"Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." James 1:22 (NKJV)

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Assignment: Forty New Testament Commands

1. "Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need." 1 Tim. 5:3

2. "Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Col. 3:13b

3. "'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.'" Matt. 4:17

4. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Col. 3:23

5. "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established." Rom. 13:1a

6. "Confess your sins to each other." James 5:16

7. "'This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!'" Mk. 9:7b

8. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." Eph. 5:25

9. "'Do this in remembrance of me.'" Lk. 22:19b

10. "Encourage one another and build each other up." 1 Thess. 5:11a

11. "Serve one another in love." Gal. 5:13

12. "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Col. 4:2

13. "Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Pet. 4:9

14. "Greet one another with a holy kiss." Rom. 16:16

15. "Those who use the things of the world [should live], as if not engrossed in them." 1 Cor. 7:31

16. "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Eph. 6:4

17. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." Col. 3:16

18. "Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Phil. 4:8

19. "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name." Heb. 13:15

20. "The entire law is summed up in a single command. Love your neighbor as yourself." Gal. 5:14

21. "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands." 1 Thess. 4:11

22. "Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you." Heb. 13:7a

23. "Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body." Eph. 4:25

24. "Do everything without complaining or arguing." Phil. 2:14

25. "Always [give] thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:20

26. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. . . . But among you there must not be . . . obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving." Eph. 4:29, 5:3-4

27. "'The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.'" Lk. 3:11

28. "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." Matt. 5:42

29. "'Honor your father and mother'"--which is the first commandment with a promise--'that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth.'" Eph. 6:2

30. "Rejoice with those who rejoice." Romans 12:15a

31. "Mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15b

32. "Share with God's people in neeed." Romans 12:13a

33. "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44

34. "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Galatians 5:25

35. "Do not worry about tomorrow." Matt. 6:34

36. "'Go and be reconciled to your brother.'" Matt. 5:24

37. "'Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.'" Matt. 5:16

38. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

39. "When you fast put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting." Matt. 6:17-18a

40. "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice." Phil. 4:4