Obedience Today

Obedience is a word and a concept that today is considered old fashioned and misplaced in an “enlightened” and post-modern world. Especially with the prevailing worldview of relative truth and subjective reality in our society. The idea of obedience then is misconstrued by such perspectives, that it’s relevance becomes subject to convenience, social acceptance and immediate gratification.

As followers of Christ however, we are required to obey God’s Word unequivocally. That means that we are to do what God commands us to do, even at the expense of what is convenient for us personally or what may or may not be popular in the world. There is also the great temptation to delay obedience for another time for the sake of personal gratification now. As parents we teach our children about delayed gratification in order to instill resilience and discipline in them and in like manner, as Christians, it’s our personal desires that must take a back seat to immediate and radical obedience.

It’s of vital importance for us to understand that God gives us his laws and statutes to follow, not because He is some egotistical megalomaniac as suggested by modern atheists but because obeying his word is of great benefit to us spiritually and physically, as well as every other aspect of human life. On the contrary, a life that is without rule and boundaries is often destructive and unfulfilled.

Radical obedience to God’s word is not laborious or mundane but it is life and life more abundant because it is obedience borne out of a love relationship with our Creator and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We don’t instruct our toddlers not to walk on the railway track because we want to be controlling parents and make life miserable for them, we do it out of love, even if they don’t completely understand the why. Obedience is so powerful that without it, we can not go to heaven but to reiterate, it is an outflow of our passionate love for Christ and as such, it is not a chore or a burden, but a privilege.

John 14:21 Those who accept My commandments and obey them are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal Myself to each of them.

John 15:6-7 Anyone who does not remain in Me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

July Sermon Notes

Following are quotations from the sermons preached throughout this past month to help you reflect on what God has shown us in His Word and what is in store!

Grace Builders
Pastor Stan Harvey | 1 July 2012 | Sunday AM

“The only precondition of grace is that we show up and receive what God has already given.”

A Letter From The Enemy
Pastor Stan Harvey | 1 July 2012 | Sunday PM

“When the enemy comes with a letter, take that letter to God because you belong to Him, it becomes His letter.”

A Scandalous Grace
Pastor Stan Harvey | 8 July 2012 | Sunday AM

“God’s grace is scandalous, it doesn’t make sense, but He loves you with an unconditional love.”

The Jesus That You Can Know
Rev Shawn Arbeau | 8 July 2012 | Sunday PM

“The only way that I can continue to know Jesus is to read His Word and be obedient to His Word.”

Jesus: A Man On A Mission
Rev Jacob Caltabiano | 15 July 2012 | Sunday AM

“With all your problems, Jesus just wants you to know one thing, He can put the pieces of your life back together!”

A Handful of Steps to Greater Faith
Rev Richard Denny | 15 July 2012 | Sunday PM

“The promise of the Holy Ghost is for everybody, it works in all nations, it works in all languages, in all cultures, it fits!”

Moved By Grace
Pastor Stan Harvey | 22 July 2012 | Sunday AM

“Grace is not something that we keep to ourselves but it must be given out, and shown to others.”

Sleeping Saints
Pastor Stan Harvey | 22 July 2012 | Sunday PM

“God is trying to wake up the church. It’s time to wake up and set our souls on fire!”

May Sermon Quotes

It has been another great month at The Pentecostals of Sydney. We have experienced awesome times of worship and wonderful preaching of God’s Word. Following are some quotations from the sermons preached throughout this past month to help you reflect on what God has shown us in His Word and what He has in store for your life and the church!

True Worship
Pastor Stan Harvey | 6 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“True worship involves worshipping Him from your inner being and in Biblical truth.”

“Worship is putting God in His rightful place.”

“You cannot seek Deity and always maintain your dignity.”

The King’s Word
Pastor Stan Harvey | 6 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“God’s Word is powerful but it can be nullified in our hearts. When His Word comes to us we have a choice to either neutralize it through unbelief or continue to give it life through our faith.”

God Can Take the Least and Make the Most
Robyn Harvey | 13 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“Hopelessness is selfishness. Hopelessness focuses so much on self that it cannot see anything else.”

“If you give the little that you have to God, He will take care of your needs.”

Beyond The Last Cake
Asst. Pst Jena Grech | 13 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“There is nothing more crippling in your life than fear. Satan uses fear in our lives; fear of debt, fear of loss, fear of the unknown. But if you look through the Bible God says, over 75 times, ‘Fear not!’ Put your trust in God.”

Building Your Life: Foundation of Salvation
Pastor Stan Harvey | 20 May 2012 | Sunday AM

“Only the salvation provided by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross can bridge this chasm between us and God. Only the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus has the power to stamp out our penalty of eternal death.”

Act Like It
Pastor Stan Harvey | 20 May 2012 | Sunday PM

“Since God is worthy of such praise, I’m going to act like it! Since it cost so much for God at Calvary, I’m going to act like it! Since sin is beneath me as a child of God, I’m going to act like it! God has already won the battle all we have to do is act like we’ve got the victory!”

Contending For The Faith

The book of Jude begins with an exhortation to the Church to contend with earnestness, struggle and determination for the faith or body of beliefs that was once delivered to the saints (Jude verse 3). In a world of political correctness and the blurring of moral absolutes, this seems irrelevant and incompatible. Even in Christendom, where unity and compromise is the order of the day, this command finds little acceptance and is considered archaic and incongruent.

But is that really the case? Do we now deny the absolute authority and truth of the Word of God because we don’t want to offend anybody who doesn’t see it the way that we do? Of course not!

Jude reminds us that not only are we to believe the truth and make decisions based on the truth that have eternal consequences but he also says that we have to fight for it.

Some may argue however, that truth does not need anyone to fight for it since truth is truth; it will speak for itself and can never be eliminated. What Jude is telling us is that we have to fight for ourselves to believe it, keep it, uphold it and preach it against opposing forces and voices that contradict our beliefs; the Apostles’ doctrine. “For there are certain men crept in unawares…” (Jude 4) who will try to deviate us from the true doctrine of Jesus Christ.

The New Testament is replete with emphatic warnings against false teachers and false teaching: Acts 17:11, 1 Tim 4:1-6, 1 Tim 1:18-20, 2 Tim 2:15-18, 2 Tim 4:3-4, 2 Peter 2:1-3, 1 John 4:1. False teachers and teachings that are not just in the world because we know that there is a lot of deception out there but the warning is that false teaching is constantly coming into the Church and attacking the faith of God’s people.

If you are not convinced as to the importance of true doctrine please refer to these scriptures:

Mat 7:15-23; Mat 24:10; Mk 22:23; Acts 20:25-31; Rom 16:17-18; Gal 1:6-9; Col 2:8,18-19; 2 Thes 2:1-12; 1 Tim 1:3-7; 1 Timothy 4:8,16; 1 Tim 5:3-10; 1 Tim 6:20-21; 2 Tim 3:1-9; 2 Tim 4:1-5; Tit 1:9-16; 2 Pet 2:4-22; 2 Pet 3:14-18; 1 Jn 1:18-27; 1 Jn 4:2-6; 2 Jn 7-11

It has been emphasized time and again in scripture because it is a matter of our eternal destiny. Truth will save us and bring us eternal life. Falsehood will condemn us to eternal torment. It is as simple as that because the Bible makes no concessions for anything else. Even sincerity will not save you since you can be sincere and be sincerely wrong. Only obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ will save.

This does not mean we should approach people who don’t believe the teachings of the Apostles and Prophets by condemning them and proclaiming their errors. This is rarely effective.

We must still employ wisdom in soul winning and be led by the Spirit of God to lead to the truth those who are open. However, we must never be apologetic or cower back in fear when we are required to share the truth. But ‘he that winneth souls is wise” Prov 11:30. Let us not seek to start arguments and debates, although this may sometimes be the effect of standing for truth, but let us be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Let me end this article with the grave warning and deep concern of the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:29-31

“29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

We must earnestly contend for the faith. Study His Word and be ready to speak the truth in love.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.