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Praying to Grow in Grace - Geoff Thomas

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    "But grow in the grace and knowledge
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    of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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    To Him be glory both now and forever.
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    Amen."
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    2 Peter 3:18
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    Now, one of the great
    goals of this conference
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    is expressed by Peter in these words,
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    that we grow in the grace and knowledge
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    of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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    Many benefits come from conference -
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    the renewal of friendships,
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    moments of inspiration from speakers,
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    and meeting someone special perhaps,
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    but unless we grow
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    from our time here -
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    grow in graciousness,
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    grow in our knowledge of the Savior,
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    then there will be major failure
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    in our gathering together.
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    Some of you know Don Whitney's
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    helpful little book: "Praying the Bible."
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    And we gather to pray this Scripture.
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    Lord, help me to grow in graciousness.
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    Lord, help me to grow in knowledge
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    of the Savior.
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    And who needs to pray that?
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    Well, the baby Christians here -
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    they need to pray it.
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    And then, the man who is the most holy
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    and most mature
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    and has followed the Lord for many years -
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    he needs to still pray this prayer.
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    So what are we asking
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    when we are asking that we may grow
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    in grace and in the knowledge
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    of the Lord Jesus Christ?
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    Well, firstly, we are asking for genuine,
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    progressive concern for
    the needs of others.
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    The second commandment,
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    after to love God with all our hearts
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    is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
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    And that's the impact that we are to make
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    on one another.
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    A real concern for other people.
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    How is it with you?
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    Do we know where
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    the members of the congregation are?
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    Do we know where there are doubts?
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    Do we know where people
    are close to giving up?
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    Do we know where the troubles
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    and the problems are?
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    And you'll say, well, the elders know.
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    Well, perhaps they do.
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    But perhaps with some people,
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    you know more.
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    I'm not talking about inquisitive prying
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    into the lives of other people,
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    but I'm speaking about a concern for them.
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    Do they have some fear?
    Do they have some worry?
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    How can I help them?
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    So, that's going to be
    our lives from now on.
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    We're going to be corns of wheat
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    that fall into the ground and die,
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    or we'll abide alone.
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    We're going to be concerned
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    that there be fruit in the lives of others
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    and fruit in our own lives.
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    The Savior, then, He didn't come
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    to be served,
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    but He came to serve.
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    So He calls us also
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    that we're better servants of one another;
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    more concerned;
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    more aware of the needs.
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    How is it with you?
    How is it at meal times?
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    Do you look to see if everyone's
    got what they want?
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    And you're concerned about them?
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    You just don't look at the
    food in front of you?
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    The nicer seats - are you anxious
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    to help other people?
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    When you drive a car,
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    do you let other people cut in?
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    When there are family choices,
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    do you ask your wife:
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    what do you want to do?
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    Do you ask children
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    what their concerns are?
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    It's a very sad life
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    if it's just centered on you.
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    An egotistical life.
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    And so growing in grace,
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    growing in graciousness then
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    shows itself in a progressive concern
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    for the needs of others.
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    That's the first thing
    that we're praying for.
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    And the second thing we are praying for
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    is that we are growing in knowledge
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    of the gospel, of the Christian faith,
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    and growing especially
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    in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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    A literal, mental grasp with our minds
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    of the teaching of Holy Scripture.
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    It may seem to you very elementary
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    and very basic.
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    But the first thing that
    a believer puts on
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    is the girdle of truth.
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    And the first thing that he must attend to
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    in terms of spiritual knowledge
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    and spiritual growth is familiarity
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    with the truth;
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    with the teaching of Scripture;
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    with the system of Christian doctrine.
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    It's all very well for us to speak
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    of the perils of a dead orthodoxy,
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    and I guess it's a real peril.
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    There are people and their concern
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    is not interest in the great
    foundational doctrines,
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    but they're interested in
    the conundrum of theology.
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    And let's avoid that.
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    And there are other people
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    and they're only
    interested in the doctrines
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    that have given rise to controversies
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    amongst Christians.
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    Doctrines that men fight about.
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    Doctrines that men disagree with.
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    Let's mortify that spirit too.
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    But we are bound as Christians
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    to make conscience of growing
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    in our grasp of Genesis, Exodus,
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    Leviticus, Numbers, and so on
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    to Revelation.
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    And to that life of Adam, and Noah,
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    and Abraham, and the Patriarchs,
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    and Moses,
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    and the deliverance from Egypt,
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    and then the time of the entry
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    and Joshua and Judges,
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    and Samuel,
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    and the rise of Saul,
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    and the rise of David,
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    and Solomon - the great division
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    that took place under him,
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    and then the destruction
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    of the Northern kingdom of Israel,
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    and then the temporary
    Babylonian captivity
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    of Judah and their return,
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    and the coming of Christ
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    as promised.
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    So, we ought to know those things.
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    And know the letters.
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    And so when the Jehovah's Witness
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    comes to your house,
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    then you say,
    "Do you know the Bible?"
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    "Yes."
    "Well, what..." you say to him,
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    "What is the main theme
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    of the letter to the Romans?"
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    And that's a good question to ask him
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    because he won't know.
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    He'll know his stuff,
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    but he won't know a question
    as important as that.
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    "Well, Ephesians is shorter," you say,
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    "six chapters - tell me,
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    what is the main teaching of Ephesians?"
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    And then he'll get a bit frustrated
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    and angry with you.
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    "Well now, come back and let me know."
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    Because you're driving him to the Word.
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    Aren't you? To read the Word.
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    And that is the only
    chance of him changing.
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    And so I'm saying to you
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    we have to soak ourselves
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    in the Word;
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    marinate ourselves in the Word of God,
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    because if we're going to ask then
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    a Jehovah's Witness to tell us
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    what the main theme of Romans is,
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    we better know it ourselves.
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    We better know it ourselves.
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    So, we ought to know
    about the Person of Christ.
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    His deity, His humanity,
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    His incarnation,
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    His states as pre-existent,
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    humiliated, exalted;
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    His offices of Prophet, Priest, and King.
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    We ought to know the great doctrines
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    of God's sovereignty,
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    of justification by grace through faith,
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    of adoption,
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    of union with Christ,
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    of sanctification.
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    These teachings are not
    simply for theologians,
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    but they are the stuff
    of believing meditation.
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    They are the stuff of doxology.
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    The great hymns are about those themes.
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    And if we're to be growing Christians,
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    we are to be growing intellectually.
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    We are to be growing theologically.
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    We are to grow in our grasp of it,
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    and we are to grow
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    in the emotional impact that they make
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    upon our lives.
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    That the Word of God lives in us.
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    Because the Psalms begin by a man -
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    his delight was in the law of the Lord,
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    and in that law,
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    he meditated day and night.
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    Thirdly, if we are praying this prayer
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    that we might grow in graciousness,
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    in grace, we are praying that we might
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    progress in conscientiousness.
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    That is, in responsiveness
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    and obedience to our own consciences.
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    Because God has placed that monitor
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    in our minds,
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    and it reproves us when we do wrong,
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    and it encourages us when we do right.
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    How is it with your
    conscience and you tonight?
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    How are things between you
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    and that monitor, that voice of God?
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    You know, there are many consciences,
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    and in Thomas Boston's words,
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    they are too persnickety.
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    They condemn what God's
    Word doesn't condemn.
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    We must educate that conscience.
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    Does the Bible condemn blood transfusions,
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    for example?
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    And there are other consciences
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    and they let anything pass.
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    They let pass what God's Word condemns.
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    They are less sensitive
    than they should be.
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    They are much too broad,
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    much too open.
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    So, we must always bring our conscience
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    under the light of the Word of God.
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    You know the Puritan illustration then
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    of the sundial.
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    And the sundial will work
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    if it's at the right angle
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    and in regards to the light of the sun.
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    But on a bright moonlight night,
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    you can go out to your garden,
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    and you can look at a sundial.
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    And there will be a shadow -
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    a moon shadow.
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    And it will give you the
    totally wrong reading,
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    because it's not a moondial,
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    it's a sundial.
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    And so there is the conscience
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    of the cannibal.
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    And there the conscience
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    of the abortionist.
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    And they are not living in accord
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    with what the Word of God
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    who created the conscience gives to us.
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    Now, let's supposed that you have
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    an enlightened conscience.
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    Let's suppose that you have the full light
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    of God's Word on your conscience then.
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    Are you carefully obeying it
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    when you are emotionally disinclined?
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    When you're lying on the floor
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    in despondency and sulking
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    and unhappy because your worst fears
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    have been realized?
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    When you're in the depth of depression
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    and self-pity,
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    and there's a duty that
    you have to attend to -
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    it's a duty, it's very unpleasant;
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    it's very demanding.
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    Do you do what your conscience tells you
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    that you should do?
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    Do you have the maturity
    to stand on your emotions
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    and reject them in the face
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    of their reluctance and aversion
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    to attend what God commands us?
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    There's no greater peril
    in the Christian life
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    than to make our emotions the touchstone
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    of our duties.
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    And time and again, we
    have to pick ourselves up
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    off the floor of discouragement and say,
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    I have a duty,
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    and I know this is right,
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    and I'm going to do it.
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    Or again, let me ask you,
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    are you conscientious about small things?
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    Because there most of all
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    Christians are tested.
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    We don't have huge sacrifices to make,
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    but every day, there are
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    many little duties that you
    know have to be done.
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    And we have to pay careful attention
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    to matters of detail,
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    because our Lord, He commends people
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    who are faithful in little things.
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    And so often we are losing the battle
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    in little things.
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    It might seem to you
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    not a big issue to be in prayer meeting
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    on a Wednesday night there.
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    It might not seem a big issue
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    to be in Sunday nights at church.
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    It's a small thing.
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    It might seem just a little thing
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    to ignore writing a letter to someone
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    to say thanks for your kindness to me.
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    Certain things.
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    But we must make conscience then
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    if we are going to grow in graciousness
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    our conscience - we respect it.
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    Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
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    And then fourthly, we must
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    make progress in victory
    over besetting sins.
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    And that's a great reality
    in the Christian life.
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    There's just some sin that you know
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    it's a problem for you, isn't it?
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    And you know you're not going to grow
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    unless you deal with that particular sin.
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    It's perfectly possible to be normal
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    in every part of the Christian life
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    in your emotions and your affections
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    and will and so on.
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    Everything seems to be in order
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    except at one point.
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    You're in the grip of one temptation.
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    You are dominated by one lust.
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    You are entangled in the meshes
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    of one particular sin.
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    And you see it in the world around you.
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    It's called monomania.
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    One man - in 99 out of
    100 areas of his life
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    he's straight down the line.
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    But there's one area of his life
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    where he's walked,
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    and he's grasped by one sin.
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    And when you say,
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    well, it may be a mysterious thing
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    that I'm not growing as I should be
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    as a Christian.
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    Is it so mysterious?
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    Is the reason why I'm not growing
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    as I should be because my spiritual life
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    is diseased in one area.
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    Unless it's dealt with,
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    it's going to - just like a bug,
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    a virus is just in one part of you
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    and it affects the rest of you.
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    You're weak and listless and so on.
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    You must deal with that besetting sin.
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    Worldliness, prayerlessness,
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    irritability, impatience,
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    aggressiveness, what have you...
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    So, those are four,
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    and then one more point
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    in which when we are praying for
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    growing in grace,
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    we are praying that we should grow
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    in evangelistic earnestness.
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    Now, you know, when you
    first knew the Lord,
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    you see it in the young convert -
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    it's lovely to see - how bold he is.
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    You tremble at times
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    because he'll blurt out things
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    that you might have
    said rather more sweetly.
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    But he just sees the world's need
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    and he sees Christ as a great Savior.
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    And he speaks a word
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    in and out of season.
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    And the mature amongst us, we smile
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    and we may sneer even,
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    because much of it was immature.
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    The witness was unwise and indiscreet
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    and ineffectual.
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    But that does not justify that fact
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    that many Christians as they grow older,
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    they grow more reticent and quieter
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    and share their faith less and less.
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    The vision of the world's
    lostness just disappears.
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    And that's a maturity that our churches
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    need to do without.
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    It's expected sometimes -
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    it's only the young people
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    who go out on missions and work
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    and go to Mexico for a week and so on.
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    And they haven't the equipment;
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    they haven't the wisdom.
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    They're great helpers, but
    they're not great leaders.
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    So, as we've been coming now,
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    we've been Christians many years.
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    How is it with you
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    and your evangelistic concern?
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    Are you prepared to get involved
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    in every true evangelistic cause?
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    Are you prepared to support it
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    and pray and give and cooperate?
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    I know there's a lot of
    misplaced evangelism.
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    I can give statistics for
    evangelistic failure,
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    and you know all that.
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    And that won't help us at all.
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    We must stand back
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    from simply criticizing.
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    And we have to be involved in every form
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    of biblical evangelism.
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    We have to do that.
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    And it's a sad thing for any Christian
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    if that vision is gone.
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    So, I'm saying, those
    are the sorts of things
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    we are praying for when we hear
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    the exhortation - the
    last words of Peter -
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    but grow in grace;
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    grow in graciousness.
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    And we're talking about making
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    progress in being
    concerned for other people.
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    And growing in our knowledge of the Bible
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    and what the Bible teaches.
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    And growing in conscientiousness.
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    And growing in victory
    over besetting sins.
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    And growing in evangelistic earnestness.
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    And then, very briefly, as a postscript.
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    How is this to be achieved?
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    How are we as Christians going to grow?
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    And the first answer is
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    that it must be a priority in our lives.
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    These are Peter's last words, aren't they?
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    Think of the life he lived.
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    He preached at Pentecost
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    and 3,000 were converted.
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    Do you think he would sort of float along
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    in the glow of that for
    the rest of his life?
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    But he doesn't. He's here and there,
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    and he's going to Cornelius' household,
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    and he's traveling and he's
    speaking everywhere.
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    And his last words to people are:
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    grow now; grow in the grace
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    and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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    That's the greatest thing in our lives.
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    There's nothing more important for us.
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    What's more important than this?
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    In the midst of all the other engagements
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    and preoccupations and concerns,
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    a Christian's relationship with God
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    controls his life.
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    It's what his life is built around.
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    And his greatest longing is to be more fit
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    for the Master's use.
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    This one thing I do - one thing,
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    the apostle says,
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    a single eye Jesus speaks about.
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    I look at my own life and I wonder
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    as the years have gone by,
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    have I changed that scale of values
  • 20:07 - 20:10
    and my sense of priorities?
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    I know it's easy to react against
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    extreme religionism.
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    A person just talks about religion
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    and isn't interested in anything else.
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    That's unbiblical too,
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    because in the Bible,
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    they talk about all
    that's in God's creation.
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    But there's a far greater peril
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    than that sort of extreme.
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    And that's a reduction
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    of religious aspiration;
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    of religious vision;
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    of a relegation of my
    relationship to Christ
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    to not be the first thing
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    and the greatest thing in my life.
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    And at times I think it's happened to me.
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    And it's happened to other people.
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    That things that should be primary
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    have become secondary in my priorities.
  • 21:08 - 21:13
    And I think as I look at my old church,
  • 21:13 - 21:16
    and at evangelicalism as I meet it,
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    I see slackness and sloppiness
  • 21:20 - 21:24
    coming into so many areas of church life.
  • 21:24 - 21:29
    For to me, to live is Christ.
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    That's what he says, isn't it?
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    If our chief end in life is not that,
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    we are facing the most appalling
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    and unhappy futures.
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    And then secondly,
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    it must be a priority -
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    secondly, our religious lives
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    are not going to take care of themselves.
  • 21:52 - 21:55
    We can't simply expect our soul
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    to nourish and fend for itself;
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    to provide for itself.
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    You have to see for it.
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    I have all the weight of
    an apostle's command
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    to say you have to grow.
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    You have to make sure you are growing,
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    and that applies to every form of life.
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    We're concerned for our plants.
  • 22:15 - 22:17
    We give our key to our neighbor
  • 22:17 - 22:19
    and we say I'm going to Florida now
  • 22:19 - 22:22
    for two weeks, can you feed the plants?
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    When I'm away, we're concerned
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    about the bushes and the flowers.
  • 22:30 - 22:32
    We're concerned about our animals -
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    how they'll be fed.
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    And our minds
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    and our intellects -
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    what stuff we are feeding our minds with.
  • 22:43 - 22:46
    They won't look after themselves.
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    And so our souls -
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    our souls won't look after themselves.
  • 22:50 - 22:53
    We have to feed our souls,
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    as a program of provision for them.
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    Peter speaks in the 17th verse
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    about being led away
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    with the error of the wicked,
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    and we all know people
    who've been led away
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    because they didn't look after
  • 23:08 - 23:14
    their own souls.
  • 23:14 - 23:16
    There are people -
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    and Paul tells Timothy about them -
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    they have a form of godliness.
  • 23:25 - 23:29
    And they go to church and so on.
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    But it's just a form.
  • 23:32 - 23:34
    It's formalistic.
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    That's it.
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    There's nothing under it.
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    Nothing beneath it at all.
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    So, let's be so careful about this.
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    You know, not to prove
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    I'm not a Puritan.
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    Not to prove to people
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    that I'm not narrow-minded;
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    that I believe in Christian liberty
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    and the freedom of conscience.
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    To show people I know about politics
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    and I can speak about all these things.
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    I wonder if some of the energy
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    that we pour into that,
  • 24:11 - 24:13
    can be poured into
  • 24:13 - 24:17
    my relationship with Jesus Christ.
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    And that I'm growing.
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    I'm growing in the knowledge of Him.
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    My Savior.
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    And that I'm feeding my soul.
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    So, how do we do this?
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    Well, it must be a priority in our lives.
  • 24:32 - 24:34
    And then, we must be aware
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    that we've got a duty to feed our souls;
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    that they won't look after themselves.
  • 24:38 - 24:44
    And then Peter tells us
    in this 14th verse:
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    "To make every effort
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    to be diligent..." he says.
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    Be diligent.
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    And in what direction?
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    Well, you've got to seek
    food for your souls.
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    You've got to get away to a conference.
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    Travel a long distance to be here.
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    Drive 15 hours.
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    Drive through the night.
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    Drive just to be here.
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    And search for things
    that can nourish you
  • 25:11 - 25:13
    and build up your knowledge
  • 25:13 - 25:17
    and your graciousness;
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    that you don't want to be unfruitful
  • 25:20 - 25:22
    and static,
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    but there's a dynamism,
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    and a maturing,
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    and a beauty, and a fragrance,
  • 25:29 - 25:32
    and a loveliness about your life.
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    You're seeking for truths
    that will do that.
  • 25:34 - 25:37
    That will produce love,
  • 25:37 - 25:38
    and joy, and peace,
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    and longsuffering, and gentleness,
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    and goodness, and faithfulness,
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    and meekness, and self-control.
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    You've got to fall in love with the Bible.
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    You've got to search it.
  • 25:49 - 25:50
    You've got to ransack it.
  • 25:50 - 25:53
    You've got to sit under the
    best ministry you can
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    on a Sunday.
  • 25:55 - 25:56
    You've got to read the best books.
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    You've got to sit and listen
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    to older Christians as they talk together
  • 26:01 - 26:03
    and they reminisce about how God
  • 26:03 - 26:05
    has dealt with them over the years,
  • 26:05 - 26:07
    and learn from them
  • 26:07 - 26:08
    the mysterious influence
  • 26:08 - 26:10
    that one Christian can have over another.
  • 26:10 - 26:13
    You seek good fellowship
  • 26:13 - 26:14
    with other Christians.
  • 26:14 - 26:16
    And you hunger for truth -
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    you want the Word of God to come
  • 26:18 - 26:19
    not in word only,
  • 26:19 - 26:22
    but power and the Holy Spirit
  • 26:22 - 26:24
    and much assurance.
  • 26:24 - 26:25
    Fall with love.
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    Meditating upon Scripture.
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    Praying Scripture.
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    So, you read a verse like this:
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    "But grow in the grace and knowledge
  • 26:34 - 26:35
    of our Lord and Savior..."
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    And you say, "Lord, me too.
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    I want to grow.
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    I want to grow.
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    This week, I've got a special time here;
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    special privileges.
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    Help me to grow
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    in the grace and knowledge of my Savior
  • 26:49 - 26:52
    Jesus Christ."
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    Because your souls
    won't grow without food.
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    And there's no food for the soul
  • 27:00 - 27:01
    like the Word of God.
  • 27:01 - 27:04
    There's no place to be better
  • 27:04 - 27:09
    than before the face of Jesus Christ.
  • 27:09 - 27:16
    You need that.
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    Let's pray together.
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    Heavenly Father,
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    we've heard these searching exhortations,
  • 27:24 - 27:27
    and so now we just roll
    them out before Thee,
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    and oh, we wish we were much stronger,
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    and maturer, and wiser, and more loving,
  • 27:34 - 27:37
    and more patient, and gentle,
  • 27:37 - 27:39
    and longsuffering.
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    Oh, we wish there was more purity
  • 27:43 - 27:47
    and love for what is good and holy.
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    Oh Lord, give us a nudge.
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    Give us a little push -
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    a big push as we go.
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    Speak to us.
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    Humble us.
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    Encourage us in the
    Christian life this week.
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    That as a result of being
    in the conference,
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    we'll grow in the grace
  • 28:07 - 28:10
    and knowledge of our Savior Jesus Christ
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    to whom be glory forever and ever,
  • 28:13 - 28:15
    Amen.
Title:
Praying to Grow in Grace - Geoff Thomas
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