Loyalty (faithfulness) to Jesus requires a willingness
to suffer persecution: Matthew 5:10-12.
Because of what should you be
persecuted? Should you avoid situations
that could cause conflict because you want to do what is right? Should you stop telling people about Jesus
because you don’t want to offend anyone?
15:20, 21. If you are really
walking according to Jesus’ teachings, how will those who disagree with Jesus’
teachings treat you? Read 2 Timothy 3:12, 13. What is the litmus test for those who really
are faithful? What will happen to those
who do not live according to Jesus’ teachings?
The name faithful should not be hastily used to describe anyone whose
character and convictions have not been tested by suffering and persecution for
Loyalty to Jesus requires absolute respect for
5:19. What will Jesus call
you if you disregard even the least commandment of Scripture? What should you do to be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven? Read Hebrews 2:1-3.
What must you pay careful attention to?
What is it that you have heard (Romans 10:17)?
Are these messages given by men, or God (2 Peter 1:20, 21: Zechariah 7:12)? What happens if you ignore this message (Heb. 2:3)?
12:48. What happens if you
don’t accept Jesus’ words? What will be
your judge? Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. What should you be convinced of? What should you continue in? What should be the source of the things we
are convinced of? Where does Scripture
come from? What is it useful for? Can you be thoroughly equipped without
frequent study and use of the Scriptures?
Can you really say you know Jesus without knowing His Words in
Loyalty to Jesus requires a willingness to sacrifice
your most precious possessions on earth: Matthew 5:29-30.
According to this illustration, what kind of attitude should you have
towards sin in your life? Should you be
willing to part with a part of your body?
How much more then, anything else that might cause you to sin? Read Matthew 10:35-37; 19:29. To whom should your loyalty be? What if your loyalty causes you to loose
your family? What if you need to quit
your job so that you can make it to the assembly (Hebrews 10:23-25)? What if you need to lower your salary, or
deny a more lucrative position for the sake of the Kingdom? What is Jesus’ promise (Matthew 19:29)? Do you believe Him? The greater promise is eternal life! Read Luke 9:23-26.
Should you forsake your dreams or plans if they do not include the
Kingdom of God? Should you forsake any
ideology, philosophy or belief if it conflicts with Jesus’ Words in the
Bible? Revelation 2:10. Are you going to suffer in the flesh if your
loyalty is to Jesus only? Are you going
to regret it, or are you going to be faithful even unto death? Faithfulness demands that you clearly decide
Who you will serve: Matthew 6:24.
Who is your Master? Read Matthew 12:30. Who are you with? Are you getting people to Jesus, or driving them away by your
attitude and example? Read Exodus 32:26;
Joshua 24:15. Brother,
sister, friend: make a decision and stick with it! Decide whom you will serve and don’t play!
Loyalty to Jesus demands that you be as narrow as the
Lord and His way: Matthew 7:13-14.
Will people call you narrow-minded?
Will people call you close-minded, brainwashed, opinionated or
dogmatic? What are you to do (Proverbs 12:16)? Read Deuteronomy 5:32, 33; Deuteronomy 28:13, 14; Proverbs 4:27. Should you veer in any way from the path the
Scriptures clearly teach? Does the Lord
command us for no particular reason?
Should we question a command from the Lord? Should we try to improve upon a command from the Lord? What will God make of us when we pay
attention to His commands? Read Ecclesiastes 7:18. Are we to go the liberal way with God’s
commands? Are we to go the conservative
way with God’s command? Aren’t liberal and conservative human definitions?
Which way are we to go? Remember
where extremes come from? See last week’s study, Balance Promotes
Love, page 73-74, for further exploration of this theme.