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The Ten Commandments: Set Free to Live Free
September 3, 2017

The Ten Commandments: Set Free to Live Free

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Ten Commandments

This week, we begin a new sermon series entitled, “The Ten Commandments: Set Free to Live Free.”  When we think about the Ten Commandments we do not think about freedom, instead we think about legalism and restrictions. The Ten Commandments have been foundational to our Judeo-Christian legal system for many years. We have to remember that these commandments were given to Israel as they came out of the “house of slavery” in Egypt, and they were moving toward the Promised Land. God had set Israel free from one “task master,” but does God give them another burden through these commandments? Since we are under grace, does this free us from the requirements of the Law in general and the Ten Commandments in particular? The Ten Commandments still guide us in building a life that overcomes the brokenness of human nature and helps us to live fuller lives. This week, we begin with the first commandment found in Exodus 20:1-6, as well as the summation of the Law found in Deuteronomy 6:5. What do these verses set us free to do? Exodus 20:1-6: And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or onthe earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (NIV)

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