Sermons

on Obedience

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Righteousness of Abraham

Righteousness is not a matter of actions, conforming to a given set of absolute legal standards as the Pharisees taught, but of behavior which is in keeping with the two-way relationship between God and man.  Thus the righteousness of God appears in his God-like dealings with his people, i.e. in redemption and salvation. Read the account of Abraham in Genesis.  Abraham was loyal to God in the midst of competing...
Sermon series: A King's story

The Grandmother Who Yelled Treason

God had told Israel that he would provide for them, protect them, and bless them as long as they obeyed him. Israel decided they wanted a King just like all the other nations.  God allowed it, but then the people did not obey him!  They became idol worshipers. We don’t naturally drift toward holiness, we drift toward compromise and call it tolerance. Everyone loves going to grandma’s house, not this...
Sermon series: A King's story

A Change In Times

Often at the end of year a “Person of the Year” is nominated.  It is usually a celebrity, or perhaps an athlete.  But there is a difference between a person of the year and  a person of significance like the profit of God, Elisha.  It is not those who live for today, but those who live for eternity that are significant to God. The peril of the people at this...

The Lord Who Provides

We are talking about the importance of baptism, the declaration that we know Christ as our personal Savior. We call ourselves Christians, it identifies us as followers of Christ.  One of the most significant characteristics of a Christian is to walk in obedience.  Jesus explained this repeatedly during his ministry.  He explained that faith is necessary for our salvation, but then he said that “if you love me you will...
Sermon series: A King's story

You Want Me To Do What?

Words invoke responses, words like vacation, chocolate, or death, and cancer.  They each bring to or thoughts and emotions a tremendous response.  In 2 Kings we learn that Naaman has leprosy, it’s incurable.  He was appalled that he could not fix it on his own.  It took the little slave girl to tell him to go the prophet Elisha to be cured.  Naaman took with him many riches, thinking he...
Sermon series: A King's story

God Honors Obedience

We learn today that Elijah did not call Elisha to follow in his footsteps, God did.  No one chooses their own calling, we serve where we are called by God.  He calls, we respond, it’s where God wants us.  God fashions the work that we are supposed to do, responding is to God’s glory.  God has a plan to accomplish His purpose in each of us and He wants to...
Sermon series: A King's story

Lessons From Elijah

We live our Christian lives by obedience, by faith, not by sight or emotions.  We have learned two broad lessons from our study on Elijah. First, that faith is a willingness to obey God even when circumstances seem impossible.  Faith responds in obedience.  Secondly, Faith is a willingness to follow God even when it seem unproductive.  We don’t always know what God is doing “behind the scenes.”  God rewards, or...
Sermon series: A King's story

We are not called to Predictability, Part 2

When we are obedient to God’s direction, give that which would seem unreasonable, God will provide for us. He will meet our needs. This week in 1 Kings 17, we learn that in obedience Elijah had to receive what God had for him. He was to receive care from a widow in the middle of Baal worship, in Jezebel’s homeland. He had to be willing to change everything and move, God gave...
Sermon series: A King's story

We are not called to Predictability, Part 1

As we learned last week, we need to be people of prayer. We need to pray effectively and earnestly, like Elijah. We live in a dark time and we need to shine brightly for the Lord. We also need to obey. In 1 Kings 17, God told Elijah where to go and what to do, and Elijah just did it! Obeying is important even when it doesn’t make sense to...
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