Biblical and Cultural. We are going to examine these carefully now.
First there is –The Non-Christian-
Luke 8:12 "Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.
Christ makes it perfectly clear that not everyone who hears the Gospel will believe. They hear but refuse the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. And their destiny is a devil's hell.
The Cultural Christian: Type “D”
Luke 8:14 "The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
Type “D” stands for defeated faith. The type “D” cultural Christian lives in defeat. And believe me no one wants your kind of faith. There is little , if any, difference between that lifestyle and the lifestyle of the person who make no claim to be in Christ.
It is the person always asking for prayer, always looking for counsel, always unhappy, always down, always looking for some help.They have no victory and no one wants their kind of Christianity.
The Cultural Christian- “Type C”
The "C" stands for the Counterfeit Christian. They have learned the language, the performance and they are just pretending. These are plentiful. When difficulties come they drop out quickly.
Luke 8:12 (NASB) "Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.
Modern thinking breaks down, by advertising to people that all they have to do is say a prayer and they will be saved- born again. Prayer doesn’t save you; faith saves.
Ephesians 2: 8-9 says,” For by grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves , it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one can boast.”
THE BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN
Luke 8:15 (NASB) "But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”
Biblical Christians don’t live by their own ideas, but by the penetrating, understanding and applying the Word of God. By the Spirit, they experience the success and peace God supplies.
Biblical Christians desires to be obedient to God’s principles out of the overflow of a grateful heart.
A Biblical Christian you don’t have to beg, plead or convince to do what God says.You don’t have to beg them to study the Bible; to pray, to tithe, to serve; You don’t have to beg them to participate in a campaign like 40 Days of Prayer, they are the ones to gladly sign-up, who are eager to get involved.
Acts 1:8 (NASB)
...but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
From A.W. Tozer
" As I see it, the great woe is not the presence of the religious toys and trifles- but the fact that they have become a necessity, and the presence of the Eternal Spirit is not in our midst. As we commit ourselves to excellence in reaching people for Christ, help us to remember that the power is mot in the methods or the means, but in the Person of the Holy Spirit.Amen."
What we Learned on Sunday? Insights, ideas and Inspiration