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Idol Worshipers

By Paul Tripp

Many years ago I traveled to Northern India and was staying in one of the high and holy cities of Hinduism. It was my first time ministering there, so my hosts took me on a four-day introduction tour of the religion. During the tour, we entered a temple that housed the most horrific idol I ever saw. I had no idea that things like this existed. It was a huge, maybe 20-foot-high, image of a male sexual organ. Filling the temple were Hindu pilgrims, who had made their way with excitment and celebration to worship this idol. Many of them laid down flat on their stomachs before it; they kissed its base. It was one of the darkest spiritual scenes I ever experienced, and all I wanted to do was get out of the building. As we left the temple and made our way back to the vehicle, I kept saying to myself, "Thank God I'm not like these people! Thank God I'm not like these people!" Then it hit me: I am like those people. I have my idols, too. Just because they're not housed in a temple, and they aren't made out of bronze, and they're not the product of formal religion doesn't mean they don't exist. In fact, my idols may be even more dangerous, because they're so subtle and disguised among my everyday activities. What is an idol? It's something in creation that claims the place in my heart that only God should have.Romans 1:25 says that we "exchange the truth about God for a lie and worship and served the created things rather than the Creator."It's much easier for us to see where others, and our culture, worships idols. But when it comes to our own idol worship, we're blind and deceived. We convince ourselves and others that what we're actually worshiping isn't wrong, that it's something we need to exist, and that just a little more won't hurt us. John counsels us, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols" (1 John 5:21). There is no greater argument for our need for grace than the ease with which our hearts fall under the rule of things other than God. But that grace is yours for the taking. Cry out for it, then live empowered by it. Resist and run from the idols that challenge God's place in your heart.


  1. Identify an idol that our culture tends to return to again and again.
  2. What false hope does that idol promise? How does the truth of Christ offer more?
  3. Identify something in creation that you tend to return to again and again.
  4. What false hope does that idol promise? How does the truth of Christ offer more?


Worship Service @ 9:25am

Sunday School @ 10:45am

Also don't forget.....

Wednesday Bible Study/Prayer Meeting @ 7:00pm
Thursday Ladies Bible Study @ 7:00pm
Men's Bible Study (TBA)

Our ultimate desire at Calvary Baptist Church is first and foremost to bring glory and praise to the Sovereign LORD [Father, Son, & Holy Spirit] and to raise up mature believers so that we can fulfill the Great Commission. We will seek to achieve this by following the guidelines that God has put in place for prayer, worship, communion, Christian fellowship, Bible Study, and most of all the expository teaching of God’s Word.  We desire to provide the proper teaching of God’s Word so that fellow believers can grow together and edify one another with love and compassion. Join us as we look into how God has composed a unique story for each of our lives.

Sunday  Nov 22 – Singspiration Night @7:00pm here at Calvary Baptist Church. Ladies to supply snacks for after (Joanne's group)

Tuesday Nov 24 - Advisory Board Meeting @ 7:00pm

Wednesday Dec 2 - CBC Members Meeting @7:00pm

Also don't forget......

Days Of Grace Concert

Friendship and faith that was struck over three years ago when they met for the first time. Dona brings to Days Of Grace a lifetime of musical experience. As an accomplished keyboard musician and singer she brings her energy to every performance. While Keith and Ken from a storied history in country/bluegrass and southern gospel music influence. With over 40 years of committed dedication of giving their best, Dona, Keith and Ken now embark on a new musical journey under the name of Days of Grace and already have a recording that has been acclaimed by some of gospel music's top names. Though new in name, they bring a wealth of experience in performing, writing, and playing a variety of inspirational music that encourages, challenges, and lifts up audiences of all ages to a deeper faith in God. From the stage at the jamboree to the platform at the local church, or network television, they continue to be a group that leaves you wanting more.

Saturday Dec 5 - Days OF Grace Gospel Concert Night!

  • CBC Family Turkey Potluck Dinner at 5:00pm and the Concert will start at 7:00pm
  • The Turkeys have already been arranged.
  • A sign-up sheet for dishes/desserts will be posted for next Sunday in the Foyer

Sunday Dec 20 - Sunday School Program @ 7:00pm

Thursday Dec 24
-  CBC Family Christmas Share/Sing Night @ 7:00pm