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Mark 3:34–35 KJV 1900
34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
Are you All in?
++Inside job
++Inside scoop
++Inside man
There is a different perspective from the inside.
++Different outlook
++Different hope
I recall reading the story of an army general who surrounded a large city with the aim of conquering it. This city was heavily fortified with a high and imposing wall and gate. The army general surrounded the city in readiness to attack. One friend of the general came along and asked him, “Sir, how do you think you are going to overcome the defenses of this city? No one in recent history has been able to conquer this great city.” The army general smiled and said, “It’s my 5th column. I’m depending on them to do the trick.” The general’s friend was very interested and asked, “What is this 5th column? I thought you only had four columns.” The army general replied, “I do have a 5th column.” “Oh, I see. Is it a special commando unit or are they airborne paratroopers?” the man asked. I Will Fight from Within The general laughed, “No, it’s none of these. My 5th column consists of my spies, agents, friends and supporters who are already within the city. You just wait. They will open those big gates from within and my armies will rush in.”
1 Thessalonians 5:12–14 KJV 1900
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-14

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace

What does it mean to know?

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace
1 Thessalonians 5:12–14 KJV 1900
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
What does it mean to know?
Knowledge
++familiarity
++spirit
++commitment

2 Timothy 3:14 KJV 1900
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
The Power of Connection
++Information to Action
++Assurance to Confidence
++Trust
We need the right kind of Connection
Continue in what has been taught
++That keep us going
++Helps us endure
++That enhances what we have learned
Keep going
1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV 1900
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Do not stop
1 Corinthians
The call to unity
2 Corinthians 2:4 KJV 1900
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
++Unity of Speech
++Unity of purpose
++Unity of action
++Unity of thought
Psalm 133:1 KJV 1900
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1–3 KJV 1900
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, That ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: That went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: For there the Lord commanded the blessing, Even life for evermore.
Psalms 133:
Psalms 133:4
Psalm

4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

Psalm 133:3 KJV 1900
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: For there the Lord commanded the blessing, Even life for evermore.
2 Corinthians
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
2 Corinthians 2:4 KJV 1900
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
2 Corinthians 2:4 KJV 1900
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
Going through together
You know what I went through for you.
++Affliction
++Anguish of Heart
++Many tears
I did it that you may know the love I have for you.
A love that is
Deep
Abundant
1 Corinthians 2:3 KJV 1900
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
I was with you

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 2:3 KJV 1900
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
I was with you
++in fear
- ++in fear
++in weakness
- in trembling
++in trembling
We went through some things
++Tough things
++Tough times
++Together

Friendship forged through adversity creates an lasting connection.

We really don't want to go through anything
We want it to be easy
Luke 21:14 KJV 1900
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and

Luke 21:8–19 KJV 1900
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
Jesus speaks of
++Nations in crisis.
++hostility toward Christians
- hostility toward Christians
Christians will be
++captured
- captured
++persecuted
- persecuted
- imprisoned
++imprisoned
Not for
-political reform
-
Matthew 27:44–49 KJV 1900
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
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