Honest, Humble, and Hospitable
August 22, 2004
INTRODUCTION: The book of Romans concerns itself with great doctrine, but at the same time, issues great truths concerning our duty. It marvelously outlines how we are to conduct ourselves and even how we are to treat others.
Alexander Maclaren, "The world takes its notion of God most of all from those who say they belong to God's family. They read us a great deal more than they read the Bible. They see us; they only hear about Jesus Christ."
Matthew 5:16, " Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
2 Corinthians 3:2-3, "You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart."
The Bible teaches that God has given the world a right to evaluate us on the basis of our love for each other.
John 13:35, " By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Therefore, we are a witness to the world and a testimony for our Lord.
In about 3 weeks we here at FBCW will have the opportunity to welcome literally thousands of non-regular attending members and a host of unchurched or prospective new members. As they come, how will they be received? Will they find a conduct that commends our commitment to Christ and them?
ILLUSTRATION My First Visit
John Peacock & Linda Dinner at Home
Jim Hamby & Petie Sunday school
Miss Edna Whitmire Dinner Out
Dennis Blakney & Ruth Friends
Dale Alexander & Cindy Friends
Anthony Whitmire Friend
I. REALNESS. 9-11
We need behavior that validates our belief
A. HONESTY'S PASSION. 9
"Let love be without hypocrisy ...
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