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February 2, 2014 5:00 am
Good morning you think you so much. I am just thrilled to be here in Raleigh Durham will be summoned to Jeffords much registered for so long I love your pastor to have known him as a dear friend. I just think of what the Lord is doing in this church and in you and what a great privilege.
It has been this weekend for me to get to spend the time with you here want to invite you to turn in Scripture to the book of Romans chapter 12 know there's a great blessing in being able to preach to the same people sing church, week by week you begin a conversation that you never end schematically preach the text, the word of God breaks forth and then you come back the next time and do it again. It's as if every time the pastor the church ends a sermon. He says a mental next time and then we pick right up and and move on into civic had a challenge to arrive as a as a speaker, the preaching of the word is the same responsibility of the context is different and so I'm coming in knowing that lots of people before me have taught so faithfully and well, and then after me will come your pastor and others will teach you so well and I'm interrupting a conversation. Why would I do that well is invited to as a good reason and I was thrilled to be here for the gospel work conference and to be a part of that as well especially honored to have the opportunity to preach this morning, but I think every once in a while we need to interrupt the conversation we know it got a problem and we had a problem in the church right now and I think I want to put it this way, we have too many Christians were roadkill in the worldview Highway 20 Christians who don't know how to think as Christians and don't actually take the responsibility to Inc. about how to think this Christians and working to see what God would have us to think about that. We looked Romans chapter 12 verse one into. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
One of things we often as Christians do really read the Scriptures we read in Scripture and we say that makes perfect sense to us and will really I think is this only makes sense to us does make sense of the people only make sense to us and only make sense to us because we are the blood bought church of the Lord Jesus Christ will bought ourselves a bond to Christ. This makes sense because we know the Bible is the word of God.
This makes this makes sense because we know that we don't think the world things but rather is as God would have us to think work we eyes as followers of Lord Jesus Christ know that all responsibilities be disciples of the mind in order that we will be disciples in life as well as passages that should just leave out at us and say this doesn't make any sense except under very certain particular conditions. What doesn't make sense.
Well, that there is a verb compound word compound which is a rather verbal compound in near the just doesn't make sense. All rights and he says I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as what as a living sacrifice that they make sense to you. You need to take a pause for a moment and remember what sacrifice is all about. In the Old Testament who is not about a sacrifice in which the animal left living. It was not a living sacrifice. It was a sacrifice of death was minor cells of what that was doing in the Old Testament.
This sacrificial system was there to show two things in Scripture makes clear.
First of all, the costliness of sin and the deadly cost of sin. The reality of sin is made abundantly clear by the sacrificial system where to send lead the penalty of sin is death, but there was a second aspect, and that was God's provision for our atonement and and week when we recognize that when no one was saved by the sacrifice of an animal. Not one person was saying that one sinner was redeemed by the sacrifice of an animal, but by the sacrifice of the animal by its shed blood.
God's wrath was held back for a time until that time was full and the full was a time, God sent his son, born of the virgin, even Jesus Christ our Lord, lived a sinless life, and to die on Calvary's cross to die as our substitute in our place, to die in our place paying the full penalty of our sin and achieving the full satisfaction of the wrath of God. The wrath of God toward sinners who are in Christ is no longer held back on a delay. It is satisfied in full. And that was the last sacrifice of death, sacrifice of no animal bought our salvation with the sacrifice of Christ paid in full. You know the song Jesus paid it all, all to him. I hope sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow.
We sing that song because we rejoice in the gospel and that and that alone makes this compound makes sense living sacrifice. It makes sense only if one is a purchased, redeemed the sinner who now belongs to Christ such that even though there is now no sacrifice of death are still a sacrifice, because our discipleship is not pictured as being dead in a sense and alive in another. We are dead to ourselves. We are dead to our own self sovereignty were dead to our pathetic effort at self-determination. We are we are dead to trying to be our own Lord and Master, we are dead in trying to be our lawgiver in her own judge.
We are dead to trying to be our own facilitator and resource and we are were dead to all that because it died in the costs but we live, we live is under Christ. One is that I am the way the truth and the life know the one who gave unto us eternal life now owns our life is Lord of our life is the sovereign of our life is the is the delight of our life teeth.
He now is our life, to the extent that we are living sacrifice to be is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be one who is to all intents and purposes, dead in your life who would trade that, but it sounds weird living sacrifice would make no sense of you THE OLD TESTAMENT SATURDAY. ELIJAH I'M LIVING SACRIFICE SO YOU'RE NOT WHY BECAUSE IT TAKES THE CROSS FOR THAT MAKE SENSE THIS WHOLE POINT IS NOT THE CROSS MAKES THE WORLD'S WISDOM LOOK UNWISE SHEER FOOLISHNESS AND MAKES THE GOSPEL IN THE GOSPEL ALONE.
LIKEWISE, FOR GOD IS TAKEN THE FOOLISH THINGS OF THE WORLD TO SHAME THE WISE, PAUL WRITES TO THE CORINTHIAN VESSELS GOING ON HERE BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING MORE DISRUPTIVE TO THE WORLD THAN LIVING SACRIFICE SHOWING UP.
THERE IS NOTHING THAT BRINGS MORE FRUSTRATION TO THE WORLD THAN HAVING A DISCIPLE OF THE LORD JESUS SHOW UP AS A DISCIPLE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. THINKING LIKE A CHRISTIAN, ACTING LIKE A CHRISTIAN WORSHIPING LIKE MISSION OPERATING LIKE A CHRISTIAN IN JOB LIKE A CHRISTIAN PARENTING LIKE A CHRISTIAN, LOVING LIKE A CHRISTIAN, DRIVING LIKE A CHRISTIAN. THERE IS NOTHING THAT MORE CONFUSES THE WORLD AND HAVING SOMEONE SIT DOWN AND SAY ABOUT WHY I'M DEAD TO WHERE MALEC IT SHOWS UP, YOU'LL NOTICE HERE. IT MAKES SENSE ONLY UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.
ONE OF THOSE CONDITIONS WILL SLIP BACK BECAUSE PAUL ACTUALLY GIVES US THE CONTACT WITH BACK IN ROMANS CHAPTER 11 THE LAST FEW VERSES BEGINNING IN VERSE 30 3O THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES AND THE KNOWLEDGE THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, HOW UNSEARCHABLE ARE HIS JUDGMENTS AND HIS WAYS PAST FINDING OUT IT SAYS HERE IS HIS INSCRUTABLE WAYS FOR WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, WHO HAS BEEN HIS COUNSELOR OR WHO HAS GIVEN A GIFT TO HIM THAT HE MIGHT BE REPAID FOR FROM HIM AND THROUGH HIM AND TO HIM ARE ALL THINGS TO HIM BE GLORY FOREVER.
AMEN. NOT PARTICULARLY MUSICALLY TALENTED. I LOVE MUSIC YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC. I'M A BIT DATED. I LIKE A LOT OF TEMPORARY MUSIC. I LOVE SINGING AS WE GET TO SING THIS MORNING, BUT I LIKE A LOT OF REALLY OLD MUSIC TO LIKE PEOPLE'S NAMES ARE HANDLING BOSTON THINGS LIKE THAT ARE MANY OF US LEFT BUT WE STILL LOVE THOSE GUYS YOU LIKE IT IF I HAD BEEN ONE OF THOSE GUYS I THINK I WOULD'VE WANTED I I JUST WONDER WHY WAS THIS PERSON UP AT THE MUSIC AND I LOVE THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS ON RESOUNDED WHAT WHAT WHAT WHY NOT THIS. LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT ROMANS CHAPTER 11 VERSE 36 OR FROM HIM AND THROUGH HIM AND TO HIM ARE ALL THINGS TO HIM BE GLORY FOREVER.
AMEN. OKAY I WANT TO BE QUIET FOR THAT ORCHESTRATION PIPE ORGAN ANGELS DESCENDING TO SOLICIT THAT VERSUS IT IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE VERSE YOU CAN IMAGINE IN THE IN THE BIBLE FOR FROM HIM AND TO HIM AND ENTER HIM INTO HIM ARE ALL THINGS AND HE BEGINS THIS THIS DOXOLOGY TO BEGINS IN VERSE 33 BEGINS IN A TESTIMONY TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS OMNISCIENT. O THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES AND WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, HOW UNSEARCHABLE ARE HIS JUDGMENTS AND HIS WAYS PAST FINDING OUT ANY ASKED QUESTION ASKED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD WHO IS BEEN HIS COUNSELOR. IN OTHER WORDS, GOD'S A SOURCE OF ALL KNOWLEDGE. GOD, THE SOURCE OF ALL WISDOM, ALL OF OUR TERMS OF HUMAN WISDOM ARE JUST PITIABLE THERE PATHETIC. HE'S ALL LIVES REASONABLY OTHERWISE HE IS ALL-POWERFUL, WAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE REPAID IN THIS, THIS OMNIPOTENCE IS MADE SO CLEAR IN THIS THUNDEROUS PASSAGE FOR FROM HIM AND THREW HIM INTO HIM ARE ALL THINGS TO ME LORD FOREVER. AMEN.
HE IS THE ONLY EXPLANATION FOR THE EXISTENCE OF ANYTHING IS HIS CREATIVE POWER THAT HOLDS ALL THINGS TOGETHER. EVEN NOW, AND HIS LORDSHIP. HIS SOVEREIGNTY WILL WILL BE MADE CLEAR IN THAT IN THE END OF THE DAY. IT IS ALL GOING TO BE AS HE DECREES FROM HIM, THROUGH HIM, TO HIM ALL THINGS TO ME LORD FOREVER. AMEN. ANOTHER WORDS I WORK OUR KNOWLEDGE THAT OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST IS TO BE A LIVING SACRIFICE, A LIVING SACRIFICE MAKES SENSE WHEN WE KNOW THAT GOD IS THE ALL-KNOWING AND ALL-POWERFUL AND HE IS LORD OF ALL, HE IS THE LORD OF US IS LORD OF EVERY ATOM AND MOLECULE. THE UNIVERSE THAT'S NOT ALL, BECAUSE AS THE APOSTLE PAUL MAKES HIS GREAT TRANSITION IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS. HE'S BEEN ARGUING ABOUT THE GOSPEL YOU THINK HE'S BEEN TEACHING THE GOSPEL, LAYING THE GOSPEL OUT AND IN HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED CLARITY AND IMPERFECTION AND AND HE BEGINS AS HE WRITES TO THE ROMANS WRITING. I'M NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL FOR IS THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO TO THE GENTILE. IN ROMANS CHAPTER 1 VERSE 16 AND THEN IN THE VERY NEXT VERSE HE GIVES THE FACT THAT THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH TO JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH IS THE GREAT THEME HERE THIS THE GREAT SUMMARY OF THE GOSPEL THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRES PAUL TO WRITE ABOUT THEM AND WE ARE WE ARE DEMONSTRATED WE ARE WE ARE SHOWN.
WE ARE WE ARE CONVINCED BY THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD THAT WHAT IT MEANS TO BELIEVE IN CHRIST WAS EVEN SHOWN TO US IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND ROMANS CHAPTER 4, THE APOSTLE PAUL HOLD OF THE EXAMPLE OF ABRAHAM AND AND HE'LL TAKE US BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT WHERE WAS THAT OF ABRAHAM.
HE BELIEVED IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUS, ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD WOULD PROVIDE A MESSIAH, EVEN BEFORE YOU EVEN WHEN A RANDOM GET TO SEE IT.
ABRAHAM DIED, NEVER HAS HE. BUT HE STILL BELIEVED IN AND ROMANS. WE ARE GIVEN THAT EXAMPLE IN HEBREWS. HE COMES UP AGAIN IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11.
WE ARE TOLD THAT HE BELIEVED IN GOD, AND HE LEFT OF THE CHALDEES IN ORDER TO FOLLOW BECAUSE HE BELIEVED BECAUSE HE WAS SEEKING A CITY THAT HAS FOUNDATIONS, WHOSE MAKER AND BUILDER IS GOD. MINUTE ROMANS CHAPTER 3 WERE TOLD THE GOSPEL THAT THAT PICTURE THE GOSPEL WHEREBY GOD PROVIDES HIS SON. HE DEMANDS A SACRIFICE AND HE PROVIDES THE SACRIFICE IS AN AMAZING TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL, GOD IN HIS HOLINESS AND HIS JUSTICE AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS DEMANDS A SACRIFICE FOR SIN AND HE TURNS AROUND AND PROVIDES WHAT HE DEMANDS. THEREFORE, PAUL WRITES HE IS BOTH JUST AND THE JUSTIFIER OF THE ONE WHO HAS FAITH IN JESUS BE EXCITED AND THEN HE FOLLOWS THROUGH EXPLAINING ALL THESE GREAT ASPECTS AND DIMENSIONS OF THE GOSPEL.
WE NEED TO KNOW. AND THEN HE'S TURNING TO A PRACTICAL APPLICATION IN CHAPTER 12. THE REMAINDER OF THE BOOK OF ROMANS IS GOING BE THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE GOSPEL. HE'S BEEN EXPLAINING AND EXPLICATING AND THE TRANSITION COMES RIGHT HERE, THE TRANSITION COMES IN THE FORM OF THIS DOXOLOGY AND THEN COMES THAT THAT VIRTUALLY NO WAS ROMANS CHAPTER 12 VERSE ONE AND THERE'S AN IMPORTANT WORD THERE THAT JUMPS OUT AT US. I APPEAL TO YOU THEREFORE, IN OTHER WORDS, IT POINTS BACK. EVERYTHING IS BEEN SAID IN ORDER TO SAY WHAT FOLLOWS MAKES SENSE BECAUSE IT FOLLOWS ON THE BASIS OF WHO GOD IS, ON THE BASIS OF WHAT GOD IS DONE FOR US AND YOU'LL NOTICE HE SAYS, BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, WHAT DOES IT MEAN MEANS IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE A BLOOD BOUGHT PEOPLE IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE WHO DESERVE NO MERCY HAVE FOUND FULL MERCY AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST. IN LIGHT OF THE MERCIES OF GOD, IT SIMPLY FOLLOWS THAT WE BE LIVING SACRIFICES. SUCH A KEY INSIGHT BECAUSE IT CLARIFIES INSTANTLY.
OUR STATUS AS A DISCIPLE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WHERE THE PEOPLE IF WE ARE TRULY FOLLOWING CHRIST WHO HAVE SURRENDERED OURSELVES SOVEREIGNTY, WHERE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE FORFEITED OUR SELF-DETERMINATION. WE HAVE RESIGNED FROM BEING OUR OWN THERAPIST OUR OWN JUDGE, OUR LAWGIVER, OUR OWN POLICEMAN OUR OWN SELF ESTEEM ENCOURAGER. WE RESIGNED ALL OF THAT BECAUSE WE DON'T BELONG TO OURSELVES. WE BELONG TO CHRIST AS IF WE ARE MERELY THE LIVING DEAD DEAD TO OURSELVES AND THE LIFE TO HIM. THAT'S INCREDIBLY POWERFUL BUT HOW DOES IT WORK. THAT'S HOW WE END UP IN VERSE TWO. DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWAL OF YOUR MIND, THAT BY TESTING YOU MIGHT DISCERN WHAT IS THE WILL OF GOD, WHAT IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT'S AMAZING PASSAGE. DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWAL OF YOUR MIND, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT US THAT SOMETIMES WE NEED THE NEGATIVE COMMAND BEFORE WE GET THE POSITIVE COMMAND AND THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT POINT OF OUR HUMANITY. EVIDENTLY SOMETIMES WE NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WE GET THE YES NEVER TAUGHT A TEENAGER TO DRIVE THEIR ALLOTTED NOSE BEFORE USUALLY DON'T DO THAT BEFORE YOU EVER GET TO THIS.
YOU GET A LOT MORE ATTENTION TO THE BREAK, THEN YOU DO TO THE ACCELERATOR RIGHT IN AND EVEN THOUGH YOU WANT YOUR PARENTING TO BE PRIMARILY POSITIVE. IT JUST DOESN'T WORK OUT THAT WAY RIGHT WHEN YOU SEE THE TWO-YEAR-OLD WITH A SCREWDRIVER HEADING FOR THE ELECTRICAL OUTLET THAT'S NOT A TIME FOR A LOT OF POSITIVE TEACHING ABOUT ELECTRICITY. DON'T DO THAT RIGHT IS NOT JUST KIDS. IT'S ALL OF US. WHEN GOD FINALLY GAVE TO MY WIFE AND I A CHILD THE PROMISE OF A CHILD WE HAD LONG FOR YEARS TO HAVE A CHILD IN THE PRAYED FOR A CHILD AND YEARN FOR A CHILD ONLY, AND THEN THE CAN THE GLORIOUS DAY WHEN MARY WAS WAS WITH CHILD AND THEN THEN WHEAT WE HAD THE MONTHS OF WAITING FOR THIS CHILD.
WE BEEN WAITING FOR FOR YEARS SO WE DID THE THINGS THAT NEW PARENTS TO YOUNG NEW PARENTS WOULD THINK THE WE DID THE MCRIB THING WE DID THE KNOW WE DID THE DESIGN, THE OTHER NURSE AS YOU SAY, MY WIFE DID THAT. I DID THE GO WITH HER TO MAKE THESE THINGS HAPPEN. I I HAD NO IDEA. AS A YOUNG HUSBAND AND FATHER TO BE HOW COMPLICATED THIS PROCESS. EVIDENTLY, AS I I DIDN'T KNOW HOW MANY DECISIONS HAD TO BE MADE IN AN WHEAT WE KINDA STRETCH THEM OUT SO THAT THEY WERE MADE ALL THE RIGHT TIME IN THE RIGHT SEQUENCE AND DELAY GRATIFICATION EVERYTHING CAN BE READY WHEN THE BABY COME GRIP IS BIG DEAL AND THUS HER JOB WAS TO CHOOSE THE CRIB SHEET SHOWS WITH EXQUISITE CARE CRIB. IT LOOKED EXACTLY THE RIGHT WAY THAT A CRIB THAT HAD ALL THE RIGHT SAFETY FEATURES. I HAVE A FEELING THE CRIB THAT I WAS PUT IN WAS THE CRIB THAT ALL MY COUSINS HAVE BEEN IN WHICH WAS THE CRIB THAT ALL MY AUNTS AND UNCLES HAVE BEEN PUT IN ADVANTAGES.
IT WAS A CRIB BUT NOT NO NOT. THAT'S NOT THE WAY YOU DO IT ANYMORE. THIS IS A THIS IS A BIG OPERATION WHAT MY JOB WAS TO PUT IT TO GATHER.
I HAD TO EXERCISE DOMINION OVER THE CRIB AND SO I WAS EAGER TO DO THIS IS A NO SHOW MIKE MY FIRST GREAT FATHERLY ACT IS NOW DOMINION OVER THE CRIB AND SO I PUT THIS CRIB TOGETHER.
I WANT YOU TO KNOW I DID IT. ACCORDING TO THE RULES.
MY FIRST INSTINCT IS TO DO IT AND THEN IF YOU IF THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY HORRIBLE TAKES PLACE. READ THE DIRECTIONS BUT IN THIS CASE. IN THIS CASE, I READ THE DIRECTIONS, BECAUSE MY BABY IS GOING TO BE IN THAT SO I WAS VERY CAREFUL ALL THE NUTS WERE SEATED EXACTLY AS THEY SHOULD BE SEATED EVERY SCREW WAS WAS SET EXACTLY AS IT SHOULD BE SAID ALL THE SAFETY FEATURES WERE IN PLACE AND EVERYTHING WORKS AND I STOOD BACK AND I JUST DID MIRED THIS COMPLETION IS WONDERFUL. COMPLETED PROJECT THAT JUST THE DOMINION EXERCISE.
THERE IS, MY WIFE GOES TO GET IN THE NURSERY. I PUT IT TOGETHER IN THE FAMILY ROOM AND THAT THAT TURNED OUT ACTUALLY TO BE A PROBLEM BECAUSE I I THEN HAD TO REVERSE DOMINION AND AUNT AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.
HAVING BEEN WELL-TRAINED IN AND OUT DO THIS AND YOU LIVE IN VERY HELPFUL IF THERE HAD BEEN AS INSTRUCTION NUMBER ONE DO NOT PUT THIS TOGETHER IN THE ROOM. IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE DO NOT. SOMETIMES THIS IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE DO OR AT LEAST IS NECESSARY FOR US TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE JEW IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT HERE IN ROMANS CHAPTER 12 VERSE TWO. THE FIRST THING THE READERS DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD WHY WE NEED TO KNOW THAT IS BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD BEING CONFORMED TO THE WORLD IS IS JUST THE WAY WE ARE. THIS IS SUCH A WROTE REVOLUTIONARY REMARKABLE STANDOUT AND IN GLARING NEON KIND OF OF INSTRUCTION BECAUSE IT TELLS US DULL. DO WHAT YORTY DONE, WHAT COMES NATURALLY TO YOU DON'T DO THAT. AND IT'S BECAUSE ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD IS REBORN AND OPERATE IN A WORLD THAT'S ALL IT TAKES. ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO KEEP NEVERMIND AS CHRISTIANS AS DISCIPLES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THAT THE WORLD AROUND US IS A CULTURAL SYSTEM INTO CIVILIZATION AS A SOCIETY, IT IT'S IT'S A CULTURAL SYSTEM IS FILLED WITH LANGUAGE AND MEANING IN TRADITIONS AND HABITS AND INTUITIONS, AND NEIGHBORS IN LITTLE LEAGUE TEAMS AND SCHOOLS IN AN EDUCATION AND IS FILLED WITH IDEAS IN MEDIA AND IN CULTURAL CONTENT IN HOLLYWOOD AND IN ALL THAT IS THERE AND ALL THAT'S THERE ALL THE TIME. WE ARE CONSTANTLY BREATHING ALL THE AIR. THIS CULTURE WE ARE SWIMMING IN THE WATER OF THIS CULTURE WE WE KNOW OURSELVES AS WHO WE ARE BECAUSE WE ARE COMFORTABLE IN THIS CULTURE, ITS LANGUAGE MAKES SENSE TO US. IT SYMBOLS MAKE SENSE TO US ITS MESSAGING. WE WERE JUST LIKE A SPONGE IS TAKEN IT ALL IN. AND THE WAY IT WORKS IS THIS IN A FALLEN WORLD WITH EVERY CULTURE FALLEN EVERY CULTURE IN ITS OWN WAY STAMPS. THOSE WHO ARE IN THAT CULTURE WITH A CERTAIN WAY OF THINKING, EVEN WITH A CERTAIN SET OF OF EMOTIONAL RESPONSES, EVEN WITH A CERTAIN SET OF MORAL INTUITIONS THAT THE WORLD SIMPLY TRANSFERS THAT AS NATURALLY AS THE NUTRIENTS AND THE MOTHER IS TRANSFERRED INTO THE WOMB TO THE BABY.
IT IS TRANSFERRED TO THE CULTURE TO US. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORK AT BEING ACCULTURATED.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORK BEING CONFORMED TO THE WORLD. THAT'S JUST THE DEFAULT OF HUMANITY. THAT'S GENESIS 3 WRIT LARGE. WE ARE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD. IT TAKES A REMARKABLE ACT OF SUPERNATURAL POWER FOR ANY HUMAN BEING IN A FALLEN WORLD NOT TO BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD. IT TAKES IT TAKES AN EXPLANATION THAT CAN ONLY COME FROM THE GOD WHO IS ALL WISE AND ALL-POWERFUL AND MERCIFUL TO US IN CHRIST USES A REAL PROBLEM BECAUSE EVEN SOME OF THE MESSAGING THAT COMES TO US FROM OUR CULTURE. SOME OF THE MESSAGING THAT COMES TO US FROM HOLLYWOOD, AND FROM THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC AND THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY AND COMES TO US TO OUR NEIGHBORS AND OPRAH AND EVERYBODY ELSE IS THE HUMAN BEINGS ARE BASICALLY GOOD AND WE SHOULD BE SURPRISED WHEN HUMAN BEINGS DO SOMETHING THAT IS WRONG WHEN THE BIBLE TELLS US WE ARE FALLEN HUMANITY. WE CENTER OUR MIND BEFORE WE SEND IN THE BODY AND THE ONLY REASON WE DON'T SEND MORE IS BECAUSE OF THE RESTRAINING POWER OF THE GRACE OF GOD IN US, INDIVIDUALLY AND IN OUR SOCIETY. WE ASK YOU WHO ARE PARENTS OF CHILD DID YOU EVER HAVE TO SET THE CHILD DOWN AND TEACH THE CHILD HOW TO DISOBEY YOU AS A FATHER EVER HAD TO CITIZEN DOWN AND SAY LISTEN, I AM TIRED OF THIS HALFWAY DISOBEDIENCE. I DON'T WANT ANYMORE. THIS DISOBEDIENCE WITH A SMILE. I WANT THE CHIN JUTTING OUT WHAT THE FIST IN MY FACE. I WANT THE FULL THING BECAUSE I'M NOT RAISING 1/2 WAY REBEL UNIT TO DO THAT. THAT'S WHAT IS CALLED A TWO-YEAR-OLD. YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TEACH THEM HOW TO DO THAT YOU WOKE UP THERE. HE WAS IN THE CRIB AND AND YOU SAY THAT KIDS A CENTER LIKE IT WAS A CENTER FROM THE MOMENT HE WAS CONCEIVED AND WE WERE ALL THAT TWO-YEAR-OLD BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE ARE ALL THE TWO-YEAR-OLD BUT PAUL COMES ALONG AND INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WRITES DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD. THAT'S THE DEFAULT POSITION THAT SIBLEY WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND WHAT IT WHAT IT SAYS HERE IS THAT WHAT'S REQUIRED OF US IS TO THINK DIFFERENTLY THAN THE WORLD THINKS LET'S THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT. I THINK MOST CHRISTIANS KNOW WERE SUPPOSED TO THINK DIFFERENTLY THAN THE WORLD THINKS THAT HERE'S HOW I THINK MOST CHRISTIANS THINK ABOUT THAT. I THINK MOST CHRISTIANS THINK THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO NOT THINK LIKE THE WORLD THINKS ON CERTAIN SELECTED ISSUES RIGHT IS A BIG ISSUES OUT THERE AND WHEN THOSE ISSUES ARE DEBATED WITH A OKAY. I CAN'T THINK THAT WAY BECAUSE I'M A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE GOD IS REVEALED TRUTH IN GOD'S WORD. THIS IS THIS. I BELIEVE THIS THAT'S DIFFERENT ON THE WORLD SAYS I CAN'T GO WITH WHAT WORLD SAYS THERE THEN WE DON'T THINK ABOUT ALL THE REST OF THE STUFF.
THE WORLD IS PRESSED INTO OUR THINKING AND INTO OUR MORAL INTUITIONS AND INTO THE PICTURE WE HAVE IN OUR MIND AND INTO THE IMPRESSIONS. WE WALK AROUND WITH AN ANSWER.
ALL THE SUBMIT A LIST OF THINGS WE DISAGREE WITH THE WORLD ABOUT WHILE THINKING, WE AGREE ON EVERYTHING ELSE. HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE WE DON'T REVIEW THE WORLD ON ANYTHING NOT SOMETHING WE DON'T HAVE OVERLAPPING AREAS OF AGREEMENT WHICH IS THAT WE DON'T EVEN AGREE FOR THE SAME REASONS WE WE DON'T LOOK AT THINGS THE SAME WAY. WE CERTAINLY AGREE WITH THE 2+2 = 4, BUT WE ACTUALLY DON'T EVEN THINK OF THAT EXACTLY THE SAME WAY OR WE SHOULDN'T. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL THAT WORLD WILL LITTLE THOSE 2+2 = 4, BUT ALL THEY KNOW IS TO POST A LITTLE SORE. WE KNOW TO PROCEED BEFORE BECAUSE GOD IS THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE'S CREATED ORDER IN THE UNIVERSE IN WHICH HE IS CREATED, HE'S CREATED A STABILITY IN ORDER TO STRUCTURE IN THE UNIVERSE IS THAT THERE IS A MATHEMATICAL AND WONDER TO THE CREATION HE DID NOT JUST BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE SOME KIND OF MATHEMATICAL PUZZLE THAT THAT COULD COULD PUZZLE HUMAN BEINGS AS TO WHY IT'S THERE, BUT RATHER IS TO SHOW HIS GLORY AND THE REGULARITY OF THE UNIVERSE. 2+2 = 4, NOT BECAUSE THERE'S SOME NATURALISTIC ACCIDENT.
THE 2+2 SEEMS TO ALWAYS EQUAL FOR THE BECAUSE GOD SAYS MY CHARACTER IS REVEALED IN THE FACT THAT 2+2 = 4. NOW WHEN YOU BEGIN THINKING THAT WAY ALL THIS AND REALIZE THAT WHERE WE AGREE WITH THE WORLD WE DON'T AGREE WITH THE WORLD THE WAY THE WORLD THINKS WE ARE AND THAT'S OKAY SO LONG AS WE REMEMBER THAT WE DON'T AGREE WITH THE WORLD.
FOR THE SAME REASONS THE WORLD THINKS WE AGREE WITH THEM AND THEN WE DISAGREE WITH THE WORLD MIDDLE DISAGREE WITH THE WORLD BECAUSE WE THINK WERE MORALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY SUPERIOR BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT WERE NOT. THIS IS NOT MENSA RIGHT. WE DID NOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM BY AN IQ TEST MAY ALSO CALL AGAIN WRITING TO THE CORINTHIANS IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT. THE WORLD IS FILLED WITH VERY VERY VERY SMART AND AND THEY'RE DOING WHAT VERY VERY VERY SMART PEOPLE DO THEIR VERY VERY INTELLIGENTLY RATIONALIZING THEIR SON, WHICH IS WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE DID BUT FOR THE GRACE AND MERCY OF CHRIST IN OUR LIVES NOT THERE SOMETHING ELSE IN ROMANS CHAPTER 1, PAUL TELLS US THE WHAT THE WORLD IS DOING IN AND BY THE WAY, THIS IS NOT THE WORLD OUT THERE THAT IS WHAT ALL OF US IN FALLEN HUMANITY ARE IN THIS CONSPIRACY TO IS TO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH OF GOD IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. ROMANS CHAPTER 1 AND AND AND SO IN OTHER WORDS, EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE THINGS THE WORLD KNOWS IT TELLS ITSELF DOESN'T KNOW IT. IT DENIES WHAT IS RIGHT THERE BEFORE THEM. PAUL WRITES AGAIN AGAIN IN ROMANS CHAPTER 1 FOR EVEN GOD'S INVISIBLE ATTRIBUTES ARE CLEARLY SEEN, BEING REVEALED IN THE THINGS THAT WERE MADE, BUT WE WON'T SEE THEM WHEN LOOKING ALL THAT YOU REALIZE WELL IF WERE NOT BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD THAT WERE TO BE RENEWED WOULD BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF THE MIND THAT THERE'S AN URGENCY IN OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THINKS CHRISTIANS.
THERE IS A DRAMATIC URGENT EMERGENCY IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH TODAY BECAUSE A FAILURE TO THINK LIKE A CHRISTIAN MEANS AS THE BIBLE MAKES ABUNDANTLY CLEAR FAILURE TO LIVE LIKE A CHRISTIAN AND ONCE BEING DEMANDED OF US IS THE POSSIBLE MAKES. THERE IS A DISCIPLESHIP IN BEING A LIVING SACRIFICE THAT SHOWS UP IN THE MIND EVEN BEFORE IT SHOWS UP IN THE LIFE BECAUSE IT IS NOT THERE IN THE MIND.
IT WON'T BE THERE IN THE LIFE YOU THINK OF ALL THE ISSUES THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT WE HAVE TO DO WITH YOU REALIZE THAT IF WE ONLY DECIDE WERE SUPPOSED TO THINK AS CHRISTIANS. WHEN ALL THE SUDDEN WE GET A WINDOWS BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY MOMENTS WHERE BIG TROUBLE. ONE OF THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD.
SUCH A THE WORD OF GOD SINKS INTO THE MINDS OF BELIEVERS SUCH THAT THE WORD OF GOD WITH THE ACCOMPANYING HOLY SPIRIT. DOES THAT WORK IN US WHICH ONLY GOD CAN DO TO TRANSFORM OUR THINKING TO REARRANGE THE FURNITURE OF OUR MIND TO SHIFT OUR THINKING. SO EVEN OUR INTUITIONS IN OUR IMPULSES CHAIN HOLDS UP A PICTURE AND SAYS YOUR EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO THIS PICTURE IS TO BE X AND ONLY THE WORD OF GOD CAN MAKE THE CHRISTIAN WITH THAT PICTURE AND SEE SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHAT THE WORLD TELLS US WERE SUPPOSED TO SEE IF YEARS AGO ACTUALLY JUST COUPLE YEARS AGO WAS WRITING THE BOOK ON LEADERSHIP. IT WAS PUBLISHED, JUST ABOUT A YEAR AGO TITLED THE CONVICTION TO LEAD.
QUITE FRANKLY THE WORLD GOT PLENTY OF BOOKS ON LEADERSHIP AND I DIDN'T INTEND TO WRITE ANOTHER ONE. BUT WHEN I WAS ENCOURAGED BY SO MANY FRIENDS TO WRITE IT AND I GOT FRUSTRATED LOOKING AT THE BOOKS OF THEIR LEADERSHIP AND SOMETIMES IS WHY YOU WRITE BOOKS DOES GET MAD AT EVERYBODY ELSE WHO WILL 40 AND I'M EXAGGERATING THAT THERE'S SOMETHING WE LEARN FROM ALL THOSE BOOKS BUT II THOUGHT THERE SOMETHING HUGE MISSING IS JUST IS JUST MISSING AND AND THAT IS AS A STUDENT LEADERSHIP WHEN I WILL LOOK OUT OF THE WORLD I WOULD SAY EVEN IN THE SECULAR WORLD THERE'S A DISTINCTION BETWEEN LEADERSHIP FOR THE SAKE OF LEADERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP THAT IS DRIVEN BY CONVICTION THROUGH THEM IN THE POLITICAL WORLD IS TO BE BLUNT, THERE PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THERE ARE MEN WHO WANTED TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND THE WAY TO DO IT WAS TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE TUTOR THANKS.
THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POLITICIANS OF CONVENTION AND POLITICIANS OF CONVICTION YOU WOULD BACK TO THE SAY THE 1980S AND THE WORLD IN BOTH UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN AND ELSEWHERE WAS TRANSFORM BY LEADERSHIP OF CONVICTION THAT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND YOU LOOK AT THE CHURCH AND YOU REALIZE WEALTH EVEN IN THE SECULAR WORLD.
PEOPLE CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEADERSHIP OF OFFICE LEADERSHIP TO FUNCTION ON THE ONE HAND, LEADERSHIP CONVICTION THAN WHEN WILL THE CHURCH LOOK WITH ME TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 11. WHY DID I TITLED THIS BOOK THE CONVICTION TO LEAD IS BECAUSE WHAT IS REVEALED IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 OF FAITH. VERSE ONE IS THE ASSURANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE CONVICTION OF THINGS NOT SEEN.
CONVICTIONS ARE BELIEFS.
EVERY CONVICTION IS A BELIEF BUT NOT ALL BELIEFS OR CONVICTIONS.
BELIEFS ARE ARE THINGS WE BELIEVE TO BE TRUE. WE HOLD BELIEFS AND WE HAVE A WE HAVE AN ENTIRE CATALOG BELIEFS AND AS WE GROW IN.
AND AS WE AS WE LEARN WE WE WE CHANGE OUR BELIEFS. WE GROW IN OUR BUILDINGS WE MATURE IN OUR BELIEFS.
WE EVEN ADD TO OUR BELIEF THAT BELIEFS ARE THINGS THAT WE HOLD TO CONVICTIONS ARE THINGS THAT HOLD US. THEY ARE BELIEFS THAT ARE SO BASIC WE DON'T KNOW WHO WE ARE. WITHOUT THESE THINGS BEING ABSOLUTELY TRUE AND THE GOSPEL BECOMES A WEB OF CONVICTION THAT IS SO BASIC TO US.
WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO BREATHE WITHOUT THE GOSPEL WE WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO OPERATE ON HOW TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT THE GOSPEL. THE GOSPEL BECOME SO BASIC TO US IS NOT A BELIEF IT'S A CONVICTION AND THERE IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS. THE HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED THAT WRITER TO SAY THAT'S WHAT FAITH LOOKS LIKE THE FAITH THAT SAVES IS A FAITH THAT DOESN'T RESIDE MERELY IN BELIEFS BUT IN CONVICTIONS. THEY ARE THE ESSENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN. THE ASSURANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AS IT TURNS OUT, IS EITHER TO BE BASED IN CONVICTIONS OR THE CHRISTIAN IS A GOING TO SHOW UP AS A CONVICTION IS A CONVENTIONAL CHRISTIAN THE CHRISTIAN ACTUALLY IS A NO-SHOW FOR THE CHRISTIAN, DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.
JUST THINK OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE OUT THERE USE TAKE WILL DISCUSS ARE THE TIMES WERE LIVING IN HUMAN BEINGS THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EXPERIENCED WORLDVIEW SHIFTS, CHANGES IN THINKING, MORAL CHANGES AND SHIFTS, BUT YOU'RE NOT.
YOU'RE NOT EXAGGERATING WHEN YOU THINK THAT OUR TIMES ARE UNIQUE. AS A MATTER FACT EVEN SECULAR ANALYSTS OF SUCH THINGS WILL POINT OUT THAT WE HAVE NEVER AS HUMANITY LIVED IN A TIME OF SUCH RAPID CHANGE AS WE ARE NOW MORAL CHANGE. MORAL REVOLUTIONS GENERALLY TOOK CENTURIES TO TAKE PLACE, AND NOW WE ARE EXPERIENCING ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE. ONE OF THE MOST BROAD IN EFFECT.
ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE MORAL REVOLUTIONS. HUMAN BEINGS EVER EXPERIENCE AND IT IS HAPPENING IN THE SPACE OF LESS THAN A GENERATION JUST TO GIVE AN EXAMPLE 20 YEARS AGO. NOT ONE NATION ON EARTH AND LEGAL SAME-SEX MARRIAGE NOT ONE AND NOW IT'S THE NEW MORAL MANDATE IT, IT'S THE WORLD'S WISDOM TURNED ON ITS HEAD AND IN THE WORLD EVIDENTLY CAN DO THAT BUT IT REQUIRES THAT CHRISTIANS REFUSED TO BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD AND WITH COURAGE. SAY AS A LIVING SACRIFICE. I CAN'T THINK THAT WAY I CAN'T JUST SET UP. MORALITY IS A HUMAN SOCIAL CONSTRUCT THAT CAN BE CHANGED. IT WILL DO AND FURTHERMORE I RESIGNED FROM THINKING THAT I KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR HUMANITY BECAUSE I DON'T BUT I TRUST THAT THE CREATOR, REDEEMER DOES KNOW THERE'S A LOT INVOLVED IN THIS INTERCOURSE IS NOT JUST THE ISSUE OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION TAKING PLACE AROUND US MUCH AS THE ISSUE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IF WE ALL OF A SUDDEN DECIDE TO SHOW UP AS CHRISTIANS ON THE ISSUE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, THERE WERE TO BE SHOWN AS THE PEOPLE ALL OF A SUDDEN SHOW UP ON THE ISSUE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS NOT THE WORK WE GOT TO BE CHRISTIAN, AND HOW WE THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING EVERY DAY WE GET TO BE CHRISTIANS FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION WOULD GOTTA BE CHRISTIANS FOR BREAKFAST OR TO GOING TO BED AND I WOULD GOTTA BE CHRISTIANS AND HOW WE THINK, IN SCHOOL, AND BUSINESS IN POLITICS AND ECONOMICS AND CULTURE IN ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS WOULD GOTTA BE CHRISTIAN AUGUST AS TIMELY AS IT WE GOT TO BE CHRISTIANS ONLY THINK ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS BECAUSE WE CAN'T, AS A LIVING SACRIFICE DECIDE I WILL BE LIVING SACRIFICE WHEN IT COMES TO SEXUAL MORALITY WITHOUT WHEN IT COMES MY POLITICAL LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO PAY MY TAXES, NOT WHEN IT COMES TO MY UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PARENT. NOT WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CONSUMER OF OF OF THE ECONOMIC GOODS AND MATERIAL GOODS OR ONE WHO IS LITTLE GOING TO ENJOY THE ENTERTAINMENT OF THE WORLD. IT'S A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSIBILITY. BUT AFTER ALL BE LIVING SACRIFICE I LIKE IS A PRETTY CONFERENCE OF STATUS. THE REAL ISSUE FOR US IS WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE GOING TO OBEY WHAT IS COMMANDED HERE. THIS IS IN THE SUGGESTION.
THIS IS PAUL'S SPIRITUAL SUGGESTION TO SPIRITUALLY MINDED PEOPLE.
THIS IS A LITTLE PAMPHLET WAS HANDED OUT AT THE CHURCH AT ROME.
THIS IS THE WORD OF GOD. THIS IS FOR ALL CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT ALL TIME TILL JESUS COMES. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE.
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TO BE AND WE ARE NOT TO BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD.
WE ARE TO BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND. AND THAT'S WHY WE SADISTICALLY NEED TO COME TOGETHER EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD PREACHED TO US BECAUSE WE NEED IT PREACH TO US. WE NEED IT PREACHED INTO US WHEN WE NEED IT PREACHED SUCH THAT IT SATURATES OUR LIVES. THAT'S WHY MEANT TO BE A SCRIPTURAL PEOPLE IS ONLY NEED THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SAINTS IS WHY WE NEED TO BE RUN CHRISTIANS WHO ARE FELLOW LIVING SACRIFICES, WHO TOGETHER ARE SEEKING NOT TO BE CONFORMED TO THE WORLD, BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF THE MIND. THAT'S WHY WE DON'T LOOK TO THE WORLD FOR ITS ADVICE WHEN IT COMES THE MOST BASIC AND IMPORTANT ISSUES OF LIFE. LOOK TO EACH OTHER AND WE SAY WHAT WOULD THE SCRIPTURE REQUIRE OF US HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAD US WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT SHOULD WE DO.
I DON'T JUST BELONG TO CHRIST IN CHRIST. I BELONG TO YOU. WE LONG TO EACH OTHER WANTING TO DO WITH THIS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS KID WHEN YOU KNOW WHETHER WHAT YOU'RE DOING. AND WHILE YOUR FIRST IMPULSE WOULD BE TO GO TO CHURCH AND SAY HEY I NEED HELP. SO YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE SOME OF YOU WERE THIS BEFORE.
ALL OF THIS HOW DOES THIS WORK ORDER OR DO I GO IF OUR FIRST IMPULSE IS TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE CORRECT THAT RIGHT NOW AS WE COME TOGETHER TO SAY WERE CHRIST PEOPLE YOU TO FIGURE THIS OUT. WE WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN INFINITE RESOURCES. ALL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR US IN SCRIPTURE AND IN AND WHEN WE HAVE TO GET OUTSIDE AUTHORITIES. WE DO SO, KNOWING OKAY.
WHEN WE HEAR THEM SPEAK. WE GOTTA THINK OF WHAT WORLDVIEW THEY'RE SPEAKING OUT OF I CAN RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM THEM BUT I CAN'T RECEIVE IT THE WAY THEY'RE GIVING IT TO ME, THAT I THINK IT THROUGH FROM CHRISTIAN CONVICTIONS AND CHRISTIAN PRESUPPOSITIONS AND THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE AND BY THE WAY, NOT ONE OF US IS UP TO THIS, WE NEED EACH OTHER FOR THIS AND AND WE DESPERATELY NEED THE INFUSION OF GOD'S WORD SO REGULARLY BECAUSE WE WE WE NEEDED TO RESIDE IN US SUCH THAT ALL THE PARTS OF OUR BELIEFS AND AND AND OUR KNOWLEDGE THINK THE START GET TIED AND KNITTED TOGETHER IS ONLY THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN DO, IN WHICH THE HOLY SPIRIT PROMISES TO DO IN US LIVING SACRIFICE, NOT CONFORM TO THE WORLD BUT TRANSFORM OTHER NEW HUMAN MIND IS A PROMISE HERE PROVES OR DEMONSTRATES WHAT THE WILL OF GOD IS THAT WHICH IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT. SO MUCH NONSENSE IN THE EVANGELICAL WORLD ABOUT THE WILL OF GOD JUST HORRIBLY MESSED ME UP AS A TEENAGER I PICKED UP THE THAT THE WILL OF GOD WAS SOME YOU HAD TO FIND THEY DEFINE THE WILL OF GOD, STARTLING BOARD EVERYWHERE.
MAN, I JUST WANTED TO FIND IT BECAUSE I WILL KNOW I'M I SUPPOSED TO DO THIS MICHAEL TO DO THAT WHOM I SPOKE TO MARY WAS A BIG DECISION THEM AND I THOUGHT MAYBE I FOUND IT.
IT WILL BE LIKE ILL FINDING AN OLD MASON JAR AND I JUST DIG IT UP OPENING UP THERE BE IS A GOOD MARRIAGE.
WHAT UNIT IS REGULARLY GOING TO COLLEGE AND ALL THIS IS, I NEVER FOUND THAT MASON JAR AND AND THEN THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WILL ACT LIKE IT'S IT IT'S A PUZZLE YET PUT TOGETHER LIKE I GOD'S PLAYABLE GAME WITH THE SAME HEARS OF THESE HERE'S APPEASERS BE SOLICITING FOR THIS TOGETHER WISEGUY IS COMPLETELY MISSING FROM SCRIPTURE SCRIPTURES EVER SAY FIND THE WILL OF GOD SCRIPTURES OF OVERSIGHT. FIGURE OUT THE WILL OF GOD SAYS WHAT DO THE WILL OF GOD KNOW YOU DO THE WILL OF GOD. NOW TODAY WE OBEY EVERY DAY THAT WE WILL FIND OURSELVES PROVING DEMONSTRATING THE WILL OF GOD. WE WILL BE LED INTO ALL THAT GOD HAS FOR US. IF NOT, BEING CONFORMED TO THE WORLD, BUT BEING TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.
GUIDED BY SCRIPTURE WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SAINTS.
WE WILL BE GUIDED DAY BY DAY, STEP-BY-STEP, HOUR BY HOUR DECISION BY DECISION AND WHERE GOD WANTS US TO BE GOING TO PROVE INDIVIDUALLY AND CORPORATELY RENTED DEMONSTRATE TOGETHER WHAT IT MEANS TO DO THE WILL OF GOD. AND YOU KNOW WHAT WE DO THAT. WHAT DOES PAUL SAY HE SAYS THE WILL OF GOD IS NOT BE DEMONSTRATED TO BE GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT. WE WOULD WANT IT ANY OTHER WAY. JUST THINK OF THE PRAYER THAT PRECEDED MY MESSAGE. THINK OF HOW THE WORLD WOULD LOOK AT THAT PICTURE AND SAY HERE'S WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO FEEL. HERE'S WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO THINK THINK WHAT THE GOSPEL SAYS IN RESPONSE. MY WILL IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT. HOW YOU KNOW THAT BECAUSE JESUS PAID IT ALL, ALL TO HIM I SINNED AND LEFT A CRIMSON STAIN, HE WASHED WHITE SNOW. LET'S PRAY FATHER WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR ALL YOU'VE GIVEN US IN YOUR WORD MAKE IT POSSESS ALL OF US AND MAY ALL OF US MIGHT BE POSSESSED OF ALL OF IT. PROBABLY CRAZIER HOLY SPIRIT RIGHT NOW IS APPLYING THIS WORD TO OUR HEARTS TO CONFORM US TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST IN HIS NAME WE PRAY. AMEN