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Summary: This sermon details some of the characteristics of the true people of God.

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AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTIAN

Text: Acts 11:26

Introduction-

I’m afraid that the modern day definition of

a Christian that some people proclaim just won’t

fit into the Bibical description of what a true

child of God is like. A true believer, according

to the Word of God, is no less than a bond-slave

of Jesus Christ. Christ rules and reigns in the

true disciple’s heart. Today, it seems, some

have the idea that you can be a "Christian" and

live any way you choose. In their view, as long

as you go to some church, and profess some kind

of faith, you are a child of God. But, nothing

could be further from the truth. I would like

for us to acknowledge some of the traits of the

true Christian in this message today.

I. First of all AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTIAN IS ONE

WHO HAS BEEN BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD.

John 3:3-"Except a man be born again, he cannot

see the kingdom of God."

There is a natural birth, and there is a spiritual

birth. By natural birth, we are descendents of

Adam, members of a condemned race. By spiritual

birth, we become sons of God are are adopted into

His family.

We cannot manufacture a Christian. Only God can

birth a believer. Only God can save a soul. All

the goodness we profess, or good deeds that we do

could not move us one inch closer to the gates of

Heaven. It takes the blood of Christ to cleanse

us from sin, and when we believe in Him and obey

His will, the blood is applied to our hearts, and

we become children of God by faith in Jesus Christ.

This "easy-believism" stuff of just walking an isle

or signing a card, or raising a hand is a bunch of

bull. If any man be in Christ, he is a new cre-

ature.

II.Secondly, AN OLD-FASIONED CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO

LOVES GOD AND OTHERS.

"Behold how those Christians love one another!"

That was the impression that the early disciples

left upon the world.

If they had not loved Christ, they would not have

been willing to suffer and die for Him. If they

had not loved each other they would not have

shared of their possessions with one another as

the early Christians did.

They ate together. They worshipped together.

They fellowshiped together. They suffered to-

gether. They died together.

Even the worst of unbelievers noticed their love.

Where is this love among Christians today?

III.Thirdly, AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO

WITNESSED FOR CHRIST.

They were unashamed to tell others about their

Saviour and Lord. I once heard Billy Graham

say that there were over 2 1/2 billion people in

the world who have never even heard the Gospel.

There are an estimated 150-60 milion people in

the United States who do not profess to be

Christians, yet, our witnessing is so scarce

and so minimal that we barely make any impact

on our own generation.

What ever happened to boldness?

IV.Fourthly, AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTIAN IS ONE WHO

LIVED A HOLY, GODLY LIFE.

Many professing believers today act no different

to those who don’t even claim to know God.

They go to the same shows, they talk the same

talk. They dress the same way. They engage in

the same immorality. Where is the holiness

difference in the people who know God today?


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