Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/16/2007

Yesterday’s message in The Ten Commandments for Today series was on the first commandment. The message was called No Other Gods, taken from Exodus 20:1-3.

Exodus 20:1-3 – 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that we should put God first before all things. Here is the outline of the message:

I. God’s double claim (verses 1-2)

    A. God’s claim by creation: “I am the Lord your God . . .”

    B. God’s claim by salvation: “. . .who brought you out of Egypt.”

II. “You shall have no other gods.”

    A. Commands belief in God
        1) Rejects atheism (Psalm 14:1; Psalm 53:1)
        2) Rejects agnosticism (Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:18-20)

    B. Commands belief in one God
        1) Rejects polytheism (Deuteronomy 6:4)
        2) Rejects pantheism/new age thinking (Genesis 1:1)

    C. Commands belief in the one true God
        1) Belief in the God who revealed himself to Israel (Isaiah 45:18-22)
        2) Belief in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as revealed in the New
            Testament (John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6)

    D. Forbids the worship of false gods (Jeremiah 2:11; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6;
        Galatians 4:8-9)

III. “You shall have no other gods before me.”

    A. No other gods in priority

    B. No other gods in his presence

Bottom line: You shall choose, worship and serve the Lord your God, and Him only. (Mk 12:30; Deut 6:4-5)

    1) Put God first in your life.
    2) Order all your earthly affections under your love for God.
    3) Do not try to serve two masters.
    4) Make the choice every day

Note: To read the complete message, go to the Sermons tab at the top of the blog.

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