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So Your Dead Now What - Week 4

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Welcome today to all of our campuses, all of our network churches, those of you all over the world on the internet. We are glad that you are with us. Today, we are wrapping up a four-week series called "So You're Dead, Now What?" And in this series, we've covered a lot of ground. We looked at what happens to a person immediately after they die. We studied kind of a high-level picture of Hell, what does the Bible say specifically about Hell? We looked at Heaven. What does scripture say about Heaven? And throughout the series, so many of you have been asking all sorts of questions: "Well, what about this?" And, "What about this?" And, "What about that?" So today, to wrap up the series, what we are going to do is try to tackle many of your most commonly asked questions. So, at all of our locations, if you have notes, you might want to jot down just scripture verses. We will cover them quickly. We'll fly through a lot of material. That way, you can go back later on and say, "Hey, I want to look this up and find out more." So, ground rules for today in the "Q&A", we believe that the Bible is God's word and so, whenever the Bible speaks clearly toward a subject, I will take a stand and will not waver. If the Bible doesn't speak clearly about a subject, what I will do is, I will look Biblical principles to apply. If the Bible is not clear at all, I'll say, "I'm not sure, but maybe here is what I think. At every step of the way, you do have the right to disagree. You always reserve the right to be wrong." Fair enough? Let's dive in and look at the first and very controversial question. A lot of people want to know, "Do our pets go to Heaven?" In fact, this is more controversial than you could ever imagine. Throughout the years, I've never shied away from controversy. I did a, a whole message on homosexuality, abortion, speaking in tongues, all sorts of really intense messages, but nothing has ever been as controversial as, maybe when six years or so ago, I answered this question, about split the church in half, and so I thought we'd do it again today just for fun. All right? Do, do pets go to Heaven? And I want to tell you, absolutely, unquestionably, the answer is: it depends. Are we talking about dogs? [laughter] Or, are we talking about cats? Because, you know cats cannot ever go to Heaven. Actually, I have received so much criticism for my jokes about cats. I mean, you know, people in public, they confront me, chew me out, yell at me, death threats. You know, "We are going to kill you, because of your cat jokes. In Jesus' name," and all this kind of stuff, and yeah, I want you to know. I do not like them. I don't. I don't like cats, but my kids do, and we have two, and I never hurt any one of them. I'll show you one of them. This is, just to see. This is Wendy, the cat. Just as you will see, this is Wendy upside down, and then this is Wendy smiling at you, right there. See? So, I, I, I want you to know, I understand what it is like to love pets. I actually like Wendy a little bit, because she acts like a dog, but that's just, you know, my idea. We have a bunch of pets. We have Wendy, the cat. We have Cutie Pie, the cat. We have Lily, the bird. We have Fluffy Fuzzy, the hamster, rat, something. We had fish, but they all died and so we flushed them all down the toilet, but I understand. I mean, my kids are ballistic, crazy about their cats and you know, and so for so many people having pets is like having another family member. And, and I just, I just, I really understand that. So, in diving into this question, let's for fun, all of our campuses, if you guys could, let's take a vote. Okay? Those of you who think pets are going to Heaven, those who think no they're not. How many of you think Fluffy, when he dies, is going to Heaven? Raise your hand. Raise your hand. A bunch of people. How many of you say, "No, I'm sorry. Fluffy is worm dirt." Okay? It, how many of you are going to say, "I'm a woos, and I am not voting. I am not going to touch this thing, because it may end up in a divorce, or whatever, so I'm not going to go there." Let's go ahead and kind of dive in, and I'll tell you very plainly, the Bible doesn't say that pets go to Heaven. The Bible doesn't say that pets don't go to Heaven, but before we talk kind of a scriptural feel, let's first just talk some logic. Okay? For those of you, about half of you that said, "I think our pets do go to Heaven" let me just ask you how they make the cut, just for fun, because, I'm just curious. Is there, if there is a Heaven for pets, is there a Hell for pets, too? So like, you know, since they obviously don't believe in Jesus, do the good ones go to Heaven? And the bad ones go to Hell? You know, like if your dog just pees too many times on the carpet, you're like, "You're just destined for Hell. That's just all there is to it." And, but the good one who never pees on your carpet is going to Heaven? Or, would you say it's the pets of Christian owners get to go to Heaven? And so they kind of inherit your faith and, and so they get to, but those non-Christians, their pets go straight to pet Hell. Or, would you say that certain pets, certain classifications of pets do go to heaven, the cute fluffy ones. You know, maybe dogs and cats and, you know, maybe birds and bunny rabbits, but not the ones that no one should have for pets, like no tarantulas and no snakes. They all go to Hell. And, and so, if your pets do go to Heaven, then what about the other animals? Does the wild dog not go to Heaven, because he wasn't a pet, and if he does, what about the squirrels and the raccoons and the mice and the grasshoppers? You know, which ones go to Heaven? You can kind of see where I'm going with this. Okay? Let's uh, let's talk about what we do know. We do know that God created man in His own image, and God breathed spiritual life into man. God created animals, but not in His own image, and nowhere do we see that God breathed spiritual life into animals. We know that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. We know that whoever believes in Jesus, though he dies, yet will he live eternally. As far as I can tell, animals do not call on the name of Jesus. When I look at scripture, I see that Jesus died for people. I do not see anywhere that Jesus died for our pets. Now, before you go and shoot me or hang yourself because Fluffy may not go to Heaven, we do know that animals will be in Heaven. Scripture seems to point very clearly toward this. Isaiah 11:6 it's prophesied that, "The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat; and the calf and the lion and the yearling together, and the little child will lead them." Revelation 19 also shows us that Jesus will ride in on a white horse, implying very clearly that there will be animals in Heaven. As far as I can tell, though, it will not be our pets Fluffy. My mom said if I took that stance, she would leave the church. I hope she was joking. "Mom, I still love you, and I hope you will stay." Let's deal with another question. [Video] A lot of people wonder, should a Christian ever be cremated or should a Christian's body always be put in a cemetery like this? In the Old Testament, we know that cremation was seen as a pagan activity, and that's why the Israelites, and later on the Christians would not cremate their loved ones, because they wanted to separate themselves from pagan activities. Today, I think the question that most people are wondering is, you know, what would happen at the resurrection to a cremated body? Could God restore a cremated body at the resurrection? Well, what do we know? We know that throughout the centuries, a lot of Christians have been martyred for their faith. They were burned at the stake. In fact, their, they were burned so badly their body became dust and ashes. We also know that Christians are burned to death in house fires and in war their bodies can be incredibly disfigured. Also, behind me, everybody that is buried in this cemetery, we know, is decomposing. It's breaking down and doing what Genesis says, "For dust you are and to dust you shall return." So, if God can restore a decomposed body, even though my preference is burial in a cemetery, I believe that God can also restore a body that's been cremated. [Picture, "Will people be married or have sex in Heaven?] This picture represents when it all started seventeen years ago. I am very thankful to be incredibly blessed with a great marriage, and I've always wondered and a lot of people have asked, "Will we be married, or will we have sex when we are in Heaven?" Good question. Yes, this is a bedroom, in case you are wondering. This is not where the magic happens. Let's deal with the question, "Will we be married in Heaven?" As much as I would love to say yes, because I want to be married to my wife in Heaven, scripture says something different. Matthew 22:30 says, "At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage." I've got to admit, it can be pretty complicated if someone had two marriages, or three marriages, or if someone was married to someone else who died of cancer and then they remarried. Who are they going to be married to in Heaven? So scripture says we will not be married, but I do know we will have relational connections in Heaven, that we will know and will be known. So, I am putting in a request to have Amy as a roommate or at least as a next door neighbor, but sadly, we won't be married in Heaven. Will we have sex in Heaven? Well, since there's no marriage, I'm guessing there is no sex. As hard as that is for some of you to hear, I guarantee you, every desire you have will be met in the presence of an all-sufficient and glorious God. All right, so for those of you who are devastated over my thought, there probably won't be sex in Heaven, we do have counselors available for you in the lobby today. We'll be happy to pray for you, so my advice would be, if you are married, you might as well get it while you can. [laughter] Can I get an amen? "Amen." Thank you, men. Where are the ladies on that? Where are the ladies? I heard a bunch of male voices, and so I just ... anyway, laughing. Let's deal with another question. A lot of people want to know, should we try to contact the dead. Maybe if you grew up around the time I did, you remember the song, "Who are you going to call ... Ghostbusters." Should we try to contact the dead? In fact, this question, I think, really unpacks a lot of other kind of sub questions. For example, when I was a kid, we had a s´┐Żance. I don't know if any of you ever did that, but we didn't know any better. We, you know, turned off the lights and put on low candles and held hands and did little chants and scared the fire out of each other. Is that innocent fun, or is that dangerous? We used to do the deal where someone would lay down. We'd do, "Light as a feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a ..." uh, is that all of our campuses is that all good, clean fun? Is that dangerous? Can a kid, you know, witchcraft's popular today. Is it okay for someone to read a little book and cast spells? Is that innocent? Can, you know, little, some great girl take her little Barbie doll and say, "This is Molly, who stole my boyfriend. Bat, bat ..." You know, is, is that, is that, can we have someone read our palms and tarot cards and dial 1-900 numbers to pay $4.99 a minute so Madame Bolivia can tell you where your lost keys are, or what ... You know, is, is this all innocent? Or, is it dangerous? Should we try to contact the dead? All these things can be very popular today. What does scripture say about them? I believe that Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, and 12 answers very clearly. Scripture says, "Let no one be found among you who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or a spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord." Those things, in my opinion, are not cute, nor are they innocent. They are incredibly dangerous. Let's deal with another question. A lot of people want to know, "Can a person who commits suicide go to Heaven," and let me just kind of walk into this question very gently, because I know that for many of you, this hits very close to home. Maybe you've lost a friend, or some of you even a family member to the tragedy of suicide. So, let's talk about it for a minute and then we'll kind of look Biblically. First of all, in our country, about one million people attempt suicide a year. Okay? That number is up twice what it was a decade ago, so that just tells you how much people are hurting. About one in fifteen, who attempt suicide, actually succeed. Anyone is too many. In fact, as a pastor, I've done just way stinking too many funerals for people who, in a moment of desperation, did something incredibly, incredibly foolish, and that is, they took their life. I've, I've buried teenagers. I've buried ladies. I've buried men. I've buried the guy who was my best friend at the time and my mentor in ministry, another pastor, who in a moment of just, just depression and whatever, made the most foolish decision that he could have ever made. And so, just talking about this brings up just all sorts of emotions in me, as I know it does in many of you. So, let's just look just kind of at a high level of suicide in the Bible. There are seven examples of people who took their own life in scripture. A few of them, Abimelech in Judges 9 asked his armor bearer to kill him. Saul, in the Old Testament, when he was wounded, fell on his own sword. Judas, you may remember in the New Testament, after he betrayed Jesus, he couldn't live with himself after what he had done, and he went out and took his own life. In the Old Testament, Samson, if you remember, once he regained his strength from God, pushed down the walls and made the buildings collapse to destroy his enemy, and in doing so, took his own life. Can someone who does such a thing spend eternity in Heaven? And let me just say, the Bible doesn't speak direct to this. There's not a single verse that says if you take your own life, such and such, so we'll look for principles that apply. What do we know? We know that murder is a sin. We know that taking your own life is murder, even though you are murdering yourself, so I would argue clearly and unquestionably, suicide is a sin. But nowhere in scripture does it say that it is the unpardonable or unforgivable sin. It does not say that. Blasphemy is the unpardonable sin. When we blaspheme a holy God and we ultimately reject Him and turn from Him as if we never knew Him, blasphemy in the name of Jesus-suicide is not that sin. I do want to say that although suicide is a sin and incredibly foolish, I also want to you to know, it is never the answer. It is never, ever, ever, ever, ever the answer. If any of you are dealing with such an issue right now, even a thought, I want to beg you and plead with you to talk to someone today. Talk to your campus pastor. Talk to someone in your LifeGroup. We want to pray with you. We want to walk the journey with you. We want to be there for you. It is never, ever, ever, ever the answer. As we continue talking about this, let's just acknowledge also that there are times when someone, who takes their own life, believe it or not, could be called a hero. Think about war. Someone throws out a grenade. Someone sees the grenade. "Oh, my gosh. All my buddies are going to die." They jump on it, and they take their own life to save others. Some might say, "Hey, there's a hero who did that." Or imagine, if you are a parent and a child runs out in front of a car and, what do you do? "Oh my gosh, my kid's in trouble." You run out. You push your own child out of the way, and in doing so, you've actually taken your own life as you get hit by the car. Some might even say the words of Jesus when He said, "Greater love has no one that he lay down his life for his friends." I also want to think of suicide, and they've done studies and say that over ninety percent of the people who commit suicide, within twenty-four hours later, those who attempt but do not succeed, within twenty-four hours later, they say if they had waited, they would not have attempted, if they had just waited a little while longer. What happens is, people get incredibly depressed. I believe that they may be under demonic attack. I believe that they can be experiencing all sorts of lies. I believe that in a state of depression, it is unquestionable. People do things that are incredibly foolish, and a person at that moment could just be facing something and make a very sinful, and a very foolish decision, but one that I believe can very possibly be forgiven. You never know, also, what goes through a person's mind at the last moment. Take someone who jumps off a thirty-story building. "I'm sick of life. I don't want to live." They jump off the building and then, sixteen floors down, they're going, "Uh, I shouldn't have done this. God, forgive me. God, have mercy on me," and it's too late to live, but you never know what goes through a person's mind. So, since scripture lists Sampson, one of the guys who took his own life, in Hebrews chapter 11, as one of the heroes of the faith, since says in Romans 8:1, "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," although I do consider suicide to be stupid, foolish, and a very real sin, I do not believe it is one that is not forgivable by God. If they are a believer, I personally believe that they can spend eternity in Heaven. Let's deal with another question. [video] I'm certain that all of you are like me in that your family and your loved ones are so important to you. And that's why so many people want to know, "One day when we are in Heaven, will we be able to remember our lives on earth?" because truthfully, there are so many things that we would want to remember and, there are a few things that we would probably want to forget. One day, when we are in Heaven, will we be able to remember our lives on earth? Well, the Bible doesn't speak directly to this, but there are those people who say, "I don't think we will be able to remember our lives on earth when we are in Heaven," and they often point to Isaiah 65:17, when God says, "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. " People say, "Obviously, we won't remember the former things." The question, though, a lot of people have is, "Well, what are those former things? Do they include everything, or do they not include everything?" Those who say, "Yes, I do think we will be able to remember our lives on earth when we are in Heaven," they often point to Luke 16, the story that we looked at a few weeks ago, where Jesus told us about a rich guy who died and went to Hades. He went to a place of torment, and this guy obviously remembered his five brothers, who were still on earth, who would come to the same place that he was if they didn't turn their lives around. This rich guy distinctly remembered his brothers on earth. People also point to the Bamah seat when Jesus will judge us for our works in Heaven, not to get to Heaven, but for our rewards. They say, "Well, if we can remember our works, then surely we can remember at least some of our lives." Also, scripture says that one day, God will wipe away the tears of those who are in Heaven, implying perhaps, that we might have some memory of events on earth. If you ask me, my Biblical opinion is yes, I do think we will remember at least some, maybe even all of our lives on earth. A lot of people ask, "Can those who have died, and they are in the presence of God, they are in Heaven, can they see what is happening on earth today?" It's a good question. The Bible doesn't answer directly, but I know a lot of people who say, "Well, my grandma passed away, and, and it know grandma's watching out for me. Grandma's watching over me," and they find great comfort in that. And if you do, that's good, but for me, there's certain things I don't want grandma watching. In fact, just thinking about it could completely spoil the moment. Can people in Heaven see what's going on on earth today? Well, those who say yes, they probably can, they often point to Hebrews 12. It says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses," and they'll say, "Obviously, we're, we are surrounded by those who've gone before us, who are witnessing what's going on in earth," but as I look at that scripture, I see them as witnesses, not to what's happening on earth as much as they are witnesses to the faithfulness and to the goodness and to the glory of God. Those who say, "No, I don't think they can see what's going on on earth," they often point to Luke 16. Again, the story that Jesus told about Lazarus and the rich guy. The rich guy was in Hades, and Lazarus was by Abraham. And although the rich guy could remember his five brothers still on earth, without Christ, there is absolutely no evidence that any of these people could see what was going on on earth. In fact, if you could see what was happening on earth from Heaven, for many, it would cause excruciating pain. So, my Biblical guess is, no, those in Heaven today cannot see what's happening on earth. Before we tackle the last and most important question, I just want to say if you missed any of these weeks, all of our messages are online at our website www.LifeChurch.TV. They are all free from way back as far as we can go, and so you might want to take a look at those, and what I have found in the people I am talking to is that, for many of you who have taken this series seriously, God is doing a work in you similar to me, and, and the thing, the thing that is most difficult for me to, privately as well as publicly acknowledge is the reality as I look at these eternal truths in scripture, although I would claim all day long that I believe them right here, if I really, really, really, really, really, really believe them right here, then my daily life would be much different than it is. And that is, that is a very difficult thing to admit, but it is so, so true, because Jesus tells us very clearly that our treasures should not be on earth. What does that mean? Our focus and our intent and our pursuit, but instead, it should be in Heaven. It should be on eternal things; and yet, when I look at my life, my default stance, my default stance is really falling in love with things on earth. I, I'm, I, I float and drift toward giving my life to stupid and foolish things that do not last. And I look at that, and it's just so frustrating to me, because it's, It's so wrong, and it's so useless, and it's, it just, it breaks my heart. Why is it that I am so in and out? I'm so heavenly minded for a moment, then boom! I'm back to just pursuing things that don't last. So, I'm in a real state of repentance and really asking God to forgive me and to change me, and He is. I mean, He's just, He's constantly just renewing my mind and, and shifting my focus toward the things that are eternal, and I just, I pray for us as a church that that would be our case, that we would be different, that we would not settle for the lower pursuits, that we wouldn't think that life and meaning is in the things of this world; but instead, we'd leverage the things of this world to use for eternal value, and that we would see relationships differently and that we'd see our possessions differently. And instead of pursuing the things on earth; instead, we would pursue the things that do last forever. With that in mind, let's wrestle with the last and most important question of all. A lot of people want to know, and this is so important, "Is there more than one way to get to Heaven?" because truthfully, the claim that Jesus is the only way is the most offensive thing in Christianity. Okay? Twenty years ago, it wasn't real popular to talk about God and spiritual things. Today, it's incredibly popular. Turn on any popular talk show, and what you are going see is everybody talking about God this and God that, and you watch someone win the Olympics, "I want to thank my God," and you know, we are all on a spiritual journey, and, and all the God talk is totally cool and totally in today. But as soon as someone brings up the name of Jesus, then all of a sudden it gets controversial, because there is no other name like the name of Jesus, and Jesus is the only one that claims He is the exclusive way to God. As you look around, if you don't acknowledge this, then you're not dealing with people in the real world today. More and more people think that Jesus is one of many ways. It is popular. It's the politically correct answer. It's the most acceptable answer in the majority today. Many people believe that all roads lead to God, as long as you are sincere. It just seems right. It just kind of feels right. In fact, seventy percent of Americans with religious affiliations, they say that many religions, not just their own, can lead to eternal life. Fifty-seven percent of those attending Evangelical churches agree that many religions can lead to eternal life. How, how did this happen? Why did we get to this point? Well, because most people today are living with what you might call a post-modern view of the world, and post modern view of spirituality, basically, is this. People see the metaphor of God as a journey rather than as a person. We are on a spiritual journey toward this metaphor of the journey of God, and they see God as this metaphor instead of a person. When the reality is, He is not only a, the person of God, but He is a wholly God, so far other than anything that we could ever imagine, and our opinion of Him doesn't mean much. I mean, in reality, God created us in His image; and yet, we try to return the favor by creating Him in our own image. And ultimately, no matter what we feel, or no matter what we think, does not determine or change who God is in His purest essence. What does scripture say? Let's just deal with it. John 14:6-7 Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life." He said, "No one comes to the Father except through me." Acts 4:12, speaking of the name of Jesus, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which they must be saved." Ephesians 2:8-9, this is the verse that took me across the line of faith when I was in college. "For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith. It is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast." According to scripture, works cannot save you. You can't do enough good religious works to ever be saved. The inverse would be as true, as well. That means you can't stop doing bad things enough to be saved. You can't do enough good things, you can't stop doing enough bad things. The only thing, scripture says, that can save you is faith in Christ. That also means that religion can't save you. You can join churches all over the world. Church membership will not save you. Going through a church class will not save you. If we believe the Bible is God's word, and I do, then there is no other name under Heaven by which a person should be saved. Although it is politically incorrect and incredibly unpopular, and I just put myself in a corner by saying this, where people all over the world will criticize and hate, I believe if there was any other way to God besides Jesus, then there would have been absolutely no reason for His birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross, His resurrection and His ascension. And those who knew Him and saw it died the death of the martyr because they realized He is the way, the truth, and the life, and there is no other way by which a person can be saved besides the glorious and matchless name of God's Son, Jesus Christ. By that, I stand and will give my life to You forever. "Father, thank You for who You are, and God, for what You are doing. May we be moved to an eternal life, to live not for the temporary things of this world, but God, for the things that would last forever." Praying at all of our campuses, I don't want anybody looking around, but all of you, you in Wellington, Florida, you guys in Mesa, Arizona, you guys in Ft. Worth, Texas, Hendersonville, Tennessee, Albany, New York, around the world on the internet, all over, all over Oklahoma, right now as you are praying, I want you to think about this and I want you to respond. Are you living your life in such a way that you have an eternal focus, because I've got to acknowledge, I don't most of the time. My focus and my intent is earthly, and it's temporary. And I am in a state of repentance and asking God to forgive me. At all of our campuses, at every single one, as you listen, I want you to respond right now. Those of you who would say, "You know what? I am too much into the things that do not last. God, would You forgive me and give me an eternal focus? I want to live for the things that last forever." All of our campuses, would you lift up your hands right now? Just all over the place, just a ton of hands going up. "God, thank You so much for the way You are working. I pray God, that You just mess us up and disorient us, and bring us to a point of humble repentance. God, that, that in my own life, I know there, there are so many areas that are, that are just out of focus. It's even hard to know where to start. I pray, God, that You would, You would work in us, You would help us to die to ourselves and live only to You. God, that You would break off all those things that we hold on to so tightly that don't matter and do not last. God, help us to see people the way You see them. Help us to see with eternal eyes. God, help us not to just talk the name of Jesus, but to live His love in such a way that, that His love would be irresistible through us, that others would look on and, and that they would not just hear our words, but they would see our deeds that reflect a true and eternal faith in You. God, make us different, holy and set apart, living unto You and You alone. And God, then we, we live one day for that second embrace. The first, as you welcome us into Heaven. And the second as You embrace us and say, "Well, well done. Well done my good and faithful servant." As you continue just praying and kind of meditating on God's truth today at all of our campuses, I don't want you to look around right now. I just want you to, just to examine yourself. And ask yourself this: "Are you fully surrendered to God's Son?" Are you trusting in Him alone for your salvation? Is, is He the one who is dominating and leading your life? I was very moved by one of the, one of the servants in our church, that serves so faithfully, and he said to me, "Craig, I just, I just realized I've been trusting in my works, and I've been trusting in my parents' faith for salvation, and, and it's not my own. I've never really thrown myself toward the cross of Jesus and said, 'That's enough. That's enough,' " and it was a very moving conversation. Some of you, you are going to recognize that, that although you've been around the church, you've never really trusted Christ, and, and honestly, your life doesn't reflect it. You, your life does not reflect His teachings and His love. Some of you, you've been like far from the church and you're like, "You know what? I would love to, to come to Him, but I've got to clean up first, and you know, my life is such a mess." And let me just say to you very boldly, you can never clean up enough, so you might as well give up trying. You just come to Him right now. He just says, "You come. You come as you are. You open up your life." He loves you right now. He's ready to forgive you. He's ready to change you. You don't have the power to change yourself. You can't get it done. If you could have, you would have done it on your own. You come to Him and you just say, "I fall on Your mercy. I need You. Save me." When you do, every sin you've ever committed will be forgiven and boom. At that moment, you will be totally new. You will be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and you will never, ever be the same. And there are those of you, you are here because God brought you here. You know it. You can sense it, and you can feel it, and you realize it's time. "No more living for me. I'm only living for Him. Today, I'm stepping across the line of faith. I'm leaving my sin behind. I'm believing He's going to forgive me and change me forever." You can sense it. You can feel it. It's time. "Yes, Jesus, be my Savior. Be my Lord." All of our locations, that's your prayer today, lift your hands high, now. Just all over the place, lift them up. Leave them up, because I want to meet you eye-to-eye. All over the place. Up here, sir, close. And right back here in this section, and man, one, two, three of you right back here together. Awesome! Praise God for you. Right back there, sir. Thank you so much. Ma'am, right here in this middle section. Others of you. I just want to see you. Right back over here on this side and way back there, God bless you as well. God bless you as well. Here in the middle section, right back there, a hand raised high toward Heaven. God is loving you and changing you right now. Others of you, "Save me, Jesus, save me. My life is no longer my own. I repent and turn to You. Be the Savior of my life. Transform me." Pray with those around you, would you all just together as a family of God. All voices toward Heaven, "Father God, save me from my sins. Today I give You my whole life, and I believe Jesus is enough to save me. Forgive me of my sins. Make me brand new. Fill me with Your Spirit so I could follow You. Thank You for new life, now You have all of mine. In Jesus' name I pray." LifeChurch, all of our campuses, would you just, would you worship Him? Would you praise Him? Would you give Him honor? Welcome those today ... welcome to those of you new life in Christ ...

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SYDNW Week 4

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