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Back To School

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Sermon shared by Ronald Hughes

September 2000
Summary: Ten principles to make a note of before your children go back to school in the Fall.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Back To School

Psalm 127 Rev. R.B. Hughes
Labour Day Weekend
2000


Introduction

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL


Ps. 127: 1-2 ... vain, vain, vain!

Unless the Lord helps? , assists? , gives advice? , oversees? ...
NO! UNLESS HE BUILDS!

· Sometimes you must tear down before you build up.


Vs. 3-5 . . Reminds us that children are a blessing not an inconvenience, burden ...

We need to place the same significance upon them:
"BLESSING, REWARD & HERITAGE"

Vs.4 . Arrows (Polished, Pointed & Poised)

Instead: Leave the quiver broken, headed in wrong direction, with a poison tip.

Why we must rely on God to build the house

10 Commandments of the Christian family going to school:


1. Thou Shalt Not Depend On The School For Moral & Spiritual Teaching
* Even the Christian School!*

- I’m more concerned that there is no prayer at home rather than school!

Deut. 6:5-9 (Most important passage in Deut. For the Jews)

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give YOU today are to be upon YOUR hearts. (THIS WAS TO THE PARENTS!!!!) ...
STOP: We don’t get to go further until this is done.

· The message … The Life … must be yours before you can pass it on.

My Fav. Proverb: Doesn’t matter what you teach them, they will grow up just like you

If you don’t have the first part you will just dispense:
- RELIGION
- RULES
- REGULATIONS

This will produce “REBELLION”!

If you are just passing on a dress code …. Keep it!

· THE WORLD HAS A BETTER ONE!

…. Special days? …. keep them.
…. Special music style? … keep it.
…. Special church? … special language … keep them!

You have become a dispenser of religion NOT life!
You have become a dispenser of rules NOT relationship!

YOU ARE TRYING TO TEACH THEM TO SWIM BY CORRESPONDENCE!

ILL/ Like a Soap dispenser
- Great … cleans hands … clean outside .. convenient .. etc.
- BUT DON’T BOTHER DRINKING IT!!
- Religious soap dishes.

Old saying: You can dress them up … but don’t bother to take them out!

MANY NON-BELIEVERS:
- Clean cut, modest clothes, charitable, great neighbors, no swear, drink, family, lawful …
· BUT THEY DON’T HAVE THE LIFE OF CHRIST IN THEM.

It’s not what’s out here … But in here!! SO ……….

Deut. 6:5-9
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give YOU today are to be upon YOUR hearts. (THIS WAS TO THE PARENTS!!!!) ...

THEN …………

Impress (Heb: point, pierce, grief in inner person) them on your children. (HOW?) Talk about them when you sit at home (WHEN RELAXED) and when
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