by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 11 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: Making God in Man's Image
Series: Let's Do It God's Way
Stuart Briscoe
Exodus 20:4-6

Thomas Watson, preaching in the seventeenth century said, "In the first commandment worshipping a false god is forbidden, in this (the second commandment) worshipping the true God in a false manner." God's concern is to protect His people from the repercussions of such error.

I. The Denunciations of Idolatry.

A. What God had to say. Exodus 20:4-6
1. Don't represent the Creator by the created.
2. Don't render to anything that which belongs to God.
3. Don't miscalculate God's reaction-jealous zeal for righteousness.
4. Don't forget God's grace.

B. What the prophets had to say.
1. The powerlessness of idols. Isaiah 46:1-7; Jeremiah 10:1-5
2. The meaninglessness of idols. Isaiah 44:9-20

C. What the apostles had to say.
1. Idolatry is to be studiously avoided. 1 Corinthians 10:14
2. Idolatry is to be carefully evaluated. 1 Corinthians 10:19-21
3. Idolatry is to be continually recognized. Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9

II. The Dangers of Idolatry.

A. Idolatry makes means into ends.


Part 4: Using God for My Own Ends
Series: Let's Do It God's Way
Stuart Briscoe
Exodus 20:7

At first sight the third commandment seems to be banning profanity. But careful study shows that much more is at stake. Juliet asked Romeo, "What's in a name?" Implying "nothing." But she was mistaken.

I. What's in a Name?

A. The question in a general sense.
1. Name-reputation. Philippians 2:9; Genesis 11:4; Proverbs 22:1

2. Name-character.
a. Parents' wishes-Sons of Jacob. Genesis 30
b. Prophetic statement. Luke 1:31; Matthew 16:17-18
c. Personality changes. Genesis 35:10

3. Name-authority.
a. God's naming of living creatures.
b. Adam's naming of living creatures.

B. The question as it relates to "The Name of the Lord."
1. God chose to reveal His Name.
a. To Abram. Genesis 17:1

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