Sunday Recap for August 17, 2014

August 18, 2014 | by: Phil Wages | 0 Comments

Posted in: Sunday Recap | Tags: Ten Commandments, Exodus, coveting

In the morning service I finished my series on the Ten Commandments with a sermon entitled, "Coveting or Contented? (Exodus 20:17)"

TEXTUAL IDEA: God told Israel that coveting was strictly forbidden in their lives.

SERMON IDEA: Covetousness is a sin that occurs when we should be contented.

Here are three reasons why God does not want us to covet?

I. Covetousness is a sinful desire (17a).
Romans 7:7-8: What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead.

James 1:14-15: But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

II. Covetousness is a sinful desire for another person’s possessions (17b).
Psalm 73:3: For I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Joshua 7:21: When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it.”

Luke 12:15: And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Philippians 4:11: Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

III. Covetousness is a sinful desire for another person (17c).
Proverbs 6:24-25: To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids.

Ephesians 5:3: But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints.

Colossians 3:5: Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

It was Spring, but it was Summer I wanted:
The warm days and the great outdoors.

It was Summer, but it was Fall I wanted:
The colorful leaves and the cool, dry air.

It was Fall, but it was Winter I wanted:
The beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.

It was Winter, but it was Spring I wanted:
The warmth and the blossoming of nature.

I was a child, and it was adulthood I wanted:
The freedom and the respect.

I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted:
To be mature and sophisticated.

I was middle-aged, but it was 20 I wanted:
The youth and the free spirit.

I was retired, but it was middle-aged I wanted:
The presence of mind without limitations.

My life was over,
and I never got what I wanted.

On Sunday evening we had a church-wide barbeque in our gymnasium.  It was a great night!

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