The Moore American


March 26, 2014

What does it mean to wear the name Christian?

MOORE — Greetings to all Moore American readers, welcome back to our weekly visit. We hope you’ve had a good week. Create plans to attend the spring gospel meeting at East Ridge church of Christ, 728 S.E. 12th St. in Moore, with Jerry Roberts of Texas. The meeting will be April 2-6. Meeting times will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; and 6 p.m. Saturday; and Sunday 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

We will start with the question today, “Who Are We and What Are We About?”

In order to attract and gain others for the cause of Christ, we as members of the church of Christ must know who we are and what we are about.

We are Christians, nothing more or less. Isaiah predicted the day when God would give his people a new name “which the mouth of the Lord shall name” (Isaiah 62:2). Luke tells us that it was in Antioch of Syria that the disciples were first called Christians. This was a sacred name bestowed by God upon the followers of his Son. Jesus said, the Father glorifieth the Son (John 8:54) and this is a name that glorifies Him.

Although he was unwilling to embrace the message, King Agrippa understood that Paul sought to make him a Christian (Acts 26:28). Peter reminds us of the glorious distinction and value of that holy name. “Christian” is a name of which we should never be ashamed, even if wearing it brings persecution upon us (1 Peter 4:16).

What does it mean to wear the name Christian? It reminds us that we are a people striving to be like Christ in all we say and do (1 Corinthians 11:1). Christ’s will is our will (Matthew 28:20). We proudly wear this glorious name because we love and serve Christ with all our heart, soul, mind (Matthew 22:37). As Christians, we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness in our daily lives (Matthew 6:33).

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