Sermons on Obedience
The next piece of armor we are going to look at is the breastplate; Paul weaves this armor with the spiritual characteristic of righteousness. How are we to understand this? How are we to respond?
Walking in the Spirit will naturally lead to some changes in our lives. Are you ready?
There is one overriding characteristic that is an absolute requirement for Christians–love. We are to love God supremely, love others within the fellowship of believers, love our neighbor, and even love our enemies.
There are numerous places in Scripture that inform us about how Christians ought to act. There are no places in Scripture that inform us about how Christians ought to sit on the sidelines and watch.
Many people when starting a race tend to begin a little quick. They start so fast that they end up burning out before they make it to the finish line. Or, even worse, they step wrong and injure themselves. So, before we take that first step into enemy territory, we need to make sure we focus on the right things.
We are, of course, going through interesting times, difficult times, and even sad times. However, I also believe that God is still in control, and that this time can be useful to us in order to evaluate and re-engage. When this is all over, it won’t go back to the same old “normal.” So, we should use this time to make a new beginning…
We were privileged to have Rev. Bill Reynolds in our service yesterday, hear an update on the ministry in Rhode Island, and hear a wonderful message on the need for Christians to love people…even those who hate us.
One way of looking at life is that it is a series of lessons that we must learn. We know that the Lord teaches us lessons. The question is, have we learned the lessons that God has tried to teach us?
When we choose to disobey God, we are faced with the response to that decision. The response of God, the response of other people, and our own response. Sadly, we often fail to realize the unintended consequences of our sin and our own response.
We love to make plans. Plans for vacations, weddings, and even retirement. However, when our plans include disobedience they are doomed to failure. We begin this series from the Book of Jonah looking at what deliberate disobedience looks like and why its a bad idea.