Friday, March 21, 2014

Sunday 16th March 2014

Title - Excellent Christian

Teacher:- Pastor Hope Orimolusi

Main Text:- Philippians 3.12-14 

Bible Passages:- Deuteronomy 28.1, Deuteronomy 11:13-14, Joshua 1:8, 2 Tim 2:15, Luke

There are two types of Christians

1. Nominal Christians: 
These type of Christians regard Christianity as a label. 
They are also referred to as church goers

2. Sanctified Christians:
Want to know more about God. The more they know God, the more they want to know about Him.

Characteristics of Excellent Christian.

1. Hearken diligently to the voice of God. Exodus 15:26 

2. Studying the word of God regularly. Joshua says " This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success". 2 Tim.2:15

3. Take your stand: as far as God is concerned, He wants your heart and not mere lip service, it is only by doing the will of God absolutely that you can claim to be excellent. 1.Cor. 10:12. "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take lest he fall" 
Matt. 16:24. " Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him dent himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" Don't be a secret follower of Jesus.

4. You must aspire to please God in all things you do, do things according to how God will do them and also aspire to get to where God wants you to reach. Phill. 3:12-14, " Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me............" 

5. Endure hardship 11Tim.2:1-3. "you therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ"

6. You must be Holy Spirit filled. It is the Holy Spirit that gives gifts and fruit that make one to become an excellent Christian. I Cor. 12:7-10 , Gal. 5:22-23.
1 Sam 2:9b says" For by strength shall no man prevail".

7. You must be prayerful Luke 18:1. Then He spake a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, I Thess. 5: 17. "Pray without ceasing"

8. Mercy of God. Romans 9:16. " So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy".

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