Good morning and welcome! Today, John will be unpacking the seventh commandment: “you shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14, ESV). This topic is certainly a heavy one, and it may be uncomfortable or even painful for some people to think about. One of our intentions in this series is to explain the reasoning and the heart behind the ten commandments, as they can sometimes feel arbitrary and disconnected from our day to day lives. Adultery, however, is one of the commandments that entails very real and tangible consequences for us. It is a heart breaking and painful thing to go through, whether you are the perpetrator, the spouse, or simply a loved one who is watching and trying to support a couple from the sidelines. As we listen to the word that John has brought us for this morning, my prayer for all of us is that we may be attentive to the voice of God and seek understanding and reconciliation in the midst of sinful and broken places.
Nothing But the Blood – Norton Hall Band / Robert Lowry
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Church, the unfortunate truth of our broken humanity is that we are all sinners in some regards, and even when we don’t physically cheat on our spouse, many of us have entertained adulterous thoughts, or done some other adulterous act. This is one of many painful realizations that comes from seeking truth; like a mouldy house, we don’t realize the true state of decay until the drywall is peeled off. But, it is only once the rot and mould exposed and only then can we let our good, house restoring God come and begin renewing and rebuilding the rotten walls. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17, ESV) “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” (Romans 3:23-24, ESV).
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the gentiles honourable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:9-12, ESV).
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!