Text: Philippians 4:21-23
Introduction: What does being a follower mean today? Let us compare it with the biblical meaning of a follower.
Saints – how to become a saint, what is a saint? Roman Catholic View: Two Miracles, Died, Recommendation from a bishop, Beatified/ Blessed Verified second miracle, Saint by Pope
- Saint is the same Greek word Hagios for Holy. Meaning separated from common use, set apart; applied in a person, it is one separated from the world and consecrated to God.
Hence, according to the Bible, it is not a Title/ Office to be held on, but a status you receive once you are a follower of Christ.
As Paul’s example, The cost of being a true follower of Christ:
- Self-righteous ( not by your own works); “he must be willing to give up all trust in his own morality, respectability, praying, bible reading, church-going and to trust nothing but Jesus Christ.
- sins; willing to give up every habit and practice which is wrong in God’s sight; be killing sin or it will be killing you.
- comfort; “he must take pains and trouble if he means to run a successful race towards heaven”
- worldly desires, materialism; read John 15:20
Present the contrast of being a saint; unrighteous people will receive the second death – Rev 21:8; 1 Cor 6:9-10
Grace of Jesus – Only Christ can save you and make you a saint, nothing else, no one else will. Acts 4:12; Eph 2:8, John 14:6
“Caesars Household” – Phil 1:12-13; 4:22
I urge everyone, persevere, and press on. If you feel your heart faint and tempted to give up in despair, press on. Life is short, press on. Let us take courage. We are not far from the finish line. “It may cost much to be a true follower of Christ and a consistent believer, but you may be sure it pays.” – JC Ryle
Ptr. John Paul Arceno
UCBC New Jersey
July 16, 2023
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