Top Ten Ways to Live a Better Life
God does everything in love for us, His children. When He rescued the Israelites from slavery, it was because He loved them. When He sent His Son Jesus to die for us and be our Savior, it was because He loves us. And, when God gave the Israelites and us the 10 Commandments, it was out of love for us:
And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Exodus 20:1-2).
The 10 Commandments display God’s love for us because they show us how to live lives that honor God, others, and ourselves. They show us how the world would have been if we hadn’t fallen into sin. And, most importantly, the Commandments help us recognize that we can’t live lives without sin; we desperately need the Savior Jesus whom God sent for us.
In this 8-week series, we’ll examine the Commandments God gave us through Moses and what they look like in our lives. This will help point us to Jesus, the one who made all things new through his sacrifice and resurrection.
Focal Texts for Series: Exodus 20:1-2
February 20, 2021: Worship the One True God
The First Commandment God gives us is this: You shall have no other gods. God knows our hearts tend to stray away from Him. Because of sin, we find ourselves elevating things like money, careers, and talents to the position that only God can hold in our lives. Through this Commandment, God teaches us that we should fear, love, and trust Him above all other things.
Scripture: Matthew 22:37, Luke 1:15-21
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:3-6
February 27, 2021: Honor God
The Second and Third Commandments guide us to honor God with our words and our time: You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God and Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Although we’re made new through Jesus, our words and actions don’t always show honor and respect to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God teaches us through these Commandments how to use His name in love and respect and honor Him through setting aside time regularly to be in His Word in study and worship.
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42, Matthew 15:7-8
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:7-11
March 6, 2021: Honor Those in Authority
The Fourth Commandment directs us in how to treat our parents and those in authority: Honor your father and your mother. Our sinful nature often leads us to disrespecting our parents and other au-thority figures. But God wants us to serve, obey, and love those He puts in authority over us. All parents, governments, bosses, and other leaders were put in position by God.
Scripture: Luke 10:24-25, Romans 13:7
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:12
March 13, 2021: Help & Support Others
In the Fifth Commandment, God tells us: You shall not murder. Jesus expands this to in-clude those thoughts, attitudes, and actions towards others which are done with ill in-tent. When we help and support our neighbors in every physical need, we are fearing and loving God. Through this commandment, God teaches us to treat all people as His children.
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:13
March 20, 2021: Demonstrate Purity & Faithfulness
The Sixth Commandment directs: You shall not commit adultery. God created sex as a gift to be shared within a marriage, but our sinful desires often lead us to explore this gift in impure and unfaithful ways. When we obey this commandment, we are demonstrating love and respect not only to our spouses, but to ourselves and to God.
Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-4
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:14
March 27, 2021: Have Integrity
Through the Seventh Commandment, God tells us: You shall not steal. When we steal from others or take in another dishonest way, we are not only harming our communities; we are harming our relationship with God. To show love to others and God, we can serve in our communities to make improvements and protect those who live there.
Scripture: Luke 12:15
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:15
April 3, 2021: Be Honest
God tells us the importance of honesty through the Eighth Commandment: You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. When we tell lies about others or act in other ways to hurt their reputation, we are not representing Christ and honoring God. Instead, we share Jesus with others when we defend them and speak well of them in our com-munities.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:16
April 10, 2021: Be Content
In the final two commandments, God explains that we need to be content with what we have: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house and You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. We often look at the houses and material possessions around us and want what we don’t have. But nothing on Earth will fulfill us. True contentment comes on-ly from God.
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
Sermon Text: Exodus 20:17