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Biblical Ethics 2: Love for God

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This is Lesson 2 of the Biblical Ethics course in the Crossroads Programme. Crossroads is a discipleship programme written Dr Kevin Smith (http://kevinsmith.co.za) and offered by the South African …

This is Lesson 2 of the Biblical Ethics course in the Crossroads Programme. Crossroads is a discipleship programme written Dr Kevin Smith (http://kevinsmith.co.za) and offered by the South African Theological Seminary (http://www.satsonline.org).

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  • 1. Biblical Ethics 2 - Love for God
  • 2. Lesson OverviewIn this lesson we are going to study the first fourcommandments two headings: 1. Biblical Values regarding Worship 2. Biblical Values regarding Work
  • 3. Biblical Values regarding Worship
  • 4. Biblical Values regarding WorshipThe first three command- Overviewments focus on our duties • Commandment 1:towards God, specifically Internal Worshiphow we are to worshipand honour him as God. • Commandment 2: External Worship • Commandment 3: Verbal Worship
  • 5. The First CommandmentINTERNAL WORSHIP
  • 6. The Internal Worship of God1) The first commandment deals with the heart of worship: our inner loyalty to God.
  • 7. The Internal Worship of God1) The first commandment deals with the heart of worship: our inner loyalty to God.2) Since the Lord is the only true God, he deserves the full allegiance of all people.
  • 8. The Internal Worship of God1) The first commandment deals with the heart of worship: our inner loyalty to God.2) Since the Lord is the only true God, he deserves the full allegiance of all people.3) God demands first place in our hearts. We may not substitute anything for him.
  • 9. The Internal Worship of God3) God demands first place in our hearts. I must love God more than myself love of self money love of things men love of others muscle love of power
  • 10. The Second CommandmentEXTERNAL WORSHIP
  • 11. The External Worship of God1) We must not form idols to represent God, because he is invisible.
  • 12. The External Worship of God1) We must not form idols to represent God, because he is invisible.2) There are two kinds of idols: a) Those intended to represent the Lord b) Those intended to represent other gods
  • 13. The External Worship of God1) We must not form idols to represent God, because he is invisible.2) There are two kinds of idols: a) Those intended to represent the Lord b) Those intended to represent other gods3) We must not use idols or images as aids to our worship.
  • 14. The Third CommandmentVERBAL WORSHIP
  • 15. The Verbal Worship of God1) God’s name represents all that he is. Therefore, we are to use his name with the full reverence due his person.
  • 16. The Verbal Worship of God1) God’s name represents all that he is. Therefore, we are to use his name with the full reverence due his person.2) The Hebrew word for “misuse” in Exodus 20:7 refers to using his name in vain.
  • 17. The Verbal Worship of God1) God’s name represents all that he is. Therefore, we are to use his name with the full reverence due his person.2) The Hebrew word for “misuse” in Exodus 20:7 refers to using his name in vain.3) There are many ways in which we can misuse the name of the Lord.
  • 18. The Verbal Worship of God7 Ways to a) We should not break an oath takenMisuse the in the name of the Lord.Name of theLord
  • 19. The Verbal Worship of God7 Ways to a) We should not break an oath takenMisuse the in the name of the Lord.Name of the b) We should not use God’s name as aLord proof of truthfulness.
  • 20. The Verbal Worship of God7 Ways to a) We should not break an oath takenMisuse the in the name of the Lord.Name of the b) We should not use God’s name as aLord proof of truthfulness. c) We should not use God’s name as an expression of shock.
  • 21. The Verbal Worship of God7 Ways to a) We should not break an oath takenMisuse the in the name of the Lord.Name of the b) We should not use God’s name as aLord proof of truthfulness. c) We should not use God’s name as an expression of shock. d) We should not use God’s name as a swear word.
  • 22. The Verbal Worship of God7 Ways to e) We should not use God’s name as aMisuse the filler in prayer.Name of theLord
  • 23. The Verbal Worship of God7 Ways to e) We should not use God’s name as aMisuse the filler in prayer.Name of the f) We should not perform spiritualLord services without reverence.
  • 24. The Verbal Worship of God7 Ways to e) We should not use God’s name as aMisuse the filler in prayer.Name of the f) We should not perform spiritualLord services without reverence. g) We should be extremely cautious about speaking in God’s name.
  • 25. Biblical Values regarding Work
  • 26. The Value ofWORK
  • 27. WorkThe Bible treats workas God’s gift and man’sduty.
  • 28. WorkThe Bible treats work 1) God ordainedas God’s gift and man’s work.duty.
  • 29. WorkThe Bible treats work 1) God ordainedas God’s gift and man’s work.duty. 2) Sin made work drudgery.
  • 30. WorkThe Bible treats work 1) God ordainedas God’s gift and man’s work.duty. 2) Sin made work drudgery. 3) Work brings satisfaction.
  • 31. WorkThe Bible treats work 1) God ordainedas God’s gift and man’s work.duty. 2) Sin made work drudgery. 3) Work brings satisfaction. 4) Diligence pleases God.
  • 32. The Value ofREST
  • 33. We must work, but we must also rest. What amazingbalance we find in God’s laws; what amazing concernfor our well-being. He wants to protect us againstlaziness, which is a cancer of the soul, but he alsowants to protect us against working all the time, whichharms our bodies, our families, and our spiritual lives.He does this by instituting the Sabbath day.
  • 34. The Sabbath1) The Sabbath was a day of rest.
  • 35. The Sabbath1) The Sabbath was a day God designed the Sabbath to of rest. protect us against the tyranny of overwork. The Lord Jesus Christ declared the purpose and point of the Sabbath. And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath’ (Mark 2:27).
  • 36. The Sabbath1) The Sabbath was a day of rest.2) The Sabbath was a day of remembrance.
  • 37. The Sabbath1) The Sabbath was a day God also designed the Sabbath of rest. as a day of remembrance, that is, a time for the Israelites to2) The Sabbath was a day take a break from their frantic of remembrance. lives and reflect on the greatness and goodness of God when he redeemed them from Egypt (Deut. 5:12-15). So it is a day to replace work with worship, to focus on spiritual values and needs.
  • 38. The Sabbath• The fourth commandment expresses God’s heart for both work and worship.• It affirms that work is God-ordained and God-honouring.• The provision of the Sabbath was to facilitate rest and remembrance.
  • 39. Conclusion
  • 40. Conclusion1) The first four commandments are God-focused, teaching about our duties toward God himself.2) The first commandment deals with the internal worship of God; he deserves and demands first place in our lives, and we should have no allegiance before or above him.3) The second commandment deals with the external worship of God. We are not to make any idols to represent him.
  • 41. Conclusion4) The third commandment deals with the verbal worship of God. God’s name represents his person; therefore, we are to use it reverently, not lightly (in vain).5) The fourth commandment deals work and rest. God ordained work, but he also provided time for rest and remembrance (worship).