Summary: What is the real test of Christianity? Is it attending church? Tithing? Reading the Bible? The real test is LOVE.

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1 John 4:7-8

Question: What is the mark of a Christian? What is the test that stands true in showing us that someone is a Christian?

Is it church attendance? Wearing witness wear? Bumper stickers? Toting a 95 pound bible?

What is the test that shows the world that we are Christians?

Read passage / Pray

Play song "Can they see God" by Steven Curtis Chapman

The true test of Christianity is one thing that stands above all other things

The true test is LOVE

This morning I want us to see that it is the test of

1. True Discipleship

2. Genuine Service

3. Speech

4. The New Life

5. Love to God Proven by Brotherly Love

I want us to understand this morning that LOVE is an action word and our actions ought to speak volumes of who we are in Christ

What is the purpose of Turn Signals on cars? They are indicators of where we are going. They are direction signals

So too the Christian ought to have some DIRECTION SIGNALS that lets all those around us know where we are going

[TRANS] First we should see that love is the test of


John 13:34-35, A new commandment I give you: Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciple if you love one another.

John says that if you really are a follower and a disciple of Christ, one who practices the things of Christ

All men will surely know this. HOW? Your love for one another

[TRANS] Love is also the test of

2. Geniune Service

John 21:16, Again Jesus said, Simon son of John, do you truly love Me? Take care of my sheep.

I do the things I do because I LOVE God; My service stems from my love

I serve others because I love JESUS and out of His love I can love others

James said in James Chapter 2 that our doing demonstrates our faith and that our faith without doing (works, service) is DEAD.

Our Love will be demonstrated through our service, not just to God, but in serving others

[TRANS] Thirdly we see love is the test of our

3. Speech

1 Cor 13:1, If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal

Saying I love you is easy.

However acting upon those words is where real love begins

Not only speaking it but acting upon it

God spoke it and then acted upon His words

Rom 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Turn to 1 John 4:9-10

God didn’t just say that He loves us but He put it in writing and hung it on a cross for all to see

Seeing what Jesus did on the cross for us should compel us to want to demonstrate to others this same love (1 John 4:11)

Our speech should be displayed through our actions.

Story of Man on 6th St in Austin (Pizza) & Woman at Mardi Gras ($10)

The most powerful speech you have for Christ will be spoken with actions

[TRANS] Fourth we see that love is the test that

4. Demonstrates the Reality of the New Life

1 John 3:14, We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love REMAINS in death.

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