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Walking with God

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We’re gonna be going into the Word of God. We’re gonna get back to the basics, but I believe that some of you are gonna discover truth during the course of this broadcast, that’s gonna empower you and ignite within your soul a new fire and a new passion to live for God. I want you to consider with me the possibilities of what you can ascend to in this world. There’s a saying and it says this, “What has been is what can be.” And even more Jesus said, “you can have, because of Me.” Consider that statement in light of Enoch. The scripture tells us in the book of Bershit, in the book of Genesis chapter 5 verse 24 that, “Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him.”

Listen once again, “Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him.” Most understand this verse to be [♪♪] that somehow Enoch was walking in such unity with his Creator, that God just lifted him off the earth while he was still alive and took him. The point is, Enoch was living a supernatural life. He was walking with God in supernatural spectacular victory. I want to declare today over your life, beloved one, that you too can walk with God. Jesus said, “All things are possible for those that believe.” I want to give you some key truth that will help you walk with your Creator. So I’m gonna give you several simple themes, that if you’ll really take these to heart, if you’ll really internalize them, if you’ll really put them in front of you; like David said, “The Lord is continually before me.” If you’ll wake up in the morning with these themes in front of your heart and mind, you’re gonna ascend into a place where you’re truly going to be walking with God and it’s gonna be supernatural. Your friends are gonna see it. Your family is gonna see it and you’re gonna know it. You’re gonna experience divine reality in your life beyond anything you’ve known in the past, if you’ll simply apply these truths to your life. Not for a day, not for a week, not for a month, not even for a year, but the truths beloved ones, that I’m about to impart to your heart right now, are truths that should stay with you even till your last breath in this world; because these truths that I’m gonna share today are eternal truths and they reveal the purpose of your and my being here and how to walk with our Creator.

If you have a pen and paper, I would encourage you to take some simple notes and continually remind yourself of these, because it will keep you on the right path. The truth is, as just a side note here, the natural disposition of our flesh, listen, the natural disposition of our flesh, is that we receive revelation from God. But unless we keep the revelation that we receive, beloved one, continually before us, what’s gonna happen is that it’s gonna dissipate, we’re gonna forget about it, lose it. I’ve noticed that in my own life. Consider this, think of the parable that Jesus told [♪♪] about the sower went out to sow the seed. And Jesus tells the parable about the sower sowing the seed. He said that the seed was the Word of God and the ground that the seed was sown into was symbolic of different types of people. And we remember, there are four types of ground. There’s four types of people in whom the Word is sown in. The first type of soil or the first type of person that the Word is sown in, Jesus said, The Word is sown, but it takes no root, because as soon as the seed is sown, which is the Word, immediately it’s taken away from them by a predator. And so the predator is the devil. Some people hear the Word, it doesn’t take any root in them, they don’t take a hold of it, immediately the devil comes and snatches it from them. We’ve all shared the Gospel, at least many of us have with people and it just doesn’t take root. As soon as we share it with them, the devil just snatches it from them. They don’t want to believe it. They don’t want to receive it. They’re blind to it. But that’s not most of us.

That’s not most of you that are listening. Some of you perhaps, but many of you are listening because you love God and you love truth. So let’s consider now the next two types of soil that the Word is sown into. Jesus said there’s another type of ground and the Word is sown in it and immediately it begins to spring forth, it takes from. A plant comes out of the ground. But Jesus said that, when the sun comes out, the sun scorches it and it withers and dies, because it has no root. And Jesus said, this is the type of person, He said that, they receive the Word, but because they don’t work with it, when things get tough in life, when they run into challenges, the Word gets choked out and they forget about it. And so the point is, is that in the past we’ve interpreted, you know I have this parable, often times in reference simply to people receiving the Gospel message, as it relates to their salvation. Sometimes people hear the Gospel and they receive it for a little while, but then the cares of life and the struggles of their individual reality choke it and they end up fading away. And then there’s another type of individual and this individual they receive the Word and it begins to bear fruit, but then what happens is the desire for other things leads the person away from the Word, they forget about the Word and they bear no fruit. Then there’s the last type of soil, there’s the last type of person Jesus described. And Jesus said, “This person [♪♪] receives the Word and then they nurture it, they work with it, they cling to it, they water it and it ends up becoming a healthy plant and bearing fruit.” Jesus said, “This is the type of person, when they receive the Word, they take a hold of it, they water it, they cling to it, they nurture it, they get in the Word, they put themselves in an environment where the plant will grow, where the Word will grow within them. And they end up bearing forth fruit to eternal life.

Now here’s the reason I shared this with you beloved ones, at this point in the message it seems like it’s a bit off subject, but there’s a reason that I shared it with you; because this parable applies not just to the Gospel message of salvation, which is what we commonly attribute it to, but it also applies, listen now, to any revelation that we receive, any time that God gives us a truth. We sometimes can think about this in our own life and we’ll see what I’m saying is correct. We receive fresh revelation, we’re really excited about it. In fact it kind of propels us forward, it’s like we have a new passion for the Lord. But often times what happens with this new revelation is, eventually after a month, or even a few weeks, or maybe even a few months, what eventually can happen is exactly what happened with those soils and the individuals that we just described that those soils symbolized. We can find ourselves drifting away from the fresh revelation that we just received, not just again the message of salvation, but any revelation. God reveals something to you, like give thanks to Him always and you begin to do it for a few days, or even a few weeks, but all of a sudden you get lost somewhere in life, maybe you get hit with something. You get hit with a tragedy, whatever it is and you somehow forget about the revelation, you get overwhelmed by your circumstances and before long you completely forgot about it. It’s as if you never even received it. Sometimes, once again, people hear revelation, they get passionate, they get excited, their faith in God it springs forth.

But then all of a sudden maybe they’re offered a new position at work, it could be anything, but all of a sudden they get so side tracked on their new position at work and their fleshly ambition takes over. And all of a sudden they forget about God. They lose the revelation and once again, the revelation gets choked out. So I told you that beloved ones, because what I’m about to give you today are very significant, supernatural keys, that if you’ll stay on course with these keys that I’m gonna give you, if you’ll write them down, if you’ll review them, I’m telling you you won’t lose them, it’s gonna keep you making progress and you’re gonna be the type of ground that brings forth a plant that endures to eternal life. With that said beloved, let’s pray. Father God we worship You. We declare Father that You are the Creator, that from You and through You and to You are all things. Father we want to fulfill Your purpose and Your desire for our life. So Father God, Hashem, we give You ourselves now. Work within us according to Your good pleasure and accomplish everything in us that You want to. And let this message Father, serve as a means through which You accomplish Your purposes in each ones life. In Yeshiva’s name, in Jesus’ [♪♪] name, we say baruch Haashem, blessed be the name of the Lord. RABBI SCHNEIDER>> So here we go. We talked about the fact that Enoch walked with God. He walked supernaturally with God. You too can walk with God. How? First of all beloved ones, we can walk with God by acknowledging Him. I’m gonna give you several keys. I’m gonna build on each one of the keys. This might sound very simplistic, but let me ask you a question.

You can walk with God by acknowledging Him. Here’s the question, when you wake up in the morning is the first thing that you do is it to acknowledge God? Many of us wake up in the morning, we don’t wake up and we get out of bed and the first thing that we do is acknowledge our Creator, acknowledge Hashem, which is the Hebrew way of saying, “The Lord.” It means the name, the name of the Lord. Do you wake up in the morning and as you’re putting your feet on the floor, do you say, “Father God thank You. Thank You that I woke up this morning. Thank You Father God that You gave me another day. Father thank You that everything that’s gonna happen today is gonna be an opportunity for me to grow in grace, to overcome; Father God that You’re Lord, that You’re in charge of my life, that You cause all things to work together for good for me. So Father I acknowledge You today as I begin the day, that this day is a gift. Father I want to acknowledge You as God. I want to acknowledge Father God that I’m alive only because You saw fit to bring me into this world and create me. I acknowledge Father that You’re my Creator, that I don’t belong to myself Father, that You’re the Creator, that everything belongs to You, that my life belongs to You. And I acknowledge God that You reign. I acknowledge Father that You’re the master of the universe, that you’re adon olam we say in Hebrew, the master of the universe, that You’re in charge, that You reign, that You form light, that You create darkness according to the book of Isaiah. Father I acknowledge that You’re Lord, that You reign. Father yes, I see tragedy in the world. I see bad things happen, but Father God 99% of what I see in the world is You and Your glory and Your goodness. I realize that Satan’s here, but that Father You cause all things to work together for good. So I acknowledge You this morning. Father I acknowledge that You’re the Creator and the Lord and the master of the universe and that You’re the Lord of my life. So Father I thank You this morning. I thank You for creating me and Father I’m gonna walk through the day in faith. I’m gonna acknowledge You Father. I’m gonna have faith in You. I’m gonna have faith in You as master and Creator and I’m gonna believe Father God that everything that I walk through today is what You ordained for me, because You said Abba God that You prepared good works for me to walk in them. So I’m thanking You Father God that as the day unfolds, as I put one foot in front of the other through space and time, that I’m gonna continue to encounter new realities, new circumstances, new relationships, new energies, new dynamics. And that every time I enter into something new, Father I acknowledge that You’re with me, that You’re in it, that You’re involved, that You’re causing something new to come forth from my life and that it’s for Your glory.

I acknowledge You Father God as my Creator. And Father God I want to once again give You thanks for everything. I declare Father God today, that no matter what happens to me I’m gonna give You thanks, because Your Word says, “Give thanks in all things, for this is God’s word for you in Christ Jesus.” “This is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” Paul said. “To give thanks in all things.” So we’re acknowledging the Creator. No matter what happens, beloved ones, we acknowledge God. No matter what we run into, we acknowledge God. The things that feel good, we acknowledge God and thank Him. The things that are challenges and hardships, then too beloved ones, we acknowledge God. Like Job said, “Shall I receive good things from God, but not accept difficulties? Far be it from me.” We all need to live like that. You see it takes difficulties to strengthen us, so we acknowledge God as our Creator. We acknowledge, listen, that whatever we’re walking through, God is using it for the good. He’s bringing about the best for our lives from it. In fact, some of the challenges, beloved child of God, that you’re going through, are exactly what you need in order to spiritually develop. Some of the hardships that you’re going through, that’s exactly what you need in order to come to maturity. Remember Paul, the scripture tells us in the book of Corinthians that Paul was experiencing a tormenting spirit. The scripture calls him a messenger of Satan. And Paul prayed that the Lord would take it away. But what did God say to him? “No Paul, I’m not gonna remove it. My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is going to be perfected in your weakness.” You see that hardship, beloved church, that Paul was going through, was exactly what he needed in order to develop, in order to grow in power, in order to come into spiritual maturity.

You see the Father knew that we needed an adversary, He knew we needed a challenge. This is why Jesus said, “He that overcomes will inherit these things.” The point that I’m making is, we acknowledge God in everything. We acknowledge Him as God. We acknowledge Him as Lord. We acknowledge Him as our Creator. We acknowledge Him in everything that we walk through good and bad and through faith, through emunah, which is the Hebrew word for faith, we listen now, thank Him for everything. Every breath that we breathe is a gift from our Creator. Once you master this simple principle, you’re gonna be well on your way to walking with God. [♪♪] Now I’m gonna continue this message next week. Be sure to join me for this profound and very simple series. Your Creator loves you. God bless you and shalom.

Meaning of life

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Thank you, all! Thank you! Hello. Welcome and thank you all very much for beingpart of our studio audience here today. Welcome and greetings to all those who arejoining us on DirecTV as well as online, on the Internet. Hello to everyone and welcome. I’m Brother Bob Pellien, Minister of theGospel here in the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Church Of Christ, and welcome to this livetaping of That’s In The Bible. Thank you for being our live studio audience. We just want to thank you for not only justbeing here today, but for helping us reach out to the world and making them know theChurch Of Christ and the teachings of God we embrace inside the Church Of Christ fromhere in the Holy Scriptures. Here in the program That’s In The Bible,we receive questions just about every topic imaginable, from well pretty much all partsof the globe. And we always turn here to the Holy Biblefor the answers to any and all of the questions that we receive, as we will be doing togetherthis afternoon, this day, as well. Our question for today, first of all, comesfrom; actually, there are two individuals that have posed this question.

First is Mr. Chuck Swift and well as CynithiaDycus. They bring up a subject that, well, I’msure many ponder, have pondered on before, concerns the meaning of life. Lets listen together how they pose the question. Chuck Swift: When living this life, seeingthe ups and the downs, and you know the happiest we can be to as low as life can get, are wesupposed to be saved in this world like Jesus Christ? Or are we meant to live through this lifeand experience whatever it might be? And my question is, how doyou know when your life has been fulfilled? They ask it in different ways,but to sum it up they’re asking questions about what’s the meaning of life? How do you know when it’s going to be fulfilled? How do you know when its purpose has beenmet? What is the meaning of life? There have been people that have, let’ssay they’ve gained fame, they’ve gained honor, they have amassed great wealth, butstill they find themselves discontented. They find themselves unfulfilled. They find themselves just not satisfied. Regardless of who we are it’s become, let’scall it a universal human drive to assign meaning to our being. So what are some of the ways that people thinkthey can give meaning to their life? Studio audience, those of you here with ushere in the studio audience, what do you think? What is a way by which people strive to givemeaning?

What do you think would give meaning to aperson’s life? We’ve asked that question and get all kindsof different answers. How about from anyone in the studio audiencetoday? What gives life meaning? What would be one? Anybody? AUDIENCE: Family. Brother Bob: Sure, family, children. Others might think of what? Concerning their careers. What would they want for their career in orderto give meaning to their life? AUDIENCE: Success. Brother Bob: Success, precisely, whether it’smoney, success, family, have a good career, have a good job. They will innumerate many things like thatand measure the condition of their purpose in life by such things. But really, will those things give any truemeaning to our lives? What is the meaning of our life? Our purpose? What are we here for? So that’s the question that they have posed. That’s the question we pose together rightnow and we turn to Isaiah 22:13 to begin our study. The Prophet Isaiah responds like this: Instead, you laughed and celebrated. You killed sheep and cattle to eat, and youdrank wine. You said, “We might as well eat and drink! Tomorrow we’ll be dead.” So for many, what’s life mean to them? What did they find in life to give themselvespurpose? The meaning of life for so many is that havenot yet, let’s say, they have not yet found the focal point for their spiritual energies. So their conclusion, “well let’s eat. Let’s drink.” It’s like kind of an excuse or justificationfor fulfilling all of their human impulses.

Their purpose in life becomes, and I thinkwe know people like this; their purpose in life becomes self-gratification. To become most comfortable, to become, yes,most comfortable. I said the best way of saying it, right? But for those who possess this kind of principle,what kind of principle will they be embracing concerning the value of their life? How would they say would their life will becomesignificant? It’s not just a waste. Then what is their meaning, their meaningor what’s the meaning of life? What is the purpose of their life? Let’s continue in King Solomon’s pronouncementson this important topic here in, we’re going to read Ecclesiastes, chapter 5, verses 18and 19. Here is what I have found out: the best thingwe can do is eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for during the short life thatGod has given us; this is our fate. If God gives us wealth and property and letsus enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for. It is a gift from God. And I think all of us know people that thinkthis way. They even have a term for that nowadays. They call it “YOLO.” Come on studio audience, what’s YOLO? AUDIENCE: You only live once. Brother Bob: Yeah, you only live once. So you only live once.

“Live for the moment,” they would say. “Well God allowed us to acquire this, Godallowed us to acquire that, He allowed us to do this, to do that, it’s fun, enjoyable. So let’s eat, drink, and be marry. YOLO!” We all know people like that. Studio audience, what do you say? You know somebody like that? Audience: Yes. Brother Bob: I’m not going to ask if you’relike that. OK, I promise I will not ask that. But why do they consider this as their lifeprinciple though? Or that the valuable way of thinking in theirmindset, the best thing that they can do in their life is to eat, drink, and be merry,live for the moment. It’s because they are aware, as we justread there, that life is very short. So they want to fulfill it. They want to live it to the fullest. They say, “It’s short so let’s do itall.” For them life can really only have significanceor importance if they’re enjoying it. If they’re not enjoying it, it can’t bevaluable. That’s their way of thinking. But do people with this way of thinking, dothey really understand yet? Ok I want to emphasize that word “yet.” Do they really understand yet the true meaningof life and the purpose of our existence? We’re not here just to wake up everyday,eat, breathe, go to sleep and wake up on another new day and do the same thing. That’s not it.

How many of you think, here in the studioaudience, how many viewing us from abroad or anywhere else in the world, how many ofyou think that those who have the YOLO mindset, how many think they got it all figured outand they’re on the right track? How many think that way? Do you think a high percentage of people inthe world do entertain that way of thinking? What do you say? AUDIENCE: Yes. Brother Bob: Yes, yes. There is a lot who are thinking that way. Is there any example in the Holy Scripturesof someone who had that way of thinking and then the LORD gave some response and somecouncil that we can all benefit from learning or reading about that encounter? Well obviously there is and I’d like totake a moment to read that. It’s recorded here in the Book of Luke,chapter 12, verses 16 through 19. Then Jesus told them his parable: “Therewas once a rich man who had land which bore good crops. He began to think to himself, ‘ I don’thave a place to keep all my crops. What can I do? This is what I will do,’ he told himself;‘I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, where I will store the grain and allmy other goods. Then I will say to myself, ‘Lucky man! You have all the good things you need formany years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!’ Well, here’s one example, right? Who was it? Who was the example mentioned here? How does the Bible describe this individual? Audience: Rich man. Brother Bob: Rich man. What was he thinking? That might seem like a responsible thing thathe said, right? “I’m going to build bigger barns and I’mgoing to hoard everything that I got and I’m going to save it all,” right? “Then I’m going to eat, and then I’mgoing to drink and enjoy all of it.” So let’s see. What did God say to him? How’d that work out for him with that wayof thinking? “I got all this. Now I’m just going to enjoy it all.” Especially when it comes to his eternal life,when it comes to his salvation, was simply having a bigger barn, was simply eating anddrinking and enjoying the moment, YOLO, huh? Well let’s just repeat the question.

How well will that work out for him? We read up to verse 19. Let’s read this time verse 20. But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up yourlife; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself?’” So here was someone who was living that entertaining,or let’s say, embracing that way of thinking. “Just eat, drink, and be married. Live for the moment. That’s what will give my life meaning. If I’m enjoying it then it’s got a purpose.” Well what did God say to the rich man whohad that way of thinking? What did he call it? AUDIENCE: Fool. OK, studio audience, raise your hand if you’refoolish. Uh huh. Of course no body is going to raise theirhand, right? No body would want to acknowledge that theyare foolish. And it’s not we who would be accusing andwhat are calling anyone of being foolish. That was God through the conversation thatthe LORD had with the he had with that rich man telling him it would be foolish to entertainthat way of thinking or to think that life’s purpose ends or simply rooted upon enjoyingthe life the LORD has given to us. So those who would think that their life wouldbe meaningful if they would spend it in marry making, eating, drinking, they were calledfools in the sight of God because they don’t yet possess an important understanding. They don’t have an understanding yet ofthe true and real reason for life and our existence.

They do not yet know the meaning and significanceof life. But, beloved studio audience with us, everyone,there is hope, there is always hope for our knowledge to grow, our understanding to deepen. So what then must everyone realize in orderfor life to become truly meaningful, for one to have purpose? Ecclesiastes chapter 11. Ecclesiastes chapter 11, this time verse 9. We turn to the Holy Scriptures again for theBible’s response. Young people, enjoy your youth. So allow me to pause. Is God against anybody enjoying life? No He’s not opposed to that. enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. So is God against people being happy, what do you say? AUDIENCE: No. He’s not against that. Now let’s read from the beginning. Young people, enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do and follow your heart’sdesire. But remember that God is going to judge youfor whatever you do. Dear friends, what then is going to give lifemeaning? If it’s not just enjoying every moment thatwe are here in this world we’ve got to know that everything that we are doing, just likewhat we have just read, everything that we are doing in this day to day existence hereis going to be judged by God. Everything we say, everything we do has purpose,has meaning, once a person realizes that what we say and what we are doing is importantto God and, in fact, will be judged by Him.

That’s what will give life meaning. That’s what will give a person purpose. That’s what will give importance to whatwe do each and everyday of our life, each and every moment that we are alive. But where does the Bible further explain thispoint? I’d like to turn to this time to the writingsof Apostle Paul where he gave some additional insight on this. 2nd Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 10 readsthis way: Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God,regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’scoming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. “You only live once. Eat, drink, and be married. Do what you want to do,” they will say. “Live your life in any way that you wantto. We are free!” What cannot be forgotten if we want to havelife mean something is that we are going to have to answer for every action that we take. The Bible describes very clearly there tous. We’ll be standing before the judgment seatof the LORD and we’re going to be judged, not regarding by simply what we believe inby what we know is good, what we believe is the right thing for us to say, the right thingfor us to do, but whether or not we are doing it! Whether we had done good things or done badthings, that is the determining factor whether or not what we have done is relevant and makesour life meaningful. And of course we should note, God doesn’tset us up to fail.

He provides us guidance in this life so that,well, our life will truly have value, it will truly have meaning. And what is it that God wants all of us tolearn? What does He want us all to remember so thatyour life, my life, our life, will have meaning to it? What does He want us to understand what somany just haven’t grasped yet? But it’s our prayer that everyone here inthis studio audience, and everyone watching us every where around the world will understandwhat God wants us to understand. And what is that? Let’s take a look here in Ecclesiastes chapter12, we’ll read here first verse 1 where it says: So remember your Creator while you are stillyoung, before those dismal days and years come when you will say, “I don’t enjoylife.” What’s God’s instruction? He said well, remember Him, remember yourCreator while you are still young. Well what does it mean to remember God? Can we call that, some may ask the question,can we really call that a purpose? Can we really say that that gives meaningto life? Remembering God? Can we call that our purpose in life? Well let’s continue the same chapter. He went on further to say in verse 13 this: After all this, there is only one thing tosay: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we werecreated for. Remember that He created us. Remember the purpose for which we have beencreated, that we will come to know him, that we will come to serve Him, that we will beobedient to Him and that everything that we do in this life we will be judged and He willdecided whether or not we are ready and worthy to enter His kingdom. That gives our life and the things we do meaning. And to conclude I’d like to read the sameverse in another rendition of the Holy Scriptures. Ecclesiastes chapter 12, verse 13, which wejust read. I’ll read 13 again and include verse 14. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment,with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Dear friends, that’s it. We are here for a purpose. It’s not just YOLO, just live for the momentand never mind anything. Just make sure to grab for all the self-gratificationthat one may acquire in this life. That is not the end all for humanity. The meaning of life is valuable; life itselfis valuable because it can be used to show to the LORD we’re fulfilling our duty toknow Him, to understand Him, to serve Him, to be obedient and to be judged worthy toenter His kingdom on the Day of Judgment. If we just eat drink and be merry and dieat the end of it all then we’re no different then any other animal or biological entitythat lives on planet earth. No different at all and we would have thesame end. Anyone in denial of that, their search forthe true meaning of life and justification of their existence would be an abject failure. Their tomorrow, live for today, for tomorrowwe will die mindset and outlook on life will have caused them to live their life basedupon a wrong principle. A wrong principle, which they ended up followingand they adopted and led their lives by it. Therefore they end up confused about the purposeof their life. So they attempt to give their life meaning,to give their life importance, and all the self-gratifying ways imaginable. So to really give life, to conclude, to reallygive life meaning and importance we need to learn God’s ways, live our life guided bythem, and bring our self to be worthy therefore of true life, real life, eternal life withHim in His kingdom. A place much different than life we experiencehere in this world. Join in our continued study of God’s commands,most especially all of you who are guests and listening and joining with us in our studyfor the first time. Join in our continued Bible study of God’steachings.

The Bible, it’s full of God’s teachingsand instructions about life and the journey that we travel through this life that maybe filled with all kinds of trials and tests of our perseverance that God allows us toexperience in this temporary world. We thank you for joining us. We thank you for the questions that were sentin. We encourage everyone to also send in yourvideo questions just like they did. You can just video yourself posing any kindof question and we will use it on this program. Just like always, turn to the Holy Scripturesand there, together, we’ll find the LORD’s answer and response is teaching to us thatwill guide and direct us in our journey in this life because there’s no question thatis too basic, no question that cannot be answered by the Holy Scriptures when it comes to ourlives, to our salvation. If you’d like to know more about the basicfundamental teachings that we believe in and are found here inside the Church Of Christ,please visit our website. What’s our website? Audience: INCmedia.org Brother Bob: Yes, correct. INCmedia.org. You can send your video questions to answers@incmedia.org and you can see your questions answered right here on, what program? Audience: That’s In The Bible! Brother Bob: Thank you for joining us in thisepisode of That’s In The Bible. We’ll see you again next time.

overview of colossians

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Do You Know Me? I Am Iran. I Am Persia. We Are An Ancient People. We’re Not Arabs, As Many Think. For Centuries Iranwas Known As Persia. We Became The Largest Empirethe World Had Ever Seen. But Part Of Our Storyis Often Forgotten. Some Of Our Greatnesshas Faded From Memory. Yet, The Prophets And Writers Ofthe Bible, Like Daniel, Isaiah,And Ezra, Remember Our Story. And What’s Surprising Isthat The Hebrew Bible Speaksof Persia As Chosen By God, Chosen For The Good Andfor The Blessing Of All People. Woven Together In The Hebrewbible Are Prophecies, People Andevents Describing Persian Kings, Epic Battles, Androyal Decrees That Changedthe World, And Still Do. What May Surprise Many Today About Persian History… Is That The Jewish Peoplebecame One Of The Favored Peoplegroups Of The Persian Empire. And Perhaps Most Surprising Ofall Is How The Hebrew Bible…

Describes In Intricatedetail How Both Persiaand The Jewish People… Helped To Fulfill An Astonishing Promise God Made To Abraham. According To The Hebrewbible, For The Promise Toabraham To Be Fulfilled, Both Persian And Jewishhistories Had To Intersect.And They Did. John Lee: One Of The Mostinteresting Things About Thehistory Of The Persian Empire… Is Its Links Withother Cultures. In Particular,We Know That The Historiesof The Persian Empire… And Of The Bible Are Deeplyinterlinked. We Can See Events,People, And Places… That Appear Bothin Our Sources For Ancientpersia And In The Bible. Edwin Yamauchi:I Have Taught Ancient History,Including Persian History, For Many Years, And I Broughtall Of These Archaeological, Biblical, And Classicalsources Together… To Present A Narrativeof The Ancient Persians… And Their Interaction Both Withthe Greeks And With The Hebrews. Lee: The Persian Empire Wascertainly The Largest Empire…

That The World Had Ever Seenin A Global Perspective. Before The Time Of Persia,No One Else Had Managedto Bring Together… Lands From The Mediterraneanto The Black Sea, All The Way Tothe Indus River Valley,Into A Single Political Unit. Narrator: Persia’s Empireincluded Not Only The Countryof Iran Today, But Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, And Many More. The City Of Persepolisbecame The Greatest Cityin The Persian Empire. Persepolis Is Anamazing Site. It Includes A Complexof Palaces, Audience Halls, Fortifications,And Other Buildings Allbuilt On A Huge Platform… Four Times As Large Asthe Acropolis, Carved On Thelower Slopes Of A Mountain. The Apadana, Or The Audiencehall, Is The Most Remarkablebuilding, Perhaps, Of All. It’s Been Estimated Thatan Audience Of 10,000 People… From All Over The Empirecould Have Come There. And In The Staircases Thereare Remarkable Sculptures,Originally Painted, No Doubt, Of Delegations From23 Nations Bringing Giftsto The Persian King. Lee: Persepolis Isa Place Where Many Differenthistories Come Together. The Bible Is An Extremelyimportant Source… For Understanding The Persianempire From The Perspective Ofone Particular People Within… Within That Empire, And Whileit’s Not A Historical Source… In The Sense Thatwe Would Think Of Histories, It Certainly Preserves A Greatdeal Of Historical Information, And A…

A Veryimportant Perspective, And For That Reasonit’s An Invaluableresource For Studying… The Persian Empireand Its Relations Withthe Jewish People. Narrator: The Biblecontains 240 Referencesrelated To Iran Or Persia. The Name Persia And Persiansare Found 33 Times In Sixbooks Of The Hebrew Bible. Cyrus, Persia’s First King,Is Named 19 Times. Persia’s King Dariusis Listed 15 Times. Persia’s King Ahasuerus,Also Called Xerxes,Is Found 12 Times. Persia’s King Artaxerxesis Listed 13 Times. Other Persian People And Placesare Found Another 148 Times. Most People,Including Most Iranians,Are Not Aware Of The Fact… That The History Of Iranand The History Of The Bible… Intersect At Profound Levels Throughout The Centuries. Narrator: And It Wouldtake Over 1,000 Years Beforegod’s Promise To Abraham… Would Intersect Persian History. While Living In Jerusalem,The Prophet Isaiah Gavean Unusual Prophecy, A Prophecy That Specificallyidentified The Name Cyrus,Persia’s First King, Many Years Before He Was Born. Now, Isaiah Lived About700 Bc, And Cyrus Does Notcome Onto The Scene Until, Roughly Speaking,150 Years Later. Isaiah The Prophet,Remarkably, Predicted Thatthe Lord Would Use… A Future King Ofthe Persians Named Cyrus, Koorush, Whom He Calls”The Anointed One.” Tremper Longman Iii:This Phrase “Anointed One”Is Extremely Important. It Means “Messiah” And Istypically Connected To Kings. When Isaiah Callscyrus The Messiah,There’s No Ritual Behind It. A Flask Of Oil Wasn’tpoured Over His Head.But It’s A Metaphorical Use, Meaning That This Is A Personwhom God Is Going To Use Fora Special Purpose In His Plan. This Is The Onlytime In The Scriptures…

Where A Non-Israeliteis Called The Messiahof God, The Anointed Of God. In Isaiah Cyrus Is Called Themessiah, But Also The Shepherd. Now, Shepherd Is Actually A Veryfrequently Used Image Throughoutthe Ancient Near East For Kings. And God Calls Cyrushis Shepherd For A Reason. The Shepherd Responsibilityis Just To Watch, To Feed, To Take Care, To Nurture, Tolead, And That’s What Cyrus Did. Cyrus Did That In Linewith God’s Planning, That Godwanted To Keep That Promise. Longman: Isaiah Considerscyrus Someone… Who Is Chosen To Guide And Tolead The Peoples Of The World, And, Specifically,Even His Own People, The Jews. Narrator: And No One Couldhave Imagined How King Cyruswould Help To Fulfill… The 1,000-Year-Old Promiseto Abraham, To Becomea Blessing To The World. Today In Iran The Tombof Cyrus Still Standsas A Marker In History. The Outstandingmonument At Pasargadae,Which Is Still Quite Intact, Is The Tomb Of Cyrus Himself,Made Out Of White Limestone Thatextends About 35 Feet In Height. Narrator: When Cyrus Becamethe King Of Persia, Babylonwas The Dominant World Power. Babylon’s Capital Was Locatedin What Is, Today, Modern Iraq. Early In The 500s Bc Theruling Dynasty Of Babylon… Had Conquered The Jewishpeople And Deported Themback To The City Of Babylon, And That’s Where They Were,In Exile, When Cyrus Cameto Babylon In 539 Bc. Narrator:According To The Hebrew Biblethere Were Spiritual Reasons…

Why The Jewishdescendants Of Abrahamwere Deported To Babylon. Abraham’s Descendants,Israel, Was Called To Bea Light To The Nations. That Is, They Were To Lovegod In Such A Way… And Obey Him That God Wouldshower His Blessings Upon Them. And Then The Nationsof The World Would See Thisand Be Attracted To This God. And In This Way, In The Oldtestament, God’s People Wereto Reach The Nations. But Of Course,The Story Of The Old Testamentis Unfortunately Too Much Of… God’s People Not Actingin The Way That They Should… And Becoming An Obstacleto People Being Drawnto The True God. Nebuchadnezzarwas The Greatest Ofthe Neo-Babylonian Kings. He Began Ruling In 605 Bc.According To The First Chapterof The Book Of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar Attacked Jerusalem In His First Year. We Don’t Have Any Directconfirmation Of That Attack, But We Do Have Confirmationof His Second Attack In 597 Bc, And Of His Third Attackin 587 Or 586 Bc, During Which He Destroyedthe Temple Of Solomon. Well, Daniel And His Fellowcomrades Were Among Those Whowere Deported By Nebuchadnezzar. Narrator: The Prophetdaniel Was Only A Teenagerwhen He Was Exiled To Babylon. Daniel May Have Wonderedwhat Would Now Happen Togod’s Promise To Abraham… To Bless The Worldthrough His People. Covering Hundreds Of Miles, Thedeportation Would Have Taken Thejewish People About Five Months. They Traveled North Onthe International Trade Route,Past The City Of Damascus, And Around The Topof The Fertile Crescent, Then Into The Tigrisand Euphrates River Basinin The Direction Of Babylon. After Almost 70 Yearsof Exile In Babylon, The Elderly Prophetdaniel Read Words Fromthe Prophet Jeremiah… That Caused Daniel To Thinkagain About Jerusalem. Jeremiah’s Prophecy Aboutjerusalem Gave Daniel Hope. So Daniel Began To Pray. But How? How Woulda Return Home Be Possible…

Under The Mighty Gripof The Babylonian Empire? According To The Hebrewbible, King Cyrus, Called The Anointedand The Messiah Of God,Would Change Everything. Cyrus Was A Remarkablemilitary Conqueror. Starting From A Verysmall Kingdom In Whatis Today Southern Iran, He Rapidly Expanded As Farwest As What Is Today Turkey,Out Into Central Asia, And Perhaps Mostimportantly, Into Mesopotamia,Where He Captured Babylon, Maybe The Most Importantcity In The World Atthat Time, In 539 Bc. Narrator:After Conquering Babylon,Cyrus Issued A Decree, A Decree That Completelychanged The Way Kings Ruleconquered Peoples. And That Foreign Policywould Begin To Open The Way… For God’s Promise Of Blessingto The World To Be Fulfilled. One Of The Mostimportant Textual Finds… In All Of Ancient Archaeology Was The Cyrus Cylinder. The Cyrus Cylinder Is Afootball-Sized Clay Object… That Was Found In Babylonin The 1870s, And It Records A Decreeissued By Cyrus Of Persia… Upon His Taking The City Of Babylon In 539… 538 Bc. This Is A Barrel-Shapedclay Cylinder, Written In Akkadian, That Is,In The Ancient Semitic Language, That Was Discovered By A Mancalled Hormuzd Rassam, Who Worked For The Britishmuseum, In The City Of Babylon. And We Know That The Persians,Especially Under Cyrus, Allowed Captives To Go Back.And This Proclaims A Differentpolicy From That… Pursued By The Assyriansand Babylonians Before, Who Had Transported Populationsfrom One Place To Another Butdid Not Allow Them To Return. So The Cyrus Cylinder Is Avery Important Document Becauseit Shows Us How The Persians… Are Able To Successfullyappeal To Local Customsand Traditions…

In Order To Gain Support Forand Allegiance To Their Rule. Cyrus Was Very Successful Inusing A… A Traditional Format,This Kind Of Inscription, To Proclaim That He Respectedthe Gods Of Babylon, That He Would Allow Peoplewho Had Been Exiled Or Deportedto Return To Their Homes, And That He Would Restore Godsback To Their Original Places. Cyrus Was The First King Inhistory That Allowed The Peoplethat He Had Conquered… To Worship God In The Waysthat They Wanted To. Lee:Today You Can Visit The Unitednations Building In New York… And See A Copy Ofthe Cyrus Cylinder, Which Is Actuallya Replica Of The Originalin The British Museum Today. In The Bible, It Talks Abouthow Cyrus Gives Permission… For The Jews To Returnto Jerusalem And Commissionsthem To Rebuild The Temple. And This Is An Amazingand Important Thingand Part Of God’s Plan. Rev. Mansour Khajehpour:The Fact That God Usesiran And Persia… Basically To Take Care Ofthe Captives Of Israel, Not Just To Bless A Nation,But To Make That Nationa Blessing To All Nations, All People On Earth, Is Agreat Fact To Be Remembered. Even Today In The 21st Century, It’s Reported That70 Percent Of The Populationof The World… Live In Countries Wherethey Do Not Have Freedom Ofreligion Or Freedom Of Worship. But In Cyrus, The Greatpersian King, We Encounter Avery Open-Minded, Tolerant King, Who Allowed The People Thathe Had Conquered To Worship Godin The Ways That They Wanted. So Cyrus Actuallyis A… Is… Is A King Whoinstalled Freedom Of Religion, And Freedom Of Worship.This Is…

We’re Talkingabout 2,500 Years Ago. Narrator: The Prophet Isaiahnot Only Wrote About Cyrusas A Messiah Of God, But Also Abouta Future Messiah Who Wouldbe More Than Just A Man. And The Passagetalks About How His Kingdomwill Be An Eternal Kingdom. And It Just Dawned On Methat This Son Who Is To Come,This Child Who Is To Be Born, Who, According To Isaiah 7:14,Will Be Born Of A Virgin, And He Will Be Calledimmanuel, God With Us, This Son Is Not Just One Prophetin The Long Line Of Prophets. This Son Is Going To Bemighty God, And He Willestablish An Eternal Kingdom. God Used That King Cyrusand The Events Around Him, And The Future Kings Inthe Land Of Persia To Fulfillhis Absolute Promise… That There Will Bethe Messiah, Christ,The Messiah To Come On Earth, And Being Basicallythe Savior Of The World. Narrator:And It Was Jesus Who Describedhis Purpose For Living. And It Was Also Isaiahthe Prophet Who Spokeof A Servant Of God… Who Would Suffer Anddie For All People. That Message Thatwas Given To Abraham, Preserved Throughout The Historyby Intervention Of Differentnations, Including The Persians, Fulfilled In The Personof Jesus Christ In The Bosomof The Israelite Family, Prepared The Road And Their Hearts And Melted Many Hearts Throughout The History, And Now Of That Nation, Thepersian Nations And The Arabs, And The Elamites Andthe Turks And The Chineseand All Nations… Are Blessed Today.The Message Is Simple. That Promise That Was Givento Abraham Is For Everytribe, Every Nation.

A Few Weeks Afterthe Death And Resurrectionof Jesus The Messiah, As His Discipleswere Gathered In Jerusalem, The Bible Tells Us Thatthe Spirit Of God Fell On Them. The Spirit Of Godbirthed The Church Inthe New Testament Times. The Bible Tells Usthat People Had Come Fromall Over The World… To Celebrate The Jewishfeast In Jerusalem. But Many People Mightnot Realize That The Firstthree People Groups… That Are Mentioned In Acts Chapter 2 Verse 9: Parthians, Medes, And Elamites, Are People Groupsfrom Iran. Iranian Peoplewere Present In Jerusalem, Whether They Were Jews Who Hadlived In The Persian Empire… Since The Time Of The Exileor The God-Fearing People, Iranians That Had Cometo Faith In The True God… Because Of Their Contactswith The Jewish Community. Nevertheless, Iranian People Were There In Jerusalem. Iranians Were Filledwith The Spirit Of God. And We Believe Thatwhen Iranians Went Backto Their Home Countries, They Took The Messageof The Good News Of Jesusthe Messiah To Their Own People. We Look At Church Historyhundreds Of Years Later. The Iranians Took The Gospel,The Good News Of Jesus, To China Throughthe Silk Road. In Fact, The Chinesepeople Called Christianitythe Persian Religion, Because They Had Heard Thegospel From Persian Christians,Persian Followers Of Christ. So I Am Very Proud,I Feel Very Honored As Aniranian Follower Of Jesus… That God Has Usedthe People Of Iranin A Significant Way…

To Bring Hope And Healingto The Nations. I Think A Persian Rug Canbe A Beautiful Symbol Of Howgod Is At Work In History, How God Is At Work In Our Lives. When You Look At A Rug,One Side Of It Canlook Very Rough. The Knots, The Threads,The… The Back Side Of A Rugmight Not Look Very Beautiful. But You Have Faith Thatthe Other Side Of The Rug, There Is A Glorious, Beautiful Pattern Rich With Different Colors And Textures. I Believe That’s Howwe Need To Look At How Godis At Work In The World. It Might Look Very Messy Fromour Side Of History Right Now, But We Have Faith Thatthis God Who… Whose Purposeis To Bless The Nations, This God Whosepurpose Is To Establishthe Shalom, The Peace, The Kingdom Of Jesus,That He Is Actuallymaking A Beautiful Story. One Day The Patternswill Make Sense. One Day We Will Seethe Glory Of God’swork In Our Life… Just The Way We See And Enjoythe Glory Of A Persian Rug.

Overview of Isiah

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The book of the prophet Isaiah.Isaiah lived in Jerusalem in the latter half of Israel’s Kingdom period and he spoke onGod’s behalf to the leaders of Jerusalem and Judah. He spoke first of all amessage of God’s judgment; he warned Israel’s corrupt leaders that theirrebellion against their covenant with God would come at a cost, that God wasgoing to use the great empires of Assyria and after them Babylon to judgeJerusalem if they persisted in idolatry and oppression of the poor, but thatannouncement was combined with a message of hope.

Isaiah believed deeplythat God would one day fulfill all of his covenant promises: that he would senda king from David’s line to establish God’s kingdom (remember 2nd Samuel 7),that he would lead Israel in obedience to all of the laws of the Covenant madeat Mount Sinai (remember Exodus chapter 19), and all of this was so that God’sblessing and salvation would flow outward to all of the nations like Godpromised to Abraham in Genesis chapter 12, and it’s this hope that compelledIsaiah to speak out against the corruption and idolatry of Israel in his day.Now the book has a pretty complex literary design, but there’s one simple way to seehow it all fits together: chapters 1 through 39 contain three large sections thatdevelop Isaiah’s warning of judgment on Israel, and it all culminates in an eventpointed to at the end of chapter 39 – the fall of Jerusalem and the exile of thepeople to Babylon – but in chapters 1 to 39 there’s also a message of hope thatafter the exile God’s covenant promises would all be fulfilled, and chapters 40to 66 pick up that promise of hope and develops it further. In this video we’rejust gonna focus on chapters 1 to 39.

The first main section focuses on Isaiah’svision of judgment and hope for Jerusalem, and it begins as Isaiah accuses thecity’s leaders of Covenant rebellion, idolatry, injustice, and God says he’sgoing to judge the city by sending the nations to conquer Israel. Isaiah saysthat this will be like a purifying fire that burns away all that’s worthless inIsrael in order to create a new Jerusalem that’s populated by a remnantthat has repented and turned back to God and Isaiah says that that’s when God’skingdom will come and all nations will come to the temple inJerusalem and learn of God’s justice, bringing about aage of universal peace and harmony. Now it’s this basic storyline of the oldJerusalem, purifying judgment into the New Jerusalem, this is going to getrepeated over and over throughout the book getting filled in with increasingdetail. So, at the center of this section is Isaiah’s grand vision of God sittingon his throne in the temple and he’s surrounded by these heavenly creaturesthat are shouting that God is holy holy holy, and Isaiah suddenly realizes justhow corrupt he and his people Israel are, and he’s certain that he’s going to bedestroyed by God’s holiness, but he’s not. God holiness in the form of this burningcoal comes and burns him, but not to destroy, rather it purifies him from his sin.

Andas Isaiah ponders this strange experience God commissions him with a verydifficult task: he is to keep announcing this coming judgment, but because Israelhas reached a point of no return his warnings are going to have a paradoxicaleffect of hardening the people. But Isaiah is to trust God’s plan. Israel is goingto be chopped down like a tree and left like a stump in a field, and thatstump will itself be scorched and burned but after all of that burning God saysthat this smoldering stump is a holy seed that will survive into the future.It’s a small sign of hope but who or what is that Holy Seed? The rest of thissection offers an answer. Isaiah confronts Ahaz, a descendant of Davidand a King of Jerusalem, and he announces his downfall. God says that it’s thegreat empire of Assyria who will first chop Israel down and devastate the land,but there’s hope. Because of God’s promise to David he’s going to send afterthis destruction a new king named Emmanuel, which means “God with us”, andEmanuel’s Kingdom is going to set God’s people free from violent oppressiveempires, and Isaiah describes this coming king as a small shoot of new growth thatwill emerge from the old stump of David’s family. It’s this king that’s the holyseed from chapter six, and the king is going to be empowered by God’s Spirit to rule over a new Jerusalem and bringjustice for the poor and all nations will look to this messianic king forguidance. His kingdom will transform all creationbringing peace.

Now you finish chapters 1 through 12 with pretty goodunderstanding of Isaiah’s message of judgment and hope, but when will this allhappen? Isaiah saw another Empire arising after Assyria, and thats Babylon, whowould also attack Jerusalem and actually succeed in destroying it, andthat brings us in the next sections of the book. So first we have a largecollection of poems that explore God’s judgment and hope for the nations.We learn first of all of the fall of Babylon and Israel’s neighbors. Isaiahcould see that a serious world power would one day be replaced by the empireof Babylon, a nation even more destructive an arrogant. Babylon’s kingsclaimed that they were higher than all other gods and so God vows to bringBabylon down. And not only Babylon, Isaiah goes on to list Israel’s neighborsaccusing them all of the same kind of pride and injustice, and he predictstheir ultimate ruin. But remember for Isaiah God’s judgment is never the finalword for Israel or the nations, and that leads into the next section with aseries of poems that tell a tale of two cities. There’s the lofty city that hasexalted itself above God and become corrupt and unjust. This city is anarchetype of rebellious humanity and is described with language that’s allborrowed from Isaiah’s earlier descriptions of Jerusalem and Assyriaand Babylon all put together.

This city is destined for ruin and one day isgoing to be replaced by the New Jerusalem where God reigns as king over aredeemed humanity from all nations and there’s no more death or suffering. Thesechapters are the climax to this section and it shows how Isaiah’s message pointedfar beyond his own day, it was a message for all who are waiting for God to bringhis justice on violent oppressive kingdoms and bring his kingdom ofjustice and peace and healing love. The following section return the focus tothe rise and fall of Jerusalem, and first we find a whole bunch of poems where Isaiahaccuses Jerusalem’s leaders for turning to Egypt for military protection against Assyria. He knows thiswill backfire and Isaiah says that only trust in their God and repentance cansave Israel now, which gets illustrated by the following story about the rise ofHezekiah, king of Jerusalem. Just as Isaiah predicted, the Assyrian armies come andtry to attack the city and so Hezekiah humbles himself before God and heprays for divine deliverance and the city is miraculously saved overnight, butHezekiah’s rise is immediately followed by his fall. So he hosts adelegation from Babylon and he tries to impress them by showing everything inJerusalem’s treasury and temple and palaces, it’s clearly an effort to makeanother political alliance for protection.

Isaiah hears about this and heconfronts Hezekiah for his foolishness. He predicts that this ally will one daybetray him and return as an enemy to conquer Jerusalem, and we know from2nd Kings chapters 24 and 25 that Isaiah was right. Over a hundred years laterBabylon would turn on Jerusalem, come and destroy the city, its temple, and carrythe Israelites away to exile in Babylon. And so all of Isaiah’s warnings ofdivine judgment in chapters 1 to 39 lead up to this moment. He’s shown to be atrue prophet because it all came to pass like he said. But remember the purpose ofGod’s judgment was to purify Jerusalem and bring the holy seed and messianicKingdom over all nations, and it’s that hope that gets explored in the next partof the book, but for now that’s what Isaiah chapters 1 to 39 are all about.

Understanding water Baptism

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Get a chart! Get a life! I will probably saythat again because the administration chart is critical to understanding what parts ofthe Bible are written to whom, but Jesus said it! Jesus did say a lot of wonderful things.To whom was he speaking? By the way, any time you read Paul’s epistles Jesus said that too.Because in Galatians 1:11 Paul says I got it by revelation from Jesus Christ. Now rememberthe chart we had a few sessions ago? Changes at Pentecost and those changes were specificallyregarding salvation, the gift of holy spirit. but there are others things that also changedat Pentecost and I will be citing some of those as we go forward. This session is called,What is True Baptism, because that is another thing that changed at Pentecost and very fewChristians got with the program as we will see. So we are going to turn to Acts 10. It’llgoing to be a few minutes before we read there, but you will be all set when the time comes.Statement of the Problem: Who cares, what’s the point of teaching this, what’s the problem?The problem is #1: Most Christians are taught that water baptism is pertinent. As a matterof fact, most Christians, when they hear the word baptism immediately think of H2O. Theword baptism or baptize has nothing to do with water. Nothing. It means to dip or toimmerse. Millions of donuts are baptized daily. Alright.

So, the second point is that Christiansthrough the centuries, you can look up these things for yourself. They have argued aboutbaptism, what mode, and sometimes even come to blows or killed one another. These arepeople in the body of Christ fighting over whether you should be sprinkled as an infantor dunked as an adult or dipped and some say, let’s just dry clean them and imagine thatwe are getting baptized. A dear friend of ours in our home church before she met usshe went to three different churches. Guess what? She had to be baptized three times becauseeach of the churches had a totally different idea about it. Now some said in the name ofthe father, son, holy spirit, some said in the name of Jesus, some were sprinkling, dipping,dunking. I don’t know, but she was, they weren’t accept her previous baptism. Well. Thebiggest problem with all of this is…that anyone who is arguing for water baptism isarguing for a lesser possibility. You don’t want to do that! You want it all! You don’twant to argue for a lesser possibility. So, as I said, baptism means to dip or to dunk.It is understandable that most people when they hear the word baptize or baptism thinkof water because water baptism was a part of the Mosaic Law.

I’m going to read you that.Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist and for years the early Christians,especially those who had been Jewish, continued to practice water baptism despite what wehave read in Acts chapter 1:4 and 5 that Jesus told them, John baptized with water, but,B U T, it’s a contrasting conjunction. What’s on one side of the but is the opposite ofwhat’s on the other side of the but. Sure. John baptized with water, but you will bebaptized with holy spirit. Those are two different baptisms. So we are going to see which ofthose is relevant to Christians today. The question is, remember: Get a chart, get a life! What do the church Epistles say? We know the Old Testament said baptize in water. We know in the four gospels Jesus was baptized in water, but those parts of scripture are not written to or about anyone who couldbe born again of God’s spirit and receive the baptism of holy spirit. The greater internalcleansing to which the old, external water baptism pointed. It’s really great to learnthese things. So the question is then, well, why did the early Christians baptize and whydo the vast majority, I keep saying that about the vast majority. The vast majority of Christianstoday still baptize. The reason in the book of Acts is because the vast majority of theearly Christians had been Jews. Now, I cannot identify with how steeped in their traditionsthey were. I was raised in a rigid religious system. I went to a protestant church. Itwas like, whatever. That kind of thing and so I can’t get there mentally to understandthe fervor and so if that’s you about water baptism or about other things that I am talkingabout in this class, where I am going show you that the Bible really doesn’t say that,what you currently believe, I understand that it might be a challenge for you. It was achallenge for me. Remember I told you lots of these things that I am teaching I heardonce and they contradicted what I believed. I will tell you one in this teaching. Thefirst church epistles written were Thessalonians and they were not written for about 20 yearsafter Pentecost.

Ephesians was not penned by Paul in the jail cell until about 30 yearsafter Pentecost and so the Jewish tradition, that’s what they started off in, they wereall used to water baptism and they were so steeped in it that some of the things thatJesus had said to them just went right over their head, like go out and witness to everybody.It took them years before they did that. As a matter of fact, when we get to Acts chapter10 right now we will see really the first record of Gentiles getting born again. It is a reallywonderful record in Acts chapter 10. We are going to pick it up in verse 44, but thisis the record of Cornelius, a Roman military man, and he loved God. Who knows how he gotto that place and God gave him a vision and God gave Peter a vision. See God’s working.God knows where hungry people are and he is trying to connect. God is into networking.That is what he is all about, trying to connect hungry people with food people. He is runninga feeding program and He is trying to connect people and in this case He did some supernaturalstuff so that Gentiles could get in on the action. Well, when God gave Peter the visionto even go to the Gentiles, Peters like, hey, no way. I’m a Jew, I ain’t goin’ over therewith those dogs. And God said, wake up and he convinced him to go. He showed him, hesaid don’t say what I call clean is unclean and so forth. And so Peter, God gave him revelation.I want you to take six other Jewish brethren, now Christians, so they’re not Jews any more.No. No. Because remember when you get born again you were a Jew or a Gentile, I don’tknow your bloodline, whatever, it doesn’t matter because now in this administration,the sacred secret, when you get born-again of God’s spirit you are neither Jew nor Gentile.

That’s Galatians 3:28. So you become a Christian, alright, so why did God tell Peter to takesix other Jewish guys with him? Let’s see. So Peter is speaking the Word to them andlook what happens. Verse 44, you can read the whole record. Take time when you can.While Peter yet spoke those words holy spirit, no article “the”, small “h”, small “s” not the giver. The giver didn’t just go whomp and fall on them. No. No. It’s his gift. So why does it say it fell on them. It’s a usagethat indicates that there was a manifest evidence, a result of them receiving the spirit. Let’ssee what the evidence was. And they of the circumcision, verse 45, the Jews that camewith Peter were astonished. We just see a little group of letter, astonished, ya theywere astonished…no.no..they considered the Gentiles as dogs. Do you have a dog? Littledog, big dog? I don’t want a dog I have to bend over to pet. I want the head right there,okay? Otherwise, he has to keep jumping, hitting your hand like that, but suppose your dogspoke in tongues? He’s over there sitting. All of a sudden (JOHN SPEAKS IN TONGUES).That’s exactly how astonished they were in this record right here. As many as came withPeter because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of, you got it: no article “the”, small “h”, small “s” spirit, never ghost. Why? How did these Jews know? 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then answered Peter. Now, I am going to propose that Peter was so freaked out that he forgot what Jesus had said in Acts I about John baptized with water, but there’s a new deal. Peter answered, can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized which have receivedholy spirit as well as we? They were poodles and now they are speaking in tongues. Verse48 He commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Well, look over in Chapter11.

They get back to Jerusalem and that’s why God told them to take six witnesses becausethey never would have convinced the Jews, the headquarters over there at Jerusalem thatGentiles could get in on the action even though Jesus already told them that. 15 – Peter isrecounting the incident. As I began to speak holy spirit fell on them, just like it didon us on Pentecost. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how he said, Oh John baptizedwith water, but you will be baptized with holy spirit. For as much then as God gavethem the light gift as he did unto us who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ who wasI that I could withstand God. Personally, I think he said, oops, forget it, wait a minute,I remember, got it. Either way it’s a great record. Let’s go to Hebrews chapter 7 andlet’s see what the scripture says about the water baptism under the law. So we have Hebrews7. This 7, 8, 9, 10 great section to see the difference between the old and the new. Specifically,the book of Hebrews is written to former Jews early on in the writing of what we call theNew Testament. So very 18 says: There is verily a disannulling of the commandment going beforefor the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect. But, thebringing in of a better hope did by which we draw near unto God. Under the law onlyone guy got to go anywhere near God and that was once a year. But remember, Ephesians 2that we read? We can go in and sit in the very lap of God. We are the habitation ofGod, the body of Christ, the church. That’s where God and Christ dwell in you. That’scool. Chapter 9 verse 9 says: That it was a figure, the holy of holies so forth wasa figure, a type just a foreshadowing back there for the time then present in which we’reoffered both gifts and sacrifices that could not make him that did the service perfectas pertaining to the what? The conscience, the inside of him, the water just kept runningoff, running off. It never went in and did anything to his heart, his mind, his conscience.

Look, verse 10: Which stood only in meats and drinks and divers many (baptizmos) washings,baptisms and carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ…andit goes on…and in verse 14, we read it before, how much more shall the blood of Christ whothrough the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God purge your consciencefrom dead works. Look at I Peter, just a little bit to the right. Here are a couple verses.Look at this, now if we are contradicting what you currently believe, ahh, just letthe scripture speak to you because I promise you, it will, because look, wait a minute.If it’s the Word of God it cannot contradict itself. If we say that water baptism is necessaryfor Christians today, we will never be able to put together a whole lot of verses relativeto the topic. So here’s I Peter chapter 3 versus 20 and 21. This is talking about afterJesus got up from the dead, verse 19, he went Saturday afternoon 3 o’clock he got up andone of his first stops was where demons who corrupted the earth in the time of Noah andmade it so that God had to flood the place they are locked up wherever and Jesus stoppedby to say sorry, I’m up from the dead and when I come back you’ll be dead. And so itsays, which sometimes we are disobedient, the spirits, in the day of Noah and so forth,wherein the ark was preparing so that eight souls were saved by water, 21. The like figurewere unto even baptism also now saves us -parenthesis, NOT, the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good consciences toward God and it’s the resurrection of Jesus followedby his ascension and pouring out holy spirit on Pentecost that made it possible. Here isa great record in Acts chapter 18. You are going to love this one. Acts chapter 18 verse24: The scripture is a fathomless treasure trove. Acts 18:24 are you there? Ready to go! A certainJew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures,came to Ephesus. This guy was smokin! This man was instructed in the way of theLord, he was fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord.What’s the next clause say? Knowing only the baptism of Johnny be Good and that was H2O. Why doesit say this? Well, let’s keep reading. Well, he was cranked. Verse 26.

He began to speakboldly in the synagogue. He preached what he knew. How could he preach what he didn’tknow. He couldn’t and he didn’t and that’s why Aquilla and Priscilla, a wonderful Christiancouple, they were there and they heard what he was teaching and they jumped up, interruptedhim and said, you’re a moron. Nooo. They took him unto them and how do you think they didit? Hi, I’m Aquilla, this is my wife, Priscilla. That was really awesome. I could see yourheart for God. It is awesome. Man, oh man, you are a powerful guy. Would you be opento us sharing a few things with you that might help you? You know what a lot of people inApollos’ camp, well I’m the big this, I’m that, I’m on TV, I’m, I’m that, who in theheck are you to tell me anything? This guy was awesome. They expounded unto him the wayof God more perfectly. What’s it talking about? He only knew water baptism and nobody getssaved by water baptism. Verse 27: So, they taught him. When he was disposed to pass intoAchaia (Greece) the brethren wrote exhorting the disciples to receive him who when he wascome helped them much who had believed through grace for he mightily convinced the Jews andthat publicly showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. This guy was a wonderfulman. He and God saw his heart. Listen! If you care. If you want to love God. If you wantto be the best you can, God will provide people to help you. I hope I’m one of them. I hopethat you will take this and go farther than I’ve gone. I hope that you will turn yourcity upside down with the truth. Wait a minute. Big giant 19 might stop you. Don’t let it.And it came to pass while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper coastscame to Ephesus.

Excuse me, where had Apollos just been? Ephesus, right. Finding certaindisciples he said to them, yo, did you receive holy spirit when you believed? And the wordreceive means to receive into manifestation. To receive it in a way that it made a difference..you knew you received it or something like that. And they said, huh? Yep, look, that’s exactly what they said.We never heard of any holy spirit. He said to them, well then huh, into, not unto, itcan be translated either way, but it should be into what then were you baptized? Hello!That’s a good question isn’t it? Hello little donut. Coffee, that’s disgusting, I hate coffee.But why ruin a donut, but maybe its milk, whatever, motor oil. Baptize means to dipor dunk. The element into which is the question? It could be any liquid, alright? While I justspot this little book right here. This is a little book I wrote called What is TrueBaptism? We have it on our website and this is a hard copy of it and it contains everythingI’m teaching plus more so I would encourage you to go on the website and read this. So,now watch, he says into what then were you baptized and they said, well, John’s baptism. Paulsaid, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people thatthey should believe on him which come after him this is on Christ. Now he may have saidmore than this, but look at verse 5. When they heard this, they were baptized (it’snot the word in, it’s the same word into) they were baptized into the name of JesusChrist. What does that mean? It means they were immersed in everything the name representsand it’s the name above all names. He is Lord. It means they were dipped into Jesus and theycame up Jesus-y. Have you ever whipped up a batch of purple dye.

You take a whiteshirt and then you dunk it in there and you let it soak and you pull it out. Now to sayit is purple is true, but it’s not the whole story. To say that it is a shirt is true,but it’s not the whole story. It’s a purple shirt and it’s not going to change becausethe dye is throughout. That’s why your salvation is permanent in Christ. You’ve been dippedin Christ. And how do we know that? Well, and in verse 6, we better read verse 6, watch.And when Paul laid his hands on them holy spirit came on them just like the fall onthing, which means there was some visible evidence or manifestation. They spoke in tongues.Whoa, that’s three times so far we’ve seen when people got born-again because you can’tget born again by John’s baptism. They weren’t born-again. They got born-again and they spokein tongues. WOW! Now, let’s go to Ephesians chapter 4. Let’s go to Ephesians. If you dopass by 1 Corinthians 12 you could grab it. There’s one verse in each of these places.Throughout the Bible water is a symbol of the holy spirit. Remember the woman at thewell? Jesus said I will give you living water. He was talking about holy spirit. John 7:37-39same thing. He stood up on the great day of the feast and said if any man’s thirsty lethim come to me. This spoke he of the spirit which had not yet been given as Jesus hadnot yet been glorified. And then remember Acts 2:32 & 33 we read it just a little whileago. Having received of the father that holy spirit Jesus poured out on Pentecost. Petersaid he poured out the liquid analogy, very cool. So here’s Ephesians 4:5, Acts chapter1 verses 4&5 Jesus said John baptized with water, but you’ll be baptized with holy spirit.That’s two right? Let’s see what Ephesians 4:5 for Christians. Verse 4 There’s one body,one spirit, even as you are called and one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith,two baptisms. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Cool! Alright? Hey, I can spin. So thequestion is, what do you want? Water or holy spirit? Outside? Inside?1 Corinthians 12:13 and here is something I will share with you that I was taught whenI first got into the Word and it was not what the Bible says, but verse 13. I had to unlearna lot of things. That’s why it’s sometimes easier to share the Word with people who are atheistor agnostics, I mean they have to quit trying to be God, but ah, that really is not so hardbecause they know it’s not working so verse 13: For by one spirit, you know it’s a small “s” don’t you! Good! For by one spirit, are we all baptized into one body, whether we were Jews or Gentiles, bond or free, we’ve all been made to drinkinto one spirit. I’m very thankful for some people in my life.

When I was in my mid 20’sin the Army because they helped me a lot spiritually. But one thing they told me was that I hadreceived the baptism of the spirit. That teaching is still rampant in charismatic circles ormaybe Pentecostal. What I mean by that is, anybody that believes that speaking in tongues,interpretation of tongues, prophesy and the other manifestations we are going to readabout in great detail are relevant. And so what is the teaching? It’s really divisive.The teaching is that after you get born-again now you can get baptized with the spirit.You know what that does? Then I spoke in tongues back then, way back and they said you’ve gotit. You’ve got the baptism and then I began to feel sorry for other people that didn’thave it and just a little better than they those poor saps. Thank you God that I’m notthose other men. That’s sick! Excuse me, I know you don’t remember your birth, but ifyou have children and they were healthy the way God designed them look, two arms, twolegs, everything. They don’t get another arm at age four or something like that. No, no.They are whole at birth, then they can grow. That’s exactly how it is with Christians.Now why do people teach because they don’t know what parts are written to whom and theydon’t understand that the baptism in holy spirit is synonymous with new birth, anointing,sealed, etc. Synonyms. So, we are going to Colossians chapter 2. Here’s a good one. Colossians2, watch how God reasons this and makes it very clear that external baptism is totallyirrelevant to Christians today. Alright, so we are in Colossians chapter 2 verse 11. Oh,we’ve got to read verse 10 and you (pronoun, you’re getting that know, right, when yougo you) ya, alright. And you are complete in Him who is the head of all principalityand power. You are complete, hey, that’s pretty good with what I just said that you’ve got two arms. You got everything you need to smoke. Verse 11: In whom also you were circumcised. Now wait, is it talking about actual circumcision? I don’t think so…watch, with the circumcision made without hands in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of, the word the preposition thereof, means doneby that which Christ did. And so it talks about the circumcision of the heart in theword.

Verse 11 In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision, not the Old Testamentphysical circumcision to put off some of the flesh, so to speak, a ceremonial act thatGod prescribed for those believers, but a circumcision made without hands. Meaning a figurative circumcision. In putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, meaning thatwe put off the old man, we’re going to read much more about that. by the circumcision of, means, done by Christ. So Christ has figurativelycircumcised our hearts. It says that, the circumcision of the heart elsewhere in scripture.One more verse. Look what..here’s our friend baptizmos, buried with him in baptism.Our identification with Christ. When he was buried we were buried. When he arose, we arose. When he ascended, We ascended…this is all figurative because we are in Christ and we have total identification with him in his righteousness. And so it says buried with him in baptism wherein also, you arerisen with him through the faith of the operation of God who raised him from the dead. And sowe see that neither this circumcision or the baptism is literal, but it is figurative.I Corinthians Chapter 10, watch this one. 1 Corinthians 10:1, we’re in the home stretch.I Corinthians 10:1: Moreover brethren I don’t want you to be ignorant. It says that maybeseven times in the Bible. I don’t want you to be ignorant, so especially I mean all ofit, we don’t want to be ignorant, but especially these parts we want to listen. How all ourfathers, talking about Israel, were under the cloud. In the Old Testament when theycame out of Egypt they had a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day that led themand protected them and so forth. Now look, verse 2, and they were all baptized intocan be into or unto. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea andthey all ate the same spiritual meat. What does it mean baptized into Moses. Each ofthem got whatever Moses, the leader, got. It was as if they were one with him. WhateverGod did for Moses he did for all the Israelites following them. His protection and provisionwas upon them when they followed Moses. Ha. Could that be a foreshadowing, probably.

Let’skeep reading. And they all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual rock that followed. See the word them in italics? Please get rid of it because it doesn’t meanJesus was following them through the wilderness. Jesus hadn’t even been born. The spiritualrock that followed in time. It was a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah and that Rock was theMessiah. Awesome. Let’s go to I Corinthians chapter 1. Back to the left here and thenwe are going to close in Titus chapter 3. I Corinthians chapter one: So baptized intowhat? Not coffee, not water, not milk, Christ. You have been soaked in Christ and his spiritlives in you through and through. That is a wonderful truth. So Christ is the elementinto which we are baptized. All it means is dipped. I Corinthians 1:13 Look what Paulsays: Is Christ divided? The Corinthian church was whacked and Paul reproves them for 16chapters basically. He says, they were fighting among themselves and all. Is Christ divided?Was Paul crucified for you? We were baptized into the name of Paul? I thank God that Ididn’t baptize anybody, but Crispus and Gaius lest any should say that I had baptized inmy own name. Oh ya, I baptized also the house of Stephanas, beside that I don’t even rememberif I baptized anybody else. 17. Here it is. For Christ sent me not to baptize. Hey, what’sthe next word? You new friend, but, right? He sent me not to baptize, but to preach thegospel. Words have meanings. Well, what does that mean?

That means that water baptism wasnot part of the gospel that Paul preached. Now look, I know that ritual is very importantto people and many people raised in church or religious outfit where they had certainrituals that maybe gave you a sense of comfort, that’s okay, but the Bible does not prescribewater baptism. Is it a sin to be baptized in water? Oh course not. It is a sin to teachpeople that water baptism is a prerequisite for salvation. There are Christians todaywho teach that. God doesn’t like that doctrine in any way, shape or form. Let’s close in Titus Chapter 3. Timothy, Titus, Philemon, they’re all in there. Titus Chapter 3, verse 3. Wonderful verses about the awesome internaltransformation in Christ that we have received. Verse 3: For we ourselves also were once upon a timefoolish, disobedient, deceived, serving many lusts and pleasures, living in malice andenvy, hateful and hating one another. Other than that we’ve been doing alright. Verse4: But when, not after that, WHEN- the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works by righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the baptizmos,the washing of regeneration, new birth, and renewing of holy spirit which he poured outon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior so that being justified by his gracewe should be made heirs according to the hope of everlasting life. What a fabulous truth.God has saved you. Jesus has cleansed you through and through and you have the righteousnessof God.

Meaning of worship

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Have you ever asked yourself what is worship?What does worship look like? Or What should I be doing in my personal worship? If so,stay tuned because this video is all about worship! Hi guys, my name is Justin and I want to welcomeyou to That Christian Vlogger, a place where you get to join me and experience faith inthe first person. In today’s episode I want to tackle the question of “what is worship.”

Worship is one of those ambiguous terms thatwe use in the Christian culture that seems to have lost it’s meaning. What is worship?In my church, worship is always used in connection with praise. In fact, “praise and worship”seems to be the phrase that people use when they talk about singing. But shouldn’t worshipbe more than just singing? I’ve been reading through this book “TheGrand Weaver: How God shapes us through the events of our lives” by Ravi Zacharias andtheres a chapter where Ravi talks about worship that was pretty profound. Worship as Ravi defines it has several manifestationsthat stood out to me: Praise, Teaching, Prayer and Giving. #1- Praise- Certainly the most familiar partof worship to us today is praise. Worshipping through praise certainly includes singingand at times through the scripture dancing. One practice that the Old Testament followersof God were diligent at following were festivals and traditions The Israelites observed many feasts and festivalsthat were scheduled throughout the year to direct them to praising God.

Far from beingempty rituals, God intended these special events to be pregnant with meaning. He intendedthese ceremonies to point them back to particular events where God worked in their lives aswell as highlight noble attributes worthy of emulation. While we don’t celebrate the OT festivalsas Christians today, we still hold regular celebrations such as Christmas which remindus of Jesus’s incarnation and Easter which remind us of his death and resurrection. *And before you flame in the comments, yesI know Jesus wasn’t really born on Christmas and Easter has nothing to do with bunniesand eggs… But the good news is that we don’t haveto wait until Christmas or Easter or even the weekends to praise God. You can praiseHim today, in the quietness of the morning, or in the gridlock traffic during your commute.Praise is about refocusing on God’s goodness in our lives and thanking Him for it #2- Teaching- However, worship is much morebroad than just praise.

In the New Testament we see a dramatic shift in the approach toworship. It was no longer about ceremonies and rituals, but much more focused on teaching. Teaching in the words of the book are the“backbone of the entire worship liturgy.” Without faithful and meaningful teachings,all other expressions or worship including praise run the risk of heresy. Proper teaching actually teaches us how toworship properly… *well theres a thought… Faithful bible teaching is what guides andguards our worship. It’s how we know we’re supposed to gather as a community and recallhow God has led us in the past. Proper teaching is what directs our mission and influencesthe very way we live our lives. All to much now, worship has ONLY been focusedon praise to the neglect of teaching. Most young people my age seem to know the lyricsto every Hillsong United song but can’t open the Scriptures with even an elementaryunderstanding of the themes of the Bible.

Wake up call, part of your Christian dutyis to “Study to show yourself approved.” There is a place for teaching and learningand I want to challenge young people everywhere to rise up in their understanding of Scripture. *Side note- if you want some Free Bible studies,check the link below for online studies! #3- Prayer- I’ll be the first to admit thatthis is an area that I need growth in. As Christians we habitually pray meaninglessprayers all the time. I remember one time as I was heading to bed that I thanked God for my meal and asked him to bless the food to nourish and strengthen my body… You knowyou’ve done it before right? Yeah? Huh? Come one, anyone else? Just me? Prayer isn’t about citing a laundry listof wants and needs, God isn’t Santa Claus and yet thats how some of us treat Him throughprayer. But prayer during worship is much more than that.

A worshipful prayer seeksto align our hearts with God’s hearts. It’s not intended to be an inward monologue wherewe regurgitate the prayer our Grandmother taught us when we were young, but it’s intendedto be a dialogue where God recreates your heart and transforms your life. The goal of prayer is to love God for whoHe is, not for what we get out of Him #4- Giving- Worship not only requires praise,teaching, and prayer- but true Biblical worship inspires giving. In today’s day and age,we tend to only give God our leftovers. Work all week, play hard the night before and ifI still have energy I might just happen to fall out of bed in time to make it to Church. A heart that truly worships God is inspiredto generously give to the cause of God. The truth of the matter is that we spend timeand money on the things that we value. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, thereyour heart is also.” (Matthew 6:21) Jesus points out a simple truth, where youspend your money is where your attention is. This isn’t a popular thing for me to sayeither, the culture expects televangelists and pastors to ask for money as they linedtheir velvet lined pockets and furnish their private jets and yachts. I’m with you, THAT’SEVIL, but we still have a duty as Christians.

I’m not saying that you should blindly give,but I’m talking about giving to causes you believe in. Missions that you stand behindand want to see impact the world. Those of us who are blessed with much have a responsibilityto learn the art and the heart of giving in order to be true worshipers. On that note, I want to challenge you to giveto your local church and to advance the mission that God lays on your heart. Wether it’san overseas mission, a local project or even media projects like this, I challenge youto give. So what is worship? Worship is comprised ofpraise, teachings, prayer, and giving. What do you think of this definition of worshipand which of these four ares or worship are you wanting to grow in? Let me know in thecomment section below! Well, that’s it for today guys, I hope thisvideo on “What is worship” was of value to you. As always, thanks for stopping byand if you are new to this channel, check out some of our other videos and if you likewhat you see don’t forget to hit that subscribe button below. Until next time, I’m that Christian vloggerand I want to encourage you to experience faith in the first person! God bless!

Ways to share Gospel

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This, if you’re keeping tabs, is lessonnumber 10. Line by line study, textual study, of the book of John: Jesus the God/Man. So we’re going to go back and mine, if you wish, more information from Johnchapter four that describes Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. We’ve talked about that and gone throughthat passage, but we’re going to look at it again, this time from anotherperspective. In our last lesson over this passage I pointed out how all threethemes of John’s book are brought out in this one passage.First of all, Jesus is tired and thirsty, He asks for a drink, He shows His humannature. Secondly, He demonstrates His divine nature by

revealing this woman’spast, no way that He could have known this, they were strangers,He had never met her before. So by knowing intimately her past, Hedemonstrates His divine nature and then we observe as she goes from disbelief tobelief and how the village she comes from goes from disbelief to belief andtherein we see the three themes, the three, I said there are threethreads that that run through the book of John and they intertwine throughoutthe narrative. Well, in our lesson today we’re going to examine the passage again,but this time we’re going to note the way that Jesus approaches theevangelizing of another person, in other words, Jesus’ personal evangelismapproach. I think it’s very interesting when we take a look at howthe Lord did what we try to do. You know that Steve has a visitation program thathe heads up and encouraging those who participate to get to know individuals one-on-one, share their faith,encourage the brethren, so it’ll be interesting to see how Jesus does does this thing.Now everyone who has received the gift of salvation should have a desire toshare it with someone else. You have a dentist and the man orwoman who’s your dentist rips teeth out of your mouth, makes you bleed,right?

Hurts you with needles, puts stuff in your mouth and then talks to you,expects you to talk back, and then after he’s finished doing all of this tortureto you, you see your friend and they’re wanting to get a little varnish done ontheir tooth and you’re saying, ‘Oh, you got to go see my dentist,’ you’re ready toevangelize for this person who has put you through pain. My point is imaginewhat we ought to be anxious to do for the person who gives us eternal life. Howwe should be anxious to say, ‘Hey, boy, I got somebody that I want you to meet. Iwant you to meet my Savior. I want you to meet my Lord.’ So that’s personalevangelism, the process of sharing the gospel and bringing others to Christ. Nowwhat I’m talking about here is not personal evangelism, like what I’m doing rightnow, this morning, this is not personal evangelism; it’s preaching, it’s teachingin the assembly, it’s necessary as brother George was saying in his prayer,it’s an important part of our Christian growth, but it’s not evangelism.

If Iwrite a blog post and Hal and I record that and put that on our website andthat’s available to thousands of people,now that’s evangelism; that’s our way, or well, it’s one way of evangelizing, getting the good news out, but when I sit down with one singleperson face to face and I share my faith and I teach the gospel, that’spersonal evangelism; and we talked about evangelista lot, nothing beats the one-on-one. I mean as much of a promoter as I am ofmass evangelism and mass media, I think it’s very effective, I think it’s animportant part of the church’s outreach program,nothing beats sitting down with another person and a Bible between the two ofyou and having a conversation, a discussion about faith and salvation. Now in the Bible I’ve explained to youthat we find through commands and examples and inferences the patternon how to do certain things. If you want to know how do we do communion and whendo we do it, well you go through the New Testament and you examine the passagesthat explain when the saints were taking the Lord’s Supperand you can discover their the when and the how and the who, you have a pattern that guides you in how to do certain things in the Bible.My point is in the same way in John chapter 4 verses 1 to 42, we see apattern or a method that Jesus used in the work of personal evangelism. So ifsomebody said, ‘I’d like to know how to really do personal evangelism, thatone-on-one evangelism work, where could I go in the Bible to getinformation about that?’ I would say, ‘Well, go to John chapter 4 and examine Jesus’one-on-one interaction with the woman at the well and you will find the perfectmethod of personal evangelism.’ Well, Jesus’, what do we call it?What type is it? Well, He used the multiplication method and I want to tryto explain how this multiplication method of personal evangelism works.First of all, a few rules about mathematics.

We know that multiplicationis a faster way of increase than simple addition, we know that. A great example ofthis was demonstrated on television a while back. Here’s what the personexplained: If you took a simple checkerboard or chessboard and youplaced a single sugar cube on each square, one sugar cube on eachsquare of that checkerboard, you’d end up with 64 sugar cubes.That’s addition; one plus one plus one plus one plus one, next row, one plus one,but well you know when you… if you put a sugar cube on eachsquare you too have 64 sugar cubes. If on the other hand you simply multiplied bytwo the number of sugar cubes that you put on each square, for example, you putone sugar cube on square number one then you double that for square number twoand then you doubled it again for square three and you continue to double ituntil you reach square 64, according to the Museum of Science and Industry inChicago, if you multiply the sugar cubes in this way, you would have enough sugarto cover the state of Texas; that’s the power of multiplication. Now pretend thatthose sugar cubes are people who are becoming Christians. If each Christiansimply adds one Christian as a result of their conversion; so I’m converted andthen somewhere along the line I convert my spouse or my dad or my brother, wellthe growth, that’s addition; I add one, and traditionally that’s beenthe way that the church has grown, slow, small steady.

We add one and that oneadds one and then we add another one and that one adds one, maybe two. If on theother hand each Christian continually doubles himself and teaches others todouble themselves then the process of multiplication begins. Now our concept ofevangelism is that we turn over to the ministers the responsibilityof putting one sugar cube on every square. A lot of times if you wereto ask people, ‘Well, who’s job is it to evangelize?’ A lot ofpeople said, ‘Well, that’s the preachers jobs, that’s what we pay themfor,’ which is not correct, not biblical. We think the preachers job isto put one cube on every square, one person in every pew, one individual,and then increase that. The situation that I, well Iwon’t say appreciate, but I have certainly experienced a lot, is someonewill come to me and say, ‘I finally got my brother to come to church,’ andthey bring their brother over and they introduce their brother to me or toMarty, one of the preachers, ‘Hey, how are you John? Nice to meet you. I’mglad you could come,’ and then that individual thinks, ‘I’veevangelized my brother. I’ve introduced him to the preacher. OK, go get him. Goget him,’ and of course, that’s not the way it works, and it’s not even the way itworks emotionally, because don’t you think the brother knows what’s going on here? It’s like a blind date, you know what I’m saying? Well, Jesus did not usethe addition model as we will see with the woman at the well. He demonstrateshow to first make and then multiply disciples. Now before multiplying onemust first make a disciple and so the passage in John reveals to us theprocess that Jesus used to accomplish the first and the basic step of personalevangelism and that is to convert at least one soul. You’ve got to know how to doone before you can multiply. So in this passage we’re able to identifyseven steps in the making of a disciple by Jesus.

A disciple is a follower, alearner one who is committed to following, learning, and obeyingChrist and only Christ. OK, ready? Seven steps to make a disciple. Now youall know the story of the woman at the well, so I’m not going to read the passageover again, we did that last time. Step number one, contact.The point of contact is anywhere where two people enter a conversation, anacquaintance, any situation where two people connect in some way: sports, work,service, family, friends, connecting with people. Notice that Jesus made contact byasking her for a drink of water, pretty simple. Note also that He didn’t allowsocial, religious, or sexist barriers to stop Him from making contact with thiswoman. She was surprised at first. She said, ‘You’re a Jew, I’m aSamaritan. You’re a man, I’m a woman. What is this? You’re making contact with me?’Jesus’ kind of pushed aside all those barriers and then Hemade contact. Now the rule about contact is that if the gospel is for all thenthere should be no barrier we’re not willing to cross in order to makecontact. I got a good lesson in this and the lesson was givento me, I didn’t give the lesson, I got the lesson. As you know we moved recentlyand we were fixing up the house that we’ve moved into and I’m out mowing,picking up stuff, and try to get thing organized and there’s a fellowby my back fence, there’s a fellow mowing his lawn, he’s on his ridingmower, it’s on and he kind of comes close to the fence andhe waves and so I walk over and he shuts off his mower and he comesand his name is Wendell, African-American gentleman and we’reshaking hands. ‘How are you? I’m the new neighbor,’ I tell him,’We’re folks, our kids are grown, no dogs, no pets, no horses, no loud music,no motorcycles.’ And he goes, ‘Good, good, it’s a quiet neighborhood.’ Wejust chitchat, just a little chitchat and I said to him, ‘Well, if I if I canbe of service to you in any way,’ I said, ‘please don’t hesitate toask,’ and he said, ‘Well, same here, I just live right over here, OK?’ Andthen he said, ‘Oh and I go to the Faith Community Christian church,’ just like that, just like that, part of his introduction,’I go to this church’ and I said, ‘Great,’ I said I go to the Choctaw church ofChrist,’ oh wonderful, but he beat me to it. Part of his introduction was, ‘I am aChristian, I go to church,’ and in his mind that was setting up the next question, ‘Doyou go to church, because you’re always welcome to come with…’ I saw itcoming. ‘Good for him,’ I said, ‘good for him. He beat the preacher to the punch,’ but the point I’m trying to get across, he just didn’tmake contact, he made contact and in that first contact identified himself, ‘I’m aChristian, I go to this church,’ and that introduction would set up the next stepwhich would have come had I not said, ‘Oh, I go to church over here.’ Of course, thegood thing is now we know we’re both believers, we can have a conversationabout that next time. So contact, first step in evangelism.

Next one is challenge.Challenge, it’s the most difficult step, the one where we usually fail. Challenge iswhen you step out from the normal course of polite conversation in order to openup a dialogue concerning spiritual rather than temporal things and that’swhat my neighbor did, he challenged me by stepping out there and saying, ‘Look I’m achurch person. I’m a Christian.’ It’s when the conversation turns to seriousmatters, important matters, that challenge the non-believer to explore the truemeaning of life, the spiritual aspect of life. Your neighbor’s mother has justpassed away and they’re sharing that and challenge is notjust saying, ‘Well, that’s a terrible thing. And I remember when my mom died, and oh,yeah, I was sad too,’ but challenge is, ‘Can I come over and pray withyou? Would you permit me to show you some passages inthe Bible that I found very comforting when my mother died?’Challenging the person to take a step in the direction of spiritual things,obviously, it’s difficult to do at first, but with time these probes can belaunched gently without pride, you’re not trying to win an argument here; perhaps aquestion about the Bible or religious background or church attendancesomewhere along the line the time and opportunity presents itself for this andwe need to recognize the moment and challenge our non-christian friends orfamily to enter into a spiritually oriented discussion.

They’re talkingabout gays in the Boy Scouts at school, around the lunch table, you’rea teacher, and the challenge comes when you say, ‘Well, the Bible has not changedon this subject.’ You make your position known, again no pride, you’re not lookingfor a fistfight, you’re just saying; you’re staking out the position of thescriptures and you’re inviting people to look at the scriptures. After havingdiscussed the water that He asked for, Jesus seized the opportunity to talk toher about living water. There’s nothing to say we couldn’t ask someone the samequestion at some point. In Montreal this summer a group from Edmond went to dosome mission work there with the church in Montreal, in Villa Mar, andthe project that they do, Paul (our son) was telling us what they did with thegroup, they’re mostly college students, they went near the subway stations where there’s a lot of… near the universities, there are many universitiesin downtown Montreal (those of you who’ve come know what I’m talking about)and they stood near the metros and they gave out water bottles but on the waterbottles they had printed, ‘Thirsty?’ and then a website andwhen they went to the website, the website took them to the Biblepassage about Jesus being the living water. So there was achallenge. Step number three, conformation. Once the challenge is made, thediscussion entered into, it’s up to the disciple to prove or confirm that he orshe knows what they’re talking about. Now it could be a demonstration of Christiankindness, a proof of Bible knowledge, an example of good and pure Christianlifestyle. My neighbor, for example, we talked about church and can I be of service to you, but let’s say the next storm comes andknocks with a lot of trees back there knocks a tree and falls on his house. Theconfirmation would be that Lise and I would be knocking on his door and saying,’Is there something we can do? Would you like to come to our houseto dry out? Can we bring a meal?’, a confirmation of what you’re talkingabout, that you are a genuine Christian, because once the disciple has engagedanother in this spiritual dialogue they need to be able to demonstrate theproof of what they’re talking about in themselves. Are you really a Christian?You’ve talked the game, you brought me into the conversation, but let’shave a Bible study. Yeah, OK, I’m having that Bible study and they goto your house and you say, ‘Well, let me move the ashtray out of the way so wecan put our Bibles down here.’ Whoops. ‘Let me get these empty beer bottles out ofthere.’ This is the second area where personal evangelism often fails; theunbeliever rejects the message because the messenger does not embody themessage, it’s just talk, no action.

In the church one of my bigdisappointments is, and I’ll give you an example of it, one Sunday there was a visitor that came and I met themin the foyer and we talked and he was looking for someone who had invited himon that particular Sunday to come to services and you know what I’m going to say,right? That individual, that member of the church, was not at Bible study thatSunday and arrived late for worship. You think that visitor came back? Becausethat visitor said, ‘Well, if it’s not that important to you, why should it be to me?’ In His dealing with the womanJesus resists being offended by her initial rebuff. I mean she blew Himoff. ‘You want water? Who are You? Jews don’t talk to Samaritans.’ She blowsHim off, but He refused to be offended and He goes on to demonstrate His wisdomand His knowledge of her life, of her needs, and her question. In other words, Heproved who He was. Step number four, the call. Usually after a personal study,usually after a discussion, a sermon there’s a call; a call to decide toaccept this true what has been shared. Do you really believe what I just said? Inthe case of personal evangelism, the call is to follow Jesus. Even at thepreliminary stage the call is to follow the Lord, even if it’s from a far-offposition of curiosity and maybe finding out more. When we’re talking about havingstudies with people I remind them that at the end of the study make sure youmake an appointment’s a strong word, but an agreement, ‘Shall we study again? Would youlike to do this again? OK, there if you have other questions? Why let’ssee on the 15th, I’m free, we could go have coffee.’ In other words, the call, you’re calling them to keep coming,keep coming close to you.

No one was ever savedwithout making a series of decisions. You think back over your life, you had todecide to listen to what the person that said to you. You had to decide to go to thatchurch. You had to decide to go to that Bible study; had to decide to go back tothat Bible study. You had you make a whole series of decisions thatultimately lead you to salvation; maybe a little different if you were baptized as a young child, but even then, you had to make decisions, but certainlyif you became a Christian as an adult, as I did, I can think back of the decisionsthat I made that ultimately led me to Christ and any one of those decisionscould have gone another way. If you have not made a conscious decision to becomea disciple of Jesus then you’re not a disciple. People become disciples ofChrist by decision. So Jesus tells the woman. ‘I am the Messiah.’ He called on herto believe this, but He couldn’t force her, it was her decision to believe it ornot to believe it. All He could do was call on her to believe. Now we do thiswhen we invite someone to church or we ask for the Bible study or we encourage them to hearthe gospel, every one of these is a call to follow Jesus, every one is a call tofollow Jesus. Sometimes we call on people to be baptized a littletoo soon. Sometimes as I just said, sometimes the call is ‘Would youlike to have another study?’ or ‘Do you have a question?’ Number five, got to move here, conversion. At some point the entiregood news is conveyed, sufficient proof is provided through study and you’vegiven a good Christian example. The amount of time differs from person toperson, but eventually everybody’s got to decide to follow or not to follow,eventually we bring them to the point of expressing their faith in obedience toJesus’ commands and that repentance and baptism, but sometimes wefail because we go to extremes. First of all, the first extreme is wenever ask or encourage the person to make up their minds or to make acommitment. We think that they’re just going to tell us when they feel like it andit doesn’t work like that.

I remember working as a young guy, I’m eighteen maybeyears old and I worked for a clothing company selling suits and ties andthings like that at the retail level, a Golden Sun. Wow, they don’texist anymore, but anyways and Mr. Gold, there was a generation,there was a Gold Sr and Gold II and Gold III, and they were allin the business, but Mr. Gold, the old one, the older gentleman, onSaturday mornings would have a pep talk with all the salesmen there and he hadvery blue language; today it wouldn’t work in the workplace, but many, many, manyyears ago you could swear and curse at your employees and use that asmotivation, believe it or not, but the thing I remember about Mr. Gold (asidefrom his language) was that he always said, ‘You’ll never sell anything if youdon’t ask.’ ‘You’ve got to ask,’ he said, ‘The guy bought a suit, show him ashirt, put a tie on top of the shirt, don’t just do thatask, “Shall I wrap these up for you? Do you want to take all three ties, or would youlike me to show you some more?” Ask, it always stuck with me. It’s the same thingin personal evangelism, you have to ask, ‘Are you ready now to make that decision?Do you believe the things that we’ve…? Is there more I can information Ican give you now?’ You have to ask. Even Paul the apostle, it struck me when hewas brought to this point; he was only moved when Ananias pushed him.We know that passage in Acts 22:16, Ananias says to him, “And now why do youdelay?” Ananias wouldn’t have said that if Paul or Saulwasn’t delaying. He was sitting there. He was stunned. He had received his sight, hehad heard the gospel, and he was still sitting there mullingover what this was and then Ananias had to ask him, ‘What are youwaiting for? Come on, arise, be baptized, wash away your sins.Why wait?’ Even Saul had to be asked. So imagine if a person likeSaul had to be asked, we’re perhaps lessknowledgeable than he was and yet he still had to be asked. And then the otherway that we fail at conversion is we fail by asking too soon. We’veonly shared the basics, we haven’t developed the relationship. We haven’tprovided sufficient evidence.

I’ll tell you what, a lot of times there’s aquestion that blocks people and until you get to that question nothing hashappened. You think you’ve answered all their questions, but the question isdifferent from various individuals. I know one individual who put off baptismfor years and years, used to come to church with his wife years and years andevery preacher that worked for this church, this was in Ottawa, every preacherthat worked for this church tried to baptize this guy and they explainedbaptism from the Greek, from the history, from the context, they approachit every which way, and he was finally baptized and I saw him (itwasn’t me that baptized), but I saw him a couple of months after he was baptized, and he says,’Hey, guess what? I was baptized.’ ‘Really?,’ I said, ‘Well, good for you. Praise God. He is so kind,’and all that, and he says, ‘You know I realized I could do it, I didn’t have to do it in front of everybody.’ There was nothing theological. It wasn’ta theological argument that he had. He was shy. He was shy. So until you answerthe objection, until you find what’s blocking the pathway here,and sometimes that takes time. For many people faith grows at a slower pacethan understanding. Just because you understand it up here intellectuallydoesn’t mean you understand it in here emotionally, and the thing that makes aperson make up their mind and make a decision is not this, it’s this, the heart,and not everybody’s heart moves at the same pace as the mind. I meandemocracy, for example, in the in Middle Eastern countries they understand theconcept, but not everybody is convinced that it’d be good for them. So we rush toconvert someone and when people balk or they stall, we turn away from theminstead of continuing to provide contact and challenge and proof and calling andencouragement to convert.

Be nice to say to someone, well, I’ll use my neighboragain, ‘I will strive to be a good Christian neighbor to you whetheryou agree with me or not, whether you accept to come to services with me ornot, whether you accept to have a Bible study with me or not. I will be thatperson. I will continue to be that person whether you respond or not.’ In thestory of the woman we see her believing the proof that Jesus gave her. Sheconfesses that faith by acknowledging her hope. Remember, she acknowledged herhope for a Jewish Messiah, not the Messiah she had been taught about in thenorth as a Samaritan, but she confessed her faith in the Messiah ofJerusalem, of the South. Today she would confess Jesus’ name, repent of hersins, and be baptized to demonstrate her faith, but she demonstrated her faith byacknowledging that the Messiah comes from the south, from Jerusalem, that wasthe truth. Number six, consecration. This step is where the convert actually istrained for discipleship, the one who was formerly a non-believer now becomes abeliever and a follower; the convert or new disciple begins to act and sound,well, like what? Like a disciple. For example, he begins to have a prayer life,he begins to read and study the word for himself, he identifies and assembles withother disciples, he finds ways to serve the Lord with his own skills. He starts himself being a disciple. Now the burden for thisconsecration of disciples rests with the leaders of the church, it’s their job; theministers, the elders, the deacons, it’s their job to make sure that there is aconscious effort by the congregation to integrate and equip this individual fordiscipleship, for fulfillment. A lot of people are not fulfilled as Christiansbecause we, those who are older in the Lord, have not taught them how to befruitful disciples. The woman after her contact with Jesus is immediatelyenergized to share her brief but powerful encounter with Jesusamong her family and her community. Not everyone’s consecration to serviceis as fast as this woman’s, but then again not everyone wasconverted directly by Jesus Himself.

And what’s really spectacular about herconsecration is she was an outcast. She was getting water at noon because shehad been married five times and now was living with somebody else. She was atotal outcast and yet she goes into the village and she she confronts theleaders of the village on top of that with her faith, pretty powerful stuff. Andthen the number seven, the multiplication part. In the addition model the woman would have gone home, maybe shared her experience withher partner so that he might know the Lord and become a disciple with her, another sugar cube on another square, butthis woman begins the multiplication model by sharing her experience witheverybody in town. Now we don’t see all the details, but in verse 28 she goes tothe men of the city, the ones she’s already had contact with, and shechallenges them to consider what has happened to her.So we then read that they believe because of her word and then they bringothers who believe because of Jesus’ word. Now John doesn’t spell that out, butat the end of the chapter the number of those who were converted and bringingothers to him was multiplied in much the same manner. So one woman multiplies toseveral men who multiply into a great number, all in the space of a few days.There’s the power of multiplication in personal evangelism. OK, we have fiveminutes left. Let me just kind of summarize. If we use this model in ourpersonal evangelism approach, we could plant churches everywhere that we’reneeded; in the state, in the country, in the nation, we could do it in thisgeneration and the question is why aren’t we doing this? What’s stopping us?

Two main reasons. First of all, we don’t use the approach. Most churches,including our own, use the addition approach, not the multiplication approach,and usually it’s because we don’t know it. And then secondly, when churches dotry to use the multiplication approach they only use parts of it or it breaksdown due to human weakness. So either we don’t ever go from contact to challengeleaving most of our communication with others at the kind of non-spiritual. We think personal evangelism is just making friends and we got lots offriends, but we’re not challenging those friends spiritually or we give up tooquickly if the person doesn’t respond to the challenge or to the call; or we droppeople who don’t convert the first time we present the gospel to them; or we tryto qualify our contacts by guessing which ones are sympathetic to the gospel.That’s the worst part. ‘Nah, I’m not going to tell that person they’re notinterested in the gospel. Oh my goodness, nah, they would never be interested inthe gospel, no use.’ Mr. Gold, he taught me that lesson. You never knowwho’s going to buy what. I remember we used to have turns, we’d go to thedoor to greet a client a customer and we’re several salesmen on the floor andso you took turns going to the door because you couldn’t cut in, if you went to the door, greeted a customer, and they came in,that you had your turn. The next salesman had to go up for the next person to comein. So on Saturday morning they changed that rule, on Saturday morning anybodywho was available could go to the door. So one day a guy came in on a Saturdaymorning, really early, scruffy looking, jeans, four day beard going,nobody wanted that. Everybody’s looking at each other thinking, ‘This guy wantssome free stuff or something,’ or ‘He’s lost.’ So I said, and I was theyoungest, Mazzalongo you go. So I went to the door and the guy said to me,’I’m a lumberjack, I work up in the northern timber. I’m getting married in aweek. I need a complete new wardrobe: shoes, suits, shirts, pajamas, thewhole…’ I spent the entire morning selling this guy. I didn’t even have to sell itand the other salesmen were just sitting there like this. What did they do? Theytried to qualify this guy and they said, ‘This guy’s a bum.

He’s not going to buyanything.’ And of course, at the time I was thinking the same thing, but I was theyoungest so I had to go and that taught me the lesson: never ever to judge aheadof time who’s interested and who’s not. In the multiplying method ofpersonal evangelism, everybody’s a potential contact. In the multiplyingmethod we’re always looking for the opportunity to challenge our contactsand in the multiplying method we are ready and able to provide proof of ourown faith and eager to repeatedly call on our contacts to follow Jesus. In themultiplying of disciples we’re not afraid to go for closure and asking ourcontacts to be converted and to obey the gospel. Go for it!In multiplying ministry the church is equipped to train and build up newconverts,multiply their potential for greater multiplication. The risk with allof this, of course, is that when the power of multiplying disciple takes hold,believe it or not, it’s like riding a tidal wave. It’s like riding a tidal wave. Can you imagine if a hundred people were converted here in a month? I mean ourexisting systems would be pushed to the max. The lady who takes the pictures of new members would be working overtime andthe office would be working overtime, the elders would be working overtime becausethey’ve got a hundred new people they need to visit and so on and so forth.It’s like riding a tidal wave. We are then once again like the Jerusalemchurch doing incredible things, making incredible sacrifices, truly leaving theworld behind to manage the harvest that God can and will give. In the meantime, westick to the addition model because we can control it, it’s in our comfort zone,and we like being in our comfort zone. So let’s remember the seven steps inpersonal evangelism. The only thing I want to say with this slide right hereis that you do them one at a time. A lot of times I’ll do this lesson and people say, ‘Alright, I’m going to do all seven.’ No, one at a time. Practicemaking contact. Practice making contact as a Christian and then add to that another step, practice making a challenge and so on and so forth. It’s something that you learn how to do and and it comes with practice andexperience. OK, so that’s Jesus’ multiplication system for personalevangelism. Thank you for your time. I think our class isover for this morning.

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So, I have a little test for you. Don’t panic. I’m not here to judge you. It’s just a little test, OK? First, you get 30 seconds to memorize 10 words in the right order. After that, you get 30 seconds ? Well, we’re going to start anyway. So, memorize 10 words in the right order in 30 seconds in three, two, one, go! OK. Stop. Now write down what you remember. OK, and stop. Now quickly check your answers. OK, and stop. Very exciting; I heard a lot of grunting and moaning. So I hope I didn’t stress you out too much. Now a moment of reflection. I’d like you to ask yourself, “How did I memorize this,and was it the best way to do it?” Now, for the generation of my parents and grandparents, being able to memorize something like this was an absolutely essential skill. But nowadays, why would anyone want to remember a list of anything? You just take a picture of the screen,and you’re done, right? it seemed as if memorizing has somehow become less important. So why should we then,in today’s day and age, still want to get better at memorizing? Well, to answer that question,I’d like to tell you a little story. In high school, I flunked a grade, twice. After seven years of torture,I finally got my diploma. Sweet, sweet freedom! What would I do with it? I didn’t know.

One thing I did know, however, was that I didn’t want to go back to school because that old learning business, it wasn’t cut out for me. So instead, I went to sunny California for nine months, and there I worked as a bagger,not beggar – bagger. So in a supermarket, I had to put people’s groceries in bags,and then I’d get a little tip. Surprisingly, that year I learned so much. I learned how to bag a bunch of groceries really, really quickly. I learned how to drive a car. And in California, people are a little bit more open than they are in Amsterdam. So I also learned how to have a little chat with a stranger, just for the hell of it. That year I discoveredthat I don’t hate learning, just the specific way of doing it. So I decided to go and study psychology. Now for the first time ever, I was getting information that I absolutely wanted to know. Now I was time in the library than I spent skipping schoolas a teenager, voluntarily. The only problem was that I was spending all of my time in the library because I’d never learned how to learn. So I started experimenting with different methods of reading texts, of memorizing texts, and I got my reading time of three hours per chapter down to one.

This way of studying enabled me to do an honors program, to get my degree, and to fall in love with learning. And now I happily work for a company called Remind, in which we teach people the science and art of learning. We’re trying to bring back into education what we ourselves missed. Now for the past three years, we’ve also organized the Dutch National Memory Championships for high scholers. We do this to show that everybody is capable of amazing feats of memory, but also to show that memorization is about a lot more than just learning your French or your Spanish words. And today I’d also like to share this with you. So, in the beginning, I made you do this little test, just to make you aware of how you’re memorizing things right now. Next, I’d like to give you a new type of memory experience. This time you can even sit back and relax. So I’m going to ask you to find a comfortable position to sit, to close your eyes,and to take a deep breath. Now, I want you to thinkof someone you know called John, and I want you to see him. Now, John just grabbed the sun out of the sky, and he just threw it on your feet.

And now your feet are getting really big and red and swollen because John just threw the sun on your feet. Now you look to your knees, and on your knees, you see 10 little guys playing basketball – very strange sight. And on their shirts, you can see in brightly colored letters the “New York Knicks,” so you have some Knicks on your knees. Next, you look to where your thighs are, but they’re gone. Your thighs have been replaced with Fords, the cars. They could be Ford Focuses or Ford Mustangs. Your thighs have been replaced with Fords. Now, with your bottom, you feel a hard plastic seat of a go-kart vibrating. With your bottom, you feel the hard plastic seat of a go-kart. Your belly starts rumbling very loudly. So you follow your belly,and it leads you to McDonald’s, and there Ronald McDonald starts shooting rays of light at you with a ray gun. Ronald McDonald is shooting rays of light at you with a ray gun. He hits you on your chest, and now from your chest,a big bush of gray hairs is growing. A huge bush of gray hair is growing from your chest. So obviously, you hurry home to shave it off, and on your doormat, you see a letter. So you open it and it has good news. As you read it, you feel a huge weight falling off your shoulders. A huge weight falling off your shoulders.

Your shoulders get all light and tingly because you just paid all of your bills. Big bills, little bills, each and every bill has been paid for,and you have plenty of money to spare. Now you proceed to the bathroom, because now on your neck, a bunch of tiny bushes of thin blonde hairs have appeared. On your neck, a bunch of tiny bushes of thin blonde hair. As you look in the mirror, suddenly your mouth just starts talking all by itself, and it’s saying, “Yes, we can;yes we can; yes we can.” Now you turn around,and now suddenly your eyes are, ah, because Donald Duck just poked out both of your eyes with a trumpet made of pure gold. Now you can open your eyes again and come back to this place. Luckily, it’s a lot safer here than where you just came from. So, I just made you guys memorize the past 10 presidents of the United States of America in the right order. Now I’m going to show you, and then you can see how many of these you still know. So with each body part, I’m going to ask you what happened there, and then you could think of it. Even better would be if you just shout it out. Now, what happened to your feet? John threw the sun, yeah -President Johnson. (Laughter) Now, what happened on your knees? Knicks, yes – President Nixon.

OK. So what were your thighs replaced with? Fords – President Ford. OK, and what did you feel with your bottom? OK, President Carter, yes. Some people are ahead of the game. Now, your belly led you to McDonald’s; what happened? OK. Ronald McDonald shooting rays of … So Ronald Reagan. He hits in your chest, and you got what? Big bush of gray hairs – Bush senior. (Laughter) Now, your shoulders got light, why? Paid all your bills – Bill Clinton. Now, what did you have on your neck? OK, a bush of thin blonde hairs. Bush junior. What was your mouth saying? “Yes we can” – President Obama. And what happened to your eyes? Yeah, Donald Duck, trumpet, pure gold. Who else but Donald Trump? So, if you memorized more this time than the first time, please stand up. OK. So we have almost everyone standing up; that’s awesome. Now, if you think this way of memorizing is more fun than the last way you used, please stand up or remain standing if you’re already standing. Oh whoa, now we almost have everyone. I’m very pleased to see this. OK. You guys can sit back down. Thank you very much. Now, when you make bizarre images to memorize, suddenly it becomes a lot easier. If you tie these bizarre images to a place you know well, like your body, suddenly memorizing things in order becomes a lot easier. OK. Well, cool. But I asked you guys in the beginning, “Why should we, in today’s day and age, still want to get better at this – at memorizing?” Well, because by getting better in a skill like this, you can also get better at a different skill: the skill of experimentation.

By experimenting with different methods of doing things, I found out that I can get better at anything. I found out what works for me and what doesn’t. What if I’d never learned the skill of experimentation? I may have never gone back to school; I may have never enjoyed studying psychology, and I probably would not have been standing here today, because one of the things I thought I really couldn’t do was public speaking. Now, there are people of every generation not doing things that they might love, that they might even be great at because they think they can’t do it. So how beautiful would it be if in schools we can teach kids that they can get better at anything, and they can even get better at getting better at things, get it? But not just the kids, because the older generation is often seen as too old to learn. But they’re not too rusty. Anyone can improve themselves by experimenting, and I hope you experienced that today. Now at Remind, we break up this process of experimentation into three steps: the check, the experience and the experiment. The check is all about becoming aware of what you’re doing right now. So maybe during the first test,you became aware of the fact that you just repeat the words over and over and that that doesn’t work too well. The second step: the experience is all about being open to new possibilities and trying them out. So maybe during the visualization, you realize that this works a bit better or at least you like it more. And the third step is the experiment. This is about taking something from that new experience that you had and applying it in your own life to see how it works for you. So, maybe you’re one of those people that when someone introduces themselves to you, you just immediately forget their name. Yeah, sound familiar? And you want to use visualization to do something about that. So far I’ve only taken you guys through the first two steps.

The final step is up to you. So when I’m done here,I’d like you to take a moment for yourself and to write down an experiment on the little card we’ve given you and to put that in your wallet as a reminder. By continually following these steps of experimentation, you discover what you’re doing; you keep yourself open to new possibilities, and you allow yourself to continually transform. And regardless of what you’re learning, be it memorizing or martial arts or mathematics, you’ll get better not only in the skill that you’re trying to develop, but you’ll get better at the process of learning itself. And that’s something that sticks. It’s something you could take with you to your new job, your new hobby, your new relationship, your new whatever. So this is something absolutely everyone should know, and I believe we should teach it in schools. But let’s not just wait for it to be implemented in schools. I also believe that the most important change starts with the individual. It starts with you. So, go out there and experiment. Learn something new or a new way of approaching something old because there are few skills as valuable as the art of learning. Thank you.

Benefits of Gratitude

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I discoveredthe secret to happiness. That’s why I’m here. But before I discovered it,I was actually depressed. I felt incredibly… like life was a treadmill. Blah about life. Like there was no point that we were going to get married, have a couple of kids, buy a house,and you know, grow old and then die. It sounds a bit dramatic because I am, but that is how I felt. And I was struggling to enjoy my life in any way. I had two healthy kids, a lovely partner, but it just did not feel anything for my life. It was concerning me, because I wasn’t being a great mumor a great partner, and I wanted to be those things;so, I went and I found a nun. I’d heard about this lady who was helping people with some counseling and kind of spiritual directions, sort of stuff. I’m not catholic, but I wanted a whole new perspective. And she suddenly gave me that. I sat down with her and I was suggesting why I might be so unhappy. And she listened patiently and then she said to me: “You know, I think the secret to happiness is reflection and gratitude.”

And at that time, I was like:”It’s a bit underwhelming.” What does that mean in my life? And yes I’m very grateful for my healthy kids. I know in my head that these are good things that I have, and I should be grateful. But, what about this feeling?I don’t feel anything for it. And so, she helped me, and she said: “Hailey, I want you to do a 10-day project, just take 10 minutes everyday,reflect through the day, really think through your conversations. You had breakfast,what did you do after that? and then see if there is anything there that pops out to you that you are grateful for. Not what you should, but what you feel.” And so I took her advice and I did it. And it sparked something amazing within me because I started to see things I wouldn’t otherwise have seen. And they weren’t the things you think. And that 10-day project was amazing,but I knew I needed more of that. I needed a lot more of that. So, being a photographer, I decided I was going to do a photo a day for a whole year of something I was grateful for every single day. And I bought enough Polaroid film to do a year-long project. And, this is kind of what it started to look like.

Not that. Let’s go back one. Yeah. It was things like the color green. There are billion different shades of green there. I was suddenly one day just struck by it. It was my youngest daughter helping me down a step. She is like 3, and she was like,”I’ll help you down.” It’s just adorable. And, things like money on the meter when you have no money in your wallet. That is amazing! It is such a gift. And I started to see things like rainy days, meant that I got to use my favorite umbrellas. And, pancakes on a Sunday morning. They were so good, I didn’t get to photograph them. Sorry. But they are there. And, beautiful friends getting married. Little and beautiful, special little moments through every single day that made me delighted in my day. Actually, through the project I learnt quite a lot of things – sorry I keep doing it twice – and probably the biggest thing I learned was how my expectations on other people prevented me from really appreciating who they were.

Namely my husband who is here,and I’m going to say it: he’s not very romantic. This is what I thought anyway. I just didn’t think he was very…didn’t take me on dates, didn’t buy a lot of flowers, and do all the things that in my head a husband should do. And this one day I hadn’t taken my grateful photo for the day, and I was scanning my life, basically:”what was I grateful for today?” And I was looking around the room,and then I saw my husband serving dinner. And in the corner of my eye, I watched as he put the biggest piece of pie on my plate. The best piece of pie on my plate. And, I was like whoa! I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t been looking. And he was doing that every day actually. He was putting me fully first. But I was not seeing it because I was not looking. And it completely changed my view of how I see people, particularly him. And through the project he just continued to do beautiful things not even thinking about it. Everyday he would drive somewhere,he would always hold my hand as we drove. He would sing our daughters to sleep with a ukulele.

And if I rang complaining one day,when he was at work: “Our house is too hot,we have no air-conditioning,” he would arrive with ice-cream. And it really made mere evaluate our relationship and what my expectations were,and opened my eyes to who he was. Actually, at the end of the project someone interviewed us. And they ask Andrew: “What did you notice that was different within your relationship with Hailey? And he said: “I feel like I am enough for her now.” And that hit me hard, I’ve been married to him for 8 years at that point, and I was so sad that it had taken me eight years to see him. To see all the beautiful things he was doing for me every single day. But I’m glad that I got there in the end,and I’m grateful for this project. The other thing I noticed was nature.It was so unexpected. But nature just spoke to me, so much. The color red that would shine just so differently if the sun was on it; When my daughter would put beautiful little flowers in my handbag; or mint, the smell of mint is amazing. It’s beautiful. All the way weeds would dance when you drove pass your car.

The wind would blow them. Or dandelions; I like dandelions all over my backyard. I think they are beautiful. And all this little things started to make me feel so like I was blessed. I’m so lucky to be here,to see those little gifts. A beetle flew onto my daughter shirt one day in a car park. You could see she’s absolutely thrilled about that. But I was amazed, she had this beetle.It was like a piece of jewelry. It was amazing, and it stayed there long enough for me to take a photo, and she’s like, “Get it off, get it off!”And I’m like, “Stay still.” Anyway, other thing I learnt was about parenting. I had really felt like this was the most boring job I have ever had. And it was long,and there were lots of food, and lots of nappies, and things that were boring like dishes, and people would always say:”What have you been up today?” And I was like, “Don’t ask me.” But this project showed me what a delight and an honor it was to be in their company. To be with them, as they, you know,offered to take my hand. We were singing so loudly in the car as we drove pretending to be candy cans. (Laughter) Loosing their two front teeth. It is my privilege that I gotthat time with them. And I started to see that right when I was with them. I’m so grateful that I,while they were still little, that I saw what a gift it was. One of the amazing this project is that it spread like wild fire. I had a magazine article,and it was online. and few people started to write and tell me their own stories with their grateful projects. It’s been a complete honor to have that. This particular person is Amy Guill. She and I become good friends.

But, she wrote to me an email one day, not long after she had given birth to twin daughters. And one of them, 24 days of a heart complication. I would like to read to you a piece of her letter to me. And Amy knows that I’m reading this. “The next few days were hard. I had to pick myself up and keep going as I had Anabella, 3 years old,and Penny who needed me. And I was so lost. It was funny though because, for some reasons, your article kept coming back to me. I dug out the magazine,and I looked at it again. I checked out your website. I decided that this was how I was going to cope, Instead of looking at what I’ve lost,I was going to focus on what I gained. And be truly grateful for having Rosie in our lives even for such a short time. In her 24 days, she had taught me more than I learned in a lifetime. I was grateful for the chance to hold her, to feed her, to bath her, and tell her that I loved her. No longer would I take the small things for granted in my life. Life is too short, and I’ve decided that each will count my blessings and so, my grateful project”Count your blessings” begin. And now, I’ve taken 73 blessing photos,and I’m truly grateful for them. The project has gotten me through such a hard time. Yes, I still have my moments of sadness,but I’ve so many moments of joy. I’ve chosen to be happy.

And this week I’ve been looking back at my album and reflecting on where I’ve come from. And I want to thank you, Hailey,for being an inspiration. For you, I am truly grateful. Amy.” And I can not tell you what a honor it is to be part of someone’s story in that way. Amy really, really reminded me that even in the hard things in life, we can choose to be grateful, that we can find the most amazing treasure in the most awful things. You really do find what you are looking for. And in my life, when I have had hard times and things going wrong, I really found that helped me to learn the most I can possibly learn and appreciate everything that’s happening, and to find the gold in the mud. When I looked back on my project and actually my life, I see delight, I see beauty, I see a life I’m incredibly rich and grateful for. It isn’t in that I own a house, it is not happiness outside of me, it is within me. And I learned that is where my happiness is, it’s in here. And through this project. I’ve surprisingly been able to help other people find out that, too,and that’s been an absolute honor. Thank you very much for having me. (Applause)

Your words have power

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God doesn’t want me worrying about anything, nothing, notta, zip, zero Philippians 4:6, don’t worry about anything. That’s pretty clear. Instead pray about everything We’ve talked about this many times. You can pray or you can panic If you’re not praying you’re panicking. You can worry or you can worship If you’re not worshipping you’re worrying. You invite worship in the front door worry goes out the back door And so God says I don’t want you worrying about anything now why? He says worry is Unreasonable. It’s unreasonable. In other words. It doesn’t make sense It’s illogical. It is irrational it is Unreasonable.

In the first place. We typically worry about the wrong thing. We worry about the little stuff how I look How I appear, what I say, who who I’m talking to, am I gonna be late for this meeting Stuff that isn’t gonna matter in five years. It’s all temporary If you really gonna worry and God says you shouldn’t but if you were gonna worry worry about things that are eternal Don’t worry about stuff that’s not gonna matter tomorrow Jesus says you should never worry not only because it’s unreasonable. It’s unnatural Nature does not worry, it’s unnatural Jesus says, you know look at the birds Look at the birds of the air. They don’t sow or reap or store away in barns They’re not worried about you know, do I have enough to live on Then he said and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable Than birds if God takes care of birds isn’t gonna take care of you and then he says in verse 28 and 29 Matthew 6. Why do you worry about your clothes? Look at the flowers. Look at the field lilies.

They don’t worry about about how they look Yet King Solomon in all of his glory Was not clothed as beautifully as they are And he said all of creation trust my care except humans. He’s saying worry isn’t natural Jesus says worry is unhelpful What does he mean by that it’s useless it doesn’t work worry is worthless It doesn’t change anything when you worry. Matthew 6 verse 27 Jesus says who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life Worry can’t make you an inch taller. Worry can’t make you an inch shorter. Can’t make you bigger or smaller Thinner or fatter worry doesn’t work and he says who of you could change anything He said you can’t add even a single hour to your life Worry about any problem in your life will never move you one step toward that situation worry is worthless Worry cannot change anything in your past. It’s already done. Your past is past So why are you worried about it. Worry cannot control your future No matter how much you think you can you’re not controlling it by worrying about it So if it can’t change the past and it can’t control the future.

What does it do messes up today? And he says there’s no need to worry because your heavenly father will take care of you You know when I was a kid If I had any need in my life, I didn’t worry about it. I went to my dad Dad I need this or mom I need this and if I needed money to buy something I said dad I need some money to buy this I never once worried about where he was gonna get the money That was his worry You’re worrying about a lot of things that are God’s responsibility Worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended for you to have Every time you worry, it’s a warning light. I’m playing God. I’m acting like God Thinking that it all depends on me that I don’t have a Heavenly Father So you never worry if you understand That God is your Heavenly Father and you understand the goodness the goodness of God Matthew 6 verse 30 says this if God cares so wonderfully Even for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow in other words They’re only a bloom for a few days and then they’re gone.

But your life last decades, if God cares so wonderfully even for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow won’t he surely care for you? You see what he’s saying here is that God has assumed responsibility for the needs in your life And he cares for you because he says you are valuable You have value you want to know how much you value look at the cross Jesus died for you on the cross that shows how much value you have to God. You’re not junk. You’re not worthless No, no, you are valuable to God because you’re his child And like the shepherd takes cares of the defenseless sheep when you need it. I’m there What am I saying? I’m saying that worry in your life Every time you worry it comes from the fact that you misunderstand the goodness of God Worry is a warning sign.

It’s a yellow caution light going bamp bamp bamp that’s saying at this point I’ve forgotten How good God is I’ve forgotten the promises of God, I’ve forgotten what God has promised to do in my life to meet all my needs He says it over and over and over I will meet all your needs. There’s no need that God will not meet if you trust him now if you don’t trust him, you’re out there on your own But if you trust him, he says I will meet every need in your life and worry means I’ve forgotten that the goodness of God It want comes from misunderstanding what God is really like and you know what, we always get into trouble Every time whenever we start doubting God’s goodness. When we start saying God’s not gonna take care of me God doesn’t really love me God isn’t a good God every time you start thinking like that, you know where those thoughts came from You’re gonna get in trouble. You’re gonna go down a blind alley hit a dead end have all kinds of Discouragement in your life and it doesn’t even make sense. Most of you here sitting here this in this day are Believers you’ve stepped across the line spiritually you’ve said, you know, I’ve put my trust in Jesus Christ because I know heaven’s perfect And I’m not there’s no chance I’m getting to heaven on my own goodness because I’m not good enough So, I’m trusting Jesus Christ to forgive me and to save me by his grace not by my works But I’m just trusting God to say because he loves me he wants to forgive me He sent Jesus to die for me. When Jesus died on the cross for you. He solved your biggest problem You don’t have any bigger problem than eternal salvation But if that’s your biggest problem, why do you doubt his taking care of the smaller things in your life What’s the logic of saying I’m gonna trust God to get me to heaven But I’m not going to trust him to help me make my car payment.

What what’s the logic in that it makes no sense Why would you trust God with something so big eternal salvation, but not trust him with Who am I supposed to marry Am I ever gonna get married or am I gonna get a job or what school Should I go to and all the other major questions in life Why don’t you trust him with those things – it doesn’t make sense to say Oh, I don’t doubt him for my salvation, but I do doubt that he’s gonna care for my health I do doubt that he’s gonna care for my career. It doesn’t make sense at all If God can be trusted for salvation, he’ll carry everything else And when you doubt that You are an unbeliever at that moment You’re an unbeliever. Every time you worry you act like an unbeliever You see it’s actually an insult to God every time you worry You’re acting like an orphan Every time you worry you’re acting like you don’t have a Heavenly Father who is promised over and over again Over 3,000 promises in this book to take care of your needs How many times do you act like God doesn’t know what you need And we start depending on ourselves and we start taking matters into our own hands We assume that we have to figure it all out Rather than just trusting that’s called playing God When we get to heaven you’re gonna see how many times you set yourself up for failure by worrying Instead of trusting John chapter 14 verse 1 Jesus says this don’t be worried What do I do instead of worrying?

He says believe in God And Believe in me. How do you do? How do you trust God to meet your needs? Number one you do this every day. It’s not a one-time thing Every day Ask him to be my shepherd Every day I asked Jesus to be my Shepherd the Lord is my shepherd You do this every morning when you get up you sit on the side of your bed and you say the Lord is my shepherd And then I say it throughout the day You’ve got a major decision to make the Lord is my shepherd. You might say it 10 or 15 times a day But if you’ll start saying that phrase your worry will go down every time you start to worry You need to say the Lord is my shepherd Now in John chapter 10, Jesus says this verse 14, 15. I am the Good Shepherd When you say the Lord is my shepherd. Who is that?

Jesus says I’m it I’m him. I am the Lord I am The Good Shepherd and I know my own sheep and they know me and I lay down my life for my sheep That’s what he did on the cross He gave His life for you Second this is very important. I give him Jesus first place in every area of my life This is extremely important that I give Jesus first place in every area of my life Now the Bible says this Matthew 6 verse 31 to 33 your heavenly father Already knows perfectly well what you need. Let me stop right there. Your heavenly Father perfectly knows already What you need So any needs you mention to God he already knows So anytime you come to God with a need he’s not gonna go. Whoa, I never saw that one coming. He knew it before he made you But he says I already know what you need before you even ask and he says and he will not might He will give you what you need if here’s the condition if you give him first place in your life And you live as he wants you to so you give God first place in every area of your life Now let me just tell you something any time you worry That is a warning light that that particular area of your life.

You have not given him first place When you make Jesus Christ number one in every single area of your life it really Simplifies your priorities and it also gives you a whole lot less to worry about See when it’s given to God then you don’t have to worry about it Too often we worry about things We worry about physical possessions Now as long as you love anything else in your life more than God That area is going to become a source of worry to you Just count on it It’s gonna become a source of stress and a source of insecurity If you love it more than God, you’re gonna be victimized by worry and anxiety And eventually everybody has to decide you and me and everybody else What am I going to live for And who am I gonna live for And whatever that answer is becomes your Lord You know one of the things we worry about the most of course is money What I’ve discovered Is that no matter how much or how little you’ve got about it. You still worry about it And if you don’t have it you worry about getting it if you’ve got it You’re worrying about keeping it, saving it, spending it, investing it, protecting it And God says I know what you worrying about that I’ll take care of all your needs Matthew chapter 6 verse 34.

Jesus says this so don’t worry about tomorrow Because tomorrow will have its own worries Each day has enough trouble of its own. Anybody agree with that verse You can’t change the future you can’t change the past just work on today. There are two days of every week you should never worry about Yesterday and tomorrow Because you can’t do anything about them Take one day at a time through your life. Now why? Why does God say that you should only live your life one day at a time. Well, because it’s true It’s the only thing you can do you You can’t live in the past You can’t live in the future You can only live today But there’s a couple reasons why you should only live one day at a time first when you worry about tomorrow’s problems You miss all the blessings of today Some of you are so worried about retirement you’re not enjoying today It’s okay to plan for tomorrow, it’s okay to plan for the future just don’t worry about the future Planning is good. Worrying is bad You can plan for tomorrow, but you can’t live in tomorrow. You can only live today.

Now I know that the future can often seem, you know, very overwhelming But God Graciously divided it up into 24 hour segments so you don’t get all the future at once You get it 24 hours at a time. And if God gave you all the future at one time it would overwhelm you But you’re not there yet. You’re not ready for it. So it’s not going to come at you all at once. You’re gonna hit the future one day at a time You can handle that why because the Lord is my shepherd.