Throughout the Summer of 2016, WSUMC took a close look at each of the 10 Commandments, received by Moses on Mt. Sinai. These tableted rules are foundational for the lives of faithful disciples. However, the rules were given to a community whose rules, governance, and cultural settings were vastly different than our own. The words used in the decalogue (i.e., adultery, covet, “Do Not”, etc.) were perhaps understood differently in the days of Moses than in modern times. So join in worship each Sunday at 10am throughout the summer as we take each commandment, one-at-a-time, to identify how it is we remain faithful to God’s commands in our unique culture and community today.

Worship is held each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.*

Commandment I – I Am The Lord Your God
Exodus 20:2-3; Deut. 5:6-7
June 26

You shall have no other gods before me. Unless and until we have our relationship right with God we will never have our relationships with others right.

Commandment II – You Shall Not Make Idols
Exodus 20:4-6; Deut 5:8-10
July 3

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught us that for every command there is a corresponding inner attitude. Thus, although we may not have a literal idol in our house, we may have a idol in our hearts. Someone or something that we put before the Lord.

Commandment III – Do Not Use the Lord’s Name in Vain
Exodus 20:7; Deut 5:11
July 10

The children of Israel seemed to understand the seriousness of this command. In fact, they would not utter God’s name. When they came to His name in the biblical text, they would substitute “Adonai,” which means “Lord.” So they never took His name in vain, right? Wrong! You see, the term “take” is not the equivalent of “speak.” Instead, it has the idea of “to carry.”

Commandment IV – Remember the Sabbath
Exodus 20:8-11; Deut 5:12-15
July 17

Have you ever tried to get a cranky, tired toddler to take a nap? They will resist you at every turn. They need a rest. The people around them need to rest! The more the toddler presses ahead, the worse the situation becomes. We wonder why they resist something that would be so good for them.

Commandment V – Honor Thy Mother and Father
Exodus 20:12; Deut 5:16
July 24

This is the foundation for all human relations.

Commandment VI – Do Not Kill
Exodus 20:13; Deut 5:17
July 31

If we follow this law strictly, no killing, not even that aligned with just war theory, seems appropriate. Yet God led the Israelite people into battle on more than one occasion. So, what does this mean?

Commandment VII – Do Not Commit Adultery
Exodus 20:14; Deut 5:18
August 7

Adultery is portrayed in our culture as soft music, satin sheets, sunken tubs and candlelight but the reality is broken hearts and broken homes.

Commandment VIII – Do Not Steal
Exodus 20:15; Deut 5:19
August 14

When we think about possessions, we can have one of three attitudes.
a. What’s yours is mine. And I’ll take it. That’s stealing.
b. What’s mine is mine. And I’ll keep it. That’s selfishness.
c. What’s mine is yours. And I’ll share it. That’s stewardship.

Commandment IX – Do Not Bear False Witness
Exodus 20:16; Deut 5:20
August 21

We tend to see lies as something quite harmless. We call them fibs or white lies, putting a spin on the information. But lies and their first-cousins–gossiping, slander, broken vows, flattery–damage lives, divide families, and destroy nations.

Commandment X – Do Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s House, Wife, Things
Exodus 20:17; Deut 5:21
August 28

The human condition is suffering. Suffering is created by desire. Salvation is the elimination of desire.


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*Childcare is provided for infants – 5 years old each Sunday morning from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.