Believers Should Be Behaviors! (1 of 22) by Jerry Vines

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Believers Should Be Behaviors! (1 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
Jerry Vines
James 1:1
8/8/04

I'm beginning a series of studies around the general theme "Behave Yourself."
I heard sometime ago about a boy who was caught cheating in school. When confronted with his cheating he said, "It doesn't matter. I'm saved. I'm going to heaven when I die. It doesn't matter what I do." Unfortunately, what that boy expressed in those words is all too common on the part of those who name the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. "I'm saved. I'm going to heaven when I die. It doesn't matter what I do and it doesn't matter how I live."

There seems to be a tendency in our generation for those who say they are Christians to somehow fail to understand that their Christian faith is to have an impact upon their daily behavior. There seems to be some kind of disconnect between faith and life; and for many who call themselves Christians, their Christian faith is like a coat they put on for Sunday. They put their coat on and go through the motions of their Christian life or their Christian belief on Sunday. When the day is over, they take off their coat of faith and they live the rest of the days of that week just as they jolly well please.

Why is that true? Why is it that many people who say they are saved and say they are going to heaven when they die, seem to have no understanding that what they believe is to impact the way they are to behave?

I can see only one or two reasons for this. It may be that though they have professed to be Christians and profess to be saved, and they have not really been saved. In II Corinthians 5, verse 17, the Bible says, "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." If your conversion experience has not impacted your behavior in a positive kind of way, there is some reason to doubt whether or not you have truly experienced salvation.

When I see a bi ...


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