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The Christian Two-Step

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October 15, 2020
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What comes after salvation? In this informative message; Pastor Jeff Schreve shares the true meaning of baptism; and the importance of joining a church where there is solid biblical teaching and a strong community of fellow believers. Have you taken those two steps?

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The Christian Two-Step

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  • male announcer: Welcome to "FromHis Heart" with Pastor Jeff
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  • Schreve, who's in his new seriestoday called, "The Next Step?"
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  • Baptism and church membership,are they important?
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  • They are critical and you'llfind out why today when he
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  • reveals the power of"The Christian Two-Step."
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  • ♪ There is truth. ♪
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  • ♪ There is love. ♪
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  • ♪ There is hope that you'vealways dreamed of. ♪
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  • ♪ He can heal every scarwith real truth, real love, ♪
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  • ♪ real hope from his heart. ♪
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  • Jeff Schreve: Now, we're in aseries that we started last week
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  • called, "The Next Step?"
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  • "The Next Step?"
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  • with a question mark.
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  • And we're asking everybody inthis series, "Hey, what is the
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  • next step for you?
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  • What is God speaking to yourheart about doing?"
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  • Because the Christian life isall about growth and change.
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  • It's about moving forwardwith the Lord.
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  • If you ever get to the placewhere you stagnate, you never
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  • really stay in the same place.
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  • You're gonna move backwards.
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  • You're either going to grow andglow in the Lord or you're gonna
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  • dry and die.
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  • No one stays in the same place.
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  • And so today--last week, welooked at the step into eternal
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  • life, the most important stepof all, and that's to receive
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  • Christ as Savior and Lord.
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  • And today, we wanna look ata message I've entitled,
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  • "The Christian Two-Step."
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  • It's not the latest dance moveon "Dancing with the Stars,"
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  • it's the first two things thatwe do once we give our life
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  • to Jesus Christ.
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  • And we see these two things soclearly on the day the church
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  • was born on theDay of Pentecost.
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  • Acts chapter 2, Peterstands up to preach.
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  • The Holy Spirit has fallen uponthe little band of disciples,
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  • 120 of them.
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  • They all begin to speak in knownlanguages, and the people hear
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  • them speaking in their nativetongue, and they said, "How do--
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  • how are these people doing this?
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  • They're all Galilean, but we'rehearing them speak in our
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  • native tongue."
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  • And they asked this question,"What do these things mean?"
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  • And Peter uses that as anopportunity to share the gospel,
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  • and so he shares aboutthe Lord Jesus.
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  • And he says in verse 36,"Therefore, let all the house of
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  • Israel know for certain that Godhas made him both Lord and
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  • Christ, this Jesus whom youcrucified."
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  • That's really an indictment.
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  • That is like the worst thing youcould possibly do.
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  • You've been waiting for yourMessiah and when the Messiah
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  • came, you not only missed who hewas but you crucified him.
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  • "This Jesus whom you crucified."
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  • In Acts chapter 3, he goes on tosay, "Hey, not only did you
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  • crucify him, but when Pilateasked you, 'Who do you want me
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  • to release for you, Barabas,a known murderer, or Jesus?'
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  • you chose Barabas."
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  • As he says, "You disowned theholy and righteous one and asked
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  • for a murderer to be granted toyou and put to death the
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  • Prince of Life."
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  • I mean, this is serious,serious sin.
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  • It can't get anyworse than that.
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  • And so he says, "God has madehim both Lord and Christ, this
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  • Jesus whom you crucified."
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  • It says, "Now when they heardthis," verse 37, "they were
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  • pierced to the heart, cut to thequick, and they said to Peter
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  • and the rest of the Apostles,'Brethren, what shall we do?'"
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  • The first question was,"What does this mean?"
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  • The second question was,"What shall we do?"
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  • And Peter said to them, "Repentand let each of you be baptized
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  • in the name of Jesus Christ forthe forgiveness of your sins and
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  • you shall receive the gift ofthe Holy Spirit.
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  • For the promises for you andyour children and for all who
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  • are afar off," probably meaningGentiles, "'as many as the Lord
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  • our God shall call to himself.'
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  • And with many other words, hesolemnly testified and kept on
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  • exhorting them, saying,'Be saved from this
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  • perverse generation.'
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  • So then, those who had receivedhis Word were baptized; and
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  • there were added that day aboutthree thousand souls.
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  • And they were continuallydevoting themselves to the
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  • apostles' teaching and tofellowship, to the breaking
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  • of bread and to prayer.
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  • And everyone kept feeling asense of awe; and many wonders
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  • and signs were taking placethrough the apostles."
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  • The Christian two-step, we seeit in verse 41, "Those who
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  • received his Word were baptizedand there were added that day
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  • about three thousand souls."
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  • The church began with 120 in theupper room, and then in Acts
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  • chapter 2, on the Day ofPentecost, it went from
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  • 120 members to 3.120baptized believers.
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  • So here's our question today.
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  • Have you taken the two stepsthat follow salvation?
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  • So I want to share with youtwo truths from Acts chapter 2,
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  • from the passagethat we just read.
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  • Truth number one, all thosewho have been saved are
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  • to be baptized.
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  • Every person who is genuinelysaved is to be baptized.
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  • That's what the Scriptureclearly teaches.
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  • Now, Peter preached thatin-your-face sermon.
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  • He's filled withthe Holy Spirit.
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  • He preaches that sermon.
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  • The people are convicted.
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  • Now, the Holy Spirit is the onewho convicts.
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  • As Adrian Rogers used to say, "Ican preach truth, but only the
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  • Holy Spirit can impart truth."
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  • And so Peter preached andhe let it out there.
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  • I mean, he didn't pullany punches.
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  • He wasn't tryin' to say, "Well,you know, you guys are pretty
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  • good folks, but you kinda messedup here a little bit."
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  • He said, "You crucifiedthe Messiah."
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  • Like I said, that's the--itcan't get any worse than that,
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  • and so they're cut to the quick.
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  • They're convictedin their heart.
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  • God the Holy Spirit wasworking on them.
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  • "What must I do?"
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  • He says, "Repent and bebaptized."
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  • True salvation involves bothrepentance and faith.
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  • If you're gonna become aChristian, you have to repent
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  • and you have to put your faithand trust in Jesus.
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  • Now, when they said to Peter,"What shall we do?"
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  • He said, "Just repent."
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  • And it's implied when he says,"And be baptized in the name of
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  • the Lord Jesus," it'simplied that you put your
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  • faith and trust in Jesus.
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  • But one of the things you'llfind in the Bible is when it
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  • comes to repentance and faith,both of those things are
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  • required for salvation, butthey're used interchangeably.
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  • And when you say "repent," thatis assuming belief in Jesus.
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  • And when you say, "Believe onthe Lord Jesus," you're
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  • assuming repentance.
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  • Let me give you an example.
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  • 2 Peter chapter 3, verse 9:"The Lord is not slow about his
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  • promise, as some men countslowness, but is patient toward
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  • you, not wishing for any toperish, but for all to come
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  • to repentance."
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  • So Peter is saying, "If you cometo repentance, that's the same
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  • thing as coming to Christin salvation."
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  • Repentance and beliefis assumed there.
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  • Now, in Acts chapter 16, verse31, the story of Paul and Silas
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  • in the Philippian jail, when thePhilippian jailer--the Lord
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  • performs a miracle.
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  • The jail is opened up.
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  • And the jailer who hadresponsibility for all the
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  • prisoners if they escaped, he'dlose his life.
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  • He pulled out his sword to killhimself and Paul said,
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  • "Do yourself no harm.
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  • We're all still here."
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  • And he fell down before Paul andSilas and said, "Sirs, what must
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  • I do to be saved?"
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  • They didn't talk to him at allabout repentance.
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  • They said, "Believe on the LordJesus Christ and you shall
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  • be saved."
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  • Now, it's just assumed thatthere's repentance in
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  • that belief.
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  • Paul, when he was talking to theelders in Ephesus in Acts
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  • chapter 20, he breaks it out andhe says these words in Acts 20,
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  • verses 18 through 21, "Youyourselves know how I did not
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  • shrink from declaring to youanything that was profitable,
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  • and teaching you publicly andfrom house to house, solemnly
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  • testifying to both Jews andGreeks of repentance toward God
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  • and faith in our LordJesus Christ."
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  • Repentance and faith, thosethings are critical.
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  • Now, remember thisabout baptism.
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  • Baptism does not completesalvation, it
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  • pictures salvation.
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  • Now, I can give you a passagethat is so definitive that
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  • baptism does notcomplete salvation.
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  • It's in the book of Actschapter 10.
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  • It's Paul--or Peter, I'm sorry,when he goes to the home of
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  • Cornelius, Cornelius theGentile, who was the first to
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  • receive the Holy Spirit, he andhis family, from the Gentiles.
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  • And it says this, Acts chapter10, beginning in verse 44,
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  • "While Peter was still speakingthese words, the Holy Spirit
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  • fell upon all those who werelistening to the message.
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  • And all the circumcisedbelievers, the Jews, who had
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  • come with Peter were amazedbecause the gift of the Holy
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  • Spirit had been poured out uponthe Gentiles also.
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  • For they were hearing themspeaking with tongues and
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  • exalting God.
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  • Then Peter answered, 'Surely noone can refuse the water for
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  • these to be baptized who havereceived the Holy Spirit just as
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  • we did, can he?'
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  • And he ordered them to bebaptized in the name of
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • Then they asked him to stay onfor a few days."
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  • Now, you ask yourself thisquestion, "What does it mean to
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  • be a Christian?"
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  • What does it mean to be saved?
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  • Well, it means two things.
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  • It means your sins are forgivenand it means the Holy Spirit of
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  • God comes to live inside of you.
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  • Now, you can't be a Christianand not have the Holy Spirit.
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  • It's impossible.
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  • The Bible says in Romans chapter8, verse 9, "If any man does not
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  • have the Spirit of Christ, hedoes not belong to him."
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  • He is none of his.
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  • Paul says to the Corinthians,"Do you not know that your body
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  • is a temple of the Holy Spiritwho is in you, whom you have
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  • from God and that you'renot your own?"
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  • The Holy Spirit has come in.
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  • That's what it means to bea believer in Jesus.
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  • You're sealed with theHoly Spirit of promise.
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  • Now, Cornelius and his family,as they were listening to Peter
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  • preach, they've believed and theHoly Spirit fell upon them,
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  • and they weren't baptized.
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  • And Peter says, "Who can denythe water for these
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  • to be baptized?"
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  • They need to be baptized.
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  • They were saved and then theywere baptized.
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  • You don't get the Holy Spirit--you can't say, "Well, I have the
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  • Holy Spirit, but I'm not reallya Christian yet because I
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  • haven't been baptized."
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  • No, the moment you we get theHoly Spirit, you belong to him.
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  • You are part of thebody of Christ.
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  • So baptism doesn't completesalvation, it pictures it,
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  • and the Bible picture isvery important.
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  • Some say, "Well, it's justsymbolism.
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  • It's not very important."
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  • It's important to Jesus.
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  • The Great Commission, Matthewchapter 28, "Go therefore and
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  • make disciples of all thenations, baptizing them,
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  • immersing them in the name ofthe Father, Son, and
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  • Holy Spirit."
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  • Now, if you want to blow offwhat Jesus said because you
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  • think you're smarter than he is,that's a scary place to be.
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  • We need to just say, "Yes, Lord.
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  • Yes, Lord.
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  • This is what you want me to do.
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  • I'm going to do it."
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  • Baptism doesn't completesalvation, it pictures
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  • salvation, and baptism isour public identification
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  • with Jesus Christ.
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  • We're baptized to publiclyidentify with him.
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  • It's the statement that says,"This is what has happened
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  • to me.
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  • I've given my life to Christ.
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  • I have died spiritually, died tomy old way of life, have a brand
  • 00:12:00.211 --> 00:12:03.047
  • new life in Jesus, but youcan't see that."
  • 00:12:03.081 --> 00:12:05.850
  • Somebody today prays and asksChrist to save them, to come
  • 00:12:05.884 --> 00:12:09.854
  • into their life, and forgivethem, Jesus comes in.
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  • The moment that you asked Christto come in, he comes in.
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  • And you know what?
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  • No one can see that.
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  • I got saved, I was 17 years old.
  • 00:12:17.929 --> 00:12:19.731
  • I asked Jesus to come into mylife and save me, and he did.
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  • And I was there in my roomand I didn't see it,
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  • because it's spiritual.
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  • It's not physical.
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  • It's not something that youreyes can see.
  • 00:12:31.576 --> 00:12:33.411
  • It happens invisibly.
  • 00:12:33.444 --> 00:12:34.879
  • Now, baptism is something thateveryone can see and baptism is
  • 00:12:34.913 --> 00:12:40.718
  • a visible picture of aninvisible reality, and what's
  • 00:12:40.752 --> 00:12:44.622
  • the invisible reality?
  • 00:12:44.656 --> 00:12:46.057
  • I've given my life to Christand I've died with Christ,
  • 00:12:46.090 --> 00:12:50.361
  • and I have a brandnew life in him.
  • 00:12:50.395 --> 00:12:51.996
  • Buried with Christ in baptism,raised to walk in newness
  • 00:12:52.030 --> 00:12:55.300
  • of life.
  • 00:12:55.333 --> 00:12:56.634
  • Now, the Jews who were baptized,they were baptized
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  • at a personal cost.
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  • It cost them potential status asa Jew because here is this
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  • new religion, so to speak,this new sect of Judaism.
  • 00:13:14.219 --> 00:13:17.422
  • I mean, in the minds of thepeople, they didn't really know
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  • what it was.
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  • All of a sudden, it was like,"Well, Jesus is the Messiah,
  • 00:13:20.692 --> 00:13:22.861
  • but we still have Judaism that'srunning on this train, and now
  • 00:13:22.894 --> 00:13:26.364
  • we have Christianity that'srunning on that train, and these
  • 00:13:26.397 --> 00:13:29.567
  • seem to be different."
  • 00:13:29.601 --> 00:13:30.935
  • And the religious--the Jewishreligious leaders didn't like
  • 00:13:30.969 --> 00:13:34.439
  • Jesus and they don't likeChristianity.
  • 00:13:34.472 --> 00:13:38.009
  • They're the ones that got thecrowd to say, "Not this man,
  • 00:13:38.042 --> 00:13:40.545
  • but Barabas."
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  • And so if I attach myself tothis new teaching and to this
  • 00:13:41.913 --> 00:13:48.219
  • new way where Jesus is theMessiah, I go against
  • 00:13:48.253 --> 00:13:52.190
  • the temple.
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  • I go against the synagogue.
  • 00:13:53.558 --> 00:13:55.059
  • I go against thereligious leaders.
  • 00:13:55.093 --> 00:13:58.229
  • And so there was a priceto be paid for that.
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  • There was persecution.
  • 00:14:00.431 --> 00:14:01.833
  • There was the potential to becut off from family, and
  • 00:14:01.866 --> 00:14:05.103
  • friends, and the synagogue,and Jewish society.
  • 00:14:05.136 --> 00:14:07.872
  • They paid a price.
  • 00:14:07.906 --> 00:14:09.474
  • See, some people would say,"Well, why didn't they just do
  • 00:14:09.507 --> 00:14:11.709
  • it secretly?
  • 00:14:11.743 --> 00:14:13.044
  • Maybe they could've just done itat home in their house and
  • 00:14:13.077 --> 00:14:15.046
  • nobody could have seen it."
  • 00:14:15.079 --> 00:14:17.382
  • Because baptism picturesyour identification with Christ.
  • 00:14:17.415 --> 00:14:21.419
  • Baptism is not to bedone secretly.
  • 00:14:21.452 --> 00:14:24.322
  • It's been done publicly.
  • 00:14:24.355 --> 00:14:26.357
  • So baptism is to be done byevery Christian.
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  • It's only for Christians.
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  • And it's not for infants,because the people that were
  • 00:14:32.664 --> 00:14:35.566
  • there that day, they understoodwhat he said.
  • 00:14:35.600 --> 00:14:38.369
  • They had to be old enough tounderstand, and that's why it
  • 00:14:38.403 --> 00:14:40.972
  • said, "Those who received hisWord were baptized."
  • 00:14:41.005 --> 00:14:43.508
  • They understood enough toreceive it.
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  • Second truth, all those who aresaved are to belong to a
  • 00:14:45.343 --> 00:14:50.014
  • local church.
  • 00:14:50.048 --> 00:14:51.883
  • See, that's why I called this"The Christian Two-Step."
  • 00:14:51.916 --> 00:14:54.118
  • So you have to receive Christ,and then when you receive
  • 00:14:54.152 --> 00:14:58.089
  • Christ, you become a Christian.
  • 00:14:58.122 --> 00:14:59.757
  • And then you are baptized andyou are--become part of the
  • 00:14:59.791 --> 00:15:04.162
  • local church.
  • 00:15:04.195 --> 00:15:05.930
  • Now, every Christian needs to becommitted to a local church.
  • 00:15:05.964 --> 00:15:13.204
  • It's for everybody.
  • 00:15:13.237 --> 00:15:14.572
  • Need to be committedto a local church.
  • 00:15:14.605 --> 00:15:17.408
  • And he says what happened, verse42, in this brand new church
  • 00:15:17.442 --> 00:15:22.380
  • with these 3.000 brand newdisciples, "And they were
  • 00:15:22.413 --> 00:15:26.918
  • continually devoting themselvesto the apostles' teaching and
  • 00:15:26.951 --> 00:15:31.689
  • to fellowship, to the breakingof bread and to prayer.
  • 00:15:31.723 --> 00:15:37.228
  • And everyone kept feelinga sense of awe."
  • 00:15:37.261 --> 00:15:40.498
  • That's the early church.
  • 00:15:40.531 --> 00:15:42.000
  • Now, why is it so important tobe involved in a local church?
  • 00:15:42.033 --> 00:15:44.802
  • 'Cause I know I'm talking tosome people and you say, "Yeah,
  • 00:15:44.836 --> 00:15:47.071
  • I don't think that's veryimportant, to be part of a
  • 00:15:47.105 --> 00:15:49.340
  • local church.
  • 00:15:49.374 --> 00:15:50.975
  • I mean, I can see--you know,I want to be part of
  • 00:15:51.009 --> 00:15:53.811
  • the universal church.
  • 00:15:53.845 --> 00:15:55.179
  • It's important to give your lifeto Christ so you're part of his
  • 00:15:55.213 --> 00:15:57.815
  • family, but a local church,I'm not so keen on the
  • 00:15:57.849 --> 00:16:00.952
  • local church."
  • 00:16:00.985 --> 00:16:02.453
  • You know, to not be involved, tobe a Christian and not be
  • 00:16:02.487 --> 00:16:05.156
  • involved in a local church andcommitted and a member of
  • 00:16:05.189 --> 00:16:07.925
  • a local church, that's likebeing a bee without a hive.
  • 00:16:07.959 --> 00:16:11.929
  • You ever see bees that are justall by themselves just the Lone
  • 00:16:11.963 --> 00:16:15.433
  • Ranger bee?
  • 00:16:15.466 --> 00:16:16.768
  • That Lone Rangerbee doesn't exist.
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  • He only exists in community.
  • 00:16:19.070 --> 00:16:21.305
  • He's got a hive.
  • 00:16:21.339 --> 00:16:24.042
  • And so every Christian isto have a home church.
  • 00:16:24.075 --> 00:16:27.912
  • And why do we need that?
  • 00:16:27.945 --> 00:16:29.280
  • Four reasons.
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  • We need the biblical teachingof the local church.
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  • "And they were continuallydevoting themselves to
  • 00:16:34.218 --> 00:16:37.922
  • the apostles' teaching."
  • 00:16:37.955 --> 00:16:40.625
  • Great Commission: "Go therefore,and make disciples of all the
  • 00:16:40.658 --> 00:16:44.362
  • nations, baptizing them in thename of the Father, and Son, and
  • 00:16:44.395 --> 00:16:46.998
  • the Holy Spirit, teaching themto observe all that I
  • 00:16:47.031 --> 00:16:50.601
  • commanded you."
  • 00:16:50.635 --> 00:16:51.936
  • And so the apostles would teach.
  • 00:16:51.969 --> 00:16:54.372
  • They would teach the experiencesthat they had with the Lord.
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  • The Bible wasn't written yet,the New Testament, and so
  • 00:16:57.542 --> 00:17:00.478
  • they're teaching them, no doubt,from Old Testament Scriptures.
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  • That's what Paul would do whenhe would go into different
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  • cities and go intothe synagogue.
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  • He would reason to them fromthe Scriptures, from the
  • 00:17:07.151 --> 00:17:09.720
  • Old Testament, showing thatJesus was the Christ.
  • 00:17:09.754 --> 00:17:12.757
  • And so you have Peter, andJames, and John, and the
  • 00:17:12.790 --> 00:17:15.593
  • apostles, and they're teachingthe people, and they're teaching
  • 00:17:15.626 --> 00:17:19.163
  • them sound doctrine.
  • 00:17:19.197 --> 00:17:20.665
  • And the church is to be a placewhere there is biblical
  • 00:17:20.698 --> 00:17:24.235
  • teaching, sound, biblicalteaching.
  • 00:17:24.268 --> 00:17:27.138
  • We need the local church, reasonnumber two, for fellowship, the
  • 00:17:27.171 --> 00:17:32.043
  • fellowship of the local church.
  • 00:17:32.076 --> 00:17:34.579
  • You don't get fellowshipfrom a podcast.
  • 00:17:34.612 --> 00:17:36.914
  • You don't get fellowship fromYoutube.
  • 00:17:36.948 --> 00:17:39.117
  • You don't get fellowship fromjust watching on television.
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:42.653
  • Now, I understand some people,that's all they have because
  • 00:17:42.687 --> 00:17:45.456
  • they're shut-in.
  • 00:17:45.490 --> 00:17:46.824
  • And what we do with ourtelevision ministry, we
  • 00:17:46.858 --> 00:17:49.694
  • encourage people that--weencourage them to come,
  • 00:17:49.727 --> 00:17:52.930
  • come here.
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  • If you can come here, come here.
  • 00:17:54.298 --> 00:17:55.600
  • If you can't come here, findanother place that you can go
  • 00:17:55.633 --> 00:17:58.236
  • because you need to be partof a fellowship.
  • 00:17:58.269 --> 00:18:01.873
  • Television church is a goodsupplement, but it can't take
  • 00:18:01.906 --> 00:18:04.475
  • the place of that.
  • 00:18:04.509 --> 00:18:06.010
  • And so some of those that watchon television that can't come,
  • 00:18:06.043 --> 00:18:09.380
  • we say, "Then be a part of ourtelevision church family and
  • 00:18:09.413 --> 00:18:12.383
  • we'll try and minister to you,and call you, and contact you,
  • 00:18:12.416 --> 00:18:15.319
  • and be there for youin other ways."
  • 00:18:15.353 --> 00:18:18.289
  • But hey, fellowship is a bigpart of the church.
  • 00:18:18.322 --> 00:18:20.958
  • So, what is fellowship?
  • 00:18:20.992 --> 00:18:22.326
  • It's "koinonia" in the Greek.
  • 00:18:22.360 --> 00:18:23.728
  • It means a sharing together.
  • 00:18:23.761 --> 00:18:26.330
  • Someone said one time, "Howdo you define fellowship?"
  • 00:18:26.364 --> 00:18:29.934
  • They said, "Well, it's twofellows in one ship."
  • 00:18:29.967 --> 00:18:32.670
  • It's like, okay, in a sense,it's two fellows in one ship,
  • 00:18:32.703 --> 00:18:36.974
  • but it's much deeper than that.
  • 00:18:37.008 --> 00:18:38.976
  • It's two fellows sharing thesame life.
  • 00:18:39.010 --> 00:18:44.148
  • And then thirdly, we needthe support and prayers of
  • 00:18:44.182 --> 00:18:46.617
  • the local church.
  • 00:18:46.651 --> 00:18:48.519
  • See, it says that, "They weredevoting themselves to
  • 00:18:48.553 --> 00:18:51.022
  • the apostles' teaching and tofellowship, to the breaking
  • 00:18:51.055 --> 00:18:53.691
  • of bread and to prayer."
  • 00:18:53.724 --> 00:18:55.059
  • The breaking of bread probablymeans that they were eating
  • 00:18:55.092 --> 00:18:57.461
  • meals together and it probablymeans that they were celebrating
  • 00:18:57.495 --> 00:19:01.532
  • the Lord's Supper together.
  • 00:19:01.566 --> 00:19:02.934
  • So those things are probablyboth included in the
  • 00:19:02.967 --> 00:19:05.970
  • breaking of bread.
  • 00:19:06.003 --> 00:19:07.338
  • And then it says, "And toprayer."
  • 00:19:07.371 --> 00:19:08.673
  • And we need the support of otherbelievers.
  • 00:19:08.706 --> 00:19:10.641
  • We need the prayers of otherbelievers.
  • 00:19:10.675 --> 00:19:13.110
  • Now, in our church, we haveBible study classes on
  • 00:19:13.144 --> 00:19:16.280
  • Sunday morning.
  • 00:19:16.314 --> 00:19:17.648
  • And Bible study classes take thebig group and it breaks it down
  • 00:19:17.682 --> 00:19:21.552
  • into smaller groups that are inyour age and stage of life.
  • 00:19:21.586 --> 00:19:27.291
  • We need the support and theprayers of the local church, and
  • 00:19:27.325 --> 00:19:32.363
  • that's how a big church becomesa small, tight-knit family.
  • 00:19:32.396 --> 00:19:35.866
  • It's in those smaller groups.
  • 00:19:35.900 --> 00:19:37.401
  • And they were doing that inActs chapter 2, verse 46.
  • 00:19:37.435 --> 00:19:40.805
  • They were breaking breadfrom house to house.
  • 00:19:40.838 --> 00:19:43.641
  • They were taking their mealstogether with gladness and
  • 00:19:43.674 --> 00:19:46.377
  • sincerity of heart.
  • 00:19:46.410 --> 00:19:47.745
  • They had the big group 'causethey had 3.120 just like that,
  • 00:19:47.778 --> 00:19:51.649
  • You talk about a mega-churchthat happened overnight.
  • 00:19:51.682 --> 00:19:54.185
  • Well, how do you have fellowshipin a mega-church like that?
  • 00:19:54.218 --> 00:19:57.622
  • You go from house to house.
  • 00:19:57.655 --> 00:19:59.023
  • You have small group time.
  • 00:19:59.056 --> 00:20:02.159
  • And so we need the support andprayers of the local church.
  • 00:20:02.193 --> 00:20:04.795
  • And then we need, fourthly,the spiritual protection
  • 00:20:04.829 --> 00:20:08.065
  • of the local church.
  • 00:20:08.099 --> 00:20:10.067
  • Did you know that the churchgives you protection,
  • 00:20:10.101 --> 00:20:12.336
  • spiritual protection?
  • 00:20:12.370 --> 00:20:15.206
  • Paul, when he was talking to theEphesian elders and he knew he
  • 00:20:15.239 --> 00:20:19.010
  • wasn't going to see them again,he said this to them in Acts
  • 00:20:19.043 --> 00:20:23.281
  • chapter 20: "Be on guard foryourselves and for all the
  • 00:20:23.314 --> 00:20:26.751
  • flock, among which theHoly Spirit has made you
  • 00:20:26.784 --> 00:20:30.955
  • overseers, to shepherd thechurch of God which he purchased
  • 00:20:30.988 --> 00:20:34.158
  • with his own blood.
  • 00:20:34.191 --> 00:20:35.493
  • I know that after my departure,savage wolves will come in among
  • 00:20:35.526 --> 00:20:38.663
  • you, not sparing the flock, andfrom among your own selves men
  • 00:20:38.696 --> 00:20:42.400
  • will arise, speaking perversethings to draw away the
  • 00:20:42.433 --> 00:20:45.269
  • disciples after them.
  • 00:20:45.303 --> 00:20:46.637
  • Therefore, be on the alert."
  • 00:20:46.671 --> 00:20:48.973
  • Hey, the devil prowls aroundlike a roaring lion.
  • 00:20:49.006 --> 00:20:52.209
  • He has savage wolvesthat he sends in.
  • 00:20:52.243 --> 00:20:55.646
  • What are they going to do?
  • 00:20:55.680 --> 00:20:57.114
  • What do they want to do?
  • 00:20:57.148 --> 00:20:58.449
  • Devour.
  • 00:20:58.482 --> 00:20:59.817
  • You've watched enough NationalGeographic, and Animal Planet,
  • 00:20:59.850 --> 00:21:02.453
  • and shows like that to see whenthe predator comes, what is he
  • 00:21:02.486 --> 00:21:06.691
  • looking for?
  • 00:21:06.724 --> 00:21:08.025
  • He's looking for the stragglers.
  • 00:21:08.059 --> 00:21:09.894
  • If you're together in the herd,then they have a harder time.
  • 00:21:09.927 --> 00:21:14.598
  • But if you get separated fromthe herd, it's the wildebeest
  • 00:21:14.632 --> 00:21:18.602
  • that's out--you know, he wasn'tpaying attention.
  • 00:21:18.636 --> 00:21:20.638
  • He's just kinda like, "Eh, Idon't know, I'll go over here,"
  • 00:21:20.671 --> 00:21:23.307
  • and the he ends up dead.
  • 00:21:23.341 --> 00:21:24.809
  • Why?
  • 00:21:24.842 --> 00:21:26.143
  • Because they get separatedfrom the herd.
  • 00:21:26.177 --> 00:21:27.511
  • He's not with the group.
  • 00:21:27.545 --> 00:21:28.846
  • And when you're not with thegroup, you're a sitting duck for
  • 00:21:28.879 --> 00:21:31.982
  • the predators to come.
  • 00:21:32.016 --> 00:21:34.218
  • Now, I see my job as pastorin these terms.
  • 00:21:34.251 --> 00:21:38.789
  • I'm to lead, I'm to feed, I'm toprotect against the wolves.
  • 00:21:38.823 --> 00:21:45.429
  • We're there to protectthe sheep.
  • 00:21:45.463 --> 00:21:47.732
  • Why?
  • 00:21:47.765 --> 00:21:49.066
  • Because there aresnarling wolves.
  • 00:21:49.100 --> 00:21:52.002
  • There is the lion who--thedevil who prowls around like
  • 00:21:52.036 --> 00:21:56.340
  • a roaring lion, seeking someoneto devour.
  • 00:21:56.374 --> 00:21:59.143
  • And the church protects you fromspiritual error and protects
  • 00:21:59.176 --> 00:22:03.781
  • you from getting eaten up.
  • 00:22:03.814 --> 00:22:06.617
  • The Bible says in Hebrewschapter 13, "Obey your leaders
  • 00:22:06.650 --> 00:22:10.321
  • and submit to them, for theykeep watch over your souls as
  • 00:22:10.354 --> 00:22:14.392
  • those who will give an account.
  • 00:22:14.425 --> 00:22:15.726
  • Let them do this with joy andnot with grief, for this would
  • 00:22:15.760 --> 00:22:18.796
  • be unprofitable for you."
  • 00:22:18.829 --> 00:22:21.999
  • So we talked about theChristian two-step.
  • 00:22:22.032 --> 00:22:24.668
  • I believe on theLord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:24.702 --> 00:22:26.437
  • I give him my heart and life.
  • 00:22:26.470 --> 00:22:27.805
  • I evidence that through baptismand through church membership,
  • 00:22:27.838 --> 00:22:30.908
  • and those things come together.
  • 00:22:30.941 --> 00:22:32.810
  • So I ask you today as you searchyour heart, have you given your
  • 00:22:32.843 --> 00:22:37.381
  • life to Christ?
  • 00:22:37.415 --> 00:22:39.016
  • Have you really repented, turnedfrom sin, and embraced
  • 00:22:39.049 --> 00:22:43.154
  • the Savior?
  • 00:22:43.187 --> 00:22:44.755
  • And since you've done that, orif you've done that--if you've
  • 00:22:44.789 --> 00:22:47.491
  • not done that, you cando it today.
  • 00:22:47.525 --> 00:22:49.894
  • But for those of you who havedone that, have you followed him
  • 00:22:49.927 --> 00:22:53.230
  • in believer's baptism?
  • 00:22:53.264 --> 00:22:55.266
  • I'm not talkin' aboutinfant baptism.
  • 00:22:55.299 --> 00:22:57.535
  • I'm not talking about beingsprinkled when you're 12.
  • 00:22:57.568 --> 00:23:00.538
  • That might've been specialfor you, but listen, that is
  • 00:23:00.571 --> 00:23:04.208
  • not biblical baptism.
  • 00:23:04.241 --> 00:23:06.043
  • That might have beensomething special.
  • 00:23:06.076 --> 00:23:07.812
  • I'm not trying to downplay it,but the Bible talks
  • 00:23:07.845 --> 00:23:10.481
  • about immersion.
  • 00:23:10.514 --> 00:23:11.849
  • That's what that word means andit always comes after salvation.
  • 00:23:11.882 --> 00:23:15.486
  • Have you been saved, have youbeen baptized, and are you part
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  • of a local church?
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  • Those things are criticalto your spiritual health,
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  • your spiritual growth,and to pleasing God.
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  • Jeff Schreve: My friend, maybeyou're watching today and you're
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  • not sure about your relationshipwith Jesus.
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  • Hey, the next step for you is toopen your heart and receive
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  • Christ as Savior and Lord.
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  • Just pray this simple prayer:Lord Jesus, I need you.
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  • I know that I'm a sinner, andI'm lost, and I can't save
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  • myself, but I believe thatyou're God in the flesh.
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  • I believe, Jesus, that you diedon the cross for my sins and
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  • rose again from the dead.
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  • And right now, I ask you toforgive me of my sins, come into
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  • my life, into my heart, changeme and make me the person you
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  • want me to be.
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  • I surrender my all to you.
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  • My friend, if you'll pray thatkind of prayer and mean it, the
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  • Lord will come in and your lifewill never be the same.
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  • I'd love to hear from you, toknow that you're watching, to
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  • know that God is using thisbroadcast to make a difference
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  • in your life, to know that youjust prayed that prayer to
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  • receive Christ as yourSavior and Lord.
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  • Please take the time to callthat toll-free number, write me,
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  • email me.
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  • Let me know what's going on andhow we can pray for you.
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  • You really are important to Godand you're important to us,
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  • and we're here for you.
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  • male announcer: Today's message,"The Christian Two-Step," is
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  • from Pastor Jeff's newseven-message series,
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  • "The Next Step?"
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  • Both the series and today'ssingle message are available
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  • in multiple formats whenyou call... or go online
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  • to fromhisheart.org.
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  • Jeff Schreve: Discernment, youknow, that's sorely lacking in
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  • the church today.
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  • Do you practice discernment?
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  • Do you know how to discernbetween good and evil?
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  • Are your senses trained toknow the difference?
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  • You know, many of us can spot anout-and-out heretic, but can we
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  • spot a wolf in sheep's clothing?
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  • You see, spiritual discernmentis the ability to understand and
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  • apply God's Word for the purposeof separating right from wrong,
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  • good from bad, truth from error,in all areas of life.
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  • Now, because Satan the deceiverof the world is working overtime
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  • to derail God's people withsubtle lies, spiritual
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  • discernment is needed nowmore than ever.
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  • That's why I recently preached afive-message series entitled,
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  • "Discernment in theDay of Deception."
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  • This series offers practical,biblical wisdom to help you and
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  • your family stay faithful andtrue in increasingly
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  • treacherous times.
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  • I hope you'll getyour copy today.
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  • It's my gift of thanks to youfor your support to
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  • From His Heart this month.
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  • Hey, we're reaching into thenations of the world, helping
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  • people learn how to trust theLord and live the abundant life
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  • he promises.
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  • Now remember, I receive noincome from this ministry.
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  • I'm a volunteer and a generousmonthly supporter.
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  • So when you give, every dollargoes to reaching more
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  • people for Jesus.
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  • And when you give, pleaserequest this series,
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  • "Discernment in theDay of Deception."
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  • I trust it will help youin your walk with Jesus.
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  • Thanks so much.
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  • God bless you.
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  • male announcer: To get thistimely new series in the format
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  • of your choice, called"Discernment in the Day of
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  • Deception," call... orgo online to fromhisheart.org
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  • to make your gift.
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  • And thank you for extending yourinfluence for Christ around the
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  • world through From His Heart.
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  • "From His Heart" is theviewer-supported broadcast
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  • Ministry of Dr. Jeff Schreve,who believes that no matter how
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  • badly you may have messed upin life, God still loves you
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  • and he has a wonderful planfor your life.
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  • Find out more about that plan.
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  • Go to fromhisheart.org.
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  • ♪ Real truth, real love,real hope from his heart. ♪♪
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