The Need of the Hour

Cost of Discipleship

Scott StephanNovember 26, 2023

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Passage: Matthew

Summary:

  1. Obedience is closely tied to love - we demonstrate our love for God through obedience to his commands.
  2. We often view obedience negatively, as burdensome and oppressive. But Jesus says his "yoke is easy and burden is light".
  3. Legalism and obedience are not the same. Legalism goes beyond God's commands out of pride and hypocrisy.
  4. Those who are half-hearted in following Jesus will view obedience as legalism to justify their disobedience.
  5. We shouldn't negotiate away clear commands of Scripture or twist their meaning to fit what we want.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What feelings or perceptions typically come to mind when you hear the word "obedience"? Where do you think those impressions come from?
  2. Can you recall a time when obeying God disrupted your plans or desires? What made it difficult to submit in that situation?
  3. Have you ever justified ignoring a clear command from Scripture? What reasoning did you use?
  4. How can our group encourage one another in obedience while avoiding legalism?
  5. What are some practical ways we can support and strengthen each other to walk in step with Jesus, rather than straining against his lead?

The questions aim to foster honesty about our tendency to view obedience negatively, explore what makes it hard to obey, and discuss ways to mutually encourage actually doing what Jesus commands rather than explaining it away.

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