The seventh session of "Seeking Him" small group Bible Study was held at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The main topic of discussion was "Obedience: The Acid Test of Love."
- Obedience is doing what God commands us to do.
- Obedience is not doing what God commands us not to do.
- Delayed obedience is disobedience.
- Partial obedience is disobedience.
- Revised obedience is disobedience.
The Word of God is full of commandments. God finds favor with us when we do what He tells us to do to the best of our ability.
The Word of God also tells us what we shouldn't do. When we do not do what God tells us not to do, God finds favor with us.
We have heard ministers say God called them to preach many years ago before they responded. That's really nothing to boast about. Actually, it is delayed obedience which translates into disobedience.
When God tells us to buy groceries for three people in our church, and we give buy groceries for only one person, that's partial obedience which is really disobedience.
When God tells you to become an usher in your church and you tell the pastor you want to become a deacon, that's revised obedience. You have changed what God had in mind for you.
All of the above are examples of disobedience. When we are obedient, we become part of God's plan to accomplish His purpose through us. God calls us to surrender our lives to Him through obedience.
The proof of our love for God is our obedience to Him according to John 14:15 that says, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
Next week's lesson: "Clear Conscience: Dealing with Offenses Toward Others"
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