THE DOUBLE “C” CHURCH – Hebrews 10:23
We live in a day when the trend is toward continual change rather than constant loyalty and toward keeping our options open, rather than making binding commitments.
- The Gospel requires commitment of the highest order (Luke 9:57-62).
- A follower of Christ is urged “to count the costs” of discipleship (Luke 14:25-33).
- When one obeys the gospel, seeking the remission of sins, each step taken must be backed up with genuine commitment.
I. A DOUBLE “C” CHURCH MUST HAVE TWO PRINCIPLES IN PLACE: OBEDIENCE AND COMMITMENT
A. Obedience without commitment is not really obedience (Galatians 2:20).
B. Obedience to the gospel must be “from the heart” (Romans 6:17; Romans 10:9-10, 13; Ephesians 6:6).
C. To waffle in obedience is to lose blessing (Galatians 1:6, 3:1).
D. Obedience and commitment always go together (Matthew 6:24, 12:30).
II. A DOUBLE “C” CHURCH IS A CHURCH OF BASICS
A. The church is composed of people of faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 1:17; Hebrews 11:6).
B. The church is committed to what they believe (James 2:19-20).
III. A DOUBLE “C” CHURCH BELIEVES IN REPENTANCE
A. Repentance defined (Acts 26:20)
B. Maintaining a commitment (I Samuel 12:20, 21)
IV. A DOUBLE “C” CHURCH BELIEVES IN CONFESSION OF SIN
A. Honest confession involves a commitment to be true to Christ (I Timothy 6:12-14).
B. Confession is not merely an intellectual assent that Jesus is Lord, but a commitment (Colossians 2:6).
C. The New Testament speaks of obedience to our confession (2 Corinthians 9:13).
V. A DOUBLE “C” CHURCH REQUIRES BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
A. The true Christian is obedient to the command of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
B. The true Christian recognizes that Scriptural baptism involves a commitment to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:2-4).
VI. A DOUBLE “C” CHURCH APPLIES GOD’S TRUTH
A. To be converted means to turn to God with commitment and break with the past decisively (Acts 3:19).
B. God asks us to commit ourselves to Him entirely (2 Timothy 1:12; 2 Corinthians 8:5; I Peter 4:19).
C. It is foolish to hear the truth from God and not make any commitment to it (Matthew 7:24-27).
- How committed is your obedience to God?
- How resolved are you to follow the Savior?
- Would Christ agree with your evaluation of your life?