Love Your Neighbor
Topic: Expository Scripture: Exodus 20:12–20:17
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, January 18, 2019 sermon.
Introduction - When we speak of a relationship with God, we often think only in terms of God and ourselves. If someone asks us “How is your relationship with God going?” we often talk mainly of devotional acts like reading the Bible, or praying. If we have read our Bible that morning we might say “My relationship with God is good! today” And a relationship with God not only has a “vertical” dimension between us and God, but also a “horizontal” dimension, between ourselves and others who know Jesus. Our relationship with God includes our relationship to his people. To be in a relationship with Jesus means to be in relationship to his Bride, the church.
READ Exodus 20:12-17
1. Commandment #5 (20:12): How is honoring your father (20:12) and mother an expression of a relationship with God? (see also Ephesians 6:1-4)
Application - What might honoring your parents look like for you? Are there cultural factors that cause us not to honor parents, or in some cases, to exalt parents too highly? Are there times when a parent’s wishes conflict with the Lord’s?
2. Commandment #6 (20:13): Why is murder wrong?
Application: Read Matthew 6:21-26. Jesus warned not just against murder, but against the source of murder, anger and hatred. Is there someone against whom you have continued to hold a grudge and speak against? Whom do you need to forgive?
3. Commandment #7 (20:14): Why is marriage, and sex within marriage, so sacred? (see also Genesis 2:24)
Application: Read Matthew 5:27-30. Like murder, adultery starts in the heart. How can we win the battle against lust in our hearts?
4. Commandment #8 (20:15): Stealing obviously hurts others. But how does stealing show a lack of love for God?
Application: In what ways do you see people stealing today?
5. Commandment #9 (20:16): How does bearing false witness hurt friendships, families, churches and society?
Applications: How should we respond as Christians when we hear a bad report about someone, especially in the church?
6. Commandment #10 (20:17): What is the relationship between this final commandment (20:17) and the first commandment (20:3)?
Applications: Search your own heart. Are you coveting anything? A relationship, or a job, or wealth or status?