Summary: How can God’s commands help us live lives free of unnecessary pain and suffering? We continue the series with Commandment 3 - Respecting the name of God. *HANDOUT INCLUDED*
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To keep this series in perspective:
I want to remind you about something: You don’t become a Christian by keeping rules. Many people believe that, but it isn’t TRUE! You become a Christian by repenting of your sin and putting your faith in Jesus Christ to forgive you.
But God expects everyone who is a follower of his to keep his commands. . . following Jesus is more than just depending on him to get you out of trouble. It’s a whole-life commitment to follow after him.
I’ve been including this verse in every sermon because it is crucial that you get this: God’s commands are not to keep you from fun, they are for your GOOD!
They’re for your good.
They are not a burden.
The word “vain” means “meaningless or worthless.” So to take someone’s name in vain is to empty their name of meaning or worth.
So this sermon is not about “dirty words”. . . that’s another sermon.
“Let no corrupt speech come out of your mouth – only that which is good for building others up.”
But there is “cussing”. . . and then there is “taking God’s name in vain.” They both have to do with our speech, but they are two different issues. This morning, I am focusing on God’s command that says, “Don’t take my name in vain.
Why did God give this command?
1. His name deserves respect because it is holy.
God’s name is holy – the word holy means “separate.” God’s name is separate from all common or ordinary names and words.
2. His name deserves respect because of his position.
He is the creator. When you speak the name of God, you are speaking about infinite power. His name deserves respect because of that.
3. His name deserves respect because of what he has done.
OK, so God’s name deserves respect. But how can I do that? How can we respect God’s name?