The Ten Commandments: Introduction

Sunday's Reflection Questions:

As we enter into the next 50 years of Trinity Mennonite Church’s story, what part will you play in advancing its mission?

From where do you derive your moral center? What role do the 10 Commandments and the Sermon on the mount play in your daily life?

God called Israel a “kingdom of priests” and a “holy nation.”  What was so important about God dealing directly with his people, not through a king?



This Week’s Text: Exodus 19.4-8

Additional Texts: Exodus 2.23-25

Teaching LinkThe Ten Commandments

For Further Study: 2600 Years of History in One Object

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

Questions for Groups or Reflection:

What thoughts come up for you when you think of the Ten Commandments?  What is the role they should play in society?  What are some inappropriate uses of them have you experienced?

Read Exodus 2.23-25.  The story of the Exodus, and by extension the Ten Commandments starts with the cry of God's people.   What is God's response?

How does knowing that God sees our situation and hears our cries make you feel?  Has that been your experience? Share times you felt that God felt your pain and saw your situation.  Share a time when you cried out but felt alone and unheard.

Does God need to act in order for us to feel that he sees and hears?  Is it enough for him to suffer with us, or is rescue necessary?

Read Exodus 19.4-8  God wants to make Israel a "priestly kingdom and a holy nation."  How is that different from the political situation in the ancient near east during this time?  What kind of images or ideas to the words "priestly" and "holy" bring up for you?

As we look at the Ten Commandments over the next weeks, we will look at the following things:

What did they mean in their historical contexts?

 What was Jesus’ perspective on them?

 What can they teach us as we try and follow them and more importantly follow Jesus?

Read and discus the reflection questions from last Sunday at the top of this post.