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God Only

Ordering our lives around our one true center
This sermon is part of the sermon series "The Good Life". See series.

Introduction

This morning we're beginning a series on the Ten Commandments. These are familiar to just about everybody. Well, sort of. I heard about a class of first graders who were learning the Ten Commandments, and they got to, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Of course, the teacher was worried he would have to explain what adultery meant. But then a seven-year-old raised her hand and asked, "What does 'commit' mean?"

Sometimes we know all too well what the commandments mean. Like one little girl in a third grade Sunday School class. Her teacher was giving a lesson on the commandment, "Honor your father and mother." The teacher asked, "Now does anyone know a commandment for brothers and sisters?" This sharp little girl raised her hand and said, "Thou shalt not kill."

You may or may not know that the Ten Commandments are found in two places. Exodus 10 tells how they were originally given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Then in Deuteronomy 5, Moses repeats them for the Israelites before they enter the Promised Land. In this series, we're going to examine this chapter, taking a closer look at each one of these commandments.

The Ten Commandments aren't meant to enslave us but to enrich us.

Most of us, if we're honest, have a rather negative reaction to these commandments. For me, growing up, the Ten Commandments had red flashing lights all over them, warning me that if I trespassed even one, I was going straight to hell.

But let me deal with that here at the outset. These commands weren't given to enslave us but to enrich us. That's why we've called this series "The Good Life." The Ten Commandments aren't a red light but a green light—a green light to freedom. Imagine being in a strange place and trying to get somewhere without any ...

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Mark Mitchell is the lead pastor of Central Peninsula Church in Foster City, California.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. The Ten Commandments aren't meant to enslave us but to enrich us.

II. The first command is to worship God and God only.

III. There are at least three reasons for this command.

IV. We can evaluate whether or not we worship God only.

Conclusion