You Shall Not (Word) Murder

Good morning, Church! Every time I get a new phone or my computer updates, I have to go through the all too familiar process of opening up the “terms & conditions,” scrolling down to the bottom, pretending I read all the legal mumbo-jumbo, and then clicking the button that says “I have read and agree to these terms of use.” Whenever I have to go through this process, my mind goes straight to the thought “I’m not going to hack into anyone’s accounts with this phone, defraud the bank, or try to access government secrets, so I’m good, right? These terms and conditions are only to keep bad people in line.” Well, hopefully my rambling anecdote is relatable enough to set the stage for John’s message this week, which is a continuation of our series ten commandments, looking specifically at commandment number six: thou shall not murder. Now, to most of us this commandment seems like the most obtainable; in fact, the vast majority of people go their entire life without murdering anybody. Just like the terms and conditions on my new phone, these rules are really just for the worst of us, right? Well this week as we delve into this commandment, John is talking about how our murderous thoughts and words can violate this agreement too, and I hope that through this message and through our time of reflection, you will be able to see this commandment and God’s heart in new and beautiful ways.

Grace Alone – Kings Kaleidoscope

Lay It All Down – United Pursuit

As is the case with most things that we hear and read often, for many of us the ten commandments can become a set of rules that our minds glaze over. Throughout this series, we are hoping to reframe this agreement between humans and God as we talk about why these rules are in place, how they benefit us, and how their existence is evidence of the immense love of our powerful God. So as we set out on reexploring the sixth commandment, a good place to start is by acknowledging and remembering that we are flawed and sinful people, all of us, and we need God to help reveal our inequity and guide us in righteous paths. This process isn’t like a courtroom, where our mistakes are being revealed to condemn us. Rather, it is more like when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. He knows they are dirty and he knows that it is not something he has to do, but he does it out of love and compassion for those who follow and are devoted to him.

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Guns n’ Roses

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:21-26, ESV).

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Sandra McCracken

Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs & Will Reagan

“Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:19-23, NLT).

Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

Spotify Playlist

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