Good News Satisfaction
December 29, 2013 Series: Good News Living
Topic: Weekend Gathering Message Passage: Exodus 20:1–20:6
1 And God spoke all these words: 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 "You shall have no other gods before me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
God says an idol is something:
a) we bow down to: it ______________our ___________.
b) we serve: we ____________it because we feel we can't live without it.
- it __________ our ______________.
- we are _____________ at the prospect of not _______________ it.
c) we __________it more than God.
Practising The Presence of God (Linda's List)
All buzzers, beepers and timers were a signal to __________ and _______________
Alarm set for every __________ on the _________
Psalm 103: 1-2
1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--
Idolatry Detector Test
(abridged from Gospel: Rediscovering the Power the Made Christianity Revolutionary by JD Greear)
a) What one thing do you most hope is in you future? (career success? salary? home ownership? a beach home? marriage? kids? respect of team mates? going pro? being loved and respected by colleagues)
b) What is it that, without it life would hardly seem worth living?
c) What is the one thing you most worry about losing? (your family? your spouse? your job? respect of your kids? investments? influence?)
d) If you could change one thing about yourself right now, what would it be?
e) What thing have you sacrificed most for? (what you prize most is shown by what you pursue the hardest.)
f) Who is in your life that you feel like you can't forgive? (Bitterness is almost always tied to idolatry.)
g) When do you feel the most significant? (When do you hold your head up the highest? What do you hope people will find out about you? Do you constantly mention your job? Are you looking for opportunities to show off your house? your car? your kids?)
h) What triggers depression in you? (That your kids never call? That it looks like your marriage will never get better? That you have reached a certain age and still aren't married? Or that you don't get the recognition you deserve? Depression is triggered when something we deem essential for life and happiness is denied. NOTE: there are some physiological factors in depression--but idolatry fuels our depression.)
i) Where do you find comfort when things aren't going well? (work? sensual pleasure? comfort food? alcohol? drugs? the gym?)
"St. Augustine said things like worry, fear, sadness, and deep depression are "smoke from the fires" arising from the altars of our idolatry."