The first command with a promise attached to it in the Ten Commandments is commandment number 5. Continue reading
I am so excited to prepare for our Connect Group teacher training meeting on Sunday evening. In our Connect Groups this Sunday, we are going to learn how discipleship is the process of empowering others for ministry. The lesson that follows is about the Law of God given to the children of Israel. In this lesson, we are going to discover the purpose of the Law, but, before we dig into what the Law was for, we have to discuss what the Law is not for. Continue reading
Our Sunday School classes at Southern Calvert Baptist Church are walking through the Old Testament book of Exodus, focusing on God’s Great Calling. He is El Roi which means that He sees all things and is not indifferent to what happens to us. God intervenes on mankind’s behalf by calling us to come out of our slavery to sin and learn to worship Him. Some respond to the calling in obedience (Moses) while others respond by hardening their hearts to the message (Pharaoh). Once we respond to this calling, God wants to work in our lives via a spiritual mentor. He also wants to take us and train us to share His message of Good News with anyone who will listen. As we learn to walk with God, our sin nature seeks to dominate us like it once did, before we answered God’s Great Calling. It tries to get us to give in to our fears and not walk by faith. It tries to get us to grumble against our spiritual leaders instead of walking in humble obedience to the Lord by submitting to the leadership whom He has put over us. In our last lesson, we learned the purpose of the 10 Commandments. We learned that the 10 Commandments show us just how sinful we are. Moses had a sin nature just like the people of Israel had a sin nature. Moses was tempted just as the people of Israel were tempted. They both respond very differently to temptation. Continue reading
Here I am again, getting ready to teach about Jesus being the focal point of every story of the Bible. We are walking through the Bible this year. We have arrived to the time when Moses leads the people of Israel through the wilderness, to the Promised Land. On the way, God makes a Covenant with Israel, and, within that Covenant we see the 10 Commandments. Let’s take a look at the 10 Commandments and see how they reveal Christ and what they reveal to us about ourselves.
I. Purpose of the 10 Commandments
Did you know that the God who created the universe wants to connect with YOU? To me, that is an amazing thought. Who am I in the grand scheme of things? Why would God want to connect with little ol’ me? Do you really believe this? Whether you believe it or not, it is the truth. The God who created all things wants to have a personal relationship with you!!! He says so in His Holy Word. Let’s examine two passages from the the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 5 and Deuteronomy 6.
I. God connects with Moses
Our next character study in the ROC is about Cain and Abel. The last study that we did was a couple of weeks ago on Elisha, God, and the Shunammite family. The whole idea behind this year’s study in the ROC is about God connecting with us, then we connect with others through love and service, and finally, we help others connect with God the way we did. This pattern pops up all throughout the Bible. We saw it in the Old Testament with the 10 commandments and in the New Testament with the Greatest Commandment. Both deal with connecting with God, connecting with others, and then connecting them with God.
We are staying in the Old Testament with this lesson, focusing on how God connected with Adam and Eve, blessed them with children to connect with, and then getting connected with the future generations. Continue reading
As we continue to study the theme of “connecting” in “the ROC” I want to take a look at our next study on connecting with the Word of God. Up until this point, we have learned how to connect in the following ways:
We have seen that God wants to connect with us and He wants us to connect with Him. He has opened the lines of communication with us through His Word. Once we connect with Him, He wants us to connect with others, teaching them how to connect with God. When this happens, we have genuine, God-ordained fellowship. This entire process is seen in one chapter of the Bible, Exodus 20. Continue reading
Last week during the ROC pictures (reaching others for Christ) we learned how to connect with God. God has done everything to connect with us and then motivates us to connect with others by loving and serving them so that they can connect with God too. We saw how the mid-wives in Egypt had connected with God and as a result, they could not murder the innocent Hebrew boys just after they were born. Moses’ parents had connected with God and they did all that they could to protect the life of their new born son. They also taught their daughter Miriam to connect with God and as a result, she loved her brother and did all that she could do to protect him. They all put their lives on the line to help others because they had connected with God. Moses grows up and learns to connect with God. Continue reading