Pastor Keith Sandison
Big Idea: God takes His reputation seriously. We ruin God’s reputation by talking about Him in casual and/or exploitative ways. Jesus not only honored but revealed God’s reputation perfectly. God graciously invites us to reverently build His reputation.
1. Read Exodus 20:1-7. What do the first three commandments have in common? How do they each differ?

2. Read Exodus 20:7 and Leviticus 24:10-16. In the Third Commandment, how does God tip us off as to how seriously He takes this command? How does God tell Moses to apply the Third Commandment to the situation in this passage? What does this tell us about God’s heart for His Name?

3. Read Matthew 15:1-9. In this passage, what practice does Jesus condemn? How does this practice break the Third Commandment by misusing God’s name to do evil? What are some ways we misuse God’s name?

4. Read John 17:6-8. Can you think of examples from the life of Christ where He fully revealed aspects of God to His disciples? According to the first sentence of verse 8, what was Jesus’ method for revealing God to the disciples?

5. Spend some time in prayer (as an individual and/or group). Confess our false images/ideas of God. Ask for forgiveness. Worship Him for revealing Himself as faithfully loving to His people and justly wrathful to those who sin.

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