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The Ten Commandments Series

How do we apply the Ten Commandments
to our lives today?

When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, He set a standard that would influence the world for ages to come. Those ten statements of direction summed up all of what humanity would need to live godly and productive lives. Are Christians bound by these Commandments here in the 21st century? If so, how?

As a whole, they represent an architectural plan for godly life

They are a collection of life-building necessities

They are developed through fidelity and righteousness

The First Commandment is the absolute foundation for the rest

What we have is somewhat of a sandwich effect – surrounding all of our actions are the internal desires of our hearts and minds related to God in heaven and to our human family.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me

EXODUS 20:1-3

The true God shall be recognized and have first place in the human heart.

Practical application of the first two Commandments to Christians today

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images

EXODUS 20:4-6

It is never proper to worship anything or anyone but God.

Practical application of the first two Commandments to Christians today

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

Exodus 20:7

Our actions, attitudes, or words can either diminish or elevate the name of God.

Practical application of the first two Commandments to Christians today

Remember the sabbath to keep it holy

Exodus 20:8–11

We should take time to worship God regularly to help us focus our lives on truly important issues.

Discovering what the Sabbath really means for Christians

Honor thy father and thy mother

Exodus 20:12

We should honor our parents who are often our first connection to God.

Defining what godly honoring of parents is and what it is not

Thou shalt not murder

Exodus 20:13

Human life is sacred, created in the image of God. Hatred and desires to hurt someone indicate progressive sin.

Unfolding Jesus’ challenging expansion of “You shall not murder”

Thou shalt not commit adultery

Exodus 20:14

God expects us to keep our commitments to our spouses. He is looking for a faithful spirit in His people.

Revealing and discussing the depths of damage caused by adultery

Thou shalt not steal

Exodus 20:15

There is a sanctity to the possessions of others, including their reputations, relationships, etc.

Understanding the practical application of “You shall not steal.”

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

Exodus 20:16

Justice and truth are essential qualities. Never express anything that is not true, and then, only if good may result.

Calling out the damage of misrepresentation and exaggeration

Thou shalt not covet

Exodus 20:17

If we trust in God we will not want what others have. “Be content with such things as ye have…” Hebrews 13:5

Building a foundation for our desires to be godly and appropriate