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The Joy of Maturity

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September 29, 2020
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In this message discover four things that keeps us motivated as we press on to maturity in Christ.

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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "The Joy of Maturity."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Here,in Philippians chapter 3,
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  • in verses 15 through 21,Paul is going to give us
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  • four motivations and reasonsand helpful ideas
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  • about how growth happensand how we should cooperate
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  • with it.
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  • He begins in verses 15 and 16with what I call
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  • great encouragement within us.
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  • Here's what those verses say:"Therefore let us,
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  • as many as are mature,have this mind;
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  • and if anythingyou think otherwise,
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  • God will revealeven this to you.
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  • Nevertheless, to the degreethat we have already attained,
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  • let us walk by the same rule,let us be of the same mind."
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  • Paul lovedthe Philippian church.
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  • As you remember, I told you,he's writing this letter to them
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  • while he's under house arrestin Rome.
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  • This little church thathe was a part of starting,
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  • that started in the unique waythat it did,
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  • was really heavy on his heartand he loved them so much that
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  • when he saw something happeningthat could deter their growth
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  • and keep them from maturity,
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  • he wrote about itvery seriously.
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  • He wanted them to knowthat growth was paramount
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  • and anything that gotin the way of that
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  • from any outside sourceshould be called out
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  • and dealt with.
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  • In this little paragraph he hastwo different expressions.
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  • He calls the responsesto his words,
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  • "this mind," and,"think otherwise."
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  • The people of this mindare those who have decided
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  • that growth and maturity areimportant goals for believers.
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  • They acknowledge with Paulthat they need to keep pressing
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  • toward the markof spiritual maturity.
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  • They have left behind the ideaof becoming mature
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  • through obeying the lawor doing works in the flesh.
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  • They are going on to seekmaturity in Jesus Christ.
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  • They've come to the conclusionthat we must come to
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  • as we come to faiththat our salvation is not
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  • of works lest any manshould boast.
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  • And then Paul said, "But thereare some who think otherwise,
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  • probably they assumethat they've already arrived
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  • at maturity, they don't needany help.
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  • Maybe they wanted to growbut they won't pay the price
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  • that was necessary for themto take forward steps.
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  • Whatever the situation,Paul is reminding
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  • these believers thattheir spiritual progress
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  • up to this point had comefrom following the standards
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  • set down in God's Wordand he encourages them
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  • to go forward in the same way.
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  • If they were saved by gracethrough faith and not
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  • by their own works,they're to mature and progress
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  • according to the same standards.
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  • They're to continue to grow,knowing that faith
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  • in Jesus Christ and walkingwith him daily is the routine
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  • that is set up for them.
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  • Occasionally, during basketballor football playoffs,
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  • you will hear a sports announcertalking about a star player
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  • who's having a bad day.
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  • As the sportscaster explains whythis athlete has been allowed
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  • to continue, even thoughhe is playing very badly,
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  • he may say something like this:"The coach has decided to stay
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  • with the man who brought himhere."
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  • Or often, they will say,"We're gonna stay with the guy
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  • who brought us to the dance.
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  • In other words,since this athlete was
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  • very responsible for his team'squalifying for the playoffs,
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  • it does not make sense toremove him from the game now,
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  • even though he's notperforming well.
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  • That was Paul's message.
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  • What these believershad attained spiritually
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  • had come through certainprinciples and procedures.
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  • They were not to letthe legalists change
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  • the way they approachedthe Christian life.
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  • Paul's words to the churchesin Galatia carried
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  • a similar challenge.
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  • Here's what he said:"Are you so foolish?
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  • Having begun in the Spirit,are you now being made perfect
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  • by the flesh?"
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  • In other words, however,we start out in the faith,
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  • that's how we go forwardin the faith.
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  • Paul's encouragementwas straightforward.
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  • The Philippians were to keepon walking the same walk and
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  • thinking the same thoughts andthe language here is military.
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  • In other words, get behind theleader and stay in your lane.
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  • They were to walktoward maturity.
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  • Let me just tell you something,friends.
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  • God has, as his goalfor each one of us,
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  • that we become mature believers.
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  • I mean, not that we justbecome Christians.
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  • That's good.
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  • That's the starting place.
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  • But God wants us to grow up.
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  • He wants us to be Christianswho are maturing
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  • so that we look backon our lives
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  • at the end of one yearand we can see that
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  • we have grown some in our faithover the year before.
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  • You know, one of the thingsI love about Paul?
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  • He reminds me of somethingthat my father said to me
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  • when I was getting readyto go into the ministry.
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  • He said, "David, let mejust tell you something
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  • I've learned."
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  • He said, "If you preachto discouraged people
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  • and you bring the encouragementof the Bible,
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  • you will always havea congregation."
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  • In other words, if you cometo your people every week
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  • with the encouragementof the Scriptures.
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  • One of my friends says,"If you nourish them up
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  • in the Word of the Lord theywill come because all of us,
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  • we live a life that is filledwith reasons to be discouraged
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  • and we need every hope we can."
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  • Perhaps the greatest exampleof that kind of ministry
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  • was the Apostle Paul.
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  • I never realizeduntil I set out to study it
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  • what an incrediblyencouraging teacher he was.
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  • He was always encouragingothers.
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  • And even thoughit sometimes looked like
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  • there was nothing to encourage,he found a way.
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  • Listen to these words from Paul.
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  • He said,"May our Lord Jesus Christ
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  • himself and God our Father,who loved us
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  • and by his grace gave useternal encouragement
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  • and good hope,encourage your heart
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  • and strengthen you inevery good deed and word."
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  • Paul understood the importanceof encouragement
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  • and did you know thatin the book of Hebrews
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  • it says when we come to churchevery Sunday
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  • we're to bring with us a wordof encouragement that
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  • we can share with someone thatwe might meet along the way.
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  • One of the "one anothers"in the Bible is,
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  • "encourage one another."
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  • And in the church today,we need to follow
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  • the example of Jesus Christand the Apostle Paul
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  • and be ambassadorsof encouragement.
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  • You say, "Well, I can't findanything in that person
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  • that I can encourage."
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  • Find a way to say somethinggood and encourage them.
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  • Encouragement goesso much farther than criticism
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  • in helping us to grow.
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  • And Paul emphasizesthat in these verses.
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  • Great encouragement within us.
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  • And then, he adds in verse 17godly examples around us:
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  • "Brethren, join in followingmy example,
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  • and note those who so walk,as you have us for a pattern."
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  • Paul invited the Philippians tojoin in following his example.
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  • Actually, the phrasecould be translated,
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  • "become fellow imitators of me."
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  • And the word is related toour English word "mimic."
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  • Just as Paul was mimickingChrist,
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  • he asked his followersto mimic him.
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  • This has always beena hard thing for me
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  • to comprehend,and I can't imagine having
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  • the spiritual courageand confidence to say
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  • to other people, "I want youto follow me whatever I do."
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  • But the fact of the matter is,that's what happens
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  • whether we ask peopleto do it or not.
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  • And the last phrasein this verse is a phrase
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  • that has the word "tupos" in it.
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  • That's a Greek wordwhich is translated by our word,
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  • "pattern."
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  • And Paul is asking thoseto follow him.
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  • He said, "You have usfor a pattern."
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  • And I know that this isa heavy item for most of us.
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  • We would like to say,"I do not want to be
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  • a role model for anybody."
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  • You get to a place of successor a place of influence,
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  • you're gonna influenceother people,
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  • and if you don't understandthat,
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  • you're going to just befrustrated your whole life.
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  • Paul said, "There's examplesand you follow me."
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  • We may not wanna say thatout loud to anybody,
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  • but we need to recognizethey're doing it,
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  • whether we like it or not.
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  • Let's ask God to help us to liveour lives in totality,
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  • live our lives for Christ.
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  • Not just sometime,but all the time.
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  • And you never have to lookover your shoulder
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  • for somebody misunderstanding.
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  • Then he adds a third motivation:great encouragement within us,
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  • great examples around us.
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  • And this is godless enemiesaway from us.
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  • Once again, Paul is goingto sound a warning.
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  • He says, "There aremany who walk,
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  • of whom I have told you often,and now I tell you even weeping,
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  • that they are the enemiesof the cross of Christ:
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  • whose end is destruction,whose god is their belly,
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  • and whose glory is their shame--
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  • and who set their mindon earthly things."
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  • You wanna know what Paul thinksabout the teachers who have come
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  • into the church in Philippi withall of their false doctrine?
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  • Just look at the word"whose and who" and you will see
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  • the four things that he saysabout 'em.
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  • First of all, their goal.
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  • "Whose end is destruction."
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  • The word for destructionis perdition.
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  • It's the word that is usedfor Judas who was called
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  • the son of perdition.
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  • The true child of God gloriesin the cross
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  • but the enemies of the cross,according to Paul,
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  • are headed towardthe lake of fire.
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  • People who bring false doctrineand try to use it
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  • to corrupt people in the churchdon't have a very good future.
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  • Their goal is, "whose endis destruction."
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  • Their god is, "whose godis their belly."
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  • Their appetite is their god.
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  • I'm not just talking about food,but that's probably part of it.
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  • They're not in controlof their appetites;
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  • their appetites arein control of them.
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  • Paul had no confidencein the flesh
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  • and he did not believehe had already arrived.
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  • But these enemies of the crosstook as their god
  • 00:12:27.719 --> 00:12:30.488
  • whatever felt good.
  • 00:12:30.522 --> 00:12:32.791
  • Romans 16:18 says:"For those who are such
  • 00:12:32.824 --> 00:12:35.260
  • do not serveour Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 00:12:35.293 --> 00:12:37.729
  • but their own belly,
  • 00:12:37.762 --> 00:12:39.664
  • and by smooth words andflattering speech deceive
  • 00:12:39.697 --> 00:12:42.300
  • the hearts of the simple."
  • 00:12:42.333 --> 00:12:44.169
  • Their goal is destruction.
  • 00:12:45.837 --> 00:12:48.606
  • Their god is their own belly,their appetites.
  • 00:12:48.640 --> 00:12:53.044
  • Their glory,this is unbelievable.
  • 00:12:53.077 --> 00:12:55.346
  • Their glory is in their shame.
  • 00:12:55.380 --> 00:12:58.650
  • First, they give themselvesto indulgence, and then,
  • 00:12:58.683 --> 00:13:01.052
  • they begin to justifytheir behavior
  • 00:13:01.085 --> 00:13:02.954
  • and then they beginto proclaim it
  • 00:13:02.987 --> 00:13:05.356
  • as if it was somethingto brag about.
  • 00:13:05.390 --> 00:13:08.860
  • It reminds meof what Isaiah said.
  • 00:13:08.893 --> 00:13:11.095
  • He said, "Woe to those who callevil good, and good evil;
  • 00:13:11.129 --> 00:13:15.533
  • who put darkness for light,and light for darkness;
  • 00:13:15.567 --> 00:13:18.536
  • who put bitter for sweet,and sweet for bitter!"
  • 00:13:18.570 --> 00:13:21.873
  • Just turn on your televisionthis afternoon,
  • 00:13:21.906 --> 00:13:23.942
  • and you will see that.
  • 00:13:23.975 --> 00:13:25.543
  • You will see iton the news shows.
  • 00:13:25.577 --> 00:13:28.313
  • Nothing is wrong anymore.
  • 00:13:28.346 --> 00:13:29.814
  • In fact,the worst part of it is,
  • 00:13:29.848 --> 00:13:31.883
  • people are bragging about thingswhich are blatantly wrong.
  • 00:13:31.916 --> 00:13:37.188
  • And anybody who's got a headon their shoulders knows
  • 00:13:37.222 --> 00:13:39.524
  • they're wrong.
  • 00:13:39.557 --> 00:13:42.360
  • What a world we live in.
  • 00:13:42.393 --> 00:13:47.398
  • Please note these enemiesweren't out somewhere
  • 00:13:47.432 --> 00:13:49.467
  • outside of the church.
  • 00:13:49.500 --> 00:13:50.802
  • They were in the church.
  • 00:13:50.835 --> 00:13:52.303
  • They had wormed their wayinto the Philippian congregation
  • 00:13:52.337 --> 00:13:54.973
  • and they were having littleSmall Group discussions
  • 00:13:55.006 --> 00:13:57.408
  • with the believers,trying to get them off the path
  • 00:13:57.442 --> 00:13:59.844
  • of righteousness andback onto the path of works.
  • 00:13:59.878 --> 00:14:04.015
  • And I love Paul becausehe stands at the gateway
  • 00:14:04.048 --> 00:14:07.485
  • to that church and he says,"Not here, not now,
  • 00:14:07.518 --> 00:14:10.622
  • not while I'm involved."
  • 00:14:10.655 --> 00:14:13.458
  • And he calls them out.
  • 00:14:13.491 --> 00:14:15.693
  • So, we have great encouragementwithin us to keep going.
  • 00:14:15.727 --> 00:14:19.264
  • We have great examplesaround us to keep going.
  • 00:14:19.297 --> 00:14:21.499
  • We have to watch out 'causewe got some enemies around us
  • 00:14:21.532 --> 00:14:23.968
  • who will keep us from growing.
  • 00:14:24.002 --> 00:14:25.803
  • But here's the great thingat the end of this passage:
  • 00:14:25.837 --> 00:14:27.705
  • great expectation before us.
  • 00:14:27.739 --> 00:14:30.408
  • Philippians 3:20-21,some of my favorite verses
  • 00:14:30.441 --> 00:14:32.944
  • in this book:
  • 00:14:32.977 --> 00:14:34.479
  • "For our citizenshipis in heaven,
  • 00:14:35.313 --> 00:14:37.749
  • from which we alsoeagerly wait for the Savior,
  • 00:14:37.782 --> 00:14:40.785
  • the Lord Jesus Christ,who will transform
  • 00:14:40.818 --> 00:14:43.288
  • our lowly body that it may beconformed to His glorious body,
  • 00:14:43.321 --> 00:14:47.258
  • according to the working bywhich He is able even to subdue
  • 00:14:47.292 --> 00:14:50.461
  • all things to Himself."
  • 00:14:50.495 --> 00:14:52.964
  • Paul says if you wanna stayon course and keep growing
  • 00:14:52.997 --> 00:14:56.968
  • and keep moving toward the goal,
  • 00:14:57.001 --> 00:14:58.770
  • don't lose sightof what the goal is.
  • 00:14:58.803 --> 00:15:01.472
  • We're going to heaven someday,we're gonna be
  • 00:15:01.506 --> 00:15:03.474
  • with the Lord someday.
  • 00:15:03.508 --> 00:15:04.876
  • Our anticipation is glory.
  • 00:15:04.909 --> 00:15:06.544
  • It's not this earth.
  • 00:15:06.577 --> 00:15:07.879
  • It's something heavenly.
  • 00:15:07.912 --> 00:15:09.213
  • It's really worth whateversacrifice we have to make
  • 00:15:09.247 --> 00:15:11.582
  • to stay on track and keepgoing in the right direction.
  • 00:15:11.616 --> 00:15:15.553
  • Paul always set this beforehis followers,
  • 00:15:15.586 --> 00:15:18.656
  • always reminded themheaven is our goal.
  • 00:15:18.690 --> 00:15:22.560
  • I remember readingyears ago something,
  • 00:15:22.593 --> 00:15:24.595
  • I think it was C.S. Lewis,who said,
  • 00:15:24.629 --> 00:15:26.230
  • "If you get heaven right,
  • 00:15:26.264 --> 00:15:27.899
  • you get everything on this earthwhile you're on your way.
  • 00:15:27.932 --> 00:15:30.335
  • If you get heaven wrong,not only do you miss heaven,
  • 00:15:30.368 --> 00:15:32.303
  • you miss everythingon this earth,"
  • 00:15:32.337 --> 00:15:34.439
  • because heaven isthe goal and eternity
  • 00:15:34.472 --> 00:15:37.408
  • with the Lord Jesus Christis the promise
  • 00:15:37.442 --> 00:15:40.445
  • when we put our trust in him.
  • 00:15:40.478 --> 00:15:43.348
  • Now, the one part aboutthis passage of Scripture
  • 00:15:43.381 --> 00:15:45.249
  • that all of us love is,we love this truth.
  • 00:15:45.283 --> 00:15:48.820
  • We love the truthof the return of Christ.
  • 00:15:48.853 --> 00:15:50.755
  • How many of you believe itcould happen at any moment?
  • 00:15:50.788 --> 00:15:52.623
  • There's nothing left to takeplace before Jesus comes back.
  • 00:15:52.657 --> 00:15:56.194
  • And while we're all wrapped upin our daily experiences
  • 00:15:56.227 --> 00:15:59.864
  • and we love life and we havesome great goals,
  • 00:15:59.897 --> 00:16:03.001
  • I'll be honest with you,I remember when Donna and I
  • 00:16:03.034 --> 00:16:04.736
  • got engaged,I prayed that the Lord
  • 00:16:04.769 --> 00:16:06.971
  • wouldn't come back'til we got married.
  • 00:16:07.005 --> 00:16:09.173
  • I guess that's all rightto do but--
  • 00:16:11.609 --> 00:16:15.380
  • So, here's what Paul was saying:Never lose sight of the goal.
  • 00:16:15.413 --> 00:16:20.952
  • Stephen Covey who isfrom a different mentality
  • 00:16:20.985 --> 00:16:26.024
  • than most of us,had some good things to say
  • 00:16:26.057 --> 00:16:28.359
  • in his book that wassuch a bestseller.
  • 00:16:28.393 --> 00:16:31.229
  • He said, "Always live your lifewith the end in view."
  • 00:16:31.262 --> 00:16:35.466
  • Live your lifewith the end in view.
  • 00:16:35.500 --> 00:16:37.168
  • Paul is saying, "Listen, one dayJesus is gonna come back.
  • 00:16:37.201 --> 00:16:39.904
  • You're gonna be so glad that youstayed on this growth pattern,
  • 00:16:39.937 --> 00:16:43.074
  • that you didn't drop outalong the way.
  • 00:16:43.107 --> 00:16:45.376
  • And one of these daysyou're gonna stand
  • 00:16:45.410 --> 00:16:46.811
  • with the Lord in heaven.
  • 00:16:46.844 --> 00:16:48.613
  • Make sure that you don't forgetwhat is waiting for you
  • 00:16:48.646 --> 00:16:53.084
  • as a follower of Christ."
  • 00:16:53.117 --> 00:16:55.520
  • And then he said, when thathappens he's going to change
  • 00:16:55.553 --> 00:16:59.524
  • our lowly body into a bodylike his resurrection body.
  • 00:16:59.557 --> 00:17:05.430
  • Now, if I didn't say anythingelse in this service encouraging
  • 00:17:05.463 --> 00:17:07.765
  • to you, move around just enoughto feel the pains you have
  • 00:17:07.799 --> 00:17:10.635
  • in your body this morningand remember that one day
  • 00:17:10.668 --> 00:17:13.204
  • God's gonna take your lowly bodyand he's gonna change it
  • 00:17:13.237 --> 00:17:16.240
  • into a body, a resurrection bodylike his own.
  • 00:17:16.274 --> 00:17:19.977
  • That's gonna happen someday.
  • 00:17:20.011 --> 00:17:22.313
  • If you wanna know what it'sgonna be like when that happens,
  • 00:17:22.346 --> 00:17:25.016
  • just go back and read everythingafter the resurrection
  • 00:17:25.049 --> 00:17:28.319
  • of Jesus Christ and watchwhat he did.
  • 00:17:28.352 --> 00:17:31.189
  • He went places without havingto take the journey.
  • 00:17:31.222 --> 00:17:34.859
  • He moved inside placeswithout going through the door.
  • 00:17:34.892 --> 00:17:38.129
  • He ate.That's good news.
  • 00:17:38.162 --> 00:17:41.933
  • It was an amazing,the glorious resurrection body
  • 00:17:41.966 --> 00:17:45.069
  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:45.103 --> 00:17:47.071
  • And Paul holds that out as ahigh and glorious goal for us
  • 00:17:47.105 --> 00:17:52.076
  • never to forget as we go throughthe discipline of walking
  • 00:17:52.110 --> 00:17:55.680
  • with him and growing with himin a world which more
  • 00:17:55.713 --> 00:17:58.649
  • and more doesn't want anythingto do with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:58.683 --> 00:18:02.720
  • While we don't know exactlyhow our bodies are going to be
  • 00:18:02.753 --> 00:18:05.490
  • changed on that glorious day,we do know that pain
  • 00:18:05.523 --> 00:18:09.160
  • and suffering and deathwill be forever gone.
  • 00:18:09.193 --> 00:18:13.898
  • To the Corinthians,Paul said that our bodies
  • 00:18:13.931 --> 00:18:15.867
  • will be buried in decayand raised without decay.
  • 00:18:15.900 --> 00:18:19.704
  • They will be sown in humiliationand raised in splendor.
  • 00:18:19.737 --> 00:18:23.474
  • They will be sown in weaknessand raised in strength.
  • 00:18:23.508 --> 00:18:26.711
  • They will be sowna physical body
  • 00:18:26.744 --> 00:18:28.579
  • and raised a spiritual body.
  • 00:18:28.613 --> 00:18:31.883
  • Our new bodies will be likethe glorious body
  • 00:18:31.916 --> 00:18:34.285
  • of our Lord Jesus Christ,and we have the opportunity
  • 00:18:34.318 --> 00:18:40.057
  • of being involvedin that promise because
  • 00:18:40.091 --> 00:18:42.360
  • Jesus said, "I amthe resurrection and the life."
  • 00:18:42.393 --> 00:18:47.765
  • If we believe in Jesus Christ,he promises us that one day
  • 00:18:47.798 --> 00:18:50.968
  • when the resurrection comes,our human bodies
  • 00:18:51.002 --> 00:18:55.940
  • that have decayed on usand stopped working for us
  • 00:18:55.973 --> 00:18:58.976
  • in this life will betotally renovated
  • 00:18:59.010 --> 00:19:01.812
  • so that we will have bodieslike the Lord Jesus,
  • 00:19:01.846 --> 00:19:04.815
  • perfected bodies, never againto have pain or sorrow
  • 00:19:04.849 --> 00:19:08.486
  • or weakness, and I just thoughtabout it this week:
  • 00:19:08.519 --> 00:19:11.422
  • gyms will be out of business.
  • 00:19:11.455 --> 00:19:13.457
  • Some of you wanna clap on that.
  • 00:19:15.660 --> 00:19:16.961
  • I don't know if that's--yeah, right.
  • 00:19:16.994 --> 00:19:19.497
  • So, we have a lotto look forward to
  • 00:19:22.333 --> 00:19:24.969
  • and we have a lotto be thankful for,
  • 00:19:25.002 --> 00:19:27.572
  • and the Bible tells usthat when this happens,
  • 00:19:27.605 --> 00:19:30.208
  • the Lord God is gonna subdueall things to himself
  • 00:19:30.241 --> 00:19:33.611
  • and we're going to bein heaven with him forever.
  • 00:19:33.644 --> 00:19:37.148
  • Paul looks back over thesemoments that he has shared
  • 00:19:38.015 --> 00:19:40.851
  • with his followersand he sort of,
  • 00:19:40.885 --> 00:19:43.221
  • in his mind at least,makes this comparison:
  • 00:19:43.254 --> 00:19:46.657
  • the enemies of the crossare heading for destruction;
  • 00:19:46.691 --> 00:19:49.927
  • the champions of the crossare waiting for a Savior
  • 00:19:49.961 --> 00:19:52.496
  • from heaven.
  • 00:19:52.530 --> 00:19:54.065
  • The enemies of the crossworship their earthly bodies;
  • 00:19:54.098 --> 00:19:56.467
  • the champions of the crosslook for transformed bodies.
  • 00:19:56.500 --> 00:20:00.071
  • The enemies of the cross haveperverted values and glory
  • 00:20:00.104 --> 00:20:03.007
  • in their shame; the championsof the cross have true values
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:06.377
  • and look forwardto the glory of the future.
  • 00:20:06.410 --> 00:20:10.281
  • Whenever we compare thebelief systems of two groups,
  • 00:20:10.314 --> 00:20:14.051
  • it's always important to lookat the end of the story.
  • 00:20:14.085 --> 00:20:18.456
  • How does this story end?
  • 00:20:18.489 --> 00:20:19.957
  • So, let me do thatas we close today.
  • 00:20:19.991 --> 00:20:22.960
  • Back in the year 1899,two famous men
  • 00:20:22.994 --> 00:20:26.597
  • died in America.
  • 00:20:26.631 --> 00:20:29.133
  • One of them was an unbelieverwho had made a career
  • 00:20:29.166 --> 00:20:31.802
  • of debunking the Bible,arguing against
  • 00:20:31.836 --> 00:20:34.405
  • the Christian doctrines,and the other was a Christian.
  • 00:20:34.438 --> 00:20:37.408
  • Colonel Ingersoll,after whom the famous
  • 00:20:37.441 --> 00:20:40.945
  • Ingersoll Lectureson Immortality
  • 00:20:40.978 --> 00:20:42.847
  • at Harvard University are named,was an unbeliever.
  • 00:20:42.880 --> 00:20:47.952
  • His death was sudden and it cameas an unmitigated shock
  • 00:20:47.985 --> 00:20:52.990
  • to his family.
  • 00:20:53.024 --> 00:20:55.493
  • His body was kept in the homefor several days because
  • 00:20:55.526 --> 00:20:58.996
  • Ingersoll's wife could notbear to part with it.
  • 00:20:59.030 --> 00:21:02.433
  • It was finally removedonly because the corpse
  • 00:21:02.466 --> 00:21:04.201
  • was decaying and the healthof the family required it.
  • 00:21:04.235 --> 00:21:08.039
  • At length, the remainswere cremated and the display
  • 00:21:08.072 --> 00:21:11.075
  • at the crematorium was so dismalthat some of the scene
  • 00:21:11.108 --> 00:21:13.911
  • was even picked upby the newspapers
  • 00:21:13.944 --> 00:21:16.147
  • and communicatedto the nation at large.
  • 00:21:16.180 --> 00:21:19.050
  • Ingersoll had usedhis great intellect to deny
  • 00:21:19.083 --> 00:21:22.286
  • the resurrection and when deathcame there was no hope
  • 00:21:22.320 --> 00:21:25.589
  • and the departure was receivedby his friends and his family
  • 00:21:25.623 --> 00:21:29.160
  • as an uncompensated tragedy.
  • 00:21:29.193 --> 00:21:34.198
  • In the same year, the evangelistDwight L. Moody died
  • 00:21:34.231 --> 00:21:38.769
  • and his death was triumphantfor himself and his family.
  • 00:21:38.803 --> 00:21:42.740
  • Moody had been decliningfor some time and his family
  • 00:21:42.773 --> 00:21:45.509
  • had taken turns being with him.
  • 00:21:45.543 --> 00:21:47.545
  • On the morning of his death,his son who was standing
  • 00:21:47.578 --> 00:21:49.847
  • by the bedside heard himexclaim, "Earth is receding.
  • 00:21:49.880 --> 00:21:53.484
  • Heaven is opening.God is calling."
  • 00:21:53.517 --> 00:21:56.187
  • "You're dreaming,Father," his son said.
  • 00:21:56.220 --> 00:21:58.255
  • Moody answered, "No, well,this is no dream.
  • 00:21:58.289 --> 00:22:00.391
  • I have been within the gates.
  • 00:22:00.424 --> 00:22:02.059
  • I have seenthe children's faces."
  • 00:22:02.093 --> 00:22:04.729
  • For a while it seemedas if Moody was reviving
  • 00:22:04.762 --> 00:22:07.131
  • but he began to slip away again.
  • 00:22:07.164 --> 00:22:09.667
  • He said, "Is this death?
  • 00:22:09.700 --> 00:22:11.702
  • This is not bad.
  • 00:22:11.736 --> 00:22:13.337
  • There is no valley.
  • 00:22:13.371 --> 00:22:14.939
  • There's just bliss.This is glorious."
  • 00:22:14.972 --> 00:22:17.408
  • By this time,his daughter was present
  • 00:22:17.441 --> 00:22:19.043
  • and she began to prayfor his recovery.
  • 00:22:19.076 --> 00:22:20.911
  • He said, "No, no.Emma, do not pray for that."
  • 00:22:20.945 --> 00:22:24.949
  • He said, "God is calling.This is my coronation day.
  • 00:22:24.982 --> 00:22:27.985
  • I've been looking forwardto it."
  • 00:22:28.018 --> 00:22:30.054
  • And shortly after that,Moody was received into heaven.
  • 00:22:30.087 --> 00:22:33.090
  • At the funeral,his family and friends
  • 00:22:33.124 --> 00:22:34.658
  • joined in the joyful service.
  • 00:22:34.692 --> 00:22:36.861
  • They spoke and sang hymns.
  • 00:22:36.894 --> 00:22:38.496
  • They heard the words proclaimed,
  • 00:22:38.529 --> 00:22:39.897
  • "Where, O death,is your victory?
  • 00:22:39.930 --> 00:22:41.665
  • Where, O death, is your sting?
  • 00:22:41.699 --> 00:22:43.801
  • The sting of death is sin,and the power of sin is the law.
  • 00:22:43.834 --> 00:22:47.471
  • But thanks be to God.
  • 00:22:47.505 --> 00:22:49.407
  • He gives us the victorythrough our Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:22:49.440 --> 00:22:52.643
  • Moody's death was partof that victory.
  • 00:22:52.676 --> 00:22:56.981
  • I'm a pastor.
  • 00:22:57.014 --> 00:22:58.349
  • I have watched over thecongregation here in San Diego
  • 00:22:58.382 --> 00:23:02.186
  • and in Fort Wayne, seen many,many people exit life.
  • 00:23:02.219 --> 00:23:07.525
  • And those who know Christare totally different
  • 00:23:07.558 --> 00:23:10.361
  • than those who don't.
  • 00:23:10.394 --> 00:23:12.029
  • If you know Christ,you have an anticipation.
  • 00:23:12.062 --> 00:23:13.697
  • Death is sadness, not as otherswho have no hope.
  • 00:23:13.731 --> 00:23:17.435
  • We still sorrow but notin the same way.
  • 00:23:17.468 --> 00:23:19.537
  • It's different.
  • 00:23:19.570 --> 00:23:21.071
  • It's sorrowwith an ultimate hope.
  • 00:23:21.105 --> 00:23:22.640
  • It's not despair.
  • 00:23:22.673 --> 00:23:24.809
  • And so, what happens to usat the beginning of this journey
  • 00:23:24.842 --> 00:23:28.012
  • is what determines to usat the end of the journey.
  • 00:23:28.045 --> 00:23:30.848
  • If you put your trustin Jesus Christ,
  • 00:23:30.881 --> 00:23:32.616
  • what is the gift?
  • 00:23:32.650 --> 00:23:33.951
  • The gift of God is what?
  • 00:23:33.984 --> 00:23:35.352
  • Eternal life throughJesus Christ our Lord.
  • 00:23:35.386 --> 00:23:37.988
  • And that life begins the momentyou believe,
  • 00:23:38.022 --> 00:23:40.391
  • but it extends after you die.
  • 00:23:40.424 --> 00:23:42.960
  • If you don't acceptJesus Christ,
  • 00:23:42.993 --> 00:23:44.562
  • you don't have eternal life andyou mess up the life you have,
  • 00:23:44.595 --> 00:23:48.265
  • and you get to the end,like Ingersoll,
  • 00:23:48.299 --> 00:23:51.368
  • with no hope, only despair.
  • 00:23:51.402 --> 00:23:55.906
  • You wonder why I stand up hereevery week and sometimes
  • 00:23:55.940 --> 00:23:58.642
  • get excited and go offon a tangent
  • 00:23:58.676 --> 00:24:02.313
  • about becoming a Christian?
  • 00:24:02.346 --> 00:24:03.881
  • It's because I know for a factthe only way you can ever have
  • 00:24:03.914 --> 00:24:07.418
  • eternal life isthrough Jesus Christ
  • 00:24:07.451 --> 00:24:09.320
  • and the only wayyou can ever make sense
  • 00:24:09.353 --> 00:24:11.422
  • out of this life isthrough Jesus Christ.
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  • So why wouldn't I stand up hereand preach with all my heart,
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  • "Come to Jesus.
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  • Let him have your heart.
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  • Let him have your life.
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  • Get rid of the old way.
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  • Don't make foolsout of yourselves by believing
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  • the lie that somehowyou're gonna make it
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  • when the Bible saysno one can without God."
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  • Jesus said, "I am the way,the truth, and the life.
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  • And no one comes to the Fatherexcept through me."
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  • How many get to the Fatherexcept through Christ?
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  • None.
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  • You can't go to heavenwithout Jesus.
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  • "Well," you say, "I'll worryabout that later."
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  • No, you won't.No, you won't.
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  • You won't have timeto worry about it.
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  • You take care of that nowwhile you have the opportunity.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When Jesus isin my life,
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  • when I'm honoring himwith what I do,
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  • when I'm living the lifeof Christ the best
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  • that I am able to in the powerof the Holy Spirit,
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  • when that's going onand Jesus is in my life
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  • and the flag of joy is flyingover my heart,
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  • I can go through anything,no matter what it is
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  • and I will be sad, I will cry,I will have tears,
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  • but it can't touch the joythat's down deep in my heart.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • "The Joy of Harmony,"here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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