The First “Christians”
Text: Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3 | Listen to Message
What does it mean to be a Christian?
Christians are people who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. Therefore, those who call themselves “Christians” should probably think and act and talk a lot like Jesus.
So here are a couple questions worth pondering:
1. If others based their understanding of Jesus Christ entirely on your actions and attitudes, what would they think Jesus was like?
2. If someone took you to court and charged you with being a Christian, what factual evidence would they be able to present to convict you?
Now, before you rush off and make a list of essential Christian behaviors, remember this: Christianity is not about what you can do for God; it’s first about what God, in Christ, has done for you. And one of those things He’s done is He’s given you His Spirit to be and do in you what you could never be and do in your own strength.
So run to God in prayer today. Run to him broken and weak. Confess that often you don’t look like Jesus…but you want to by His power at work in you.