While Commandments I-IV concern how we should love God, Commandments V-X concern how we should love others. The Ten Commandments address our thoughts, words, and deeds — perhaps in chiastic fashion — that we may be a kingdom of priests through whom God will bless all nations…
In this lesson, I aim to cover Commandments II-IV. The Israelites were told not to think of nor to treat the living God as a pagan god, to not say the LORD’s (YHWH) name in vain, and to remember the Sabbath Day — imitating God’s first “work week.”
In this lesson, I aim to cover some of the context and background information concerning the Ten Commandments, as well as the key, first commandment.
What is “love”? What does love look like? True, crucial, Christ-like love has both a vertical component – joyful, loving obedience to God in Christ – and a horizontal component – self-sacrificially striving for another’s ultimate good.
What are we training for? Are we training ourselves to be worldly, or are we training ourselves to be godly? Are we training ourselves to resemble the culture, or are we training ourselves to resemble the Christ? Do we have a healthy spiritual diet and exercise routine? In short, are we Cross Training?
What are we training for? Are we training ourselves to be worldly, or are we training ourselves to be godly. Are we training ourselves to resemble the culture, or are we training ourselves to resemble the Christ? Do we have a healthy spiritual diet and exercise routine? In short, are we Cross Training?
Research suggests that the modern conception of freedom — our most cherished virtue — is almost purely negative (i.e., freedom *from* constraints). The Truth of Jesus gives freedom *from* (negative freedom) our rebellious nature and freedom *to* (positive freedom) fulfill our original purpose — right relationship with God. Though our culture often co-opts His words, His is the Truth that truly “will set you free.”
In spite of what the world preaches, our ways are evaluated by the Way of the LORD. As Christians, we affirm that our way should be that of The Way, The Truth, and The Life. It is not us; Jesus is the standard for morality — not ourselves.
[Bible Study] Peter tells us not to fear people, but to revere Christ. We are to always be ready to make a reasonable defense for our faith – a defense I believe is more convincing when supported not only with personally subjective reasons, but objectively evidential reasons. And we are to do this gently, out of reverence to God.
View and download Powerpoint slides from a Bible study lesson on the Parable of the Lost Son (a.k.a. The Prodigal Son) from Luke 15:11-32…