Flood Church - February 12, 2012
Acts 17:16-31 NIV
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean." (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' "Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead."
How do we abandon the false gods (idols) in our lives?
Main Point 1
We must identify them. Acts 17:16
Who Is An Idol?
Idol (false god): It is anything more important to you than God, anything that captures your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.
3 Biblical metaphors for idolatry
a. Marital What do you desire? b. Religious key question: What, if you lost it, would make life not worth living? c. Political key question: What makes us uncontrollably angry, anxious, or despondent?
Main Point 2
We must turn back to the true God. Acts 17:24-25; 30
> An idol I’m identifying in my life is: __________________ > Live out your faith in the marketplace by _________ > Memorize Jonah 2:8 > Join us next Sunday as we look at the idol of beauty