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This sermon – Conduct Worthy of Christ – was originally preached 2013.06.23 by Jerrill Schrock.
Passages used: Philippians 1:19-30, Romans 14, Mathew 5, Ephesians 5:3-5, Malachi 2:15, 2 Timothy 2:11, John 13:34, Colossians 1:10.
Conduct Worthy of Christ
Paul tells his readers to, “only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” There is an absolute, a conduct that Paul is calling his readers to.
What does this Conduct look like?
Jesus tells us that we are the Light of the world. Like a city that is on a hill is impossible to hide, this conduct is also impossible to hide. If we are Christians we are part of a city that is set on a hill. Not because of who we are, but rather because of who we belong to.
If we are dedicated godly people we will stand out.
Even in our failures and shortcomings Christ should be seen in us. In how we respond and how we relate to less than great situations.
You are the Light of the World!
We naturally don’t like darkness and not knowing what is “out there.” Light shows darkness what it is, light displaces darkness. Light provides warmth. Light is a source of health.
There are those who literally embrace the darkness. The darkness that we experience spiritually can also be cast out and dispelled by the light of God’s love and forgiveness.
We are often tempted to walk away from God. It is so easy to listen and take in that voice and allow our course of action to be influenced by what Satan is trying to tell us.
Distractions from our Light Source
It is quite easy to walk away from the Light of God and become “lukewarm”, neither cold nor hot. How many times have you found yourself in such a situation?
While we are children of light and are citizens of the heavenly kingdom, we cannot afford to become complacent and not deal with the dangers that we find around us.
The devil isn’t so worried about where he can take us to, but maybe what he can distract us from. The less contact we have with God, our creator, the greater the temptation the fruits of darkness present.