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If you try to live by the Old Testament Laws they may be your form of an Idol. Such as the Pharisees did.
What’s with all the rules. In the Old Testament God seems to place some interesting demands on people. In Exodus, God tells Moses He wants the people to build Him a house, then have them make a sanctuary for Him, so He can live in it.
Lesson Aim: To discuss what it means to live a life of loving God and others out of gratitude instead of in rules and regulations or out of insecurity.
“Religion = Rules" Isn’t that what comes to mind most often when we think of God? We imagine an angry, vengeful God peering over the boundaries of Heaven from his eternal throne, watching… looking… trying to see us make a mistake so he can smite us. The popular perception is this: God’s primary job is to punish failure. Don’t we hear that viewpoint all of the time? Every time a tragedy happens someone says it is God’s discipline. But there has to be more to the story of God and us, right? Is he really only interested in crime and punishment? Perhaps better understanding his rules will help us better understand the Rule Maker.
The essence of religion is “I obey therefore I am accepted”. People often approach God on this basis and yet this is not what Jesus taught. Life WITH God is based on the “good news” that the victory is won and we can have relationship WITH God on this foundation. However we often still revert back to living life UNDER God and relate to Him by looking through the ‘religious lens”. How do you know if you are religion centered or gospel centered?
Do not start by the Spirit and then return to the Law.
Rules kill relationships. Focus on your Savior ,Jesus, not your behavior.
Starting off a new series. Every healthy house has house rules. House rules let you know what will fly, and what doesn't. They let you know what to expect, and they give you insight into the hearts of the people in the home. House Rules tell you what matter. When you live by God's House Rules, you create an environment where God's Spirit can move freely, bringing healing and growth to the people around you, and yourself! Today as we introduce the series. we roll out the first two House Rules. We hope you'll embrace these rules in your own homes, as we'll be launching them to a DEEPER level right here in our faith community. As we live with these in mind, they'll become more than just House Rules... They'll define WHO WE ARE, and WHAT WE DO.