Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/14/2007

Yesterday’s message in The Ten Commandments for Today series was on the third commandment. The message was called Do Not Misuse God’s Name, taken from Exodus 20:7.

Exodus 20:7 – “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that we should treat God’s name with the utmost reverence and respect. Here is the outline of the message:

A. What’s in a name?

  1. A name signifies one’s character.
  2. A name signifies one’s reputation.
  3. A name signifies one’s authority.

B. The commandment: “Do not misuse God’s name.”

  1. What does it mean to misuse God’s name?

          ● any empty, frivolous or insincere use of God’s name

  2. How do we misuse God’s name?

          ● We can misuse God’s name with our words.
                – blasphemy
                – irreverence
                – cursing
                – profanity

          ● We can misuse God’s name with our actions.
                – hypocrisy
                – an ungodly lifestyle
                – using God’s name for our own ends
                – praying for our own benefit
                – praying but not believing

          ● We can misuse God’s name with our vows.
                – idle vows
                – rash vows
                – false vows
                – broken vows

C. The consequences: God’s judgment.

  1. God will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
  2. Thank God for forgiveness through Jesus Christ!

D. Positive application: “Hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9)

  1. We should praise God’s name (Psalm 100:4)
  2. We should walk in God’s name (Micah 4:5)
  3. We should honor God with titles of respect (Lord; Master; Savior)
  4. We should spread the honor of his name everywhere (Is 26:8)
  5. We should treat holy things with honor (Leviticus 22:1-2)
  6. We should bear his name unashamedly (Acts 9:15-16)

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

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