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Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4, 2:8 An “idol” is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God,

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1 Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4, 2:8 An “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 Idols in our Lives: Anything I LOVE more than God Anything I TRUST more than God Anything I SERVE more than God Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4

3 Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4 #1 – Do not replace God with another god “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 this message 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 Isaiah 1: WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK TO REDUCE GOD THRU IMAGES? A. Understandable motivation B. Ungodly motivation Romans 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 Isaiah 1: HOW DO PEOPLE SEEK TO REDUCE GOD THRU IMAGES? A. By defining Him with limits Historic concept of “PAGANISM”… 1. Nature is the ultimate reality… the timeless constant 2. gods are a part of nature… 3. gods are beings of power, but limited power… 4. gods can be, manipulated, worked…

6 Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4 Examples of “Paganism” Roman gods Greek gods and goddesses Native Americans NON – PAGAN RELIGIONS… Judaism * Christianity * Islam

7 Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4 Pagan = “rustic”… People outside the cities who still associated worship with gods who were a part of nature. Today…

8 Anatomy of an Idol Isaiah 1:1-4 B. By attempting to control His actions Worshipping God without Reductions/Images… 1. I accept God as He is 2. I praise God in all things 3. I allow God complete Lordship over my life Conclusion


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