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Obedience [Kindle Edition]

Josh Hunt
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Book Description


I wonder how the word strikes you emotionally.

Does it make you mad? Does it irritate you? Does it cause you delight?
Would you like the Christian faith better if it didn’t demand obedience? Would you like God better if he didn’t ask for obedience? Would you like Jesus better if he had never said, “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.” John 15:10 (NIV)

Is obedience something you know you should do but don’t really want to do?

We are a nation of disobedient Christians. We say we follow Christ but we do not. We don’t get up every day and say to our Lord, “Whatever you want me to do; wherever you want me to go; whoever you call me to love. You are God; I am not. You are boss; I am not. You are Master; I am slave. Where you send I will go. What you will say I will do.”

Not all of us, or course. You may have picked up this book precisely because you have a long history of following God. The basic direction of your life has been for a long time to do what He tells you to do. You have tasted and discovered that God is good. You have picked up this book with the prayer that God would show you any wicked way in you.

I have logged over two million life-time miles on American Airlines alone teaching churches how to grow. I teach a method of doubling a group every two years or less by inviting every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month. It works when you work it. I have a nagging conviction that this is not the problem.

The problem is not that we need a better method or better programs or a new model. The issue is one of simple obedience. In my seminar I point out a simple fact of math. A group of then that doubled every eighteen months would reach a thousand people for God in ten years. We can do it by inviting every member and every prospect to every fellowship every month.

Rarely do I have people say to me that they don’t think it will work. They don’t say to me that they don’t think it is strategic or a reasonable plan. They don’t argue that it is not biblical—there are lots of verses on hospitality. Here is what I have heard them say to me:
• We are comfortable the way we are
• We just don’t want to do that
• We are not willing to do that

We don't method problem or a model problem; we have an obedience problem.

But, there is a problem behind the problem. We don't believe--really believe--that God is good. We don't believe obedience is in our best interest.

This book demonstrates that it is. Obedience is always in our best interest.

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All my life I wanted one thing. I wanted to be happy. I didn't want possessions or position or trinkets or toys so much as I wanted the happiness that came from these things. I wanted to be happy.

For a long time I thought this desire for happiness was either irrelevant to God--something He simply didn't care about--or something far worse: a devious, dark part of me. A part of me that needed to be turned from and repented of. A part of me that I needed to get over. 

What a surprise when I came to discover the truth. My desire for happiness was not to be renounced in God, but to be satisfied in God. Not only that, but all the commands of Scripture are given toward this end. They are given not to make life worse, but to make life better. They are given "that it may go well with you" (a phrase that appears over and over in the Bible). It says in another place that the commands are not burdensome. Indeed. Obedience is the key to happiness.

From the Inside Flap

Sometimes, we ask the wrong questions.

Every Sunday morning, Christians are asked to choose between their way and God's way. They are asked to choose between glorifying God and enjoying their own life. They are asked to choose between themselves and God. They are asked to choose between obedience and the good life.

These questions are asked in various forms from pulpits, in Bible Study Classes, sometimes even in songs. 

We imagine that the problem with the church today is that people make the wrong choice--they choose themselves over God; they choose self over the Kingdom. They choose pleasure over obedience. That is not the problem. 

The problem with the church today is that we are asked to make a choice where there is none. What is good for me is glorifying God. Jesus asked us to lay down our lives so that we would find it. We don't lay it down and that's that. We lay down our lives so that we can find life. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said we are to rejoice because of the reward. Note the word because in this verse: "Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven". Matthew 5:12a (NIV)

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  • File Size: 1357 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
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  • Publisher: Pulpit Press (November 9, 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0F5K6E
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5.0 out of 5 stars We need more Obedience January 13, 2013
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Josh Hunt has written a thought provoking book on obedience. I liked the studies on the correlation between happiness and obedience. There are chapters on prayer, service, gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, sexual purity and more. I would highly recommend this book, it will give you motivation on living in obedience as you strive to live in total commitment to God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book January 23, 2013
By J. Hill
Having read a couple of Josh's books and having used his questions in Sunday School, I am always impressed with Josh's work. This book is well written, easy to understand, and gives the reader quite a bit to think about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Obedience, The Road to Happiness January 16, 2013
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Thanks Josh for this well written, inspirational book on our need for obedience. This book reinforces and clarifies the scriptural necessity for obedience to The Word if we want to be happy in this life. Josh uses many stories with real life examples of how being obedient to God is good for us. He uses parts of his own life story to illustrate his teaching. We need more of these kind of books to inspire us to Godly living.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading! April 9, 2014
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Like I said, great reading - I recommend this book to any one who wants to commit totally to Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of the secret of Obedience June 24, 2013
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This is one of the best books I've read in terms of living the disciplined life. Josh Hunt is right on with the selection of scripture to show us the importance of obedience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ebook March 22, 2013
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This is another "home run" by Josh Hunt. I have read nearly every book he has written and this one does not disappoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Topic, New Take February 19, 2013
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Insightful - not the same old, same old. Don't let the title scare you - get past the cover and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Well documented, well researched - good supporting quotes, stats, illustrations.
Engaging - doesn't belabor the point until the reader yawns - keeps thoughts moving, pages turning.
Good use of humor - but that's just Hunt being Hunt.
Some proof readers skimmed too quickly.
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More About the Author

I am a Christian, husband, father, pastor, writer, photographer. I love to write, to teach, to be with my family.

I am a research assistant to 1400 Bible Study leaders though my popular Bible Study lessons, Good Questions Have Small Groups Talking.

In addition, I help pastors turn sermons into books through Pulpit Press.

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