Summary: The word of God gives us what we need to form our beliefs and tells us the values which God deems important. From these we will Walk the Talk of a Christian life.
Walk The Talk
Text: 1 John 2:1-6
I spent the last week working with the Navy, facilitating a Leadership course for Naval Officers newly assigned the role of Department Head in the Navy. Throughout the curriculum presented is the concept of personal integrity, the need to walk the talk of a leader.
This is not a ground-breaking concept, I know for myself that when I interact with someone who “talks out of the side of their mouth”, one who does not behave in alignment with who they say they are, it bothers me, a lot.
I’m sure that all of us have experienced such a person in our lives, either in our jobs or at school, or even in our own families. When it comes right down to it, there really is no shortage of hypocrites in the world.
And truth be told, there is no shortage of hypocrites in the Church as well. The etymology of the word is from Greek hypokrisis "acting on the stage, pretense, thus one who is pretending to be something they are not. And we know the world levels this charge against us at the drop of a hat because it irritates them as much as it irritates us.
We need to know that it irritates our God just as much when we as Christians do not walk the talk of following after Him. Let us examine how we might better walk the talk as followers of Christ.
I.The Source of Behavior
A.Rooted in Beliefs and Values
1.Behavior is derived from a person’s beliefs they have formed as well as their values.
2.Beliefs are our acquired knowledge, things we know to be true.
a. They are formed from the things we have learned (been taught.)
b.And from our own experiences in life.
3.Values are traits or qualities that we consider worthwhile; to which we ascribe worth.
a.Values represent your highest priorities and deeply held driving forces.
b.These are developed early in life and we carry them with us throughout our lives.
4.What we do (our behavior, actions, Christian walk.) flow primarily from our beliefs and values.
A.Christian faith is our beliefs.
1.Romans 10:17 (NASB) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
2.We learn from what we hear preached.
a.Romans 10:14 (NASB) How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?
b.Jesus commissioned His followers to preach and teach.
c.The book of The Acts of the Apostles records the spread of the Gospel by the preaching and teaching of the Apostles and the saints (Acts 8:4)
d.Titus 2:1 (NASB) But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.
3.We learn from what we read and study from scripture
a.John 20:30 - 31 (NASB) Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
b.We are given commandments to do
1 John 2:3 (NASB) By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.