What we do with our Christianity impacts what others perceive as being Christianity. What we do with our Christianity also defines who we are and what we stand for in the eyes of God and others.
What do non-Christians think Christianity is about and what do they think of Christians?
Christianity just consists of a list of everything not to do:
Most everything in the Old Testament: no tattoos, no divorce, don’t cut your hair….
Then no pig, shellfish, etc.
Don’t sue people, don’t judge, don’t conform to the patterns of this world - don’t don’t don’t.
Then you have the 10 commandments…
Feeling that "those Christians" act superior or better than…
Christians are Judgmental
They say “Christians” are hypocrites?
Everyone has heard of Ghandi, his quote speaks volumes:
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
But are all people that call themselves a Christian – saved? – That is between that person and God. However, with discernment, you can see who people are, based on the fruit they bear. (look it up)
What do we think Christianity is about?
We know that we are saved by accepting Christ… But what is the purpose of being a Christian?
I only ask that you consider each of the following questions: (answer if you’d like)
What made you decide to accept Christ?
What do you do differently since you accepted Christ?
What do you do today that is displeasing to God?
**Testimony*** Media: what we listen to and what we watch – are big influences
Certainly true for kids – My son’s made the statement recently (we don’t say *#!%) while watching a movie with me. It’s not the first time I have thought about the movies we watch, but this time it made me really think about the choices that I make when watching movies. If I don’t want my son to say those kinds of words, why would I expose him to such language… But the next question is – why would I expose MYSELF to that? For many years of my life, I prided myself on how many swear words I could get out in a paragraph. I have moved away from that.
Have we evaluated the media we engage in? Is it beneficial to your walk with God?? Or does it conform to the ways of the world?
Do you live your life for God?? Or do you live your life the way you have all your life?
Living for Jesus is a complete 180 from what many people were taught growing up. – Certainly is true for me. What about you?
Living the life that is set out for us opens up the potential for:
To live a life that Jesus has laid out for us is HARD…
Video to watch: Skit Guys – God’s Chisel (about 9-10 minutes)
Choosing to give your life over to God is the biggest decision we will ever make, without necessarily knowing what we will be called to do. What we end up doing is not payment for salvation – there is NOTHING that we can do to pay for Christ’s sacrifice.
If you aren’t being called to do something right now or you are in a place that you do not want to be right now, it’s possible you are exactly where God wants you for this season – to grow, to learn, to work on yourself. But God can still work through us even if we think we are standing still.
If you are being called to do something, are you responding?
What is God calling me to be? This is a big question… Am I doing works, trying to work towards what God has called me to do??? Or am I simply being what God has called me to be and my actions following God’s will?
What is the difference between doing works to further the Kingdom and being a man modeling your life after Christ?
Romans 6: 19-23
I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.