Ten Commandments: Set Free to Live Free

Like the ancient Israelites, God’s people today often receive the gift of salvation but remain enslaved to sin. The truth is, our behavior is merely a result of whom or what we worship. Our gods influence our priorities, values, morality, choices, and ultimately our eternity. This sermon series focuses on life under the protection, wisdom, and goodness of a Father who loves us.

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X. Do Not Covet

If you could have anyone’s car, home, abilities, physical appearance, spouse, or life, whose would you have? If you answered, what was just awakened in you is coveting—an ungodly, discontented desire for what’s not ours. If you answered, you’re a coveter; if you didn’t, you’re a liar. How do we come to want what God wants for us?

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IX. Do Not Lie

A lie is two things: saying what is untrue or not saying all that is true. When we lie about others, we’re saying we’re OK with benefitting at their expense because we’re more important than them. And once that lie is released, the truth can never be regained for them.

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VII. Do Not Steal

Do you know what it feels like to have something stolen? You go to your car or home, and you find that somebody broke into it. You feel violated. Somebody took your identity, and all of a sudden, you’re getting bills for things you didn’t buy. Stealing is so prevalent in our day that much of life includes measures to protect our goods, and we don’t even realize how odd it is. What does God have to say about our penchant to steal?

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VII. Do Not Commit Adultery

God rightly compares marriage to a vine. You’ve got to invest a lot, and you’ve got to wait a long time. You’re going to need to be patient and tending to it if you want it to grow and be fruitful. Adultery is like a Weed eater that carelessly severs the vine’s base, killing it in an instant.

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VI. Do Not Murder

The sixth commandment consists of two words in the Hebrew, “no” and “murder.” While the first word is not really debated, the second is. This sermon examines the meaning of “murder” in the Bible and discusses its implications for the issues of capital punishment and abortion.

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V. Honor Your Father and Mother

What comes to mind when you think of your father or mother? For some, the thought is uplifting. For others, it’s devastating. Yet the Bible says, “Honor your father and mother” and provides no exception clause for those of us who have had horrific experiences at the hands of our parents. So what does it means to honor them? How do we do this?

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IV. Remember the Sabbath

Some of us worship our work, while others of us love being lazy. Keeping the Sabbath keeps us from those twin idols, and reminds us that Jesus’ has finished his redemptive work, allowing us to enter into his rest. This sermon explores 7 reasons we Sabbath and 7 ways we kill it.

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II. Have No Idols

Worship is not just a Christian activity; it’s a human activity. All people are always worshiping—atheists, agnostics, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, etc. The question is never, “Do you worship?” rather, “Who, where, why, and how do you worship?” Entertainment, sports, tradition, family, finances, vocation, school—we think it’s just the way we do life when, in fact, these could be our gods. This sermon examines the way we divest our energy—in worship or in idolatry.

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I. Have No Other Gods

In Jesus, God has fulfilled the law and set us free. Still, many of us prefer being enslaved to rebellion and sin. Like the children of Israel, we keep circling the desert, stuck. The truth is, we can’t begin to live free until we realize there’s only one God—and we’re not him. God is our Father, and he desires for us to experience the freedom that comes with living according to his loving will.