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The Ten Commandments: Mind Set Free to Live Free
September 24, 2017

The Ten Commandments: Mind Set Free to Live Free

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Ten Commandments

This week, we return to “The Ten Commandments: Set Free to Live Free,” sermon series.  This week’s sermon is “Mind Set Free to Live Free.” Our image of a “free” thinker is not usually related to The Ten Commandments or following God’s Word for our lives.  If anything the world celebrates the “free” thinker who challenges conventional rules and is willing to break with social or religious boundaries. Yet, is this really liberating for our minds and hearts? Does it bring us closer to goodness and truth, or lead us to the darkness of selfish desires?  Sometimes our definition of “freedom” only reinforces our bondage.  As we return to Exodus 20:1-2, 8-12, we add to it Romans 12:1-2, which speaks of our “reasonable” service to God. As we consider these commandments we do not want to find a slavish legalism that only burdens our lives, but we want to find the freedom of God’s presence. As you read these verses, think about the important things to “remember” that will bring you closer to an abundant life with a living God! Exodus 20:1-2, 8-12 and Romans 12:1-2: Exodus 20:1-2, 8-12 And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery… “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God– this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

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