Sermon Recap for August 13, 2017

We’ve given control to God of over our souls in eternity. We can trust Him with the here and now.

Idolatry is rooted in forgetfulness

We forget who God is and the power He displays in creation, but worship is rooted in remembering.

Teacher

Devinion Valentine

Scripture References

  • Psalm 95:1-11
  • 2 Timothy 2
  • Exodus 17
  • Numbers 20
  • Hebrews 3:7-11
  • 1 Corinthians 4:20
  • John 4:1-45
  • Hebrews 11:3
  • John 10
  • Mark 4:1-11

 

Sermon Notes

At the start of service on Sunday, Valentine spent some time discussing the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, which occurred over the weekend and the grief, apprehension, and even anger many of us feel toward those who perpetuate hatred or dominance of one race over the other.

Race isn’t the Gospel. But the Gospel covers race.

God has called us to be family, servants, and missionaries, which Valentine reminded us means we are to seek unity in Christ, even amidst racial and cultural diversity. We aren’t just to love our friends, but also our enemies. We must not avenge ourselves, but rather overcome evil with good. As Matthew 5:43-48 explains it:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

This supports the message of Proverbs 25:21-22, which says, “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” We are told to love with no conditions.

Created to Worship

To worship is “to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission.”

Bruce Leafbad said that true worship is “communion with God in which believers, by grace, center their minds attention and hearts’ affection on the Lord, humbly glorifying God in response to His greatness and His word.”

However, our hearts are at war with true worship of God. Because God has placed eternity on everyone’s hearts, we are always longing for something or someone. Human beings, whether Christian or not, are always seeking something bigger and greater than ourselves. This is human nature. This means that if we aren’t worshiping God, we will find something else to worship. Are hearts are at war every day.

Control Idols

When the source of our idolatry is the need for control over what is God’s to control, our hearts are in sin.

  1. Rather than looking to God for security, we turn to our ability to control the situation
  2. “Life only has meaning and I only have worth if I am able to get mastery over my life in the area of [fill in the blank]”
  3. It is a longing to have everything go according to my plan.

A Call to Those In Exile

Valentine’s drew today’s message from a study of Psalm 95, which is a Psalm written to Israel, which at the time was a country in exile. It starts off with two commands that set up the entire Psalm, and two reasons why we ought to worship Him over all.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
 For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
 The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
 For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
 when your fathers put me to the test
    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
 For forty years I loathed that generation
    and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
    and they have not known my ways.”
 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
    “They shall not enter my rest.”

The first command (v.1) is to come and sing — to make a “joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. The second command (v.2) is to “come into his presence with thanksgiving.”

We should believe Him because He is the creator of all things (v.3-5). God is bigger than anything we are going through. We often see structures created by man out of natural material and are amazed by the creativity and grandness. However, they created these things out of other things that already existed. By contrast, God created everything out of nothing. He spoke the universe into existence. When is the last time you looked at God’s creation in awe?

A Call to Worship

The psalmist then issues another command in verse 6:

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

Finally, God loves us so much that He is faithful, even when we are faithless. The rest of the psalm contains covenant language that proclaims our identity as “the people of his pasture and the sheep of the land.”

Struggling with Control Idolatry

Idolatry is an affront to our creator. We are stealing worship from Him that is rightfully His. Upon conviction from the Spirit that we are in the midst of some struggle with control idolatry, we must confess, repent, and worship God by giving Him what is His! Then we can rejoice in the salvation that He has bestowed on us through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus.

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Announcements

Gathering groups and Night of Prayer are cancelled for this week as we will be participating in the Prayer Walk for Cedar Hill Schools (see below). However, if you are not part of a Gathering Group, we strongly encourage you to sign up for one (sign-up sheets are at church on Sundays). As of now, our gathering groups meet throughout the week in Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville.

August 16 – Prayer Walk for Cedar Hill Schools

September 24Baptism Sunday @ Omni Fellowship