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1 1 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE I SAM. 15:22 [By Ron Halbrook]

2 2 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE Introduction: 1.Samuel Rebuked King SaulHe Did Not Obey Exactly What God Commanded. 2.Sauls Response to God & Samuel: a.Did much God commanded b.Celebrated his accomplishments c.Affirmed obedience d.Made excuses, shifted blame e.Desired to offer great sacrifices f.Argued in self-defense g.Professed repentance, asked pardon h.Worshipped God

3 3 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE 3. King Saul Wanted to Bring Great Honor to God by Offering a Great Sacrifice. To Change Gods Command Dishonors God. 4. When We Sin, We Need Pardon Not Excuses. Pardon Provided: Perfect Sacrifice of Christ! To Receive: Repent, Correct Our Lives! 5. We Must Repent Before Our Heart Is Hardened. 6. We Must Learn, To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice.

4 4 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE I. King Sauls Failure to Obey God (1 Sam. 15) A. 15:1-9 Gods Command, Sauls Failure Vs. 3 Smite Amalek…utterly destroy all Vv. 8-9 Spared Agag, and the best B. 15:10-23 Samuel & Saul Debate Obedience Vv God & Samuel Grieve, Saul Celebrates Vv Samuel & Saul Debate Saul Claimed to Obey; Samuel Refuted Excuses, Shift Blame, Sacrifice; Samuel Refuted Arguments Repeated in Self-defense; Refuted God Rejected Saul for Stubborn Disobedience

5 5 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE C. 15:24-31 Sauls Professed Repentance Rejected Vv. 24, 30 Repent, Ask PardonHeart Unchanged Vs. 29 God Not Persuaded by Shallow Repentance Vs. 31 Saul Rejected Not RemovedWorshipped D. 15:32-33 Samuel Finished Sauls Job E. 15:34-35 God & Samuel Grieve for Saul His Heart Hardened F. 15:22 To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice True, Heartfelt, Strict Obedience No Substitutes, Excuses, Explanations Humble Ourselves, Repent Before Heart Hardened

6 6 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE WHAT GOD WANTSWHAT MEN OFFER Do Much Commanded Celebration, Memorial Affirm Obedience Excuses, Shift Blame Offer Great Sacrifices Repeat Arguments in Self-Defense Repent, Ask Pardon, Heart Unchanged Acts of Worship

7 7 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE II. Same Lesson Taught by Jesus A. Matt. 7:21-23 Obedience Better Than Miracle Claims Loud Claims to Know Jesus & Perform Miracles RejectedDid Not Truly Obey! B. Matt. 15:1-9 Obedience Better Than Gifts, Praises, & Elaborate Human Doctrines Promise Gift, Excuse Self from Duty to Parents Beautiful Praises, Elaborate Doctrines to Honor Him RejectedDid Not Truly Obey!

8 8 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE WHAT GOD WANTSWHAT MEN OFFER Loud Praise to Jesus Claim Miracles, Great Deeds in Jesus Name Promise Gifts to the Temple Treasury Beautiful Praises to Honor Jesus Elaborate Human Doctrines & Commands to Honor the Lord

9 9 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE WHAT GOD WANTSWHAT MEN OFFER Do Much Commanded Celebration, Memorial Affirm Obedience Excuses, Shift Blame Offer Great Sacrifices Repeat Arguments in Self-Defense Repent, Ask Pardon, Heart Unchanged Acts of Worship Remember King Saul !!!

10 10 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE III. Same Lesson Needed Today A. Tit. 1:15-16 Obedience Better Than Professing to Know God. Claim to Know, Love, Serve, Worship God Substitute Flagrant False Doctrines for Simple Truths of Gospel Deny Creation Account, Miracles, Resurrection of Jesus, Heaven & Hell Justify Fornication, Adultery, Homosexuality, Abortion, Drink, Dance, Gamble, Porn, Etc.

11 11 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE B. Eph. 4:4-6 Obedience Better Than Join the Church of Your Choice One Body: One True Church of Christ One Lord: Christ as Founder, in Jerusalem AD 33 (Acts 2) Christ as Head, All Authority, Dwells in Heaven Christ as Savior, His Blood Saves, He Will Take His Members to Heaven One Baptism: God Adds Men to One Body When They Receive Salvation in Water Baptism Men Created Many Religions & Churches

12 12 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE CHURCH OF CHRIST Founder:Christ–Mt.16:18 Founded AD 33 – Acts 2 In Jerusalem – Acts 2 Head in Heaven – Eph. 1:20-23 Ruled by Christs Word- Matt. 28:20 Men Obey Gospel, Saved, Added – Acts 2 Christ Save Members in Heaven – Jn.14:1-6 MAN-MADE RELIGION Founder: Man Founded After Acts 2 In Other Places Earthly Headquarters Ruled By Mens Words Men Join by Human Doctrines, Rules Human Leaders Cannot Save Members

13 13 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE C. Gal. 3:1-2, Obedience to Gospel of Christ Better Than Following Law of Moses Christ…Crucified: Perfect Sacrifice for Sin Blessings Promised by H.S. Received in Gospel Moses Law Temporary Teacher: Lead to Christ Many Religions Try to Follow Moses Law Today: Jews: Want Temple & Animal Sacrifices Muslims, Mormons: Defend Polygamy Catholic Church: Elevated Priesthood & Robes Protestant Denominations: Sabbath, Tithe, Instrumental Music

14 14 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE D. Gal. 4:8-11 Obedience Better Than Holy Days First Day of the Week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2) Men Added Memorial Days, Celebrations, Festivals, & Other Holy Days: Easter: Resurrection of Jesus (Borrowed from Passover 100s-300s, Goddess Estera 700s) Christmas: Birth of Jesus (Borrowed from Sun Gods of Rome 200s-300s) Jesus Circumcision, Epiphany (Manifest to Magi), Ascension, Corpus Christi (Body in Eucharist) Marys Immaculate Conception, Assumption Saints Joseph, Peter & Paul, All Saints, Etc. Passover, Pentecost, Etc., Etc.

15 15 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE E. Ja. 3:9-10 Obedience Better Than Professions of Praise & Honor to God Disobey When Praise God Then Sin with Tongue Matt. 5:21-24 Lose Control of Temper & Tongue, Curse MenGod Rejects Worship Till We Correct Our Sin Matt. 5:33-37 Religious People Must Learn: All Lies Dishonor God Ja. 1:26-27 Loose, Worldly Tongue Defiles Our Service to God

16 16 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE F. Matt. 7:13-14 Obedience Better Than Large Crowds in Religion King Saul Influenced by the People (1 Sam. 15:9, 15, 21) Jn. 12:42-43 Decide Whether to Follow Christ 2 Tim. 4:2-4 Decide What to Preach 1 Jn. 4:5-6 Decide What Is True or False

17 17 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE F. Matt. 7:13-14 Obedience Better Than Large Crowds in Religion Denominations Dilute & Compromise Morals, Plan of Salvation, Pattern of Worship, Etc. Liberals Dilute & Compromise Pattern for Work of ChurchSocial & Recreational Activities Some Brethren Dilute & Compromise the Truth: Divorce-Remarriage ErrorBaptize More People Name Church of ChristOffensive, Strict Avoid Strict Preaching on Dance, Dress, Gamble, DenominationsDrive Away Young & Visitors Positive Preaching Replaces Jesus, Peter, & Paul

18 18 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE WHAT GOD WANTSWHAT MEN OFFER Profess to Know God Join Church of Your Choice Follow Moses Law Many Holy Days Profess to Praise & Honor God Large Crowds Remember King Saul !!!

19 19 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE WHAT GOD WANTSWHAT MEN OFFER Do Much Commanded Celebration, Memorial Affirm Obedience Excuses, Shift Blame Offer Great Sacrifices Repeat Arguments in Self-Defense Repent, Ask Pardon, Heart Unchanged Acts of Worship Remember King Saul !!!

20 20 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE IV. Whom Should We Obey? A. Acts 5:29 Obey God First in All Things B. Matt. 17:1-5; 28:18-20 Obey Christ in All Things C. Rom. 13:1-7 Obey Civil Rulers D. Heb. 13:17 Obey Elders in Local Church E. Obey in Family Relationship 1 Cor. 11:3 Husband: Obey Christ Col. 3:18 Wife: Obey Husband Col. 3:20 Child: Obey Parents F. Learn What Saul Did Not: Submit, Yield, Obey!

21 21 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE V. Must Obey Gospel to be Saved A. Mk. 16:15-16; 2 Thess. 1:7-9 Receive Salvation If Obey, Punished If Disobey Hear the Gospel with Open, Honest Heart Believe with Total Trust Repent, Turn from Love of Sin Confess Christ as Gods Son Be Baptized in Water for Remission of Sins B. Acts 8:22 Erring Christian Return: Repent, Confess, Pray C. If Try to Receive Salvation in Other Ways Disobey & Rebel! Must Yield, Submit, Obey!

22 22 TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE Conclusion: 1.King Saul Did Not Obey Exactly What God CommandedGod Wants True, Heartfelt, Strict Obedience! 2.Let Us Avoid the Mistakes & Failures of Saul: When We Sin, Let Us Correct It in the Way God Commands. Excuses, Explanations Are Useless. We Must Be Convinced Before We Reach Sauls State of MindHis Heart Was Hardened Beyond the Possibility of True Repentance. 3. Learn the Lesson Now While It Can Save Us: To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice!


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