Forty-nine Commands of Christ and Related Character Qualities (read)

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Combining Christ-like Character with the Foundations of Christ’s Commands Transforms Disciples into Mighty Servants of God!

Jesus’ last command to His followers was to make disciples of all the nations. This is still His commission to anyone who wants to follow Him in obedience.  “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.”

Did you notice that the basis of discipleship is teaching all the commands of Jesus? Discipleship can no longer be an elective of the church program, it must be the church program! Jesus spent three years giving all His commands to His followers, and if you are busy building your congregation, but failing to make disciples you are missing your calling and purpose for the church.

If you neglect Christ’s commands you will produce problems! Many commands Jesus gave were to a specific individual [Peter to walk on water, etc]. But, if you remove these and go through the gospels there are about 49 specific commands for all Christians to obey.

The first one helps us to humble ourselves and repent. The next one establishes priorities for our lives. The third command gives us the secret to overcome discouragement when we face trials and persecution. All the commands teach us how to live out a practical Christian lifestyle, which if ignored will create problems, defeat and discouragement.

Therefore, we all must learn what these commands are! Grow in grace through the Word of God!

1. Matthew 4:17 Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand Humility
2. Matthew 4:19 Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men Meekness
3. Matthew 5:12 Rejoice when you are reviled and persecuted Joyfulness
4. Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men so that they will glorify God Generosity
5. Matthew 5:17-18 Honor God’s Law until heaven and earth pass away Love
6. Matthew 5:24-25 First be reconciled to your brother, then offer your gift Responsibility
7. Matthew 5:29-30 Conquer lust to stop mental adultery Self-Control
8. Matthew 5:37 Keep your promises, for any deception comes from evil Truthfulness
9. Matthew 5:39 Do not resist evil; go the second mile Deference
10. Matthew 5:44 Love your enemies; bless those who curse you Creativity
11. Matthew 5:48 Be perfect as Your heavenly Father is perfect Sincerity
12. Matthew 6:1-18 Give, pray and fast secretly to receive open rewards Faith
13. Matthew 6: 19-20 Lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth Thriftiness
14. Matthew 6:33 Seek God’s kingdom first and all else Initiative
15. Matthew 7:1 Judge not in order to avoid being judged Discernment
16. Matthew 7:6 Do not cast your pearls before swine Discretion
17. Matthew 7:7 Ask and it shall be given to you, then seek and knock Resourcefulness
18. Matthew 7:12 Do to others what you want them to do to you Sensitivity
19. Matthew 7:13 Enter in at the straight gate rather than the wide Decisiveness
20. Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, who appear like sheep Alertness
21. Matthew 9:38 Pray that the Lord will send forth laborers Compassion
22. Matthew 10:16 Be wise as serpents, harmless as doves Wisdom
23. Matthew 10:28 Do not fear those who can only kill the body, fear God Boldness
24. Matthew 11:15 Listen to God’s truth with spiritual ears Attentiveness
25. Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me Obedience
26. Matthew 15:4 Honor your father and mother Honor/Reverence
27. Matthew 16:6 Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees Virtue
28. Luke 9:23 Deny yourself, take up your cross daily, follow Jesus Determination
29. Matthew 18:10 Despise not one of these little ones Tolerance
30. Matthew 18:15 Go to your offender and tell him his fault Justice
31. Luke 12:15 Take heed, and beware of covetousness Contentment
32. Matthew 18:21-22 Forgive your offender seventy times seven Forgiveness
33. Matthew 19:6 What God joins together, let no man put asunder Loyalty
34. Matthew 20:26 Whoever will be great, let him be a servant Availability
35. Matthew 21:12 Make My house a house of prayer Persuasiveness
36. Matthew 21:21-22 Whatever you ask, ask in faith, believing you will receive Patience
37. Luke 14:12-13 When you make a feast, invite the poor Hospitality
38. Matthew 22:19-21 Render unto Caesar the  things that are Caesar’s Gratefulness
39. Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind Enthusiasm
40. Matthew 22:39 You shall love your neighbor as yourself Gentleness
41. Matthew 23:3 Obey the Pharisees’ ordinances, but do not copy their works Cautiousness
42. Matthew 24:42-44 Watch and be ready for the Lord’s return Punctuality
43. Matthew 26:26-27 Examine yourself, then partake of communion Thoroughness
44. John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled; believe in Me Security
45. John 14:15 If you love Me, keep my commandments Diligence
46. John 15:7 Abide in Me, and let My words abide in you Dependability
47. Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation Endurance
48. Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations Flexibility
49. John 20:22 Receive the Holy Ghost, and be filled with power. Orderliness

There are serious problems in our churches today. Terrible immorality among members or leaders is no longer a shocking surprise. The divorce rate is higher in the church than the world. Contentions and church splits are routine!

Bigger churches are just bigger problems! Much of the world resists the church as ineffective, hypocritical, and a cheap copy of worldly entertainment.

Rewards of Discipleship

  • God promises to reveal Himself

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest [reveal] Myself to him.” John 14:21

  • God will answer our prayers

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22

  • We will experience God’s constant love

“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” John 15:10

  • Love, not conflict, will prevail in our church

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.” 1 John 5:2