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  • - Hello and welcome to Church by the Glades.
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  • For the next few moments we're gonna here
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  • from Pastor David Hughes as he shares about
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  • how to live life to the fullest.
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  • And it's gonna be a ton of fun.
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  • You're gonna be encouraged, so stick around.
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  • - At Church by the Glades,
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  • we like to say no perfect people allowed,
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  • which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you'll be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So just in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peak of some of what you can expect
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  • at Church by the Glades.
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  • All the glory and the honor
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  • All the praise belongs to you
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  • We are standing in the presence
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  • Of the one who makes all things new
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  • Death is gone
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  • Fear is gone
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  • All gone
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  • Victory's won
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  • Because of who you are
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  • Jesus you make
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  • All things new
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  • All things new
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  • Jesus you make
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  • All things new
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  • All things new
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  • The old life is gone
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  • New life has begun
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  • You have overcome
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  • Jesus, you make
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  • All things new
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  • Yeah, yeah
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  • All the glory and the honor
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  • All the praise belongs to you
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  • We are standing in the presence
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  • Of the one who makes all things new
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  • Death is gone
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  • Fear is gone
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  • All gone
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  • Victory's won
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  • Because of who you are
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  • Jesus, you make
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  • All things new
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  • All things new
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  • Jesus, you make
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  • All things new
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  • All things new
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  • The old life is gone
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  • New life has begun
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  • You have overcome
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  • Jesus, you make
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  • All things new
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  • Yeah, yeah
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  • - All right, guys, it's time to go ahead
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  • and get into today's teaching.
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  • So if you got a Bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it or pull it up
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  • on your phone or your tablet.
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  • You might also wanna take some notes.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments
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  • could make a big impact in your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • - What is up, Church by the Glades.
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  • If you are new, I'm David, I'm one of the pastors,
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  • thanks for hanging out with us.
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  • We're one church in multiple locations, multiple campuses.
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  • We got nice folks watching online, on television,
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  • give it up for all our folks,
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  • other campuses that are watching,
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  • via the internet or watching on TV.
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  • Hey, we're in this study we've entitled Spiritual Swag.
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  • It's a study of confidence.
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  • And sometimes, you know, if you place your confidence
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  • in your circumstances or in other people,
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  • they can let you down.
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  • But there's one who will never let you down.
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  • If you build your confidence on your relationship with God,
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  • God will never let you down.
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  • And your confidence will be solid.
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  • You will have swag that will not stop.
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  • So let's start the conversation this way.
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  • Let me take you back on a little journey
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  • to when I was a kid and I on my first job
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  • I got real money for.
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  • When I was about 12, I got a job cutting the grass,
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  • cutting the lawn for our nice, next door neighbor, Mr. Corn.
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  • And I borrowed my dad's lawnmower.
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  • I cut the grass.
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  • Now some of you guys probably enjoy yard work,
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  • you enjoy, I know some people find yard work kind of fun,
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  • satisfying, therapeutic.
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  • Raise your hand if you enjoy a little bit of yard work,
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  • it you have that kind of gardening.
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  • Raise your hand, raise your hand, all right.
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  • All you people need to get saved,
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  • because man, it's tough in south Florida,
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  • the summer's especially.
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  • It's hot, it's humid, and the grass,
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  • if you don't like to cut grass, I don't like to cut grass,
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  • the grass in the summer grows faster, doesn't it?
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  • It's like in the wintertime, once every 10 days,
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  • once every two weeks, maybe.
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  • In the summer, you're gonna cut your yard every 15 minutes.
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  • It just grows so quickly.
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  • And then there is that humidity.
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  • So I'm cutting the grass for the neighbor.
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  • It's not my favorite thing to do to this day.
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  • And it was so hot, it was so humid,
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  • I couldn't wait to finish the job,
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  • put up Dad's lawnmower, and then go into the kitchen.
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  • And young people, I guess I'm old,
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  • because when I was a kid, we didn't have bottled water.
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  • No, we didn't have bottled water in the fridge,
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  • we had a water bottle.
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  • There's a difference.
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  • We had the water jug.
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  • Anybody here have the water jug?
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  • Had the water jug?
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  • All right we had it, we had this jug
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  • that mom had placed in the refrigerator.
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  • It was great, it was a little bigger than a water bottle,
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  • about a half gallon, typically,
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  • some ice cubes in there, often.
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  • And if you were thirsty, the water jug is what you did.
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  • Now the water jug came with two rules, two rules.
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  • Rule number one was this: don't put your mouth
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  • on the water jug, right, don't give it this number,
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  • 'cause it's the family water jug and don't do that
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  • to be bad manners, bad hygiene,
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  • and if mom saw you, bad for you.
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  • So that was rule number one, don't put your mouth on it.
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  • And then rule number two, well, if you raised your hand,
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  • you know what rule number two was.
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  • What was rule number two?
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  • All right, yeah, yeah, yeah, if you drink the last of it,
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  • you fill it back up, you fill it back,
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  • you take responsibility.
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  • So my brother, sister, and I, we got really good
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  • at like, you know, you'd pour all out except like,
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  • like a quarter of an inch on the bottom,
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  • so technically speaking, it wasn't empty.
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  • And then we'd just leave it in the fridge
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  • for like a month with just a quarter of an inch,
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  • 'cause we're all too lazy to drink that last part.
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  • So, rule one, rule two, and so because of rule one,
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  • you had to get a receptacle of some kind,
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  • you had to get like a cup or you had to get like
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  • a glass and a glass designed, of course, to receive water.
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  • Water, water is awesome.
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  • When I was thirsty, to this day,
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  • I don't want Gatorade, I don't want an energy drink,
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  • I want water.
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  • Water refreshes in my mind like nothing else.
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  • I love me some water.
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  • You know, in the Bible, the topography,
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  • the landscape of the biblical world was an arid world,
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  • it was desert, so water was a precious, precious resource.
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  • And often water is used in the Bible symbolically,
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  • it's a metaphor for abundance or a symbol of God's blessing.
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  • Water is used to describe the very essence of life.
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  • In fact, in Psalm chapter one and John chapter four,
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  • ah, water is a symbol of salvation, salvation.
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  • I wanna talk to you about salvation.
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  • I mean my favorite topic to deal with salvation.
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  • So where should you turn in your Bible?
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  • We're gonna bounce around the Scripture.
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  • Why don't you turn, I love John.
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  • Go to the gospel of John, John chapter one,
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  • John chapter one.
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  • Hey, all campuses, let's say that text together loudly.
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  • Ready?
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  • John chapter.
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  • - [Congregation] One.
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  • - Come on, you Sunday night, you're my Sunday night.
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  • I wait for you all day long, 'cause the energy you bring.
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  • Let's try it again.
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  • John chapter
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  • - [Congregation] One.
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  • - There we go, thank you for that, John chapter one.
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  • In fact, I wanna look at a lot of what John said.
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  • John, you may not know, was an apostle, he was a disciple.
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  • But they called him that John,
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  • he's called the beloved disciple.
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  • Meaning that he's the earthly best friend of Jesus.
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  • He was there for all of it.
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  • He followed Christ, he saw the miracles,
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  • he heard the parables, he has a unique perspective,
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  • because of his relationship.
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  • So any time you see anything by John,
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  • John's gospel, First, Second, or Third John
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  • or he wrote the book of Revelation as well.
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  • He has a unique take.
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  • This is Jesus' BFF sharing his take on the Lord.
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  • So, we're gonna study John,
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  • we'll be in chapter one in a moment.
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  • But to refresh your memory, we're talking about confidence.
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  • Some others say I'm calling it Spiritual Swag,
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  • 'cause God wants you to be a supremely confident person.
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  • And this principle translates to your everyday life
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  • in a beautiful way.
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  • So to help us to understand what confidence we have
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  • or don't have, our production team created the Swag-o-Meter,
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  • the Swag-o-Meter right here.
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  • And this helps us understand a continuum of confidence.
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  • I mean, right now either you have a lot of confidence
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  • or a little confidence and you fall
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  • somewhere on the Swag-o-Meter.
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  • Maybe today, I don't know, maybe you've had a tough week,
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  • maybe you've been disappointed,
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  • maybe you trusted some people and they let you down,
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  • and right now you don't have a lot of swag going.
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  • You're timid, you're anxious, you're worrisome,
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  • you're battling with fear.
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  • Now if you battle with fear,
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  • if you're afraid to take a chance,
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  • afraid to risk, afraid to seize opportunity,
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  • it doesn't mean your unintelligent, you lack faith.
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  • In the Bible all kinds of smart people battle with fear.
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  • That's why God spends a lot of time in the Scripture
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  • saying, "Fear not, fear not, fear not."
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  • But maybe you're way over here, you're lacking confidence
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  • in a big way today.
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  • On the other hand, there's some folks,
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  • they don't battle with self-doubt.
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  • Man, they got lots of confidence, but it's self-confidence,
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  • they're full of confidence,
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  • but sadly, they're full of themselves.
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  • Their issue is arrogance, pride,
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  • they're kind of cocky.
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  • Now if that's you I know to be proud
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  • is kind of in vogue right now in our society,
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  • but here's the problem.
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  • God cannot and will not bless pride.
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  • In fact the Bible says God disdains pride.
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  • So you don't want to be a proud person,
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  • 'cause God cannot bless a proud person.
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  • What you want to be is a God-confident person.
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  • You wanna be right here with your relationship with God,
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  • that you know that you are God's person,
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  • called for this setting and this season,
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  • that you are a God-person
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  • with his purpose and his power in mind.
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  • You see, if I'm walking in God's will,
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  • God always makes a way.
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  • You walk in his will, God makes a way.
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  • And there is such swag in knowing
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  • that you're in that sweet spot of God's blessing.
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  • See, if you're over here and you battle with fear
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  • in Jesus' name, you need to man up.
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  • You need to man up, grow a backbone, step out in faith,
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  • charge your opportunities.
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  • If you're over here, your attitude is well, not man up,
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  • but I'm the man, look at me, I got it going on,
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  • look at how talented, look at my skill set,
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  • look at my experience.
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  • God can't bless that.
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  • What you wanna be is right here in the God-confident person
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  • is somebody not saying I'm the man,
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  • but somebody recognizing I am God's man.
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  • And that difference seems small and subtle,
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  • but it's actually profound.
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  • It's not about me, it's about my God
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  • and his calling on my life.
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  • When I walk in God's calling, when I walk in God's purpose,
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  • I walk in God's power.
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  • When I walk in God's will, God makes a way.
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  • Huge, huge issue.
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  • We're talking about swag for these three weeks.
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  • Very important that we live our life right here.
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  • Powerful stuff, not in fear, not in arrogance or pride,
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  • but in confidence.
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  • My buddy Ed Young calls it Godfidence.
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  • It is powerful, powerful, powerful stuff.
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  • So, what is the baseline for this?
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  • What's the fundamental thing in having this God-confidence?
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  • It's this.
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  • Salvation.
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  • Salvation.
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  • Okay, I love when you answer out loud,
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  • but this one time, don't answer out loud, all right?
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  • Nobody, any campus, don't answer out loud.
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  • Do you know for certain that you're saved?
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  • Do you know that you know with confidence
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  • that you are a saved person?
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  • 'Cause that's a huge thing.
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  • If you know that, it gives you this kind of confidence
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  • we're describing, if you don't,
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  • I don't think you'll ever find it.
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  • Do you know for certain that you're saved?
  • 00:12:37.280 --> 00:12:39.180
  • Well David, is being saved such a big deal?
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  • Yes.
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  • And by the way, I borrow that word saved
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  • right from the Scripture.
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  • The apostles used that word, Jesus used that word,
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  • and if you're saved, all these kind
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  • of cool benefits become yours when you're saved.
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  • All these neat God perks are yours
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  • if you are a saved person.
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  • Whether you've been saved 10 years or 10 minutes.
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  • Well, David, like what.
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:01.020
  • Well I had the team put together a partial list
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  • of some of the biblical benefits if you're saved.
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  • We'll put them on the screen right now.
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  • These are some of the things that become yours
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  • the moment that Christ saves you.
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  • And this is an incredible list.
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  • This is not just a lengthy list.
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  • Look at the issues.
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  • Satisfaction, forgiveness, God's abundance,
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  • John 14, the Holy Spirit of God, same chapter.
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  • Look on here, wisdom, wisdom,
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  • anybody want a little more spiritual smarts,
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  • you want divine intelligence?
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  • Raise your hand if you want God's wisdom in a bigger way.
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  • So I see two hands raised here.
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  • If your hand's not up, you definitely need God's wisdom.
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • It continues, wow, victory, courage, direction,
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  • power, joy, but I think maybe the best one
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  • as far as confidence, this last one.
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  • Life eternal.
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  • If you're saved, here's the clue,
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  • here's where the confidence come in,
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  • if you're a saved person, and you know that you're saved,
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  • you have eternal life with Jesus
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  • in paradise in heaven forever.
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  • See what that does is when you know you're gonna spend
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  • the next one billion plus years with God in paradise,
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  • all of a sudden, Tuesday ain't so tough any more.
  • 00:14:08.280 --> 00:14:12.020
  • And maybe you had a tough Tuesday.
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  • Maybe Tuesday she dumped you.
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  • Or Tuesday you found out you didn't make the team.
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  • Or Tuesday you failed that exam.
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  • Or Tuesday you got your pink slip.
  • 00:14:19.150 --> 00:14:21.080
  • Or Tuesday was really hard,
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  • you got a dire diagnoses from the doctor.
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  • And that kind of rocked you.
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  • But if you stop and think, I'm gonna spend
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  • a million times a million years with my Jesus in heaven,
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  • I can manage my Tuesday.
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  • Tuesday is not such a big deal.
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  • I can charge into my Tuesday.
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  • I can maximize my Monday, I can win on my Wednesday,
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  • I can know a tremendous Thursday, a phenomenal Friday,
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  • I'm gonna rock my Saturday and Sunday,
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  • because God has my forever in his hands.
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  • See how this works?
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  • (congregation applauds)
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  • And that only works that way if you know
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  • with confidence you are saved.
  • 00:15:02.020 --> 00:15:04.170
  • See, I bring this up, because there's a lot of smart people,
  • 00:15:06.090 --> 00:15:08.090
  • people who go to church and they don't know they can know.
  • 00:15:08.090 --> 00:15:11.110
  • In fact, I've heard people say David,
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:12.270
  • can you even know that you're saved, I mean really,
  • 00:15:12.270 --> 00:15:14.280
  • can you know that with certainty or confidence,
  • 00:15:14.280 --> 00:15:17.010
  • don't you just kind of hope at best?
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  • Don't you wish, don't you kind of live your life
  • 00:15:18.270 --> 00:15:21.010
  • in such a way that you hope at the end of your life,
  • 00:15:21.010 --> 00:15:23.260
  • if you do certain things right
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  • and you're kind of a good person,
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  • and you, I don't know, believe a few things,
  • 00:15:26.210 --> 00:15:28.050
  • go through some religious rituals or protocols.
  • 00:15:28.050 --> 00:15:30.200
  • That you hope when you stand before God some day
  • 00:15:30.200 --> 00:15:33.040
  • or Saint Peter at the gate, however it works out,
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  • that you hope that God looks at you and goes thumbs up,
  • 00:15:35.100 --> 00:15:38.050
  • right, you take the up escalator, not the down escalator.
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  • That's what you hope.
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  • And actually you live your whole life
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  • with little degree of fear,
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  • of fear and anxiety and worry.
  • 00:15:50.130 --> 00:15:51.230
  • I mean, I hope that some day, man I hope,
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  • whoo, I hope.
  • 00:15:55.080 --> 00:15:56.110
  • In fact, if you're out there saying,
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:15:58.250
  • "Well, I know I'm saved."
  • 00:15:58.250 --> 00:16:00.120
  • You're out there saying, "I know I'm going to heaven,"
  • 00:16:00.120 --> 00:16:02.070
  • isn't that kind of an arrogant thing to say?
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:05.040
  • Isn't that kind of a subter or cocky
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  • to say I know I am a Christian.
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:08.230
  • Isn't that spiritual pride?
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  • And God can't bless pride.
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  • Maybe if you think you know, you're not saved at all.
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:14.050
  • Ahh!
  • 00:16:14.050 --> 00:16:15.110
  • Now you're back to fear over here, right?
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  • It's like, man, how can you know?
  • 00:16:16.230 --> 00:16:19.150
  • It's actually a great question.
  • 00:16:20.120 --> 00:16:22.110
  • Here's what I do
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  • when I face a really big question like that.
  • 00:16:23.170 --> 00:16:26.030
  • I run to my Bible.
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  • I run to the word of God.
  • 00:16:28.000 --> 00:16:29.140
  • This is why Church by the Glades is built on two things,
  • 00:16:29.140 --> 00:16:30.250
  • Jesus and his word.
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  • I run right to the Bible.
  • 00:16:33.090 --> 00:16:34.160
  • See the Bible has a clear answer.
  • 00:16:34.160 --> 00:16:35.260
  • And one this one, guess what, it's crystal.
  • 00:16:35.260 --> 00:16:38.070
  • I think you can know.
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  • You stay in John, John chapter one, he gospel of John.
  • 00:16:39.280 --> 00:16:43.080
  • Let me take you to First John
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  • near the back of your Bible chapter five.
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  • Look what John says.
  • 00:16:46.220 --> 00:16:48.070
  • He writes some Christians that probably had questions
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:49.240
  • about this very issue.
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:50.270
  • And I love this.
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:52.050
  • In John chapter five verse 11 and following,
  • 00:16:52.050 --> 00:16:53.270
  • he says, "This is the testimony.
  • 00:16:53.270 --> 00:16:55.120
  • "God has given us eternal life
  • 00:16:55.120 --> 00:16:57.070
  • "and this life is in his Son.
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  • "He who has the Son has the life."
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:02.110
  • Is that clear?
  • 00:17:02.110 --> 00:17:04.020
  • Have I lost anybody with this verse so far?
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:06.080
  • He who has the Son has the life.
  • 00:17:06.080 --> 00:17:09.120
  • He who has Jesus, one, has life eternal, right.
  • 00:17:09.120 --> 00:17:12.260
  • Is it just clear?
  • 00:17:12.260 --> 00:17:14.120
  • All right, so if you have a relationship with Jesus,
  • 00:17:14.120 --> 00:17:16.060
  • you have life forever with God, period.
  • 00:17:16.060 --> 00:17:19.120
  • That's good news.
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:20.200
  • Conversely, he who does not have the Son of God
  • 00:17:20.200 --> 00:17:23.020
  • does not have the life.
  • 00:17:23.020 --> 00:17:24.260
  • Now if you think that seems kind of rigid or narrow,
  • 00:17:24.260 --> 00:17:27.010
  • guess what, don't get mad at me, get mad at John.
  • 00:17:27.010 --> 00:17:30.240
  • But he says, listen, if you have Jesus, it's cool.
  • 00:17:30.240 --> 00:17:34.090
  • If you have a relationship with Christ,
  • 00:17:34.090 --> 00:17:36.040
  • you have forever.
  • 00:17:36.040 --> 00:17:37.140
  • That's powerful.
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:38.210
  • So the simplicity of salvation is defined,
  • 00:17:38.210 --> 00:17:41.130
  • First John chapter five verses 11 and 12.
  • 00:17:41.130 --> 00:17:44.110
  • Now, following verse 12, you got verse 13.
  • 00:17:44.110 --> 00:17:47.020
  • Look at verse 13.
  • 00:17:47.020 --> 00:17:48.000
  • And I love what John says here.
  • 00:17:48.000 --> 00:17:49.080
  • He goes on to say.
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:50.150
  • He says, "I write these things to you
  • 00:17:50.150 --> 00:17:52.070
  • "who believe in the name of the Son of God,
  • 00:17:52.070 --> 00:17:55.060
  • "so that you may.
  • 00:17:55.060 --> 00:17:56.180
  • - [Congregation] Know.
  • 00:17:58.010 --> 00:17:59.090
  • - "You may know that you have eternal life."
  • 00:17:59.090 --> 00:18:03.010
  • I want you to know this.
  • 00:18:05.040 --> 00:18:06.260
  • Evidently in John's day there was some Christians going,
  • 00:18:06.260 --> 00:18:08.210
  • "I don't know if you can know.
  • 00:18:08.210 --> 00:18:10.070
  • "Can you really know?
  • 00:18:10.070 --> 00:18:11.050
  • "I don't think you can know.
  • 00:18:11.050 --> 00:18:12.130
  • "I think you hope and you wish and you pray,
  • 00:18:12.130 --> 00:18:13.290
  • "if you do certain things, and believe certain things
  • 00:18:13.290 --> 00:18:14.270
  • "then when you stand before God,
  • 00:18:14.270 --> 00:18:16.020
  • "you get the thumbs up, right?
  • 00:18:16.020 --> 00:18:17.080
  • "I don't know that you can know."
  • 00:18:17.080 --> 00:18:18.060
  • But guess what John says.
  • 00:18:18.060 --> 00:18:19.040
  • You can know.
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:20.170
  • You can have confidence.
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:22.280
  • And this knowledge is the source of our confidence.
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:25.290
  • Knowing for certain that things are cool between you and God
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:29.070
  • and you will spend forever with him in heaven.
  • 00:18:29.070 --> 00:18:32.000
  • I know God can tackle my Tuesday,
  • 00:18:32.000 --> 00:18:34.080
  • because he took care of my forever.
  • 00:18:34.080 --> 00:18:37.020
  • You can know you're saved.
  • 00:18:37.020 --> 00:18:38.010
  • That's a good place to clap,
  • 00:18:38.010 --> 00:18:39.160
  • thank you, one nice clapping person, thank you so much.
  • 00:18:39.160 --> 00:18:41.000
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:43.050
  • I'll wait for it, I got all night,
  • 00:18:43.050 --> 00:18:44.180
  • I'll keep you here till like 11 o'clock.
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  • Man, get with me, help me out here, help me preach this.
  • 00:18:46.120 --> 00:18:48.230
  • Now someone's gonna, okay, all right, that's cool,
  • 00:18:48.230 --> 00:18:50.090
  • that's great, Dave, I'd love to have confidence.
  • 00:18:50.090 --> 00:18:53.090
  • Now how do I know or what do I need to know
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:56.100
  • or what do I need to believe or do to be saved?
  • 00:18:56.100 --> 00:18:58.240
  • Great question.
  • 00:18:58.240 --> 00:19:00.080
  • I think if you understand four simple things
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  • you can be saved.
  • 00:19:02.180 --> 00:19:03.160
  • Four things, four things,
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  • we'll walk you through four principles of salvation.
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:06.280
  • And by the way, there's somebody here going,
  • 00:19:06.280 --> 00:19:08.250
  • "I've been a Christian since 1963,
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:10.190
  • "I've been a Christian so long, I don't need this talk."
  • 00:19:10.190 --> 00:19:12.240
  • Okay, here's a question Christian.
  • 00:19:12.240 --> 00:19:14.110
  • Do you know how to explain salvation to someone else?
  • 00:19:14.110 --> 00:19:17.210
  • What if somebody at work on Monday came up to and say,
  • 00:19:17.210 --> 00:19:19.160
  • "Hey, you, you have this confidence, it's really cool,
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:22.210
  • "and you have this relationship with God,
  • 00:19:22.210 --> 00:19:24.040
  • "I want in, I want what you have.
  • 00:19:24.040 --> 00:19:26.110
  • "How do I do that?"
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:27.180
  • You're gonna say, "Ahh, I'm gonna call Dave
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:29.220
  • "at the Church by the Glades."
  • 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:30.210
  • No.
  • 00:19:30.210 --> 00:19:31.160
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:19:31.160 --> 00:19:32.220
  • You should have the ability to share
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:33.290
  • some of these truths right from the Bible.
  • 00:19:33.290 --> 00:19:35.060
  • So take some notes on this.
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  • Let me walk you through maybe the Bible's plan of salvation.
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  • Four things, four things.
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  • Can you count to four?
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  • Can you count to four?
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  • Can you do little of math?
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  • Very little math on the weekend, here we go.
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  • Give me a one.
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  • - [Congregation] One.
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  • - Number one, God loves you.
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  • God loves you, God loves you more than words can express
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  • or human intelligence can fathom.
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  • God loves, he's not mad at you, he's madly in love with you.
  • 00:19:56.230 --> 00:20:00.250
  • You're the object of his divine obsession.
  • 00:20:00.250 --> 00:20:03.150
  • How do I know God loves you?
  • 00:20:03.150 --> 00:20:05.000
  • 'Cause some are thinking, I don't feel like God loves me.
  • 00:20:05.000 --> 00:20:06.140
  • I don't feel my life has been so tough and difficult,
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:09.040
  • I don't feel like God cares or even knows about me.
  • 00:20:09.040 --> 00:20:11.210
  • How do you know, David, that God loves me?
  • 00:20:11.210 --> 00:20:13.210
  • 'Cause the Bible says it.
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  • Time and time again, God declares his passion
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  • and his love for you.
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  • God loves you, God loves you.
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  • I'll share with you one of the promises.
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  • You're in John chapter one, gospel of John.
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  • If you want to, turn just a couple chapters to the right.
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  • But you probably don't need to,
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  • 'cause it's the most famous verse in the Bible.
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  • John 3:16.
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  • Look at what it says in John 3:16 on the screen
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  • and all campuses right now.
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  • It says, get ready to read the word.
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  • "For God so loved the"
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  • - [Congregation] World.
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  • "The world.
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  • "For God so loved the world,
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  • "that he gave his one and only Son," Jesus, right.
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  • God so loved the world.
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  • Now let's see if this verse applies to you.
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  • When I say three, I want you to shout out the name
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  • of the city where you currently reside.
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  • Maybe you live in Tamarac,
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  • maybe you live in Fort Lauderdale,
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  • maybe you drive up from Miami.
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  • Maybe you live in Coral Springs.
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  • Maybe you live in Parkland.
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  • Maybe you live in Davie.
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  • Maybe you drive down from West Palm.
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  • When I say three, I wanna know the city.
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  • One, two, three.
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  • (congregation shouts)
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  • Awesome.
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  • Little late, but that was loud and good over there.
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  • I liked it.
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  • All right, now here's the follow up question.
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  • Our church is an international church,
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  • and this is Sunday night.
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  • Maybe you flew in from some other country
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  • and came right to church.
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  • Maybe you named a city, you know, Bogota in Colombia, right,
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  • maybe you named Port-au-Prince in Haiti.
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  • Maybe Kingston, Jamaica.
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  • I'm not sure what you named, so I wanna know the country.
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  • When I say three, I want to know the country
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  • or the nation where that city is found.
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  • All righty?
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  • Let's do that.
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  • Ready, one, two, three, your nation is.
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  • (congregation shouts)
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  • All right, let's go, I heard some different answers.
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  • Mostly United States of America.
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  • But you know never at Church by the Glades,
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  • it's very diverse.
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  • Okay, third and finally, I wanna know,
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  • city, country, planet.
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  • Planet.
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  • What planet are you from?
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  • One, two, three.
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  • - [Congregation] Earth.
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  • - Now, if someone near you didn't say Earth,
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  • that's concerning.
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • And if you live on planet earth,
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  • no matter what your city or nation,
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  • if you live on planet earth, or you're watching online,
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  • you live wherever it is, if it's on planet earth,
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  • for God so loved the world.
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  • He loves you.
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  • You can actually scratch out the word world
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  • and write your name in the margin.
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  • God loves you just the way you are.
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  • That's awesome.
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  • So someone's going, okay, well, David,
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  • that's kind of neat that God loves me.
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  • How come then salvation doesn't naturally fall my way,
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  • why is there this issue?
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  • Okay, well, number two, give me a two.
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  • - [Congregation] Two.
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  • - Number two we have a problem.
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  • And the problem is something called sin.
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  • And sin, simply said, is a cosmic disease.
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  • It separates us from God.
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  • God is holy and pure and we are sinful
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  • and this sin becomes this issue, this barrier, if you will,
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  • we can never know God, know God's love,
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  • know relationship, or know eternity with him.
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  • Wow, David, that sounds like of serious.
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  • Now, does this apply to everybody?
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  • Let's check out the Bible.
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  • Romans 3:23, I put it on the screen right now,
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  • highlighted a tiny read, you read that word, ready.
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  • It says, "For"
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  • - [Congregation] All.
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  • - "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory."
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  • My mama was in the service today.
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  • May mama's an awesome lady.
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  • She had rules around the water jug.
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  • Now, she's an awesome, cool lady.
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  • Guess what?
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  • Sinner.
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  • Your grandmama, sinner.
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  • Nicest person you know, sinner.
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  • It's not just evil, bad people.
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  • Man, we all have sinned.
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  • Well, David, if it's all of us, how bad can it be?
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  • Well the Bible defined the consequences,
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  • Romans 6:23 says, "And the wages of sin is death."
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  • Okay, I'm a little concerned about this one.
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  • Death, what do you mean, what do you mean,
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  • what dies if I remain in my sin?
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  • How do I die?
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  • Well you die every way a person can die.
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  • You die physically, you die spiritually,
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  • you die relationally, man, you die, you die eternally.
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  • You die every way a person can.
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  • Now I'm depressed.
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  • Give me a three.
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  • - [Congregation] Three.
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  • - God provided a solution.
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  • Third point's huge.
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  • The solution's name, Jesus.
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  • God said, "Come on, there you go."
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  • Sent Jesus as his Son and sufficient Savior.
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  • Jesus died on the cross.
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  • Why?
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  • I love Romans 5:8.
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  • Man, press it on this remarkable verse.
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  • Romans 5:8 says that "God demonstrates his great love
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  • "for us in this, while we were still sinners
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  • "Christ died
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  • "for us."
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  • If you're new to this church,
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  • I almost never, I'm very reticent to bust out
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  • theological jargon.
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  • I don't know why colleagues do it,
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  • I'm not trying to be harsh.
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  • My colleagues that preach the word of God,
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  • but some love to use these lofty terms.
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  • And I think sometimes that's not helpful,
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  • I think it's confusing.
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  • Some of us never use theological jargon
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  • that's not in the Bible.
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  • But I want to this one time.
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  • This verse describes something the theologues call
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  • the doctrine of substitutionary atonement.
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  • Now guess why I'm using that,
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  • 'cause you know what that means.
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  • Substitutionay atonement.
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  • What's a substitute do?
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  • A substitute does something for us
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  • that we cannot or don't wanna do for ourselves.
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  • Jesus died on the cross.
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  • Did he deserve to die?
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  • No.
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  • Perfect and sinless.
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  • But he died as our substitute, the wage of our debt,
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  • our sin is debt, he paid that price for us.
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  • So Jesus died as our substitute.
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  • Man, that's great, that's great.
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  • So am I good with God?
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  • Well, one, two, three, four.
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  • One, God loves us, two, we have a problem called sin,
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  • three, God has a solution called Jesus.
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  • Give me a four.
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  • - [Congregation] Four.
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  • - Four, your move.
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  • God won't force this relationship on you.
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  • You can't force a relationship.
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  • Relationships by design demand response and free will.
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  • So God offers you a chance to say yes to him,
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  • and the way you say yes to God or yes to salvation
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  • is something called to receive, to receive Christ.
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  • To receive Christ.
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  • When I say three, shout the word receive.
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  • Ready, one, two, three.
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  • - [Congregation] Receive.
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  • - It's the big idea.
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  • Receive.
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  • If you receive Christ, you will be saved.
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  • All right, John one, we finally got around,
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  • we're bouncing close by.
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  • Let me take you to John one, something he says
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  • in the 12th verse that is remarkable.
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  • John begins this narrative with the life of Jesus,
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  • the famed gospel of John by saying this
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  • about relationship with Jesus, or receiving Jesus.
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  • It's on the screen right now.
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  • Look at how awesome this is.
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  • "But as many as"
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  • - [Congregation] Received.
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  • - Come on, "But as many as"
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  • - [Congregation] Received.
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  • - "Received Jesus, received him,"
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  • look at this, "to them he gave the right
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  • "to become the children of God."
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  • Before I conclude the verse,
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  • let's just stop right there.
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  • This idea, if you receive Jesus,
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  • it doesn't say if you receive Jesus, you receive heaven,
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  • though you do, it doesn't say if you receive Jesus,
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  • you're forgiven, though you are,
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  • it says if you receive Jesus, you become,
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  • you become God's son.
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  • You become God's daughter.
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  • There's so much confidence in that.
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  • - Hey guys, we're so honored that you joined us today.
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  • And we hope that this message would continue to be
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  • a source of inspiration and encouragement
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  • as you go forward into your week.
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