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Transcript of Understanding Worldliness
1 John 2:15-17
“15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
The Context of James
The Primary Message of James
Coming to Grips with James 4
True Followers or Not?
Pastor Joe Thorn
1. This text is a command.
2. This is the normal outworking of your salvation i.e. true Believers don't love the world and true Believers are loving the world less and less
3. This is not the creation of a third category i.e. holy Christians, worldly Christians, and false professors.
“1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds”
The scattered and persecuted church
This letter is primarily a letter about genuine faith (salvation)
“15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
The Three Enemies of the Believer
The Dynamics of Loving the World
The basic truth of this text is that if you are saved you will not love the world.
If you are saved you will be in the process of loving the world less and God more.
The conflicts in your life will reveal who or what you are loving
1. We must know Jesus
2. We must know what we deserve
3. You can't find contentment until you realize the vanity and danger of this world
4. We need to know the true value of the things of this world
5. Your current condition is
what is best for you today