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Obedience of Faith

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “obedience”? As we kick off Dying to Live, a sermon series on the book of Romans, Nathan Wagnon shows us what the obedience of faith is, and the importance of daily surrender in your relationship with Christ.

Nathan WagnonAug 15, 2021

In This Series (5)
Acceptance Over Performance | Romans 7:7-25
Blake HolmesSep 19, 2021
The Law and Spirit| Romans 7:1–7
John ElmoreSep 12, 2021
Our Identity in Christ
David MarvinAug 29, 2021
Dead To Sin, Alive in Christ
Blake HolmesAug 22, 2021
Obedience of Faith
Nathan WagnonAug 15, 2021

Summary

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “obedience”? As we kick off Dying to Live, a sermon series on the book of Romans, Nathan Wagnon shows us what the obedience of faith is, and the importance of daily surrender in your relationship with Christ.

Key Takeaways

  • The spiritual life is not about trying harder and achievement. The spiritual life is about surrender to what Jesus has already done and what He continues to do.
  • The obedience of faith does not come from the law.
  • Three ways we fall into a trap of making our actions ultimate instead of making Jesus ultimate: Pretense (obedience without love), Moral Formation (comparison), and Ministry Activism (doubling down on ministry).
  • Self-reliance ultimately ends in despair.
  • The obedience of faith is not something we do.
  • The law exists to expose our sin and need for a Savior.
  • No one can live the Christian life on their own strength. The same love that drew us to the cross is the same love that sanctifies us and carries us home.
  • As Christians, we need to make a daily return to the phrase “I can’t”.
  • The obedience of faith is something that requires surrender.
  • The key to understanding Christian obedience is to recognize that it is first and foremost a work of the Holy Spirit in us.
  • What we do after we finally realize we are completely incapable of transforming ourselves is “the obedience that comes from faith.”
  • To be actively passive is to actively cooperate with the work in our lives that we passively receive from the Spirit.
  • Spiritual disciplines are the things that we do to cooperate with the Spirit and the work God is already doing.
  • There is nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Can you identify with using pretense, moral formation, or ministry activism rather than resting in God’s grace? If so, how can you unlearn self-reliance?
  • Do you truly believe that there is nothing you can do to make God love you more or less? Or are you tempted to believe that you have graduated from the gospel?
  • Name some opportunities you have to say “I can’t” rather than striving and trying harder out of your own strength.

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