It's easy for a good thing to become a god thing. Last week we looked at Hosea 2 to provide a spiritual diagnostic for the condition of our heart. We saw that idolatry often takes the form of good desires that have gone wrong. Sometimes it can be hard to see when a healthy pursuit has become an idol, but that doesn't mean we can take it lightly. Committing idolatry is committing adultery against our God. Thanks be to God that he is not like us. God is faithful, loving, and initiates the process of restoration when we sin.
Take some time this week to consider your heart. Think about what you truly want, desire, and find satisfaction in. If you identify idolatry in your life, repent of your sin and trust in God.
Listen to "Diagnosing Idolatry"
PREPARING TO HEAR
This Sunday JD will be back in Colossians, specifically 1:24-29. This passage gives us insight into the heart of Paul, as he reveals why he suffers and what his goals are in ministry. As you prepare for this Sunday, read these verses and think on the following questions:
- What does it mean that Paul fills up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions (vs. 24)?
- What does it mean that the gospel is a mystery (vs. 26)?
- What is Paul's goal in proclaiming Christ (vs. 28)? Is this your goal?
- What does it look like to toil, struggling with all God's energy (vs. 29)?
Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for JD as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.
Order of Worship