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SERMON: DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!


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IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD

Note: this is not a full sermon. It is the skeleton of a sermon. To use it as a class or sermon, you must put flesh on it and give it color. Breathe your spirit into it that it might live. Better yet, let God breathe HIS Spirit into it that it may help others live.

Background Text: John 17:6-19

PURPOSE:   Challenge the church to be different from the world.

THEME:         We are called to be light in the darkness of this world.

I.       INTRODUCTION

A.    WHAT DO THESE TEXTS HAVE IN COMMON?

  1. 1 Samuel 8:19-20. But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.
  2. Philippians 3:20 Their destiny is destruction, their God is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. 1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
  4. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
  5. John 17:14-16 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

B.    Each says God’s people and the world are different.

II.     HOW ARE THE CHURCH & THE WORLD DIFFERENT?

A.    IN WHAT THEY LOVE.

1.      What Does the World Love?

  1. Their god is their stomach – their desires, needs, pleasures, comforts and importance.
  2. They are the center of their world.
  3. They focus on what is seen – how big, beautiful, or impressive it is.
  4. They boast of things they should be ashamed of –
    1. God – God himself, the things of God, work of God, word of God and Son of God.
    2. Their brothers – fellow soldiers, fellow workers, fellow pilgrims & fellow participants in the salvation of God.
    3. Their neighbor – who is still in the world, whom God loves and for whom Jesus died.
    4. Treasures heaped up on earth.
    5. Our accomplishments.
    6. Temples made by hands.
    7. Power of men – in government or influence.
    8. The kingdoms of earth pass away one by one/But the kingdom of heaven remains! It is built on a rock, and the Lord is its king/and forever and ever He reigns.
    9. His temple is built with living stones that have immortality! 1 Peter 2:4-5
    10. His works of love provide an eternal weight of glory that never fades.
    11. He gives treasures that are laid up where moth & rust do not corrupt.
    12. Here and Now on Earth?
    13. Or in Eternity in the Land of Fadeless Day?

2.      What Do Jesus’ Followers Love?

B.    IN HOW THEY ENDURE

1.      The World Perishes – Along With All That Is In the World.

2.      The Kingdom of God Endures. Daniel 2:44; Hebrews 12:8.

3.      Where Are You Building Your Future?

III.  WILL YOU BE DIFFERENT?

A.    COME OUT FROM THEM AND BE SEPARATE – 2 Co 6:14 – 7:1

  1. Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world.
  2. Thorny Ground Seed is Choked by “life’s worries, riches and pleasures” – Luke 8:14.

B.    JESUS CALLS US TO BE CHILDREN OF LIGHT IN DARKNESS.

  1. The Father Sent Him To Be Light in Darkness
  2. He Sends Us AS The Father Sent Him
  3. We Are Called Out of Darkness to Show God’s Praises.

C.    How Can We Do This if We Are Like the World Around Us?

  1. This Is Why We Are Called Out Of Darkness Into Light.
  2. This Is Why We Are To Be Different. 1 Peter 2:11-12.

To partner with God in bringing light into the darkness!

3.      How Is Your Life? Consider what Paul said: Ephesians 5:8-9, 11.

D.    Will You Come Follow Jesus Now?

  1. See him as the greatest, best man who ever lived
  2. Accept that he is also God’s Son – who shows you how you both ought to live and can live.
  3. Commit yourself to him to follow him as his disciple.
  4. Trust him to save you by his death for your sins.
  5. Confess your faith in him.
  6. Join him in his death, burial and resurrection for newness of life.
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