Sermon Recap for August 20, 2017
We need people. We just don’t need people more than we need God.
What You Feel You Need Controls You
Secular psychology calls idolatry of approval co-dependency. Teens call it peer pressure. The Bible calls it the fear of man.
- John 12:37-43
- John 20:31
- Isaiah 6:1-5
- John 19:38
- Proverbs 29:25
- Matthew 4
We read primarily out of John 12:37-43.
Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
“He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes,
and understand with their heart, and turn,
and I would heal them.”
Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Pharisees were what you might call “religious sinners.” They were devoted to God, but did not delight in Jesus. They delighted in tradition but not truth. They were men of works but not good works ordained by God. Many of the Pharisees did not believe Jesus is the son of God. However, there were many like in the passage above who were kind of like “Secret Christians.” They believed in Jesus, but they didn’t want to be kicked out of the synagogue.
The Idol of Approval
Secular psychology calls it co-dependency, and teenagers call it peer pressure. The Bible calls it the fear of man.
- The fear of human opinion disables
- Fearing people is a dangerous trap
- It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you
- The fear of man brings a snare
Rather than looking to God and what He has done for us in the work of Christ for significance, we look to ourselves and others to find approval. To put it another way, someone in the throes of an approval idol will think or say something like this:
Life only has meaning and I only have worth if I am loved and respected by [fill in the blank].
What or who you feel you need will eventually control you. Our ultimate problem is we need them (for ourselves) more than we love them (for the Glory of God)
What We Must Do
It is not that we don’t need people. It is only when our need for people exceeds our need for God that it becomes a problem. Our task is to need people less and love them more for His glory. In spite of our rebellion to love people more than we love God, His patience, mercy and love never run out. Even when we act unholy, we are still holy because of Jesus. Shouldn’t this drive you to deeper worship?
- We must keep trusting in the glorious work of God
- We must continue to worship the glorious God
- We must continue trusting God that he will help us love others to the glory of his name In us He is well pleased, because of Jesus.
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