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MOTIVATIONAL LESSONS

In Acts 11:26 the Bible says, “They were called Christians first in Antioch.”
Why are there so many Christians in the world today? And more
importantly, why should you become a Christian?
Stay tuned as we let God's word answer the question: Why am I a
Christian?
Why should someone become a child of God? Why be a Christian?
What is it that that motivates and encourages one to want to be a child of
God? As we think about this today if you're already a Christian, we want to
ask why are you a child of God?
There are some answers that might be given to that would be
incorrect to this question. For example, someone might be a Christian
because of family pressure. Jesus said in Matthew 10:37, “He who does
not love me more than father or mother is not worthy of me.” Maybe
someone was pressured by family, or a husband, or a wife, or parents to
become a Christian. Friend I can't obey the gospel, become a Christian
because somebody else pressured me to do something I wasn't quite
ready to do.

Some may have become a Christian because it was the popular thing
to do. But Jesus clearly taught that there are many who go down the wrong
way but there are few who choose the right path. Did you do it just because
it was popular thing to do? Or did you do it because you wanted to become
a child of God? Some may have become a Christian simply because it
feels right; and while feeling may be involved, we want to combine feeling
and truth, John 4:23-24. Apart from a good fuzzy feeling, did you really
know the truth? John 8:32
Today we want to offer some reasons as to why a person should
become a Christian with the impact hopefully of encouraging, if you're not a
child of God, encouraging you today to become a Christian. If you are
Christian, encouraging you, motivating you, to greater service in the Lord's
army.
Why am I a Christian? Friend, I'm a Christian because I'm convinced
from the Scripture it is the Right Way. Christianity is the only right way.
Being a Christian means that we recognize it is the exclusive way to get to
God. Not through Buddha, not through Hindu, not through Judaism, not
through all the world religions today, Jesus said the one and only way to
the Father was through Him. Do you remember John 14:6? Jesus said, “I
am the way,” listen to the exclusive nature of that, “I am the way, the truth,
and the life no man comes to the Father except by me.” Friend there are
not a hundred and one ways, there are not 20 ways, there are not two
ways, there's one way. Christianity is the only right way to God, the only
way. Acts 4:12 Peter proclaimed, “Nor is there salvation in any other for
there's no other name under heaven given among men by which we must
be saved.”
Friend a person needs to be a child of God, because if you want to go
to heaven it is the one and only way by which you can get there.
But when we think about Christianity as the right way, let me illustrate
some of the ways in which it is right. Christianity is right in its origin, in its
beginning, in its founding. Who originated Christianity? Well God did. From
the beginning God had planned that salvation would be through His Son.
Genesis 3:15, “The seed of woman would crush the head of Satan.” Jesus
comes on the scene being born of a virgin, Matthew 1:19-21. And to
Christians Paul said in Romans 16:20 that “God would crush Satan under

their feet shortly.” It is of the right origin. Isaiah 62:1-2 God said, “My
people, when my people are called by a new name the Gentiles will see my
righteousness.” Acts 11:26, for the very first time they were called
Christians, after Cornelius, a known Gentile, obeyed the gospel. And so, it's
right in its origin.
Christianity is right in its destiny. That is Christians are destined to go
to Heaven. Now does that mean you can't fall away? That's not what we're
saying, but if someone lives faithful the end result of the Christian life will
be the reward of Heaven. 1 John 2:25 says to Christians, this is the
promise He's promised us, eternal life. “I am the way, the truth, and the life
no man gets to the Father except by Me.” The idea is if we go through Him,
we can get to the Father. It's right in its destiny, and Christianity is right in
its purpose.
What are we here for? What's the Christian life all about? Are we
here to serve ourselves? Are we here to live it up? Course not! The Bible
says in Ecclesiastes 12 verses 13 and 14, “Let's hear the conclusion of the
whole matter fear God, keep His commandments this is the whole duty of
man.” Our purpose is to love God and to love others, to live a selfless life,
and to strive to do good just as Jesus did.
Why be a Christian? Friend listen carefully, it is the only right way to
get to God. There are no other alternatives. There are no other side roads.
There are no other paths. Jesus is ‘the way, the truth, and the life. No man
comes to the Father except by Him.’
Why else should one become a Christian? I'm a Christian because of
God's amazing love for me. No one's ever loved you like the God of heaven
loves you. Jeremiah 31:3 God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting
love.” From before time, God loved mankind. God is love, 1 John 4:8. 1
Peter 5:7 says, “God cares for you.” Why am I motivated be a child of God?
Because of God's amazing love for me and for you on an individual level.
Well someone says, ‘Okay I understand people talk about that. I hear
that, how do I know God loves me?’ God's love is evidenced in the sacrifice
of His Son. How do I know God loves me? “God so loved the world He
gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus went to the cross to bear my sins

and yours. He bore our sins in His own body upon the tree, 1 Peter 2:24. I
can know God loves me more than I can begin to imagine, because He
sacrificed His Son. I know God loves me and that's evidenced that's
demonstrated in the forgiveness of sins. Jesus said, “This is my blood of
the new covenant shed for many for the remission of sins.” When Peter
proclaimed, ‘Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins,’ that
sacrifice had become available. “God has not dealt with us according to our
sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities,” Psalm 103:10.
I know God loves me, and He loves you and that's evidenced by His
providential care of each one of us. Do you remember the words of Psalm
37:25? David said, “I've been young and now I'm old, yet I've never seen
the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread.” Does God take care of
His own? You bet He does! That's proof positive of His love. “Seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be given
unto you.” It is this this love, the amazing love of God, for me that motivates
us to want to live faithful to the Savior. I'm compelled. Paul said, “I
motivated by the love of Christ to live every day for Christ,” 2 Corinthians
5:14. Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I've been crucified with Christ. It's no
longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me and the life which I now live in
the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for
me.” What made Paul live the life of faithfulness that he lived? What made
Peter, what made James, what made John face the difficulties that they did
and still triumph? God. His amazing love motivated them every day to
serve Him.
Friend that's what motivates us that God loves me and He loves you
so much. And He's been so giving, and so kind, and so caring to each and
every one of us.
Thirdly we're motivated to become Christians because of the power
of Christianity. When we talk about being a Christian you're talking about
being a part of the most powerful group of people in all the world. Now what
do I mean by power? Am I talking about physical might and strength and
ability to overcome in that sense? No. We have spiritual power. I have as a
child of God these powers. Number one I have the power to overcome the
world. James said in James 4:4, “Adulteresses and adulterers and
adulteresses do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with
God? Whoever therefore desires to be a friend of the world makes himself

God's enemy.” The one who's tied up in the world, he's on the opposite
side of God. Yet as a Christian, I can overcome the world. 1 John 5:4 the
Bible says, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” This is
the victory we have even our faith, 1 John 4:4. Jesus said, “You can
overcome don't be afraid, you can overcome because I've overcome,” John
16:33. I have the power in this life to overcome this old world which is one
day going to be burned up and destroyed, 1 John 2:15-17.
Secondly as a Christian I have the power to overcome sin. Now friend
this is something we've all got to understand, “There is none righteous no
not one,” Romans 3:10. “All have sinned fallen short of the glory of God,”
Romans 6:23. That sin leads to death, “The soul, who sins shall surely die,”
Ezekiel 18:4. But the good news is, through Christ I have the power to
overcome sin! Can you imagine when they heard for the very first time
“Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” You mean that sins can
be absolutely removed and taken away? Not rolled forward, not based on
the blood of bulls and goats which could never take away sin, Hebrews
10:3-4, but through Christ our Messiah, sins can be wiped away. That was
the Clarion message that Peter preached. Saul heard it, Saul of Tarsus.
Acts 22:16, Ananias came to Saul and he said ‘Why are you waiting? Arise
and be baptized!’ and listen this, ‘wash away your sins calling on the name
the Lord.’ I have the power by obedience to the gospel and contacting the
blood of Jesus in baptism, Romans 6:1-4, to access forgiveness and
overcome the power of sin.
As a child of God, I also have the power to overcome Satan, the
greatest enemy that that ‘roaring lion that active militant aggressive enemy,’
Job 1. That one who desires to have us, Luke 22:31. The murderer and a
liar from the beginning, the Bible says I can overcome him. Listen to
Hebrews 2:14 the Bible says, “Jesus He through death overcame him who
had the power of death and released those who all their lifetime were
subject to bondage.” On the cross, what did Jesus do? Jesus overcame
Satan and death. The Bible says in Romans 16:20, “The God of peace will
crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Can I overcome Satan through
Christ? Absolutely! I can defeat the greatest enemy.
But you know there's another idea. I hope you'll listen real carefully to
this, why am I a Christian? I'm a Christian because of the power of
Christianity. That power means that I can overcome death.

Ponce de Leon is known in history and mythology for searching for
the fountain of youth. He wanted to find this pool, alleged pool, that if a man
would bathe in it he could live forever. There is no fountain of youth in
some water pool somewhere in the world. But did you know Christianity
promises the power to overcome death? Ponce de Leon had to look no
further than the word of God to learn that. The Bible says in John 11:24-25
Jesus speaking about the resurrection after raising Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus said “I am the resurrection and life,” listen to this, “he who dies he
believes in me and dies,” Jesus said, “will never really die.” Do you want to
overcome death? That can only be done through Christ. “Blessed are the
dead who die in the Lord, ‘Yes’ says the spirit ‘that they may rest from their
labors and their works do follow them.’” 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 clearly
teaches that that death has been defeated. ‘Oh death where is your sting?
Oh Hades where is your strength?’ The strength of sin is death. The
strength of the law and it goes on to mention all that there, but Christ has
overcome them. Death and sin and the Hadean realm has been defeated
through Christ.
How do you overcome death? How do you live forever? Matthew
25:46 Jesus said, “The righteous will go away into everlasting or eternal
life.” Why am I a Christian? Because of the power of Christianity!
I'm a Christian because of eternity. Let's realize that eternity is real. I
may not understand every facet and idea of eternity, but Ecclesiastes 3:11
says that ‘God has put eternity in our hearts.’ I have the idea to understand
to some extent that when this life ends, there is going to be a land of
forever where there will be no end and time will not exist. Hebrews 9:14
teaches us that we have the eternal spirit of God in that we know that
God's eternal. Jesus said in John 17:3 “Restore to me that which we had
from eternity.” Thus, the idea of eternal life is something that we recognize
to be true according to the Scriptures.

I'm a Christian not only though because I believe eternity is real, but
because I know about the two options. I want more than anything to go to
Heaven. Jesus said in John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled. Yes, I'm
about to leave but don't get discouraged you believe in God believe also in
me, and if you believe in me believe also in God. In my Father's house are

many mansions. Were it not so, I would've told you.” Then He said this, “I
go to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will
come again and receive you to myself that where I am there you may be
also.”
Don't you want to live in that place? No more sorrow, no more sin, no
more death, no more crying, all the former things have passed away. Paul
looked at it this way he said Romans 8:18, “I consider that the sufferings of
this present world are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall
be revealed in us.” Why become a Christian? Because of eternity and
because of the promise of Heaven in eternity.
Also realize this, I want to be a Christian because of eternity. I realize
there is an another option on the other side that's not heaven. I realize that
hell is a real place. Jesus said in Mark 9:44 that “Hell is a place where the
worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” Can you imagine a place
where there's a continual worm maggot as it were eating on your flesh, and
nobody ever turns down the fire? What a horrible place that would be!
Revelation 20:12-15 it is described as a “Place of eternal torment.” Matthew
25, “Great weeping and gnashing of teeth.” You remember the vivid story of
Luke 16:19-31 where the rich man went to torment. And in that place, he
wanted just one drop of water. ‘Give me just one drop of water to put on my
tongue. I'm tormented in these flames.’ Can you imagine living in a place
like that with no end forever? Time doesn't exist. No way out.
I'm a Christian because of eternity. I realize the two options: either
heaven with God or hell with the devil.
Surely in view of that one would want to become a child of God.
Why else should one become a Christian? I'm a Christian, because I
also fell in love with the teaching of the Bible. I fell in love with the author of
the Bible itself. God is a God of love. “God wants all men to be saved and
to come to a knowledge of the truth.” I fell in love with the beautiful style
that it is written in, the message of love that God sends about His Son to
the world, and no doubt you fell in love with the Bible in that it is from God
and the ending pictures Christians as being victorious. “Thanks be to God
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Bible, it's
God's power to save, Romans 1:16. If I receive with meekness the

implanted word it's able to save my soul, James 1:21.
The Bible is so wonderful, because it contains everything we need for
life and godliness. I don't need anything else to get to Heaven except the
Bible, 2 Peter 1:3. And the Bible is something you can fall in love with,
because you can know it's from God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness that the man of God,” listen to this, “may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.” It is all truth, John 16:13. It has
the power to set you free. Jesus said in John 8:32, “You shall know the
truth and the truth will make you free.”
Friend I'm also a Christian because of the immense joy being a
Christian brings to my life. I don't have to worry about tomorrow. Jesus
said, ‘Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself,’
Matthew 6:34. ‘Sufficient for the day is the trouble therein,’ Proverbs 27:1.
As a Christian, I can put my trust and joy in Christ. This is why Paul would
say, “Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice,” Philippians 4:4. This is
why Paul and Silas in a deep, dark dungeon were praying and singing
hymns to God and the prisoners were listening to them, Acts 16:25. This is
why in the Beatitudes, Jesus will over and over again say, “Blessed.”
“Blessed is he who is happy. Blessed is he who mourns. Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst after righteousness.” That's divine happiness given
upon God's children.
I see the great joy being a Christian in the peace that I have as a
child of God. The Bible teaches, “We have peace that surpasses all
understanding.” Think about that. I can't even begin to understand the
peace that Christians can have. In the times of great crisis, in times of great
loss, in time of great struggle, we can have peace that isn't even
understandable because of who Christ is and what He’s done for us.
Let me mention one of the major reasons that I'm a Christian and that
most people in this world are Christians. I'm a Christian simply because of
Christ, because of the life that He lived. Think about Mark 7:37. “He has
done all things well.” What do you mean done all things well? He went
about doing good, healing the sick, feeding the poor, helping those who are
in need, making the ultimate sacrifice for sin, and He lived the perfect life.
‘He was tempted in all points as we are yet without sin.’

I’m a Christian because of that that life that exemplary life that Jesus
lived. I'm a Christian because of Christ's teaching. “Love your neighbor as
yourself. Do good unto all men.” The Bible clearly teaches that we ought to
be the kind of people who exhibit the love.
You want to solve a host of the world's problems? Whatever it may
be, friend I'll assure you Christ has the answer to that. We're to love our
enemies. That solves a whole bunch of problems right there. We're to love
one another. That solves a whole another host of problems. We're to feed
the hungry and take care of the poor. Look at the good that would do in our
world today! Look at the teaching of Christ! ‘No man has ever spoken like
this man,’ that's what the critics of Jesus said.
I'm a Christian because of Christ's death on the cross. He was willing
to be beaten. Now you think about this, Jesus was willing because He
loved me and you, to be mocked, to be beaten, to have stripes laid on His
back over and over again, to be to be one who was hit in the face, have
that crown of thorns placed on His head, and ultimately Jesus was willing
for His hands and feet to be nailed to a cruel Roman cross. That cross to
be suspended between Heaven and earth, and there to hang struggling for
every breath until He said these words, “It is finished.” Why did He do that?
Me and you. Because He loves us that much.
Friend I'm a Christian because of the promises that Christ makes to
me as His child that He'll never leave me nor forsake me, Hebrews 13:6,
that if I remain faithful unto death I can receive the crown of life 1 John
2:25, that He is going to prepare a place for me, and that He will come
again, and receive me to Himself John 14:1-6, and that on that great day
those who have fallen asleep in Christ and those who are alive can be
caught up in the air with Christ to ever live with Him.
And so we come full circle. And we ask you the very important
question again: Are you a Christian? If you're not a Christian, friend we're
urging you we're begging you today in view of these principles, won't you
become a child of God?

Maybe you've heard the message about Jesus Romans 10:10
Romans 10:17, maybe you believe that Jesus is God's Son John 8:24, and
that belief maybe it'll motivate you to turn from sin and change your life,
Acts 3:19. Would you confess Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life?
Matthew 10:32-33
Would you do what Jesus said to get into the kingdom? “Unless a man is
born of water and the spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God,” John 3:5.
If as a Christian maybe your zeal and in your faithfulness to the Lord
is not what it needs to be, friend we hope today that whatever the case
your status is that you will be encourage based on the love of Christ to live
faithful to God every day and ultimately go to Heaven.

Study Questions for: “Motivational Lesson 10”
1. Where were they called Christians first according to Acts11:26?

2. Who should we love Jesus more than according to Matthew 10:37?

3. According to John 14:6, how do you get to God?

4. What’s our purpose in life according to Ecclesiastes 12:13-14?

5. What kind of love does God have for us according to Jeremiah 31:3?

6. According to 1 John 4:8, what is God?

7. Who cares for us according to 1 Peter 5:7?

8. According to Psalm 37:25, what had David never seen?

9. What does it say about being a friend of the world in James 4:4?

10. Where do the righteous go according to Matthew 25:46?