WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves
with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch.
28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest
me to be a Christian.
1 Pet 4:16
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be
ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
What is a Christian?
A true Christian is:
I. A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN
A. Has a new birth
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
B. A new dress
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw
there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in
hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and
foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness;
there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
We can not get to heaven dressed in the garments of sin.
Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover up their
sin but God placed the skins on them.
Their sin had to be paid for by the shedding of blood.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered
me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself
with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first
begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me,
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have
washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
C. A new growth
2 Peter 3:18
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
1 Pet 2:2
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:
Growth comes from the reading and hearing of God’s Word.
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
II. A BIG CHANGE
A. A radical change
1. A new character
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and
doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his
house upon a rock:
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
B. A new fellowship
1. With Jesus
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn
within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while
he opened to us the scriptures?
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have
put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
2. With Gods people
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in unity!
14 We took sweet counsel together, and
walked unto the house of God in company.
63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee,
and of them that keep thy precepts.
B. A radiant life
A true Christian cannot help but tell others what
happened to him.
I am very skeptical of a person who says he is
saved and will not tell anyone about his experience.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which is
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men,
him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will
I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
III. A BOLD CHALLENGE
A. Challenge to serve
1 Tim 6:18
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works,
ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and
so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
If it is right to be in church and we know it is right, then should we not be in
God’s house when God’s people are meeting?
Is it not sinful to refuse to participate when God’s
people engage in the work of God?
B. Challenge to sacrifice
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of
God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
What are you sacrificing to see the furtherance of the Gospel?
1 Sam 17:29
29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
Is there not a cause to sacrifice today?
Our communities are falling away from God.
Sin is on every street corner. How can we fight crime?
How can we make a difference? By reaching them with the Gospel!
C. A challenge to walk
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Live what we preach.
D. A challenge to war
Satan poses a constant battle against the Christian.
We must fight him.
1 Tim 6:12
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses.
2 Tim 2:3-4
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a
good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself
with the affairs of this life; that he may please
him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour
of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the
evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
E. A challenge to race
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every
weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and
let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
In a race the runner must use every muscle.
Place his body under tremendous pressure in order to
utilize every ounce of energy to win his race.
God has a will for each of us.
To what degree are we accomplishing God’s purpose?
We must sometimes place ourselves under tremendous
pressure so that we can accomplish God’s will to its fullest extent.
Will God be able to say to you when we meet Him,
“well done thou good and faithful servant?”
If we are willing to do what we can, God will give the victory.
1 John 5:4
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:
and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
The apostle Paul said:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the
day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.