Family School at Faith Baptist Church
S.S.S. Study Biblical Apostleship
Week 7: Faithfully Obedient
Obedient defined: Submissive to authority; yielding compliance with commands, orders or injunctions; performing what is required, or abstaining from what is forbid.
Obedient to who?
God- Romans 6:15-18 When we disobey God, we are, by default obeying sin. If you are saved but obeying the master who is sin, you will not have peace. Matthew 6:24, Those who are saved but obey sin instead of Christ will grow to despise the very master who saved them!
Parents- Why? Because God commanded it, Ephesians 6:1, Colossians 6:20.
Those in authority- Why? Because God commanded it, Titus 2:9, Hebrews 13:17
If you cannot obey God it will be impossible for you to be obedient to other (lesser) authorities in your life.
Purpose of obedience
Show of love, respect, and trust, John 14:15
Keeps Order- 1st Corinthians 14:33, 40
Accomplish the goal effectively- Joshua 1:8
(The word success is used only once in scripture, Joshua 1:8)
The book of Acts
Christ commands His followers- Acts 1:6-9
From that point on the entire book is comprised of His followers obeying His command, no matter what happened to them, what they gained, what they lost, or what they desired, they obeyed.
Christ teaches obedience
John 14:21-24, anytime in God's word you see Christ say the words "thou shalt" or "thou shalt not" you are presented with a choice. Will you obey God? Or disobey God? The world says there's "wiggle room" or that "it depends upon the circumstances" but there is nothing in God's word except obey, or disobey. No special circumstances, no "sin with no consequences" card. Matthew 22:34-40
Christ shows obedience
In all the bible God never commands us to do something we are not capable of doing, with His help. God used Moses to free His people through miraculous plagues the likes of which no man had ever seen or could ever hope to control, God used Joseph to save his family, the very family that sold him to slavery, David killed Goliath as a teenage boy! But the greatest example God has given us of His man obeying His call no matter how crazy it seemed, is Jesus Christ Himself. Philippians 2:5-8, John 6:38, 1st John 2:1-2, 1st Peter 2:21-25. If God Himself in the form of man, could humble Himself and be obedient to the shameful, sacrificial death of the cross, surely we can be obedient to His commands for our lives.
God has given us no excuse not to be faithfully obedient to Him, because even though our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, Jesus was obedient to the Father's plan to save us from our sins, Romans 5:8.
Homework: In your personal devotions, whenever you come across a command write down who gave it, who it was given to, and (if provided) wether the command was obeyed and what the result of either the obedience or disobedience was.