We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources. These resources are available for preachers and Bible teachers to use in touching a lost world with the timeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Scriptures: Exodus 20:1-3, Deuteronomy 5:29, 6:6-7

The Ten Commandments were not given to the Nation of Israel as rules for a relationship with God, but as a reflection of a relationship with God. In this message, Dr. Merritt outlines the foundational teaching of the first commandment, God's clear instruction to put Him first, above all other relationships.

"The first commandment is foundational to the other nine, because if you don't get the first one you will never get the other ones. In the first commandment, God is not saying, 'If you want to have a relationship with Me, this is what you have to do.' He was saying, 'If you have a relationship with Me, this is what you want to do.'" --Dr. Merritt

Keywords: law, God, commandments, guidelines, first, rules, homeland, security, first, one, Egypt, Mt. Sinai

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