1 What Is a New Testament Christian?

  1. A believer on the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Spirit-filled.
  3. Dedicated to witnessing.

Before Agrippa, Paul told his experience, showing himself to be a believer. Then "having therefore obtained help of God"—he was Spirit-filled—"I continue witnessing." And what was his message? "None other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come" (that is the Old Testament) "that Christ should suffer and that He should be the first that should rise from the dead" (that is the Gospel).

VHDT, p. 82

2 Jesus Has the Answer to...

When Jesus came He made such an impact that all history is judged by its relation to Him. Celebrities have marched across the stage of history and made little difference, but by Jesus Christ all men are judged and their destiny determined. A man may make other poor decisions and be temporarily worse, but if he decides wrongly about Jesus Christ he is eternally worse.

Jesus has the answer to depravity.

Jesus has the answer to despair.

Jesus has the answer to demonism.

Jesus has the answer to death.

Jesus has the answer to discouragement.

Jesus has the answer to defeat.

Jesus has the answer to dilemma.

When Jesus comes the tempter's power is broken,

When Jesus comes the tears are wiped away.

He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,

For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.

"Even so, come Lord Jesus!"

VHDT, p. 39

3 Finding God's Purpose for You

The life in line with God's purposes has the stars on its side. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Get into that blessed purpose by trusting Christ as Saviour, abiding in Him, obeying Him as Lord. After all, the purpose of the believer's life is simply Christ: "For to me to live is Christ." When it comes to details, remember that if you will to do His will you shall know, for that is as true of direction and details as of doctrine.

Awhile, pp. 86-87

4 Christian Life Is Jesus

The Bible is simply God's Word about Christ.

Christian doctrine is simply systematized truth about Christ.

Christian experience is Christ living within.

Christian work and service is the outliving Christ.

The deeper Christian life is just more of Christ.

The most important thing about the Lord's return is Christ.

The main attraction of heaven is "to be with Christ."

Beware that you do not merely believe a phrase and miss the Person!

Awhile, p. 59

5 How to Gain Peace

  1. Repent (Acts 17:30).
  2. Believe (1 John 3:23).
  3. Love (John 15:12).

Proverbs 1:33

Psalm 37:37

River, pp. 8-9

—Vance Havner Sermon Sparklers