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Summary: You have begun to allow little things to slip into your life you know displease the Lord • Simply, you aren't living like/Lord wants His people to live. • Some of you aren't even saved!

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Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell point Baptist Church

1 John 2:6

Are you walking like Jesus

24th November 2013

Intro: We become like those we are around.

• I grew up/w/o realizing it/began/walk like/father.

• picked up many characteristics from him

• Some desirable, others no so much so.

• That is from a physical point of view.

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However, from a spiritual point of view, there is another in Who's steps we are to walk, and His name is Jesus Christ.

• Person first comes to Jesus for salvation

• there are some instantaneous changes take place

• Yet/very natural/them to retain/characteristics/their old life.

As they grow/mature/Lord/should be changes begin/take place.

These changes are produced:

• We learn more about God, Christ/Bible

• As we yield/leadership/Holy Spirit in our lives.

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Hopefully, as these changes take place, we will find that our attitudes, our actions, our attractions, etc, become less like the old, pre-salvation person and more like the Lord Jesus.

• Perfectly natural/baby to act like a baby.

• Cry, suck on bottles, soil/diapers/play with their toes.

As they begin/grow/begin/change

• Start/take/characteristics of those around them.

• Act more like people and less like babies.

• Not/babies aren't people, just little people/weird habits!

• So it is with God's children!

When we are first saved:

• natural for us to stumble as we take those first baby steps

• Learning with wobbly spiritual legs.

• As time passes/begin to mature/take/characteristics/Savior.

That is what John means when he says we are to walk like Jesus.

I want to help you today to see where you stand with the Lord.

• Are you maturing/your relationship with him?

• Do you even have a relationship with Him?

• I would like for us to think about these questions

• Address/question/stands/theme/message

• "Are you walking like Jesus?"

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I. A PROFESSION DECLARED

“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did”

• The word "claims". Referred those have a profession of faith.

• They say they are saved.

• Let's examine their claim, as well as our own this morning.

When they make the profession they "abide in Him", they are saying a mouthful!

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A. A Declaration Of Salvation

• Those referred/passage claim to be "in" Jesus

• only one way into Him

• By receiving Jesus Christ/personal Savior, Acts 16:31.

To be "in" Jesus is the only place:

• of salvation/safety/security/peace/happiness

• of being right with God/being delivered from Hell

• of being certain of Heaven.

The benefits/being "in" Jesus are enormous, consequences of not being "in" Him are catastrophic! Where are you?

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Just in case there are those present who have never been saved, let me take a moment to tell you how you can be.

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