VFC Bible Study Worksheet 01-Feb-2015


Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – February 1, 2015
Theme: Christian Maturity

Topic: An Obedient Heart

Main Texts: Luke 6:37-46

Key Verse: Luke 6:46 – “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

Introduction

In Hebrews 5:14 we read “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:14 NIV). Note the words “by constant use”. A mature Christian is one who is involved in practising on a regular basis what he or she reads about in the Word of God. Just exposing ourselves to Bible truth is not enough; we must practice the things we learn. Every revelation of God to us is a demand and the way to knowledge it is by obedience.

Equally important is why we obey. Some Christians are kept on the path of obedience because of the influence of those around them. They have no inner strength and are what circumstances have made them – they seem plastic, malleable and putty-like. Maturity, however, is moving on from a dependence on the influences around you to stand alone. If we are simply the product of our environment, then a change in that environment might lead to a change in us.

There are also those who obey because they fear the consequences of not obeying. They calculate the pros and cons, read the warnings against the disobedient in the Word of God and, having regard to those circumstances, decide to walk circumspectly. They are not afraid of doing wrong; they are afraid of being found out. Such people are immature.

Then there are those who are obedient out of a sense of duty; because it is right. These people are admired by many in the Church because they seem so virtuous. But a life dominated by a sense of duty, and not tempered by love, is apt to become mechanical, hard and unyielding.

The truly virtuous in terms of obedience are those whose very heart is given to doing the will of God. The immature may be kept on the path of obedience by the influence of others, or as a matter of “safety first”, or even as a matter of duty. The mature, however, say from the heart: “I desire (or delight) to do your will, O my God.”

Couples that are truly in love intuitively want to please each other. They know what their partner wants from them and they set their minds on doing it. They do it, not out of a sense of duty, but because they love him or her. It must be the same with the mature Christian. He or she obeys God out of love for Him.


Discussion Questions:

1. Read Genesis 22:1-19. Describe the thoughts that might have gone on in Abraham’s mind and how he might have come to the decision to obey. List some reasons why a Christian who knows God’s mind on an issue may eventually not obey.

2. Read 1 Samuel 15:17-23. List some things a Christian might do that give others an
impression of obedience, but which may in fact be rebellious.


Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to be a plastic saint, shaped by my environment or circumstances. May my love for You undergird my obedience to You. In Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen.

{Partly culled from January/February 1993 edition of Every Day With Jesus by Selwyn Hughes, used by permission of CWR}