Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: August 30, 2015
I'm sure as soon you see the word "idol" all sorts of images race through your mind. You probably think of little figurines used during worship practices of bygone days or at least something outdated and having no relevance to your life right now. But what if that's not an accurate picture of an idol? What if, at the heart of most (if not all) our problems, our lack of personal satisfaction, our relationship struggles, our identity crises and so much more, there's an idol? You see, an idol can be anything or anyone that captures our hearts, minds, and affections more than God - and that always has devastating effects! Curious about these idols? Want to know more about identifying and ridding them from your life? Then join us for our 5 week series: Idols Suck...the life out of us. August 2nd-30th
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.