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VII Marks of Discipleship: The Heart of Discipleship

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June 2, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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VII Marks of Discipleship: The Heart of Discipleship

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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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  • THE WORD "DISCIPLE" IS ONE THAT GETS THROWN AROUND
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  • A LOT IN THE CHURCH.
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  • WE ALL KNOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST.
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  • BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DISCIPLE?
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  • A HUNDRED DIFFERENT PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY GIVE YOU
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  • A HUNDRED DIFFERENT ANSWERS.
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  • SO TODAY, AND THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THIS NEW SERIES,
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  • I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT IT TRULY MEANS
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  • TO BE A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • MY MESSAGE TODAY IS TITLED, THE HEART OF DISCIPLESHIP.
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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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  • IS YOUR LIFE BECOMING TOO COMPLICATED?
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  • IT'S TIME TO CUT THROUGH THE CLUTTER AND GET TO THE HEART
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  • OF WHAT IT MEANS TO PLEASE GOD!
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  • IN CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY, DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS REVEALS
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  • THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOU...
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  • AND WHAT HE WANTS TO DO FOR YOU.
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  • REQUEST CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY WHEN YOU GIVE A
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  • GENEROUS GIFT TO HELP BROADCAST PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • WITH YOUR GIFT TODAY, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE A DVD COPY OF
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  • DR. JEFFRESS'S SIGNATURE MESSAGE,
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  • AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
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  • MUSIC
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  • MUSIC
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  • ONE SATURDAY MORNING, AT 8:07 A.M.
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  • RESIDENTS OF HAWAII RECEIVED THIS TEXT
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  • MESSAGE: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT
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  • INBOUND TO HAWAII.
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  • SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.
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  • THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
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  • HAWAII RESIDENTS KIMBERLY MCMURRAY SAID LATER:
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  • MY FIRST INITIAL THOUGHT WAS PURE FEAR AT THE IDEA
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  • THAT MY 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER'S LIFE WAS GOING
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  • TO BE INSTANTLY CUT SHORT.
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  • THAT MELDED INTO THE THOUGHT OF WHAT IT WAS
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  • GOING TO BE FEEL LIKE.
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  • WOULD I DIE IN THE INITIAL BLAST OR GET
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  • LINGERING EFFECTS FROM THE RADIATION EXPOSURE
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  • AND DIE LATER ON?
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  • UPON RECEIVING THE ALERT ON HER CELL PHONE,
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  • KIMBERLY SENT THIS MESSAGE OUT TO FRIENDS
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  • AND FAMILY SHORTLY AFTERWARDS: WE ARE UNDER
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  • AN IMMEDIATE MISSILE THREAT.
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  • WE ARE SEEKING SHELTER IN THE BASEMENT
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  • OF THE HOSPITAL.
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  • I'M REALLY SCARED.
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  • I LOVE YOU GUYS AND WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED
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  • THE BEST I CAN.
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  • WE HAVE 4 MINUTES LEFT.
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  • FORTUNATELY, AFTER 37 GUT-WRENCHING MINUTES
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  • THOSE RESIDENTS RECEIVED ANOTHER MESSAGE THAT IT
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  • WAS ALL A MISTAKE.
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  • AND THAT DAY THE RESIDENTS OF HAWAII
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  • RECEIVED A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FROM THEIR
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  • DEATH SENTENCE.
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  • I SAY TEMPORARY BECAUSE ONE DAY THEY ARE FOR REAL
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  • GOING TO FACE DEATH AGAIN JUST LIKE EVERY ONE OF US
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  • IN THIS ROOM OR WATCHING THIS BROADCAST.
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  • NOBODY IS GOING TO ESCAPE DEATH.
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  • HEBREWS 9:27 SAYS, "IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE
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  • TO DIE AND AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT."
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  • IF IT'S NOT TERRIFYING ENOUGH TO YOU THINK OF
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  • THE END OF YOUR LIFE, NOTICE WHAT THE WRITER
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  • SAYS DEATH IS FOLLOWED BY,
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  • "IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEATH COMES A JUDGMENT WE WILL
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  • ALL FACE BEFORE GOD."
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  • WHAT DOES GOD WANT FROM MY LIFE?
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  • LET ME AFFIRM AT THE OUTSET OF THIS MESSAGE
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  • THAT I BELIEVE THAT SALVATION IS BY GRACE ALONE.
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  • THAT IS THE FOUNDATIONAL
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  • BEDROCK BELIEF OF CHRISTIANITY.
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  • THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO TO EARN GOD'S SALVATION.
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  • IN EPHESIANS 2:8-9 THE APOSTLE PAUL WRITES,
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  • "FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH
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  • AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES,
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  • IT IS A GIFT OF GOD, NOT AS A RESULT OF WORKS THAT
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  • NO ONE SHOULD BOAST."
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  • GOD DOESN'T ALLOW US TO WORK EVEN A LITTLE BIT
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  • FOR A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
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  • BECAUSE IF WE CONTRIBUTE EVEN 1% TO OUR SALVATION,
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  • THEN OUR SALVATION BECOMES A WAGE
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  • THAT GOD OWES US.
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  • IT BECOMES AN OBLIGATION BECAUSE WE WORKED FOR IT,
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  • AND GOD REFUSES TO OWE
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  • ANY MAN OR WOMAN SALVATION.
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  • IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD.
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  • SO, IT'S VERY CLEAR, SALVATION IS BY FAITH
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  • ALONE, BUT IS THAT ALL GOD WANTS FOR ME?
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  • IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE HE WANTS FOR ME?
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TO LUKE CHAPTER 10
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  • FOR JUST A MOMENT.
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  • LUKE CHAPTER 10.
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  • VERSE 25, "AND BEHOLD A CERTAIN LAWYER STOOD UP
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  • AND PUT JESUS TO THE TEST SAYING,
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  • 'TEACHER, WHAT SHALL I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?'"
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  • I'VE POINTED OUT BEFORE IT'S VERY CLEAR,
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  • LUKE SAYS, THAT THIS LAWYER WAS TESTING JESUS.
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  • JESUS SAID: WELL HOW DOES THE LAW READ TO YOU?
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  • AND THE LAWYER SAID; VERSE 27: WELL THE LAW
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  • SAYS BASICALLY YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
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  • WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL OF YOUR
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  • SOUL, AND WITH ALL OF YOUR STRENGTH,
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  • AND WITH ALL OF YOUR MIND,
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  • AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
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  • JESUS SAID: RIGHT, DO THAT AND YOU SHALL LIVE.
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  • JESUS AFFIRMED THAT THE ESSENCE OF A RIGHT
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  • RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WAS LOVING HIM WITH ALL OF
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  • YOUR HEART AND LOVING OTHER PEOPLE AS YOURSELF.
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  • VERY SIMPLE.
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  • NOT EASY, BUT VERY SIMPLE.
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  • WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF
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  • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE?
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  • HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN, NOT ONLY PASTORS,
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  • BUT OTHER CHRISTIANS WHO FALL INTO THAT KIND OF
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  • REBELLION AGAINST GOD, WHOSE LIFESTYLE IS
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  • COMPLETELY LIKE THAT OF UNBELIEVERS?
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  • I THINK PERHAPS THE LATE DALLAS WILLARD HAD THE
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  • ANSWER WHEN HE WROTE: A CAREFULLY CULTIVATED
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  • HEART WILL, ASSISTED BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
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  • FORESEE, FORESTALL, OR TRANSFORM MOST OF THE
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  • PAINFUL SITUATIONS BEFORE WHICH OTHERS STAND LIKE
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  • HELPLESS CHILDREN SAYING 'WHY DID THIS HAPPEN.'
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  • BUT LISTEN TO THIS: THE GREATEST NEED YOU AND I
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  • HAVE, THE GREATEST NEED OF COLLECTIVE HUMANITY IS
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  • THE RENOVATION OF OUR HEART;
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  • THAT SPIRITUAL PLACE WITHIN FROM WHICH OUTLOOK
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  • CHOICES AND ACTIONS COME HAS BEEN FORMED BY A
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  • WORLD AWAY FROM GOD.
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  • NOW THAT HEART MUST BE TRANSFORMED.
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  • TODAY WE'RE BEGINNING A BRAND NEW SERIES I'VE
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  • TITLED: SEVEN MARKS OF A DISCIPLE.
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  • WE ALL KNOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DISCIPLES
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  • OF CHRIST, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DISCIPLE?
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  • YOU KNOW THAT WORD "DISCIPLE" OR THE WORD
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  • "DISCIPLESHIP," IT GETS THROWN AROUND THE CHURCH,
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  • OUR CHURCH A LOT.
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  • PEOPLE USE THAT TERM WITHOUT REALLY
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  • UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE.
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  • IN FACT IF I WERE TO ASK YOU WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO
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  • BE A DISCIPLE, I THINK WE'D COME UP WITH ALL
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  • KINDS OF ANSWERS.
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  • WELL, TO BE A DISCIPLE MEANS YOU GET UP AT
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  • 5 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING AND MEET WITH A COUPLE OF
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  • OTHER MEN OR WOMEN FOR AN ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP.
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  • SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY: WELL TO BE A DISCIPLE
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  • MEANS YOU MEMORIZE 100 VERSES AND THAT'S WHAT IT
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  • MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE.
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  • OTHER PEOPLE WOULD SAY:
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  • WELL, BEING A DISCIPLE MEANS ENROLLING
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  • IN THIS CLASS IN DISCIPLESHIP UNIVERSITY.
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  • THAT MEANS YOU'RE A DISCIPLE.
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  • NOW, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, BY THE WAY,
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  • ARE GOOD THINGS TO DO, BUT THOSE THINGS RELATE
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  • TO THE PROCESS OF DISCIPLESHIP,
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  • THEY DON'T DEFINE WHAT A DISCIPLE IS.
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  • IT DESCRIBES HOW YOU BECOME A DISCIPLE,
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  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT A DISCIPLE IS.
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  • OTHER PEOPLE DEFINE "DISCIPLE" BY WHAT A
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  • DISCIPLE DOES OR IS.
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  • THEY WILL NOTE THAT THAT TERM "DISCIPLE" -
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  • MATHETES IN GREEK - WAS USED IN JESUS' DAY TO
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  • REFER TO SOMEBODY WHO ADMIRED A RABBI AND
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  • DECIDED TO ATTACH HIMSELF TO THAT RABBI TO LEARN
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  • ALL OF HIS TEACHINGS AND TO EMULATE HIS LIFESTYLE.
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  • SO TO BE A DISCIPLE, THEY SAY,
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  • INVOLVES ATTACHING YOURSELF TO JESUS AND
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  • EMULATING HIS LIFESTYLE.
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  • SPECIFICALLY THEY WOULD NOTE THAT THERE ARE FOUR
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  • THINGS A DISCIPLE DOES OR IS.
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  • YOU MIGHT WANT TO JOT THEM DOWN
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  • ON YOUR OUTLINE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THEY WOULD SAY A DISCIPLE
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  • IS A CHRISTIAN.
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  • WELL DUH, PASTOR, TELL ME SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW.
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  • AND YET A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT'S ACTUALLY
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  • POSSIBLE TO BE LIKE JESUS CHRIST WITHOUT EVER BEING
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  • IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THAT IS THEY TRY TO FOLLOW THE LIFESTYLE OF
  • 00:09:13.270 --> 00:09:16.030
  • CHRIST WITHOUT EVER HAVING THAT INITIAL
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  • EXPERIENCE WITH CHRIST THAT NOT ONLY RESULTS IN
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  • THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS,
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  • BUT THE EMPOWERING BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.
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  • THEY'RE TRYING TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE,
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  • BEING LIKE CHRIST WITHOUT EVER BEING IN CHRIST.
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  • AND JESUS DESCRIBED WHAT HAPPENS
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  • TO PEOPLE LIKE THAT.
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  • ONE DAY THEY'RE GOING TO RECEIVE THE SURPRISE
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  • OF A LIFETIME.
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  • MATTHEW 7:22-23 JESUS SAID,
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  • "MANY WILL SAY TO ME ON THAT DAY,
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  • THE JUDGMENT DAY, 'LORD, LORD,
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  • DID WE NOT PROPHECY IN YOUR NAME,
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  • AND IN YOUR NAME CAST OUT DEMONS,
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  • AND IN YOUR NAME PERFORMED MANY
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  • MIRACLES?'" BUT THEN JESUS WILL SAY TO THEM,
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  • "DEPART FROM ME, I NEVER KNEW YOU,
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  • YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS."
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  • THEY DID GOOD THINGS, THEY DID THEM IN THE NAME
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  • OF CHRIST, BUT THEY NEVER HAD THAT PERSONAL
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  • RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST THAT COMES THROUGH FAITH.
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  • SO THE BEGINNING POINT OF BEING A DISCIPLE IS TO
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  • BECOME A CHRISTIAN.
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  • YOU KNOW JESUS TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF
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  • THAT IN THE DISCIPLESHIP PROCESS.
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  • IN THE PASSAGE WE OFTEN CALL THE GREAT
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  • COMMISSION, REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID IN
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  • MATTHEW 28:19-20?
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  • "GO, THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS."
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  • HOW DO YOU DO THAT JESUS?
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  • HOW DO YOU MAKE DISCIPLES OF PEOPLE?
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  • WELL, HE SAID, FIRST OF ALL BAPTIZING THEM IN THE
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  • NAME OF THE FATHER, AND THE SON,
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  • AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
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  • THE FIRST STEP IS A CONVERSION EXPERIENCE,
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  • AND THEN HE SAID, SECONDLY,
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  • "TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I
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  • COMMANDED YOU, AND LO I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS EVEN
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  • UNTO THE END OF THE AGE."
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  • A DISCIPLE'S A CHRISTIAN.
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  • SECONDLY, A DISCIPLE HAS A GROWING RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:10:56.070 --> 00:11:00.130
  • WITH GOD.
  • 00:11:00.140 --> 00:11:01.260
  • IF WE'RE REALLY A DISCIPLE,
  • 00:11:01.270 --> 00:11:03.050
  • WE'RE GOING TO KNOW AND LOVE JESUS CHRIST MORE
  • 00:11:03.060 --> 00:11:05.210
  • TODAY THAN WHEN WE WERE FIRST SAVED.
  • 00:11:05.220 --> 00:11:08.270
  • A DISCIPLE HAS A GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:11:08.280 --> 00:11:11.110
  • THIRDLY, A DISCIPLE OBEYS CHRIST IN EVERY AREA
  • 00:11:11.120 --> 00:11:17.040
  • OF HIS LIFE.
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:18.270
  • GO BACK TO THAT GREAT COMMISSION;
  • 00:11:18.280 --> 00:11:20.090
  • NOT ONLY IS IT BAPTIZING PEOPLE,
  • 00:11:20.100 --> 00:11:22.170
  • BUT IT'S TEACHING PEOPLE TO OBSERVE WHAT?
  • 00:11:22.180 --> 00:11:25.290
  • ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.
  • 00:11:26.000 --> 00:11:30.100
  • DISCIPLESHIP, THE ESSENCE OF IT,
  • 00:11:30.110 --> 00:11:32.280
  • IS TEACHING PEOPLE TO OBEY GOD IN EVERY AREA OF
  • 00:11:32.290 --> 00:11:36.150
  • THEIR LIFE: THEIR WORK, THEIR FINANCES,
  • 00:11:36.160 --> 00:11:39.140
  • THEIR MARRIAGE, THEIR PARENTING,
  • 00:11:39.150 --> 00:11:41.190
  • THEIR THOUGHT LIFE, THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO
  • 00:11:41.200 --> 00:11:44.030
  • BE A DISCIPLE.
  • 00:11:44.040 --> 00:11:45.280
  • AND THEN FINALLY A DISCIPLE IS ONE WHO MAKES
  • 00:11:45.290 --> 00:11:48.240
  • NEW DISCIPLES.
  • 00:11:48.250 --> 00:11:50.230
  • HE MAKES NEW DISCIPLES.
  • 00:11:50.240 --> 00:11:52.090
  • IF YOU'RE A TRUE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST,
  • 00:11:52.100 --> 00:11:54.010
  • YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE SERIOUSLY JESUS' FINAL
  • 00:11:54.020 --> 00:11:56.180
  • COMMAND BEFORE HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN TO
  • 00:11:56.190 --> 00:11:59.100
  • GO INTO ALL OF THE WORLD, TO MAKE IT YOUR LIFE'S
  • 00:11:59.110 --> 00:12:02.070
  • PURPOSE TO MAKE DISCIPLES.
  • 00:12:02.080 --> 00:12:04.210
  • NOW ALL OF THOSE THINGS I MENTION,
  • 00:12:04.220 --> 00:12:06.140
  • THOSE FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF A
  • 00:12:06.150 --> 00:12:08.090
  • DISCIPLE STILL AS TRUE AS THEY ARE,
  • 00:12:08.100 --> 00:12:12.060
  • DON'T DEFINE THE ESSENCE OF DISCIPLESHIP.
  • 00:12:12.070 --> 00:12:16.090
  • SO ARE YOU READY TO KNOW WHAT DISCIPLESHIP IS
  • 00:12:16.100 --> 00:12:19.080
  • REALLY ALL ABOUT?
  • 00:12:19.090 --> 00:12:21.120
  • THE ESSENCE OF DISCIPLESHIP IS A CHANGED
  • 00:12:21.130 --> 00:12:27.060
  • LIFE THAT COMES FROM A TRANSFORMED HEART.
  • 00:12:27.070 --> 00:12:30.260
  • LET ME SAY IT AGAIN: THE ESSENCE OF DISCIPLESHIP
  • 00:12:30.270 --> 00:12:34.020
  • IS A CHANGED LIFE THAT COMES FROM A
  • 00:12:34.030 --> 00:12:38.110
  • TRANSFORMED HEART.
  • 00:12:38.120 --> 00:12:41.070
  • 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17, PAUL SAYS,
  • 00:12:41.080 --> 00:12:44.080
  • "THEREFORE IF ANY MAN IS IN CHRIST HE IS A NEW
  • 00:12:44.090 --> 00:12:48.220
  • CREATURE, THE OLD THINGS PASSED AWAY,
  • 00:12:48.230 --> 00:12:52.220
  • BEHOLD NEW THINGS HAVE COME."
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:56.130
  • SOME TRANSLATIONS CAPTURE THE TENSE ACCURATELY,
  • 00:12:56.140 --> 00:12:58.230
  • "NEW THINGS ARE COMING."
  • 00:12:58.240 --> 00:13:02.120
  • A DISCIPLE IS SOMEBODY WHO RESEMBLES JESUS
  • 00:13:02.130 --> 00:13:05.180
  • CHRIST IN HIS ACTIONS, ATTITUDES,
  • 00:13:05.190 --> 00:13:08.220
  • AND AFFECTIONS.
  • 00:13:08.230 --> 00:13:10.200
  • A DISCIPLE IS SOMEONE WHO LOVES WHAT JESUS LOVED;
  • 00:13:10.210 --> 00:13:14.000
  • THINKS LIKE JESUS THOUGHT;
  • 00:13:14.010 --> 00:13:15.120
  • BEHAVES LIKE JESUS BEHAVED
  • 00:13:15.130 --> 00:13:16.280
  • IN EVERY SITUATION.
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:19.040
  • TO BE A DISCIPLE MEANS TO LIVE MY LIFE AS CHRIST
  • 00:13:19.050 --> 00:13:23.180
  • WOULD LIVE MY LIFE IF HE WERE I.
  • 00:13:23.190 --> 00:13:26.230
  • THOSE ARE ALL DESCRIPTIONS OF A
  • 00:13:26.240 --> 00:13:28.020
  • DISCIPLE, BUT IT ALL COMES BACK TO THIS:
  • 00:13:28.030 --> 00:13:31.030
  • DISCIPLESHIP IS ABOUT A CHANGED LIFE THAT COMES
  • 00:13:31.040 --> 00:13:35.100
  • FROM A TRANSFORMED HEART.
  • 00:13:35.110 --> 00:13:38.100
  • UNFORTUNATELY TOO MANY PROFESSING CHRISTIANS
  • 00:13:38.110 --> 00:13:43.110
  • TODAY HAVE THIS TESTIMONY - IT'S A TESTIMONY THAT
  • 00:13:43.120 --> 00:13:46.180
  • SAYS: I CAME TO THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST JUST AS I
  • 00:13:46.190 --> 00:13:50.180
  • AM, AND I LEFT JUST AS I WAS.
  • 00:13:50.190 --> 00:13:55.130
  • THERE HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY
  • 00:13:55.140 --> 00:13:56.190
  • NO TRANSFORMATION OF THEIR LIFE.
  • 00:13:56.200 --> 00:13:58.290
  • I MEAN THE STATISTICS ARE WELL-KNOWN AND THEY'RE
  • 00:13:59.000 --> 00:14:02.220
  • VERY DEPRESSING.
  • 00:14:02.230 --> 00:14:04.240
  • YOU LOOK AT ANY AREA OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR,
  • 00:14:04.250 --> 00:14:08.200
  • AND THERE'S NOT ANY REALLY MARKED DIFFERENCE
  • 00:14:08.210 --> 00:14:10.240
  • BETWEEN THE BEHAVIOR OF PROFESSING CHRISTIANS
  • 00:14:10.250 --> 00:14:13.010
  • AND NON-CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:14:13.020 --> 00:14:15.080
  • AND THAT OUGHT TO BE DISTURBING TO ALL OF US.
  • 00:14:15.090 --> 00:14:17.190
  • I KNOW IT'S DISTURBING TO ME.
  • 00:14:17.200 --> 00:14:19.030
  • YOU KNOW I'M ASSUMING THE REASON YOU'RE HERE THIS
  • 00:14:19.040 --> 00:14:21.010
  • MORNING, THE REASON YOU'RE WATCHING THIS
  • 00:14:21.020 --> 00:14:23.210
  • SERIES RIGHT NOW IS BECAUSE YOU REALLY DO
  • 00:14:23.220 --> 00:14:26.090
  • WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:27.150
  • A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST.
  • 00:14:27.160 --> 00:14:29.110
  • YOU REALLY BELIEVE WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:31.110
  • ONE DAY YOU'RE GOING TO FACE GOD AND YOU WANT TO
  • 00:14:31.120 --> 00:14:33.050
  • BE SURE THAT YOU'VE GOTTEN IT RIGHT.
  • 00:14:33.060 --> 00:14:36.170
  • YOU KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF CLUTTER
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:38.020
  • IN CHRISTIANITY TODAY.
  • 00:14:38.030 --> 00:14:40.120
  • SOME PEOPLE THINK THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY
  • 00:14:40.130 --> 00:14:42.290
  • IS MAKING SURE YOU'RE ABLE TO PARSE EVERY
  • 00:14:43.000 --> 00:14:46.040
  • DOCTRINAL ISSUE JUST RIGHT AND SAY IT IN THE
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:49.030
  • RIGHT WAY, TO BE SURE YOU'RE ABLE TO EXPLAIN
  • 00:14:49.040 --> 00:14:51.250
  • WITH GREAT PRECISION THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
  • 00:14:51.260 --> 00:14:54.200
  • GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY AND HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY,
  • 00:14:54.210 --> 00:14:57.210
  • AND IF YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT THEN YOU'RE NOT
  • 00:14:57.220 --> 00:14:59.110
  • REALLY A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:14:59.120 --> 00:15:01.060
  • OTHER PEOPLE, THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY IS
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:05.020
  • BELIEVING WHAT THEY BELIEVE ABOUT THE GREY
  • 00:15:05.030 --> 00:15:07.180
  • ISSUES OF CHRISTIANITY, THAT THE BIBLE REALLY
  • 00:15:07.190 --> 00:15:10.170
  • DOESN'T SPEAK ABOUT, BUT YOU'VE GOT TO ADOPT THEIR
  • 00:15:10.180 --> 00:15:12.220
  • BELIEFS ABOUT THESE GREY AREAS.
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:14.240
  • FOR OTHER PEOPLE THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY
  • 00:15:14.250 --> 00:15:16.240
  • IS MAKING SURE YOU WORSHIP IN EXACTLY THE
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:19.160
  • RIGHT WAY, THAT YOU SING THE RIGHT KIND OF SONGS,
  • 00:15:19.170 --> 00:15:22.170
  • YOU PRAY THE RIGHT KIND OF PRAYERS.
  • 00:15:22.180 --> 00:15:24.050
  • THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A REALLY FERVENT
  • 00:15:24.060 --> 00:15:26.180
  • DISCIPLE OF CHRIST.
  • 00:15:26.190 --> 00:15:27.230
  • OTHER PEOPLE BELIEVE IT'S ALL THE ISSUE ABOUT THE
  • 00:15:27.240 --> 00:15:30.030
  • GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT AND YOU'VE GOT TO BELIEVE
  • 00:15:30.040 --> 00:15:32.100
  • JUST THIS WAY ABOUT THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:15:32.110 --> 00:15:34.220
  • TO BE A REAL CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:15:34.230 --> 00:15:36.210
  • THOSE ARE ALL SECONDARY, TERTIARY ISSUES.
  • 00:15:36.220 --> 00:15:40.090
  • IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT JESUS SAID TO MARTHA DOWN
  • 00:15:40.100 --> 00:15:43.080
  • IN VERSES 41, 42 OF LUKE 10,
  • 00:15:43.090 --> 00:15:46.010
  • "THE LORD SAID TO HER, 'MARTHA,
  • 00:15:46.020 --> 00:15:49.020
  • MARTHA, YOU ARE WORRIED AND BOTHERED ABOUT SO
  • 00:15:49.030 --> 00:15:53.080
  • MANY THINGS, BUT ONLY A FEW THINGS ARE NECESSARY
  • 00:15:53.090 --> 00:15:57.240
  • AND REALLY ONLY ONE."
  • 00:15:57.250 --> 00:16:00.200
  • WHEN IT COMES TO THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AND BEING
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:02.290
  • A DISCIPLE, THERE'S REALLY ONLY ONE THING
  • 00:16:03.000 --> 00:16:05.090
  • THAT MATTERS - JESUS SAID: LOVING GOD WITH ALL
  • 00:16:05.100 --> 00:16:08.170
  • OF OUR HEARTS AND LOVING OTHERS AS
  • 00:16:08.180 --> 00:16:12.070
  • WE LOVE OURSELVES.
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:14.130
  • YOU'VE HEARD OF THE OLD KISS-PRINCIPLE.
  • 00:16:14.140 --> 00:16:17.090
  • REMEMBER THAT K-I-S-S: KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID.
  • 00:16:17.100 --> 00:16:21.290
  • YOU KNOW WHY THAT'S IMPORTANT?
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:24.240
  • HANS HOFMANN HAS WRITTEN, "THE ABILITY TO SIMPLIFY
  • 00:16:24.250 --> 00:16:29.240
  • MEANS TO ELIMINATE THE UNNECESSARY SO THAT THE
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:33.130
  • NECESSARY MAY SPEAK."
  • 00:16:33.140 --> 00:16:36.150
  • REASON WE NEED TO GET RID OF ALL OF THESE SECONDARY
  • 00:16:36.160 --> 00:16:39.010
  • AND TERTIARY ISSUES IS BECAUSE IF WE DON'T WE
  • 00:16:39.020 --> 00:16:42.040
  • CAN'T FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY IS IMPORTANT.
  • 00:16:42.050 --> 00:16:45.130
  • YOU KNOW THE BUSINESS WORLD HAS LEARNED THAT.
  • 00:16:45.140 --> 00:16:48.000
  • JOHN SCHNATTER, THE FOUNDER OF PAPA JOHN'S,
  • 00:16:48.010 --> 00:16:50.260
  • EXPLAINED THE SECRET OF HIS COMPANY'S SUCCESS.
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:53.110
  • HE SAID: AT PAPA JOHN'S WE HAVE A SIMPLE FORMULA
  • 00:16:53.120 --> 00:16:56.180
  • FOR SUCCESS - FOCUS ON ONE THING AND TRY TO DO
  • 00:16:56.190 --> 00:17:01.250
  • IT BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.
  • 00:17:01.260 --> 00:17:05.160
  • IS IT JUST POSSIBLE THAT IN CHRISTIANITY WE NEED
  • 00:17:05.170 --> 00:17:08.050
  • TO LEARN THAT SECRET THAT INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON SO
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:12.060
  • MANY THINGS LIKE MARTHA WAS WE NEED TO FOCUS ON
  • 00:17:12.070 --> 00:17:15.040
  • THE ONE THING GOD REALLY WANTS FROM US?
  • 00:17:15.050 --> 00:17:18.170
  • AND AGAIN, JESUS SAID IT ALL CAN BE REDUCED TO
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:22.050
  • THAT SIMPLE PRINCIPLE: LOVE GOD WITH ALL OF YOUR
  • 00:17:22.060 --> 00:17:25.050
  • HEART AND LOVE OTHERS AS YOURSELF.
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:27.290
  • YOU'RE SAYING: WAIT A MINUTE PASTOR,
  • 00:17:28.000 --> 00:17:30.110
  • THAT CAN'T BE ALL THERE IS TO IT.
  • 00:17:30.120 --> 00:17:33.030
  • WELL WHAT ABOUT THE ISSUES LIKE FORGIVING
  • 00:17:33.040 --> 00:17:35.040
  • OTHER PEOPLE?
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:36.120
  • WHAT ABOUT ISSUES OF LIVING A MORAL LIFESTYLE?
  • 00:17:36.130 --> 00:17:40.110
  • WHAT ABOUT NOT LETTING ANGER TAKE HOLD
  • 00:17:40.120 --> 00:17:42.220
  • OF YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:17:42.230 --> 00:17:43.130
  • WHAT ABOUT NOT BEING CAUGHT UP
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:44.290
  • IN GREED AND MATERIALISM?
  • 00:17:45.000 --> 00:17:46.180
  • WHAT ABOUT ALL OF THOSE THINGS - ARE YOU SAYING
  • 00:17:46.190 --> 00:17:48.180
  • GOD DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THOSE THINGS?
  • 00:17:48.190 --> 00:17:50.200
  • WELL OF COURSE HE CARES ABOUT THOSE THINGS,
  • 00:17:50.210 --> 00:17:53.250
  • BUT ALL OF THOSE ISSUES CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE
  • 00:17:53.260 --> 00:17:58.110
  • CONDITION OF OUR HEART.
  • 00:17:58.120 --> 00:18:00.210
  • IT'S ALL A HEART ISSUE.
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:02.170
  • A CAREFULLY CULTIVATED AND GUARDED HEART,
  • 00:18:02.180 --> 00:18:06.000
  • A HEART THAT LOVES GOD AND LOVES OTHERS WILL BE
  • 00:18:06.010 --> 00:18:09.280
  • ABLE TO HANDLE ALL OF THOSE OTHER CHALLENGES.
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:12.010
  • THAT'S WHAT SOLOMON SAID IN PROVERBS 4:23.
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:14.200
  • HE SAID, "WATCH OVER YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE
  • 00:18:14.210 --> 00:18:20.080
  • FOR FROM IT, THE HEART, FLOW THE SPRINGS OF LIFE."
  • 00:18:20.090 --> 00:18:25.000
  • I WANT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS: EVERY ISSUE YOU'RE
  • 00:18:25.010 --> 00:18:28.050
  • FACING RIGHT NOW IN YOUR LIFE ULTIMATELY COMES
  • 00:18:28.060 --> 00:18:31.070
  • BACK TO A CONDITION OF YOUR HEART.
  • 00:18:31.080 --> 00:18:34.190
  • WHETHER YOU ALLOW WORRY TO CONSUME YOUR LIFE WILL
  • 00:18:34.200 --> 00:18:39.020
  • BE DETERMINED BY WHETHER YOU HAVE CULTIVATED A
  • 00:18:39.030 --> 00:18:41.220
  • FEARING HEART OR A TRUSTING HEART.
  • 00:18:41.230 --> 00:18:45.030
  • WHETHER YOU ALLOW ANGER IN OUTBURST TO BE THE
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:49.010
  • RULE OF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS UPON WHETHER YOU HAVE
  • 00:18:49.020 --> 00:18:52.010
  • CULTIVATED A BITTER HEART OR A FORGIVING HEART.
  • 00:18:52.020 --> 00:18:56.060
  • WHETHER YOU ALLOW MONEY TO CONSUME YOUR THOUGHTS
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:18:58.280
  • AND ACTIONS DEPENDS UPON WHETHER YOU ARE
  • 00:18:58.290 --> 00:19:01.090
  • CULTIVATING A GREEDY HEART OR A CONTENT HEART.
  • 00:19:01.100 --> 00:19:05.200
  • WHETHER YOU FALL INTO THAT TRAP OF IMMORALITY
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:08.170
  • THAT SATAN IS SETTING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW DEPENDS
  • 00:19:08.180 --> 00:19:12.010
  • UPON WHETHER YOU HAVE CULTIVATED AN ADULTEROUS
  • 00:19:12.020 --> 00:19:14.140
  • HEART OR A PURE HEART.
  • 00:19:14.150 --> 00:19:17.080
  • YOU SEE WE CHRISTIANS GET IT BACKWARDS.
  • 00:19:17.090 --> 00:19:19.230
  • WE GET IT BACKWARDS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR
  • 00:19:19.240 --> 00:19:21.100
  • RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:22.150
  • WE TRY TO MODIFY OUR BEHAVIOR WITHOUT EVER
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:27.180
  • DEALING WITH THE CAUSE OF OUR BEHAVIOR.
  • 00:19:27.190 --> 00:19:30.150
  • REMEMBER THE ESSENCE OF DISCIPLESHIP IS A CHANGED
  • 00:19:30.160 --> 00:19:34.270
  • LIFE THAT COMES FROM A TRANSFORMED HEART.
  • 00:19:34.280 --> 00:19:40.100
  • FEW YEARS AGO, WE WERE GETTING READY AT HOME TO
  • 00:19:40.110 --> 00:19:44.080
  • COME DOWN TO OUR CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE,
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:47.150
  • AND SO IT WAS MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON,
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:49.290
  • AND I WAS TAKING A SHOWER GETTING READY,
  • 00:19:50.000 --> 00:19:52.100
  • AND AS I STOOD IN THE SHOWER,
  • 00:19:52.110 --> 00:19:54.030
  • SUDDENLY I WAS OVERWHELMED BY
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:57.020
  • SUCH AN OFFENSIVE SMELL I NEARLY
  • 00:19:57.030 --> 00:19:59.200
  • SUFFOCATED IN THE SHOWER STALL.
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:02.150
  • AND I LOOKED DOWN AND IMMEDIATELY SAW THE
  • 00:20:02.160 --> 00:20:04.220
  • SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM.
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:06.140
  • GURGLING UP FROM THE SHOWER DRAIN WAS STUFF I
  • 00:20:06.150 --> 00:20:09.130
  • CAN'T EVEN MENTION AND IT WAS FLOWING UP OUT OF THE
  • 00:20:09.140 --> 00:20:12.150
  • SHOWER DRAIN, AND IT LAPPED OVER THE SIDE ONTO
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:15.000
  • THE BATHROOM FLOOR.
  • 00:20:15.010 --> 00:20:16.120
  • AND OF COURSE, I DID WHAT ANY HUSBAND WOULD DO AT
  • 00:20:16.130 --> 00:20:18.090
  • THAT MOMENT - I YELLED "HELP" TO MY WIFE.
  • 00:20:18.100 --> 00:20:21.030
  • SO, AMY CAME IN, AND WE ENGAGED IN THIS MOP-UP
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:26.270
  • OPERATION AND WE GOT IT FINALLY ALL MOPPED UP.
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:29.140
  • AND THEN I UTILIZED ALL THE PLUMBING SKILLS I HAD
  • 00:20:29.150 --> 00:20:32.060
  • DEVELOPED THROUGH THE YEARS AND REACHED UNDER
  • 00:20:32.070 --> 00:20:34.150
  • THE CABINET THERE, AND PULLED OUT A CAN OF
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:38.090
  • DRANO; AND I LOOKED AT THAT,
  • 00:20:38.100 --> 00:20:40.170
  • READ THE DIRECTIONS, I POURED THE DRANO INTO THE
  • 00:20:40.180 --> 00:20:42.280
  • DRAIN; DID WHAT THE DIRECTIONS SAID;
  • 00:20:42.290 --> 00:20:44.190
  • TURNED THE WATER BACK ON AFTER A FEW MINUTES.
  • 00:20:44.200 --> 00:20:46.270
  • LET IT GO DOWN THERE.
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:47.250
  • I THOUGHT: PROBLEM SOLVED.
  • 00:20:47.260 --> 00:20:49.070
  • 30 SECONDS LATER THE STUFF CAME BACK UP AGAIN.
  • 00:20:49.080 --> 00:20:52.160
  • SO WE HAD ANOTHER MOP-UP OPERATION.
  • 00:20:52.170 --> 00:20:54.290
  • WE DID IT ABOUT A THIRD TIME.
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:56.210
  • IT CAME COMING UP AND UP, AND SO FINALLY I BROKE
  • 00:20:56.220 --> 00:20:59.000
  • DOWN AND CALLED THE PLUMBER.
  • 00:20:59.010 --> 00:21:01.100
  • AND HE WAS HAPPY TO COME ON CHRISTMAS EVE FOR
  • 00:21:01.110 --> 00:21:04.050
  • THREE TIMES THE NORMAL RATE.
  • 00:21:04.060 --> 00:21:07.110
  • BUT HE ARRIVED; HE CAME IN AND LOOKED
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:09.200
  • AT OUR DRAIN.
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:10.160
  • HE SAID: COULD I GO INTO YOUR BACKYARD.
  • 00:21:10.170 --> 00:21:13.190
  • WE SAID: WELL SURE.
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:15.150
  • SO HE WENT INTO THE BACKYARD,
  • 00:21:15.160 --> 00:21:17.070
  • FEW MINUTES LATER HE CAME BACK AND HE SAID:
  • 00:21:17.080 --> 00:21:19.160
  • I FOUND THE PROBLEM.
  • 00:21:19.170 --> 00:21:21.180
  • I LOOKED AT YOUR SEWER LINE,
  • 00:21:21.190 --> 00:21:23.020
  • AND SOME OVERLY AGGRESSIVE ROOTS FROM A
  • 00:21:23.030 --> 00:21:25.290
  • NEARBY TREE HAD INVADED THAT SEWER LINE CAUSING
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  • THE CLOGGING AND THE BACKUP OF THE REFUSE.
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  • HE SAID: YOU'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THIS
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  • PROBLEM UNTIL YOU DEAL WITH THE ROOT PROBLEM.
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  • YOU KNOW EVERY DAY YOU AND I HAVE OFFENSIVE
  • 00:21:42.030 --> 00:21:48.090
  • WORDS AND THOUGHTS COMING OUT OF OUR LIVES,
  • 00:21:48.100 --> 00:21:53.070
  • THEY'RE OFFENSIVE TO US, AND JUST THINK ABOUT IT:
  • 00:21:53.080 --> 00:21:55.250
  • IF WE'RE OFFENDED BY WHAT WE THINK,
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  • OR SAY, OR FEEL - IMAGINE HOW OFFENDED GOD IS.
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  • NOW WE CAN TRY TO MOP UP OUR BEHAVIOR,
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:07.250
  • BUT IT'S REALLY USELESS UNTIL WE DEAL WITH THE
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:10.150
  • SOURCE OF THAT BEHAVIOR.
  • 00:22:10.160 --> 00:22:14.040
  • GUARD YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE FOR OUT OF IT
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  • FLOW THE ISSUES OF LIFE: GREED,
  • 00:22:18.150 --> 00:22:23.090
  • LUST, ANGER, BITTERNESS, THESE ARE NOT THE PROBLEM
  • 00:22:23.100 --> 00:22:28.240
  • THEY ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE PROBLEM.
  • 00:22:28.250 --> 00:22:32.050
  • THE PROBLEM IS A HEART THAT HAS NOT
  • 00:22:32.060 --> 00:22:34.040
  • BEEN CAREFULLY CULTIVATED AND GUARDED
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  • TO LOVE GOD COMPLETELY.
  • 00:22:36.240 --> 00:22:39.130
  • YOU SAY: WELL WHAT CAN I DO TO CHANGE THE
  • 00:22:39.140 --> 00:22:41.190
  • CONDITION OF MY HEART?
  • 00:22:41.200 --> 00:22:44.000
  • MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.
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  • OVER THE NEXT SEVEN WEEKS WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:50.090
  • HOW YOU AND I CAN COOPERATE WITH GOD TO
  • 00:22:50.100 --> 00:22:54.150
  • EXPERIENCE A TRANSFORMED HEART
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:58.000
  • THAT RESULTS IN A CHANGED LIFE.
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  • THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF WHAT IT MEANS
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  • TO BE A DISCIPLE.
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  • MUSIC
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  • AT THE END OF THE DAY, DISCIPLESHIP COMES DOWN
  • 00:23:12.190 --> 00:23:15.220
  • TO THE CONDITION OF OUR HEART.
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  • ONCE YOUR HEART IS RIGHT EVERYTHING ELSE
  • 00:23:17.140 --> 00:23:21.000
  • FALLS INTO PLACE.
  • 00:23:21.010 --> 00:23:22.050
  • AND THAT'S GOING TO BE OUR FOCUS IN THIS NEW SERIES ON
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:25.000
  • THE 7 MARKS OF A DISCIPLE.
  • 00:23:25.010 --> 00:23:28.030
  • WELL, IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO HELP YOU IN THE
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:30.130
  • PROCESS OF DISCIPLESHIP, LET ME RECOMMEND ONE OF OUR NEWEST
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  • RESOURCES, PATHWAY MAGAZINE.
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  • I'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:01.040 --> 00:24:04.210
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WHILE MAN LOOKS AT THE OUTWARD
  • 00:24:04.220 --> 00:24:07.100
  • APPEARANCE, GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART.
  • 00:24:07.110 --> 00:24:09.200
  • AND IN HIS BESTSELLING BOOK, CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY,
  • 00:24:09.210 --> 00:24:12.230
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HELPS US GET BACK TO THE HEART OF OUR
  • 00:24:12.240 --> 00:24:15.190
  • CHRISTIAN FAITH.
  • 00:24:15.200 --> 00:24:16.290
  • LET GOD TRANSFORM YOUR HEART AS YOU LEARN TO BE
  • 00:24:17.000 --> 00:24:19.210
  • MORE LIKE CHRIST IN THE AREAS OF FORGIVENESS,
  • 00:24:19.220 --> 00:24:22.040
  • OBEDIENCE, TRUST, CONTENTMENT, SERVICE,
  • 00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:25.030
  • AND PRAYER.
  • 00:24:25.040 --> 00:24:26.110
  • A COPY OF CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY IS YOURS WHEN YOU
  • 00:24:26.120 --> 00:24:29.030
  • GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY. AS AN ADDED BONUS,
  • 00:24:29.040 --> 00:24:32.270
  • YOU'LL RECEIVE A DVD COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'S
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  • SIGNATURE MESSAGE, AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 DOLLARS OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE VII MARKS OF A DISCIPLE
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  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD
  • 00:24:44.090 --> 00:24:47.210
  • FEATURING FAR MORE MESSAGES AND CONTENT THAN WE'VE HAD
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  • TIME TO AIR ON TELEVISION.
  • 00:24:50.200 --> 00:24:52.160
  • AND BECAUSE OF OUR LIGHT THE DARKNESS MATCHING CHALLENGE,
  • 00:24:52.170 --> 00:24:55.190
  • YOUR GENEROUS DONATION WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR FROM
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  • NOW UNTIL JULY 5TH!
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  • THROUGH THE FAITHFUL SUPPORT OF COMMITTED FRIENDS LIKE YOU,
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  • WE RECENTLY ACHIEVED THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF OUR
  • 00:25:04.020 --> 00:25:07.050
  • RADIO AND TELEVISION NETWORKS SINCE PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:25:07.060 --> 00:25:10.050
  • WAS ESTABLISHED.
  • 00:25:10.060 --> 00:25:11.130
  • AND THIS MATCHING CHALLENGE WILL HELP US CONTINUE TO
  • 00:25:11.140 --> 00:25:14.010
  • EXPAND THE IMPACT OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY FOR YEARS TO COME.
  • 00:25:14.020 --> 00:25:18.060
  • PLEASE STAND WITH US NOW
  • 00:25:18.070 --> 00:25:19.200
  • WITH DOUBLE THE IMPACT
  • 00:25:19.210 --> 00:25:21.190
  • TO PIECE THE DARKNESS WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:24.230
  • TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP TRANSFORM THE WORLD
  • 00:25:24.240 --> 00:25:27.080
  • WITH GOD'S TRUTH
  • 00:25:27.090 --> 00:25:28.170
  • ONE LIFE AT A TIME.
  • 00:25:28.180 --> 00:25:30.140
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:30.150 --> 00:25:33.070
  • CHANGING THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART MAY SOUND LIKE
  • 00:25:33.080 --> 00:25:36.130
  • A DAUNTING PROCESS.
  • 00:25:36.140 --> 00:25:38.060
  • BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS WE DON'T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE.
  • 00:25:38.070 --> 00:25:41.200
  • IN FACT, WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT GOD.
  • 00:25:41.210 --> 00:25:45.010
  • AND SO I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US FOR THE REST
  • 00:25:45.020 --> 00:25:47.020
  • OF THIS NEW SERIES BECAUSE WE'RE GOING
  • 00:25:47.030 --> 00:25:49.060
  • TO DISCOVER HOW TO EXPERIENCE -WITH GOD'S HELP-
  • 00:25:49.070 --> 00:25:52.210
  • A CHANGED LIFE THAT COMES FROM A TRANSFORMED HEART.
  • 00:25:52.220 --> 00:25:56.240
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'LL BEGIN THE PROCESS BY IDENTIFYING WHAT A
  • 00:25:56.250 --> 00:26:00.130
  • TRANSFORMED HEART ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE WITH THE FIRST SIGN
  • 00:26:00.140 --> 00:26:04.180
  • BEING A PRAYING HEART.
  • 00:26:04.190 --> 00:26:06.260
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK'S MESSAGE.
  • 00:26:06.270 --> 00:26:10.210
  • MUSIC
  • 00:26:10.220 --> 00:26:12.000
  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
  • 00:26:12.010 --> 00:26:14.070
  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:14.080 --> 00:26:15.280
  • YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST A COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'S
  • 00:26:15.290 --> 00:26:18.230
  • BESTSELLING BOOK, CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY.
  • 00:26:18.240 --> 00:26:21.080
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 DOLLARS OR MORE WE'LL ALSO
  • 00:26:21.090 --> 00:26:25.100
  • SEND YOU THE SEVEN MARKS OF A DISCIPLE TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:25.110 --> 00:26:28.250
  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:28.260 --> 00:26:30.190
  • BECAUSE OF OUR LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS MATCHING CHALLENGE,
  • 00:26:30.200 --> 00:26:33.070
  • YOUR GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY WILL BE DOUBLED
  • 00:26:33.080 --> 00:26:36.140
  • MAKING YOUR $100 GIFT BECOME $200
  • 00:26:36.150 --> 00:26:38.260
  • OR YOUR $500 GIFT BECOME $1.000!
  • 00:26:38.270 --> 00:26:41.280
  • SO, THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
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  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY!
  • 00:26:44.100 --> 00:26:45.250
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT WEEK ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
  • 00:26:45.260 --> 00:26:49.040
  • ALL OF MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VALUE OF PRAYER MELT AWAY
  • 00:26:49.050 --> 00:26:54.230
  • WHEN I LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:26:54.240 --> 00:26:58.020
  • TO JESUS PRAYER WAS NOT OPTIONAL,
  • 00:26:58.030 --> 00:27:01.230
  • IT WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR HIS SPIRITUAL SURVIVAL.
  • 00:27:01.240 --> 00:27:07.210
  • AND IF WE ARE GOING TO BE A DISCIPLE,
  • 00:27:07.220 --> 00:27:10.050
  • A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, ONE OF THE MARKS OF OUR LIFE IS GOING
  • 00:27:10.060 --> 00:27:14.280
  • TO BE TO DEVELOP A PRAYING HEART
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  • MUSIC
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  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME FOR A MESSAGE CALLED,
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  • DEVELOPING A PRAYING HEART.
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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