The One & Only

Posted by Jim Murphy on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

The first two commandments—“You shall have no other gods before me” and “You shall not make for yourself an idol”— are two of the most often forgotten. They have nothing to do with ego—in fact, they have more to do with us. If our lives revolved around God, then all of the other commandments, such as stealing, lying, adultery, etc., wouldn’t be an issue. So what would your life look like if you had no other gods but God?

TENSION

REALITY: We put so many things at the center of our lives (boyfriends, girlfriends, sports, school, popularity, jobs, pain, struggle, etc.)
TRUTH: God and God only should be at the center of our lives.

TEXT

Exodus 20:3-5

TEACHING

  1. God First
    What’s more important to God than just simply doing a bunch of stuff and keeping a bunch of rules is God being center stage in your life. And if we’ll do this, keep God as our one and only, then the rest of these commandments almost take care of themselves; the rest of the commandments just fill in the details and the gaps. This commandment is like the umbrella all the other commandments fall under. It’s not just a rule that God happens to make the first commandment. It’s the starting place for anybody who wants to function in a relationship with their heavenly Father.
  2. God Only
    Every culture in the world up until that time had multiple gods. In fact, historically, it would have been unbelievable, unheard of even, that a nation would decide there’s just one god. God was saying: “Instead of having a god for healing, a god for farming and a god for relationships and love, I want to be your one-stop shop. I want to be the one Source, the one God you depend on for everything. If you’ve got war issues, you come to Me. If you’ve got illness issues, you come to Me. If you’ve got money issues, you come to Me. If you’ve got friendship problems, you come to me. If you’ve got family problems, you come to me. Whatever your issue is, I don’t want you to have multiple gods. I want to be your one and only—because I am the One and Only.”

HOPE: God and God only should be at the center of our lives.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

  1. What are the first two commandments? Before today, did you know what these two commandments really meant? Sum up what they mean now in your own words.
  2. What’s the difference between God and a god? What are some examples of “little g” gods that people have today?
  3. What do you think it means to make God the center of your life? Take some time reflecting on the following questions.
    1. If God were really the center of your life, what would your family life look like?
    2. If God were really the center of your life, what would your academic life look like?
    3. If God were really the center of your life, what would your friendships look like?
    4. How are these answers different from what your life looks like right now?

CONVERSATIONS AT HOME

Most teens turn to other people for advice on how to deal with the different challenges in their lives. These people include their friends, their parents, their coaches, their mentors, their pastors, etc. However, we should all be redirecting our teens to consult God through prayer when facing these challenges. When your teen comes to you or when you discover a challenge, invite your teen into prayer with you in that spontaneous moment to seek God's guidance. Be sure to allow some silence during your prayer to actively listen for God's leading. Then talk about what impressions, or thoughts, or feelings have come out of that prayer as a result. Then encourage your teen to be confident that impression. "This is the Spirit of God's 'still small voice' leading you. You can trust it."

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These posts are from the weekly lessons at Wednesday night FUEL. They are designed to share with you an outline of the content of our discussions, the small group questions, and ideas for conversations at home. Feel free to use these for your own conversations or lessons.

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy, Associate Pastor, NextGen MinistriesAssociate Pastor NextGen Ministries

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