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Lord of Heaven and Earth    

“All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever l have commanded you: and, lo, l am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”

                                                        (Matthew 28:18-20, KJV).

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 8:4-22

Objective: to review the previous lessons and recommit to casting down every idol that exalts itself above our Lord Jesus.

Introduction: Israel entered the Promised Land as the one nation that stood apart from all the rest. Other nations had earthly kings, but Israel was the only one to know the Lord of heaven and earth as her King. Instead of being grateful, Israel wanted to be like all the nations around her. She rejected her King and crowned an earthly one, but soon regret-ted a disappointing string of bad kings that followed (1 Samuel 8:4-22). Israel’s sad story doesn’t end there. For centuries she hoped for a perfect King, the promised Messiah. Yet, when He came, the Jewish people crucified Him. Like Israel, Christianity stands alone. All other groups and organizations are founded on common causes or guiding principles. Governments are founded on justice and the protection of individual rights. Humanitarian societies are founded on  the care and advance-ment of humanity. Educational institutions are founded on reason and learning. Other religions are typically founded on some ethical system of belief. Unlike all of these, Christianity is founded on a person, Jesus Christ! He is our Savior and our Lord, and His Spirit guides us into the fullness of His grace and truth. His Spirit living in us makes us Christians. Still, |srael’s story is a warning to us because she reflects our human nature (1 Corinthians 10). We often miss God’s blessings because we’re determined to do things our way. The true cross of Christ points to His divine, sacrificial nature, but we don’t want to be “living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1, 2). instead, we gravitate toward idols that replace the person of Jesus Christ with principles. ln doing so. we dethrone the Lord of heaven and earth for earthly kings. Reflect for a moment on the idols we’ve discussed this quarter. Many replace Jesus as Lord with a noble principle sitting on His throne:- Humanism: Humanity - Nationalism: Justice - Individualism: lndividu-ality - Rationalism: Reason - Consumerism: Possessions - Hedonism: Plea-sure- Spiritualism: Transcendence - Legalism: Truth - Antinomianism: Grace ,The others deny some key element of reality in an attempt to ne-gate our need to obey Jesus as Lord. Relativism denies universal truth. Existentialism denies purpose. Secularism denies a transcendent king-dom. Taoism denies holiness. The idols of the world are seductive and subtle, masquerading as an-gels of light. We must be careful not to replace Jesus with idols that allow us to keep our human nature. The purpose of Transforming Vision into Reality is to allow His Spirit to transform us as we focus on Jesus and follow His plan in the power of His resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, 16-20). As we participate in His grace, obey His commands, and do His work, His love flowing through us will change us, as well as those we touch.


 Questions for Study and Discussion

 1. Review the idols and worldviews we’ve studied in this quarterly. _ Which do you think is the most tempting for Christians today? What worldviews did we miss in this study that deserved our  attention?

2. How does Israel in 1 Samuel 8:4-22 relate to our calling to serve Jesus as Lord and cast down any idol that exalts itself against Him?

3. Return to the first question of the first lesson, keeping in mind all we’ve learned in this quarterly. How does the message of Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 speak to you about renewed minds and Jesus as Lord?

4.How does the resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 28:1-8), relate to His great commission (w. 16-20)? ln what ways does the truth of Christ’s resurrection inspire our evangelism and obedience to Him’?

5.How can the church be better prepared to identify and refuse the idols of this world? What are some practical ways that we all can contribute to this goal?

 Conclusion: ln a world of idols, there‘s a defining moment in every life when Jesus becomes our Lord, when “l surrender some” becomes “I surrender all." Will we look back on our life and be able to say, “l was Jesus’ friend because l obeyed Him as my Lord”? Today is that defining moment. Let’s all recommit to “casting down . . . every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

 Apply This Week: Identify the idol that most actively seeks to dethrone Jesus as Lord of your life. List ways you are going to confront and cast it down and live a more transformed life in Christ.

2 Replies | Last update 2018-09-29
2018-09-29   #1

The price of making decision without God at the centre will obviously lead us to hedonism, individualsism etc. Let us learn from the price paid by the Israelite and avoid such calamity in our life.

2018-09-29   #2

I so much love this contribution by the moderator of the lesson and I quote "when we fail to do the commandment of God we are simply making idols for ourselves"

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