How to Determine If One Is a Christian

Paul Before Agrippa

When Paul was on trial before King Agrippa, he used the opportunity to preach the gospel (Acts 26:19-23). One of the apostle’s goals was to persuade the king to become a Christian. Agrippa recognized this because he stated, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian” (Acts 26:28).

We are trying to do the same thing today that Paul was doing on that occasion – trying to persuade people to become a Christian. However, if we are going to persuade them to become a Christian, we need to know what a Christian is. Also, they need to understand what a Christian is before they can be persuaded to become one.

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From Saul to Paul (Sermon #29)

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From Saul to Paul (Sermon #29)

We’re in between season 10 and season 11. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on March 11, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Real Pharisees (Part 12): The Pharisees Were Concerned with Outward Appearances

The Real Pharisees

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation” (Matthew 23:14).

We already discussed the first part of this verse (devouring widow’s houses) to see how they took advantage of others. Now we are going to consider the second part: “For a pretense you make long prayers.” When something is done “for a pretense,” it is done for a show. It is all about what other people see.
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Sermon on the Mount (Part 3): A Sincere Life

Sermon on the Mount (Part 3): A Sincere Life

As we continue our study, we will consider how the life of a disciple is a sincere life. Though the word sincere is not used in the verses we will examine, it is certainly the concept under consideration. One who is sincere is one who says what he genuinely feels or believes and is not dishonest or hypocritical. A disciple of Christ cannot be a hypocrite. Our outward actions must be in harmony with our inward thoughts and motivations. The Pharisees were known for their hypocrisy (Matthew 23:2, 13) and Jesus said our righteousness must exceed theirs (Matthew 5:20). As He explained in these verses, the life of a disciple must be a sincere life.
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Joshua’s Challenge to the People

Joshua 24:15

Most of us probably remember Joshua’s statement: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). His mind was already settled. No matter what the rest of the people decided when he challenged them, “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve,” he was determined to follow God.

But what did serving the Lord include? What was he challenging the people to do? Notice Joshua’s entire statement:
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Why Were They Prophets of Baal?

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

1 Kings 18 records the familiar story of the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. I will not take time in this brief article to review the account. If you are unfamiliar with it, I encourage you to read of the event in 1 Kings 18:17-40.

When we consider this contest, we often focus on Elijah with his great example of faith and willingness to stand alone for God with 450 prophets of Baal opposing him. We also sometimes consider the people’s unwillingness to commit to following either God or Baal. But in this article, I want us to consider the prophets of Baal themselves and ask the question: Why were they prophets of Baal?
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