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The Power in the Name of Jesus

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Sermon shared by Stephen Schwambach

August 2004
Summary: Just what amazing power IS there in this Name that is above every name?
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
THE POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS
August Series: “Past, Present and Future”
BTCC • August 22, 2004

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard somebody get really mad and yell:
• “Buddha!”
• “Mohammed!”
• “Hare Krishna!”
• “Ron Hubbard!”
• “Shirley McClain!”
• “George Bush!”
• “John Kerry!”
• “Hitler!”
• “Saddam Hussein!”
• “Billy Graham!”
• “Mother Teresa!”

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard somebody get really mad and yell:
• “Jesus!”

Why?
• Because when you’re as mad as you can get –
o You automatically reach for the most powerful name you can find to express the full extent of your anger

Is it a SIN to use the Name of Jesus as a curse word?
• Absolutely:
o The 3rd of God’s 10 Commandments says, “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7

So why do so many people still DO it?
• Because “JESUS!” is the most powerful Name on earth

It is 100% WRONG to use the Name of Jesus as a curse word…
• But if you THINK about it…
o In reality – it’s a crude form of WORSHIP!
• The person who uses it is saying:
o “I’m really mad…
o “And I’ve gotta let it out –
o “Jesus, there is NOBODY like You!”

We’re going verse-by-verse through the Book of Romans
• Romans 9:30-33
o P. 802…Zchurch virtual Bible

WHO is the “stumbling stone” this passage is referring to?
• JESUS!
o In 1 Corinthians 1:22-24, Paul writes, “Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Why do people stumble over Jesus?
• People stumble over Jesus because…

Notes:
#1 – JESUS’ NAME IS ABOVE EVERY OTHER NAME

Philippians 2:9-11
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

John 14:14
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

When they hear these verses from the Bible, some people get all huffy:
• “It’s not fair to OTHER RELIGIONS to say that”

But the truth is –
• The supremacy of Jesus’ Name is a statement of FACT
o “FAIRNESS” has nothing to do with it
• Let me show you what I mean

What is the largest animal on earth?
• Does anybody know?

IMAG 01 – Blue Whale and Calf

Sure! The BLUE WHALE!
• According to the Guinness Book of World Records:
o Newborn calves are 20-26 ft long and weigh up to 3 tons!
 An adult whale can grow to a length of 115 feet and weigh more than 190 TONS!

IMAG 02 – Finding Nemo Blue Whale

Or as MILLIONS of us now think of them…
• Like THIS!
o The big old guy Dory called over when she was showing Marlin how to speak whale!
 Kind of slowed them down for a bit when they were Finding Nemo!

What if somebody heard that and said, “That’s not FAIR to the guppy in my aquarium!”
• That would be a totally irrelevant objection, wouldn’t it?
o Why? Because we’re dealing with REALITY here – not political CORRECTNESS
• Even if every animal in the world got together and signed a PETITION it wouldn’t change the reality:
o The blue whale is BIGGER
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