For the third straight year, Christian Fellowship Bible Church and Grace Fellowship Church at McClellan came together for five days of joint Vacation Bible School – this year at Grace.
We had classes for children, teens and adults.
The topic was “The 10 Commandments: The Just Shall Live By Faith.”
I taught the adult class, and our focus was less on defining the individual commandments and more on the general purpose and modern-day relevance of the 10 commandments.
Here’s what we believe:
First and foremost, the commandments point to the existence of God. If there’s a law, there must be a lawgiver.
But he’s not just any God. He tells the Hebrew people that he’s the Lord God who delivered them out of Egypt (Exodus 20:2). It was a reminder of his power, his presence and his willingness to actively intervene in a mighty way on behalf of his people.
The 10 commandments also reveal the nature of man. Because God is holy, he requires that we be holy in order to have a relationship with him. The commandments show us that we’re not holy, because we’ve broken all of the commandments ... repeatedly.
But the acts of sin are not the problem. The acts of sin reveal the real problem, which is our sin nature – the innate desire to rebel against God and his laws. It’s the nature that all of mankind inherited from Adam and Eve.
James 1:23-25 compares the law to a mirror. If your face is dirty, the mirror can reveal the dirt, but it can’t clean your face. Likewise, the law shows us that we’re sinners, but trying to keep the law won’t take away the stain of sin.
Paul said we wouldn’t know what sin is if it wasn’t for the law (Romans 7:7). So the commandments show us that, in our natural state, we are fallen and necessarily separated from God, the source of life.
We are incapable of doing anything to achieve holiness, so if we are to ever be brought back into fellowship with God, then God had to do something.
And he did.
He became a man named Jesus. He lived a sin-free life, satisfying the law of God and achieving the holiness for mankind that Adam lost.
One problem: We’re still guilty of breaking God’s law, and the only payment is death.
And so Jesus died ... for your sins, and your sins, and your sins, and for mine.
The 10 commandments show us our brokenness, and in that way, they point to our need for a Savior.
Like every year, VBS was great for its food, its fun and its fellowship.
But more than that, we learned that the 10 commandments are as relevant and useful today as they were when God spoke them from the mountain.
What a week.
Managing Editor Anthony Cook is pastor at Christian Fellowship Bible Church. He is the author of “By the Book,” available at local Christian bookstores or online. Phone, 256-235-3558. Email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter, acook_star.