Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Is Obedience Overrated?

I don't think so. I think Jesus thinks it's essential.

“If you love me, obey my commandments." -Jesus, John 14:15 NLT

7 Biblical Commands useful for training leaders to obey Christ. (George Patterson - neat encounter with him here)

1. Repent, believe and receive Holy Spirit

2. Be baptized

3. Love God and neighbor

4. Celebrate the Lords Supper

5. Pray

6. Give

7. Disciple others

So while Patterson says these are useful for training leaders, I would suggest that they are essential for anyone following Christ. Jesus teaches these and, therefore, if we follow Jesus we obey these as well. Once again, making disciples is making leaders. Maybe said another way, leaders are disciples who make disciples.