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Those People - Week 3

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Trust is a special kind of currency. Once gained, you can easily lose it. The easiest way to do that is by talking out of both sides of your mouth. Charles Tame, the king of do as I say, not as I do. Jake my boy, good to see ya! Hypocrites make my heart hurt! Oh, never touch the stuff! The smell of your breath disagrees with you. You know, you're too self-focused Jake. There's a lot of people out there that need your help. Who do you help? Oh, I gave at the office. Hypocrites have a way of getting under my skin like a nasty bug bite! 'Those' people! Well, we're glad to have you all with us for another week in the series called, Those People. If you're new with us, the rest, the old timers can help you know who we're talking about. Who are we talking about? We're talking about you know, Those people! Next week, we're going to talk about Those Critical People. This is a message that I believe is the one I have the most passion for and I can't wait to share that with you next week. Today though, we're going to talk about Those Hypocritical People. I'd love to get a show of hands at all of our different churches, how many of you know a Christian who says one thing, often does another? You know a Christian who can be hypocritical? Would you raise your hands? All of our different churches raise them up high. Put them down. Now, how many of you are sitting next to that hypocritical person? Do not raise your hands because we do not want a fight breaking out in church amongst hypocrites! The number one criticism that I hear from non-Christians about Christians; non-Christians will often say, Ah Christians, they're all just a bunch of.... what? They're all just a bunch of hypocrites! Right? That's what people say. In fact, I was talking to a guy at the gym and we've been kind of becoming friends over a period of time. He knows I'm a pastor and so finally, I did the ask. I said, Hey man, I know you're not religious or anything, you're not in church, would you want to come to my church? I'd love for you to be my guest. He said, No, I just don't go to church because there's too many hypocrites at church. So, I just looked at him and said, Hey man, don't let that stop you. I promise you, we've always got room for one more and we'd love for you to come and be a part of our church! Because the reality is, there can be a little bit of hypocrite or a lot in all of us. Now, if maybe you haven't been raised around the term hypocrite, let's build an understanding of what a hypocrite is and then we'll talk about those hypocritical people. In fact, the root Greek word that's translated as hypocrite, the root word that Jesus would use in the New Testament is the word hupokrites. And if you're taking notes, this word means an actor, it means a stage player, or it means one who hides behind a mask. In fact, this is the word that was used to describe the actors in a Greek play. You may have seen these plays before or a picture of them, where one of the actors literally holds up a mask. It may be a smiling mask and then they go back stage and they hold up another mask of an angry person, or a surprised person. And what it literally means, it means an actor, it's one who is playing a role but it isn't the real thing. Jesus, over and over again He was never, ever soft on hypocrisy. In fact, there's one verse to me that really captures the essence of the problem of hypocrisy. Jesus said in Matthew 15:7-8, He called the Pharisees out again, He said: You hypocrites!... And then He quoted the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah, and He said: Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you... Verse Eight, He said: ...These people... What do they honor me with? All of our churches would you say it aloud? They: ...honor me with their lips, but.... Where are their hearts? Jesus said: ...but their hearts are far from me. In other words, these people, they talk the talk, but they don't walk the walk. They say one thing but their hearts are very far from God and they don't live that way. They're actors, they say one thing, they do something else. And tragically, this can be a very common problem even amongst ourselves. For example, one time I was driving into my office and I was pulling off a smaller road onto a small highway that has two lanes going one way and two lanes going the other. I made a driving error. Yes, your pastor made a driving error, one of the few that I've made in the past 30 years, but it was a driving mistake. What I did, I misjudged how fast this one car was coming and I thought I had time to pull out, but I should have let him go by. And so, the moment I pulled out he was in my lane approaching quickly. I was like, Oh man! So, I gunned it, I tried to go as fast as I could. He was going to have to change lanes, and so, what I did is I gave him the universal sign; the apology, which means my bad. I put my head down and I put my hand up and my bad, sorry dude, I shouldn't have pulled out, my bad. Unfortunately though, this guy came right up on me and I mean, just almost rear ended me, laying on the horn, and he gave me the universal sign for your bad! You know what I'm talking about? Peel the banana baby, you're number one, and he flipped me off as he drove by! I was like, Look man, I gave you the my bad, you gave me the you're bad, that's not cool! I said I'm sorry, I know I made a mistake! And as he went speeding by, I looked on the back of his car and there on his rear window, guess what I saw? You guessed it, a LifeChurch bumper sticker! He's flying by, I'm like, No, no, no, no, no you don't! I gave you the my bad, you gave me the finger! I sped up and thought surely God would forgive me for speeding to go and correct someone in my own church! I drove as fast as I could, I finally caught him when he pulled up to a light. I pulled up beside him, I rolled down my window like, Hey, Hey, hey, hey! Look! And he finally looked at me and I went, God is good! His eyes got really, really big! And he said, All of the time! He put his head down and gave me the my bad signal! I just want to say, flipper-offer guy, if you're in church today, it's cool man, it's cool! Put an extra twenty bucks in the offering plate and I'll forget it ever happened! Just joking! Here's the deal though, seriously, more seriously, okay; if you're driving a car with a LifeChurch bumper sticker, don't flip people off, okay? It looks bad for the cause of Christ! And the reality is, so many of us unknowingly, what we'll do is we say one thing and our actions are basically flipping God off because we're not living according to His Word. It's the problem of hypocrisy, and I can guarantee you wherever you are, you're going to come across those Christian hypocrites. It could be the guy at work, he's all Christian talk, I went to church and the sermon was about this. And the next thing you know he's cussing and saying inappropriate things about women. It could be the kid at school, you know, the super-spiritual warrior at SWITCH Youth Group on Wednesday night, been cheating on tests and partying on the weekend. We all know that kid. It could be the lady who talks about everybody. She disguises it in prayer language, We have to pray for sister so and so, because of what she's doing. She needs prayer because she's so ungodly. Everybody knows that this lady is a gossip of the whole church. Or, it could be the guy who has spiritual talk everywhere, Praise the Lord, Hallelujah brother! Thank you Jesus, glory to God! Oh it's a blessed day that the Lord is shining the sun today! Then, he goes home with that same mouth and he verbally abuses his family. It's hypocrisy, hypocrisy, and God hates it. So, the question is when we're dealing with those hypocritical people, what is our role as Christians? Now you may say, Hey, I'm at church, but I'm not a Christian. That's cool, you just sit back and relax, this isn't really for you. I'm talking to those who are Christians. And the question is: Do we have a role? Should we get involved in other hypocritical Christians lives, or should we just stay away? And I want to talk for a moment about what I would consider as the two wrong extremes. The first one is what I'd call the laissez-faire, hands off, I'm not going to do anything about this; which in our culture, where tolerance is almost an idol today, a lot of people say, Hey, judge not, less ye be judged. It's none of my business, as long as it makes you happy, do whatever you want. I'm not going to get involved, that's your thing, it's not my thing! And there's never any sense of helping another Christian overcome a sin, and in my opinion, that is one wrong extreme. There's another wrong extreme, which is the hyper-confrontational, inwardly judgmental, nitpicking everything apart without any love, zeroing in on the small things; Well, you're not using the right Bible version, and You didn't worship the right way at church, and You're doing this, this, this, this! And it's confrontation without any love. And there are few things that have caused more harm to the cause of Christ where I live than very hypocritical, judgmental Christians, always breathing down someone else's throat and telling them, Well, you did this wrong, you did this wrong, you did this wrong! The wrong extremes. So, do we have a role somewhere in between? And let me just be clear about this, if you're a Christian and there is a non-Christian that's not acting like a Christian, should you correct them? And the answer is no. We do not have any right to confront a non-Christian about non-Christian behavior, why? Because they're a non-Christian. The only thing we should do is love someone who is not a Christian. We don't confront their behavior, we love them toward God. And that's it, we love, we love, we love them toward God. We don't judge their behavior. But in the case of Christian to Christian, the Bible is full of examples where a Christian will confront another Christian lovingly to bring them back to a right place with God. You can see it in the Old Testament, God would raise up prophets. The prophets would speak on behalf of God and say, 'You see, you love and worship God but you're loving and worship idols. You need to repent and get right with the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.' And God would raise up prophets. You can see it in the New Testament, Galatians Two, you can read about Paul when he opposed Peter, another brother in Christ, to his face. Why? Because Peter was eating with Gentiles; but when this certain Jewish group came around he pulled back and said, 'I don't want to hang with those because of the circumcision people.' And Paul said, 'You're being a hypocrite, don't do that. I'm opposing you to your face.' You can read Matthew Six and you can watch Jesus three times call out hypocrisy. When you pray, don't pray to be heard; that's hypocrisy. When you give, don't give to be seen; that's hypocrisy. When you fast, don't walk around going, 'Look how spiritual I am! I am fasting!' You're going to watch as over and over again, we actually as Christians have a call to help other Christians who are living in a way that is not according to the teachings of God. And so, what I want to do is talk about three different prayers as we prayerfully might be called to confront someone. And the reason that I really want to talk about prayer is because you just don't dare go in in the flesh, Oh, I'm going to show them! We need to be very much led by the Spirit of God to confront in a way that will bring healing. Three prayers today. A good portion of Scripture you can look at that I won't cover is found in Matthew 18: If a brother sins against you, go and show him the errors of his way. I want to look though at Galatians 6:1-2 and draw the first two prayers from that. First prayer you will pray if you need to confront someone who is living in hypocrisy is this: 1. God, help me confront with the goal of restoration. Help me confront with the goal of restoration. Galatians 6:1, Paul said: Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should... Do what? All of our churches, please help me out. You who are spiritual should: ...restore him gently. You should go and help them be restored to God. Here's the problem, for some holier than thou judgmental Christians, when they go and confront someone, their goal is simply to be right; I'm right and your wrong! Your goal should never to be right, your goal should be to help someone else be right with God. And there is a huge difference. Your goal is not, I'm right and your wrong, and I'm going to show you the error of your ways. Your goal is to love them back into a right relationship with God and you restore them gently. I'll give you an example. For years there was an area of hypocrisy in my life. The way I grew up, I was very crude. I had a mouth that would make a sailor blush. And when I became a Christian, God did a lot of improvement, but there was a lot that needed to still be redeemed. Well, when I would preach, sometimes I would just say some things that were inappropriate. And people were like, Oh, that's bad! I'm like, If you saw me before, you'd think I'm doing really, really well. Well, people would yell at me after church like, I'm never coming back here again! I'd get nasty emails, phone calls. People would set up an appointment and they would come in and go, We hate you, we hate you; you know, you're going to hell, we're leaving the church! And they were very ugly about it. And honestly, didn't do a bit of good. I'm like, You piece of hmm, hmm, hmm. I'll show you! And it didn't help at all! Finally, there was this guy who was very wise, a very godly man. He came up to me and he was very loving. He said, Craig, man you are doing a great job. You are an awesome man of God, I love this church! And he made a list of these things that I was doing well, and he said, I'm so thankful to be a part of this place. He said, There's one thing though that I'd like to ask you to pray about, because I know you're a man of prayer and I'd hate for something to get in the way of your effectiveness. He said, Sometimes you might take your humor a little far, and I support you and I'm going to stay here and love you; but I'd ask you, would you pray and ask God if you're being a little too crude in your preaching? Well, guess what? I was very loving and I said, Sure, I'll pray. So, I prayed, God, am I ever being crude? If I am, show me. Well, the very next Saturday I preached and I had a good joke. Maybe a little across the line, but it was funny. So I told it and you know, yea, that's a good one! Well, the next day, my daughter Katy, my oldest daughter, had graduated from kid's church and was now in grown up church for the first time. And I was about to tell this funny joke and right as I did, I looked over from the corner of my eye and I saw Katy. And I thought, I wouldn't want her to say what I'm about to say...boom, I was convicted by God that I'd been a hypocrite. What happened? God used someone whose goal was to restore to help me see the errors of my way. There's a right way to do it and there's a wrong way to do it. There's a helpful way to do it and there's a hurtful way to do it. I saw a very helpful way in a LifeGroup recently. There were five couples in a LifeGroup, and one idiot guy decided he didn't want to love his wife anymore and was chasing some skirt at the office. And the other four guys very lovingly said, No! We agreed to do life together and we agreed to be the family of God, and we love you too much to let you mess up your life and have your kids resent you. We're going to stand in your way. And the guy was like, No you're not! They said, Now listen, we love you! And we're on the side of your marriage and we're not going away! And the other guy fought back. Day after day, week after week, for three months; emails, texts, loving meetings, prayerful, Hey, we're just here because we love you and we're not going to let you mess up your life. Well, after three months of this loving confrontation, the offending guy finally just said, You're right, I can't believe what I'm doing. I'm so sorry, I've messed up my life! What do I do? And the other four guys chipped in and got them marriage counseling, and this marriage has been completely restored because there were four men of God who loved their brother enough not to watch him walk into destruction, but to stand in his way and to love him back toward restoration. And if God ever uses you to do something like that, let me show you in Scripture what you have done. James 5:19-20: My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should... Do what? And someone should, say it: ...bring him back..., He's a hypocrite and you helped show him: ...remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins. Brother to brother, sister to sister, there are times when God will call us to lovingly confront with the goal of restoration. God, help me to confront with the goal of restoration. 2. If you ever need to confront, pray God, help me confront with caution. Help me be very careful when I confront. Galatians 6:1-2: Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Be careful, confront with caution, watch yourself. Paul told the Corinthian church, First Corinthians 10:12: So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! Here's the deal, whenever you confront someone else, you are vulnerable to the sin of pride. Why? Because you feel right. You're confronting someone else, you're the godly one, and if you're not careful, what comes after pride? Scripture says: Pride comes before a fall! Be very careful if you think you're standing firm, so that you don't fall. Here's the deal, if you feel passionate enough about a sin to confront it, there is a reason you feel passionate about that sin. Maybe it's your weakness, maybe you've been impacted by it; but whatever the reason, you need to be careful as you confront. For example, I confronted a guy this week, another pastor who was working himself into the ground. I could see it and I just told him and I've done this many times, Don't neglect your family. Don't sacrifice your children on the alter of ministry. Get your butt home! He received it, he's like, Groeschel, you're right. I'm wrong, I've been working too much. I'm sorry, would you pray with me? When we got through praying he said, Now Craig, let's talk about you. What's your schedule like? I'm like, We're not talking about me, we're talking about you! And he said, No, no, no, no! I received it from you and I happen to know a little about your schedule. Tell me about your week. I'm like, No, we're not! He said, Tell me about your week! I'm like, Well, working every day, no nights off. Thursday in Baton Rouge speaking, speaking Friday morning, Amy speaks, catch a plane, speaking at a leadership event Friday night, speaking at a leadership conference Saturday morning, seven soccer games with the kids, two parties, preaching at church on Saturday night, preaching at church on Sunday morning, LifeGroup event, and a partridge in a pear tree! And he said, Look, I'll receive from you, but you're working too much as well. Why am I so passionate about helping others in that way? Why? Because I'm vulnerable there. Now, what I'm not saying is if you go confront someone for smuggling illegal drugs, that within three months you're going to be a drug smuggler. Okay, I'm not saying that, but what I'm saying is you need to be careful, you need to be careful, you confront with caution. For example, when Amy and I were dating, we decided not to have sex until we were married to honor God. And we were leaders at a church and there was this other dating couple, they were leaders at the church and we all agreed not to have sex. Well one day, this other dating couple, they both had dreams that we were having sex. Now, why they were dreaming about it, that's just....anyway, they decided God was showing them we were having sex. And I'm telling you, we were not, we were not. How do I know? Because I thought about it all of the time how we were not! We were not! And so this couple, was that inappropriate, was that crude? That's just the truth, that's just the truth! So anyway, they confronted us and they said, You guys are having sex. No, we're not! They said, Yes you are, God showed us in a dream, you're having sex. No were not! Like, Yes you are! I'm like, No, we're not! And they were confronting us over and over again. But what we found out a few months later, is that they were actually struggling with that, ended up giving into the temptation. They ended up losing their relationship over it and their standing in that ministry, because the very thing that they were confronting us about was a weakness for them. Okay, be careful. If you're going to confront, you always do it with the goal of restoration. It's not, I'm right and you're wrong; It's I love you so much, I want to help you be right with God. Second thing is you confront with caution. Be careful so that you don't fall. Now, let me introduce the third prayer this way: For years, Amy and I hosted an event in our home every Sunday afternoon called Open Door. Open door is designed for people who are new to the church to come in so we can get to know them and tell them about the vision of what we felt called to do and ask them if they wanted to join the movement. And so, it was a very rich time. Well one week, for some reason there was a group that just wouldn't leave; there were like probably 40 people crammed in, 35 of them left, there were five people and they just stayed and stayed and stayed. It was getting later and later, so I sat down and very pastoraly said, Man, Amy and I love you guys, we're so thankful that you're here. We pray that you can get involved in a church, but we're going to wrap things up now. So, if there's any final prayer requests, just let me know and we're going to call it a night. Well, they stayed. So, I said again, Thank you guys for coming! God bless you guys! We'll see you at church next Sunday! Let's call it a night. And they just stayed! And Amy kind of gave me this panic look, like it was really, really late. And so I said, Hey, let's go check on the baby in the bedroom. So we went in the bedroom and I just said, I don't know what the deal is man, they won't leave! I mean like, how much more direct can I be? I mean, I'm not hinting, I'm telling them! What's wrong with these people? I mean, this is just sick! I've done everything! And Amy's like, Shh...be quiet, they'll hear you, you'll wake the baby! I'm like, I don't care if we wake the baby! Pinch the baby, wake the baby up! Maybe if the baby cries they'll leave! I don't know what's wrong with these people! I'll go try again to get them out of our house! I walked back in the living room. All five of them are looking up at me, eyes big and their mouths are open! I'm like, Oh! All of a sudden I heard Amy picking up the baby in the bedroom. The baby monitor in the bedroom broadcast into the living room every word I said they heard! Twenty-one years of ministry, it's never gotten worse than that. For some reason they all decided to leave. I'm like, Thank you for coming, you might try Crossing's Church, it's a good church down the street! Because I know you'll never come back here! Third prayer, if you're taking notes write this down: 3. God, help me see when I am the hypocrite. Help me see when I am the hypocrite, because the bottom line is, we are all one of Those people at one time or another, aren't we? We can all be hypocritical. In fact, when Jesus was talking to the hypocrites, he would often call the Pharisees blind guides. You're leading people in the wrong direction, you're blind. You don't even see it. You don't see that you are a hypocrite because the problem is, hypocrisy is so difficult to see in the mirror. There's no better example than in the Old Testament. If you've been around the church world you may have heard this story. King David was supposed to be at war but he wasn't at war. He wasn't where he was supposed to be. So, when he wasn't supposed to be, he saw something he wasn't supposed to see. And when he saw something he wasn't supposed to see, he did something he wasn't supposed to do. He saw Bathsheba taking a bath off of his palace roof. He says to his guys, Go get that good-looking girl. He committed adultery with her, got her pregnant. He was trapped. So, he told his guys, Put her husband, Uriah, on the front lines in the battle, essentially murdering her husband. And he thought he got away with it. One day though, a brother, or a prophet who was a fellow believer in God confronted him with the goal of restoration. And Nathan the Prophet said, 'David, let me tell you a little story, sit back. Once upon a time, there were two men. One was massively rich and he had more lambs than you could ever count. The other guy was dirt poor and he had one little lamb, a little pet lamb, loved the lamb, it was his closest friend. One day, a beggar who was hungry came along and said, I need something to eat! So, the rich guy took the poor guy's single lamb, stepped over his thousands, took the one guy's poor lamb, killed that lamb and gave it to the hungry guy.' And David was like, 'That's wrong! That's the worst thing I've ever heard! I can't believe it!' And here's what David said, Second Samuel 12:5: David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over because he did such a thing and had no pity. Verse Seven: Then Nathan the Prophet looked at David the offender and said, Ata ha'eesh! That's Hebrew for You are the man! You did it! You're the hypocrite, you're the offender! And I can guarantee you over and over and over and over again, we're saying one thing, flipping God off, and God is saying, 'You are the man, you're the woman, you're the hypocrite!' That's why Jesus said, 'Hey, quit going around picking the little speck out of other people's eyes when you've got a big haunking log in your own eye.' And one of the best things we could do as Christians, is stop being the Christian police going in on little things that don't matter; criticizing, confronting without love, and instead say, God, where is the hypocrisy in me? Because I promise you, if you do that, God will reveal something to you. In fact, some of you today, I just pray that the conviction of the Holy Spirit falls upon you and you would see hypocrisy in your own life. Some of you it's, Hey, I'm Christian guy, I'm Christian guy! And you're looking at porn every single day. You're gripped by pornography. What is that? Hypocrisy. You're a woman who says, Hey, I'm a woman of God! And yet, everywhere you go, you disrespect your husband and criticize him and pick him apart. What is that? Hypocrisy. Some of you, it's worship God, praise God! You were drunk last night in a bar and yet you're....hypocrisy! Oh, I'm Christian person, I'm Christian. You've never given or served anywhere! The greatest is the one who serves, and you're not serving, you're not giving. Oh, I'm right and I'm judgmental! Listen, you want to talk hypocrisy, I'm confronting a guy about working too much and I'm working myself into the ground. That's one finger pointed at him and a whole bunch of others pointing at me, saying I am the guilty one. You point your finger at someone else and God will say, 'Let me show you the hypocrisy in your own life.' Some of you, you're guilty of that. Oh, I'm a Christian person and I love my family! No, you're working yourself into the ground and your kids don't know you. God, show me my own hypocrisy, show me where my heart has drifted from you. And when David realized that he was the hypocrite, he very humbly prayed before God in Psalm 51, a beautiful prayer and he said: God, create in me a pure heart oh God, renew a steadfast spirit within me. Create in me a pure heart oh God. Some of you today, I pray that the Spirit of God will convict you of hypocrisy and when He does, you'll go before God with an open heart and say, God, I don't want my lips to say one thing and my heart to be far from you. Create in me a pure heart, oh God, because unfortunately I am one of those hypocritical people. Father, I pray today that your Spirit would do a work in your church that would transform us to be more like your Son Jesus. As you're praying today at all of our different churches, there are some of you right now that God has very clearly convicted you of sin and you're going to repent, and He's going to hear your cry and He has forgiven you in Christ Jesus and you can be different. Others of you, I pray that you would be very open to ask God, Is there anything in me that's unclean? Search me oh God, know my heart, test me and see if there are any anxious ways in me. Show me God, any hypocrisy in my life. At all of our different churches, those of you who would say, You know, I really want to be the real deal. I want my life to reflect the love of Christ. I don't want to be a play actor, I don't want to say one thing and do something else. God, show me any sin in my life that you may cleanse it and I can be more like Jesus. To all of the Christians at all of our churches, you're willing to pray that today, will you just lift up your hands right now just before God in a moment of humility. Man, thank you. I love our church, I love the hunger for God. God, I thank you today that there won't be conversations this week saying, You're the hypocrite, and Oh, my spouse, and Oh my kids, and Oh my... I pray God that as we talk it over in our LifeGroups and with our friends and our family, that we'd be open to what you would say to us God, for all of the areas of our lives that are inconsistent with your Word. God, show us and forgive us. Cleanse us God, create in us a pure heart, that our lives would glorify you in every way. God do a work, a healing work, a healing work as we seek you. As you keep praying today at all of our different churches, I talked a lot to those who are followers of Jesus. Some of you today as you look at your life, you're going to recognize very clearly and you've got to be honest, you're not walking with God, you're not doing life with God. You're not, it's the honest truth, you have to call it what it is. The Good News is God brought you here today because God cares for you, He loves you, and He's reaching out to you. The challenge in our world today is we often think, Well, if I'm going to come to God, I've got to get my life right first! I've got to stop doing bad things first, I've got to clean up first. And let me just tell you, that's not the right order. It is completely impossible for you to clean your life up good enough for God to accept you, so just get that out of your mind. That's stupid, that's a lie from the evil one, you can't do it. What does God want? God wants you, and listen carefully, God wants you to come to Him right now, as you are, as you are, full of sin and full of hypocrisy, because that's what we all are. We are all sinners in the eyes of a Holy God and we can never be good enough for God, that's why God sent Jesus, His Son, who was without sin to shed His blood on a cruel cross for the forgiveness of our sins. That's why Jesus was raised from the dead, so that anyone who calls on His name will be saved, anyone, and that includes you. No matter what you've done, no matter how dark your life is right now, when you call on Him, you will be forgiven, you will be transformed. May I say that is why you're here today, because God brought you here for this moment, to step out of yourself, to step into Him, to call on Jesus and He will make you new. All of our churches, you know it, you're not walking with God. It's time, today is the day. Jesus, I give my life to you, make me new! If that's your prayer today, lift up your hands high right now! Now, all over the place, lift them up and leave them up if you will. Praise God for you right here in this section and right back over here. Sir, right here, praise God for you. Ma'am, over here on this side and right back over here. Others of you, lift them high, I want to see your eyes. Right back over here, here in this middle section, praise God for both of you, all three of you back here together. Ma'am right here, others, lift them high! Bless you sister! Others of you, way back here toward the back, both hands raised! Awesome, praise God! I don't know how you're being quiet! Others of you who would say, Yes Jesus, I surrender to you. Save me, forgive me of all my sins. You guys at ChurchOnline, you click right below me, we're going to pray aloud together. Everybody pray, heavenly Father, save me from my sins, make me new. I believe Jesus died for me so I could live for you. Fill me with your Spirit so I could know you, serve you, walk with you daily. Thank you for new life, I give you mine. In Jesus' name I pray! All of our churches, would you get crazy loud? Would you worship God, would you welcome all of those today born into God's family!

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Posted by: lifechurchopen on Dec 1, 2011

Those People - Week 3 - LifeChurch.tv - Craig Groeschel

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