Are You a Christian?
                       Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16
I.  If you asked someone this question, what do you think their response would be?
    A.  Recent pole: 
        1.  Top 10 Largest National Christian Populations
            a.  USA 85 % 224,457,000.
        2.  Top 10 Most Christian States in the U.S.A.
            a.  Utah  79.60%  1,371,000.
    B.  Another pole: 86% of the population define themselves as Christian.
II. What is a Christian?
    A.  Common definitions:
        1.  Someone who loves Jesus.
        2.  Someone who is a good person.
        3.  Someone who is charitable.
            a.  ILLUS: If we are only out to be nice, mild-mannered folk, we should either
                change our name or change our calling.
    B.  Biblical definition:
        1.  The ending "-ian" means "belonging to the party of"; thus "Christians" were those of
            Jesus' party; followers of Christ.
            (1 Cor 1:12-13 NKJV)  Now I say this, that each of you says, "I am of Paul," or "I am
            of Apollos," or "I am of Cephas," or "I am of Christ." {13} Is Christ divided? Was Paul
            crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
                (Luke 9:23 NKJV)  Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after
                Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
            (John 10:27-28 NKJV)  "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow
            Me. {28} "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall
            anyone snatch them out of My hand.
        2.  ILLUS: A Christian is 
                   a mind through which Christ thinks; 
                   a heart through which Christ loves; 
                   a voice through which Christ speaks; 
                   a hand through which Christ helps. 
III.    Becoming a Christian involves more than is commonly thought.
    A.  In becoming a Christian, there is...
    A.  Revelation (Acts 26:19-23).
        1.  Hear (Jn 6:45).
        2.  Believe (Jn 8:24).
        3.  Repent (Lk 13:3).
        4.  Confess (Mat 10:32).
        5.  Baptized (Mk 16:16).
            a.  Luke 24:44-48
    B.  Realization (Acts 26:24-27).
        1.  Jesus' sacrificial death.
        2.  Our sinful lives (Acts 26:15-18).
    C.  Response (Acts 26:28-29).
        1.  3 Responses.
            a.  Passive.
            b.  Negative (Acts 7).
            c.  Positive (Acts 2).
    A.  Disciples called Christians.
        1.  AHD- "Disciples" - One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of
        2.  Matt 28:18-20.
            a.  Leading verb - "Make disciples"
            b.  2 modal participles.
                (1)  "Baptizing them"
                (2)  "Teaching them"
                     (Luke 6:40 NKJV)  "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone
                     who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
                     (Luke 14:26-27 NKJV)  "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. {27} "And whoever does not bear
                     his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.   (33)  "So likewise,
                     whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
                     (John 13:35 NKJV)  "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you
                     have love for one another."
                     (John 15:7-8 NKJV)  "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you
                     will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. {8} "By this My
                     Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
    B.  Divinely called Christians.
        1.  Called "chremartisa" = has the force of a divine calling or command (9 times).
            (Mat 2:12 NKJV)  Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return
            to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
            (Luke 2:26 NKJV)  And it had been revealed to him {Simeon} by the Holy Spirit that
            he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
            (Acts 10:22 NKJV)  And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who
            fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely
            instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you."
            (Heb 11:7 NKJV)  By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved
            with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he
            condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to
        2.  Fulfillment of Isa 62:2 (Jews & Gentiles).
            (Isa 62:2 NKJV)  The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory.
            You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name.
    C.  Descriptively called Christians.
        1.  Evangelistic work (Lk 19:10).
        2.  ILLUS: "The main problem with American Christians is not that they aren't where
            they should be, but they are not what they should be right where they are. Doctors,
            businessmen, teachers, etc."
    A.  Consecrated life (1 Pet 1:13-16).
        1.  ILLUS: A genuine Christian is like a good watch. He has an open face, busy hands,
            is made of pure gold, is well-regulated, and is full of good works.
    B.  Christlike life (1 Pet 2:21-25).
        1.  ILLUS: Christ cannot live his life today in this world without our mouth, without our
            eyes, without our going and coming, without our heart. When we love, it is Christ
            loving through us. This is Christianity.
    C.  Changed life (1 Pet 4:1-4).
        1.  ILLUS: A maid, after becoming a Christian, was asked how she knew she was a
            Christian. "Because," she replied, "Now I do not sweep the dirt under the rugs."
    D.  Celebrated life (1 Pet 5:6-10).
I.  Are you a Christian?
            A.  ILLUS: How long does it take to become a Christian? A moment and a lifetime.
** If you have any questions or if you would like to become a Christian, please let us know. 
Alan C. Cole
26th St. Church of Christ
101-26th Street Huntington, WV 25703
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