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March 2, 2019
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • Looking for a ray of light
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  • Looking for something better than this
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  • Oh, tired of the black and white
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  • longing for a prison letter
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  • Oh, the bliss
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  • Forward at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light
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  • Moving at the speed of life
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  • towards the color and the light
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors
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  • Found our hopes so bright and clear
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid
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  • Our Savior's radiance so very near to me
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  • male announcer: No matter what kind of career you pursue,
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  • as a believer you must have a higher calling on your life
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  • that comes straight from God.
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig," Skip talks
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  • about the family business all Christians are part of,
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  • explaining how you are God's instrument in this world.
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  • Now, open your Bible or your Bible app to Philippians
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  • chapter 1 as we start today's study.
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  • Skip Heitzig: I have a friend who was a director.
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  • He was a crusade director of the Billy Graham Association.
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  • His job was to get on planes and fly to different parts of the
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  • country and help organize those huge evangelistic crusades
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  • for Dr. Billy Graham.
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  • So, one day he's in an airplane, he's flying across country,
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  • and sitting next to him was Tom Cruise, the actor,
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  • who asked my friend, "So, what do you do for a living?"
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  • My friend was always looking ways--for ways to get the gospel
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  • presented, so he looked at Tom Cruise, and he said,
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  • "I'm in the security business."
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  • Now, that's a huge buzz word for actors, 'cause actors and
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  • musicians are always looking for good security people,
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  • so he goes, "Really? You're in security?"
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  • So, my friend went on to tell him about how to have eternal
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  • security in Jesus Christ, and that was the platform
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  • that he used.
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  • "I'm in the security business."
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  • You're part of a business, you have a business, and I'm not
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  • just meaning that, that you have a occupational business,
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  • a professional business.
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  • That I know, but you have another business.
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  • You have a spiritual business.
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  • You have a vocational business.
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  • You have a high and holy business and that is God's
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  • business and that's what I wanna talk to you about here,
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  • so that you might be a financial investor,
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  • but you have another business.
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  • You might be a consultant, but you have another business.
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  • You might be a construction worker.
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  • You have another business. You might be a student.
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  • You have another business.
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  • You might be a single parent. You have another business.
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  • You might be in between jobs, but you're always on this job.
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  • It is a business that comes from God.
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  • What's more, it's a family business.
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  • That is, now that you're a part of God's spiritual family,
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  • you're part of the family business.
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  • You remember what Jesus said when he was, I think,
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  • 12 years old and his mother found him in
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  • the temple speaking to the leadership there?
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  • And he said to her, "Don't you know that I must be
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  • about my Father's business?"
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  • We are in that business, that family business,
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  • and I want you to just make a note in verse 5,
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  • even though we haven't even read it yet.
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  • Notice the word in verse 5, "fellowship."
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  • Do you see that word?
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  • Some newer translations translate it "partnership."
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  • I think that's a better choice. It is a partnership.
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  • It is the word "koinonia" translated "fellowship"
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  • or "partnership."
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  • We are partners with God in a family business.
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  • God is our Father.
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  • Jesus said, "I am going to my Father and your Father."
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  • The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is not ashamed
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  • to call us brothers, so we are part of a family business.
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  • I was reading a little article in "Forbes" magazine this week
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  • about businesses in the United States of America,
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  • and the article said that family business in America
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  • is responsible for 50% of the gross national product.
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  • That it is, essentially, a country
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  • built on family businesses.
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  • Now, some of us think of family businesses as a store down
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  • the street owned by a family, and it's been in the family
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  • for a few years, but the article goes on to say that Walmart
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  • is a family business, as is Ford Motor Company, Tyson Foods,
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  • Sears, and Comcast.
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  • All of those are family businesses, but the same article
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  • noted that less than one-third of those businesses
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  • will survive the transition from the first generation
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  • to the second generation.
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  • And those that do survive, 50% of them will not survive
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  • the transition from the second to the third generation.
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  • Why is that?
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  • The article says these are businesses that get stuck
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  • doing things the same way.
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  • In other words, the business outgrows the structure.
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  • So, we are in a business.
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  • We are in a family business, a partnership with God,
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  • with the Lord, and with others.
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  • Now, we in this business have a product.
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  • Every business has a product.
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  • Yes, we have a product.
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  • Our product is the gospel. That's our product.
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  • That's what we give out. That's what we disseminate.
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  • That's what we're always sharing: the gospel.
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  • You'll notice in verse 5 he says,
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  • "For your fellowship in the gospel."
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  • Down in verse 7 he talks about the defense
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  • and the confirmation of the gospel.
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  • In verse 12 he speaks about the furtherance of the gospel.
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  • That is our product.
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  • Why is it our product?
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  • Because it's only the gospel that brings change.
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  • That's where the life change comes from.
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  • Now, you know what the gospel is.
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  • You know what the gospel means. Gospel means the good news.
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  • The good news that what Jesus did on the cross was enough
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  • to get you from Earth to heaven.
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  • That's the good news. That he paid the price.
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  • He did the heavy lifting.
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  • We can trust that he died, was buried,
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  • was risen from the dead for our justification.
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • Now, it's that gospel that changed Paul's life.
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  • He heard it. He received it.
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  • It changed him from a persecutor into a preacher,
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  • from Saul of Tarsus to Paul the Apostle.
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  • It changed Timothy, also mentioned here
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  • in our text in verse 1.
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  • Timothy was probably 15 years old when he first heard the
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  • gospel preached by that Paul, who came through his
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  • town on a missionary journey.
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  • It changed him.
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  • It was the gospel who changed the lives of people at Philippi
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  • like Lydia and like the jailer, the Philippian jailer, and now
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  • there is a church there all because of the gospel and now
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  • they, church members, are partners with Paul in the family
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  • business of the gospel.
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  • Let's look at our text.
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  • Let's get familiar, at least, with it as we jump in.
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  • I'm gonna be looking with you today from verses 3 to verse 8
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  • of chapter 1, but can we just begin in verse 1 and go down
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  • to verse 8 for the sake of context?
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  • "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the
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  • saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops
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  • and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father
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  • and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in
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  • every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
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  • for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until
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  • now, being confident of this very thing, that he who has
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  • begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of
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  • Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of
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  • you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my
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  • chains and in the defense and the confirmation of the gospel,
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  • you are partakers with me of grace.
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  • For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you with
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  • all the affection of Jesus Christ."
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  • I wanna share with you some principles of partnership.
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  • Look at these as three partnership principles in
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  • keeping the family business strong.
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  • They're pretty simple.
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  • Be thankful, be confident, be aware.
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  • Be thankful, be confident, be aware.
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  • Could you say those with me?
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  • Be thankful, be confident, be aware.
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  • Let's begin with the first: be thankful.
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  • Paul was thankful.
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  • Be thankful for God's work collectively.
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  • Go back to verse 3.
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  • Listen to what he writes.
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  • "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in
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  • every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
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  • for your fellowship," partnership, "in the gospel from
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  • the first day until now."
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  • Okay, Paul is writing from a prison cell in Rome.
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  • We have discovered that in our first study and while he is
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  • in that prison cell he's got a lot of time on his hands,
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  • so he goes reminiscing.
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  • He goes through--he has a large inventory of memories and one of
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  • those memories is about the church of Philippi, how it
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  • started, where it is now, and he says, "I thank my God upon
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  • every--I put a smile on my face when I think of you
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  • and remember you in prayer," he would say.
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  • Now, the way I see it, the words "I thank God,"
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  • or "I thank my God" in verse 3 and the word "joy"
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  • in verse 4 seem like strange words to apply to Paul's
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  • experience at Philippi, because Philippi was sort of
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  • a pain all the way around.
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  • First of all, Paul didn't even wanna go to Philippi, remember?
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  • He was trying to go several places.
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  • The Holy Spirit was shutting that down.
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  • Finally, he ends up at Troas.
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  • He gets a vision of a man from Macedonia saying, "Come over
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  • here and help us," so he goes to Macedonia, Philippi being
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  • the chief city, and he's probably looking around
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  • for a man that he saw in his vision.
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  • Doesn't see a man.
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  • Goes to a group of women at a riverside, Jewish women who are
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  • praying, and one of them, one of them named Lydia, listens
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  • to the message and receives Christ as her Savior.
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  • So, Paul may have been thinking--I don't know,
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  • but this is what I would be thinking if I were Paul.
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  • "Okay, we got one.
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  • You know, I've had more success on other missionary journeys.
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  • I didn't wanna come here, to begin with, but here I am.
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  • We got one."
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  • But then, things go from that place to much worse to really,
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  • really bad, because the next few days a girl demon-possessed
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  • follows Paul and his team wherever he goes,
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  • and one day they even mock him while they're praying.
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  • Paul discerns she is demon-possessed,
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  • delivers her from that demon.
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  • Paul gets taken to the center of town and gets beaten
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  • with rods and then put in jail.
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  • R. C. Lenski, a commentator, tells us what that
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  • would have felt like.
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  • "Under the many blows the skin would be broken, the blood would
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  • ooze out, the inflamed welts would cover the whole back."
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  • The rod that it speaks about was called a vitis.
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  • A vitis is a 3-foot-long stick that centurions carried.
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  • The centurion used the vitis, the vine stick, for--
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  • how shall I say it?
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  • To motivate lazy soldiers.
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  • Paul got the full brunt of that vitis, that vine stick,
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  • those rods across his back.
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  • Then he gets put in jail. He gets put in the stocks.
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  • Stocks were designed to pull the extremities out to their maximum
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  • reach so that you were immovable, so it's interesting
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  • that with that as the background he says, "I thank my God
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  • upon every remembrance of you," 'cause that's not
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  • what I would write.
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  • I would say, "When I think back to Philippi,
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  • I get sick to my stomach.
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  • My skin crawls.
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  • I break out in a sweat."
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  • But Paul says, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
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  • always in every prayer with joy."
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  • Now, there is a key there in how joy is produced.
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  • When the Holy Spirit-- and he does this.
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  • It's a work of grace, when you look back through your catalog
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  • of memories, and the Holy Spirit is able to push the Delete key
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  • so that what your mind lands on are not all the bad things
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  • people have done to you, not all the injustices,
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  • not all the wounds, not all the hurt, not all,
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  • "Well, let me tell you what's not right with other people."
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  • When all that stuff goes away, and you can look back through
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  • all the maze of pain and say, "But God was working
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  • and for that I have joy."
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  • What is he thankful for? Simple.
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  • He's thankful for what the gospel produced.
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  • It produced life change. People's lives were changed.
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  • A church grew. A family was extended.
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  • His memory of Lydia's salvation brought him joy.
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  • His memory of the Philippian jailer's conversion and
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  • subsequent baptism brought him joy.
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  • His memory of how just a few people gathered around and now
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  • there is a larger church, a vibrant church, at Philippi.
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  • All of that brought him joy, so listen to this principle:
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  • Paul's joy and thankfulness were directly proportional
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  • to the growth of the family business.
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  • "I'm thankful for your partnership in the gospel.
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  • My joy is directly proportional," Paul would say,
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  • "to the growth of the family business."
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  • That's how he saw his life.
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  • Yes, this hurt, yes, that was painful, that was horrible, but,
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  • but the gospel changed people's lives through it.
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  • He was joyful.
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  • Same thought is expressed a few verses down.
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  • Verse 12, "But I want you to know, brethren, that the things
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  • which have happened to me--"
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  • Now he's speaking about his present incarceration.
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  • He's been unjustly accused.
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  • He has been a prisoner of the Roman government.
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  • He's now locked up in a Roman prison.
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  • Those are the things he refers to.
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  • "The things that have happened to me have actually
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  • turned out for the furtherance," of the what?
  • 00:16:36.190 --> 00:16:40.000
  • The gospel. The product has gone out.
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  • The life-changing element has gone out.
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  • "So that it has become evident to the whole palace guard,
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  • and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ;
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  • and most of the brethren in the Lord have become confident
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  • by my chains and are much more bold to speak
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  • the Word without fear."
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  • So, "My painful hardship has extended the family
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  • and for that I'm joyful."
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  • This is Paul looking back.
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  • This is the Holy Spirit pressing the Delete key, Paul looking
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  • back saying, "Bless you, pain.
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  • Bless you, problems.
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  • Bless you, prison.
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  • Bless you, chains, because as hard as those were,
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  • I see the effect the gospel has had and for that I have joy."
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  • Boy, that's an attitude. That's an attitude.
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  • I read an article.
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  • I found an article this week about your attitude, and it was
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  • all about the right kind of attitude in life, and it was
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  • found in, of all places, "The Huffington Post,"
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  • and the article was called,
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  • "Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude."
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  • The article spoke about how your attitude affects your ability
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  • to enjoy your life.
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  • It affects your ability to be grateful for blessings, to note
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  • that "these things are blessings to me," and the article went on
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  • to say it's the reason it's so important to hang out with
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  • the right kind of people who will influence your attitude.
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  • You know, there's an awful lot of people, even Christian
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  • people, who look like Basset Hounds?
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  • You know, they're on their way to heaven, but you'd never know
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  • it, and it's important to be with those people like Paul
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  • who can look back and go, "Oh, but look at--filter through it.
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  • Notice how God was at work.
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  • I have joy because of that. I rejoice in that."
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  • My mind could go back, as I go through my catalog of memories,
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  • I could think about the hardships when we started,
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  • the trials and the tears that we experienced,
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  • the betrayals I've had in ministry, but as I look back,
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:58.130
  • honestly, so much has been deleted.
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  • I remember things happened, but I don't remember the
  • 00:19:01.010 --> 00:19:03.080
  • particulars, and I thank God for that selective memory disorder,
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  • and I think it's from him.
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  • I think back to changed lives and churches planted
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  • and souls saved and for that I rejoice.
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  • I'm thankful for God's work collectively.
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  • Here is the second partnership principle.
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  • Not only be thankful for God's work collectively,
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  • be confident in God's work personally.
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  • And that's what he draws our attention to in verse 6.
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  • "Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun
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  • a good work in you will complete it until the day
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  • of Jesus Christ."
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  • Now, allow me to unpack this little verse.
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  • There's a lot in it.
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  • This personal work was began by God.
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  • It's God's work. Notice what it says,
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  • "Being confident that he who has begun this good work."
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  • Paul is not referring to what the Philippians did.
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  • He's not saying, "Kudos to you guys.
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  • You did such a great work at Philippi.
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  • You planned. You strategized.
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  • You took demographic studies of the greater Philippian region."
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  • Nor is Paul talking about himself.
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  • He's not talking about or bragging about the work that he
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  • and Silas and Timothy did, because, frankly,
  • 00:20:16.280 --> 00:20:21.080
  • he just showed up, and God did the work.
  • 00:20:21.090 --> 00:20:26.030
  • Now, you might hear that and go,
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  • "Skip, you're not giving Paul enough credit.
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  • He did more than just show up.
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  • He spoke the Word to Lydia."
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  • Yeah, but Luke, who was with him, put it this way:
  • 00:20:32.240 --> 00:20:35.270
  • "The Lord opened up her heart to heed
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  • the things spoken by Paul."
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  • So, who did the work, Paul or God?
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  • Well, Paul spoke, but he spoke sorta 'cause he was there,
  • 00:20:43.280 --> 00:20:48.070
  • and the Lord opened her heart.
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  • The Lord did that.
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  • Then Paul was put in prison, and his back was covered with welts,
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  • and he's in stocks, and it's midnight, so he turns to his
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  • buddy and goes, "Hey, let's sing,"
  • 00:20:59.290 --> 00:21:03.050
  • so they start singing hymns, and what happened?
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  • An earthquake happened.
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  • An earthquake shook the prison and opened the doors
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  • and the chains fell off.
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  • Did Paul do that? That wasn't Paul's work.
  • 00:21:14.040 --> 00:21:16.280
  • That was God's work. Paul showed up.
  • 00:21:16.290 --> 00:21:19.060
  • The Lord opened people's hearts. An earthquake happened.
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  • It is God's work that he was doing.
  • 00:21:23.130 --> 00:21:27.070
  • I love that verse in Ephesians 2.
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  • "For we are his workmanship," his poiema, his work of art.
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  • God is the master artist, skillful artist, always looking
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  • to express himself.
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  • It's his work. Not only is it God's work.
  • 00:21:43.110 --> 00:21:46.020
  • Notice more carefully in the verse it's a gradual work.
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  • It says, "He who has begun a good work."
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  • Now, that word "begun" implies it's still going on.
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  • Think for a moment of the good work that God has begun in you.
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  • Think of the first time you heard the gospel.
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  • Maybe you heard it and parts of you said,
  • 00:22:11.230 --> 00:22:14.040
  • "Yeah, I'm sort of touched by that."
  • 00:22:14.050 --> 00:22:16.060
  • But then, you heard it a second time, and your heart softened,
  • 00:22:16.070 --> 00:22:20.090
  • and a third time.
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  • Maybe it took several times till you finally said, "I give up.
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  • I surrender my life to Christ."
  • 00:22:24.120 --> 00:22:27.150
  • At that moment, on that day, God began a work.
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  • He initiated a task.
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  • It's an ongoing work.
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  • I bring this up because some of you that I'm talking to feel
  • 00:22:37.250 --> 00:22:41.120
  • very discouraged as you look at your own life.
  • 00:22:41.130 --> 00:22:44.220
  • There are problems in your life, there are imperfections in your
  • 00:22:44.230 --> 00:22:47.280
  • life, and you're tempted to look at yourself and say,
  • 00:22:47.290 --> 00:22:51.000
  • "This is God's masterpiece?
  • 00:22:51.010 --> 00:22:53.270
  • This is the workmanship?
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  • This is the poiema, the great work of art?
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  • Doesn't look very good to me."
  • 00:22:57.160 --> 00:23:00.030
  • But what you're looking at is what a visitor to a great artist
  • 00:23:00.040 --> 00:23:04.270
  • studio would see if he walked in and there is that artist with
  • 00:23:04.280 --> 00:23:07.270
  • that white canvas spread out on a beautiful frame.
  • 00:23:07.280 --> 00:23:11.290
  • And the visitor notices a splotch of orange and yellow
  • 00:23:12.000 --> 00:23:15.030
  • and green, and the visitor thinks, "I could do that.
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  • That's not art.
  • 00:23:19.020 --> 00:23:22.050
  • I can throw paint at a canvas and put color on it."
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:26.150
  • And that visitor might even say, "Excuse me, Mr. Famous Artist,
  • 00:23:26.160 --> 00:23:31.040
  • but that doesn't look like a great piece of art to me."
  • 00:23:31.050 --> 00:23:33.080
  • And the artist would say, "That's because you're looking
  • 00:23:33.090 --> 00:23:35.080
  • at a work in progress.
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  • I have something in my mind.
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  • I have a goal for this, but you are just seeing it
  • 00:23:39.140 --> 00:23:43.030
  • at its early stages," just like you are seeing you
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  • in the middle of the job.
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  • You see, holiness is not a light switch.
  • 00:23:52.260 --> 00:23:56.070
  • It's not like you come to Christ, and he flips a switch,
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  • and it's like, "I'm perfect."
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  • We all know that's not true.
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  • The Christian life is not a sprint.
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  • It is a marathon. You put in your time.
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  • You go through the paces.
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  • So, it's God's work, it's a gradual work,
  • 00:24:13.070 --> 00:24:16.150
  • but notice more carefully in verse 6 it's a growing work.
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  • That is, it has to do with your spiritual growth inside of you.
  • 00:24:19.260 --> 00:24:25.000
  • Notice it says he who has begun a good work, where?
  • 00:24:25.010 --> 00:24:30.000
  • In you.
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  • You see, God's work is always an inside job
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  • before it's ever an outside job.
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  • God works in you before he works through you.
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  • It's sad, really, but most of our concerns in life
  • 00:24:44.010 --> 00:24:47.140
  • are outward concerns.
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  • Most people, their focus, their concern is about outward thing.
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  • "How do I look? Do you like my hair?
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  • Do you like this dress on me? Do I look too fat?
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  • Am I too thin? Am I too wrinkled?
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  • Am I too pale?"
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  • It's usually outward stuff that we are preoccupied with.
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  • How's the weather? How's the temperature?
  • 00:25:05.200 --> 00:25:07.060
  • How do I feel? It's all outward stuff.
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  • Rarely do people really get concerned about the inside work.
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