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What God Thinks About Being A Christian!
1. One of the most misused and abused words in the English language is the word, "Christian." The meaning has almost been drained out of the word. It is a word that used to be a word of distinction and honor. It used to be a special word to describe a special people.
2. We must remember that the term "Christian" is not a name that the church adopted for itself. We are told in Acts 11:26,
"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."
3. This was a term that was given to the church by the world. You get the idea that there was something so different, and so distinct about these people that they were given the name "Christian."
4. The word "Christian" simply means, "CHRIST-ian!" Many have interpreted the word to mean, 'Christ in one!" I like that definition. That is what being a Christian is all about. One is a Christian because Christ lives in them.
5. In the letter to Diognetus, which dates back to the second century A.D., an anonymous writer describes a strange people who are in the world but not of the world. He writes:
"Christians are not differentiated from other people by country, language, or customs; you see, they do not live in cities of their own, or speak some strange dialect... They live in both Greek and foreign cities, wherever chance has put them. They follow local customs in clothing, food, and other aspects of life. But at the same time, they demonstrate to us the unusual form of their own citizenship.
They live in their own native lands, but as aliens... Every foreign country is to them as their native country, and every native land as a foreign country.
They marry and have children just like everyone else, but they do not kill unwanted babies. They offer a shared table, but not a shared b ...
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