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What's in a Name? (3 of 10)
Ten Commandments Series
Exodus 20:7; Ephesians 1:1-14
INTRO: How important are names? What kind of images are created when we hear names like: Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Benedict Arnold, Ted Bundy, or names like United States of America, Russia, Germany, Africa, etc.
Obviously there is great power in names; they reflect a myriad of images and ideas in our minds. They identify certain traits or characteristics when they are names of people groups or nations, they connect us to the past through our histories. We use names to connect ourselves with others.
In some cases we can bear a name and it gives us power, or we can bear a name and bring shame on that name.
ILLUS: An Ambassador from the United States to another country literally represents our nation. An attack on an ambassador is considered an attack against all Americans, and attack on an embassy is an attack on the United States. If an ambassador lives shamefully all America is considered in the same way, if an ambassador acts with great character and dignity, Americans are perceived this way also. An ambassador NEVER speaks for the United States without checking first with our government so that what they say is clearly what America says. This is true also when we call ourselves "Christian" – we bear Christ's name. Do our actions and speech show that we bear it in vain or in victory?
When the 3rd commandment says, "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God in vain..." it is NOT speaking about unbelievers who use God's name in cursing, it is speaking about God's people failing to represent His name correctly by their lifestyle!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that we reflect the name of God to this world like ambassadors, and that failure to represent Him faithfully in the way that we live or speak means misusing His name.
I. ACCEPTANCE Ex. 20:7
A. Responsibilities of His Name 20:7a
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