Set Apart (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Set Apart,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, which began our new series on the Ten Commandments entitled “Chiseled.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. When you hear the phrase “Ten Commandments” what do you think of? Why?
  2. This weekend at Eastbrook, we continue our series, “Chiseled,” on the Ten Commandments. This week we focus on the 3rd and 4th commandments found in Exodus 20:7-11. Read these verses out loud and then ask God to speak to you through your study of the Scripture.
  3. In the Ancient Near East – and even today – the name of a person signifies their unique identity. Since this is the case, what is the significance in your mind of “misusing the name of the LORD your God” (Exodus 20:7)?
  4. While this command may include things we immediately think of, like dropping God’s name in a string of profanity, it also includes using God’s identity for purposes that don’t reflect His ways. How have you seen this happen in others or yourself?Read More »

Set Apart

Chiseled ThumbThis weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series, “Chiseled,” on the Ten Commandments by looking at the third and fourth commandments from Exodus 20:7-11.

While we may not immediately see a connection between the command about not misusing God’s name and the command about keeping the Sabbath, they have a lot in common. They are both about keeping something as “set apart,” which is a reflection of God being “set apart,” or holy. So, the message was about having set apart words and set apart time.

The outline for the message is below. You can view the message online here or listen to it via our audio podcast here. Access all the messages from the series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This series is part three of an occasional series we are doing from Exodus. You can enjoy the first two parts of this extended series on Exodus here:

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The Ten (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “The Ten,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, which began our new series on the Ten Commandments entitled “Chiseled.”

Discussion Questions:

1. When you hear the phrase “Ten Commandments” what do you think of? Why?

2. This weekend at Eastbrook, we begin a new series entitled “Chiseled” on the Ten Commandments. This series accompanies the season of Lent, which is a season of drawing near to God and renewing our hope in Jesus by turning from sin and clinging to the Gospel. This mirrors the journey of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt to a new land guided by God’s deliverance. In preparation for this study, read Exodus 19:1-20:21. (If you haven’t read the entire book of Exodus before, make it a goal to do so during this series.) Then, ask God to speak to you through your study of the Scripture.

3. The story of Exodus moves from slavery in Egypt to the clash between God and Pharaoh in the plagues on to deliverance from slavery and movement toward the land of promise. The Ten Commandments are an identity marker for God and for the Hebrew people as they become the nation of Israel. Read Exodus 19:3-6. What do these brief words tell you about who God is, what He is doing, and what it means to be His people?Read More »

The Ten

Chiseled ThumbThis weekend at Eastbrook Church, I began our new series on the Ten Commandments entitled “Chiseled.”

The message was really an introduction on how we can see the Ten Commandments as God’s words of life, love, and mission to God’s people. I also spent time reflecting on how we should read the Ten Commandments as followers of Jesus.

The outline for the message is below. You can view the message online here or listen to it via our audio podcast here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This series is part three of an occasional series we are doing from Exodus. You can listen to the first two parts of this series here:

Read More »

Chiseled

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We begin a new series on the Ten Commandments this weekend at Eastbrook Church entitled “Chiseled.”

One of the key identity markers for God’s people is the Ten Commandments. When God called His people out of slavery from Egypt and into a new land of promise, God established a new covenant with them. This covenant was an agreement outlining God’s relationship with the people. It was a covenant of grace characterized by a new way of life as a community and as individuals. While there were many parts of this, the Ten Commandments – or Decalogue, are a good summary of this covenant. In this series, we will continue our exploration of what Exodus means to us as 21st century followers of Jesus. How might we be shaped by the Ten Commandments, and how might they be chiseled upon our hearts, minds and lives?

March 1/2 – “The Ten” –  Exodus 3:19; Matthew 5:17-20

March 8/9 – “The One and Only” (commandments 1-2) – Exodus 20:1-6

March 15/16 – “Set Apart” (commandments 3-4) – Exodus 20:7-11

March 22/23 – “Your Mother and Father” (commandment 5) – Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-4

March 29/30 – “Murder, Adultery and Theft” (commandments 6-8) – Exodus 20:13-15; Matthew 5:21-30

April 5/6 – Move Mission Festival – Special Speaker: Victor Hashweh 

April 12/13 – “The Neighbor” (commandments 9-10) – Exodus 20:16-17; Mark 12:31