Coveting your neighbor's house.
-The grass is greener on the other side. You ever hear that? That's what this is about.
-One participant this past Tuesday had a teacher who once said, “Don't be jealous of your neighbor's wealth because some of it may rub off on you.” In a sense of you'd maybe get employed by the neighbor, or the neighbor would teach you how he or she became wealthy.
-Read Mark 12:41-the end of the chapter. Jesus is often critical of wealth. How does this and the next commandment relate to how we use wealth? One person said without wealthy people we wouldn't have a lot of things in this world -like museums and hospitals. Another said the woman at the temple held the temple as her greatest priority. By percentage, poor people give more to charities than the rich (See “Giving and Volunteering in the United States,” 2001).
-People often think they have nothing to offer, that everybody has better stuff, but what has God specifically given you?
Coveting your neighbor's spouse and property.
-What's the difference between the 9th and 10th commandment?
-Other branches of Christianity and Judaism will number the commandments differently. Sometimes, 9 and 10 get combined, then the first commandment is divided into two.
-Notice that 9 Is about non-living things. 10 is about living things. Why is spouse included in 10? Isn't that covered in adultery?
-Coveting even happens in the church. Ever hear of “Sheep stealing?” Sheep stealing happens when a Christian from a church entices a Christian from another one to join their own church, often under false pretenses, promising that the grass is greener on their side. “Go and make disciples, not take disciples.” Bear in mind, this does not mean someone should stay at a toxic church, or a church whose theology is starkly different from their own.
The ending of the Ten Commandments.
-We desire to uphold them, but yet we break them every day.
-This statement at the end makes it sound like if we do good, good things will happen to us. That is not the whole picture: the writer was thinking of this as maintaining our relationship with God. You can't look at it like you're going to get “God points” for upholding the 10 commandments.
The 10 commandments come from a place of God's grace.
This is it for the 10 commandments. On to the Apostles' Creed.
-What's a creed?
-Why do we use creeds if they are not in the Bible?
These are the guidelines of what it means to be a Christian.
-Read 1 Corinthians 12:3. “Jesus is Lord.” This is believed to be an early Christian creed.
The first article. On Creation.
-Luther writes that God provides us with enough. What about those people both here and abroad who don't have enough?
-One person added that we need to remember that it isn't us doing it all on our own -as in- people cannot pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Rather, God is the provider and builder.
- “Protect from all danger.” This isn't an excuse to do crazy, stupid things, like drive down the wrong side of the road.