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Title: Trust and Obey!

Wayne Rodgers


Thesis: Looking at the idea and examples of those who put their faith and trust in God and obeyed His word.


A.        How much do we truly trust people?

1.         I am sure there are some you trust more than others.

2.         We all tend to trust some people more than others - policemen, firefighters, preachers, etc...

3.         My children trust me - they leap into my arms from any height.  They know I will take care of them and protect them.

4.         Would it not be great if only we had that same trust for our heavenly father?

B.        Do we truly trust in God?

1.         We need to learn more about who He is. (Rom. 10:17)  Faith comes from hearing God’s Word this is where we gain our knowledge of who God really is.

a.         The Creator 

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Psa 19:1  <A Psalm of David.> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

b.         Faithful 

1Co 1:9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

c.         Refuge, Strength & Help 

Psa 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

d.         Love 

1Jn 4:7-8  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  (8)  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1Jn 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

e.         Rewarder 

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

f.          Greatly to be feared 

Psa 89:7  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

g.         Longsuffering 

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Act 17:30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:

                      - Now that we know something of whom God is…Knowing He is faithful and has promised to save us

C.      Do we TRUST God enough to OBEY Him?                                 

1.         This is a personal question -  Do YOU? / Do I?

a.         Consider King David - Psa 31:1  In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

b.         David did not trust in the fact that he was King, or his mighty men, etc...

2.         Also consider these Bible passages:

a.         Heb 5:8-9  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  (9)  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

b.         1Pe 1:21-22  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  (22)  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

c.         Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

D.        Just how important is obedience?

1.         Consider our religious neighbors: with their various beliefs and doctrine in which they teach – not to beat up on them, but…the differences in belief begs the question: How important is obedience, when some teach…

a.         Faith Only...

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

b.         Grace Only...

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

c.         Calvinism...TULIP – this is the background doctrine to the doctrines

d.         These belittle the idea of obedience suggesting that we are teaching we must work for salvation.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.


2.         Consider Biblical examples:

a.         Noah - Heb. 11:7 - By faith Noah....prepared an ark...

b.         Jericho walls - Heb. 11:30 - by faith the walls of Jericho fell...after they were compassed about seven days.

c.         Others we will look at later...

d.         The point however is clear that the Word of God teaches and illustrates the necessity of obedience.

E.         Therefore is obedience necessary?


1.         Obedience is not always EASY:

A.        Abraham is a shining example of true obedience.

1.         Heb 11:17-18  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  (18)  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

2.         Genesis 22:1-13 - READ

B.        Consider a few questions concerning Abraham and the issue of trusting and obey.

1.         Was God’s request to Abraham easy to follow?

2.         Did Abraham argue and question God?

3.         Consider how Abraham must have felt.

a.         His only son - the son of promise - Isaac was probably excited about being able to go with his father. (Expound) – 35 and I still get excited about the prospect of going with my dad somewhere…

b.         Three day journey - sleepless nights, Isaac slept soundly, Abraham maybe tossing and turning each night wondering  - “what am I going to tell Sara?”

C.        Was this command easy - surely not - but what a shining example of complete obedience and trust in God.

D.        Yet consider another servant of God - the king Jehoshaphat.

1.         2 Chron. 20:1ff - READ

2.         Notice the feelings of trust of which Abraham and Jehoshaphat possessed.

a.         Both men of God.

b.         Both given a command by God.

c.         Out a great love and respect for God (knowing who he is) we see both of these men are obedient to God

E.         With these examples describing the proper attitude toward God, where do we stand?

1.         Are you in complete trust and compliance with the will of God?

2.         Is our attitude one that is completely trusting in God?

F.         It is true that obedience is not always easy: It may be that God is asking us to do things that are hard and not easily completed.  Yet, we must be ready and willing to do whatever he commands.

G.        Consider these:

1.         Visit the wayward member...

Jas 5:19-20  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;  (20)  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

2.         Attendance...

            Heb. 10:25

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

3.         Giving...

1Co 16:1-2  Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  (2)  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

4.         Praying for those who persecute and despitefully use us...

5.         Etc...for the Christian, but what about for the one who has never obeyed the Gospel?

            - It must be difficult to think of leaving the world as you know it and have been accustomed to it for all this time.

            - To now knowing who God is… knowing it is time to make a choice… knowing you can no longer live in the world… knowing that God has sacrificed His Son on your behalf… knowing he has laid a plan of salvation in front of you, one easily seen in the pages of the NT 

            - It must be difficult to think of having friends or family that may not understand our choices, who may no longer support us because of what we believe.

            - But, it is more difficult to imagine how horrible the depths of HELL will be if we do not believe and obey God in His Gospel plan to save us.

2.         Obedience can be costly:

A.        We are instructed by the Word of God to follow in the steps of the Savior.

B.        Yet Jesus gives stipulations for following Him:

1.         Luk 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

                        2.         Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

C.        To be a follower of Jesus one must be willing to crucify that old man.

1.         Romans 6:3-6 READ - This will certainly cost me something that old man has to go away, he can no longer rule my life.  B/c Christ now rules in my life!  I have to give up all things to Christ!

                        But Christ is not asking us to give up anything that is good for us!

2.         Eph 4:22-24  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  (23)  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  (24)  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

D.        But how is being a follower of Christ COSTLY?

1.         Consider Moses - Heb 11:24-26  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;  (25)  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  (26)  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

                                    a.         What did it cost Moses?

b.         Riches, power, friends, those who he had learn to love.

c.         yet he focused on the true reward.

2.         Being a disciple of Christ may cost you that which your not wanting to give up:

a.         People you associate yourself with.

1Co 15:33  Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

b.         Places you enjoy going...

1Th 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

c.         I am reminded of the rich young ruler in Luke 18 who asked what he must do to inherit eternal life - Jesus said, sell all that thou hast and come follow me - he departed sorrowful.

                        But Christ is not asking us to give up anything that is good for us!

E.         Mar 8:36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

                        1.         No price is too great.  Nothing is more valuable than your soul!

Obedience is not always easy...

Obedience can be costly...

3.         Obedience is always necessary:

A.        Consider the account of Naaman in the Old Testament

Rom 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

1.         2 Kings 5:1-11 – Naaman - Tell story and how it relates to our study.

2.         Obedience is what cleansed him - not the water of Jordan.

B.        How do you think the children of Israel understood the significance of putting blood above the door and on the side post? (Ex. 12:22)?

1.         Was it the blood of the lamb that saved them?   No, it was their obedience to God.

C.        What about BAPTISM today?

1.         Did Jesus really mean what he said? Mark 16:15-16 -  Go ye in to all the world...

2.         Did the early church and those which went about spreading the Gospel understand baptism?

a.         Every account in the book of Acts - baptism

                                    b.         1 Peter 3:21 -  baptism doth also now save us...

3.         Just like with Naaman, It is not the water that saves us - we are not working for are trying to earn our salvation - just simple OBEDIENCE!

D.        When one considers Nadab and Abihu we see that God means what he says - Lev. 10:1-2

E.         How can baptism not be essential when we consider

 - 2 Thess. 1:7-9  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  (8)  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  (9)  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;


A.        Do you trust in God enough to obey Him?  How will we respond to God…Humble obedience putting our trust and faith in Him?

B.        Trust and Obey!

1.         Obedience is not always EASY - consider Jesus going to the cross. It is not easy to admit when we are wrong and need to repent -

2.         Obedience can be costly - it may cost you friends, relatives, even your job, etc... Yet, not to obey will cost you your soul.

3.         Obedience is always necessary - one cannot be saved without obedience to God’s design and plan of salvation – through our belief in Christ, repentance of a sinful life, confession of Jesus as the Son of God, and baptism for the remission of sins.