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Cain: A Model For Modern Christians


John Young

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Why is it that many Christians today seem to be following and serving God but do not seem to be blessed by God and in the end fail and fall away? Cain is a perfect example of Why.... Outwardly he appeared to be a Model Christian. He Sacrificed to God, God spoke to him and he spoke to God. He asked for forgiveness and obtained mercy from God, and people saw God's mark on him. So why did he fail? In this message we discuss the reason why he and many apparent "Godly" Christians like him fall away from God. We also see how even Cain in his sinful fall received warnings and mercy from God in every step he took to failure. Today we "modern Christians" receive the same warnings. The question is will we heed the callings of God? Will we submit to God in all things or continue down our own path?

(Preached Sunday Night, May 31, 2020, by Brother John Young, at Maranatha Bible Baptist Church, in Fulton, MI, Wakeshma Township, Kalamazoo County, Mendon, Leonidas)
 

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TITLE: "Cain: A Model For Modern Christians." 

TEXT: Genesis 4:1-15

Introduction: Why is it that many Christians today seem to be following and serving God but do not seem to be blessed by God and in the end fail? Cain is a perfect example of Why....

I. Why He is a Model Christian.

A. Sacrificed to God. v.3

B. God spoke to him and he spoke to God. v.6, v.13

C. Cain asked for forgiveness. v.13

D. People saw God's mark on him. v.15

II. Why He is a Modern Christian.

A. Sacrificed the wrong things.

B. Ignored God's words and followed his own.

C. Asked God to forgive punishment but did not admit to wrong doing.

D. God's mark was a mark of warning to others.

III. What we need to do.

A. Sacrifice the right things.

B. Obey God's word and pray properly.

C. Admit our wrong doings to God (and refer back to point B).

D. Seek to have a good mark.

Conclusion: Even Cain in his sinful fall received warnings and mercy from God in every step he took to failure as a Christian. We today receive the same warnings. The question is will we heed the callings of God? Will we continue down our own path or submit to God?

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Yes, in spite of his environment, and his parents, and his conversations with God, Cain went bad and chose evil.

A fruit tree without fruit is not much value. Jude 11-16

You are correct, a lot of people, saints included, do not want the punishment that they deserve. Folks try and justify the sins in their life, or, try and minimize their sins with no true repentance, in order to get rid of punishment.

Cain is a warning to the saints and to the sinners.

I appreciate your quote from 1John 3:10-12 and how God tried to inform Cain that he should love his brother Abel instead of hating Abel. Excellent ending. Thanks!

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