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November 13, 2017

Obeying God - Acts 5

The high priest ordered Peter and the apostles to stop teaching about Jesus, but they ignored the order. When questioned about their actions, Peter replied, "We must obey God rather than men" (v. 29). What motivated them to follow the Lord with such conviction?


God's Sovereignty. Peter and the other disciples recognized that God had carried out His divine plan of redemption in Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Convinced that salvation was found in Christ alone, they had the courage to speak boldly about their faith. They didn’t alter their words, even in front of a powerful authority. Instead, they gave allegiance to God and obeyed Him.


Thankfulness. Their obedience was also motivated by gratitude. After betraying the Lord, Peter had wept over his failure (Mark 14:72). Think of the disciple’s joy to realize that Christ had forgiven him for his mistakes and restored him to a right relationship with God (Mark 16:7; John 21:15-17). With his past behind him, Peter became a leader of the Jerusalem church, with a passion to obey fueled by a thankful heart.


God is in charge of our lives. He has rescued us from the bondage of sin, forgiven us, and brought us into His family. Grateful obedience should be our response too.


Each day we have a choice. We can acknowledge God's sovereignty and trust Him, or we can turn away and follow our own plan. Cultivating a thankful spirit will motivate us to stay the course and obey the Lord. Like Peter, let’s commit to following our heavenly Father wherever He leads.



Upcoming Sermon Series
      For many, the most wonderful time of the year isn't so wonderful. A painful past or our own insecurities can overshadow the joy we’re supposed to be feeling during Christmas. What if this year could look different? It’s time to let God heal the Ghosts of Christmas Past. This series deals with painful issues like labels, offenses, and low self-esteem. This series will begin on December 3rd.


Last Week:
      We learned how we can be a spiritual veteran as well. We looked at II Timothy 2:3-4 and saw the 4 "E" words he used. In order to be a spiritual veteran, we have to be enlisted, endure difficulties, engage the enemy, and we be leery of getting entangled.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We are going to look at another aspect of being Chosen by God.




Upcoming Events


November 14 - Dartball Game at Hickory Presbyterian Church. Be there by 7:30 PM


November 21 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM


November 22 - No Prayer Meeting & Bible Study


December 2 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at the church at noon.


December 3 - NO Carry in Fellowship Dinner


December 17 - Christmas Caroling following the Worship Service


December 24 - Christmas Eve Services:
                  9:45 AM - Breakfast
                  11:00 AM - Worship Service followed by partaking of the Lord's Supper
                  5:00 PM - Christmas Eve Service with each Sunday School Class doing something special




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