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Session 20

A new way to think about God’s commands

Read: Exodus 20

At some point, you’ve probably heard, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Those of us that have tested this can say that it isn’t entirely true. Some of life’s biggest regrets come from having fun in the moment at the expense of our future. And while we all want to enjoy life, rules are in place to guide our actions and protect us from harm.

Years ago God gave a set of 10 commands to His people, the nation of Israel. In Exodus 20:20, we learn that these commands were designed to keep them from harm. Even more, these rules served as a guide for how to live a life close to God.

These commandments are still here for our benefit today and teach us about our relationship with God and others. The first four commands show us how deeply God loves us and desires a relationship with us. The other commands show us how our relationships with others can honor God when we live a life that is pleasing to Him.

God knew we would eventually see a perfect example of these rules put into practice through the life of his son, Jesus. Because of Jesus, our hope doesn't have to be in keeping the rules, but in the One who perfected and completed them.

Reflect:

  • When have you experienced safety and peace by following a guideline that someone has placed in your life at work, at home, or in public?
  • Which of the Ten Commandments is most difficult to put into practice in your life?
  • How does knowing that our hope is ultimately in Jesus give you comfort?

1

What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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