A Brick in the Valley

Confessing Christ Publically
April 8, 2008, 3:14 am
Filed under: Chris Brauns Radio Spots

Occasionally we hear people identify themselves as Christians but decline to talk about what they believe.  They rationalize that their faith is a private matter.

The idea of being a Christian, but being unwilling to share one’s faith or talk about it, doesn’t square with what the Bible teaches. 

Jesus said,

Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33).

You might counter, well what does it look to acknowledge Christ?  There are at least three non-optional ways for Christians to confess their faith.  First, we should verbally share our allegiance to Christ.  In Paul’s words, “. . . Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9a).”

Second, we acknowledge Christ in baptism.  Baptism is not optional.  Getting baptized doesn’t make you a Christian, but Christians do get baptized.

Third, Christians should acknowledge Christ through membership commitment to a local church.  The church is God’s redemptive vessel for this age as much as the ark was for Noah.  There’s a big rain coming.  Get on the ark of a local church.

Everyone knows, true loyalty requires public identification.  We don’t keep our marriages a secret, nor should we act as though following Christ is a private matter.  Confessing Christ to others is the greatest privilege we can ever know. 


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