3 – Our Greatest Love
Speaking about Jesus (the ways of Jesus) into other people’s lives in a way that shows God’s love for them.
Who or what is your greatest love? What do you give most of your time, energy, money and attention to?
- We all have idols.
“So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, 23 for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.” (Acts 17:22-23)
Contemporary idols: possessions, careers, relationships, hobbies, sports, entertainment, goals, greed, addictions to alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, etc.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes. 4 Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands. 5 They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see.
6 They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell. 7 They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound. 8 And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.” (Psalm 115:3-8)
- Psalm 121:7
- Philippians 4:6-7
- We want to respond to God, not God respond to us.
“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:24-28)
“We love each other because he loved us first.” (1 John 4:19)
“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.” (Acts 17:24-25)
- We are called to turn around when going the wrong way.
“And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:29-31)
– Sometimes the truth in love is hard to hear. Talk about a time you had to receive hard words. Have you ever had to give them? Which is harder?
– Why is it easier to see the idols in other people’s lives rather than in our own? This is why we need each other. How can we best practice speaking the truth in love to others?
– When you realize you’ve been chasing idols – how do you usually respond? Do you find it easy to confess and repent?
– What are you walking away from the series with? How will you apply it?