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THE BOOK OF THE APOSTLES - The Normal Christian Life - Faith Is Obedience

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    The Call of Jesus
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    Welcome to lesson 18
    "The Book of the Apostles".
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    I love talking about the Book of the Apostles,
    the Book of Acts,
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    as we see in the New Testament.
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    Here we have the Bible,
    the Old Testament, the New Testament.
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    And in the New Testament
    we start with the four gospels:
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    Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
    Amazing.
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    In those four gospels we read about Jesus,
    how He walked around here on earth.
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    All four gospels end up with Jesus dying
    and how He rose up again.
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    And then, after the four gospels
    we have the Book of Acts,
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    the Book of the Apostles.
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    It is a very special book
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    because the Book of the Apostles
    is the only historical book
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    we have from the early church,
    here in the Bible,
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    where we read about how they
    were living the life of Christ,
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    how they obeyed the call of Jesus.
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    We are now living after the cross.
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    We are now living in an amazing time
    that was prophesied about,
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    many, many, many years ago.
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    When Jesus was hanging on the cross,
    He said: "It is finished!"
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    What is finished?
    What was finished?
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    Or what has begun?
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    The old thing was finished
    and something new has begun.
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    We, when you understand it,
    we are living in an amazing time today,
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    a time that was prophesied about
    many hundreds years ago.
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    For example, Ezekiel and Jeremiah,
    400 years BC prophesied about
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    the time we today are living in.
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    Ezekiel prophesied this
    in Ezekiel 11:19-20:
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    "I will give them an undivided heart
    and put a spirit in them;
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    I will remove from them their heart
    of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
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    Then they will follow My decrees
    and be careful to keep My laws.
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    They will be My people,
    and I will be their God."
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    Listen to these words.
    These words Ezekiel prophesied
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    400 years BC is something we today
    are living in.
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    In the time Jesus was walking on earth,
    in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,
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    they did not experience it.
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    Why? Because they were still
    before the cross.
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    When Jesus walked on earth
    He could not give them the new spirit
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    Ezekiel prophesied about.
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    But after He ascended to Heaven,
    He sent His Holy Spirit down here,
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    and we are living in this exciting time.
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    We, in Christ, can be forgiven,
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    and we, in Christ, can get a relationship
    with God where we can know Him.
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    In the Old Testament it was only
    for a few.
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    It was only for the prophets
    and a few selected people.
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    But now, in the time we are living in,
    God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh.
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    Last time we looked at religion.
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    Religion tries to change a person and
    make a person looks nice outside.
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    But Jesus is giving a new heart.
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    Jesus is putting a new spirit in us.
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    Jesus is doing what we have just
    read about.
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    And one thing I really love about
    the Book of Acts.
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    In the Book of Acts we see this
    being fulfilled.
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    We see in the Book of Acts
    how the early church, after the cross,
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    was preaching the gospel.
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    We also see how they responded
    to the gospel they have heard.
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    We also see how they got born again.
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    The Book of Acts gives a lot of examples,
    pictures of how the early church
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    was obeying Christ,
    how the believers were obeying Christ,
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    how they actually went out in that harvest
    that was ready,
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    how they found that person of peace.
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    For example, Acts 10,
    with Peter and Cornelius,
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    or Acts 16, with Paul and Lydia.
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    There are clear, clear examples
    in the Book of Acts
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    how they continued the work of Christ.
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    The Book of Acts is like a mirror where
    we see how the early church was living,
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    how they obeyed Christ.
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    It is like a diary.
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    There was a time in my life
    where I looked at my life,
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    and I was a Christian,
    I loved Jesus, and I was radical,
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    and I went to church,
    and I did a lot of good things there.
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    But then I started to see
    the Book of Acts.
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    And my life did not, at all,
    looked like the Book of Acts.
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    I dressed up every Sunday,
    I went to church,
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    I was even doing a few preaching
    in the church,
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    and I was helping in the church,
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    but I was not led by the Holy Spirit
    like we read here,
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    I did not lead people to Christ,
    like we read here,
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    I did not baptize people in water and
    Holy Spirit, like we read here,
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    I did not cast out demons and heal the sick,
    like we read here.
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    So, I had religion in one hand
    and I had the life in the other hand.
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    And there was a mistake somewhere.
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    And I believe the mistake is not found
    in the Bible.
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    The mistake is found in our life.
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    So, I needed to change something.
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    I needed to change something,
    and I did it.
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    I changed something in my life.
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    And now, my life looks so much more
    like what we read here, in the Book of Acts.
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    One of the things I needed to change
    was obedience.
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    We need obedience.
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    Faith is obedience.
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    You don't have faith
    if you don't have obedience.
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    Try to imagine if I'm standing
    in the middle of a road here
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    and there is a truck coming
    from a side, and I don't see the truck.
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    The truck is coming in full speed
    towards me.
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    And you are standing there,
    on the side road,
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    and you see the truck and you shout:
    Torben! Move! Move! A truck is coming!
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    And I look at you.
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    I believe you.
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    I believe you are real.
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    I believe you exist.
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    I believe in your words.
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    And stand still.
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    No, it doesn't make sense.
    Why?
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    Because if I believe in you,
    in your words,
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    I will move.
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    I will not be able to believe
    what you are saying and stand still.
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    Yeah, only if I want to die.
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    But if I want to survive,
    and I believe in you -
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    I need to move.
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    Why? Because to have faith in you
    is not to have faith that you are real,
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    that you walk on earth.
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    No. I have to have faith in your words.
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    Like, to believe in Christ is not only
    to believe that He one time lived.
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    It is to believe Christ.
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    Believe His words.
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    And if we believe His words
    we move.
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    We obey His words.
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    That is the only way we can, actually,
    show that we believe.
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    Faith without obedience is dead.
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    And it's so clear. I want to read
    the following from the book of James.
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    And when you read these words here,
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    it's so important to understand that
    when we talk about works,
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    it's not talking about works of the law.
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    It's not about trying to earn
    our salvation, because we cannot.
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    It's not about trying to obey the law
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    and then we obey so good that we are saved.
    No.
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    It's not talking about works by the law,
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    but it's talking about obedience /
    works by faith.
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    And this is what we need.
    James 2:14-26:
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    "What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
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    if someone claims to have faith
    but not have deeds
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    (or works, or obedience)?
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    Can such faith save them?
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    Suppose a brother or sister is
    without clothes and daily food.
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    If one of you say to them,
    'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,'
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    but does nothing about the physical needs,
    what good is it?
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    In the same way, faith by itself,
    if it is not accomplished by action
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    (or obedience), is dead.
    But someone will say,
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    'You have faith, and I have deeds.'
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    Show me then your faith without deeds,
    and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
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    You believe that there is one God.
    Good!
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    Even the demons believe that -
    and shudder.
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    You foolish person, do you want evidence
    that faith without deeds is useless?
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    Was not our father Abraham considered
    righteous for what he did
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    when he offered his son Isaac
    on the altar?
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    You see that his faith and his actions
    were working together,
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    and his faith was made complete
    by what he did.
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    And the scripture was fulfilled that says,
    'Abraham believed God,
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    and it was credited him to righteousness,'
    and he was called God's friend.
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    You see that a person is considered righteous
    by what he does and not by faith alone.
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    In the same way, was not even Rahab
    the prostitute considered righteous
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    for what she did
    when she gave lodging to the spies
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    and sent them off in a different direction?
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    As the body without the spirit is dead,
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    so faith without (obedience, works)
    deeds is dead."
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    These were not my words.
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    That was the Bible.
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    Faith without obedience (works)
    is dead.
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    Faith alone is dead.
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    We are not talking about
    faith + works by the law,
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    but we are talking about real faith
    that leads to obedience.
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    If you believe in Jesus,
    and Jesus says: "A truck is coming! Move!"
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    - then you move.
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    Why? Unless you want to die,
    then you move.
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    Now Jesus doesn't just say:
    "A truck is coming!"
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    He said many other things.
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    And what we read here
    we need to obey.
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    And when we start to obey
    the call of Jesus
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    and start to step out
    on His words,
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    our life is going to look like
    the Book of Acts.
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    Why? Because Jesus is the same
    yesterday, today and forever.
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    But if you don't obey Jesus' words,
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    if you don't have true, biblical faith
    in Christ, and therefore don't obey,
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    of course your life will look like this,
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    while the Book of Acts
    will be like this.
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    So, take some time and really
    go through the Book of Acts
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    and see their life, how they obeyed
    the call of Christ.
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    See how they were preaching
    repentance, baptism in water
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    and baptism with the Holy Spirit.
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    And as we said last time,
    you don't see a sinner's prayer.
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    Many of the things we do today
    in the churches
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    we don't see in the Book of Acts.
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    Many of those things we do today
    in the churches
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    we don't see in the Book of Acts,
    and sadly,
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    many things that were done
    in the Book of Acts
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    many don't see in the churches.
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    But, there is a reason
    God gave us the Word.
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    Because it's not our religion
    that is the truth.
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    It's the Word of God.
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    So, I encourage you,
    keep it simple.
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    You have religion in one hand,
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    and you have the Book of Acts
    in the other hand.
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    What is correct?
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    Don't build on your own experience.
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    Experience can change over night.
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    We need to obey this.
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    Until now we have been talking about
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    how the harvest is great
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    and how the workers are few
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    and how we need to be sent out
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    as sheep among wolves.
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    And there's persecution out there.
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    What do we see in the Book of Acts?
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    We see that the harvest is great.
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    We also see that there is a few workers.
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    We even see how God used persecution
    one time to get the sheep out among wolves.
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    And we see that when they are out there,
    among the wolves,
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    they experience persecution.
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    They paid a price, and it was not easy.
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    Paul experience stoning and
    many other things.
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    He was thrown into jail.
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    But he could also testify
    that Christ was with him.
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    When he went out there
    Christ was with him.
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    What do we see?
    What have we been looking at?
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    We have been looking at how
    you find the person of peace,
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    and how, when you find that
    person, as Jesus said,
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    you go to their house and you sit,
    and eat and drink what they serve.
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    And then you there heal the sick
    and preach the gospel.
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    And stay there.
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    And this is what we see
    in the Book of Acts.
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    The Book of Acts is a confirmation
    of the call Jesus gave us in Luke 10.
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    You don't see fine, nice churches
    and programs in the Book of Acts,
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    like we do often today.
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    You see raw and real life,
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    the spirit of Christ
    working in His body.
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    And this is what we need to do.
    This is what we need to obey.
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    Next time we are going to continue
    and look at the gospel,
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    but I want to start here
    with the Book of Acts,
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    because the Book of Acts is where
    we really see how they were preaching.
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    The Book of Acts is where we really see
    how they responded to the preaching.
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    The Book of Acts is where we really see
    the biblical life,
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    like how they got born again
    and all of that.
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    So, next time, I'm going to use
    more time
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    where we are going to look at the gospel
    of the Kingdom,
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    where I will give you the big picture,
    from the beginning to the end,
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    and what people need to do
    to be born again.
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    And what you are going to see,
    when we show the big picture,
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    is what people need to be born again
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    maybe goes against
    what you have been told,
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    maybe goes against
    your church tradition.
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    Sadly, I think it does,
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    because we have come so far away
    from the Bible,
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    but it will not go against
    what we read in the Book of Acts.
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    That's why I took the time
    in this video
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    to really focus on the Book of Acts
    and what that life was all about.
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    And start, until the next time,
    just read through the Book of Acts,
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    and then see if that fits
    with your life today.
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    It should be like that.
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    God bless you,
    and see you next time
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    where we are going to continue
    looking at the gospel.
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    Bye-bye!
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    The Call of Jesus
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