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TEXT: Luke 14:15-24;Luke 15:1-32;Acts 8:26-35
INTRO: Today we will continue to look at the attributes of an Authentic Christian.
So far we have discovered the importance of having a “Righteous Lifestyle”. An authentic Christian understands that they are not the same. That they have allowed the Holy Spirit to “transform their way of thinking”. Understanding that we are no longer slaves to our old self, and selfish desires, we are now to be slaves to righteousness. This is good stuff Church!
We are looking at being REAL Christians!
· R- Righteous Lifestyle
· E- Evangelical Passion
Evangelical Passion. Now there is a fraise, a label that many believers may not consider a must for every believer. However, Passion for Evangelism, IS a must for every believer.
Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary defines evan•gel•i•cal adjective1 : of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels; emphasizing salvation by faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ through personal conversion, the authority of Scripture, and the importance of preaching as contrasted with ritual
related words ardent, fervid, impassioned, militant, zealous; missionary, propagandizing, proselytizing
Passion on the other hand is simple to define: Passion is anything that you invest time, thought, energy and money to.
Matthew 6:21 Jesus tells us: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
You are passionate about what you treasure the most:
I for one am passionate about :
· My Wife Julie- she is always in my thoughts, I day dream about her, I treasure her, I am passionately in love with her.
· My children- Reagan, Allison, Hunter and Jack- again, they are all, always on the forefront of my mind.
· During their respected seasons, I am passionate about certain sport teams.
But all these things take a back seat to the most important thing on my mind. My relationship with Jesus Christ!
You can easily tell what a person is passionate about- Just listen to them for a while, what do they talk about, what is on the forefront of their mind, where is their treasure?
For the REAL Christian- Evangelical Passion is a MUST! What we talk about the most, will define what we are passionate about.
ILLUS: Did you read about the little boy who returned home after his first Sunday school class? His mother asked, “Who was your teacher?” and the little boy answered, “ I don’t remember her name, but she must have been Jesus’ grandmother because she didn’t talk about anyone else.” Does our conversation reflect our love of Jesus? Would our words give away our relationship with him? James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 490.
PROP.SENT: The Bible teaches us that the things we are passionate about will be the things we act upon. Evangelical Passion is the sign of a true believer, because he or she is busy telling everybody they meet about their faith.
I. PASSION’S REASON
A. Salvation that saves!
Ephesians 6:17a Take the helmet of salvation…
More than anybody or anything on the face of the earth, those of us who are truly saved, have a reason to be passionate. Because of our Salvation.
Until we really understand what salvation means, we will never understand it’s importance. When we talk about
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