Presentation on theme: "Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4, 2:8"— Presentation transcript:
1 Anatomy of an IdolIsaiah 1:1-4, 2:8An “idol” is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.
2 Anatomy of an Idol Idols in our Lives: Anything I LOVE more than God Isaiah 1:1-4Idols in our Lives:Anything I LOVE more than GodAnything I TRUST more than GodAnything I SERVE more than God
3 Anatomy of an Idol #1 – Do not replace God with another Isaiah 1:1-4#1 – Do not replace God with anothergod “no other gods before Me”#2 - Do not reduce God into another image “not make an idol in the form of anything…”If using your sermon summary, you will be really excited about how short thismessage is looking! Already on to the back side of the outline! Who Hoo!!!BAD NEWS….. we will actually slow down as you turn the page.
4 Anatomy of an Idol 1. WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK TO REDUCE GOD THRU IMAGES? Isaiah 1:1-41. WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK TO REDUCE GOD THRU IMAGES?A. Understandable motivationB. Ungodly motivationRomans 1:21“For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but…exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”
5 Anatomy of an Idol 2. HOW DO PEOPLE SEEK TO REDUCE GOD THRU IMAGES? Isaiah 1:1-42. HOW DO PEOPLE SEEK TO REDUCE GOD THRU IMAGES?A. By defining Him with limitsHistoric concept of “PAGANISM”…1. Nature is the ultimate reality… the timeless constant2. gods are a part of nature…3. gods are beings of power, but limited power…4. gods can be, manipulated, worked…
6 Greek gods and goddesses Anatomy of an IdolIsaiah 1:1-4Examples of “Paganism”Greek gods and goddessesRoman godsNative AmericansNON – PAGAN RELIGIONS…Judaism * Christianity * Islam
7 Anatomy of an IdolIsaiah 1:1-4Pagan = “rustic”… People outside the cities who still associated worship with gods who were a part of nature.Today…
8 Anatomy of an Idol B. By attempting to control His actions Isaiah 1:1-4B. By attempting to control His actionsWorshipping God without Reductions/Images…1. I accept God as He is2. I praise God in all things3. I allow God complete Lordship over my lifeConclusion