Exodus 21:33-22:15

Sermon Outline:

  1. Guard the image of God by respecting the fruit of the labour of others
  2. Life cannot be exchanged for possessions
  3. Our work produces possessions that are easily lost
  4. Christ's work produces possessions that cannot be lost

Family Discussion Questions:

  • How is working and the ability to own and use things connected to the fact that humans are made in God's image?
  • Read Genesis 1:28 (God to Adam), and Genesis 9:1-8 (God to Noah).  How does not respecting the possessions of others dishonour their calling to glorify God?
  • What are different ways, other than theft, that a person might be sinfully careless with the property or work of their neighbours?
  • There were a few different crimes that could be punished with capital punishment.  Why is it important that theft is not on that list?
  • How can the rules that speak of all the ways that possessions can be lost help us to long for treasure that cannot be lost?
  • What was the price paid for the imperishable inheritance of a Christian? (1 Peter 1:18-19)
  • What is included in the imperishable inheritance of a Christian?
  • If you really got your head around the Imperishable Treasure of the Gospel (Ephesians 4:28), what affect will that have on:
    - Your own work?
    - Your own possessions?
    - The way you treat the possessions of other people? 
    - Your work for the Gospel?
  • What warning does God have for us in 1 Corinthians 3 about trying to build a church relying on things that cannot last instead of on the Gospel?
  • God's Word tells us that a Christian is part of Christ's inheritance, His possession.  Why is that the sweetest comfort instead of an insult (Ephesians 1:15-23)?