Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Continuing The Story, this week Cal talked about one of the most famous parts of the Old Testament: the Ten Commandments.
Remember the Ten Commandments? If not, here’s a quick refresher:
- You shall have no other gods before me
- You shall not make any idol to worship
- You shall not misuse my name
- You shall remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy
- Honor your father and your mother
- You shall not murder
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not lie
- You shall not covet
Oftentimes we look at these commandments as confining, as if God is some “cosmic killjoy.” But the truth is, God didn’t give us these commandments so that we could become perfect – He gave us these commandments to show that we are not perfect. Although our pride can convince us that we are good, when we measure ourselves to the Ten Commandments, we see that we’re not as great as we tend to think.
You see, the Ten Commandments ultimately show us that we cannot keep them. They reveal to us just how much we desperately need God and His help, because no amount of righteous acts can ever replace a relationship with Jesus. This brings us to the Big Idea for this week: Never exchange a right relationship with God for a wrong relationship with something else!
Remember to read chapter 6 before next week, and invite a friend to a service – we’ll be having an Acts 8 baptism weekend! See you there.
Verses and quotes from message:
Exodus 19:3-6; Exodus 20:1-17; Exodus 24:3; Exodus 32:1, 4, & 6; Isaiah 29:13; Exodus 32:21-24; Exodus 32:27-28; Romans 6:23; Psalm 106:19-22; Deuteronomy 10:12-13; Romans 3:20; Romans 6:23
“The Lord tells us specifically that His commands are never burdensome. By this, He doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easy to keep. Rather, He’s telling us that they’re never foolish. They are never unnecessary or purely arbitrary. He doesn’t force us to observe meaningless formalities, nor does He impose rules that have no value. On the contrary, every guideline, every law, every imperative in the Bible was crafted in infinite wisdom. They were given not only to honor God, but to benefit us as well.” Bill Hybels
Amazing Grace – Newday
Oceans – Hillsong
Great I Am – Jared Anderson