Summary: Are we as Christians walking worthy of the Lord? In this sermon you?ll find five ways in which we should be walking with the Lord.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: WALKING WORTHY WITH THE LORD
?For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.? John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: Colossians 2:6-9 ?As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.?
I don?t expect you to read and study your Bible like a Pastor or a preacher would. But I expect you to read and study your Bible enough to know how to live your life.
What we find here in verse 6 that how and what you receive from the Lord is how you ought to live your life. It?s disturbing to see Christians tonight that say they have received what the Lord has for them yet they don?t live that kind of life. None of us can be perfect but we?re supposed to be like Paul was and press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. If things aren?t going too well in your life as a Christian it could be because you have not received what the Lord wants you to receive. I?m still a firm believer that what God does for you, will work for you. God does more things for his people than we often realize. I found sometimes that God has answered our prayers and we?ve overlooked them and he?s had to bring them back to our remembrance because of this carnal mind. So we should live our lives according to what we?ve received from the Lord Jesus Christ. Aren?t you glad you received Salvation. That?s the foundation of a Christian and where they can build from. If we?ve been saved by the Grace of God and we?ve received that from the Lord then that ought to be the type of life style we?re living. That word walk in verse 6 is a representation of how we live our life according to the Bible. There?s a lot of Christians out in the world today that are shaming God and his Son and the Holy Spirit because of their lifestyle. So for a few minutes I want to preach to you on walking worthy with the Lord.
You say, preacher that?s not possible. Sure it is. When we were lost we weren?t worthy. The only reason we were able to get saved was because of the unmerited favor and grace of an Almighty God that cared for us and loved us while we were yet sinners. We weren?t worthy to become a child of God. It wasn?t because of what we had done or who we were or what family we were raised in or what color we were or what country we came from. We were all born in sin. Aren?t you glad that the devil will never get victory over us as long as we continue to receive what we need from the Lord.
Let me give you an example before we go on. You?ve been around people who?ve come to church one time and then you never see them again. I?m not trying to pick on anyone and I?ve got family members like that. Think about that in reference to what it says in verse 6. Evidentally they didn?t receive from the Lord that one time what he had in store for them because I believe if they had, they would come more than one time. I believe they wouldn?t only be a Christian on that one Sunday but they?d be a Christian all the time. So we need to realize that we?re saved and that we are worthy to live a good Christian life. There?s enough Christians in the world that aren?t living right and we don?t need to be like them.
Ephesians 4:1 ?Therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.?
You know why he was a prisoner? The Lord had captured him with his Spirit and he couldn?t get out or away from Jesus.
Why is it important for us to walk worthy of the Lord?