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Those People - Week 1

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I brace myself, I know who is about to enter in a few seconds. A plumber can't fix the drain that's about to hit me. "Jake, Jake, you have to help me Jake!" This is Peter Beggert, to say he's needy is an understatement. He always has a problem and no matter how trivial, it's always a big one. "So, what's the matter?" "My life is a mess!" "And when isn't it?" "I don't know what to do! I've tried everything!" "How about not whining!" "Everybody, everybody's against me, Jake! You're my only friend!" I sometimes think my life would be so much better if it wasn't for "Those" People. Well, if you have your Bibles with you today let's open them up to the Book of Acts in the New Testament, Acts Chapter Three. We are in a series called, "Those" People. Everybody say, "Those" People! You may be wondering, "Who are 'Those' People?" Let me help you out, we're talking about, you know, "Those" people; we all know them. Today, we're going to talk about some of those overly needy people, those who are chronically, consistently in need. Next week, we're going to talk about those manipulative people, those who try to control you, manipulate you. Then, we're going to talk about those hypocritical people. What do we do, what does the Bible say, how do we minister to those people who say one thing and do another? What is our place in situations dealing with those hypocritical people. Then, we are going to deal with those critical people. Some of you are around those critical people, they can pick you apart everything; the way you talk, the way you walk, your hair. Those of you who are critical people, you've already found fifteen reasons why you don't like this church. The good news is, we're going to talk about you in week number four, as we deal with those critical people. As we start this series, what we need to acknowledge is that one time or another we are all "Those" people, we are all. And the good news is that God loves those people. And in His Word, He shows us how we should love and care for and minister to those people. And so, today we're going to start by talking about those needy people. Now, often times when you think of somebody who is in need, many of our minds immediately go to those who are in financial need, especially in this struggling global economy. We've got a lot of people who are without work, or they don't have insurance and they're struggling to make ends meet. And unquestionably, when we talk about those needy people, that is a big part of those who are needy. But I want to expand it beyond that and let's also think about maybe those who are emotionally needy. Some of you, you may have someone in your life where everything is a drama; they are always a victim, the world is against them. You'll talk on the phone with them and everything's fine. And then, you hang up and 30 seconds later they call back and say, "Is everything okay between us? Are we okay? Do you still love me? Are we okay? Just checking!" Or, they might call you and leave you like eight-minute voice messages. Okay, there's nothing wrong with that, but if you leave eight-minute voice messages, we're probably talking about you! They're needy people! It's, "The world is falling apart, I'm in trouble, I don't know what I'm going to do!" Maybe they're addicted, there's always some kind of a drama. And I just want to know right now at all of our different churches, how many of you would say, "I'm thinking of somebody right now." Just raise your hand, "I'm thinking of someone!" Don't you dare point at them, just think about them, don't point! Now, here's what I want you to do, if you're sitting by somebody that's not needy, not overly needy, and they really make your life better, I just want you to tap them on the shoulder and give them a big smile and say, "You complete me!" Just go ahead and do that right now. All of our churches just say, "You complete me!" Big smile, some guy just scored a date, I can feel it in the house! Okay, that's great news! Now, look at the other person on the other side that doesn't complete you, they're needy, and just look at them and say, "You deplete me!" I'm just joking, don't do that, don't do that, don't do that! I'm just joking! But the truth of the matter is, that sometimes when we come across those who are in need, if we don't minister to them in a healthy way, we end up hurting ourselves. And what we want to do as Christians, or you may say, "I'm not even a Christian, I'm just, I've got another belief system," but the reality is, as people we want to help those who are in need. We genuinely want to help those people who are in need. The problem is, if we don't help them in the right way, we can actually end up hurting them more and if we are not careful, we end up hurting ourselves. Here's kind of the scenario in my own life that it will often go like this: I want to help and so I do something; but what I do isn't enough or isn't right, so I do more. And they're like, "That's not enough." And so eventually I pull back, and "I'm not going to do this anymore." And then they resent me and then I feel guilty. And in the end, they're not any better off and I'm even maybe perhaps worse. And the reason is because even though I wanted to help, I didn't do it in the right way. And so, today I want to talk about how do we help people in a way that is truly helpful. And to do so, let's build a couple of definitions that will help with our study. We are going to talk about the difference between relief and restoration. The difference between relief and restoration. A lot of people in need need relief. What is relief? If you're taking notes, relief is immediate and temporary assistance. It's immediate and temporary assistance. When someone faces some sort of a tragedy, an unexpected loss, they need relief. And the people in my country honestly, we're pretty good at offering relief. This is, a flood wipes out a neighborhood and baby we're on it! It's short term, we help out, we're pretty good at that. There's a tornado and we send money to help. Someone loses a job and were there to support them. Someone gets cancer or has a loss in the family. And whenever you see someone in this sort of a tragedy, what we should do is we should ambush them with the love of God. We're over at their house, we're saying, "Hey, I've got a crew, my LifeGroup's here," you know, "Hey, we're going to clean this up!" or "You don't worry about a meal for the next week, we've got you covered, three meals a day, we're here for you!" or you know, "Can we offer to watch your kids for the next three days until you figure out which way is up?" or "We've taken up a collection to help you make your next house payment." Whatever it is, we're there in a massive way; that's relief, it's temporary assistance in a tragedy. There's a second type of help and by nature our country's not quite as good at this. If you're taking notes, we're talking about restoration. This is not temporary and immediate, this is ongoing. What is restoration? Restoration is working with people to restore them to their God-given potential. This isn't doing something for them, it's working with them to help restore them to their God-given potential. The reason we're not as good at this is because honestly, it takes a lot of time and a lot of effort. This isn't coming in and taking a week of vacation to help someone rebuild what they lost, this is perhaps months, or maybe even years of working with someone who is an addict and they're hooked and you hang in there with them and you help them get to rehab and you help them find accountability, and they go three months sober and then they fall off the wagon. And you help them pick up the pieces and you do some tough love and kick their butt and you work with them again. And after a long period of time with lots of ups and lots of downs and celebrations and tears, finally by the power of God through His people, they become completely clean and you've helped them be restored to their God-given potential. This is the chronically insecure person, "Meet my needs please, will you love me, will you value me, will you make me feel special? I need a guy, I need a friend!" And you take them and you open up God's Word and you sit across the table and you teach God's Word and you show them who they are in Christ. And you help them be involved in a community. And over time you disciple them to where their security comes not from other people, but from whom God says they are and over time, you help restore them to their God-given potential. This is the person that never has money. They're always hurting, they're always broke and you don't throw $500.00 at them to solve the problem. That's relief, they don't need relief, they need restoration. You give them $500.00 and within a few days they're in trouble again, because that doesn't help solve the problem. They need a budget, they may need more income, fewer expenses. They've spent years getting into a financial hole and it's going to take years to help get them out. And you work with them, teach them a new language, a new way to think; debt is bad, debt is stupid, we're paying cash, no credit cards. And one day they're debt free and they're generous and God has used you; not for relief, but for restoration, and it takes time. The problem is today when we want to help because we really do. The challenge is, by nature, most of us tend to want to offer relief, when a lot of times the right thing to offer is restoration. And I want to show you today a great story in the Bible and three specific prayers that we can pray as a restorer to help bring people back to their God-given potential. Does that all sound good? Everybody with me? Everybody with me? Let's do it! Okay, Acts 3:1, Scripture says: One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer - at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth... This was a guy that was lame, he was born this way. For his whole life he couldn't walk, crippled from birth: ...he was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts... Pause, what do we have here? We have a guy that was in significant need and for his whole life people offered him relief. They carried him, he begged, they gave him money and somebody carried him home. And this guy was smart because there were three common places to beg during this time in history. The three most popular places, one was what they would call the highways where there was a long of traffic, they'd go out there and beg. Two, was in front of the homes of wealthy people, because they thought wealthy people would give more. But the most lucrative place to beg was in front of the temple because this is where everybody would go at one time of the day. And let's call it the way it was, the Pharisees who were very self-righteous, loved to give publicly. 'Hey, look there's a coin! Hey, I gave five dollars and you only gave one! I'm so spiritual!' And so, this guy was trained that people would meet his needs. Verse three: When this guy saw Peter and John about to enter... What did he ask for? He asked for...? Okay, come on, you've got to work with me so I'm not alone. What did he ask for? ...he asked for money. Which most people think is their greatest need. ...Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" So the man gave them his attention... And what was he expecting? Say it aloud...this guy was: ...expecting to get something from them... Why? Because his whole life people had given him what he wanted. He wanted money and they had given him money, he wanted relief and they had given him relief. Verse six, Peter changes things up and said: ..."Silver or gold I do not have..." You want money, I don't have money: "...but what I have I give you. In the name..." This name is above all names, would you say that name with me? In the name of: "...Jesus Christ of Nazareth..." He said, You're not getting money, instead: "...I'm telling you to walk." Verse seven, Scripture says: ...Taking him by the right hand... What did Peter do? The Bible says: ...he helped him up... Classic example of not giving a hand out, but instead a hand up: ...and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong, he jumped to his feet, he began to walk. Then, he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. What happened? They helped bring restoration. They worked with him! We're not handing out, you stand up, you believe God can do this, you take the step of faith. And when they worked with him, God restored him. The problem for us is we typically don't work with people, we work for people because we wrongly believe that we are the necessary ingredient for them to get better. And we place ourselves in their lives in what I call the role of a functional savior. You need me to save you! I have the answers, I am the solution! If I don't meet your needs, nobody will. I tried, you didn't like it. I pull back, I feel guilty. Why? Because I thought I was necessary to make you better. That's why what I want to do today is talk about three prayers of a restorer. Because when we pray it puts us in our rightful place. That we are not the ones who restores, God is the One who restores. He is the Power Source, we are the connector, and we need His wisdom, we need His help or we are going to end up trying to help people in a way that doesn't actually help them and in the end hurts us. And we want to do it God's way. Three prayers of a restorer; the first one if you're taking notes is this: 1. God, help me give people what they truly need not just what they want. Would you just say that aloud? Everybody, all of our churches. God, help me give people what they truly need not just what they want. This is what Peter did. The lame guy said, 'I want money!' He said, 'I'm not giving you money, what I have I give you in the name of Jesus walk.' Here's the key, people are going to tell you what they think they need. They're going to tell you what they want, and you're going to have to pray and ask God for wisdom to go beyond what they say and beyond what you feel, and discern the real and specific need. For example they may say, "I need money, I need money!" And God may show you very clearly, "No! They need a job!" That's what they need! And we're talking about a real job, one that's 40-hours a week. And if you give them money again they're going to stay on your couch because you offered relief when they really needed restoration. I don't mean to be hard, you guys are kind of quiet. That's actually very good preaching because God is going to lead us to help give people what they need. "But I need $580.00 to make my car payment! If I don't make my car payment, I need $580.00 to make my car payment!" "No, no, no, no, no, no! You don't need a $35,000.00 car, you need a $2,500.00 car and you need it now! You're in bondage to something that you cannot afford and I'm not going to continue to give you something that's going to end up hurting you in the long haul." "But, I just need you to make me feel special! You're the only one! You didn't call me for the last seven minutes, I'm devastated! Why didn't you come over to my house today? I need you! I can't make it." "No, no, no, no, no, no, no! I can't meet that need. You have a God-shaped spiritual void that only God can meet and I'm telling you, I want to love you, but I'm going to do it in a way that's going to help you." God, help us to give people what they truly need, not just what they want. I'll give you an example, I've got a buddy that I've known for years back since college. I officiated his wedding to a great gal. And over the years, I watched their marriage deteriorate. He came to me ticked to high heavens and he had good reason. He's like, "I'm so done, I'm out of here, I'm done! My wife's emotionally engaged with some other guy and maybe worse, and she's inattentive and..." on and on and on. And he said, "I'm out of here, I'm done, I'm gone." And I just looked at him and said, "No, you're not!" He's like, "Yes, I am!" And I said, "No, you're not!" And he said, "Yes, I am!" And it went on for a while. And I said, "You're absolutely right that she's being sinful, irresponsible, dishonoring and on and on, and her list can go on and on and on. But, I know your side of the story too and I'm going to tell you what you're not going to like, but what you need to hear." And I said as lovingly as I could, "You have worshiped the idol of materialism. And you have worked and worked and worked, and you've tried to communicate love by giving your family more, and giving them more is not giving them love. You've neglected your kids, every single weekend you're on the golf course and you're at the football game. Your family is not in church, you have not led them spiritually. You did not lead your wife toward the Lord and she has walked away. What we're going to do, is you are going to get in counseling, I'm going to get you a mentoring couple and you're going to go home and lead your family back under the Lordship of Christ." And he just puffed up and said, "I'm not doing it!" And I said, "Listen to me, I'm not backing down, that's what you need to do!" And after kind of a heated deal, he finally just broke down and he said, "You're right, I've got to own up to my own part of it." And that's what he did, he did everything that I asked him to do. And here's what's amazing, it's totally amazing! Nine months later, and I'm talking just nine months, which isn't very long, he wrote me the best three-page note I've ever gotten about how he went back home, he repented before God, he repented to his wife, he loved her as Christ loved the Church. He repented to his children, he quit playing golf, he gave away his season tickets, he got them in church, he started serving, they pray together as a family, they're leading a LifeGroup; their whole family has been transformed. I don't take any credit for this besides the fact that God gave me the words to say to him what he needed to hear, not what he wanted to hear. There will be times when you're going to be tempted just to give them what they...oh yeah, yeah, yeah! No, no, no, no, no! God, help me to see past what they say and help me to see what they truly need. God I pray that you would lead us to give people what they truly need, not just what they say they want. Second thing and this is so important, and I believe for many of you this is going to land deep within your souls. This can be life-transforming as God uses you to help minister to others who are in need. The second prayer is this: 2. God, help me stay out of your way by not continually rescuing people from their consequences. God, help me to stay out of your way by not continually rescuing people from their consequences. How many of you know that God set up a system that we reap what we sow, that there are consequences for our good for sinful actions? Galatians 6:7 says: Don't be deceived: God cannot be mocked. For a man... What? Say it aloud: ...For a man reaps what he sows. God can't be mocked. God designed a system that when you sow stupid seeds you reap a stupid harvest. It's there for you to learn and so often we want to rescue people from their stupid decisions and we get in God's way. For example, if you'll allow me to rant for just a minute. I believe one of the biggest parenting mistakes we make and it starts in the home, is that we're continually rescuing our kids over and over and over again from consequences of their actions and it even starts when they're young. I mean, I found these products online that are just, they are insane the way we're protecting our kids! I just want to show them to you because I think they're ridiculously funny. Your baby doesn't need to roll over ever again, because God help your baby if he rolls over, you can have hands, this is a real product, I didn't make this up! If your baby crawls out of the baby crib all of the time and you just can't discipline the child, buy a baby tent that will keep your child safe! But at our house with six kids, we couldn't afford this so I made a homemade version to keep my kids in! I'm telling you this thing works like crazy, but they will have a twitch when they're 17 and it's just...and then my personal favorite is what's called the pee-pee-tee-pee! That's right, this is a real thing! It is a pee-pee-tee-pee designed to protect their little pee-pee from pee-peeing all over themselves! This is the proper way to use it, this is the wrong way! I don't even know what to think about this kid, he needs help and prayer in the name of the risen Lord Jesus Christ! But what happens over and over and over again, our kids do something stupid and what do we do as parents? "Oh, you didn't do your science project? Oh my gosh, it's due tomorrow! Well, come on over here, I'll do it for you!" Like, "Oh, you're in trouble because you did something at school! Well I'll go down there and show the principal! I'll tell him what for, we're not going to let them get you in trouble!" "Oh, you wrecked your brand new car! Oh baby, I'm so sorry! We'll buy you another $35,000 car, because you are 16 and I hate to commit child abuse by not giving you this special car!" No, no, no! Consequences, consequences, consequences! "Okay, I love you but you're 32, you can't stay on my sofa anymore! I'll teach you how to fold your underwear and do your own laundry, but you can't stay here anymore." It's like the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. I love what the great father didn't do for the son he loved. The son said, 'I want to party! I want my stuff now! Give me my dough, give me my cash!' He went out sleeping with girls, smoking the weed, he's out having a good time. One day, he wakes up and he's in the pigpen and his life stinks! And guess what the dad didn't do? The dad didn't come and say, "Oh son, it's okay, come home!" No, you know what the dad did? He loved him enough to leave him in the pigpen. Why? So the son could come to his senses is what the Bible says. And he realized, 'I'd rather be a servant in my dad's home than live in this mess!' "But dad, if you loved me you'd rescue me!" No, sometimes you say, "Because I love you I'm not going to rescue you! Because I love you so much, I'm not going to interfere with the God-given consequences that are in your life because of your bad decisions." And I know that sounds hard, and it's hard for me, but it's because I love you, because some people just have to learn the hard way. Some people just have to learn the hard way. And I'm going to tell you right now, one of the best things my parents did for me was they loved me enough to let me learn the hard way. For years, alcohol had been a problem in our home. And by the grace and power of God, it's no longer a problem for anybody in our home. Praise God in heaven it's no longer a problem. But for me, at the age of 18 I went off to college, I was a stupid, young college kid and thought I could handle this. Well guess what? I couldn't handle it, it started to kick my tail. And my mom very soberly wrote me a note that just kind of laid it out. She said: Dear Craig, Your dad and I love you, we'll always love you, we'll always be here for you, but if you're going to choose that road, we're not going to support you financially. Love you and praying for you. Mom Point blank, if you choose that road, no support. Well guess what? I chose that road and they withdrew some stuff and it was one of the greatest things anybody ever did for me, because it was within six months or so I hit bottom. And when I hit bottom, there was only one way to look and guess where that way was? Up, and because someone loved me enough to let me face the consequences, God was able to meet a need that someone else couldn't meet. God, help us not to get in your way of the consequences that you put in place to help people. The third prayer and so important, because God wants us to help those. Prayer number one, let me just repeat so it will be in our souls: 1. God help me give people what they truly need, not just what they want. 2. God, help me stay out of your way by not continually rescuing people from their consequences. 3. God, help me remember that I'm in need too and that you are always the answer. And this is the key to the whole thing. You really want to help people who are in need? You need to recognize, baby you're in need too. David said this, I love it, he said in Psalm 70:5, he said: Yet I am poor and needy... I'm needy, I'm in need: ...come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay. You see, when you realize when you're in need too, then you remember you're not the Savior, Jesus is. When you realize that you're in need too, you're not the Savior Jesus is, you rip yourself out of the place of the functional savior, you're not trying to figure it all out, you're trying to point people to Jesus. The problem is, if you think God needs you to meet everyone else's needs, you're god is too small. Oh that's good! I don't know how you just sit there! Let me say it again, if you think God needs you to meet everybody else's needs, your god is too small. You're not the God, you are the connector to the Source, to the Power, the One who is God, and He can heal. And as long as you think, "I'm needed, I'm necessary, I'm this!" you over inflate your ego and you dilute your ability to connect them to the true power Source. Here's what you do, you want to remember you're in need, just go to a third-world country, pick one anywhere, go to the poorest place you can find. Some of you, you're going to nod with me because you've been there and you know what I'm talking about. You walk in and you feel good about yourself for awhile. "Hmm...I'm rich person here to help these poor people. Oh, this is horrible, they're just so poor; there's no toilet, there's no running water, this is just horrible." And for a couple of days you just hurt with them, hurt for them and then something switches a long the way. And suddenly you go, "Wait a minute, the more I do for them, the more they're doing for me. The more I try to give to them, the more I'm receiving in some crazy way that I didn't expect." And then, one day you wake up and go, "Wait just a second, they're financially broke and empty, but they have something I don't have." And you see the strangest joy in the middle of nowhere, in this other worldly contentedness, and you're miserable with stuff everywhere, and they've got nothing and seem to have everything. And all of a sudden you realize, "Uh oh, I'm in need too. And yes, there's something I can give them, but there's something they can give me." And when you realize that we're mutually in need and we're mutually broke and then we have two things in common; we're both screwed up and we both need God, and therefore we can point each other to the One that we truly need. And here's something I need you to hear about me, I need you to hear this. I debated as to whether or not to say it, I've just decided I'm going to say it. I really do, it's lonely and I don't like whatever this system is created, when people I meet, they're like, "Oh wow Craig," we spend some time together, "This is amazing, I had no idea, man, you're like a real person!" I'm like, "Really I'm not! Usually I'm invisible, I just put on my earth suit whenever I go out in public!" And I'm like, that is the loneliest statement and I hear it all of the time. And then people are like, "Oh my gosh, meeting you is like meeting a celebrity! I mean, you're like a rock ...." Listen, listen, listen, listen; I am not a celebrity, I am not a rock star, I'm not a CEO of a mega church or an organization, I am a sinner saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am mutually in need, I am in need! I need prayer and I need encouragement and I need forgiveness and I need support and I need friendship and I don't have all of the answers, I am mutually in need! And when we land there, that we're both in need, suddenly we realize I can help connect you to God in a way that you need. And if you'll see me in need and I will humble myself as well, guess what? You can help connect me to God in a way that I need. And suddenly, I'm not just offering money for relief or short-term help, but we're in a Biblical community together, doing life together. And I dare say to you that virtually every need that any of you have can be met by God through His people in the church, when we will humble ourselves and say we are mutually broken sinners in need of a Savior. Our answer is not anything in this world, but what God provides through His people by His glory, for His namesake. When we get there; suddenly, suddenly, we can be restored to our God-given potential to be who Jesus created us to be to make His name known throughout the earth. That is how God is going to use His church to make a difference. Father, I pray that your Spirit would help us to love and minister to those people and realize O God, that we are those people. We need you through each other. All of our churches, as you're praying today, some of you right now, you know someone who is need and you need help to minister to them in a way that will help them, would you lift up your hands right now? Lift them up high. All of our churches, there's someone in need around you and you need help to minister to them in a way that will help them and not hurt them. Those of you who would say, "You know what? Right now I'm in a little bit more need than normal." It might be a physical need, it might be a financial struggle, it might be relational issue, it could be spiritual in nature, "I'm in need". Would you lift up your hands right now, just lift them up all over the place. There's more of you, come on, come on, be honest. "I'm in need right now, I need prayer!" Lift your hands up! God, I pray for these groups today. God, I pray for those who are ministering to others, that you would give us eyes to see the real needs, go beyond the words, but to the heart. Give us wisdom O God, give us courage, to love in a way that truly will help. God, for those who are hurting, I pray today. God, I pray that we would be connected to your body, your family, the church. God, I pray that there would be conversations in church today, that people couldn't even leave the building that they're in because someone else has just got to reach out and offer a hug and a prayer and serve in some way. God, I pray at ChurchOnline there would be prayers going on even right now for those around the world. God, I pray that we would be your body, mutually broken in need of a Savior, realizing that we are not the answer O God, but that you are the answer. Help us God to love one another, connecting each other to your Son Jesus, who is the name above all names. And God, I pray we would continue to excel at offering relief to all of the tragic needs in this world. But God, I pray as your church we'd go beyond just relief, but God you would use your church to restore the broken, restore the outcast, God, to bring about true healing in this broken and sin-stained world. And God, I thank you in advance for all of the ways your Spirit is starting a restoring work even now as we pray. Continuing in an attitude of prayer at all of our churches, a lot of you are going to realize right now your greatest need is spiritual. You are alone spiritually. You may be like I was growing up, I believed in God but I did not know Him. I had a spiritual need. Some of you, you've done some things wrong and you feel a tremendous amount of guilt. Guess what? You have a spiritual need. Some of you, you've tried your best to fill the emptiness inside of you. You've tried things and money and pleasure and sex and relationships and vacations and houses, and on and on and you're still empty. Why? Because you're trying to fill a Christ-shaped void with anything besides Christ. You have a spiritual need. There are those of you today, you're longing for something more, you know it's there. You have a spiritual need and guess what? That's why God brought you here today, because He loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus, who was without sin, to become sin for us on the cross, who gave His life for the forgiveness of our sins and on the third day He rose again from the grave so that anyone who calls on His name would be saved, would be forgiven, would be transformed. He wants to meet your needs, God wants to meet your needs through His Son Jesus, and there are many of you, that's why you're here today. All of our churches you'd say, "That's me, I know it, I'm in spiritual need. I'm ready, I'm not playing church, I'm not checking a box on a little piece of paper; I'm whole-hardheartedly giving my life to Him. I need God in every way. Jesus, would you save me? Would you be first in my life? I need you to meet my deepest need. I turn from my sins and turn toward you. I give my whole life to you." All of our churches if that's you today, "I need God, I give my life to you now!" Would you lift up your hands high right now? Lift them up, leave them up! Lift them up, leave them up! O my goodness, all back here in this middle section. I want to look at you in the eye, you guys just look up, right back here and here and here and here in this middle section, praise God for you! Both of you right here, praise God for you and over here as well. Sir, right back here, in this back section way back over here, God bless you guys! Way back over here, others of you! Let me look at you, I just want to praise God with you! Both of you back here in this section, way back over here. Others today who would say, "Take over!" Right back here and over here behind the pool. Others who would say, "Yes, every bit of my life!" ChurchOnline, you all click right below me. Others today who would say, "I surrender wholly and completely to you." Everybody pray aloud, pray heavenly father, save me from my sins. Jesus, I believe you died for me and you rose again so I could live for you. Fill me with your Spirit so I could serve you always. Thank you for meeting my needs. Empower me to meet needs in this world, to point people toward you so my life would count for your glory. Thank you for new life, now you have mine. In Jesus' name I pray. LifeChurch let it rip! Would you worship God and welcome those today born into God's family!

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Posted by: lifechurchopen on Nov 15, 2011

Those People - Week 1 - Craig Groeschel -

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