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Sermons, Articles and News from Redemption Hill Church in Lawrence, KS

The Ninth Commandment: Nothing But The Truth

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: June 13, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:16

Sermon Summary

Truthful speech honors God, reflects his character, and shows love for our neighbor. Our testimony about others must be truthful before God, upholding justice. Bearing false witness perverts justice and brings despair. We must have a wholehearted commitment to speaking the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The Eighth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Steal

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 16, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:15

Sermon Summary

God designed the world in such a way as to give humans private property to steward, and that gift came with instructions. We must not take what has been given to others, and we must also not hoard what is in our possession. Rather, we should love God and love our neighbor by respecting the property of others and generously sharing our own, showing faith in God's provision and reflecting his generosity in giving good gifts to others. 

The Seventh Commandment: The Sanctity of Marriage

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 9, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:14

Sermon Summary

Exclusivity is important in worship and in marriage. Adultery is unwise and dishonoring to God and others. We must turn away from adultery by guarding out heart, fleeing temptation, and making war against the flesh. And we must turn to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing so that we may find redemption through his blood and freedom from sexual sin. 

The Sixth Commandment: The Sanctity of Life

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 2, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:13

Sermon Summary

God values human life and forbids us to take it for personal, selfish reasons. From clear cases of homicide to culturally acceptable means of killing others, we must oppose and turn away from all manifestations of murder. We must look into our hearts to root out the seeds of discord and hatred that are forms of murder themselves, and turn to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing. 

The Fifth Commandment: Honor Your Father and Mother

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 25, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:12

Sermon Summary

As God moves from commands focusing on our relationship with Him to commands focusing on our relationship with other people, he leads off with a command about parents. Children in the home are called to obey and respect their parents' God given authority. Grown children are called to honor, love, and care for their parents at any age. And parents are called to love and nurture their children in a way that points them to Christ. Let us honor God by honoring our parents!

The Fourth Commandment: Honor the Sabbath

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 18, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:8-11

Sermon Summary

God's instruction about the Sabbath is one of the most misunderstood of the 10 Commandments. While the Church, under a different covenant, relates differently to the Sabbath regulations than the nation of Israel did, the Sabbath is eternally important to believers today. As we consider God's rest in creation and the rest he enjoyed and secured for the Church by his work on the cross, we should be moved to rest ourselves, and to worship our Savior.

The Third Commandment: Honor His Name

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 11, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:7

Sermon Summary

God's name is important because it speaks to who He is, His essence. Misusing his name misrepresents and scorns his holy, worthy character. We must pay close attention to our words, and thus to our hearts, for it is out of the overflow of our hearts that our mouths speak. As we consider the Third Commandment, let us bring our lives under the sovereignty of God, align our conduct to follow his commands and represent him accurately, and ultimately look to Jesus, who did truly proclaim God's Name rightly in his life, and whose blood covers the guilt we deserve to bear.

The Second Commandment: Right Worship

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 21, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:4-6

Sermon Summary

In order to worship God correctly, we must be distinct from the idolatrous nations around us. We need to put away our own ideas of what God is like and submit to his clear direction and commands for worship. In order to believe and obey God fully, we must get worship right.

The First Commandment: Exclusive Worship

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 14, 2021 | Text: Exodus 20:1-3

Sermon Summary

We, like the nation of Israel, live in a time where multitudes of false gods clamor for our attention, devotion, and worship. Only the One true God deserves to be worshipped exclusively, however. Let us take holy action in embracing the Lord by faith and rejecting lessor objects of worship. Let us give God the glory he deserves and receive joy and satisfaction in the great I AM. 

Why We Need the Law

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 7, 2021 | Text: Misc.

Sermon Summary

For believers living under grace, it is easy to ignore or demonize the law as something unhelpful for the Christian life. But God still utilizes the law to reveal his character, remind us of his authority, convict us of sin, point us to Christ, and guide our obedience. Let us seek to understand and apply God's law to our own lives, as well as utilizing it in pointing others to Christ.