Testing 4-5-6

II Corinthians 13:5

Last week we began looking at the topic of growing Christians. Every believer is either growing or they are stagnant. We discussed three groups of Christians.

  1. Confused Christians
  2. Counterfeit Christians
  3. Confident Christians

For us to grow in our faith, we must be confident in our relationship with the Lord. This is why Paul counsels us to examine ourselves. 2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? Last week we considered four wrong ways to test our relationship with the Lord. Wrong ways to test whether or not we are truly saved.

  1. Outward Morality
  2. Religious Activity
  3. Ministry Involvement
  4. Past Decisions

Tonight we want to consider the positive side of this process of examination. There are several ways that we should test to be sure…to be certain that we are 'in the faith'.

Again let me say that we know we are not saved by our works. Salvation cannot be earned, but salvation will change our lives. 2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I. Love for God.

II. Love for the Word.

III. Love for the Local Church.

They are not the only three, but they are important! Paul challenged us to examine ourselves, but we must use the proper criteria to do a proper examination! For us to grow in our life in Christ, we must be confident that we are 'in the faith'! Are you confident tonight? Are you growing in your walk with Him? Come.