In this sermon, Youth Director Mike Bittenbender begins a series on the Ten Commandments, starting with the first, putting God first. Here are some excerpts:

Putting God First

…Putting God first is having a relationship with him. And please don’t hear me saying that the spiritual disciplines are bad. Heather Flies, a middle school youth worker who speaks at Planet Wisdom, a student discipleship conference we attend illustrated it this way. A man is training dogs for dogfighting and during one of the training sessions a man asks him, “Do you know which one is going to win?” He smiled and said, “Of course, the one I feed more is going to win.” The same is true about our Spirit and Body. When we put God first in our lives our Spirit is going to win. We feed our spirit when we are reading and praying and worshipping. Feeding our body is indulging that other god in our life.

Not About Legalism

This isn’t about legalism. We won’t be able to stand on the day of judgement and recount minute by minute or action by action what we have done if the Creator of the universe doesn’t know us. How does He know us? By having a personal relationship with Him, by submitting our lives to Him and putting our trust in Him. Trusting that, ok God, there is a lot the world has to offer it seems (falsely), but I’m going to trust that if I trust You that You will make my path straight as it says in Proverbs 3:5-6.

Remember God’s Sacrifice for You

The Creator of the universe, has sacrificed His Son, telling Him that He loves us so much that He would have Him suffer greatly, for sinners like you and me, wants to take care of us, wants to be our God, He brings us out of slavery to sin, that we might find Him. So respond in the only way that makes sense, with total devotion. What is it keeping us from keeping God first, from setting him apart? My prayer is that we reflect on that daily, identify it daily, turn from it, and turn to a God who loves us and has shown us principles for deepening our relationship with Him.

April 29, 2018

Exodus 20:2-3, Deuteronomy 5:6-7

Mr. Mike Bittenbender

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