We are excited to present to you this sermon, written by Paul Cobb (age 13). Other than formatting, nothing has been changed from his hand-written sermon. He is presently working on some articles that we will be sharing with you in the coming weeks!
Today, we’re going to talk about idols.
Definition of Idols: Idols are things that you put ahead of God. In I Kings, Elijah and the prophets of Baal were doing a contest of which god could send fire, and Elijah’s God did, which is another way to prove that God is real. Read I Kings 18:17-40.
The people were worshiping these idols. They were bowing down to them. They were sometimes carved pieces of wood, or stones, and the people worshiped these rocks and logs. They put these rocks and logs ahead of God.
Idols today: Idols today are like TV or the theaters, money, MP3 players, video games. Stuff like that are sometimes idols to us. It’s nice to have them, but if you put them ahead of God—well, they’re idols.
In the world today, money is a very bad idol if it’s used for the wrong purposes. In the New Testament, Jesus saw that there were people making money and being selfish and greedy. Read John 2:13-17. They were worshiping their money instead of God.
Idols aren’t good: People in Bible times—people like the prophets of Baal—worshiped idols like Baal, and that’s not good! Any time you put something ahead of God, it’s an idol, and that’s not good.
Why do people worship idols? Because they think these things (money, TV, toys, stuff) are more important. But it isn’t!
We want people to worship God and be saved. Elijah wanted the people to worship God and be saved.
If you’re here tonight, and you need help to quit worshiping idols, come and repent of your sins! Get rid of those idols and live your life better! There is no better time than right now, so come as we stand and sing.