This weekend we look at the familiar story of the fiery furnace. It gives us a picture of three young men and how they handled the temptation of worshipping an idol. Idol worship maybe easy to spot when it is 90 feet tall and made of gold but the problem is one that exists in all of our hearts and many times is much more subtle. God shows his power in a miraculous way but these three understand that there are no guarantees. Would we worship and trust him – even if?
Jimmy’s Main Points
- “Factory of Idols
- No Matter What
- God With Us
- Jimmy made the statement that it is easy to recognize an idol if it is 90 feet tall and gold. Spend some time discussing this statement and exploring the flip-side. What is hard about recognizing your idols?
- The temptation in the Christian life is to worship gods for our own advancement. What are some areas of advancement that lend themselves to the worshipping of an idol?
- John Calvin calls our mind a “factory of idols.” Spend some time thinking and discussing what this means and how this is lived out in your life.
- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego all quietly disobeyed Nebuchadnezzar’s edict and calmly testified to their trust in God. Spend some time citing biblical and contemporary examples of this mindset and activity. What is the alternative, what does it look like?
- This text speaks of the sufficiency of the presence of God for the believer. What are some examples of times when you need the comfort of God’s presence? Talk about times when you didn’t sense it? How did you cope? How do you ‘get’ the comfort of God’s presence when you don’t feel it?
- Read Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller