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Sunday, January 3, 2021 - 10 Commandment Series #6 - Value Life

Updated: Jan 3, 2021


Exodus 20:13 NLT

13 “You must not murder.

1. If I consider myself “Pro-Life,” am I Pro-Life as a way of seeing everything around me, or only as a stand alone opinion on abortion?

Matthew 5:38-45

38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. 40 If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. 41 If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. 42 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in Heaven. For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on the Mount and not come out against capital punishment.

- Tony Campolo

Sir Thomas Aquinas

Arguments Against Suicide

1. It is unnatural.

2. It is a crime against those you know.

3. It usurps the place of God who alone gives and takes life.

Discussion Questions

1. If I consider myself “Pro-Life,” am I Pro-Life as a way of seeing and being in the world that applies to every issue, or only as a stand alone opinion on abortion?

2. If I consider myself “Pro-Choice,” how does my passion for the rights and health for women extend into other important areas of justice for other marginalized people and issues?

3. In looking more deeply at the 6th Commandment, and Jesus’ teaching, what areas of my thinking need to be adjusted to become “Pro-Life” in a way that blesses the world around me?

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