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The Ten | Week 3 – Smash Your Idols 

 

We have a tendency to think that idols are some kind of stone image or something found in a tribal village as described in a National Geographic magazine. This leads to a misunderstanding of what an idol really is. We often believe that we are far too sophisticated for such things. Holding to that view is best described by what CS Lewis calls; “chronological snobbery”. The fact of the matter is, idolatry is all around us and it is probably something that you struggle with every day. This is such a major issue that God placed it second on his top ten list. The second commandment warns against creating idols.

 

READ Galatians 5:1

 

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

 

READ the passage again and consider these related questions.

 

A yoked animal can be led in a direction that he doesn’t want to go; how does sin lead us away from God?

 

Describe the role of the Holy Spirit in standing firm in our freedom. 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 5:8-10; Romans 1:25, 28-32; 1 Timothy 6:9-10; Matthew 6:24; Romans 12:1; John 4:23-24; Romans 6:13-14

 

1. In ways does the second commandment remind to us avoid evil?

 

2. How does loving money and wealth sprout into ungodly living?

 

3. In what ways can a follower of Jesus have misaligned priorities and how is that idolatry?

 

4. Describe how leading a holy life is an act of worship.

 

5. Discuss the phrase, we all worship something. Why is this particularly import for a follower of Jesus to understand?

 

6. What does it mean to “worship in spirit and in truth”?

 

7. Use the message of the Gospel to dispel the hollow promises of idolatry.

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