Ten words of grace #1 may 22, 2011

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Ten words of grace #1 may 22, 2011

  1. 1. ‘11Rediscovering the Good News that We Dare Not Forget!
  2. 2. The HeidelbergCatechism (1563) 129 questions and answers 52 Lord’s Day Readings
  3. 3. The Good NewsWe AlmostForgot:Rediscoveringthe Gospel in a16th CenturyCatechism byKevin DeYoung.
  4. 4. Obsolete? Oppressive? Optional? The TenCommandments
  5. 5. Obsolete?Exodus 20:1And God spoke all these words…
  6. 6. Oppressive?Proverbs 29:18Where there is no revelation, thepeople cast off restraint; butblessed is he who keeps the law.
  7. 7. Oppressive?Proverbs 29:18When people do not accept divineguidance, they run wild. Butwhoever obeys the law is happy.
  8. 8. Oppressive?John 15:9-10If you obey my commands, you willremain in my love, just as I haveobeyed my Father’s commands andremain in his love. I have told youthis so that my joy may be in you andthat your joy may be complete.
  9. 9. Oppressive?Deuteronomy 10:12And now, Israel, what does theLORD your God ask of you but tofear the LORD your God, to walk inobedience to him, to love him, toserve the LORD your God with allyour heart and with all your soul,
  10. 10. Oppressive?Deuteronomy 10:13and to observe the LORD’scommands and decrees that I amgiving you today for your owngood?
  11. 11. Optional?Question: Is obedience to God amajor theme of the Bible? “obey” = 300 times “disobey” = 50 times
  12. 12. Optional?Obedience is always portrayed in the Bible as a proper response to grace!
  13. 13. Matthew 28:19-20aTherefore go and makedisciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of theFather and of the Son and of theHoly Spirit, and teaching them toobey everything I havecommanded you.
  14. 14. Exodus 20:1-2And God spoke all these words:―I am the LORD your God, whobrought you out of Egypt, out ofthe land of slavery.‖
  15. 15. Obsolete? Oppressive? Optional? The TenCommandments
  16. 16. Exodus 20:3You shall have no other godsbefore me.
  17. 17. Reality #1 – Putting God aboveall is not a “both-and”proposition, but an “either-or!”Exodus 20:3You shall have NO other godsbefore me.
  18. 18. Matthew 6:24No one can serve two masters.Either you will hate the one andlove the other, or you will bedevoted to the one and despisethe other. You cannot serve bothGod and money.
  19. 19. Idols . . .
  20. 20. Ezekiel 14:3Son of man, these men have setup idols in their hearts.
  21. 21. An idol is set up when your heart takes something, often agood thing, and makes it anultimate thing. Your heart thenseeks its significance and securityfrom the idol rather than from God.Instead of giving our full allegianceto God who alone is worthy, wepursue far lesser things.
  22. 22. Romans 1:25They exchanged the truth aboutGod for a lie, and worshiped andserved created things rather thanthe Creator—who is foreverpraised. Amen.
  23. 23. Reality #1 – Putting God aboveall is not a “both-and”proposition, but an “either-or!”
  24. 24. Wedding Vows“To forsake all others for you alone”
  25. 25. Reality #1 – Putting God aboveall is not a “both-and”proposition, but an “either-or!”
  26. 26. Reality #2 – Putting God aboveall should be a “No brainer!”
  27. 27. Exodus 20:3You shall have no other godsbefore me.You shall have ME!
  28. 28. Exodus 20:2I am the LORD your God, whobrought you out of Egypt, out ofthe land of slavery.
  29. 29. Psalm 37:4Delight yourself in the LORD andhe will give you the desires of yourheart.
  30. 30. Isaiah 55:8-9―For my thoughts are not yourthoughts, neither are your ways myways,‖ declares the LORD. ―As theheavens are higher than the earth, soare my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts.‖
  31. 31. Psalm 27:4One thing I ask from the LORD,this only do I seek: that I may dwellin the house of the LORD all thedays of my life, to gaze on thebeauty of the LORD and to seekhim in his temple.
  32. 32. ―We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex andambition when infinite joy is offeredus, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (C.S. Lewis)
  33. 33. Reality #2 – Putting God aboveall should be a “No brainer!”
  34. 34. Lancaster County Solid WasteManagement Transfer Station
  35. 35. Lancaster County Solid WasteManagement Transfer Station
  36. 36. Is God #1 on your prioritylist? Is your life about Himfirst? Are you seeking him to satisfy the hunger of your heart? ―God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there.‖ (C. S. Lewis)
  37. 37. ‘11Rediscovering the Good News that We Dare Not Forget!Next Sunday – When a Picture Is Not Worth a Thousand Words Questions 96-98 Lord’s Day Reading #35
  38. 38. Exodus 20:3You shall have no other godsbefore me.

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