What is a Christian? (PM)

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.

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