Living What You Believe – DISCIPLESHIP
BECOMING A FIVE STAR CHRISTAN
The word “Christian” appears three times in God’s word.
1 Peter 4:16 – “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be
ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”
Acts 11:26- “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the
church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians
Acts 26:29-“And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but that
hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except
Becoming a Christian is, according to II Co.5:17, a life-changing decision.
It is a transformation from the inside out. Religion tries to change you from
the outside in, but becoming a Christian means we are entering into a
personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone can change a
person from the inside out.
Becoming a Christian is as simple as the ABC’s.
A= ACCEPT/ Romans 3:23
B=BELIEVE/ Romans 5:8
C=CONFESS/ Romans 10:13
A person becomes a Christian by turning to God in repentance and by faith
receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It is a personal
relationship, not a religious ritual. Relationships take work to grow into
The Christian life is a process of learning and growing. II Pt. 1:5-7 talks
about adding to your faith. We must add to that saving faith some things.
First century believers started out the same way, by learning and growing.
They grew into Five Star Christians and into favor with God.
Acts 2:41-47 will help us to see what a Five Star Christian does.
Acts 2:41-47 “41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they
continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking
of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders
and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and
had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted
them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one
accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their
meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favor
with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should
APOSTLES’ DOCTRINE- The word of God. What we call today the Bible.
FELLOWSHIP- The Church. Being an active part of the Body of Christ.
PRAYERS- Praying. Talking to God.
SOLD & PARTED- Giving. Tithes & Offerings.
HOUSE TO HOUSE- Witnessing. Going about telling others.
It is not an obligation or a duty, it is our reasonable service. (Romans 12:1-2)
It should be done with a heart of love
If you want what they had, you must do what they did.
To become a FIVE STAR CHRISTIAN should be the goal of every Christian.
Below are three of the disciplines of becoming a Five Star
I. FAITHFULNESS IN BIBLE READING
Acts 2:41-47 “steadfastly…apostles doctrine”
Acts 17:11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word
with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
“readiness of mind” Does your mind wander when you read or pray?
II Co.10:5 “…and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
“searched the scriptures daily” Why is morning a good time?
Ps. 63:1 “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:”
Fruit of Faithful Bible Reading
Faith in the Lord
Direction for Life
Understanding in the working of the Lord
Deliverance from personal battles
II. FAITHFULNESS IN YOUR PRAYER LIFE
Acts 2:42 “in prayers”
In Lk. 18:1 Jesus says’ “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
That is faithfulness! Why do we not pray? We do not believe.
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty
things, which thou knowest not.” God will show us great and mighty things if we will just ask Him.
Matthew 7:7-8 ask, seek, knock
Fruit of a Faithful Prayer Life
Victory and spiritual growth in the lives of others
The blessing of God on our lives
Closeness to the Lord
Power in the preaching and teaching of God’s Word
Defense against the devil
Rewards in Heaven
III. FAITHFULNESS IN YOUR CHURCH ATTENDANCE
Acts 2:42 “in fellowship” Psalms 92:13 “Those that be planted in the house of
the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
POTTED vs. PLANTED
Limited Growth/Unlimited Growth,
Psalms 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth
his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Eph.4:14 “tossed” Heb.13:9 “carried”, “established”
Fruit of Faithful Church Attendance
Encouragement for the Christian life
Fellowship with God’s people
Protection from the world, the flesh, and the devil
Opportunity for Christian service
Joy in the believer’s life