Hello everyone and welcome! This week we are rejoining our series on the Ten Commandments and John is bringing us one of his previously recorded sermons as we near the end of this series. Our message today is on commandment number 9: thou shall not lie. Now, as we enter into this topic I think that it is important to make one thing clear: we are not pointing fingers, we are not calling out others; this discussion is so that we can assess our own lives and the conditions of our own hearts, not to define the conditions of the hearts of others. As we listen to John’s message and worship today, let us focus on bringing ourselves into right relationship with God, so that we can know more fully the goodness of God.
Known – Tauren Wells
Highs & Lows – Hillsong Young & Free
Make no mistake, God’s goodness does not stop when we stumble and fall. I have quoted Psalm 139 so often this year not only because I believe it to be fundamentally true, which it is, but also because the message is something that is often overlooked – for ourselves and for others. In the midst of our sin, we are known and loved and created by God, and so is that person who we look at and call a liar.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end —I am still with you” (Psalm 139:1-18, NRSV).
Awake my Soul – Mumford & Sons
In verse 18 of Psalm 139, the phrase “I come to the end” is often translated “I awake and I am still with you.” This is our hope for us today, not that we would root out corruption or bring to task the people we label as liars, but that that we would be awakened to the goodness and the all-knowing-ness of God; our hope is that we would come to know and allow ourselves to be known by God, and that through this we would learn to love and live in truth. Oh God, awake my soul!
There Came A Light – Chris Renzema
Come Alive – Hillsong Worship
“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator” (Colossians 3:1-10, NRSV).
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on our YouTube channel, our website, and now as a podcast on Spotify too. 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. We also have a newsletter that talks about more ways to connect and worship with us as a community in Christ, so if you would like to connect with us in that way there is more information about how you can do that on our website. Thanks, and God bless!