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The Joy of Maturity

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November 29, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • In this rich exploration of the biblical book of Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the Apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing the joy that carried Paul
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  • through the most difficult times.
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  • "Count It All Joy" on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with 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 reasons and helpful ideas
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  • about how growth happens and how we should cooperate
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  • with it.
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  • He begins in verses 15 and 16 with 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 anything you think otherwise,
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  • God will reveal even this to you.
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  • Nevertheless, to the degree that 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 loved the 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 arrest in Rome.
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  • This little church that he was a part of starting,
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  • that started in the unique way that it did,
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  • was really heavy on his heart and he loved them so much that
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  • when he saw something happening that could deter their growth
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  • and keep them from maturity,
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  • he wrote about it very seriously.
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  • He wanted them to know that growth was paramount
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  • and anything that got in the way of that
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  • from any outside source should be called out
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  • and dealt with.
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  • In this little paragraph he has two different expressions.
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  • He calls the responses to his words,
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  • "this mind," and, "think otherwise."
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  • The people of this mind are those who have decided
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  • that growth and maturity are important goals for believers.
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  • They acknowledge with Paul that they need to keep pressing
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  • toward the mark of spiritual maturity.
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  • They have left behind the idea of becoming mature
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  • through obeying the law or doing works in the flesh.
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  • They are going on to seek maturity in Jesus Christ.
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  • They've come to the conclusion that we must come to
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  • as we come to faith that our salvation is not
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  • of works lest any man should boast.
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  • And then Paul said, "But there are some who think otherwise,
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  • probably they assume that they've already arrived
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  • at maturity, they don't need any help.
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  • Maybe they wanted to grow but they won't pay the price
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  • that was necessary for them to take forward steps.
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  • Whatever the situation, Paul is reminding
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  • these believers that their spiritual progress
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  • up to this point had come from following the standards
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  • set down in God's Word and he encourages them
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  • to go forward in the same way.
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  • If they were saved by grace through 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 walking with him daily is the routine
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  • that is set up for them.
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  • Occasionally, during basketball or football playoffs,
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  • you will hear a sports announcer talking about a star player
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  • who's having a bad day.
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  • As the sportscaster explains why this athlete has been allowed
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  • to continue, even though he 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 him here."
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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's qualifying for the playoffs,
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  • it does not make sense to remove him from the game now,
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  • even though he's not performing well.
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  • That was Paul's message.
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  • What these believers had attained spiritually
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  • had come through certain principles and procedures.
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  • They were not to let the legalists change
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  • the way they approached the Christian life.
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  • Paul's words to the churches in 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 forward in the faith.
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  • Paul's encouragement was straightforward.
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  • The Philippians were to keep on walking the same walk and
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  • thinking the same thoughts and the language here is military.
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  • In other words, get behind the leader and stay in your lane.
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  • They were to walk toward maturity.
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  • Let me just tell you something, friends.
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  • God has, as his goal for each one of us,
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  • that we become mature believers.
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  • I mean, not that we just become 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 Christians who are maturing
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  • so that we look back on our lives
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  • at the end of one year and we can see that
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  • we have grown some in our faith over the year before.
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  • You know, one of the things I love about Paul?
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  • He reminds me of something that my father said to me
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  • when I was getting ready to go into the ministry.
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  • He said, "David, let me just tell you something
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  • I've learned."
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  • He said, "If you preach to discouraged people
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  • and you bring the encouragement of the Bible,
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  • you will always have a congregation."
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  • In other words, if you come to your people every week
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  • with the encouragement of 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 they will come because all of us,
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  • we live a life that is filled with reasons to be discouraged
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  • and we need every hope we can."
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  • Perhaps the greatest example of that kind of ministry
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  • was the Apostle Paul.
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  • I never realized until I set out to study it
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  • what an incredibly encouraging teacher he was.
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  • He was always encouraging others.
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  • And even though it 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 us eternal encouragement
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  • and good hope, encourage your heart
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  • and strengthen you in every good deed and word."
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  • Paul understood the importance of encouragement
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  • and did you know that in the book of Hebrews
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  • it says when we come to church every Sunday
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  • we're to bring with us a word of encouragement that
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  • we can share with someone that we 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 Christ and the Apostle Paul
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  • and be ambassadors of encouragement.
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  • You say, "Well, I can't find anything in that person
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  • that I can encourage."
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  • Find a way to say something good and encourage them.
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  • Encouragement goes so much farther than criticism
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  • in helping us to grow.
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  • And Paul emphasizes that in these verses.
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  • Great encouragement within us.
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  • And then, he adds in verse 17 godly examples around us:
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  • "Brethren, join in following my 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 to join in following his example.
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  • Actually, the phrase could be translated,
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  • "become fellow imitators of me."
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  • And the word is related to our English word "mimic."
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  • Just as Paul was mimicking Christ,
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  • he asked his followers to mimic him.
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  • This has always been a hard thing for me
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  • to comprehend, and I can't imagine having
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  • the spiritual courage and confidence to say
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  • to other people, "I want you to 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 people to do it or not.
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  • And the last phrase in this verse is a phrase
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  • that has the word "tupos" in it.
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  • That's a Greek word which is translated by our word,
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  • "pattern."
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  • And Paul is asking those to follow him.
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  • He said, "You have us for a pattern."
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  • And I know that this is a 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 success or a place of influence,
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  • you're gonna influence other people,
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  • and if you don't understand that,
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  • you're going to just be frustrated your whole life.
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  • Paul said, "There's examples and you follow me."
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  • We may not wanna say that out loud to anybody,
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  • but we need to recognize they'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 live our 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 look over 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 enemies away from us.
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  • Once again, Paul is going to sound a warning.
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  • He says, "There are many 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 enemies of 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 mind on earthly things."
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  • You wanna know what Paul thinks about the teachers who have come
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  • into the church in Philippi with all 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 says about '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 destruction is perdition.
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  • It's the word that is used for Judas who was called
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  • the son of perdition.
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  • The true child of God glories in the cross
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  • but the enemies of the cross, according to Paul,
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  • are headed toward the lake of fire.
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  • People who bring false doctrine and try to use it
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  • to corrupt people in the church don't have a very good future.
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  • Their goal is, "whose end is destruction."
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  • Their god is, "whose god is 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 control of their appetites;
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  • their appetites are in control of them.
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  • Paul had no confidence in the flesh
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  • and he did not believe he had already arrived.
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  • But these enemies of the cross took as their god
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  • whatever felt good.
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  • Romans 16:18 says: "For those who are such
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  • do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • but their own belly,
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  • and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive
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  • the hearts of the simple."
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  • Their goal is destruction.
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  • Their god is their own belly, their appetites.
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  • Their glory, this is unbelievable.
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  • Their glory is in their shame.
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  • First, they give themselves to indulgence, and then,
  • 00:12:57.200 --> 00:13:00.030
  • they begin to justify their behavior
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  • and then they begin to proclaim it
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  • as if it was something to brag about.
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  • It reminds me of what Isaiah said.
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  • He said, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
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  • who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
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  • who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
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  • Just turn on your television this afternoon,
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  • and you will see that.
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  • You will see it on the news shows.
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  • Nothing is wrong anymore.
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  • In fact, the worst part of it is,
  • 00:13:28.260 --> 00:13:30.270
  • people are bragging about things which are blatantly wrong.
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  • And anybody who's got a head on their shoulders knows
  • 00:13:36.070 --> 00:13:38.160
  • they're wrong.
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  • What a world we live in.
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  • Please note these enemies weren't out somewhere
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  • outside of the church.
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  • They were in the church.
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  • They had wormed their way into the Philippian congregation
  • 00:13:51.100 --> 00:13:53.290
  • and they were having little Small Group discussions
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:56.120
  • with the believers, trying to get them off the path
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  • of righteousness and back onto the path of works.
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:03.020
  • And I love Paul because he stands at the gateway
  • 00:14:03.030 --> 00:14:06.160
  • to that church and he says, "Not here, not now,
  • 00:14:06.170 --> 00:14:09.200
  • not while I'm involved."
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  • And he calls them out.
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  • So, we have great encouragement within us to keep going.
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  • We have great examples around us to keep going.
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  • We have to watch out 'cause we got some enemies around us
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  • who will keep us from growing.
  • 00:14:23.010 --> 00:14:24.250
  • But here's the great thing at the end of this passage:
  • 00:14:24.260 --> 00:14:26.220
  • great expectation before us.
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  • Philippians 3:20-21, some of my favorite verses
  • 00:14:29.140 --> 00:14:31.290
  • in this book:
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  • "For our citizenship is in heaven,
  • 00:14:34.100 --> 00:14:36.230
  • from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,
  • 00:14:36.240 --> 00:14:39.240
  • the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:42.090
  • our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body,
  • 00:14:42.100 --> 00:14:46.080
  • according to the working by which He is able even to subdue
  • 00:14:46.090 --> 00:14:49.140
  • all things to Himself."
  • 00:14:49.150 --> 00:14:51.290
  • Paul says if you wanna stay on course and keep growing
  • 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:55.290
  • and keep moving toward the goal,
  • 00:14:56.000 --> 00:14:57.230
  • don't lose sight of what the goal is.
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  • We're going to heaven someday, we're gonna be
  • 00:15:00.170 --> 00:15:02.160
  • with the Lord someday.
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  • Our anticipation is glory.
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  • It's not this earth.
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  • It's something heavenly.
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  • It's really worth whatever sacrifice we have to make
  • 00:15:08.090 --> 00:15:10.190
  • to stay on track and keep going in the right direction.
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  • Paul always set this before his followers,
  • 00:15:14.190 --> 00:15:17.210
  • always reminded them heaven is our goal.
  • 00:15:17.220 --> 00:15:21.180
  • I remember reading years ago something,
  • 00:15:21.190 --> 00:15:23.190
  • I think it was C.S. Lewis, who said,
  • 00:15:23.200 --> 00:15:25.080
  • "If you get heaven right,
  • 00:15:25.090 --> 00:15:26.280
  • you get everything on this earth while you're on your way.
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  • If you get heaven wrong, not only do you miss heaven,
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:31.100
  • you miss everything on this earth,"
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  • because heaven is the goal and eternity
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  • with the Lord Jesus Christ is the promise
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  • when we put our trust in him.
  • 00:15:39.150 --> 00:15:42.110
  • Now, the one point about this passage of Scripture
  • 00:15:42.120 --> 00:15:44.080
  • that all of us love is, we love this truth.
  • 00:15:44.090 --> 00:15:47.250
  • We love the truth of the return of Christ.
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  • How many of you believe it could happen at any moment?
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  • There's nothing left to take place before Jesus comes back.
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:55.060
  • And while we're all wrapped up in our daily experiences
  • 00:15:55.070 --> 00:15:58.260
  • and we love life and we have some great goals,
  • 00:15:58.270 --> 00:16:02.020
  • I'll be honest with you, I remember when Donna and I
  • 00:16:02.030 --> 00:16:03.240
  • got engaged, I prayed that the Lord
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:06.010
  • wouldn't come back 'til we got married.
  • 00:16:06.020 --> 00:16:08.070
  • I guess that's all right to do but--
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  • So, here's what Paul was saying: Never lose sight of the goal.
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  • Stephen Covey who is from a different mentality
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  • than most of us, had some good things to say
  • 00:16:25.030 --> 00:16:27.120
  • in his book that was such a bestseller.
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  • He said, "Always live your life with the end in view."
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  • Live your life with the end in view.
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  • Paul is saying, "Listen, one day Jesus is gonna come back.
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  • You're gonna be so glad that you stayed on this growth pattern,
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:42.030
  • that you didn't drop out along the way.
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  • And one of these days you're gonna stand
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  • with the Lord in heaven.
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  • Make sure that you don't forget what is waiting for you
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  • as a follower of Christ."
  • 00:16:52.040 --> 00:16:54.160
  • And then he said, when that happens he's going to change
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  • our lowly body into a body like his resurrection body.
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:17:04.150
  • Now, if I didn't say anything else in this service encouraging
  • 00:17:04.160 --> 00:17:06.250
  • to you, move around just enough to feel the pains you have
  • 00:17:06.260 --> 00:17:09.210
  • in your body this morning and remember that one day
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:12.080
  • God's gonna take your lowly body and he's gonna change it
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:15.090
  • into a body, a resurrection body like his own.
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:19.010
  • That's gonna happen someday.
  • 00:17:19.020 --> 00:17:21.110
  • If you wanna know what it's gonna be like when that happens,
  • 00:17:21.120 --> 00:17:24.020
  • just go back and read everything after the resurrection
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  • of Jesus Christ and watch what he did.
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:30.070
  • He went places without having to take the journey.
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  • He moved inside places without going through the door.
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  • He ate. That's good news.
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  • It was an amazing, the glorious resurrection body
  • 00:17:41.000 --> 00:17:44.030
  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:44.040 --> 00:17:46.030
  • And Paul holds that out as a high and glorious goal for us
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  • never to forget as we go through the discipline of walking
  • 00:17:51.040 --> 00:17:54.210
  • with him and growing with him in a world which more
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:57.200
  • and more doesn't want anything to do with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:57.210 --> 00:18:01.240
  • While we don't know exactly how our bodies are going to be
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:04.170
  • changed on that glorious day, we do know that pain
  • 00:18:04.180 --> 00:18:08.070
  • and suffering and death will be forever gone.
  • 00:18:08.080 --> 00:18:12.290
  • To the Corinthians, Paul said that our bodies
  • 00:18:13.000 --> 00:18:14.280
  • will be buried in decay and raised without decay.
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  • They will be sown in humiliation and raised in splendor.
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  • They will be sown in weakness and raised in strength.
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  • They will be sown a physical body
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  • and raised a spiritual body.
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  • Our new bodies will be like the glorious body
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  • of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we have the opportunity
  • 00:18:33.110 --> 00:18:39.030
  • of being involved in that promise because
  • 00:18:39.040 --> 00:18:41.120
  • Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life."
  • 00:18:41.130 --> 00:18:46.240
  • If we believe in Jesus Christ, he promises us that one day
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:50.000
  • when the resurrection comes, our human bodies
  • 00:18:50.010 --> 00:18:54.290
  • that have decayed on us and stopped working for us
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:58.000
  • in this life will be totally renovated
  • 00:18:58.010 --> 00:19:00.270
  • so that we will have bodies like the Lord Jesus,
  • 00:19:00.280 --> 00:19:03.270
  • perfected bodies, never again to have pain or sorrow
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:07.170
  • or weakness, and I just thought about it this week:
  • 00:19:07.180 --> 00:19:10.150
  • gyms will be out of business.
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  • Some of you wanna clap on that.
  • 00:19:14.220 --> 00:19:16.010
  • I don't know if that's-- yeah, right.
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:18.170
  • So, we have a lot to look forward to
  • 00:19:21.120 --> 00:19:24.010
  • and we have a lot to be thankful for,
  • 00:19:24.020 --> 00:19:26.190
  • and the Bible tells us that when this happens,
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:29.080
  • the Lord God is gonna subdue all things to himself
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  • and we're going to be in heaven with him forever.
  • 00:19:32.210 --> 00:19:36.060
  • Paul looks back over these moments that he has shared
  • 00:19:37.020 --> 00:19:39.270
  • with his followers and he sort of,
  • 00:19:39.280 --> 00:19:42.080
  • in his mind at least, makes this comparison:
  • 00:19:42.090 --> 00:19:45.210
  • the enemies of the cross are heading for destruction;
  • 00:19:45.220 --> 00:19:48.290
  • the champions of the cross are waiting for a Savior
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  • from heaven.
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:53.030
  • The enemies of the cross worship their earthly bodies;
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:55.150
  • the champions of the cross look for transformed bodies.
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:59.030
  • The enemies of the cross have perverted values and glory
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:02.010
  • in their shame; the champions of the cross have true values
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  • and look forward to the glory of the future.
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:09.090
  • Whenever we compare the belief systems of two groups,
  • 00:20:09.100 --> 00:20:13.020
  • it's always important to look at the end of the story.
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  • How does this story end?
  • 00:20:17.150 --> 00:20:18.290
  • So, let me do that as we close today.
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  • Back in the year 1899, two famous men
  • 00:20:22.000 --> 00:20:25.180
  • died in America.
  • 00:20:25.190 --> 00:20:28.040
  • One of them was an unbeliever who had made a career
  • 00:20:28.050 --> 00:20:30.240
  • of debunking the Bible, arguing against
  • 00:20:30.250 --> 00:20:33.120
  • the Christian doctrines, and the other was a Christian.
  • 00:20:33.130 --> 00:20:36.120
  • Colonel Ingersoll, after whom the famous
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:39.280
  • Ingersoll Lectures on Immortality
  • 00:20:39.290 --> 00:20:41.250
  • at Harvard University are named, was an unbeliever.
  • 00:20:41.260 --> 00:20:46.280
  • His death was sudden and it came as an unmitigated shock
  • 00:20:46.290 --> 00:20:51.290
  • to his family.
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:54.140
  • His body was kept in the home for several days because
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:57.290
  • Ingersoll's wife could not bear to part with it.
  • 00:20:58.000 --> 00:21:01.140
  • It was finally removed only because the corpse
  • 00:21:01.150 --> 00:21:03.070
  • was decaying and the health of the family required it.
  • 00:21:03.080 --> 00:21:07.020
  • At length, the remains were cremated and the display
  • 00:21:07.030 --> 00:21:10.030
  • at the crematorium was so dismal that some of the scene
  • 00:21:10.040 --> 00:21:12.280
  • was even picked up by the newspapers
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:15.050
  • and communicated to the nation at large.
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:18.020
  • Ingersoll had used his great intellect to deny
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:21.090
  • the resurrection and when death came there was no hope
  • 00:21:21.100 --> 00:21:24.180
  • and the departure was received by his friends and his family
  • 00:21:24.190 --> 00:21:28.050
  • as an uncompensated tragedy.
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:33.060
  • In the same year, the evangelist Dwight L. Moody died
  • 00:21:33.070 --> 00:21:37.230
  • and his death was triumphant for himself and his family.
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  • Moody had been declining for some time and his family
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:44.150
  • had taken turns being with him.
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  • On the morning of his death, his son who was standing
  • 00:21:46.170 --> 00:21:48.250
  • by the bedside heard him exclaim, "Earth is receding.
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:52.140
  • Heaven is opening. God is calling."
  • 00:21:52.150 --> 00:21:55.050
  • "You're dreaming, Father," his son said.
  • 00:21:55.060 --> 00:21:57.070
  • Moody answered, "No, well, this is no dream.
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:59.110
  • I have been within the gates.
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  • I have seen the children's faces."
  • 00:22:01.040 --> 00:22:03.230
  • For a while it seemed as if Moody was reviving
  • 00:22:03.240 --> 00:22:06.050
  • but he began to slip away again.
  • 00:22:06.060 --> 00:22:08.210
  • He said, "Is this death?
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  • This is not bad.
  • 00:22:10.230 --> 00:22:12.110
  • There is no valley.
  • 00:22:12.120 --> 00:22:13.290
  • There's just bliss. This is glorious."
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  • By this time, his daughter was present
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  • and she began to pray for his recovery.
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:19.280
  • He said, "No, no. Emma, do not pray for that."
  • 00:22:19.290 --> 00:22:23.290
  • He said, "God is calling. This is my coronation day.
  • 00:22:24.000 --> 00:22:27.000
  • I've been looking forward to it."
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:29.020
  • And shortly after that, Moody was received into heaven.
  • 00:22:29.030 --> 00:22:32.030
  • At the funeral, his family and friends
  • 00:22:32.040 --> 00:22:33.200
  • joined in the joyful service.
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:35.260
  • They spoke and sang hymns.
  • 00:22:35.270 --> 00:22:37.150
  • They heard the words proclaimed,
  • 00:22:37.160 --> 00:22:38.270
  • "Where, O death, is your victory?
  • 00:22:38.280 --> 00:22:40.200
  • Where, O death, is your sting?
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  • The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
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  • But thanks be to God.
  • 00:22:46.150 --> 00:22:48.120
  • He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Moody's death was part of that victory.
  • 00:22:51.200 --> 00:22:55.290
  • I'm a pastor.
  • 00:22:56.000 --> 00:22:57.100
  • I have watched over the congregation here in San Diego
  • 00:22:57.110 --> 00:23:01.070
  • and in Fort Wayne, seen many, many people exit life.
  • 00:23:01.080 --> 00:23:06.170
  • And those who know Christ are totally different
  • 00:23:06.180 --> 00:23:09.120
  • than those who don't.
  • 00:23:09.130 --> 00:23:11.020
  • If you know Christ, you have an anticipation.
  • 00:23:11.030 --> 00:23:12.220
  • Death is sadness, not as others who have no hope.
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:16.140
  • We still sorrow but not in the same way.
  • 00:23:16.150 --> 00:23:18.170
  • It's different.
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  • It's sorrow with an ultimate hope.
  • 00:23:20.040 --> 00:23:21.200
  • It's not despair.
  • 00:23:21.210 --> 00:23:23.250
  • And so, what happens to us at the beginning of this journey
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:27.010
  • is what determines to us at the end of the journey.
  • 00:23:27.020 --> 00:23:29.260
  • If you put your trust in Jesus Christ,
  • 00:23:29.270 --> 00:23:31.190
  • what is the gift?
  • 00:23:31.200 --> 00:23:32.290
  • The gift of God is what?
  • 00:23:33.000 --> 00:23:34.110
  • Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • 00:23:34.120 --> 00:23:37.000
  • And that life begins the moment you believe,
  • 00:23:37.010 --> 00:23:39.120
  • but it extends after you die.
  • 00:23:39.130 --> 00:23:41.290
  • If you don't accept Jesus Christ,
  • 00:23:42.000 --> 00:23:43.170
  • you don't have eternal life and you mess up the life you have,
  • 00:23:43.180 --> 00:23:47.080
  • and you get to the end, like Ingersoll,
  • 00:23:47.090 --> 00:23:50.110
  • with no hope, only despair.
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:54.270
  • You wonder why I stand up here every week and sometimes
  • 00:23:54.280 --> 00:23:57.190
  • get excited and go off on a tangent
  • 00:23:57.200 --> 00:24:01.110
  • about becoming a Christian?
  • 00:24:01.120 --> 00:24:02.280
  • It's because I know for a fact the only way you can ever have
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:06.140
  • eternal life is through Jesus Christ
  • 00:24:06.150 --> 00:24:08.110
  • and the only way you can ever make sense
  • 00:24:08.120 --> 00:24:10.140
  • out of this life is through Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:10.150 --> 00:24:13.230
  • So why wouldn't I stand up here and preach with all my heart,
  • 00:24:13.240 --> 00:24:16.090
  • "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.
  • 00:24:20.240 --> 00:24:22.070
  • Don't make fools out of yourselves by believing
  • 00:24:22.080 --> 00:24:25.150
  • the lie that somehow you're gonna make it
  • 00:24:25.160 --> 00:24:28.280
  • when the Bible says no 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 Father except through me."
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  • How many get to the Father except through Christ?
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  • None.
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  • You can't go to heaven without Jesus.
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  • "Well," you say, "I'll worry about that later."
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  • No, you won't. No, you won't.
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  • You won't have time to worry about it.
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  • You take care of that now while you have the opportunity.
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  • announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When Jesus is in my life,
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  • when I'm honoring him with what I do,
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  • when I'm living the life of Christ the best
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  • that I am able to in the power of the Holy Spirit,
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  • when that's going on and Jesus is in my life
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  • and the flag of joy is flying over 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 joy that's down deep in my heart.
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Joy of Harmony," here on "Turning Point."
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