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Summary: Sermon on the second commandment

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AM Sermon preached at Central Christian Church January 21, 2007

God’s Top Ten sermon series 3rd sermon Worship Me For Who I AM

(2nd Commandment)

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Imagine this scene---- A small simple wedding in a country church. Everyone’s arrived dressed in their best outfits. The preacher and the groom have taken their places on the stage. Suddenly the music on the organ hits this loud crescendo; everyone rises to their feet as the bride makes her way to the front. She appears so happy she’s practically glowing. The groom is all smiles. There’s the traditional giving of the bride which is followed by a brief sermon on the joys of marriage and love. Then the preacher leads the groom in his vow ----Mike, do you now commit yourself to Sarah and take her as your wife, promising to love and cherish her, protect her and provide for her, guard her reputation, give her your undying love and remain faithful to her until you are separated by death? The groom looks lovingly into his brides eyes and says enthusiastically, “I do!” Then the preacher turns to the woman and says and now for your vow…but she interrupts him and says “if you don’t mind. I’ve written my own vow.” “By all means,” the preacher says, “go ahead.” She begins to gush, “Mike, honey, I love you. I am so looking forward to our future together. You’ve always been there for me. You’ve picked me up when I was down, encouraged me when I felt like quitting, you’re my hero and my friend I promise to love you and stand by you and support you the rest of my life….there’s only one thing I ask of you one day a year I want to be single again…you know I want to be able to spend time with old boyfriends, go guy hunting, clubbing, whatever comes up for the day….so what do you think” Can you imagine the groom’s reaction to such a crazy proposal? No groom, no bride wants to a part time commitment from their spouse. They want full devotion to their marriage. {NOTE: for those reading this at Sermon Central---there’s a video clip available showing this very thing at the Sermon Spice web site}

Think about it. You married ladies, you don’t want your husband checking out the SI swimsuit issue----and you don’t want him spending time in an internet chat room with another woman----and you don’t want him carrying around the picture of another woman in his wallet---do you? Of course not. And guys, we don’t want our wife calling up and talking to other men on the phone---and we don’t want her flirting with a co-worker and we don’t want her videotaping the Mr. Olympian body-building contest so she can watch it again and again---do we? No, absolutely not.. Why---because we don’t want anything creeping in that might gradually steal our spouse devotion away from us.

The same is true of God. He wants our full devotion in our relationship to Him. He doesn’t want us to worship or toy around with any other god. Last week we saw as we looked at the first commandment that God wants to be numero uno in our lives and the sole occupant of the throne of our heart---and He wants us to worship only Him----no other gods before or besides me---that was the heart of the first commandment. Today as we look closely at the second commandment we’ll find that God not only wants us to worship Him alone, He wants us to worship Him in the right way and He wants us to worship Him for Who He is.


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