The Sermon Series "The Ten(der) Commandments"

This series takes a look at the Ten Commandments from God's perspective, not man's.

No other gods

June 4, 2017


Sermon Notes :

The Real Issue is Idolatry

In the O.T. this referred to false gods.

In the N.T. anything above the Lord.

What are the idols in your life today?

Scripture References:

“And God spoke all these words: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. ‘You shall have no other gods before me.’” ~Exodus 20:1-3

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the there, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” ~Matthew 6:24

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” ~Romans 1:25

“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” ~Philippians 3:19-20

Pursuing Empty Images

June 11, 2017


Sermon Notes :

Images Distract from the Real Thing

We don’t need pale imitations to worship.

The Israelites heard the voice of God.

They traded a relationship for a golden calf.

Scripture References:

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them…” ~Exodus 20:4-5

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” ~John 4:23

“Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.”  ~Exodus 19:18-19

“Aaron answered them, ‘Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.’ So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.  He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’”  ~Exodus 32:2-4


Take Care with the Name

June 18, 2017


Sermon Notes :

The Name Above all Names

The ways we can use the   name   .

There is no other name as Holy_.

We can only worship in the gap__.


Scripture References:

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” ~Exodus 20:7

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~Philippians 2:9-11

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  ~Proverbs 3:5-6

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9


A Time to Reflect

June 25, 2017


Sermon Notes :

The Reason for the Sabbath

The Sabbath is for our rest.

Also to make room for God.

How does the Sabbath mean today?

Scripture References:

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” ~Exodus 20:8-11

“‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.” ~ Leviticus 23:3

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” ~Psalm 46:10

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” ~Revelation 3:20


Love, Honor, Respect

July 2, 2017


Sermon Notes :

Honoring our Parents

Protect the bonds of the family.

This does not mean blind obedience.

God does not have grandchildren.

Scripture References:

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” ~Exodus 20:12

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise — “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” ~ Ephesians 6:1-4

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ~Joshua 24:15

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” ~Matthew 7:13-14



Respect for Life

July 9, 2017


Sermon Notes :

“Respecting Life Creates Community”

In the context of our conversation this morning concerning the sixth commandment (restated positively as "respect life") and why and how respecting life creates community, our quest for community is an extension of our longing to be connected with others – our desire for relationships in which we can express our love and be validated by the love others give us.  We crave to be desired, to be delighted in, to be pursued.  In Christians, that craving is fully satisfied by God and then by our families and friends.  This longing to be loved is so integral to our identity that rejection or projected shame in a relationship becomes emotionally crippling – whether that relationship is with God or with family/friend.

Scripture References:

9 In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain. Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.”~ Exodus 19.1-6

“You shall have no other gods before Me.”~ Exodus 20-3

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans. For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land; and I will build them up and not overthrow them, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.” ~Jeremiah 24.4-7


God's Standard of Purity

July 16, 2017


Sermon Notes :

The Issue is Faithfulness

Protect the bonds of the marriage.

Sexual intimacy is a powerful bond.

Faithfulness is an issue of the heart.

Scripture References:

“You shall not commit adultery.” ~Exodus 20:14

“‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.””  - Matthew 19:4-6

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.  Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” ~1 Corinthians 6:18-20

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’  But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” ~Matthew 5:27-29


Letting God Meet Your Needs

July 23, 2017


Sermon Notes :

Taking what isn’t Yours

Nearly everyone agrees it is wrong.

Why do people steal for others?

We should let God meet our needs.

Scripture References:

“You shall not steal.” ~Exodus 20:15

“Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” ~Ephesians 4:28

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” ~Philippians 4:12-13

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19