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Title: Just Christians


1
Just Christians
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Is it Possible to be Just a Christian?
  • What kind of Christian are you?
  • Where do your loyalties lie?
  • It takes courage to be just a Christian!

3
Galatians 110 (NASB)
  • For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of
    God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were
    still trying to please men, I would not be a
    bond-servant of Christ.

4
  • There is no higher calling than to be just a
    Christian!

5
The Disciples Were First Called Christians in
Antioch.
  • Acts 1126b (NASB) And it came about that for
    an entire year they met with the church, and
    taught considerable numbers and the disciples
    were first called Christians in Antioch.

6
Disciples -gt Christians!
  • Before they were called disciples (Disciple a
    learner, a pupil, a follower of ones teaching).
  • Now they were called Christians!
  • Who first called the disciples Christians?

7
Called Christians by God!
  • Called (Ac 1126 from Grk CHREMATIZO)
    Revealed Divine Utterance
  • Compare Luke 226 And it had been revealed to
    him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see
    death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
  • No one can claim the name Christian unless God
    regards him/her as one!

8
Why were the disciples called Christians?
  • The disciples were not disciples of just anyone!
  • There were disciples of Moses, the Pharisees,
    John, etc.
  • The name Christian set the disciples apart,
    identifying them as being the followers of the
    Christ, the Son of the living God!

9
John 666-69 (NKJV)
  • 66 From that time many of His disciples went
    back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus
    said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go
    away?" 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord,
    to whom shall we go? You have the words of
    eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and
    know that You are the Christ, the Son of the
    living God."

10
  • To be a disciple of Christ (Christian) is a
    higher calling than to be a disciple of any other
    person in this world!

11
Luke 923 1427 (NASB)
  • 923 And He was saying to them all, "If anyone
    wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself,
    and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
  • 1427 Whoever does not carry his own cross and
    come after Me cannot be My disciple.

12
Just Christians, Nothing More, Nothing Less.
  • We can be just Christians by following the Bible
    only.
  • What do you get when a person follows the Bible
    AND the Lutheran Catechism (or Methodist
    Discipline, Southern Baptist creed, popular
    religious writer, etc.)?????????

13
  • What do you get when a person follows the Bible,
    the Bible alone for his beliefs and practices?
  • Just a Christian!

14
2 Timothy 316-17 (NKJV)
  • 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
    and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
    correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17
    that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly
    equipped for every good work.

15
Just Christians, Nothing More, Nothing Less.
  • We can be just Christians by following the Bible
    only.
  • We can be just Christians by our commitment to
    imitate Christ.
  • To follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to think,
    speak, and act like Christ!

16
1 Peter 221-22 (NASB)
  • 21 For you have been called for this purpose,
    since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you
    an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who
    committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His
    mouth

17
1 Peter 223-24 (NASB)
  • 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in
    return while suffering, He uttered no threats,
    but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges
    righteously 24 and He Himself bore our sins in
    His body on the cross, that we might die to sin
    and live to righteousness for by His wounds you
    were healed.

18
  • Making claim
    to the name Christian
    ought to mean something!
    - That we are like Christ
    in the lives that we live
    (cf. 1 John 25-6 cf. 2 Cor. 135).

19
1 Corinthians 111 (NASB)
  • Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.
  • Read the Scriptures to find out What Would Jesus
    Do.

20
Galatians 220 (NASB)
  • I have been crucified with Christ and it is no
    longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and
    the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
    faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and
    delivered Himself up for me.

21
Just Christians, Nothing More, Nothing Less.
  • We can be just Christians by following the Bible
    only.
  • We can be just Christians by our commitment to
    imitate Christ.
  • We can be just Christians by refusing to be
    glorified by men.

22
Matthew 235-7 (NASB)
  • 5 "But they do all their deeds to be noticed by
    men for they broaden their phylacteries, and
    lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 "And
    they love the place of honor at banquets, and the
    chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful
    greetings in the market places, and being called
    by men, Rabbi.

23
  • No disciple of Christ needs a title of
    recognition, but is content to simply wear the
    name Christian!

24
Matthew 238-10 (NASB)
  • 8 "But do not be called Rabbi for One is your
    Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 "And do not
    call anyone on earth your father for One is your
    Father, He who is in heaven. 10 "And do not be
    called leaders for One is your Leader, that is,
    Christ.

25
Galatians 614 (KJV)
  • But God forbid that I should glory, save in the
    cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world
    is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

26
Just Christians, Nothing More, Nothing Less.
  • We can be just Christians by following the Bible
    only.
  • We can be just Christians by our commitment to
    imitate Christ.
  • We can be just Christians by refusing to be
    glorified by men.
  • We can be just Christians by being
    non-denominational.

27
1 Corinthians 110 (NASB)
  • 10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of
    our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and
    there be no divisions among you, but you be made
    complete in the same mind and in the same
    judgment.

28
1 Corinthians 111-12 (NASB)
  • 11 For I have been informed concerning you, my
    brethren, by Chloe's people, that there are
    quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each
    one of you is saying, "I am of Paul," and "I of
    Apollos," and "I of Cephas," and "I of Christ."

29
1 Corinthians 113-15 (NASB)
  • 13 Has Christ been divided? Paul was not
    crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized
    in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I
    baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15
    that no man should say you were baptized in my
    name.

30
  • Whenever loyalty that should belong to Christ is
    transferred to a man that person has become a
    follower of that man!

31
  • To be just a Christian, make sure you belong to
    the church which Jesus built and not to a church
    of man.

32
Matthew 1618 (NKJV)
  • And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on
    this rock I will build My church, and the gates
    of Hades shall not prevail against it.

33
Acts 2028 (NASB)
  • "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the
    flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you
    overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He
    purchased with His own blood.

34
  • Becoming Just a Christian.
  • By listening to the gospel, you can know how to
    become just a Christian!

35
Acts 2627-29 (NKJV)
  • 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I
    know that you do believe." 28 Then Agrippa said
    to Paul, "You almost persuade me to become a
    Christian." 29 And Paul said, "I would to God
    that not only you, but also all who hear me
    today, might become both almost and altogether
    such as I am, except for these chains."

36
Romans 1017 (NASB)
  • So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the
    word of Christ.

37
Mark 1616 (NKJV)
  • He who believes and is baptized will be saved
    but he who does not believe will be condemned.

38
Acts 238 (NASB)
  • And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of
    you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for
    the forgiveness of your sins and you shall
    receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

39
Persuaded to become just a Christian.
  • Agrippa did not say You almost persuade me to
    become a disciple of Paul or You almost
    persuade me to become a member of your church.
  • First and foremost, the gospel persuades men and
    women to become simply Christians!

40
  • When a person is persuaded by the gospel to
    become a Christian, he/she is then added to
    The Church of Christ
    (Acts 238-41, 47).

41
How Do I Remain Just a Christian?
  • Never be ashamed to be just a Christian.
  • It will seem radical to others!
  • Refuse to speak in denominational ways of your
    faith.
  • Remember the goal to glorify God in the name
    Christian.

42
1 Peter 416 (NASB)
  • But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him
    not feel ashamed, but in that name let him
    glorify God.

43
How Do I Remain Just a Christian?
  • Never be ashamed to be just a Christian.
  • There will be many religious organizations that
    will try to persuade you to join their group.
  • ATTEND THE CHURCH OF YOUR CHOICE?
  • ATTEND A CHURCH OF TRUTH!

44
1 Timothy 315b (NASB)
  • the household of God, which is the church of
    the living God, the pillar and support of the
    truth.

45
How Do I Remain Just a Christian?
  • Never be ashamed to be just a Christian.
  • There will be many religious organizations that
    will try to persuade you to join their group.
  • To remain just a Christian, insist on belonging
    to a local church that is just a church of
    Christ.

46
Romans 1616 (NASB)
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the
    churches of Christ greet you.

47
  • A church that is truly
    non-denominational, that is
    just a church of Christ will practice New
    Testament Christianity,
    nothing more and nothing less.

48
Acts 242 (NASB)
  • And they were continually devoting themselves to
    the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the
    breaking of bread and to prayer.

49
  • To remain just a Christian, be a part
    of a church that respects Christ as their Head as
    the One with all authority.

50
Ephesians 120-21 (NASB)
  • 20 Which He brought about in Christ, when He
    raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His
    right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above
    all rule and authority and power and dominion,
    and every name that is named, not only in this
    age, but also in the one to come.

51
Ephesians 122-23 (NASB)
  • 22 And He put all things in subjection under His
    feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the
    church, 23 which is His body, the fulness of Him
    who fills all in all. cf. Mat. 2818

52
Colossians 317 (NASB)
  • And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in
    the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through
    Him to God the Father.
    cf. John 1248

53
  • Can You Be Just a Christian Today? Yes You Can!
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