Scandal Proof – Week 8

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Due to technical issues, we are unable to post the full audio from this week’s message.  We are including a short synopsis of the message (below), as well as the PowerPoint presentation that was used in the notes section of this post and an audio clip that concluded our time together.  We apologize for any inconvenience.Divider1
With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life.”

This week, we explore what the Bible says about the last of the Ten Commandments (“do not covet”) as we conclude our series, The Scandal Proof Life.  We discover that this final command is unique among the others, in that it is the only one to address an inward condition of the heart directly rather than primarily a behavior or action.  We also discover that pride lies at the root of covetousness, and that violating this last command leads to the violation of all the others.

We discuss that coveting is not the same as simply desiring something that we don’t have … desire is not inherently wrong, but distorted desire is.  Coveting is desiring what legitimately belongs to someone else, and conspiring in my heart or my actions to take it for myself.  Coveting finds its roots all the way back in the Garden of Eden, when Adam & Eve desired the one thing that God said was not for them, concluded that their way was better than God’s, and took what they had no right to take.

We also learn that scandals are not scandalous only when they are known … and that all of us have scandals in our lives, areas where we have decided to go our own way rather than the way God has designed for us, things we have done to others that are harsh and cruel, a heart that harbors dark secrets.  Rather than waiting for our scandals to become public, it is imperative that we allow God to clean up the messes we’ve created, to change our hearts and our lives.

We ended with a two-fold application: 1) if we are followers of Jesus, it is imperative that we take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10.5), and 2) if we have never made a decision to accept God’s payment for our sins, we must not delay in accepting that gift and turning over authority in our lives to Jesus.

We conclude with an audio clip from the funeral of a beloved, long-term member of Grace Family Church earlier this week, when the Good News of Jesus was shared.  It is an initial response to this truth and a continual guiding by it that is essential not only to avoid covetousness, but also to live a truly scandal proof life.