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									A Christian Is - -

     1 Peter 4:15-17
The Bible defines who is a
        Christian.
       Current usage
• “Christian” is used to mean:
  – A nation based on moral values
  – People who go to some church
  – Anyone who believes something
    about Jesus
  – A person who is kind, helpful
• What does the Bible teach about
  being a Christian?
     “Christian” in NT

• Christian is found 3 times in the NT
• 1 Peter 4:16 - Yet if anyone
  suffers as a Christian, let him not
  be ashamed, but let him glorify
  God in this matter.
• Acts 11:26b - And the disciples
  were first called Christians in
  Antioch.
     “Christian” in NT

• Christian is found 3 times in the NT
• Acts 26:28 - Then Agrippa said to
  Paul, “You almost persuade me to
  become a Christian.”
• What can we learn?
• Who is a Christian?
      A Christian Is - -

• A Disciple
  – Acts 11:26 – Disciples were called
    Christians
     • Disciple = learner, student, pupil
     • Most often in a religious sense
  – One is not a disciple
     • Dreams, visions
     • Direct operation of the Holy Spirit
      A Christian Is - -
• A Disciple
  – A disciple is a follower of Christ
     • 1 Peter 2:21 - For to this you were
       called, because Christ also suffered for
       us, leaving us an example, that you
       should follow His steps:
     • The standard for conduct is NOT
        – Law of Moses
        – Worldly view
        – Philosophy
      A Christian Is - -
• Persuaded
  – Acts 26:28 – Agrippa was “almost”
    persuaded
  – Almost persuaded is not enough
  – Are you persuaded?
    • To Deny self – Matthew 16:24 - Then
      Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone
      desires to come after Me, let him deny
      himself, and take up his cross, and
      follow Me.
      A Christian Is - -
• Persuaded
  – Acts 26:28 – Agrippa was “almost”
    persuaded
  – Almost persuaded is not enough
  – Are you persuaded?
     • To Deny self – Matthew 16:24-26
     • Love God above all – Luke 14:26 - “If anyone
       comes to Me and does not hate his father and
       mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters,
       yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My
       disciple.
      A Christian Is - -
• Persuaded
  – Acts 26:28 – Agrippa was “almost”
    persuaded
  – Almost persuaded is not enough
  – Are you persuaded?
     • To Deny self – Matthew 16:24-26
     • Love God above all – Luke 14:26-29
     • Sacrifice all – Philippians 2:17 - Yes, and if I
       am being poured out as a drink offering on the
       sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and
       rejoice with you all.
     A Christian Is - -
• Some are hard to persuade
  – Many are just not interested
  – Many are confused
  – Some are “set in their way”
  – Some have emotional ties and won’t
    move when shown what is right
      A Christian Is - -
• Willing to Suffer
• 1 Peter 4:15-16
  – Don’t suffer for doing wrong
  – Be willing to suffer for right
  – Persecution, accusations
  – People who speak what they do not
    understand
      A Christian Is - -
• Willing to Suffer
• Suffering is all around us
  – Caused by physical world – disease
    and death
  – Caused by sinful living – doing evil
  – Caused by doing God’s will
  – 2 Timothy 3:12 - Yes, and all who
    desire to live godly in Christ Jesus
    will suffer persecution.
      A Christian Is - -
• Willing to Suffer
• We must be willing to suffer for our
  Lord
• Acts 5:41 - So they departed from
  the presence of the council,
  rejoicing that they were counted
  worthy to suffer shame for His
  name.
     A Christian Is - -
• Not Ashamed
• 1 Peter 4:16 – We must not be
  ashamed of being a Christian
• Mark 8:38 – Not ashamed of the
  words of Christ
• Romans 1:16 – Not ashamed of
  the gospel
      A Christian Is - -
• Glorifies God
• “Glorify God in this name”
• Glorify God by:
  – Being a disciple
  – Worshiping – praising – praying
  – Living a moral life
         QUESTIONS

• Are you a Christian?

• Is today the day you decide to
  put on Christ?

• Will you begin the Christian life
  today?

								
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