SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY

by Miles Seaborn


Taking God Seriously
Miles Seaborn
Exodus 20:7


INTRO: ''You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God!'' Exodus 20:7

What's in a name?
1. Reputation
2. Character
3. Authority

Paul Dickinson ''Names'' Strange and unusual names:
- Magdalina Babblejack
- Addine Dingdine
- Rotten Earp
- Joan Fluzzebonder
- Beverage Moose
- Bufa Umphumpa

1949 - Florida Electric Chair - Will Burn
Window washer killed - fell - Will Drop
Dan Druff - Became a barber
Plastering Contractor named - Will Crumble

There is a lot in a name when it is ''His Name''.

Why is God so concerned about His name?

Lord's Prayer ''Hallowed by Thy name.''

A name represents three things:

Reputation - making a good name for himself.

Character - bound up in name, honesty, charity, hope (God gave new name with character change - Abraham)

Authority - stop in the name of the law (not Bugs Bunny) Authority behind that name.

God says when you misuse my name it is a ''big deal.'' You are defaming God's reputation, His character and His authority.

Other ways to misuse God's name besides swearing.

I. WAYS GOD'S NAME CAN BE MISUSED
INSULT/INDULGE/INTIMIDATE/IMPRESS/IMPULSIVE

1. Using God's Name to insult (Most common)

Profanity or swearing to express irritation (of cussing and cheating are crimes. Golfing should
be illegal)

ILL. Of farmer - arrived in his wagon late.
Wife - ''What happened? Did the wagon break down?''
Farmer - ''No, I picked up the preacher to give him a ride and from that point on the mules didn't understand a word I said!''

America is the most foul-mouthed nation in the world and becoming worse each year!

Movie - they say won't sell without profanity. G-rating and no one wants to go see it!

Books, magazines, tapes, comedians

ILL. Hell - everything compared to hell - cold, hot, rain, dry, smart, dumb.

Why do people swear - ignorance, indifference, etc.

2. Using God's Name to impress (Imitate the world)

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