Contributed on Oct 15, 2018
In this introduction to the series, we discuss what idolatry is and how it is still a problem in our modern times.
A. Can you guess what is the number one problem in the Bible? 1. It is the problem that more than 1,000 verses speak of? a. It is the problem that more than 50 of the laws in the first five books of the Bible are directed against. b. In Judaism it was one of only four sins to which the death ...read more
Contributed on Oct 22, 2018
Why is God jealous for us and how is that a good thing?
Introduction: A. If you like to listen to contemporary Christian music, then when you see the title of today’s sermon, “He is Jealous for Me,” you probably think of the David Crowder Band’s song “How He Loves,” because the song begins with that sentence. 1. The beginning of the song goes like ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2018
In this sermon, we discuss the way that food can become an idol for us as we allow food to do for us what only God should do.
A. A certain Texas rancher had a pair of boots made, and they turned out to be too tight. 1. The bootmaker insisted on stretching them, but the rancher wouldn’t let him. 2. The rancher explained to the bootmaker his reason for wanting the boots to be too tight: “There is little in my life that is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 5, 2018
In this sermon, we discuss the fact that sex is good, but when sex is used outside of God's intended ways, the god of sex twists it into something destructive.
A. As you know, children often do “say the darndest things.” 1. A precocious 7 year-old once asked her mother for a baby brother. a. Her mother was taken aback by the request, but explained in a soothing tone, “I’m afraid that just isn’t possible, darling. Babies cost a great deal of money, and ...read more
Contributed on Nov 12, 2018
In this sermon, we try to examine the way the god of entertainment tries to pull us away from God the Father.
A. How many of you have seen the 2005 romantic comedy called Fever Pitch? 1. It is a funny story about a guy who is a Boston Red Sox fanatic. 2. Here’s an interesting tidbit that you might not have known: Fever Pitch was actually first released outside the United States and Canada with the title ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2018
The god of success does not offer lasting meaning and purpose, but when we give our lives to God and are saved by grace, we have peace as we look forward to hearing Jesus' words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
A. Welcome to Friend Day, if you are visiting with us, we consider you an honored guest and hope that your experience here with us today is encouraging, inspiring, and helpful. 1. Today’s sermon is the sixth sermon in our series called “Counterfeit Gods – Defeating the Idols that Battle for Our ...read more
Contributed on Dec 3, 2018
In this sermon, we look at two people in the Bible who were serving the god of money, and are challenged with how to put money in its proper place.
A. Today we return to our sermon series called “Counterfeit Gods – Defeating the Idols that Battle for Our Hearts.” 1. In this series, we have been learning that anything in life, even good things, can be turned into gods when they take the place in our lives that only belongs to the One True ...read more
Contributed on Dec 11, 2018
In this sermon, we explore how the god of Romance encourages us to put a special love relationship on the throne of our life that only belongs to God.
A. One day and older couple was sitting in their front porch rockers watching the beautiful sunset and reminiscing about “the good old days.” 1. At one point, Grandma turned to Grandpa and said, “Honey, do you remember when we first started dating and you used to just casually reach over and take ...read more
Contributed on Dec 17, 2018
In this sermon, we explore how family can become an idol and how we can keep this from happening.
A. One day a Sunday School teacher was trying to drive home the importance of family life. 1. She illustrated her point by referring to the commandment “honor your mother and father.” 2. Then she added, “Now that we know God’s command for how we are to treat our parents, can any of you tell me a ...read more
Contributed on Jan 7, 2019
After discussing the god of me, this sermon explores how two biblical people finally found in God what they had previously been looking for in the wrong places.
A. One cold evening during the holiday season, a little boy was standing out in front of a store begging. 1. The little child had no shoes on and his clothes were mere rags. 2. A woman passing by saw the little boy and could read the longing in his dark eyes. 3. She took the child by the hand ...read more