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The Joy of Integrity

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September 21, 2020
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Thinkthere's no place for truthful,
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  • moral, and honorable peoplein this world?
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  • Well, I'm here to tell youthose are
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  • exactly the individualsthis world needs.
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  • And today, I'll share
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  • the four building blocksto living with integrity
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  • and the happinessthat accompanies it.
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  • Are you up for the challenge?
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • The apostle Paul understoodthe value of being the same
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  • in every situationand around any person,
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  • and the contentment foundin doing that.
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  • In the book of Philippians,he gives four principles
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  • that will enable youto live with integrity
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  • and we'll identify those today
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  • In this rich exploration
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  • of the biblical bookof Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncoversthe apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing a joythat carried Paul
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  • through the most difficulttimes.
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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Joy of Integrity."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:Integrity is being the same.
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  • Someone once defined integrityfor me
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  • as "keeping your commitmentsafter the circumstances
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  • under which your commitmentswere made have changed."
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  • That's integrity.
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  • Well, because of his standfor the faith,
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  • Paul was facingthe possibility of death.
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  • You remember this bookwe're studying,
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  • the book of Philippians,
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  • was written by Paul while hewas under house arrest in Rome.
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  • So in writingto the Philippian believers,
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  • he shared his concern.
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  • He knew that whathad happened to him,
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  • what was coming to him,would soon be coming to them.
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  • They too would faceresponsibility.
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  • They too would face pressure.
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  • And he wanted to be certain
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  • that they would be ready for itwhen it came.
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  • And we're so thankful that hehad those thoughts
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  • because, as he helpedthe Philippian believers
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  • prepare themselvesfor persecution or harassment
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  • or whatever elseyou wanna call it,
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  • by helping them, he's helped us.
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  • He's given us what weneed to know to face
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  • the challenges in our lives.
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  • And, men and women,these challenges for us
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  • who name the nameof Christ in faith,
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  • have never been greaterin the years
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  • that I've been alivein this country.
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  • It's more unpopular to bea Christian today
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  • than it's ever been.
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  • And there is tolerationfor just about everything.
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  • Some things you can't believethat are tolerated,
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  • but there's almost no tolerationfor believers.
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  • So whether we facethe ragged edge of persecution
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  • that Paul is talking about here
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  • or just what we might callharassment,
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  • we're in the game and weneed to know how to win.
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  • So, like a coach presentinghis game to the players,
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  • Paul sends to his friendsin Philippi four priorities
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  • that would help themendure the persecution,
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  • harassment, the problemsthat they would face
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  • because of their commitmentto Christ.
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  • First priority that hementions is conduct.
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  • So clearly in the first verse,verse 27: "Only let your conduct
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  • be worthyof the gospel of Christ."
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  • And the word for conductin this text
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  • is a really interesting word.
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  • It's politeuo or polis.
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  • It's the word for city.
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  • And that word is used
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  • in our English languagelike this:
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  • we have a place calledIndianapolis, Minneapolis,
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  • a big area around a cityis called the metropolitan area.
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  • It's the word from whichwe get the word "politics."
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  • So let me read that verse again:
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  • "Only let your politics beworthy of the gospel of Christ."
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  • How's that for an application?
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  • Also the word "police"comes from this word.
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  • And we've carried this wordover into our culture.
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  • In the Greek language,
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  • the word meantthe largest political unit,
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  • the citizensthat belonged to a city,
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  • and Paul was writingto the citizens of Philippi,
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  • and the Philippianswould have understood this
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  • really wellbecause of their situation.
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  • You see, Philippi wasa Roman colony
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  • surrounded by a Greek world.
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  • It was 800 miles away from Rome,
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  • and it was fully Romanbut not in Rome.
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  • The citizens of Philippiwere literally citizens of Rome
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  • and their nameswere on the rolls
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  • in the city of Rome.
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  • He says to them,
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  • "Just as you are a colonyof Rome 800 miles removed,
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  • you are also citizensof another place
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  • a little further than 800 miles.
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  • You are citizens of heaven."
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  • He makes no apology for that,
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  • and on occasionsin his writings,
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  • he uses the very term.
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  • In the 3rd chapterof Philippians,
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  • he says it this way:"Our citizenship is in heaven,
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  • from which we eagerly waitfor the Savior,
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Now as Paul writesto the Philippian believers
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  • about their heavenlycitizenship,
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  • he exhorts them to allowtheir allegiance to heaven
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  • to affect the way theylive their lives on this earth.
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  • "Let your conduct be worthyof the gospel of Christ."
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  • Over the years, as a pastor,
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  • I have been asked so many times,"Is this okay?
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  • Can a Christian do this?
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  • What about the casinos, Pastor?"
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  • I get letters and emailsand questions,
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  • so I wanna answerthem all today.
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  • "Only let your conduct be worthyof the gospel of Christ."
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  • Run what you wanna dothrough that grid
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  • and quit sending me emails.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Wouldn't it beinteresting if that's the way
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  • we began every day?
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  • Lord, help meto live my life today
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  • in a way that's worthyof the truth
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  • that I am a citizen of heaven.
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  • And if we were to do that,it would take
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  • a lot of complicationout of how life is lived.
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  • When we live for Christ,when we walk with him,
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  • when we process lifethrough a mind of Christ,
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  • we are uniquely differentfrom all the world around us,
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  • as uniquely different
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  • as were the Romanssurrounded by the Greek culture.
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  • But when men and women see that,it makes an impact on them.
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  • Have you ever noticedif you work in a secular place,
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  • and most of ushere in this room do,
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  • they give us grief all the time.
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  • They know we're Christians,
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  • maybe you carryyour Bible to work.
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  • What a brave thing to do.
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  • Or they hear you
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  • having conversationswith other Christians,
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  • and they kind of look at you,
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  • maybe they makesome strange remarks,
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  • but here's what I know.
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  • When trouble comes,
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  • yours is the first doorthey knock on.
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  • Why is that?
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  • Because the evidence of Christin your life
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  • and the way you live
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  • is a--it's a reminder to themof something different,
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  • and we may not think we needsomething different
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  • when things are going well,
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  • but when thingsstart to go south on us,
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  • we need an anchor.
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  • I've seen this happenwith my children,
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  • some of whom have goneto secular colleges.
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  • I could not begin to tell yousome of the things
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  • that have happened to my kidsand my grandkids
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  • because they're Christians.
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  • But when thosewho have harassed them
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  • have gotten into a jam,the first person they call
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  • is the person whose conductis becoming
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  • of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • So Paul sayswhat you do most of all,
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  • live in a waythat honors the Lord.
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  • Number two, the second priorityis consistency.
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  • I love this verse; he said,
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  • "So that whether I comeand see you or I am absent,
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  • I may hear of your affairs,
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  • that you stand fastin one spirit."
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  • Paul said, "When I'm with you,you seem to do well.
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  • I'm not worried about that.
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  • What I'm worried aboutis when I'm not with you
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  • and will you do well then?"
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  • People tell me sometimes,"Dr. Jeremiah, when you're gone,
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  • things are not alwaysquite the same
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  • as when you're here."
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  • I never know what that meansand I choose not to ask.
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  • But isn't it interestingthat when there's a leader
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  • or there's somebodywho's in the middle of it
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  • and they're present,things are different.
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  • When they're gone,
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  • things happen to go backto being the same.
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  • Paul was saying this:
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  • "I want your faith to bein Christ, not in me.
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  • I want it to beso that when I'm with you,
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  • or whether I'm notwith you at all,
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  • you stand fastfor the things you believe,
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  • that your faith is consistent,
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  • not controlledby your circumstances,
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  • not determinedby your environment,
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  • but you're the same:consistency.
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  • Oh, what a tremendous toolthat is in the hand of God:
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  • consistent Christians
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  • who face the troublesand the joys,
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  • the problems and the pain.
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  • They're just Christiansin the midst of it all.
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  • When trouble comes,
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  • you can't let trouble make youdifferent than you are.
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  • Best be sure who you arebefore trouble comes.
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  • And trouble will not makeyou different.
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  • It will bring out of youthe courage
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  • that was latentin your life all along.
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  • Here's the third one.
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  • The first priorityis your conduct.
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  • The second is consistency.
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  • The third one is cooperation.
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  • In verse 27, he says,"Do this in one spirit,
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  • with one mind striving togetherfor the faith of the gospel."
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  • I have to say to you today,congregation,
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  • that the Christian life
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  • was never meantto be lived alone.
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  • So we're all here togetherto testify to that.
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  • We're here together
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  • because the Lord Jesusgave us the church,
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  • his great giftto the body of Christ.
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  • "Forsake not the assemblingof yourselves together,
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  • as the manner of some is,"says the book of Hebrews.
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  • But within the church, there'seven greater togetherness.
  • 00:12:32.168 --> 00:12:37.006
  • When Paul instructedthese believers
  • 00:12:37.039 --> 00:12:38.541
  • to strive together,he used a Greek word
  • 00:12:38.574 --> 00:12:40.643
  • from which we getour word "athlete."
  • 00:12:40.676 --> 00:12:43.512
  • This is a special unityof striving together,
  • 00:12:43.546 --> 00:12:46.315
  • struggling side by side,
  • 00:12:46.348 --> 00:12:47.950
  • like athletesagainst a common opponent.
  • 00:12:47.983 --> 00:12:50.619
  • Paul said, as Christians,we're to stand together.
  • 00:12:50.653 --> 00:12:53.355
  • We're to strive together.
  • 00:12:53.389 --> 00:12:54.690
  • That our strength as believers
  • 00:12:54.723 --> 00:12:56.792
  • is not in who we areindividually,
  • 00:12:56.826 --> 00:12:58.894
  • but in who we are collectively.
  • 00:12:58.928 --> 00:13:01.497
  • We started a program hereyears ago for prayer.
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  • It was called "Triple Cord."
  • 00:13:04.366 --> 00:13:06.335
  • It was basedon a verse of Scripture
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  • in the book of Ecclesiastesthat you may never have seen,
  • 00:13:08.270 --> 00:13:11.173
  • but listen to the profundityof this verse:
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  • "Two are better than one,because they have
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  • a good reward for their labor.
  • 00:13:17.513 --> 00:13:19.648
  • For if they fall,one will lift up his companion.
  • 00:13:19.682 --> 00:13:23.152
  • But woe to him who isalone when he falls,
  • 00:13:23.185 --> 00:13:25.921
  • for he has no oneto help him up.
  • 00:13:25.955 --> 00:13:28.591
  • Again, if two lie down together,they will keep warm;
  • 00:13:28.624 --> 00:13:31.694
  • but how can one be warm alone?
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  • Though one may be overpoweredby another,
  • 00:13:34.663 --> 00:13:37.132
  • two can withstand him.
  • 00:13:37.166 --> 00:13:40.669
  • And a threefold cordis not quickly broken."
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  • Solomon in his wisdom saidthere's strength in numbers.
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  • We don't face the harassmentof the church by ourselves.
  • 00:13:51.847 --> 00:13:55.517
  • We may face it by ourselvesfor a few hours during the week,
  • 00:13:55.551 --> 00:13:59.955
  • but the fact that there ismore toleration
  • 00:13:59.989 --> 00:14:04.126
  • for everythingin our culture today
  • 00:14:04.159 --> 00:14:05.895
  • than for Christianityis not something we
  • 00:14:05.928 --> 00:14:08.230
  • have to deal with by ourselves.
  • 00:14:08.264 --> 00:14:09.665
  • We deal with that as a church.
  • 00:14:09.698 --> 00:14:11.533
  • We come together and we findconsolation in one another.
  • 00:14:11.567 --> 00:14:14.436
  • We find courage in one another,
  • 00:14:14.470 --> 00:14:16.338
  • and we discoverin our personal conversations,
  • 00:14:16.372 --> 00:14:18.974
  • we're not the only oneswho face this.
  • 00:14:19.008 --> 00:14:22.845
  • And so we are strengthenedto be strong in our faith.
  • 00:14:22.878 --> 00:14:29.385
  • When we're trying to provethe integrity of our lives,
  • 00:14:29.418 --> 00:14:32.154
  • it takes conduct that isworthy of the gospel of Christ.
  • 00:14:32.187 --> 00:14:36.592
  • It takes consistencyso that whether--
  • 00:14:36.625 --> 00:14:41.330
  • whatever situation wemay be in, we're the same.
  • 00:14:41.363 --> 00:14:44.600
  • It takes cooperation.
  • 00:14:44.633 --> 00:14:46.135
  • We don't do this by ourselves,
  • 00:14:46.168 --> 00:14:47.937
  • we strive togetherfor the gospel.
  • 00:14:47.970 --> 00:14:51.440
  • And finally, it takes courage.
  • 00:14:51.473 --> 00:14:54.376
  • You remember what welearned about Paul.
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  • Everywhere he went,he had two stops in every city:
  • 00:14:56.345 --> 00:14:58.614
  • the synagogue and the prison.
  • 00:14:58.647 --> 00:14:59.949
  • He visited all of themregularly.
  • 00:14:59.982 --> 00:15:04.586
  • And here's what he tells us,
  • 00:15:04.620 --> 00:15:06.655
  • and we may not need thisfor right now,
  • 00:15:06.689 --> 00:15:10.526
  • but surely we will need it.
  • 00:15:10.559 --> 00:15:15.731
  • He says: "And not in any wayterrified by your adversaries,
  • 00:15:15.764 --> 00:15:19.969
  • which is to thema proof of perdition,
  • 00:15:20.002 --> 00:15:21.804
  • but to you of salvation,and that from God.
  • 00:15:21.837 --> 00:15:24.206
  • For to you it has been grantedon behalf of Christ,
  • 00:15:24.239 --> 00:15:27.309
  • not only to believe in Him,but also to suffer for His sake,
  • 00:15:27.343 --> 00:15:31.847
  • having the same conflictwhich you saw in me
  • 00:15:31.880 --> 00:15:34.183
  • and now hear is in me."
  • 00:15:34.216 --> 00:15:36.118
  • Paul knew from experience
  • 00:15:36.151 --> 00:15:37.686
  • that there would bemany occasions
  • 00:15:37.720 --> 00:15:39.655
  • for his brothers and sistersin Philippi
  • 00:15:39.688 --> 00:15:42.191
  • to demonstrate strength
  • 00:15:42.224 --> 00:15:43.892
  • beyond what theypersonally possessed.
  • 00:15:43.926 --> 00:15:46.762
  • So he closes this sectionof his letter
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  • by exhorting the Christians
  • 00:15:49.031 --> 00:15:50.866
  • to face their opponentswith courage.
  • 00:15:50.899 --> 00:15:54.169
  • He provided guidelinesto help them
  • 00:15:54.203 --> 00:15:56.438
  • accurately identifythose times of harassment
  • 00:15:56.472 --> 00:16:00.342
  • and draw strengthfrom each other and from Christ.
  • 00:16:00.376 --> 00:16:03.912
  • He begins by asking them
  • 00:16:03.946 --> 00:16:05.647
  • to have courageto encounter persecution,
  • 00:16:05.681 --> 00:16:08.684
  • "and not in any wayterrified by your adversaries."
  • 00:16:09.685 --> 00:16:13.555
  • That's an interesting phrase.
  • 00:16:13.589 --> 00:16:14.890
  • You know the word "terrified"is only used one time
  • 00:16:14.923 --> 00:16:17.092
  • in the New Testamentand it's right here, this word.
  • 00:16:17.126 --> 00:16:19.928
  • And it's a wordthat is used of horses
  • 00:16:19.962 --> 00:16:22.698
  • that are spookedinto an uncontrollable stampede.
  • 00:16:22.731 --> 00:16:26.802
  • Paul is saying to the believers,
  • 00:16:26.835 --> 00:16:28.270
  • "Don't get spooked by thosewho come after you.
  • 00:16:28.303 --> 00:16:31.774
  • Don't get blown off course."
  • 00:16:31.807 --> 00:16:34.309
  • It's a word that describesan inward fear
  • 00:16:34.343 --> 00:16:37.746
  • caused by an outward stimulus.
  • 00:16:37.780 --> 00:16:41.817
  • It's very appropriate
  • 00:16:41.850 --> 00:16:43.152
  • for this little groupof believers living in Philippi.
  • 00:16:43.185 --> 00:16:47.322
  • The couragein the face of opposition
  • 00:16:47.356 --> 00:16:49.691
  • is a double-edged sword.
  • 00:16:49.725 --> 00:16:51.326
  • Paul says, "It's the evidenceof the believer's salvation."
  • 00:16:51.360 --> 00:16:54.630
  • What does he mean by that?
  • 00:16:54.663 --> 00:16:55.964
  • The Bible says: "For thosewho are godly in Christ Jesus,"
  • 00:16:55.998 --> 00:16:59.134
  • what does it say about us?
  • 00:16:59.168 --> 00:17:00.469
  • "We shall suffer persecution."
  • 00:17:00.502 --> 00:17:03.205
  • So when we suffer persecution
  • 00:17:03.238 --> 00:17:05.140
  • and we go aroundcomplaining about it,
  • 00:17:05.174 --> 00:17:07.042
  • we're complaining aboutthe badge of our salvation.
  • 00:17:07.076 --> 00:17:12.047
  • Let me tell you something,if you're not living for Christ,
  • 00:17:12.081 --> 00:17:13.882
  • they are not gonna bother you.
  • 00:17:13.916 --> 00:17:16.418
  • They probably thinkyou're one of them.
  • 00:17:16.452 --> 00:17:19.655
  • But if you live for Christ,
  • 00:17:19.688 --> 00:17:20.989
  • if you walk with the Lord,if you're different,
  • 00:17:21.023 --> 00:17:23.559
  • if you're not tryingto be like everybody else,
  • 00:17:23.592 --> 00:17:25.527
  • if what you believe
  • 00:17:25.561 --> 00:17:26.862
  • is being translatedinto how you behave,
  • 00:17:26.895 --> 00:17:29.765
  • somebody's gonna come after you,and when they do,
  • 00:17:29.798 --> 00:17:32.801
  • the Bible says that isan evidence of your salvation,
  • 00:17:32.835 --> 00:17:36.605
  • that you have been thoughtworthy of harassment
  • 00:17:36.638 --> 00:17:39.942
  • by those who do not knowJesus Christ, wow.
  • 00:17:39.975 --> 00:17:46.715
  • It's quiet in here.
  • 00:17:46.748 --> 00:17:49.518
  • And Paul knew whathe was talking about.
  • 00:17:49.551 --> 00:17:51.019
  • You know, historically,this letter was written
  • 00:17:51.053 --> 00:17:53.355
  • somewhere between AD 60 and 63,
  • 00:17:53.388 --> 00:17:57.826
  • and it was a time
  • 00:17:57.860 --> 00:17:59.328
  • when the pressureof the Roman empire was intense.
  • 00:17:59.361 --> 00:18:02.698
  • Nero was in charge,and it was in July of AD 64
  • 00:18:02.731 --> 00:18:07.669
  • that he surpassed himselfin cruelty
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  • and ordered his servantsto set fire to the city of Rome.
  • 00:18:10.005 --> 00:18:14.610
  • And one of the few eye witnesshistorians of that day,
  • 00:18:14.643 --> 00:18:17.513
  • a man by the nameof Tacitus, said,
  • 00:18:17.546 --> 00:18:20.048
  • "Consequently,to get rid of the report
  • 00:18:20.082 --> 00:18:21.950
  • that he had ordered the fire,Nero fastened the guilt
  • 00:18:21.984 --> 00:18:25.387
  • and inflictedthe most exquisite tortures
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  • on a class hatedfor their abominations,
  • 00:18:28.056 --> 00:18:30.859
  • people called Christiansby the populace.
  • 00:18:30.893 --> 00:18:33.562
  • Christus, from whomthe name had its origin,
  • 00:18:33.595 --> 00:18:36.298
  • suffered the extreme penaltyduring the reign of Tiberius
  • 00:18:36.331 --> 00:18:39.801
  • at the handsof one of our procurators,
  • 00:18:39.835 --> 00:18:42.538
  • Pontius Pilate."
  • 00:18:42.571 --> 00:18:45.574
  • So what happened,
  • 00:18:45.607 --> 00:18:46.909
  • after Nero, in a angry moment,burned down a city,
  • 00:18:46.942 --> 00:18:53.348
  • he blamed the Christians for it
  • 00:18:53.382 --> 00:18:54.883
  • and began to persecute themas enemies of Rome.
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  • I haven't the courage to tellyou some of the things he did,
  • 00:18:59.821 --> 00:19:03.258
  • but here's a coupleof illustrations.
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  • He would take the Christiansand put clothing on them
  • 00:19:05.494 --> 00:19:10.065
  • that was the bare skinof animals,
  • 00:19:10.098 --> 00:19:12.434
  • with the smellof the animals on it
  • 00:19:12.467 --> 00:19:13.969
  • and then throw theminto the Coliseum
  • 00:19:14.002 --> 00:19:16.471
  • where the lionswould just decimate them.
  • 00:19:16.505 --> 00:19:20.175
  • On one occasion,he took some of the Christians
  • 00:19:20.209 --> 00:19:24.279
  • and covered them with pitch
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  • and stationed themaround the Coliseum
  • 00:19:26.148 --> 00:19:28.283
  • and lit them on fireas human torches.
  • 00:19:28.317 --> 00:19:34.122
  • This was whatwas coming down the road
  • 00:19:34.156 --> 00:19:36.058
  • for some of the Philippianswhen Paul wrote this letter.
  • 00:19:36.091 --> 00:19:40.662
  • I read recentlythat one of the greatest
  • 00:19:40.696 --> 00:19:42.431
  • and most serious deficitsof Christian preaching today
  • 00:19:42.464 --> 00:19:46.301
  • is that we refuse to getour people ready to suffer.
  • 00:19:46.335 --> 00:19:52.374
  • And so when suffering comes,
  • 00:19:52.407 --> 00:19:54.276
  • the people of God haveno clue what to do.
  • 00:19:54.309 --> 00:19:57.079
  • They respond to itjust like everybody else,
  • 00:19:57.112 --> 00:19:59.481
  • but we have something differentgoing on in our behalf.
  • 00:19:59.514 --> 00:20:03.051
  • We have the Word of God.
  • 00:20:03.085 --> 00:20:04.519
  • We have God'sencouragement to us
  • 00:20:04.553 --> 00:20:06.722
  • that it may be sufferingfor now,
  • 00:20:06.755 --> 00:20:09.258
  • but it's glory forever.
  • 00:20:09.291 --> 00:20:11.760
  • And not be blown away
  • 00:20:11.793 --> 00:20:13.195
  • by the difficult thingsthat happen.
  • 00:20:13.228 --> 00:20:14.763
  • It's easy for that to happen.
  • 00:20:14.796 --> 00:20:16.131
  • Isn't it interesting as welook back over our shoulders
  • 00:20:16.164 --> 00:20:18.734
  • to realize how many timesas we see
  • 00:20:18.767 --> 00:20:20.969
  • the whole totality of an event,we have been blown off course
  • 00:20:21.003 --> 00:20:23.839
  • by thingsthat should not have moved us.
  • 00:20:23.872 --> 00:20:26.441
  • But they did.
  • 00:20:26.475 --> 00:20:28.977
  • Paul regarded sufferingfor Christ as a privilege.
  • 00:20:29.011 --> 00:20:32.814
  • In fact, in these versesthat we've been reading,
  • 00:20:32.848 --> 00:20:35.817
  • he talks about itcoming as a gift from God.
  • 00:20:35.851 --> 00:20:39.421
  • He says that blessingis in suffering for him.
  • 00:20:39.454 --> 00:20:43.225
  • There's no blessing in justsuffering and being in pain.
  • 00:20:43.258 --> 00:20:45.994
  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:20:46.028 --> 00:20:47.329
  • The issue is if we're doing itbecause of him,
  • 00:20:47.362 --> 00:20:50.065
  • if we're doing it in his behalf,if we're doing it
  • 00:20:50.098 --> 00:20:52.834
  • because we've been accusedof being who we are,
  • 00:20:52.868 --> 00:20:54.936
  • men and womenwho are followers of Christ,
  • 00:20:54.970 --> 00:20:57.339
  • there is a blessing in that.
  • 00:20:57.372 --> 00:20:59.941
  • In fact, isn't that what Jesussaid in his Beatitudes?
  • 00:20:59.975 --> 00:21:04.613
  • He said, "Blessed are you
  • 00:21:04.646 --> 00:21:06.081
  • when they revileand persecute you,
  • 00:21:06.114 --> 00:21:09.384
  • and when they sayall kinds of evil against you,
  • 00:21:09.418 --> 00:21:13.055
  • rejoice and be exceeding glad,
  • 00:21:13.088 --> 00:21:16.224
  • for great is your rewardin heaven,
  • 00:21:16.258 --> 00:21:18.493
  • for so they persecuted
  • 00:21:18.527 --> 00:21:19.861
  • the prophetswho were before you."
  • 00:21:19.895 --> 00:21:22.631
  • And those of uswho are real about life
  • 00:21:22.664 --> 00:21:25.500
  • know that that's a partof who we are,
  • 00:21:25.534 --> 00:21:27.602
  • whether it happens to be
  • 00:21:27.636 --> 00:21:29.271
  • to the level of harassmentor not,
  • 00:21:29.304 --> 00:21:32.040
  • we're born with trouble.
  • 00:21:32.074 --> 00:21:33.875
  • From the shedding of bloodthat initiates birth
  • 00:21:33.909 --> 00:21:36.411
  • to the last gasp of astonishmentin the face of death,
  • 00:21:36.445 --> 00:21:40.248
  • we are encircled by suffering.
  • 00:21:40.282 --> 00:21:43.151
  • The biographyof a human being
  • 00:21:43.185 --> 00:21:44.986
  • is a history of anguish.
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:47.656
  • The way we reactto the suffering of life
  • 00:21:47.689 --> 00:21:49.825
  • matters more in creativeand human terms
  • 00:21:49.858 --> 00:21:52.994
  • than the suffering itself.
  • 00:21:53.028 --> 00:21:54.963
  • We become the people we are
  • 00:21:54.996 --> 00:21:56.732
  • through the disadvantagesand conflicts we prefer
  • 00:21:56.765 --> 00:21:59.234
  • to more comfortablealternatives.
  • 00:21:59.267 --> 00:22:01.269
  • In other words, he said we allhave this potential and desire
  • 00:22:01.303 --> 00:22:04.873
  • to push sufferingand pain away from us,
  • 00:22:04.906 --> 00:22:07.008
  • as far as we can get it.
  • 00:22:07.042 --> 00:22:08.543
  • "Not today, Lord,not this week,
  • 00:22:08.577 --> 00:22:10.145
  • and for whatever it's worth,not ever."
  • 00:22:10.178 --> 00:22:13.682
  • But it is through those momentsthat we learn
  • 00:22:13.715 --> 00:22:16.551
  • the most important lessonsof life.
  • 00:22:16.585 --> 00:22:18.754
  • It's when we suffer and wediscover that God is enough
  • 00:22:18.787 --> 00:22:21.857
  • that we have great faithin the Lord.
  • 00:22:21.890 --> 00:22:24.426
  • If we did not havethose troubles,
  • 00:22:24.459 --> 00:22:26.361
  • if we did not havesome suffering,
  • 00:22:26.395 --> 00:22:28.063
  • how would we ever knowthat the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:28.096 --> 00:22:30.298
  • is sufficient for every need?
  • 00:22:30.332 --> 00:22:32.100
  • We know he's sufficientfor the good times.
  • 00:22:32.134 --> 00:22:34.369
  • But, ladies and gentlemen,I'm here to tell you
  • 00:22:34.403 --> 00:22:36.471
  • he's sufficient for all times.
  • 00:22:36.505 --> 00:22:39.241
  • And no matter what we faceand what we're going through,
  • 00:22:39.274 --> 00:22:41.843
  • he is enough;
  • 00:22:41.877 --> 00:22:43.912
  • and that's why Paul urgesthe Philippians
  • 00:22:43.945 --> 00:22:46.214
  • not to be terrorizedwhen things happen.
  • 00:22:46.248 --> 00:22:49.484
  • They're about to discover
  • 00:22:49.518 --> 00:22:50.819
  • that the God about whomhe has taught them
  • 00:22:50.852 --> 00:22:53.422
  • will be enough.
  • 00:22:53.455 --> 00:22:55.457
  • Courage to encounterpersecution and endure pain.
  • 00:22:55.490 --> 00:22:57.793
  • Finally, to emulate Paul.
  • 00:22:57.826 --> 00:23:00.295
  • Paul's saying, "If you're stillhaving trouble with this,
  • 00:23:00.328 --> 00:23:02.364
  • and you still don't knowhow this works
  • 00:23:02.397 --> 00:23:03.698
  • and you still don't know how
  • 00:23:03.732 --> 00:23:05.033
  • to make this happenin your life, listen,
  • 00:23:05.066 --> 00:23:07.135
  • just watch me."
  • 00:23:07.169 --> 00:23:09.271
  • He said,"Having the same conflict
  • 00:23:09.304 --> 00:23:11.506
  • which you saw in meand now hear is in me."
  • 00:23:11.540 --> 00:23:13.909
  • Where's Paul?He's in prison.
  • 00:23:13.942 --> 00:23:15.777
  • There's two passagesin the Scripture
  • 00:23:15.811 --> 00:23:17.312
  • that describeeverything Paul went through.
  • 00:23:17.345 --> 00:23:20.081
  • I mean, this guy suffered
  • 00:23:20.115 --> 00:23:21.483
  • every kind of painyou can imagine.
  • 00:23:21.516 --> 00:23:24.319
  • He talks about how many timeshe was whipped,
  • 00:23:24.352 --> 00:23:26.121
  • how many times hewas shipwrecked,
  • 00:23:26.154 --> 00:23:27.456
  • how many times he was--
  • 00:23:27.489 --> 00:23:28.790
  • they tried to kill himby stoning him.
  • 00:23:28.824 --> 00:23:30.258
  • They tried to throw him off a--
  • 00:23:30.292 --> 00:23:31.626
  • they did everything they couldto destroy this man,
  • 00:23:31.660 --> 00:23:33.995
  • and he just kept continuing
  • 00:23:34.029 --> 00:23:36.832
  • to be the person Godcalled him to be.
  • 00:23:36.865 --> 00:23:40.602
  • So he said, "If youdon't really still get this,
  • 00:23:40.635 --> 00:23:44.306
  • let me be an example for you.
  • 00:23:44.339 --> 00:23:47.342
  • Just do what I've done:stand strong."
  • 00:23:47.375 --> 00:23:51.880
  • I'm not ready to say thatto you all.
  • 00:23:51.913 --> 00:23:53.548
  • As I said to youat the beginning,
  • 00:23:53.582 --> 00:23:54.883
  • I don't know a lot about this.
  • 00:23:54.916 --> 00:23:56.918
  • I know a little bitabout cancer,
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  • I know a little bit aboutsome organizational turmoil.
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  • I've had morethan one or two crises
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  • in my extended family.
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  • But when you put me upagainst Paul,
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  • I'm not in the same universe.
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  • So I'm glad that he's told mewhat to say today
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  • 'cause I wouldn't knowwhat to say
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  • if he hadn't told mewhat to say.
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  • He's been there and done it.
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  • And I accept itas the path forward.
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  • I'm reminded that persecutionis not always bad.
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  • Harassment is not alwaysfor our destruction.
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  • Sometimes the problems we faceare simply God's way
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  • of burning the drossfrom our lives
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  • so that the goldwill rise to the top
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  • and we become the peoplehe created us to be.
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  • So here's a tutorialfor all of us
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  • when we're having a bad dayand things are tough.
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  • Here's what to doaccording to Paul.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's programright after this.
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  • "Count It All Joy."
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  • In its pages, you'll discoverpractical steps
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  • male announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I don't knowif you would agree,
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  • but integrity appears to be
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  • an unpopular virtuein today's culture.
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  • Spend a few minuteswatching the news
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  • or scrolling social mediaand you'll see
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  • that quality charactercan be hard to come by.
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  • No wonder the watching worldtakes notice
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  • when we live with integrity;
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  • and when they pay attention,
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  • we hope they seeChrist reflected in our actions.
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  • But in order to seeChrist in us,
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  • we first need him to live in us.
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  • And to help you do that,
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  • announcer: Next time,on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:We are one in Christ
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  • because of what we believe;
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  • and this isa very, very important lesson
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  • because todaywhat we're being told
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  • is that it doesn't matterwhat you believe.
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  • Just everybody be goodto everybody else.
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  • Just try to get along.
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  • How's that working?
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  • announcer: Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Joy of Unity,"here on "Turning Point."
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