Summary: This sermon deals with Christians being able to state why it is they are Christians.
Who Am I
Our sermon for this day is on knowing "Why I Am A
Christian." Let us pray...O God we ask for the Power of the
Holy Spirit to fall and to anoint and illumine Your word, Oh God,
that the Holy Spirit may make it real in our hearts and evident
in our lives. We ask this in Jesus’s name Amen.
If someone wanted to know who you were, how do you think you
would go about explaining who you are, and where would you start?
Would you begin with your race, your age, your education, your
family, your citizenship, or your relationship with Jesus Christ.
We need to know who we are, so that we can understand why it is
that we do, what we do. Back in the 70’s everybody was out
trying to find themselves. In the 80’s everybody was out trying
to please themselves, and we’re not sure what the 90’s will bring
but hopefully for the church it will bring an understanding of
why it is we are Christians.
Yes, we are more than our professions in life be it school
teacher, assembly worker, cook, counselor, housewife, house hus
band or whatever. We are more than the many different roles we
are called to play. Psychologists tell us it’s important to know
who we are . While it is important to know "who we are," I think
it is more important for us to know "why we are." Why are you a
schoolteacher, a factory worker, a secretary, a counselor, a cook
, a doctor or a student. And equally as important if not more
so, "Why are you a Christian."
Saints, knowing who you are will give you a sense of identi
ty. Knowing why you are, on the other hand will give your iden
tity integrity. The word integrity comes from a Latin word which
means a condition of being complete or whole. Integrity is
knowing why you are who you are. The mark of identity for most
of us is that of being a Christian. When we tell others we are
Christians, that should give them insights into the way they can
expect us to act in certain situations, if integrity is a part of
our identity as Christians.
In 1 Peter 3:15, The apostle Peter instructed the Chris
tians in Asia Minor saying, "And always be ready to give a de
fense to everyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is
in you." Saints, the word defense here, comes from the same
Greek word that we get the term apology from. Peter is saying,
be ready to give an apology for the hope that is in you. Give an
apology? Is Peter suggesting that we apologize for our faith? Of
course not! The word apology is a legal term. It means to
develop a defense as an attorney might in a court of law. It
means to give a reason or explanation.
Could you defend the reason you are a Christian today? If it
were a crime to be a Christian and you were arrested for being a
Christian, would there be enough proof to guarantee you a jail
sentence, or would you have to be set free for insufficient
evidence? Why are you a Christian? If someone were to ask you
that question this morning, what would you tell them? Well my
parents were Christians. I want to go to heaven. My friends are
Christians. What would you say?
My friends let us quickly share with you, a few good reasons
to be a Christian. The first is that "we need the Lord." Notice
where the need is. It’s not that God needs us, but that we need
the presence of God in our lives. From the moment we come into
the world, we need the Lord. You know when we come into the
world, we come in with a condition. A condition that theologians
call original sin. Original sin means we all originate out of a
sinful world which taints us from the word go.
Nobody ever has to teach us to be selfish. Nobody teaches us
to lie. Nobody teaches us to steal. Nobody teaches us to want
what we belongs to others. It’s all built into us from the
beginning. We all tend to make ourselves the center of the
universe right from the start. If a baby is hungry, he or she
could care less about what is going on, that baby is going to let
everyone within listening range know, that somebody better do
something for him or her or the situation is going to get worse.
When we grow up making ourselves the center of the universe,