Goodbye World, Goodbye (6 Of 20) by Jerry Vines

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Things Worth Knowing
Jerry Vines
I John 2:15-17

Soon after you become a Christian you discover
that the Christian life is not a bed of roses. You
know that God intends you to grow and mature in your
Christian life, but you discover all around you that
there are obstacles and hindrances. There are things
that would keep you from becoming all God wants you to
be and keep you from enjoying the Christian life as it
is intended to be enjoyed.

There are three great enemies of the Christian
life -- the world; the flesh and the devil. The enemy
of the world is presented to us, probably clearer in
the verses we are considering this morning than any
other place. This world is not a friend to grace to
lead us on to God. This world is our enemy and it
will seek to keep us from being everything God wants
us to be as believers.

I'm going to talk with you a little while this
morning about the subject of worldliness. The church
of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the 90's, is rushing
headlong into worldliness. Worldliness plagues
believers. Worldliness saps us of spiritual strength.
It hinders our effectiveness and it robs us of our
Christian testimony.

There are many believers today whose lives are
inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and they
are referred to as a worldly Christian. I'm not sure
that's really a good way to designate them. Billy
Sunday said one time to talk about a worldly Christian
makes about as much sense as talking about a heavenly
devil. But for lack of a better term, we'll use the
term - worldly Christian. We'll talk a little bit
about what the Bible says concerning this matter of
worldliness in the life of a believer.

I'm convinced that there are many people that
some refer to as a worldly Christian and they have
never become Christians at all. I think there are
some people whose lives are so contrary to the
Christian ...

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