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Back to the Future - Week 1

Exodus 20: 4-12 4 4 No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don't bow down to them and don't serve them because I am God, your God, and I'm a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I'm unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments. 7 No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won't put up with the irreverent use of his name. 8-11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don't do any work— not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day.

12 Honor your father and mother so that you'll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you.

Mixer: What features on your body (hands, nose, eyes, hair etc.) look like your parents? What about silly habits? Going Deeper: 1. Who is Marty McFly? What are his passions and what is he afraid of? What is his family like? 2. When Principal Strickland hears that Marty’s band is going to audition for the school dance what does he tell him? (“Why even bother…No McFly every amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley.”) What does Marty say in return? (“Yeah, well history is gonna change.”) Think about that for a moment. Can you do that? How does someone change history? Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes and short-comings of our families of origin? Why or why not?

3.) Look at Exodus 20: 4-6 again. What is this command getting at? (It is first and foremost a warning to this generation going into Canaan not to worship false idols. This is because it will not teach their children what God is like and as such their children will

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learn habits, customs and patterns of life that death dealing because they are cut off from the source of of all life.) Have you ever seen this phenomenon of children practicing exactly the same bad behavior as their parents? Give some examples? Why do you think this happens? 4.) None of us have control over what gets passed on to us from our parents. We will “inherit” blessings as well as wounds. The question is what are we going to do with those wounds. Often the people that wounded us have been wounded in exactly the same way themselves. This doesn’t make their behavior OK. Any abuse is evil, wrong and tragic period. However the challenge and brilliance of Exodus 20 is that it asks us to consider how we will not now become the evil that we hate. What are real things we can do to avoid becoming the evil that we hate? What does it mean for you to “let go of” the wounds that have been handed to you instead of passing them on? This is important because eventually “you” will become “them” and your job as a teen to figure out how you will live and forgive in ways that break’s the cycle instead of passing it on!

5.) **Close by giving everyone a stone. Have everyone hold the stone in their hand and let it represent a wound that has been passed on to them. IN prayer invite everyone to begin this process of breaking the cycle by dropping the stone.**

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