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Matthew 28:16-20 (New International Version)

The Great Commission

 16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

 

obedience

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Use obedience in a Sentence

–noun

1.

the state or quality of being obedient.

 

2.

the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance: Military service demands obedience from its members.

 

3.

a sphere of authority or jurisdiction, esp. ecclesiastical.

 

4.

Chiefly Ecclesiastical.

a.

conformity to a monastic rule or the authority of a religious superior, esp. on the part of one who has vowed such conformance.

 

b.

the rule or authority that exacts such conformance

 

We are quick to reach the disconnected and sometimes slow in growing the connected. That is not because of church leadership or anyone else around us, but rather, because of our individual unwillingness to submit and obey and grow.  In our recent posts we have been talking about purity and moving toward holiness.  In Mathew 28, we read about Jesus charging us to go and making disciples, BUT we sometimes miss the rest of that sentence, “20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…”  Did you get that?  Not only does He say to go and make disciples, but he says to teach them to obey everything that God has commanded.  We do that through obedience.  Through multiple exercises of discipline in reading God’s word, praying and meditating and talking with Him daily, hourly and whatever we need to do in order to stop being disobedient.  Obedience will clearly begin the process toward purity. 

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