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Love Not The World (5 of 14)
THE BOOK OF I JOHN
1 John 2:15-17
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
TEXT: 1 John 2:15-17, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson tonight we will look at just these three verses. Though we'll look only at three verses, there is enough content and subject matter here, one could write volumes of material and preach for months and never run out of ideas. Now don't get worried, I'm not going to preach long, I promise to get you out of here before 10 o'clock.
HUMOR: The story is told about the new lady in town, Gladys Dunn. Having always been faithful to attend church, Gladys decided to visit the church nearest to her new apartment.
She appreciated the pretty sanctuary and the music by the choir, but the sermon just seemed to go on and on.
"Worse," she thought, "it wasn't very interesting."
Glancing around, she saw many in the congregation nodding off.
Finally it was over. After the service, she turned to a still sleepy-looking gentleman next to her, extended her hand and said, "I'm Gladys Dunn."
He replied, "Amen, sister, you and me both!"
I have three points to our outline...
I. The Command
II. The Clarification
III. The Conclusion
I. THE COMMAND (VS. 15)
Jesus said, "Love not the world!" On the other hand, the Bible tells us that God loved the world; however, His love for the world was different. John 3:16 states, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God loved the world—He loved the human race—so much so, that ...
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