In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, begins a series of sermons on the Ten Commandments. He introduces the topic and goes on to talk about the First Commandment and what our priorities should be. Here are some excerpts:

What Are The Ten Commandments

“…What are the Ten Commandments? Well, generally, they are a standard for society. You know that our whole system of jurisprudence is based on the Ten Commandments. It’s interesting to note that whether you’re a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim, all of these three major religions accept the Commandments…

“…But personally, they are a blueprint for happiness. The Commandments are about relationships — our relationship to God, to other people, and to things. In fact, the first four Commandments have to do with our relationship to God; and the last six are about our relationship to other people…”

“…So, I’m calling this series — Ten Steps to the Good Life, because God meant them for our own good…”

The First Commandment

“You shall have no other gods before Me.”

“…Now the order of the Commandments is not haphazard. God gave the first Commandment first because it’s the most important one of all…”

“…Now these are five practical areas in which you can put Christ first in your life — in your finances, your interests, your relationships, your schedule, and your troubles…”

“…What holds first place in your life? Who is going to be your God? The first step to the good life is thismake God Number One in your life. It means..”

“…How do you know when He has first place? – when the worries start to drain out of your life!


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


September 16, 1990

Exodus 20:1-3

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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