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Acting like a Christian (7 of 20)
Series: Forever Living in a Whatever World
Introduction: This sermon is not for everyone! I am not suggesting that anyone leave, but I want to make it clear that what I am going to say in this message does not apply to everyone. I am only talking to those who consider themselves Christians.
People come to church for lots of reason. Most are devoted believers. Some possibly come because a parent, a spouse, or friend wants them to. Others are teetering on the edge. They have sort of been thinking of themselves as Christians, but they are not sure. A few might be outright skeptical, others just curious.
Today I'm just speaking to Christians. I don't mean Christian in a denominational sense. This church is not a part of any denominational organization. Those kinds of labels mean little to me. Nor am I using Christian in a generic sense. Many folk think of Christian in a broad social sense. If you are an American and not a Jew, a Muslim, or an atheist, you must be a Christian. I understand that that's the way some people think. But that's not what I am talking about.
I am only talking to those in this room who consider themselves Christians. This is the way I am defining it. While Philippians doesn't use the term Christian, [In fact, the Bible rarely uses the word] it does use a phrase that comes close. Note how the opening verse puts it, "To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi." Saints didn't mean plaster statues to which people prayed or lit candles. That idea came much much later. Saint meant someone who was set apart, special in the sense of being in a different category than most. It didn't mean sinless or perfect. But it did mean different.
The difference was in the rest of the phrase "in Christ." You will find that expression several times in Philippians. Can you see how the term Christian is related? Christ-ian, Christ-in, in Christ! What m ...
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