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Fresh update on "baptist" discussed on Too Much Truth With Derrick Boazman
"Pastor Bruce Williams of the Bass Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, reacting to the court's decision in the Briana Taylor case. Today. A Kentucky grand jury brought charges against one of the officers in the case. Former detective Bright Hankinson was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree and activist Britney putting it, Cunningham says. This is not nearly in comparison to what Briana Taylor's family has demanded. I'm disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised. This is the way and black communities continued to be let down by systems that were Designed to continue and expand our impression over and over again. The other two officers who shot toward Taylor and her boyfriend were not charged. And to Camp County. Some teachers are showing their disapproval with Decatur City schools plan for a return to the classroom. The district is scheduled to phase back in students over several weeks. Beginning October. 12 and the agency says dozens of teachers and students protest of the planned across from the District Administration Center on Tuesday. Decatur City School students have been learning virtually since August. In Fayette County schools are also planning to send some students back to the classroom. A county begins a phase an approach by different grey levels. On Monday, they could be attending school for face to face instructions for five days a week by the end of October. In sports. The Braves are the champs of the released again. Atlanta's 11 1 win over Miami. A truce it park last night, capped off their third straight division title Brace, have two games left against the Marlins before ending the season in a Siri's against Boston at home playoffs in the nationally start one week from today. Otherwise it is still mostly cloudy with a high near 74 Later tonight, you can expect much of the same with the low of 61. That's what's happening. Everybody on Amanda Cooper a news in talk 13 80. W ay. Okay, Now let's check that rhyme. We continue earlier crash.
Chadwick Boseman buried near South Carolina hometown
"Boseman was buried near his South Carolina hometown six days after he died at his home in Los Angeles that from a death certificate obtained today by the AP. The Black Panther's star was laid to rest September 3rd at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery in Belton, South Carolina. That's about 11 miles from Bozeman's home town of Anderson. They held a public memorial for Bozeman. A day later in Anderson, Very few outside of his family knew that Bozeman was fighting colon cancer. He played Black Panther in four Marvel movies. He started the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. He also portrayed James Brown and Thurgood Marshall in films. Chadwick Boseman was 43.
Funeral for Houston Fire Department Capt. Tommy Searcy's set for Wednesday
"Services air set for Hft captain Tommy seriously, who died from Cove in 19 last week, visitation tomorrow at Champion Forest Baptist Church on Airline Road. The memorial service is Wednesday at 10 A.m..
Dallas - UNT Quarterbacks Coach Tate Wallis Arrested For Alleged Improper Relationship With A Student
"Denton Police arrested the University of North Texas assistant football coach Tate Wallace Thursday and accused him of two counts of an improper relationship with a student and an educator. According to Denton County Jail records. Wallace was hired as the mean Green quarterbacks coach in January, Wallace was released from jail on a $20,000 bond. Eunt released a statement late Thursday night, saying Wallace has been placed on administrative leave while the school reviews the available information you NT officials also say that Wallace's charges are unrelated to his employment with the university. Wallace was the offensive coordinator of Argyle High School from 2018 to 2019. And according to Denton County Jail records, thie offenses occurred in October and December of 2019 during Wallace's tenure at Argyle U. N. T, by the way, will start their season. Saturday at home against Houston Baptist University.
"baptist" Discussed on Agape Baptist Church | Scottsboro, Alabama
"We are wired that way got his made us that way to where we live out what we really believe on the inside and so Gideon said, I'm not a king but what are we seeing Gideon's life? He asked for tribute which versus twenty, five and twenty six they gladly give which provides a huge stumbling block that we talked about last week, and then in this verse, we see that Gideon departs from God's design, he follows the example Pagan Kings in that area any takes on many wives. The term is polygamy, right? He takes many wives. Now, this is not God's design Gideon, set himself up for failure the moment he began to live out this ungodly belief because how to God design marriage to be between one man and one woman right in the garden of Eden Adam and Eve were joined together in covenant marriage and they were together for the rest of their lives. That's God's design. Begins following his heart. and. He has all of these wives. He has all of these sons but just like many of the other kings of his day verse Thirty One tells us that sadly gideon had a concubine. which without going into all kinds of graphic detail this shows how entitled Gideon felt that he was. Gideon is acting like a pagan. King. He's not filled with the spirit. He's not following God's own design for life for marriage or for leadership. And yet God pours out his mercy and unmerited kindness on Gideon and the land has piece but then we're introduced to the son of that concubine. and His name has been leg look at verse. At the end of verse. I mean I'm sorry at the end of Chapter Eight Verse Thirty One and his Concubine who in also Masan, and he called his name. Now, I misspoke in the first service. I, guess that's the good thing about doing to services. So notice the Pronoun here. And his concubine who's in also him a son and he called Gideon named this boy. All right. Gideon named his son. His son's name is. Gideon said he was not a king but guess what it means. My father is king. Come on Gideon like. Like, you don't even make it easy for us. To. Like there's no justifying Gideon's action theory. Gideon thinks he's a king he acts like a king and it doesn't matter what words come out of his mouth. Don't listen to him because his heart is betraying what he really believes and you and I are the exact same way. We can sing sing songs, every Sunday morning, and yet our hearts be somewhere else. Totally. We can look at the people that are most significant to us in our lives and we can say I love you when our love and our affection is being poured into other things and other people..
"baptist" Discussed on Agape Baptist Church | Scottsboro, Alabama
"The Popular Medications Zanex, and so the xanax approach says you feel anxious then read Philippians chapter four, six with says be anxious about anything. Do you feel tired? Then Read Matthew Eleven, twenty, eight you see the zanex approach treats the Bible as if as if it's only reason for existence is to make us feel better. Bible. Study is about finding comfort for my issues. But. The problem with this approach. Is that I asked the Bible, how the Bible can serve me rather than how I can serve the God that proclaims. there. We go to the Bible just to get something out of it. We go to the Bible to engage with gardens spoke it can't use xanax approach. But another approach was called the pinball approach. The pinball approach thing about a pinball machine. So that lacking any reference or any guidance on what to read. I just read whatever scripture verse I happened to Ping Pong. Ping to next I happen to turn to the next page ricocheting from one passage to the next. But the problem with this approach is it gives them thought of the context of the Bible the passage and it doesn't show desire once again to engage with the text to dig up underneath the surface. So other self-serving style of approach. Another self-serve salve approach is called the magic eight ball approach. Remember those little magic eight balls that you just shake and answer would pop up. So when you have difficult question, you go to the Bible like a magic eight ball. And you just try to shake it and find the answer to that question. But the Bible is not magical. and. Its primary function is not for you to just find whatever answer you're looking for at the moment. The Bible's meant to transform us. As we read it as we study it as we meditate upon it. So we've had those approaches, next is the personal shopper approach the personal shopper approach. This is where we don't actually study the Bible rather we shop around..
"baptist" Discussed on Agape Baptist Church | Scottsboro, Alabama
"Now the sort of the spirit means that any authority for victory that we have in the spiritual realm is rooted and grounded in God. This is a spiritual weapon remember in spiritual warfare, we're not fighting physical enemies. We're fighting principalities, spiritual strongholds, and spiritual principalities, spiritual authorities, spiritual enemies in the spiritual realm, and these principalities are working through human personalities. Maybe the human institutions human ideologies. And so when we talk about the sword of the spirit, the sword supplied by the spirit, we're talking about a spiritual weapon that is powerful for taking down spiritual strongholds like we looked at earlier in the series and Second Corinthians chapter. Ten But it's interesting here this is called. Paul calls this the sword of the spirit. What did he mean that it's the sort of the spirit? Well, according to Jesus the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. In fact, he's referred to as the spirit of truth in John Chapter, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen. And that means that the the spirit uses the truth that comes from the very mouth of God. The father as we see it in Second Timothy Chapter Three Sixteen, and that's what he uses in the work that that he performs as the third person of the Trinity. So it's the sword supplied by the spirit and the sword that the spirit uses and we see this mentioned again in a very similar passage in Hebrews chapter four verse twelve, which says for the word of God is living and active sharper than any double edged Sword Piercing Division of the soul and the spirit of the joints and marrow and discerning the thoughts and the intentions of the heart. So it's the sword of the Holy Spirit that is used to pierce the spirits or the hearts the inner person of human beings who are in need of Gospel conviction who are in need of transformation through Jesus Christ. and. So the sword supplied by the spirit is also the sword that she used by the spirit, and that's why Paul calls it the sword of the spirit. And Tony Evans. Rightly. points out that..
Forever Free: Edmonia Lewis
"Hey Joel Lauren Hey so. You know what I feel like I have been I have I have not done our podcast. Justice. And the reason being is because you know every. So often we do an episode on historical person. And it seems that you do a lot of episodes about like strong influential women. And I do episodes on. Deeply White Dude's. Deeply disturbed man and I was like you know what? I'm going to remedy this today. I'm going to do it right and I had I had known very little about this person until I started doing my research, the more I learned about her the more I was. Like. Impressed about her. Just. Her talents and her very interesting life and everything. So today. I'm going to be doing an episode on Ed Monia Lewis. Yes I don't know who that is. So at Monia Lewis was the first professional and internationally known African American sculptor. Wa Yes so Her work was like well known all over the world during this time period but we'll get into it so. she was she is believed to have been born on July fourth eighteen, forty four that she didn't. She didn't know her her birthdate. Lot of people didn't warn free in Greenbush New York, which is now the city of Rent Rensselaer and her father was Afro Haitian while her mother her her name was Catherine Mike Lewis was of Mississauga, Gibb Way and African American descent. So she was both African American Haitian and native American Great. her mother was known as an excellent weaver in crafts woman while her father was a gentleman servant and her family background inspired Lewis in her later work. So, by the time she reached the age of nine. Both of her parents had died to maternal aunts adopted her and her older half brother whose name was Samuel. He was born in eighteen thirty five to lose his father and his first wife in Haiti and the family came to the United. States, when Samuel was a young child Samuel eventually became a barber at age twelve after his father died because he needed to start making money for the family and so he became a barber I know isn't as seventh grader giving you a haircut that's a nightmare but apparently. We're pulling your teeth both. Apparently. He was very good because eventually he moved out West in became an entrepreneur in a landowner and was very successful. but at the time, the children lived with their aunts near Niagara Falls for about four years and Louis in her aunt sold Agip way baskets and other items such as moccasins, embroidered blouses, tourists, visiting. Niagara. Falls, TORONTO, and Buffalo. So Little Gail. during this time Lewis went by her native American name, which was wildfire while her brother was called sunshine or sunrise, which is like these are just cool. ASS names. Great names may great names man. So in eighteen fifty, two Samuel F. for San Francisco leaving Lewis in the care of captain s mills, and Samuel provided for her board and education. Captain are mills was a an abolitionist. He was a well known abolitionists at the time. So in eighteen, fifty, six, she enrolled at New York, Central College McGraw Hill which was a baptist. School at McGraw Hill. Louis. Met many of the leading activists who would become mentors, patrons and possible subjects for her work as her artistic career developed. So during her summer term there in eighteen fifty-eight, she took classes in the primary department in preparation for college, and she was enrolled in primary courses in order to help advance her reading and writing skills along with other subjects of academia that we're not quite advanced enough for the academic department. So. In a later interview, she said that she left the school after three years having been quote declared to be wild. Oh Wow. Yeah. She said until I was twelve years old I led this wandering fishing and swimming and making moccasins I was then sent to school for three years in McGraw Hill was declared to be wild they could do nothing with me Oh Yeah. So they seem to have expected a lot from. A kid who had been grown up just like doing whatever she could to survive. So. Eight fifty nine when she was about fifteen years old her brother Samuel and abolitionists sent her to win Ohio where she attended the secondary Oberlin Academy Preparatory School for the full three year course before she entered Oberlin College, which was one of the first US higher learning institutions to admit women and people of Color. At the time, she changed her to Mary Monia Lewis and began to study art. So from here on out, she's known as Ed Monia Lewis. She boarded with Reverend John. Keep his wife from nine until she was forced from the college in eighteen sixty three. So I'll tell you about that in a second. But at Oberlin with a student population of one thousand Lewis was one of only thirty students of color. Yeah, Reverend keep was white a member of the board of trustees and avid evolutionist and a spokesperson for Co Education so throughout her life, she was kind of moved from from patron to patient as a young child mostly with abolitionist family Scott.
He Must Increase, but I Must Decrease (John 3:30)
"John Chapter Three Verse Thirty He must increase. But I must decrease. Seven. Simple. Really. Hard words. To pray here's what I mean by that. I was younger. man who had a huge impact on my life spiritually. He challenged me to identify a verse in the Bible that would be your life verse I could sum up one verse that you want to describe your life. What would it be? I few can identify one verse the You want to mark your life. What would it be? And this, this is the verse that I chose. John Three thirty, he must increase but I must decrease. St. John. The Baptist talking about Jesus. Saying, his purpose in this world. is to decrease. That's what he must do. and Jesus must increase meaning John the Baptist purpose in this world was to exalt. Christ. Not Himself. And I say those are like simple but. because. This verse. Well. I it as my life verse I. Feel like. So often it's just been A. Constant Wrestling and struggling in me like I. Think I really do want Jesus increase as best as I can tell him my art like I want to Exalt. Jesus. What does see Jesus exalted. The struggle is. I can so easily turn this prayer into. He must increase in. I wouldn't mind kind of increasing as well. Like to really say no, I WANNA decrease I want to decrease I wanna be totally forgotton. I don't want anybody even think about me like. I'm just being honest here I oftentimes. Want people to think well of me. I. Struggle when people don't think well of me and it's It's a constant battle to say. No I don't I don't WanNa care about what people think about me I want to live so that people don't think about me at all I, WanNa live to the people think about Jesus I want John. Three thirty to be my life I and pray continually for it to mark my life, and yet there's this constant struggling to live dead to myself on a daily basis. So God, I pray for my own life that you would make this verse more and more and more a reality. This verse would indeed Mark Me. Jesus you would become greater through my life and I become less like less and less and less and less every way in my own highs and other people's is less in Jesus you. Become greater increasing. The same over those who are listening right now, don't know what life I they might have. Even ever thought about that. But gotta pray pray that you would increase through their lives that your glory would be made known that your love would be known. Your name would be made known and their names have become less less and less and less less and less about them more and more about you gotTa pray this for US less and less about us more and more about you because you're the only one who's worthy of glory you're the only one whose name ultimately matters. You're the only one who can. Save your the only one who is Lord and King overall like the think that in light of who you are, I would ever desire people to think well, it makes no sense. You're the only one who is worthy of all worship and all praise. All adoration. So God. We pray you'd help us to live with the constant refrain in our minds and our hearts he must increase, but I must decrease he must increase but I must decrease Oh God man is mark my our lives you increasing and US decreasing. In Jesus name, for Jesus, glory for his increase we pray.
Sarah Jakes Roberts Talks Black Lives Matter, Voting, and Preaching During A Pandemic
"Roberts with the. Fresh. Face. Ma'am. Thank you so much for doing my on one masterclass. I wanted you to teach me out of Bray. Breeds how to be when he? When you're in your? I've seen with my own I girl no. Not How you. Down the whole house and rebuild us again. This is not at all I think but. My team was like. You're not. Asia is ask her about how can have hope At. least try. And then maybe she can teach you. How to how to pray to but the main thing I want to do is just connect with the tax you the other day and I was just like. This you. I. One before this life bound now. One. Man I don't know either hope is soon at least I get to see you today though. Yeah. Yeah I don't know. What do you say to the people? Are Feeling overwhelmed by the not knowingness of it. All right like there are people who have decisions to make economically. there are those among us I think as well, maybe not especially in our community, but I relate to those who are in our community, the most who are used to go onto the church house warning and can't they shouldn't be. y'all have been wise about bad or other shepherds. Car Them we have not been so wise. But what do you say the folks who are? In fear about not knowing. Yeah. Unknown Gary For us all whether we are in or not. Certainly heightened, you know the whole world isn't will state of annulling I think for me when I have those moments of uncertainty. It really down to knowing what I know for today riots I even the model prayer Jesus give us this day our daily bread, and sometimes we don't know what tomorrow's GonNa look like or even six months Armagh grow. But right now who Note that engrossing sometimes boils down to like what what about all I don't know. They're not gonna be able to Netflix. A roof over at hid in when we live in the moment and the pharmacists. Creativity and opportunities that help us to prepare better for tomorrow I. Think the thief that anxiety it blinds is so much from the possibilities of what exists in this small work while something that hasn't happened yet or may not happen at all. So as much as I can I try to make myself be president. One of the things I just thought about this is more shading question are meltdown. Here is my shady question but in addition to. The people may not know there are there are those among us Who they know it all in one thing that comes to mind Sarah like. I watch this clip so many times because I just can't believe it so Kenneth Kenneth, Copeland had this moment where I guess these rebuke. I grew up in charge like in a Lotta ways like peers, a baptist, a Catholic moms the Catholic. In I started going cold you charge when I was sixteen. So get it. We a lot of stuff in the church this man for a respiratory illness. Rebukes Corona virus by blowing right into my like this. Like spit flying everywhere and I just have to know like. Have you seen versus viruses D. Donald talking about. How to be in this I on and? I don't want to be in this. This is what I will say I think even down to people who are still having church, right? In your point my husband ahead of our campuses really made a decision to not. You know us what we know could be God's provision when we could use our wisdom in state and into really preserve those moments when we need God for when we need God and to activate the ability that we have to make wise decisions. However to your point, there have been a lot of pastors who felt they had a different unction from God's to. Do handle things differently and I think part of one of the things that I've really been intentional about trying to do especially when it comes to the body of Christ, is even when I don't understand how someone spaeth may be functioning toward them is to not make a judgment about it. I, mean, a Kenneth Copeland has been ministry longer than I have been alive in a he's got he he has a relationship with God that made him. You know prophesy in act out in a way that some of us may not understand but I'm just really careful about making sure that I don't Mike anyone else's faith even if I don't understand it and that's not just for the Kingdom I think that as we seek to really have better interfaith relationship that though I may not understand the Muslims walk, I may not understand you know, Judaism fully, I may not understand Hinduism but to. Not. Make a judgment on things. I don't understand and to ask that he would continue to give them a method. We make a grave mistake when we make fun of things we should be praying about if we really think that there's something there that is all that is leading people down a path that God will give the leader with them in those following them with some so that we are intentional about not creating more division. That's me.
[Unedited] Dario Robleto with Krista Tippett
"Ning and. Welcome back to winter. Someone someone wrote me today instead it's raining feathers. So welcome to the institute. I'm Liz Armstrong. Curator. Of Contemporary Art, and we are very pleased to be hosting the second live interview with Krista Tippett for her show and broadcast of on being. As. Many of you know Christa was here two months ago when she spoke with Hamilton and what was a fascinating and far-reaching conversation they covered everything from spiritual act of art making to the strange intimacy of museums where people can be alone together. The the this interview, and that one we're presented. In conjunction with the exhibition currently on view. In our target wing simply called sacred, which is a series of installations, the probe, the nature of the sacred within a secular multi-faith society. By, juxtaposing works of art from Multiple Times in places, the sacred exhibition invites visitors to explore historic and contemporary. Expressions of the divine, the spiritual, the essential in the beloved and to ponder the words meaning in their personal lives. I want to thank the MIA's affinity collectors, group contemporary art for their support of this program, and for helping us visits from artists such as Hamilton. Dario. And now let me just briefly introduce each of our guests. KRISTA Tippett Enduro. Christie needs little introduction on this stage. She's a peabody award winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author WHO's highly acclaim radio program on being fills a huge void in the public discussion of spirituality and faith. She's not afraid to. to discuss the big animating questions of human life from how do we want to live to what does it mean to be human? She and her guests explore meaning ethics and what is sacred miss the political cultural and technological turmoil that is first century life. Dario fo was houston-based artists who's known for his highly original repurposing of rare and archaic materials. Like a DJ sampling music and he just told me tonight, he was a DJ once Doria spins in shapes such unconventional materials as dinosaur fossils, meteorite remnants, hand bones, and hipbones, and pulverized vinyl from vintage records. He's been called materials poet. I think of him as a passionate alchemist who memorialize the past while finding new meaning in the tangled roots its history. He's a maker of extraordinary objects that are meditations on war, love death, spirituality, and healing. It's going to be really interesting to him talk about these objects without seeing them. But you can imagine and then you will see them So I'm really looking forward to this conversation. Please join me in welcoming Chris step and Dario. Thank you lose. It's great to be back at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Feel like I'm an old timer now. So I welcome you. So, Dr. you grew up in San Antonio I grew up in Oklahoma. It did not snow in March where we came from. I've really been looking forward to this for several months as way I planned it. Thank you. Very much. So if I ask you a about the spiritual and religious background of your childhood, where would you start to think about what that means? San Antonio is maybe Catholic central. In America So it's It's hard not to be around that in San Antonio. My grandfather was a Baptist minister. I didn't grow up around ten so much but his is influence definitely. was there the Beckham ahead? And he was definitely a passionate passionate man. My mother. Religion in the home was not ever really an issue but as. I searched it out on my own. I'd asked my friends I could come to church. Catholic methodist I probably sample every every church. Afraid I had. And? I continually. Even at that early age was was very, very interested. So my childhood it I would say it was very self directed. maybe always within the background knowing that thing about my grandfather, there was still this mysterious thing that I didn't really understand. So, maybe it was fairly field that to the searching.
"Kevin could use to start the ball rolling a bit with this conversation. By kind of sharing I'd love to hear a little bit of your story in in regards to you know your relationship to beliefs and. Religion and how wrestling through all these big questions have impacted you and your journey. Right. That we're going to start two years ago because. I think that's where this present like that experience is most relevant. I started seminary two years ago and I started getting a masters of divinity because I was convinced that. Won't know at the time I really wanted to be a pastor in the classical sense and it was both like i. saw it as like my duty to Mike Community of hurt we're former evangelical to like. Go in and reform the church because that's what we gotta do. The church needs to be saved. The church needs to change I have to be the one to change it that was a big focus of my initial. Foray both into justice work was in reforming policies that in effective people on Church level both local and then policy. Wise. And then it kind of evolved from there into recognizing This is this is a by and large. A system. These questions happened because of seminary I started to study how we got the Old Testament how he got the New Testament, how do we get the Bible in this form and then in the former we have it and then what is history of translation and also what is the history of this text within the context of the cultures around it and what does that mean anthropologically for the development of religion and? You know I comes is hell real necks comes is heaven real than it did Jesus die for nothing and then it's like there's a good question. That's why I now but at the time it was terrifying it was almost as if. If I dropped this belief if I if I move away from this thing who am I? Who am I without the church was really the big question underneath who am I without this institution? And So I started to explore while who would I be I'm just like well who you be if you stayed that's another question you can ask at least for me and I of came to this conclusion of. Honestly it kind of came to the severe like whatever. That's what I. This is where I label like my. Feeling about the church like I. Hope it does good I hope reforms itself but I'm not I'm not going after the big seat search to try and reform it. I've got a CUTE LITTLE BLACK BAPTIST CHURCH I go to Atlanta. We do good by our people and by our community and that's good for me. and I'm just not interested in trying to reform an institution that does not want to be reformed, which is why I think that what I have learned especially since cove began is that an individual practice that connects you to the greater whole? Is can be just as powerful if not more effective in getting you to a place of peace than going to church every Sunday did. and. So that's why I'm kind of exploring right now. What does it look like to keep some sort of? Practice that I make or that I can help others create how can I borrow that from the traditions that I grew up in the traditions of you know from around the world? How do I listen to contemporary voices that are still alive who are teaching us about what it is to be present? Some I'm right now I'm in the middle of a huge experiment, spiritual experimental phase in my life and it's fucking fascinating. I'm super curious about what has supported you to be okay. Being in an experimental phase like what are the inner and social resources that make the experimental? Exciting and adventuresome without it being threatening. Right. I think I definitely had an advantage with my graduate program I switched my program in the middle of it to a masters of Practical Theology which for folks who don't know practical theology is actually study within the field of like seminary studies so off people will do initiatives or will get a. Master's in systematic theology and work through that stuff or History and practical theology has kind of become an academic practice within the past twenty years but it's still kind of the black sheep of the seminary world because what practical theology asks is, what is this doing? Here, and now what does this practice? What does this theology have to do? How does it impact the bodies in the room?
Memorial Service Today for Fallen Houston Firefighter
"Firefighter Jerry Pacheco is being remembered in a memorial service at Houston First Baptist Church this hour. Pacheco is the second Houston firefighter to die of complications from Cove it, Houston Professional Firefighter Association president Marty Langton says Pacheco's son, Justin is also a firefighter. A very difficult time for the Houston firefighters. We ask the citizens of Houston, please take a moment about your heads. Pray for the magical family and for the Houston Fire Department family. Pacheco's mother tested positive this past week, so she's not able to attend her son's funeral. Instead, the procession is going to make a slight detour and drive by her house so she can see out the window.
Atlanta - Barack Obama: Honor John Lewis by Renewing Voting Rights Act & Ballot Access in the U.S.
"Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Ebony Baptist Church in Atlanta to bid farewell to Congressman John Lewis. Three President's spoke at the funeral of the late civil rights icon three presidents were talking pro Bush three real president. Yes President Clinton. President Obama delivered. Yes, he spoke about bloody Sunday when Congressman Lewis and other protesters were beaten by police and Selma fifty five years ago. President Obama also spoke about her suppression take a listen we may no longer have to. Guess the number Jelly beans in the jar in order to cast a ballot. But even as we sit here. There are those power who are doing their darndest. To discourage people from voting. By closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restricted by laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in the run-up. That's going to be dependent on mail in ballots so people don't get sick. That's the president that MSN. President. Jimmy Carter also sent his condolences and approximation. So it was just a beautiful service everything President Obama also reminded Americans to be. vigilant against the darker currents of this country's history. Beginning. June oil. Jennifer Holliday Holliday. I.
12-year-old honors John Lewis with moving funeral tribute
"Rights leader Longtime Congressman John Lewis has been buried in Atlanta and after he was honored by three former presidents yesterday. Including the most recent president, Barack Obama, who described him as a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance. He loved America until America learn how to love him back. back. It It was was a a ceremony ceremony fit fit for for an an American American hero. hero. Civil Civil rights rights leader leader John John Lewis Lewis was was remembered remembered for for his his unstoppable unstoppable fight fight for equality. His everlasting humility and his love for all hundreds gathered outside the Ebeneezer Baptist Church to watch the service inside 12 year old tie. Brief our gave a touching tribute. John knows was my hero, my friend. Let's honor him by getting in good trouble. And three former president shared how he shaped the nation. John and I had our disagreements, of course. But in the America John Lewis fought for and the America I believe. And differences of opinion. Our inevitable elements and evidence of democracy in action. I just loved it. I always will. And I'm so grateful. That he stayed true to form. I suggest Since he's close enough to God to keep his eye on the sparrow and us We salute suit up and march on his eulogy. The nation's first black president Barack Obama, call Louis a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance. Lewis did not hesitate. And he kept on Getting on board buses and sitting at lunch counters got his mug shot taken again and again. America was built by John Lewis. Is he as much as anyone? In our history. Brought this country a little bit closer. To our highest ideas. The former president told a story about speaking with Congressman Lewis after he joined the Senate. He said he walked over to him and said John I'm here because of you What we do for you. A more perfect union. Whether it's years from now or decades, or even if it takes another two centuries. John Lewis will be a founding father. Of that fuller fairer, better America.
Memorial Service Held For Congressman And Civil Rights Icon John Lewis in Atlanta
"Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis has been honored at a memorial service in Atlanta. NPR's Debbie Elliot reports that the funeral ended six days of mourning contributes to Luis's Life and service. Thie final celebration of Life for Democratic Congressman John Lewis was held in his longtime church. Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist senior pastor, Raphael Warnock, called Louis the hope and promise of democracy. He became a living walking sermon about truth telling. And justice making in the Earth. He loved America until America learn how to love him back. We celebrate Thie service was a mix of personal and political tributes, including from three former presidents who honored his pivotal role in in the the the civil civil civil rights rights rights movement movement movement and and and as as as an an an advocate advocate advocate for for for human human human rights rights rights in in in Congress. Congress. Congress. Debbie Debbie Debbie Elliot. Elliot. Elliot. NPR NPR NPR News News News parts parts parts of of of
Life and legacy of John Lewis honored at Georgia funeral
"And civil rights icon John Lewis laid to rest following his funeral at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Former President Obama delivering the eulogy, The life of John Lewis was in so many ways exception. Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush also paid tribute. John Lewis was 80. President Trump was not at the funeral
Mourners Gather For For The Funeral Of Congressman John Lewis in Atlanta
"For John Lewis Today in Atlanta. Thie intimate funeral service that Ebeneezer Baptist Church reflecting Lewis's humble life and legacy is both congressmen and civil rights leader. Three former presidents were also there, we honor Our friend. For his faith and for living. It's fight Former President Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama pain tribute and President Obama called for Americans to carry on the fight when it comes to voting rights. Former President Obama eulogizing John Lewis's lifelong voting rights fight and telling Mourners they must not let the current president undo that there are those in power. You are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and student President Trump
3 former presidents mourn John Lewis at funeral in Atlanta
"John Lewis has been celebrated as a hero at his funeral what a gift John Lewis was Barack Obama was one of three former presidents remembering Lewis inside Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist church he's been called an American Shane joining George W. bush and Bill Clinton and recalling Lewis is a lifelong push for a better America we salute suit up in Marshall Obama called Lewis a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance striving until the end to build a more perfect union he says when it eventually happens even if it takes another two centuries John Lewis will be a founding father Sager make ani Washington
Obama gives passionate eulogy as John Lewis honored at funeral in MLK's Atlanta church
"He owes a debt to John Lewis, whom he first met as a law student. Years later, when Obama was first elected a senator, he told Louis quote I'm here because of you. And then on Inauguration Day, 29 29 years years when when the the first first people people I I greeted greeted and and hugged hugged On On that that stand. stand. I told him This is your day to delivering the eulogy at the funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church. President Obama addressing the fight over mail in ballots in November that he says are necessary to keep people from getting sick as they vote during a pandemic even as we sit here There are those in power who are doing their darndest. To discourage people from voting several speakers today at the funeral, saying, If you really want to honor the life of John Lewis vote, the funeral has now concluded his body is being taken to South U Cemetery for burial Reporting Live in Atlanta, Veronica Waters 95.5 WSB
John Lewis, Towering Civil Rights Icon, Memorialized At Atlanta
"The sound in Atlanta as masked Mourners air filing into a church where a funeral service for the legendary civil rights fighter and longtime congressman John Lewis is being held ahead of his burial. A winnable use. Mike Doherty has a preview. For half a century, John Lewis dedicated his life to civil rights and civil service. President Obama will deliver his eulogy at Ebenezer Baptist Church. That's the same church where Dr Martin Luther King Jr used to deliver sermons. Former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton are expected to attend the services Well, President Donald Trump says he will not go Georgia governor Brian Kemp says no matter where you go, everybody knows the name of John Lewis and Mohr importantly, They know his record of standing up. Speaking out and shaking up the status quo. Lewis made a name for himself by getting into what he calls good trouble. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms says he laid the groundwork for her and others and she will carry on his legacy and so governor when the good trouble continues to know that it is with the blessings of Congressman Lewis Lewis is the first black lawmaker toe lie in state at at the the Capitol Capitol Rotunda Rotunda in in Washington, Washington, D D C. C.
Rep. John Lewis Makes Final Stop in Atlanta
"Rights activist and icon who became a moral force in the United States. Congress will be laid to rest. Today. He's been celebrated in a series of memorials this week and this past Sunday, he received a hero's sendoff in his native state of Alabama. And on Monday, Congressman Lewis was honored in Washington, DC It was an emotional Ceremony with lawmakers. His colleagues Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, played a portion of a speech that Lewis gave to graduates at Emory University in 2014. As young people. You must understand that there are forces that would take us back to another period. But you must know that would mark warned by way made too much progress and we're going to make you some step back. Some delays some disappointment, but you must never give up. I give in. You must keep the faith and keep so eyes on the prize. That is so calling. That is your mission That is tomorrow. Obligation that is oh, man. They get out there and do it getting away. Lewis lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda following the ceremony, making him the first black lawmaker to receive that honor. And today, Congressman Lewis comes home to Atlanta, Georgia. The funeral service is being held at the historic Ebeneezer Baptist Church, where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr was once co pastor and joining us Now is Emma Hurt. She's a reporter with our member station W. A. B in Atlanta, and she joins us live from outside of Ebeneezer Baptist and Emma describe what it's like there where you are right now. Hi, Emma. Can you hear me? Emma will be joining us shortly. She is outside of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Now let's go to Debbie Elliot. We'll check back in with Emma. And just a few moments. Hi, Debbie. How are you? I am good. I know that you spent a lot of time in Alabama over the weekend. There were several memorials and services. It was quite a scene. Right. You know, I think the thing that stands out the most was was when he was in Selma and his casket was on this horse drawn carriage. And it crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, of course, that iconic place where he was met with state troopers and sheriff's deputies who beat him up in a peaceful march for voting rights. Back in 1965 and people had come to sort of witness him make that Symbolic final crossing. Yeah, you've been You've known the congressman for for many years. You spoke with him back in 2015 at that. Edmund Pettus Bridge. Tell us about that. Yes. So this was in advance of 50th anniversary celebrations marking You know, 50 years since the Voting Rights Act passed because of that horrible incident on that bridge. The nation in the world really became aware of the brutality against African Americans who were pushing for equality in the American South. And so I met him there. We stood at the foot of the bridge, and we had a conversation about what it was like back then. And let's listen to a little bit, and he describes what happened on that came before. Beating us. Shrimping with horses. Releasing the tick and I was getting here. A state trooper with the night stick. My legs went from under me. I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death. He thought he saw death, You know, and this was a moment where he had been that the the sheriff's deputy in the state troopers told them you have to turn back. We're not going to let you march to Montgomery. And they asked to kneel in prayer and as they went to kneel in prayer before they were going to turn back and go back to their churches. They were told. The meeting started. Tell me what's so powerful about that moment in history is that it was it was. It was a time where people were able to see for the first time the brutality. Those images were so powerful. It was labeled bloody Sunday and it sped up the passages you said of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Debbie will will come back to you a little later to talk more about that. That's NPR's Debbie Elliot. We now have with us in the hurt. She is a reporter with our member station W. Abe in Atlanta, and she's outside of Ebeneezer Baptist Church where services will be held today. And Emma describe for us what it's like for you out there right now what you're seeing. Okay. Hi, Emma. This is Tanya. Can you hear me? Hi. Yeah. Can you hear me? I can I know that. It's It's quite a crowd. Okay? Can you tell us a bit about what you're seeing out there? I'm seeing I'd say about 200 people out here and we've kind of got to groups. We've got the people that are starting to gather at the Jumbotron, which has been set up right outside the church. I'm waiting to watch the service live there. And then we've got a crowd of people who are who are welcoming people as they arrive, welcoming the VIPs on presidential watch. Right now, I would say, waiting waiting for the three former presidents who are going to attend today and speak and the mood here is is really. I mean, it's it's serious, but it's also so joyful. It's about singing, and the stories that people have been telling me are just really powerful stories of how much Congressman Lewis meant to them. How much his message means to them in this time. And how much they want their Children and their grandchildren to make sure to remember him and what he stood for. What's really powerful, a swell about his home state of of his home state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta. Is that so many people felt like they knew him because they met him. You're hearing all of those stories from folks, I'm sure their interactions with him. Ebeneezer Baptist has so much history is I mentioned earlier, Martin looking Junior was a co pastor their share with us the significance of that church. Well, this was this was more Luther King Juniors from church. He grew up in it and was pastor as you said. It was also John Lewis's Home Church, where his wife's funeral was held in 2013. And it's really special. I think for these two figures overlap in this In this part of Atlanta to on Auburn Avenue, which is really the centre of Black Atlanta life, and some would argue the center of the Civil Rights movement and the two figures. I mean yesterday what was so powerful about Congressman Lewis lying in state in the Capitol in Georgia was that this was an honor denied to Dr King when he died. So I spoke to people who said I'm here because of all the people like Dr King who were denied that honor. And here we are giving Congressman Lewis most them may be the most honor. That we can right now. Sure, Let's listen to some of those folks that you spoke with you. It was amazing. It was amazing. All people on the young people. A lot of my friends has passed away. But I remember him from there. So that's why you mentioned This church being in the Hart. I just want to tell you that was Patricia Spicer, who's here, and she was talking about seeing Congressman Lewis speak at the 1963 march on Washington and that that's why his words were so powerful then and grabbed her then and she had to come today. The body of John Lewis was brought to Atlanta yesterday, and as you mentioned, it passed a number of important landmarks in the city. Walk us through. Some of those final landmarks that this journey to finally to Ebeneezer Baptist Church. There were there were quite a few stops because, as you said, Congressman Lewis has been such a presence in his district for, you know, 30 plus years. There was a pause at the Rainbow Crosswalk in Midtown, which you know, celebrates LGBT Q. The LGBTQ community here they passed by his downtown congressional office and a major street here that was renamed after him in the John Lewis Freedom Parkway on DH. It was there was also a big stop at a mural that you, Khun see driving down the interstate that runs through Atlanta. It has a picture of John Lewis and the words hero and, you know, it was really powerful. Tio. Watch him land for the last time in Atlanta and to watch him, you know, make his his final journey around the city. That's Emma hurt. She's a reporter with our member station. W. A. B in Atlanta. Thank you so much. Thank you. We're going to bring in another voice to our conversation. Remembering today the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis Bishop Leah Daughtry is with us. Now. She's a political organizer and strategist. She ran. The Democratic National Convention is in 2008 in 2016 and she is the presiding prelate of the House of the Lord Churches. And there is perhaps no one better to talk about the intersection of faith in politics in this moment, which is what's so much of John Lewis's life really represents Bishop. Doctor. Thank you for being here. Good morning to you. And thank you very much from including this conversation. I guess I would just start by asking where your thoughts are this morning. Oh, you know, in the it's Ah, it's a powerful day. In the African American tradition. We call this the services home going And so they are mix of sorrow and sadness, but also great joy, particularly when it's someone like Mr Lewis, who has lived his life in such an exemplary way and in keeping with the principles of his faith that we know that he And our tradition. He's going home to be with the creator. And so we rejoice in bed and in the deeply held idea that we will see him again. So the mix of emotions on and I'm looking forward to the servants and being able to worship with those who have gathered To celebrate his life. The the word and his faith came before politics, did it. Not that was with what guided him first? Yes, yes, And I think that's so instructive for all of us who are people of faith. He was deeply guided by the principles of the face that he held so deeply and so closely and though that is what informed him and informed his action. Informed his decision to get involved in the civil rights movement on then to pursue a career in electoral politics. It's because of the ideals of of of our faith of our share faith that God intends for all of us. To live a full and abundant life. It holds us equally ah, in God's eyes and ah, divinely created and therefore in endowed with these Possibilities of being hole and equal. And then we have an obligation to pursue of society that sees us as God. And so for John Lewis that meant getting involved in the civil rights movement. That meant going on the bus boycotts being part of the leadership because it was he was pursuing the principal's off his face. And then in his later life, Of course, he came to Congress again, seeking ways to create a just society, a beloved community that treats all of its citizens equally. That has got had intended them to be he. It was almost a joke near the end of his life. How often he was asked to talk about preaching to chickens as a child on how readily he wanted to share that story, right? It was, he just he reveled in it of the idea of Off the joy he had as a very young man. I mean, eight years old, even sharing what he believed to be the most important important message there, Wass and and it helped him. Negotiate through through Washington. It helped him find ways to communicate with people with whom he disagreed. This's a very important part of his legacy is enough. It is it is, you know it and it tells you how deeply held his faith was. You know in these days, particularly when people are chasing followers, and ah likes and so forth on social Media network to think of this young man who who so loved his face. It was so impassioned by that any audience any Opportunity. He had to share his fate. Even with the chickens, Wass and was a chance to home his craft was a chance to get his ideas out was a chance. The tests, cadences and rhythms of words was a chance to share was the chickens and with those around the pick of the air, the grass the field how passionate he was about things that he believed and then bringing those ideals to Congress and understanding again. The people I help The idea of our faith that God has created a so equal And so if this idea that you don't have to be just like me to be just like me, there's something we have in common with each other. And if we can just talk if we can just be in conversation, we can see each other perhaps here because we may not still agree, but at least The tendency to demonize the unknown goes away lesson diminishes in the conversation. And who could refuse the conversation with Mr Lewis, who could refuse to just sit and talk and listen, and he was as good a listener. As he Waas a conversationalist. So you know, I think the Congress was richer for having him there on the Congress was Richard that his colleagues were Richard for just being able to be in conversation with someone who has deeply held ideal of deeply held conviction and experience. We should point out. Three former presidents are expected to get the memorial today. Bill Clinton. Barack Obama and and George W. Bush. I mean, just exemplifying the way that he he was very firm about what he believed and believed in his party, but he would work with Republicans if it meant Getting getting through the legislation he thought was most important. That's right. I mean, red and blue. These sorts of lines. These artificial divisions that we create among ourselves to categorize each other didn't really existed. Mr Lewis's lexicon. It was all about the humanity of people, and so has admit moving communities forward if admits Getting everybody the rights they deserve. Then he was willing to have the conversation. He was willing to be engaged and involved. And we see that in the folks that are going to speak today that are going to be present today at the tone and the tenor of the service, which he himself Designed. He spoke to his his closest staff. A. Stephen knew his time was shortening and said, who he wanted to be there. And what's the one of the elements of the club is to be what we see. Today is of Mr Lewis's own crafted bishop. Doctor, Can I ask one quick question if you were involved in the ceremony today, Realism putting you on the spot. But is there scripture that you think represents this moment, something you can point to that that carries the weight of history with it, but also Is about hope is about the future. You know, The thing that comes to mind for me is the passage and Hebrews. There's a chapter the faith chapter. We call it. Chapter 11 that talks about all the icons of our faith. Abraham and Sarah and getting and so forth on a long litany and in the middle of verse 13 says these all died in the faith, not having received the promises. But having seen them afar off, and for me that speaks of the hope. That was Mr Lewis's life. He stood on the shoulders of those who went before who didn't see freedom who didn't think the achievement of our civil rights. He followed them and he lived his life in such a way that he advanced the faith. He advance the causes, but he didn't see all of the achievement. And now we come behind him on continue his legacy. So he believed he held these convictions didn't scenes didn't see everything he fought for comes repair, But he still believed he still continue fighting. And henceforth Scripture goes on to say there was laid up for me A crown of righteousness was the Lord. That right? Justo shall give me on that day. And not to me only bought to all those who love disappearing. And so we look forward to seeing the two of us again in the future. Bishop Leah Daughtry. Thank you so much for sharing your reflections with us on this day. Thank you. Yes, very powerful. Let's go now to NPR. Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell and NPR's senior editor and correspondent on the Washington desk. Ron Elving. Hey, guys. Kelsey. Good morning. We've heard so many powerful tributes from people throughout the country and the world. But But Louis is home state of Georgia. His presence and work had an especially profound. Meaning for his home state of Georgia for his district. Tell us a little bit more about his time there. You know, I am reminded of a couple of really, really standout moments of. I think one of the things that I think about a lot right now is the tribute that that they delivered for Johnny Isakson, who was a Republican senator. Of from Georgia, who retired last year, and in 2019 it was in November. So just just so a bit ago, Johnny Isakson was being was being honored and John Lewis Delivered this speech explaining how they could work together and and how there was an opportunity for anybody to find spaces where they agreed. And then, at the end of his speech, he walked across the Isaacson, who was in bad health and who had had trouble with his spine and said I will come to you brother and walked over and gave him a hug. That was really very much representative of the way. That John Lewis approached, you know, working on problems was what he wanted there to be bipartisanship. He wanted to be the person who came across, walked across and shake somebody's hand gave them a hug and said We can get something done here. He was also the kind of person who, whenever you saw him in the capital. There would be some person some tourist or a constituent who wanted to come and talk to him, and there was always had the time he had the time to tell his story had the time to talk to people about their story. He was extremely generous with his time and his constituents were known to come up to the capital and spent time directly with him. There was never a moment when it team like he was bigger than anybody else. Yeah, it's been Ah, so enriching and so fun over the last week to hear how so many people that I personally no have have met John Lewis, whether it's in Washington whether it's in Atlanta. New York Across the country. People have had a chance to meet him, but also have these intimate one on one conversations with him A CZ. We've learned he never turned anyone away. He was always willing to stop and have those conversations. One of the things that jumps out to me was a story about Congressman Lewis. When Hey, was in his district and he would spend a day doing a job in the district so even way back in the seventies, he would do things like drive a ups truck for a day to get a sense of what his constituents were up against. That is something that so many people feel is that he was of the people. Absolutely, and a lot of members of Congress that I speak to say they learned from that approach. They learned from John Lewis not just from the work that he did in civil rights, but the way he had a relationship with his constituents the way that he continued to speak about issues that meant something to him and then became active in them. I am reminded of the sit in on the House floor. On gun violence. He led House Democrats in a sit in and following. I believe the pulse shooting and they said that this was not a time when they could leave, and then he wanted to be the person who, you know who did the good trouble that he always talks about. He did not want to just be a person talking about it. He wanted to be a person involved in it. And you know so many members of Congress on Democrats and Republicans who felt inspired by that personal connection to his beliefs. The service eyes expected to begin shortly, and about 10 5 or 10 minutes. Ron, I'd love to go through with you what we can expect for today's service. But I want to talk first about Lewis's time as a civil rights activist, part of the movement back in the sixties. We expect to hear a lot about that today during the service, right? Yes, indeed, his life traced if you will, the trajectory of the African American experience over the last 70 80 years in American history. He was one of the group sometimes referred to as the Big Six, of course, beginning with Martin Luther King, whose name will be invoked. Many times today, but also Whitney Young of the National Urban League. Roy Wilkins of the CP. James Farmer of the Congress of regular Racial Equality and a Philip Randolph from the Pullman Porters Union. They were in many respects the Giants. Of the civil rights movement, as it took shape after World War two and rose in the fifties and sixties. Of course, John Lewis was there for most, all of it. He was part of the citizens at lunch counters in Nashville. He was one of the original 13 Freedom riders in 1961 integrating bus travel in the south. He was the youngest speaker on that day in 1963 when the march on Washington for jobs and justice featured Martin Luther King's I have a Dream speech. John Lewis spoke that day was the youngest speaker. He's the last person surviving from the speakers Dyas that day. And then, of course, the 1965 moment we have referenced Many times his beating on the Pettus Bridge. And, of course, his career in Congress, As Kelsey has described and then his links to the Black lives matter movement, which he paid tribute to In death as his cortege was coming to the capital earlier this week and paused on black lives matter Plaza in front of the White House to pay tribute to the movement and the people who are carrying forward his ideals today. Yes, And as we
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"Can benefit from. Jesus. Transforming your life. Once, again Dr Tony Evans, he puts it this way he says righteousness includes the motivation behind doing right behavior or not doing wrong behavior. In fact, a person can literally do the right thing and yet contaminated with the wrong motivation. He compares it to the the young boy who was told by his teacher to sit down. And he want to sit down but he knew that he would suffer consequences we didn't. So he sat down but he looked at his teacher and he said he said I just wanted to let you know I'm sitting now on the outside but I'm standing up on the inside right. So you see righteousness doesn't just include a transformation of our character but it includes a transformation of now our motives and our external deeds because our character. Works in our desires and our motivations to result in our behavior. And so when the spirit of God comes to sanctify us, he comes to purify us. He's purifying motives, Annie's purifying deeds, and that's what he is committed to. In fact, Romans Chapter Eight Verses Twenty Nine and thirty says for those whom God for new. He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son. This will for you that you be conformed to the image of his son in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and those whom he predestined. He also called and those whom he called. He also justified and those whom he justified he also glorified. You see as we behold and surrender and worship. We're being transformed like Second Corinthians Chapter Three Verse Eight says from one degree of glory to another. You see God is called Christians to be holy. In all of their actions to be set apart and of their ways and to live righteously in this world. This. Is What it means to be salt and light. This is why the followers of Christ and Antioch recalled Christians. That is little Christ's. This is what Jesus Meant John Chapter Fourteen verse twelve when he said that we collectively as the church seeking delivered righteously would do greater works than he did..
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"Men who are serving our president who are engaged or full of the Holy Spirit who model Godliness who model faithfulness and then you vote them into represent you as somebody who serves a GOP church in that office of Deacon so you can't just say with the constitution says this you got to flesh out and you've got to seek the Lord we've got to seek the Lord and as we continue to seek the Lord and not just rest on our laurels. And don't don't please don't say well we've got a great new pastor. He'll take care of it I don't operate that way because I don't think it's healthy and he godly. Men Godly women around me because if we want to go far we got together. We want to go somewhere fast can get there by ourselves but if we want to get far we've gotta get together and so that's why I need you to be involved in this process. It'd be seeking the Lord throughout this process when we talk about a members meeting on the twenty nights. I need you to see members meeting and not just potluck lunch right. I mean you can come for the food but stay for the stay for the things we're going to talk about because we got on the same page. We got this. The church is not a top down run organization. Unless you're talking about the top being Jesus but we are congregational because the spirit of God tech's residents inside of every one of us who are united with Jesus by faith he's got a place for you to serve and he's got a role for you to play. I've been so incredibly blessed to get the no the leaders and the deacons of GOP Baptist Church they reflect positively upon you as a congregation but ultimately they give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ and as I said earlier. I'm growing into them. They're growing into me and as time passes we're becoming more and more one and I rejoice in that. Well let me share with you. A story about the kind of difference this makes and Pastors Live Timothy. George is the former Deacon of the former dean of divinity. School in Birmingham tells a story about listening to one of his professors lecture. About being a young pastor in rural Louisiana during the Depression and it powerfully illustrates act six. And the kind of ministry the Impact. That deacons can have you see. Electricity was just coming into that part of the country and this young pastor was out in a rural black church that just had one lightbulb hanging down from the ceiling. The whole sanctuary and the pastor was preaching away in the middle of his sermon. All of a sudden the electricity went out the building went pitch black and he didn't know what to say being a young preacher he kind of stumbled around. I most certainly would right trying to find his way and trying to figure out what to do until one of the elderly deacons sitting in the back of the church cried out preach on preacher. We can still see Jesus in the dark so what kind of role deacons plant a church. What kind of role do they play? In the life of a pastor we stick with God's design like our Constitution and the transition team and as you and the members get engaged prayerful in the process then they provide an indispensable role of encouragement of blessing and most of all of service. So will you pray in the coming weeks for God to call individuals into service? I hope you will. I hope you'll take seriously that homework. I in chapter three versus eight thirteen. Go home and read that. Read what it says about Deacons. Read what it says about the deacons wives about how these exemplary servants are supposed to be men of character so that Lord Willing it will never be set of a Baptist Church that we nominated somebody who haven't been here in three years. It can't be that way. It's not healthy. It can't be that way but the people who are serving the people who are qualified ought to be the ones who are given that title but for us have a vote. We've got to have members. Are you a member of church? Church membership may not seem like something that belongs in two thousand twenty but I can promise you that it does only members get devote because only members have invested themselves in this congregation with the kind of commitment that it takes to preserve our doctrinal orthodoxy and to advance our mission. Able faithfulness. And I I don't I don't want to draw a hardline because listen you. You may have valid reasons for why you haven't joined yet. I've I've had several conversations with you and I'm blessed that we have that openness of a relationship but prolonged hear me prolonged disobedience to the call to be a member of the local church uses the same logic cohabitation right between between a couple of says. Well we're going to get married one day in the future. Well Yeah but you're trying to take advantage of the benefits now and there's only.
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"In Revelation Chapter Twenty one since last year we've been journeying through. The Gospel of John and our entire intense throughout this journey has been simply to find the true nature and character of the Lord. Jesus and in doing so to find life. This is John's expressed purpose for writing all throughout his Gospel. We've spent twenty-one Messages Digging into his Gospel the way that he wanted us to and in doing so he wants us to find life. The theme Verse of His Gospel. Is that? He's written these things so that we may believe that. Jesus is the Christ the son of God and by believing we may have life in his name. You and I. We crave life. We crave abundant life here this morning. And so we don't play games here in our kids do sometimes our youth do but like when we get this time we don't play games. We set ourselves in the foundation. Of God's truth talk about life like it really is. We don't we don't want to hide anything we don't want to. We don't want to act as if is if there's a there's a reality waiting for us outside the four walls of this church campus. That is anything different than what it really is. Because that's what God calls us to do and worship He. He calls us to call us to coming gloss over everything and act. Like everything's okay. He calls us to come. Honestly to come expectantly to come with the realities of this world and the ways that it's broken us this past week and maybe it's overwhelming you for the week to come and just to find your identity as you worship the creator as you worship the king and that's what we do in here and as we come to this time where we gather around. God's word are longing to hear from him and find life and as the Final Gospel Account that was written in the New Testament John Catalogs. Many of these life giving things weren't found in the other gospels. You Remember Matthew Mark and Luke they wrote earlier on after Jesus Jesus was crucified rose again and ascended but then John Was. This old preacher. He was kind of this guy. That wouldn't go away and the Roman Empire finally exiled him to the island of Patmos and where he writes the book of revelation today but before he wrote the book of Revelation He wrote The gospel of John and then he wrote three different letters and that Gospel Account. It's almost like John. Read Matthew Mark and Luke and he said those are great and all of those stories are worth being told but if I could if I could just add this one thing that wasn't mentioned it's it's almost like that friend we all have these friends when you're telling the story right and you're kind of holding court in the group and you're telling the story of what happened but that friend was there when that event happened to and they're like now don't forget to tell them this right now. Don't you missed that detail? But that's not John's that kind of Antsy Kinda Guy. But that's his desire in writing he was like you need to know these things because these are life-giving truths about who Jesus is because we don't want a concocted form of Jesus. We don't want an artificial and superficial form of. Jesus we want the real Jesus and so looking at the gospel of John has helped us to find that the way John has arranged is in these three sets of sevens seven three sets of seven seven witnesses right individuals testifying to his character and his message as John. The Apostle John the Baptist Nicodemus the woman the Will Thomas and finally the Apostle Peter after he had denied Jesus three times. And if you've missed any of these messages you can go to Gaza baptist DOT COM. You can find audio and video these messages if you if you say you know what I missed that and let me catch up and you can do that at about dot com so there are seven witnesses first and then we went through the seven signs. That are that are specific. Events that testify to Jesus's nature and his power. Jesus turning the water into wine. Jesus healing the official son. Jesus Healing Disabled Man. Jesus feeding the multitude which is actually more like twenty thousand people because texture says it was five thousand men and so those men had families so it's probably between fifteen and twenty thousand people that he fed there that Jesus then walked on water. He healed the man born blind and then ultimately the the greatest sign was the raising of Lazarus from the dead but then and since the beginning of the year we have been going through the seven. I am sayings of Jesus. That is the words of Jesus identifying himself as the God of the Old Testament and testifying of his character and his power when God revealed himself to Moses and the Book of Exodus Moses. Said who shall I say has sent me to the people and God said Tell Them I am has since you and so when Jesus says I am the bread of life I am the light of the world. I am the door. I am the Good Shepherd. I am the resurrection and the life. I'm the way the truth and the life and I am the true vine he is saying yes. I am the God of the Old Testament but I want to speak to you with the greatest degree of clarity that I can so that you can understand me and ways that paint this picture in your mind my satisfaction of my sufficiency for your life but in addition to the Gospel account like we said John also wrote three smaller letters and the book of revelation and the New Testament. And while I haven't heard other preachers do this and to finish out their series on the gospel of John and these seven sayings. I don't think we can stop with. I am the vine in John Chapter Fifteen because John had more to say in the book of revelation and he chronicled more things that were said specifically another. I am saying so. We can't stop John Fifteen because John Road we need to. We need to continue on and finish this Sunday. In Revelation Chapter Twenty One. And in fact it's not just in revelation chapter twenty one found in three different places all throughout the book of revelation revelation. Chapter One Verse Eight Revelation Chapter Twenty. One that will see today and then revelation chapter twenty two verse thirteen. Jesus says I am the Alpha and the Omega. I'm the Alpha and the Omega now revelations one of the most intriguing books in the entire Bible one of much speculation and conjecture and this past Wednesday we actually did an overview of the book of revelation. You say it's not right to read the book of revelation defined timelines or predictions about when Jesus will return or who the Anti Christ is in fact if you want to know the reason that John wrote the book of revelation. The reason that he received it you can go back to revelation chapter one versus ten and eleven revelation. Chapter one versus ten and eleven. We find this old man. John Probably about ninety years old and he's writing while he is in exile on this island in Patmos but we find that John is following the pattern of the early church and that it is the Lord's Day Sunday and that he has worshiping the Lord in the spirits right remember. That's what John Chapter four recorded. That's what God's looking for people that worship him in spirit and truth so John in revelation chapter one verse ten. He has worshiping in the spirit. On the Lord's Day. And what actually happens as he is given a vision by the spirit of the day of the Lord so it's kind of a double meaning in Revelation Chapter One Verse Ten worshiping in the Spirit on the Lord's Day but he's given a revelation by the spirit of the Lords of the day of the Lord and that that that Tidal Day of the Lord finds its roots in the Old Testament. Prophets of this day were God would fully and finally bring justice he would fully and finally bring redemption. He would fully and finally bring the restoration of all things. But that wasn't given to us so that we could use it to concoct fabulous end times prophecies and systems of theology that that we can argue about for hours and hours and hours and in fact if that. I've told you I love questions but I really I have. I have no category to argue about the book of revelation. Because you know what I know. Jesus is coming back and I can't wait for that. That's just that's what I know about the booker relation. But but if you WANNA if you WANNA see a broad overview that you can look at our website and listen to the message from this past Wednesday night. What we saw is is that this revelation sean not revelations okay there's no S. on the end of the title and revelation. The book of revelation was given to encourage seven churches in Asia. Minor as they face various persecutions and temptations. You see Jesus wanted them to be faithful. Jesus wanted them to be faithful in the face of persecution in the face of temptations and he wanted to let them know because if you read the letters all of them have different things that that Jon Mentions to them. He has various things that that he challenges them. Honor admonishes them on. It shows us that that one day that will be. We'll be judged not only as individuals. Second Corinthians Chapter Chapter Five or ten tells us judges individuals but will also be judged a church family and specifically. This is why I don't take being pastor lightly if you see at the beginning of each one of those those letters to the churches as to the angel in the Church and whatever you know and that's not that's not it's actually not a really good translation because the word angel really just means the Messenger and so God is is writing through John to the pastors of the church is calling them to accounts saying things like. Hey you're lukewarm. You left your I love or Hey. I know that you've been doer. D- And I don't know about you but I want to be on faithful and that day when when when got holds me accountable for what we did as a church family because I really do believe that I was stand before God and I will give an account for myself. I'll give an account for how let my family. I'll give an account for how I lead this church family. I'll give an account for high use all the resources that God has blessed me with. I'll give an account for all these things and and so. I hope that you will read the book of revelation in the same spirit that John wrote it. So that you can be encouraged and admonish to faithfulness. Where you are right here right now. That's why the book of revelation was written. And so as you as a even as we look at it today and if you go back and read certain things as we talk about it in the community groups tonight. We want to recognize that. That's why it was written to give us hope to be faithful where we are in revelation. Chapter Twenty One and twenty to the last two chapters of the Bible. There's some incredible reasons to find hope and they're very life giving this morning and so we look at revelation chapter twenty one verse one the subtitle of the taxes the new heaven and the New Earth Revelation Chapter Twenty. One verse one. Let's let's get our context here. It says then I saw new heaven and a new Earth for the first heaven and the first Earth had passed away and the sea no more this is John. Ryding beholding this final restoration of all things and while there is much mystery in the book. These last few chapters here. What we understand is a description as best as John can put into words of. What's really going to happen? So there's not as much mystery here as there is in the rest of the book because John is describing this restoration of all things and he says he saw this new heaven and New Earth that means that Satan has fully has been fully and finally defeated in fact if you look at the very previous verse. Right above and revelation Chapter Twenty Verse Fifteen. We see that judgement. The judgement of unbelievers has taken place. It says and if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life he was thrown into the lake of fire but then this first heaven and earth have passed away. You say well why would it need to pass away? Well that's because if you're familiar with the storyline of the Bible you know that. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and at the end of Genesis Chapter One. God looks at his all of his creation. He says that it's very good. And then in chapter two it zooms in on how he created Adam and Eve to be unique above all creation and to be stewards of his creation and yet in genesis chapter one got creates genesis. Chapter Two got entrust mankind with the stewardship of being image bearers in creation. But then in chapter three Adam and Eve through their decision to define life. According to their own terms to disobey God's Commands Sin Enters the world and it breaks the very good creation that.
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"The testimony of your eternity is evidence by your faith today. So be honest. Do you have a hope that is based on your relationship with Jesus. Let me tell you one more story of what that looks like. Dr W crystal was the Pastor First Baptist Dallas Texas Texas for a long time in the last century and I'm one occasion. He was flying on an airplane and he found himself in the seat next to a well known theologian and seminary professor. He desperately wanted to start a conversation with this. This man and as the flight got underway. They began to talk through broken this and tears. The man told Dr Chriswell about how he had recently lost his little boy through death. Dr Chris will listen as he told his story said that one day he came home from school with a high fever and they thought it was just one of those childhood things you know they call fever virus and things of that nature but it was actually a very violent form of meningitis in ingenious. The doctor told the father this well known theologian. Probably quote the Bible back and forth to you. He said we can't save your little boy's life he's going to die and so this seminary professor loving his as he did he. He sat beside the boy as his boy drew closer and closer to the day of death and he watched him and he said it was the middle of the day the little boy who strict going from him and his vision and brain was getting cloud and he. He looked at his father in the middle of the day. Said Daddy it's getting dark isn't the professor knowing what was going on in his son's Mind said yes so it's getting dark very dark. Of course it was very dark for the little boy and he said Daddy. I guess it's time for me to go to sleep then isn't it and he said yes on stab you go to sleep. The professor said that the little boy had away fixing his pillow at night and he put his hands on his head where he slept and he slept like that all throughout the night and he would wake up in the morning but before we get to sleep he'd say good night. Daddy I'll see you in the morning but that time was different because a little boy fixed his pillow and he went to sleep and never woke up again again so Dr Crystal said to the Professor said that the professor didn't say anything for a long time. He just looked out the window airplane but in a moment he turned his face back to Dr. Chris will all the tears flowing down his cheeks. Lisa Dr Crystal. I can hardly wait till the morning. You see many of you have testimony just like that. You've said goodbye to loved ones here. He tried to tell yourself that. It's just a temporary separation and it is for. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. And he gives you the truth that you need to be sustained in grief in a god glorifying way and so every invitation. I ask you to make a choice. What's the choice for today? The choices to walk with Jesus in such a way that the people around you have the same hope that I had yesterday when I did this. Sweet Lady Funeral. We hated to see her go but we had no doubt about where she was going. Are you living in that that way or your family. They know your faith they see your faith they'd know your love for the Lord and because of that they know where you're going if that's the case today than I rejoice with you but if that's not the case with you then today you need to repent a sin pasture self upon the Lord needed. Ask for His mercy and ask for him to make you knew make you whole and give you that hope in life eternal but for others in the showroom. Maybe the choice for you is that you've been battling and maybe even trying to suppress those feelings of grief. Some of you may have been doing it for years. You've never been honest with the Lord you've just tried to to put on that face. Maybe you've never Sunday you come into church and you think that you gotta wear mass. Do you see what Jesus Jesus is telling us today. He doesn't want your mask because it doesn't matter to him in the first place was he want he wants you through his word. He has come near to you this morning. And he wants you to be honest about your grief. He wants to be honest about your broken. This he wants you to be honest just about your pay. And he wants to be honest about your sin and he says stopped trying to carry that burden he has come to give you life and the life is birth within us when we come honestly sleigh to Jesus and embrace him by faith and so what choice will you make. Today I pray that you will choose used to come to him honestly to worship him in spirit and in truth and a cast your life and your death upon you to bring your boat broke broken down to the foot of the Cross and watch him bring healing as a Li he can spray together..
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"Son to die for me. He is my treasure. He's the one I love love and I thought turn away from US my senna myself and has not turned toward Jesus it forms this this these footsteps by which I follow Jesus in my daily life. It's just this. This is what we talked about. We talked about walking with God. I'm walking with him and I'm repenting of old self and the things that I still struggle with the things that but I still cling to and I'm setting my eyes. I'm fixing my eyes on Jesus the author and professor of fake and I'm walking after him and believing his promises and continuing yeah throw off my old self and embracing my new cell I'm I'm. I'm saying no to send Satan and death and I'm saying Yes to the father son and the spirit and they're working are in my life. It's just this one step step after the other in the right direction and this is exactly what the message of John tells us repents and behold the lamb repent and see how he's taken away your sin reject all that has separated you from him and embrace all that Jesus is for you in the nineteen sixties. There was a French inventor who created a children's story known as the magic screen and inside that screen kind of underneath it was aluminum powder so that as children turn these knobs there was a stylus inside of it scraped the powder away from the screen creating design. We know them as a sketch right right and this is an actual design. I was never that good okay. I can't even imagine how you would do do that. Some of you may have been sketch artists right but the the best or maybe the worst part about an sketch if you had siblings. It's probably the worst part was that after. You've spent all that time right. How did you Michelle got it. How did you how do you erase the screen. You shake it and maybe you've done something right right and you come along and we're like. Oh Wow you know no. It's gone forever and it's gone forever would have been great to have smartphones with cameras on back then and so hello this French inventor gave us a great illustration about Sin Atonement. You San Marks up the screen of our lives it really does it really does hurt us rips into the soul that God created guy gave to you you say but the the evidence of our San Dan our our disobedience even it's indisputable. It's not a pretty picture when we turn our eyes on the lamb of God and we follow him and repentance and faith. It's like God takes that sketch of our soul and just Jackson to wear the thing that you poured yourself into that separated you from him because of what Jesus has done. It's no more and this is the Gospel awesome that we proclaim this. Jesus that we embrace the biblical Jesus who tells us to repent and put our faith in him for those who've never trusted Christ in this room today. There may be some in here who've never put their faith in Jesus. I want to tell you that in following Jesus today in repentance and faith as you've heard the promises of God for you that is you believe in him. They God takes all those scars that are on your soul and just like that sketchy shakes them because of the blood of Jesus your make clean your made holy in you see that's the the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that he cast US sins as far as East is from the West but for the majority of you in here who are believers what you're going to talk about and community groups tonight is that repentance faith. They're not just something that we do at the moment of our salvation but rather forms the footsteps by which we follow Christ all throughout the rest of our our lives and if you wanNA perfect example of that thing about something else that the Apostle John said and i John Chapter One verse nine if we say we have no sin and we'd save ourselves he's talking to believers in the truth is not in us but oh version on what a treasure what a promise to cling to if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and he cleanses from all unrighteousness repentance is agreeing agreeing with this truth and confessing and faith is believing that God will do it and so today during this imitation if you don't know Christ repent and believe let those footsteps of Repentance and faith become the foundation upon which you enter into a relationship with Jesus but if you're a believer in this room today how has your week looked this past week what needs to be repented of and the pathways the same for you. Let I John Chapter One verse nine. Wash your soul and recognize that it's for us and that as we believe then the the effects of sin in our life with that sketch of our soul it applies to us just as well and so as as we have this time imitation. Kevin is GONNA come. Shans GonNA come. WE'RE GONNA sing through that Song Amazing Grace again. We're GONNA believe that that crisis for us. If you're here in this room today that grace for you and not desire would be that you would recognize that. Jesus is the only way and then as you recognize Jesus the only way that you would follow him. Whatever that looks like in your life let's pray to..
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"To recognize their need for Jesus. They must repent repentance is a key component of the gospel of Jesus Christ and yet it's a word that we're shying away from more and more more and more and more and more and this is actually what your community groups are going to be about tonight. We're GonNa talk about what is repentance house repentance fit into our lives especially only the Christian life and so repentance is this crucial component of the Gospel because sin always always always always separates us from God. If you don't hear anything else that I say today operate they got would lodge into your mind. Sin Always separates us from God. It corrupts his plan. It stains our very souls and it destroys relationships sin always separates us us from God and from the people that God's putting our minds apart from Christ Syndrome spiritual death even with Christ sin breaks our fellowship and break our relationship chimp send breaks our fellowship with the father in an art our day and age of where we're kind of coming out of this idea if you notice the cultural narrative is shifted. We're not we're no longer you know trying to trying to talk about self esteem and and be a better you now well. It's now. It's no you just you be. You and it's not it's not it's not better be more virtuous. Be This that things that you are now. You don't have a right to tell. Tell me what I am and what I'm not. I am who I am and you can't say anything about it so I'm just going to stay this way right. That's kind of the Cultural Gospel cool if you will. That's not really a Gospel but the message Jesus Christ comes in two thousand nineteen. Americans says no you must repent or are you all likewise perish. Repentance is a key component of the Gospel and see us. Let's put it this way. The reason that repentance is so crucial he you said fallen. Man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement. He is a rebel who needs must lay down his arms and laying down your arm surrendering saying saying you're sorry realizing that you've been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor. That is the only way out of a hole this process of surrender. This movement went full stern is what Christians call repentance and that's why John came proclaiming. A message of repentance is because you cannot continue to love yourself self to love your sin to love own agenda that you set up for your life and yet the united with the savior. You must do what those all those drivers in Aurora Colorado had to do they had to eventually change direction and go back the other way. That's what repentance really is and that repentance of sin prepares us to receive the next part art of John's testimony and that is one that he says multiple times in this passage at behold the lamb you see the testimony of John is not just about repentance penance for repentance alone cannot save us. You need to hear that repentance alone cannot save anybody feeling sorry for your sin feeling guilty over your sin and feeling even we would use the Christian word convicted over your sin cannot save you. Those things alone cannot save you. No matter how bad or how guilty about sin no matter how many barriers you try to set up to to to make you better it cannot save you. This is this is this. This is the way that I tried to respond. When I I understood the Gospel March nineteen ninety seven and I remember being at a Christian Camp Camp and for the first time even though I've grown up in Church and heard the gospel over and over and over and over again in those days it clicked at least in part because I was very well acquainted with mountains sinfulness and I knew I needed to repent but my response lots of repentance was I'll do better. I wanted to change direction but I wanted to try to work my way out of it. That's not that may be the beginning of real repentance but that's not the way that we that we come to know Jesus and so on the one hand end repentance on the other hand. There's something else and that's what John Points is two in the second part of his message out of all the names that John could have called Jesus look at Verse Twenty Twenty Nine and the next day saw Jesus coming toward him and he said behold the lamb of God and then look again in verse thirty six verse thirty six he says and he looked Jesus walked by and said behold the what the lamb of God okay so obviously we learn by repetition right. John knows what he's doing in. John is an old man John. The Apostle is an old man when he's writing all this down. He's preached this message over and over and over and over again why included twice while obviously it's because it's important important behold the lamb you see the testimony of John is not just about repentance but it's about the remedy that repentance points us is to you see Santa's the ultimate problem for human beings but no amount of effort no amount of humiliation guilt or apology can do something called a tone tone it cannot atone for sins and that's why the baptism of John was not a baptism that saves people the baptism of John. John was just for repentance. You see Santa's the problem that God has been dealing with ever since John Genesis chapter. Three the Bible is not a bunch of disconnected elected discombobulated stories. The Bible is epic narrative about how God brings restoration in the broken this of our world. That's what we sang about. We sang worthy that Jesus is that restoration and by his death burial and resurrection that restoration comes into ours personally but not just personally as we're mobilized to be agents of restoration in this world got uses his church to be salt and light in our community right which is why we saying the first one that we saying about build your kingdom here we want God to do that through plus and little by little restoration happens in individual lives in the Kingdom of God is is is built and has furthered in our midst and and so this is God's agenda is to deal with in through a sacrifice and that's why God gave the law to Israel and Leviticus to help them understand something very critical about what had to happen for sin to be taken away all of those sacrifices that shed that shed the blood aww bulls and goats and other animals they were preaching a single unified message and that can be summed up in Hebrews Chapter Nine verse twenty two that without the shedding of blood. There is no forgiveness miss of sins meaning. There's no atonement. There's nothing bringing you back together with the one you've offended apart from the shedding of blood and that's why i John that was also written by the Apostle John First John Chapter. Two verse says this that Jesus is the propitiate. Let's say that we're together. Propitiate Action One more time propitiate some of your like. I'm not even trying that. He is the if you don't don't like the word. Let me tell you a non seminary word for that and that is atoning sacrifice. Jesus is the the sacrifice that brings atonement for our sins and not only for hours but also for the sins of the whole world you see this is in John's letter. This is his John. Three sixteen right got some other world that he sent his only son that whoever would believe in him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus is the atoning sacrifice vice for our sins. I'm just GonNa were waving a bunch of scriptures together. Which I love to do so let me point one more okay. This is going to bring these together. Hebrews Chapter Twelve or twenty four it says Jesus the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkle blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. That's why burs is one of those books and it's like it's really you read it and I think you really have to have a little bit cool mindset to understand the book of Hebrews but here's what it saying able able refers back to Cain and Abel right and if you remember the story about when Cain killed his brother Abel God in one little section there. He says his blood is crying out to me from the ground. What was the blood crying out her. You're guilt pain conflict so that innocent blood that was shed cried out aw to the ears of John and it brought condemnation it brought judgment on Kane and what the writer of Hebrews. There's a saying he's saying all of us like sheep gone astray. The wages of all our sin is death and the blood that is on our hands from our own sand cries out for us the same thing that Abel's blood cried out against Kane for him. We're guilty. There's there's no escaping it. We are stuck in our sin consigned signed to death row the verdict is already been cast upon us and we have no hope until Jesus comes and until Jesus dies and when Jesus shed his blood on the cross. That blood speaks a better word. What word is that. Percy Grace Peace Hope Honus oneness satisfaction action fellowship communion all available to us now because Jesus blood has been shed and his blood that is shed covers over us. It's like the old him says what can wash away my sin nothing but the blood of Jesus are sentenced tone for we are reunited reconciled and justified God faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that brings us back together with our father and where our sin has separated us from him. The blood of Jesus brings exist back into a relationship with him. You see send destroy God's plan in every area it touches it affects you physically relational emotionally really mentally and Jesus is the only remedy that brings broken this brings brings back into the broken this sin brings and and so this is what John Gones message tells us I tell people I tell people all the time that that are coming to me for council they come in there may be stuck in one place or another area of their life or another and I I just asked him. I say wait. How do you get going in the wrong direction and the answer. Is One step at a time right. Rarely do we end up in some kind of big catastrophic failure with one big step rather at happens through little compromise compromise compromise and all those former kind of pathway in December. I guess how you get get going back in the right direction. Just one step at a time in the opposite direction right right. I just one time in the opposite direction so here's here's the way I'd like to some of the message of Gun John. Shows us the two feet by which we walk out and follow Jesus. I foot is repentance. Second Foot is faith in repentance. I I reject a throw away. All that has separated me from God. I say I don't want that anymore. I don't love that anymore. I've been I recognize that. That's just brought me death and destruction. That's repentance and that's the first foot set but then the second footstep cons and it's faith is that Jesus paid.
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"The man and buying things on the system then there's the one that I'm the most uncomfortable with and we really want to avoid songs that portray him like this. There's boyfriend Jesus. He wraps his arms around us as we sing about his intoxicating love in our secret place directly from a Christian song that made its way around at at at the maybe the beginning of this century and here's why that happens since this term. I'm learning like algae back in high school at something. Ethnocentrism ethnocentrism is the tendency that we have to make our culture and who we are as an individual center the center of the universe right and so we define on everything not according to some objective standard but we define everything and who we are what we like and what we don't like and and the the problem is is that when you do that with Jesus you're actually violating the first two commandments first of all to have other gods before him and secondly not to create an idol when when you take what you like about Jesus and listen to that and scribes that and what you don't like about him you just put over here to be forgotten then you have created an idol and I don't know if you've if you've read the Old Testament God really doesn't like that at all and and so the thing is we want our Jesus to be the Jesus from the pages of scripture from God's revealed word. We want we we want the God that we worship to be the god of his word who's revealed himself to us and if you if you have problems with God's word let me tell you I don't discount discount those come talk to me if you struggle with believing that the sixty six books in the in the old new testaments are God's word. COME TALK TO ME I. I don't think that pastors like you know cut out the lights and locked the door. When people come with hard questions we we love our questions and so so oh come talk to us about that if you if you're struggling because that might be a real struggle but if you believe in the authority of God's word over your life then it's important for us to be continually going back to God's word and digging in deep to say okay who is Jesus. What what more is there to learn about? Jesus and that's why we're we're doing this series for some of you. Maybe you're doctrine will be refreshed because these are things that you've known for a long time and for others. Maybe these will be things that you say you know. I never really thought about out that way but it's all directly from God's word we WANNA vocabulary to be the vocabulary of scripture because whatever scripture teaches brings them life to us and so who is the real Jesus. That's why we're studying the gospel of John and John. Tells US Jesus seven witnesses seven seven signs the miracles in the seven sayings last week we talked about the first witness and that John The apostle he told us that Jesus is the eternal word who is the savior. We should all believe even and this week we wanna hear the testimony of John the Baptist and so let's look in John Chapter one versus nineteen through thirty six. We're going to read this passage in its entirety so just kind of fall along with me as I read at lab this isn't this is the testimony of John when the Jews sent recently bites from Jerusalem to ask him who are you. He confessed and did not deny that confessed Christ and they asked him. What then are you Elijah and he said I'm not not are you are you. The profit answered no so they said to him who are you. We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself. He said I am the voice of one crying out. In the Wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord as the Prophet Isaiah said now they had been sent from the Pharisees and asked him. Why are you baptizing MM -tising. If you're in need of the Christ or the Prophet Jonah Answer Them I will baptize with water but among us among you sans one. You do not know even he who comes comes after me the Strap Sandal. I'm not worthy untie these things took place in Bethany across the Jordan were John was baptizing the next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said behold the lamb of God who takes away the end of the world. This is he of whom I said after he comes a man who ranks before me because he was before me I myself did not know him but for this purpose I came baptizing with water that he might be revealed to Israel and wh- and when John Bore witness saw the spirit descend from heaven like a dove and it remained on him I myself did not know him but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me he on whom you see the spirit descend remain this is he who baptize with the Holy Spirit Britt and I've seen and have borne witness that this is the son of God the next day again John was standing with two of his disciples and he looked Jesus as he walked by and said behold the lamb of God and so that's the message of John the Baptist behold the lamb of God and so let's learn a little bit more about who John the Baptist is before we jump into his message all right now first of all whenever bad this here hear about John. The Baptists are like yeah. He's on our team right and you need to know that's not. That's not actually what that word means right. I mean we are baptised in the same vein that John John was was was bad tising by immersion right but when you read that don't think John the Southern Baptist because it would be better to to make that into Kinda Verb John Tyzzer something that he did. He baptize people by immersion. He was Jesus his cousin. He was the son of Zachariah and Elizabeth and Luke chapter after one chronicles kind of his the prophecy of his birth he he was born. It seems like whenever God wanted to do something really a cool he would take an older couple who never had any kids who couldn't have any kids and he would he would allow them to have kids you think about. Abraham and Sarah and others throughout scripture and so what what he did was Zachariah and Elizabeth they found out Zachariah in a pretty glorious way there in the temple when he was serving found out that they were we're GonNa have a son and that son was to be named John and then John was conceived and born and he is Elizabeth his mom and and Mary we're cousins and so John is technically Jesus cousin. I can't do the math on that second third fourth whatever and as he grew up I I think that probably he was an orphan because his parents were both very old when he was born and when he grew up he maybe that's why he had such a radical appearance and lived out in the wilderness because he was passed around from from family family. Maybe he and Jesus played together when they were younger but they he went on and as he grew up he came to know because I think God revealed it to him. What is calling was and he was called to make straight the pass or he was called to declare the word gone and prepare the way for the Messiah but he didn't know who the Messiah was even though when he was in his mother's womb and Mary came near he leapt at the news right you remember that passage in Luke chapter one one he he was he was very aware in the in the womb because Mary Elizabeth fill the Holy Spirit is very aware that Messiah was near but I don't think I don't think John I had a proximity close enough to Jesus to know exactly that he was the Messiah and so as the time came as they grew up in John started preaching he was preaching preaching and Attleboro radical appearance he wore animal skin with a leather belt locusts and wild honey and he at least preached out in the Wilderness and probably lived out there as well bill and there are a lot of people came to him and he did not hate it and read a copy of Carnegie's how to win friends and influence people because if you read the message passage of John the Baptist in Luke chapter three it was a very abrasive and harsh message why because he had a specific purpose and that's what we want we want to begin into to flesh out here in this passage this message of John that reveals to us who Jesus is and so let's look at this this thing that John was called to do look specifically when it says in Verse Twenty Three said I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness make straight the way of the Lord as the Prophet Isaiah said and so one of the cool things about John is that John just have a a he had a purpose but that purpose had been foretold in the Old Testament in fact you want to hold your place in the gospel of John. Turn back over to Malachi the last book in the Old Testament the book of Malachi this whole replacing John turn back over to Malachi and look at the very last words of the old Old Testament which is why they are where they are in the Old Testament Canon Matt Malachi chapter four beginning in verse five unless Russia Malachi Chapter Four Verse Five Malachi writes. It's behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the Great and Awesome Day of the Lord comes okay. Let's stop there now. You understand why the Pharisees were asking. Are you Alija. They were expecting a forerunner to the Messiah to come because they hey it read that in the book of Malachi. They had it memorized. They were waiting in fact. Luke Chapter One when John's birth is announced to his father if you if you read the text very closely it says there was a remnant outside praying. What was that remnant praying for well they were being oppressed by Roane? They were praying for deliverance but who was going to bring that Deliverance Messiah and so isn't it interesting that God mobilize those people to pray at the very moment that the angel was being revealed to Zachariah to declare that John was gonna come who would be the forerunner the Messiah now interestingly in John One John Answers. He says I'm not Elijah and so. I don't think John is willfully. Are you telling a falsehood here but I think John just knew what he was called to do and he wasn't looking for any kind of fame and glory to say Elijah. Come back right but here's here's how we know and you can kind of right. You can try this passage down. This is how we know that John is the one being talked about in Malakand because look at chapter four six says he will turn the hearts the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers well Luke chapter one versus sixteen and Seventeen says about John the Baptist he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord God and he will go before them in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just to make ready for the Lord of people prepared and so the angel in Proclaiming Zachariah that John was coming is rooting his purpose in the pages of Malachi in the pages of is am and so this is the forerunner to the Messiah in John the Baptist and therefore how is he going to make straight the way of the Lord. That's the question for us. In this first part of the message well the reference Isaiah points the fact that John was gonna pave the way he was. GonNa make the path easier straights. It's so that people can see the Messiah and therefore his goal was to prepare people spiritually so that they could behold them. How would he do this. I'm going to tell you just real quick. The direction that people give utmost importance several months ago or a couple of months ago in Aurora Colorado Aurora Colorado drivers were headed to the Denver International Airport and you know everybody's is Kinda scared of this now but google is Google knows you're here facebook knows you're here and and one of the things that you agree to that that end user license agreement that nobody reads except anyway is that they can track you because they want to know the traffic patterns and if you're if you're on a road and you're stuck in traffic topic then it'll it'll update. Everybody else's funds. There's real time traffic updates. No reroute people and this actually happened in Aurora Colorado a couple of months ago as people were going to the Edinburgh International Airport where there was a wreck and so everybody who is using Google maps re-routed them and said Hey. You need to go this way. Get off on this exit and go down and it tells them this can be a dirt road right but you're fine but what Google does it no is that there have been a recent thunderstorm and so over over one hundred people end up getting trapped and I- mud bog in Aurora Colorado because Google Map took them down a hundred cars long right and and so it was really funny thing about about about Google not knowing everything and about how willing we willingly we follow follow our smartphones and and so this is the reason I tell you..
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"All right turning your bibles to John Chapter One John Chapter One and we're going to continue our series today about knowing Jesus knowing Jesus and the reason that we started this series because we don't want to assume that everybody body is on the same page about who Jesus is. It's just too too reckless of an assumption to be made. It's too important of an issue just to say well. Yeah sure we all I believe the same thing about Jesus and just leave it at that we want to be explicit and here's why is because we have the tendency especially in our are twenty nine thousand American culture to make Jesus into whatever we want him to be and to and to make the Bible into whatever we want it to be and if you WANNA prime example of that you can just look at the news headlines from this past week. And what politicians do you know whenever they want to quote God's word for themselves that that really has no place in. I really have no place in the church but this is a list that I got from some people about some different encounters with a with a different Jesus that they had had first of all there was therapist. Jesus who just helps us cope with life's problems heels are passed tells us how valuable we are and not to be so hard on ourselves might hear about at that one on TV late at night there starbucks Jesus who drinks fair fair trade coffee love spiritual conversations drives a hybrid and goes to film festivals. There's open minded. Jesus who loves everyone at all time no matter what except for the people who are not as open minded as you there's touchdown. Jesus who helps athletes run faster jump higher than the Heathens on the other team and determines the outcomes.
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"And so there was a little boy who's in sunday school one sunday morning and the pastor was in there and he was a new pastor i can i can i can understand stand that feeling and he was really trying to gain ground with the kids in his <hes> in his in that sunday school class and he thought he would tell them a story but he wanted to describe the character of the story so he said to them he said boys and girls want to tell you a story about somebody who likes to live in the woods but sometimes we can see him in our yards anybody. Anybody have any idea what i'm talking about. The kids just stared at him like if you've taught kids sunday school it's just stared at him and he said i want to tell you about a creature richer that lives in the woods sometimes in our yards big bushy tail likes to eat nuts. Anybody have any idea what i'm talking about. Just stares. I'm talking about a creature that lives in the woods. Sometimes in our yards big bushy tail eats nuts likes to climb trees jump from tree to tree now. Does anybody know what i'm talking about. Aw and one young boy raised his hand just kind of take him out of his misery and the pastor said. Do you know what i'm thinking about young man and the kids said yeah i know the answer should be jesus but it really does sound like a squirrel to me. You know if we're going to be in in church. We kind of assume that we're gonna be talking about jesus is not we even when sometimes it might not seem like jesus might be the right answer to that story but we do we think and we know that we're going to talk about jesus but over the next couple of months i wanna take an opportunity to make sure that we're not just assuming that we know i know and are all on the same page about who jesus is and that might seem very elementary to you but if you if you if you've kind of seen the direction that we've been going doing we just don't want to take anything for granted together. We wanna make sure that we're all on the same page and so we're gonna talk about this knowing jesus and knowing him for who he said that he was himself knowing who people who walked with him who saw him who experienced him what they said about him and this will take us just. It'll probably take us at least their next february two to look gat. You'll see kind of the outline here but the reason that we want to do. This is because that question who is jesus. I think it's really the most important question question that we could ever ask who is jesus the way you answer that question is probably the most important thing about you because it's the moment the longest lasting implications and so we want to ask that question that jesus himself asked the apostle peter because one statistician cultural commentator he said this he says the flexibility of our jesus the flexibility our jesus exhibits is unprecedented unprecedented in our day and time he said there's a gumby light quality to jesus in the united states and there really is it just the moment that somebody wants to to claim jesus they just throw out that name and say well he would do that or this or he would would approve of this or that and if you wanna prime example maybe familiar with the the the plights of the colorado baker who is a christian named jack phillips jackson thirty one once at the supreme court and the colorado civil rights commission is trying to take him back there and he refused the becca cake for a a same sex wedding. Even though he'd served those customers time and time again <hes> he wouldn't bacon so very interestingly some would say foolishly foolishly jack and his attorney christian wagner went on the view and it was asked jack phillips sitting there in the midst of a of those people they said. Do you think jesus would bake the cake loaded question right and joy behar which you know joy behar dr said i think jesus would make the cake wow okay. Where do you get that from c. We just kind of we're we're just kind of if we want jesus to approve something we just say that he would approve of it just like jesse duplantis or copeland one of them. If jesus was walking around this earth he wouldn't be on a donkey anymore. He'd be an applying like. I want you to buy me right and so it's not just limited joy on the view. I mean you've got you've got people claiming the name of price on tv who are who are twisting and controlling the real jesus. The biblical jesus eases into a jesus. That's not really jesus and yet they're still on t._v. And even though they're questioned they're they're still around and that's why we don't wanna just assume that everybody understands the biblical jesus. The vast majority of people believe in jesus or believe things about jesus. But what about jesus must you believe in order to be in a relationship with god. I think that digs a little bit deeper deeper into that question and that's why we wanna study the gospel of john because in that study we will have those questions answered who is jesus and what do we really need to believe about him to find salvation as we begin this morning it'd be best for us to start at the end of john's gospel rather than that at the beginning which might seem peculiar to you but the first witness this is the joe on presents and his gospel is the writer himself john the apostle and he tells us very clearly in john chapter twenty versus thirty and thirty one why he's written but just before we jump into that a few facts about john the gospel about john's gospel john the apostle that you may not know john and his brother john were apostles which means that they walk with jesus while he was on this earth their father zebedee and their mother was some omay who was most likely the sister sister of jesus's mother mary which makes james and john the cousins of jesus yes john the baptist was another cousin but this john john was another cousin jesus in that way could have lived in alabama and so well self deprecating humor here it is all relative yeah but they were known for their loud and zealous personalities and therefore that earned him the nickname sons of thunder. That's exactly all right. They were the sons of thunder however if you notice this on a funder at the end of the gospel traded in that tunnel for a little bit different one and that was the apostle or the disciple whom jesus loved john was actually the last surviving apostle he was exiled to patmos as an old man he had preached that message about jesus christ for years and years and years so much so that he developed a very unique way of chefs such which he chronicled for us in his gospel account as he writes his gospel account towards the end of his life because the gospel of john came out around the same time as the book of revelation did he was distinctly aware i think of the three other accounts of jesus's life that we're getting in matthew mark and luke and he didn't want to overlap what already eloquently said so. He wrote down what they didn't britain say over ninety. Two percent of the material contained in john's gospel is unique to john's gospel. It's not found in matthew mark and luke and he wrote it collected it in a very memorable way every single chapter all twenty one chapters and i'll have this list for you as a take home next week. I don't want to overload. Did you the first sunday but these have all be available on the website but every every single chapter contains a declaration of jesus's divinity there in every single chapter there's somebody or something that testifies to jesus being god in the flesh but john rights and makes it's known these three sets of sevens to make it memorable seven witnesses seven signs and seven sayings and that will be a <hes> outline the kind of the meta outline of our study for the next few months seven witnesses seven signs and seven sayings and so we you want to answer the question who is jesus by looking first at the seven witnesses starting with john the apostle but we don't just want to fill our minds with facts and knowledge. We want to tonight with john's purpose for writing nineteen thirty five. John said this he said he said he who saw it has borne born witness. His testimony is true and he knows that he is telling the truth that you also may believe in this actually corroborates with what's found in the next chapter john twenty versus thirty and thirty one where he says this he says now jesus did many other sons in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book but those are written so that you may not believe that jesus is the christ the son of god and by believing you may have life in and his name now. I think it's very very interesting that john rights and gives us what he calls signs <music> signs now think of it think of it. Is this a person who's writing and saying that they're giving you signs. They want you to do what so. What do they want you to do with the signs i mean let's let's let's think about it when people come into the doors baptist church and and we have a sign up on the wall. What are we trying to get them to read it and follow it right if they're trying to get to a specific place. We want them to know exactly exactly the way to get into where they're going. This is exactly god's intention in calling john to chronicle the signs that he saw saw in the life of jesus because he wants you to see those signs believed those signs and follow those signs to the conclusion that they would draw. These are folks on the road to take us to where where god wants us to be where john wants. Ultimately i think we're we want to be as well and if you want to follow these signs you must believe you must believe now to believe means that you are placing your faith in reliable evidence. We don't believe in a blind fay in many circumstances. That's why god is revealed scripture to us so that we can have an informed faith about whom we are believing if your thought about it that way that's why we had a revealed religion. We we had a book that contains the not just the revelation at the end but the the revelations of god's truth route throughout history and namely the revelation of god's truth and his son jesus and what john wants you to understand is that it's only when you understand christ in his personal work that you can be saved. You must not believe in something you must believe in something specific namely the truth about who jesus is but then you also if you want to when you believe you will find a life and for us understand the kind of life that john is talking about here. We must now go to the beginning of john's gospel and i want to encourage you to turn to john chapter one john chapter one. How can jesus bring life into the lives of creature who are creatures who are already alive. Let me say that again again as you turn. How can jesus bring life into the lives of creatures who are already alive. There you go that's right because i think god ordained the new testament estimate to be written in greek because it's one of the most specific and explicit languages and descriptive languages that has ever existed and so in in john one one and in john chapter twenty john describes a certain kind of life that comes from jesus and so we want to look at john chapter one verse one and that'll be the remainder of our text today to look at what john the apostle is saying about the lord jesus christ and so john chapter one verse one it says in the beginning was the word and the word was with god and the word was god you see john begins his narrative very differently than his three other counterparts. He doesn't go through a genealogy or birth narrative or any account of earn early earthly life of jesus jonga's back the very beginning and that is the eternity of jesus christ and in this verse. John is using rhetoric that shows how long he has preached. It's this message..
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"baptist" Discussed on Agape Baptist Church | Scottsboro, Alabama
"Notice. What was not mentioned. The style of music being played was not mentioned notice what was not mentioned skin colour not mentioned the number in your bank account was not mentioned. Your position in this community is not mentioned agent. We have one body and one spirit one. Hope one ward one faith one baptism one god the entire trinity has been working our salvation in the creation and the operation of his church and therefore this one nisa is the one that's that we have been called to abide in and to experience in this church family that has all centered around christ so just to sum it up if we focus on each other well only see our differences but if we focus on god then we will see the massive massive depth of unity that he hasn't himself and as we worship and praise him we will experience that unity within our fellowship together and so based on these promises and ask you out by baptist church. Will you make that commitment today. Will you claim to the truth of god's word that we've seen so that the power of god can be unleashed in the airlines to produce the kind of unity that we need in this world needs to see us. God has already provided the power. It's up to us to appropriate it so so that idea of aiming towards unity. I commit to maintain the unity of the spirit and the bond piece by focusing on the truth of god's unity as the foundation of our practical experience community within our church family. It's only ask what does this look like for. You personally more willing. We're gonna have a lot of opportunities that imitations. We're gonna be able to get real honest with each other and you're like we can get more honest okay well. We've been honest enough already. Maybe just thought this is one more. Let me ask you you would this apply. What does this look like for you personally to believe this unity. Remember satan is no new strategies. He's not innovative native the same things that people have been tested with throughout generations. We're tested with as well so paul calls us to stand firm chapter six against non innovative those old tired strategy that the enemy that somehow still many christians today succumb to i want to equip you for one way that you can flesh out this truth today. Flesh out this truth about aiming towards our unity and that is when it comes to gossip a i believe that gossip up has no place in this body. I'm a month old here okay so i have no baggage that i'm talking about this from. I've no experience. Nobody's come to me and said hey you really didn't talk about gossip gossip so maybe i don't know but especially that person that's happened right but just think about these things to great thoughts. We don't have definition initiative gossip and your and your bob. I love to write these down because gossip involves saying behind the person's back with you never say to his face as gotham awesome in fact. If any of you need to know this is the way i've i've talked to the staff about this. This is the way we deal with. These things in any of you ever come to me and <unk> says well. Some people have said etc etc okay. Let's go talk to him or any of you ever comes and says hey you know i've got. I've got this concern with this person in this church or staff member whatever the case may be. You need to know that listen. We'll hear it we'll talk but before we finish that conversation we're gonna set up a time to talk to the person that you or shortland with because i can't fix other people i can be the best passer in the world but i cannot fix another the person and i really don't think that's called us to fix each other but at the same time as iron sharpens iron right and so if you really do care about seeing somebody else closer to jesus then you will have no problem going to talk to them directly but if you really gossiping the you will not want to say to that person's face that's the difference between gossip and biblical accountability but there's another side of gossip and that's flattering. I really don't struggle that. Some people do the people who might have a tendency to be people pleasers. We start with lottery said we because lottery involves saying to a person's face with you'd never say about got them behind their back. Meaning accountability takes place or do you have relationships in this church. Family were gossip takes place. Remember life in christ the seasons of passionate obedience together by tom's of self examination. We're about to come to a time limitation where you can examine yourself in this way and a plot the truth that we've seen today that this specific area in your your life because remember what james chapter three says about the tongue as a small member but it can set your world on fire and it can set churches on fire not in a good way and so maybe this is the way that you need responded. Maybe during this sanitation. You don't even need to really stand up and saying you don't need to need to respond but by doing anything but you're saying. Is this me you want to flesh out this unity. I want to abide in these triggers. I'm gonna cling to these promises got helped me to be refined in purified break any area of my life where i tend towards gossip or breaking area of my life rat tend towards flattery got restrain yeah put the providence is put a guard over my tongue. Put a guard helped me. It helped me to say something and when just to be quiet. Pray that per a lot because there's sometimes w- where the person in front of me doesn't need to hear ryan then into here my silence. They need to hear maybe choir because i don't have the answers for everything on encourage you today. Today's an opportunity for you to respond to these truths that we've seen to believe that god wants to do this work of unity in us to believe that satan has no new strategies is he having his way with you and so i just i'm gonna pray and duggan akon and we're going to enter into a time imitation and during that time tation this alters open. If you want to come in and you wanna pray you wanna. I just just with your physical posture. You want to decry the warden and say i need you. This is a blind spot mall. I ford and easier. I've upset before if you need to step out. You're gonna make a phone call as a way to respond to this time imitation do that. We say wherever he leads. I'll go. I pray that you'll make like that. Your your heart cry no matter what song we're singing and so if you need to respond in that way you can do that but if you need to respond you need somebody to pray with you. There's people down here in the front. Come to me. We'll we'll pray with you if you need to trust christ today. Maybe you heard phillips testimony testimony earlier and you say i've been here for a long time. I know it all up here but i've never trusted here and you can you can do that. I love to walk you through what that looks flying today. If you need to join the church we'd love to receive you because god.
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"All Right so first Corinthians Chapter fifteen we're going to end this series that we've been doing the past several weeks <hes> called first things and just a little bit of recap before we jump into the last few verses of this tax tonight we we initially started on this path because we said the way you start is important the first things that you fix your eyes on as <hes> in a new season or or a new circumstance or situation and it really directs the course of of of your of your life in one sense for Paul. That's exactly what it what it had done when he started in ministry in Corinth he had a specific starting point because Z. recognize. You never could know where you're going unless you knew where you are and the Gospel meets us where we are to describe where we are in describe where God wants us to be which is in a relationship with him and so Paul began with the Gospel and we wanted to get very Mary certain that we all were on the same page about what the core of the Gospel is and we've done it every every single week this far so we might as well do it again tonight right. If you want to remember the core essence of the Gospel. We'd do their hands right here right right so let's start with this hand we say Christ Dodd for our sins and was raised right. So what does the Gospel well. It's it's the message that Christ persons and then was raised from the dead and so this is the Gospel this this was the place that Paul wanted wanted to start why because the Gospel is God's diagnosis of the greatest problems that we have the greatest problems are not outside of us in the lives of other people and what they're doing to us and what <hes> what circumstances are around us or what's in our bank account or what's the those might be real problems but the Gospel says that's not the greatest problem the greatest problems not outside of us the Guy The Gospel says the greatest problems are inside of us so Paul wants to remind at this group of believers who have who have strayed away from living out the Gospel wants to remind them of this Gospel that he preached to them and that they needed to hold fast too and that Gospel is not just some fictionalized account of fabled tales about a man named Jesus. What Paul wanted us to see what we looked at last week was these are real events that happened that are historically verifiable and that when we read about these events in the text <unk> scripture that we're reading something that is faithful something that we can trust in? We talked about that about Matt's remember last week not not actual maps that are on the wall but Matt's M. A. P. S. manuscripts archaeology prophecy and statistics artistic all of those all of those things when you apply those tests to scripture scripture stands unique among all the other texts of history as reliable and faithful and verifiable and this matters because when we received the news of the Gospel we WanNa make sure it's not fake news and and Paul didn't believe it was fake news. The Corinthians were treating it like it was fake news but for us. It's not fake news. It is the power gone as the power God for the salvation of those who believe for the personal so for the gentile and so Paul. This is what he based his ministry on but he didn't basis ministry on himself. We saw last last week that he basis ministry on the risen Christ. It was not about him in fact Paul didn't have to high of a view of himself. It was not a morbid self-deprecation but it was instead just a god centered humility woody because he talks about himself as as one untimely born premature and so we want to pick up in verses nine through eleven tonight and we want to talk about something that's very I think it speaks directly into where we are as a culture and if we care about about speaking in a way to our culture that would be appealing to our culture that the culture would want to listen to us us first of all we need to remind ourselves and this is just this is not an attacks but first Corinthians chapter thirteen Paul's reminded us that I can speak in the tongues of angels right and tongues of men but if I have not love I am nothing. I'm just a resounding Gong longer clanging cymbal suppose already established that that we need to speak with love. You need to remember this truth without love is not truth. Love it out. Truth is not love this. This culture would have us to believe that we have to abandon one to have the other truth without love is not truth. According to First Corinthians chapter thirteen but love without truth is not real love either and so Paul wants us to understand tonight. He wants us to understand tonight something about how the Gospel speaks to the individual we've handed hinted hinted at this that Christ it and just I for Sin Christ out for centers but let's pickup in verse nine and will read Reversal Lebanon. We'll see exactly what Paul wants to center tonight. Paul says for I end the least of all the apostles unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the Church of God but by the Grace Ace of God I am what I am and His grace toward me was not in vain on the contrary. I worked harder than any of them. Though it was not I but the grace of God that is within me whether then it was I or they so so we preach and so you believed and so Paul begins he says for iron the least of all the apostles unworthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the Church of God. We kind of pick up where we left off last week. That Paul recognizes is is something about himself that he's very honest about and he never changed his view of from the moment that he encountered Christ on that Damascus road he recognized something. That's very crucial to US receiving the Gospel and that's that is that we are not the Lord of our lives. We we live in a culture that that throws around such phrases like well. You speak your truth right. You speak your truth. In fact I haven't watched the of it probably won't but but you know Robert Mueller was on on Capitol Hill today and he is as you know being encouraged speak his truth right well. That's just a very very dangerous thing. When you put a personal pronoun in front of the Word Truth Right it was not made to be that way it ceases to be objective truth at that point in time because there's no such thing as your truth and my truth and his truth and her truth right there's only the truth right definite article showing that is the truth and so we need to be concerned about the truth Rupaul recognize the truth about his own life is that he's not Lord the moment that he saw Jesus on that Damascus road and at binded him his is reopened and beautiful paradox that I think he explores more and Second Corinthians chapter four just this the fact that that in the moment where he saw the most clearly his fiscal site left him but his spiritual site was gained and he recognized that Jesus alone is ward and if Jesus alone his ward than that dethrones the self this is why Paul Can Paul is humble? This is why Paul recognizes that he he can be honest about himself. What this this for us is key? Can you be honest about yourself. Do you feel like this place is a place where you can be transparent. We we really struggle with this in in especially the the southern culture right the southern culture where we in a lot of ways. We've been taught that to come to churches to put on a mask right and just to look certain way to always be a certain way and and we struggle with letting people in and granted I don't. I don't think you should go around just kind of vomiting out your issues to everybody and you know the deepest secrets of your life to everybody but at the same time Paul show he gives us an example here about having this basic understanding. Of who you are that puts you on level ground with everybody else in this world God forbid that any Christian that that would that would say by Baptist Church Church home. Whatever seek to put themselves above anybody else because we're not in fact? I don't think it's <hes> forget who it is. Quote one time that I heard at said I think it would see US Lewis. He said if if men's speak ill view he said basically <unk>. Don't wind them for your much worse than they know that you are right. I mean listen. That's what Tim Keller says. Tim Keller Passer in New York City pointed a church in Manhattan happened. Remember Presbyterian Church. She says he says this is the Gospel that you are worse than you ever have thought yourself to be but you're more than you've ever known yourself to be. That is the Gospel and so we don't need to act like where people who had altogether because we don't listen if the world is broken because of San then guess what that means we are broken because of San and if we build fortresses right where the people think will ever Wanna go there because everybody there thinks that they got it all together then we will we will diminish because what the world longs to see now in authentic Christianity as or people who recognize with Paul all that it's only by the grace of God that I am what I am. If you see anything good for me I can promise you it's not from me his from God. It's God's work in me and so this is the heart of this passage in Paul has gone <hes> in this. Let me let me apply this to something. I said this past Sunday. I encouraged encouraged you if you if you feel I could just kind of floating along in life right now Roger testimony and I would encourage if you haven't done that in the mid week right right it out right after testimony talk about what John has done in your life talk about what God is saved you from think about the things that we just kind of embrace in Christian in culture without realizing what we're saying we even even this. This come APP probably said about this coming Saturday. The Brittany I've heard Brittany sesame and my language reflects opposite Britain has got a really awesome testimony and she does us right but don't think that when I say somebody has a really awesome testimony what's what a lot of people think well. My testimony is not as good as hers. Oh Child of God. Would you recognize that if Jesus have saved you no matter what he saved you from. You have an awesome testimony. You have an amazing testimony. We think about people who've been saved out of drugs or alcohol or or sexual morality is having a really good or powerful testimonies but consider what Paul says in Romans Chapter One and two divisions to Romans Chapter One and two Paul after he's just said I'm not ashamed with the power of the Gospel or I'm not Shannon Gospels the power for the Salvation Ovation those who believe that the Jew I also for the gentile he immediately goes in Romans chapter one and shows how the gentiles are centers right and how they traded the things that can be known about God and suppress them and they pursued less than all these he's horrible things and and we look at from chapter one and it's just this really horrible list of of things that the broken nece of Sin Sin has done to humanity but then less any Jew whose reading that reading thing that description of the gentiles Romans chapter one thing that they're above them. Romans chapter two is all about how the Jews there and just as bad shape and really worse because they've had the truth preach to them and they have the covenants and they have all these other things and yet they've rejected. God to Romans Chapter One chapter two are all about how Jews gentiles the ground is equal at the foot of the cross and finish after he does the same thing as a way of helping these Jews and gentiles and emphasis that they can be unified because Christ is their bond of peace and that just because they're ju- and considered there near to God and just because they're gentile and someone say they're far off from God really everybody's far off off from God and it's a Marvelous Act of grace if anybody comes to him and so what I'm saying is this your may have saved you out of drugs or he may have just saved you out of self righteousness. Maybe he saved you pornography or maybe he just saved you out of half-hearted halfhearted religion. It's all it is awesome if he saved you out of Islam but it's also awesome if he saved you out of Cultural Callous Christianity you may not have you may not have been a rapist or a pedophile or a drug dealer but did it take any less of God's power to.
"baptist" Discussed on Timesuck with Dan Cummins
"The westboro baptist church just that church kind of technically a christian church in theory they seem to think they're amazing christians not real big on the forgiveness angled oh not real big on the judge not less gb judging not really into the gospels more more into leviticus like leviticus twenty twenty three and ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation which i cast out before you for they committed all these things and therefore i of hord them they like the fire on the brimstone they were able to find some of that in psalms two psalms fifty three five they were they there were they in great fear where no fear was for god had scattered the bones of him and encamp against the dow has put them to shame because god hath despise them they have a whole page of bible verses where they have highlighted words like hate anger wrath the spies judgments on the very comprehensive websites and i'm not making this up god hates fags dot com yep that is each urges official website i'll say it again in case you're thinking there's no fucking way he just said would i think he just said god hates fags dot com sorry for the language it's now mine and you know when they found out that domain wasn't taken lot of high fives or thrown around a lot of a lot of thank lord if the god of christianity is real there may not be a church he is more embarrassed and appalled by than the westboro baptist church we look into who these idiots are why they seem to hate everybody.
"baptist" Discussed on Brentwood Baptist Church Podcast
"And more and more adults who don't know the lord are coming and being engaged with our people and so on so grateful for that another way the middle tennessee initiative is working is lachlan springs this time last year all the brentwood baptist campuses voted to merge with lachlan springs baptist church in july of 2016 it became a regional campus called the church at lachlan springs since then a lot of things have been done to the building carpets been pulled up floors been refinished painting has been done extended the stage and the sanctuary some community events have happened they had a singer songwriter night where over eighty people came i'm still trying to figure out why they didn't invite may had a trucks giving event well over one hundred people came and they had a food truck for thanksgiving type deal and a couple of weeks ago during the engage middle tennessee day they had the md you unit or a lotta people were minister to the first sunday for the campus and teaching pastor david hannah he and his family just moved back from italy and the first sunday was easter sunday you don't know what he was thinking but his first sunday preaching was easter sunday usually have about twenty in attendance lachlan springs last sunday they had two hundred ten attend the worship of offense the middle tennessee initiative is working because i believe it's god's plan for churches to be healthy and to multiply when you give of your times and offerings when you pray when you support this when you go to other campuses to support them and help them it is helping people here and respond to the gospel and grow up as christ followers.