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Death By Love, wk 1

March 2, 2009

Bridge Members, please see this post below about the text-messaging Q&A feature we’re trying during the Death By Love series.  Now onto today’s post…

Glitches or not, Death By Love has officially kicked off.  This Sunday made me proud to be at The Bridge – it seemed like everything that could go wrong did.  Snow day, technical problems, distractions during the gathering… and yet almost 100 of us braved the 1-4 inches of snow (which is emotionally equivalent to the apocalypse to some Tennesseans) to gather under The Cross Sunday and the love was thick.

You could boil down week 1 of Death By Love to this: We are all born into the world as thieves of God’s glory.

John Calvin, the great theologian/pastor wisely said this…

The human heart is a factory of idols…Everyone of us is, from his mother’s womb , expert in inventing idols.

The fact of the matter is that everyone since The Fall is born with a heart that manufactures idols like McDonald’s makes $0.99 double-cheeseburgers.  Sometimes it’s hard to identify your idols because there’s not just one; there are hundreds.  When something is an idol in our heart, we’ll treat it like a god instead of treating God like God…

  • What do you make sacrifices to?  Think money, time, and energy.
  • What do you run to for comfort when you’re stressed?
  • What do you love to talk about/praise?
  • What stirs your emotions?

When something other than God becomes ultimate in our lives, our message to the world is “God is NOT worthy of glory, [insert your idol here] is.”  

We act like it’s no big deal for us live as if we love college basketball more than God, or our children more than God, or our 401k and career more than God, but it’s serious business to a God that’s passionate about His glory filling the universe “like water the seas”.  So serious that God has two hair-raising responses to the thievery of His glory… but that’s for next week’s sermon.

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