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October 17, 2016
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It Is What It Is, But It's Not What It Seems Part 1 (Hillsong Channel)

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  • - Faith is standing
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  • in the middle
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  • and making a decision
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  • that it is what is,
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  • but watch this.
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  • It's not what it seems.
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  • I've got that beneath
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  • the surface faith.
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  • I got that Saturday faith
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  • waiting on something
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  • to come up out of a tomb
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  • and resurrect for the healing
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  • - Well, I'm very respectful
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  • of the presence of God,
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  • so I want to transition
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  • right into the word
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  • because I believe
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  • that He desires to speak to you
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  • in a profound way,
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  • and I want to move into Romans 4
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  • and speak a message
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  • of faith and inspiration
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  • over your life today.
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  • We're continuing a teaching
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  • on functional faith,
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  • and what I really pray
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  • that these messages are doing
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  • is that they are showing up
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  • after you hear them
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  • in another form
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  • that as opportunities
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  • present themselves to you
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  • for you to be full of doubt
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  • that something
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  • that you've heard.
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  • You know
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  • the Word of God is seed,
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  • and so I'm praying
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  • that it's breaking
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  • through the surface
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  • and helping you
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  • to experience
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  • God's presence in a new way.
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  • Would you just tell
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  • about five people around you
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  • that the presence of the Lord
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  • is here?
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  • Just make sure that they know
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  • if they didn't get the memo
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  • the presence of the Lord
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  • is here, and what I want
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  • to do now,
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  • I want to plant
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  • the seed of the Word
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  • in the soil of your heart.
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  • I believe God
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  • has given me good seed
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  • to sow into you today.
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  • [Applause]
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  • But I can't make you
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  • good soil.
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  • And if you sit there
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  • distracted or discouraged
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  • or, you know,
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  • kind of in your own little world
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  • or kind of just like
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  • get it over with,
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  • that seed is going to fall.
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  • It's not going to take root.
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  • So, why don't you just open
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  • your heart now.
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  • Let me read this Scripture
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  • to you from Romans 4:18.
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  • It's interesting
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  • because I have noted
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  • in my Bible.
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  • I do something with my Bible.
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  • I just thought
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  • that it would be cool
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  • to give each of my kids a Bible
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  • that I had preached through.
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  • So, I'm doing it on like
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  • seven-year cycles,
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  • and I gave Elijah
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  • after seven years
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  • of preaching in this church
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  • the Bible that I preached
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  • from for those seven years,
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  • and I highlight all the passages
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  • that I preach from
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  • and then note
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  • what the sermon was.
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  • Just a little something
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  • that I can give them
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  • and hopefully,
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  • you know, and investment
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  • I can make in them.
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  • So, this is Graham's.
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  • I'm on the second seven years
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  • right now, and this is
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  • going to be his,
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  • and we're like about
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  • half-way through
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  • the second seven years
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  • of ministry at the church,
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  • I think.
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  • Did I calculate that right?
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  • Yeah, yeah, year ten.
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  • So, I was looking at my notes,
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  • and I was in this passage
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  • about the same time
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  • of the year two years ago.
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  • So, there must be
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  • something about spring
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  • that makes me want to preach
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  • about faith and hope and life.
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  • It must be something
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  • about the greenery on my trees
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  • and the pollen in my - -
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  • that just gets me thinking
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  • that maybe it's time
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  • for some things to bud forth
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  • and sprint forth in your life.
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  • So, I want to spend some time
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  • in this passage,
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  • Romans 4:18, Apostle Paul says,
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  • "Against all hope,
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  • Abraham in hope believed
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  • and so became."
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  • Do you know
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  • that that's always true
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  • that you always become
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  • what you believe?
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  • If you see yourself
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  • as a grasshopper in the land
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  • God has promised you,
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  • you won't take possession of it.
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  • Not because it wasn't yours,
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  • but because you didn't see
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  • yourself as the rightful owner.
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  • So, what you believe eventually
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  • is reflected in what you become.
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  • Just pointing that out.
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  • Okay.
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  • That's not my sermon.
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  • That's the chips and the salsa
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  • before the enchilada.
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  • Now, look at this.
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  • It says, "he believed
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  • and so became the father
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  • of many nations
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  • just as it had been said to him
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  • 'So shall your offspring...'"
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  • or your seed be,
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  • "Without weakening
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  • in his faith,
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  • he faced the fact that his body
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  • was as good as dead
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  • since he was about
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  • a hundred years old."
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  • Well, that's definitely
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  • not an overstatement.
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  • Your reproductive days
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  • are certainly coming
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  • to a close around age 100.
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  • Especially if you live in a time
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  • where there are no little pills.
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  • I'm sorry, you all.
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  • Let me get back on this.
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  • And that Sarah's womb
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  • was also dead.
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  • So, this an impossible situation
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  • from every angle,
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  • "and yet he did not waiver
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  • through unbelief
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  • regarding the promise of God
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  • but was strengthened
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  • in his faith."
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  • Come on.
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  • You came to the gym today
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  • to get strengthened
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  • in your faith.
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  • This is the original Cross Fit.
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  • All right.
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  • We're going to be strengthened
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  • in our faith,
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  • "and gave glory to God
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  • being fully persuaded
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  • that God had power to do
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  • what He had promised."
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  • Shout over the Scripture now.
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  • [Applause]
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  • So, here's my declaration,
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  • my title.
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  • I want you to give
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  • your neighbor my title.
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  • Look him right in the eye
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  • and say neighbor.
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  • - Congregation: Neighbor.
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  • - It is what it is,
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  • but it's not what it seems.
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  • - My God, I feel fire on that.
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  • It's the declaration
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  • of faith you understand.
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  • It is to - -
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  • look at your other neighbor.
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  • Tell him it is what it is.
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  • - Congregation: It is
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  • what it is.
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  • - But it's not.
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  • - Congregation: But it's not.
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  • - Come on.
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  • You've got to get into this.
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  • Tell them it is not.
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  • - Congregation: It is not.
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  • - You've got to do
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  • your finger like that,
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  • but it's not what it seems.
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  • Come on.
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  • High five seven people
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  • on your way down to your seat.
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  • Let's get to work.
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  • Thank you.
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  • - Not what it seems.
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  • It's not what it seems,
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  • but it is what it is.
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  • Essentially, we were walking
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  • into the middle
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  • of an argument in Romans 4,
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  • and Paul is presenting
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  • against the Judaizers
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  • who would have
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  • the Gentile converts
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  • to the faith be circumcised
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  • as an outward expression
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  • of their new commitment
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  • to the community of faith.
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  • Paul sees this
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  • as a grave mistake
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  • for understands
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  • that it is not the circumcision
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  • with human hands
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  • that makes you a believer.
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  • It's the circumcision
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  • of your heart.
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  • It's not something
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  • that's cut away from your skin.
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  • It's something that has to be
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  • removed from your heart
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  • that enables you
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  • to connect with God
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  • in this relationship
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  • and in presenting
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  • one of the most important
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  • doctrinal beliefs
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  • that you'll find anywhere
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  • in the Canon,
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  • Paul is elaborating
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  • on this concept
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  • of justification by faith.
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  • It's never been presented
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  • exactly this way
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  • until Paul puts pen to paper
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  • and God uses him
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  • to expound upon
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  • the fact that
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  • you've got to come in
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  • on your knees.
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  • Relationship with God
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  • cannot be the product
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  • of works although works
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  • are a byproduct
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  • of that relationship
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  • and in the middle
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  • of this argument
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  • about what it means
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  • to have real faith,
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  • what it really takes
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  • to have faith,
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  • what faith really looks like
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  • and in this contrast
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  • between the seen
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  • and the unseen
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  • elements of faith,
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  • Paul is using Abraham
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  • as an example because he is
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  • the father of faith.
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  • Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.
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  • Jacob's name
  • 00:08:39.080 --> 00:08:40.010
  • was changed to Israel.
  • 00:08:40.010 --> 00:08:41.130
  • The nation came from Jacob,
  • 00:08:41.130 --> 00:08:43.140
  • but Jacob came from Isaac,
  • 00:08:43.140 --> 00:08:44.230
  • and Isaac came from Abraham.
  • 00:08:44.230 --> 00:08:46.140
  • So, sometimes your life
  • 00:08:46.140 --> 00:08:48.010
  • is a part of a bigger picture
  • 00:08:48.010 --> 00:08:50.270
  • that you might not even
  • 00:08:50.270 --> 00:08:52.020
  • be the one to see
  • 00:08:52.020 --> 00:08:52.270
  • certain things come to pass,
  • 00:08:52.270 --> 00:08:54.100
  • but you might be the one
  • 00:08:54.100 --> 00:08:55.220
  • that God uses
  • 00:08:55.220 --> 00:08:56.210
  • in the life of the one
  • 00:08:56.210 --> 00:08:58.170
  • and that takes faith
  • 00:08:58.170 --> 00:08:59.170
  • to have that kind
  • 00:08:59.170 --> 00:09:00.050
  • of perspective on your life.
  • 00:09:00.050 --> 00:09:02.050
  • I texted Pastor Mickey
  • 00:09:02.050 --> 00:09:02.290
  • this morning,
  • 00:09:02.290 --> 00:09:03.130
  • and I didn't tell you,
  • 00:09:03.130 --> 00:09:04.050
  • but we were talking about him,
  • 00:09:04.050 --> 00:09:05.020
  • and I just said
  • 00:09:05.020 --> 00:09:06.190
  • God used you in my life
  • 00:09:06.190 --> 00:09:07.280
  • so much I was just thinking
  • 00:09:07.280 --> 00:09:09.010
  • about you this morning,
  • 00:09:09.010 --> 00:09:10.070
  • and will you pray for me?
  • 00:09:10.070 --> 00:09:12.040
  • Because he believed in me
  • 00:09:12.040 --> 00:09:13.230
  • at a stage in my life
  • 00:09:13.230 --> 00:09:16.080
  • where my potential was hidden.
  • 00:09:16.080 --> 00:09:18.260
  • Now, anybody can believe
  • 00:09:18.260 --> 00:09:19.210
  • in you once your success
  • 00:09:19.210 --> 00:09:20.170
  • is evident,
  • 00:09:20.170 --> 00:09:22.080
  • but if you've got somebody
  • 00:09:22.080 --> 00:09:23.030
  • who believes in you
  • 00:09:23.030 --> 00:09:25.040
  • while your potential
  • 00:09:25.040 --> 00:09:26.100
  • is still in seed form,
  • 00:09:26.100 --> 00:09:27.180
  • never forget that person.
  • 00:09:27.180 --> 00:09:29.250
  • So, that's why
  • 00:09:29.250 --> 00:09:30.070
  • I was reaching out to him
  • 00:09:30.070 --> 00:09:31.050
  • just to tell him thank you,
  • 00:09:31.050 --> 00:09:32.160
  • I'm preaching today,
  • 00:09:32.160 --> 00:09:33.050
  • pray for me.
  • 00:09:33.050 --> 00:09:33.280
  • Just had you on my mind,
  • 00:09:33.280 --> 00:09:35.130
  • and he doesn't preach
  • 00:09:35.130 --> 00:09:36.170
  • in a big church,
  • 00:09:36.170 --> 00:09:37.110
  • but he does preach
  • 00:09:37.110 --> 00:09:37.290
  • in a big church
  • 00:09:38.000 --> 00:09:41.000
  • because his faith
  • 00:09:41.000 --> 00:09:42.010
  • lives on through me.
  • 00:09:42.010 --> 00:09:44.290
  • So, this is the kind
  • 00:09:44.290 --> 00:09:46.140
  • of framework,
  • 00:09:46.140 --> 00:09:47.290
  • and last week
  • 00:09:47.290 --> 00:09:48.190
  • we talked on frame game.
  • 00:09:48.190 --> 00:09:51.070
  • Have you been working
  • 00:09:51.070 --> 00:09:51.230
  • on your frame game this week?
  • 00:09:52.010 --> 00:09:55.010
  • Would you do me a favor?
  • 00:09:55.010 --> 00:09:55.270
  • Would you just frame up
  • 00:09:55.270 --> 00:09:56.270
  • your neighbor real quick
  • 00:09:56.270 --> 00:09:57.150
  • at all of our locations
  • 00:09:57.150 --> 00:09:58.250
  • and tell him you look better
  • 00:09:58.250 --> 00:10:01.000
  • than you did last week?
  • 00:10:01.000 --> 00:10:03.170
  • I see signs of improvement.
  • 00:10:04.260 --> 00:10:07.260
  • Frame game.
  • 00:10:07.260 --> 00:10:10.150
  • And now Abraham
  • 00:10:10.150 --> 00:10:12.120
  • enters the frame
  • 00:10:12.120 --> 00:10:13.280
  • of the discussion about faith,
  • 00:10:13.280 --> 00:10:16.030
  • and Paul has given us
  • 00:10:16.030 --> 00:10:17.190
  • a synopsis of the story.
  • 00:10:17.190 --> 00:10:20.170
  • Now, synopsis
  • 00:10:20.170 --> 00:10:21.110
  • is different than a story.
  • 00:10:21.110 --> 00:10:23.180
  • A synopsis requires
  • 00:10:23.180 --> 00:10:25.070
  • some essence
  • 00:10:25.070 --> 00:10:26.060
  • of prioritization
  • 00:10:26.060 --> 00:10:27.250
  • to try to figure out
  • 00:10:27.250 --> 00:10:28.160
  • what to put out
  • 00:10:28.160 --> 00:10:29.100
  • and what to leave in.
  • 00:10:29.100 --> 00:10:30.090
  • You know, and this is something
  • 00:10:30.090 --> 00:10:31.230
  • that women would do
  • 00:10:31.230 --> 00:10:32.120
  • well to learn
  • 00:10:32.120 --> 00:10:33.030
  • when you're trying
  • 00:10:33.030 --> 00:10:33.150
  • to communicate with men.
  • 00:10:33.250 --> 00:10:36.250
  • It's that we typically
  • 00:10:36.250 --> 00:10:37.190
  • do better with a synopsis
  • 00:10:37.190 --> 00:10:39.190
  • than the full story.
  • 00:10:39.190 --> 00:10:40.270
  • All of the men
  • 00:10:40.270 --> 00:10:41.150
  • are leaving me up here
  • 00:10:41.150 --> 00:10:42.110
  • by myself,
  • 00:10:42.110 --> 00:10:44.020
  • but you know
  • 00:10:44.020 --> 00:10:44.130
  • you did not need to know
  • 00:10:44.130 --> 00:10:45.230
  • all of that to find out
  • 00:10:45.230 --> 00:10:47.040
  • what's for dinner,
  • 00:10:47.040 --> 00:10:48.000
  • and sometimes
  • 00:10:48.000 --> 00:10:49.020
  • you just want to press
  • 00:10:49.020 --> 00:10:49.280
  • the button to skip
  • 00:10:49.280 --> 00:10:50.260
  • to this synopsis.
  • 00:10:50.260 --> 00:10:52.050
  • Can I get a Cliffs Note?
  • 00:10:52.050 --> 00:10:53.170
  • And sometimes you think
  • 00:10:53.170 --> 00:10:54.190
  • that in marriage.
  • 00:10:54.190 --> 00:10:55.140
  • You do.
  • 00:10:55.140 --> 00:10:55.270
  • You do.
  • 00:10:55.270 --> 00:10:56.050
  • I don't think that
  • 00:10:56.050 --> 00:10:56.230
  • my wife is captivating.
  • 00:10:56.230 --> 00:10:58.130
  • Now, speaking of Holly,
  • 00:11:00.070 --> 00:11:03.070
  • she's on this kick lately
  • 00:11:03.070 --> 00:11:04.140
  • of audible.com.
  • 00:11:04.140 --> 00:11:07.130
  • Audible.com.
  • 00:11:07.130 --> 00:11:08.260
  • Audio that speaks to you
  • 00:11:08.260 --> 00:11:10.230
  • wherever you are.
  • 00:11:10.230 --> 00:11:13.050
  • How do I know that?
  • 00:11:13.050 --> 00:11:14.120
  • Because my wife
  • 00:11:14.120 --> 00:11:16.170
  • walks around the house.
  • 00:11:16.170 --> 00:11:18.180
  • She's listened to,
  • 00:11:18.180 --> 00:11:20.020
  • I don't know,
  • 00:11:20.020 --> 00:11:21.010
  • over the last year,
  • 00:11:21.010 --> 00:11:21.280
  • 10 or 12 books on audible.com.
  • 00:11:22.000 --> 00:11:25.000
  • Audio that speaks to you
  • 00:11:25.000 --> 00:11:26.080
  • wherever you are,
  • 00:11:26.080 --> 00:11:27.040
  • and she says she read them,
  • 00:11:27.040 --> 00:11:30.010
  • but we kind of have
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:30.290
  • a debate about that
  • 00:11:30.290 --> 00:11:31.280
  • because I always thought
  • 00:11:31.280 --> 00:11:33.180
  • reading meant your eyes
  • 00:11:33.180 --> 00:11:35.110
  • were involved.
  • 00:11:35.110 --> 00:11:38.110
  • So, she'll say I read a book,
  • 00:11:38.110 --> 00:11:39.160
  • and I'll say listened to one
  • 00:11:39.160 --> 00:11:41.070
  • under my breath in my head,
  • 00:11:43.100 --> 00:11:46.100
  • and one book
  • 00:11:46.100 --> 00:11:47.250
  • that she was looking at,
  • 00:11:47.250 --> 00:11:48.260
  • she said she was looking at it,
  • 00:11:48.260 --> 00:11:51.240
  • and I don't know
  • 00:11:51.240 --> 00:11:52.210
  • if she downloaded it or not,
  • 00:11:52.210 --> 00:11:54.110
  • but she said that she wasn't
  • 00:11:54.110 --> 00:11:56.030
  • going to listen to that one
  • 00:11:56.030 --> 00:11:57.110
  • because she said
  • 00:11:57.110 --> 00:11:59.150
  • that it was narrated by a child.
  • 00:11:59.150 --> 00:12:01.250
  • Not that the child read it
  • 00:12:01.250 --> 00:12:03.040
  • on audible.com.
  • 00:12:03.040 --> 00:12:04.240
  • Not actually that a child
  • 00:12:04.240 --> 00:12:06.080
  • did the voice work,
  • 00:12:06.080 --> 00:12:07.140
  • but that the point of view
  • 00:12:07.140 --> 00:12:08.150
  • of the book
  • 00:12:08.150 --> 00:12:09.180
  • was a child telling the story,
  • 00:12:09.180 --> 00:12:11.060
  • and she said
  • 00:12:11.060 --> 00:12:11.210
  • I just don't think
  • 00:12:11.210 --> 00:12:12.080
  • I would enjoy
  • 00:12:12.080 --> 00:12:13.040
  • a whole book written
  • 00:12:13.040 --> 00:12:14.250
  • from a child's point of view.
  • 00:12:14.250 --> 00:12:16.260
  • I think that would get old
  • 00:12:16.260 --> 00:12:18.010
  • and that was interesting to me
  • 00:12:18.010 --> 00:12:19.180
  • because when you think
  • 00:12:19.180 --> 00:12:20.170
  • of elements of a story,
  • 00:12:20.170 --> 00:12:21.280
  • you think about the characters,
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:24.180
  • and you about the plot,
  • 00:12:24.180 --> 00:12:26.220
  • and you think about the setting,
  • 00:12:26.220 --> 00:12:28.110
  • and it always blows my mind.
  • 00:12:28.110 --> 00:12:29.140
  • I don't know if any of you
  • 00:12:29.140 --> 00:12:30.130
  • are fiction readers,
  • 00:12:30.130 --> 00:12:31.290
  • but any fiction readers,
  • 00:12:31.290 --> 00:12:34.140
  • if you have any good books
  • 00:12:34.140 --> 00:12:35.130
  • that I should take
  • 00:12:35.130 --> 00:12:36.000
  • to the beach this summer,
  • 00:12:36.000 --> 00:12:37.170
  • feel free to send them my way.
  • 00:12:37.170 --> 00:12:38.290
  • I should totally read
  • 00:12:38.290 --> 00:12:40.020
  • more fiction.
  • 00:12:40.020 --> 00:12:40.270
  • It's a good escape,
  • 00:12:40.270 --> 00:12:42.080
  • but I don't read enough,
  • 00:12:42.080 --> 00:12:43.130
  • but I can't figure out
  • 00:12:43.130 --> 00:12:44.220
  • how somebody
  • 00:12:44.220 --> 00:12:45.240
  • can have enough imagination
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:47.250
  • to make up a whole world
  • 00:12:47.250 --> 00:12:49.140
  • in a fiction book.
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:50.260
  • I've written books before,
  • 00:12:50.260 --> 00:12:52.080
  • but I mean, it's real stuff,
  • 00:12:52.120 --> 00:12:55.120
  • and I just don't imagine
  • 00:12:55.120 --> 00:12:57.010
  • that I would ever have
  • 00:12:57.010 --> 00:12:57.210
  • the imagination to make up
  • 00:12:57.210 --> 00:12:59.180
  • a whole world.
  • 00:12:59.180 --> 00:13:00.240
  • You know, names
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:01.170
  • and where people went to school
  • 00:13:01.170 --> 00:13:03.050
  • and cities
  • 00:13:03.050 --> 00:13:03.140
  • that don't really exists
  • 00:13:03.140 --> 00:13:05.150
  • and aliens and zombies
  • 00:13:05.150 --> 00:13:06.190
  • and walkers, and you know,
  • 00:13:06.190 --> 00:13:08.290
  • I just can't imagine
  • 00:13:08.290 --> 00:13:09.230
  • that I would have
  • 00:13:09.230 --> 00:13:10.130
  • that kind of imagination,
  • 00:13:10.130 --> 00:13:11.250
  • but some people do.
  • 00:13:11.250 --> 00:13:13.060
  • Yet, the plot and the characters
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:15.290
  • and the setting
  • 00:13:15.290 --> 00:13:16.290
  • when you're reading a book
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:18.150
  • are all experienced
  • 00:13:18.150 --> 00:13:20.140
  • through the medium
  • 00:13:20.140 --> 00:13:22.010
  • of whoever the author chooses
  • 00:13:22.010 --> 00:13:24.010
  • to use to tell the story.
  • 00:13:24.010 --> 00:13:26.180
  • You all know
  • 00:13:26.180 --> 00:13:27.150
  • where I'm going with this.
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:29.060
  • You guys are quick on the draw
  • 00:13:29.060 --> 00:13:30.110
  • because I found out
  • 00:13:30.110 --> 00:13:31.270
  • that in life
  • 00:13:31.270 --> 00:13:34.150
  • you have to select a narrator.
  • 00:13:34.250 --> 00:13:37.250
  • Stay with me on this.
  • 00:13:37.250 --> 00:13:39.070
  • You have to select a narrator
  • 00:13:39.070 --> 00:13:41.100
  • because the narrator you choose
  • 00:13:41.100 --> 00:13:44.030
  • will determine
  • 00:13:44.030 --> 00:13:44.230
  • the way you experience
  • 00:13:44.230 --> 00:13:47.060
  • the events.
  • 00:13:47.060 --> 00:13:48.110
  • Everybody in here
  • 00:13:48.110 --> 00:13:49.210
  • has an internal narrator.
  • 00:13:49.220 --> 00:13:52.220
  • Somebody who in every situation
  • 00:13:52.220 --> 00:13:54.270
  • is trying to tell you
  • 00:13:54.270 --> 00:13:56.100
  • how to think about
  • 00:13:56.100 --> 00:13:57.190
  • that situation.
  • 00:13:57.190 --> 00:13:58.170
  • How to interpret the motives
  • 00:13:58.170 --> 00:14:01.140
  • of people in certain situations.
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:03.090
  • How to look at an opportunity
  • 00:14:03.090 --> 00:14:05.010
  • and to size it up,
  • 00:14:05.010 --> 00:14:06.240
  • and the Lord told me
  • 00:14:06.240 --> 00:14:07.260
  • to come out here
  • 00:14:07.260 --> 00:14:08.200
  • and tell you today
  • 00:14:08.200 --> 00:14:09.200
  • that some of you need
  • 00:14:09.200 --> 00:14:10.200
  • a new narrator.
  • 00:14:10.200 --> 00:14:11.290
  • [Applause]
  • 00:14:13.100 --> 00:14:16.100
  • I'm going to say it again.
  • 00:14:16.100 --> 00:14:17.020
  • Maybe it will hit the back.
  • 00:14:17.020 --> 00:14:18.020
  • Maybe it will hit Providence.
  • 00:14:18.020 --> 00:14:19.080
  • Maybe it will hit Gaston.
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:20.260
  • Some of you have
  • 00:14:20.260 --> 00:14:22.000
  • a really annoying, whiney,
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:24.120
  • complaining, suspicious,
  • 00:14:24.120 --> 00:14:26.200
  • negative narrator, and see,
  • 00:14:27.000 --> 00:14:30.000
  • it's wearing you out
  • 00:14:30.000 --> 00:14:30.280
  • because you keep
  • 00:14:30.280 --> 00:14:31.170
  • going into situations,
  • 00:14:31.170 --> 00:14:33.110
  • and your narrator
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:34.260
  • keeps on telling you
  • 00:14:34.260 --> 00:14:35.290
  • what to think about this
  • 00:14:35.290 --> 00:14:36.290
  • and what to think about that,
  • 00:14:36.290 --> 00:14:38.160
  • but I've got good news for you.
  • 00:14:38.160 --> 00:14:40.020
  • Any time you get ready,
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:42.020
  • you could get
  • 00:14:42.020 --> 00:14:42.200
  • a new story teller.
  • 00:14:42.200 --> 00:14:44.100
  • I'm trying to say
  • 00:14:44.100 --> 00:14:45.260
  • you can have a life
  • 00:14:45.260 --> 00:14:47.010
  • narrated not by feelings,
  • 00:14:47.010 --> 00:14:49.200
  • but by faith.
  • 00:14:49.200 --> 00:14:51.130
  • I've got to ask a question.
  • 00:14:51.260 --> 00:14:54.260
  • Is your life narrated
  • 00:14:54.260 --> 00:14:56.080
  • by your feelings or your faith?
  • 00:14:57.060 --> 00:15:00.080
  • And I think that's the plot line
  • 00:15:00.080 --> 00:15:02.200
  • that we're plotted into
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:04.240
  • with Abraham
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:05.250
  • who has a decision to make.
  • 00:15:05.250 --> 00:15:08.160
  • In Romans 4,
  • 00:15:08.160 --> 00:15:10.100
  • Paul is giving us
  • 00:15:10.100 --> 00:15:11.170
  • some of the story.
  • 00:15:11.170 --> 00:15:12.160
  • Not all of the story.
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:13.150
  • If you read all of the story,
  • 00:15:13.150 --> 00:15:14.270
  • you're going to read about
  • 00:15:14.270 --> 00:15:16.170
  • how Abraham while he was waiting
  • 00:15:16.170 --> 00:15:18.000
  • on God to give him a son,
  • 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:19.170
  • slept with his wife's assistant
  • 00:15:19.170 --> 00:15:21.030
  • to try to produce something
  • 00:15:21.030 --> 00:15:22.210
  • that he couldn't be patient
  • 00:15:22.210 --> 00:15:23.160
  • and wait for.
  • 00:15:23.160 --> 00:15:25.140
  • That happened, and in Genesis
  • 00:15:25.140 --> 00:15:27.140
  • we hear about it,
  • 00:15:27.140 --> 00:15:28.250
  • but it didn't make the trip
  • 00:15:28.250 --> 00:15:30.010
  • across the centuries to Roman 4.
  • 00:15:30.080 --> 00:15:33.080
  • Isn't that interesting,
  • 00:15:33.080 --> 00:15:34.080
  • that in the story
  • 00:15:34.080 --> 00:15:35.250
  • selection process
  • 00:15:35.250 --> 00:15:37.120
  • and the synopsis
  • 00:15:37.120 --> 00:15:38.080
  • it didn't even make the story?
  • 00:15:38.080 --> 00:15:40.020
  • It didn't even make the story
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:41.040
  • that Abraham's got in trouble
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:42.150
  • one time and he was scared
  • 00:15:42.150 --> 00:15:44.000
  • because his wife was beautiful,
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:46.030
  • and he thought
  • 00:15:46.030 --> 00:15:46.180
  • that if the king knew
  • 00:15:46.180 --> 00:15:48.180
  • that it was his wife,
  • 00:15:48.180 --> 00:15:49.060
  • he'd be in danger.
  • 00:15:49.060 --> 00:15:50.020
  • So, he told his wife Sarai
  • 00:15:50.020 --> 00:15:52.010
  • to pretend like
  • 00:15:52.010 --> 00:15:52.190
  • she was his sister,
  • 00:15:52.190 --> 00:15:53.260
  • and then the king almost slept
  • 00:15:53.260 --> 00:15:55.010
  • with his wife
  • 00:15:55.010 --> 00:15:55.250
  • because he thought
  • 00:15:55.250 --> 00:15:57.090
  • that it was Abram's sister
  • 00:15:57.090 --> 00:15:58.150
  • and then God
  • 00:15:58.150 --> 00:15:59.010
  • started messing with the king
  • 00:15:59.010 --> 00:16:00.080
  • 'cause God didn't like it
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:01.000
  • very much that the king
  • 00:16:01.000 --> 00:16:02.080
  • was about to take
  • 00:16:02.080 --> 00:16:02.270
  • Abraham's wife,
  • 00:16:02.270 --> 00:16:03.260
  • and so the king figured
  • 00:16:03.260 --> 00:16:05.030
  • it out real quick
  • 00:16:05.030 --> 00:16:05.240
  • and said why did you lie to me?
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:07.080
  • Yet I can't find that
  • 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:08.020
  • in Romans 4.
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:10.260
  • And it's not as if
  • 00:16:10.260 --> 00:16:12.020
  • it didn't happen.
  • 00:16:12.020 --> 00:16:13.070
  • It's just that when you narrate
  • 00:16:13.070 --> 00:16:15.210
  • your life by grace,
  • 00:16:16.090 --> 00:16:19.090
  • when you narrate
  • 00:16:19.090 --> 00:16:19.230
  • your life by grace
  • 00:16:19.230 --> 00:16:21.010
  • this is the context of faith,
  • 00:16:21.010 --> 00:16:23.040
  • and so some of the failures
  • 00:16:23.040 --> 00:16:25.100
  • that are most prominent
  • 00:16:25.100 --> 00:16:26.100
  • in your mind
  • 00:16:26.100 --> 00:16:27.140
  • didn't even make the cut
  • 00:16:27.140 --> 00:16:29.010
  • of the story in the mind of God
  • 00:16:29.010 --> 00:16:31.120
  • because he sees you
  • 00:16:31.120 --> 00:16:32.140
  • from a different perspective
  • 00:16:32.140 --> 00:16:34.000
  • and sees you
  • 00:16:34.000 --> 00:16:34.250
  • in a different dimension.
  • 00:16:34.250 --> 00:16:36.130
  • I feel the Spirit of God
  • 00:16:36.130 --> 00:16:37.150
  • on me today.
  • 00:16:37.150 --> 00:16:38.100
  • I'm just going to preach this
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:39.060
  • like I feel it in my heart.
  • 00:16:39.060 --> 00:16:40.270
  • Touch somebody and say
  • 00:16:40.270 --> 00:16:42.040
  • it's not even a part
  • 00:16:42.040 --> 00:16:43.070
  • of my story.
  • 00:16:43.070 --> 00:16:44.060
  • It's not even
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:44.290
  • a part of my story.
  • 00:16:45.160 --> 00:16:48.160
  • But it is.
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:50.180
  • But it is.
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:52.100
  • But it is in your story.
  • 00:16:52.100 --> 00:16:54.250
  • See, there's a kind of faith
  • 00:16:54.250 --> 00:16:57.150
  • that is very dangerous,
  • 00:16:57.150 --> 00:16:58.210
  • and I'll show you
  • 00:16:58.210 --> 00:16:59.080
  • two extremes here,
  • 00:16:59.080 --> 00:17:00.030
  • and both are warned against
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:00.280
  • in Romans 4.
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:03.200
  • Sometimes there is
  • 00:17:03.200 --> 00:17:04.230
  • a version of faith
  • 00:17:05.210 --> 00:17:08.210
  • that really looks
  • 00:17:08.210 --> 00:17:09.100
  • more like denial.
  • 00:17:10.070 --> 00:17:13.070
  • And then there
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:14.280
  • is the absence of faith
  • 00:17:14.280 --> 00:17:17.190
  • which creates despair.
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:21.210
  • And what I see in Romans 4
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:23.280
  • front and center
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:25.000
  • from the father of faith
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:27.120
  • is that he was able
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:29.040
  • to avoid both extremes.
  • 00:17:29.290 --> 00:17:32.290
  • It says in Verse 19,
  • 00:17:32.290 --> 00:17:34.170
  • "Without weakening in his faith,
  • 00:17:34.200 --> 00:17:37.200
  • he faced the fact."
  • 00:17:37.200 --> 00:17:40.160
  • Now, that one phrase
  • 00:17:40.160 --> 00:17:41.150
  • helps me understand
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:43.200
  • what faith is
  • 00:17:43.200 --> 00:17:45.170
  • and what faith isn't.
  • 00:17:45.210 --> 00:17:48.210
  • That the kind of faith
  • 00:17:48.210 --> 00:17:50.000
  • that I am to emulate
  • 00:17:50.000 --> 00:17:51.100
  • from my father Abraham
  • 00:17:51.100 --> 00:17:52.260
  • whose seed I am
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:55.090
  • is not a sort of denial,
  • 00:17:56.200 --> 00:17:59.200
  • and I'm putting that before you
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:00.250
  • because when we teach
  • 00:18:00.250 --> 00:18:03.230
  • about being positive,
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:06.000
  • it doesn't mean that everything
  • 00:18:06.000 --> 00:18:08.000
  • in your life is positive,
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:09.250
  • and I want you to know that
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:12.290
  • because here's the thing,
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:15.170
  • some people don't exercise faith
  • 00:18:16.140 --> 00:18:19.140
  • because they live in denial
  • 00:18:20.000 --> 00:18:23.000
  • and they actually begin
  • 00:18:23.000 --> 00:18:24.110
  • to use their faith
  • 00:18:24.150 --> 00:18:27.150
  • as a cop out
  • 00:18:27.200 --> 00:18:30.200
  • and don't confront things
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:32.120
  • for what they are.
  • 00:18:32.120 --> 00:18:33.180
  • Somebody look at the person
  • 00:18:33.180 --> 00:18:34.270
  • next to you and tell him
  • 00:18:34.270 --> 00:18:35.220
  • it is what it is.
  • 00:18:35.220 --> 00:18:36.110
  • - Congregation: It is
  • 00:18:36.110 --> 00:18:36.260
  • what it is.
  • 00:18:36.260 --> 00:18:38.230
  • - Come on.
  • 00:18:38.230 --> 00:18:39.130
  • Some of you aren't participating
  • 00:18:39.130 --> 00:18:40.170
  • and that makes me really,
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:41.090
  • really, really angry
  • 00:18:41.090 --> 00:18:42.210
  • and insecure.
  • 00:18:42.210 --> 00:18:44.080
  • Look at your neighbor
  • 00:18:44.080 --> 00:18:44.260
  • and tell him it is what it is.
  • 00:18:44.260 --> 00:18:46.170
  • - Congregation: It is what
  • 00:18:46.170 --> 00:18:47.070
  • it is.
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:47.260
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:48.130
  • Abraham faced the fact.
  • 00:18:48.130 --> 00:18:50.110
  • He was old.
  • 00:18:50.110 --> 00:18:52.090
  • He faced the fact.
  • 00:18:52.090 --> 00:18:53.190
  • His stuff stopped working
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:55.050
  • a long time ago.
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:57.230
  • He faced the fact.
  • 00:18:57.230 --> 00:19:00.150
  • He looked at himself
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:01.150
  • and he said it is what it is,
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:03.210
  • and he looked at his wife
  • 00:19:03.210 --> 00:19:04.180
  • and said it was what it was,
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:06.240
  • but it isn't what it was now.
  • 00:19:06.240 --> 00:19:08.190
  • It is what it is.
  • 00:19:08.190 --> 00:19:10.170
  • We're old now.
  • 00:19:10.170 --> 00:19:11.140
  • We could have done this 30,
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:12.210
  • 40 years ago.
  • 00:19:12.210 --> 00:19:13.210
  • Maybe we could've done it 50,
  • 00:19:13.210 --> 00:19:15.100
  • 60 years ago,
  • 00:19:15.100 --> 00:19:16.130
  • but now it is what it is.
  • 00:19:16.130 --> 00:19:18.270
  • I didn't go to college.
  • 00:19:18.270 --> 00:19:20.060
  • It is what it is.
  • 00:19:20.060 --> 00:19:21.120
  • I didn't go to high school.
  • 00:19:21.120 --> 00:19:22.180
  • It is what it is.
  • 00:19:22.180 --> 00:19:24.020
  • I went through
  • 00:19:24.020 --> 00:19:24.180
  • my first marriage.
  • 00:19:24.180 --> 00:19:25.100
  • I was too stupid
  • 00:19:25.100 --> 00:19:26.130
  • to make it work.
  • 00:19:26.130 --> 00:19:27.100
  • You know what?
  • 00:19:27.100 --> 00:19:28.050
  • You can't get over
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:29.250
  • what you do not own.
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:30.270
  • [Applause]
  • 00:19:34.110 --> 00:19:37.110
  • - So face it.
  • 00:19:37.110 --> 00:19:39.120
  • Face it.
  • 00:19:39.120 --> 00:19:40.120
  • Faith doesn't mean
  • 00:19:40.120 --> 00:19:41.140
  • living in denial.
  • 00:19:41.140 --> 00:19:43.230
  • Faith doesn't mean
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:44.290
  • that is all good.
  • 00:19:44.290 --> 00:19:46.020
  • I've got women in my church
  • 00:19:46.020 --> 00:19:47.060
  • that were sexually abused.
  • 00:19:47.060 --> 00:19:48.290
  • It's not all good.
  • 00:19:48.290 --> 00:19:51.150
  • I've got people in my church
  • 00:19:51.150 --> 00:19:52.210
  • who can't get a job
  • 00:19:52.210 --> 00:19:54.050
  • because they have
  • 00:19:54.050 --> 00:19:54.230
  • a criminal record.
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:56.120
  • It's not all good.
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:59.010
  • I've got people in my church
  • 00:19:59.010 --> 00:20:00.160
  • under the sound
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:01.060
  • of my voice right now
  • 00:20:01.060 --> 00:20:02.120
  • who didn't grow up with a dad.
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:04.020
  • It's not all good,
  • 00:20:04.020 --> 00:20:05.100
  • and you know what?
  • 00:20:05.100 --> 00:20:06.230
  • Faith can handle that.
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:08.060
  • [Applause]
  • 00:20:08.060 --> 00:20:10.200
  • Faith can handle that.
  • 00:20:12.150 --> 00:20:15.150
  • Starting place
  • 00:20:15.150 --> 00:20:16.010
  • of authentic faith is honesty.
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:21.060
  • It is what it is.
  • 00:20:21.060 --> 00:20:23.220
  • Lord, I'm disappointed
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:29.040
  • right now.
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:30.290
  • You know you can tell God that,
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:33.180
  • and He won't hold it
  • 00:20:33.180 --> 00:20:34.070
  • against you?
  • 00:20:34.070 --> 00:20:36.280
  • When God spoke to Abraham
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:38.050
  • and said I'm going to give you
  • 00:20:38.050 --> 00:20:39.290
  • a seed that's going to be
  • 00:20:39.290 --> 00:20:41.050
  • your son, and out of your seed
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:42.120
  • is going to come a nation
  • 00:20:42.120 --> 00:20:43.210
  • that's numerous as the stars,
  • 00:20:43.210 --> 00:20:44.240
  • Abraham laughed in God's face.
  • 00:20:44.240 --> 00:20:47.240
  • It didn't bother God
  • 00:20:47.240 --> 00:20:49.220
  • because faith is not a feeling.
  • 00:20:49.220 --> 00:20:52.110
  • Faith is a decision.
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:54.280
  • I'm going to say it again
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:55.280
  • to counteract
  • 00:20:55.280 --> 00:20:56.120
  • all the wrong thinking
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:20:57.130
  • that you've ever had
  • 00:20:57.130 --> 00:20:58.040
  • in your life about faith.
  • 00:20:58.040 --> 00:20:59.140
  • Faith is not a feeling.
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:02.070
  • You know, you can be
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:02.270
  • a pessimistic person
  • 00:21:02.270 --> 00:21:04.230
  • but still have great faith.
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:07.090
  • Even great faith
  • 00:21:07.090 --> 00:21:08.020
  • has weak moments.
  • 00:21:08.070 --> 00:21:11.070
  • So, the call to faith is first
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:12.170
  • a call to come out of denial.
  • 00:21:12.170 --> 00:21:15.000
  • Otherwise, you'll be waiting
  • 00:21:15.000 --> 00:21:17.090
  • on God to deliver you
  • 00:21:17.090 --> 00:21:18.230
  • from a situation
  • 00:21:18.230 --> 00:21:19.270
  • that is going to require
  • 00:21:19.270 --> 00:21:20.240
  • discipline.
  • 00:21:20.240 --> 00:21:22.290
  • I'm going to say it again.
  • 00:21:22.290 --> 00:21:23.290
  • This message
  • 00:21:23.290 --> 00:21:24.140
  • isn't sinking in, Joel.
  • 00:21:24.140 --> 00:21:26.070
  • Nine-thirty was on fire.
  • 00:21:26.070 --> 00:21:27.070
  • I don't know
  • 00:21:27.070 --> 00:21:27.190
  • what happened in the lobby
  • 00:21:27.190 --> 00:21:28.190
  • before the people got here.
  • 00:21:28.190 --> 00:21:30.020
  • Maybe it's better
  • 00:21:30.020 --> 00:21:30.150
  • at the other campus,
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:31.240
  • but when you live in denial,
  • 00:21:31.240 --> 00:21:33.060
  • you'll be waiting
  • 00:21:33.060 --> 00:21:33.210
  • for deliverance
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:34.170
  • in a situation
  • 00:21:34.170 --> 00:21:35.120
  • that requires discipline.
  • 00:21:35.120 --> 00:21:37.200
  • Are you waiting
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:38.020
  • for deliverance in a situation
  • 00:21:38.020 --> 00:21:39.240
  • that is going to require
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:41.010
  • discipline?
  • 00:21:41.010 --> 00:21:42.150
  • In other words,
  • 00:21:42.150 --> 00:21:43.040
  • are you waiting on God
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:44.020
  • to cancel your debts
  • 00:21:44.020 --> 00:21:45.020
  • or are you making a plan
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:46.010
  • to pay them off?
  • 00:21:46.010 --> 00:21:46.240
  • [Applause]
  • 00:21:48.130 --> 00:21:51.130
  • Faith doesn't wait on a check.
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:53.080
  • Faith gets up and goes to work
  • 00:21:53.080 --> 00:21:55.040
  • or at least looking for work.
  • 00:21:55.040 --> 00:21:57.030
  • Faith will do it,
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:21:58.080
  • but you've got to face it.
  • 00:21:58.080 --> 00:22:00.260
  • You've got to face it
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:01.200
  • or you'll live in denial,
  • 00:22:01.200 --> 00:22:02.250
  • and you'll say, well,
  • 00:22:02.250 --> 00:22:03.220
  • I guess the reason that nobody
  • 00:22:03.220 --> 00:22:05.010
  • wants to be my friend
  • 00:22:05.010 --> 00:22:06.020
  • is because God has just got me
  • 00:22:06.020 --> 00:22:08.000
  • in a lonely season right now.
  • 00:22:08.000 --> 00:22:09.290
  • No, God doesn't have you
  • 00:22:09.290 --> 00:22:10.220
  • in a lonely season.
  • 00:22:10.220 --> 00:22:12.170
  • Your bad attitude
  • 00:22:12.170 --> 00:22:13.200
  • and poor relational habits
  • 00:22:13.200 --> 00:22:15.220
  • of not treating people correctly
  • 00:22:15.220 --> 00:22:17.230
  • have got you in a lonely season
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:19.210
  • and until you face it,
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:21.090
  • faith can't fix it.
  • 00:22:21.090 --> 00:22:22.270
  • Until you face it,
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:24.020
  • faith can't fix it.
  • 00:22:24.020 --> 00:22:25.280
  • Faith can't fix
  • 00:22:25.280 --> 00:22:27.000
  • what you won't face.
  • 00:22:27.000 --> 00:22:27.270
  • [Applause]
  • 00:22:29.290 --> 00:22:32.290
  • So he faced the fact,
  • 00:22:32.290 --> 00:22:35.160
  • but he kept his faith.
  • 00:22:35.160 --> 00:22:38.110
  • And you can do both.
  • 00:22:38.110 --> 00:22:39.160
  • Stay with me camera.
  • 00:22:39.160 --> 00:22:40.190
  • He faced the fact,
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:42.130
  • I'm not living in denial,
  • 00:22:42.130 --> 00:22:44.120
  • but he kept his faith,
  • 00:22:44.120 --> 00:22:45.180
  • I'm not living in despair.
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:48.030
  • Faith is standing in the middle
  • 00:22:48.030 --> 00:22:50.120
  • and making a decision
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:52.250
  • that it is what it is,
  • 00:22:53.000 --> 00:22:56.000
  • but watch this.
  • 00:22:56.000 --> 00:22:57.200
  • It's not what it seems.
  • 00:22:57.200 --> 00:23:00.090
  • I've got that beneath
  • 00:23:00.090 --> 00:23:01.160
  • the surface faith.
  • 00:23:01.160 --> 00:23:02.290
  • I got that Saturday faith
  • 00:23:02.290 --> 00:23:05.040
  • waiting on something
  • 00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:06.030
  • to come up out of a tomb
  • 00:23:06.030 --> 00:23:07.270
  • and resurrect for the healing
  • 00:23:07.270 --> 00:23:09.190
  • and salvation of the world.
  • 00:23:09.190 --> 00:23:11.260
  • - Sometimes faith
  • 00:23:15.260 --> 00:23:16.180
  • is kind of like fitness, Holly.
  • 00:23:16.180 --> 00:23:18.140
  • We have these intentions
  • 00:23:18.140 --> 00:23:19.260
  • for the kind of faith
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:20.280
  • we want to have.
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:21.240
  • Oh, I want to trust God more.
  • 00:23:21.240 --> 00:23:23.170
  • I want to see God move
  • 00:23:23.170 --> 00:23:24.110
  • in a greater way in my life,
  • 00:23:24.110 --> 00:23:25.150
  • but without a plan
  • 00:23:25.150 --> 00:23:27.030
  • to practically
  • 00:23:27.030 --> 00:23:28.060
  • put that intention
  • 00:23:28.060 --> 00:23:29.020
  • into practice,
  • 00:23:29.020 --> 00:23:30.010
  • it doesn't happen.
  • 00:23:30.010 --> 00:23:31.000
  • - Yeah, it's so true.
  • 00:23:31.000 --> 00:23:31.290
  • - I remember one-time
  • 00:23:31.290 --> 00:23:32.200
  • meeting with a trainer,
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:34.120
  • and he started showing me
  • 00:23:34.120 --> 00:23:35.120
  • all of these dimensions
  • 00:23:35.120 --> 00:23:36.170
  • of fitness
  • 00:23:36.170 --> 00:23:37.070
  • that I didn't even know
  • 00:23:37.070 --> 00:23:38.080
  • were possible.
  • 00:23:38.080 --> 00:23:39.080
  • - I've been there before.
  • 00:23:39.080 --> 00:23:40.020
  • - You've been there before?
  • 00:23:40.020 --> 00:23:41.140
  • - Well, I know
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:42.030
  • you've been there before
  • 00:23:42.030 --> 00:23:42.270
  • maybe not in terms
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:44.030
  • of your physical fitness,
  • 00:23:44.030 --> 00:23:45.060
  • but maybe in terms of your faith
  • 00:23:45.060 --> 00:23:46.180
  • and that's why today
  • 00:23:46.180 --> 00:23:47.250
  • we've put together
  • 00:23:47.250 --> 00:23:48.100
  • a special offer for you.
  • 00:23:48.100 --> 00:23:49.290
  • Listen, this is a seven-part
  • 00:23:49.290 --> 00:23:51.280
  • teaching on functional faith.
  • 00:23:51.280 --> 00:23:54.110
  • Faith that works.
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  • This is special.
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  • This isn't just some sermons
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  • to pile on top of your life.
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  • This is an action
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  • that you can take today.
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  • Right now.
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  • Not sometime in the future,
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  • but right now
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  • to build your faith,
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  • and I know your faith
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  • is going to get stronger.
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  • - Yeah, you know
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  • on social media I see
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  • and I hear our ministry family
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  • saying things like
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  • I want to be effective.
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  • I want to be accomplished
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  • in my daily walk,
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  • but what do I need to do
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  • to jumpstart my faith?
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  • And I feel like
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  • what you have today
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  • is truly going to help people
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  • figure this out.
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  • - Yeah, because people
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  • need a plan.
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  • All right, so this is a plan.
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  • This may sound cheesy,
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  • but let me be your trainer.
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  • Let me take you through
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  • these teachings.
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  • There are seven teachings,
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  • and I know they've helped me.
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  • I know they've helped
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  • our church,
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  • and I believe that today
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  • is the day for you
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  • to get your faith in shape.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - The devil doesn't want you
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  • to get this teaching
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  • 'cause you're going to come
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  • back stronger and bolder,
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  • and you're going to have
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  • a foundation of faith.
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  • So, I want you
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  • to pick up the phone right now.
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  • You know, you could put it
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  • off until later.
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  • You can always make an excuse.
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  • No, no more excuses.
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  • Today is the day that you
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  • get your faith in shape,
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  • and I want you
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  • to visit the website.
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  • Pick up the phone.
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  • Make a move.
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  • You've got to make a move.
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  • That's the most important thing,
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  • and when you do, your faith
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  • is going to be activated.
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  • We believe the best is ahead,
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  • in the real world
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  • in the and midst
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  • of your specific challenges.
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  • It's time to live in a way
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  • that brings spiritual practices
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  • into your day-to-day.
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  • with "Functional Faith",
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  • seven-part teaching series
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  • that Pastor Steven Furtick
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  • shared in his own church.
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  • Through this series,
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  • you can learn how to experience
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  • faith in a new and tangible way.
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  • - Faith doesn't take
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  • the weight off of my life.
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  • It shows me how to handle it.
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  • My faith is not hostage
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  • to the outcome.
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  • My faith is an outlook.
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  • - And to help you
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  • fully integrate
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  • Your Kingdom's here
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  • In the promise
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  • Shadows fade
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  • As You now arise
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  • With no end in sight
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  • You're the light
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  • Let it shine now
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