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October 6, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast,
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
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  • of this world doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey, not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
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  • So where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend, have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you were to plan an adventure to a place
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  • you've never been before, how would you prepare?
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  • Well, like most people, you'd begin with a map.
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  • You would study it, make notes, and become familiar
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  • with the layout of the land.
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  • Then, you would access all the information
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  • you could find online and even read stories of others
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  • who have taken the same adventure.
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  • Where do you begin when you face a new challenge
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  • in your spiritual life?
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah and, today, as we continue my series,
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  • "Everything You Need," I will show you where to turn
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  • when you're facing a challenge.
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  • You see, God has given us a map, a guidebook,
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  • that gives us direction and stories of those
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  • who have gone before us on the same adventure of faith.
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  • But if we don't take the time to study it,
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  • we will find ourselves lost.
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  • Discover the knowledge to help you navigate your faith journey
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  • in today's message entitled, "Mental Focus."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States and join me
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  • in New York City, high above Central Park
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  • in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center for my series,
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  • "Everything You Need."
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  • announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need," he invites you to consider
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  • how would your life change if you had the energy
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  • to diligently fulfill God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word.
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination
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  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to know that God has already given you
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  • everything you need to do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need," learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your life and cultivate a faith
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  • that will change you and everyone around you.
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  • Yours for a gift of any amount in support of this program.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching,
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • absolutely free.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Mental Focus."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As you read through 2 Peter,
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  • you just can't miss Peter's emphasis on knowledge.
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  • Peter begins and ends his book by striking this note:
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  • "We're to add to our faith virtue,
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  • and to our virtue knowledge,"
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  • and here is what's so interesting about 2 Peter.
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  • Knowledge is everywhere.
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  • For instance, in the first chapter
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  • in the 2nd verse, Peter writes:
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  • "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God."
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  • Three chapters later, in one of the verses
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  • I remember memorizing as a child growing up
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  • and it's one of the famous verses of 2 Peter,
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  • it goes like this.
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  • 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in grace
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  • and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • He begins his little letter with knowledge,
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  • he ends his little letter with knowledge.
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  • And between those two verses, he says the word "knowledge"
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  • 14 times and there's only three chapters in this book.
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  • So, knowledge is really critical to Peter.
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  • He knows that it's important that we know what we know,
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  • because we're living in a time when a lot of people
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  • in our churches are saying: "No, the way you grow,
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  • and the way you really have these wonderful experiences
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  • is--"
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  • I've actually heard 'em say it. "Turn your mind off.
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  • Let your emotions take over.
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  • Live in the moment. Let the Spirit control."
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  • And so, people have just come up with this idea
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  • that there's a premium for being ignorant.
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  • Why would that ever happen?
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  • Why would God ever tell us not to know more about him?
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  • So Peter says, "I want you to understand something.
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  • You need to know what you know that you know.
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  • You need to know some stuff."
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  • When Jesus was asked, "What is the greatest commandment?"
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  • And Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
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  • soul," and he said, "and all your mind."
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  • Have you ever thought about how you love God with your mind?
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  • How you use your mind to know more about him and to study
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  • and to grow in what you know?
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  • So, the Lord tells you to diligently add knowledge
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  • to your virtue.
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  • And then, that involves three steps,
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  • three decisions you have to make.
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  • Here's the first decision you make with regard
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  • to the Lord Jesus.
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  • Decision number one: "I will follow you."
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  • In the time when Peter wrote this,
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  • a student was noted by the fact that he had a mentor.
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  • He didn't have a classroom, he just followed that mentor
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  • everywhere he went.
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  • If you were a teacher, even like Socrates
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  • or some of the people in the early days,
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  • they were teachers but they didn't have classrooms.
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  • Their classroom was wherever they went and their disciples
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  • just followed after them like a little troop.
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  • The students learned by the interaction that they had
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  • and that's the way Jesus taught his disciples.
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  • Jesus didn't ever have a classroom where he brought
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  • his disciples together and said,
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  • "Okay, this is gonna be New Testament Theology 103."
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  • No, he just taught them every day in all that he did,
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  • and that's what Peter is saying.
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  • If you want to be a learner of Jesus,
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  • you have to follow him.
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  • You cannot become a follower of Jesus
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  • unless you get in line behind him,
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  • unless you make the decision to put your trust in him.
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  • And you say, as the old chorus goes,
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  • "I have decided to follow Jesus."
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  • That's what it is, it's a decision.
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  • You say, "How do I become a Christian?"
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  • Make the decision that you wanna become a Christian.
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  • Make the decision in your heart.
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  • So, I'm gonna ask you today,
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  • "Will you decide today to follow Jesus Christ?
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  • Will you make it your point, your decision today, to say,
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  • 'From this moment on, I am gonna follow Jesus Christ.
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  • I'm gonna be a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • I'm gonna invite him into my life and ask him
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  • to take control of my life and forgive my sin.'"
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  • That's what it means to be a Christian.
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  • What does it mean to be a Christian?
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  • It means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • We sometimes now call ourselves in this culture,
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  • we're Christ-followers.
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  • That's what it means to begin your journey
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  • into the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, when this happens,
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  • when you decide to follow Christ,
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  • there's a couple of things you need to do.
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  • First of all, you've got to move from the shoreline
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  • to where the Savior is.
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  • Peter left the shoreline of Galilee to follow the Savior.
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  • Jesus walked along the beach.
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  • Here's what he said.
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  • "He saw two brothers, Simon Peter
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  • and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea;
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  • and they were fishermen.
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  • And he said to them,
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  • 'Follow me, and I'll make you fishers of men.'
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  • And immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus."
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  • They followed him all right.
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  • They followed him through the streets of Capernaum
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  • as he healed the sick and preached the kingdom.
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  • They followed him up the hillsides as he taught
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  • the multitudes and fed the crowds.
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  • They followed him into the fishing boats,
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  • tossed into the storms, into the homes
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  • packed with sinners.
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  • They followed him into the synagogues
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  • that were crammed with the curious listeners.
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  • They watched him turn water into wine,
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  • open the eyes of the blind, battle with and cast out demons.
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  • They followed him into the hot hills of Judea,
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  • into the angry streets of Jerusalem.
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  • They saw him raise the dead.
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  • They heard him say,
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  • "I am the Resurrection and the life."
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  • They listened to his sermons and then they asked questions
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  • and grew in their knowledge of his teachings.
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  • If you read the New Testament you see that pattern.
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  • Jesus would preach, then he'd have a discussion
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  • with the disciples so he could make sure
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  • they understood what he was teaching.
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  • And sometimes, he would be discouraged
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  • because they didn't get it.
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  • He told lots of stories to help them understand
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  • what he was saying.
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  • Jesus was the ultimate storyteller,
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  • did you know that?
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  • He never had a sermon didn't have a story in it.
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  • And if we follow him, just as his disciples
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  • could interact with Jesus, we interact with Jesus
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  • through this precious book and we hear his sermons
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  • and we read the discussion and we learn
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  • and we become disciples.
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  • Just think for a moment what it would have been like for Peter
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  • if when the Lord said to him, "Follow me," Peter said,
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  • "Nah, I think I'll stay here and take care
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  • of my fishing business."
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  • Think of what Andrew would have lost
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  • if he'd remained with his boats.
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  • Think what James and John would have been like
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  • if they had not left their nets to follow Christ.
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  • We'd never have heard about them;
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  • we wouldn't even know who they are.
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  • Our Bibles would be missing the Gospel of John;
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  • 1, 2, and 3 John; and the book of Revelation,
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  • along with all of the Petrine letters
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  • that we're studying right now.
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  • So, I wanna ask you, think of what you're gonna miss
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  • if you don't become his disciple and become his learner.
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  • When you follow Jesus, he jumps you
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  • out of your comfort zone so fast it hurts going on the way out.
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  • You never again sit back and think,
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  • "What a boring, dull life this is."
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  • Everything about my life is full of joy and excitement
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  • for one reason: I'm a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • And I try to follow him and he takes me some places
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  • I don't necessarily always wanna go, but when I get there,
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  • I find out what he's up to, and he uses me
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  • in ways I could not imagine.
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  • So, if you're gonna be a disciple,
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  • you gotta move from the shoreline.
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  • If you're gonna be a disciple, you move from the shoreline
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  • to the Savior, and then, you move from head knowledge
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  • to heart knowledge.
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  • When you hear these words about knowing the Lord Jesus,
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  • it's not just about you know about him.
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  • Just about everybody in our culture knows
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  • who Jesus is and they know about him.
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  • And we celebrate Christmas.
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  • Most people have some idea that that's related to Jesus,
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  • or Easter.
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  • But knowing about somebody and knowing somebody is different.
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  • I mean, I know about a lot of people that I don't know.
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  • But when you know Jesus, you know him
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  • in that personal way.
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  • Jesus said, "Follow me and I'll make you fishers of men."
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  • So, the first question is this.
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  • If you're gonna be a disciple, if you're gonna be a learner,
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  • if knowledge is gonna be a part of what you're adding
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  • to your faith, you have to make this decision:
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  • I will follow you.
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  • And you begin following Jesus.
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  • Here's the second one: I will study you.
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  • Knowledge means yearning and saying, "I will follow you,"
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:26.270
  • but when Peter speaks of knowledge here,
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  • he's also talking about learning.
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  • After Peter and Andrew and the others left
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  • their fishing boats to follow Christ,
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  • he had a lot to teach them.
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  • I mean, they didn't know anything.
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  • They were humble, at one time even referred to
  • 00:12:39.280 --> 00:12:42.210
  • as "unlearned men."
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  • So they were starting from zero.
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  • They were starting from scratch.
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  • They listened to his sermons like the Sermon on the Mount,
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  • or the parables of the kingdom and the Olivet Discourse,
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  • or the signs of the times, the Upper Room Discourse.
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  • They listened to all these sermons and they began
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  • to accumulate knowledge about who Jesus was.
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  • He preached in the synagogues and the arguments that
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  • he would wage in the temple, these disciples heard it
  • 00:13:05.090 --> 00:13:09.170
  • and they would process that information
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  • and little by little they would add knowledge
  • 00:13:12.140 --> 00:13:14.160
  • to knowledge and begin to grow.
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  • Unfortunately, most of them never really did comprehend
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  • the message of the Resurrection because we realize
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  • that they didn't understand that until after it happened,
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  • even though Jesus had talked about it incessantly
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  • through all of the days of his ministry.
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  • So, when you become a disciple, when you become a learner,
  • 00:13:30.180 --> 00:13:34.050
  • when you add to your faith, virtue; and to your virtue,
  • 00:13:34.060 --> 00:13:37.180
  • knowledge, God teaches you through his book.
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  • He does this through the Scripture which is
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  • the voice of Jesus.
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  • And as you read and study the Bible,
  • 00:13:45.070 --> 00:13:47.030
  • the Bible should cause you to burn inside because
  • 00:13:47.040 --> 00:13:51.140
  • of the precious truth that it is.
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:54.020
  • So, let me suggest to you a couple of ways
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  • that you can do this study.
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  • Number one, study the Bible as a textbook.
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  • Don't stop there, but start there.
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  • Realize that God's Word, the Bible,
  • 00:14:06.010 --> 00:14:08.130
  • is his great textbook of truth.
  • 00:14:08.140 --> 00:14:12.050
  • And today, more than ever before in history,
  • 00:14:12.060 --> 00:14:15.180
  • we are blessed with resources to help us do that.
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  • We have apps and all kinds of things and, you know,
  • 00:14:20.120 --> 00:14:24.220
  • you've gotta do some homework and find out
  • 00:14:24.230 --> 00:14:26.110
  • what you're getting into,
  • 00:14:26.120 --> 00:14:27.270
  • but many of the Bible study tools that are available to us
  • 00:14:27.280 --> 00:14:30.190
  • on the Internet today, we couldn't have possibly
  • 00:14:30.200 --> 00:14:33.050
  • dreamed of when I started preaching many years ago.
  • 00:14:33.060 --> 00:14:37.010
  • And now, God has allowed this technology to come.
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  • It's just amazing to me how much there is out there to help us
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  • take in the Scripture and learn what it means.
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  • It's just amazing what happens when you study the Lord.
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:52.040
  • When you study the Lord, that means
  • 00:14:52.050 --> 00:14:54.100
  • you're studying the book.
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  • Where does Jesus appear?
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  • The living Word is found in the written Word.
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  • Listen to this, do you know what your relationship
  • 00:15:02.290 --> 00:15:05.200
  • with Jesus Christ is today?
  • 00:15:05.210 --> 00:15:07.190
  • It's about the same as what your relationship is
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  • with the Word of God.
  • 00:15:10.090 --> 00:15:12.220
  • If you neglect the Word of God and you never open it,
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:15.050
  • you never study it, that means you've got a--
  • 00:15:15.060 --> 00:15:17.120
  • you're like those disciples who followed afar off, you know?
  • 00:15:17.130 --> 00:15:21.090
  • If you wanna know what your relationship
  • 00:15:21.100 --> 00:15:22.250
  • with Christ is, ask yourself,
  • 00:15:22.260 --> 00:15:24.060
  • "What's my relationship with this book?"
  • 00:15:24.070 --> 00:15:26.100
  • Because your relationship with the living Word
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  • will always be close to relationship
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  • to the written Word.
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  • If you wanna know who Christ is, you gotta get in this book.
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  • What works for me is to have tools for study
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  • in all the places where I'm regularly scheduled to be.
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  • I set aside a quiet time to study
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  • in each of those locations.
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  • When I travel on an airplane, I take a lot of my library
  • 00:15:47.030 --> 00:15:50.100
  • with me and I have this duffel bag
  • 00:15:50.110 --> 00:15:52.100
  • that weighs a ton and I have people help me
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  • get it up on the plane and, "What in the world is in there?"
  • 00:15:55.020 --> 00:15:57.110
  • Well, there's a computer in there and there's probably
  • 00:15:57.120 --> 00:15:59.110
  • three or four commentaries and a copy of the Scripture and,
  • 00:15:59.120 --> 00:16:02.070
  • usually, a Thesaurus or a dictionary.
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  • I carry that with me everywhere I go.
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  • When I get in that plane, I shut the whole world out
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  • and get my books out.
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  • Open the table in front of me and I work on studying
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  • the Word of God.
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  • At the very least, you can do that.
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  • Set aside some time every day, just maybe ten minutes
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  • to start with.
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  • I promise you, if you get serious about this,
  • 00:16:24.070 --> 00:16:26.090
  • it will end up not being how little time can you spend but,
  • 00:16:26.100 --> 00:16:29.220
  • "I gotta quit this and get to work,"
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  • because the Word of God grows on you.
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  • And especially when you're going through difficult times.
  • 00:16:34.270 --> 00:16:38.190
  • As many of you know, I had cancer 20 years ago
  • 00:16:38.200 --> 00:16:42.010
  • and when I went through cancer, I thought I loved
  • 00:16:42.020 --> 00:16:46.040
  • the Word of God and needed the Word of God
  • 00:16:46.050 --> 00:16:48.070
  • but when I went through cancer, boy, did I need it.
  • 00:16:48.080 --> 00:16:51.010
  • And that's when I began to journal.
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  • I have to honestly tell you ladies,
  • 00:16:53.100 --> 00:16:55.040
  • I always thought journaling was for women.
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  • Then I read a book by Gordon McDonald
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  • and he said in this book that he journaled in his computer.
  • 00:17:00.140 --> 00:17:04.110
  • And I thought, "That's pretty manly.
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:06.040
  • I'll do it in my computer."
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  • So, I started to journal and I kept a journal
  • 00:17:08.210 --> 00:17:10.260
  • through that whole time I was sick.
  • 00:17:10.270 --> 00:17:12.100
  • Every day, I'd spend some time writing in my journal,
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:16.030
  • and it usually was like a letter to the Lord.
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  • "Dear Lord, today this is what's happening.
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  • I just had chemo and I'm feeling bad,"
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  • or whatever, and I'd just talk to the Lord like he was there,
  • 00:17:22.130 --> 00:17:24.090
  • only I did it in my journal.
  • 00:17:24.100 --> 00:17:25.290
  • And then I would go through the Scripture and,
  • 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:27.250
  • as I would open the Bible, I had a plan and I would
  • 00:17:27.260 --> 00:17:31.190
  • just ask the Lord, "Help me to find the key verses
  • 00:17:31.200 --> 00:17:33.220
  • in this plan that you want me to--"
  • 00:17:33.230 --> 00:17:35.120
  • and I'd take those verses and type them into my journal.
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  • I look back and I realize what a rich time it was for me to know
  • 00:17:38.130 --> 00:17:43.260
  • that God was with me during those days and that his book was
  • 00:17:43.270 --> 00:17:47.140
  • so contemporary and so personal, I can honestly say, I never read
  • 00:17:47.150 --> 00:17:51.260
  • the Scripture for any period of time during those days
  • 00:17:51.270 --> 00:17:55.080
  • that God didn't give me something to hang my soul on,
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:58.230
  • and that's what got me through it.
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  • It was the Word of God.
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  • Sometimes, God allows things to come into your life like that
  • 00:18:02.000 --> 00:18:04.170
  • and those things become little goads in your life to get you
  • 00:18:04.180 --> 00:18:07.260
  • to do stuff that you may not have been doing.
  • 00:18:07.270 --> 00:18:10.030
  • I don't wanna tell you that I keep a journal every day now.
  • 00:18:10.040 --> 00:18:12.250
  • I do periodically, but I wanna tell you if you get
  • 00:18:12.260 --> 00:18:15.280
  • into the Word of God and ask God to make it real to you,
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:19.130
  • you will find things in there you never dreamed
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:21.230
  • and they will come at you in ways that you cannot imagine.
  • 00:18:21.240 --> 00:18:26.150
  • So, first of all, study the Bible as a textbook,
  • 00:18:26.160 --> 00:18:29.230
  • and then, secondly, study the Bible
  • 00:18:29.240 --> 00:18:31.160
  • as a survival guide.
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  • That's what it is.
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  • It's a survival guide.
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  • It's a book that will help you get through what it is
  • 00:18:37.000 --> 00:18:39.100
  • you're going through.
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:40.220
  • The Bible teaches us what to do when
  • 00:18:40.230 --> 00:18:42.120
  • we're in the midst of a storm.
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:44.020
  • And somebody once told me you're either in a storm
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:46.070
  • or coming out of a storm, or you're about to go
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:48.210
  • into a storm.
  • 00:18:48.220 --> 00:18:50.010
  • So, get ready to do what you need to do about storms,
  • 00:18:50.020 --> 00:18:52.180
  • and the Bible is one of the best tools
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:54.260
  • to help you know what to do.
  • 00:18:54.270 --> 00:18:56.210
  • The Bible is the book that's filled with God's promises
  • 00:18:56.220 --> 00:18:59.170
  • never to leave us no matter what happens.
  • 00:18:59.180 --> 00:19:02.030
  • "When you go through the waters, I will be there.
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  • When you go through the fire, I will be there."
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  • Read the Bible, and when you're in the midst of a storm,
  • 00:19:06.180 --> 00:19:09.070
  • it will come to help you.
  • 00:19:09.080 --> 00:19:11.130
  • God has given you this book, 66 installments,
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:14.090
  • Genesis to Revelation.
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  • Every word written by those who were borne along
  • 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:17.150
  • by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:17.160 --> 00:19:19.100
  • And in chapter 3 Peter continues exhorting his readers
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:22.170
  • to pour themselves into the Bible.
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  • Listen to what he says in this book.
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:27.140
  • He says, "Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle
  • 00:19:27.150 --> 00:19:31.070
  • (in both of which I stir up your pure minds with this reminder),
  • 00:19:31.080 --> 00:19:35.120
  • that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken
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  • before by the holy prophets, and the commandment of us,
  • 00:19:38.140 --> 00:19:41.160
  • the apostles of the Lord and Savior."
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:44.070
  • In other words, he tells us we're to desire the Word of God.
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  • You say, "Well, I'll just wait until I get in trouble,
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:52.180
  • then I'll be a student of the Word of God."
  • 00:19:52.190 --> 00:19:54.180
  • Let me tell you what I've learned.
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  • You will take out of your storm primarily what you took in.
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:20:02.180
  • And the only difference will be, you will now understand
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:04.230
  • how it all works.
  • 00:20:04.240 --> 00:20:06.220
  • So, what I'm saying to you is the storm's coming.
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:09.010
  • There's gonna be a time when you're gonna need
  • 00:20:09.020 --> 00:20:11.090
  • to hear from God.
  • 00:20:11.100 --> 00:20:12.210
  • Just get ready.
  • 00:20:12.220 --> 00:20:14.100
  • Fill up your memory bank with God's Word.
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  • Find out where these passages are.
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  • Don't have to memorize 'em but at least know where they are.
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:20.270
  • Know if they're in the Old Testament
  • 00:20:20.280 --> 00:20:22.070
  • or the New Testament.
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  • They're in a lot of special places.
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:25.140
  • The book in the Bible with the most promises is Isaiah.
  • 00:20:25.150 --> 00:20:29.020
  • Who would have thought?
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  • So, all I'm saying to you is, you all are smart people.
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:35.120
  • Use your smart people stuff to find out what the Bible
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:39.080
  • has to say and get acquainted with it.
  • 00:20:39.090 --> 00:20:42.160
  • After you say, "I will follow you,"
  • 00:20:42.170 --> 00:20:44.040
  • and "I will study you," don't forget to say,
  • 00:20:44.050 --> 00:20:46.200
  • "I will obey you."
  • 00:20:46.210 --> 00:20:49.150
  • The Bible says it this way: "If we walk in the light as
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:55.150
  • he is in the light, we'll have fellowship one with another."
  • 00:20:55.160 --> 00:20:59.140
  • Do you know how you learn the Bible?
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:01.010
  • Here it is.
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  • When God tells you to do something, do it,
  • 00:21:02.150 --> 00:21:04.090
  • and when you're in the process of doing it,
  • 00:21:04.100 --> 00:21:05.280
  • he'll tell you something else.
  • 00:21:05.290 --> 00:21:07.240
  • But if you don't walk into the light,
  • 00:21:07.250 --> 00:21:09.210
  • you will never get any more truth.
  • 00:21:09.220 --> 00:21:11.040
  • You don't just become a student of the Scripture,
  • 00:21:11.050 --> 00:21:13.110
  • you become a disciple who studies the Word of God,
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:16.190
  • learns the truth, and then obediently walks in the truth.
  • 00:21:16.200 --> 00:21:21.000
  • Do what God tells you to do.
  • 00:21:21.010 --> 00:21:23.050
  • When you do what God tells you to do,
  • 00:21:23.060 --> 00:21:24.200
  • he'll tell you something else.
  • 00:21:24.210 --> 00:21:26.090
  • But God isn't gonna just load you up for information
  • 00:21:26.100 --> 00:21:28.160
  • so you can see how smart you are.
  • 00:21:28.170 --> 00:21:31.000
  • He wants you to grow in your relationship with him
  • 00:21:31.010 --> 00:21:33.090
  • and the process of that is the process we know as obedience.
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:38.060
  • We're not to be just hearers of the Word of God,
  • 00:21:38.070 --> 00:21:40.100
  • but what's the rest of it?
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  • Doers.
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  • When you become a doer, you grow as a disciple.
  • 00:21:43.180 --> 00:21:47.210
  • So, when that happens, here's what will happen in your life.
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:51.140
  • First of all, your values will start to change.
  • 00:21:51.150 --> 00:21:54.040
  • The more you know about God in his Word,
  • 00:21:54.050 --> 00:21:56.190
  • the more your life will be changed.
  • 00:21:56.200 --> 00:21:59.000
  • Our desires change to reflect eternal priorities.
  • 00:21:59.010 --> 00:22:02.150
  • Our behavior habits change.
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  • You cannot be in this book seriously without it
  • 00:22:04.180 --> 00:22:07.050
  • changing your values.
  • 00:22:07.060 --> 00:22:09.050
  • So when you study the Word of God and you get
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  • into the Scriptures and you begin to grow in Christ,
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  • all of a sudden that's what the Bible means when it says:
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  • "When you become a Christian, old things pass away;
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  • behold, all things become new."
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  • And people come to me and say,
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  • "I just can't believe I don't wanna do that anymore, Pastor.
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  • That was so much a part of my life,
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  • and I just don't wanna do it anymore 'cause I know
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  • it's not pleasing to the Lord."
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  • So, be prepared to change your values.
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  • And be prepared to change your vision.
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  • That's another thing.
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  • When you become a Christian, it changes
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  • how you look at everything.
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  • Tony Evans, who's a friend of mine, wrote this.
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  • He said, "When you become a Christian and you begin
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  • to read the Bible, it shapes how you look
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  • at everything and how you view everything.
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  • It's the grid through which you evaluate the good,
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  • the bad, and the ugly.
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  • I am totally consumed with the truth of this book
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  • and its author."
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  • And when the Word of God gets into your brain,
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  • it gives you a vision to change the world.
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  • It shows you how, one step at a time,
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  • to add knowledge to your virtue, and this is the essence
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  • of discipleship.
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  • I will follow you, I will study you,
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  • and I will obey you.
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  • God sent down his written Word, the Bible,
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  • and his living Word, Jesus Christ,
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  • to provide you with everything you need.
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  • And that's what he says in 2 Peter.
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  • He says: "Through the great and precious promises of God,
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  • you have everything you need for life and godliness."
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  • Men and women, don't be like so many today who run hither
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  • and yon, from place to place, trying to find an answer
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  • to why your Christian life isn't working
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  • the way you think it should.
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  • Because the Bible's already given you everything you need.
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  • Find what he's given you in the Bible and start practicing it.
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  • I can honestly tell you this.
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  • If you will take the Word of God and make it your purpose
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  • to lavishly pour yourself into it and learn what it says,
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  • and even when you get discouraged don't give up,
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  • keep working at it, and make the Bible come alive
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  • in your life, you will have everything
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  • you need for life and godliness.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let me encourage you to hang tightly to
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  • God's Word, the Lord's guidebook for your spiritual journey.
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  • After studying Scripture for more than 50 years,
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  • I have discovered that the more you study Scripture,
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  • the more you know and the hungrier you get
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  • for even more.
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  • announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Spirit that God gave us gives us power
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  • and gives us love and gives us, what's the last one, class?
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  • Self-discipline.
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  • Where does self-discipline come from?
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  • It comes from God.
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  • How does it work in our life?
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  • Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit
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  • who lives within you and in with me.
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Personal Discipline," here on "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: Join David Jeremiah
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  • Spend an inspirational evening with Dr. David Jeremiah
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