Guilty as Charged

1502486_10203567592287231_1555507332696062514_nThere is a new Christian themed movie coming out March 20th. The movie is called “Do You Believe?” Do You Believe? will challenge and strengthen your faith! So the question is, if you believe in the cross of Christ… what are you doing about it?

I am really looking forward to this movie. It is from the same ones who put out ‘God’s Not Dead.” I haven’t seen this movie obviously since it hasn’t come out yet. From the advertisements a man is put on trial for being a Christian. Trailer to “Do You Believe?”

When they asked the question about if I believe in the cross of Christ… what am I going to do about it? I had to think on that. I don’t have a problem sharing my faith. I am pretty bold and am willing to stand up for my faith, even if people don’t want to listen. But, there is more than sharing your faith when it comes to believing in Christ. You have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. The best we can do is allow God to live through us, when we do that, we will find the same reactions by the world that Christ saw. Luke 6:20-45

fruit of the spirit 2I try to live my life in a way that reflects Jesus Christ in me to others that are around me. Some of the best ways to do that are to continually work on having the Fruits of the Spirits in my life. When I talk about the Fruits of the Spirit I am meaning things like love, kindness to others, peace and the hardest for me is patience. Another way is to not push my views and feelings onto others. I make it a point that people know and understand that I have a personal relationship with Christ.

As a Christian I have chosen to take God at His word. Believe, and you will be saved. Some people think that you have to go to church to be saved and you have to do all kinds of awesome things to show God you are doing what you should be doing. There is No church or good works that can save you. Brownie points don’t count when it images-of-jesus-christ-097comes to being saved. Remember, in CHRIST ALONE is how we are saved. Nothing else and nobody else!

Trusting Jesus is meaningless without the cross. You must believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose again. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 teaches that the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • 1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
  • Titus 1:9 – He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
  • 2 Timothy 2:15 -Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

When I talk about defending my faith, I’m not really saying to argue over what I believe. We can’t convince someone to love God. They have to choose to love Him themselves. What 2 Timothy 2:15 shows me is that I can do my best to allow God’s work to show in my life. Even though we are saved by grace and not works, we should let the results of His grace in us be seen by those around us. I would hope that those in my life and those around me can see that I am a Christian that believes in Christ Alone. If they can’t see Christ in me, then I need to make sure I work harder walking the walk, not just talking the talk. This song (We Believe) pretty much sums up my belief and faith in Christ.

persecutionThere has been a lot of news reports of people that are dying for their faith. I have been trying to keep up with the persecution of Pastor Saeed who is in prison for his faith and Asia Bibi who is on death row and can be hung anytime now. They refused to do as the courts and their countries requested. They stood up for Christ and their faith. There are thousands more out there that are being killed and imprisoned because they are standing firm.

If you where ask by a judge. How do you plead? And if you plead guilty. Would those who are bringing the charges against you have enough evidence to find you guilty of being Christian? The judge instructs you to take the stand. Please raise your right hand. Do you swear to tell the truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you GOD?

Since I am a Christian I would hope that I would be found ‘Guilty as charged’ when I stand before the judge and having the grace of God within me.

Discussion Questions;

  1. If someone came up to you and asked you if you believed in Christ and the power of the cross, how would you answer them?
  2. If you were to be put on trial for your faith in Christ, would you be found innocent or guilty for being a Christian and putting your faith in Jesus Christ?

I have chosen to live my lives as Jesus lived His!!!!

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