Have you ever asked yourself how we can create a more loving and compassionate world? This message will explore the fifth through tenth commandments from Exodus 20:12-17. These commandments are not just about how we relate to one another but are a blueprint for striving to be the best versions of ourselves. Through this reflection, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of our roles as community members who respect one another’s property, relationships, and boundaries. This exploration will offer us new insights into the nature of our life together and inspire us to create a better world.
Have you ever cringed when you hear someone misuse the Lord’s name? Unfortunately, it’s all too common in our society for people to curse using God’s name. Yet God’s 3rd Commandment addresses even deeper issues that Jesus confronted when He discovered people misusing God’s name.
Often, we associate commandments with strict rules and regulations that may seem distant or burdensome. But in this message, we will take a look at the first commandment in Exodus 20 through the lens of love. This perspective changes the impact of all of God’s commandments and rules. This change in perspective is necessary because rules without relationships only result in rebellion.
There are many commandments and rules found throughout the Bible. Jesus even introduced a few more commands to the hundreds found in the Old Testament. Why does Christianity have rules? Are they necessary? Do they symbolize something? In this message we will take a close look at how the rules and commandments bring us into relationship with God and each other.
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on October 4, 2015 by Rev. Bob Deits