Thursday, June 5, 2014

Explore the Bible: When Idols Tug at Your Heart

God expects undivided loyalty from His people and accepts nothing less (Explore the Bible Discovery Study Guide, p.16). In our current cultural situation, some may say this sounds harsh. But just this week we have seen a fire storm of  protests challenging the loyalty (or lack thereof) of one man to his military unit and his country. I hope and would like to believe that this fire storm reflects the fact that loyalty is not a lost idea today. That is the focus of this week's Explore the Bible study: When Idols Tug at Your Heart.

I have provided, as a part of the introduction, a contextual overview of Ezekiel with specific key Scriptures from last week's study. In preparing this week's study, I have tried to zero in on the idols we might embrace today, along with the theme of repentance and grace as outlined in Ezekiel. I pray this study will truly lead your group to examine their hearts to see if there is anything in their lives that has replaced Christ as the priority in their lives -- thus becoming an idol.

I have also provided one PowerPoint slide you could use as an optional introductory activity. It provides the following statement and the image accompanying this blog post to help promote discussion about what we consider idols today:

The more civilized a society becomes, 
the more sophisticated its idols become. 

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