What is a Christian?
I want you to look in your Bible this morning to the
book of Acts, 11th chapter, verse 25 and 26.
This summer we have been having what I'm calling our
Summer Good News Festival. I have a special emphasis
on preaching messages designed to bring people to
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We always try to do
this every service, but we are just trying to invite
people and do some special things to help us in a
special effort to reach those who need to know the
This morning I have chosen a subject that is needed--
What is a Christian? Then the question that goes along
with that is—Are you a Christian? Do you consider
yourself a Christian? If somebody should come to you
and ask if you were a Christian, what would you say?
Would say, "Oh, yes, I am a Christian." Or would you
say, "Oh, no, I'm not a Christian." Or would you say,
"I'm not really sure I'm a Christian."
If you'll follow along this morning I think you will
be able to get a pretty good idea whether or not you
indeed are a Christian.
It came as a surprise to me a few years ago to find
out that the word, Christian, occurs only three times
in the New Testament. It occurs here where the people
of Antioch looked at the believers in the Lord and
they called them Christians.
It occurs the second time in the book of Acts in the
26th chapter, verse 28 where King Agrippa said, "Almost
thou persuadest me to be a Christian." I'll talk about
that in just a few weeks.
The third time it occurs is in I Peter 4:16 where it
says, "if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not
be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf."
It is interesting to observe that this was not the
word that the Lord Jesus Christ used for His
followers. More often than not Jesus would use the
word, disciples. He referred to His followers as His
disciples. Sometimes He called them His servants.
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