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July 29, 2020
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Dr. Derwin Gray delivers timely messages with theological conviction on how Jesus can transform lives.

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The Good Life | Happy Are the Peacemakers

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  • female announcer: Today on"The Transformed Life"
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  • with Dr. Derwin L. Gray.
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  • Derwin Gray: That happinessis more about who Jesus is
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  • making you to be than the goodcircumstances that take place.
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  • Happiness is not about goodthings perpetually happening,
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  • it's about a good God making yougood for the world.
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  • ♪ Feel it in the air,yeah, yeah, yeah. ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna be agood day. ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna be a goodday, yeah. ♪♪
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  • Derwin: This week, we'regoing to look at an attribute
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  • and a characteristic of afollower of Jesus of immense
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  • importance, immense importance.
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  • And it's going to take uswalking in the Spirit, it's
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  • going to take us wholly reliantupon Jesus because noise is
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  • coming everywhere to divide, tocreate distraction, to create
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  • disunity.
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  • We're going to talk about happyare the peacemakers.
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  • But before we do, I want tosee if any of you guys
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  • remember this.
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  • This right here is a scene from1992, I was a senior in college.
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  • And on video camera, RodneyKing, a black man, was beaten by
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  • LA police officers.
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  • And for many of us in the blackcommunity, we were like,
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  • "Finally, people are going toactually start to believe that
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  • this--that this happens," right?
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  • 'Cause back then, they didn'thave cell phones.
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  • Someone had to video this, andso we have this type of
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  • historical animosity that isbrewing.
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  • And then we have things likethis, we have people protesting
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  • for systemic injustice, and manyof the protests wrongly have
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  • turned violent.
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  • It's sad that organizations willhijack peaceful protests.
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  • But then we also had this kindof protest, like we had
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  • primarily white people likearmed militia going to
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  • government buildings inMichigan, saying their rights
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  • were being taken because ofCorona, and businesses shutting
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  • down, and wearing a mask, andall those types of things.
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  • So, we see animosity, we seedivision everywhere, and it's
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  • about to heat up between theelephant and the donkey.
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  • Oh my gosh, it is about to getcrazy.
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  • So, let me make a point.
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  • I'm going to dive in right herereally, really fast, okay?
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  • Understand this, the church ofJesus Christ predates
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  • the United States of America.
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  • The church of Jesus Christpredates Republicans and
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  • Democrats.
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  • The church of Jesus Christ hasoutlasted the Roman Empire.
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  • It has outlasted the Crusades.
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  • It has outlasted Charlemagne inthe 700, 600s.
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  • The church of Jesus Christ willnever ever fade away because the
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  • tomb is empty.
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  • So, here's what I'm saying, putyour allegiance in the king.
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  • Understand this, yes, I vote, Ivote, I vote, I vote, and you
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  • know why?
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  • Because a lot of my people gotbit by dogs, they got lynched on
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  • trees for Derwin Gray to vote,so I'm going to exercise
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  • my vote.
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  • But I understand this, my voteis limited.
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  • My greatest allegiance is not toan elephant, it's not to a
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  • donkey, it's to the Lamb.
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  • We need a people who aredependent upon the Lamb to bring
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  • heaven to earth, not anelephant, not a donkey.
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  • They have their places, but it'sof secondary importance.
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  • What's of primary importance isGod's kingdom.
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  • Beloved followers of Jesus andthose of you who are yet to
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  • follow Christ, Jesus has left uson planet earth to be his
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  • advocates for his kingdom.
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  • His kingdom simply means hisrule and reign.
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  • And he calls us to be agents ofmaking peace.
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  • Jesus says peacemakers will beblessed or happy.
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  • As we've learned, the word"blessed" in Greek is makarios,
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  • and it means happy, a state ofwell-being.
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  • But once again, it's not ahappiness based on feelings,
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  • it's a happiness that hasredemption in mind.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • It means this, that happiness ismore about who Jesus is making
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  • you to be than the goodcircumstances that take place.
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  • Happiness is not about goodthings perpetually happening,
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  • it's about a good God making yougood for the world.
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  • Check this out, Jesus says thisin Matthew chapter 5, verse 9,
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  • "Blessed or happy are thepeacemakers, for they will be
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  • called sons of God."
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  • Jesus is saying this, that if wego into the world as
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  • peacemakers, we'll havehappiness, but more importantly
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  • people would go, "Oh, you belongto God."
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  • So, here's my question for you.
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  • If I were to look at yourFacebook thread, which I do,
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  • would the world say you're apeacemaker or a political
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  • advocate?
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  • What overflows out of your heartwill come out of your mouth.
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  • Whatever we worship, we motivateothers to experience.
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  • My children, particularly whenthey were younger,
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  • they looked a lot like me.
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  • As they get older, they look alot like their mother, why?
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  • Because God took DNA from meand DNA from their mom
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  • and created them.
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  • Well, when you and I say yes toJesus, the Holy Spirit gives us
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  • the DNA of Jesus.
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  • And as a result of that DNA ofJesus, we can grow into becoming
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  • peacemakers like Jesus.
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  • And by the way, God says, "Youwant to be happy?
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  • Learn to make peace."
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  • Let's talk to our man, theApostle Paul, one of Jesus's
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  • earliest and most loyal Jewishfollowers.
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  • He said this in a book calledRomans written to multiethnic
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  • house churches in the great cityof Rome.
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  • He says this, "For if, while wewere enemies, were reconciled to
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  • God through the death of hisSon, then how much more, having
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  • been reconciled, will we besaved by his life?"
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  • You and I, and this is hard tohear particularly for western
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  • people, you and I are born atwar with God.
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  • That's why we have to be bornagain into God's family.
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  • And you're going, "Well, Derwin,come on man, you don't know me
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  • like that."
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  • I don't have to know you likethat.
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  • I know you because you and Ihave something in common.
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  • We're both born with this viruscalled sin, that even the good
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  • things we do wants to rob God ofhis glory.
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  • And then here's a simple test,have you ever sinned?
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  • Have you ever hurt anybody?Have you ever lied?
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  • Have you ever done anythinglike that?
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  • Have you ever had bad thoughts?
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  • Okay, you prove my point, butit's deeper than that.
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  • Sin is, "God, I want to build mykingdom instead of yours."
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  • And many of us in today's world,what we do is we want to use
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  • Jesus to build our kingdomsinstead of worshipping him to be
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  • a part of his kingdom.
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  • So, watch this.
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  • We were enemies, but God, who isa hopeless romantic, who loves
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  • his people, is coming to getyou.
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  • Many of you know that my wifeand I got married really young.
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  • We actually got engaged when wewere in college,
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  • got married in college.
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  • I think we were 19, maybe 20.
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  • So, we're walking around themall, we went to a jewelry
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  • store, we saw a ring.
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  • I was like, "You like it?"She was like, "Yeah."
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  • I was like, "Let's get it."
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  • We put it on her credit card'cause I don't think I had one
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  • at the time.
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  • And then I put it on her fingerand we were engaged.
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  • Now, that's not the mostromantic story I've ever heard.
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  • I mean, wouldn't it be betterlike, "And we were in Maui.
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  • And I was dressed like Tarzan,and she like Jane.
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  • And I went, 'Caw caw caw.'
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  • And eagle flew on my arm with adiamond this big.
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  • And she said, 'I love you.'
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  • And then I sang to her in thevoice of Michael Buble."
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  • No, it didn't happen that way,y'all.
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  • We was in college, we werebroke.
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  • I had my little scholarshipcheck, we bought a
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  • little old ring.
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  • Alls we knew is we was in love,and 30 years together,
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  • we still in love.
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  • Well, guess what?
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  • From all eternity, the Father,Son, and the Holy Spirit
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  • is still in love.
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  • And you know what God does?
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  • God woos us, and you know whathe does to woo us?
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  • Man, he does some fine stuff,like live a sinless life that we
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  • could not live, an atoningsacrifice on the cross in our
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  • place to be disgraced, to giveus grace.
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  • He rose from the dead.
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  • So, in other words, God didn'tget a big old diamond and say,
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  • "Family, will you marry me?"
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  • Because we are called the brideof Christ.
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  • God didn't get a big olddiamond.
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  • You know what he did?You know what God did?
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  • God said, "I'm going to show youhow much I love you.
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  • I'm going to give you a cross."
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  • And notice what this cross ismade of.
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  • This cross is made of tools.
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  • You know why?
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  • Because the cross works.
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  • There's only one instrument,there is only one person that
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  • can reconcile you.
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  • Reconcile means a party that wasdivorced, a party that was at
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  • war, a party that had enmity hasbeen brought back together, how?
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  • By the blood of Jesus.
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  • God said, "I'm going to work."
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  • And the way he works is throughthe bloody cross.
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  • It is the blood that draws usnear, forever family,
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  • forever friends.
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  • It's the cross.
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  • Love learns.
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  • You see, because we're not goingto be peacemakers unless we
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  • understand the depth that Godwent to make peace with us.
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  • And here's something beautiful,Paul writes this word here
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  • "saved" in the Greek language.
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  • You don't need to get into thespecifics of it, but the way
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  • this is written, it's not aone-time act.
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  • It's perpetual, and it'scontinual, and it's unending.
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  • So, understand this, savingisn't just bringing you into the
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  • family, saving is carrying youalong into the family, and we
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  • learn every day how much heloves us.
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  • You can tell how much a personhas been soaked by the love of
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  • Jesus by the way they hunger tomake peace.
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  • Check this out, familyresemblance.
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  • The Apostle Paul to the churchin Rome that was going through
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  • ethnic conflict says this, "Ifpossible, as far as it depends
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  • on you."
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  • Notice you can't control anybodyelse's actions, you can only
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  • control yours.
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  • "Live at peace with everyone."
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  • Peace enters conflict with thehopes of reconciliation, with
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  • the hopes of bringing peoplenear.
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  • So, let me say it this way.
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  • Christians, don't be jerksplease.
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  • Because one of the definingcharacteristics of following
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  • Jesus is kindness.
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  • You know, the fruit of theSprit, love, joy, peace,
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  • patience, kindness, goodness,gentleness, faithfulness, and
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  • self-control.
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  • Being a jerk is not part of thefruit of the Spirit.
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  • You can be loving, you can tellthe truth and speak it
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  • with grace.
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  • We can do those things.
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  • It's time for us to mature inour engagement in this world.
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  • Just because everybody else isangry doesn't mean
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  • that we have to be.
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  • And once again, I've been sayingit for ten years, I'm going to
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  • say it for 50 more, listen tothis, can't nobody make you not
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  • act like a Christian unless yougive them the power to do it.
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  • Then they become your idol andwe begin to be a five year old.
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  • "Well, she made me do it."
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  • No, no, no, nobody can't makeyou do nothing.
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  • Let the Holy Spirit make uspeacemakers.
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  • The word "lament" means tomourn.
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  • "Love laments how we have failedto love each other as siblings
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  • in Christ."
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  • We are literally brothers andsisters in Christ.
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  • Ooh, let me say this, I don'tknow who this is for, you ready?
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  • Christian, if you are aChristian and you are a
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  • Democrat, you have more incommon with a Republican that's
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  • a Christian than a Democratwho's not a Christian.
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  • Ooh, and vice versa.
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  • Let me give y'all uh, let megive you ah, some of that
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  • right there.
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  • Don't get mad, receive it, I'mblessing you.
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  • Seriously, think about it.
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  • Unless you don't actuallybelieve what Jesus said is true.
  • 00:12:49.094 --> 00:12:53.432
  • So, let's go to Colossianschapter 3, verse 11 through 16,
  • 00:12:53.465 --> 00:12:57.770
  • let me give you the background.
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  • Paul is writing to housechurches in an area called
  • 00:12:59.805 --> 00:13:02.875
  • Colossi, it's the Greco-Romanworld.
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  • The Roman Empire is ruling, theRoman Empire is in charge, and
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  • there are people who are Jewishcoming to faith and there are
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  • people who are Greek.
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  • In this context, when Paul usesGreek, he's talking about anyone
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  • that's not a Jew.
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  • Now, let's do some homeworkhere, okay?
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  • A person's skin color and racewas not involved at all in
  • 00:13:25.297 --> 00:13:30.302
  • Paul's world.
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  • The term "race" is a 16thcentury invention of what's
  • 00:13:31.670 --> 00:13:36.075
  • called the Enlightenment out ofEurope.
  • 00:13:36.108 --> 00:13:38.477
  • It's a philosophical thoughtthat the lighter you are, the
  • 00:13:38.510 --> 00:13:40.880
  • higher you are up the chain ofhuman hierarchy, okay?
  • 00:13:40.913 --> 00:13:45.951
  • There's no such thing as race.
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  • There's a human race comprisedof different ethnicities.
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  • So, a Greek was anyone who hadthe worldview of
  • 00:13:50.155 --> 00:13:54.026
  • Alexander the Great.
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  • So, when these people came tofaith in Paul's church, in the
  • 00:13:56.829 --> 00:14:01.734
  • ancient world, free Gentiles orGreeks had the systemic
  • 00:14:01.767 --> 00:14:08.240
  • resources of a culture createdfor Greeks, okay?
  • 00:14:08.274 --> 00:14:13.279
  • You had people who were Jews.
  • 00:14:13.312 --> 00:14:15.814
  • Well, the Jewish people livedunder the yoke of Rome.
  • 00:14:15.848 --> 00:14:20.953
  • Jewish people experiencedsystemic ethnocentrism because
  • 00:14:20.986 --> 00:14:26.725
  • the Romans were in charge.
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  • That's why the Jewish people hadto get Rome to kill Jesus, okay?
  • 00:14:30.262 --> 00:14:35.901
  • So he says, "There's not Greekand Jew."
  • 00:14:35.935 --> 00:14:38.704
  • What he's saying is Gentiles arenot better than Jews, and Jews
  • 00:14:38.737 --> 00:14:42.541
  • are not better than Gentilesbecause at the foot of the
  • 00:14:42.574 --> 00:14:45.511
  • cross, we're all equal in needof God's grace.
  • 00:14:45.544 --> 00:14:51.383
  • One of the most heinous sins isto think one believer is better
  • 00:14:51.417 --> 00:14:55.154
  • than another believer because oftheir ethnicity, when in reality
  • 00:14:55.187 --> 00:14:59.925
  • the blood of Jesus has made us anew ethnicity comprised of all
  • 00:14:59.959 --> 00:15:05.631
  • the ethnicities, and we'rebrothers and sisters of Christ,
  • 00:15:05.664 --> 00:15:09.234
  • fully in Christ, and that's whatPaul is about to say.
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  • He says the same thing incircumcision and uncircumcision.
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  • This meant Jews, this meantGentiles.
  • 00:15:17.609 --> 00:15:20.813
  • Why would Paul even have tobring this up?
  • 00:15:20.846 --> 00:15:22.648
  • Because what happens when youget different people together
  • 00:15:22.681 --> 00:15:26.885
  • from different backgrounds,different worldviews, different
  • 00:15:26.919 --> 00:15:31.490
  • philosophies, different ages,different experiences, and you
  • 00:15:31.523 --> 00:15:34.860
  • get them together?
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  • Can you imagine a Jewish man inPaul's churches in Colossi
  • 00:15:36.595 --> 00:15:42.234
  • talking to a wealthy Greek man,and the wealthy Greek man goes,
  • 00:15:42.267 --> 00:15:46.171
  • "Well, I have never experiencedsystemic injustice."
  • 00:15:46.205 --> 00:15:51.844
  • And the Jewish man will go,"Well, of course you haven't.
  • 00:15:51.877 --> 00:15:54.413
  • You're a Gentile, the system wasbuilt for you.
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  • If you listen to me and youfollow me, I'll show you all the
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  • ways that the society benefitsyou more than me."
  • 00:16:01.053 --> 00:16:04.990
  • Then he says there's nobarbarian.
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  • So, what Paul is doing here nowis anybody who could not speak
  • 00:16:09.028 --> 00:16:13.399
  • Greek was called ignorant, theywere called a barbarian.
  • 00:16:13.432 --> 00:16:18.003
  • So, this is an ethnic slur.
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  • Paul may have gotten canceledin the first century
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  • because of this.
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  • He used an ethnic slur.
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  • And then he doubles down and hesays Scythian.
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  • Oo-ee, now Scythians, they wastore up from the floor
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  • up, y'all.
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  • And Paul is going, "No, no, wehave a new family."
  • 00:16:35.888 --> 00:16:37.856
  • And then he goes intosocioeconomics.
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  • I don't have a lot of time, butin a few weeks, I'm going to
  • 00:16:40.359 --> 00:16:42.294
  • cover this, 85% of the Romanworld were slaves
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  • or indentured servants.
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  • Some slaves even could buy otherslaves.
  • 00:16:47.599 --> 00:16:50.702
  • Slaves could oftentimes buytheir freedom.
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  • So, this is more of asocioeconomic thing.
  • 00:16:53.572 --> 00:16:56.975
  • This is more of middle class,upper class, this is poor folks.
  • 00:16:57.009 --> 00:16:59.945
  • In other words, Paul is saying,"Listen, in the church of
  • 00:16:59.978 --> 00:17:03.449
  • Jesus Christ, in Rome, it maylook like this,
  • 00:17:03.482 --> 00:17:06.852
  • but in God'sfamily, we're equal.
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  • We're one in Christ.
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  • I don't care if you got a PhD orCEO after your name,
  • 00:17:11.657 --> 00:17:15.594
  • we're one in Christ."
  • 00:17:15.627 --> 00:17:19.198
  • And this is what he says, "ButChrist is all and in all."
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  • You know what?
  • 00:17:26.071 --> 00:17:27.573
  • I'm not going to preach thispoint passionately.
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  • I'm going to say it this way.
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  • If you follow Jesus, Christ isall and in all.
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  • He doesn't obliterate our ethnicdistinctions, he redeems them
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  • to celebrate.
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  • That in the beauty of God'sdiversity of his people,
  • 00:17:43.589 --> 00:17:46.391
  • we see his beautiful face.
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  • Echo chambers of ignoranceproduces ignorant people.
  • 00:17:49.495 --> 00:17:53.398
  • There's a reason why God toldAbraham, "Through you, I'm going
  • 00:17:53.432 --> 00:17:56.602
  • to give you a family with allthe families of the earth."
  • 00:17:56.635 --> 00:17:59.238
  • And Jesus comes and he bleeds onus and he raises again, why?
  • 00:17:59.271 --> 00:18:02.674
  • To make a new family that'scomprised of all the families to
  • 00:18:02.708 --> 00:18:06.111
  • teach those who are outside ofthe family, "This is what love
  • 00:18:06.145 --> 00:18:09.915
  • looks like."
  • 00:18:09.948 --> 00:18:11.350
  • Oh my goodness, didn't Jesus saythis to his disciples?
  • 00:18:11.383 --> 00:18:14.887
  • "And the world will know thatyou're my disciples by the way
  • 00:18:14.920 --> 00:18:18.023
  • you argue with each other onFacebook about politics."
  • 00:18:18.056 --> 00:18:21.994
  • No, by the way you love eachother.
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  • Love doesn't mean letting singo.
  • 00:18:27.666 --> 00:18:29.968
  • Love means we're journeyingtowards Jesus's heart together
  • 00:18:30.002 --> 00:18:34.339
  • for the glory of his name in abroken world.
  • 00:18:34.373 --> 00:18:39.978
  • He goes on, he says, "Therefore,as God's chosen ones," that's
  • 00:18:40.012 --> 00:18:43.749
  • your identity, not Republican,not Democrat.
  • 00:18:43.782 --> 00:18:46.818
  • No, as God's chosen one, "Holyand dearly loved."
  • 00:18:46.852 --> 00:18:49.655
  • Holy, he set us apart for hispurposes.
  • 00:18:49.688 --> 00:18:52.124
  • We're dearly loved.
  • 00:18:52.157 --> 00:18:53.625
  • So now, "Put on compassion,kindness, humility, gentleness,
  • 00:18:53.659 --> 00:18:58.096
  • and patience, bearing with oneanother and forgiving one
  • 00:18:58.130 --> 00:19:01.166
  • another if anyone has agrievance against another."
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  • Friends, when we're guided bythe gospel, we can have
  • 00:19:06.672 --> 00:19:08.674
  • conversations.
  • 00:19:08.707 --> 00:19:10.742
  • How just as the Lord hasforgiven you,
  • 00:19:10.776 --> 00:19:15.747
  • so you're also to forgive.
  • 00:19:15.781 --> 00:19:17.849
  • And verse 14, "Above all, put onlove, which is the perfect bond
  • 00:19:17.883 --> 00:19:22.221
  • of unity."
  • 00:19:22.254 --> 00:19:23.555
  • Unity in God's community calledthe church, unity around all the
  • 00:19:23.589 --> 00:19:28.427
  • beauty and diversity that he'sgiven to us.
  • 00:19:28.460 --> 00:19:30.829
  • And he says, "Let the peace ofChrist."
  • 00:19:30.862 --> 00:19:32.431
  • Peace of Christ is we're movinginto the world, pushing back the
  • 00:19:32.464 --> 00:19:36.201
  • darkness.
  • 00:19:36.235 --> 00:19:37.536
  • Because we're moving intoconflict, we're pushing back the
  • 00:19:37.569 --> 00:19:39.805
  • darkness with the light of love.
  • 00:19:39.838 --> 00:19:42.374
  • We're pushing back the darknesswith the light of grace.
  • 00:19:42.407 --> 00:19:45.043
  • We're pushing back the darknesswith the light of kindness.
  • 00:19:45.077 --> 00:19:46.845
  • In other words, we're beingChristians.
  • 00:19:46.878 --> 00:19:48.447
  • "To which you were also calledin one body."
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  • There we are, friends, we're onebody.
  • 00:19:53.151 --> 00:19:55.120
  • Notice this body is called thebody of Christ, not the body of
  • 00:19:55.153 --> 00:19:58.123
  • Republicans, not the body ofDemocrats, not the body
  • 00:19:58.156 --> 00:20:01.059
  • of Libertarians.
  • 00:20:01.093 --> 00:20:02.961
  • The Apostle Paul would've had noclue what any of that was
  • 00:20:02.995 --> 00:20:04.796
  • because Rome ruled with an ironfist.
  • 00:20:04.830 --> 00:20:08.100
  • But even though Rome ruled withan iron fist, Paul knew that
  • 00:20:08.133 --> 00:20:10.769
  • Jesus was Lord.
  • 00:20:10.802 --> 00:20:13.138
  • It's not who's sitting on theRoman superior court.
  • 00:20:13.171 --> 00:20:16.475
  • It's about Jesus seated at theright hand of his Father, ruling
  • 00:20:16.508 --> 00:20:21.013
  • and reigning, and he's callinghis people to be peacemakers.
  • 00:20:21.046 --> 00:20:24.716
  • He is calling you, he's saying,"Where are you?"
  • 00:20:24.750 --> 00:20:27.819
  • He's shouting your name.
  • 00:20:27.853 --> 00:20:29.221
  • He wants to give you grace, hewants you.
  • 00:20:29.254 --> 00:20:33.392
  • "And be thankful," I like that.
  • 00:20:33.425 --> 00:20:37.195
  • "Love labors to consider theirsiblings in Christ better than
  • 00:20:37.229 --> 00:20:43.268
  • themselves."
  • 00:20:43.302 --> 00:20:44.903
  • Love labors to consider theirsiblings in Christ better than
  • 00:20:44.936 --> 00:20:50.475
  • themselves?
  • 00:20:50.509 --> 00:20:52.210
  • Well, let's take a look.
  • 00:20:52.244 --> 00:20:53.979
  • Philippians chapter 2, verses 3through 8, the Apostle Paul
  • 00:20:54.012 --> 00:20:58.517
  • wrote this while he was inprison.
  • 00:20:58.550 --> 00:21:01.753
  • "Do nothing out of selfishambition or conceit,
  • 00:21:01.787 --> 00:21:08.126
  • but in humility
  • 00:21:09.928 --> 00:21:12.964
  • consider others as moreimportant than yourselves."
  • 00:21:12.998 --> 00:21:18.036
  • Wow, this goes againsteverything in us.
  • 00:21:18.070 --> 00:21:23.875
  • Verse 4, "Everyone should looknot to his own interests, but
  • 00:21:23.909 --> 00:21:28.747
  • rather to the interests ofothers."
  • 00:21:28.780 --> 00:21:30.816
  • It's pretty simple.
  • 00:21:30.849 --> 00:21:32.317
  • Are you and I our brother'skeeper?
  • 00:21:32.351 --> 00:21:35.387
  • Yes, yes, yes, 1.000 times yes.
  • 00:21:35.420 --> 00:21:40.459
  • Everyone shouldn't look not tohis own interest, but rather to
  • 00:21:40.492 --> 00:21:44.463
  • the interest of others, why?
  • 00:21:44.496 --> 00:21:45.831
  • Adopt the same attitude that ofChrist Jesus.
  • 00:21:45.864 --> 00:21:49.267
  • In other words, a part ofgrowing as a disciple is to
  • 00:21:49.301 --> 00:21:51.937
  • begin to have a Christianimagination after Jesus.
  • 00:21:51.970 --> 00:21:55.240
  • And look what Paul says what itis, "You consider others better
  • 00:21:55.273 --> 00:21:58.777
  • than yourselves, and you lookout for the interests of
  • 00:21:58.810 --> 00:22:00.579
  • others."
  • 00:22:00.612 --> 00:22:02.147
  • And where do we get this from?
  • 00:22:02.180 --> 00:22:03.648
  • I'm glad you asked, Paul tellsus.
  • 00:22:03.682 --> 00:22:05.250
  • "Who, existing in the form ofGod, did not consider equality
  • 00:22:05.283 --> 00:22:07.386
  • with God as something to beexploited."
  • 00:22:07.419 --> 00:22:10.222
  • Listen to this, "Instead Jesus,he emptied himself by assuming
  • 00:22:10.255 --> 00:22:14.326
  • the form of a servant, taking onthe likeness of humanity."
  • 00:22:14.359 --> 00:22:19.464
  • Theologically, that's called theincarnation.
  • 00:22:19.498 --> 00:22:21.666
  • There was a song that said,"What if God was one of us?"
  • 00:22:21.700 --> 00:22:24.436
  • Well, he was.
  • 00:22:24.469 --> 00:22:26.705
  • "And when he had come as a man,"what did he do?
  • 00:22:26.738 --> 00:22:30.842
  • "He humbled himself bybecoming," what?
  • 00:22:30.876 --> 00:22:33.512
  • "Obedient to the point of death,even to death on a cross."
  • 00:22:33.545 --> 00:22:39.818
  • How does humility affect ourChristian imagination that we go
  • 00:22:39.851 --> 00:22:44.489
  • in the world and say, "I'm goingto consider others better than
  • 00:22:44.523 --> 00:22:48.026
  • me, and I'm going to look outfor the interest of others"?
  • 00:22:48.059 --> 00:22:52.697
  • That goes against everythingthat we're virtually taught in
  • 00:22:52.731 --> 00:22:56.334
  • our society.
  • 00:22:56.368 --> 00:22:58.870
  • But Jesus is saying,"Peacemaking will bring you
  • 00:22:58.904 --> 00:23:01.473
  • happiness, and also it's areflection that you are
  • 00:23:01.506 --> 00:23:06.711
  • in my family."
  • 00:23:06.745 --> 00:23:11.216
  • Love leverages our lives asambassadors of reconciliation.
  • 00:23:11.249 --> 00:23:18.457
  • Check this out, 2 Corinthians5:18, "Everything is from God,
  • 00:23:18.490 --> 00:23:24.229
  • who has reconciled us to himselfthrough Christ."
  • 00:23:24.262 --> 00:23:28.733
  • The God of great love and mercysays, "I want my people, I want
  • 00:23:28.767 --> 00:23:31.536
  • to marry them, and I'm notgiving them a ring.
  • 00:23:31.570 --> 00:23:35.907
  • I'm giving them the cross."
  • 00:23:35.941 --> 00:23:38.677
  • Because the cross works, theblood works, the blood forgives,
  • 00:23:38.710 --> 00:23:43.114
  • the blood purifies, the bloodknocks down walls.
  • 00:23:43.148 --> 00:23:48.119
  • The blood builds up, the bloodturns enemies into family, foes
  • 00:23:48.153 --> 00:23:52.357
  • into friends through Christ.
  • 00:23:52.390 --> 00:23:55.427
  • And as a result, what didJesus do?
  • 00:23:55.460 --> 00:23:57.762
  • Has given us the ministry ofreconciliation.
  • 00:23:57.796 --> 00:24:01.666
  • In context, he's talking aboutPaul and his team.
  • 00:24:01.700 --> 00:24:04.302
  • But in application, it's talkingto all of us as well, is you
  • 00:24:04.336 --> 00:24:06.805
  • have a ministry ofreconciliation.
  • 00:24:06.838 --> 00:24:11.676
  • Vertical peace with God andhorizontal peace between people
  • 00:24:11.710 --> 00:24:15.914
  • of different ethnicities,socioeconomic classes,
  • 00:24:15.947 --> 00:24:19.050
  • male and female.
  • 00:24:19.084 --> 00:24:20.986
  • We are called that out of theoverflow of his grace to us, we
  • 00:24:21.019 --> 00:24:24.890
  • go into the world with thatgrace.
  • 00:24:24.923 --> 00:24:27.526
  • And I got some really good newsfor you, Jesus is not looking
  • 00:24:27.559 --> 00:24:30.762
  • for people who are good enoughbecause he is our good enough.
  • 00:24:30.795 --> 00:24:34.533
  • Jesus is not looking for peoplewho have power, he's got plenty
  • 00:24:34.566 --> 00:24:39.004
  • of it and he wants to share itwith you.
  • 00:24:39.037 --> 00:24:40.705
  • Jesus is simply looking forpeople who want to break down
  • 00:24:40.739 --> 00:24:44.042
  • the walls because he broke downthe greatest wall called sin,
  • 00:24:44.075 --> 00:24:48.647
  • called death, called evil.
  • 00:24:48.680 --> 00:24:51.283
  • And when that wall gets knockeddown, he brings you to himself
  • 00:24:51.316 --> 00:24:54.653
  • and he says, "Go now, knock downwalls with me."
  • 00:24:54.686 --> 00:25:04.062
  • I was watching a movie called"The Black Panther."
  • 00:25:07.532 --> 00:25:10.302
  • The main character, T'Challa.
  • 00:25:10.335 --> 00:25:15.040
  • At the end of the movie, hebroke this down.
  • 00:25:15.073 --> 00:25:17.042
  • I was like, "Ooh, I can't waitto preach this."
  • 00:25:17.075 --> 00:25:18.910
  • I've been sitting on it for acouple years, y'all.
  • 00:25:18.944 --> 00:25:21.179
  • He said this, "In times ofcrisis," I would say we're in
  • 00:25:21.212 --> 00:25:25.584
  • crisis, "the wise build bridgeswhile the foolish
  • 00:25:25.617 --> 00:25:32.057
  • build barriers.
  • 00:25:32.090 --> 00:25:34.059
  • We must find a way to lookafter one another as if we are
  • 00:25:34.092 --> 00:25:40.432
  • a single tribe."
  • 00:25:40.465 --> 00:25:43.401
  • So, first and foremost tofollowers of Jesus, we are a
  • 00:25:43.435 --> 00:25:47.606
  • single tribe in Christ made upof all the tribes of the world
  • 00:25:47.639 --> 00:25:53.912
  • to make a new tribe where welove each other, care for each
  • 00:25:53.945 --> 00:25:57.048
  • other, consider the otherbetter.
  • 00:25:57.082 --> 00:25:59.417
  • That we make peace withourselves so that we can show
  • 00:25:59.451 --> 00:26:01.319
  • the tribes of the world this iswhat harmony and love and
  • 00:26:01.353 --> 00:26:04.789
  • peacemaking looks like.
  • 00:26:04.823 --> 00:26:06.324
  • And then as they see us, we gointo the world and share the
  • 00:26:06.358 --> 00:26:09.394
  • peacemaking grace of our LordJesus Christ.
  • 00:26:09.427 --> 00:26:15.133
  • Derwin: If you're ready toreceive Jesus as your God and
  • 00:26:16.534 --> 00:26:18.403
  • Savior and King, pray this tohim.
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