Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday morning, October 10, 2003, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia
DO YOU SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD?
By Michael D. O’Neal Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church Albany, Georgia
Scripture Reading: 1 Cor. 12:1-3
Text: 1 Cor. 12:3
1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
Introduction: This week I was going from house to house in our town and one man tried to get me tied up with a lecture on the name of God. I told him that the name he needed to really understand was that of Jesus. I wrote Acts 4:12 on a tract for him and told him to meditate on it:
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
At one house this week a lady turned me away from her door saying, “I’m a Jehovah’s Witness.” I replied, “Happy to meet you! I’m a CHRISTIAN!”
This evening I am happy to confess that which no Jehovah’s Witness confesses, that Jesus is the Lord! He is not only THE Lord, but I claim Him as MY Lord.
I. DO YOU SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD OF YOUR HEART?
1 Peter 3:15a But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts …
A. Jesus TOUCHES the heart
B. Jesus TENDERIZES the heart
C. Jesus TOUGHENS the heart
1. When a person rebels against Him
2. See Pharaoh’s example
D. Jesus TERMINATES the heart
II. DO YOU SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD OF YOUR HOME?
Psalms 127:1a Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it …
A. Jesus is the home’s foundation
It should be built UPON Him
1. It should be built upon His salvation
2. It should be built upon His scriptures
3. It should be built upon His service
4. It should be built upon His Spirit
B. Jesus is the home’s framework
It should be built AROUND Him
1. It should be built around His pleasure
2. It should be built around His purpose
3. It should be built around His Person
C. Jesus is the home’s future
It should be built FOR Him
1. It is His business to PROTECT it
2. It is His business to PROVIDE for it
3. It is His business to PROSPER it
III. DO YOU SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD OF YOUR HABITS?
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
A. Jesus can conquer our habits
B. Jesus can change our habits
C. Jesus can control our habits
1. By His Spirit
2. Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk
in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil
the lust of the flesh.
IV. DO YOU SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD OF HEAVEN?
1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
A. Jesus created heaven
1. John 1:1-3
B. Jesus came from heaven
C. Jesus cleared the way TO heaven
1. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but
2. See Acts 4:12
D. Jesus is coming back FROM heaven!
1. See 1 Thess. 4:13-18