Honor | Part 3 | #2: You Sit On A Throne Of Lies 21 Jan

Out of all 10 Commandments, what is the easiest to keep? Many people would say it’s easy to honor the command to not make an idol. After all, we’re beyond making idols! But is that true? Join us for our message, “You Sit On A Throne Of Lies”, and check to see if you’ve made an idol in your life. #GCHonor

Commandment #1: “You must not have any other god but me.”

 

Commandment #2: “You must not make for yourself an idol.”

 

Zeus: Power
Aphrodite: Beauty/Love
Artemis​: Sex/Fertility
Mammon: Wealth

 

The deadliest war you’ll fight is the one you never realize is going on.

 

What is an Idol?

“an object of extreme devotion”
“a representation or symbol of an object of worship”
“a form or appearance visible but without substance (lifeless)”

 

“You Sit on a Throne of Lies!”

 

Absolutely nothing is able to satisfy you like Jesus can!

 

Action Steps to Take:

  1. Reflect in order to Reveal
  2. Repent in order to Restore

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Key Scripture:

Exodus 20:1–4 (NLT)

1 Then God gave the people all these instructions:

  2 “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.

  3 “You must not have any other god but me.

  4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.

Psalm 107:8–9 (NLT)

8 Let them praise the LORD for his great love

      and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

    9 For he satisfies the thirsty

      and fills the hungry with good things.

Joshua 24:14–15 (NLT)

14 “So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”

Romans 1:25 (NLT)

25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

1 John 5:3 (NLT)

3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • If you could choose one object to symbolize the essence of who you are, what would it be and why?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • Read Exodus 20:1-2. Consider the context in which God delivered the Ten Commandments. How does understanding God as our rescuer influence our response to His commands?
  • In reading Exodus 20:4, what does the commandment against making idols reveal about the nature of our worship and relationship with God?
  • Think about the idols mentioned in the sermon, such as power, beauty, and wealth. In what ways might our culture encourage the worship of such idols, and how have you experienced this in your own life?
  • Psalm 107:8-9 praises God’s satisfying nature. Share a personal experience when something temporal brought happiness, and how it compares to the lasting satisfaction found in Jesus.
  • Considering the action steps mentioned in the sermon, how can we practically “Reflect in order to Reveal” and “Repent in order to Restore” in our daily lives?
  • Read Joshua 24:14-15. What are the idols that you may need to put away to serve the Lord wholeheartedly? How does this choice impact your daily life?
  • 1 John 5:3 relates love for God to keeping His commandments. Discuss the relationship between love and obedience in your spiritual journey

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Take a personal “idol inventory” and make a plan to replace those idols with time spent in God’s presence, such as in prayer, worship, and reading Scripture.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Teach us, O God, to prioritize our relationship with You above all else. Grant us the wisdom to recognize when our affections are misplaced and the strength to reorient our hearts back to You. May Your Spirit guide us in taking a personal inventory of our lives, identifying anything that competes for Your rightful place in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Clay Weed

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