Faith, Love & Obedience

Are we willing to follow Christ as Lord?  Or are we only interested in a savior and someone to protect and bless us?

I.  Faith: Philemon 4-5

 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,

We recognize that faith is the starting point in our relationship with God.

Ephesians 2: 8

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Faith is the beginning, but it is not the only aspect of our relationship with God.

II.  Love

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

God loves us and we are expected in return to love God and one another.

John 13:34-35

 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Our love for God and for one another should affect every area of our life.

III.  Obedience: Philemon 21

Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

Obedience is not a word that we hear emphasized very often these days.  Certainly, we in the western culture like our independence.

A.  Submission:  Hebrews 13:17

Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

In the early church, submission to authorities was emphasized.  Even today in the monastic orders, obedience is a part of the vows.  The question becomes obedience to whom?

B.  Fables: II Timothy 4:3-4

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Today there are many teachers.  There is wide variety over the things that are taught, so to whom should we be obedient.

    C.  Jesus:  Matthew 7:21-23

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

I am concerned that there are many people who think that they are in a right relationship with God because of some superficial lip-service.  That they are trusting in their baptism, or their church membership, or the fact that they once went down to an altar, or that they believe that God exists.  We are indeed saved by grace, through faith.  We are called to love, but we are also called to be obedient to the Lord of Lords.  Faith produces love which produces works of righteousness.

D.  Promise:  Matthew 7:24-27

 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

We should continue to emphasize faith and love, but we should not neglect the aspect of obedience to Jesus, our savior and lord.

These are the sermon notes from 2/16/14.  Any advertisements that are attached are placed there by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

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