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Jason Malone picked up in Galatians 4:8-11 this morning. As mentioned last week, I try to jot everything down verbatim, but it’s not always possible. To listen to the sermon in its entirety, I invite you to visit Summit’s site.
What’s your greatest desire? To be a man/woman of God? To be a godly father/mother? To see your children/grandchildren fully devoted to Jesus Christ?
- Nothing hijacks our desires quicker than idolatry — which is anything or anyone that occupies the place that should be occupied by God alone.
- Nobody is an unbeliever. We either believe in the one true God or we’re a slave to worshiping gods. Christ followers are not enslaved, but we are tempted to put other things in God’s place.
- “Idols” aren’t always bad, but idolatry is. To be enslaved to – or to lust for something – is to over desire. It doesn’t mean having a normal size desire for something evil, but an over-sized desire for something that’s good. We lust after achievements, sex, money, etc. because the idol comes in saying if you have me, you’ll be fulfilled.
- Why do we put things where God should be? Because in those moments, we choose to love something or someone more than we love Jesus.
- The Gospel is the motivation for all life change.
- We all worship—so what is sitting on the throne of your life? Who or what is competing with God’s place?
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Jesus + Nothing = Everything
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What a blessing to sit under such wonderful teaching. Thanks for sharing your sermon notes with us!
Blessed, indeed Susan. After almost a one year search for a church home, we became a team member at Summit this past Sunday. Thanks for sharing!
Interesting points. Particularly the quote by Martin Luther: "Idolatry is always the reason we ever do anything wrong." I'll have to think about that one! I need these good reminders every once in a while. Glad you've found a new church home. Sounds like a keeper.
Thanks for stopping by, Debra. I'd never considered the truth behind Luther's quote until now – but I agree. When I trace the footprints of a particular sin, I see how the first step began with some type of idolatry.