Our Christ and Culture class continued this week for adults during the Christian-Ed. hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Here are the questions and discussion points from Sunday, January 25. Join us this Sunday at 9:15 am for coffee and fellowship, as we continue our discussion.
During our 10:30 am worship service, we heard one of our community groups share how they helped raise funds for a ministry dedicated to fighting human trafficking in India. Read the information from Sunday’s bulletin insert. For more information about Rahab’s Rope, visit their website.
Our senior pastor continued in our Deuteronomy series. We examined Deuteronomy 12:1-7 this week, moving into God’s law that Moses presents in chapters 12-26. God’s law awed God’s people because it’s awesome and a blessing. As we’ve seen in previous weeks, a choice confronts each of us: to obey or disobey. If we don’t establish the importance of obeying all of God’s laws, then we’ll embrace laws we like and disengage with laws we don’t like.
The foundation of God’s law is important, so we spent some time laying the foundation for the next 15 chapters of God’s law. The Westminster Confession of Faith describes God’s people at this point in their history as “the church under age.” God will use this law to show this church under age their need for Jesus, through giving judicial law, ceremonial law, and moral law. God’s law ordered life–it did not give life. The blessing of life comes through faith–not through the law.
With a strong foundation of the purpose of God’s law, we looked at the extreme part of God’s law–and hardest part of the law to do–that Moses tells God’s people first.
Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains,on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. Deuteronomy 12:2-3
God is powerfully direct: Destroy idols. God tells us, “Life is here in me and with me; death is everywhere else.” Listen to the whole sermon here.