Christians In Name Only

Text: Revelation 3:1

“Christian” is More than a Name

  • The term “Christian” describes what we are — Christ-like
  • Disciples of Christ (Acts 11:26) — daily, full-time responsibility
  • One must be persuaded to become a Christian (Acts 26:28) — different than the world
  • Target of persecution (1 Peter 4:12,16)
  • If one wants to be a Christian, he must do more than say he is a Christian — must act, talk, and think like a Christian

Characteristics of One Who is a Christian in Name Only

  • They try to blend in with Christians (when convenient) — they wear the name (Revelation 3:1), assemble (1 Corinthians 11:17-18), often keep Christian friends (Jude 12)
  • They are friends of the world (James 4:4) — we cannot go out of the world (1 Corinthians 5:10), but we must be separate (2 Corinthians 6:17)
  • Often unfamiliar with the word — do not study so as to grow in knowledge (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:18)

Christians in Name Only Reflect Poorly on Devout Christians

  • A popular charge used to discredit Christians & the gospel is hypocrite — but this term does not describe faithful Christians, but those who claim to be Christians but do not live it it
  • We must not allow our lives to hinder the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:12; 2 Corinthians 6:3)

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