The Commands of Christ 

We're to love God with everything we have. God says repeatedly in the Old Testament that love means having our heart set on Him, listening to what He says (aka in His Word), and obeying what what He commands. Of the commands in Scripture, here are twelve that are fundamental. We'll do each command one at a time, note the verse it comes from, and a story that illustrates it. Groups can discuss the stories. Reading, praying about, and discussing these will give us a greater understanding of what it means to truly abide in Christ.

Repent and Believe 

Command: Mark 1:15

Story: Zacchaeus’ Story (Luke 19:1-10)

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Be Baptized 

Command: Matthew 28:19

Story: Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-39)

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Worship

Command: Mark 12:29-30

Story: A Forgiven Woman (Luke 7:36-50)

(Note: Simplest form is gratitude for all His blessings from your life to salvation. Then, praise for who He is as you get to know Him better. Learn more here.)

Abide in God’s Word

Command: Josua 1:8

Story: The Vine and the Branches (John 15:1-11)

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Pray

Command: Matthew 6:9

Story: The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)

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(Note: Although not a command, I'll add fasting as highly-recommended extra to prayer. It adds more love, focus, and self-sacrifice. Can have major effects. Learn about it here.)

Love One Another

Command: John 15:12

Story: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

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Give 

Command: Matthew 6:1-4

Story: The Generous Widow (Mark 12:41-44)

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Gather as a Church

Command: Hebrews 10:24-25

Story: The First Church (Acts 2:37-47)

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Share the Lord’s Supper

Command: Luke 22:19-20

Story: The Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:7-20)

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Make Disciples 

Command: Matthew 28:19-20

Story: Jesus send his disciples (Luke 10:1-11)

(Use our tips to start with. Living Waters' with Ray Comfort's videos is even better.)

(Credit: Commands and verses originally from NPL sites.)

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