The Blessings of Obedience

trust-and-obeyDate written: 16 January 2016

SUBJECT: Obedience

TITLE: The Blessings of Obedience

PROPOSITION: This lesson discusses reasons for obedience to God and His Son Jesus. Obedience is good in and of itself. Obedience is not burdensome. Obedience is goal oriented. Obedience brings spiritual life.

OBJECTIVE: That everyone would learn why obedience is important.


1. Read: Hebrews 5:8-9

2. About the Text:

1) The text tells us that Jesus had to learn obedience.

2) What was it that Jesus did not understand?

3) He had never experienced having to subject himself to another until the incarnation.

4) If Jesus needed to learn obedience, we need to learn also.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.


I.   Obedience is good in and of itself.

1. Consider our place in the universe.

1) We are not God.

2) Most of us do not hold positions of authority.

3) Obedience reminds us that we were not created to be masters.

4) Jesus said, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves” (Luke 22:25-26).

2. Jesus learning obedience means it is good for us.

1) He learned through suffering.

2) We typically use suffering as an excuse.

3) It is a pathway to obedience.

4) It teachers us to do what is right even when we feel bad.

5) Obedience is the path to overcoming the desires of the flesh.

6) Paul said: “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Cor.9:27).

II.  Obedience is not burdensome.

1. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:2-3).

2. We make obedience a burden by lifting up our pride.

1) Pride us the real obstacle.

2) Pride makes us think that when we obey we are not getting what we want.

3) The truth is that obedience is good for us and usually gives us what we need.

4) Failing to trust in God never brings what we think it will.

5) Killing our pride will eliminate all of our bad feelings that we interpret as not getting what we want.

6) It is actually our own pride that creates those feelings, not God’s expectation for our obedience.

III. Obedience is goal oriented.

1. We obey parents so we can learn how to be adults (Eph.6:1-2).

1) It is right to obey parents.

2) It is also thee first commanded with promise.

2. We obey the laws of the land so that we can live in an orderly society (Rom.13).

3. We are supposed to obey God above all others (Acts 5:29).

4. The ultimate goal is salvation (Heb.5:9).

IV.  Obedience brings life and joy.

1. Jesus said that he came to bring life (John 10:10).

2. He always did the Father’s will (John 8:29).

3. “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17).

4. John 20:30-31.


1. Obedience is a great blessing . . .

1) It is good and virtuous to be obedient.

2) It is not burdensome if we put away our pride.

3) It is goal oriented.

4) It brings life and joy.

2. Trust and obey lyrics.

3. Invitation