Sermons on Obedience

Sermons on Obedience

No Shortcuts for the Righteous

David warned worshipers not to envy evildoers when their lives seemed prosperous. We must learn to trust God for His provision and forsake any unrighteous shortcuts during challenging times. Don’t Envy the Unrighteous [Ps. 37:1-11] Don’t envy unrighteous people, because while their present might seem pleasurable, their future is painful (37:2, 8-10). When you delight yourself in the LORD, He gives you the desires of your heart because they finally align with His (37:4). No matter what others are experiencing around you, trust in the…

How Should We Handle Unfaithful Members?

As we commit to a local church, what happens when we fail to represent Jesus? The Bible is clear on expectations of how we are to confront one another to avoid drifting spiritually. Current Trend Every believer has an unspoken list of sins that is acceptable and a pronounced list that is unacceptable. Christians tend to protest the sins outside the church and overlook the sins inside the church. Satan loves to deceive us into believing that our sins don’t…

What Does the Church Have to Offer Me? [10:30]

Many people will join a church based on what it has to offer their specific situations.  Instead of focusing on what the church can provide for you, have you ever considered how you can use your gifts to bless the church? Current Trend Our consumer-driven societyhas developed consumer-driven churches. Churches often satisfy the members at the expense of the mission. The temptation is to find comfort that does not require investment. Seeking to have our preferences met prevents us from meeting the needs of others. Biblical Example [1 Cor. 12:12-31] 12 For…

The Two Most Important Tasks in Life

Out of the 613 commandments in the Old Testament, some religious leaders wanted to know which one that Jesus thought was the most important. Not only did Jesus provide His top two commandments, but He summarized them all and gave His followers a simple direction for all of life. Mark 12:28-34 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important…

In God We Trust

Trying to trap Jesus in His words, His enemies collaborated in an attempt to force Him to choose a side between God and government. Jesus’ response teaches us what our commitment to both should be. Mark 12:13-17 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk.14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are…

When Riches Rob You of Jesus

A rich young man wanted to follow Jesus, but he loved his possessions too much. We must be careful that our riches don’t rob us of following Jesus. Mark 10:17-31 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.…

If You Play with Fire, Someone’s Gonna Get Burned

Jesus never categorized any sins as acceptable in the life of His followers. Playing with sin has severe repercussions for our lives and great consequences for those closest to us. Mark 9:42-50 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better…

When Traditions Override Truth

The religious leaders valued their preferential traditions over God’s doctrinal truth.  As followers of Jesus, we must ensure that we hold the Word of God as superior to the traditions of man. Mark 7:1-13 7 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat…

Make Your Father Proud

Jesus pleased His Father in what He did and in what He didn’t do. As followers of Jesus, we should seek to imitate His obedient lifestyle.

Seeking Heaven While Still on Earth

Colossians 3:1-11 Seeking Heaven While Still on Earth While the place of heaven is our destination, the way of heaven should be our pursuit.  As disciples, we are to put to death the deeds of this world and to put on the new self as we seek the things above. After Paul addresses the Colossians’ doctrinal integrity (1-2), he instructs their practical purity (3-4). Our behaviors originate from our beliefs. Seeking Heavenly Priorities (Col. 3:1-4) What Christ wants for your life…

There Can Only Be One King

Peace on Earth There Can Only Be One King (Matt. 2:1-21) Herod felt threatened when his throne was challenged by Jesus’ birth.  There is only room for one king on the throne of your life, and you cannot experience peace until Jesus sits upon it. Seeking the King (Matt. 2:1-6) God notified pagan astrologers about Jesus’ birth out of His desire to reach all nations. Herod’s paranoia caused him to remove any perceived challengers to his throne. The Jewish people…

Obedience Over Feelings

Peace on Earth Obedience Over Feelings (Matt. 1:18-25) Joseph thought he had been betrayed by Mary and yet surrendered his personal feelings to obey God’s commands. We must submit to God’s Word to experience God’s peace. THE PROBLEM (Matt. 1:18-19) Submitting to God’s plan can often involve surrendering your reputation. Joseph chose to extend grace when he experienced disgrace. Joseph’s character was not created in that moment but revealed in that moment. THE PROMISE (matt. 1:20-23) God’s plans are promised…
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