Scripture Reading: Acts 11:19–30
A. While man’s definition of a Christian may be diverse and conflicting, the only definition that really matters is God’s, because He invented the word (Acts 11:26; cf. Isaiah 62:2).
B. What does it really mean to be a Christian?
I. A Christian is someone who has heard God’s word and obeyed it.
A. They have heard the gospel (Acts 11:19–20).
B. They have believed the gospel (Acts 11:21, 23).
C. They have turned to the Lord (Acts 11:21; 3:19; 14:15).
D. They have been added to the Lord (Acts 11:24; 2:41).
E. They continued with the Lord (Acts 11:23).
II. A Christian is someone who shows the love of God.
A. They desire to help those in need (Acts 11:27–29).
B. They put their love into action (Acts 11:29–30).
III. A Christian is someone who follows God’s pattern.
A. They honor God’s pattern for worship (Acts 11:26).
B. They honor God’s pattern for church authority (Acts 11:30).
A. Just because you consider yourself a Christian doesn’t mean that God does, and God’s estimation is all that really matters.
B. If you wish to be a Christian by God’s definition, you must hear the gospel and obey it, show your love for others, and honor the pattern God has established.