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Imitation

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Sermon shared by Steve Shepherd

October 2010
Summary: John tells us about two different people in the church; one to follow and one, we wouldn’t want to follow. 1- What not to imitate 2- What to imitate
Series: III John
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
INTRO.- Who’s your favorite TV or Hollywood actor or actress? Past or present? Considering today’s actors and actresses, older may be better. Oh really? Maybe not.

ILL.- I discovered an internet site about the religion of famous actors of the past. Here is what I found.
1 Humphrey Bogart Episcopalian (lapsed)
2 Cary Grant Anglican (lapsed); part-Jewish;
3 Jimmy Stewart Presbyterian
4 Marlon Brando minimal Christian Science
5 Fred Astaire Episcopalian
6 Henry Fonda Christian Science (lapsed)
7 Clark Gable Catholic
8 James Cagney Catholic
9 Spencer Tracy Catholic
10 Charlie Chaplin Anglican; agnostic
11 Gary Cooper Catholic (convert)
12 Gregory Peck Catholic
13 John Wayne Presbyterian; Catholic
14 Laurence Olivier Anglican
15 Gene Kelly Catholic

1 Katharine Hepburn nominal Episcopalian; atheist
2 Bette Davis Baptist/Episcopalian family background;
3 Audrey Hepburn Christian Science
4 Ingrid Bergman Lutheran
5 Greta Garbo Lutheran
6 Marilyn Monroe Christian Science, temporary - Judaism
7 Elizabeth Taylor Christian Science, Reform Judaism
8 Judy Garland Episcopalian
9 Marlene Dietrich mostly nonreligious but superstitious
10 Joan Crawford raised Catholic; Christian Science
11 Ava Gardner Southern Baptist

From what I read, most Hollywood actors and actresses didn’t practice their faith even if they had any faith! You wouldn’t want to be like most of them! The only actor that had much faith at all was Jimmy Stewart who was devoted to his family and to his Presbyterian Church.

I suspect that many of today’s actors are no different or are no better. I did read that Denzel Washington is a practicing Christian of the Church of God in Christ. His father was a Pentecostal preacher.

Who would you be if you couldn’t be you? Or is there someone that you’ve always wanted to be like?

I personally believe that we all would change something about us, that is, about our appearance or our personality if we could. Hopefully, all of us who are in Christ would want to become more like our Savior. Maybe not in our younger days, but as we age and mature in Christ we surely want to be more like Him!

I think we all realize, of course, there are some people we wouldn’t want to be like. But we all imitate or reflect someone in life. We all take on the characteristics of another person. We all learn from one another.

PROP.- John tells us about two different people in the church; one to follow and one, we wouldn’t want to follow.
1- What not to imitate
2- What to imitate

I. WHAT NOT TO IMITATE

9I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us. 10So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. 11Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.

Obviously, we want to imitate good and not evil. This doesn’t hold true for everyone, but it should for us.

ILL.- I heard one that a preacher announced there were 726 different sins in the Bible. Shortly after that he got bombarded with requests from people for that list because they thought they were missing
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