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"What's In A Name?"

by David Legge | Copyright © 2012 | All Rights Reserved | www.preachtheword.com

'Preach The Word'Morning to you all, thank you Stephen for the welcome, and to the praise group for leading us. It's good to be back with you. We're turning in our Bibles to Luke chapter 1 as we continue in this study. As has already been said, we're looking from verse 57 concerning the naming of John the Baptist. So let's read from verse 57 down to the end of the chapter, verse 80: "Now Elizabeth's full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. When her neighbours and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. His mother answered and said, 'No; he shall be called John'. But they said to her, 'There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name'. So they made signs to his father; what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, 'His name is John'. So they all marvelled. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, 'What kind of child will this be?'. And the hand of the Lord was with him. Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 'Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace'. So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel". Amen.

Becoming a Christian is not just a conclusion that you come to, having assessed the facts...

Do keep your Bible open there. We're going to pray just now. We praise God for the last couple of weeks ministry, at least I do, being with you and seeing the hand of God moving. It's encouraging to get feedback concerning the ministry, and I've had that, and some questions and queries which are gratefully received - but also we have had an opportunity, both last week and the previous week, of interacting with people personally after the preaching of the word. We have seen some remarkable things taking place in people's lives, of a spiritual nature, and we praise God for people who are being set free, who are being helped, and being touched by the hand of God. But today is a new day, and God is still the same, and we look for Him today to do greater things. I want to ask you now to come and open your heart to the Lord, and say: 'Lord, speak to me now'. Maybe you've come in here with a very heavy burden, or are concerned, something that has been bugging you, maybe it's something that you've had on your shoulders all your life. Maybe you're not a Christian and you don't know God personally, and maybe you feel a bit like a fish out of water even here today - well, come and forget about the people around you for a moment, and just say: 'Lord, speak to me, I need You'. Even if you're a Christian, you still need the Lord to minister to you. So let's come this morning in prayer, and ask the Lord to really meet with us.

Father, we thank You for Your holy word. We thank You for the life and record of our Lord Jesus Christ in these early chapters of the Gospels, where we read of His conception, and His birth, and His infancy; and John the Baptist, the circumstances around the pregnancy of Elizabeth, and Zacharias' experiences. Lord, we're just overwhelmed by the spiritual truths and so many lessons for us to learn - but Lord, we know we cannot delve into everything here today concerning this portion of Scripture. We want to be specific to the things that You are highlighting to us now. So, Lord, we pray for that oracle, that sense of the revelation of the Holy Spirit, to come upon us that the Holy Spirit may interpret the word to us today very personally to every heart. Lord, I pray for those who will be here who are in great need. They need to hear a word from heaven, they need to encounter God supernaturally - and I pray now, Lord, that that might take place, in the name of the Lord Jesus, that the forces of darkness will be bound in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the influence of the Gospel and the liberty of Christ in the Spirit might be released in this place and into lives and hearts. So we look to You, Lord, exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, pour out Your Spirit we pray now, in Jesus' name, Amen.

Now if you've been with us these Sunday mornings, you will know that I have been emphasising that becoming a Christian is not just a conclusion that you come to, having assessed the facts. It must be a spiritual experience involving more than the mind. Now, you might have questions and issues that you're grappling with intellectually, and that's OK - but you've got to understand that Christianity is more than just a reconciliation of those. You know, if you get the answers to your questions and doubts, that's tremendous, but that does not equate to becoming a Christian. It is not the same thing as conversion. The Bible says very clearly, and of course they are the words of Jesus: 'You must be born again' - that is a spiritual new birth.

If you get the answers to your questions and doubts, that's tremendous, but that does not equate to becoming a Christian...

I remember preaching on John chapter 3 - I've preached on it on many occasions, but this one occasion I was preaching on it and there was a chap met me at the door. He said: 'You really didn't say much there this evening, you just kept on repeating 'You must be born again. You must be born again. You must be born again''. I said to the guy: 'Do you know why that is?'. He said: 'Why?'. I said: 'Because you must be born again!'. I don't know whether that was the answer he was looking for, but that was the answer to that question. That's why the Lord Jesus actually repeated it Himself in John chapter 3, because this is the most important issue in life and in the whole spiritual stratosphere: you must be born again! You can have all sorts of other experiences in the natural and even in the supernatural - and, let's face it, some people do - but they mean nothing if you don't have this experience of being born again.

'But shouldn't I be rational?', you might ask. Oh yes, of course, you must have a measure of understanding of who Jesus is, and that you're sinner, and that Christ died for sinners - but don't be so rational that you fail to leave room for the supernatural. I was reading on Monday Bob Gass' little book, 'The Word For Today' - I don't read it every day, but I tend to find that whenever I dip into it that I do get a blessing. He said on Monday: 'Narcissism can involve the worship of your own intellect'. I thought that was interesting after what I had been preaching on Sunday. He went on to say: 'We say, 'If I don't understand it, I don't believe it'' - how true that is! He goes on to comment: 'Then, in essence, you are your own God. You don't really believe in God, you believe in you'. Do you understand what he's saying? You see, God is the only all-knowing One, God is the only One who has all the answers, so if you're waiting until you have all the answers, essentially you're your own God!

This is another application that he made that I think is very pertinent, listen: 'What are you going to do' - if you're this type of person that has to have all the answers and understand everything - 'What are you going to do when life hands you a problem that you cannot solve?'. That may be the reason why some are idealistically atheist in their full-blown youth, but less assured in later life when life's experience hands them problems that they can't solve, that are beyond their intellect, indeed beyond their manipulation and their engineering. They need something outside of themselves to look to, but they don't have it - because, as far as they're concerned, there is nothing.

Bob Gass went on to point out that before Christ raised Lazarus from the dead - you read about that in John chapter 11 - He asked Mary and Martha, Lazarus' sisters, to take Him back to the grave. He pointed out, and I think it's important, and I want to develop it a bit this morning, that the grave was the place, essentially, where Mary and Martha stopped believing. They had been hoping that Jesus would return from His ministry trip when He heard that Lazarus, whom He loved, a very dear friend of His, was sick. They had hoped that He would come and restore him to full health - but He deliberately delayed, and that's a whole other subject, and when He did come it was too late. But at that moment of the death of their brother, their hope died, they stopped believing - the point at which they gave up because of human limitations. But the reason why Jesus did delay - there might be several - but one is definitely that He wanted to expand their faith in the supernatural. He wanted them to understand that death is not a barrier to the Son of God, that our God is able to do exceeding abundantly more than we ask or even think!

If you're waiting until you have all the answers, essentially you're your own God!

So He brought them back to the grave, the place where they stopped believing - not just for a physical resurrection, but for a spiritual resurrection, so that He could bring their believing back from the dead. Now I believe the Lord did the same thing in a roundabout way with Simon Peter, the disciple. You remember that his faith stalled around the courtyard fire where, when the Lord Jesus had been tried and was being taken away to be crucified, he denied the Lord three times. I think it would be true to say that Peter didn't understand all that was happening concerning Jesus - and we get a glimpse of this when Jesus talks about going to the cross, and Simon Peter, in effect, says: 'Put that out of Your head! Stop talking nonsense! You will not go to the cross to die!'. The Lord had to rebuke him, realising that Satan was actually speaking through Peter. He tried to prevent the Lord Jesus going to the cross, and yet here he was when, in a human sense, our Lord most needed him - and he, of course, had shot his mouth off on occasions, saying: 'I'll follow You to death' - and now he is plunged, through his denial, into hopeless despair. The Bible says very poignantly that, after denying the Lord Jesus, Peter wept bitterly.

Am I speaking to anyone here today, and you have denied the Lord? You once professed to be a Christian, and maybe walked in ways that were pleasing in obedience to Him for a while - but where you are this morning is an entirely different place. Well, I want you to see that Jesus did the same for Peter as He did for Mary and Martha. He took Peter back to the place where his faith stumbled. Mary and Martha went back to the grave, but He took Peter back to the courtyard. Now, not literally, He didn't take him to that location - and, of course, Jesus was now risen, and the circumstances of that awful Good Friday were beyond retrieval - but I want you to remember, if you know it, and if not I'll inform you about it, what happens in John chapter 21. Jesus has died, been buried, and risen again - and effectively what the Lord Jesus Christ on the beach that day did for the disciples, and specifically for Peter, was: He recreated the scene where Peter had denied Him.

He made a little charcoal fire, He prepared breakfast for the disciples, He even reconstructed the fire - a charcoal fire was the place where Peter denied the Lord. Here he is again meeting the Lord for breakfast around a charcoal fire. Peter had looked at the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ, as He was being taken away to be crucified, through the smoke of a charcoal fire, having denied Him - and now, here Peter is again, eyeball to eyeball with the Lord Jesus Christ through the clouds of smoke. But this time what does Jesus invite Peter to do? He has brought him back to this place of failure, where his faith stumbled and stuttered, in order to renounce the curses and the denials that he had made, and to reaffirm his faith. I don't think it's coincidence that He asks Peter three times: 'Simon Peter, do you love Me? Do you love Me? Do you love Me?'. He was inviting him to confess - and confession, I think I've shared with you, is a very important feature of the Christian experience, because confession is essentially agreeing with what God says. You agree with what God says concerning you being a sinner. You put your hands up and say: 'Lord, guilty as charged, I am a sinner'. You agree with God's truth concerning what sin deserves: death. You agree with what God's word, the Gospel, proclaims: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, was buried and rose again the third day. You're in agreement for the need of repentance and faith in this Jesus to be saved, to have your sins cleansed, to be set free and delivered. So Jesus was inviting Peter to confess, and effectively agree with God, undoing the wrong affirmations that he had made in his past, reversing their consequences in his spiritual life.

I can't criticise him, because I have failed the faith test many a time...

Now, why am I telling you all this? Well, simply because it appears to me that something similar is happening here to Zacharias. It's as if he's being given a second chance at sitting his examination of faith that he failed so miserably before Gabriel. Let me remind you what happened: Gabriel appeared to him and told him that a child was going to be born to his wife, who by this stage was well in years and had been barren, infertile. Zacharias heard what the angel was saying, but he did not believe - and because he didn't embrace it with his heart, he tried to reconcile it in his mind, he was struck dumb. Supernaturally struck dumb. He failed the test. Now I can't criticise him, because I have failed the faith test many a time - but I want you to see how this new faith test unfolds.

It appears here that the established custom required a son to be called by the name common to his family. Verse 59: 'So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias'. It's a bit like previous generations were called 'Willie John', and 'Robert James', maybe 'Robert James III', 'IV', 'V' and all the rest - and then put it in the second name to get it a bit out of the way - but we have to call them by the name that has been in our family for years. It's interesting to me that often faith requires us to buck trends, have you ever considered that? Obedient faith sometimes means we have to disregard customs and depart from accepted norms, maybe practices in our families, or cultures in our society. I have to say that when we're preaching the good news of Christ and inviting people to believe in Him and repent of their sins, we ought never to give the impression that to trust Christ will mean there are no consequences for your social life - there are. There are consequences for your family life as well. In Luke chapter 12 Jesus said: 'Do you suppose that I came to give peace on the earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'. Do you know what He was saying? 'I am the Prince of Peace, but I know that My message, by default, is going to divide people. It's going to divide communities, and it may divide families' - but there is a cost! There can be a social and relational cost for trusting in Christ.

But here's the whole point: if we discover that the truth is in Jesus, if we discover that we have found the reason for living and dying, and living forever - we will be prepared, or at least we should be prepared, to pay the price. There's an interesting little verse in Proverbs, Proverbs 23:23, that says: 'Buy the truth and do not sell it', a paraphrase puts it like this, 'Buy truth, don't sell it for love or money!'. That grasps the sense: if we discover the truth of God in Jesus Christ, and the wonder of the good news of the Gospel, we should buy it. Now that doesn't mean that you earn salvation, salvation is free, but what it means is: we ought to pay the price, whatever cost it is to repent and believe, we ought to do it - and for love nor money we shouldn't give it up!

We ought to pay the price, whatever cost it is to repent and believe...

The Lord will ensure that we will not be outdone, or lose out in the long term, if we pay a price for trusting Jesus. He said that in Matthew 19:29: 'Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life'. You will be compensated in the future, but we ought not to think that it is easy in the present - especially for some people, and you might be that type of person, that you know you will be opposed by your family if you become a Christian. Maybe it will cause problems in your marriage, or with your parents, because you're not going their way, or you're not following the message that their church puts out, or their particular religious persuasion believes. One of the greatest obstacles to people coming to Jesus is their family. I was reading a biography, a very interesting one, this week - but they made the remark, this person telling their story of how they came to Christ, of how 'Nothing' - this was the statement - 'Nothing can inflict pain quite like family'. How true that is. But when we obey God, believing Him and confessing Him - that means agreeing with what He says - the miraculous can happen.

That's what happened here: not only was Zacharias' life changed, his dumbness was healed and he was set free of those chains, but it affected those around him - and that's what will happen to you. If you stand out for Jesus, repent of your sins, believe in Him as Lord and Saviour of your life, and confess Him as Lord, you've no idea how that will affect those around you. It will affect your children. It will affect your spouse, your wider family, maybe even the community in which you live. You might be the first link in a long chain, but you have to obey: you must obey! You must not let that fear of what might happen, and what the cost might be and the price that you have to pay socially and relationally, don't let it put you off - because you have no idea of the potential if you step out for Christ, what could happen in your family and among your friends.

You see, Satan would intimidate us through fear not to believe God: 'This and that will happen to you'. Or maybe you're sitting there saying: 'Well, I don't have much faith, and I would need more faith to believe that this is OK, and I'm not taking too great a risk'. Look, Jesus said that even faith the size of a mustard seed, and that was a minute seed, He said that can do miraculous things if you just obey God in faith. Jesus said: 'Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you'. Whatever that obstacle is this morning that appears to be in your way to you coming to faith in Jesus, if you exercise even a mustard-seed size of faith, that mountain will be removed. He said in Luke 17: 'If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea', and it would obey you'. You don't have to have great faith - in fact, don't measure your faith, measure your God!

There's a lot of Christians and they wrestle with this issue: 'I wish I had more faith'...

Mary, the mother of our Lord, had the secret to faith. You remember we spoke two weeks ago on verse 37 of chapter 1: 'For with God nothing will be impossible'. We saw that that could also be translated: 'For no word from God shall be void of power'. You see, Mary had the prophetic word of Old Testament Scripture, she had the word of God through Gabriel the angel, to know that this was going to come to pass. She couldn't get her mind round it, but she embraced her heart around it because she had the word of God. You say: 'I don't have enough faith' - listen, Romans 10 verse 17, 'Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God'. There's a lot of Christians and they wrestle with this issue: 'I wish I had more faith' - well, here's the answer, just get into the Word and you'll get more faith! Put the Word in, hear what the Word of God is saying and you'll get more faith. There's a means to it!

The fear Satan uses to dissuade us from faith is to doubt God: 'Ah, but that's alright, but what if I take this risk, and I trust Christ, and I pay a price, and God doesn't come through for me? What if He leaves me hanging by my fingernails? What if I'm left with egg on my face, embarrassed and a laughing stock, burned-out and a failure?'. Well, listen, first of all: we don't deserve vindication for our faith, in fact we don't deserve anything - but the fact of the matter is, God does reward faith, even mustard seed faith! So many accounts in the scriptures as examples that I could cite, but we haven't got time - but here we see it in what happens in Mary, and Zacharias, and Elizabeth's life. God honours faith!

Was this not a bit like Mary and Martha, what the Lord was doing here for Zacharias? He was retracing their steps. He retraced Mary and Martha's steps to the grave of Lazarus where their faith died. He retraced Peter's steps to the fire where he denied the Lord three times, and He invited him to re-confess and reaffirm his faith three times. Here Jesus graciously and gently brings Zacharias to the faith test again, for our God is the God of the second chance. This time Zacharias counted the cost, though he didn't understand it again with his head, he embraced the truth with his heart, and he confessed on a sketch board what the child's name would be in obedience to God! You see, faith without works is dead, faith is not just some kind of mental affirmation, or even something just in your emotions - you must act in obedience with the will and turn from your sin, and turn and believe in the Lord Jesus - and that's what he did! What a miracle took place: he was released! He was delivered! He was liberated! He was unbound!

God will honour your faith. A miracle took place, and we read that it affected his community, and affected his family just because he dared trust in God. Look at what it says in verse 64: 'Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea'. Look what happened to him, again like Elizabeth and like Mary, Zacharias was filled with the Spirit, verse 67, and he prophesied! Wow! Filled for a purpose - we saw that last week, wasn't it - and it was a vocal purpose: to speak out the glorious wonderful works of God. It's amazing, in verse 76 we see that this prophecy acknowledges the unique role that his son, John the Baptist, would have to play as Christ's forerunner. But the prophecy as we read it is essentially Christ centred, verse 68 to verse 80 is really filled with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Look at what faith can do, this is coming out of the man who previously had been dumb because of his unbelief!

Look at what faith can do, this is coming out of the man who previously had been dumb because of his unbelief! Maybe you're here this morning and you're dumb in a prior confession concerning Christ, and what the Lord Jesus in the Spirit wants you to do this very moment is: He wants you to go right back and retrace your steps to that time and that place where - whether through sin immorally, or vocally by denying the Lord, or some act of betrayal - you let Him down, and your faith stumbled, and you're stuck there historically and spiritually, you've never moved on. He wants you to go back to that place, and He wants you by an act of repentant faith and obedience to undo what was done, and to reaffirm your confession in Christ.

Do you know what that did for Zacharias? It transformed a sceptic into a prophet, who became a mouthpiece to declare the Gospel - that's what God will do for you. You maybe can't conceive of that, but you see: you're thinking of it in the natural. You're thinking that mentally, 'How could I? You know, I'm timid', and all the rest. Listen: when the Holy Ghost fills you, you will open your mouth as well. What a testimony he declared in the Gospel, verse 68: 'Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people' - he spoke of redemption. You know, that's what God is into. 'Redemption' just means 'buying back something that is lost', and purchasing it. That's what God wants to do with your life: your life is lost, your life is wrecked, and He wants to redeem you, He wants to buy you back. He has done through the precious blood of His Son that was shed at the cross, but He wants to do it experientially and experimentally in your personal life. He wants to take you out of the slave market of sin, and the bondage and slavery of habits and iniquity. He wants to take you away from the taskmaster of Satan, and bring you into His Lordship.

In verse 69 he speaks that God has 'raised up a horn of salvation for us'. 'Salvation' just means 'deliverance'. He wants to deliver you from sin, not just the consequences of the sins that you committed in the past, but the power of sin in the present - that's salvation in the Bible! He wants to emancipate you and liberate you from the power of sin. Then Zacharias went on to talk about how Christ, when He would be born, would be the fulfilment of all that the prophets had said to the end. In verse 74, look at this, a wonderful statement: 'That we might serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life' - that is an incredible statement! That we should no longer fear the Holy God of heaven, who has every right to judge us, but because He judged His Son in Jesus on the cross, we now can be free of the consequences of our sin - but by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in us, wonder of all wonders, we can live a life of holiness and righteousness before God all the days of our life. That is incredible!

Are you trying through religion or something like that, or through moral ethics, to 'live good', when the One who causes us to live holy and righteous before the holy, holy, holy God of heaven has done all that needs to be done? What else is there? He has saved us from our sins and enabled us to live a life of holiness before God all our days. Verse 79, He brings 'light to those in darkness' - are you in darkness? - 'and the shadow of death'. Is death hanging over you and the consequences of eternity? Is it shutting out the light: fear of death, fear of hell? The One who would be born would guide, look at the verse, 'guide our feet into the way of peace'. 'Peace, peace, wonderful peace, coming down from the Father above', in Jesus.

Listen: get over yourself, God has forgiven you, be in agreement with that and get on with confessing Him!

No, this child was not to be named 'Zacharias', but 'John'. What is encapsulated in this story is: Zacharias got a grip by faith in his heart, and was willing to obey what God had revealed. Rather than stick by the custom, rather than stick by the family, rather than stick by tradition, rather than stick by his failure - maybe that's what you're doing, like Mary and Martha, and Peter, and Zacharias, you can't get over your failure! Listen: get over yourself, God has forgiven you, be in agreement with that and get on with confessing Him!

Shakespeare made Juliet ask Romeo: 'What is in a name? That which we call 'a rose' by any other name would smell as sweet'. Well, that's true, in a sense: that which we call a rose, if you called it a daffodil, it would still smell as sweetly as a rose. But be that as it may, Juliet, we are people and we're not plants, and names do mean a great deal to us, don't they? Especially in Scripture - and do you know what John's name means? 'God is gracious' - what a message! It's important that that name came out, and then the prophecy came out of how God would freely give emancipation to people who are in spiritual bondage and slavery. I want to ask you today: do you know that? Are you free?

Let us pray. You prayed, didn't you, I hope you did, that God might speak - and I hope He has for you. What do you do if God has spoken to you? Well, very simply, you respond in faith - that's what the Scripture teaches, that's what I've been preaching. It just involves turning away from your sin, changing your mind about it, and realising that it's what's destroying your life. It's separating you from God now, and will forever separate you from God if it's not dealt with. So you must repent. No one ever gets saved by saying: 'Well, look, I'll hold on to my sin here with this hand, and I'll reach out to God with the other' - that's not how it works! If that has been your profession, that probably isn't genuine. You need to be prepared to repent. I know you don't have the power to leave your sin, but God will give you the power if you're willing to confess your sin and turn to God in faith - that simply means take Him at His word, agree with Him that you are a sinner and that you need a Saviour, and Jesus is that Saviour who died for you. Just embrace Him with your heart by faith, say: 'Lord Jesus, be my Saviour'.

Do you know what John's name means? 'God is gracious' - what a message!

Is there anyone here this morning that would take that step of faith? Is there anyone and God has spoken to you, and you want to pray now, and you want to trust Christ? Well, let's do it now, if you're that person. Or is there someone here, and you once confessed Jesus but you've messed up - like Mary and Martha, your faith stumbled at the grave; or at the fire of the world, like Peter, you denied the Lord and even cursed His name; or maybe like Zacharias, you're quite religious, but you just have not been able to believe yet. Well, can I ask you to retrace your steps led by the Holy Spirit and, like Peter did that day over the fire, reaffirm and undo what you did: confess your sin and believe the Lord Jesus.

If you need help, just follow me as I pray. From your heart just say to the Lord, if you're not saved: 'Lord, I confess my sin and I repent now and turn to You as Saviour. I thank You that Jesus died for me, save me now. Come into my life and be my Lord'. If you're somebody who has messed up, why not say: 'Lord, I confess my sin, where my faith stumbled and stopped, and I haven't moved on since, and it's been holding me back. But I confess it now, and I give it all over to You to take and to save and heal that moment, and come now and restore me and come into my life and be Lord of all'.

Father, we just pray now that You will take Your word and do Your will. To the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray, thanking You that You are the God of the second chance, and all of us at some time or another have failed the faith test. Lord, may we start passing, not because of our own credits, but by looking to Jesus and depending on Him in whose lovely name we pray, Amen.

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Andrew Watkins,
Preach The Word.
January 2012
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This sermon was delivered at Scrabo Hall in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the recording, titled "What's In A Name?" - Transcribed by Andrew Watkins, Preach The Word.

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