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You can turn your Bibles or have your notes and we'LL go to that Matthew twenty eight passage. What I want to do is is work through this picture and apply some of that some of the scripture to it. Specifically, I want to go over. Romans will start in chapter six and we will introduce not really a new concept, but we'LL just introduce some scripture to go with that. So the idea then with this is this is our last class on discipleship. So next week we'LL start the class on evangelism and the way that we would want to view those two things is that they're two sides of the same coin. So as we make disciples in Matthew twenty eight, then we are That's an evangelistic phrase, right? And then we make those disciples by teaching them and baptizing them. What are we teaching them? Obey all the commandments? Well, what's the command right there in that verse to make disciples right? So we have disciples who make disciples so that there's Ah, not only do we make disciples, but we teach them and we grow them. So what's the difference in your mind? We've said this a couple times before a CE faras. The proclamation of the Gospel goes. What's the difference between the vange of the proclamation of the Gospel for evangelism and the proclamation of the Gospel for discipleship like we did like we looked at collages to Chapter three. Right now. He doesn't understand my question. Thank you, girl. Okay, so which one's which one is to grow. What you want is to persuade which one's which. Bye lies, Right? So we're going to proclaim that same gospel to make disciples because I can't see that. Give me one moment. So one is to persuade one is Teo to grow. So we've been talking about this idea of growing and what it takes to grow. So one of the things that I start at the very beginning was saying that we need to be a culture who have a culture of people. God's people who value maturity. That's what we're going for in discipleship. You guys remember that? What is when I say that when I talk about maturity, how would you explain? So So Tommy had beaten here like the last few times. I think Tommy and you. So you say OK, we talked about that in beginning and time, and I go. What do you mean? When you say we value maturity, how would you guys answer that? Okay. Make him more like Christ. Right? So we want to grow over time to be more like Christ. And so that's why we would value maturity. Whose job is that in the church? Is that my job? Yes. Everybody's job. Yeah, it's my job. It's your job. It's our job. And so we looked at over the over this time how we do that through the proclamation of the gospel. How a clear presentation of the truth. Right? So that we can be mature in Christ. We talked about also this looking at how we prioritize those that were in discipleship relationships with correct. So what are some of the things that you pulled away from that or that you remember from that discussion as Faras? Who should we disciple? How should we prioritize them? Things get very members here. Okay, So what's the argument of behind this prioritizing discipleship relationships within the local church? Okay? You have accountability. What kind of accountability you think enough. Yeah, that's exactly right. The local churches, God's designed to set up structure, right that there is authority. And then there's a response to that authority. And members have authority. Pastors have authority. Everybody has authority. And so there's authority. There's there's an influence outside of myself, a standard that I have to come to. And the whole reason for that is so that the gospel is clear within this group of people we call the church so that there's an end and there's an out. There's a clear delineation that happens within the local church. That's why we would prioritize those things. So that's very helpful. As we're talking about this idea of discipleship, this laser focus. Did I turn this on? Me checker. Quick. I did good for me. So this laser focus on the local church really simplifies everything if we don't have an in and out and it's kind of ethereal than our faith and our actions will base to be based upon kind of like this, this general vagueness, and so that becomes really important. Okay, So what are some of the other relationships that we should prioritize? Okay, Family. Why family close to you? We have an obligation designed by God to them. Teacher people who are teachable. Okay. Yeah. I mean, I don't want to spend my time pursuing relationships that aren't reciprocated. Correct? What else? So what do you mean? I know what you mean. But how does that fit into the question of prioritizing who your disciple ing? Yeah. I mean, I think if I was to answer my own question, I would say that they were on a disciple. Believers, you don't want to see believers grow. We're going to and we're going to talk about this in just a moment we want. We want to see them grow and because they're believers, that means that they're different. There's this whole spirit of God that transforms ah, heart. And so we're now able to motivate and to teach and toe push by the spirit of God. Now, if somebody is not a believer, it's different. There's there's not this the spirit that's going to be fighting with the flash we're gonna be. We're gonna be preaching the gospel to persuade at that point, so that's a different. It's just it's a good delineation. I think in the past I have said, Well, you're basically disciple ing unbelievers when you're evangelizing true. Yeah, that's true. But maybe not so good of ah category, because I'm gonna be saying some things differently. I want to be expecting some things differently. I'm not gonna expect my unbelieving friend who's coming to church toe act like you guys back like Jeff Johnson right now, if Jeff Johnson acts like that unbeliever, what am I gonna do? Yeah, that's a plan. I'm going to go straight for the paddle. No, I mean, but but I'm gonna call him differently because I have a different expectation because of who he is in Christ and by God's grace. I have a relationship with Jeff now that would make that even easier because I can see his life. I can encourage him when he's doing well. And I can admonish when he's not doing well. And guess what? He could do the same thing to me. So one of the things that I wanted Teo came away from last week when I said, You have three discipleship relationships, right? Read him down, right? You remember that? Did you guys do that? You've been praying about those people looking for those people. One of the things I didn't emphasize was that a discipleship relationship just doesn't just mean that you're pouring into somebody, but that you're actually being poured into by other people as well. I mean, there is a lot of of co dependent discipleship going on. Is that the right word? Reciprocating discipleship within relationships. There's a lot of that going on, and so as we are mature and Christ were now free to hear admonishment or get teaching from those who aren't characterized as mature as we are, that's kind of the point of maturity. So I would say so. An example for me would be J. J. J J. And I have a great He's my son. He's twenty and we have a great relationship, and I have prioritized him as somebody that I disciple in my life. So I'm pouring into him as his father, as more mature believer with Mohr experience in that relationship as as I as we talk about things like, What does it mean to obey God? What does it mean to love God than in those discussions? He teaches me, and you know what he even reminds me. So I'll teach him things like the four G's guys ever heard the four G's for So So If I understand the gospel then and I believe that God is glorious, then I'm going then I don't need to be afraid of anything. And if I don't need to, you know, and if I say that God is is good then I don't need to look for satisfaction anywhere else. If I believe that God is great and I don't need to be in control If I believe that God is gracious and I don't need to prove myself So they're just handles that we have in our family. So I'm disciple Ng j J in those ways to to believe right? So what'LL happen is j j will now because he's in proximity with me. He will see me being afraid. Guess what he'LL say dead. We're not believe it. Okay, that's not, You know, God's not glorious. I said, what do you do with that? Now, this is what I've said to him, right? Well, I'm gonna I'm gonna confess it a sin, and I'm going to repent, and I'm gonna I'm gonna just thank God that he's shown me that he's glorious. So what's he doing? He's helped me fight for faith, fight for belief and get rid of that fear. He does that. He's twenty year old. He's my son. That's where it goes. So that's the point on all of that. Um anything else? What else did we prioritize? Okay. Same gender? Yep. Mostly. Yeah. Um I thought about this too. I thought about my relationship with Andrea. And that's my wife. That's right. My relationship with my wife. Right? That that is that a disciple ing relationship? Yeah, and it goes both ways. I have responsibility as head of our family too. Formulate or not formulate but form an environment of disciple in between the two of us. So in that case, write different gender, but disciple ing relationship We talked about Jamie, right? She she's like family to me. She's like my daughter Different gender. But I think that we definitely have to be careful in that We want to see older women Disciple ing younger women. That's gotta be a value of ours. If we value maturity, we look in scripture. That's pretty clear that we should be looking for that. And what are we gonna teach them? So if I'm going to see what I can teach my son, but I'm gonna teach these people these three people that on my list what's the goal here? I'm going to teach them to what to grow into Christ likeness. But what's the big Christian catch word for that love. I'm not teach him to love. Okay, so that's what I want to talk about in just a bit here. So let me just, uh, use Matthew twenty eight, eighteen, three. Twenty right here. Just remind you where we started, and that's where we're going. Charles asked the first the first week. He's like, Don't we need to define love? I'm like, Yeah, later. Well, this is later, okay? That's what we're talking about. A little bit today. We're gonna open up that can. Today all authority in heaven on Earth has been given to me. First of all, you guys remember that the authority that was given to Christ over off all authority, over all things, over conversion overgrowth. All of those things has been given to Jesus. And he says because of that Go. Therefore, here's the imperative. Make disciples make followers of Christ. That's what we talked about. Christ. Likeness. This is the beginning of this understanding of what it means to live out our identity in Christ to make disciples followers of Christ. Okay, that's what we're looking at. That's where we get this idea of identity and Christ were going to it of all nations, everybody. Not just the Jews, not just the people around us. Kay. We're going to do that by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and the Holy Spirit. Baptizing them in the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. We're going to bring them into a church, right? That's what it did. There's a public declaration that I am in with these people. So that's the church part in verse twenty says that we're going to teach them, right. We'Ll teach them to what observed all that. I've commanded you. And we said Okay. What does that mean? What's all that? I commanded you. What's the greatest commandment? Where is it all summed up? Yeah. Love God with all your heart, With all your soul, with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself and behold, I'm with you always. I'm with you. This is what you do. I'm with you. You're empowered by the spirit to do these things right here. Got it? So then let's talk about this. Teaching them to observe all the commandments, and I'm just going to shorthand that, I must say, teaching them to love. What is this is for you, Charles. What is it? The obstacle for our understanding of making disciples when we say we're just going to teach them to love. Anybody can answer, but I know Charles can or wants to. What's the obstacle for us? Understanding what it means to teach others toe love. Thank you. Fighting. Okay. The vagueness of love and contemporary understanding of love and contemporary society. Yeah. Okay. All right. You guys wantto go off that at all? So you you buy what he's selling. Okay? I'm not always gonna feel good. Okay? Hours. She raised her hand. I'm going older just now. Going go trees. I'm sorry you have to bail me out of this just by going. Christian action. Okay. Okay. What you do? All right, we're going to say no. More, but I think, yeah, teaching them out of love is wide inability to love. Okay, my black brothers. Okay. We're trying to teach something. Where? Wass. Stellar bodies. Okay, so we're constantly growing. So if we're constantly growing and we value maturity, we value growing in love. So we're gonna wait till we get to love point number ten point three before we start showing love right? Because we get all our ducks in a row, Okay? No. So but that. Okay? Yeah. Yeah. And that's at the crux of the question. Like so? So it's not. It's showing a love. It's how to show. What's the obstacle for understanding how to show love? What do you think, Charles? I just spent. I just spent fourteen hours in the car with Charles, so I'm tired. I'm exhausted. Said He's good. Vamos. The only thing I would have the It's not like Vegas that everybody's using the same word in different ways. So one person's usually saying, Well, my homosexual left right By which I mean I have affection for this person, same gender. So then okay, I would argue to Jesus and John thirteen to seventeen. Love. He's giving them a good definition of what it looks like. Love in his absence. Okay, so did you hear what he said? Love looks like What? If you love me, Had to be shown by what? Obedience to right, Right? His command, everything. That he's commanded them right? Including making disciples, which is under the banner of What's the greatest loving God with all your heart? With all your soul, with all your mind, your neighbors yourself. Okay, All of those things. But even if I say all of that what your good clarifications, by the way, you might want to write those down. Even at that, it doesn't strike our heart. Why? Why? What do we How do we be? A little bit more straight? How do we chafe? Against what Jesus just said What he just said that. Jesus said, as far as you're going to show, my love Sure, Show your love by obeying my commandments. Oh! What front? Yes. So what we have then is we have this. So keep that. Keep me straight on this on that point. Because what we have on this let's look at our looks a little bit our fault flight pattern. Then I'm gonna go to Roman six real quick. We have junior out here. Junior is not a believer. So we're gonna share the gospel with Junior and pray for Junior and hope that the spirit changes junior's heart. Okay, so that's the gospel. Once he believes the Gospel Jr, it's like right in here. Okay, so here's world. Okay, everybody out here is in darkness. Junior's in darkness. He operates by what Bible calls the flesh. Okay, It's all about me. And it's all about my freedom and my understanding of love that nobody takes my freedom away. Okay, That's the prevailing thought. Because it's all about me. Yes, sir. Here, great acting with Wait Yeah. Yes, it's It's all about motivation. And so that is So So here's what Junior has, right? You remember our gospel diagram, right? We have rebellion. We have a religion, remember that? So that's all. He has two different strategies to get through life. So, like Charles said, he can be a good guy to get what he wants. His motivation to be good, though, is to get what he wants. I would rather I'd rather him do that, then be mean to me. But what he has is two options. Either rebel to get what you want or to do good to get what you want. That's operating in the flesh. But it's still all about me. And so when I'm talking to Junior, I need to understand he needs to understand the gospel in such a way. I need to persuade him in such a way that he would realize that what I'm talking about is not moving from rebellion to religion, not from bad to good, but that he would actually see his need if he's a good guy to repent of his goodness. That's the Gospel. Okay, so he only has these two options. He comes in here, he gets a third option. Through the gospel. He now has the option to grow by the spirit. That's the grace. That's what that means right there. That makes sense. Okay, so here he is Now he's going to grow over time. Be more like Christ. But we know that in this world he's going to have some opportunities to show his maturity. He's gonna have some opportunity to show his love. They're called trials. It was supposed to be a flame. Okay, so he hits a trial. Now, unlike the Old Jr. The old creature junior now has some options. He can be religious, he could be rebellious, or he can see that as an opportunity to worship God to glorify him. And so we see in our Christian life and Junior's Christian life that he is going to take one of these routes. But then he's going to be pricked by the spirit, and he's going to see a sin, and he's going to repent. And then he's gonna worship God again. And then that's how he's going to grow. Okay, so let me before I finish this off Here, let me go to Romans, Chapter six. Romans, Chapter six wait. Could go on for ever for two chapters on this. I'm gonna try not to Here, OK? I just want to set this up. So Paul says Verse one says, What shall we say then? Are we to continue and send that grace may abound? Okay, No means. And he says this. How can we who died to send still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Okay, we're talking about junior here. He's jumped in What's happened? He has now died to sin with the with an intention that he wouldn't still live in sin. Don't you know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death, baptized in the name of Father, son, the Holy Spirit we're baptized into his death were buried therefore with him by baptism into death in order that for the reason of just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we two might walk in newness of life. That's this jump right here. We're baptized into his death and his resurrection so that we would have a newness of life. Over time, we would be more like Christ, and we know that we're going to be conformed into the image of Christ as we go through various trials. Okay, so trials then has a completely different flavor. For somebody who has been baptized into Christ, isn't it's an opportunity to get what we value, which is maturity, fella. All right, then he says, Verse five. For if we have been united with him in a death like hiss, we shall certainly be united with him. In a resurrection like his, we know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. That's what we're talking about here being set free from sin. Let me give you an anecdote. So I'm talking to I've got a chance to meet a pastor in Mexico and war is this last week and I asked him So He's in war as Mexico, about a million people. And I said, How many percentage wise would you say are Christians? And Waris only said quite a bit. I said, not Catholics, but like evangelical Christian Protestant, he said, about thirty percent. I was like, Wow, he said, Yeah, there's a lot I said, Let me ask you this question out of that thirty percent, how many would you say are actually walking free in newness of life? And he just sat back and he said, Good question, and that just set us off on this conversation here. My point is this. We have a lot of people who are saved and going to heaven, right? But their infants or their children not walking in the freedom of the new life. And so as disciple Er's as people who are disciple ng, we want to move down this trajectory. And we've already talked about when we hit various trials in our life. Maturity doesn't look like we don't have trials or that we don't sin. It just means that we're quicker and quicker to see our sin and repent. Is that clear enough? So then this trajectory is what we would call identity in Christ. Follow me. Good. We're good. Okay, So this is the trajectory of freedom Now, the problem is that when we are starting, when we start talking about disciple ing and love, we automatically I'm going to say this sweeping To make my point, we automatically absorb what the culture around us thinks of freedom. We think of freedom is I get to do whatever I want to do. I get to define the rules. Well, that's the flesh that's over here. Starks. That's worldly thinking. That's what I'm used to. So I have this flesh in me. This is the what the rest of Roman six talks about. I have this flash and me that is warring against the spirit. It's informing the way that I think and the way that I think is anti love. It's all about me. And so I'm going to in my flesh redefine love. That's why gets ambiguous. That's that's why we don't wear everybody has a different idea of what love is. We live in an environment now that says, If you love me, you'LL just affirm me. If you love me, you'LL never say anything that I don't like. If you love me, you'LL just let me define who I am and you know what? There's some things we go that's not right. There's some things that slips right under our radar. Why? Because we're just like Junior. We're used to operating in the flash and letting that flesh inform our minds Follow. Okay, But what happens over here? Why does he get a third option here? Because of God's grace. The spirit. I now have a new heart. The spirit changes. And now I have the capacity to actually love not myself, but love God with all my heart, my soul, my mind and my neighbor as myself. Now what happens, though? Once Junior gets in here, is this flesh gone? Yeah. Okay, So? So his flesh isn't gone. So what do I do with the notion of unconditional love? These gods love not unconditional country contract Conditional. Here's a minute reads right. It's contra conditional. That's what we do. We come in here and we go, OK, I am. I am free now in Christ I'm free. I'm a new person. Is that unconditional love? That part is right. I'm an enemy. God accepts me unconditionally. No, does he? Yeah. Okay. Addition. Wass suffering. All right, so there's still a condition, but Christ fulfills that condition. But to me, that's unconditional. But Christ pays that. OK, now, if we're not careful, if we stop right there and this is Min, I'm just telling you right here in this room, I don't mean this to be mean, but in this room this gets fuzzy because we think of love is unconditional love. And we want to. We want to tell people that God's love is unconditional, out of care and desire for them to not work out their salvation by their own strength. Right? We want to do that. I'm gonna save it for later because this is part of my sermon today. But but that's what we want to do. But you know what? God's love is not unconditional. It's unconditional as he brings us into his kingdom. But he does it in order that what Roman six to death, right, that we would be able to walk in the newness of life. In other words, we are not lovable. He saves us, gives us a new heart with the expectation and desire and plan for us to become lovable, like Christ. That's the ideal. That's what we're pushing for. And we do that by being more disciplined by being more Mohr involved in the disciplines, the spiritually disciplines, correct by doing like coming to church all the time, right by rights, is that No, that's not what we do. Because you know what? Those are just fleshly things, those air fleshly motivations. How do we How do we grow this way, by the way? Spirit, not the flesh, Right? So we have to have the spirit informing the way that we think. And when the spirit informs the way that we think, then we reach a trial and we're now we now have ammunition, toe fight for faith to fight against the lives of our flesh. And so we we need to be informed about the spirits. How might one do that? How, what might want be informed by this spirit rather than by the flesh Yeah, maybe crack it open. Right? Study. You get the app that's come to class talk. Spend time together. All of those things. Right? Go ahead. Really. Matter of life and shake off your definition of the words like freedom, right? Yeah. Yeah, and that's why that's why they're still fires and they're still sin. And they're still need for repentance, even up here and that it's going to be that way until Christ comes. That's just the way it is. But that's the picture of what we need. So here's what happens. And we said, Oh, just come on in. Look, God's love is unconditional. Okay, I'm in now. What? Oh, you know what? If you feel like it, you need to You need to crack open the book. You know, You you I'm glad you're in now and you've stopped cussing, so you're good to go and what happens? There might be real conversion there, but they're going slow, slow, slow growth over time going. It's going to be more like this route right here. That's just what happens. We have to call people to understand God's word. The Holy Spirit, through his word, is going to point us to Christ. And that's what's gonna cause us to grow in love. Now, one of the things that we've talked about here already, So I've got identity. And Christ, I'm kind of changing some of the labels on your first stuff here. So this is I think this is better. So when we talk about identity and Christ love, there's obedience. And Holiness. Okay. As I'm growing in love, I'm growing in obedience and holiness. All right? And then I'm also, um am I looking at? What's the other one? What would you have in there? What's the other? I'm sorry, I'm blanking. We put love here. Okay, So these these things work together along this trajectory, that makes sense. Why would put those things there? Okay, Charles, help me out here. What's the significance? Oh, that's what I meant. Freedom in love. Good. What's the significance of this of these four things being on this trajectory toward identity in Christ? One. How are they related? This this matters and our understand. So we go look junior over here. He doesn't understand love. It's all about just you affirm me. I get to do what I want to do. And you just you have to tolerate it, okay? He gets in here now. Now he's in a crow like Christ Grow to be like Christ through these trials through worship, confession, repentance, all those kind of things. One element of that is obedience that leads to holiness whenever you see obedience or obey. What's the implication? There's somebody in authority telling you how it is and what you need to do because of how it is. That's what Junior hates. That's what the flesh hates. That's why we hate it when somebody tries to tell me what to do. So as we're growing, we're growing in freedom. The problem is, if we just leave it freedom like this, we think that that means okay, I'm free to do whatever I want. That's what Paul is saying. It's like You can't do whatever you want. That's ridiculous. That's not why you were saved right? Freedom. You have the freedom to live out the way that you were designed by the creator, God of the universe. That's why there's authority. That's why there's authority in the church. That's why we have authority over each other. That's why there's authority and marriage, and there's no authority in the family because God's is revealed. As he exercises his authority, we glorify his kingship, hiss sovereignty. We reveal his sovereignty when we respond in obedience and as we respond in obedience, we become holy and actually Mohr lovable What you mean, explain that. Yeah. Yeah, Yeah. How do you know that? How do you know that? What do you get that truth? Where'd you get the gospel? The teaching. Somebody's taught you the gospel. You ever read about it? You ever see it all over Scripture, right? And as you do that the spirit takes that truth and now applies it to the way that you think. And then you come up against life. Good or bad, These trials can be good, you know that. Like there's the trials of of, of excess. You know, that's probably the hardest time to obey when things are going well, right? So we have all those things. How do I fight the temptation to send rather than see it as an opportunity glorify God through my mind that's been transformed has been renewed by the spirit. That's a way. That's why we have a quiet time. We'LL have a quiet time so we can check the box and grow like Christ. We have a quiet time because that is the pipeline of truth from the spirit as he applies it to our heart. Now weaken battle this flesh And then we could go. You know what I delight in the fact that God is a god of order. I delight in the fact that somebody has authority over me, and God has given me an opportunity to reset. Respond to that authority through obedience That gets me up here. That's what we have to consistently constantly remind each other. It's one thing to say they were going to teach them to observe all the commandment. But I have given you and say, Well, that's love. And it's another thing to understand through Scripture what he means and how that's a polemic against that that's, you know, that's contra this world that we live in and that dare I say. And I appreciate you guys from last six weeks being here talking about these things. You know why? Because we need that polemic in our body. We don't even know it. It's what Charles was saying. We don't even know what we've been breathing. We don't We don't know the secret sauce that we've been eaten and how it affects us through his word and through his word alone as we're teaching love, will we see it have a contrast to it? If we don't get this, we will not be good disciple ish If we get this, it's right to what you're saying. We'LL never know how to love. Sometimes I need to exercise authority. God's given me authority. I need to exercise that authority As a member of the church authorities, Jeff the other members. Yeah, well, you have authority to evaluate somebody's life. They've They've claimed Christ. If they've made a public decorate declaration through baptism and now they're part of your church, you could say, Okay, that's your profession. But your life isn't matching your profession. How dare you write and we don't We even go. I see it. I know God wants me to do it. But, man, I just feel bad about it. Why? Yeah, because we don't put that in the category of love. We actually feel like If we're hurting their feelings, then maybe we shouldn't do what God calls us to do. That's what I mean. That's that's how it plays out. Does that mean we want to go rampaging everywhere and not worry about people's feelings? No, not at all. Does God worry about ours? Yes, he does. He's merciful, He's gracious. Speak the truth. And my point is is that is authority in obedience and a holiness all fit together. And you can't have freedom unless you have all those things together. Because you're not operating like God's designed you to operate. I'm talking to a kid. Uh, I'm talking to a ten year old kid who's a handful for his parents. Why? The biggest reason is because he has no idea that their authority over him is an expression of God's love. So what does he do? He disrespects him. Guess what he needs to be taught. He needs to be taught that respect equals love. Respect equals obeying your parents equals love. That's exactly what we need to do. So when we're getting together, when we're disciple ing others, we need to have this picture in mind be like Christ understanding, love as we operate in life, that's the whole point of the last six weeks. Comments, questions, thoughts. You are. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Got a name? Yeah. So So what they're doing is there taking junior here and they're saying, You know what? If you're religious, you're okay and they're doing it in Jesus name and this. Remember how we started this? It's syncretism. It's a gospel. It's an unclear gospel under the banner of the church saying, Here's the truth of God in love because that's what love is all about. And you know what our flash does. We go, Yeah, and some of us who are over here see that logo? I think that's wrong, but I'm not sure why, because we haven't parsed this out understanding God's love. For the thoughts. Go ahead. No. Part of love that if it's someone and I know like me, I find myself in that situation where understand? Well. Yeah, where I might say something. Out of here like paint Part of living like a Mexican concert. And then it's just like you don't love me. Yes, mental people think so. That's always home. No, you may be right. Until I always include that destroys it, Yeah. Sometimes anything that might, you know, purple in it more and more now. The case is very wise. Yeah. Wait. We're a thin skin culture. And the whole point of this is that we're going to proclaim the gospel in such a way. There's gonna be a polemic against that. It's going It's going to be counter to that thin skinned nous. And I'm just saying that that's a very real danger for us not to be a counter to it. And part of it that I think what you're describing is that's the dilemma, like I know I should love. And I know that the love means that I might have to admonish sometimes. But I'm going to pay especially close people like under, and I have a great relationship, but it's way harder for me, too. When I offend her, I gotta pay and he's and vice versa. We gotta live with each other, right? So I have to go. Okay. Is this really loving? Is this is this loving God? Am I obeying him by exercising my authority to do this now? And if you Oh, yes, it is. Then you do it regardless of the cost. And that's why we live in a society that's informed by the flesh in our mind. We go OK, let's get too hard. Maybe I'm not going to do it. Yeah, well, I think you're stalling like crazy stories, actually. Seventeen obedience, like in regard to God's lot. Just like they like you're driving for uber has people like you are drunk, like I just think to myself, Man, I'm so grateful. God save these two that I don't get drunk. Teo tried to guess, but I have a price too. Listen, it's just kind of like I just made that up yourself from gratitude. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I think that that's one thing that we have to we have to hold tightly to. That's where we started today. God has plucked us out of the darkness He has brought us into the light. We didn't do anything to deserve that. He did everything. He bastos his grace on us for a purpose. That we would walk out this newness of life, that we would battle for faith and understanding, love and growing, growing in our understanding of love. As we're more like Christ. That's what we're trying to get our kids to do when we disciple. That's what we want our friends to do when we're admonishing them. That's what we want our spouses to do. And we're encouraging them. We want them to grow this way. Okay. Thank you very much for kind of flushing this out over the last six weeks. Next week we will start the evangelism portion of this and I would encourage you guys to just continue down the path. Keith Takis is going to help me teach that. So that'LL be a good fresh voice and we'LL be putting some things together So we'll be asking you to sign up again. But again, thank you very much. And I look forward to having way Mohr discussions on all of these topics over the next decades. Let's pray, Father. Thank you for this time. Thank you for your true Thank you for saving us and bringing us into your kingdom. Let us embrace with joy the purpose Lord, I just ask that you would, uh, make us experts experts in living out our identity. And you help us, father God, to experience freedom and you and help others to do the same. And, Lord, I just ask that as we we grow and we love you with all of our heart and our soul, our mind and our neighbors yourself, the Lord that you would fan the flame of love for people like Junior that we would see you and be used by you to shower your grace on those who don't believe and then give them a new option so that they can get on this path of love in Jesus name. Amen.
Jamie Self

Jamie has served in full-time ministry since 1999. He loves serving Christ, discipling men and eating smoked beast. He is proud to be married to his beautiful, godly wife Andrea and enjoys spending time with his two adult children, Makenzie and JJ.

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