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Family Idolatry

Family Idolatry

Sep 15, 2019

Passage:Luke 8:19-21

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: We are Family: For better or Worse


September 15, 2019

Pastor John Welborn

We Are Family: For Better or Worse - Family Idolatry
Luke 8:19-21

The Gospel: Over these 3 weeks, we are looking at how the Gospel informs, affects & motivates our family dynamics.

  • Gospel Story: He was born, lived, died, rose, ascended, is returning.
  • Gospel Impact: We can be forgiven, made righteous & adopted.
  • Gospel Implications: We live for the His glory! It changes everything.

Main Idea: I Glorify God & Resist Idolatry as I embrace my Natural Family as Important, but God’s Spiritual Family as Ultimate.

“Ultimately, idolatry is behind all our sin. We place a greater weight on something other than God...We may not prostrate our bodies before them, but we prostrate our hearts.” J.D. Greear


  • God Established My Family
  • God Calls Me To Love My Family
  • God Commands Me to Provide for My Family

“Then his mother & his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, ‘Your mother & your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.’ But he answered them, ‘My mother & my brothers are those who hear the word of God & do it.’” Luke 8:19-21

Jesus Illustrates Two Realities of Family & Idolatry in Luke 8:19-21:

I. Family is Important
“Then his mother & his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. Luke 8:19

“Then he went home, & the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, ‘He is out of his mind.’” Mark 3:20-21

“For not even his brothers believed in him.” John 7:5

But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown & in his own household.’” Matthew 13:57b

II. Spiritual Family is Ultimate
“And he was told, ‘Your mother & your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.’ But he answered them, ‘My mother & my brothers are those who hear the word of God & do it.’” Luke 8:20-21

“For I have come to set a man against his father, & a daughter against her mother, & a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross & follow me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:35-38

“If anyone comes to me & does not hate his own father & mother & wife & children & brothers & sisters, yes, & even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross & come after me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26-27

“And he said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, & in the age to come eternal life.’” Luke 18:29-30

“If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison.” Luke 14:26 (NLT)

“God has given us many gifts in this life. Money, sex, work, athletic ability, musical skill, intelligence & beauty. All of these good things can be idols. Just like the family. The conjugal family – one man & one woman whose covenant union produces offspring – is profoundly good, a necessary & foundational element of God’s creational design. But it is not ultimate. At least not if we are defining family as the natural relationships we have by marriage & blood, rather than the supernatural relationships we have by the blood of Christ.” Kevin DeYoung

Ultimately, this issue comes down to a choice: is the Gift or the Giver ultimate and worthy of our worship?

“After these things God tested Abraham & said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, & go to the land of Moriah, & offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’...And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering & laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire & the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘My father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘Behold, the fire & the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’ So they went both of them together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there & laid the wood in order & bound Isaac his son & laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand & took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven & said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham lifted up his eyes & looked, & behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went & took the ram & offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The LORD will provide,’ as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.’” Genesis 22:1-2, 6-14

Sources and Further Reading Opportunities:

Expository Outlines on the Old Testament – Warren Wiersbe (1992)

New American Commentary Series – R.H. Stein (1992)
Daily Study Bible Series – William Barclay (1976)
Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009) • Matthew Henry’s Commentary – Matthew Henry (1994)
• Luke – T.C. Butler (2000)
• Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)
• Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)
• Wiersbe Expository Outlines – Warren Wiersbe (1992)
• Luke for Everyone – N.T. Wright (2004)
• Tyndale Bible Dictionary – W.A. Elwell (2001)
• The Gospel – J.D. Greear (2011)
• Are We Really in Danger of Making an Idol of the Family? – K. DeYoung (2018)