Ten Rules for a Blessed Life (July 21 – Sept 22)

Many of us grew up with some idea of the Ten Commandments, even if we cannot recite them in order, even if we have broken a few of them. When God revealed them to His people, He was not simply issuing moral laws. He was also outlining a path toward a full, abundant life, blessed by our Creator.

Reflections, 2 Corinthians 12:1-8, July 14, 2024

Before we start the series, here are a few lessons learned from my vacation this year which included a “thorn in the flesh”.

Week 1: Worship God Alone, Exodus 20:1-3; Deuteronomy 6:20-25, July 21, 2024

Humans must worship someone or something. It is part of our nature. Without God, therefore, we worship versions of ourselves, but are we worthy of such worship? A blessed life requires a God who is worthy of the role.

Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide

Week 2: Let God Define Himself, Exodus 20:4-6, July 28, 2024

Unless God reveals Himself, we are left to imagine Him in all sorts of ways. Thankfully, however, He did not leave us to our own devices. In loving grace, He reveals Himself so that we can know Him truly. A blessed life requires that we listen carefully to the God who acts and speaks in history.

Week 3: Live Like God Matters, Exodus 20:7; Jeremiah 34:12-16, August 4, 2024

What if God held us accountable to promises made in His name? What if He were listening to every conversation in which His name is mentioned? A blessed life requires us to remember that a Divine judge is a witness to every word we speak.

Week 4: Keep God First, Exodus 20:8-11, August 11, 2024

We humans naturally divide our lives into sacred and secular categories, and sometimes these aspects remain separated. God instituted the Sabbath, however, to ensure that His people continually kept Him first in their hearts and minds. A blessed life requires us to live every day in the sacred presence of our Holy and Loving God.

Week 5: Live Like Family Matters, Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-4, August 18, 2024

People have changed in many ways, but families still form a core part of all cultures. God’s story regularly works through families, and He expects people to honor that work. A blessed life requires a respect for the roles of both children and parents.

Week 6: Live Like People Matter, Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-24, August 25, 2024

Murder is the extreme case, when one person assumes the right to take another human life. Jesus teaches us that murder is born out of hate, and neither have a place in His world. A blessed life requires us to avoid the destructive power of hatred.

Week 7: Sex Requires a Lifetime Covenant, Exodus 20:14, Matthew 5:27-30, Sept 1, 2024

When sex is taken out of its God-ordained context of love, brokenness occurs in many forms. When God created the human reproductive process, He intended sexual partners to remain committed to one another, so that children produced from their union could be raised in a context of love. A blessed life requires us to honor the important role that love plays in our desire for intimacy.

Week 8: Value People More than Possessions, Exodus 20:15; Leviticus 6:1-5, Sept 8, 2024

The war between haves and have nots is historically waged in every culture. Broken cultures find it easier to take from one another rather than share with one another. This addiction to things is an infection that is hard to cure. A blessed life, however, requires the opposite from us, to love one another rather than take from one another.

Week 9: Value Justice More than Wealth and Power, Exodus 20:16; Jeremiah 9:3-6, Sept 15, 2024

Telling lies in court is still a crime, even in our culture. In God’s court, however, it is more than criminal. It reveals a morally corrupt environment where the rich and powerful take advantage of those who cannot afford justice. A blessed life, however, requires us always to ensure that truth is spoken when people are held accountable.

Week 10: Discover Contentment, Exodus 20:17; Phillipians 4:10-13, Sept 22, 2024

“Coveting” begins in a discontented heart. We see greener grass in our neighbors’ yard, and we assume they have a better life. This inner emptiness robs us of the joy we might otherwise find in our own yard. A blessed life requires that we are always blessed, even when we don’t feel like it.

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