Pastor Rob is starting a new summer series called Ten where we explore the Ten Commandments. It’s so important for us to understand that the commandments were not given by an angry God who is demanding our obedience, but rather they were given by a God that was inviting the nation of Israel into a relationship with Him. Over the next 11 weeks, it is our prayer that we will all see that God’s law was not given as a means for us to prove our love for God, but as evidence of God’s love for us.
Ten // Do Not Covet
Pastor Rob Rogers | August 8, 2021
“Do not covet” – the tenth commandment and the final message in our series, Ten. Pastor Rob defines covetousness as an inordinate desire for something or someone without regard for the rights and feelings of other people. While there are many things we covet, four main things are possessions, people, physique, and power. The cure for covetousness is contentment and we find six keys to contentment in Philippians 4: Rejoice always, be reasonable, give thanks, request and release, think on good things, and imitate godly conduct.
Ten // Do Not Lie
Pastor Rob Rogers | August 1, 2021
Nearing the end of our series on the Ten Commandments, Pastor Rob speaks on the ninth commandment – do not lie. This commandment deals not only with lying, as in speaking falsehood, but it also addresses lying about other people. Pastor Rob challenges us all to be people who are not just concerned with not lying but to be people who champion Truth. He ends his message with three practical questions to ask yourself as it relates to bearing false witness: 1) Am I telling the whole truth? 2) Before I talk about them, have I talked with them? 3) Do I stop slander when I see it?
Ten // Do Not Steal
Pastor Rob Rogers | July 25, 2021
In Part 9 of Ten, Pastor Rob returns to speak on the commandment “you shall not steal.” There are two categories related to this commandment: wrong taking and wrong keeping. God takes the sin of stealing very seriously, whether from Him or others. If you’ve stolen something – resources, time, credit – the challenge to us is to go make it right, with others and with God. He is an endless source. He’s not short on resources. He’s a God of abundance! There’s nothing that you need that He can’t give. The more you see the generosity of this all-powerful God who loves you, knows every little intimate detail about you and cares more than you can ever imagine, the more you can give yourself away and model His love and generosity to the world around you.
Ten // Breaking the Covenant
Pastor Jimmy Harris | July 18, 2021
In Part 8 of our series on the ten commandments, Pastor Jimmy covers the commandment – you shall not commit adultery. Jesus expounds upon this commandment by saying that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Lust is the dehumanization of a person into an object. Related to this topic, Pastor Jimmy speaks on the epidemic of pornography, divorce, and remarriage. We need a lot of grace around this issue. We do not need a mob ready to throw stones, but a community to help hold marriages together.
Ten // You Shall Not Murder
Pastor David Green | July 11, 2021
In Part 7 of our series on the Ten Commandments, our Family Pastor, David Green, speaks on the sixth commandment – you shall not murder. Looking at both the Old Testament law and the New Testament explanation from Jesus about this commandment, Pastor David unpacks what it looks like to “be angry and not sin.” He challenges us to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal places in our hearts where we are not loving our enemies and are not loving our neighbor as ourselves. Pastor David gives three practical things we can do as disciples of Christ to reflect the heart of God in the sixth commandment: 1) Go back to commandments one through four, 2) be discipled, and 3) make disciples.
Ten // Honor Your Father & Mother
Pastor Rob Rogers | July 4, 2021
In our Ten series, Pastor Rob speaks on the 5th commandment – honor your father & mother. In this commandment, God gives an incredibly profound truth – a nation that undermines God’s design for the family unit will be a nation that will not survive for very long. A nation of children that hate their parents, dishonor their parents, and rebel against their parents will be a nation that will not last. In this message, Pastor Rob gives some practical ways to honor your parents. However, the unfortunate reality is many have grown up in a dysfunctional home that was harmful and abusive. This happens way more often than we’d like to think, and harm can take on all kinds of different and horrific forms: emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and more. If this is your story, we’d love to help guide you to recommended counselors and support to help you process whatever trauma you have endured – simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten // Remember the Sabbath
Pastor Rob Rogers | June 27, 2021
The fourth commandment in our Ten series is to “remember the Sabbath.” God gave the Israelites a weekly reminder of their dependence on God. Pastor Rob challenges us all to dedicate one day of the week to rest. In American culture, the idea of taking a Sabbath is so foreign because even when we do have a day off, there’s a nagging feeling that we ought to do something productive. But what this commandment teaches us is that the Sabbath is an invitation to allow God to provide what you could produce but choose not to. Ultimately, our strength comes not from how hard we work but from how well we rest.
Ten // In The Name
Pastor Rob Rogers | June 20, 2021
In Part 4, Pastor Rob covers the third commandment – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. As one of the most misunderstood commandments, Pastor Rob shares that while it certainly means that we should not use God’s name flippantly or irreverently, it is so much more than that. If we look at it only from that perspective, our obedience becomes about the rule itself rather than why the rule was created. The third commandment is also telling us to not put God’s “stamp of approval” on something that God has absolutely nothing to do with – don’t leverage the name of God for your selfish purposes. Are there things in your life that you know God is not pleased with and you know it’s sin and you know that God knows it is sin, but you’re using the grace and forgiveness of God as a way to excuse your sin?
Ten // Make No Idols
Pastor Jimmy Harris | June 13, 2021
This week, Pastor Jimmy continues our Ten series through the Ten Commandments with “make no idols.” This commandment can be confused with last week’s, which was “no other gods.” A god is something that you place your trust in to take care of you and protect you, whereas, an idol is anything that diminishes, competes with, or distracts you from the one true God. We all have idols, but Pastor Jimmy teaches us that before we even start trying to deal with the unholy idolatry in our life, we need to make a place and a time to be with the Lord. It’s His presence, not our plan that is going to make the biggest difference in your life.
Ten // No Other Gods
Pastor Jimmy Harris | June 6, 2021
In Ten // No Other Gods, Pastor Jimmy speaks on the first commandment – no other gods. The first part of the message gives a vision for why we need to follow the Ten Commandments and meditate on them as a regular practice in our life. The second part of the message is all about “no other gods.” A god is something that you place your trust in to take care of you and protect you.
Ten // Introduction
Pastor Rob Rogers | May 30, 2021
In Part 1 of Ten, Pastor Rob gives an introduction to the new summer series. The commandments were not given by an angry God, who was demanding obedience, but rather they were given by a God who was inviting the nation of Israel into a relationship with Himself. Before He gave a single law or commandment, He chose, delivered, and saved the nation of Israel. He gives us the commandments not for His own benefit, but for ours.