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Summary: We are identified as being Christians, which makes us a unique people filled with the love of Jesus.

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CHRISTIAN IDENTIFICATION

ILLUSTRATION

I remember the time when my wife’s brothers and other relatives were very busy certifying their Native American linage. There was a flurry of activity as relatives and ancestor were identified and traced back to their Indian roots. Then, there was a period when everyone waited for the decision to be made on his or her qualifications for membership into the tribe. Once they got their “Indian cards” they were welcome to attend tribal meetings and participate in other gatherings … they were identified as being of Native American heritage … they were proud of their identification.

I wonder how many Christians find excitement in being able to identify themselves as a new creation … as a Christian.

SERMON

Who are we?

We are Christians. It is not our affiliation with any organization of man that makes us Christians. It is not by the observance of any man made creed, nor is it by following the inventions of an intellectual’s mind, that we are Christians. We are Christians because we have heard the words of the one true living God, and we have believed His words. To this end, we now proclaim that there is but:

ONE GOD,

ONE SAVIOR,

ONE HOLY SPIRIT, AND

ONE HOLY BIBLE.

We are Christian because we know that Jesus Christ was, and still is, the messiah prophesied in ancient Hebrew scripture, and we now bow in humble obedience to His loving authority. We are not be like those who call themselves Christians, but are not willing to manifest the belief that no spiritual authority, for eternal life and the governing of their temper and conduct, exists outside of that revealed in the New Testament.

Who is our God?

Our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Is this God the God of Jews only? No, He is also the God of the Gentiles. There is only one true God, and it is this God who justifies the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Yes, I will admit that there are other so?called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"), yet for the true believer there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. But not everyone knows this! Many in Christendom have started to ignore their first love, and they now wander in the wilderness of man’s intellectualism. Therefore, we all need to be alert to those who would so much as even hint that a doorway into the kingdom of God exists outside of Christ Jesus. That person is confused and led astray by persons who love the sound of their own voice more than the gospel message itself. If you are a Christian, then remember that you were justified by faith in Jesus ... so return to your first love. It is time for true believers to join together in a call for Christendom to restore recognition of the authority of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Christianity is not one of many paths to eternal life; Christianity is the only path.


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