Thursday, February 19, 2009

Loving the World (1 John 2)

  • How would you define "LOVE"?
  • What might be a parrallel statement to "loving the world?" (eg. I love hot-dogs is not parallel to I love Marianne).
  • Read the three ways John defines "love of the world".  Give specific examples of what those things might be for someone in their 20s in West Michigan.  Is it possible to "do" or "have" the things of the world without "loving" them?  Why or why not?
  • Why do people get married? What's the difference between dating and being married? (snicker...) (MOVE TOWARD "TEMPORAL" vs. "PERMANENT" v.16-17)  Once you are married, do you date other people?  Why or why not?  How might the analogy of marriage be similar to verse 15?
  • What should be the Christian's relationship with the world?
    • Matthew 5:13-16
    • 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
    • 1 Peter 2:11-12
    • Titus 2:11-14
  • How does the marriage analogy inform our opinion on this issue?  Does a man never interact with other women once he is married?   Does the way he interacts change?  Are there "lines" of appropriate behavior?
  • The analogy breaks down when we talk about evangelism.  How do we interact with the world in such a way that we can be "relevant" but not "unfaithful"?  How do we know when to "ask for the question?"  (We usually wait too long.)
  • What do we need to do about this?

 

Matthew 5:13-16

13"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

 14"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

 

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

 29What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had none; 30those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

 

1 Peter 2:11-12

11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

 

Titus 2:11-14

11For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

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