LESSON: To be popular with everyone
brings a warning; to be popular with Christ brings
I. Popularity with everyone
brings Christ's warning.
II. Popularity with Christ brings Christ's blessing.
III. To side-step criticism for Christ links you
with the false prophets.
IV. To risk criticism for Christ links you with
God's true prophets.
CONCLUSION: Dare to be Christian -- through and
through. Even if your peers curse you, Christ will
bless you when you risk being criticized for Him.
SERMON ILLUSTRATION: The Parable of "The Old Man,
the Young Boy and the Donkey" (See
1ST APPLICATION OF PARABLE: If you can please some
of the people some of the time, but not all of the
people all of the time, why not just live to please
2nd APPLICATION OF PARABLE: And, even if you could
please all of the people all of the time, it would
place you in the same category as the false prophets.
So why not dare to be Christian -- Why not dare to
be Christian, through and through, and leave the
outcome to God.
EXHORTATION: Advance Christ's kingdom through
kindness and words and stop worrying about whether
people accept you.
Dr. Daniel C. Broadwater: Former owner of Boone's Billiards; was converted to Christianity. Attended Westminster Seminary (M.A., M.Div.). Later graduated from Gordon-Conwell Seminary (D.Min.). Dan serves as Sr. Pastor of Grace Ref. Presby. Church, which he organized in 1979. Dan's...