Weekly Rewind (Week 11)
On Sunday, Pastor Dallas finished his two part message on Acts 5. He showed us four ways we can join Jesus in building His church. The most important thing to recognize in building the church is that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the One on Whom the church will be built (Matthew 16:16,18). This confession should shape our conduct.
Last week, Pastor Dallas explained the first two ways we can join Jesus in building His church: obsessive holiness and living life with open hands, based on Acts 5:1-16.
The second two ways to join Jesus in building His church is by having obedient hearts and an ongoing witness. The opportunity to make God known hinges on obedience. The Apostles’ obedience was immediate, unconditional, and unashamed (Acts 5:19-21, 25, 29-32). They were put in jail, but an angel of the Lord set them free with instructions to “stand and speak to the people in the temple” (Acts 5:20). The Apostles immediately went to the temple and were found standing and speaking to the people. Pastor Dallas challenged that if our obedience comes with conditions- we are the Lord of our life- not Jesus. What matters most is not the opinion of man, but the authority of God. Even though the Apostles had been imprisoned and even though they enraged the religious leaders “they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42b).
The Gospel always elicits a response. We either both repent and believe that Christ is the Messiah, or we reject that truth. As someone who has repented and believed that Christ is the Messiah, I was convicted by the point of obedient hearts. The Apostles obedience was immediate. Pastor Dallas used a phrase he says to his sons as an example: “Delayed obedience is disobedience”. Why do I think I can delay obedience to God’s call right now?
Delayed obedience is disobedience.
Why do I think I know better than God Almighty with how to live my life? If the Spirit of God speaks, the right response is immediate obedience. I either trust that He is in control and obey, or I don’t trust… and disobey. Obedience is proof that I have faith that Christ is the Messiah. The verses that God brought to my mind are in James. “You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe—and they shudder. Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?” James 2:19-20. Obedience is always faith in action.