What are the
Commandments are the laws given to Moses and the people of Israel.
What do we
learn from these commandments?
We learn two
things: our duty to God, and our duty to our neighbors.
What is our
duty to God?
Our duty is to
believe and trust in God;
love and obey God and to bring others to know him;
put nothing in the place of God;
show God respect in thought, word, and deed;
to set aside regular times for worship, prayer, and the study of
What is our
duty to our neighbors?
Our duty to
our neighbors is to love them as ourselves, and to do to other
people as we wish them to do to us;
V To love,
honor, and help our parents and family; to respect those in authority,
and to meet their just demands;
VI To show
respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for peace;
to bear no malice, prejudice, or hatred in our hearts; and to be
kind to all the creatures of God;
VII To use
our bodily desires as God intended;
VIII To be
honest and fair in our dealings; to seek justice, freedom, and the
necessities of life for all people; and to use our talents and
possessions as ones who must answer for them to God;
speak the truth, and not to mislead others by our silence;
resist temptations to envy, greed, and jealousy; to rejoice in other
people's gifts and graces; and to do our duty for the love of God,
who has called us into fellowship with him.
What is the purpose of the Ten Commandments?
Commandments were given to define our relationship with God and our
Since we do not fully obey them, are they useful at all?
Since we do
not fully obey them, we see more clearly our sin and our need for