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Rhythm | Hope

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November 18, 2020
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Dr. Derwin Gray delivers timely messages with theological conviction on how Jesus can transform lives.

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Rhythm | Hope

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  • with Dr. Derwin L. Gray.
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  • Derwin L. Gray: I live for theone who lives in me,
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  • so whatever myhands touch, Father,
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  • may the Holy Spirit empower me,that I would bear witness to
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  • the one who called me outof darkness and into
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  • his marvelous light.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ 'Cause I can feel it inthe air, yeah, yeah. ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna be a good day. ♪
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  • ♪ It's gonna be agood day, yeah. ♪♪
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  • Derwin: The goodness of Godis not on trial because of
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  • a pandemic, because theeconomy is not doing well
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  • because of the pandemic.
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  • The goodness ofGod is not on trial.
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  • As a matter of fact, God's namehas been cleared in the eternal
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  • courtroom, and here's why.
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  • God's goodness is displayedon a cross and an empty tomb.
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  • That on the crossand on the empty tomb,
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  • God's goodness is foreverechoing throughout eternity
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  • because through thecross and the tomb,
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  • sin and death has been defeated.
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  • And new creation is on its way.
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  • That what happened to Jesus isgoing to happen to all of his
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  • followers and evencreation itself.
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  • But until thattime, we have hope.
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  • And we're going to learnhow to dance to the
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  • rhythm of God's hope.
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  • Check this out, hopetransforms our past.
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  • What do I mean by that?
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  • How many of us wish theycould change something
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  • about their past?
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  • Like I know I do, there isa whole litany of things,
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  • a plethora of things that I wishI could go back and do over.
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  • But the realityis that we can't.
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  • When I retired from theNFL, for the first few years,
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  • I would have dreams aboutcertain things I didn't do
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  • or certain thingsthat I could've done.
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  • And I was living with regret.
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  • Regret will steal your hope.
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  • Some of us are haunted bydecisions that we made.
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  • We all wish wecould have a do over.
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  • By the way, don't everplay golf with NFL players,
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  • particularly the onesthat aren't really good,
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  • because they do things calledmulligans over and over
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  • and over.
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  • Like seriously, likewe'd be out playing like,
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  • "What'd you score in that?"
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  • "Oh man, I got a par."
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  • Bro, you hit the ballseven times into the water,
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  • that is not a par.
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  • He's like, "Well,I got a mulligan."
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  • No, that's like six mulligans.
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  • Well, God has given usan eternal mulligan.
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  • God transforms our past.
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  • So, we learn to dance tothe rhythm of God's grace
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  • by recognizing that herewrites our past,
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  • that God rewrites our past.
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  • What do I mean?
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  • Check this out, "Butyou are a chosen race,
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  • a royalpriesthood, a holy nation,
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  • a people for hisown possession."
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  • Why?
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  • "So that you may proclaim thepraises of the one who called
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  • you out of darkness andinto the marvelous light."
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  • Let me give you an illustration,we're going to walk
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  • through this.
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  • I've shared this before, Idon't quite understand the
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  • royal family in England.
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  • I'm not saying it'sbad, not saying it's good,
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  • I just don't--I'm notquite sure what they do,
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  • but they got a lot of perksand they got a lot of pressures.
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  • But people just seem to treatthem incredible because
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  • they are royalty.
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  • As a result ofwho they were born,
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  • the family they wereborn into, the DNA,
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  • the blood that is in them, theyhave a new status that gives
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  • them perks and thatgives them privileges.
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  • They are the royal family.
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  • Well, guess what?
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  • If you follow Jesus, guess what?
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  • Hey fellas, if you follow Jesus,you are a royal member of God's
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  • family, a royal priest.
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  • You are a royal priest,like you are royalty.
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  • You're going,"But pastor, no, no, no."
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  • And I'm tellingyou, "Yes, yes, yes."
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  • You're going, "No, no, no."
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  • And I'm saying, "Yes, yes, yes."
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  • And here's whyit's a yes, yes, yes,
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  • because Jesus isgreater than you.
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  • Jesus is the King of kings,and he's given you a divine
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  • DNA blood transfusion.
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  • That on the cross, when he bledon you and when he rose again
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  • from the dead, hesaid, "You're royalty."
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  • That's what the Scripture says.
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  • But then, hey ladies,oh, you're royalty too.
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  • You are a queen, why?
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  • Because you're associated,because you're attached,
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  • because you are unitedto the King of kings.
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  • You are royalty because ofthe one who bled on the cross,
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  • the one who died, andthe one who rose again.
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  • We, as the Scripturesays, are a royal priesthood,
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  • a chosen race, a holy nation.
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  • So, watch this.
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  • "The one who called you,you have a new royal family."
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  • Followers of Jesus,the Bible's very clear,
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  • it says this, "Butyou are a chosen race."
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  • Peter is quoting,because he's a Jewish man,
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  • he's quoting Exoduschapter 19:5 and 6.
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  • That was the designationof the nation of Israel.
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  • The Old Testamenthas a trajectory.
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  • Jesus fulfills thestory of Israel,
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  • and out of Jesus comes a newpeople of God comprised of every
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  • ethnic group, it's amulti ethnic family,
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  • but it's a family ofroyalty, a family of royalty.
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  • Now, don't get this twisted,the royalty that we have
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  • reflects our king.
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  • And how did our king roll?
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  • How did our king do his thing?
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  • He put a towel aroundhis waist and he served.
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  • So, earthly royalty is served,heavenly royalty that invades us
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  • serves people.
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  • The Son of Man camenot to be served,
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  • but to become a servant.
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  • So, please understand this,if you're a follower of Jesus,
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  • a part of our royalty is notasking people to serve us,
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  • but it's servingpeople in humility.
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  • Let me say this again, the Sonof Man came not to be served,
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  • but to be a servant.
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  • One of the ways that werecognize that we're royalty is
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  • we don't walk around entitled.
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  • We walk around with atowel and we serve.
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  • Also in this family, the Biblesays that we are a chosen race.
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  • That God's new people, everyethnic group is a chosen race.
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  • So, you know what that means?
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  • It means this, racism inJesus's church is like
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  • spitting in his face.
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  • Let that sink in.
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  • And I'm not talking about theracism where you have a hood on
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  • and you're burningcrosses, that's easy.
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  • The racism that I'm concernedabout particularly as American
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  • Christians is indifference tothe injustice and the suffering
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  • of your brothers and sisters.
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  • Let me share something that'sweighing heavy on my heart.
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  • A young African-American man wasshot by a father and a son while
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  • jogging through a neighborhood.
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  • They felt like they had theright to tell him to stop,
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  • they pulled out a shotgun.
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  • I don't know about you, but ifI'm jogging and somebody pulled
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  • out a shotgun on me, I'mtrying to save my life.
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  • But it's interestingthat Twitter blew up,
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  • social media blew up,I got phone calls.
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  • "Hey, PastorDerwin, this is terrible,
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  • this racism that blackpeople are experiencing.
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  • This is just terrible.
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  • We need to dosomething about it."
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  • And I was sitting there going,"What do you think
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  • we've been saying?"
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  • Like you think this is newin the history of America?
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  • Like what do you think we'vebeen talking about for
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  • all these years?
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  • It shouldn't take a video foryou to believe your
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  • brothers and sisters.
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  • It's time for us to actually seethat we are siblings in Christ.
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  • Jesus not only forgives sins,but he creates a family with
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  • different colored skins,and we care for each other.
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  • What hurts meshould hurt you,
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  • what hurts youshould hurt me, why?
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  • Because we arebrothers and sisters.
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  • We got to start viewing thingsfrom the Bible and not politics.
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  • Not our culture, but the Christ.
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  • We are a new family, and racismand injustice is antithetical
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  • to the church.
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  • I expect non-Christians tonot act like Christians.
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  • But when Christiansdon't act like Christians,
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  • that's a problem.
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  • And the Bible says that we area royal priesthood, a family.
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  • So, look at this, not onlydo we have a new family,
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  • but we also have a new identity.
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  • The Bible says that weare a royal priesthood,
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  • a holy nation.
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  • Please understand this, this istalking not about governments in
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  • the world, this is talking aboutChristians form a new nation.
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  • That's what God gave thedesignation to the people of
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  • Israel, and now God gives thatdesignation to the people of
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  • Jesus whocompletes Israel's story.
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  • So, God's holy nation isall throughout the world.
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  • And this is what holy means,we are now set apart for God's
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  • purposes and not our own.
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  • So, precious ones, hear me.
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  • Don't approach Godgoing, "I've got dreams.
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  • God, I want to do this."
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  • Just be quiet in his presenceand say--and say
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  • this deep prayer.
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  • You ready?
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  • This will rock yourworld, this is really deep.
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  • "Father, your will be done."
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  • I remember when Iwas a young Christian,
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  • I didn't--I didn't havea clue about the Bible,
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  • I was very young, and I wasplaying football still and where
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  • was I going to go next?
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  • And I was talkingto this pastor guy,
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  • and I was saying, "Youknow, I just want God's
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  • will to be done."
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  • And he was like, "No, youtell God what you want."
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  • And I'm like, "Idon't know much,
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  • bro, but isn't God all-knowing?
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  • Isn't God all wisdom?
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  • Isn't God all love?
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  • Isn't God all good?
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  • Why would me, who was jackedup, tore up from the floor up,
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  • tell an omniscient,omnipresent, sovereign God
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  • what I want to do?"
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  • He was like--he stoppedmessing with me after that.
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  • I think he was like, "Yeah, I'mgoing to leave this dude alone."
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  • But seriously, why would I wantto do what I want to do when
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  • God knows what I'vebeen created to do?
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  • As a royal priest, we've beenset apart for God's purposes,
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  • but what does a priest do?
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  • A priest first andforemost offers praises to God.
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  • And the greatest praise toGod is a life of obedience,
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  • of following him and lovinghim because he first loved us.
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  • Praises to God is also this,becoming a bridge that people
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  • walk over to come to Jesus.
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  • A priest is not aboutan ordination paper.
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  • You are ordained the minutethat Jesus spilt his blood
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  • all over you.
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  • And now, we have a vocation.
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  • A vocation is aLatin word for calling.
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  • Our calling is this, is to bearwitness in our action and our
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  • speech that Jesus has broughtus out of darkness and into
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  • the marvelous light.
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  • That no matterwhat you do in life,
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  • your calling is to bear witnessto the one who brought you out
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  • of darkness and tohis marvelous light.
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  • Listen, the greatest salesmanis a satisfied customer.
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  • So, watch this, the more youimmerse yourself in the mercy
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  • and the kindnessand goodness of God,
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  • the more you thinkabout how he's rescued you.
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  • The more you thinkabout how he died for you.
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  • The more you think about how hewalked out of that tomb and drug
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  • you out with him.
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  • The more you think abouthim and his redemptive work,
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  • you'll just begin to bearwitness in your actions,
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  • you'll begin to bearwitness in your words.
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  • That's our vocation.
  • 00:12:46.458 --> 00:12:48.594
  • Our vocation is to bear witnessto the one who called us out of
  • 00:12:48.627 --> 00:12:53.766
  • darkness and intothe marvelous light.
  • 00:12:53.799 --> 00:12:57.403
  • Also, hope gives usfocus in the present.
  • 00:12:57.436 --> 00:13:01.173
  • Right in that moment, focus.
  • 00:13:01.207 --> 00:13:05.611
  • Check this out, "For the graceof God has appeared,"
  • 00:13:05.644 --> 00:13:08.180
  • what does it do?
  • 00:13:08.214 --> 00:13:09.515
  • "It bringssalvation for all people."
  • 00:13:09.548 --> 00:13:11.550
  • Salvation is open to everyone,but everyone must choose.
  • 00:13:11.584 --> 00:13:15.487
  • It's kind of like this, it'skind of like having $10 billion
  • 00:13:15.521 --> 00:13:19.225
  • in a bank account andyou never go to the bank.
  • 00:13:19.258 --> 00:13:22.394
  • Well, faith is going to the bankand receiving the unsearchable
  • 00:13:22.428 --> 00:13:25.664
  • riches of Jesus.
  • 00:13:25.698 --> 00:13:28.200
  • But look what grace does,
  • 00:13:28.234 --> 00:13:29.535
  • instructs us to do what?
  • 00:13:29.568 --> 00:13:31.804
  • Deny godlessness,worldly lusts, and to live,
  • 00:13:31.837 --> 00:13:36.609
  • but live how?
  • 00:13:36.642 --> 00:13:38.010
  • In a sensible, righteous, andgodly way in this present age.
  • 00:13:38.043 --> 00:13:43.215
  • And grace, God's grace does it.
  • 00:13:43.249 --> 00:13:45.084
  • Let's continue.
  • 00:13:45.117 --> 00:13:46.652
  • "While we wait forthe blessed hope,
  • 00:13:46.685 --> 00:13:48.354
  • the appearing of the gloryof our great God and Savior."
  • 00:13:48.387 --> 00:13:53.525
  • My, my, my, my.
  • 00:13:53.559 --> 00:13:55.261
  • Oh boy, this ain't apart of the sermon,
  • 00:13:55.294 --> 00:13:57.263
  • but let me talk to thepreachers right now.
  • 00:13:57.296 --> 00:13:59.131
  • I know a few of y'all watching.
  • 00:13:59.164 --> 00:14:00.466
  • Hey, thank you for watching, butwhat I hope you get out of this
  • 00:14:00.499 --> 00:14:03.569
  • is I talk about thegreatness of God.
  • 00:14:03.602 --> 00:14:05.838
  • The people that you minister toare not going to think Jesus is
  • 00:14:05.871 --> 00:14:09.141
  • great if you only talkabout him functionally.
  • 00:14:09.174 --> 00:14:12.878
  • And what I mean by this,"Oh, Jesus will give you peace.
  • 00:14:12.912 --> 00:14:16.115
  • Oh, Jesus will makeyour dreams come true.
  • 00:14:16.148 --> 00:14:19.952
  • Jesus is going to do this,Jesus is going to do that."
  • 00:14:19.985 --> 00:14:22.755
  • And it has nothing to dowith his redemptive work.
  • 00:14:22.788 --> 00:14:24.556
  • They're not going tothink Jesus is great.
  • 00:14:24.590 --> 00:14:26.592
  • And the moment that he doesn'tdo what you say he's going to do
  • 00:14:26.625 --> 00:14:29.762
  • for them, they bail out.
  • 00:14:29.795 --> 00:14:31.597
  • We need to talkabout a great Jesus.
  • 00:14:31.630 --> 00:14:33.599
  • He's a great Savior,he's the blessed hope,
  • 00:14:33.632 --> 00:14:36.268
  • he's the King of kings.
  • 00:14:36.302 --> 00:14:37.970
  • If Jesus didn't donothing for me but bleed on me,
  • 00:14:38.003 --> 00:14:41.407
  • but raise again from thedead, he has done enough,
  • 00:14:41.440 --> 00:14:44.677
  • he has done enough.
  • 00:14:44.710 --> 00:14:46.011
  • His presence, hispower, his glory,
  • 00:14:46.045 --> 00:14:47.947
  • his goodness.
  • 00:14:47.980 --> 00:14:49.481
  • Let people know howgreat and grand he is.
  • 00:14:49.515 --> 00:14:53.585
  • Don't make a littlepuny, functional Jesus,
  • 00:14:53.619 --> 00:14:55.621
  • who is more like a butlerinstead of the king who is
  • 00:14:55.654 --> 00:14:59.458
  • sovereign, who rules,and who reigns,
  • 00:14:59.491 --> 00:15:02.361
  • who's seated at theright hand of his daddy.
  • 00:15:02.394 --> 00:15:05.431
  • Let them know.
  • 00:15:05.464 --> 00:15:07.499
  • Verse 14, watch this, "He gavehimself for us to redeem us from
  • 00:15:07.533 --> 00:15:12.905
  • all lawlessness, and to cleansefor himself a people for his own
  • 00:15:12.938 --> 00:15:18.444
  • possession, eagerto do good works."
  • 00:15:18.477 --> 00:15:20.446
  • So, watch this.
  • 00:15:20.479 --> 00:15:21.880
  • When you understandthat Jesus cleans you,
  • 00:15:21.914 --> 00:15:24.016
  • when you understand thathe gave you a blood bath,
  • 00:15:24.049 --> 00:15:26.852
  • we are eager to obey him, weare eager to display his glory,
  • 00:15:26.885 --> 00:15:32.791
  • we are eager to do good works.
  • 00:15:32.825 --> 00:15:35.127
  • He redeemed us.
  • 00:15:35.160 --> 00:15:37.863
  • Picture this,this is me and you.
  • 00:15:37.896 --> 00:15:41.667
  • We are shackled, we're in aprison called sin and death,
  • 00:15:41.700 --> 00:15:49.108
  • one way trip to hell from birthuntil we go back into the earth.
  • 00:15:49.141 --> 00:15:54.313
  • We're here, we'rehere, we can't get out.
  • 00:15:54.346 --> 00:15:57.583
  • And the holycouncil of the Father,
  • 00:15:57.616 --> 00:16:01.420
  • Son, and theSpirit, Yahweh, Elohim,
  • 00:16:01.453 --> 00:16:03.689
  • God himself devisesa rescue mission.
  • 00:16:03.722 --> 00:16:06.558
  • That we're being held hostage.
  • 00:16:06.592 --> 00:16:08.594
  • And there ain't nonegotiation, God has a plan.
  • 00:16:08.627 --> 00:16:13.732
  • And what does God do?
  • 00:16:13.766 --> 00:16:15.234
  • He sends Jesus through the lineof the nation of Israel to sit
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  • on a throne of KingDavid, to be a king forever.
  • 00:16:18.704 --> 00:16:21.740
  • He's Israel's Messiah, he's thecompletion of Israel's story to
  • 00:16:21.774 --> 00:16:25.010
  • bring about a new covenant.
  • 00:16:25.044 --> 00:16:27.212
  • And what does he do?
  • 00:16:27.246 --> 00:16:28.847
  • He comes to the prison cell,he comes to the dark powers,
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  • and he says, "We'regoing to do an exchange."
  • 00:16:32.985 --> 00:16:37.022
  • Matter of fact, Martin Lutherin the 1500s called it
  • 00:16:37.056 --> 00:16:40.526
  • the great exchange.
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  • Jesus says, "I'mgoing to exchange myself.
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  • And instead ofgetting on a prison cage,
  • 00:16:45.330 --> 00:16:48.133
  • he gets on a cross.
  • 00:16:48.167 --> 00:16:50.069
  • And on that cross, sinand death attack him,
  • 00:16:50.102 --> 00:16:54.873
  • and we are let free.
  • 00:16:54.907 --> 00:16:57.876
  • And so, we're let free and we'relooking at him who so loved the
  • 00:16:57.910 --> 00:17:02.614
  • world that he took our place.
  • 00:17:02.648 --> 00:17:05.184
  • He took our disgrace,he took our shame,
  • 00:17:05.217 --> 00:17:08.287
  • he took our blame,he took our pain.
  • 00:17:08.320 --> 00:17:14.126
  • And he took it to the grave.
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  • And he was in thegrave, he was in the tomb.
  • 00:17:16.395 --> 00:17:19.198
  • But on the third day, thestone was rolled away
  • 00:17:19.231 --> 00:17:22.835
  • and he walked out.
  • 00:17:22.868 --> 00:17:26.472
  • You see, Jesus did the greatexchange because he knew that
  • 00:17:26.505 --> 00:17:29.408
  • sin and deathcould not hold him.
  • 00:17:29.441 --> 00:17:33.011
  • And as a result ofthat, we are clean.
  • 00:17:33.045 --> 00:17:35.581
  • We have a blessedhope in the present,
  • 00:17:35.614 --> 00:17:37.449
  • and watch this.
  • 00:17:37.483 --> 00:17:39.785
  • When we understand the depth ofGod's grace of redeeming us and
  • 00:17:39.818 --> 00:17:43.989
  • cleaning us, we say, "God,I'll follow you anywhere.
  • 00:17:44.022 --> 00:17:48.460
  • God, I'll obey you.
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  • Listen family, listen friends, Idon't know who I'm speaking to,
  • 00:17:49.862 --> 00:17:51.997
  • but this is so important.
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:54.199
  • In order to obey Jesus, youdon't focus on what you do,
  • 00:17:54.233 --> 00:18:00.239
  • you focus on what he has done.
  • 00:18:00.272 --> 00:18:04.810
  • You're going, "But pastor,I'm not in control that way."
  • 00:18:04.843 --> 00:18:07.146
  • Exactly, and youwere never in control.
  • 00:18:07.179 --> 00:18:11.450
  • Control is an illusion.
  • 00:18:11.483 --> 00:18:14.253
  • God doesn't needcontrol from you,
  • 00:18:14.286 --> 00:18:16.788
  • he's calling us to trust him, todance to the rhythm of his hope.
  • 00:18:16.822 --> 00:18:22.294
  • We focus on theone who cleaned us,
  • 00:18:22.327 --> 00:18:25.464
  • we focus on theone who redeemed us.
  • 00:18:25.497 --> 00:18:30.169
  • Hope gives us enduranceso we can experience
  • 00:18:30.202 --> 00:18:33.539
  • our beautiful future.
  • 00:18:33.572 --> 00:18:36.074
  • In this season, God isbuilding our endurance.
  • 00:18:36.108 --> 00:18:41.847
  • God is buildingour endurance, why?
  • 00:18:41.880 --> 00:18:44.750
  • Because life is not asprint, life is a marathon.
  • 00:18:44.783 --> 00:18:50.622
  • Now, one of the blessings ofgetting older and walking with
  • 00:18:50.656 --> 00:18:55.360
  • Jesus for a while is you seewhat God has done in the past,
  • 00:18:55.394 --> 00:18:59.698
  • what he's doing in the present,and it gives you endurance
  • 00:18:59.731 --> 00:19:01.867
  • because you know thefuture is going to be good.
  • 00:19:01.900 --> 00:19:05.103
  • Now, what I mean bythe future, right,
  • 00:19:05.137 --> 00:19:06.705
  • one of the statementsin Christianity is this,
  • 00:19:06.738 --> 00:19:08.540
  • the best is yet to come.
  • 00:19:08.574 --> 00:19:12.044
  • Well, if you think the bestis yet to come is just your
  • 00:19:12.077 --> 00:19:15.147
  • situation's going to get better,that's a false promise and it's
  • 00:19:15.180 --> 00:19:18.717
  • pretty much a lie.
  • 00:19:18.750 --> 00:19:20.686
  • But if you think the best isyet to come is the resurrection,
  • 00:19:20.719 --> 00:19:24.790
  • then you got some good theology.
  • 00:19:24.823 --> 00:19:27.693
  • The best that is yet tocome is the resurrection.
  • 00:19:27.726 --> 00:19:31.597
  • Because if it's notthe resurrection,
  • 00:19:31.630 --> 00:19:33.799
  • then you can't neverever enjoy the present.
  • 00:19:33.832 --> 00:19:37.369
  • Please hear my heart, I'mnot--I'm not trying to beat
  • 00:19:37.402 --> 00:19:39.705
  • anybody up, but if thebest is yet to come,
  • 00:19:39.738 --> 00:19:41.873
  • you're never appreciative ofwhat God gave you right there,
  • 00:19:41.907 --> 00:19:45.177
  • and you're always living forall these emotional highs.
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:48.680
  • The best yet to come isJesus rolls out of the tomb.
  • 00:19:48.714 --> 00:19:52.117
  • The best yet to come is theone who has nail-pierced hands,
  • 00:19:52.150 --> 00:19:56.655
  • the one who has ahole in his side.
  • 00:19:56.688 --> 00:19:59.291
  • That one will call you out ofyour grave in a new heavens
  • 00:19:59.324 --> 00:20:02.694
  • and a new earth.
  • 00:20:02.728 --> 00:20:04.162
  • And friends, we are notbecoming angels when we die.
  • 00:20:04.196 --> 00:20:08.300
  • That's bad theology.
  • 00:20:08.333 --> 00:20:10.435
  • Angels are not madein the image of God.
  • 00:20:10.469 --> 00:20:13.171
  • As human beings, we're actuallygreater than the angels.
  • 00:20:13.205 --> 00:20:16.808
  • We will judge angels with Jesus.
  • 00:20:16.842 --> 00:20:20.212
  • We're going to get new,resurrected bodies.
  • 00:20:20.245 --> 00:20:23.181
  • So, no matter whatyou're going through,
  • 00:20:23.215 --> 00:20:25.350
  • we've gotendurance, you know why?
  • 00:20:25.384 --> 00:20:26.685
  • Because we've got abeautiful future,
  • 00:20:26.718 --> 00:20:28.820
  • because we have abeautiful hope,
  • 00:20:28.854 --> 00:20:30.789
  • and his name is Jesus.
  • 00:20:30.822 --> 00:20:32.824
  • Look at this.
  • 00:20:32.858 --> 00:20:34.293
  • 1 Corinthians 15:53 through 58.
  • 00:20:34.326 --> 00:20:37.996
  • My beautiful AuntBrenda sent me a picture,
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:41.767
  • she was at mygrandmother's graveside.
  • 00:20:41.800 --> 00:20:45.003
  • And you guys know, man,I loved my grandmother.
  • 00:20:45.037 --> 00:20:46.972
  • We were tight, tight, tight.
  • 00:20:47.005 --> 00:20:48.874
  • Called her every day.
  • 00:20:48.907 --> 00:20:51.076
  • She's been gone for a whilenow and I still miss her,
  • 00:20:51.109 --> 00:20:53.712
  • I still want todial 210-661-0578.
  • 00:20:53.745 --> 00:20:57.382
  • I still want to do that.
  • 00:20:57.416 --> 00:20:59.117
  • There are times where I want toshare with her what's going on.
  • 00:20:59.151 --> 00:21:02.721
  • But one day, we'll beable to talk again.
  • 00:21:02.754 --> 00:21:05.157
  • So, she sent me apicture of the tombstone.
  • 00:21:05.190 --> 00:21:08.927
  • And it makes me think thatthe next time I see my precious
  • 00:21:08.960 --> 00:21:12.898
  • grandmother, shewon't have cancer,
  • 00:21:12.931 --> 00:21:16.435
  • and here's why.
  • 00:21:16.468 --> 00:21:17.836
  • "For this corruptiblebody must be clothed
  • 00:21:17.869 --> 00:21:20.072
  • with incorruptibility."
  • 00:21:20.105 --> 00:21:22.841
  • One day at the Resurrection,you and I are going to have
  • 00:21:23.342 --> 00:21:26.078
  • incorruptible bodies.
  • 00:21:26.111 --> 00:21:27.679
  • Listen to this, "And thismoral body must be clothed with
  • 00:21:27.713 --> 00:21:29.648
  • immortality," y'all.
  • 00:21:29.681 --> 00:21:31.750
  • Oh my goodness, whata beautiful picture,
  • 00:21:31.783 --> 00:21:33.518
  • what a beautiful portrait,what a beautiful future.
  • 00:21:33.552 --> 00:21:36.722
  • "When this corruptible body isclothed with incorruptibility
  • 00:21:36.755 --> 00:21:40.692
  • and this mortal body isclothed with immortality,
  • 00:21:40.726 --> 00:21:43.528
  • then the saying that iswritten will take place."
  • 00:21:43.562 --> 00:21:47.632
  • This is in the Old Testament.
  • 00:21:47.666 --> 00:21:49.301
  • "Death has beenswallowed up in victory.
  • 00:21:49.334 --> 00:21:52.204
  • Where, death, is your victory?
  • 00:21:52.237 --> 00:21:54.740
  • Where, death, is your sting?
  • 00:21:54.773 --> 00:21:57.042
  • The sting of death is sin, andthe power of sin is the law.
  • 00:21:57.075 --> 00:22:02.047
  • But thanks be to God."
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:04.449
  • Let me say it one more time forthe people in the back eating
  • 00:22:04.483 --> 00:22:07.452
  • eggs and ham right now.
  • 00:22:07.486 --> 00:22:09.121
  • Thanks be to God, why?
  • 00:22:09.154 --> 00:22:10.522
  • "Who gives us the victorythrough our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:22:10.555 --> 00:22:19.598
  • We have hope.
  • 00:22:19.631 --> 00:22:21.666
  • We are a chosen race,a royal priesthood,
  • 00:22:21.700 --> 00:22:26.304
  • a holy nation of peopleof God's own possession.
  • 00:22:26.338 --> 00:22:29.741
  • We are ones who proclaim thathe called us out of darkness
  • 00:22:29.775 --> 00:22:34.179
  • into the marvelous light.
  • 00:22:34.212 --> 00:22:37.048
  • You see, hope has a name.
  • 00:22:37.082 --> 00:22:44.122
  • "Therefore, my dearbrothers and sisters,
  • 00:22:44.156 --> 00:22:46.892
  • be steadfast."
  • 00:22:46.925 --> 00:22:48.393
  • Oh family,Transformation Church,
  • 00:22:48.427 --> 00:22:50.662
  • in this time of COVID,we're going to have endurance.
  • 00:22:50.695 --> 00:22:52.731
  • You know why?
  • 00:22:52.764 --> 00:22:54.065
  • 'Cause we're goingto be steadfast.
  • 00:22:54.099 --> 00:22:55.434
  • We're going to be immovable.
  • 00:22:55.467 --> 00:22:56.768
  • Check this out, "Alwaysexcelling in the Lord's work."
  • 00:22:56.802 --> 00:22:59.805
  • Oh my goodness,when it's darkest,
  • 00:22:59.838 --> 00:23:02.274
  • the light shines brightestbecause you know that your
  • 00:23:02.307 --> 00:23:06.678
  • labor is not in vain.
  • 00:23:06.711 --> 00:23:08.647
  • TransformationChurch, in this time,
  • 00:23:08.680 --> 00:23:11.183
  • we're going to grow, we'regoing to be more effective.
  • 00:23:11.216 --> 00:23:13.852
  • God is going to use usto transform the world.
  • 00:23:13.885 --> 00:23:16.488
  • Adversity is anopportunity, why?
  • 00:23:16.521 --> 00:23:18.790
  • Because we know hope,we know his name,
  • 00:23:18.824 --> 00:23:21.493
  • we know his person,we know his character,
  • 00:23:21.526 --> 00:23:23.995
  • we can trust him.
  • 00:23:24.029 --> 00:23:25.397
  • He's a good God.
  • 00:23:25.430 --> 00:23:26.765
  • He's a great God.
  • 00:23:26.798 --> 00:23:28.166
  • He is our king.
  • 00:23:28.200 --> 00:23:29.701
  • Hope has a name.
  • 00:23:29.734 --> 00:23:32.103
  • Hope is trusting inthe promises of God.
  • 00:23:32.137 --> 00:23:35.807
  • I'm going to spend some moretime on this at another time,
  • 00:23:35.841 --> 00:23:38.210
  • but I think it's importantthat we understand this.
  • 00:23:38.243 --> 00:23:40.912
  • Every Old Testament promisethat God makes is fulfilled in
  • 00:23:40.946 --> 00:23:45.250
  • Jesus's life, death,and resurrection.
  • 00:23:45.283 --> 00:23:48.453
  • How do we know this?
  • 00:23:48.487 --> 00:23:49.788
  • Paul tells us, "For every one ofGod's promises is yes in him,"
  • 00:23:49.821 --> 00:23:55.827
  • that's Christ.
  • 00:23:55.861 --> 00:23:57.162
  • "Therefore, through him we alsosay amen to the glory of God."
  • 00:23:57.195 --> 00:24:02.667
  • Not my dreams, not mywill, to the glory of God.
  • 00:24:02.701 --> 00:24:05.036
  • Verse 21: Now it is God whostrengthens us together
  • 00:24:05.070 --> 00:24:10.542
  • with you in Christ."
  • 00:24:10.575 --> 00:24:12.310
  • Oh my goodness, you arestrengthened with Christ.
  • 00:24:12.344 --> 00:24:14.880
  • You are strong in Christ.
  • 00:24:14.913 --> 00:24:16.748
  • You are buff in Christ.
  • 00:24:16.781 --> 00:24:18.483
  • You are swole in Christ.
  • 00:24:18.517 --> 00:24:20.285
  • You got the strength ofthe one who defeated sin,
  • 00:24:20.318 --> 00:24:23.388
  • who defeated death.
  • 00:24:23.421 --> 00:24:25.056
  • You can because he did.
  • 00:24:25.090 --> 00:24:27.325
  • You canbecause he did.
  • 00:24:27.359 --> 00:24:29.561
  • He's a great Savior.
  • 00:24:29.594 --> 00:24:30.929
  • He is unrelenting in his passionfor you to see his glory,
  • 00:24:30.962 --> 00:24:35.367
  • to see his face, toexperience his goodness.
  • 00:24:35.400 --> 00:24:39.137
  • Check this out, "Andwho has anointed us."
  • 00:24:39.170 --> 00:24:43.241
  • Listen, everyChristian is anointed.
  • 00:24:43.275 --> 00:24:45.977
  • Everybody's anointed.
  • 00:24:46.011 --> 00:24:48.146
  • If you're inChrist, you're anointed.
  • 00:24:48.179 --> 00:24:49.648
  • It's not just forspecial people.
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  • Here, check this out,check this out.
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  • All of us areGod's special people.
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  • Walk in who you are.
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  • You may not feel it,but believe it,
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  • your feelings and my feelings,they'll determine truth.
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  • Jesus determines truth.
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  • Truth has a name andhis name is Jesus.
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  • "He also put his seal on us andgiven us the Holy Spirit
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  • in our hearts asa down payment."
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  • God is like, "My promises aregoing to come true that you
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  • will receive a resurrectionbody in the future,
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  • power in the present, andyour past has been transformed.
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  • And the Holy Spirit is insideof you as a down payment."
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  • Now, I'm a theologian, so youknow I got to show you all this.
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  • If someone says theTrinity is not true,
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  • look at this.
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  • God the Father, God the Son,God the Holy Spirit.
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  • There is theFather, Son, and Spirit,
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  • that's why webelieve in a trinity,
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  • because we see the activity ofGod revealed through the
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  • Father, Son, and the Spirit.
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  • Derwin: It is our prayer thatthe Holy Spirit moved on your
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  • heart, and that afterthis message that you think,
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  • "Wow, Jesus is more beautiful,he's more life giving,
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  • he's more forgiving,he's more gracious,
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  • that he's the greatest treasurethat I could ever possess."
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  • If you're ready to receive Jesusas your God and Savior and King,
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  • pray this to him.
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  • He's listening, he's present.
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  • Pray these wordsto him: "Lord Jesus,
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  • I bow my knee to you, andI say thank you for your grace,
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  • thank you for takingmy place on the cross,
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  • your blood forever forgives me,that three days later you rose
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  • from the tomb and youbrought me out with you.
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  • And now, your life is my life.
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  • I say yes to you, Lord Jesus."
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  • Friends, if you prayedthat prayer with me,
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  • go to derwinlgray.com.
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  • Please let me know, wewant to celebrate with you.
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  • Derwin: Thank youso much for tuning into
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  • "The Transformed Life."
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  • It is our prayer that you wouldsee that God's grace is amazing,
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  • that he is the greatest treasurethat a human heart can possess.
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  • If this messagestrengthened you,
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  • if it encouraged you, would youconsider giving a financial gift
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  • to support us so that we cancontinue to preach the gospel
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  • around the world?
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  • But first, we want you togive your firstfruits
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  • to your local church.
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  • And then secondly, if Godmoves your heart to give,
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  • would you go to derwinlgray.comand give a generous gift so that
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  • more lives can be transformed?
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