Continuing the sermon series called “Real Life Christian: Fruits, Freedom, and Infinite Architecture.” It’s a study through the Book of First John. This is a short summary of the third sermon, titled “This Worldly World of Worldliness.” Part one is here. Part two is here. Part of my calling as a pastor is to help set you free from the bondage of sin. So by the grace of God, here we go.
When people hear the Christian phrase “worldliness,” they immediately think they must withdraw from everything. Like stuff is all bad and corrupted and evil.
Contrary to the latest Christian bestseller, “stuff” is not wrong. Your money, car, house, iPod, new shoes, new kitchen, Egyptian cotton sheets, and deluxe coffee machine are not wrong. It’s never about Stuff Vs. God. He made stuff so you can enjoy it. God never sets these two in opposition.
Instead God knows we work best when we prioritize God first and put the stuff second. We don’t reject all things like an ascetic monk, but we are not trapped by them either.
To be free from worldliness means: God aims to turn you into a person completely satisfied in Him so that everything else would be rightly ordered in your life. If you can be truly free from the world, you can rightly enjoy things in the world too.
There are two ways to experience this sort of freedom.
Former atheist/agnostic, now a pastor and professional rambler. Have a B.A. in Psychology and M.Div from SEBTS. Both degrees negate each other, i.e. I'm still a dummy. Have a fifth degree black belt and I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. A recovered porn addict, skeptical Christian, loves Jesus. I gave away half my salary in 2012 to fight human trafficking, and you can help. Have a mixed German shepherd named Rosco, have two toenails growing out of one toe, and I'm addicted to coffee, ginger ale, and tomato juice.
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