Undercover Christianity

Mark 15:42-47

READ TEXT: Mark 15:42-47

The title of the message this morning is "Undercover Christians". Now I grew up during the period of history we refer to as the 'Cold War'. The idea of a secret agent or a spy was exciting. Some of the heroes on television were Simon Templar (the Saint), James Bond (007), John Steed and Emma Peel (The Avengers), Secret Agent Man, James West, and of course the Man from U.N.C.L.E. The whole concept was glamorized and sensationalized as only the entertainment industry can do. However, when it comes to reality…as usually is the case…things were a lot different. Joseph of Arimathaea was an 'undercover Christian'. He was a secret agent in the army of God. But, his behavior is certainly not something for Christians today to seek to emulate. He is mentioned in all four of the gospel accounts. He was involved in the preparation and the burial of Jesus. Let's take a look at what the Bible has to say about him, the idea of being a secret disciple or undercover Christian.

I. His Description

II. The Fact of Secret Discipleship

III. The Sorrow of Secret Discipleship

First of all, are you a Christian? Have you placed your faith and trust in the Word of God? Do you believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again on the third day for your salvation? Are you trusting in the shed blood of Christ on Calvary? Forgiveness is available if you will come to Him in repentance and faith.

Are you an undercover Christian? Do you keep it a secret at work? Are you afraid of what others might say or what they might do? Have you become discouraged and just quit serving God? Why not determine today to come out of hiding, and do something for Jesus Christ today? To accomplish something for God, a secret disciple must come out into the open.