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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

Mar 4, 2012

Imagine a world… where the 10 Commandments were taken seriously!


Focus Readings: Exod 20:1-17; John 2:13-22 

Today among other things we’re going to try to imagine what the world would be like if the “Top 10” – the ten commandments - were really taken seriously. To take one example:

Do not steal - Imagine a world where nobody ever took something which was not theirs. Not just the burglars, thieves and con-artists, but those who take stuff from work because everybody does it, or the little child who takes a bickie from the jar without permission, or the person who steals the credit from another who has earned it. A world like that would be a world without locked doors and a world without locked hearts. It would be a world of trust where hitch-hikers and strangers, rich and poor, black and white would be welcomed into our cars our houses our work-places and our families.

Although we all fall short of a full obedience to God’s Top 10, in response to his love to us, God calls us to obey and to imagine a world where God’s Name is honoured,  His will is done and his kingdom come.

Questions for thought or discussion:

What would the world be like if the Ten commandments were really taken seriously? 

Is it possible to be fully obedient to the "Top 10"? (What reasons do you have for your answer?)

If it is not possible to be fully obedient to the ten commandments what is their purpose?