Our first and most important membership commitment
is "Do you commit your life to Jesus is Lord?"* All our other commitments are
consequences of this primary one.
10:9 says "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is
Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the
dead, you will be saved."
Jesus is Lord is central to our salvation. Saying
"Jesus is Lord" has two basic types of meaning. One is
our relationship to Jesus; the other is who Jesus really
is. One way I sum up the two meanings is:
Jesus is my master.
Jesus is Yahweh God.
How we relate to Jesus should be the consequence of knowing
who he is.
In the Greek translation of the Bible that was used in the
time of Jesus, the personal name of God, YAHWEH, was
translated into Greek as ΚΥΡΙΟΣ (kurios), usually translated
into English as Lord or Master.
The Apostles and New Testament writers often quoted Old
Testament passages about the LORD (YaHWeH), but made clear
that they believed the passages spoke of Jesus Christ the
Messiah. They also consistently gave Jesus powerful titles
which were used for YaHWeH in the Old Testament. It would
surely shock anyone who believed in the LORD God of the Law
and the Prophets to see His titles and descriptions placed
upon Jesus of Nazareth. The Apostles knew the Old
Testament well. They purposely used the titles and
descriptions of the LORD God in the Law and Prophets for
Jesus Christ in the New Testament. They were not blaspheming
or confused, They were making a point- that God himself took
on a human body to live visibly on the earth and to redeem
mankind. John put it this way: "the Word was God.... the
Word became flesh and lived among us" (John 1:1,14).
But believing, knowing who Jesus is, is not
James wrote, "Even the demons believe-and
"Jesus is Lord" means also my master. One
I should obey and has power over me. Receiving Jesus as
Lord means that my constant overriding goal should be to
be to obey him. Nothing else should matter.
"Master" also means that Jesus has power of
life and death over me -- over us. Not just us who
believe. Jesus could have called on an army legion
of angels to save him, have called down fire from heaven
to destroy those who rejected him. Jesus has power
of life and death over believers and unbelievers, human
rulers of nations and demons, the whole world; not just
the world, the entire universe. He is the meaning
of the universe; what its being is about. This is
what existance is about -- anything and everything's
existance. My being, and your being.
It is in our interest to live according to the
nature of reality. This is Reality - the One who
made the universe is the one who died to save us.
The one who keeps the universe working is also the
personal friend Jesus. If I jump off a cliff and
don't believe in gravity, does that effect the
The central fact of reality is Jesus is
Lord. Do we always act and think and feel with
this basic fact the central premise? Is this
how we always live?
I know my life is not always focused on Jesus.
Our whole being is to be focused on our Lord.
If it is not -- when it is not -- the biblical call
is to repent; change -- transform -- our minds until
our whole life is focused on Jesus Christ.
I am going to lead a prayer of repentance. If
it is true to you, repeat after me: Lord Jesus, we have not always put you first. Our lives have not always be in submission
to you. Our hearts have not always been focused on
you. Forgive us, Change us, turn us around, transform us! In Jesus' Name, Amen
Who is Jesus?
Leader: Who is Jesus? Reader 1 John 13:13 You call me Teacher and Lord-and
you are right, for that is what I am.
Leader: Jesus is Lord and teacher. Who is Jesus? Reader 2 Matthew 16:15-18 Jesus said to his
disciples, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter
replied, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For
flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is
in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I
will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail
Leader: Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Who is
Jesus? Reader 3 Romans 10:9 If you
confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your
heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life;
whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s
Acts 4:11 This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you,
the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’
12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no
other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must
Hebrews 2:3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a
Leader: Jesus is Savior. Who is Jesus?
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only
Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may
have eternal life.
John 3:18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but
those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have
not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Leader: Jesus is God's only son. Who is Jesus? Reader 5
1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father,
from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord,
Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we
John 1.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God;
3 all things were made through him, and without him was not
anything made that was made.
Leader: Jesus is the creator, the Word of God. Who is
Jesus? Reader 6
Revelation 19.11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white
horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness
he judges and makes war.
12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are
many diadems; and he has a name inscribed that no one knows but
13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is
called The Word of God.
14 And the armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and
pure, were following him on white horses.
15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike
down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he
will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the
16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed,
"King of kings and Lord of lords."
Leader: Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Who is
John 20:28 Thomas answered Jesus, "My Lord and my