Manayunk Congregation

4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Sundays, 9:30 & 11:15am

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Center City Congregation

1336 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA

10 Commandments: Words of Freedom

Religious and irreligious people alike recognize that few documents have had as much influence on Western culture as the Ten Commandments. President John Adams once wrote, “As much as I love, esteem and admire the Greeks, I believe the Hebrews have done more to enlighten and civilize the world. Moses did more than all their legislators and philosophers.” Whether a fervent believer or a fervent skeptic, history has proven that the Ten Commandments are exceptionally relevant to each of our lives. The Ten Commandments are perhaps most relevant for a reason you may not suspect: they teach us how to be truly free. God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel just after He set them free from slavery in Egypt. The Commandments show them how to live the way they were intended. God set them free and then gave them the commandments to teach them how to live like free people.

Manayunk Sermons

In this sermon we focus on the prohibition against coveting by exploring biblical contentment from Philippians 4:10-13. We will see how the Bible defines contentment, the secret of contentment and how we learn to be content.

Resources:

Exodus 20:17

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Commandments-Twenty-First-American-Commentary/dp/0805447164/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478610577&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+commandments+ethics

https://www.amazon.com/Rare-Jewel-Christian-Contentment/dp/1494424797/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479470566&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rare+jewel+of+christian+contentment+by+jeremiah+burroughs

What is false-witness? Why are we tempted to bear false-witness against one another? How does Jesus the true witness change everything. In this sermon we explore these questions together as we continue our journey through the Ten Commandments.

Resources:

Exodus 20:16

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Commandments-Twenty-First-American-Commentary/dp/0805447164/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478610577&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+commandments+ethics

Continuing the prohibitions of the ten commandments, after protecting life by prohibiting murder, and marriage by prohibiting adultery, God now protects property by prohibiting stealing. God is a generous God who has given some things to some, and different things to others. Here we see what it means to take from that, why we do it, and how God responds.

Resources:

Exodus 20:15

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Commandments-Twenty-First-American-Commentary/dp/0805447164/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478610577&sr=8-1&keywords=ten+commandments+ethics

VII. Do Not Steal

In this sermon we focus on the command to not commit adultery. Specifically, we will explore what adultery is, why adultery is forbidden and how to fight adultery of the body and the heart.

Resources:

Exodus 20:14

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Phil Ryken

The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

We keep the Sixth Commandment by honoring human life in all its forms - both by refraining from murder and anger, and by acting with love and compassion towards our fellow human beings.

Resources:

Exodus 20:13

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Phil Ryken

Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

The Ten Commandments divide into two parts. The first four commandments teach us how to relate to God and the final six teach us how to relate to one another. The fifth commandment, to honor father and mother, is unique. The fifth commandment is a bridge as parents both participate in the divine activity of creation and are the first neighbor many of us will ever know. Therefore, we are to honor them.

Resources:

Exodus 20:12

Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Phil Ryken
Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

Commandment Five by Mark Driscoll

Nearly all of us feel incredibly busy. That's not a bad thing. If you love Jesus & people, you'll be busy. Busyness, however, can have catastrophic affects on us spiritually, physically, emotionally and relationally if not kept in check. God's remedy for unchecked busyness: Remember the Sabbath.

Resources:

Exodus 20:8-11

Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Phil Ryken
Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century

What's in a name? The third commandment reminds us that God's name is synonymous with his nature and attributes and calls us to live for the glory of God's name, rather than our own.

Resources:

Exodus 20:7

Keeping the Ten Commandment by JI Packer
Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Phil Ryken
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Centruty by Mark Rooker
ESV Study Bible

Then Ten Commandments teach God's free people how to live freely. True freedom is first found in worshiping the right God and, as the second commandment teaching, worshiping the right God in the right way.

Resources:

Exodus 20:4-6

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Philip Graham Ryken

Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer

The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

ESV Study Bible

The Book of Exodus is a story of liberation. God set his people free from slavery in Egypt so that they could worship God in the Promised Land. The Ten Commandments teach God's free people how to live free. The first mark of a truly free people is that they have no other gods but the Lord.

Resources:

Exodus 20:1-3

Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer
Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Philip Graham Ryken
Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century by Mark Rooker

Center City Sermons

As we wrap up the ten commandments, we come to last word for our joy and freedom. This one especially saps our joy when we disobey it. It is the command not to covet, which involves desiring something God has entrusted to another. Such desires are buried deep inside of us, but here we talk about how God frees us even from them.

Resources:

Exodus 20:17, Romans 7:7-12, 24-25, 8:1-4

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Jeremiah Burroughs

Where falsehood is permitted, injustice and conflict thrive. God forbids the bearing of false witness in this ninth commandment, and yet lies and spin are all around us. We lie for personal gain at another's expense, but as we listen to the true witness we're empowered by the Holy Spirit to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Resources:

Exodus 20:16

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

Continuing the prohibitions of the ten commandments, after protecting life by prohibiting murder, and marriage by prohibiting adultery, God now protects property by prohibiting stealing. God is a generous God who has given some things to some, and different things to others. Here we see what it means to take from that, why we do it, and how God responds.

Resources:

Exodus 20:15

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory, Phil Ryken

God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity, Kelly Kapic

 

Love for God leads to love for people. In this sermon we look beyond the surface to see the heart of murder and the hope of Christ.

Resources:

Exodus 20:13

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Phil Ryken

Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

The Ten Commandments divide into two parts. The first four commandments teach us how to relate to God and the final six teach us how to relate to one another. The fifth commandment, to honor father and mother, is unique. The fifth commandment is a bridge as parents both participate in the divine activity of creation and are the first neighbor many of us will ever know. Therefore, we are to honor them.

Resources:

Exodus 20:12

Exodus: Saved for God’s glory by Phil Ryken
Keeping the Ten Commandments by JI Packer
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the 21st Century by Mark Rooker

We love productivity in America, and it's brought great development with it. But it's also brought anxiety, fatigue, and stress-related illness. Why can't we stop? The fourth commandment commands us to stop, and shows us how and why to enjoy true rest.

Resources:

Exodus 20:8-11

Wisdom and Sabbath Rest, article by Timothy Keller

Is the Sabbath Still Required for Christians?, Q&A with Dr. Tom Schreiner

Names convey identity, and in the ancient world they even more so conveyed character and reputation. God has a name, and we exist to make His name great, not ours. The third commandment requires that we not take His name and unite it to something worthless. It requires that our lives be about the glory of His name.

Resources:

Exodus 20:7

Keeping the Ten Commandments, J.I. Packer

For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper, ed. Sam Storms and Justin Taylor

The first commandment freed us to worship the true God we were created for, but how do we do it? The second commandment answers that question by showing us how not to: Don't worship an image.

Resources:

Exodus 20:4-6

Keeping the Ten Commandments, J.I. Packer

Was Jesus an Egomaniac? John Piper’s address to Google

The Ten Commandments are just that, commandments. Commandments feel enslaving, but these commandments are actually the path to true freedom. We begin with the first commandment: Have no other gods.

Resources:

Exodus 20:1-3

Keeping the Ten Commandments, J.I. Packer

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters, Timothy Keller