I have the awesome opportunity to teach tomorrow night in youth! I'm teaching the third week of a four week series titled Messed Up!. The series addresses several of Jesus' counter-cultural teachings, and my lesson so happens to be about idolatry. I'll be talking about why we should cut off our hands and feet and gouge out our eyes if they cause us to sin (not literally... just clarifying). My text is Mark 9:42-27, which says,
"And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell."
I'm going to first explain a little what idols are and who idolaters are, why idols are bad, what the Bible has to say about idols and idolaters, how to remove an idol from your life, and why Jesus is worth giving up our idols for.
I'm still working on my speech material, so if anyone has any advice, suggestions, warnings, encouragements, or anything else to add, please do so! That's really the point behind this post. So if you have something to say, comment it up!
If you've been reading my blog long enough (which really only fellow blogger Ashley Jones has done), you'll recall my idolatry post from over a year ago. Here's the link. I've incorporated most of what I said in that post into my message. Check that out and give me your feedback on it too.