CONFESSING CHRIST
Matt 10:32-33

NASB
32 "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
33 "But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

KJV
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

TLB
32 "If anyone publicly acknowledges me as his friend, I will openly acknowledge him as my friend before my Father in heaven. 33 But if anyone publicly denies me, I will openly deny him before my Father in heaven. TLB

INTRODUCTION

At the Southern Baptist Convention one of the speakers told of a child making a public profession of faith. His parents talked to him before so they were not surprised he went forward.

That night his mother knelt by the bed with him and he said his prayer. He said Jesus I don/t know how you like being in my heart but I want you to know the pleasure is all mine. Confessing Christ can and should be a pleasure. I want to point out 4 ways we can Confess Christ.

1. Confess Christ With Our . . Mouth.
2. We Confess Christ With Our . . Modified Life.
3. We Confess Christ With Our . . Membership.
4. We Confess Christ With Our . . Mission.
 
 

32 "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 "But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (NAS)

1. We Confess Christ With Our . . Mouth.

A. With Our Mouth We Confess Our . . Lord.

Rom 10:9-10
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;
10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (NAS)

John 12:42-43 42
Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing {Him,} lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. (NAS)

B. With Our Mouth We Confess Our . . Learning

Illustration Topic: Speech Subtopic: Plainness of Date: 4/1989.16

Sociology professor Anthony Campolo recalls a deeply moving incident that happened in a Christian junior high camp where he served. One of the campers, a boy with spastic paralysis, was the object of heartless ridicule. When he would ask a question, the boys would deliberately answer in a halting, mimicking way. One night his cabin group chose him to lead the devotions before the entire camp. It was one more effort to have some "fun" at his expense. Unashamedly the spastic boy stood up, and in his strained, slurred manner -- each word coming with enormous effort -- he said simply, "Jesus loves me -- and I love Jesus!" That was all. Conviction fell upon those junior- highers. Many began to cry. Revival gripped the camp. Years afterward, Campolo still meets men in the ministry who came to Christ because of that testimony.

Application We may Confess Jesus with our mouth.
 
 

32 "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
33 "But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (NAS)

2. We Confess Christ With Our . . Modified Life


The word Modify may seem a little weak but I think giving the first definition of this word will clarify my intentions. mod·i·fy v. 1. To change in form or character; alter.

A. Our Life is Modified . . Completely.

The Past and the Future. 2 Cor 5:17

17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, {he is} a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (NAS)

B. Our Life Is Modified . . Correctly.

Eph 4:22-24

22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and put on the new self, which in {the likeness of} God has been created in righteousness and holiness and truth. NAS)

ILLUSTRATION
In his powerful book The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul observed that unbelievers often feel uneasy in the presence of an obedient Christian. The holiness of God reflected in a believer's life makes the non-Christian uncomfortable. Sproul then told the following true incident to illustrate his point.

A well-known professional golfer was playing in a tournament with President Gerald Ford, fellow pro Jack Nicklaus, and Billy Graham. After the round was over, one of the other pros on the tour asked, "Hey, what was it like playing with the President and Billy Graham?"

The pro said with disgust, "I don't need Billy Graham stuffing religion down my throat!" With that he headed for the practice tee. His friend followed, and after the golfer had pounded out his fury on a bucket of golf balls, he asked, "Was Billy a little rough on you out there?" The pro sighed and said with embarrassment, "No, he didn't even mention religion."

Sproul commented, "Astonishingly, Billy Graham had said nothing about God, Jesus, or religion, yet the pro stomped away after the game accusing Billy of trying to ram religion down his throat." What had happened? Simply this: The evangelist had so reflected Christlikeness that his presence made the pro feel uncomfortable.

I wonder, do unbelievers sense our godly influence? If we are identified with Christ and walk in holiness, they will -- before we even mention religion.

APPLICATION
2 Cor 5:9-10 (NAS) 9 Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
 
 

32 "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
33 "But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (NAS)

3. We Confess Christ With Our . . Membership

Rom 6:4-6
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have become united with {Him} in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also {in the likeness} of His resurrection, (NAS)

A. Confess Membership through Our . . Baptism. (Baptist believe It makes you a member of the church)

B. Confess Membership through Our . . Banding. (It identifies you with the people)

ILLUSTRATION

In one of my favorite Peanuts cartoons, Lucy demands that Linus change TV channels and then threatens him with her fist if he doesn't.

"What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?" asks Linus.

"These five fingers," says Lucy. "Individually they're nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold."

"Which channel do you want?" asks Linus.

Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, "Why can't you guys get organized like that?"

APPLICATION

We Confess Christ With Our . . Membership.
 
 

32 "Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
33 "But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (NAS)

4. We Confess Christ With Our . . Mission.

A. The Mission to Share our . . Testimony.

Ps 119:46
46 I will also speak of Thy testimonies before kings, and shall not be ashamed. (NAS)

2 Tim 1:8
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join

B. The Mission to Share our . . Talent. Eph 2:10

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (NAS)

Illustration

The 25 people who went on the mission trip to Iowa were using their talents to confess Christ.

C. The Mission to Share our . . Treasury.Heb 11:4

4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. (NAS)

Illustration

My wife and I were at Dr. John's office the other day. A lady came in wearing a Christian Tee shirt. I commented to her that I liked her Tee shirt. She responded and I asked her if she lived in town and she said "out side of town, " so I asked where she went to church. She said "she had not started since moving down here. She related she got saved in a Pentecostal church and then a friend took her to a Baptist Church. She said I guess I'm a Bapticostal. I invited her to our church.

We talked further and she related the salvation of her grandmother. She told Christa and I about her work at Ozark Medical Center and then how she listens tp Charles Stanley. Luween McVicker walk out of the Doctor's office into the waiting room and I called her over to talk with this young lady.

Luween is the Chief Nurse of the night shift and she was saved listening to Charles Stanley. So we all got to share about Jesus and maybe help this young lady get even more settled in her faith.

We used the talents God has given us to confess Christ one with another. I was a pleasure.

CONCLUSION
We Confess Christ With Our . . Mouth.
We Confess Christ With Our . . Modified Life.
We Confess Christ With Our . . Membership.
We Confess Christ With Our . . Mission.
 
 

James McCullen prepared this message to be delivered in the Sunday Morning worship service of June 29, 1997. The pastor and several members pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint every use of this message. We hope this written copy will be a blessing to aid your Christian walk. br wp="br1">
 
 
 

 
 
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