Help for our Unbelief

Sermon Recap for August 6, 2017

Do not look to anything other than God to bring you something that only God can. This is unbelief, and is the heart of idolatry.

We are idol-making factories

As Christians, we live in a tension of believing and not believing. We are called to address the heart issues behind sin, not just the behavior. Otherwise, we are just chasing good morals, not the Gospel.

Teacher

Devinion Valentine

Scripture References

  • Psalm 62:5-12
  • Mark 9:14-24
  • Matthew 15:19
  • Psalm 103:8-14
  • 1 John 5:21

Sermon Notes

God is great, good, and gracious. Valentine read from Psalm 103:8, which reads:

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

A perfect faith is nowhere to be found. However, even in seasons of unbelief, Christ still remains faithful. His steadfast love pursues us and He keeps our heart with, near, and close to Him.

Definitions of the Heart

  1. It is the seat and center of all life
  2. It is the seat of our most basic orientation, our deepest commitments. It is that spiritual part of us where our emotions, thoughts, and desires dwell
  3. It is the center and source of all belief and behavior (right or wrong)

Definitions of Idolatry

Tim Keller says that “The biblical concept of idolatry is an extremely sophisticated idea, integrating intellectual, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual categories.” It is not about merely carving graven images out of gold as we have seen in Exodus. The truth of the matter is that we are always worshiping something, whether it is God or something else. If it is “something else,” it is idolatry.

  1. It is the violation of the 1st commandment
  2. It is anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God
  3. Whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.”
  4. It is anything that becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, purpose, and identity

When we sin, we have a heart problem, not a behavior problem. As Christians, we must address the heart issues, not just the behavior, and the root of all sin is unbelief and idolatry.

Two Types of Idols: The Heart of Unbelief

Surface idols. These are often what people see in us. Dealing with them in a piecemeal fashion may not really get to the root of the issue. These things include but are not limited to:

  • Image
  • Work
  • Achievement
  • Materialism
  • Religion
  • Racial or Cultural
  • Family
  • Relationship
  • Suffering

Source idols. If surface idols are the plant, source idols are the root. Unless we get to the root of idolatry, the root will continue to sprout bad fruit. There are three source idols that rob God of His worship and rob us of our joy:

  • Control – We turn to our ability to control a situation rather than look to God for our satisfaction.
  • Comfort – We desire a pleasurable experience or a certain quality of life rather than trusting what God has done to give us significance.
  • Approval – We hope for others to have a high opinion of us for our identity rather than resting in our identity in Christ.

Defeating Unbelief

Repenting of idolatry first requires recognition and conviction, and we must daily confess and declare over our hearts that God is all we need and that Jesus is better, and we must ask the Holy Spirit to help us believe, for we cannot do it ourselves. It is the Gift of God.

In Christ, Kaitlyn Gries

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