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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Introduction:

Paul wrote by inspiration to Titus: (Titus 1:16) "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." It is sad how many Christians profess to be godly people, but their actions show otherwise. The old saying that actions speak louder than words is surely true!

I. The Bible teaches that actions speak louder than words

A. By loving each other Christians SHOW who they are John 13:34-35 "34. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." 1. Not in words but doing good things to brethren I John 3:17-18 "17. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." a. Faith without works is dead James 2:15-26 2. We need to be showing by works James 3:13 "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom." B. Lip service does not please God Mark 7:6-7 "6. He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

C. Faith is shown through actions Hebrews chapter 11

II. The old "do as I say, not as I do" routine A. Christ wanted followers Matthew 4:19 "And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 1. Christ still wants followers who will follow they way they should Matthew 10:32-39

2. Christ is our example I Peter 2:21 "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps."

B. Paul wanted Christians to follow his example I Corinthians 4:16 "Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me." 1. As he was a follower of Christ I Corinthians 11:1 "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." C. The church should be like the Thessalonians, they followed the apostles, then they too were examples for others I Thessalonians 1:5-10
III. Show by doing A. Some Christians say God is first, but not on Sunday night or Wednesday night Hebrews 10:22-26 "22. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins."

B. The Kingdom should come first Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

1. Colossians 3:1 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." C. We know the erring by their fruits Matthew 7:15-20 "15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17. Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Conclusion

Christ's great question: Luke 6:46 "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
 

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