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The Joy of Unity

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August 24, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Joy of Unity

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: What's tipping the balance
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  • of your relationships?
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  • Are you experiencing harmony or disagreement?
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  • Coming up in a few minutes, we'll examine
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  • the contentment that comes from being unified with others.
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  • The secret lies within the answers
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  • to three questions: why, how, and who.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • In the book of Philippians, the apostle Paul urged
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  • early Christians not to let animosity and conflict
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  • get in the way of their relationships.
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  • Paul provides us with four reasons,
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  • three requirements, and one role model
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  • for living in harmony with others.
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  • So stay tuned as we unpack it all
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  • on today's edition of "Turning Point."
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • In the land that is plentiful
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  • Where your streams of abundance flow
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • When I'm found in the desert place
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  • Though I walk through the wilderness
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Michael Sanchez: "Every blessing."
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  • Every blessing you pour out, I'll
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  • Turn back to praise
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  • When the darkness closes in, Lord
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  • Still I will say
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  • Blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your glorious name
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • When the sun's shining down on me
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  • When the world's all as it should be
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • On the road marked with suffering
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  • Though there's pain in the offering
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Michael: "Every blessing," lift it up.
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  • Every blessing you pour out, I'll
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  • Turn back to praise
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  • When the darkness closes in, Lord
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  • Still I will say
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  • Blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your glorious name
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  • Michael: "Every blessing."
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  • Every blessing you pour out, I'll
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  • Turn back to praise
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  • When the darkness closes in, Lord
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  • Still I will say
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  • Michael: Sing that again, "Every blessing."
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  • Every blessing you pour out, I'll
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  • Turn back to praise
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  • When the darkness closes in, Lord
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  • Still I will say
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  • Blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Oh, blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your glorious name
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  • Blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your name
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  • Oh, blessed be the name of the Lord
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  • Blessed be your glorious name
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • male announcer: Coming up 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 is a very, very important lesson
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  • because today what we're being told
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  • is that it doesn't matter what you believe.
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  • Just everybody be good to everybody else.
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  • Just try to get along.
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  • How's that working?
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  • female announcer: What if you could experience happiness
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  • no matter what?
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  • You can.
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  • Discover a happiness that circumstances cannot change
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's book, "Count It All Joy."
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  • In this rich exploration
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  • of the biblical book of Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing a joy
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  • that can change your perspective on life.
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  • Whatever you're facing, this teaching provides
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  • practical steps to help you find contentment
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  • in abundance or in scarcity,
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  • comfort in failure or in sickness,
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  • and peace for today's troubles
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  • and for tomorrow's uncertainties.
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  • "Count It All Joy," is yours as a thank you
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  • when you give a gift of any amount
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  • in support of this program.
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  • And if you generously give $60 or more,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you in appreciation
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  • the "Count It All Joy" set, which includes his book,
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  • his complete newly preached 12-message teaching series
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD, and a correlating study guide.
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  • Learn to live out a joy that never ends
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's "Count It All Joy" book or set.
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  • Support the ministry and request these resources
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  • when you contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • You are the name above all names
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  • You are worthy of all praise
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  • My heart will sing
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  • How great is our God
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  • Michael: Well, lift your voice and sing that again.
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  • Sing, "Name above all names."
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  • You are the name above all names
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  • You are worthy of all praise
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  • My heart will sing
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  • How great is our God
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  • How great
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  • How great is our God
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  • Won't you sing with me
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  • How great is our God
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  • All will see how great
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  • How great is our God
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  • Michael: Sing "How great."
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  • How great is our God
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  • Won't you sing with me
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  • How great is our God
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  • All will see how great
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  • How great
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  • Oh, is our God
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  • And all will see
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  • And all will see how great
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  • How great is our God
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  • All will see how great
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  • How great is our God
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  • Oh
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: For more than three decades,
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  • David Jeremiah and Turning Point have delivered
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  • the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world,
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  • through radio, books, and print resources,
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  • television and online, people around the world
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  • have received the gospel.
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  • The strength and encouragement
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  • to help them through their greatest trials
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  • and consistent Bible-strong teaching
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  • for their walk with God.
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  • And it has only been possible with the help
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  • of our Bible-Strong Partners.
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  • Our Bible-Strong Partners are dedicated supporters
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  • of David Jeremiah and Turning Point
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  • whose gifts help Turning Point reach
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  • more souls across the globe and continue to come to you
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  • on this network.
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  • And you can join the thousands of Bible-Strong Partners today.
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  • Your dedicated support will help deliver
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  • the unchanging Word of God to an ever-changing world.
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  • Plus, as a Bible-Strong Partner, you will receive
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  • monthly resources, handpicked by Dr. Jeremiah to encourage
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  • and strengthen your own walk with God.
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  • To become a member or to find out more information,
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  • go to, DavidJeremiah.org/BibleStrong.
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  • What can wash away my sin?
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • What can make me whole again?
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • Oh, precious is the flow
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  • That makes me white as snow
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  • No other fount I know
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • For my pardon this I see
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • For my cleansing this my plea
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • Oh, precious is the flow
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  • That makes me white as snow
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  • No other fount I know
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • This is all my hope and peace
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • This is all my righteousness
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • Oh, precious is the flow
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  • That makes me white as snow
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  • No other fount I know
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • Oh, precious is the flow
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  • That makes me white as snow
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  • No other fount I know
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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  • Order my steps in your Word
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  • Dear Lord
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  • Lead me
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  • Guide me every day
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  • Send your anointing, Father, I pray
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  • Order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • Order my steps in your Word
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  • Dear Lord
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  • Lead me
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  • Guide me every day
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  • Send your anointing, Father, I pray
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  • Order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • Humbly I ask thee, teach me your will
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  • While you are working, help me be still
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  • Though Satan is busy, God is real
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  • Order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • Write on my tongue, let my words edify
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  • Let the words of my mouth
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  • Be acceptable in thy sight
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  • Take charge of my thoughts
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  • Both day and by night
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  • Order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • I want to walk worthy
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  • Oh, I wanna walk worthy
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  • My calling to fulfill
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  • Please order my steps
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  • Please order my steps, Lord
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  • And I'll do your blessed will
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  • The world is ever changing
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  • The world is ever changing
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  • But, Lord, you're still the same
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  • Please order my steps, Lord
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  • And I'll praise your name
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  • Order my steps in your Word
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  • Order my tongue in your Word
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  • Guide my feet in your Word
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  • Wash my heart in your Word
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  • Show me how to walk in your Word
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  • Show me how to talk in your Word
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  • When I need a brand new song to sing
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  • Won't you show me, Lord
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  • Show me, yeah
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  • In your Word
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  • In your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • I want to walk worthy
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  • Oh, I wanna walk worthy
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  • My calling to fulfill
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  • Please order my steps
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  • Please order my steps, Lord
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  • And I'll do your blessed will
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  • The world is ever changing
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  • The world is ever changing
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  • But you are still the same
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  • Please order my steps, Lord
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  • And I'll praise your name
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  • Lord, I just want to walk worthy
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  • I wanna walk worthy
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  • My calling to fulfill
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  • Please order my steps
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  • Please order my steps, Lord
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  • And I'll do your blessed will
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  • The world is ever changing
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  • The world is ever changing
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  • But you are still the same
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • Please order my steps in your Word
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • female announcer: What if you could experience happiness
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  • no matter what?
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  • You can.
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  • Discover a happiness that circumstances cannot change
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's book, "Count It All Joy."
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  • In this rich exploration
  • 00:19:28.130 --> 00:19:29.270
  • of the biblical book of Philippians,
  • 00:19:29.280 --> 00:19:31.170
  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the apostle Paul's secret
  • 00:19:31.180 --> 00:19:34.260
  • to experiencing a joy
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  • that can change your perspective on life.
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  • Whatever you're facing, this teaching provides
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  • practical steps to help you find contentment
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  • in abundance or in scarcity,
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  • comfort in failure or in sickness,
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  • and peace for today's troubles
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  • and for tomorrow's uncertainties.
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD, and a correlating study guide.
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  • Soon and very soon
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • Soon and very soon
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • Soon and very soon
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • Hallelujah, hallelujah
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • No more crying there
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • No more crying there
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • No more crying there
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • Hallelujah, hallelujah
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • No more dying there
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • No more dying there
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  • Well, we are going
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  • Gonna see the King, yeah
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  • No more dying there
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • Hallelujah, hallelujah
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • Whoa, soon and very soon
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  • Well, we are going to see the King
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  • Soon and very soon
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  • Oh, we are going to see the King
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  • Oh yeah
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  • Soon and very soon
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  • Oh, we are going to see the King
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  • Hallelujah, hallelujah
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  • We are going to see the King
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  • Oh, hallelujah, hallelujah
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  • We are going to see the King
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:07.050
  • Well, hallelujah, hallelujah
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  • We are going to see the, the King
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  • Oh, yeah
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  • announcer: Are you waiting for joy to find you?
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  • Don't wait, claim a happiness
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  • that circumstances cannot change,
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's book, "Count It All Joy."
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:55.200
  • In this rich exploration
  • 00:24:55.210 --> 00:24:57.050
  • of the biblical book of Philippians,
  • 00:24:57.060 --> 00:24:58.250
  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the apostle Paul's secret
  • 00:24:58.260 --> 00:25:02.060
  • to experiencing a joy that carried Paul
  • 00:25:02.070 --> 00:25:04.220
  • through the most difficult times.
  • 00:25:04.230 --> 00:25:07.020
  • Discover this happiness for yourself
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  • with "Count It All Joy," yours as a thank you
  • 00:25:09.130 --> 00:25:12.170
  • when you give a gift of any amount
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  • in support of this program.
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  • And if you generously give $60 or more,
  • 00:25:16.120 --> 00:25:18.260
  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you in appreciation
  • 00:25:18.270 --> 00:25:21.190
  • the "Count It All Joy" set, which includes his book,
  • 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:25.070
  • his complete newly preached 12-message teaching series
  • 00:25:25.080 --> 00:25:28.010
  • on your choice of CD or DVD, and a correlating study guide.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's "Count It All Joy" book or set.
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  • Support this program and request these resources
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  • when you contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • male announcer: Thank you for watching "Count It All Joy,"
  • 00:25:43.230 --> 00:25:45.220
  • on "Turning Point."
  • 00:25:45.230 --> 00:25:47.020
  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "The Joy of Unity."
  • 00:25:49.290 --> 00:25:51.220
  • Dr. Jeremiah: Our attitudes are important.
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  • In fact, they are more important than our actions
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  • because, you see, our attitudes
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  • are the foundation upon which our actions are built.
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  • And I know that by reading Philippians chapter 2
  • 00:26:05.140 --> 00:26:07.190
  • because we're barely into the text
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  • before Paul mentions the word "mind" twice.
  • 00:26:09.170 --> 00:26:13.070
  • And the word that he uses
  • 00:26:13.080 --> 00:26:14.170
  • in the language of the New Testament
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  • is a word that means attitude.
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  • He says to us, "Let your attitude be the same
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  • as the attitude of Christ."
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  • We're to work on our attitudes.
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  • How many of you know we could all work a little bit
  • 00:26:26.150 --> 00:26:28.030
  • on our attitudes?
  • 00:26:28.040 --> 00:26:29.130
  • Maybe you came to church today and you got a bad attitude.
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  • You came for the right sermon.
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  • I'm gonna talk to you about that.
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  • Paul encourages them to form habits that promote harmony.
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  • From his incarceration in the city of Rome,
  • 00:26:42.040 --> 00:26:45.240
  • he actually writes to the church in Philippi and he says,
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  • "What you do with your attitudes
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  • is either a source of joy or discouragement to me
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  • as I'm here in prison.
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  • If you have the right attitude, it brings joy to my heart."
  • 00:26:56.130 --> 00:27:00.160
  • And then he begins to tell them in his letter,
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  • first of all, some reasons that they should work
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  • on their attitude of unity with one another.
  • 00:27:06.290 --> 00:27:10.020
  • Secondly, he gives them
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  • some requirements for doing that;
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  • and third, and this is
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  • the main part of the message today,
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  • he introduces them to a role model
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  • who illustrates what all of this really looks like.
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  • Let's take a few moments with these first few verses
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  • and try to get Paul's introduction
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  • under our belt.
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  • In the first verse, he says,
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  • "If there is any consolation in Christ,
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  • if there is any comfort of love,
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  • if there is any fellowship of the Spirit,
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  • if any affection and mercy."
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  • Now, without getting too technical,
  • 00:27:45.250 --> 00:27:47.040
  • let me just tell you
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  • if you insert the word "since," where the word "if" is,
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  • you will have more of the meaning of the verse.
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  • What Paul is saying is simply this:
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  • "Since there is consolation in Christ,
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  • since there is comfort in love,
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  • since there is fellowship of the Spirit,
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  • and since there is affection and mercy."
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  • In other words, here are the reasons why
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  • we should care about
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  • the chemistry that Paul writes about.
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  • The word "consolation" here comes from a word
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  • which means to draw alongside of somebody.
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  • The mental picture that you get with this word is
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  • you walk up to somebody who's hurting
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  • and you put your arm around them
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  • and you encourage them and you talk with them
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  • and you bless them with your words.
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  • The testimony of our Lord's life
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  • was continually that of helping and encouraging others.
  • 00:28:35.060 --> 00:28:39.040
  • I remember reading the Scripture that says:
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  • "He went everywhere doing good."
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  • What a testimony for anyone, even the Lord Jesus.
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  • How would it be to have someone say about you,
  • 00:28:47.190 --> 00:28:50.170
  • "Janey went everywhere doing good.
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  • Jack went everywhere doing good."
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  • That was the testimony of Jesus.
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  • He was always encouraging people.
  • 00:28:55.270 --> 00:28:59.090
  • So the writer of Philippians says,
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  • "Since there is this encouragement
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  • that Jesus gives to us, we should be giving
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  • that same encouragement to others.
  • 00:29:05.110 --> 00:29:07.230
  • Secondly," he said,
  • 00:29:07.240 --> 00:29:09.030
  • "since there's the example of Christ's love,
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  • therefore if there is any consolation in Christ,
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  • if any comfort of love."
  • 00:29:14.240 --> 00:29:17.190
  • The love that he mentions here is,
  • 00:29:17.200 --> 00:29:19.010
  • first of all, the love that God has for us,
  • 00:29:19.020 --> 00:29:22.080
  • but it is also the love that we receive from God
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  • that is shed abroad in our hearts toward others.
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  • The best way to describe that is this.
  • 00:29:27.280 --> 00:29:29.290
  • When God loves you, he sets up in your life
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  • a reservoir of his love,
  • 00:29:32.260 --> 00:29:34.260
  • and out of that reservoir of God's love for you,
  • 00:29:34.270 --> 00:29:37.270
  • you love other people.
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  • You can say, "I don't have enough love for that."
  • 00:29:40.190 --> 00:29:42.130
  • Of course you don't, but God's given you his love.
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  • Dip into his love and love others
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  • with the love he provides.
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  • His third reason is
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  • the encouragement of Christ's body.
  • 00:29:51.080 --> 00:29:53.050
  • Listen to the last part of it.
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  • "If any fellowship of the Spirit."
  • 00:29:54.170 --> 00:29:58.080
  • Paul is saying, "Here are some reasons why we
  • 00:29:58.090 --> 00:30:00.090
  • should be encouraged to work on our chemistry.
  • 00:30:00.100 --> 00:30:04.200
  • First of all, because we have this example of Christ
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  • and this encouragement of Christ."
  • 00:30:08.170 --> 00:30:10.040
  • But now he comes to the body of Christ
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  • and that's who we are.
  • 00:30:12.180 --> 00:30:13.270
  • Did you know that when you became a Christian,
  • 00:30:13.280 --> 00:30:15.290
  • you became a part of Christ's body,
  • 00:30:16.000 --> 00:30:18.250
  • a part of his family?
  • 00:30:18.260 --> 00:30:21.060
  • And when you became a part of his family,
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  • you were given an initial gift
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  • and that gift is the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:30:24.130 --> 00:30:26.110
  • I hear people say once in a while,
  • 00:30:26.120 --> 00:30:27.250
  • "Well, I got Jesus when I was saved,
  • 00:30:27.260 --> 00:30:30.020
  • but I haven't gotten the Holy Spirit yet."
  • 00:30:30.030 --> 00:30:31.210
  • Well, that's not true.
  • 00:30:31.220 --> 00:30:33.020
  • When you got saved, you got the whole package.
  • 00:30:33.030 --> 00:30:35.250
  • You got Jesus and you got the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:30:35.260 --> 00:30:38.180
  • If you don't have the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:30:38.190 --> 00:30:40.000
  • you don't have Jesus
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  • because when it comes to salvation,
  • 00:30:41.170 --> 00:30:43.030
  • they come together.
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  • You may learn more about the Holy Spirit later,
  • 00:30:44.170 --> 00:30:46.210
  • but you don't get more of him.
  • 00:30:46.220 --> 00:30:48.100
  • He may get more of you, but you don't get more of him.
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  • When you become a Christian,
  • 00:30:51.250 --> 00:30:53.140
  • the initial gift of salvation is the gift of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:30:53.150 --> 00:30:56.130
  • so stop for a moment and think.
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  • You have the Holy Spirit, and I have the Holy Spirit.
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  • Your DNA is the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:31:02.150 --> 00:31:05.290
  • And Paul is saying to us,
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  • "Since we all have the Holy Spirit,
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  • let's cooperate together.
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  • Realizing that we all have the same Spirit,
  • 00:31:12.170 --> 00:31:15.160
  • we shouldn't be quarreling with each other,
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  • we shouldn't be slandering each other.
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  • We should be encouraging one another
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  • because the Holy Spirit who lives in you, lives in me.
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  • And I might not look like you
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  • or talk like you or act like you,
  • 00:31:26.210 --> 00:31:28.120
  • but I've got the same Spirit you have.
  • 00:31:28.130 --> 00:31:31.000
  • And that's what binds us together.
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  • If there are any fellowship in the Spirit," he said.
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  • And then finally he says, "Any affection and mercy."
  • 00:31:36.220 --> 00:31:42.200
  • He says, "Because God has had affection and mercy for you,
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  • now you go out and you become purveyors of that mercy
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  • and of that affection."
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  • How can I love you when I don't feel like it?
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  • Because I understand how much God loved me.
  • 00:31:54.280 --> 00:31:58.070
  • Interesting in the text, this word "affection"
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  • is from a word that refers to an inward organ.
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  • If we were to say this
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  • the way the text actually says it,
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  • we would say, "I love you with my kidneys."
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  • Now, we would never say that. That's not how we do it.
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  • We say, "I love you with all my heart."
  • 00:32:14.280 --> 00:32:18.070
  • Why do we say that?
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  • It's not the heart pumping blood that we're talking about.
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  • The heart is a description
  • 00:32:21.250 --> 00:32:23.070
  • of the most intimate, deepest part of who we are,
  • 00:32:23.080 --> 00:32:27.140
  • and so the Bible tells us that when Christ loved us,
  • 00:32:27.150 --> 00:32:29.270
  • he loved us with everything that was within him,
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  • with his great affection and with his mercy.
  • 00:32:32.250 --> 00:32:38.000
  • Did you know that grace is what God gives us
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  • that we don't deserve
  • 00:32:41.180 --> 00:32:43.040
  • and mercy is what God withholds from us
  • 00:32:43.050 --> 00:32:45.050
  • that we do deserve.
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  • I'm thankful for both, aren't you?
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  • I'm glad he's given me all this that I don't deserve.
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  • I'm also glad he's withheld from me what I did deserve.
  • 00:32:52.000 --> 00:32:55.010
  • And he says,
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  • "Now that you've received that from God,
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  • now that you have that from the Father, don't hoard it.
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  • Share it.
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  • With the same affection and the same mercy
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  • that you've received from the Almighty,
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  • let that be the way you treat one another.
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  • Let that be the reason that you work on your chemistry
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  • and understand the oneness that you have in Christ."
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  • Those are the reasons for this passage.
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  • Then he gives us some requirements.
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  • He says there's three things you've got to have
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  • if you're gonna have chemistry, if you're gonna have unity.
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  • First of all, let me just tell you,
  • 00:33:30.040 --> 00:33:31.180
  • there's a difference here that needs to be explained.
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  • How many of you know the difference
  • 00:33:34.230 --> 00:33:36.020
  • between uniformity, unanimity, and unity?
  • 00:33:36.030 --> 00:33:39.210
  • Let me explain to you what that means.
  • 00:33:39.220 --> 00:33:41.240
  • Some people think unity in the body of Christ
  • 00:33:41.250 --> 00:33:43.230
  • is uniformity, so they all dress alike.
  • 00:33:43.240 --> 00:33:46.290
  • But I wanna tell you, unity's not uniformity.
  • 00:33:47.000 --> 00:33:49.180
  • Unity is not everybody looking the same.
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  • Has nothing to do with that.
  • 00:33:52.030 --> 00:33:54.010
  • And then there's unanimity,
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  • and that means everybody says the same, speaks the same.
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  • Wouldn't that be a boring world?
  • 00:33:59.030 --> 00:34:01.140
  • Unity is not because we all look alike or we all talk alike.
  • 00:34:01.150 --> 00:34:04.270
  • Unity is because we believe alike.
  • 00:34:04.280 --> 00:34:07.240
  • To have unity, you have to have
  • 00:34:07.250 --> 00:34:10.190
  • core doctrines that you're committed to.
  • 00:34:10.200 --> 00:34:13.060
  • Our unity is based on the fact that we believe in creation,
  • 00:34:13.070 --> 00:34:17.020
  • we believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross
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  • and three days later came out of the tomb
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  • victorious over death.
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  • We believe that he offers salvation
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  • to anyone who will come and ask for it.
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  • We believe that when we get saved,
  • 00:34:27.200 --> 00:34:29.050
  • we get the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:34:29.060 --> 00:34:30.180
  • We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God.
  • 00:34:30.190 --> 00:34:33.240
  • We believe that one day Jesus Christ is coming back
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  • to take to heaven those who put their trust in him.
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  • We believe all of this stuff.
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  • We believe it together,
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  • and we are one in Christ because of what we believe.
  • 00:34:41.250 --> 00:34:45.280
  • And this is a very, very important lesson
  • 00:34:45.290 --> 00:34:48.140
  • because today what we're being told is
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  • that it doesn't matter what you believe.
  • 00:34:51.000 --> 00:34:53.080
  • Just everybody be good to everybody else.
  • 00:34:53.090 --> 00:34:57.100
  • Just try to get along.
  • 00:34:57.110 --> 00:34:59.290
  • How's that working?
  • 00:35:00.020 --> 00:35:02.060
  • Now, we're gonna have differences
  • 00:35:02.070 --> 00:35:03.160
  • and little issues with what we think about,
  • 00:35:03.170 --> 00:35:05.290
  • but our core cardinal doctrines are the same.
  • 00:35:06.000 --> 00:35:09.080
  • You believe what you believe
  • 00:35:09.090 --> 00:35:10.290
  • and that's what brings you together.
  • 00:35:11.000 --> 00:35:12.280
  • I always have loved what C.S. Lewis used to say
  • 00:35:12.290 --> 00:35:15.010
  • with a smile on his face
  • 00:35:15.020 --> 00:35:16.180
  • that, "No clever arrangement of rotten eggs
  • 00:35:16.190 --> 00:35:19.000
  • will ever make a good omelet," and he was right about that.
  • 00:35:19.010 --> 00:35:22.200
  • So unity's not how we look. Uniformity.
  • 00:35:22.210 --> 00:35:26.000
  • It's not even what we say. Unanimity.
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  • Unity's what we believe.
  • 00:35:28.070 --> 00:35:30.100
  • When you believe what the Bible teaches,
  • 00:35:30.110 --> 00:35:32.030
  • you become a part of the oneness of Christ.
  • 00:35:32.040 --> 00:35:34.110
  • Do you know that most disunity in Christian organizations
  • 00:35:34.120 --> 00:35:39.000
  • is over disagreement over basic doctrines
  • 00:35:39.010 --> 00:35:43.010
  • about which there is no issue?
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  • I'm so thankful that you believe what you believe
  • 00:35:47.250 --> 00:35:51.290
  • 'cause we have one source and it's this book.
  • 00:35:52.000 --> 00:35:54.020
  • And that's why I don't stray from it very much
  • 00:35:54.030 --> 00:35:56.170
  • 'cause it's really important that we continue
  • 00:35:56.180 --> 00:35:58.180
  • to be reminded that our unity in Christ
  • 00:35:58.190 --> 00:36:01.260
  • is based upon what we believe.
  • 00:36:01.270 --> 00:36:05.250
  • Now, Paul goes on to say
  • 00:36:05.260 --> 00:36:07.170
  • that the building blocks of this unity are three.
  • 00:36:07.180 --> 00:36:10.100
  • First of all, harmony.
  • 00:36:10.110 --> 00:36:12.180
  • He says, "Fulfill my joy by being like-minded,
  • 00:36:12.190 --> 00:36:15.100
  • having the same love, one accord, one mind."
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  • We're to be like-minded.
  • 00:36:20.060 --> 00:36:21.150
  • That means we're to have the same attitude,
  • 00:36:21.160 --> 00:36:23.140
  • the same mind.
  • 00:36:23.150 --> 00:36:26.170
  • We not only need harmony, we need humility.
  • 00:36:26.180 --> 00:36:29.120
  • Listen to what he says in verse 3:
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  • "Don't let anything be done
  • 00:36:31.190 --> 00:36:33.020
  • through selfish ambition or conceit,
  • 00:36:33.030 --> 00:36:35.210
  • but in lowliness of mind
  • 00:36:35.220 --> 00:36:37.050
  • let each esteem others better than himself."
  • 00:36:37.060 --> 00:36:41.030
  • Paul challenged each one of those
  • 00:36:41.040 --> 00:36:43.040
  • who would read this letter not to be doing anything
  • 00:36:43.050 --> 00:36:47.060
  • out of selfish ambition or conceit.
  • 00:36:47.070 --> 00:36:50.080
  • This is a warning
  • 00:36:50.090 --> 00:36:51.200
  • against a competitive selfish spirit
  • 00:36:51.210 --> 00:36:54.130
  • that looks only for what you can get out of it.
  • 00:36:54.140 --> 00:36:57.200
  • Nothing is more distasteful to God,
  • 00:36:57.210 --> 00:36:59.230
  • I am convinced, than self-conceit.
  • 00:36:59.240 --> 00:37:02.230
  • Did you know that pride is the original sin?
  • 00:37:02.240 --> 00:37:06.030
  • Pride is what caused Satan to rebel and leave heaven
  • 00:37:06.040 --> 00:37:09.190
  • and this whole mess we're in right now got started.
  • 00:37:09.200 --> 00:37:13.230
  • And Paul uses Jesus Christ a little bit later
  • 00:37:13.240 --> 00:37:16.170
  • to help us understand how offensive that really is.
  • 00:37:16.180 --> 00:37:20.240
  • And Paul himself had mastered this.
  • 00:37:20.250 --> 00:37:23.240
  • I don't know if you've ever seen this progression,
  • 00:37:23.250 --> 00:37:26.150
  • but during his third missionary journey,
  • 00:37:26.160 --> 00:37:28.130
  • Paul referred to himself
  • 00:37:28.140 --> 00:37:29.230
  • as the least of all the apostles.
  • 00:37:29.240 --> 00:37:33.060
  • But he grew a lot in the Lord, and a little bit later
  • 00:37:33.070 --> 00:37:36.150
  • during his first Roman imprisonment,
  • 00:37:36.160 --> 00:37:38.120
  • he described himself as the least of all the saints.
  • 00:37:38.130 --> 00:37:42.250
  • He grew from being the least of all the apostles
  • 00:37:42.260 --> 00:37:45.160
  • to being the least of all the saints.
  • 00:37:45.170 --> 00:37:48.100
  • And his final word was, at the end of his life,
  • 00:37:48.110 --> 00:37:50.270
  • he wrote to Timothy and confessed
  • 00:37:50.280 --> 00:37:52.180
  • that he himself was the chief of sinners.
  • 00:37:52.190 --> 00:37:56.090
  • So he went from being the least of all the apostles,
  • 00:37:56.100 --> 00:37:59.150
  • then he saw himself as the least of all the saints.
  • 00:37:59.160 --> 00:38:01.260
  • Then he saw himself as the chief of sinners.
  • 00:38:01.270 --> 00:38:03.290
  • Was Paul getting worse in his conduct?
  • 00:38:04.000 --> 00:38:05.280
  • No, he was getting a more realistic attitude
  • 00:38:05.290 --> 00:38:08.070
  • of what was really going on.
  • 00:38:08.080 --> 00:38:09.220
  • How many of you know the closer you get to Christ,
  • 00:38:09.230 --> 00:38:12.070
  • the more you see
  • 00:38:12.080 --> 00:38:13.170
  • the imperfections in your own life?
  • 00:38:13.180 --> 00:38:15.230
  • When we first get started, we might think we're something.
  • 00:38:15.240 --> 00:38:17.290
  • We got this all wired.
  • 00:38:18.000 --> 00:38:19.210
  • But when you walk with the Lord,
  • 00:38:19.220 --> 00:38:21.090
  • you grow in knowledge and you grow in understanding.
  • 00:38:21.100 --> 00:38:26.010
  • You also grow in self-awareness.
  • 00:38:26.020 --> 00:38:29.020
  • That's just the way it is.
  • 00:38:29.030 --> 00:38:30.120
  • That's how the body of Christ works.
  • 00:38:30.130 --> 00:38:33.000
  • So you gotta have harmony and you gotta have humility
  • 00:38:33.010 --> 00:38:35.140
  • and you gotta have helpfulness.
  • 00:38:35.150 --> 00:38:37.210
  • He said, "Let each of you look out
  • 00:38:37.220 --> 00:38:39.100
  • not only for his own interests,
  • 00:38:39.110 --> 00:38:40.250
  • but for the interests of others."
  • 00:38:40.260 --> 00:38:42.100
  • What does this say?
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  • Don't look out for your own stuff.
  • 00:38:43.210 --> 00:38:45.040
  • Look out for other people.
  • 00:38:45.050 --> 00:38:47.080
  • And the real core of unity in Christianity
  • 00:38:47.090 --> 00:38:49.160
  • is not just doing the best we can for ourselves,
  • 00:38:49.170 --> 00:38:53.080
  • but getting out of our proud selves
  • 00:38:53.090 --> 00:38:55.150
  • and looking around to find ways we can help others.
  • 00:38:55.160 --> 00:38:58.280
  • And you know what happens when we do that?
  • 00:38:58.290 --> 00:39:01.060
  • While we're helping others,
  • 00:39:01.070 --> 00:39:02.160
  • the help that they're doing for others touches us.
  • 00:39:02.170 --> 00:39:06.190
  • Now, I don't know how to tell you this
  • 00:39:06.200 --> 00:39:08.020
  • and I don't want you to be discouraged by it,
  • 00:39:08.030 --> 00:39:10.030
  • that's my introduction.
  • 00:39:10.040 --> 00:39:16.090
  • Here's the deal.
  • 00:39:16.100 --> 00:39:18.070
  • Most scholars who have studied Philippians 2 believe
  • 00:39:18.080 --> 00:39:21.020
  • that verses 5 through 11
  • 00:39:21.030 --> 00:39:23.040
  • was a hymn that was sung by the churches
  • 00:39:23.050 --> 00:39:26.180
  • when Paul wrote this letter;
  • 00:39:26.190 --> 00:39:28.010
  • and that when Paul wrote this letter,
  • 00:39:28.020 --> 00:39:29.230
  • he just incorporated this hymn into his writing.
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  • It's one of the most beautiful passages in all of the Bible.
  • 00:39:33.200 --> 00:39:36.200
  • It is a passage that is so doctrinally overwhelming
  • 00:39:36.210 --> 00:39:40.070
  • that anybody, no matter who they are,
  • 00:39:40.080 --> 00:39:42.150
  • when they take to preaching this passage,
  • 00:39:42.160 --> 00:39:44.190
  • should just say, "I'm not worthy of this.
  • 00:39:44.200 --> 00:39:46.210
  • There's no way I can get my arms around this.
  • 00:39:46.220 --> 00:39:48.180
  • I'm not capable of making people understand
  • 00:39:48.190 --> 00:39:51.110
  • how beautiful this is."
  • 00:39:51.120 --> 00:39:54.120
  • In order to feel the strength of it,
  • 00:39:54.130 --> 00:39:55.230
  • I wanna give you six steps that he took.
  • 00:39:55.240 --> 00:39:58.140
  • So this is where the story begins.
  • 00:39:58.150 --> 00:40:00.260
  • It begins with Jesus in heaven with his Father,
  • 00:40:00.270 --> 00:40:05.030
  • and step one of his coming to this earth
  • 00:40:05.040 --> 00:40:07.170
  • was he relinquished his place.
  • 00:40:07.180 --> 00:40:10.160
  • Here are the words of the apostle:
  • 00:40:10.170 --> 00:40:12.270
  • "Who, being in the form of God,"
  • 00:40:12.280 --> 00:40:15.210
  • verse 6, "did not consider it robbery to be equal with God."
  • 00:40:15.220 --> 00:40:20.010
  • In other words, when Jesus Christ was in heaven,
  • 00:40:20.020 --> 00:40:22.240
  • he was God, he was equal with God.
  • 00:40:22.250 --> 00:40:25.060
  • He didn't consider that to be anything that he should grasp,
  • 00:40:25.070 --> 00:40:28.230
  • but he was equal with God.
  • 00:40:28.240 --> 00:40:30.030
  • He is God, he was God.
  • 00:40:30.040 --> 00:40:31.220
  • If we're to understand
  • 00:40:31.230 --> 00:40:33.020
  • the greatness of Christ's sacrifice,
  • 00:40:33.030 --> 00:40:35.080
  • we have to try to comprehend how lofty was his position
  • 00:40:35.090 --> 00:40:39.060
  • before he came here.
  • 00:40:39.070 --> 00:40:41.290
  • I mean, coming to this earth didn't do anything for Jesus.
  • 00:40:42.000 --> 00:40:45.160
  • He was at the height of his glory.
  • 00:40:45.170 --> 00:40:47.280
  • He was in the most incredible position
  • 00:40:47.290 --> 00:40:50.040
  • that could ever be dreamed of.
  • 00:40:50.050 --> 00:40:52.130
  • He was the very God, a very God.
  • 00:40:52.140 --> 00:40:55.080
  • He had existed for eternity.
  • 00:40:55.090 --> 00:40:57.230
  • What in the world would he want to do by coming
  • 00:40:57.240 --> 00:41:01.140
  • to this messed up world that we live in?
  • 00:41:01.150 --> 00:41:07.060
  • But the Bible says he took the first step,
  • 00:41:07.070 --> 00:41:10.160
  • and that first step was away from his place.
  • 00:41:10.170 --> 00:41:15.200
  • Number two, he refused his prerogative.
  • 00:41:15.210 --> 00:41:18.240
  • It says: "Who, being in the form of God,
  • 00:41:18.250 --> 00:41:21.050
  • did not consider it robbery to be equal with God."
  • 00:41:21.060 --> 00:41:23.250
  • In other words, even though he was God and had always been God
  • 00:41:23.260 --> 00:41:28.010
  • and would always continue to be God,
  • 00:41:28.020 --> 00:41:29.260
  • he didn't consider it robbery, he didn't think that it was
  • 00:41:29.270 --> 00:41:33.070
  • something that he should hold on to.
  • 00:41:33.080 --> 00:41:36.210
  • When the text says that Christ did not consider it robbery,
  • 00:41:36.220 --> 00:41:39.260
  • it means he did not consider equality with God
  • 00:41:39.270 --> 00:41:43.060
  • a thing to be grasped.
  • 00:41:43.070 --> 00:41:45.160
  • When Christ did not esteem his equality with God
  • 00:41:45.170 --> 00:41:48.040
  • as a prized possession,
  • 00:41:48.050 --> 00:41:49.160
  • he did not look on his own things.
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  • He viewed the things of others.
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  • In other words, instead of focusing
  • 00:41:53.190 --> 00:41:56.060
  • on his relationship with the Father,
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  • he focused on the need that all of us had
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  • for the problem of sin to be resolved.
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  • He had so much going up there.
  • 00:42:05.000 --> 00:42:07.290
  • Why would he leave all of that to come here?
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  • I certainly don't consider myself
  • 00:42:11.020 --> 00:42:12.120
  • worthy of such a sacrifice
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  • and I'm sure you don't either.
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  • He left his place.
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  • He left his prerogative and he renounced his privileges.
  • 00:42:19.080 --> 00:42:22.260
  • Listen, this is a little bit theological;
  • 00:42:22.270 --> 00:42:25.280
  • but if you'll listen carefully, you'll understand it;
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  • and it's incredibly marvelous as a truth.
  • 00:42:27.290 --> 00:42:31.060
  • The Bible says: "He made himself of no reputation."
  • 00:42:32.000 --> 00:42:38.080
  • He what?
  • 00:42:38.090 --> 00:42:39.270
  • "He made himself of no reputation."
  • 00:42:39.280 --> 00:42:43.090
  • Here was the Almighty God who was omnipotent,
  • 00:42:43.100 --> 00:42:47.200
  • omniscient, nothing was too hard for him.
  • 00:42:47.210 --> 00:42:52.030
  • But the Bible says that when he came to this earth,
  • 00:42:52.040 --> 00:42:55.170
  • he put aside all of those privileges that he had
  • 00:42:55.180 --> 00:43:00.060
  • while he walked among us for 30-some years.
  • 00:43:00.070 --> 00:43:03.060
  • The theological way to say this,
  • 00:43:03.070 --> 00:43:05.020
  • I had to memorize this in seminary, goes like this:
  • 00:43:05.030 --> 00:43:08.010
  • "He voluntarily divested himself
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  • of the independent use of his attributes."
  • 00:43:10.230 --> 00:43:14.070
  • And what that means is that one day he said,
  • 00:43:14.080 --> 00:43:16.280
  • "If I go down there to be one of them,
  • 00:43:16.290 --> 00:43:19.130
  • if I go down to live among them, to taste flesh,
  • 00:43:19.140 --> 00:43:22.190
  • to be incarnated, I can't go down there
  • 00:43:22.200 --> 00:43:26.080
  • and bring all of my privileges with me
  • 00:43:26.090 --> 00:43:28.190
  • or I won't even be considered to be one of them."
  • 00:43:28.200 --> 00:43:32.110
  • So the Bible says that when he left his throne
  • 00:43:32.120 --> 00:43:34.280
  • and he left heaven,
  • 00:43:34.290 --> 00:43:36.080
  • he left the independent use of his attributes,
  • 00:43:36.090 --> 00:43:40.260
  • he left those in heaven.
  • 00:43:40.270 --> 00:43:42.260
  • Now, some people say that means when he came down here,
  • 00:43:42.270 --> 00:43:45.100
  • he became less God than he was before.
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  • Let me tell you how silly that is.
  • 00:43:47.170 --> 00:43:49.160
  • You cannot diminish deity.
  • 00:43:49.170 --> 00:43:51.190
  • You're either God or you're not.
  • 00:43:51.200 --> 00:43:53.110
  • As soon as you diminish deity, it's not deity anymore.
  • 00:43:53.120 --> 00:43:56.270
  • So he didn't become less God,
  • 00:43:56.280 --> 00:43:59.050
  • he didn't just give away some of it.
  • 00:43:59.060 --> 00:44:01.090
  • Listen, here's what happened.
  • 00:44:01.100 --> 00:44:02.190
  • You follow the life of Jesus as much as you can
  • 00:44:02.200 --> 00:44:04.260
  • both through the Scripture and secular documents,
  • 00:44:04.270 --> 00:44:07.160
  • from the time he was born till the time he was 30,
  • 00:44:07.170 --> 00:44:09.260
  • there's no evidence that he ever did any miracles.
  • 00:44:09.270 --> 00:44:13.080
  • If you'd have seen him walking around the streets of Nazareth,
  • 00:44:13.090 --> 00:44:15.220
  • you'd have just maybe looked at his hands and said,
  • 00:44:15.230 --> 00:44:18.000
  • "This guy works in a carpenter's shop."
  • 00:44:18.010 --> 00:44:20.110
  • And when he was baptized,
  • 00:44:20.120 --> 00:44:22.100
  • he began to do some miracles to authenticate his message,
  • 00:44:22.110 --> 00:44:28.140
  • but here's what we notice that happened
  • 00:44:28.150 --> 00:44:30.210
  • when he became one of us.
  • 00:44:30.220 --> 00:44:33.240
  • He voluntarily decided to live like we live.
  • 00:44:33.250 --> 00:44:37.250
  • In the Crucifixion narrative, we're told that if he wanted to,
  • 00:44:37.260 --> 00:44:40.140
  • he could have called 10.000 angels to rescue him
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  • from the brutality that he experienced.
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  • Did he do that? No.
  • 00:44:46.170 --> 00:44:48.130
  • Could have.
  • 00:44:48.140 --> 00:44:49.230
  • Are you getting the story?
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  • He left his Father, he left his heaven,
  • 00:44:51.220 --> 00:44:55.260
  • he left his privileges, he left his prerogatives.
  • 00:44:55.270 --> 00:44:59.130
  • Here's one that you don't ever think about.
  • 00:44:59.140 --> 00:45:02.130
  • He restricted his presence.
  • 00:45:02.140 --> 00:45:06.090
  • I cannot imagine what it was like
  • 00:45:06.100 --> 00:45:08.240
  • for the Lord Jesus Christ before his incarnation
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  • except that as the Triune God he was omnipresent.
  • 00:45:11.220 --> 00:45:14.210
  • Do you know what omnipresent means?
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  • Always present everywhere.
  • 00:45:16.190 --> 00:45:19.120
  • He was omniscient, he knew everything
  • 00:45:19.130 --> 00:45:21.050
  • both possible and actual.
  • 00:45:21.060 --> 00:45:25.040
  • He was omnipotent, he could do anything he wanted,
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  • but the Scripture says he came to this earth
  • 00:45:27.110 --> 00:45:30.210
  • and he restricted his presence.
  • 00:45:30.220 --> 00:45:32.040
  • You say, "Pastor, what do you mean?"
  • 00:45:32.050 --> 00:45:33.180
  • Well, first of all, he restricted his presence
  • 00:45:33.190 --> 00:45:35.250
  • to the womb of a woman.
  • 00:45:35.260 --> 00:45:39.170
  • How's that for a contrast?
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  • From the glorious unbounded heaven
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  • to the small womb of a Jewish girl.
  • 00:45:46.180 --> 00:45:50.290
  • And then when he was born into humanity,
  • 00:45:51.000 --> 00:45:53.110
  • he became a man, a man who never left Israel.
  • 00:45:53.120 --> 00:46:00.020
  • From the glories of heaven
  • 00:46:00.030 --> 00:46:02.020
  • and the unbounded reaches of omnipresence,
  • 00:46:02.030 --> 00:46:06.110
  • to the womb of a woman, the body of a man,
  • 00:46:06.120 --> 00:46:10.030
  • and a little country called Israel, wow.
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  • He did that for you.
  • 00:46:16.110 --> 00:46:17.210
  • He did that for me.
  • 00:46:17.220 --> 00:46:19.250
  • And the Bible says he realized his purpose.
  • 00:46:19.260 --> 00:46:23.230
  • What was his purpose?
  • 00:46:23.240 --> 00:46:25.080
  • Of any person who ever walked on this earth,
  • 00:46:25.090 --> 00:46:27.120
  • there never was a clearer purpose
  • 00:46:27.130 --> 00:46:28.240
  • for the birth of an individual than there was for Jesus.
  • 00:46:28.250 --> 00:46:31.080
  • He was born to die.
  • 00:46:31.090 --> 00:46:34.170
  • That was his purpose.
  • 00:46:34.180 --> 00:46:36.060
  • Jesus Christ came down from the glories of heaven,
  • 00:46:36.070 --> 00:46:38.270
  • born through a woman, born into humanity,
  • 00:46:38.280 --> 00:46:41.160
  • and his real purpose was simply to die.
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  • Without his death, we have no hope.
  • 00:46:44.170 --> 00:46:48.060
  • That's not just my statement; that's his statement.
  • 00:46:48.070 --> 00:46:52.020
  • That's the statement of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:46:52.030 --> 00:46:54.010
  • He says, "I didn't come here to be served, but to serve,
  • 00:46:54.020 --> 00:46:59.070
  • and to give my life a ransom for many."
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  • The writer of the book of Hebrews
  • 00:47:02.250 --> 00:47:04.040
  • makes it very clear.
  • 00:47:04.050 --> 00:47:05.140
  • Listen to the words.
  • 00:47:05.150 --> 00:47:06.240
  • This is right out of the King James Bible:
  • 00:47:06.250 --> 00:47:09.110
  • "But we see Jesus,
  • 00:47:09.120 --> 00:47:11.060
  • who was made a little lower than the angels
  • 00:47:11.070 --> 00:47:14.020
  • for the suffering of death,
  • 00:47:14.030 --> 00:47:16.110
  • that he by the grace of God might taste death for everyone."
  • 00:47:16.120 --> 00:47:22.120
  • And Hebrews 2:14 says: "Inasmuch then as the children
  • 00:47:22.130 --> 00:47:25.190
  • have partaken of flesh and blood,
  • 00:47:25.200 --> 00:47:28.000
  • he himself likewise shared in the same;
  • 00:47:28.010 --> 00:47:30.250
  • that through death he might destroy
  • 00:47:30.260 --> 00:47:32.240
  • him who had the power of death,
  • 00:47:32.250 --> 00:47:35.010
  • that is, the devil."
  • 00:47:35.020 --> 00:47:39.000
  • He left heaven, he left his Father,
  • 00:47:39.010 --> 00:47:41.180
  • he left his privileges, he restricted his presence,
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  • and actually came to do what he did.
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  • He humbled himself unto death and the Bible says:
  • 00:47:49.160 --> 00:47:52.070
  • "Even the death of the cross."
  • 00:47:52.080 --> 00:47:53.220
  • Did you know the death of the cross, crucifixion,
  • 00:47:53.230 --> 00:47:56.020
  • was for non-Romans or criminals?
  • 00:47:56.030 --> 00:47:58.260
  • It was such a brutal death
  • 00:47:58.270 --> 00:48:00.140
  • that people died 100 times before they died once.
  • 00:48:00.150 --> 00:48:04.190
  • And that's the death he died for you and for me.
  • 00:48:04.200 --> 00:48:08.220
  • And that's not the end of the story.
  • 00:48:08.230 --> 00:48:12.010
  • He received his promotion.
  • 00:48:12.020 --> 00:48:14.200
  • One day after his death he was put into a tomb,
  • 00:48:14.210 --> 00:48:17.060
  • and three days later he came out of that grave
  • 00:48:17.070 --> 00:48:18.230
  • victorious over death.
  • 00:48:18.240 --> 00:48:20.180
  • And a few days after that, he was ascended to heaven.
  • 00:48:20.190 --> 00:48:23.290
  • Listen to these words:
  • 00:48:24.000 --> 00:48:25.090
  • "Therefore God also has highly exalted him
  • 00:48:25.100 --> 00:48:28.230
  • and given him a name which is above every name,
  • 00:48:28.240 --> 00:48:31.090
  • that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
  • 00:48:31.100 --> 00:48:34.140
  • of those in heaven, and those on earth,
  • 00:48:34.150 --> 00:48:37.040
  • and those under the earth,
  • 00:48:37.050 --> 00:48:38.150
  • and that every tongue should confess
  • 00:48:38.160 --> 00:48:40.160
  • that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
  • 00:48:40.170 --> 00:48:46.090
  • What a round trip our Savior had.
  • 00:48:46.100 --> 00:48:50.120
  • He ended up back where he started,
  • 00:48:50.130 --> 00:48:52.170
  • but not until he'd taken this long journey
  • 00:48:52.180 --> 00:48:56.070
  • and suffered for you and for me.
  • 00:48:56.080 --> 00:48:58.280
  • Now, let me just put this in context.
  • 00:48:58.290 --> 00:49:02.170
  • Paul wrote to the Philippians about unity and humility.
  • 00:49:02.180 --> 00:49:07.050
  • And he used Jesus as his illustration.
  • 00:49:07.060 --> 00:49:11.170
  • After he gets done giving them all the instruction
  • 00:49:11.180 --> 00:49:13.090
  • about being one-minded and all that, he says,
  • 00:49:13.100 --> 00:49:15.110
  • "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,"
  • 00:49:15.120 --> 00:49:18.140
  • and then he tells
  • 00:49:18.150 --> 00:49:19.240
  • this whole story that I just told.
  • 00:49:19.250 --> 00:49:22.190
  • And he says, "If you wanna know
  • 00:49:22.200 --> 00:49:23.290
  • how to make unity and humility work,
  • 00:49:24.000 --> 00:49:27.040
  • there's a place where you can go to get your answers.
  • 00:49:27.050 --> 00:49:29.150
  • Just watch what Jesus did
  • 00:49:29.160 --> 00:49:31.090
  • and let this mind be in you which was also in him."
  • 00:49:31.100 --> 00:49:34.070
  • In other words, have the same attitude yourself
  • 00:49:34.080 --> 00:49:37.000
  • as you see Jesus had.
  • 00:49:37.010 --> 00:49:38.100
  • And what does that mean?
  • 00:49:38.110 --> 00:49:39.250
  • There can never be anything beneath the dignity
  • 00:49:39.260 --> 00:49:41.290
  • of a truly humble Christian
  • 00:49:42.000 --> 00:49:44.010
  • if it's for the cause of Christ and the reality of salvation.
  • 00:49:44.020 --> 00:49:48.130
  • We would usually do this as preachers.
  • 00:49:48.140 --> 00:49:50.260
  • We would take the instructions about unity
  • 00:49:50.270 --> 00:49:52.280
  • and we would find some great illustration.
  • 00:49:52.290 --> 00:49:55.170
  • Paul uses the instructions of unity and creates doctrine
  • 00:49:55.180 --> 00:49:59.040
  • to teach us what we should do.
  • 00:49:59.050 --> 00:50:01.030
  • So here in this word,
  • 00:50:01.040 --> 00:50:02.130
  • we have the greatest condensed story
  • 00:50:02.140 --> 00:50:05.130
  • of the incarnation in the Bible.
  • 00:50:05.140 --> 00:50:07.290
  • But it's really not for that.
  • 00:50:08.000 --> 00:50:09.190
  • It's to help us understand how we should function.
  • 00:50:09.200 --> 00:50:13.050
  • And Jesus taught us that in so many places.
  • 00:50:13.060 --> 00:50:16.140
  • Do you know that he gave
  • 00:50:16.150 --> 00:50:17.240
  • three different sermons on this subject?
  • 00:50:17.250 --> 00:50:20.100
  • And the sermon always had the same text.
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  • Here's what he taught:
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  • "Whosoever exalts himself will be humbled,
  • 00:50:24.220 --> 00:50:27.290
  • and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
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  • What is that? That's just what we learn.
  • 00:50:31.130 --> 00:50:35.000
  • James said it this way: "Humble yourselves
  • 00:50:35.010 --> 00:50:36.180
  • in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up."
  • 00:50:36.190 --> 00:50:40.250
  • And Peter said, "Therefore humble yourselves
  • 00:50:40.260 --> 00:50:42.240
  • under the mighty hand of God,
  • 00:50:42.250 --> 00:50:44.070
  • that he may exalt you in due time."
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  • This is the plan of a believer who cares about chemistry.
  • 00:50:48.160 --> 00:50:53.110
  • My role in creating chemistry is to do what Jesus did,
  • 00:50:53.120 --> 00:50:58.140
  • to live in humility,
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  • not always trying to get the best deal for myself,
  • 00:51:01.010 --> 00:51:05.160
  • but looking out at the needs of others,
  • 00:51:05.170 --> 00:51:08.110
  • being willing to do menial tasks
  • 00:51:08.120 --> 00:51:11.130
  • that others would think would be beneath your dignity.
  • 00:51:11.140 --> 00:51:15.120
  • And the Bible says when we do that
  • 00:51:15.130 --> 00:51:16.290
  • and humble ourselves before God, God lifts us up.
  • 00:51:17.000 --> 00:51:21.020
  • Did you know that the way up is the way down?
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  • The way up is the way down.
  • 00:51:25.160 --> 00:51:30.060
  • And if the church of Jesus Christ
  • 00:51:30.070 --> 00:51:32.010
  • could ever get ahold of that,
  • 00:51:32.020 --> 00:51:33.270
  • if we could ever really believe that,
  • 00:51:33.280 --> 00:51:35.140
  • where you believe things in your kidneys,
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  • if we could get that right, what chemistry we would have.
  • 00:51:39.280 --> 00:51:46.280
  • I've been around the church for a long time.
  • 00:51:46.290 --> 00:51:49.040
  • I've seen lots of different things,
  • 00:51:49.050 --> 00:51:52.180
  • and I'm telling you whenever you see
  • 00:51:52.190 --> 00:51:53.290
  • that little sin of pride starting to creep in,
  • 00:51:54.000 --> 00:51:57.050
  • you need to kill it with everything.
  • 00:51:57.060 --> 00:51:58.230
  • You need to nuke it and get it out of your life
  • 00:51:58.240 --> 00:52:02.220
  • 'cause if you don't, it'll destroy you.
  • 00:52:02.230 --> 00:52:05.090
  • It'll keep you from knowing
  • 00:52:05.100 --> 00:52:07.050
  • the true blessing of the Lord on your life.
  • 00:52:07.060 --> 00:52:10.250
  • And one last thing before we close.
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  • I've talked to lots of men,
  • 00:52:15.070 --> 00:52:16.240
  • now I don't remember all of them,
  • 00:52:16.250 --> 00:52:18.080
  • but hundreds of guys I've talked to about Christ.
  • 00:52:18.090 --> 00:52:21.280
  • The most I ever heard from men
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  • about why they didn't come to Christ was this:
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  • it was a humbling experience.
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  • Most men would say something like this:
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  • "Look, I'm a self-made man."
  • 00:52:33.090 --> 00:52:34.270
  • Now, that's really an interesting thought.
  • 00:52:34.280 --> 00:52:38.160
  • "I'm a self-made man
  • 00:52:38.170 --> 00:52:40.190
  • and everything I have I've had to earn,
  • 00:52:40.200 --> 00:52:42.160
  • and you wanna tell me I can go to heaven for free?
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  • C'mon, man."
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  • No, I'm not telling you that. That's what the Scripture says.
  • 00:52:46.270 --> 00:52:48.270
  • The Scripture says it's not
  • 00:52:48.280 --> 00:52:50.090
  • by works of righteousness which we have done
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  • but by the grace of Almighty God.
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  • There will be a lot of people who don't make heaven
  • 00:52:56.130 --> 00:52:58.100
  • because they stumbled over their own humility.
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  • Guys, I want to tell you something.
  • 00:53:02.240 --> 00:53:04.120
  • You stand the tallest in your life
  • 00:53:04.130 --> 00:53:07.150
  • when you kneel before God and give your life to Christ.
  • 00:53:07.160 --> 00:53:11.050
  • You change everything in your future.
  • 00:53:11.060 --> 00:53:13.140
  • You change your family, you change what goes on at work,
  • 00:53:13.150 --> 00:53:16.290
  • you change everything.
  • 00:53:17.000 --> 00:53:18.270
  • The way up is the way down.
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  • If you will humble yourself before God, he will exalt you.
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  • But if you exalt yourself, I promise you he will humble you
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  • and you do not want to go through that.
  • 00:53:28.010 --> 00:53:31.040
  • So this word is from God to us.
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  • To all of us who serve,
  • 00:53:33.230 --> 00:53:36.220
  • to all of us who work in the ministry,
  • 00:53:36.230 --> 00:53:38.170
  • to all of us who are a part of a business or a team,
  • 00:53:38.180 --> 00:53:41.130
  • who work in some organization.
  • 00:53:41.140 --> 00:53:43.040
  • It's to all of us, but it's also to all of us individually.
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  • The Bible says if we will not humble ourselves
  • 00:53:46.100 --> 00:53:48.160
  • and become as little children,
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  • we cannot enter the kingdom of God.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means you have to acknowledge
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  • that you have sinned.
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  • You haven't just made mistakes.
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  • You have sinned.
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  • You have violated the holiness of God.
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  • You have to acknowledge that and admit that.
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  • You have to humble yourself before God and say,
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  • "Lord God, please forgive me.
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  • I am a sinner."
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  • When you do that, the mercy and grace of God
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  • floods over your life
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  • like somebody turned on a fire hose
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  • and you will never be the same.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return in a moment
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  • to close today's program right after this.
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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: No theme appears in the apostle Paul's letters
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  • more often than his exhortation to unity.
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  • As unity is built into our lives,
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  • we set an example for others to follow
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  • and we discover harmony and humility serving together.
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  • Because the church is the body of Christ,
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  • he set the role model for Christian unity.
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  • Nowhere does Paul explain the importance of unity more
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  • than in the passage we studied today.
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  • In short, unity is found as we put on Christ in our actions,
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  • but that all starts with knowing Christ by faith.
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • announcer: Next time, on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hold forth the word of life.
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  • Give them the message of the gospel.
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  • You cannot get to heaven without content.
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  • Content is what the Bible says you must do
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  • to become a Christian.
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  • You can shine until there's no shining left,
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  • but if you don't, along with that,
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  • hold forth the word of life,
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  • nobody will ever know what they're supposed to do.
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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 Responsibility," here on "Turning Point."
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