I. God's name
A. Names are important
B. Name vs. Title
1. Titles relate to role and responsibility
2. Name is connected to identity
C. God revealing the divine name to Moses signifies intimacy and connection.
D. God has a name - YHWH
II. Names Implies Personality
A. God has personality and character.
B. Important because this is how Israel recognizes the God of the Bible vs. other gods.
C. Antidote for idolatry is recognizing God's character and personality.
III. Our setting today
A. Idolatry still prominent
B. "God" is not God's name. It is a vague term.
C. Historical examples of idolatry
2. US Civil War
D. We can all be susceptible to idolatry.
E. John Calvin - The human mind is a factory of idols.
IV. Antidote to Idolatry
A. God's revelation at the burning bush is an antidote to idolatry.
B. Knowing God's character is the antidote to idolatry.
C. God's character remains consistent, despite our ideas about God.
D. Jesus' character gives us clearest indication of God's personality.
E. Bible Study and growth groups are antidote's to idolatry, in that they root us in God's character.