Ten

June 3 - July 1

We allow certain habits to help us deal with life, but sometimes the bad habits can become part of our identity. It’s time to separate ourselves from these 'necessary' habits and recognize them for what they really are: sins. Join us for this four-week series as we look at lying, gossip, lust, and anger discovering how to replace these sin-nature habits with obedience and grace.


 

Part One

June 3 & 4 / Doug Miller

 

 

Part Two

June 10 & 11 / Kyle Freedman

 

 

Part Three

June 17 & 18 / Doug Miller

 

 

Part Four

June 24 & 25 / Doug Miller


 

Part Five

July 1 & 2 / Doug Miller

 

Share a few of the rules that are part of the home you grew up in. What do these rules tell us about you?

Pair off with someone in your group and see how many of the 10 Commandments you can name?

Most people believe that the 10 Commandments are still important today. However, most can’t name more than a few. Why do you think this is? Why is this a problem?

Read Exodus 20:4-6 & 1 John 5:21. As we read scripture we can see that “idolatry” is a huge deal to God. Why do you think this matters so much to Him?

Idolatry can appear in virtually any area of our lives. Why do you think this is true? How have you seen this in your own life? What are a few things that have the most potential to become idols in your life?

Read Exodus 20:4-6 again. Focus in on the warning that God gives if we don’t obey this command well. How do you feel about this? Why are the stakes so high? The good news is that there is also a promise that comes when we do obey this command. How do you feel about this? What can you do differently to put God #1 and live as a better example to the kids in your life?

Read Rom 3:20-22 & Romans 6:22-23. Why do so often we feel like we have to “keep” these commandments in order to have relationship with God? What do these verses say to us? How does this change your perspective and feelings related to the 10 Commandments?

What do these first two commandments reveal to you about our God?

Review the 10 commandments in order again as a group.

Use Matthew 6:33 as a template for a group prayer. Pray as a group for Plum Creed and any other requests you may have.

What was your main takeaway from this weekend?

Pair off with someone in your group and see how many of the 10 Commandments you can name?

Share a time when you were in awe of someone or something? Describe how you felt? How did you respond?

Read Exodus 20:7
What does God want you to know?
How does this passage make you feel?
What does God want you to do?

As we read scripture we can see that “misusing the name of the Lord” is a huge deal to God. Why do you think this matters so much to Him?

We talked this week about how names are more than just a way of finding someone in the phone book. A name represents the kind of character and qualities that person possesses. When people hear your name what do you think comes to their mind? When you hear our God’s name what does this represent to you?

Before this past weekend when you heard this commandment what did you think that it meant?

Why is this commandment so difficult to follow?

Read Exodus 20:8-11.
What does God want you to know?
How does this passage make you feel?
What does God want you to do?

Using the REST acrostic, which word is most difficult for you personally? Relax? Energize? Seek? Trust? Explain why.

What are some things that you can do this week to help you increase your or experience an awe for God?

Be sure to finish off your group reviewing the 10 Commandments again and then share any requests that you might have. Pray for these requests and that each of us will honor these commandments with our lives.

Pair off with someone in your group and review the 10 Commandments from memory.

This week we looked at Commandment #5 & #6 – Honor Your Father and Mother. Read Exodus 20:12.  Honor was defined as, “To treat someone with respect because they carry a heavy weight of authority.”  Has this been easy or hard to do with your parents? Why?

Why do you think God’s command to honor our parents is not qualified by “if they were good parents”?

What are some creative ways you could begin to “honor” your parents or the memory of your parents today?

What evidence do you see in our society that indicates a valuing or devaluing of life?  Have you or possibly an acquaintance been affected by senseless loss of life?  How do you think the media in our culture today impacts the value of human life?

Read Psalm 139:13-18 & Ephesians 2:10.  When you read these verses it is obvious that each of us are very special in God’s eyes.  How does this help us to understand the value of human life?

Read Matthew 5:21-22.  Focus in on Jesus’ challenge.  He takes this commandment to the issues of the heart and speaks to how we can take life by the way we speak to and about others.  How have you seen this to be true?

Pray Psalm 19:14.  As you finish your group today use this verse as a template for your prayer. Pray for any requests you may have as a group.

Be sure to finish off your group reviewing the 10 Commandments.

Pair off with someone in your group and review the 10 Commandments from memory.

Read Exodus 20:14.  Why do you think that adultery has become so commonplace in our culture today? 

So many people believe that this 7th commandment is out of date and irrelevant for today. Why do you think this is the case?  It is interesting that so many people feel this way yet at the same time adultery or infidelity are the number one cause of divorce today.  Any thoughts?

This week we talked about the Adulterous Demise.
Begins with a DISTRACTION.
Moves to ATTRACTION.
Progresses to an INFATUATION.

Does this progression seem accurate to you?  Read Matthew 5:27-28.  Jesus identifies that adultery is a matter of the heart/mind.  Do you think this is true? What are some things that you feel can become a “distraction” in marriage?  How have the use of cell phones, text messaging, email and Facebook contributed to this progression?

We also talked about ways that we can “Safeguard Ourselves Against Adultery”.
RECOGNIZE your VULNERABILITY.
PUSH your CLOCK forward.
EXTINGUISH any UNFAITHFULNESS
INVEST in your MARRIAGE.

 Review this list and talk about what they mean.  Why are these safeguards important?

Read Colossians 3:5 & Romans 12:2.  How do these verses challenge you?  

We finished our time together talking about how we need to invest in our marriages.  This challenge was to those that are married and even those that are single.  What are some things that you can do personally in this area?

Be sure to finish off your group reviewing the 10 Commandments again.

Pray Colossians 3:5 NLT together as a group.

Share any requests that you might have.  Pray for these requests and that each of us will honor God’s plan for faithfulness in our marriages.

Pair off with someone in your group and review the 10 Commandments from memory?

  Why do you think stealing is usually “not a big deal” in our lives until someone steals from us?  Any thoughts?

  We talked about the antidote for stealing.
WORK HARD
Be CONTENT
Can you see how doing each of these would help us to not steal and perhaps change our perspectives?  How so?

  How have you been tempted to “keep up with the Joneses” lately?

  Read Exodus 20:17.  Have you ever thought much about the sin of coveting before last week’s message?  What aspects of life are represented in the listing in this verse?  Why do you think that God spells out these details for this commandment?  What do you think is God’s desired result when the Israelites live out this commandment?

  Why do you think this commandment is as Francis Xavier said, “the stealth sin”?  

  This week we talked about several cures for covetousness.
Be Glad For What Others Have.
Be Grateful For What You Have.
Be Gracious With Others Who Don't Have.
How do you think each of these will help us to not covet?  Why?

  Read Matthew 22:34-40.  Jesus provides a wonderful wrap up this series by making this statement.  How do you see all of the other 10 commandments fitting into this statement?  How would your life change if you did this well?  How does this fit into the GFO life that we talk about every week?

  Review the Commandments from memory again.  How have the 10 Commandments become more real or understandable to you during the course of this study?  What area of your life do you foresee being most affected by your renewed understanding of these Commandments?

Use Matthew 22:37-39 as a template for your closing prayer together.  Pray as well for any special requests you may have.