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Summary: The bottom line to following God is living in obedience.

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“The Bottom Line”

March 18, 2007

How would you describe what it means to follow Jesus?

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NIV)

Solomon concluded that what God wants from us more than anything else is pure devotion.

God’s desire for us is a life of worship and obedience.

“True knowledge of God is born out of obedience.”

John Calvin

Obedience is not based in rules but in relationship.

“Obedience is not a stodgy plodding in the ruts of religion, it is a hopeful race toward God’s promises.”

Eugene Peterson

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

The Bible on Obedience:

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

"What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT)

Obedience demonstrates devotion.

"If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you.” John 14:15 (The Message)

Obedience brings maximum freedom.

(No guilt, no shame, no consequences)

“I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” Psalm 119:45 (NLT)

The Radical Call of Jesus:

Live in peace.

"You have heard that the law of Moses says, `Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment!” Matthew 5:21-22 (NLT)

Be faithful to your spouse.

"You have heard that the law of Moses says, `Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

Keep your word.

"You have heard that the law of Moses says, `A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a letter of divorce.’ 32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” Matthew 5:31-32

Tell the truth.

"Again, you have heard that the law of Moses says, `Do not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I say, don’t make any vows! If you say, `By heaven!’ it is a sacred vow because heaven is God’s throne. 35 And if you say, `By the earth!’ it is a sacred vow because the earth is his footstool. And don’t swear, `By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Don’t even swear, `By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, `Yes, I will,’ or `No, I won’t.’ Your word is enough. To strengthen your promise with a vow shows that something is wrong.” Matthew 5:33-37

Forgive others.

"You have heard that the law of Moses says, `If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it.’ 39 But I say, don’t resist an evil person! If you are slapped on the right cheek, turn the other, too.” Matthew 5:38-42

How to Obey:


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