Bishop Paul Barker is visiting BAC soon… and traditionally young people have prepared to meet the Bishop in confirmation class where they memorise and learn to explain three key Christian documents; the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. We thought it would be good for all of us to have a refresh – starting this week with the Ten Commandments.
What do we learn in the 10 Commandments? (NIV Exodus 20 & Deuteronomy 5)
After saving his people Israel from slavery in Egypt, God gave them the Ten Commandments as covenant obligations to live by. They reveal God’s character and outline our duty towards God and towards our neighbours.
What is our duty towards God? Commandments 1 to 4
We are to believe in him, to respect and love him, with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our strength; to worship him alone, to give him thanks, to put our whole trust in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name and his Word, and to serve him truly all the days of our lives.
What is our duty towards our neighbour? Commandments 5 to 10
We are to love them as ourselves, and to do unto others what we would wish they would do to us; we are to honour my parents and others in positions of responsibility, show respect and courtesy to all; to hurt no one by word or deed; to bear no ill-will nor hatred in our hearts; to keep our body pure, and be true and fair in all we say and do; and not to desire things that belong to others, but to work honestly, and do our duty as God guides us.
Is it humanly possible to keep all the Commandments?
No! We fail to fulfill them perfectly however hard we try. But one purpose of God’s Law is to show us our utter inability to obey God perfectly, and so to point to our need for Christ’s atoning death on our behalf.
Ben Soderlund – Assistant Minister