It Doesn't Sound Like a Commandment

Sunday's Reflection Questions:

God saves us so that we can worship God.  What has God saved you from?  What could God save you from that would allow you to experience God in a more profound way?

What forms of slavery/bondage do you see around you?  Can you imagine the spirit of God being a delivering presence in those circumstances?

In what ways is your life an act of worship?

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This Week’s Text: Exodus 20.1-2

Additional Texts: Romans 12.1-2

Teaching Link: It Doesn't Sound Like a Commandment

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

Questions for Groups or Reflection:

The Ten Commandments have often been portrayed as a list and "do" s and "don't" s.  What has been your experience with this?

During the teaching this week, there was a distinction made between the ten "sayings," or ten "words," and the idea of commandments.  Does it make any difference to you whether they are called "sayings" or "commandments"?  If so, why? Or does it feel like semantics to you?

Stanley Hauerwas says that you cannot understand the commandments outside of it's context of a community of people who are called to live a lifestyle of worship.  Think about that for a minute.  What does that mean to you?  What could be the implications of this be?

Read Romans 12.1-2.  We often think of worship in terms of things that take place on Sunday.  What is Paul saying about the nature of worship?  What does that have to do with the role of Israel and the commandments?  What does it mean for the church?  For Christians?

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