Characteristics of a Follower of Jesus

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn


This sermon was preached by Andy Brownlee at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 30th September 2018.


This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Withington in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Romans 13:8-14.

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

8Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.


Pay What You Owe

  • Don’t allow debt to remain outstanding.
  • It is not a good witness to leave what we owe unpaid.
  • More than that this is to protect us because debt can be crippling.


  • Love people who are different to you.
  • Real love respects others.

Be Awake

  • We are not to be spiritually apathetic.
  • We are to make the most of opportunities which come our way.

Put on Your Armour

  • We are to put on the armour of light, faith, hope and love because only these things can keep us awake.
  • Faith comes from hearing, so we put on Christ by listening to the word of God about Christ. Hope comes from promises, so we put on Christ by remembering the promises of Christ. And love comes when we are reminded of the loveliness of Christ, so we put on Christ by remembering how amazing he is.

Behave Decently

  • We are to behave honourably and respectfully. Not being drunk or sexually, immoral not causing division.
  • Paul goes as far as to say that not only should we not behave this way but we shouldn’t dwell on these things either.


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