Welcome back to bible study, as we discuss week one from No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. While reading my lessons, I was reminded of an experience I had at the shopping mall on the day before Easter. I went into my local tea store to replace a broken tea pot. As I checked out at the register, I set my purse before a small statue of Buddha. It offended me because I was looking at an idol of a false god. I did what any good Christian would do, I immediately said a prayer to the Lord and rebuked the false god. Two days later, I found myself reading about false gods and idol worship. With certainty, that small statue crossed my path as a visual reminder that false gods exist even today. Some idols are obvious, and some are hidden inside our hearts. Our bible study is about the modern gods clogging our spiritual life.
On page 15 of the No Other Gods workbook, Kelly Minter writes “A professed god is who or what we say our god is; a functional god is who or what actually operates as our god.” We then examined the false gods of modern society and those with our own hearts. Once we identified these, we saw how these idols make us slaves. We’re slaves to food, family members, illness, technology and even ourselves, and we are no longer mastered by God. Kelly Minter digs deep when she says “The only thing worse than being under the control of something to no fault of my own is to be under the control of something I’ve actually created.”
Were you shocked to uncover hidden gods and did this week’s lesson take you down a path of discovery you had not expected? Did you find a smirking pharaoh at the end of your study? This week we unveiled our personal pharaohs and next week we’ll examine why we have these idols in our Christian lives. As we examine scripture, we examine our own hearts and draw near to Him.
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Kelly Minter Quotes
- God was getting my worship, but my gods were getting my service.
- Our false gods have taken up our most treasured spaces, leaving little room for God to show Himself strong on our behalf.
- As with anything human, church always mixes the glorious with the flawed.
- Anything taking the place of God in our lives deserves our attention.
- Having freedom from our idols begins by recognizing our powerless against them.
- What we treasure apart from God is where we find our idols.
For Next Week
- Read Session Two in the workbook
- Join our Womens Bible Cafe Chat on Facebook
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Did you uncover hidden idols in this week’s study? If so, what did you find? (page 15 )
- Complete this sentence by filling in the blanks: _________ had become my pharaoh and it kept me ____________.
- On page 23, Kelly Minter writes “Am I doing this for God’s glory, or for my own glory, pride, comfort, happiness or other selfish motives?’ Looking at your personal pharaoh in answer 2 above, which one of these motives feeds your pharaoh: your own glory, pride, comfort, happiness or selfish motives?
- If you want, share a favorite moment from this week’s study.