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Empowered to be Great (North OC)
Episode 617th October 2021 • OC Church of Christ Sermons • OC Church of Christ
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Is what our society views as greatness accurate? Is there a different way to achieve greatness? We continue our Empower series learning how Jesus redefines greatness and how to achieve it therefore empowering His followers to be great

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Good morning.

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Good morning.

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You're on it.

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You're on it.

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You're ready.

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Huh?

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Hey man.

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Hey man.

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Good morning, brothers and sisters definitely want to thank the, uh, the

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worship team for leading us this morning.

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Hey man, we appreciate that's a little old school track.

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Huh?

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There is a gun.

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Come on.

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I was fired or were you fired up about that?

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Come on.

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Hey man.

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What as was mentioned, my name is Marcel hall and I have the privilege

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and honor to be one of the ministers here for the OSI church of Christ.

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And I'm so grateful to be able to speak this morning and, uh, they

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want to share some good news.

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We had a great time.

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Last night for our first ever Saturday night live event.

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Amen.

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And so you're saying, well, what was that?

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Well, that was for the emerging generation.

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I am part of the generation that's already emerging.

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But I was able to sneak in there.

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I was able to bribe a couple of people and then get in, but I did want to share

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a couple of pictures here, so you can get a feel there of what the event was like.

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And so we had O O C ministry or our teenagers are college students and

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some from our professionals ministry.

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Some folks from long beach, our church in long beach, our church in the Covina

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area and our church over in the heart of LA come Carson Hawthorne area as well.

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And it was.

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Right.

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Wasn't it a blast.

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Those who were there, we had a great time.

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It was fun.

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We can't wait to have it again.

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And so we're planning on having our Saturday night live events, at least

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at least three to four times a year.

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And so we're excited about this.

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So if you didn't get a chance to go well, pray and stay alive.

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And then you can possibly go in 20, 22.

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All right.

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But unless you're a part of the emerge generation, then you'll just have to ask.

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All right.

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So it was a great time and I'm excited that we can do things like that.

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Right now.

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We're going to continue in our sermon series empower.

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And so we only have about one this one and one more.

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And in fact, Eric, this is going to close out our empower series in about two weeks.

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So we're excited to hear from Eric Ines.

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And so we've been doing this service series and power where we're looking

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at Jesus through the gospel or the biography of mark and how he

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empowers those who follow him.

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And so we've looked at a number of things that we empower to leadership

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and power to, to, to, to, to, uh, to, to do great things, to

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recognize him, empowers us to give.

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And so today we're going to be talking about how he empowers us to be great.

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Empowered to be great.

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So as you go ahead and write that down in your notes there, we're going to go ahead

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and we're going to continue our worship, or we're going to have a word of prayer.

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Let's pray, father.

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I thank you so much for this opportunity to hear your message from the scriptures

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and God, I pray right now, father, that you will speak to our very soul.

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I pray that every distraction has been cast to the side.

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God, I pray that we can not only receive, but God we can give to you as

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we receive your word and father, that we can come away, changed, inspired.

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And as we can see from the passage is here today, empowered to go and do

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your will in Jesus name, we pray a men.

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Let me ask you a question.

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Do you want to be great?

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Okay.

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I asked, but only about 18 people said yes.

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Do you want to be great?

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It's okay to say you want to be great.

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Some of us are saying, wow, no, you do want to be great.

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Every single person in here wants to be great.

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You don't want to be lame.

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Do you?

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I want to be bootleg.

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Nobody ever says that everybody here wants to be great.

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Do you want to be an average friend?

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No.

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Yeah, man.

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I just want to be your average friend.

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No, you don't want to do that.

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Let me ask you this.

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Do you want to be a great boyfriend, a girlfriend?

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You better?

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Do you want to be a great spouse?

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Yes.

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Do you want to be a great parents?

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Do you want to be a great employee?

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I guess it depends on where I'm working, but we all want to be great.

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Don't worry.

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And that's not a bad thing.

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No, that's a good thing, but it's interesting.

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And we're going to talk about this, this idea of greatness.

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In fact, let's do this.

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Who are some people currently that our society thinks is great.

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Did somebody say Marcel hall?

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Oh, that was so kind.

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You're probably the only one that thinks it more so on his grave.

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But I appreciate that.

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I appreciate that.

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Okay.

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All right.

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Let's just go ahead.

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Who are some people that, uh, that, that are considered?

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Great.

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Let's go ahead.

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Let's get a couple of people here.

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Uh, what'd you say?

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LeBron James.

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Okay.

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LeBron James.

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All right.

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Elon Musk.

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Okay.

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Yeah.

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Elan Musk there.

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All right.

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Yeah.

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Let's go here.

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Let let's, let's do this here.

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Let's look at this idea of greatness.

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I got a couple of people, Billie Eilish, a lot of people think she's great.

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Hey, this ain't a time to hate.

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I don't know if you like her.

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I don't, but that's okay.

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The girl went like 25 Grammys.

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How many of you?

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One?

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Okay.

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All right.

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So she's considered great.

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Right?

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Somebody mentioned LeBron James right now.

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Now some people don't like LeBron, but it still he's considered to be

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great others there Al Pachino when the greatest actors of all time,

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my favorite actor of all time.

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Well, ham dinero Dinsdale and myself, you know what I'm saying?

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But also others consider Michelle Obama to be great.

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Wow.

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Okay.

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All right.

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There you go.

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Nobody else got any claps?

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All right, there you go.

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But then also Elon Musk, right?

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A lot of people consider him to be great.

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Now what constitute their greatness?

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Well, they've achieved something, right?

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They've been excellent in their particular field or area or whatnot.

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But let me ask you this.

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Makes greatness in our society.

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What are some of those things money.

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Right.

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Okay.

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So, so someone with a lot of money, we can send it to be great.

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That's part of the reason Elon Musk is up there.

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Right?

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Well, what are some other things?

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So money, what else?

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Talents.

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All right.

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You had to be Uber talented there.

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Right?

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Okay.

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And so we see a lot of these people on the screen are very talented.

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Okay.

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What else?

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What are some other things.

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Okay.

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Working hard.

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We're hard work there.

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Okay.

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All right.

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Heard a whole lot of other people.

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Yeah.

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Well, what are some other things wouldn't say versatile.

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Okay.

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So a number of different things here.

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I wrote down a couple of here status, right?

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If somebody has a certain status, we consider them to be great.

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Or another thing that might be respects.

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Hey, they're well respected.

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Everybody respects them another fame.

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Okay.

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They're well-known also, uh, followers.

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They got a lot, they have a lot of followers, maybe they're

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they're social media influencers.

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Maybe it's also a control.

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They're able to have a lot of power or they're admire.

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And so we can see these are some of the things that go along

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overall with this idea of greatness and what our society considers.

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Great.

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And so if you have status, we consider.

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If you have a large amount of respect, then Hey, they're great.

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They're famous.

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They're great.

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They're fun.

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They have many followers.

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They're admired.

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They have a lot of control.

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It's the, our society says, well, their greats, I would say maybe yes and no.

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I would argue that these things that we lift and we think of automatic.

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Don't constitute greatness, but many times are perhaps the results of

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greatness maybe, but these things don't automatically make you great.

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And we're going to see Jesus here.

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He's going to redefines, redefined for us the idea of greatness.

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And he's going to show a reveal how you, yes, you have been empowered to be great.

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And I would argue even greater than anyone on this screen.

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I want to show a commercial here real quickly, that the quality, uh, for

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some reason, it's not going to be that great here, but even the world

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has some, you know, our society.

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We, we, we might value these things, but even a world where we look down,

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we go, you know what, all those things don't automatically mean.

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You're.

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And there was this really cool commercial by Nike, uh, for the 2012 London Olympics

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talking about find your greatness.

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And so we're going to go ahead and play that, uh, video.

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There were no grand celebrations here.

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No speeches, no bright lines.

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There are great athletes.

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Somehow we've come to believe the greatness of the chosen few, a superstar.

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The truth is greatness is for all of us.

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This is not about.

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It's about raising every last one of us,

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because greatness is not in one special case.

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It is not in one special

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greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find.

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I'm not plugging Nike, but I just liked the commercial there,

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but we could add some powerful lines in that about greatness.

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You can go ahead and stop it there.

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I'm not sure why I was playing twice there.

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All right, there you go.

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But we can see here that you can achieve greatness without having

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the things that were listed before.

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You don't have to be Elon Musk in order to be considered great even in our society.

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But as we can see in the eyes of God, And so this image of greatness, it's key,

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that, that we no longer adopt what we've been fed or what we believe by society.

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But we adopt Jesus's view of greatness because I believe that some of us, yes,

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why we hesitate to even answer the idea of being great, even though we really want is

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because we believe that we can't achieve its or that our level of greatness does

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it compare with those that we consider in our society to be great, but that's not.

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And so when we have a different view, a godly view, we will see

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that what we attain and strive for.

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We can have an even more, and it'd be for a greater cause because what do we see

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here that Jesus and powers to be great.

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So we're going to look over here in mark chapter nine church.

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Are you with me?

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Church.

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Are you with me here now here in mark chapter nine, Jesus is

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nearing the end of his ministry.

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So he's on his way over to Jerusalem.

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And we're going to read mark chapter nine and chapter 10.

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And so he knows what's going to happen.

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He knows that he's going to give his life as a sacral.

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Yeah, he's going to die upon the cross.

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He knows that there's a resurrection has coming.

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So he's trying to get his disciples to understand this so they can be prepared.

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And he also wants them to be able to share this good news will after he raises

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from the dead in a sense to heaven.

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So we take it up in mark chapter nine in verse 33, it reads that came to.

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When he was in the house, he asked him, what were you arguing about on the road?

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But they kept quiet because all night on the way they had argued

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about who was the greatest.

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So we can stop right there.

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They're having this arguments who was the greatest, and those are,

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uh, you know, remember Muhammad Ali.

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You remember, he'd always say I'm the greatest of all time.

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And those who have seen my, one of my favorite movies, the last drag.

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Only a couple of y'all have seen it, but Bruce Lee Roy and

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show know who's the baddest.

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And they realized, so now you got to watch the movie anyhow.

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So they're having this argument, Hey, who's going to be great.

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Who's going to be greatest.

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And Jesus hear me.

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Doesn't address it there.

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But he's like, Hey, when we get back inside, we're getting,

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we're going to talk about that.

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And so he goes, and he sits down and says in verse 35, sitting

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down, Jesus always taught.

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Not always, but when you know Jesus sitting down, he's, . And that was some

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of the culture there that the rabbis would actually sit down and teach.

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But every time you see in the scripture where Jesus sitting down some knowledge,

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he's about to drop he's about to go ahead and drop the mic on you.

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It's about to be fired.

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And so here's what he says in verse 35, Jesus called the 12 and said, anyone who

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wants to be first must be the very last.

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And the servant of all, he took a little child whom he placed among

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them taking the child in his arms.

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He said to them, whoever welcomes one of these little children in

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my name welcomes me and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me.

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But the one who sent me and this was pretty remarkable at this time.

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But what we'll come back to in a second here, let's go on over to

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mark chapter 10, because we're going to see a theme here at what Jesus.

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So again, he goes, he's been teaching his disciples and they

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get it and then they don't get it.

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And it says in verse 35 and chapter 10, then James and John, these are

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two of Jesus's apostles and disciples.

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They've been with them since the beginning of his ministry, the sons of devotee.

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They came to him and said, teacher, we want you to do whatever you ask, whatever

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we ask that's that's a bold request.

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Isn't it?

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Hey, I want you to do whatever I ask.

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Right.

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The automatic question or the response is, well, what do you want?

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Right.

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And so here they go.

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They say, Hey, we want you to do whatever we ask of is Jesus says, Hey,

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what do you want me to do for you?

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They reply.

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Let one of us sit at your rights and the other at your left in your glory and say,

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Hey, we want to be your right hand, man.

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And your left hand, man, when you have this glorious moment,

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we want to be right there.

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We want to be in the myths, not in the background.

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We don't want to be in the back row.

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We want to be right here on your right and right here on your left.

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Jesus says you do not know what you're asking.

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Can you drink the cup?

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I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with.

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We can they answer?

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Jesus said to them, you will drink the cup.

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I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right

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or left is not for me to grant these pit.

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These places belong to those for whom they had been.

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Verse 41.

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When the 10 heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.

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So there upsets.

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Did you hear what James and John did?

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They wouldn't ask Jesus, can they be on the right or left?

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I can't believe those guys.

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So they're upset, man.

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James, John, what's wrong with you?

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How dare you?

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You're so arrogant.

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You're so prideful and you're so slick because you beat me to the punch.

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I wanted that spot.

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You always do that.

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James, I'm tired of it's.

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It's another getting into this argument here, right there, man.

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Hey man, how could you ask that?

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And all these different things in verse 42, Jesus called them together

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and said, you know, that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles,

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they Lord it over them and their high officials, exercise authority over them.

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Not so with you.

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Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servants.

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And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all for even the

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son of man did not come to be.

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But to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many we'll stop right there.

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You see this theme here as Jesus approaches.

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And as he goes to his, his guys there and he sees me, you guys are

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arguing about who's going to be great.

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You're arguing about who's going to be on my right and to my left, you're mad.

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Hey, let me help you out.

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Let me drop some jewels and some knowledge on you.

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If you want to be great, you need to become a servant.

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Jesus's completely turning world views upside down, no matter what the culture

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is, we all have this idea of greatness and they had theirs and they're thinking,

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Hey, he goes, no, no, no, no, no, no.

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Let me flip this upside down for you.

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Your view of greatness is off and how to achieve greatness is off as well.

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You see in the kingdom of God, greatness is defined and achieved differently.

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This is what he reveals.

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He doesn't say greatness is something that should not be a strive for it.

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Didn't say that this is not something that you shouldn't have any type of

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aspiration for, but what he says is, Hey, it's a different definition in God's

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kingdom and how you reach that point.

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It's a different approach.

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And so he goes, and he blows their money and he blows our mind as well.

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To be first, you must be last and a servant and slave to all.

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Then he grabs the kid.

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And this was powerful because at that time, in that culture kids, weren't

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highly regarded the way they are today, you know, in our society, Hey,

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let the kids do any and everything.

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Right.

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And I'm not saying that's great parenting, but, but kids are lifted up.

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It was completely opposite back then.

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Kids were weren't, weren't regarded in the same steam in lights.

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And so he says, Hey, you guys want to be great.

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Guess what?

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And he goes and grabs there's Dominique right there.

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Right?

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Maybe I should grab Dominique real quick.

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Let me grab Dominique real quick.

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Jesus goes, Hey, you guys want to be great.

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Hey, here's what you do.

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He goes, and he grabs his kid and he says, he puts him in his arms and they're all

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looking like, man, why is he doing that?

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Get them no bad kids away.

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He says, Hey, whoever welcomes one of these welcome.

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When you welcome me, you're welcome.

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The father.

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This was mind blowing for them.

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Wait, wait, wait, wait.

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I don't just have to serve those who are around me.

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My peers.

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I have to serve those who are not highly esteemed.

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I have to serve those who society considers it, maybe

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lower than the norm in average.

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You're telling me if I want to be great.

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If I want to sit in your right left, I got to serve and welcome one of BESE.

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So he's completely blowing their mind.

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He's completely blowing our mind as he redefines what it means to

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be great and how to achieve it.

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All right, Dominic, you got to go back.

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Okay.

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Here we go.

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Those who remember he, this is his second time on stage during the sermon.

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He ran up on stage one time when he wasn't supposed to.

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So this time he was invited there.

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All right.

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But we can see, this was incredible.

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He said, look guys, if you want to do all that other stuff that doesn't take place

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in society, what it means to be great.

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Maybe you lie.

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Maybe you cheat, you neglect your family.

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You, you, you have priorities that are wrong.

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Maybe you, you disregard God and, and you, you make him

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second in order to cheat grace.

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He says not so in my kingdom.

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He said that might be what the world does.

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That might be what society does.

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But if you're in my kingdom, this is greatness.

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You know, the common belief is you have to be special.

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You have to have the right genes.

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Maybe the right family have the right money, the right career.

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But Jesus says, no, you don't need any of those things in order to

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be great in the kingdom of God.

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And so what does that mean for you?

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In me, it means that Jesus empowers anyone to be great.

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Anyone to be great.

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If we follow Jesus, then we have the capacity.

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We have the ability, we have been empowered to be great.

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You know, Dr.

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King has a famous quote.

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But, you know what I decided, you know, I don't want to just quote Dr.

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King or I just want to show the quote on here.

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He actually preached a whole sermon.

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It's a very famous sermon that he is about this passage right here.

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And I figured, you know what?

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Dr.

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King can preach it.

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He's I think he's a better speaker than I am.

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And so we're going to get a little clip of Dr.

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King here and, and this idea of anyone being.

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In the kingdom of God, let's go ahead and let's play it if

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you want to be in parliament.

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Wonderful.

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If you want to be recognized, wonderful.

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If you want to be loving the phone, but recognize that he who is

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greatest among you shall be yourself.

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That's the new definition of greatness this morning?

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The thing that I like about my giving back definition of greatness, that means.

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And everybody can be great because everybody can say you don't have to

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have a college degree to say, you don't know, you don't have make your subject.

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And your say, you don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle.

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You don't have to know relativity.

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You don't have to know the dynamics.

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Okay, great.

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Generally the love and you can be

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as powerful.

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Let's go backwards here.

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So what do we see here?

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Again, you don't need talents in order to be great in the kingdom of God.

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So that means that you and I, no matter what status, what talent level we have,

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we can be great in the kingdom of God.

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We don't have to be born on this side of the tracks.

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We don't have to have this.

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We don't have to have any of those things because all of us

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are capable of serving others.

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And so it doesn't matter if we're big and strong.

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Because if we meet a need of someone else, that's a greater deed.

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In fact, let's let's uh, let's do this.

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My man, Miguel.

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There you go.

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Miguel.

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Come on up here.

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Okay.

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Miguel, come on up here.

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Okay.

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All right.

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Here.

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Let me go.

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Let's go Miguel here.

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All right.

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Maybe girls in a, okay.

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All right.

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Hello?

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Hey, you want to come up here?

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Yes.

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All right.

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All right.

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What did I say?

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Masa more.

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Okay.

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All right, here we go.

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Okay, here we go.

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All right.

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Can you guys say your name here real quickly here?

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All right.

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Did you understand that?

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Go ahead.

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Okay.

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We got Lorraina.

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We got Miguel.

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And so we're looking here.

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We can say, all right, well, Marcel, what are we doing up here?

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All right.

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Let, let me ask you a question, Miguel.

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Uh, you're you're a pretty strong guy there.

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You've got a couple muscles on you.

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All right there.

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All right.

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Uh, can you bench press, okay.

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Yeah.

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You see that here?

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Oh yeah.

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Why are you trying to call me out more?

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So, yeah.

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Yeah.

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Mel bench press shoot.

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Okay.

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All right.

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So Miguel you're you're you're you, how much can you bench press here?

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To to, okay.

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There you go, brother.

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All right.

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He said he could get to 20 that's two plates on there.

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All right.

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Until two 20.

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All right, so we'll reign.

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How much can you bench press 20 Thomas you're fired up.

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Come on girl.

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Get that 20 pounds.

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It's all in some ways, it, no matter, maybe in our certain, you know, uh, uh,

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culture or maybe our environment, we might look at this and go, Hey, you know what?

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Miguel is obviously stronger.

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So he's automatically the greater one or the more potential to be a greater

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one because he's big and strong.

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But here's the thing.

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If there's a need out there, Aiden, let's say you were, you, you were thirsty.

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Let's say you had some needs out there.

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And we said, Lorraina, go ahead.

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Can you give him some water?

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Because he needs, he, he has a need right there.

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He's thirsty to go ahead and go give it to him.

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Yeah, you go.

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There you go, girl, go ahead and give it to them there.

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Guess what this happened?

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She became great.

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And he became obsolete now, brother, I love you.

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But he became obsolete.

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And there's no, here's the crazy thing, right?

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We look at things on the outside.

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We go, well, you gotta have this, this and this.

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And there it'd be great.

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But you say that's nonsense.

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If you just serve others, you became greats.

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And we're seeing that here.

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If we serve others, it doesn't matter how big, strong, talented,

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cute, pretty, whatever it is.

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If we serve others, he says your grades in my eyes, you guys can go ahead and sit

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down, go ahead and give it up for them.

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Again.

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This is radically different for all of us, but even if we look at,

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we just looked as a whole lot of people who are Uber talented, right?

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But there are underachievers.

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We look and we say, man, they didn't do anything with it.

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And I believe that this should encourage and challenge every.

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This should encourage us.

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Wow.

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You know what?

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I don't need to be the five star recruits.

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I don't need to have this to, in order to sit for God, to be glorified

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in and through my life, I just need to serve, and I can do that.

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And we're talking about not just becoming great in our particular environment,

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circle of whatever we're talking about, being great in the kingdom of heaven.

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I don't care what your circle of influence is or what your, your, your

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culture, your environment, your circle is nothing is greater than being

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great in the kingdom of God than it is in whatever area you can imagine.

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And so we're talking about being great and that's better than any profession or any.

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And so this should encourage us.

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Wow.

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God, you believe in me, you are giving me the opportunity to do

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something great for you to be used for your glory and for you to look

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down and say, Hey, I'm well pleased with you because you are a servant.

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This should bring us great encouragement, but also should be a great challenge

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for us because what this means is there's no excuse to not be.

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There's no excuse to not be great.

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Well, God, you didn't give me, can you serve?

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Well, God, you did.

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Can you serve?

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So none of us can ever go, thank God I couldn't serve because we can serve.

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And so the challenge for all of us then is to serve, to become great.

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So it makes sure that that we're using our talents, our experience on

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our tie to serve in Christ name and a church full of followers of Jesus,

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a church full of followers of Jesus.

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Let me ask you this.

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Should there ever be a need that cannot be met if we're following the teachings

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and the example of Jesus at worst serving didn't it, should there ever be a time?

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We have to bed for volunteers?

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Should there, of course not because all of us are saying I'm here to serve.

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I'm here to give, I'm giving it to others.

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God, I'm being great.

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Just the way you are great on this earth.

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So I applaud those who serve.

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I lift up our family group leaders who serve, I lift up

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our new shepherds who serve.

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I lift up our V team who serves every week.

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They get here eight 30, some of y'all even have breakfast at eight 30.

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I said, I so salute those who are volunteering for our kids

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right now, who are watching them.

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They say yes, that there was an email went out and they said, yeah, I'll do it.

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Well, others decided on.

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I salute all of you who serve because in God's eyes, you are great writer, the

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Elan, Muslim, Brian, James, and whoever else, Billy, I is all combined because

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you're using your time, your effort, your using your, your, your ability,

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your experiences to serve others.

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See Jesus empowers every one of us to be great by serving.

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So here's the question in forest?

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Am I.

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Or maybe the better question is, who am I serving?

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Who am I serving?

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Is my service for me?

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Am I doing things so that I can have, or is my service to others?

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Is my service to the king.

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And God almighty is my service to his people.

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Is my service to those around me, or is it just to feed and better?

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My self.

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Are we serving?

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So for others, you know, the scripture, Jesus said it several times or

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several times where he says a servant to all serving your roommates.

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Yeah.

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That's right.

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Your roommates, serving your family, serving in your family, group,

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your in the church, serving those, just like we learned last week,

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who agree and disagree with you serving the haves and the have not.

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Finding ways in order to be a blessing to those, we come in contact with, and

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again, Jesus is the model to follow.

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He says, I didn't come to be served.

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Y'all I came to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many that's

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the model that he sets for you.

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And, and that's his teaching.

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And if we're followers of Jesus, what do we do?

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We follow his teaching and example.

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And so how do we respond?

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What should we do?

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I think it's this.

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I think we need to think and act like a servants think and act like a servant.

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Think, first of all, what I mean by this, that means view yourself as a service.

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We are chilled.

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Those are followers of Jesus.

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You are a child of God, hallelujah for that.

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You're not what your, your job is.

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You're not what your nationality, what your race is.

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You are a child of God.

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But guess what your identity also is a servant of Christ.

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And so our view can't be anything else.

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That's contrary to that.

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Our view must be I'm a servant of Christ.

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And when I adopt that servitude attitude, then guess what that will produce

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that will produce service in my life.

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So therefore I have a lifestyle.

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And this is key for me to remember that always remember.

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Okay.

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More say you are a servant leader.

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Don't don't, don't, don't forget the servant part, Marcel.

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You're a servant of the king and make sure you serve his people.

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You humble yourself and you do the dirty work.

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You do the work that nobody else knows about and you serve it's.

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I need to remember that.

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And you remember that my identity is if the minister of the church, my

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identity is a servant of the king.

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So we think like a service that means we view ourselves as a service and then

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we act like a servant that means finding the ways to consistently serve others.

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You know, I love the fact that we have an MLK day in our church.

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We always do.

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We don't take a day off.

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We take a day on, right.

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And we go out and serve.

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But if we're only serving one thing a year, you're not a survey.

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If I don't eat meat in one meal, that doesn't make me a vegan.

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And so this is a lifestyle of service that means serving in the small ways.

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I mean, serving into grand in big ways.

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That means serving in my home.

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That means serving in my family group, serving in a church,

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serving in my neighborhood, maybe serving at my school and at my job.

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And if somebody say, well, Marcel, I want you, but I'm too busy.

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Well, if you're too busy to serve, then you're too.

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That means you need to re reorganize some priorities then, because if we have

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a lifestyle, which we are too busy to serve, that means we're too busy and

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we need to restructure our schedule.

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To make sure that we think and act like a surrogates.

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You know, if we do this, Jesus says, then we'll be great in his kingdom.

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But here's the incredible thing.

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I just love this about God.

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Here's the incredible thing.

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Is that when we serve, yes, we can be considered greatness keen to be used for

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all this boy, but it's reciprocal in a way that God ends up blessing you more.

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In fact, I love this scripture.

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Many of us love it too.

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A generous person will prosper.

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Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

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Hey, when I'm generous, Hey, I'm going to prosper when I serve others.

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Guess what?

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Somehow some way I too will be refreshed and many of us can testify to this.

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Cause here's the mantle.

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I just love this.

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Th th this, this, this truth, then in this idea and this.

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And we'll even test it out right here.

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I mean, we've all been served in some way.

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Somebody has served you, maybe they gave you food, you know,

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breakfast in bed or something.

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So you've all been served in some way.

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Everybody here has been serving some way and that brought to you some happiness.

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Didn't it?

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You're like, oh man.

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Cool.

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Thank you.

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But think about the time in which you served others, what did that producing.

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Did it bring some joy?

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It probably didn't even more than joy, but probably brought not just

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happiness, but it brought fulfillment as well because you started rest, man.

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That was cool to give and you felt built up.

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And in fact, you probably were like, man, I'm gonna give myself a pat on the back.

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That felt good.

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And you felt good about who you were and what you were doing.

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And so again, if we tested the idea of just being served and that for a natural

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tendency, Hey, when we actually look at our lives, the most fulfillment and joy we

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receive is when we actually serve others.

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And so this is the incredible thing.

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Yes, God is raising us up to be great in our society and through his kingdom.

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But he's also saying, guys, you don't understand the blessings you have.

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If you serve, it'll be incredible.

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Why because you're fulfilling the calling of actually following Jesus.

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So let's get real practical church.

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Are you still with me here?

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Let's get real practical here.

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Let's talk about some action steps this week.

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That means every single one.

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And I love how we have a church that just doesn't listen to the word on Sunday,

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but we're a church committed to following the word Monday through Sunday as well.

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Amen.

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And so as we give this direction here, I'm confident that this is a church for

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the people who say I'm going to follow.

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And so, as we see here, first off, I want to say those who may be

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coming around, I encourage you.

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Number one, action.

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Step is to study God's word and figure out, Hey, how can

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I be a servant in his kingdom?

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What does all this mean?

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How does this look?

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How was Jesus a servant?

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How did he give his life as a ransom for me?

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And if some of those who have been studying the Bible for a

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while, I wanna encourage you make a decision to follow Jesus.

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There's no need to wait.

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There's no need to wait following Jesus is the best decision you

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will ever make in your life.

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And now for all of us, every single one of us, here's the action step of

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the week here serve someone every day.

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This week, they say, what should I do, serve how I serve.

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Serve someone everyday this week, maybe it's in your family.

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Maybe it's a classmate.

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Maybe it's your coworker.

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Maybe it's somebody in this room.

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It's the church at large.

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It's your small group serve someone every day.

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This week.

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Maybe it's big.

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Maybe it's small, but serve this week.

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Imagine if we all follow Jesus' example and teaching, and sir.

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Imagine if every single one of us and those who are alive, every single

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one of us, if we all decided, you know what, we're going to take Jesus'

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example and it's taking seriously, and we're going to go out and serve.

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Imagine if your family or your household decided, you know what

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we're going to serve others.

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Imagine if your neighborhood in your complex decided, you know

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what, we're going to serve each.

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Imagine if the citizens of our country decided, you know,

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we're going to serve others.

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No.

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If service is greatness, how great what our society be?

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If service is greatness, then how great, what our cities and our neighborhoods.

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How great what our church be, how great was your family group in the church be?

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How great would your household or their family members who you live with?

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How great would that be and how great would you be in the kingdom of God?

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We close out here and mark chapter 10, verse 43.

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Not so with you.

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Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.

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And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all for even the son of

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man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as

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a ransom for many brother, sister, Jesus, and powers to be great.

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So let's serve.

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