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CHRISTIAN:
A Profession
[a sermon outline]
Speak as the Oracles
weekly
Text: Hebrews 10:23-25

Introduction:

A profession is defined by Webster as: "3. an avowed religious faith."  It is what
one professes to be.  In other words, when someone asks you what you are, it is
your answer.  Is Christian the answer you give?

I. A PROFESSION IN RULE
A. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
1. Proverbs 23:7
2. Matthew 15:18-20
3. Philippians 4:8-9
B. What rules your mind, heart and soul?
1. Romans 12:1-2
2. 1 Peter 1:13-16
3. Ephesians 4:21-24
C. What are you in rule?
1. Do you ask yourself, "What does God say?"
2. Or, do you ask yourself, "Do I want to do it?"

II. A PROFESSION IN DOCTRINE
A. Doctrine defined:
1. Men define:
 a. Doctrine equals "the doctrine and commandments of men," or the opinions
     and speculations of men.
 b. What is taught to Christians in opposition to what is taught to sinners (i.e.
     according to them "gospel").
 c. Anything other than the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor-
     inthians 15:1-11)
2. God defines:
 a. All of the New Testament (2 John 9-11)
 b. All teaching, whether to saint or sinner
   1) Romans 6:17
   2) Mark 16:15
   3) Matthew 28:19,20
B. What is your doctrine?
1. Galatians 1:5-9
2. Psalm 119:1-8
C. What are you in doctrine?
1. Do you seek to show your teachings from the writings of men (i.e. creeds)?
2. Do you seek to find your doctrine in certain "proof texts" of the Bible?
3. Or, do you accept for your doctrine all that the New Testament has to say?
   Not some, not part, but all?

III. A PROFESSION IN ACTION
A. Consistency or Hypocrisy?  One or the other.
1. To profess to be a Christian and to act like something else is a lie.
2. 1 Timothy 5:24,25
3. Matthew 15:7-9
4. Titus 1:16
B. What is your action?
1. Galatians 5:22-25
2. Matthew 25:31-46
C. What is your action?
1. Does the Biblical description of a Christian describe your actions?
2. If your friends and family were to describe how you acted, would they
   describe you as a Christian?
3. If you were to be placed on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough
   evidence to convict you?

Conclusion:

Too often individuals may "profess" to be a Christian with their mouth, though
their heart, teaching and action is far from it.  It is not only what we say we are, but
what we actually are in heart, speech and action that matters.  To say we are a
Christian and to live differently is to lie.