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Who Will You Be This Year?. Various Scriptures. Apathetic Christian. Apathy: 1.  lack of enthusiasm or energy:  lack of interest in anything, or the absence of any wish to do anything 2.  emotional emptiness:  inability to feel normal or passionate human feelings or to respond emotionally

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Who will you be this year

Who Will You Be This Year?

Various Scriptures


Apathetic christian

Apathetic Christian

Apathy:

1. lack of enthusiasm or energy: lack of interest in anything, or the absence of any wish to do anything

2. emotional emptiness: inability to feel normal or passionate human feelings or to respond emotionally

What do apathetic Christians look like?

1. They do not TRULY believe the Word of God

“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a

sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living

God.” - Hebrews 3:12


Apathetic christian1

Apathetic Christian

What do apathetic Christians look like?

2. Ingratitude is found in these people. Due to the superficial relationship, there is no basis for gratitude for the things of God.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Romans 1:21

3. Inaction is the behavior of apathy. If you do not care, you do not act!

4. Indifference is the attitude of apathy. If you don't care about the things of God, it is hard to conceal that. If you are unconcerned about the lost, that will be seen in your inaction toward them


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Apathetic Christian

How does apathy in the Church make Jesus

feel?

“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You're not cold, you're not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You're stale. You're stagnant. You make me want to vomit.”- Revelation 3:15,16 The Message


Activist christian

Activist Christian

“In protest of what it calls a religion "of the devil," a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam.” - July 30, 2010|By Lauren Russell, CNN

Activist Christians are at the other end of the spectrum from apathetic Christians.They are easily drawn into topics, attitudes or movements without taking time to seek the will of God.


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Activist Christian

“Activism should be governed by what "activities" we promote and participate in. Whenever we adopt fleshly methods for spiritual purposes or gains, our successes will be disappointing or meaningless as far as God is concerned.” – Rev. Karl Ingersoll, Atlantic Director, Child Mission Fellowship

  • Our motivation is critical. For instance . . . 1 Cor. 13 - without love it is nothing.

  • God still governs governments . . . He'll topple what needs toppling and steady what needs steadying. Also true in church organizations.

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me.” – Matthew 7:21-23


Transformed believer

Transformed Believer

  • People who encounter the risen Christ are totally transformed.

  • They’ll do anything to uphold their faith in Him

    • They do not hesitate to face hardship. - Why does God allow this kind of pain and suffering to Christians? Paul and Barnabas strengthened the disciples, appointed elders, and encouraged them all to remain true to the faith this way: "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God."

    • They do not hesitate to face persecution. – “I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.” – Revelation 2:9,10


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Transformed Believer

  • They’ll do anything to uphold their faith in Him

    • They do not hesitate to face death.

      • Stephen was preaching the gospel in Jerusalem on the Passover after Christ’s crucifixion. He was cast out of the city and stoned to death. About 2,000 Christians suffered martyrdom during this time (about 34 A.D.).

      • Matthias was the apostle who filled the vacant place of Judas. He was stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded.

      • Peter was condemned to death and crucified at Rome. Jerome holds that Peter was crucified upside down, at his own request, because he said he was unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Lord.

      • Paul suffered in the first persecution under Nero. Because of the converting impact he was having on people in the face of martyrdom, he was led to a private place outside the city where he gave his neck to the sword.


Transformed believer2

Transformed Believer

  • They’ll do anything to uphold their faith in Him

    • Many consecrate their own lives to serving others, disregarding their own needs and desires.

      • Dietrich Bonnehoffer

      • Dr. Martin Luther King

      • Mother Theresa

      • Billy Graham


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