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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
1. God’s instructions to Moses Vv. 1-3

What did God want Moses to do?

To teach the people of God to observe the laws, decrees and commands of the Lord

What was the purpose in teaching them?

So that! Their children and their children’s children may all fear the LORD your God!

So that! They all may enjoy long life.

Caution from Moses!

Be careful to obey all that God said. Why?

So that! It may go well with the people and that they would increase in number in the new land.

Do all this so you will receive what God promised you.
2. Uniqueness of God Vv. 4-5

He is One!

This is the key to the Hebrews’ faith. The Hebrews monotheistic religion was unique to them for all the other people around them were pantheistic in their worship, meaning many gods.

Love God!

Other religions, then and now, never ask the people who worship them to love them but only to be afraid of them.
Moses commands the people to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

Debbie's family means everything to her. Her son and cute little daughter play sports, take music lessons, and attend a private school. Debbie spends every waking moment of every day caring for her kids. Often she goes through an entire day without having time for her husband which makes him feel neglected. If he feels neglected how does God feel? She lives through her children; they are like false gods in her life.
3. Parents Responsibilities Vv. 6-9

Parents are to know the Lord and His commands

Parents can’t teach the children if they don’t know the Lord themselves.

After the dedication of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally the boy replied, “That pastor said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys!”

Teach your children
Impress/ Talk/ Tie/ Write

Make their faith an integral part of their daily lives.

The story is told about a stage coach company was hiring teamsters to drive its stage coaches through a mountainous area. The local office manager had advertised for the position and people began to apply for the job. As they were interviewed, the boss asked each applicant, “How close can you drive the team to the edge of the cliff as you round the mountain.” The first fellow replied that he was skilled enough that he could drive the stage coach within three feet of the edge of the cliff. The boss thanked him for his time and called in the next applicant. In the course of the interview, the boss asked the next man the same question. He replied that he could drive the team and coach within one foot of the edge of the cliff. He likewise was thanked for his time and the next applicant was called in. The boss asked this fellow the same question. He replied, “I would drive the coach as far from the edge of the cliff as I possibly could.” He got the job! This story clearly illustrates the biblical principle of separation. There is great wisdom in steering our kids as far from the edge of the world as possible.

Don’t give out information only but make the teaching life-oriented.

Apply verses 1-3 to teaching your children today.
Should the laws, decrees and commands of God be important to your children? Why?

The English poet, Alexander Pope, wrote, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” When new trees are planted stakes are often put into the ground beside the tree. The stakes are there for a purpose—to train the tree to grow straight and tall.Those stakes work remarkably well if they are put in place when the tree is young. But If crooked growth has been allowed to develop for several years, they will not be effective. Rules for our children work the same way.

Should your children be taught to fear God? Why?
Why is learning obedience to God and their parents important to children?

In 1978, Thomas Hansen of Boulder Colorado, sued his parents for $350,000 on grounds of “malpractice of parenting.” Mom and Dad had botched his upbringing so badly, he charged in his suit, that he would need years of costly psychiatric treatment.

Use the context of daily life as the learning classroom.

God needs to be a part of your daily lives.

The English poet Samuel Coleridge talked with a man who did not believe that children should be given any religious instruction at all.This man claimed that the child’s mind should not be prejudiced in any direction, and when he became older he should be permitted to choose his religious opinions for himself. Coleridge said nothing; but after a while he asked his visitor if he would like to see his garden. The man said he would, and Coleridge took him out into the garden, where only weeds were growing. The man looked at Coleridge in surprise, and said, “Why this is not a garden! There is nothing but weeds here!” “Well, you see,” answered Coleridge, “I did not wish to infringe upon the liberty of the garden in any way, I was just giving the garden a chance to express itself and to choose its own production.”

All you experience needs to be related to God as King of your life.

Remember, “life” is really all you experience “outside” of Sunday and Wednesday meetings or “church” and God needs to be in all aspects of that life.

An elderly lady was amazed at how nice the young man was next door. Everyday he would help her gather things from her car or help her in her yard. One day the old lady finally asked the young man, “Son, how did you become such a fine young man?"The young man replied, “Well, when I was a boy, I had a drug problem.”The old lady was shocked, “I can’t believe that.”The young man replied, “It’s true, my parents drug me to church on Sunday morning, drug me to church on Sunday night, and drug me to church on Wednesday night.”
As we close this morning, do you need to consider if:
There areas of your parenting that needs to be worked on?
Maybe there are new commitments you need to make regarding your person spiritual life?
Are you “doing church” outside the building yourself?
Are you having trouble with the “obedience” issue with God?
Is God your King and Master?
Do you personally fear God as the Bible talks about it?
Do you “love” God more than all other things and people?

This is clearly the time to make personal decisions for the Lord.


Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby