16:34.419
  • so it's probably a little bitawkward that He was like
  • 00:16:34.519 --> 00:16:36.988
  • the first commandment is,"Hear, O Israel," and it's like,
  • 00:16:37.088 --> 00:16:40.058
  • "Nobody can hear you.
  • 00:16:40.158 --> 00:16:41.225
  • We're all right herein front of you."
  • 00:16:41.325 --> 00:16:42.860
  • "'Hear, O Israel', He says,'the Lord our God,
  • 00:16:42.960 --> 00:16:45.129
  • the Lord is one, and you shalllove the Lord your God
  • 00:16:45.229 --> 00:16:47.398
  • with all your heart, with allyour soul, with all your mind,
  • 00:16:47.498 --> 00:16:49.600
  • and with all your strength.
  • 00:16:49.700 --> 00:16:51.269
  • This is thefirst commandment.'"
  • 00:16:51.369 --> 00:16:53.538
  • And then He says, "'And thesecond is like it.'"
  • 00:16:53.638 --> 00:16:56.874
  • In many translations it'll say,"Equal too.
  • 00:16:56.974 --> 00:16:59.110
  • It is at the same leveland it is this,
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:01.579
  • 'That you shall love yourneighbor as yourself.
  • 00:17:01.679 --> 00:17:04.048
  • There is no other greatercommandment than these.'
  • 00:17:04.148 --> 00:17:07.418
  • So, the scribe said to Him,'Well said, Teacher.
  • 00:17:07.518 --> 00:17:09.620
  • You have spoken the truth,for there is one God
  • 00:17:09.720 --> 00:17:11.889
  • and there is no otherbut He and to love him
  • 00:17:11.989 --> 00:17:14.625
  • with all the heart,with all the understanding,
  • 00:17:14.725 --> 00:17:16.160
  • with all the soul,and with all the strength,
  • 00:17:16.260 --> 00:17:19.063
  • and to love one's neighborsas one self is more than
  • 00:17:19.163 --> 00:17:21.065
  • all the whole burnt offeringsand sacrifices.'"
  • 00:17:21.165 --> 00:17:23.601
  • And watch this.
  • 00:17:23.701 --> 00:17:24.769
  • "When Jesus saw that He hadanswered wisely,
  • 00:17:24.869 --> 00:17:26.871
  • He said to him, 'You are not farfrom the kingdom of God.'"
  • 00:17:26.971 --> 00:17:32.143
  • You get it.
  • 00:17:32.243 --> 00:17:33.878
  • You understand.
  • 00:17:33.978 --> 00:17:34.846
  • You are not far fromthe kingdom of God.
  • 00:17:34.946 --> 00:17:37.949
  • You see, the answer --the question that the scribe
  • 00:17:38.049 --> 00:17:41.252
  • asked Jesus was a questionthat the scribes had been
  • 00:17:41.352 --> 00:17:44.255
  • asking themselvesfor many, many years.
  • 00:17:44.355 --> 00:17:47.258
  • I was joking a moment agoabout Jesus saying,
  • 00:17:47.358 --> 00:17:49.527
  • "Hear, O Israel."
  • 00:17:49.627 --> 00:17:50.695
  • The reason that He answeredthat way is because when
  • 00:17:50.795 --> 00:17:53.097
  • He answered, He answered withsomeone called the Shema.
  • 00:17:53.197 --> 00:17:56.567
  • The Shema was whereall the scribes, Pharisees,
  • 00:17:56.667 --> 00:17:59.637
  • all the Jews, Orthodox Jews,would quote every day,
  • 00:17:59.737 --> 00:18:02.740
  • they would pray fromDeuteronomy 6:4,
  • 00:18:02.840 --> 00:18:05.209
  • every single day, and it wascalled the Shema.
  • 00:18:05.309 --> 00:18:07.578
  • The Shema -- Shemameans to hear.
  • 00:18:07.678 --> 00:18:09.547
  • And so at the beginning of it,they would say, "Hear, O Israel,
  • 00:18:09.647 --> 00:18:12.450
  • and so, Jesus is, repeating thisand reciting it to them
  • 00:18:12.550 --> 00:18:15.386
  • and no one there would've beensurprised in anyway
  • 00:18:15.486 --> 00:18:18.689
  • at all that his answer was,"To love the Lord your God,
  • 00:18:18.789 --> 00:18:21.425
  • with all your heart,with all your soul,
  • 00:18:21.526 --> 00:18:22.760
  • with all your mind,with all your strength."
  • 00:18:22.860 --> 00:18:24.095
  • No one there would have beensurprised by that.
  • 00:18:24.195 --> 00:18:26.264
  • They prayed itevery single day.
  • 00:18:26.364 --> 00:18:27.398
  • It was the Shema.
  • 00:18:27.498 --> 00:18:28.432
  • It was something thatwas done regularly.
  • 00:18:28.533 --> 00:18:30.168
  • But, what would haveabsolutely shocked them,
  • 00:18:30.268 --> 00:18:34.272
  • what would have absolutelyblown them away,
  • 00:18:34.372 --> 00:18:38.075
  • is when He says, "Here isthe greatest commandment,"
  • 00:18:38.176 --> 00:18:40.511
  • and then out of nowhere,He pulls this one up,
  • 00:18:40.611 --> 00:18:43.414
  • also, equal to,"love your neighbor."
  • 00:18:43.514 --> 00:18:47.218
  • A law that was buriedin Leviticus 19:18.
  • 00:18:47.318 --> 00:18:50.855
  • It was buried in there.
  • 00:18:50.955 --> 00:18:52.190
  • No one would have ever calledthat the greatest commandment.
  • 00:18:52.290 --> 00:18:54.492
  • What completely blew them awayis He said, "Just as important
  • 00:18:54.592 --> 00:18:57.528
  • as loving God,is love your neighbor
  • 00:18:57.628 --> 00:19:00.398
  • as yourself.
  • 00:19:00.498 --> 00:19:02.833
  • It's just as important to methat you love your neighbor
  • 00:19:02.934 --> 00:19:05.903
  • as yourself.
  • 00:19:06.003 --> 00:19:07.838
  • Now, whoever it is that iswithin your grasp
  • 00:19:07.939 --> 00:19:10.308
  • that you love them.
  • 00:19:10.408 --> 00:19:12.310
  • Whoever it is that you can wrapyour arms around
  • 00:19:12.410 --> 00:19:15.780
  • whenever they'reexperiencing sadness
  • 00:19:15.880 --> 00:19:17.648
  • and help them feel joy, that'swho I want you to love on."
  • 00:19:17.748 --> 00:19:20.618
  • He so desperately wanted usto understand the power
  • 00:19:20.718 --> 00:19:24.322
  • and the priority of serving.
  • 00:19:24.422 --> 00:19:26.824
  • And so, He places it onthe same level of importance.
  • 00:19:26.924 --> 00:19:30.828
  • This is why I want you to do.
  • 00:19:30.928 --> 00:19:32.597
  • Serve the ones who arearound you, to reach out
  • 00:19:32.697 --> 00:19:36.834
  • to them, to love them,to care for them.
  • 00:19:36.934 --> 00:19:39.003
  • It's amazing to watch whatwe do when we come together,
  • 00:19:39.103 --> 00:19:41.772
  • and we reach out tothe community and we love
  • 00:19:41.872 --> 00:19:44.008
  • the community.
  • 00:19:44.108 --> 00:19:45.009
  • This is our place.
  • 00:19:45.109 --> 00:19:46.210
  • This is our belonging.
  • 00:19:46.310 --> 00:19:47.345
  • This is our place to plug inand to reach people.
  • 00:19:47.445 --> 00:19:49.480
  • And we can do that.
  • 00:19:49.580 --> 00:19:51.616
  • We can do that as a body.
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  • We can love the church.
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  • We can love the people who needto be in the church.
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  • We can be the ones who callthem into this place
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  • and bring them into this placeso that they can hear
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  • the truth of God and so theycan be impacted by Him.
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  • I used to work on thisconference that we do called
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  • the Gateway Conference.
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  • That's what it's called now.
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  • And I used to overseecertain little sections
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  • of that conference.
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  • And one thing that becamepainfully obvious
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  • is that we really needed agreat piece of software
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  • to do registrations for.
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  • And we neededthis desperately.
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  • We needed a really good piece ofregistration software.
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  • And the one we had wasn'tworking very well for us.
  • 00:20:27.685 --> 00:20:29.854
  • And so, I said, you know what,I don't want just another piece
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  • of registration software,I want the best.
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  • And so, I startedcalling all over.
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  • Literally,all over the world.
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  • Conferences that happen inAustralia and everywhere
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  • and I was calling there,and I was just saying,
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  • "What software do you use?
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  • I'm taking a poll,what software do you use?"
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  • And an overwhelming majorityused this certain
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  • specific piece of software.
  • 00:20:48.939 --> 00:20:51.042
  • And so, I said,"That's what I need.
  • 00:20:51.142 --> 00:20:52.743
  • I need that software."
  • 00:20:52.843 --> 00:20:53.944
  • And then I started thinking,you know, I got concerned
  • 00:20:54.045 --> 00:20:56.213
  • because churches sometimeshave a target on their back
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  • and I thought, "I don'twanna go with somebody
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  • who doesn't love the churchand love God, and wanna care
  • 00:21:02.019 --> 00:21:06.190
  • for us and help us do what weneed to do and so,
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:09.427
  • you know what, I wanna meetwhoever the guy
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  • is that owns this company.
  • 00:21:12.697 --> 00:21:14.465
  • I wanna meet him.
  • 00:21:14.565 --> 00:21:15.633
  • So, I knew it might not bepossible, but I just --
  • 00:21:15.733 --> 00:21:17.535
  • I picked up the phoneor sent an e-mail.
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  • I called the companyand I just said,
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  • "I want to talk to the owner."
  • 00:21:24.642 --> 00:21:26.210
  • And they said, "All right.
  • 00:21:26.310 --> 00:21:27.311
  • Hold on just a second."
  • 00:21:27.411 --> 00:21:28.279
  • Oh, OK.
  • 00:21:28.379 --> 00:21:29.413
  • That was easy.
  • 00:21:29.513 --> 00:21:30.247
  • And so, he goes, "Hello."
  • 00:21:30.348 --> 00:21:31.949
  • I'm like, "Hey.
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  • My name is Josh Morrisand I work at Gateway Church
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  • in South Lake, Texas.
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  • And, you know, I've heardfrom everybody that
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  • your software is incredible.
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  • And we want the best.
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  • We want the best software.
  • 00:21:43.761 --> 00:21:44.962
  • But before we decide whetherwe're gonna go with
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  • your company or not,I'd love to be able to meet you.
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  • I don't know if you're everin our area of town
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  • or if I could do a Skypecall with you.
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  • Whatever it would take.
  • 00:21:54.872 --> 00:21:55.940
  • I'd really loveto meet you."
  • 00:21:56.040 --> 00:21:57.508
  • And he goes, "Well,let me tell you,
  • 00:21:57.608 --> 00:21:59.343
  • I would love to do workwith Gateway Church.
  • 00:21:59.443 --> 00:22:01.612
  • And I'm a member of your churchand I'm a deacon."
  • 00:22:01.712 --> 00:22:09.220
  • Blew me away.
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  • I searched all over the worldfor the best
  • 00:22:11.021 --> 00:22:12.790
  • and he was right herethe whole time.
  • 00:22:12.890 --> 00:22:16.394
  • He was right here.
  • 00:22:16.494 --> 00:22:17.161
  • His name is Stan Cochran.
  • 00:22:17.261 --> 00:22:18.429
  • And he probably has helpedyou find your seat one weekend
  • 00:22:18.529 --> 00:22:21.699
  • or been the personbaptizing out in the lobby.
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  • He helps in so manydifferent ways.
  • 00:22:25.703 --> 00:22:27.571
  • He might be the one whovisited you in the hospital.
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  • And I took him to lunchand I was like, "Man,
  • 00:22:30.174 --> 00:22:31.876
  • it's so crazy that you're righthere in our church."
  • 00:22:31.976 --> 00:22:34.979
  • And he goes, "You know what,it's crazier on my end."
  • 00:22:35.079 --> 00:22:37.581
  • And I go, "What do you mean?
  • 00:22:37.681 --> 00:22:38.816
  • What are you talking about?"
  • 00:22:38.916 --> 00:22:40.084
  • And he goes, "When we camehere, I knew I had this piece
  • 00:22:40.184 --> 00:22:42.787
  • of software and I knewthat my company could help."
  • 00:22:42.887 --> 00:22:45.623
  • And he said, "You know what,though, I just told God, I said,
  • 00:22:45.723 --> 00:22:48.459
  • 'God, if you ever wantmy company to be of service
  • 00:22:48.559 --> 00:22:51.028
  • to Gateway Church,you work that out on your own.
  • 00:22:51.128 --> 00:22:53.564
  • But as for me,I will serve this house."
  • 00:22:53.664 --> 00:22:57.501
  • And he just got involved.
  • 00:22:57.601 --> 00:22:59.437
  • He just plugged in.
  • 00:22:59.537 --> 00:23:02.006
  • And he said, I'm goingto do whatever it takes.
  • 00:23:02.106 --> 00:23:03.307
  • I'm going to help.
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  • I'm going to serve.
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  • I'm going to be in this placeserving this body.
  • 00:23:05.309 --> 00:23:08.512
  • And I said, "Stan,now I know I can trust you."
  • 00:23:08.612 --> 00:23:12.750
  • And he's been working with usever since then
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  • and it has been amazing.
  • 00:23:14.985 --> 00:23:17.188
  • And there's so many people likethat who say, "You know what,
  • 00:23:17.288 --> 00:23:20.691
  • I've got a busy job.
  • 00:23:20.791 --> 00:23:22.226
  • I've got a lot going on,but I want to get in this place
  • 00:23:22.326 --> 00:23:25.162
  • and I want to serve.
  • 00:23:25.262 --> 00:23:26.564
  • I want to be a part of thisand I want to help build
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  • God's kingdom."
  • 00:23:29.033 --> 00:23:30.668
  • You can do it.
  • 00:23:30.768 --> 00:23:32.336
  • You say, "Well, I don't havea very consistent schedule."
  • 00:23:32.436 --> 00:23:35.406
  • It doesn't matter.
  • 00:23:35.506 --> 00:23:36.440
  • We'll take you wheneveryou can be here.
  • 00:23:36.540 --> 00:23:38.175
  • You say, "Well, it's a longprocess to get through."
  • 00:23:38.275 --> 00:23:40.478
  • Just do it anyways.
  • 00:23:40.578 --> 00:23:42.480
  • It's not that difficult.
  • 00:23:42.580 --> 00:23:43.814
  • We can be here, a serving body,right here in this place.
  • 00:23:43.914 --> 00:23:47.651
  • I want to be serving with youat this campus.
  • 00:23:47.751 --> 00:23:49.854
  • And I know every singlecampus pastor,
  • 00:23:49.954 --> 00:23:51.789
  • at all the campuses,wants to serve with you.
  • 00:23:51.889 --> 00:23:54.058
  • And we want to go outin this world
  • 00:23:54.158 --> 00:23:55.659
  • and make a difference.
  • 00:23:55.759 --> 00:23:56.927
  • And we can do it.
  • 00:23:57.027 --> 00:23:58.395
  • It's as if when Jesus diedand rose again, the earth in
  • 00:23:58.496 --> 00:24:04.668
  • heaven became so closetogether that now
  • 00:24:04.768 --> 00:24:08.939
  • it's simply a thin veilthat separates them.
  • 00:24:09.039 --> 00:24:12.443
  • And then Godgave you a sword.
  • 00:24:12.543 --> 00:24:15.546
  • And He said, "I want you togo out now with this sword
  • 00:24:15.646 --> 00:24:17.414
  • and I want you to poke holesin the veil and every time
  • 00:24:17.515 --> 00:24:20.284
  • you do the light of heavenwill shine through on you
  • 00:24:20.384 --> 00:24:23.854
  • and everybody around you.
  • 00:24:23.954 --> 00:24:25.322
  • And we have got to get outof the phase where we come
  • 00:24:25.422 --> 00:24:27.858
  • into church with our shinyswords and say,
  • 00:24:27.958 --> 00:24:30.094
  • "Pastor, sharpen it more,put a finer edge on this."
  • 00:24:30.194 --> 00:24:32.963
  • We ought to come into thisplace with battered, beaten,
  • 00:24:33.063 --> 00:24:35.766
  • and dull swords from goingout all week punching holes
  • 00:24:35.866 --> 00:24:39.103
  • in the veil and seeingthe kingdom of God
  • 00:24:39.203 --> 00:24:41.071
  • come in this place right here.
  • 00:24:41.171 --> 00:24:44.542
  • And that's when we come inand say, "Now, let's sharpen
  • 00:24:44.642 --> 00:24:46.343
  • our swords because we've gota lot of work to do this week.
  • 00:24:46.443 --> 00:24:48.812
  • What a hard-fought week.
  • 00:24:48.913 --> 00:24:50.247
  • What a difficult battle."
  • 00:24:50.347 --> 00:24:51.282
  • But our job is to punch holesin that veil
  • 00:24:51.382 --> 00:24:53.951
  • until kingdom completelycollides with this earth.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I thought my sondid a great job on that message.
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