How can you tell someone is a Christian? • EXTERNAL MARKS? • Clothes? • Symbols? (wearing a cross?) • Clean? • Smile? • INNER ATTITUDES?
If you were arrested on the charge of BEING A CHRISTIAN –
Paul said • (Gal 6:17 NIV) Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 11:23-27 • "...in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
2 Corinthians 11:23-27 • In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness."
The Marks of a Christian • Sometimes are scars, • But usually QUALITIES OR ATTITUDES • Many mentioned in the New Testament • Today we look at Philippians 4 verses 4-8 for EIGHT “marks of a Christian”
Philippians 4 (NIV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Philippians 4 (NIV) 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4 (NIV) 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4 (NIV) 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Rejoice • Rejoice • Be gentle • Be aware of Christ’s nearness
Ancient saying • “He is nearer than hands and feet • Closer than breathing”
Rejoice • Rejoice • Be gentle • Be aware of Christ’s nearness • Don’t be anxious • Be thankful • Have peace • Focus on great things
Our prayer • Dear Lord, Help us to be more like Jesus. Forgive us that we seem to be the same as the world. Inspire and empower us to have the mark of Jesus about us, that we can be CHRISTLIKE wherever we go. Amen