A Biblical View of the World

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:
A person who knows what they enjoy doing will pursue their passion. Some people are passionate about reading. Some like sports. Some even express how much they love the Lord and live their life accordingly! If you are passionate about Jesus Christ, there should be an excitement about going to church and participating in the fellowship with other believers and learning more about living a Christlike life.With our understanding of what it is to learn about Christ, we are to look at the world we live in with a biblical perspective. We need to understand that there is a clear difference between the world and its humanistic view and how God’s Word provides perspective on this world. A biblical world view is seeing the world in the same way that God sees the world. Seeing the world in the way God sees it provides the proper perspective that establishes boundaries and the proper way of thinking. It starts with His love for all people.

John 3:16-17
16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Matthew 28:19
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

God’s love for us is not limited under time or place…He allows for each believer to minister to the entire world through His people.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

Christians need to rely on God’s view of the world and stay away from the world’s view of things, which distorts God’s Word. Biblical thinking leads to a biblical view of the world, which deals in truth and understanding in spite of the world’s view. It causes to one to focus into righteous actions.

A person who calls themselves a Christian and is following a worldly view is in conflict. Loving the principles of this world is in direct conflict with God

1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.

If you go back and view Israel’s interaction with God, you would see that they would declare a love for God but a disdain for His ways. It was more about loving the world and its view more than God.

Christians need to practice the action of living daily for the Lord and refrain from issues that can cause a separation from God. In all of this, believers should never be concerned about the long term or the final outcome.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
6 think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.

Romans 10:17
So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.

Walking in faith is a faith that allows you to grow in Christ and in your relationship with Him. It is a progression that is moving beyond your faith at the time you saved by grace.

Are you adding to your faith daily? It is the only way to truly grow in the Lord.

2 Peter 1:3-9
1 Dear friends, this is now the second letter I have written to you; in both letters, I want to develop a genuine understanding with a reminder, 2 so that you can remember the words previously spoken by the holy prophets and the command of our Lord and Savior given through your apostles. 3 First, be aware of this: Scoffers will come in the last days to scoff, living according to their own desires, 4 saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? Ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have been since the beginning of creation.” 5 They willfully ignore this: Long ago the heavens and the earth were brought about from water and through water by the word of God. 6 Through these waters the world of that time perished when it was flooded. 7 But by the same word, the present heavens and earth are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8 Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

James 4:7
Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

To have a biblical view for life helps keep Satan out of your life. The church’s obligation in this area is to change the minds of people for the sake of God’s truth and present functioning in this world with a biblical world view instead of a worldly view.

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

A biblical worldview prepares a believer for certain conflicts with those who oppose them and Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics[a] of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore,

with truth like a belt around your waist,
righteousness like armor on your chest,
15 and your feet sandaled with readiness
for the gospel of peace.
16 In every situation take the shield of faith,
and with it you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is God’s word.
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

Romans 8:37-39
37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious
through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life,
angels or rulers,
things present or things to come, hostile powers,
39 height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

1 John 4:4
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 5:4
…because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.

A biblical world view is a healthy view of the world from God’s perspective. Yes, it is a lost world filled with corruption and evil, but it is also a world that is ripe for the harvest of souls for those that desire seeking salvation through Jesus Christ. God has called believers to live in righteousness and to trust in the Lord.

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