Discussion Guide — Exodus 20:16
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Sermon Summary: Exodus 20:16
I. God’s law emphasizes what He cares about
II. God’s law reminds us we are guilty.
III. God’s law directs us to Christ’s love.
I. “Don’t hang glide off of the second story roof.” God’s law is not thoughtless. His law wisely displays what He cares about, which in turn shows us that He cares about His people.
II. Stop hang gliding off of the roof. Disobedience isn’t funny. We may not experience it in the moment, but it harms you and those around you. Knowing God and caring for those around you means trusting and caring about what He cares about.
III. Trusting God’s careful instruction to not hang glide off the roof points us away from death and reorients us in the life giving love of Christ.
Related Scripture Texts:
1 John 1:5, John 8:34, John 8:44, Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 1 John 3:17-19, Proverbs 18:8
“Before we open our mouths and start talking about someone else, we need to ask ourselves some hard questions: Is what I am about to say true? If so, does it really need to be said to this person in this conversation? Would I put it this way if the person I’m talking about were here to listen? If our words fail these simple tests, then it would be better for us to not speak at all.” — Philips Ryken & Kent Hughes, Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory
“He that raises a slander, carries the devil in his tongue; and he that receives it, carries the devil in his ear.” — Thomas Watson
Questions for Personal Response
Do I struggle with gossip, slander, or lies? Why?
What am I gaining, if anything, when I do any of the above?
What false truths are we believing when we speak this way?
What truths am I missing when I feel I have to speak this way?