Sunday Message: Against Casual Christianity

January 24, 2020

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 4:15-24

Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that He made with you, and make an idol for yourselves in the shape of anything He has forbidden you.

Deuteronomy 4:23

Come to our Sunday Worship Service OR Listen to Rev. Moegagogo Solomona’s sermon from today’s 10AM Sunday Worship Livestream on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/ccmla.

Reflect on the Notes below in our Life Group Zoom, Mondays at 7:30PM.

Sermon Main Idea: The True and Living God is passionate for His people.

Text Notes:

  •  Moses warns against idolatry. (v. 15-19)
    • They must not worship:
      • Representations of themselves. (v. 15)
      • That which they were to govern. (v. 16-17)
      • The instruments of God. (v. 19)
  • Moses reminds Israel of God’s love for Israel. (v. 20)
    • Israel is the product of God’s saving grace.
    • Israel was rescued from death for life with God.
    • Israel is God’s special treasure.
      • nachalah נַחֲלָה – highlights God’s love for Israel
  • Moses’ bitterness. (v. 21-22)
    • Moses blames the people for his denied entry into Canaan. (The correct reason, Deut. 32:48-52)
    • Moses contrasts himself with the people. (v. 22)
  •  Moses’ urges Israel to remember God. (v. 23-24)
    •  Israel must remember God’s covenant. (v. 23)
      • Forgetting the true God leads to making false gods.
    • God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (v. 24)

Life Note: Ignite your passion for God by remembering God’s passion for you.

Reflection Questions:

  • What are some things in life you are passionate about? Why?
  • Why should we be passionate about God?
  • What are some practical ways we can focus on God’s passion for us?

Prayer: Loving Merciful God, how blessed I am to be in relationship with You. You are faithful and kind. You are truly good. Thank You for Your daily provision and protection, and for using me as an instrument for Your glory. I pray that You would spark within me an increasing desire to praise You and love You, to serve You and dwell with You faithfully. Keep me from idols and all that might compete for my attention, that I would be continually focused on You. In Jesus’ Precious Name I pray, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Revelation 3; Nehemiah 4; Psalm 98

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