Be Careful with God’s Name

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  • Here is the sermon skeleton from my message this past Sunday.

    Title: “Be Careful with God’s Name”

    Text: Exodus 20:7

    Series: The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)

    Theme: Honoring the name of God

    Point: Our lips and lives must reflect the unique honor God’s holy name deserves.


    I. The prohibition against misusing God’s name

    While this commandment does forbid blasphemy, profanity, and perjury; there are other ways we can be guilty of taking God’s name in vain:

    A. Irreverence

    B. False teaching

    C. The presumption of direct revelation

    D. Promise-breaking (I never got to this point in the actual presentation of the message.)

    II. The penalty for misusing God’s name

    Here are three ways we can honor the name of God:

    A. Honor God’s name by confessing Jesus Christ to be the Savior and Lord of your life.

    B. Honor God’s name by living your life in a manner that is consistent with your profession of faith.

    C. Honor God’s name by speaking well of it whenever you get a chance.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.