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Lord of My Relationships

Sep 23, 2018

Passage: Exodus 20:13

Preacher: Tim McConnell

Series: Lord

Category: Old Testament, Theology

Detail:

Jesus gets down to the heart, your heart, where the impulse to destroy life actually begins at the root. He gets to the seeds of it.

This week's sermon

The commandment is not to commit murder. (Not ‘do not kill’ but ‘do not murder.’ Not calling soldiers or police-enforcement murderers). This is a bottom line standard for just human behavior. Rage and power combine to crush another. Jesus raises the standard higher to ask if we are allowing rage and power to rise up in our hearts against another. We want to extract what we are owed from others—we want justice as we see it. God is in charge of justice and retribution. Ours is to forgive and reconcile as much as we can. This is the way of life that is truly life.

About This Series: LORD

Our fall discipleship series focuses on the Ten Commandments. Not only what they teach us not to do, but what to do. Jesus is Savior and Lord. Once we know him as Savior, it’s time to begin to allow His lordship in every corner of our lives. I can easily recognize Jesus as “Lord” in some abstract way. He’s Lord of the universe. He’s Lord of all history. But it gets harder when I think about His lordship in my own life. Is He really my master when I’m thinking about my relationships with my family? Is Jesus my first consult and guide when I’m arranging my finances? So much of discipleship is simply about loving Jesus more—loving Jesus more than desires of the flesh, loving Jesus more than money, loving Jesus more than what my neighbor has. The Ten Commandments are a great measure of our hearts. Do we love Jesus more than these? Jesus is Lord.

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