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TOTAL OBEDIENCE 2

THEME: TOTAL OBEDIENCE
TOPIC: TOTAL OBEDIENCE 2
TEXT: ACTS 5:29-32
DATE: 19|08|15
AIM: Our obedience to God be in reverence and not fear

INTRODUCTION
Our reason for coming to fellowship should be to know more about Jesus. It should be that we are constantly fed God’s word. Heb 10:25 says we ought to encourage one another each time we gather.
Last week, we examined the resoluteness of apostles to obeying God. This single-mindedness was demonstrated twice (Acts 4:18-20, 5:29-32). Also, we took a look at the book of Samuel (1Sam 15) where Saul chose to be obedient to men rather than God.

OBEDIENCE TO WHAT?
For us to be obedient there must be an instruction. Man is a product of influence, a product of instructions (Jer 10:23). In Gen 41, when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, we saw that total obedience caused them to be in abundance.

HOW GOD DOES SPEAK?
Elijah expected God to speak in certain ways, but it wasn’t so (1Kings 19:9-14). We expect God to direct us in the way we think. Most times when we are looking for the spectacular, we miss the supernatural.
Man is described as spirit, soul and body (1Thess 5:23). God does not lead man by feelings. The body responds to feelings, the mind responds to intellect. Being led by the spirit of God is to be led in my spirit. We can’t contact God with our eyes or ears or mind, but by the spirit of God (1Cor 2:7-10).
The two unbiased ways to receive instructions from God are:
1. Meditation on the Word (Jos 1:8, Col 3:16, 1Tim 4:15-16, Jam 1:22-25)
2. Prayer (Eph 6:18, Rom 12:12, Phil 4:6, Heb 5:7)

CONCLUSION
God’s leading is our priority. He guides and leads us in the way that we should go (Psalm 32:8). Every one of God’s children is entitled to God’s leading and direction (Rom 8:14). But, not every one of God’s children listens to God’s leading.
It is never old school to obey the leading of the spirit (Prov 3:5-6). It is better to be slower than God than to be faster than him.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
I’m led by the Spirit,
I have the Light of Life,
I don’t walk in darkness,
I walk in the Light,
I’m obedient to the Word.

QUESTIONS

TOTAL OBEDIENCE 1

THEME: TOTAL OBEDIENCE
TOPIC: TOTAL OBEDIENCE 1
TEXT: ACTS 5:29-32
AIM: Our obedience to God be in reverence and not in fear

INTRODUCTION
The Word of God is in a person: Jesus. (John 1:1, 14). The Bible is thus being referred to as the word of God because it testifies of a person; it speaks expressly about the person of Christ. The bible is the written word and Jesus, is the Living word. The written word testifies about the living word. (Luke 24:44-45)
A proper bible study which entails rightly dividing the word of truth, (2Tim 2:15) is thus one that sees Jesus as the singular message of the scriptures. The truth is a person and that person is Jesus. (John 8:32, 14:6)

OVERVIEW
Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to empower the disciples to be witnesses (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4). Thus, we are not surprised to learn that they proceeded to witness in great power (Acts 2:38,41, 3:6). However, their witnessing did not go unnoticed or unopposed. It led to great controversy. Luke in the book of Acts of the Apostles provided considerable detail about both the witness and the opposition. This was the second time the apostles expressed their resoluteness to obeying God. (Acts 4:18-20, 5:29-32)

OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN 1Sam 15
Obedience is the act of following instructions, complying with rules, or submitting to authority.
a. The instruction v3
b. The implementation given v7-9
c. The interest Saul expressed v13
d. The inadequate obedience v 19-20
e. The influence of Men v 15,24
Peter (1Pet 1:14) calls believers obedient Children. We should obey man only in so far that in obeying him, we also obey God. (Eph 6:1).

CONCLUSION
Our obedience is always to an instruction. Thus, there is a need for us to constantly receive instructions from God for us to obey Him. God’s will for us as believers is to be led by the spirit. Not by circumstances, conditions, occurrences, situations, environments, etc.
John 8:12, says that Jesus is the light of the world and John 1, calls Him the Word of God. i.e., the word of God is the light of the world. Therefore, for me to walk in light and not walk in darkness, I must know the word.

TODAY’S CONFESSION

 

QUESTIONS
a. How does being obedient differ from being submissive?
b. To what extent am I to obey man?
c. From 1sam 15, determine the nature of pressures that led Saul to disobey.