The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them

By Kevin DeYoung

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The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them

By Kevin DeYoung

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Are the 10 Commandments still relevant today? 

Do they still apply? Which ones? What do they mean in light of God’s mercy revealed in Jesus?

Highlighting the timelessness and goodness of God’s commands, pastor Kevin DeYoung delivers critical truth about the 10 Commandments as he makes clear what they are, why we should know them, and how to apply them. This book will help you understand, obey, and delight in God’s law—commandments that expose our sinfulness and reveal the glories of God’s grace to us in Christ.

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Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, and associate professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He has written books for children, adults, and academics, including Just Do SomethingImpossible Christianity; and The Biggest Story Bible Storybook. Kevin’s work can be found on Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 208
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 11.54 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5967-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5967-9
ISBN-UPC: 9781433559679
Case Quantity: 48
Published: October 31, 2018

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Good News of Law

1. God and God Alone

2. The Way of Worship

3. What's in a Name?

4. Rest, Rejoice, Repeat

5. Honor to Whom Honor Is Due

6. Murder, We Wrote

7. An Affair of the Heart

8. Treasures in Heaven

9. True Witnesses

10. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Study Guide: Etched in Stone, Inscribed on Hearts Notes
General Index
Scripture Index


“Seasoned by personal wit, shaped by years of pastoral ministry, and highly skilled in interpreting God’s Word, Kevin DeYoung is the right person to write this book. DeYoung fleshes out the Ten Commandments in a way that helps us see the wisdom of our Creator and Redeemer in directing us on our pilgrim way. I highly recommend this book!”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“Kevin DeYoung has emerged as one of this generation’s premier preachers and most articulate communicators. Those who know his ministry will find what they have come to expect from him in The Ten Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them. I encourage anyone searching to know God’s Word better and how it applies to the Christian life to buy this book and read it.”
Jason K. Allen, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College

“Is understanding the Ten Commandments necessary under the new covenant? A resounding yes! Thorough, accessible, relevant, and convicting, this book offers the most insightful analysis of the Ten Commandments I’ve ever read, skillfully applying them to our lives today. DeYoung beautifully marries grace and truth, leading the reader to understand the importance of obedience and the cross that makes it possible.”
Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author, Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption

“We know what the Ten Commandments are. But do we know why they are, and how they apply to our lives today, especially in light of Jesus? This book is a rigorous yet accessible guide to the meaning, application, and life-giving beauty of God’s commands. At a time when many people—including some Christians—want to distance themselves from the Old Testament or declare it obsolete, this book is a relevant and much-needed refresher. For parents, pastors, teachers, and leaders seeking resources to help unpack the place of the Ten Commandments for Christians today, this is essential reading.”
Brett McCracken, Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author, The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World

“Kevin DeYoung not only relates the Ten Commandments to our contemporary context, but also relates them to their redemptive context by reminding us, ‘All of our doing is only because of what he has first done for us.’ This is living for God in response to his grace, rather than to deserve it. The result is that the Commandments serve as bread for our souls, rather than as a bribe for God’s love.”
Bryan Chapell, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church in America

“With his typical clarity and insight, Kevin DeYoung unpacks the Ten Commandments and shows us the goodness of these ten words in our own lives today. Challenging and inspiring in equal measure.”
Sam Allberry, Associate Pastor, Immanuel Nashville; author; speaker

“Vintage DeYoung—carefully argued, well informed of the challenges in faithful Christian living today, always based in the Bible, and leading to practical personal commitment. Here we find vibrant, challenging, and profound Christian thinking made accessible to the average reader.”
Ajith Fernando, Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka; author, Discipling in a Multicultural World

“In a culture rampant with moral and ethical relativity, this is a desperately needed book. DeYoung clearly delineates why we need these timeless commandments, how society benefits from them, and how we only hurt ourselves when we ignore them. Over four decades, I’ve preached five different series through the Ten Commandments and have witnessed conversions and growth every time. The law points us to the grace of Jesus. Now that DeYoung’s book is out, I’ll probably preach through them again!”
Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California