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Sermon About Obedience: Obey God above all things

Obey God above all things  Acts 4:1–5:11

It’s no secret that not everyone is exciting about us being Christians.

How do you respond when there is a price to pay for your faith?

How should you respond to the challenges that your faith in Christ brings?


1. When unbelievers oppose you, obey God (Acts 4:1-31).

Following God is always the right thing to do, but it may not always result in the best outcome. Although following God may mean suffering in the short term, it also means experiencing great things in the long term. 

External opposition from the Sanhedrin led the church to obey God—not man (4:1-31).

Peter and John defied the Sanhedrin order to stop teaching Christ’s resurrection (4:1-22).

The church boldly preached despite the opposition of the rulers (4:23-31).

Commit now to obey God before temptations by unbelievers to obey man become too strong.

 For example, Daniel (Daniel 1:6-7) and Hananiah (2 Kings 6:8) both resisted their kings temptation to worship in the Babylon. They did not let their leaders actions discourage them from following God.

The Old Testament book of Proverbs contains a warning about following the path of temptation. The book states that following the path of temptation leads to death.

However, following God has long-lasting benefits, and it is well worth the short-term aflitions.

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2. When believers oppose you, fear God (Acts 4:32–5:11).

Internal deception by Ananias and Sapphira caused a fear of God (4:32–5:11).

Let resistance by believers lead you to fear God.

|Can be hard when we have to make choices and decisions. What comes first, obeying God or having a good time?

Or, loving God or getting a job? Or, dedication or popularity?

God requires our obedience, love dedication, 2 Corinthians 8:5.

And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

When we consider the wonderful attributes of our God, we are driven to the realization that we must submit to His will. Matthew 7:21.

Always be cautious of the voice of opinion. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ (Col. 2:8).



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Conclusion

Obey God rather than people (Main Idea).

Main Points

When unbelievers oppose you, obey God—not man (Acts 4:1-31).

When believers oppose you, fear God—not man (Acts 4:32–5:11).

Say aloud, “I will ultimately account to Jesus himself for my life—not to people.”

This realization moves me to make hard decisions.

Where is God telling you to “obey God—not man”?

Prayer


Crossroads International Church Singapore Dr. Rick Griffith 21 Feb 2021Message 4 of 23 Download this sermon PPT and notes for free at BibleStudyDownloads.org

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