1 John 5:21
Counterfeit gods always disappoint but the true God satisfies.
Defining idolatry: An idol is anything that keeps you from the true God.
1. Two spheres of idolatry.
Key Thought: The human heart is a perpetual idol factory.
2. A strategy to shut down the idol factory.
TALK IT OVER
- How many countries have you visited? What unique cultural differences did you observe?
- John ended his letter this way, “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” Why would John close his letter this way?
- How would you define idolatry? What are the unique idols in America? In our churches?
- Someone said, “The human heart is a perpetual idol factory.” What do you think of the statement? Is there a distinction between external idolatry and internal idolatry?
- Read the following passages about idolatry: Exodus 20:3-4, Exodus 32:4, Ezekiel 14:3, Ezekiel 16:17-20, Psalm 106:36-38, Romans 1:21-25, Colossians 3:5. What did you learn about idolatry in these passages?