9 Marks of Authentic Christians

This series looks at the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5.

The Mark of Patience

October 25, 2009 | Ephesians 4:1-22 | fruit of the spirit, patience

Pastor Gary continues his series from the fruit of the Spirit.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he challenged them to live according to what they had received. He told them to “put off the old self” and to “put on the new self.” One of the marks of the new self that he told them to bear was the mark of patience. As Christ followers and as those who have received the gift of the Holy Spirit we can yield our lives to the Spirit’s calling and exhibit the mark of patience.

The Mark of Joy

October 11, 2009 | Philippians 4:1-9 | fruit of the spirit, joy

What is the difference between happiness and joy? How can we pursue the mark of joy? Joy flows from God and we must tap into his river of Joy that is resistant to circumstances, and not dependent on them.

Bearing the Marks

September 27, 2009 | Galatians 5:19-25 | fruit of the spirit

Are we marked by our Father? How can others tell that we are authentic Christians? In this intro to a sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5, Pastor Gary helps us see how we can live authentically, walking by the Spirit and not by the flesh, to display the marks of Christ in our life.


Back 2 Basics

Fulfillment

September 20, 2009 | 1 John 4:11-18 | fulfillment

Pastor Gary concluded the series Back 2 Basics by helping us see how we can know and rely on God’s Spirit to give us the power to live a fulfilled life.

Acceptance

September 13, 2009 | 1 John 1:3 - 2:2 | acceptance, forgiveness

Acceptance. Whether you’re a teenager in Jr. High or moving into a new neighborhood, you want acceptance.
Do you ever feel distant from God? Does the shame and guilt of sin ever make you feel this distance? As if God doesn’t accept you any longer? What do we do as Christians when we sin?

In the apostle John’s first letter, he told his hearers that they could know and experience God’s love and acceptance as those who were in the “fellowship” of the Father and Son and with one another. We can know and experience the love and acceptance of God in our lives. The text gives three ways.

Confidence

September 6, 2009 | 1 John 5:11-15 | assurance, salvation

Do you have proof that you are a citizen of heaven? Do you have confidence that you are a citizen of God’s Kingdom? Many struggle with doubts in this area.
In the apostle John’s first letter, he told his hearers that they could have “confidence” that they were members of God’s eternal Kingdom by receiving and believing in His Son, Jesus. We can know this confidence that comes from receiving and believing in Christ as our Savior. The text gives four steps to having confidence and assurance of your salvation.