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Discover the Book - Mar. 28, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 28
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Healthy Faith Vs. Demon Faith

 

If Jesus came back to do a visible earthly cleaning of His Church like He did in the temple during His ministry—what would He clean out? There has always been error seeping in Christ's church. Paul said there would be infiltrators, like wolves slipping into Christ's church.

 

Healthy Faith is fed by God's Truth and that is what we need to work on this morning. Now turn with me to Acts 20:28-32.

 

 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.29 "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." NKJV

 

Jesus warned of Christian look-a-likes who do not have those vital signs of living faith. Do you remember those vital signs that are increasingly to be present in the life of a true believer?

 

Vital Signs of Living Faith

 

These are some key questions that we should ask and answer for ourselves as an obedient response to the clear command of II Corinthians 13:5.

 

  1. True believers are "sin-confessors" (I John 1:9). 

 

  1. True believers are "sin-forsakers" (Psalm 38:18; John 8:11). 

 

  1. True believers are "forgiveness-holders" (Acts 13:38-39). 

 

  1. True believers are "Christ-clinging" (Galatians 2:20; John 17:3).  

 

  1. True believers are "endless-life-possessors" (Hebrews 7:16; I Timothy 4:15; II Peter 3:18). 

 

  1. True believers are "Gospel-givers" (Acts 5:20).  

 

  1. True believers are "fellowship-seekers" (Hebrews 10:24-25).   

 

  1. True believers are "worship-givers" (Philippians 3:3).

 

  1. True believers are "Christ-waiters" (I Thessalonians 3:13).

 

But not everyone who gathers with Christ's church has those vitals signs. They have a faith, but not one that can save them. That is why Paul said to the church through all the ages—

 

Beware of Unhealthy,

Unsound Faith

 

What do the pretenders look like in Christ's church? What do those who profess, but do not possess Jesus act like that gets them by and allows them to often stay in Christ's church all through their lives? Since Jesus warned of this, and it has always been a challenge that faced Christ's church, God has provided examples in the New Testament of how these "look-a-likes" were dealt with.

 

Please copy and paste the following URL and copy it into your browser bar  to continue reading the examples in the New Testament of "look-a-likes": http://www.dtbm.org/sermon/grace-energized-men-healthy-faith-vs-demon-faith/

 

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