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EAT AND DRINK WHATEVER THEY PROVIDE - Stop inviting people to church....

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    The Call of Jesus
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    Welcome to this lesson where we are
    going to talk about the call of Jesus.
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    We are going to talk about
    something very, very important,
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    something people often skip over.
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    In the last lesson we talked about
    the person of peace.
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    And we are going to talk much more
    about that later, in this video series,
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    and what a person of peace is.
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    The person of peace is somebody
    God is calling,
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    somebody who's seeking God.
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    And we need to know what that is.
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    But we also need to know what to do
    when we find that person of peace.
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    These are some of the things we are
    going to talk about in this video series
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    and in the next lessons, before we will go back
    and look even more on the person of peace.
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    So, after talking about
    finding the person of peace,
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    Jesus continued saying this
    in Luke 10:7.
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    "Stay there, eating and drinking whatever
    they give you,
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    for a worker deserves his wages.
    Do not move around from house to house."
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    So, after Jesus sent us out,
    sent His disciples out
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    to find that person who is ready
    to receive Jesus,
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    find that person the Holy Spirit
    is calling,
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    finding that person who is seeking God,
    then He said:
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    "Eating and drinking
    whatever they give to you."
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    That is important.
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    It's so, so important and we should not
    skip over this.
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    We should not skip over that Jesus
    has called us to eat and drink
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    together with that person of peace.
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    Why?
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    I can come with so many examples
    why it's so important.
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    You know, when you are out...
    let's say you are out on the street
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    or on your workplace, or you go around
    and meet people,
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    and you there talk with somebody
    who is open for God,
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    it is not always easy still,
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    because people are still a little skeptic,
    and a little distant,
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    and you are not so relaxed when you
    stand up there like...
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    maybe on the street and people are
    walking by you.
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    You are not so relaxed.
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    But if you can say to that person:
    Hey, there is a restaurant.
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    Can we sit down and take something
    to eat and drink?
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    Yes. We can do that.
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    As soon as you sit down with that person
    and have food on the table,
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    or a cake and coffee - everything changes.
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    Everything changes.
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    Food, coffee, drink can change
    everything.
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    Suddenly it becomes so much more
    relaxed.
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    Suddenly, instead of one-way communication
    it becomes more a dialog,
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    where you are talking,
    and you are relaxing,
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    and you start to build a relationship.
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    You don't build a relationship the same way
    when you stand up and talk with somebody.
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    No, food changes everything.
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    It makes everything so much more
    relaxed.
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    It changes the way we are speaking.
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    It changes everything.
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    We as Christians, especially in churches,
    we are often so tight.
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    We are so like... oh...
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    I remember some years ago
    I went to a church
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    and I talked with a pastor,
    and he was a very nice guy.
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    We were talking and having a normal,
    natural conversation.
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    But then he went up behind the pulpit...
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    and suddenly he changed.
    It was like...
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    HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!
    WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF GOD TODAY!
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    HALLELUJAH!
    And suddenly he changed.
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    And he became weird.
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    And I thought, when I saw him:
    What happened there?
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    I was talking with him five minutes before
    and he was so relaxed.
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    But now he just changed and became
    so religious.
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    And this is what we see in churches.
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    And this is what we see sometimes
    out side churches.
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    We need to be relaxed.
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    We need to have fun.
    We need to eat food. We need to...
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    ...calm down.
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    We need to start to do what Jesus
    has said:
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    Go out, find the person of peace,
    and out there, sit down with them,
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    eat and drink.
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    Share the gospel. Heal the sick.
    Cast out demons.
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    Do what Jesus has said.
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    Many years ago,
    I did not do what Jesus was saying.
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    When I found the person of peace,
    instead of sitting down with them
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    out there, eating and drinking,
    sharing the gospel, healing the sick,
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    I did a mistake many people did.
    I invited them to church.
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    When I found somebody who was
    open, I said: Hey, you are open,
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    come with me,
    Come with me to church!
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    And do you know what?
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    Most people didn't come.
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    Why? Because it's one thing to be open
    out there, on Monday and Tuesday,
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    but it's another thing to go to church
    on Sunday.
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    If they are open out there on Monday
    and you have a good conversation,
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    and you say: "Hey, let's see you
    in church on Sunday!" -
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    there are many days for Satan
    to put fear in them.
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    There are many days Satan can come
    with excuses
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    why they should not go to church.
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    So, I met many, many persons of peace
    out there...
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    who were open,
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    and I invited them to church...
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    and most people did not come.
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    If I had just done
    what Jesus has called me to.
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    If I had just there sat down with them,
    ate and drank and shared the gospel with them...
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    I would have seen so much more fruit.
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    But I remember one time
    I got somebody with me to church.
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    And that was an eye-opener.
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    It was a hard experience.
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    Because I took a person with me
    to church and I was so excited:
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    Are you ready to hear the gospel?
    Yeah!
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    But then the meeting started.
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    In my church, at that time, there was like
    45 minutes worship.
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    And I was just worshiping God.
    I was not thinking of it.
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    I was used to it.
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    But then I looked at that girl with me.
    She was not worshiping God.
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    She was standing like this.
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    Just looking at people.
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    Because she was not used to worshiping.
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    And I saw everything through her eyes.
    And I saw...
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    Okay. Hey, hey, it's going to be good.
    Just relax.
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    Soon the worship is over.
    Come on. Hurry up. Hurry up.
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    After 45 minutes worship
    there was a lot of information,
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    information, information.
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    And then they talked about money
    and tithing.
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    Give money, give money, give money.
    You have to give.
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    I looked at her. Her eyes became
    bigger, and bigger and bigger.
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    I was like: No, no, no, no, no.
    No, no. It's not only about money.
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    And I was like: Be quiet.
    Don't talk like that.
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    And after: money, money, money,
    and talk, and information,
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    there was more worship.
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    And I was like:
    Please, come to the gospel.
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    Please, come to the gospel.
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    And then finally they came to the gospel.
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    Where the pastor was talking about
    how Abraham took a knife
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    and wanted to offer Isaac, and...
    It was just a mess.
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    And at the end of that meeting
    he asked:
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    Anyone wants Jesus?
    Lift up your hands.
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    There was no gospel,
    there was no repentance,
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    there was no baptism,
    there was no Holy Spirit.
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    There was nothing of that.
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    I stopped inviting people to church.
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    Why?
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    Because Jesus has never called us to do it.
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    Try to imagine this.
    Try to imagine...
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    If you invite somebody to McDonald's:
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    Hey, do you want to sit down with me
    on McDonald's?
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    Okay, let's sit down.
    And you sit down. And you suddenly:
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    HALLELUJAH!
    WELCOME TO MCDONALD'S!
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    HALLELUJAH!
    IT'S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU IN MCDONALD'S!
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    TODAY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE BIG MAC!
    HALLELUJAH!
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    AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ICE CREAM
    AFTERWARD AND A MILKSHAKE!
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    HALLELUJAH!
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    And you talk non-stop 45 minutes
    and say: Amen! Amen!
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    Are you going to do that in McDonald's?
    No, you are not.
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    Or you are crazy.
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    No, what do you do in McDonald's,
    or Burger King, or any other place,
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    you sit down and you are relaxed.
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    You don't change your way of speaking.
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    And you talk and you communicate.
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    And there, when you sit down with somebody,
    and eat and drink...
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    you don't need to have 45 minutes worship,
    you don't need to take up an offer,
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    you don't need to come with a lot of
    information.
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    You can go directly to the gospel.
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    You can go directly to the gospel
    and give that person what he/she needs.
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    And then you can lead that person
    to Christ and baptize them in water
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    and Holy Spirit. And you will have
    a natural relationship with them
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    and can follow up on them,
    instead of taking them to the church
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    and get the pastor to do it, who doesn't
    have any more time to follow up on people.
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    We need to change the way
    we are doing it,
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    from our way to Jesus' way.
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    When I, many years ago,
    stopped inviting people to church,
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    and instead started to invite them
    to a cafe or go to their house,
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    or my house, and sit down,
    and build a relationship with them,
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    talk with them, communicate with them,
    giving good time to share the gospel with them,
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    and then I baptized them in water and
    the Holy Spirit,
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    heal the sick, cast out demons -
    everything changed.
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    We started to see so many, many, many,
    many, many, many, many, many
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    people come to Christ.
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    And people we shared this to,
    they started to see so many, many, many,
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    many people come to Christ.
    Why?
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    Because the problem is not the harvest.
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    The problem is the workers.
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    They are few,
    or they don't know what to do.
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    They don't know what to do.
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    They are standing and shouting
    for the harvest to come in.
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    Or they go out to the harvest
    and invite them in.
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    No. When you find a person of peace,
    do what Jesus is calling you to.
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    Sit down with them.
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    Sit down with them.
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    Go to their house.
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    Sit down with them.
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    Take some food.
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    Take some coffee.
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    Create a relaxed atmosphere.
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    Get to know them: Hey, who are you?
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    Tell me more about you.
    Where are you working?
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    Have you met God before?
    Is it new for you? Is not not new for you?
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    Have you come to faith?
    Have you come to repentance?
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    Are you baptized in water?
    Oh, not yet. Okay.
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    Do you know about speaking in tongues
    and the Holy Spirit? Oh, you don't.
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    You talk with them and then you find out
    who that person is you are sitting in front of.
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    And then you give that person
    what that person needs.
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    It's so much more effective then
    just invite them to a church.
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    Where they don't understand
    half of what is happening.
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    Yes, I know when I'm saying this
    that people will think:
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    Oh, this is too difficult.
    I've never done that before.
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    I've never led anyone to Christ.
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    I've only invited people to the church
    and let the pastor do it.
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    Firs I want to say:
    Yes, all the beginnings are difficult.
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    But I also want to say:
    It becomes easier, and easier, and easier
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    every time you do it.
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    But, can I challenge you?
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    If you have been a Christian
    for 5, 10, 15, 20 years,
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    and still don't know how to lead
    somebody to Christ...
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    Don't you think you need to change
    something?
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    If you don't know how to do it now,
    don't keep doing
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    what you have been doing
    the last 5, 10 years.
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    Don't be deceived.
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    Jesus has called you
    to be fishers of men.
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    He has called you to obey Him.
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    He has not called you to just
    come into a church
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    and look at other people do it.
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    Repent. Turn away for your
    disobedience.
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    Repent and start to obey Jesus.
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    Start to obey the call He has given you.
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    And there I want to say that His call
    is not to stand on a platform only.
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    It's not to just stand with a mike
    in a hand.
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    Jesus' call is something you can do it.
    It's something everyone can do.
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    Yes, it's not everyone who can stand
    on a platform with 10,000 people
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    and a mike in a hand.
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    But everyone can sit down
    with a person...
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    and eat and drink.
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    Everyone can sit down with a person
    and learn to share the gospel
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    over a coffee table.
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    Everyone can learn to do what
    Jesus has called us to do.
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    And later, we are going to,
    in this video series
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    and in my book "The Call of Jesus"
    give you many more tools
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    of how do you then share the gospel
    when you find the person of peace,
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    what does Jesus says about
    not moving from house to house,
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    how do you build them up.
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    In the rest of the book we are
    going to give you tools, and tools,
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    and tools, and tools,
    not only how do you find the person of peace,
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    but what you do
    when you find that person of peace.
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    So, you are equipped and ready for it.
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    And to be honest,
    if I look at my own life,
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    I've been walking with God
    for 25 years now,
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    I started to talk about Jesus
    when I came to faith 25 years ago,
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    but I'm sad.
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    I'm sad when I think
    of all of those people,
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    the first 7, 8, 9 years of my
    Christian walk,
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    I met, who were, actually,
    a person of peace,
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    but where I did not know what to do
    when I met them.
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    Where I did that mistake that most times
    I just invited them to the church.
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    And they came in,
    and they went out again.
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    I'm so sad of so many people
    I met out there during the week.
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    Instead of taking that moment,
    instead of taking that opportunity God gave,
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    and sit down with them
    and do what Jesus has said...
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    I just let it go pass.
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    I just invited them to the church.
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    Most people did not show up
    and those who came,
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    most people did not get the gospel.
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    If I had done it Jesus' way,
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    if I had just known what I'm sharing
    to you now,
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    I would have seen so many more
    lives changed.
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    Because, as I said before,
    it's one thing to be open out there,
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    it's one thing to be open when
    you meet people on your workplace,
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    or in your school,
    or when you're out shopping,
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    and have a good conversation.
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    It's something else to go to church.
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    Many people don't want to go to church.
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    They are done with the church.
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    Don't give them church.
    Give them Jesus.
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    If you invite them to church,
    Satan has so many, many, many
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    days to put fear into them,
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    and to give them so many reasons why
    they should not go to church.
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    Don't give them church.
    Give them Jesus.
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    Sit down with them.
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    And when you have then led them to God,
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    if you want to take them with you
    to a fellowship, then do that.
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    Or start a new fellowship
    in their home.
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    It's something we are going to
    talk much more about later.
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    So, I really, really hope you'll take this
    to you, listen to it and obey it.
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    I want to read a little from my book
    "The Call of Jesus".
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    "As I said before, it is so sad to look back
    and see how many people of peace
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    we have lost because we did not follow
    what Jesus said we should do.
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    So I encourage you, when you do find
    a person of peace, stay with them.
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    Do not just invite them to church
    next Sunday.
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    You know Satan will have a lot of time
    to create fear in them
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    and tell them many reasons
    they should not go.
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    And if they do go, you never know
    what they will get there.
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    Instead, do what Jesus has called you to.
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    When you find a person of peace,
    sit down and eat and drink with them.
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    Get to know them over some food.
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    Build a relationship with them,
    and then take the time to share the Gospel
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    and heal the sick, like Jesus is saying.
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    If we train Christians to do this simple thing
    Jesus has called us to do,
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    we will see thousands of people coming
    to faith,
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    and we will see a movement
    we have never seen before."
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    Hallelujah! And I will say:
    this is so, so correct.
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    And that's why I'm so, so excited
    about this, because this is so simple.
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    This is so simple, and something
    we can all do.
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    And therefore Satan fights so hard
    against getting this out to people.
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    He want us to just continue doing church
    the way we are always doing,
  • 17:04 - 17:08
    instead of stop doing it our way
    and start to obey Jesus.
  • 17:08 - 17:13
    So, I encourage you:
    start to obey the call Jesus has given you.
  • 17:13 - 17:16
    So, share this video.
    Share this teaching.
  • 17:16 - 17:20
    Share my book "The Call of Jesus".
    Start to obey it. Share it.
  • 17:20 - 17:24
    And let's see a move of God
    we have never seen before.
  • 17:24 - 17:28
    Let's see thousands and ten thousands
    of people coming to faith.
  • 17:28 - 17:31
    It's simple. It's just there.
  • 17:31 - 17:33
    The harvest is ready.
  • 17:33 - 17:36
    We just need to do
    what Jesus has said.
  • 17:36 - 17:40
    Next time we are going to talk
    much more about
  • 17:40 - 17:42
    some of things Jesus is saying,
    when it comes to
  • 17:42 - 17:46
    staying with them,
    not moving from house to house.
  • 17:46 - 17:48
    Later, we are also going to talk
    about how do we then share
  • 17:48 - 17:50
    the gospel, when we meet that person,
  • 17:50 - 17:53
    we are going to look at how do we
    heal the sick,
  • 17:53 - 17:55
    how do we cast out demons,
  • 17:55 - 17:57
    how do we build them up,
  • 17:57 - 17:59
    how do we do this and this and this,
  • 17:59 - 18:01
    and we will just build with you,
  • 18:01 - 18:04
    so in the end of this video series,
    in the end of the book,
  • 18:04 - 18:08
    you are ready to go,
    ready to obey the call of Jesus,
  • 18:08 - 18:12
    ready to see, experience
    what Jesus is saying.
  • 18:12 - 18:15
    God bless you and see you next time!
    Bye-bye!
  • 18:17 - 18:19
    The Call of Jesus.
Title:
EAT AND DRINK WHATEVER THEY PROVIDE - Stop inviting people to church....
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