The Vulnerable, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Do you know what’s really special about us here at CSBC?   NOTHING! Absolutely nothing!  If you are looking for a perfect church then you are going to be very disappointed with us.  At CSBC you’ll find real people, with real problems, who live real lives, and are all learning to love a real God whose grace is more than enough for all our needs. You see, here at CSBC we don’t need to cling to our own “special-ness” or “goodness” because of the cross of Jesus Christ.  At His cross we find that we are really not so “good” after all.  In fact, we discover that we are unquestionably guilty and yet can be unconditionally forgiven. At Jesus’ cross we learn that He does not want to condemn us in our sins but to save us from them.  At the cross we find that God receives us just where we are but He loves us enough not to leave us there.  God can and will change lives.  He is changing us and can change you as well. So here at CSBC there are only people.  People like me.  People like you.  People like us.  People who desperately need God’s grace.  Everyone is welcome to come and receive that grace.  We invite you to join us on this life-changing journey.    Welcome Home to Chestnut Street Baptist Church!

February 9, 2014 · Deuteronomy 25:1-19

The Gospel According to Moses - The Vulnerable


25:1-3. How is this teaching similar to the U.S. Bill of Rights, Amendment VIII: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”? When are you most tempted to be disproportionate in your response to another’s wrongdoing?


25:3. If humanity is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27), why should we be especially concerned about disproportionate or unwarranted punishment (James 3:9; 1Jn. 4:20)? Do you think this principle has anything to say to what has happened at Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay? Why or why not?


25:4. Paul quotes this verse in 1Cor. 9:9 and 1Tim. 5:18, arguing that God is concerned all workers, animal and human, receive just treatment and reward for their labor. In what ways might we violate this principle today?


25:5-10. This is the only Old Testament teaching about a type of marriage we see practiced in Genesis 38 and Ruth 4. The concern was both provision for a vulnerable widow and protection of a vulnerable family inheritance. While such marriages are not commanded today, practically how do you think we should work to provide for and protect widows and the vulnerable (cf. Acts 6:1; 1Timothy 5:4,8,16; James 1:27)?


25:13-16. How do you think this passage speaks to our business dealings (cf. 1Tim. 3:8; Tit. 1:7)? to those who cheat on their taxes? to those who receive too much change from the cashier? to those who plagiarize another’s academic work? to those who pirate (illegally copy or obtain) music and media? to those who show favoritism (Jam. 2:1-4)? In what other ways might we be guilty of cheating one another financially, intellectually, or socially?


25:13-16. Do you think this passage might be used to argue that God is a fan of “fair-trade”? How much responsibility do you think we bear to know from where our food, clothing, and consumer products come and whether or not those who provided the raw materials and produced those goods were fairly compensated?


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