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June 7, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • LAST TIME, WE LOOKED AT THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL,
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  • AND IT IS THIS, THAT ALTHOUGH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US HAS
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  • SINNED, GOD PROVIDED AN ESCAPE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • BUT THAT LEAVES US WITH A PERPLEXING QUESTION:
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  • WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO EXERCISE FAITH?
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  • WELL DURING THE NEXT HALF HOUR,
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  • WE'LL PUT TO REST A NUMBER OF WRONG IDEAS ABOUT FAITH AND
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  • LOOK TO ROMANS CHAPTER 1 TO DISCOVER FAITH'S TRUE MEANING.
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  • MY STUDY TODAY IS CALLED, "THE JUST LIVE BY FAITH"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • MUSIC
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  • NEXT TO JESUS CHRIST, THE APOSTLE PAUL IS THE SINGLE
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  • MOST IMPORTANT FIGURE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
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  • AND IN DR. JEFFRESS'S NEW DVD TEACHING SET,
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  • YOU'LL SEE HOW PAUL'S LIFE IS AN INSPIRING TESTIMONY
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  • OF WHAT A REDEEMED SINNER CAN DO THROUGH GOD'S
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  • AMAZING GRACE IN THE VERY PLACE WHERE PAUL
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  • CARRIED OUT HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
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  • REQUEST THE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL DVD TEACHING SET
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • MUSIC
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  • JOHN BISAGNO, THE LONG-TIME PASTOR OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • IN HOUSTON, SAYS THAT FAITH IS A PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE
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  • WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
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  • WE GO TO A DOCTOR WHEN WE'RE SICK,
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  • WHOSE NAME WE CANNOT PRONOUNCE;
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  • HE GIVES US A PRESCRIPTION WE CANNOT READ;
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  • WE TAKE IT TO A PHARMACIST WE DO NOT SEE;
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  • HE GIVES US A MEDICINE WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND;
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  • AND YET WE TAKE IT.
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  • FAITH IS A PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE,
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  • BUT IT'S ESSENTIAL TO THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THE WORD OF GOD,
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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH.
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  • TO HABAKKUK, THE PROPHET, GOD SAID THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON
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  • SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
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  • TO THE WOMAN WHOSE SINFULNESS CAUSED HER TO BEG FOR JESUS'
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  • FORGIVENESS, AND SHE WASHED HIS FEET WITH HER TEARS -
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  • REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID?
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  • YOUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN.
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  • YOUR FAITH HAS SAVED YOU.
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  • IN HEBREWS 11:6 THE WRITER SAYS,
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  • "WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD."
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  • OVER AND OVER AGAIN THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT
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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH.
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  • AND THUS IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT WHEN WE GET TO
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  • THE FOUNDATIONAL BOOK OF ALL OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,
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  • THE BOOK OF ROMANS, THE THEME OF THIS BOOK IS GROUNDED IN FAITH.
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  • THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE WHO
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  • COMES TO CHRIST THROUGH FAITH.
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  • AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT DEVELOPED IN TODAY'S PASSAGE.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES, TURN TO ROMANS 1.
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  • PAUL WROTE THIS LETTER TO A GROUP OF CHRISTIANS HE HAD
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  • NEVER MET BEFORE, BUT HE WANTED TO WRITE THIS LETTER
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  • TO THIS CHURCH TO HELP GROUND THEM IN THE
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  • BASICS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.
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  • ROMANS 1:16-17, "FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF
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  • CHRIST, FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR SALVATION TO EVERYONE
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  • WHO BELIEVES, TO THE JEW FIRST AND THEN TO THE GREEK.
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  • FOR IN IT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS REVEALED
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  • FROM FAITH TO FAITH."
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  • AND THEN HE QUOTES HABAKKUK THE PROPHET,
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  • "FOR THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
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  • HOW DO WE COME TO A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
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  • HOW CAN WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO BE APPROVED BY GOD,
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  • AND ENTER INTO HEAVEN ONE DAY?
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  • IT IS NOT BY WORKS.
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  • IT IS BY FAITH IN THE GRACE OF GOD,
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  • BELIEVING WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US THROUGH CHRIST.
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  • NOW THINK ABOUT THIS WITH ME, IF INDEED IT IS BY FAITH THAT
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  • I RECEIVE GOD'S APPROVAL AND ESCAPE THE FLAMES OF HELL
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  • DON'T YOU THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT
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  • WE UNDERSTAND WHAT FAITH IS?
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  • IF IT IS THE INGREDIENT, IT IS THE ESSENTIAL FOR RECEIVING
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  • GOD'S APPROVAL, HADN'T WE BETTER UNDERSTAND WHETHER OR
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  • NOT WE HAVE THAT KIND OF FAITH?
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  • WELL TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FAITH IS,
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  • I THINK THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND FAITH AND DEFINE IT
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  • IS BY IDENTIFYING WHAT FAITH IS NOT.
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  • OK?
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  • FAITH, FIRST OF ALL, IS NOT A FEELING.
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  • IT'S NOT A FEELING.
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  • SOMETIMES WHEN I'M TALKING TO SOMEBODY WHO'S NOT A
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  • CHRISTIAN, OR I BELIEVE THEY MAY NOT BE A CHRISTIAN I'LL
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  • ASK THEM A QUESTION.
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  • "IF YOU WERE TO DIE TONIGHT, DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAINTY YOU
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  • WILL BE WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN?"
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  • NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL SAY: WELL, NO.
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  • NOBODY CAN KNOW THAT FOR SURE.
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  • BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN I RUN INTO SOMEBODY WHO SAYS: OH
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  • YES, I KNOW I'M GOING TO HEAVEN.
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  • AND I SAY: WELL, HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO HEAVEN?
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  • AND THIS PERSON WILL SAY: WELL, I JUST HAVE A FEELING
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  • THAT EVERYTHING'S RIGHT BETWEEN GOD AND ME.
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  • THAT'S NOT FAITH - THAT'S FANTASY.
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  • FAITH IS NOT BASED ON A FEELING;
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  • NOR IS FAITH HOPE.
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT FAITH IS A SYNONYM FOR HOPE.
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  • THEY'LL SAY SOMETHING LIKE: WELL,
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  • I SURE HOPE I'M GOING TO HEAVEN.
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  • KIND OF LIKE: I SURE HOPE SOMEBODY DISCOVERS
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  • A CURE TO CANCER.
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  • WELL THAT IS NOT FAITH.
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  • THAT'S JUST WISHFUL THINKING.
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  • FAITH IS NOT A FEELING.
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  • IT'S NOT HOPE.
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  • IT'S NOT EVEN OPTIMISM.
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT FAITH IS A SYNONYM FOR
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  • THINKING POSITIVELY.
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  • IF I JUST THINK POSITIVELY LONG ENOUGH,
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  • WHATEVER I WANT TO HAPPEN WILL HAPPEN.
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  • IT'S JUST BELIEVE - WHATEVER THAT MEANS.
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  • NO, FAITH ALWAYS DEMANDS AN OBJECT.
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  • WELL, PASTOR, IF FAITH IS NOT FEELING,
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  • IF IT'S NOT HOPE, IF IT'S NOT OPTIMISM,
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  • WHAT IS FAITH, THE KIND OF FAITH THAT ASSURES I'LL BE
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  • WELCOMED IN THE HEAVEN ONE DAY?
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  • WELL THE WRITER OF HEBREWS GIVES US THE DEFINITION OF
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  • FAITH IN HEBREWS 11:1.
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  • REMEMBER WHAT THE WRITER SAID?
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  • "NOW FAITH IS THE ASSURANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR,
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  • IT IS THE CONVICTION OF THINGS NOT SEEN."
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  • FAITH, TRUE FAITH, IS AN ASSURANCE
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  • IN SOMETHING YOU HOPE FOR.
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  • IT'S NOT WISHFUL THINKING.
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  • IT IS A CONVICTION IN THE THINGS NOT SEEN.
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  • THAT'S WHAT FAITH IS.
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  • HERE IS A GOOD DEFINITION OF FAITH: FAITH IS BELIEVING THAT
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  • GOD WILL DO WHAT HE'S PROMISED TO DO EVEN WHEN ALL EVIDENCE
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  • IS TO THE CONTRARY.
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  • LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN SO YOU CAN WRITE IT DOWN: FAITH IS
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  • THE ASSURANCE THAT GOD WILL DO WHAT HE'S PROMISED TO DO EVEN
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  • WHEN ALL EVIDENCE IS TO THE CONTRARY.
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  • NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
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  • THAT'S WHAT SAVING FAITH IN GOD IS.
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  • SAVING FAITH IN GOD MEANS BELIEVING THAT GOD IS GOING TO
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  • DO WHAT HE'S PROMISED TO DO.
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  • THAT IF I TRUST IN CHRIST TO PAY MY SIN-DEBT FOR ME;
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  • IF I BELIEVE IT IS NOT BY MY WORKS,
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  • BUT BY HIS GRACE THAT I'M GOING TO BE WELCOMED INTO
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  • HEAVEN; IF I HAVE THAT KIND OF FAITH I'M GOING TO BE IN A
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  • RIGHT-STANDING BEFORE GOD.
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  • THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
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  • WELL, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU
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  • HAVE THAT KIND OF SAVING FAITH OR NOT?
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  • NOTICE BEGINNING IN VERSE 8 THAT PAUL GIVES US
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  • THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF GENUINE FAITH.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, HE SAYS GENUINE FAITH ENCOURAGES OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 8,
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  • "FIRST, I THANK MY GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST FOR YOU ALL,"
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  • PAUL WAS FROM THE SOUTH IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT -
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  • JUST A LITTLE JOKE THERE,
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  • "FOR YOU ALL, BECAUSE YOUR FAITH IS BEING PROCLAIMED
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  • THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD."
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  • NOW PAUL HAD NEVER MET THE ROMAN CHRISTIANS BEFORE,
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  • BUT HE KNEW OF THEM.
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  • HOW DID HE KNOW OF THEM?
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  • BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH IN GOD.
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  • IN FACT, IT WAS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD.
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  • SEE, THE ROMAN CHURCH WAS UNDER PERSECUTION AT THIS TIME.
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  • AND YET, THEIR FAITH REMAINED STEADFAST.
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  • YOU SEE, THEY BELIEVED THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF
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  • THEM IN THEIR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES.
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  • DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?
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  • I MEAN, HOW RIDICULOUS IS IT THAT WE SAY WE TRUST GOD FOR
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  • THE HEREAFTER, BUT WE CERTAINLY CAN'T TRUST HIM
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  • FOR THE HERE AND NOW?
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  • NO, THESE ROMAN CHRISTIANS, THEY TRUSTED HIM FOR THE
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  • PRESENT AS WELL AS FOR THE FUTURE.
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  • AND THAT FAITH WAS NOT ONLY WITHIN THEMSELVES,
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  • BUT IT WAS SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE ROMAN EMPIRE,
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  • AND INCLUDING OTHER CHRISTIANS,
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  • INCLUDING THE APOSTLE PAUL WERE BEING AFFECTED BY THE
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  • ROMAN'S CHRISTIANS FAITH.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES 11-12. PAUL SAID,
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  • "FOR I LONG TO SEE YOU IN ORDER THAT I MAY IMPART
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  • SOME SPIRITUAL GIFT TO YOU, THAT YOU MIGHT BE ESTABLISHED."
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  • "THAT IS, THAT I MAY BE ENCOURAGED TOGETHER WITH YOU
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  • WHILE AMONG YOU, EACH OF US BY ONE ANOTHER'S FAITH,
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  • BOTH YOURS AND MINE."
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  • WHY DID PAUL SO DESPERATELY WANT TO GO TO ROME?
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  • YES, HE WANTED TO STRENGTHEN THE ROMANS,
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  • BUT HE WANTED TO BE STRENGTHENED BY THE ROMANS AS WELL.
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  • HE HEARD OF THEIR FAITH, AND HE WANTED SOME OF THEIR FAITH
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  • TO RUB OFF ON HIM.
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  • DID YOU KNOW THE APOSTLE PAUL HAD DOWN DAYS JUST LIKE YOU DO?
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  • PAUL HAD TIMES WHERE HE WONDERED IF ALL OF THIS STUFF
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  • WAS REALLY TRUE OR NOT.
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  • HE HAD THE PROBLEM OF UNANSWERED PRAYER THAT
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  • HE WRESTLED WITH.
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  • PAUL GOT DISCOURAGED JUST LIKE YOU DO, AND I DO.
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  • PAUL SAID: I WANT TO BE AROUND SOME FAITH-FILLED PEOPLE SO
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  • THAT I CAN BE ENCOURAGED AS WELL.
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  • THAT'S WHY THE WRITER OF HEBREWS SAID IN HEBREWS 10:24,
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  • "LET US CONSIDER HOW TO STIMULATE (TO IGNITE) ONE
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  • ANOTHER TO LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS,
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  • NOT FORSAKING OUR OWN ASSEMBLING TOGETHER,
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  • AS IS THE HABIT OF SOME, BUT ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER;
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  • AND ALL THE MORE AS YOU SEE THE DAY DRAWING NEAR."
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  • LISTEN, COMING TO WORSHIP IS NOT OPTIONAL IF YOU'RE GOING
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  • TO STAY ON FIRE FOR CHRIST.
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  • IT IS ESSENTIAL TO KEEP YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPERATURE RED HOT.
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  • WHAT PAUL IS SAYING IS IF YOU HAVE THE KIND OF FAITH THAT
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  • REALLY SAVES, THAT TRUSTS GOD; THAT FAITH IS NOT ONLY GOING
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  • TO TRUST GOD FOR THE HEREAFTER,
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  • BUT IT'S GOING TO TRUST GOD FOR THE HERE AND NOW,
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  • AND AS YOU TRUST GOD IN YOUR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES YOUR
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  • FAITH WILL SPILL OVER TO OTHER PEOPLE AS WELL.
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  • GENUINE FAITH ENCOURAGES OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • SECONDLY, GENUINE FAITH ENDURES UNANSWERED PRAYER.
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  • TRUE FAITH ENDURES UNANSWERED PRAYER.
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  • IF YOU'VE BEEN A CHRISTIAN FOR ANY TIME AT ALL,
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  • SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL
  • 00:10:57.040 --> 00:11:00.120
  • WITH A PROBLEM OF UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:11:00.130 --> 00:11:02.140
  • WHY DOESN'T GOD ANSWER MY PRAYERS?
  • 00:11:02.150 --> 00:11:06.290
  • NOW I KNOW TECHNICALLY GOD ANSWERS EVERY PRAYER,
  • 00:11:07.000 --> 00:11:10.000
  • OK?
  • 00:11:10.010 --> 00:11:10.200
  • WE ALL KNOW THAT.
  • 00:11:10.210 --> 00:11:11.230
  • THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:11:11.240 --> 00:11:14.170
  • WE ALL KNOW THERE ARE THREE POSSIBILITIES OF HOW GOD CAN
  • 00:11:14.180 --> 00:11:17.040
  • ANSWER A PRAYER.
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:18.100
  • YES.
  • 00:11:18.110 --> 00:11:19.010
  • NO.
  • 00:11:19.020 --> 00:11:20.230
  • WAIT.
  • 00:11:20.240 --> 00:11:21.190
  • THOSE ARE THE THREE POSSIBLE ANSWERS,
  • 00:11:21.200 --> 00:11:23.080
  • SO WE KNOW GOD IS ALWAYS ANSWERING PRAYERS IN ONE OF
  • 00:11:23.090 --> 00:11:26.010
  • THOSE THREE WAYS.
  • 00:11:26.020 --> 00:11:27.130
  • BUT, THE REAL QUESTION PEOPLE ASK WHEN THEY SAY
  • 00:11:27.140 --> 00:11:30.130
  • "WHY DOESN'T GOD ANSWER MY PRAYERS?"
  • 00:11:30.140 --> 00:11:31.260
  • WHAT THEY'RE REALLY ASKING IS: WHY DOESN'T GOD
  • 00:11:31.270 --> 00:11:35.040
  • ANSWER MY PRAYERS AFFIRMATIVELY AND IMMEDIATELY?
  • 00:11:35.050 --> 00:11:39.110
  • ISN'T THAT WHAT MOST PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW?
  • 00:11:39.120 --> 00:11:41.140
  • WHY DOESN'T GOD GIVE ME WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT IT?
  • 00:11:41.150 --> 00:11:44.190
  • THAT'S WHAT MOST PEOPLE DEAL WITH WHEN THEY'RE TALKING
  • 00:11:44.200 --> 00:11:47.070
  • ABOUT UNANSWERED PRAYERS.
  • 00:11:47.080 --> 00:11:49.040
  • TRUE SAVING FAITH IS FAITH THAT TRUSTS GOD TO DO WHAT IS
  • 00:11:49.050 --> 00:11:53.190
  • BEST; IT IS A FAITH THAT CAN ENDURE UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:57.260
  • THIRDLY, PAUL SAYS, TRUE, GENUINE,
  • 00:11:57.270 --> 00:12:00.250
  • SAVING FAITH ENABLES US TO RECEIVE
  • 00:12:00.260 --> 00:12:04.060
  • THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.
  • 00:12:04.070 --> 00:12:05.180
  • LOOK AT VERSES 16-17.
  • 00:12:05.190 --> 00:12:07.110
  • HE SAYS, "FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL,
  • 00:12:07.120 --> 00:12:10.290
  • FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION
  • 00:12:11.000 --> 00:12:13.090
  • TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES."
  • 00:12:13.100 --> 00:12:16.170
  • FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:12:16.180 --> 00:12:18.290
  • YOU MIGHT THINK: WELL, PAUL, WHO WOULD EVER BE
  • 00:12:19.000 --> 00:12:22.080
  • ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL?
  • 00:12:22.090 --> 00:12:23.290
  • WHY I WOULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:12:24.000 --> 00:12:27.260
  • REALLY?
  • 00:12:29.000 --> 00:12:30.220
  • YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT AGAIN.
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:32.230
  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL?
  • 00:12:32.240 --> 00:12:36.040
  • MAYBE IT'S BEEN A TIME WHEN YOU WERE AFRAID TO DIRECTLY
  • 00:12:36.050 --> 00:12:40.150
  • CONFRONT THAT NON-CHRISTIAN TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM.
  • 00:12:40.160 --> 00:12:45.000
  • OR THAT BOSS OF YOURS WHO SAYS SOMETHING AND DOES SOMETHING
  • 00:12:45.010 --> 00:12:48.150
  • THAT IS OVERTLY AGAINST THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:12:48.160 --> 00:12:52.170
  • OR MAYBE IT'S BY BEING FEARFUL TO SHARE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST
  • 00:12:52.180 --> 00:12:59.030
  • WITH THAT RELATIVE, WITH THAT CLOSE FRIEND OF YOURS.
  • 00:12:59.040 --> 00:13:03.210
  • YOU USE THE EXCUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO OFFEND THEM - THE REAL
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:06.220
  • TRUTH IS YOU DON'T WANT TO BE REJECTED BY THEM.
  • 00:13:06.230 --> 00:13:10.230
  • OR MAYBE YOU ARE HESITANT IN A GROUP TO HOLD ON TO THAT
  • 00:13:10.240 --> 00:13:15.030
  • BELIEF AND ARTICULATE THAT BELIEF THAT ALL OTHER
  • 00:13:15.040 --> 00:13:18.090
  • RELIGIONS REALLY ARE DEAD END ROADS.
  • 00:13:18.100 --> 00:13:20.190
  • THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO GOD,
  • 00:13:20.200 --> 00:13:22.150
  • AND THAT IS THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:13:22.160 --> 00:13:25.280
  • THE FACT IS WE'VE ALL BEEN ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL
  • 00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:29.220
  • AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER.
  • 00:13:29.230 --> 00:13:31.280
  • WE'VE ALL FAILED TO STAND UP AS WE SHOULD.
  • 00:13:31.290 --> 00:13:35.150
  • BUT PAUL SAID I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
  • 00:13:35.160 --> 00:13:39.100
  • NOTICE THE THREE REASONS HE GIVES FOR NOT BEING ASHAMED.
  • 00:13:39.110 --> 00:13:42.050
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID THE GOSPEL IS MAN'S
  • 00:13:42.060 --> 00:13:45.040
  • ONLY HOPE FOR SALVATION.
  • 00:13:45.050 --> 00:13:47.160
  • ONE REASON WE DON'T HAVE TO BACK DOWN IS BECAUSE THE
  • 00:13:47.170 --> 00:13:50.240
  • GOSPEL IS MAN'S ONLY HOPE FOR SALVATION.
  • 00:13:50.250 --> 00:13:54.040
  • HE SAID, "FOR I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL,
  • 00:13:54.050 --> 00:13:56.010
  • FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR SALVATION
  • 00:13:56.020 --> 00:13:59.090
  • TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES."
  • 00:13:59.100 --> 00:14:02.140
  • ALL MANKIND IS DRIFTING FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:14:02.150 --> 00:14:07.250
  • AND THERE ARE NOT MANY WAYS BACK HOME TO GOD;
  • 00:14:07.260 --> 00:14:10.040
  • GOD HAS INSTITUTED ONE RESCUE PLAN,
  • 00:14:10.050 --> 00:14:12.280
  • AND THAT RESCUE PLAN IS THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:14:12.290 --> 00:14:16.290
  • AND THAT'S WHY WE DON'T HAVE TO BE ASHAMED TO SAY THERE IS
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:19.280
  • ONE WAY TO BE SAVED.
  • 00:14:19.290 --> 00:14:21.200
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THAT WORD "SAVED" AND "SALVATION" -
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:24.160
  • THAT'S NOT A BAPTIST WORD, THAT IS NOT SOME HICK WORD;
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:27.290
  • THERE ARE PEOPLE TODAY WHO WANT TO MAKE FUN OF: OH,
  • 00:14:28.000 --> 00:14:29.280
  • YOU ALL TALK BEING SAVED, BEING SAVED, BEING SAVED.
  • 00:14:29.290 --> 00:14:33.010
  • LOOK, THAT IS THE WORD PAUL USES 13 TIMES IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS.
  • 00:14:33.020 --> 00:14:37.070
  • FOR OUR GOSPEL REALLY IS THE MEANS OF SALVATION,
  • 00:14:37.080 --> 00:14:40.190
  • ALL OF US ARE DRIFTING AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:14:40.200 --> 00:14:43.280
  • WE ARE HEADED FOR AN ETERNITY OF HELL,
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:46.010
  • AND THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY BACK TO GOD.
  • 00:14:46.020 --> 00:14:49.010
  • DID YOU KNOW, BY THE WAY, THAT NON-CHRISTIAN YOU TALK TO,
  • 00:14:49.020 --> 00:14:51.280
  • THAT FRIEND, THAT RELATIVE, THAT WORK ASSOCIATE THEY HAVE
  • 00:14:51.290 --> 00:14:55.280
  • THAT SENSE THAT THEY'RE LOST?
  • 00:14:55.290 --> 00:14:58.020
  • THEY HAVE A SENSE THAT THEY'RE DRIFTING.
  • 00:14:58.030 --> 00:15:00.160
  • THE ROMAN STATESMEN SENECA WHO WAS A CONTEMPORARY OF APOSTLE
  • 00:15:00.170 --> 00:15:03.250
  • PAUL SAID, "ALL MANKIND IS LOOKING FOR A HAND
  • 00:15:03.260 --> 00:15:07.250
  • LET DOWN TO LIFT US UP."
  • 00:15:07.260 --> 00:15:11.150
  • EVERYBODY'S LOOKING FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION,
  • 00:15:11.160 --> 00:15:14.150
  • FOR DIVINE HELP TO LIFT US UP OUT OF OUR LOSTNESS.
  • 00:15:14.160 --> 00:15:18.290
  • THE GOSPEL SHOULD NOT BE ASHAMED OF.
  • 00:15:19.000 --> 00:15:21.010
  • IT IS MAN'S ONLY HOPE FOR SALVATION.
  • 00:15:21.020 --> 00:15:23.250
  • SECONDLY, PAUL SAID I'M NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:26.230
  • FOR THE GOSPEL IS FOR EVERYONE.
  • 00:15:26.240 --> 00:15:29.150
  • LOOK AGAIN AT VERSE 16,
  • 00:15:29.160 --> 00:15:31.060
  • "FOR IT (THE GOSPEL) IS THE POWER OF GOD
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:33.240
  • FOR SALVATION TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES,
  • 00:15:33.250 --> 00:15:37.170
  • TO THE JEW FIRST AND THEN TO THE GREEK."
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:40.160
  • THE GOSPEL IS NOT JUST FOR THE WEALTHY OR THE POOR,
  • 00:15:40.170 --> 00:15:43.130
  • THE EDUCATED, THE UNEDUCATED, THE YOUNG OR THE OLD - HERE IS
  • 00:15:43.140 --> 00:15:46.120
  • ONE WAY THAT CHRISTIANITY IS SO DIFFERENT THAN OTHER RELIGIONS
  • 00:15:46.130 --> 00:15:49.270
  • - THE GOSPEL IS OPEN TO ANYONE.
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:52.110
  • EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR RELIGION,
  • 00:15:52.120 --> 00:15:54.110
  • NATIONALITY, ECONOMIC PLACE IN LIFE -
  • 00:15:54.120 --> 00:15:57.090
  • THE GOSPEL IS FOR EVERYONE.
  • 00:15:57.100 --> 00:16:00.180
  • CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON, THE GREAT BAPTIST PREACHER
  • 00:16:00.190 --> 00:16:03.140
  • OF YESTERYEAR WAS TALKING TO A GROUP OF YOUNG CHILDREN.
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:07.010
  • AND HE SAID TO THOSE CHILDREN, "I REALIZE YOU ARE YOUNG,
  • 00:16:07.020 --> 00:16:13.020
  • BUT YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO SIN, AND YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH TO DIE.
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:17.270
  • AND AS LONG AS THOSE TWO THINGS ARE TRUE,
  • 00:16:17.280 --> 00:16:20.160
  • YOU NEED A SAVIOR."
  • 00:16:20.170 --> 00:16:22.110
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT A PERSON'S BACKGROUND IS;
  • 00:16:24.280 --> 00:16:28.010
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT HIS RELIGION IS;
  • 00:16:28.020 --> 00:16:30.120
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT HIS STAGE OR AGE IN LIFE IS,
  • 00:16:30.130 --> 00:16:34.220
  • AS LONG AS SOMEBODY IS OLD ENOUGH TO SIN
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:37.200
  • AND OLD ENOUGH TO DIE,
  • 00:16:37.210 --> 00:16:39.060
  • THEY NEED THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:16:39.070 --> 00:16:42.060
  • THE GOSPEL IS FOR EVERYONE.
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:45.080
  • THIRDLY, PAUL SAID: I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL,
  • 00:16:45.090 --> 00:16:48.030
  • FOR THE GOSPEL IS RECEIVED BY FAITH.
  • 00:16:48.040 --> 00:16:51.160
  • LOOK AT VERSE 17, "FOR IN THE GOSPEL THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:55.120
  • GOD IS REVEALED FROM FAITH TO FAITH."
  • 00:16:55.130 --> 00:16:59.060
  • LITERALLY, IT BEGINS AND IT ENDS WITH FAITH.
  • 00:16:59.070 --> 00:17:03.050
  • "FOR AS IT IS WRITTEN,
  • 00:17:03.060 --> 00:17:04.220
  • 'THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.'"
  • 00:17:04.230 --> 00:17:08.040
  • THE APOSTLE PAUL UNDERSTOOD THAT TRUTH
  • 00:17:08.050 --> 00:17:10.040
  • PERHAPS BETTER THAN ANYONE.
  • 00:17:10.050 --> 00:17:12.150
  • HIS LIFE DID A COMPLETE 180 AFTER HIS CONFRONTATION WITH
  • 00:17:12.160 --> 00:17:16.150
  • CHRIST ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.
  • 00:17:16.160 --> 00:17:18.120
  • IN PHILIPPIANS 3, PAUL SHARES WHAT HIS LIFE
  • 00:17:18.130 --> 00:17:21.100
  • WAS LIKE BEFORE HE CAME TO CHRIST AND AFTER
  • 00:17:21.110 --> 00:17:23.240
  • HE CAME TO CHRIST.
  • 00:17:23.250 --> 00:17:25.010
  • BEFORE HE CAME TO CHRIST, PAUL WAS LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE YOU
  • 00:17:25.020 --> 00:17:28.210
  • TALK TO, PERHAPS LIKE SOME OF YOU WATCHING
  • 00:17:28.220 --> 00:17:30.220
  • OR LISTENING RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:32.070
  • YOU THINK YOUR RIGHT-STANDING WITH GOD
  • 00:17:32.080 --> 00:17:36.000
  • IS A SERIES OF PLUSSES AND MINUSES.
  • 00:17:36.010 --> 00:17:39.110
  • YOU DO SOME GOOD THINGS - PLUSSES.
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:41.200
  • YOU DO SOME BAD THINGS - MINUSES.
  • 00:17:41.210 --> 00:17:44.010
  • BUT AT THE END OF YOUR LIFE IF YOUR PLUSES OUTWEIGH THE
  • 00:17:44.020 --> 00:17:46.160
  • MINUSES YOU GET TO GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:49.210
  • MOST ALL OF MANKIND BELIEVES THAT.
  • 00:17:49.220 --> 00:17:52.030
  • PLUSSES AND MINUSES.
  • 00:17:52.040 --> 00:17:53.280
  • JUST HAVE MORE OF ONE AND THE OTHER,
  • 00:17:53.290 --> 00:17:55.180
  • AND YOU'RE OK.
  • 00:17:55.190 --> 00:17:57.040
  • IN PHILIPPIANS 3 PAUL SAID:
  • 00:17:57.050 --> 00:17:58.230
  • THAT'S THE WAY I USED TO VIEW MY LIFE.
  • 00:17:58.240 --> 00:18:01.030
  • HE TALKED ABOUT ALL OF HIS PRIOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT HE
  • 00:18:01.040 --> 00:18:04.140
  • WAS DEPENDING ON TO GET TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:06.020
  • HE WAS A JEW.
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:07.210
  • HE WAS CIRCUMCISED ON THE EIGHTH DAY.
  • 00:18:07.220 --> 00:18:09.090
  • HE WAS A PHARISEE; A KEEPER OF THE LAW;
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:11.030
  • ZEALOUS IN HIS FAITH...
  • 00:18:11.040 --> 00:18:12.040
  • ON AND ON AND ON HE WENT.
  • 00:18:12.050 --> 00:18:14.020
  • HE THOUGHT: THAT'S WHY I'M GOING TO BE WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:14.030 --> 00:18:16.280
  • BUT THEN HE SAYS, "BUT THEN I REALIZED THOSE THINGS I
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:20.270
  • COUNTED AS GAIN WERE ACTUALLY LOST TO ME COMPARED TO THE
  • 00:18:20.280 --> 00:18:26.050
  • INCOMPREHENSIBLE JOY OF KNOWING CHRIST."
  • 00:18:26.060 --> 00:18:28.250
  • PAUL SAID THOSE THINGS HE WAS GRIPPING TIGHTLY AS HIS
  • 00:18:28.260 --> 00:18:33.010
  • ENTRANCE PASS INTO HEAVEN; THOSE THINGS WERE ACTUALLY
  • 00:18:33.020 --> 00:18:37.150
  • KEEPING HIM FROM HEAVEN BECAUSE AS LONG AS HE WAS
  • 00:18:37.160 --> 00:18:41.210
  • HOLDING ONTO HIS WORKS, HIS HAND WAS NOT OPEN TO RECEIVE
  • 00:18:41.220 --> 00:18:46.080
  • THE GIFT OF GOD'S GRACE THROUGH FAITH.
  • 00:18:46.090 --> 00:18:49.190
  • AND THAT'S WHY PAUL SAID: MY PRAYER NOW - PHILIPPIANS 3:9 -
  • 00:18:49.200 --> 00:18:53.270
  • IS THAT "I MIGHT BE FOUND IN CHRIST,
  • 00:18:53.280 --> 00:18:56.260
  • NOT HAVING A RIGHTEOUSNESS OF MY OWN WHICH IS DERIVED FROM
  • 00:18:56.270 --> 00:19:01.130
  • KEEPING THE LAW, BUT A RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COMES FROM
  • 00:19:01.140 --> 00:19:05.080
  • GOD, THROUGH CHRIST, ON THE BASIS OF FAITH."
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:09.250
  • THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE NOT BY WORKS,
  • 00:19:09.260 --> 00:19:14.180
  • BUT BY FAITH.
  • 00:19:14.190 --> 00:19:16.260
  • AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS SERIES I TOLD YOU THE STORY OF
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:20.160
  • A CATHOLIC MONK NAMED MARTIN LUTHER WHOSE LIFE WAS IMPACTED
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:25.090
  • BY THIS BOOK WE'RE STUDYING, THE BOOK OF ROMANS.
  • 00:19:25.100 --> 00:19:28.140
  • YOU REMEMBER WHILE HE WAS A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
  • 00:19:28.150 --> 00:19:31.070
  • WITTENBERG THAT HE KEPT READING THE BOOK OF ROMANS
  • 00:19:31.080 --> 00:19:34.120
  • OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THAT HE WAS TEACHING.
  • 00:19:34.130 --> 00:19:36.200
  • AND THERE IS A PHRASE IN THAT BOOK THAT HE KEPT TURNING
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:40.140
  • OVER IN HIS MIND.
  • 00:19:40.150 --> 00:19:41.170
  • IT WAS THE VERSE WE'RE LOOKING AT TODAY,
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:43.110
  • VERSE 17, "THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:47.210
  • THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:51.130
  • MARTIN LUTHER'S SON PAUL RECOUNTS THIS TRUE STORY
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:56.020
  • IN HIS FATHER'S LIFE.
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:57.160
  • HE SAID: AS A CATHOLIC MONK, HIS DAD MARTIN LUTHER,
  • 00:19:57.170 --> 00:20:01.180
  • TRAVELED TO ROME AS ALL GOOD MONKS AND
  • 00:20:01.190 --> 00:20:04.030
  • ALL GOOD CATHOLICS WOULD.
  • 00:20:04.040 --> 00:20:06.070
  • AND THEY WOULD GO WHILE IN ROME TO THE CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN.
  • 00:20:06.080 --> 00:20:10.200
  • AND THERE IN THE CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN THERE WAS A STONE
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:13.170
  • STAIRCASE MADE WITH STONES THAT SUPPOSEDLY HAD COME
  • 00:20:13.180 --> 00:20:17.100
  • FROM PONTIUS PILATE'S HOME.
  • 00:20:17.110 --> 00:20:20.010
  • AND THOSE STONES WERE STAINED RED.
  • 00:20:20.020 --> 00:20:23.260
  • THEY WERE SAID TO BE STAINED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:27.020
  • HIMSELF AS HE ASCENDED THOSE STAIRS TO STAND BEFORE PILATE.
  • 00:20:27.030 --> 00:20:31.160
  • AND SO PILGRIMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WOULD COME TO THE
  • 00:20:31.170 --> 00:20:34.150
  • CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN, AND THERE THEY WOULD KNEEL AT THE BASE
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:38.110
  • OF THE STAIRCASE, AND THEY WOULD KISS THE FIRST LEVEL
  • 00:20:38.120 --> 00:20:41.190
  • THAT CONTAINED THE STAINS OF JESUS' BLOOD.
  • 00:20:41.200 --> 00:20:44.210
  • AND THEN THEY WOULD PAINFULLY, ON THEIR KNEES BRING
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:48.010
  • THEMSELVES UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND PRAY FOR HOURS;
  • 00:20:48.020 --> 00:20:51.040
  • AND THEN THE NEXT LEVEL.
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:52.260
  • AND THEY FELT LIKE AS THEY MADE THAT PAINFUL ASCENT UP
  • 00:20:52.270 --> 00:20:56.010
  • THE STAIRS THAT SOMEHOW THEY WERE ENSURING THE REMISSION OF
  • 00:20:56.020 --> 00:20:59.070
  • THEIR SINS, AND ASSURING THEMSELVES THAT THEY WOULD NOT
  • 00:20:59.080 --> 00:21:01.280
  • SUFFER PUNISHMENT IN PURGATORY FOR YEARS.
  • 00:21:01.290 --> 00:21:05.030
  • THEY WERE THERE TO EARN GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:21:05.040 --> 00:21:08.020
  • AND SO MARTIN LUTHER, A FAITHFUL CATHOLIC,
  • 00:21:08.030 --> 00:21:11.060
  • MADE HIS PILGRIMAGE TO THE CHAPEL AT ST. JOHN,
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:14.020
  • AND AS HE KNELT THERE AND AS HE PRAYED,
  • 00:21:14.030 --> 00:21:16.240
  • THE WORDS OF ROMANS 1:17 KEPT COMING BACK TO HIS MIND,
  • 00:21:16.250 --> 00:21:21.070
  • "THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
  • 00:21:21.080 --> 00:21:24.100
  • AND AS HE WENT UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL,
  • 00:21:24.110 --> 00:21:26.020
  • AGAIN, HE HEARD THE VOICE LOUDER,
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:27.170
  • "THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:30.110
  • AND MARTIN LUTHER SAID THERE WAS A WAR THAT
  • 00:21:30.120 --> 00:21:32.270
  • WAS GOING ON IN HIS SPIRIT.
  • 00:21:32.280 --> 00:21:36.090
  • BY FEAR, SAID MARTIN LUTHER,
  • 00:21:36.100 --> 00:21:39.060
  • THE RIGHTEOUS WILL BE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD.
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  • BY FAITH, SAID THE APOSTLE PAUL.
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  • AND AS HE MADE HIS WAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL:
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  • BY FEAR, SAID THE ROMAN CATHOLICS.
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  • BY FAITH, SAID THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • BY FEAR, SAID THOSE WHO STOOD BESIDE ME ASCENDING THE STAIRS.
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  • BY FAITH, SAID GOD OUR SAVIOR.
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  • THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
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  • AND WHEN HE ASCENDED TO THE TOP OF THE STAIRCASE,
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  • HE STOOD UP HORRIFIED BY HIS OWN SUPERSTITION AND FOLLY.
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  • HE DESCENDED THAT STAIRCASE.
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  • HE WALKED OUT OF ST. JOHN'S CHAPEL THAT DAY;
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  • AND HIS SON SAID FROM THAT POINT ON,
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  • THE FOUNDATION OF HIS LIFE, HIS MINISTRY,
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  • AND FINALLY THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION WAS THAT VERSE,
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  • "THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."
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  • HOW IS A PERSON MADE RIGHT WITH GOD?
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  • HOW CAN WE WHO ARE SINFUL MEN AND WOMEN
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  • BE ASSURED OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS?
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  • IT IS NOT BY FEAR.
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  • IT IS NOT BY WORKS.
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  • IT IS NOT BY RITUAL.
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  • IT IS NOT BY RELIGION.
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  • THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.
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  • ONCE A KILLER OF CHRISTIANS,
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  • MISSIONARY TO THE GENTILES.
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  • AND HE SPENT THE REST OF HIS LIFE CRISSCROSSING THE
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  • ROMAN EMPIRE, SHARING THE GOOD NEWS
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  • ANSWERS IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT SIN,
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  • SALVATION, SUFFERING, HOLINESS,
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  • AND CONDEMNATION.
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  • DR. JEFFRESS: IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU'RE RICH
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  • TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP TRANSFORM THE WORLD WITH GOD'S TRUTH...
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  • ONE LIFE AT A TIME.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMEBODY SAY,
  • 00:25:39.110 --> 00:25:41.130
  • "JUST HAVE FAITH," OR "I HAVE FAITH IT'LL WORK OUT?"
  • 00:25:41.140 --> 00:25:45.120
  • WELL, AS WE LEARNED IN TODAY, THE WORD 'FAITH' IS
  • 00:25:45.130 --> 00:25:48.030
  • DEFINED IN MANY WAYS.
  • 00:25:48.040 --> 00:25:50.130
  • AS A CHRISTIAN, IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF FAITH
  • 00:25:50.140 --> 00:25:53.260
  • WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.
  • 00:25:53.270 --> 00:25:55.040
  • SO IMPORTANT, IN FACT, OUR ETERNAL DESTINY DEPENDS ON IT.
  • 00:25:55.050 --> 00:25:59.250
  • FAITH ISN'T BLIND HOPE, POSITIVE-THINKING,
  • 00:25:59.260 --> 00:26:03.180
  • OR EVEN OPTIMISM.
  • 00:26:03.190 --> 00:26:05.130
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, SAVING FAITH IS THE ONLY WAY MAN CAN RECEIVE
  • 00:26:05.140 --> 00:26:09.210
  • SALVATION AND GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:26:09.220 --> 00:26:12.180
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE,
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  • "NO EXCUSE."
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  • MUSIC
  • 00:26:17.140 --> 00:26:19.140
  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
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  • RECEIVED THE BIBLE, NEVER HEARD ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
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  • STANDS GUILTY AND DESERVING OF THE WRATH OF GOD HOW MUCH MORE
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  • THIS BOOK, HOW MUCH MORE DO YOU AND I DESERVE THE WRATH,
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