Starting Point: the role of rules
sunday, april 22, 2018
There are different models that have rules, but regardless the model, Rules always assume a relationship.
The Ten Commandments (1446 BC) are one of the oldest ancient set of laws. They are fundamental to Judaism and Christianity but also referred to by the Islamic faith tradition.
And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” – Exodus 20:1-2 NIV
God says, “Trust me”
Commandment #1 :: “You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3 NIV
The Ten Commandments were confirmation of, not a condition of, Israel’s relationship with God.
With God, relationship precedes rules.
(*Remember – God needs nothing from us and wants one thing with us: Relationship)
So – the “Role of Rules” are confirmation of, not a condition of, a relationship with God.
“God’s discipline is not to pay you back but to bring you back.” – Andy Stanley
Does God play favorites?
“…all the nations on the earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 18:18 (no version listed)
“I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” – Isaiah 49:6 NIV
Jesus says, “Trust me”
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” - John 1:12 NIV
Question for the week:
Growing up, did you feel like religion was based on the:
· family model?
· club model?
· neighborhood association model?