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QUESTION: Do Jesus’s words carry enough authority to cause you to submit and conform to Him?

“24 Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who build his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Matthew 7:24-29

Hearers and Doers = Wise
If I am truly saved by God’s grace, I will be forever changed by the very grace that saved me
Hearers Only = Fools
People will act and behave based on what they believe and not what they know.
Doers Only = Religious Imposters
How we respond to Jesus Words is directly related to what we believe about His authority.
QUESTION: Do Jesus’s words carry enough authority to cause you to submit and conform to Him?

Romans 8:12-16 (CSB)

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, 13 because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,

1. We Are No Longer Slaves

Romans 6:23 (ESV)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2. We Are Adopted as God's Children
We can run to God with confidence, not fear
3. We Are Led by God's Spirit

Romans 8:17-18, 24-25 (CSB)

17 “and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”

24 “Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”


4. We Are Heirs with Christ
Hope is trusting what we don’t see

Romans 8:12-16 (CSB)

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, 13 because if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children,

1. We Are No Longer Slaves

Romans 6:23 (ESV)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2. We Are Adopted as God's Children
We can run to God with confidence, not fear
3. We Are Led by God's Spirit

Romans 8:17-18, 24-25 (CSB)

17 “and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”

24 “Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”


4. We Are Heirs with Christ
Hope is trusting what we don’t see

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