Did you know that more than two-thirds of Americans profess to have a Ã¢â‚¬Å“relationship with Jesus Christ?Ã¢â‚¬Â Many professing Christians believe they are on their way to heaven because they have prayed a prayer, been baptized, joined a church, built friendships at church, learned the Ã¢â‚¬Å“church-talk,Ã¢â‚¬Â and enjoyed church fellowship activities. However, Jesus said Ã¢â‚¬Å“manyÃ¢â‚¬Â people, churchgoers even, will be shocked and horrified on the Day of Judgment to be told that they are pretenders, and that He Ã¢â‚¬Å“never knewÃ¢â‚¬Â them (Matthew 7:22-23). How can you be sure youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not one of them?
Jesus said a true Christian is known by their fruits (Matthew 7:20). What are some of those fruits?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Repentance: Turning from sin (Matt 3:8; 2 Tim. 2:19)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Knowledge: A desire to know God through Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15-4:5)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Good Works: Obedience to Scripture (John 14:21, 23; Colossians 1:10)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Holiness: Growing in Christ-likeness (Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22-24)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Evangelism: An urgency to see others saved (2 Cor. 5:18-21)