Seven Commands of Christ
· Repent and Believe; Baptize New Believers; Pray and Meditate on God’s Word;
· Love God, your Neighbor and Your Enemy; Partake of the Lord’s Supper;
· Give Joyfully; Make Disciples for Jesus Christ
Pray and Meditate
Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
· Desire –
· Decide –
o Philippians 2:12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
· Reach –
· Fight –
o Ephesians 6:17-18 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
· Clock –
o Psalm 63: 1 O God, you are my God;I earnestly search for you.My soul thirsts for you;my whole body longs for youin this parched and weary landwhere there is no water.
o Earnestly includes early or first
· Place –
o Matthew 6:5-6 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
o Matthew 6:7-8 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
o Matthew 6:6 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. (msg)
· Repent –
o Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.