8 Spiritual Essentials (at First Redeemer): #5 Trust & Obedience

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Eight Spiritual Essentials (at First Redeemer)

Trusting God (transferring our confidence and hope from ourselves to Him) leads to obedience; together these concepts form the fifth of eight “spiritual essentials” (core aspects of the Christian faith), which Ken Boa is covering in his Friday morning men’s study at First Redeemer Church (Cumming, GA).

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Trusting God in Turbulent Times

Emotional, intellectual, and volitional obstacles can keep us from trusting and yielding to God, both for the first time and after we become followers of Christ. Trusting Him is especially challenging when life is difficult or doesn’t make sense from our perspective. But if we turn toward God, his Spirit in us will help us overcome these barriers, so that we’re able to trust Him at all times, no matter what’s going on around us.

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Faith and Obedience

This article borrows heavily from Walter Henrichsen’s A Layman’s Guide to Applying the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1978).

Of these four, the one most heavily emphasized in Scripture is application.

The Bible consistently emphasizes faith as a commitment to what God says—and acting on it. Those mentioned in Hebrews 11, often called the “Faith Hall of Fame” in Scripture, illustrate this definition of faith.

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