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Has Your Joy Sprung A Leak? Part 1

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September 28, 2019
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Has Your Joy Sprung A Leak? Part 1

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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, so tired of the black and white
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  • Longing for prism light
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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 a hope 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: Someone once said, Seek as a plain duty
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  • to cultivate a buoyant joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses
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  • of God in your daily life.
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  • Today on "Connect with Skip Heitzig," Skip explains how
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  • to guard your joy when circumstances threaten
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  • to deflate it.
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  • Skip Heitzig: I don't know if you have heard the name Billy
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  • Sunday, or if you know much about who he was.
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  • Billy Sunday was a professional baseball player.
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  • He was a center fielder for Chicago who got converted
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  • and became an evangelist, and he was a fiery evangelist, so much
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  • so that when he would speak, people would remark on the joy
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  • and enthusiasm that emanated from Billy Sunday.
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  • Well, he spoke a lot on the subject of joy.
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  • One of the things he said is don't look as if your
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  • Christianity hurts you.
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  • Isn't that good?
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  • There are too many people say I'm a Christian.
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  • They wince their way through life.
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  • He also said the trouble with many people is that they
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  • have just enough religion to make them miserable.
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  • But my favorite quote by Billy Sunday on the subject of joy is
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  • this: if you have no joy, there's a leak in your
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  • Christianity somewhere.
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  • My question to you this morning is have you sprung a leak?
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  • Have you sprung a leak in joy?
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  • Has your joy sprung a leak?
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  • And there are a number of things in life that can challenge
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  • anybody's joy, circumstances can, people can, everyday
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  • problems can, overwork, sin, doubt, disease, chronic pain,
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  • those are just a few things that can challenge our joy.
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  • However, if those things steal your joy, you got a problem.
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  • And the biggest problem is Paul the Apostle.
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  • You say, "Skip, how do you figure that's
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  • our biggest problem?"
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  • Because if those things can steal your joy, you've got
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  • an apostle, you've got someone telling you to be joyful who has
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  • every reason not to be joyful.
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  • Now, we already know from studying this book that
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  • Paul writes this from a jail cell.
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  • He does not know if the verdict is gonna be live or die.
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  • But before we even read this text, let me remind you
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  • of something else Paul wrote.
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  • This is 2 Corinthians, it's a paragraph that he wrote, in 2
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  • Corinthians 11.
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  • Listen to Paul describing his Christian background
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  • up to this point.
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  • He said I have worked harder, I have been put in jail more
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  • often, I have been whipped times without number, faced death
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  • again and again, five different times the Jews gave me 39
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  • lashes, three times I've been beaten with rods, once I was
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  • stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, once I spent
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  • a whole night and day adrift at sea, I have traveled many
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  • weary miles, I have faced danger from flooded rivers
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  • and from robbers, I have faced danger from my own people
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  • the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles, I have faced
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  • danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on stormy
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  • seas, and I have faced danger from men who claim to be
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  • Christians but are not.
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  • I have lived with weariness and pain and sleepless nights.
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  • Often I have been hungry and thirsty and have gone
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  • without food.
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  • Often I have shivered with cold without enough clothing
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  • to keep me warm.
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  • Then besides all of this, I have the daily burden of how
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  • the churches are getting along.
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  • So how are you doing?
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  • I mean, with this guy's background, and yet, Paul
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  • the Apostle felt he was so anchored to Jesus Christ,
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  • so trusting in Jesus for his future, that he felt it was no
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  • way he could not have joy.
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  • He couldn't help but be joyful.
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  • And that has been a keynote in this letter up to this point.
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  • We've noted that.
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  • I want you to note it one more time.
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  • Go back to chapter 1 verse 3 and just notice this.
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  • This prisoner in jail facing death, possibly, verse 3 says,
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  • "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always
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  • in every prayer of mine, making request for you all with joy."
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  • Verse 18, chapter 1.
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  • "What then, only that in every way whether in pretense
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  • or in truth, Christ is preached, and in this I rejoice, yes,
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  • and will rejoice."
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  • Chapter 2 verse 16, "Holding fast the word of life so that I
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  • may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain
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  • or labored in vain.
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  • Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering
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  • on the sacrifice and service of your faith--" in other words,
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  • if this cost me my very life and I die in the process, "I am
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  • glad and rejoice with you all for the same reason you also be
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  • glad and rejoice with me."
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  • Now let's skip ahead, look at chapter 4 verse 4, "Rejoice
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  • in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice."
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  • Okay, so if you were to go back and go through this letter
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  • and count how many times Paul uses joy or rejoice
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  • or rejoicing, you would count 14 times in all just
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  • in this letter.
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  • Now, with that as our background, let's look at our
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  • verses this morning.
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  • Philippians chapter 3, and we're only gonna look at three verses,
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  • one, two, and three.
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  • "Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.
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  • For me to write the same things to you is not tedious,
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  • but for you it is safe.
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  • Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware
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  • of the mutilation!
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  • For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit,
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  • rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence
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  • in the flesh."
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  • Now, immediately you notice that though he's talking
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  • about rejoicing, he uses some pretty strong language, very
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  • vivid warnings, why?
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  • I think he wants to shock them a bit.
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  • I think he wants their attention.
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  • Their joy is being threatened, and he wants to keep them safe
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  • from the things and the people that are a challenge to their
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  • joy that are possibly robbing them of joy.
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  • You know, sometimes when you give instructions to people,
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  • they've heard them before, so they're not listening,
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  • and so you introduce an element of shock to draw them in so they
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  • get the point.
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  • So let me give you an example.
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  • There was a principal of a school, junior high school
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  • in Oregon.
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  • He had a problem.
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  • Some of the girls in that junior high school
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  • were wearing lipstick.
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  • They'd go in their little girls room and put lipstick on,
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  • but then they would press their lips up against the mirror,
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  • leaving dozens of lip prints in the restroom.
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  • So the principal kindly asked them not to do that, instructing
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  • them why.
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  • We have to clean up every time you do that.
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  • Please don't do that.
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  • You think it helped?
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  • Uh-uh, didn't help at all.
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  • They kept doing it, so he thought, "Well, I gotta get
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  • a little more creative."
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  • So he invited all the girls into the restroom, said, "I'm
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  • gonna give you a demonstration.
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  • This is how hard it is to clean the mirror."
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  • So got all the girls in the room and said, "Now, girls, when you
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  • put your lip prints up there, we got to clean it every day,
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  • and here's a custodian to show you that it's not that easy
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  • of a test."
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  • Well, they're just sorta licking their little clicks, talking,
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  • and not really paying attention and giggling.
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  • So he says, "Okay, I'm going to demonstrate."
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  • So he tells a custodian demonstrate cleaning the mirror
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  • in the bathroom.
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  • So custodian gets the long handled squeegee, dips it
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  • in the toilet, scrubs the marks off, and squeegees it off.
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  • Since that day, there have been no more lip prints
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  • on the mirrors in the girls' restroom.
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  • It's a pretty smart guy, isn't he?
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  • That little shock value changed everything.
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  • Well, so Paul does the same thing in these three verses,
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  • especially in verse two.
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  • What I want to show you here are three defenses that will stop
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  • leaking joy, three defenses that will stop-- that will help you
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  • against your joy leaking out.
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  • First of all, joy must be guarded.
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  • Look at verse one, "Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord."
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  • Now, let me just say that just because Paul says finally here
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  • doesn't mean he's done.
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  • He's got a whole half a book left.
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  • So he's a preacher, so when he says finally,
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  • doesn't mean finally.
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  • It means I have a whole second half of the book to go,
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  • so doesn't mean he's lying, just means that the word translated
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  • here should probably have been translated more appropriately
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  • furthermore or also or on another vein.
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  • That's what the word can mean.
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  • It's translated here finally.
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  • He's gonna use this word again in chapter 4 verse 8.
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  • When he does it that time, he is closing the letter down.
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  • But here finally means furthermore.
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  • So furthermore or also my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.
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  • Those words from anybody else would sound very shallow,
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  • but when they come from the guy who experienced all that we
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  • found out that he experienced, they are very profound words.
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  • Rejoice in the Lord.
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  • Now, he's given them a command.
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  • In fact, it's in what's called a present active indicative,
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  • which would be translated this way: Go on constantly rejoicing,
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  • or be continually rejoicing.
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  • Now, when I discovered that that's what that wording means,
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  • that tells me something about joy.
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  • Number one, it tells me that joy has much less to do with what's
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  • going on around you and much more to do with what's going
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  • on inside you.
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  • That no matter what's going on around you, you can respond
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  • to that with joy.
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  • Second thing it tells me is that it's not an automatic response.
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  • This is something that is a learned response.
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  • It's a choice that you make to make joy your outlook.
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  • How do I know that?
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  • Because by the time we get to chapter 4 verse 11, Paul says
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  • this, listen carefully, "I have learned in whatever state I am
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  • to be content."
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  • It's not automatic.
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  • I had to learn that and I have learned it, so that is now
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  • my response.
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  • Some of you will remember when David in the Old Testament, King
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  • David, before he was king he was being chased by Saul, and he was
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  • very discouraged and very distraught, and he thought he
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  • was gonna lose his life.
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  • We come to 1 Samuel Chapter 30, and we are told then David
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  • encouraged himself in the Lord.
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  • So that's Paul.
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  • Paul said, "I will rejoice," and he goes rejoice in the Lord.
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  • You see, joy was Paul's outlook,
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  • because Jesus was Paul's up-look.
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  • Speaking of that, look at the phrase:
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  • "Finally, my brethren."
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  • He didn't say rejoice period.
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  • He says rejoice in the Lord.
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  • Why is that important?
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  • 'Cause he's not saying rejoice in your circumstances or be
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  • dependent on people for your joy.
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  • When you rejoice in the Lord, your Joy is a byproduct
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  • of a relationship with God.
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  • Perhaps one of the reasons you don't experience joy is because
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  • you're looking for joy in all the wrong places.
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  • You're looking for something or someone else to produce it
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  • for you and in you.
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  • The way I see it, joy is a spiritual reality check.
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  • Let's see, God is still on the throne, check.
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  • I'm a child of God, check.
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  • All things work together for those who love God, check.
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  • All of that produces my response of, "Okay, then,
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  • I'm gonna be joyful."
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  • So I'm not joyful because my circumstances are favorable,
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  • oftentimes they're not favorable.
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  • And I'm not joyful because people are wonderful, because
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  • are they always?
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  • No, have you seen the way they drive around here?
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  • That's enough to take your joy away.
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  • I'm not joyful because I own things or sad because I don't
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  • own things, my joy is a byproduct of my relationship
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  • with the living loving Lord of the universe.
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  • Rejoice in the Lord, that qualifies the command.
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  • Look at the next sentence of verse 1.
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  • Paul says, "For me to write the same things to you, it's not
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  • tedious or burdensome or irksome or troublesome.
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  • It's not tedious, but for you it is safe."
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  • Now, Paul knows he's repeating himself.
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  • He's saying the same things to them, "For me to say the same
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  • things to you, it's not tedious."
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  • He knows he's repeating himself.
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  • Living Bible puts it this way, "I never get tired of telling
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  • you this, and it's good for you to hear it again and again."
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  • What does he mean?
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  • Well, he's already talked about joy several times,
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  • and he's not done.
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  • And he knows that people listening or reading this letter
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  • could get a little tedious.
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  • Okay, so you reading Philippians, you're reading
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  • along, and he's talks about your joy, and then a few verses later
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  • talks about joy and a few verses later rejoice and after a while
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  • you're going, "He keeps saying that.
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  • It's getting tedious."
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  • Hearing things repeated can get tedious for some people.
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  • When I was a kid, when I was in the bratty stage of being
  • 00:16:10.000 --> 00:16:14.010
  • a kid, my parents would tell me things, and they would repeat
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  • themselves, especially my father.
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  • And I had that juvenile, dopey response,
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  • rolling my eyes, and I wanted to--
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  • "I know, I can actually finish your paragraph, dad.
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  • I know exactly what you're gonna say."
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  • I knew the spiel, and listening to things over and over again
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  • got a bit tedious.
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  • Well, I'm a parent now, obviously, and a grandparent,
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  • and I see things a little bit differently.
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  • I find myself repeating those sayings.
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  • History goes on.
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  • A good instructor repeats himself.
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • Paul says, "I've said this before, I'm saying it again,
  • 00:17:03.090 --> 00:17:06.040
  • it's not tedious for me, and it's actually safe for you."
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  • Now, Paul isn't the only one to do this.
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  • Peter, when he writes his letter, he says this, 2 Peter
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  • chapter 1, "I will not be negligent to remind you always
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  • of these things, though you know and are established
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  • in the present truth.
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  • Yes, I think it's right as long as I am in this tent, this body,
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  • to stir you up by reminding you."
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  • Educators have always known the value of repetition.
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  • Ask any fitness coach, any athletic coach.
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  • My brother's a golf pro, and he will tell you, you need to make
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  • that swing and make those body motions over and over again,
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  • and he will have you repeat that and repeat that so that muscle
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  • memory gets locked in.
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  • You repeat it.
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  • Even Aristotle a couple thousand years ago said it's frequent
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  • repetition that produces natural tendency.
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  • So he goes, "I've said it before, I'm saying it again.
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  • I don't mind saying it again.
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  • And by the way, for you, it's actually safe that I say it
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  • again and again."
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  • Why is it safe?
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  • It's safe because he knows that there are joy stealers
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  • out there.
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  • There are grace killers, there are legalistic people that
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  • attach themselves to every congregation.
  • 00:18:21.180 --> 00:18:25.100
  • So joy must be guarded, but number two, legalism
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  • must be avoided.
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  • And that's his thought when he gets to verse 2, he says
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  • beware of dogs.
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  • Now, he's not speaking to mailmen who are delivering
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  • your mail, with a little sign beware of dog.
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  • He's speaking about something different.
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  • Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware
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  • of the mutilation.
  • 00:18:49.190 --> 00:18:50.280
  • Notice three times he uses the word beware,
  • 00:18:50.290 --> 00:18:53.100
  • beware, beware, beware.
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  • These are warnings.
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  • Who is he warning them against?
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  • He's warning them against false teachers called Judaizers.
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  • Judaizers.
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  • Let me explain who they are.
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  • I don't even know if you've ever heard the term Judaizers.
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  • I'm not speaking about Jewish people.
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  • Judaizers were people who mixed the grace of Jesus Christ
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  • with the law of the Old Testament, and they believe you
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  • you needed both in order to be right with God.
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  • So when Peter in Acts chapter 10 goes into a gentile's house,
  • 00:19:29.090 --> 00:19:33.160
  • Cornelius, and shares with him and eats a meal with him,
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  • the folks back in Jerusalem the Judaizers-- they were Jewish
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  • people, Messianic Jews converted to Jesus Christ trusted
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:44.130
  • in Jesus-- but thought, "Peter, you can't do that.
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  • You can't go into a gentile's house and have a meal with him.
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  • They're like unclean people."
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  • They got all upset, why?
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  • Because they said you have to come through Judaism in order
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  • to get to Christ.
  • 00:20:00.150 --> 00:20:03.020
  • Paul the Apostle had the same problem.
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  • He goes on his first missionary journey.
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  • He goes into the synagogues first, to the Jew first,
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  • also to the Greek.
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  • They kick him out of the synagogues.
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  • He preaches to the Greeks in the Areopagus, at the
  • 00:20:12.190 --> 00:20:14.120
  • agora in every city gentiles, non-Jews hear, respond.
  • 00:20:14.130 --> 00:20:20.070
  • Well, by the time this filters back to Jerusalem in Acts
  • 00:20:20.080 --> 00:20:22.090
  • chapter 15, they're beside themselves.
  • 00:20:22.100 --> 00:20:26.260
  • They throw a fit.
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  • Acts chapter 15, this is what they say, verse 1, "Unless you
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  • are circumcised and keep the laws of Moses,
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  • you cannot be saved."
  • 00:20:37.260 --> 00:20:40.010
  • Those were Judaizers.
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  • They attach themselves to the church, and they said
  • 00:20:41.120 --> 00:20:44.220
  • the gentiles had to submit to Jewish rules, and they
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:48.020
  • opposed Paul wherever he went.
  • 00:20:48.030 --> 00:20:51.150
  • So he warns them.
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:53.080
  • By the way, if you're thinking, "Well, those days are long gone.
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:55.220
  • We don't have people like that around today, do we?"
  • 00:20:55.230 --> 00:20:59.000
  • Are you nuts?
  • 00:20:59.010 --> 00:21:01.110
  • There's always people who have a list of rules to keep, and you
  • 00:21:01.120 --> 00:21:06.130
  • have to go through those rules to be right with God.
  • 00:21:06.140 --> 00:21:10.290
  • And by the way, not much different than back then.
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  • There's been a movement, it's been popular for some time,
  • 00:21:15.200 --> 00:21:18.090
  • it's called the Jewish roots movement.
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  • That's what apologetic teachers will call.
  • 00:21:20.200 --> 00:21:22.190
  • A Jewish roots movement sounds beautiful that is let's get
  • 00:21:22.200 --> 00:21:25.150
  • in touch with our Jewish roots and find out about the festivals
  • 00:21:25.160 --> 00:21:29.030
  • and the prayer shawls and the Hebrew prayers and light
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:31.180
  • the candles and where the kippah and blow the shofar, and that's
  • 00:21:31.190 --> 00:21:35.250
  • cool, but what they do is a lot of times these are gentiles, not
  • 00:21:35.260 --> 00:21:39.090
  • Jewish people, who are going back to Jewish roots and believe
  • 00:21:39.100 --> 00:21:43.060
  • that you have to be under the laws of the Torah
  • 00:21:43.070 --> 00:21:46.080
  • in order to be right with God.
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  • And so it's dangerous.
  • 00:21:50.030 --> 00:21:52.040
  • So Paul says beware, beware, beware, why?
  • 00:21:52.050 --> 00:21:57.020
  • Because he knows that being joyful means being careful.
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:22:03.040
  • And we learn a lot about the characteristics
  • 00:22:03.050 --> 00:22:06.010
  • of these legalists just from looking at this verse.
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  • Notice, first of all, that legalists can be scavengers.
  • 00:22:08.280 --> 00:22:11.290
  • That's why Paul says beware of dogs.
  • 00:22:12.000 --> 00:22:14.070
  • That's a term of contempt, by the way.
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  • You may want to try that.
  • 00:22:16.270 --> 00:22:18.060
  • Go up to somebody, go, "You dog."
  • 00:22:18.070 --> 00:22:20.100
  • No, don't do that, on second hand.
  • 00:22:20.110 --> 00:22:23.050
  • It was like a cuss word.
  • 00:22:23.060 --> 00:22:26.190
  • The origin of the term dog in Hebrew parlance goes back
  • 00:22:26.200 --> 00:22:32.200
  • to Deuteronomy chapter 23.
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:34.200
  • It referred to a male cult prostitute.
  • 00:22:34.210 --> 00:22:38.290
  • In Deuteronomy 23, it says, "You shall not bring the wages
  • 00:22:39.000 --> 00:22:43.200
  • of a harlot, nor the price of a dog to the house
  • 00:22:43.210 --> 00:22:47.210
  • of the Lord."
  • 00:22:47.220 --> 00:22:49.210
  • Very stark language to describe a male cult prostitute.
  • 00:22:49.220 --> 00:22:53.080
  • Well, as time went on, did you know that Orthodox Jews started
  • 00:22:53.090 --> 00:22:57.270
  • using the term dog to refer to non-Jews, gentiles?
  • 00:22:57.280 --> 00:23:02.280
  • So Jews, Orthodox Jews would often refer to gentiles as dogs.
  • 00:23:02.290 --> 00:23:08.090
  • Interesting that Paul decides, "I'm going to throw that term
  • 00:23:08.100 --> 00:23:11.050
  • back at them."
  • 00:23:11.060 --> 00:23:13.010
  • These Judaizers who say that we have to keep the laws of Moses
  • 00:23:13.020 --> 00:23:16.170
  • to be saved, beware of dogs.
  • 00:23:16.180 --> 00:23:21.100
  • He's saying that's who they are.
  • 00:23:21.110 --> 00:23:23.210
  • Now you probably have figured out that the dogs he's referring
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:27.210
  • to are not your groomed little pets that jump up on your lap,
  • 00:23:27.220 --> 00:23:32.070
  • that you put those goofy sweaters on and all that stuff.
  • 00:23:32.080 --> 00:23:35.220
  • These were vicious, ferocious scavengers who roamed
  • 00:23:35.230 --> 00:23:39.000
  • the streets.
  • 00:23:39.010 --> 00:23:40.110
  • They were dangerous, they ate filth, they bred disease,
  • 00:23:40.120 --> 00:23:44.160
  • and just as a dog tears and devours, so do legalists
  • 00:23:44.170 --> 00:23:48.030
  • tear and devour the grace of God.
  • 00:23:48.040 --> 00:23:50.060
  • So Paul says watch out for them.
  • 00:23:50.070 --> 00:23:52.090
  • Legalists can be scavengers, beware of dogs.
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  • Second warning: Beware of evil workers.
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:24:01.000
  • That's part of their characteristic.
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:02.140
  • Legalists can be evil while thinking that they're good.
  • 00:24:02.150 --> 00:24:08.140
  • They think they're good, but Paul calls them
  • 00:24:11.020 --> 00:24:13.000
  • evil workers.
  • 00:24:13.010 --> 00:24:14.200
  • Okay, so what we have here is a play on words or a play
  • 00:24:14.210 --> 00:24:17.000
  • on concept, you might say.
  • 00:24:17.010 --> 00:24:19.210
  • Legalists believe that you get right with God
  • 00:24:19.220 --> 00:24:23.280
  • by doing good works.
  • 00:24:23.290 --> 00:24:26.190
  • I'm gonna go through a ceremony and ritual and do good.
  • 00:24:26.200 --> 00:24:29.000
  • I'm gonna try hard, I'm gonna earn my way, and Paul says those
  • 00:24:29.010 --> 00:24:33.110
  • are evil workers.
  • 00:24:33.120 --> 00:24:35.060
  • Why would he dare do that?
  • 00:24:35.070 --> 00:24:37.110
  • Because when anyone ever says I get right with God by doing good
  • 00:24:37.120 --> 00:24:41.230
  • works, what they are in effect saying the work of Jesus Christ
  • 00:24:41.240 --> 00:24:45.220
  • on the cross was not good enough.
  • 00:24:45.230 --> 00:24:48.210
  • I need to add to that some of my own goodness and righteousness
  • 00:24:48.220 --> 00:24:53.080
  • to make that a completed, finished work.
  • 00:24:53.090 --> 00:24:56.020
  • 00:24:56.030 --> 00:24:59.280
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  • 00:24:59.290 --> 00:25:02.010
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  • tour group to Israel in 2020.
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  • Now, I've been to Israel a number of times
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  • over the years, and I can honestly say that visiting
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  • the places where the events of the Bible unfolded and where
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  • You're in for an incredible time as we travel all over Israel
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  • I'm a big fan of the food.
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  • We'll start our tour at Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea
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  • and work our way north, visiting locations like Nazareth,
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  • the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea.
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  • We'll spend several days in the city of Jerusalem and see
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  • the upper room, the Temple Mount, the Garden of Gethsemane,
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  • and much more.
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  • And we'll wrap it all up with communion at the Garden
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  • Tomb, a place that many believe is a place Jesus rose
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  • from the dead.
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  • And that's just a fly-by look of the itinerary.
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  • never-changing truth in ever-changing times.
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