One focus of this week's study is understanding that there are three kinds of people in the world - Natural Worldly People, Spiritual Christians, and Carnal Christians. Natural worldly people are those who don't have a real relationship with the Lord. They may be nice or not-so-nice. They may be good or not-so-good. They may be religious or irreligious. But they don't have any real relationship with the Lord. They live to "eat, drink, be merry, and prosper in life." And as Paul said in Ephesians 2:12, they are "Christ-less, Church-less, Promise-less, Godless, and Hopeless." And unless they turn to the Lord they will wind up missing heaven and spending eternity apart from the presence, peace, and promises of God.
A spiritual Christian is someone who knows the Lord and walks with the Lord. They are strengthened, guided, and empowered by God's Spirit on an ongoing basis. Regardless of their circumstances, they regularly demonstrate the fruit of God's Spirit - love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). But the truth is, probably less than 20% of all Christians are Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered, Spiritual Christians.
The vast majority of Christians are what the Apostle Paul calls "Carnal Christians" (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). Those Christians have the Holy Spirit in them, but they live on the "milk" of God's Word rather than the "meat" of God's Word. They live by their sinful desires and emotions, rather than being empowered and guided by God's Spirit. And they constantly find themselves in conflict with the Lord and other people.
The question is, which kind of person do you want to be - a Natural Worldly Person, a Carnal Christian, or a Spiritual Christian? All who want to be a Spiritual Christian will want to join us this week in our daily devotions and Life Groups and next Sunday in our worship services as we continue our CHOICES THAT LEAD TO CHANGE emphasis. I hope that you're one of the ones who want to be a Spiritual Christian for the rest of your life. By the way, if you missed our Worship services this past Sunday, you can catch the message HERE. And you can access our daily devotions at celebrationchurch.org/change/.