1 SAMUEL 7
standing against the idols of our culture

LORD'S DAY January 23 2021 - We gather to rejoice in the God who shows us continually how much we need Him.

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Only by returning to the Lord can we save ourselves and our families from the corruption and dominion of our idolatrous culture, 1 Samuel 7:3-4.

 

The world is full of toxic ideas (idols) that destroy our lives from the inside out. Idols embedded deeply in our culture slowly and insidiously seep into our lives with their corrosive wisdom. The pressures of false and sinful ideas concerning individualism, identity, sex, race, self-esteem, and the pursuit of pleasure apart from God trickle into our thinking, our conversation, and our values. Idolatrous images to the new morality are being erected in pulpits and homes among confessing Christians like the Baals and Ashtaroths of ancient Israel.

 

Idolatry is not just an object of veneration; it is any false idea that destroys the God-centered vision of life presented in Scripture. Idolatry is a problem for Christians just as it was for Israel. In fact “idolatry is the fundamental human problem.” Michael Lockwood remarks, “When we refuse to fear, love, and trust the true God, we are forced to find substitutes for him.” But all replacements fail to provide, protect, and meet our needs. The false gods (ideas) of this world enslave and destroy those who embrace them.

 

Meditate on 1 Samuel 7:3-4 as you prepare for worship this Lord’s Day.

 

 

Prelude – Orchestra

Welcome & Call to Worship

Michael Sherer

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you  may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Praise Response - Justin Caudle

 All creatures of our god and king (3rd verse only) – Hymn 11

Prayer of Confession & assurance of forgiveness in Christ

Bryan Sullivan
1 Peter 2:10
 

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now  you have received mercy.

The apostle's Creed

Michael Sherer

Worship in Song - Justin Caudle

Scripture reading

Bryan Sullivan

Psalm 119:9-16 (Congregation reads vss. 11-12)

 

Leader: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.

 

Congregation: Praise the Lord!

PASTORAL PRAYER

Bryan Sullivan

ministry in song

Youth Girls' Quartet - All is Well

Ministry of the word

Bob St. John

1 Samuel 7

 

Standing Against the Idols of Our Culture

Doxology

Justin Caudle

Benediction

Bob St. John

Matthew 25:34

 

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.