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Gospel Faith Leads to the Fullness of the Spirit's Power - Ryan Fullerton

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    I have been at this conference every year
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    for the past four years.
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    And I think I can say
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    that after a day-and-a-half,
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    or I guess maybe two half-days,
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    something like that,
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    this one is my favorite.
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    I have been ministered to in ways
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    that I wasn't expecting,
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    just getting to talk to
    brothers and sisters
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    and receive encouragement in the Lord,
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    and I hope I've been able
    to sit with a few of you
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    and minister to you and encourage you.
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    And so at the same time as I feel
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    this opportunity to minister to
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    and this opportunity to be ministered to,
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    I have come away from
    the last day-and-a-half
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    with an increased burden.
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    I feel burdened.
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    And I think I feel burdened
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    in the best kind of way.
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    I got to talk to John Sytsma
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    this afternoon,
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    and to hear about the obstacles
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    to the work there in the 10/40 window.
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    I got to hear from him
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    of the sex trafficking
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    in some of the countries
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    where he's ministered.
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    Entire towns without teenage girls.
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    I've got a 13 year old.
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    I don't even know how to process that.
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    Because they've been sold,
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    by and large,
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    into the sex trade.
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    I got to just say a few words
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    to Josef Urban who we heard
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    a great testimony from last year,
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    and he was telling of a new church
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    that's being planted in Mexico,
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    and yet the thing under his breath
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    is we need more workers.
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    I got to speak to a brother
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    who's a bi-vocational pastor
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    who's serving a little church,
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    but working a job that is killing him,
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    and just seeing the quality of his service
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    dwindle because of the amount of time
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    he's having to pour into
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    the job he has at this time.
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    Spoke to a friend who's having problems
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    with his house - the actual, physical one.
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    Like, it's breaking down.
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    And then, on top of that,
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    problems in the home;
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    extended family.
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    And I hear all that,
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    and I'll be honest with you,
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    my reaction as a preacher is:
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    What's the sermon that can fix it all?
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    I just want to help
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    every one of those people
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    and I assume that each of those people
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    just represent all of us.
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    That all of us have great need.
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    And the question I come away
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    from those conversations asking myself
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    is what can sustain God's people?
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    What can move so that there's
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    more than enough workers in Mexico;
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    what can move so whether
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    a bi-vocational pastor gets more support,
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    so he doesn't have to be bi-vocational,
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    or he just gets strength
    to stay bi-vocational;
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    what can move so that God's people
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    are sustained when their homes
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    and their houses
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    and their extended family are falling
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    as a result of the fall?
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    And I believe we need
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    a tremendous outpouring
    of the Holy Spirit.
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    We need an entire Person of the Trinity
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    to help us.
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    We need all of the Holy Spirit
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    bringing us into all that Christ has done
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    so that we can enjoy
    all of our relationship
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    to the Father.
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    And that sustains but it also motivates
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    more to move out and help, doesn't it?
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    I talked to another brother today,
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    and he said in the last twenty years,
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    I've heard better, clearer,
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    theologically precise presentations
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    of the Gospel than I've ever heard before.
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    And I believe we are witnessing
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    a season where there are many
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    clearly and biblically articulating
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    the Gospel.
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    And we should thank God for that.
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    But he said before those twenty years,
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    I heard less clear presentations
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    of the Gospel,
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    and they came with more power.
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    That is not an excuse
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    for a lack of precision in preaching.
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    Study hard to show yourself approved,
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    a workman who need not be ashamed,
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    rightly dividing the word of truth.
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    But if it's rightly divided and powerless,
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    that's one more testimony that we need
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    the power of the Holy Spirit.
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    And if those burdens weren't enough,
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    then we heard those last two sermons.
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    And I just walk away from
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    Brother Mack's sermon
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    and Brother Kevin's sermon
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    with this desire in my soul
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    that I want to share with you
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    from God's Word tonight.
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    Remember Brother Mack's sermon:
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    Christ was a man.
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    He had an umbilical cord.
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    He had been utterly dependent
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    on His mother.
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    He was a man.
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    And yet, as a man,
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    He moved like no other man moved
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    because of the power and the presence
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    of the Holy Spirit on His life.
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    That's what motivated Christ.
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    That's what empowered Christ
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    to move as no other man moved
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    was that He - our older Brother -
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    had the Spirit that now
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    we have been given.
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    Oh, if that doesn't whet your appetite
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    for more empowerment from God's Spirit,
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    you might need to put a mirror
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    under your nose and check for breath.
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    And then Brother Kevin
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    so clearly laying out these two ways
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    that men approach God.
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    One: By blood sacrifice
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    offered in faith -
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    I love that point -
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    that brings us to God.
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    So glorious.
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    It makes us accepted to God by Him.
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    And the other way,
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    which is offering our "very best" to God
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    like He now owes us something,
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    because we showed up to give Him our best,
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    and how that is utterly rejected by God.
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    And what I want to do in this message
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    is I want to try to combine
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    the last two messages.
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    I want to ask,
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    how do you get the power
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    of the Holy Spirit
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    that the Lord Jesus Christ had
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    on your life?
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    How do you walk in
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    the power of the Holy Spirit
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    that Brother Mack said was on
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    the Lord Jesus Christ?
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    And I want to answer that question
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    by saying it's by the
    Gospel Kevin preached.
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    You see, this Gospel
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    that our brother preached,
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    for unbelievers - to win
    many of you to Christ,
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    is the Gospel that Christians
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    are meant to live by.
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    It is not something that's merely
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    to take us at the moment
    of our conversion.
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    It's not something that's merely
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    to grip us at the moment
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    when we are born again,
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    but it is to be our lifeblood
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    for the entirety of our -
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    I was going to say lives,
    but that would be wrong.
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    For the entirety of our eternity.
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    The light of eternity
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    will be the slain Lamb of God.
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    And so I want to think with you about
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    what does it look like
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    for the Gospel to give us the Spirit
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    that empowers,
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    and what would get in the way
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    of the Gospel giving us the Spirit?
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    So we know we need the Spirit
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    and we know (or I hope we know)
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    that in order to have more of the Spirit,
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    we need to make sure
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    that we are clinging to the Gospel.
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    And so what I want to do,
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    is I want to ask you a question.
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    Then I want to answer it.
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    Then I want to read a Scripture.
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    And then I want to pray.
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    I am going to pray.
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    But I want to first ask you a question.
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    Then I want to give you an answer.
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    And then I want to read you a Scripture.
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    And then I want to pray.
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    What should a good pastor do
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    if he sees the people he loves
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    drifting away from the Gospel?
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    What should a faithful man of God do
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    if he sees the people
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    that he explained to them,
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    he said to them,
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    listen, the way you're saved
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    is by nothing other
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    than the sacrifice of
    the Lord Jesus Christ.
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    It's by His shed blood alone,
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    paying the blood penalty
    you should have paid,
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    but He paid it.
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    You simply repent and believe in Him.
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    What if that man sees the people he loves
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    swerving?
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    Drifting into some system?
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    Some man-made legalistic system
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    that gives them another way
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    to really be saved,
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    or we'll even say, fully saved?
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    To really enter in with God.
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    What if he finds them learning
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    that not only do they need
    to believe the Gospel,
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    but they also need to
    abstain from all alcohol.
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    That is clearly the way to heaven.
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    What if he sees them find out
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    that they need to embrace the Gospel,
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    but clearly, they need to be homeschooling
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    because if you're not homeschooling,
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    you would clearly be in
    a second-class position
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    with God.
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    What if he sees them in a situation
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    where they are hearing the Gospel,
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    loving the Gospel,
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    and then all of a sudden,
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    they are being derailed into some idea
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    that their church needs to be
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    a particularly perfect kind of way
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    before they can really flourish
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    in the Gospel?
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    What kind of things would a pastor say
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    to his people if he felt
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    and if he saw that they were drifting
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    from the Gospel?
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    That's my question.
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    Here's my answer.
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    You stupid fools!
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    Who is feeding you this garbage?
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    Are you drunk?
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    Are you under some kind of spell?
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    I preached Jesus Christ was crucified
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    to pay for all your sins every week,
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    and now you're eating up
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    this legalistic garbage?
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    Don't you remember
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    when I first counseled with you,
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    how you trusted the Gospel alone,
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    and now you think you're going to
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    get the Spirit by some finishing
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    of some legalistic expectation?
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    Some checklist?
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    Are you completely out to lunch
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    having started by God's Holy Spirit?
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    Now, you've got this little checklist
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    that you're going to keep
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    and if you keep it perfectly
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    you're going to be empowered
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    for obedience?
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    You are foolish!
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    Have you had so many glorious experiences
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    that flow from the Gospel?
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    Or are you throwing that all away
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    so you can go to the legalism?
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    Listen, God does not supply
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    the Spirit to you and work miracles
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    in this congregation -
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    He doesn't do it because
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    you've fulfilled some legalistic checklist
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    of expectations.
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    He does it simply because
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    you believe the Gospel.
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    And I think that's the right answer.
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    I think it's the right answer
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    because I don't think that a godly pastor
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    always sounds like Mr. Rogers
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    on Valium with a Bible.
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    Now Johnny, you really
    shouldn't be a legalist.
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    Thinking you can work your way to heaven
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    and you need to come on back to Jesus.
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    I think sometimes a godly pastor
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    sounds like a dad whose kid
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    is playing in the road.
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    And he engages in some sanctified yelling.
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    You fool! Get out of the road!
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    You're going to get killed in there!
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    That car's going roll over you
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    and it's done!
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    But more importantly,
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    I think that's the way you
    respond because that's the way
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    the Apostle Paul responded
    in Galatians 3:1-5.
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    That's the way he spoke.
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    Now, time out.
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    That's not the way you normally speak.
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    Some of you,
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    you can take this sermon
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    and from now on
    you're going to be:
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    You fool! You fool! You fool!
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    This ought to be the big exception
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    to the general gentleness of your life.
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    "Oh, foolish Galatians.
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    Who has bewitched you?
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    It was before your eyes
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    that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed
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    as crucified.
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    Let me ask you only this -
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    did you receive the Spirit
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    by works of the law
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    or by hearing with faith?
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    Are you so foolish
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    having begun by the Spirit,
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    are you now being perfected
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    by the flesh?
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    Did you suffer so many things in vain
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    if indeed it was in vain?
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    Does He Who supplies the Spirit to you
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    and works miracles among you
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    do so by works of the law
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    or by hearing with faith?
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    Just as Abraham believed God,
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    and it was counted to him
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    as righteousness."
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    Let's pray.
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    Father, we come before You.
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    We ask You, Lord, that You would...
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    well, first of all Lord,
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    we just ask that You would
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    pour out Your Holy Spirit on us
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    and do miracles among us
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    just by our belief in the Gospel.
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    Just by the Gospel.
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    That's my prayer, Lord.
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    And I ask you to sanctify me to that task.
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    Lord, I know that many
    of the things I'm saying
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    are going to be said
    on a razor's edge.
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    Give me clarity.
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    Set a guard over the door of my mouth
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    that I might not sin against You.
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    I pray that You would anoint
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    and empower and allow the Holy Spirit
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    to be experienced
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    so that Christ is known.
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    I pray even for the moms with babies,
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    that You'd even let them focus.
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    Calm the children down.
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    Lord, we pray this in Jesus' name.
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    Amen.
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    The Apostle Paul in this passage
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    sounds like a man interrogating
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    the Galatian Christians under lights.
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    He is asking them questions
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    of Gospel interrogation.
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    Don't you remember how you
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    received the Holy Spirit?
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    Don't you remember what
    God did in your life?
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    He's asking them rhetorical questions
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    and he is asking them these questions
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    so that they will be brought back
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    to their senses,
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    and they will be rooted and grounded
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    in the Gospel,
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    and they will continue on
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    in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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    That's why these firm questions
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    are being asked by the Apostle Paul.
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    The Galatian Christians, at this point
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    in their history,
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    were falling hook, line, and sinker
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    for a teaching that said:
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    Yes, Jesus is good,
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    but you also need to get circumcised,
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    you need to eat kosher,
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    you need to celebrate
    all the Jewish holidays.
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    Basically, you need to
    add the law of Moses
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    to the Gospel,
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    and then, you will be declared righteous.
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    Then you will be fully
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    part of God's inheritance
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    and God's people.
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    This is what they were drifting into,
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    and this is why Paul puts them
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    under the lights
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    and asks them all these questions.
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    And all of these questions have one goal.
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    The goal of all of these questions
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    in Galatians 3:1-5
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    is to help the people of God see
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    how they were justified;
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    how they came to have the Holy Spirit;
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    how they came to have
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    the very power of God
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    resting on their lives.
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    And he wants them to see that
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    it had nothing to do with circumcision,
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    food laws, putting special days
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    on your calendar;
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    it is by something completely different.
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    It is simply by faith
    in Jesus Christ alone
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    and His finished work
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    that the precious gift of the Holy Spirit
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    is given to the people of God.
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    And Paul, being a good preacher,
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    does not ask complicated questions
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    to the congregation.
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    These were not questions
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    where the Apostle Paul would ask you
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    and you would go...
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    Let me get back to you on that.
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    Let me think about that.
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    And let me respond at
    some time in the future
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    with exactly what it is
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    that is the answer to your question.
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    No, these were very basic questions
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    that the Apostle Paul was asking them.
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    They were rhetorical questions.
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    Like, what's two plus two? It's four.
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    It's an obvious and a basic answer.
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    And the Apostle Paul is asking them
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    so that they will remember
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    what it is that gave them the Holy Spirit.
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    Are you clear on that?
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    Are you clear on how a man or a woman
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    receives the Holy Spirit?
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    We all say we need
    more of the Holy Spirit.
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    You probably can't find an evangelical
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    that wouldn't say something like that.
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    Everyone would acknowledge
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    we need more of the Holy Spirit.
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    Are you clear on how a person
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    receives the Holy Spirit?
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    And how they go on with the Holy Spirit
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    in His power?
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    These questions serve us.
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    This is a pastor serving us.
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    To make us crystal clear
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    on how it is the church
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    and the people of God
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    receive the Holy Spirit.
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    Question #1:
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    The first question is,
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    "Oh, foolish Galatians!
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    Who has bewitched you?"
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    Notice, he begins with
    a statement about them.
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    They are foolish.
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    And the question is: who?
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    So, he says something bad about them,
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    and then he asks,
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    who's doing this to you?
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    And we need to think for a minute
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    about what a fool is.
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    Because Paul is calling them foolish,
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    but we need to think a little bit
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    about what it is exactly to be a fool.
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    And there's two aspects that I think
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    are critical here about foolishness
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    in the Bible.
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    Foolishness in the Bible is first of all
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    that a fool doesn't see
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    where present decisions
    are going to take him.
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    A fool does not see
    where present decisions
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    are going to take him.
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    So, Proverbs 1 is written so that
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    fathers can learn how
    to keep their children
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    out of gangs.
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    Because 3,000 years ago,
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    apparently Solomon and the people
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    in the time he was living
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    were already dealing with gangs.
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    This is not a modern problem.
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    So in Proverbs 1,
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    the father comes to the son and says,
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    My son, if people come to you and say
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    let's get rich, let's roll a few chumps,
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    and let's get their money,
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    do not go in with them,
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    because you will die.
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    You don't lay out a net for a bird
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    in front of the bird.
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    The bird won't go into that net.
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    He's saying, you're going to get caught up
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    in this messed up lifestyle
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    and be destroyed,
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    if you go in with these guys
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    who want to make easy money.
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    And what the father is doing to his son
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    is he's saying, you need to
    know where this is going.
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    The gang members are just going to say,
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    hey, we're brothers.
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    Hey, we're going to get rich.
    Hey, it's going to be good.
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    Here's the immediate payback.
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    But the fool doesn't see
    where this is going.
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    You get shot.
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    A wise man says,
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    I know where that's going.
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    Proverbs 5 is the same kind of language.
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    Proverbs 5 says you see
    that beautiful woman?
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    Her lips are dripping like honey?
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    She's as bitter as wormwood.
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    It does not say she's not pretty.
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    If you try to convince a young man
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    that a beautiful adulterous woman
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    isn't pretty, he'll just think,
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    you're out to lunch.
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    She's pretty.
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    The real answer is to tell him,
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    she'll kill you.
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    That's what's going to happen here.
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    She is indeed pretty.
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    She's poison.
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    But a fool doesn't see it.
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    He just sees the benefits of the gang.
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    He just sees the thrill of the girl.
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    He doesn't see where it's going.
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    And these Galatians were signing up
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    to a legalist system.
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    They were thinking, well,
    let's get circumcised.
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    That will get us in touch with
    our rich Jewish heritage.
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    That would really be exciting
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    to practice all those Old Testament laws.
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    We want the full package.
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    And Paul says in Galatians 5:2,
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    Look, "I, Paul, say to you,
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    that if you accept circumcision,
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    then he is obligated to
    keep the whole law.
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    You are severed from Christ,
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    you who would be justified by law.
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    You have fallen from grace."
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    He's saying, you're just looking
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    at the little entry package.
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    Let's do the Passover meal.
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    Let's do the special Jewish days.
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    Let's practice all the Old Testament.
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    That'll be so good.
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    Paul's like, do you know what
    you're signing up for?
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    You do a little bit of this
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    and if you want to
    be accepted by God
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    by doing a little bit of this,
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    you've got to do it all.
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    And you've got to do it all perfectly.
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    So don't be a fool.
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    They get tantalized by the appetizers.
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    Because if you eat this poison pill,
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    you need to take the whole meal.
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    And I would have you have the Gospel,
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    and not the law.
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    But there's another
    aspect to being foolish.
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    You see, the fool not only
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    doesn't see where things are going,
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    but the fool misses the obvious.
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    The fool has said in his heart...
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    there is no God.
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    Now, I think the Bible
    makes it pretty clear
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    that the reality of God is
    the most obvious reality
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    on the planet.
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    My son and I years ago
  • 23:36 - 23:38
    visited the Honda factory -
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    I think it was the Honda factory -
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    Toyota? Good thing I have my son here.
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    So, the Toyota factory in
    Georgetown, Kentucky.
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    And this place is amazing.
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    We're driving around on this
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    glorified golf cart,
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    and there's all these robots,
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    and they spring their arms into action
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    and they drop weld beads
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    right in the right place perfectly.
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    They start with rolls of steel
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    and out the other
    end of the factory
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    drives a Camry.
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    It's incredible.
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    Can you imagine if I
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    were to walk up to one of the engineers
  • 24:10 - 24:13
    who had designed that marvelous plant
  • 24:13 - 24:15
    and said, surely, there has been
  • 24:15 - 24:17
    a whirlwind of metal here
  • 24:17 - 24:24
    for billions and billions of years.
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    I think he'd be insulted.
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    But the fool misses the obvious.
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    The fool misses waterfalls
  • 24:34 - 24:37
    and fingernails that push out of fingers
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    and all the glorious workings
  • 24:38 - 24:40
    of the human body,
  • 24:40 - 24:42
    and nature, and biospheres.
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    The fool looks at all of that and says,
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    "there's no God."
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    And the Apostle Paul calls
    the Galatians fools here
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    because they were missing the obvious.
  • 24:54 - 24:56
    Paul's preaching, and I
    mean this with no offense
  • 24:56 - 24:57
    to Kevin Williams,
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    because Kevin Williams was, if anything,
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    clear this morning, right?
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    But Paul was clearer.
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    Kevin's not taking that as an
    insult right now - don't worry.
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    Paul was the clearest of clear.
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    Paul said,
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    "It was before your eyes
  • 25:20 - 25:24
    that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed
  • 25:24 - 25:26
    as crucified."
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    My preaching was
    crystal clear on this point.
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    I made abundantly clear
  • 25:30 - 25:32
    that you were sinners
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    and that Jesus Christ was crucified
  • 25:34 - 25:35
    in front of you.
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    That was my message.
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    I preached it for years with tears.
  • 25:38 - 25:40
    I went on and on about it.
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    I determined to know nothing among you
  • 25:42 - 25:44
    except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
  • 25:44 - 25:46
    I was a one-string banjo player
  • 25:46 - 25:49
    with just one note on my banjo:
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    Jesus Christ is the liberator from sin.
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    Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for sin.
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    Jesus Christ is the one Who deals
  • 25:58 - 25:59
    with all of the broken laws
  • 25:59 - 26:01
    you've ever broken.
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    Jesus Christ is the One Who saves you
  • 26:05 - 26:07
    from the broken laws you've broken.
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    He is the Savior of the world!
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    I wonder if we need to get circumcised?
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    You know, I think it's really important
  • 26:18 - 26:21
    to make homemade bread.
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    I mean it's loving your neighbor.
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    It's loving your neighbor.
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    All that mass marketing
    isn't loving your neighbor.
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    Probably if you're a Christian,
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    you basically have to do that.
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    Surely, you must read your Bible
  • 26:37 - 26:39
    for an hour every day.
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    The Bible's clear.
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    You know all those good verses
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    about how you have to read
    your Bible for an hour?
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    What's your favorite verse on that?
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    I'm pretty sure you've got
    to do that to get to heaven.
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    The fool begins to miss the obvious.
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    The fool begins to fail
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    to see where things are going.
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    And so the fool misses out on the Gospel.
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    And the Gospel is what brings the Spirit.
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    And so the Apostle Paul
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    asks these questions,
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    and he asks them to bring them back
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    to the Gospel.
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    I should just comment
    on this one verse too
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    before I move on.
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    Notice he says "who" has bewitched you.
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    Almost always when you begin to drift
  • 27:34 - 27:39
    from the Gospel, there's a "who."
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    And they're usually more
    exciting than your pastor
  • 27:42 - 27:49
    because your pastor just
    plays that one-string banjo.
  • 27:49 - 27:50
    And I want to tell you,
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    that if you can identify the "who"
  • 27:53 - 27:55
    that's pulling you away from the Gospel,
  • 27:55 - 27:57
    you need to one-hundred percent
  • 27:57 - 28:00
    and completely sever yourself
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    from their teaching,
  • 28:01 - 28:03
    and go with the most boring
  • 28:03 - 28:08
    Gospel preacher you can find.
  • 28:08 - 28:10
    That man will take you to heaven.
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    Because that man will point you to the Man
  • 28:14 - 28:20
    Who saves us from our sins.
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    Paul asks another question.
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    Really, this is question
    number two and five.
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    And this question is my favorite,
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    specifically as it relates to
    our topic this evening.
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    How did you get the Spirit?
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    How did you get it?
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    It's assumed here that the Galatians
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    have experienced the presence
  • 28:41 - 28:44
    and the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
  • 28:44 - 28:46
    And now Paul asks them to remember
  • 28:46 - 28:47
    their history.
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    And he says to them,
  • 28:48 - 28:51
    how did you get it.
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    And he says, "let me ask you only this -
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    did you receive the Spirit
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    by works of the law
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    or by hearing with faith?"
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    And then in v. 5,
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    "Does He Who supplies the Spirit to you
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    and works miracles among you
  • 29:06 - 29:08
    do so by works of the law
  • 29:08 - 29:12
    or by hearing with faith?"
  • 29:12 - 29:14
    And now, these Galatians
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    had experienced the presence
  • 29:15 - 29:17
    and the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • 29:17 - 29:19
    They had come to the point
  • 29:19 - 29:21
    where they said, "Jesus is Lord."
  • 29:21 - 29:22
    And 1 Corinthians tells us
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    no one says Jesus is Lord
  • 29:25 - 29:27
    in a genuine heartfelt way
  • 29:27 - 29:32
    except by the Holy Spirit.
  • 29:32 - 29:35
    They had come to taste something of love,
  • 29:35 - 29:38
    joy, peace, patience,
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    and these things come by
  • 29:40 - 29:42
    the Holy Spirit.
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    They had come to receive spiritual gifts
  • 29:44 - 29:46
    by which they served each other
  • 29:46 - 29:47
    through prophecies
  • 29:47 - 29:49
    and through miracles
  • 29:49 - 29:50
    and through acts of service,
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    through knowledge and wisdom.
  • 29:52 - 29:54
    They had come to receive the Holy Spirit
  • 29:54 - 29:58
    and Paul says when did that start?
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    Come on.
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    Remember your testimony.
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    I've got you under the lights.
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    When did all of that spiritual work
  • 30:05 - 30:07
    begin in your life?
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    And he gives them two options.
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    Did it begin when you began
  • 30:11 - 30:13
    to practice the works of the law?
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    Or did it begin when you were
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    hearing the Gospel with faith?
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    Now the works of the law in Galatians
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    means those works
    which God's law requires.
  • 30:23 - 30:25
    It means the things that were commanded
  • 30:25 - 30:27
    in the Old Testament law.
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    It means ceremonial things
  • 30:28 - 30:30
    like circumcision, special days,
  • 30:30 - 30:33
    special menus.
  • 30:33 - 30:35
    But it also means those moral things
  • 30:35 - 30:37
    like "thou shalt not murder,"
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    and "thou shalt not covet
  • 30:39 - 30:40
    another man's wife."
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    It means all that God commanded
  • 30:42 - 30:45
    in the Old Testament law.
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    And he says, was it when you started
  • 30:47 - 30:49
    doing all the right things
  • 30:49 - 30:50
    that God commanded,
  • 30:50 - 30:53
    that you were given the Spirit?
  • 30:53 - 30:56
    Or, was it when you simply heard
  • 30:56 - 30:59
    Jesus Christ publicly portrayed
  • 30:59 - 31:01
    before your eyes as crucified
  • 31:01 - 31:03
    that you became spiritual people
  • 31:03 - 31:06
    who began to walk in the Spirit?
  • 31:06 - 31:09
    And again, the Galatians
    are supposed to go back.
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    Now, think about the average Galatian.
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    The average Galatian had never read
  • 31:13 - 31:15
    the law of Moses.
  • 31:15 - 31:17
    Ok, there was no confusion
  • 31:17 - 31:19
    for the average Galatian.
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    The average Galatian says,
  • 31:21 - 31:22
    yeah, I was eating kosher,
  • 31:22 - 31:24
    and then the Spirit came...
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    No, they weren't eating kosher at all.
  • 31:26 - 31:27
    They were not Jews.
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    They were Galatians.
  • 31:29 - 31:30
    They weren't trying to practice
  • 31:30 - 31:32
    the Ten Commandments.
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    They had never celebrated a Passover
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    in their life.
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    They didn't have any circumcised children.
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    They did not have any allegiance to
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    or practice of the law of Moses.
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    And a preacher came into their town;
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    preached Jesus Christ can save you
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    from your sins.
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    They believed it and they
    received the Holy Spirit
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    right then and there.
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    The only and exclusive prerequisite
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    to receiving the Spirit of God
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    is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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    You put your faith in the One
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    Who walked by the Spirit
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    and you will receive the Spirit.
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    Now there are many good things
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    in the Christian life.
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    Family worship is a good thing.
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    What a good thing for fathers
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    to teach their children.
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    Daily devotions.
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    What a good thing to
    read the Bible every day.
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    Principles of modesty.
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    What a good thing to
    let the Lord Jesus Christ
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    shape the way you dress.
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    These are wonderful responses to grace.
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    But it's amazing how quickly
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    in the Christian life,
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    we can turn them into new laws.
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    New laws.
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    So I want you ask you this.
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    Had you mastered principles of modesty
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    when you received the Spirit?
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    You were just sitting there.
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    The neckline was up to there
    and the skirt was down to there
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    and the Spirit came!
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    Right?
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    Or maybe one day,
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    you went into your quiet place
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    and you said: now this devotional
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    is going to be good.
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    I'm going to read four chapters.
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    McCheyne's plan. Come on. McCheyne.
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    So you were going to do McCheyne's plan,
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    but you weren't just going
    to do McCheyne's plan,
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    you were going to do some meditating
  • 33:29 - 33:31
    and some journaling.
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    And you weren't just
    going to journal,
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    you were going to do prayer
    and not just for you,
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    but for the whole
    church you're a part of.
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    And you know, you managed
    to split the time up
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    and it wasn't too legalistic
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    and you got that perfect
  • 33:42 - 33:45
    quintessential devotional and boom!
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    The Spirit of God fell
    on your life, right?
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    That's how it happened
    for all of you, right?
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    I know that's how it
    happened for me.
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    I have the perfect
    devotions every morning.
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    Was it the first time your rowdy family
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    finally managed to do seven days a week
  • 34:03 - 34:06
    of family worship?
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    So the Spirit of God came?
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    My wife's uncle used to make
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    one of their children stand
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    during family worship because he was
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    so prone to fall asleep.
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    The Holy Spirit's not
    on families like that.
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    Beloved, the Holy Spirit comes
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    on weak, wounded, broken,
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    depraved sinners who believe the Gospel.
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    And then after you get converted,
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    there isn't a new way to get more of Him.
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    There's that simple, continual
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    trusting and resting in the Gospel
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    that brings more of the power
  • 34:49 - 34:52
    and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
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    Will He gently lead you to be modest?
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    You bet He will.
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    Will He gently lead you to love His Word?
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    You bet He will.
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    Will He gently lead you
    to walk by the Spirit?
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    Absolutely.
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    But the order is everything.
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    Question number three.
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    Verse 3
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    "Having begun by the Spirit,
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    are you now being perfected
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    by the flesh?"
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    What's happening here?
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    We've established something.
  • 35:33 - 35:35
    Paul says we know you
    started by the Spirit.
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    You were a bunch of pagan Galatians.
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    You didn't have any background
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    in biblical truth.
  • 35:40 - 35:42
    You heard the Gospel.
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    You got the Spirit.
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    And now, I've got to ask you.
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    Are you going to go on
    and become just like Jesus
  • 35:47 - 35:50
    by the flesh?
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    Now, one of the sad things
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    about reading this text in America,
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    is that when we hear flesh,
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    we tend to hear licentiousness.
  • 36:02 - 36:04
    When we think of flesh,
  • 36:04 - 36:06
    we tend to think of drinking too much.
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    Sleeping around too much.
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    Gambling.
  • 36:10 - 36:14
    All those kinds of immoral
    and ungodly things.
  • 36:14 - 36:15
    But for Paul here,
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    flesh is referring to getting
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    more religious, not less.
  • 36:22 - 36:25
    The move towards the legalism
  • 36:25 - 36:26
    of the Judaizers;
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    the move towards the legalistic heresy
  • 36:29 - 36:30
    that Paul was confronting,
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    was a move of the flesh.
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    Because you see,
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    the flesh, when it can't just
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    rapidly grab all kinds of illicit sins,
  • 36:41 - 36:44
    loves to clean itself up
  • 36:44 - 36:46
    and make itself religious
  • 36:46 - 36:51
    and be proud of its religion.
  • 36:51 - 36:51
    In Indonesia,
  • 36:51 - 36:53
    I've walked through Indonesia,
  • 36:53 - 36:55
    and you see men with bruises
  • 36:55 - 36:56
    on their heads.
  • 36:56 - 36:58
    I'm told they get these bruises
  • 36:58 - 37:00
    by rubbing cans on their heads
  • 37:00 - 37:01
    until their heads are bruised,
  • 37:01 - 37:04
    but the bruises are meant to look like
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    they've hit the floor five times a day
  • 37:07 - 37:09
    in prayer.
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    That's not devotion.
  • 37:12 - 37:15
    That's the flesh.
  • 37:15 - 37:19
    And we're told here
    that that fleshly instinct
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    can creep back into the Christian life.
  • 37:22 - 37:24
    Now, the Christian is not
    ultimately in the flesh,
  • 37:24 - 37:26
    under the dominion of the flesh.
  • 37:26 - 37:28
    But the Christian still
    deals with the flesh
  • 37:28 - 37:34
    and experiences the desires of the flesh.
  • 37:34 - 37:38
    And those desires can
    be extremely religious.
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    They can include:
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    I can't miss a service.
  • 37:41 - 37:43
    I know all my kids are sick
  • 37:43 - 37:44
    and it would be really servant-hearted
  • 37:44 - 37:46
    to take care of my wife,
  • 37:46 - 37:47
    but I cannot miss a service.
  • 37:47 - 37:52
    I can't love you right now baby.
  • 37:52 - 38:02
    I've got something fleshly to do.
  • 38:02 - 38:05
    The flesh loves to accumulate
  • 38:05 - 38:10
    religious duties in order to, often,
  • 38:10 - 38:13
    tell other people about them.
  • 38:13 - 38:14
    That's what the Pharisees did.
  • 38:14 - 38:16
    But the flesh actually will sometimes
  • 38:16 - 38:19
    be content not to tell anyone about them
  • 38:19 - 38:23
    but just to suck on
    that self-righteousness
  • 38:23 - 38:26
    like a lollipop.
  • 38:26 - 38:29
    Just taste the sweetness of: I'm doing it.
  • 38:29 - 38:31
    I'm getting it together.
  • 38:31 - 38:33
    Now Christians get all in a huff:
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    How do I know if
    I'm doing my devotions
  • 38:35 - 38:36
    in the flesh or in the Spirit?
  • 38:36 - 38:39
    It's not complicated, beloved.
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    It's not.
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    Paul says the works of
    the flesh are obvious.
  • 38:43 - 38:44
    They're obvious.
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    You come out of that room
    from doing your devotions
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    and you're an angry
    mess with your family,
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    I'll tell you one thing
    that wasn't happening
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    in your devotions.
  • 38:53 - 38:56
    It wasn't communion with the Spirit.
  • 38:56 - 38:58
    Right, the works of the flesh
  • 38:58 - 39:04
    are (Galatians 5) obvious.
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    Galatians 5, the Apostle Paul says, v.19.
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    The works of the flesh are
    very hard to understand,
  • 39:12 - 39:15
    and you should engage
    in perpetual introspection
  • 39:15 - 39:19
    to discover them.
  • 39:19 - 39:21
    Right?
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    Just gaze in there.
  • 39:24 - 39:26
    Peel that onion of your soul.
  • 39:26 - 39:28
    Was that the flesh?
  • 39:28 - 39:30
    That's not the kind of bondage
  • 39:30 - 39:33
    the New Testament puts you in.
  • 39:33 - 39:35
    "The works of the flesh are evident:
  • 39:35 - 39:36
    sexual immorality,
  • 39:36 - 39:38
    impurity, sensuality,
  • 39:38 - 39:40
    idolatry, sorcery,
  • 39:40 - 39:42
    emnity, strife, jealousy,
  • 39:42 - 39:43
    fits of anger,
  • 39:43 - 39:45
    rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
  • 39:45 - 39:49
    envy, drunkenness, orgies."
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    There's a kind of devotion
    to the things of God
  • 39:51 - 39:55
    that can't stop looking at porn.
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    Because it's all just self-driven.
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    There's a kind of devotion
  • 40:01 - 40:06
    to this list of things God wants me doing
  • 40:06 - 40:09
    that can't stop getting angry.
  • 40:09 - 40:14
    Can't stop indulging in impurity.
  • 40:14 - 40:17
    But the way to abandon that
  • 40:17 - 40:19
    is the way to realize that the way
  • 40:19 - 40:21
    you become perfected -
  • 40:21 - 40:23
    perfected just more like Jesus -
  • 40:23 - 40:26
    is you keep putting your faith in Jesus.
  • 40:26 - 40:29
    You keep trusting in Jesus.
  • 40:29 - 40:33
    You put your faith in
    Jesus on your best day.
  • 40:33 - 40:35
    Lord, I just ministered to people all day;
  • 40:35 - 40:37
    poured my life out for people all day.
  • 40:37 - 40:38
    You know what?
  • 40:38 - 40:40
    I'm going to heaven because Jesus Christ
  • 40:40 - 40:45
    was portrayed before me as crucified.
  • 40:45 - 40:47
    And then you fall flat
    on your face one day,
  • 40:47 - 40:50
    and you fall into the same old sins
  • 40:50 - 40:52
    that have been dragging
    you down for years.
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    You just fall right on your face,
    and you get up and you say,
  • 40:54 - 40:57
    Lord, I need the Spirit right now.
  • 40:57 - 40:59
    I need the Spirit and the only way
  • 40:59 - 41:02
    I can get Him is because
    the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 41:02 - 41:08
    paid fully for all of my sins.
  • 41:08 - 41:09
    I have a friend who talks about
  • 41:09 - 41:11
    how he does his devotions.
  • 41:11 - 41:13
    I love what he says.
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    He says that when he does his devotions
  • 41:17 - 41:18
    on his best day,
  • 41:18 - 41:20
    after he's done his devotions,
  • 41:20 - 41:21
    he closes his Bible and says,
  • 41:21 - 41:25
    Lord, that was a good time
    of communion with You,
  • 41:25 - 41:27
    but I am not justified
  • 41:27 - 41:30
    by that good time of communion with You.
  • 41:30 - 41:34
    I am justified by the death, burial,
  • 41:34 - 41:38
    and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 41:38 - 41:41
    And then he tells that
  • 41:41 - 41:45
    when he does devotions on his worst days -
  • 41:45 - 41:46
    you know the kind where
  • 41:46 - 41:50
    you find drool on the page later?
  • 41:50 - 41:55
    Or you feel like you're trying
    to get one of those bruises.
  • 41:55 - 41:56
    At the end of that devotional,
  • 41:56 - 41:58
    you just close your Bible and say
  • 41:58 - 42:04
    I'm not any less justified.
  • 42:04 - 42:08
    Not any less justified.
  • 42:08 - 42:11
    In fact, I am fully justified.
  • 42:11 - 42:17
    Not because of the quality
    of my time in Your Word,
  • 42:17 - 42:19
    but because of Your death
  • 42:19 - 42:27
    on the cross for me.
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    Question number four.
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    It's the shortest one.
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    Did you suffer so many things in vain?
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    Paul says did you suffer
    so many things in vain?
  • 42:42 - 42:43
    Did you suffer so many things
  • 42:43 - 42:45
    and now it's just useless?
  • 42:45 - 42:46
    And there's great debate
  • 42:46 - 42:48
    about what this word
    "suffering" means.
  • 42:48 - 42:49
    Generally, this word
    translated "suffering" here
  • 42:49 - 42:50
    does just mean exactly that.
  • 42:50 - 42:53
    Persecution - that kind of suffering
  • 42:53 - 42:55
    that we've just heard about.
  • 42:55 - 42:58
    I don't think that's what it means here.
  • 42:58 - 43:00
    And I think that because it would be
  • 43:00 - 43:03
    completely out of the context.
  • 43:03 - 43:04
    William Hendrickson says,
  • 43:04 - 43:07
    "if it is correct that this word suffering
  • 43:07 - 43:14
    (incomplete thought)
  • 43:14 - 43:15
    means physical suffering
  • 43:15 - 43:17
    or kind of emotional suffering;
  • 43:17 - 43:18
    if that was correct, Paul would be
  • 43:18 - 43:21
    introducing an entirely new
    thought at this point,
  • 43:21 - 43:23
    one which he has
    said nothing whatever
  • 43:23 - 43:25
    in the preceding, which
    he drops immediately,
  • 43:25 - 43:26
    and to which he never again alludes
  • 43:26 - 43:28
    in the remainder of the letter."
  • 43:28 - 43:30
    I think this word suffering here
  • 43:30 - 43:31
    simply means,
  • 43:31 - 43:33
    did you experience so many things in vain?
  • 43:33 - 43:36
    And it's really in the light
    of the rest of the context.
  • 43:36 - 43:37
    Did you have these miracles?
  • 43:37 - 43:41
    Did you experience the Spirit?
  • 43:41 - 43:43
    But the idea here is
  • 43:43 - 43:48
    if you now go off into a way of the flesh,
  • 43:48 - 43:55
    all that initial experience was useless.
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    Now, I want to close this evening
  • 43:57 - 43:58
    by making two observations.
  • 43:58 - 43:59
    And when I say close,
  • 43:59 - 44:07
    I don't mean like right away.
  • 44:07 - 44:09
    I want to close this evening
  • 44:09 - 44:12
    by just making two observations.
  • 44:12 - 44:15
    Stepping back and noticing something
  • 44:15 - 44:18
    about what we've just studied.
  • 44:18 - 44:20
    I want you to notice -
  • 44:20 - 44:23
    and really many commentators
    have noticed it -
  • 44:23 - 44:24
    I want you to notice that
  • 44:24 - 44:27
    the whole argument that Paul has just
  • 44:27 - 44:33
    put forward was based on experience.
  • 44:33 - 44:35
    Paul has not been trying to get
  • 44:35 - 44:37
    the Galatians to get their experience
  • 44:37 - 44:40
    back in line with good doctrine.
  • 44:40 - 44:41
    He has been laboring to get
  • 44:41 - 44:43
    their doctrine back on track
  • 44:43 - 44:46
    through the reminder of their experience.
  • 44:46 - 44:50
    Now we need to think about
    that very carefully.
  • 44:50 - 44:51
    We live in a day and age when
  • 44:51 - 44:53
    Christians are on one of two poles
  • 44:53 - 44:55
    when it comes to experience.
  • 44:55 - 44:56
    Some are addicted to it.
  • 44:56 - 45:00
    Others are allergic to it.
  • 45:00 - 45:01
    Some always need a new experience.
  • 45:01 - 45:04
    They went to a service.
    There was holy laughter this week.
  • 45:04 - 45:06
    Now they teeth turning
    into gold the next week.
  • 45:06 - 45:08
    It's just like drug addicts.
    I was one of them.
  • 45:08 - 45:09
    I know what it was like.
  • 45:09 - 45:11
    You get high on something one week.
  • 45:11 - 45:15
    You need more the next week.
  • 45:15 - 45:17
    There was some good preaching one night.
  • 45:17 - 45:20
    You need some more awesome preaching
  • 45:20 - 45:24
    the next night.
  • 45:24 - 45:28
    There can be this addiction to experience.
  • 45:28 - 45:30
    At the same time,
  • 45:30 - 45:32
    there can be others who are
  • 45:32 - 45:35
    allergic to experience.
  • 45:35 - 45:37
    They tell us that if you focus on feelings
  • 45:37 - 45:39
    your experience will lose
  • 45:39 - 45:40
    your grip on the truth.
  • 45:40 - 45:42
    If you focus on your feelings,
  • 45:42 - 45:44
    you will be following,
    not the Holy Spirit,
  • 45:44 - 45:47
    but maybe just what you ate for lunch.
  • 45:47 - 45:49
    You don't want to focus
    on feelings, they say,
  • 45:49 - 45:50
    and on experience
  • 45:50 - 45:52
    because the Bible is enough for you.
  • 45:52 - 45:56
    Don't focus on your experience.
  • 45:56 - 45:59
    Now there is a grain of truth there.
  • 45:59 - 46:02
    You cannot lead your Christian life
  • 46:02 - 46:06
    by day-to-day experience.
  • 46:06 - 46:12
    But that doesn't mean
    there's no experience, beloved.
  • 46:12 - 46:15
    If we are biblical,
  • 46:15 - 46:17
    we really can't say that either one
  • 46:17 - 46:18
    of these poles is right.
  • 46:18 - 46:19
    In fact, we have to say,
  • 46:19 - 46:23
    both of these poles are wrong.
  • 46:23 - 46:26
    Even if some people abuse experience
  • 46:26 - 46:27
    and abandon the Bible
  • 46:27 - 46:28
    to follow experience,
  • 46:28 - 46:30
    we can't play it down
  • 46:30 - 46:32
    and we can't make less of it,
  • 46:32 - 46:34
    because it was obviously central
  • 46:34 - 46:41
    to the lives of these early Christians.
  • 46:41 - 46:45
    Paul everywhere assumes in Galatians 3:1-5
  • 46:45 - 46:47
    that no one would say,
  • 46:47 - 46:52
    I'm not even sure if I
    have the Holy Spirit.
  • 46:52 - 46:54
    Do you know what I'm saying here?
  • 46:54 - 46:55
    See, these questions,
  • 46:55 - 46:57
    they assume an experiential Christianity.
  • 46:57 - 46:59
    When you say to someone,
    "When did you receive the Spirit?"
  • 46:59 - 47:02
    "How did you receive the Spirit?"
    And you expect answers back.
  • 47:02 - 47:05
    You are assuming that the people
  • 47:05 - 47:07
    you're talking to have experienced
  • 47:07 - 47:09
    something of the Holy Spirit.
  • 47:09 - 47:12
    Are there different measures?
  • 47:12 - 47:13
    Are there different degrees?
  • 47:13 - 47:15
    Certainly.
  • 47:15 - 47:24
    But no experience of the
    Holy Spirit is not an option.
  • 47:24 - 47:28
    And we need to think clearly about this.
  • 47:28 - 47:32
    Because Paul is leading the people
  • 47:32 - 47:34
    back to good doctrine with a reminder
  • 47:34 - 47:37
    of their experiences.
  • 47:37 - 47:40
    In fact, far from being
    a danger to doctrine,
  • 47:40 - 47:44
    I want to say from Galatians 3:1-5
  • 47:44 - 47:46
    that experiential Christianity -
  • 47:46 - 47:48
    listen to me, brothers and sisters -
  • 47:48 - 47:52
    guards and protects
    doctrinal Christianity.
  • 47:52 - 47:56
    Anybody here care about doctrine?
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    Yeah, the rest of you just
    don't want to raise your hands.
  • 47:59 - 48:00
    You're at the Fellowship Conference.
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    You care about doctrine.
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    Anyone here care about doctrine?
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    Yeah, that's right.
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    One of the safeguards
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    to keeping you doctrinally on track
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    is an experiential relationship
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    with the Lord Jesus Christ
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    by the Holy Spirit.
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    And it's by experience that is
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    rooted and grounded in the Gospel.
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    You ought to be saying,
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    whoa, what happened here?
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    Why am I so powerless?
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    Why am I so angry?
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    Why am I all of a sudden
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    falling into so much sexual immorality?
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    Even though I'm doing all kinds
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    of religious things,
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    what's going on?
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    I got off the Gospel.
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    Yeah, that's what happened.
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    I was walking in a much different place
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    when I was just thinking of Jesus Christ
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    plackarded before me as crucified.
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    That was a much different time.
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    Experiential Christianity
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    guards and preserves
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    doctrinal Christianity.
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    It is not its enemy.
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    This means we should preach
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    an experiential Christianity.
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    We should not just hope it blows in
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    every now and then.
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    But we should preach
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    an experiential Christianity.
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    One of the amazing things -
    I don't know how God does this -
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    but God in many ways,
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    limits His work according to
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    the quality of teaching
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    His people are receiving.
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    Anybody here grow a lot more
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    after they receive good teaching?
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    You didn't just get born again
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    when you received good teaching,
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    but the presence of increased measures
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    of truth in the believer's life
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    cultivates a maturity.
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    And so if you don't preach on the reality
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    of the Holy Spirit,
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    it is very unlikely that people will know
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    the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
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    That's why the apostles preached:
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    repent and be baptized
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    every one of you in the
    name of the Lord Jesus
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    for the forgivenss of your sins
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    and I've got no idea what's
    going to happen next.
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    No, that's not what they preached.
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    Repent and be baptized
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    every one of you in the
    name of the Lord Jesus Christ
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    for the forgiveness of your sins
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    and you will receive the Holy Spirit.
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    When they were threatened in Acts 3
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    with persecution - and you can pray this
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    for the church that our brother mentioned.
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    When they were persecuted in Acts 3,
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    they prayed, "Lord, look upon the threats
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    of our enemies,
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    and grant to your servants
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    to continue to speak Your Word
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    with all boldness
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    while You stretch out Your hand
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    to heal and signs and
    wonders are performed
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    through the name of
    Your holy Servant Jesus.
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    Beloved, we need to be a people
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    who preach and pray for
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    the Holy Spirit through the Gospel.
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    Ok? Here's my most common
    experience of preaching.
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    My most common experience of preaching
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    is: Ryan you are 36 or 24 hours away
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    from preaching.
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    How do you feel? Terrible.
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    That's how I feel.
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    I call my wife:
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    Honey, it never stops.
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    Every time I'm supposed to preach,
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    I just feel like I've got nothing.
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    No power. No nothing.
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    What am I going to do?
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    Jesus Christ is clearly plackarded
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    in front of me as crucified.
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    And I'm thinking, if I'm
    going to preach well,
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    there had better be
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    some perfect devotional
    moments before that time.
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    Right?
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    But invariably, my best devotional moments
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    are substandard.
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    Oh, there are some great times,
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    but you know, it's nothing to
    write home about sometimes.
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    And so what do you do?
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    Get up in the pulpit and say,
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    well, you know, it just
    wasn't perfect today.
  • 52:18 - 52:25
    So, I've got nothing for you.
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    Or do you say,
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    here I am one more time, Lord.
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    All I've got's the Gospel.
  • 52:33 - 52:38
    Would You put Your Spirit on me again?
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    And that doesn't just apply to preachers.
  • 52:42 - 52:46
    You're going into that job you hate.
  • 52:46 - 52:48
    Lord, I woke up this morning.
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    I tried to read Your Word.
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    It was a pretty good morning.
    It wasn't perfect.
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    But you know what,
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    I'm not going off perfection.
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    I'm heading into work now,
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    and if I'm going to be
    nice to these people -
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    not just nice, but exceedingly kind,
  • 53:01 - 53:04
    forgiving, loving, Christlike, bold,
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    witnessing...
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    all I've got is Jesus Christ
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    publicly displayed in front of me
  • 53:11 - 53:15
    as crucified.
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    The Spirit answers to the blood.
  • 53:17 - 53:20
    The Spirit answers to the blood
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    and tells me I'm born of God.
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    You want more of the Spirit?
    Go to the Gospel.
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    Again and again.
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    Last point.
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    The experiential Christianity
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    or the experience of the Spirit
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    that Mack described on
    the Lord Jesus Christ -
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    and who doesn't want more of that?
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    - really was meant to be yours.
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    If anyone believes in My name,
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    He will do the works that I do.
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    Now just stop the verse there.
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    Don't finish it.
  • 54:09 - 54:15
    That by itself is unbelievable.
  • 54:15 - 54:20
    The words He spoke.
  • 54:20 - 54:22
    Words that pierced to the heart
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    of the most difficult, naughty situations.
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    The foot washing He did.
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    Serving.
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    If ever there was a time
    when it would be ok -
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    it wouldn't be ok -
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    but it would be understandable
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    for a man to go into
    a corner and sulk.
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    He's about to experience the wrath of God.
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    Our Lord is washing feet.
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    The miracles He did.
  • 54:49 - 54:53
    If anyone believes in My name,
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    he will do the works that I did.
  • 54:59 - 55:01
    And then unfathomably,
  • 55:01 - 55:04
    Jesus adds,
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    greater works than these will he do.
  • 55:07 - 55:09
    Why? There's a reason why.
  • 55:09 - 55:10
    Because I am going to the Father.
  • 55:10 - 55:12
    What difference does it make that
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    You go to the Father?
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    He pours out the Spirit on His people
  • 55:15 - 55:19
    when He goes to the Father.
  • 55:19 - 55:24
    The reality that Mack talked about
  • 55:24 - 55:26
    in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 55:26 - 55:31
    is meant in measure to be ours.
  • 55:31 - 55:36
    And it comes initially and continually
  • 55:36 - 55:39
    through the message Kevin preached.
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    But through the Gospel
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    of simple trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 55:48 - 55:50
    Putting your faith in the One
  • 55:50 - 55:51
    Who had the Spirit
  • 55:51 - 55:52
    without measure
  • 55:52 - 55:55
    is what imparts to you
  • 55:55 - 55:59
    the Spirit that He had.
  • 55:59 - 56:01
    And so beloved,
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    I would encourage you
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    before you read your Bible next time;
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    before you try to be nice to your brothers
  • 56:08 - 56:10
    and your sisters;
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    before you try to preach;
  • 56:11 - 56:15
    before you try to be exemplary at work,
  • 56:15 - 56:18
    ask the Lord God to remind you
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    of what was publicly portrayed
  • 56:20 - 56:23
    in front of you in Christ crucified
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    and to give you the Holy Spirit.
  • 56:26 - 56:30
    It is the only way to pursue perfection.
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    It is the only way to pursue
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    more Christlikeness in your life.
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    Let's pray.
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    Father, we come before You,
  • 56:48 - 56:53
    and we want to pray through the night,
  • 56:53 - 56:58
    fast, seek You, witness with boldness,
  • 56:58 - 57:04
    see angels all around
    us when we're scared.
  • 57:04 - 57:05
    But these things do not come
  • 57:05 - 57:07
    to a different kind of man
  • 57:07 - 57:11
    or a different kind of woman.
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    They come to those who continually
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    place themselves under
  • 57:14 - 57:16
    the foot of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 57:16 - 57:18
    and trust His Gospel.
  • 57:18 - 57:22
    So, Lord, make us strong in the Spirit
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    by continually weakening us
  • 57:24 - 57:27
    and placing us under the cross.
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    We pray this in Jesus' name,
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    Amen.
Title:
Gospel Faith Leads to the Fullness of the Spirit's Power - Ryan Fullerton
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