Reasons Why I Ought To Be A Christian

TEXTActs 26:26-28

INTRODUCTION:

A.      THE BASIS OF OUR DECISION TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

          1.       Not purely on the basis of emotion.

          2.       Human wisdom disdained.

B.      GOD, HOWEVER, APPEALS TO MAN'S ABILITY TO REASON; TO WEIGH

          EVIDENCE AND CONSIDER CONSEQUENCE AND ALTERNATIVES

          ( Isa. 1:18;  Acts 17:2;  18:4, 19;  1 Pet. 3:15 ).

C.      WHAT THEN ARE SOME REASONS THAT I AM A CHRISTIAN.

I.      BECAUSE I WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN.

A.      WITHOUT CHRIST WE ARE LOST( John 3:16;  14:6;  10:1, 9 ).

B.      WE CAN'T GET THERE BY OUR OWN METHOD( Prov.14:12; Mat.7:13-14 ).

II.     BECAUSE OF THE VALUE OF OUR SOULS.

A.      SOUL IS OF MORE VALUE THAN THE ENTIRE WORLD( Mat. 16:25-26 ).

B.      WHAT PRICE DID GOD PAY TO REDEEM MY SOUL?( Matt. 26:28 ).

III.    BECAUSE OF THE VALUE OF OTHERS SOULS.

A.      MY FAMILY( Eph. 6:1-4;  1 Tim. 5:8 ).

B.      MY COMMUNITY.

          1.       "No man is an island"( Rom. 14:7 ).

          2.       Let your light shine( Matt. 5:14-16 ).

IV.   BECAUSE MORAL GOODNESS ALONE CAN'T SAVE.

A.      NICODEMUS( John 3:1-3 ).  GOOD MAN, MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

B.      THE EUNUCH( Acts 8 ) 800 MILES TO WORSHIP; READ HIS BIBLE; A

          GOOD MAN; BUT NOT A CHRISTIAN - HAD TO BE BAPTIZED.

C.      CORNELIUS( Acts 10:1-6 ).CAN WE FIND A MORE MORAL MAN?  YET HE

          HAD TO BE BAPTIZED?( 11:13-14;  10:47-48 ).

V.    BECAUSE OF THE HONOR DUE GOD.

A.      GOD MADE ME( Acts 17:24-25, 28 ).

B.      GOD PROVIDES BLESSINGS IN ABUNDANCE( James 1:17-18 ).

C.      GOD'S GREAT LOVE IS DEMONSTRATED( John 3:16 ).

D.      GOD PROVIDED FOR OUR SALVATION IN CHRIST AND IN THE CHURCH

          ( Eph. 1:3, 22-23;  3:20-21 ).

E.      HOW IS GOD HONORED IF WE REJECT THAT WHICH HE HAS PROVIDED

          IN HIS LOVE?( Rom. 2:4 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.      WE CAN SEE MANY REASONS FOR BECOMING A CHRISTIAN.

B.      WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?( Acts 11:26;  John 8:31 ).