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Why Am I Here: My Committed Calling

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August 19, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Why Am I Here: My Committed Calling

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: It's the same with spiritual gift
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: It's the same with spiritual gifts.
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  • All of you have received material gifts.
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  • You unwrapped it.
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  • you discovered it.
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  • But then, you got to develop, right?
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  • I just -- I don't -- I'd love to ask you personally,
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  • "Do you know what your gifts are?"
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  • Did you know we are all called to ministry?
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  • We have all been given different gifts and we all
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  • have something God is calling us to do for His kingdom.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris, as he discusses
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  • the question "Why Am I Here".
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Alright, I want to ask you to turn
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  • to two passages of scripture, 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12.
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  • So I'm -- I actually have a lot of scripture in the message.
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  • Those are the only two that I'm just asking you to turn
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  • to those two.
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  • So -- But 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12.
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  • And we're in a series right now called "Why Am I Here".
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  • And this weekend, I want to talk about "My Committed Calling".
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  • In other words, what do I, to what do I commit my life?
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  • All of us, all of us are called to ministry;
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  • not vocational ministry, but to ministry.
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  • All of us have been given gifts, different gifts,
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  • and we all have something God is calling us to do
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  • in the kingdom of God.
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  • I want you, just for a moment just to look around.
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  • Just go ahead.
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  • Just look around at all the people.
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  • Alright?
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  • No matter which room you're in, look at all the people.
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  • Alright?
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  • Okay, now, look back at me.
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  • Think about this.
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  • The people that are in the buildings that we just looked
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  • around in, think about all the family,
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  • all the friends, all the coworkers, all the people
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  • that all the people in the buildings that we looked
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  • around in, all the people we will meet.
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  • 'Kay.
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  • Just so you know, I can't win all of them to Jesus.
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  • I can't.
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  • But we can.
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  • As a matter of fact, my job as a pastor is actually
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  • to equip you to do the ministry.
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  • It's not to do the ministry; it's to equip you
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  • to do the ministry.
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  • Again, we'll get to those other passages in a moment.
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  • Let me read you some.
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  • Ephesians 4:11-12, "And He Himself," speaking of Jesus,
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  • "gave some to be apostles, some prophets,
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  • some evangelists," notice the word some 'cause you don't
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  • need many, "and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping
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  • of the saints for the work of the ministry",
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  • So what is your ministry?
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  • How do you know?
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  • And before I get into the "how do you know",
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  • I have to cover this, that most of the great men and women
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  • you read about in the Bible were not in vocational ministry.
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  • I don't know if you've ever thought about it,
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  • but you could do a little study.
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  • Most of them were not.
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  • Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were not in vocational ministry.
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  • Genesis 13:2, "Abram was very rich in livestock,
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  • in silver, and in gold."
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  • So we know he wasn't a preacher.
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  • Genesis 26:12, "Then Isaac sowed in that land and reaped
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  • in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him."
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  • Now, we use that verse sometimes for giving.
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  • That wasn't talking about giving.
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  • That was talking about sowing crops.
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  • He was a farmer.
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  • Gideon was threshing wheat when the Lord called him.
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  • David was a shepherd.
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  • Amos was a shepherd.
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  • Amos 1:1, "The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders"
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  • Nehemiah 1:1, Nehemiah said, "For I was
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  • the king's cupbearer."
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  • Nehemiah worked for the government.
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  • Matthew was an IRS agent, which shows God can use anyone.
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  • Peter and Andrew, James and John were fishermen.
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  • Look at this verse, Mark 1:20, "Immediately He called
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  • them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat
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  • with the hired servants, and went after Him."
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  • You know what hired servants are?
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  • Employees.
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  • They had a business.
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  • They were in business.
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  • Andrew, Peter, James, John, Paul.
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  • Acts 18:1, "After these things Paul departed
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  • from Athens and went to Corinth.
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  • And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus,
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  • who had recently come from Italy
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  • with his wife Priscilla --
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  • So because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them
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  • and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers."
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  • Wow.
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  • Greatest apostle to ever live made tents.
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  • Colossians 4:14, "Luke the beloved physician."
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  • Luke was a physician.
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  • And Rahab was a working girl.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • Obviously she repented.
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  • So all these people in the Bible that we read about
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  • didn't have a job like I have.
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  • They had jobs like you have.
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  • And they're the ones that did the great things in the Bible.
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  • So how do you find out what your calling is and minister
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  • in that calling, no matter what your vocation is?
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  • Alright?
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  • So here's number one: draw near to God.
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  • Number one, draw near to God.
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  • Psalms 73:28.
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  • This is actually Asaph that wrote this Psalm.
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  • He wrote 12 Psalms.
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  • "It's good for me to draw near to God."
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  • "It's good for me to draw near to God."
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  • Well, what if we don't feel like drawing near?
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  • What if we've had a bad day?
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  • Or a bad week?
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  • Or a bad year?
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  • Or a bad life?
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  • Hebrew 7:19 says, "For the law made nothing perfect;
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  • on the other hand," I really like the other hand, by the way,
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  • "there is the bringing in of a better hope,"
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  • that's Jesus, grace, "through which we draw near to God."
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  • We can draw near, even if we've had a bad day or a bad week,
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  • because we come by grace.
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  • Hebrews -- Let me read you this one.
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  • Hebrews 10:22, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full
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  • assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled
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  • form an evil conscience and our bodies washed
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  • with pure water."
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  • God has washed you.
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  • He's washed you.
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  • He's made you clean.
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  • You can draw near to God.
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  • A while back, I was mowing.
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  • I came in, I was covered -- You know how you get covered
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  • dust, dirt, grass, sweaty.
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  • I came in, I said to Debbie, "Give me a hug."
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  • How many of you think she hugged me?
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  • No.
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  • Okay.
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  • She said, "You go take a shower, then we'll talk
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  • about the hugging."
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  • 'Kay.
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  • Can I just tell you something?
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  • God's given you a shower.
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  • You're clean.
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  • He made you clean.
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  • You can draw near to God, no matter if you've had a bad day.
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  • He's made you clean through grace, not through works.
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  • What if you're in a bondage or stronghold and you just can't
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  • seem to get free and it's a sin that you just tell God
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  • over and over and over again that you're never going to do?
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  • Well, what about the Gadarene demoniac?
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  • The guy who was, that lived naked in a cemetery?
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  • He was pretty much bound by Satan.
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  • Mark 5:6, "When he saw Jesus from afar,
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  • he ran and worshiped Him."
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  • He drew near, even though he was demonized.
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  • What about if you're grieving or going through
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  • a tough time, or sad, or even mad at God because He didn't
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  • show up when you thought He should?
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  • 'Member Mary and Martha?
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  • After the death of Lazarus?
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  • John 11:20, "Now Martha, as soon as she heard Jesus
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  • was coming, went and met Him",
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  • Drew near.
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  • Then verses 28 and 29, "She went her way secretly
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  • and called Mary her sister, saying, The teacher has come
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  • and is calling for you.
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  • As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him."
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  • She drew near, even though they were mad at Jesus at the time.
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  • What if you feel like your world's come to an end
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  • and you have no hope anymore?
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  • After the death of Jesus, Peter said, "I'm going fishing.
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  • I'm going fishing."
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  • Then Jesus comes and He's walking along the shore,
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  • but they don't recognize Him.
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  • And He said, "Cast your nets on the other side,"
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  • and it filled up.
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  • And then, one of the disciples said, "Man, that's Jesus."
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  • Look at verse seven, John 21:7.
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  • "Therefore that disciples whom Jesus loved said to Peter,
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  • It's the Lord!
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  • And when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
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  • he put on his outer garment for he had removed it,
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  • and plunged into the sea."
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  • He drew near to God.
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  • So whether you're having a bad day or a good day --
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  • What about if you've been away from God for a long time?
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  • 'Member the prodigal son?
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  • Luke 15:20, "And he arose and came to his father,"
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  • or drew near.
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  • "But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him
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  • and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck
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  • and kissed him."
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  • I'm just trying to tell you it's always a good time
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  • to draw near to God.
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  • And you're never going to discover and minister
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  • in the calling God has for you without drawing near to God.
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  • That's number one.
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  • Alright?
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  • Here's number two.
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  • Discover and develop your gifts.
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  • Discover and develop.
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  • Discover and develop your gifts.
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  • Now, if you're in 1 Corinthians 12, I actually wanted to read
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  • most of the chapter; so later, that's your homework.
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  • Alright?
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  • You can read it.
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  • 1 Corinthians 12, look at verse 14.
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  • "For in fact the body is not one member but many.
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  • If the foot should say, Because I'm not a hand,
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  • I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body?
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  • If the ear should say," because I'm not Pastor Robert,
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  • or Tony Evans, or any other leader in the body of Christ,
  • 00:11:24.160 --> 00:11:29.110
  • "Because I'm not an eye, I'm not of the body,
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  • is it therefore not of the body?
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  • If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing?
  • 00:11:34.100 --> 00:11:39.080
  • If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
  • 00:11:39.110 --> 00:11:43.060
  • But now God has set the members, each one of them,
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  • in the body just as He pleased."
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  • You know what that says?
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  • That all the members are important.
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  • They're all important.
  • 00:11:56.040 --> 00:11:57.060
  • And this goes on to say, "And the ones that you can't
  • 00:11:57.090 --> 00:12:00.270
  • see are the most important".
  • 00:12:01.000 --> 00:12:04.230
  • The ones that stand on the platform are not
  • 00:12:04.260 --> 00:12:07.080
  • the most important.
  • 00:12:07.110 --> 00:12:10.230
  • In other words, He's talking about a physical body,
  • 00:12:10.260 --> 00:12:13.040
  • so the organs that we can't see, pretty important.
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  • Alright, let me say it this way.
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  • We've got some really important people in the children's
  • 00:12:20.160 --> 00:12:23.290
  • ministry right now, extremely important people.
  • 00:12:24.020 --> 00:12:32.210
  • Do you know that we have people every week that minister
  • 00:12:32.240 --> 00:12:35.280
  • to the special needs children?
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  • And you may never even see them.
  • 00:12:39.170 --> 00:12:42.140
  • And do you know that at our buildings, we have people
  • 00:12:42.170 --> 00:12:45.240
  • every week who are here from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. cleaning
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  • the buildings for us?
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  • They're important.
  • 00:12:56.200 --> 00:13:00.270
  • And I would encourage you just to say, "Thank you,"
  • 00:13:01.000 --> 00:13:03.040
  • every now and then when you see someone like that.
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  • Think about this.
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  • The ones you can't see are the most important.
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  • Think about Noah's ark, okay?
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  • It's got boards on it, right?
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  • Think.
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  • The boards that you can't see, that are under the water line,
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  • they're the most important ones.
  • 00:13:22.250 --> 00:13:27.170
  • Alright, look at Romans 12.
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  • If you were in 1 Corinthians 12, maybe you put a marker
  • 00:13:29.130 --> 00:13:31.030
  • there at Romans 12:4.
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  • "For as we have many members in one body, but all the members
  • 00:13:33.270 --> 00:13:39.140
  • do not have the same function, so we, being many,
  • 00:13:39.170 --> 00:13:45.280
  • are one body in Christ, and individually members
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  • of one another."
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  • Verse six, very important, "Having then gifts",
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  • So we all have gifts.
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  • "Differing according to the grace that is given to us,
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  • let us use them."
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  • Let us use them.
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  • In other words, let us discover them and develop them.
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  • Some of you might not know this, but I have intercessors
  • 00:14:18.280 --> 00:14:25.070
  • who pray for me, who pray for Debbie and me and my family.
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  • I meet with them about every six to eight weeks,
  • 00:14:28.190 --> 00:14:30.280
  • depending on the schedule.
  • 00:14:31.010 --> 00:14:32.200
  • But I communicate every week.
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  • When I meet with my assistant, I dictate a letter that says,
  • 00:14:35.010 --> 00:14:38.170
  • "This is what's going on, please pray for this,
  • 00:14:38.200 --> 00:14:40.090
  • please pray for this, please pray for this".
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  • I've had times where I have called the leader
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  • of the intercessors directly and said, "Hey, don't want to wait
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:53.020
  • until I meet with Karen," my assistant, "this next week
  • 00:14:53.050 --> 00:14:55.250
  • to communicate, to send and email.
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  • I just want to tell you what we're going through.
  • 00:14:58.180 --> 00:15:00.170
  • Would you send an email to the intercessors
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  • and have them pray?"
  • 00:15:02.250 --> 00:15:03.260
  • And we've seen immediate results.
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  • These are people who are called to intercession.
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  • I chose them.
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  • Now, I want to tell you something about these people.
  • 00:15:09.110 --> 00:15:12.000
  • I've had, for about 12 years, 10 to 12 years,
  • 00:15:12.030 --> 00:15:14.100
  • somewhere around there, they would know how long
  • 00:15:14.130 --> 00:15:15.260
  • we've been meeting, nobody knows who they are.
  • 00:15:15.290 --> 00:15:21.010
  • They've never gone around bragging, "You know,
  • 00:15:21.040 --> 00:15:24.090
  • I'm one of Pastor Robert's intercessors."
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  • I have seven couples.
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  • And I say couples; one of the ladies, wives,
  • 00:15:28.220 --> 00:15:31.130
  • has already gone on to heaven.
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  • I actually think she's my best intercessor 'cause I think
  • 00:15:32.260 --> 00:15:35.090
  • she's up there saying, "Hey, are You seeing this?"
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  • She's cheering me on.
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  • She's still interceding for me.
  • 00:15:44.180 --> 00:15:50.110
  • But they didn't come tell me, "Hey, I have the gift
  • 00:15:50.140 --> 00:15:53.090
  • of intercession; I want to be the senior
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:56.020
  • pastor's intercessor".
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  • They started developing their gift years before
  • 00:15:59.060 --> 00:16:01.200
  • I ever asked 'em.
  • 00:16:01.230 --> 00:16:03.290
  • And I saw that gift; so when I decided to choose
  • 00:16:04.020 --> 00:16:06.230
  • some personal intercessors, I chose people who were mature
  • 00:16:06.260 --> 00:16:11.260
  • in that gift.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:13.220
  • They discovered it years ago, that hey,
  • 00:16:13.250 --> 00:16:16.220
  • this is a gift I have.
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  • See, we all pray; but there's a gift of intercession.
  • 00:16:18.120 --> 00:16:21.220
  • We all witness; there's a gift of evangelism.
  • 00:16:21.250 --> 00:16:24.090
  • You follow me?
  • 00:16:24.120 --> 00:16:26.200
  • And I went to them and said, "Hey, I need some prayer".
  • 00:16:26.230 --> 00:16:30.130
  • And these are people mature in that.
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  • This past week, we talked about discovering and developing
  • 00:16:32.170 --> 00:16:35.180
  • our gifts, this last week, two of our grandchildren
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  • had birthdays, so we got together and had
  • 00:16:39.210 --> 00:16:42.130
  • a birthday party.
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  • And let me tell you what we did at that.
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  • You know, we ate and did all that stuff; but then,
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:49.020
  • they discovered their gifts.
  • 00:16:49.050 --> 00:16:55.060
  • They unwrapped 'em and discovered 'em.
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  • Then you know what they did?
  • 00:16:57.250 --> 00:16:59.120
  • They started developing their skill with their new gifts.
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  • One's two years old, Addie; she got a tricycle.
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  • She started -- We started teaching her how
  • 00:17:08.050 --> 00:17:10.180
  • to use the gift.
  • 00:17:10.210 --> 00:17:11.250
  • What I'm saying is when you discover it, you might not
  • 00:17:11.280 --> 00:17:14.270
  • be as good as you think you are at it yet.
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  • It may take a while to grow in that.
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  • The other one, eight years old, Grayden; he got a skateboard.
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  • We're out in the street.
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  • He's developing his gift.
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  • Are y'all following me?
  • 00:17:29.270 --> 00:17:31.280
  • They discovered their gifts, and then they started,
  • 00:17:32.010 --> 00:17:34.290
  • now they're developing their skill to use their gifts.
  • 00:17:35.020 --> 00:17:38.280
  • I had a birthday the week before, and unbeknownst to me,
  • 00:17:39.010 --> 00:17:42.120
  • my family had bought me something and so we came back
  • 00:17:42.150 --> 00:17:44.090
  • in from doing the skateboard and the tricycle and all,
  • 00:17:44.120 --> 00:17:47.170
  • and where I was sitting there, there was a gift.
  • 00:17:47.200 --> 00:17:51.200
  • And they were all excited.
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:52.190
  • "Papaw, open your gift."
  • 00:17:52.220 --> 00:17:54.200
  • So I opened mine and it was great, you know.
  • 00:17:54.230 --> 00:17:57.090
  • But that night, all the men know what I was doing.
  • 00:17:57.120 --> 00:18:02.050
  • I was reading the owner's manual.
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  • I was reading the owner's manual, how to use my gift.
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  • It's the same with spiritual gifts.
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  • All of you have received material gifts.
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  • You unwrapped it.
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  • You discovered it.
  • 00:18:23.130 --> 00:18:24.120
  • But then, you've got to develop, right?
  • 00:18:24.150 --> 00:18:27.030
  • I just -- I don't -- I'd love to ask you personally,
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:31.050
  • "Do you know what your gifts are?"
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  • Do you know?
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  • 'Cause we can help you.
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  • We can help you.
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  • Do you know what your spiritual gifts are,
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  • and are you developing them for the kingdom?
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:42.040
  • And here's number three: do something.
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  • Just do something.
  • 00:18:47.090 --> 00:18:50.030
  • Now, when I say do something, you might not start
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:53.120
  • off doing what you think you're called to do.
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:19:00.100
  • You might not start at the top.
  • 00:19:00.130 --> 00:19:02.260
  • In other words, if you think you're called to preach
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:05.290
  • and I said "draw near to God, develop your gift, grow in it,
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:10.170
  • and then do something," don't send me an email this week
  • 00:19:10.200 --> 00:19:14.030
  • and say, "Pastor Robert, I had a quiet time;
  • 00:19:14.060 --> 00:19:16.210
  • I read a chapter in the Bible; I'm ready to preach at Gateway".
  • 00:19:16.240 --> 00:19:22.010
  • You might not quite be ready yet for that.
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  • Do you know where Elisha started?
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  • Elisha, the successor of Elijah.
  • 00:19:31.030 --> 00:19:34.270
  • I actually asked some of the pastors around here this week,
  • 00:19:35.000 --> 00:19:37.150
  • and none of 'em remembered this verse.
  • 00:19:37.180 --> 00:19:40.240
  • It's a pretty obscure verse.
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:42.210
  • 2 Kings 3:11, "Jehoshaphat said, Is there no prophet
  • 00:19:42.240 --> 00:19:47.180
  • of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?
  • 00:19:47.210 --> 00:19:51.200
  • So one of the servants of the king of Israel answered
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:53.210
  • and said, Elisha the son of Shaphat is here," watch,
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:57.250
  • "who poured water on the hands of Elijah."
  • 00:19:57.280 --> 00:20:06.100
  • When Elijah said, "Hey, I'd like to wash my hands,"
  • 00:20:06.130 --> 00:20:12.010
  • Elisha would bring the water and pour it on his hands.
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:15.060
  • Remember, Elisha had twice the anointing of Elijah.
  • 00:20:15.090 --> 00:20:22.010
  • But he didn't start there.
  • 00:20:22.040 --> 00:20:24.200
  • He started as the water boy.
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  • Do you know where Paul started?
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:33.220
  • Who wrote a third of the New Testament, according to books?
  • 00:20:33.250 --> 00:20:38.290
  • Acts 11:27, "And in these days prophets came
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:42.200
  • from Jerusalem to Antioch.
  • 00:20:42.230 --> 00:20:44.200
  • Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:47.170
  • by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:49.290
  • throughout all the world, which also happened in the days
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:53.020
  • of Claudius Caesar.
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:54.280
  • Then the disciples, each according to his ability,
  • 00:20:55.010 --> 00:20:58.050
  • determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:21:01.290
  • This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:06.160
  • hands of Barnabas and Saul," which we know is Paul.
  • 00:21:06.190 --> 00:21:12.230
  • So Paul and Barnabas, great apostles, their first ministry
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:18.260
  • assignment was to carry a bag that said,
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:22.190
  • "First National Bank of Jerusalem", with money in it,
  • 00:21:22.220 --> 00:21:28.020
  • from one city to the other.
  • 00:21:28.050 --> 00:21:30.210
  • They just carried the offering.
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  • That's all they did.
  • 00:21:32.270 --> 00:21:35.090
  • By the way, it shows they trusted them obviously.
  • 00:21:35.120 --> 00:21:38.240
  • I'd like to make a comment here.
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:41.010
  • If you can't handle God's money, you definitely
  • 00:21:41.040 --> 00:21:44.080
  • can't handle God's ministry.
  • 00:21:44.110 --> 00:21:49.130
  • That was their first assignment.
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:51.210
  • Do you know the first place I ever preached?
  • 00:21:51.240 --> 00:21:55.130
  • First place I ever preached was the Highway 80 Rescue Mission.
  • 00:21:55.160 --> 00:22:00.250
  • It was a place for homeless people in Longview, Texas;
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:04.120
  • the Highway 80 Rescue Mission.
  • 00:22:04.150 --> 00:22:07.000
  • I actually have a picture of what it looked
  • 00:22:07.030 --> 00:22:08.130
  • like when I preached there.
  • 00:22:08.160 --> 00:22:11.250
  • That was the building.
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:13.070
  • Highway 80 Rescue Mission.
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:14.140
  • Here's a picture of what it looks like now.
  • 00:22:14.170 --> 00:22:16.130
  • They have a new building and it's grown.
  • 00:22:16.160 --> 00:22:19.010
  • And then, here's the inside with a lot of people
  • 00:22:19.040 --> 00:22:22.070
  • there worshipping.
  • 00:22:22.100 --> 00:22:23.110
  • And what they do is churches all around east Texas,
  • 00:22:23.140 --> 00:22:26.060
  • they take a night, because -- They've been doing
  • 00:22:26.090 --> 00:22:28.060
  • this for over 50 years.
  • 00:22:28.090 --> 00:22:29.190
  • Every night at seven o'clock, they have a gospel message.
  • 00:22:29.220 --> 00:22:35.050
  • They have someone present the gospel, because they feel
  • 00:22:35.080 --> 00:22:37.250
  • like, "We can give food and a bed to these homeless
  • 00:22:37.280 --> 00:22:40.130
  • men and women."
  • 00:22:40.160 --> 00:22:41.180
  • They now have a place for ladies as well.
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:43.160
  • But if we don't share the gospel, we haven't really
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:45.180
  • helped 'em.
  • 00:22:45.210 --> 00:22:47.170
  • "But we do need to meet their physical need as well."
  • 00:22:47.200 --> 00:22:50.220
  • So churches take responsibility and church members come
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:53.260
  • so that the guys, or the gals, that are there don't just feel
  • 00:22:53.290 --> 00:22:56.290
  • like it's just them.
  • 00:22:57.020 --> 00:22:58.070
  • When I preached, there were four people there; four other
  • 00:22:58.100 --> 00:23:02.040
  • than my family and Debbie, as my girlfriend,
  • 00:23:02.070 --> 00:23:05.280
  • came and then a friend of the family, my parents.
  • 00:23:06.010 --> 00:23:09.160
  • Other than that, there were four guys there,
  • 00:23:09.190 --> 00:23:12.190
  • first time I ever preached.
  • 00:23:12.220 --> 00:23:14.090
  • You know where I preached after that?
  • 00:23:14.120 --> 00:23:16.200
  • A nursing home.
  • 00:23:16.230 --> 00:23:18.150
  • So I didn't start preaching here.
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:24.030
  • I developed my gift.
  • 00:23:24.060 --> 00:23:27.010
  • And you ought to be glad.
  • 00:23:27.040 --> 00:23:33.050
  • So do something.
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:35.140
  • Draw near to God, discover and develop your gifts,
  • 00:23:35.170 --> 00:23:40.150
  • and do something.
  • 00:23:40.180 --> 00:23:42.040
  • Start somewhere.
  • 00:23:42.070 --> 00:23:44.070
  • Now, I want to hit one more thing on draw near to God.
  • 00:23:44.100 --> 00:23:49.060
  • I want you to know that if you draw near to Him,
  • 00:23:49.090 --> 00:23:52.100
  • He will draw near to you.
  • 00:23:52.130 --> 00:23:55.230
  • James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near
  • 00:23:55.260 --> 00:24:02.010
  • to you."
  • 00:24:02.040 --> 00:24:03.070
  • Can I give you my definition of "draw near"?
  • 00:24:03.100 --> 00:24:06.120
  • Now, this isn't from a Lexicon or anything like that.
  • 00:24:06.150 --> 00:24:09.050
  • It's not from the Greek.
  • 00:24:09.080 --> 00:24:10.160
  • My definition is run and hug.
  • 00:24:10.190 --> 00:24:13.190
  • Now, I'd like to invite every one of you,
  • 00:24:13.220 --> 00:24:15.170
  • if you need to, to run to God.
  • 00:24:15.200 --> 00:24:18.020
  • I want to encourage you to discover your calling.
  • 00:24:18.260 --> 00:24:23.010
  • What has God called you to do specifically?
  • 00:24:23.040 --> 00:24:26.250
  • And here's the great thing, whatever He's called
  • 00:24:26.280 --> 00:24:28.250
  • you to do, He's also gifted you to do.
  • 00:24:28.280 --> 00:24:32.160
  • But none of us start at the top.
  • 00:24:32.190 --> 00:24:35.020
  • None of us start at the end.
  • 00:24:35.050 --> 00:24:37.190
  • We always start at the beginning, so start somewhere.
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  • Do something.
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  • Get involved in a good local church.
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  • Volunteer.
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  • Serve.
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  • Start doing something, and just watch what happens.
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  • You'll begin to grow.
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  • You'll begin to minister to other people.
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  • And maybe you think you know what your gifting is or your
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  • calling is and maybe you don't; but I promise you,
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  • by serving, God will cause your gifting to grow and it will
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  • come to light and you'll begin to minister
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  • in the calling, the specific calling that God
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  • has on your life.
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  • I'm going to continue this series next time.
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  • Hope I'll see you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Each one of us has found ourselves
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  • asking question such as:
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  • "What am I supposed to do with my life?"
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  • or, "What is my purpose on earth?"
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  • and, "Why am I even here?"
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  • It's time to find the answers to these questions.
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  • In this teaching series, Pastor Robert answers
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  • these common yet difficult questions,
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  • and will help you discover practical truths from God's Word
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  • about your unique calling.
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  • Your calling involves much more than the job
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  • or career you choose, and it doesn't have to wait
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  • until you finish with school.
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  • And it definitely doesn't end with retirement.
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  • ROBERT: This is your number one thing.
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  • It's your priority and this is our priority as disciples;
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  • to be with Him, because the power to do
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  • comes from the power to be.
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  • "I want you to be with Me,"
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  • and the disciples needed to learn to be with Him.
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  • ANNOUNCER: So at whatever stage you're in right now
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  • this is the time to explore the eternal value
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  • of your unique calling.
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  • For your gift of any amount today,
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  • we would like to send you the "Why Am I Here?" series on CD.
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  • And for gift of $35 or more,
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  • we'll send you this three-part teaching series
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  • on both CD and DVD.
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  • As you study along with Pastor Robert in this series,
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  • you begin to discover more than just what you're supposed to do
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  • with your life, in fact, you'll discover
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  • that your true calling is more than just what you do
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  • it's about who you are and who you were called to be.
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  • Visit us online at PastorRobert.com
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  • or give us a call today.
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  • And as always, thank you for the support of our ministry.
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  • ROBERT: Are you ready to get out of debt?
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  • Do you want to eliminate all financial stress from your life?
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  • As a pastor, when I see people living
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  • under financial stress, it breaks my heart.
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  • There are many resources to help us get our finances in order,
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  • but most people don't know the secrets
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  • about how to operate their finances
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  • according to biblical principles,
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  • and I reveal these principles in my new book "Beyond Blessed".
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  • Purchase your copy today wherever books are sold.
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