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Summary: A challenge to take a honest look at our selves and what we call christianity.

Scripture: Psalms 26: 1—

Title: “Evaluating Christianity”

Introduction: A couple of weeks ago I noticed three sermon tapes laying on the counter in the bookstore with titles of sermons I had preached recently. I thought I would get some copies made of them and listen to them while I was driving back and forth to the hospitals as I made my visits. On my next trip I put one of the tapes into the tape player and began to listen. As the tape played on I began to listen to myself preach. I began to notice things that just didn’t suit me. I was doing some things that bothered me. I listened to all three tapes and when I had finished the last one I must say I had some disappointments concerning my preaching. What I had actually done was “evaluated” my own preaching! I was doing some of the same things that I had criticized others for doing. I was breaking my own rules. I think every one of us should do a self-evaluation of our selves periodically. I believe we can get so caught up in doing things over and over until we think we’ve got it just right! There’s an old saying, “There’s always room for improvement.”

 I would like for you to join me this morning as we do an EVALUATION of CHRISTIANITY. For this evaluation to be HELPFUL we must be HONEST.

 We’re going to use the Bible as our GUIDELINE. Then we need to take a LOOK at our church. We also need to take a look at our selves.

 Before we EVALUATE Christianity we need to Examine Ourselves. The Apostle Paul made this statement in (1 Cor. 11:28) “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” (This was an evaluation to find if a person was spiritually capable of receiving Communion.)

I. A SELF-EXAMINATION. (Evaluating)

a. The first step in a “Self Examination” should be taking a “Good Look” at our self! (James 1:23) “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:”

 How do we stack up in light of the Word of God?

b. Another step in a “Self Examination” is “How do I FEEL?” – (Romans 8:16) “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”

 “Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” (Eph. 4:19)

 Have our consciences become desensitized? (Are we NUMB?)

 Do we CARE? (Mk. 4:38) “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?”

c. Another step in a “Self Examination” is checking our VISION. – (Prov. 29:18) “Where there is no vision, the people perish:”

 Without VISION a person is in a place of jeopardy. – A person without VISION has to DEPEND on others, a person without VISION lives a life of DANGER, and a person without VISION is also LIMITED in everything they do!

d. Another step in a “Self Examination” is checking our HEARING – (Rom. 10:17) “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

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