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September 13, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • on this, alright?
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  • We get so hung up on the person's actions,
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  • when Jesus died for that person.
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  • And the most important thing to tell 'em
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  • is that Jesus loves 'em, and wants to change their life.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: So we are in a series called, "R.E.A.L.".
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  • R.E.A.L. is an acronym
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  • for Relevant Engaging Authentic Life.
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  • If you wanna turn to Acts 1, we'll begin there in a moment.
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  • This week is called, "Authentic Witnesses",
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  • so this is the third week.
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  • We talked about relevant fishermen,
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  • we talked about engaging influences.
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  • This week, "Authentic Witnesses".
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  • In this message, I'm simply trying to get you
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  • to tell the truth about what's already happened in your life.
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  • And that is you've met Christ, I just want you to tell someone.
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  • So we're gonna talk about being authentic witnesses, alright?
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  • Acts 1, look at Acts 1:4.
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  • "And being assembled together with them..."
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  • -- I should've explained a little bit.
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  • This is right before Jesus ascends.
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  • This is the 40 days after His resurrection.
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  • This is the 40th day.
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  • And He ascends, and then for ten days, they're praying.
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  • And then, the Holy Spirit came.
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  • So, on the 40th day, so: "Being assembled together with them,
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  • He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem,
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  • but to wait for the promise of the Father..."
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  • -- again, that's the coming of the Holy Spirit:
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  • "'Which,' He said, 'You've heard from Me.
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  • For John truly baptized with water,
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  • but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit
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  • not many days from now.'"
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  • Then, still, they got off-track a little bit.
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  • "Therefore when they had come together, they asked Him,
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  • saying, 'Lord, will You at this time
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  • restore the kingdom to Israel?'
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  • And He said to them, 'It is not for you to know,'"
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  • -- now, that's a pretty amazing thing,
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  • that still goes for today, by the way.
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  • "'It's not for you to know times or seasons
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  • which the Father has put in His own authority.
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  • But,'" here's what I'm trying to tell you is what He says to 'em:
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  • "'You shall receive power,'"
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  • I want you to notice those words, underline them.
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  • You shall, not you might, but you shall.
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  • You're gonna get it.
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  • You will: "'Get power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
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  • And you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,
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  • and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'"
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  • Okay, so what He's saying is, listen,
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  • when I'm telling you there's no doubt about it.
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  • When the Holy Spirit comes you, when you're baptized
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  • in the Holy Spirit, you will receive power.
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  • Not some will and some won't.
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  • You will receive.
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  • Dunamis is the word here, where we get our word dynamite.
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  • You will receive explosive power,
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  • but notice what He says: "And you will be witnesses..."
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  • -- please see the word be.
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  • You will be witnesses.
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  • He didn't say, "You will do witnessing."
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  • You will be a witness to Me.
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  • Now, the question is, are you a witness that talks or not?
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  • Because you are a witness.
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  • If you've met Jesus, something's happened, you're a witness.
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  • But can we get you to tell anybody about it?
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  • Or are you gonna take the fifth?
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  • But you are a witness.
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  • Okay, so since I'm telling you, you are a witness,
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  • 'cause Jesus said, "You shall be witnesses."
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  • You will be. So, here's point number one.
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  • What is a witness?
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  • What is a witness?
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  • Since you are one, what is one?
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  • Alright?
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  • Here's the -- my definition.
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  • A witness is someone who has seen and heard something,
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  • and communicates his experience accurately.
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  • A witness is someone who has seen and heard something,
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  • and communicates his experience accurately.
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  • Now, this seen and heard, you're not even gonna believe
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  • how many times it's in the Bible, and I don't have time
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  • to show 'em, all of 'em -- all to you.
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  • But I wanna show you a few, and I want you to see some
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  • amazing people in the Bible who were just witnesses.
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  • This first one's gonna shock you.
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  • The Son of God Himself, when He came to this earth,
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  • was a witness of what He had seen the Father do,
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  • and what He'd heard the Father say.
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  • In John 3:31-32: "He who comes from above..."
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  • that's Jesus, John the Baptist is talking about Jesus:
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  • "Is above all, he who is of the earth is earthly
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  • and speaks of the earth.
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  • He who comes from heaven is above all.
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  • And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies."
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  • I just wanna show you how powerful a witness is.
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  • Jesus is a witness, and He came and testified,
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  • He told people what He'd seen and heard,
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  • and it changed the world.
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  • The shepherds were witnesses at Jesus' birth.
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  • Luke 2:20.
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  • "Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
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  • for all the things that they had heard and seen..."
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  • -- the disciples of John were witnesses,
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  • they came and they said, "John wants to know, are you the One?"
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  • Jesus said to 'em, Luke 7:22: "Then Jesus answered
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  • and said to them, 'Go and tell John
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  • the things you have seen and heard.'"
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  • The disciples of Jesus were witnesses.
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  • After the resurrection, they -- Peter and John heals a man
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  • at the temple, at gate Beautiful,
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  • and then they beat 'em, and then they tell 'em,
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  • "You stop testifying."
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  • Think about the word testify, when you go to court.
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  • Testify. Y'all stop testifying.
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  • This was their answer. Acts 4:20.
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  • "We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."
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  • I wish every Christian felt that way.
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  • I have to talk about what I've experienced.
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  • The greatest apostle who ever lived, Paul, was just a witness.
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  • When he's conveying how he got saved, this is what he says.
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  • He says that the angel said to Ananias, who said to him then,
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  • Acts 22:15: "For you will be His witness
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  • to all men of what you have seen and heard."
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  • And then, John, who's writing later in life, in 1 John,
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  • the other apostle had already died,
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  • and he writes this to kind of set the record straight,
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  • because what had happened was they were beginning to say
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  • things like, "Well, Jesus didn't actually come in the flesh,
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  • but this and this and this," and I don't have time
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  • to go into all the Gnosticism that was going on at the time,
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  • but this how he starts 1 John.
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  • 1 John 1:1-3.
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  • "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,
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  • which we have seen with our eyes,
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  • which we have looked upon and our hands have handled,
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  • concerning the Word of Life -- the life was manifested,
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  • and we have seen and bear witness."
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  • We're witnesses 'cause we saw it:
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  • "And declare to you that eternal life,
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  • which was with the Father and was manifested to us --
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  • that which we have seen and heard, we declare to you,
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  • that you also may have fellowship with us.
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  • And truly our fellowship is with the Father,
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  • and with His Son Jesus Christ."
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  • Okay, their witness was so strong,
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  • because they were saying, "Guys, we saw Him.
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  • We heard Him."
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  • Now, what you might be thinking is,
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  • "Well, I wasn't alive at that time."
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  • But listen to me, I was in a motel room
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  • when I was 19-years-old.
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  • I had been addicted to drugs, and I'm telling you,
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  • I saw Him, and I heard Him, but not in the natural.
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  • But my life was changed.
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  • So I'm a witness, because I had met Him.
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  • And you've met Him too, if you're saved,
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  • and you've talked to Him; you've heard Him.
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  • You've seen His glory, you've seen what He's done.
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  • See, I think sometimes that the world is throwing out
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  • our witness, because we're not testifying about
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  • what we personally have seen and heard.
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  • You know, if you do that in court, it's called hearsay.
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  • It's also called inadmissible evidence.
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  • How many Christians are going around,
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  • testifying about what others have seen and heard,
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  • instead of what you have seen and heard?
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  • Think about -- again, we're talking about being a witness.
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  • Okay, so let's say today, after the service, you go out to eat,
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  • and -- with your family or friends,
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  • and you come out of the restaurant,
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  • and you're standing there, and everyone's talking --
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  • you just happen to look, and you notice the light changes,
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  • you see what's -- that the red light changes
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  • at the intersection, and a car comes through,
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  • and hits another car.
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  • And you see it, and you saw what color the light was.
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  • And then, the policeman actually comes and he -- then he
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  • -- y'all are there, like, trying to --
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  • "Well, is everyone okay?"
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  • And the ambulance comes, okay.
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  • Everyone's okay.
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  • But you stick around, 'cause you wanna make sure --
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  • and then the policeman comes over and says,
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  • "Did anybody see what happened?"
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  • And you say, "I did."
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  • "Well, I'm gonna need you to be a..."
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  • -- okay, so if you have to go court,
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  • 'cause one says the light wasn't red,
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  • and the other one says it was -- okay,
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  • if you have to go to court, let me just ask you a question.
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  • You're gonna be a witness now in court.
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  • Are you gonna have to go to automotive school?
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  • So you can testify about cars and brakes and --
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  • are you gonna have to -- is that what they want you to tell?
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  • Are you gonna have to go to red light school?
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  • What do they want you to do?
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  • They just want you to tell, that's right,
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  • what you saw and what you heard.
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  • Now, we can get better at it, we can learn,
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  • but what I'm trying to tell you is there's a story
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  • that you could share five minutes after you get saved.
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  • And no one would even have to tell you to tell it.
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  • I have a friend who's a pastor now
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  • who got saved trying to commit suicide.
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  • He was going to put his head in an oven.
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  • Now, here's the part of the story you need to know.
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  • He was stoned at the time, and it was an electric oven.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • But he stuck his -- he turned the oven on,
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  • put his head in the oven, it got hot,
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  • he started thinking about how he didn't wanna go to hell,
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  • and he gave his life to Jesus.
  • 00:11:45.190 --> 00:11:47.290
  • Some people had been telling him about Jesus,
  • 00:11:48.020 --> 00:11:49.220
  • and so, he got saved.
  • 00:11:49.250 --> 00:11:51.190
  • Instantly, he wasn't stoned anymore.
  • 00:11:51.220 --> 00:11:53.240
  • He got so excited, and that night,
  • 00:11:53.270 --> 00:11:56.150
  • his friend comes over to party,
  • 00:11:56.180 --> 00:11:57.280
  • and his friends -- he says to 'em,
  • 00:11:58.010 --> 00:11:59.120
  • "I'm not partying anymore; I got saved."
  • 00:11:59.150 --> 00:12:01.250
  • And the guy says, "Well, how did you get saved?"
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:06.270
  • He says, "I'd like to get saved, too."
  • 00:12:07.000 --> 00:12:08.050
  • True story: this guy says,
  • 00:12:08.080 --> 00:12:09.160
  • "Come here; put your head in the oven."
  • 00:12:09.190 --> 00:12:11.080
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:12:11.110 --> 00:12:16.040
  • He turned the oven on.
  • 00:12:16.070 --> 00:12:18.010
  • "Feel how hot that's getting? You wanna go to hell?
  • 00:12:18.040 --> 00:12:20.230
  • Alright, pray this prayer.
  • 00:12:20.260 --> 00:12:22.080
  • 'Jesus, come into my heart.'"
  • 00:12:22.110 --> 00:12:30.180
  • He led the guy to the Lord, never been to seminary.
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:38.110
  • Because he told what he personally --
  • 00:12:38.140 --> 00:12:40.210
  • what personally happened to him.
  • 00:12:40.240 --> 00:12:42.030
  • It's the most powerful story you have,
  • 00:12:42.060 --> 00:12:45.270
  • what personally happened to you.
  • 00:12:46.000 --> 00:12:48.250
  • You can be a witness.
  • 00:12:48.280 --> 00:12:52.010
  • Here's number two: A witness doesn't argue.
  • 00:12:52.040 --> 00:12:58.090
  • Now, this is really important.
  • 00:12:58.120 --> 00:13:01.110
  • You don't have to argue with people when you're a witness.
  • 00:13:01.140 --> 00:13:04.070
  • You just tell 'em what happened to you.
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:06.250
  • My story -- you know, my story, I was -- drugs, you know?
  • 00:13:06.280 --> 00:13:11.210
  • Debbie and I went back to our high school reunions.
  • 00:13:11.240 --> 00:13:14.040
  • I don't remember if it was our 10 or 20th one,
  • 00:13:14.070 --> 00:13:16.250
  • but this lady came up, and she'd been drinking,
  • 00:13:16.280 --> 00:13:22.210
  • And she's like, "What have you been doing?"
  • 00:13:22.240 --> 00:13:24.110
  • And you know, she's just -- you know, so I said to her,
  • 00:13:24.140 --> 00:13:27.120
  • "I'm a minister."
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:29.060
  • She -- "You don't mean like a minister in church, do you?"
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:36.180
  • I said, "Yes."
  • 00:13:36.210 --> 00:13:37.260
  • "You're a minister?"
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:39.130
  • I said, "Yes."
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:40.190
  • She said, "Weren't you a drug dealer in high school?"
  • 00:13:40.220 --> 00:13:47.110
  • I just shared my story; here's what I'm telling you:
  • 00:13:47.140 --> 00:13:49.110
  • I don't have to argue.
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:52.250
  • As a matter of fact, you can't argue with my testimony.
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:59.270
  • You can't argue with it.
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:03.040
  • You can go to my hometown and talk to people who knew me
  • 00:14:03.070 --> 00:14:05.230
  • before, it's verifiable.
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:09.290
  • You could go to the police station,
  • 00:14:10.020 --> 00:14:11.070
  • and there's a record of it.
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:12.210
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:14:12.240 --> 00:14:17.090
  • Listen to me carefully on this, alright?
  • 00:14:17.120 --> 00:14:20.080
  • We get so hung up on the person's actions,
  • 00:14:20.110 --> 00:14:24.210
  • or the person's beliefs.
  • 00:14:24.240 --> 00:14:27.180
  • We argue with 'em about politics,
  • 00:14:27.210 --> 00:14:29.130
  • we argue with 'em about whatever they're --
  • 00:14:29.160 --> 00:14:32.240
  • drinking or they're, you know, married or not,
  • 00:14:32.270 --> 00:14:35.170
  • or living together, or this or that.
  • 00:14:35.200 --> 00:14:37.150
  • We argue about all these things, when Jesus died for that person.
  • 00:14:37.180 --> 00:14:43.260
  • And the most important thing to tell 'em
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:45.220
  • is that Jesus loves 'em, and wants to change their life.
  • 00:14:45.250 --> 00:14:49.120
  • Don't get caught up, you follow me?
  • 00:14:49.150 --> 00:14:51.030
  • So I'm gonna give you some real wisdom here,
  • 00:14:51.060 --> 00:14:54.070
  • I want you to remember this.
  • 00:14:54.100 --> 00:14:55.280
  • In other words, I am not shocked when people sin.
  • 00:14:56.010 --> 00:15:00.270
  • That does not shock me.
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:02.070
  • If you notice, it never shocked Jesus.
  • 00:15:02.100 --> 00:15:05.160
  • He wasn't shocked when the woman was caught in adultery, like,
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:08.230
  • "You mean humans do that?"
  • 00:15:08.260 --> 00:15:09.280
  • It didn't shock Him.
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:11.240
  • It didn't shock Him when the woman had five husbands.
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:14.260
  • It didn't -- none of this shocked Jesus.
  • 00:15:14.290 --> 00:15:17.250
  • The reason is because God understands that,
  • 00:15:17.280 --> 00:15:20.020
  • He knows we sin, that's why He sent Jesus to die for our sins.
  • 00:15:20.050 --> 00:15:23.020
  • So let me give you -- you might even write this down,
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:26.230
  • just never forget what I'm about to tell you, okay?
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:29.210
  • This is why you shouldn't get shocked
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:31.270
  • when a sinner sins, okay?
  • 00:15:32.000 --> 00:15:34.270
  • Dogs bark, cats meow, sinners sin.
  • 00:15:35.000 --> 00:15:48.160
  • That's why they're called sinners.
  • 00:15:48.190 --> 00:15:55.270
  • Okay, let me give you -- let me make it even more plain.
  • 00:15:56.000 --> 00:15:59.150
  • Hunters hunt, liars...
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  • golfers...
  • 00:16:08.170 --> 00:16:09.240
  • yeah, I said that one time.
  • 00:16:09.270 --> 00:16:10.250
  • Yeah, did you say -- I said lie.
  • 00:16:10.280 --> 00:16:16.000
  • That's true, but it's not the word I was looking for, okay?
  • 00:16:16.030 --> 00:16:18.260
  • Hunters hunt, golfers golf, sinners sin.
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:24.230
  • Somehow, we expect them to know the rules,
  • 00:16:24.260 --> 00:16:28.110
  • but we didn't know the rules.
  • 00:16:28.140 --> 00:16:31.210
  • I remember the first time I went overseas,
  • 00:16:31.240 --> 00:16:34.200
  • and some places overseas are not like this,
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:36.150
  • some are still like this, to this day.
  • 00:16:36.180 --> 00:16:38.070
  • The Philippines is still like this to this day,
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:40.200
  • we were there a year or so ago, Debbie and I.
  • 00:16:40.230 --> 00:16:43.010
  • And you pull up to an intersection,
  • 00:16:43.040 --> 00:16:44.260
  • and there's like four lanes, but there's six cars,
  • 00:16:44.290 --> 00:16:48.010
  • and four mopeds.
  • 00:16:48.040 --> 00:16:50.050
  • Right?
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:52.010
  • And it -- you'd think, why do you even have lines?
  • 00:16:52.040 --> 00:16:56.160
  • That people don't stay in the lines,
  • 00:16:56.190 --> 00:16:57.290
  • they go all over the place.
  • 00:16:58.020 --> 00:16:59.000
  • Well, the first time I was in another country
  • 00:16:59.030 --> 00:17:00.140
  • where they did this, I was just --
  • 00:17:00.170 --> 00:17:02.080
  • people just whizzing by and just like
  • 00:17:02.110 --> 00:17:05.080
  • six cars in four lanes, going down the road.
  • 00:17:05.110 --> 00:17:07.220
  • They weren't staying in their lanes at all,
  • 00:17:07.250 --> 00:17:09.190
  • and I remember saying to the missionary,
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:11.010
  • "I bet you have a lot of car wrecks over here."
  • 00:17:11.040 --> 00:17:14.000
  • He said, "We don't have very many car wrecks at all."
  • 00:17:14.030 --> 00:17:16.270
  • And then, he said, "Do you know which country
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:18.060
  • is number one in car wrecks?"
  • 00:17:18.090 --> 00:17:22.290
  • America.
  • 00:17:23.020 --> 00:17:24.190
  • And I got thinking about it, you know why?
  • 00:17:24.220 --> 00:17:26.270
  • Because we expect you to stay in your line.
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:31.110
  • Right?
  • 00:17:31.140 --> 00:17:32.220
  • In other countries, they don't expect you to stay in the line.
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:36.180
  • They know you're not gonna stay in the line,
  • 00:17:36.210 --> 00:17:38.110
  • so they're watching for you.
  • 00:17:38.140 --> 00:17:41.030
  • If someone comes in our lane, we're just shocked.
  • 00:17:41.060 --> 00:17:47.040
  • And we're offended if they get close to the lane.
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  • Stay in your lane, stay in your lane, stay in your lane.
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:58.100
  • You were coming into my lane, I saw you.
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:02.150
  • And then, when we go by, we give 'em the look, right?
  • 00:18:02.180 --> 00:18:06.040
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:13.020
  • That happened to me one time.
  • 00:18:13.050 --> 00:18:15.030
  • I give this guy the look, and then a little while,
  • 00:18:15.060 --> 00:18:18.010
  • my cell phone rings.
  • 00:18:18.040 --> 00:18:19.090
  • This guy said, "Pastor Robert, did I do something wrong?"
  • 00:18:19.120 --> 00:18:21.020
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:18:21.050 --> 00:18:28.080
  • Not supposed to give church members the look.
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:35.010
  • Here's the reason I'm not gonna argue
  • 00:18:35.040 --> 00:18:37.270
  • with a sinner about politics.
  • 00:18:38.000 --> 00:18:43.110
  • Because that's not what matters right now.
  • 00:18:43.140 --> 00:18:46.070
  • What matters is did you know what Jesus did for you?
  • 00:18:46.100 --> 00:18:51.030
  • You follow me?
  • 00:18:51.060 --> 00:18:52.120
  • I was getting my haircut one time, and this was years ago,
  • 00:18:52.150 --> 00:18:55.240
  • and there was this young lady cutting my hair,
  • 00:18:55.270 --> 00:18:57.130
  • it was in January, and she started talking about --
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:19:01.170
  • she said -- she started talking about her boyfriend,
  • 00:19:01.200 --> 00:19:05.110
  • and she was telling me that they'd live together.
  • 00:19:05.140 --> 00:19:07.270
  • I didn't go -- you know, you're not married?
  • 00:19:08.000 --> 00:19:10.180
  • You live together?
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:12.160
  • Do you know that's adultery?
  • 00:19:12.190 --> 00:19:13.270
  • You know, I didn't -- because she doesn't know.
  • 00:19:14.000 --> 00:19:17.120
  • Paul said, "I would not have known not to covet
  • 00:19:17.150 --> 00:19:21.110
  • if the law hadn't told me not to covet."
  • 00:19:21.140 --> 00:19:23.150
  • I wouldn't have known.
  • 00:19:23.180 --> 00:19:24.260
  • So that's not the issue.
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:27.120
  • So I didn't say a word.
  • 00:19:27.150 --> 00:19:28.140
  • She's talking about that they live together,
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:29.240
  • and then she talked about how they got really drunk
  • 00:19:29.270 --> 00:19:31.170
  • on New Year's Eve.
  • 00:19:31.200 --> 00:19:33.060
  • And she said, "And then we started talking about --
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:36.270
  • the next day, about we didn't want to live that way,
  • 00:19:37.000 --> 00:19:39.080
  • we didn't wanna get drunk like that anymore."
  • 00:19:39.110 --> 00:19:41.250
  • So she said, "So we started going to church."
  • 00:19:41.280 --> 00:19:45.010
  • And she said, "We've been coming to your church
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:46.160
  • for a couple of weeks now, and we really like,
  • 00:19:46.190 --> 00:19:49.030
  • you know, your preaching."
  • 00:19:49.060 --> 00:19:50.040
  • And I said, "Well, that's great."
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:51.150
  • And then, I said -- we kept on talking, and then I said to her,
  • 00:19:51.180 --> 00:19:56.020
  • "Has anyone ever told you how you can be saved?"
  • 00:19:56.050 --> 00:20:00.090
  • We're just talking, and she said, "No."
  • 00:20:00.120 --> 00:20:04.100
  • She said, "I thought you got saved by going to church."
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:07.130
  • I said, "No, that's not it at all.
  • 00:20:07.160 --> 00:20:08.260
  • It's good to go to church," and then I just explained it to her,
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:10.290
  • in about five minutes, the gospel.
  • 00:20:11.020 --> 00:20:13.280
  • And you could -- tears started welling up in her eyes.
  • 00:20:14.010 --> 00:20:17.170
  • And I said, "You can be saved right now."
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:20.100
  • And she said, "I want to."
  • 00:20:20.130 --> 00:20:22.000
  • So I led her to the Lord, right there in the salon.
  • 00:20:22.030 --> 00:20:24.160
  • Then, her boyfriend got saved.
  • 00:20:24.190 --> 00:20:25.250
  • Then, they got baptized.
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:28.080
  • But I didn't say one thing to her about
  • 00:20:28.110 --> 00:20:31.240
  • them living together and getting drunk.
  • 00:20:31.270 --> 00:20:33.090
  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:35.010
  • Are you following me?
  • 00:20:35.040 --> 00:20:36.250
  • That's what Jesus died for.
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:38.100
  • He'll take care of all those things.
  • 00:20:38.130 --> 00:20:42.140
  • So I just want you to know that a witness
  • 00:20:42.170 --> 00:20:45.210
  • is someone who's seen and heard something,
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:47.120
  • and experienced something, and he accurately
  • 00:20:47.150 --> 00:20:49.200
  • tells us about it, and a witness doesn't argue,
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:52.260
  • he just tells his story.
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:55.010
  • And here's the third thing I wanna tell you,
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:56.190
  • witnessing is fun.
  • 00:20:56.220 --> 00:20:59.290
  • It's just fun.
  • 00:21:00.040 --> 00:21:02.120
  • It is a lot of fun to just share with people what God's done.
  • 00:21:02.150 --> 00:21:10.070
  • And just be open, and whenever God
  • 00:21:10.100 --> 00:21:12.190
  • says to do something, you know?
  • 00:21:12.220 --> 00:21:14.050
  • I remember one time, I was standing in line
  • 00:21:14.080 --> 00:21:15.280
  • at the restaurant, and it was one of those
  • 00:21:16.010 --> 00:21:18.110
  • where you didn't give your credit card to the server,
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:21.120
  • it's where you took your ticket,
  • 00:21:21.150 --> 00:21:22.200
  • and you went up, and you paid at a cash register,
  • 00:21:22.230 --> 00:21:25.060
  • you know, to go out.
  • 00:21:25.090 --> 00:21:27.070
  • And I was just standing there, waiting to pay,
  • 00:21:27.100 --> 00:21:28.220
  • and there were three or four people in front of me,
  • 00:21:28.250 --> 00:21:30.020
  • three or four people behind me, and I'd step up,
  • 00:21:30.050 --> 00:21:31.290
  • and they stepped up, and then when I stepped up --
  • 00:21:32.020 --> 00:21:33.210
  • when I handed the guy my slip -- my bill, and the credit card,
  • 00:21:33.240 --> 00:21:39.150
  • when I handed it to him, I just had this thought
  • 00:21:39.180 --> 00:21:42.230
  • come to my mind.
  • 00:21:42.260 --> 00:21:44.160
  • And he wasn't even looking at me,
  • 00:21:44.190 --> 00:21:45.170
  • he just kinda took it like this.
  • 00:21:45.200 --> 00:21:47.010
  • Just took it.
  • 00:21:47.040 --> 00:21:48.170
  • And I just said to him, "Would you like someone
  • 00:21:48.200 --> 00:21:51.100
  • to tell you how to be saved?"
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:54.060
  • Now, I normally don't start with that when I'm witnessing.
  • 00:21:54.090 --> 00:21:59.230
  • But it just came to my mind, and I said,
  • 00:21:59.260 --> 00:22:01.220
  • "Would you like someone to tell you how to be saved?"
  • 00:22:01.250 --> 00:22:03.130
  • He went like this.
  • 00:22:03.160 --> 00:22:04.180
  • "Yes, I've been reading the Bible for three months
  • 00:22:04.210 --> 00:22:06.010
  • trying to figure out how to be saved."
  • 00:22:06.040 --> 00:22:10.000
  • And I said, "I know, I know how to be saved."
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:15.070
  • And I shared with him, he called someone else
  • 00:22:15.100 --> 00:22:17.150
  • to take the register.
  • 00:22:17.180 --> 00:22:18.200
  • I found out later he was the owner of the restaurant.
  • 00:22:18.230 --> 00:22:20.110
  • We stepped over to the side.
  • 00:22:20.140 --> 00:22:21.160
  • He calls his wife over then, I share with both of 'em.
  • 00:22:21.190 --> 00:22:23.270
  • Both of 'em accepted Christ.
  • 00:22:24.000 --> 00:22:26.010
  • Just like that; that's fun.
  • 00:22:26.040 --> 00:22:28.250
  • That's fun.
  • 00:22:28.280 --> 00:22:31.120
  • So I'm telling you, you are a witness,
  • 00:22:31.150 --> 00:22:36.170
  • because you have seen and heard something.
  • 00:22:36.200 --> 00:22:39.270
  • You have experienced -- if you've accepted Christ,
  • 00:22:40.000 --> 00:22:42.010
  • you've experienced something.
  • 00:22:42.040 --> 00:22:45.010
  • You've -- you're a witness.
  • 00:22:45.040 --> 00:22:47.210
  • I'm just trying to get you not to take the fifth.
  • 00:22:47.240 --> 00:22:51.290
  • I'm just trying to get you to tell people your story.
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:55.190
  • And if you tell 'em your story,
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:57.140
  • you never know what's gonna happen.
  • 00:22:57.170 --> 00:22:58.180
  • So I brought you -- everyone at every campus,
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:05.270
  • I brought you a gift today to remind you to tell people
  • 00:23:06.000 --> 00:23:10.170
  • your story, and I'm gonna -- but it has a little twist to it,
  • 00:23:10.200 --> 00:23:13.270
  • so those of you that are ready to pass 'em out, every campus,
  • 00:23:14.000 --> 00:23:17.030
  • start passing 'em out right now, so we're gonna take --
  • 00:23:17.060 --> 00:23:20.200
  • it'll -- we're gonna do it as quickly as we can.
  • 00:23:20.230 --> 00:23:22.160
  • What you're gonna do is probably get a little cup.
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:24.210
  • In that cup, you'll get it at the end of the aisle
  • 00:23:24.240 --> 00:23:26.090
  • if you're on the end-aisle,
  • 00:23:26.120 --> 00:23:27.120
  • is a lead fishing weight, alright?
  • 00:23:27.150 --> 00:23:30.190
  • So I want you to take out one lead fishing weight,
  • 00:23:30.220 --> 00:23:33.150
  • one for you, alright?
  • 00:23:33.180 --> 00:23:35.040
  • And then, pass it down to the next person.
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:38.190
  • Alright.
  • 00:23:38.220 --> 00:23:39.270
  • So probably everyone's gotten their lead fishing weight.
  • 00:23:40.000 --> 00:23:42.120
  • If you haven't gotten it, it'll still come around.
  • 00:23:42.150 --> 00:23:44.230
  • But I wanna tell you why I'm giving this to you, okay?
  • 00:23:44.260 --> 00:23:48.120
  • Many of you are thinking, well, he preached a message
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  • a few weeks ago about fishing.
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  • This is to remind me to be a fisher of men.
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  • That's not why I'm giving it to you, alright?
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  • It is a lead fishing weight, alright?
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  • The reason that I gave this to you
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  • is because many people have told me that they don't witness
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  • unless they feel led.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So I want you to put this in your pocket, or your purse,
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  • and the next time you think about witnessing to someone,
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  • I want you to reach into your pocket, feel lead,
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  • and then go ahead and witness.
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  • [Laughter and Applause]
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I'd love for you to get one of those
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  • little lead fishing weights,
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  • put it in your pocket or your purse.
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  • I know it's a play on words, but every time you
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  • think about whether you should witness or not,
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  • just reach in your pocket or your purse, feel lead,
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  • and go ahead and witness.
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  • Here's the reason why.
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  • We don't have to lead people to Jesus.
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  • We just simply witness.
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  • We tell people what we have personally seen and heard,
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  • and the more we witness, the more people come to Christ.
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  • Pray about it.
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  • This week, will you be a witness to someone?
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  • Hey, I'm gonna continue this series.
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  • See you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Jesus said, that we are to be both, "salt and light
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  • to the world around us," by sharing His truth
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  • with the people that are in our daily lives.
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  • So where exactly do we start?
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  • What are we supposed to share?
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  • And how do we it effectively?
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  • The good news is that sharing your story
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  • doesn't have to be difficult.
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  • In fact, it's one of the easiest things a believer can do.
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  • In the "REAL" series, Pastor Robert explains
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  • what it means to be a witness and live a real
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  • engaging and authentic life;
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  • a life that influences others with the truth of Jesus.
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  • In this four message series, you will learn the importance
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  • of how to tell your story.
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  • You will learn how to use the influence
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  • that God has already given you to become a better
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  • and bolder witness of His love and His work in your life.
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  • JIMMY EVANS: You're the firstborn of God
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  • and you have the right of the double portion.
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  • And it's time for the firstborn church of God to arise.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: When pride gets reversed in your life,
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  • you immediately step into God's plan for you,
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  • and you also step into God's provision for you.
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  • SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ: We are not those that will just survive.
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  • We're gonna change the world, because we will do nothing less
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  • in the name of Jesus Christ than thrive.
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