Fighting Idolatry

By Aaron LeDuc,

This weekend, Kevin finished up a 2 part series on "The Absurdity Behind Idolatry" out of Isaiah 44.  If you missed it, you can hear both sermons here:

As we seek to turn from idols and look to greater joy in Christ, Kevin gave us some helpful categories and diagnostic questions to root out idols.  Spend some time this week thinking through these questions and reflecting on how God would have you change.

Idol of comfort: I expect my life to be without hardship
Uncovering the idol of comfort:
Do I get irritated when someone or something changes my plans or agenda?
Do I think I know better than God what I need to be satisfied, secure or fulfilled?  
Am I having a hard time being thankful today because of my circumstances?
Do I find myself worrying that my circumstances will not change?
Would I rather be comfortable than be generous?
Is there a certain home, lifestyle, or car that I must have in order to be happy?
Do I only feel secure financially if I have a certain amount of money in the bank?d
Am I jealous of others who may not be suffering the way I am?  Do I feel that it is not fair?

Idol of man’s approval: I am consumed by what others think of me
Uncovering the idol of man’s approval:
Do I crave the attention of others?  
Am I willing to change who I am to be loved or accepted by others?
Do I get angry when people don’t respect me?
Do I get upset when others get noticed for doing something I have done?
Am I obsessed by the way I look and go to great strides to change my appearance?
Am I jealous of others' spiritual gifts?
Am I afraid of making others upset with me?  Do I try to make everyone happy?

Idol of distraction: I would rather escape, numb, or entertain myself
Uncovering the idol of distraction:
When life is hard and I need a break, where do I turn?
What is most exciting to me in this life?
What sins have I embraced in my life to try to find an escape from reality? 

Identifying Idols

By Kevin Wolfe,

Over the past two weeks, we have been talking a lot about the vision we believe God wants us to be about the next 5 years - "Intentionally on mission, purposefully making disciples."  We believe at this critical juncture in the life of Mountain View Community Church, we need to be more resolved than ever before to make sure this happens.  

I believe one of the greatest hinderances that will keep us from being on mission is idols that we all have in our life.  Idols are much more than golden calves, budda dolls, etc.  In fact, many idols that we struggle with are not even bad things, they can even be good things.  However, when we ascribe even a good thing to have greater value and worth than Jesus, they are bad.

Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, who is a pastor in London, gives a helpful definition about what an idol is. He says, “An idol is anything in my life that occupies a place that should be occupied by God alone. . .An idol is something that holds such a controlling position in my life that it moves and rouses and attracts me so easily that I give my time, attention, and money to it effortlessly.” Simply put, an idol is whatever or whoever you and I give central value to in our lives. And because we do that, because we place central value to it in our lives and in our hearts, the rest of our life is completely directed and controlled by it.

Are there good things that you have allowed to be ultimate things in your life and thus have taken your eyes off Jesus?  God calls us to simply repent and reprioritize our lives around that which will matter the most five minutes into eternity.  Let's keep our eyes FULLY fixed on Jesus!