The Master

Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday evening, Oct. 24, 2004, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. 

By Michael D. O’Neal     Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church     Albany, Georgia

Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-10

Text: Matthew 23:10

Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

Introduction: Join me tonight in once again lifting up the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Master.

When we use the term “master,” we think of:

An owner of a servant
An overseer of a student
An overcomer of a situation (getting the mastery of someone or something)

Jesus is my Master.

I didn’t know Him until Feb. 11, 1968, but I rejoice in every moment that I HAVE known Him.


I had walked life’s path with an easy tread, Had followed where comfort and pleasure led;
And then by chance in a quiet place — I met my Master face to face.
With station and rank and wealth for goal, Much thought for body but none for soul,
I had entered to win this life’s mad race — When I met my Master face to face.
I had built my castles, reared them high, Their towers had pierced the blue of the sky;
I had sworn to rule with an iron mace — When I met my Master face to face.
I met Him and knew Him, and blushed to see, That His eyes full of sorrow were fixed on me;
And I faltered, and fell at His feet that day, My castles vanished and melted away.
Melted and vanished; and in their place, I saw naught else but my Master’s face;
And I cried: “Oh, make me meet, To follow the marks of Thy wounded feet.”
My thought is now for the souls of men; I have lost my life to find it again
Ever since alone in that holy place, My Master and I stood face to face.

Let’s look at the word as it is used in the Bible and behold some wonderful attributes of our wonderful Lord!


Acts 27:11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

As a 14-year-old boy I boarded the Old Ship of Zion and I learned that:

A. He guides the ship of salvation

B. He governs the ship

C. He guarantees the ship
1. His promise
2. His power
3. His person – He is on board!
If it goes down, HE goes down! That’s not going to happen, praise God!


Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

A. He claims His servants

B. He cares for His servants

C. He commands His servants


Mark 4:37-39 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

A. He conquers the storm

B. He controls the storm

C. He calms the storm


Mark 9:17-18 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

He can overcome:

A. The harmful situation

B. The heart-breaking situation

C. The hopeless situation

Let Him fix your problem!

By Myra Ross Welch (1926)

’twas battered and scarred and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile:

“What am bidden, good folks?” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar! A dollar!” then “Two! Only two?”
“Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?”

“Three dollars once, three dollars twice . . .
And going for three . . . ” but no.
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow.

Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loosened strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.

“A thousand dollars! And who’ll make it two?
“Two thousand! Who’ll make it three?
“Three going once? Three going twice?
“And going . . . and gone!” said he.

The people cheered but some of them cried,
“We do not understand!
What changed its worth?” — Swift came the reply,
“The touch of the Master’s Hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune
And battered and scarred with sin
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd
Much like the old violin.

A “mess ‘o pottage”
A glass of wine
A game and he travels on.
He’s “going” once
And “going” twice
And “going” . . . and almost “gone”

Then along comes the Master, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul or the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s Hand.


Michael D. O’Neal (Proverbs 11:30), Pastor,  Gospel Light Baptist Church 
P.O. Box 3071 (237 Lockett Station Road), Albany, GA 31706
(229) 432-0039 (church) / (229) 698-2127 (parsonage)
*Scriptures in my notes are from the Authorized Version 1611 -KJV- and are used by permission of the Author – Ephesians. 6:17*
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