So You Think You're a Christian?

So You Think You're a Christian?

You try to be good. You go to church when you can. You pray. But is that really what it means to be a Christian? In this sermon series, we look at the 3 strands of the Gospel. We sometimes only emphasize 1 or 2 of them and we therefore have a skewed perspective of what it means to be a Christian.

Following Christ’s Commands

July 9, 2017

Many of us realize that we are broken and many of us know our dire need for Christ’s love, but so few of us are willing to follow His commands. We want to relax without obedience. We might say: “I want to be free from my guilt, but I don’t want to change.” This describes so much of our modern culture. Much of this generation values authenticity and easily embraces the idea that God loves us, but they have a real problem with absolute truth and following Christ’s commands. Many in the church today falsely think they are Christians when in fact, they are not. They have prayed the prayer, but they have not truly come to faith in Jesus, because their lives are unchanged. So, how can we be sure?

In the apostle John’s first letter, he wrote to give believers confident assurance of their salvation in Jesus Christ. We can have confident assurance of our salvation in Jesus Christ. How can we have this confident assurance of our salvation in Jesus Christ? The text gives three evidences for having a confident assurance of our salvation in Jesus Christ.

Receiving Christ’s Love

July 2, 2017

Do you consider yourself a fixer? I mean if someone tells you they have a problem, you say well I have a solution. Do you ever try to fix yourself? How’s that going for you? Isn’t it so much easier to fix other people’s problems and not your own? Some of us are saying to ourselves this morning, “I know I’m messed up and I’m going to work as hard as I can to fix myself.” But we can’t, we desperately need the love of Christ to save us. So how do we receive this love …

In the book of 1 John, the apostle taught that believers could experience God’s love when they abide in Christ and He in them. We too can experience Christ’s abiding love. How can we experience this abiding love? The text gives us three ways to experience Christ’s abiding love.

Confessing Our Mess

June 25, 2017

As we kick off the sermon series, “So You Think You’re a Christian?”, we look at the first movement of the Gospel, confessing our mess. When we fail to confess our mess, we limit God’s mercy and grace and we hinder fellowship with Him and our fellow believers. In 1 John, the apostle John taught that honestly dealing with our own sin in the light of God’s truth is necessary if we are to experience fellowship with God and others. We can experience fellowship with God and others when we trust that Christ forgives our sins when we honestly deal with our sin in the light of God’s truth.