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Who is a Christian?

Who is a Christian?

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Who is a Christian?

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  1. Who is a Christian? • The Christian has obeyed the Gospel, been buried with Christ and arisen from the watery grave to a new life (Mk.16:15; Lk.13:3,5; Acts 17:30; Rom.10:10; Mk.16:16; Rom. 6:4) • The Christian belongs to Christ (I Cor.6:19,20), he is subject to the will of Christ • He has a new purpose in life (Rom.12:1,2) • 1. When one becomes a Christian, everything takes on a new perspective: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2Co 5:17) • 2. This also applies to certain social activities. 1 Pet 4:2-3

  2. Can a person engage in the dance and still be on the Lord’s side? Is dancing a fruit of the spirit or a work of the flesh?

  3. Dancing Defined • “the activity of moving your feet and your body in a pattern of movements that follows the sound of music.” • “Dance, danced, dances, dancing” is Used 27 times in the bible (6 Hebrew words translated “dance”; 2 Greek words translated dance)

  4. Hebrew CHUWL (pronounced khool) • – root meaning to twist or whirl (in a circular manner) • – "dance, writhe in pain or fear" and, fig., as "to wait, to pervert“ • – Translated: bear, bring forth, calve, dance, drive away, fall grievously, fear, form, great, grieve, (be) grievous, hope, look, make, be in pain • Used in Judges 21:21 & 21:23 of women of Shiloh in vineyard

  5. Hebrew • CHAGAG (pronounced khaw-gag) • – to move in a circle, march in a sacred procession, observe holy day • – Translated: celebrate, dance, (keep, hold) a (solemn) feast • – I Sam. 30:16; Psa. 42:4 and Zech. 14:18 of keeping feast, holy day

  6. Hebrew • KARAR (pronounced kaw-rar) • – to dance (i.e. whirl), so translated "dance" or "dancing“ • – Used in 2 Sam. 6:14, 16 of David leaping at ark’s return (solo joy) • MACHOWL (pronounced maw-khole) (from CHUWL) • – Translated "dance" or "dancing" • – Used in Psa. 149:3 & 150:4 of action done in worship to God • – Used in Psa. 30:11, Jer. 31:13 & Lam. 5:15 for expression of joy • – In neither case do we find both sexes and expression of romance

  7. Hebrew • MECHOWLAH (pronounced mek-o-law) (feminine form of MACHOWL) • – Dance, dancing or dancing company (performers being women) • – Used in Exodus 15:20 & 32:19 of idolatrous worship • – Jdg. 11:34, 21:21, 1 Sam. 18:6, 21:11, 29:5 & Jer. 31:4 express joy • RAQAD (pronounced raw-kad) • – To stamp, i.e. to spring about - Translated: dance, jump, leap, skip • – In 1 Chron. 15:29 of David at ark return, Job 21:11 of children leaping, Eccl. 3:4 of joyous expression & Isa. 13:21 of wild goats

  8. Greek • “Dancing” in N.T. (Gk.) • • Orcheomai(pronounced or-kheh-om-ahee) • – from orchos (a row or ring) – “to dance” • – used only in middle voice, orcheomai, hence involving others present viewing, but only one performing dance • – Used in Mt. 11:17 & Lk. 7:32 of children’s insult • Used in Mt. 14:6 & Mk. 6:22 of lustful dance to Herod

  9. Greek • CHOROS (pronounced khor-os) • – dance, dancing, company of dancers, chorus, choir as in a group of singers (Arndt & Gingrich) • – Used only in Luke 15:25 as expression of joy for return of the prodigal who was repenting of unclean life & acts

  10. 3 Categories of dancing • - Religious dances of O.T. (Ex.15:20,21; 32:19; II Sam.6:14-16) • - Expressions of rejoicing (Jud.11:34; I Sam.18:6; Ps.30:11; Lk.15:25) • - Passionate dance (Mk.6:22 cf Is.3:16-17)

  11. 4 Reasons why dancing is wrong • Gal.5:19; works of the flesh • Dancing creates lust Mt.5:28 • Dancing is a prelude to other things • Promotes evil communications I Cor.15:33

  12. Be ye separate from the world: II Cor.6:17; Mt.6:24; Mt.5:13; Jn. 3:16