PDF Version of Lesson 14 - The Christian and the World
While Christians await the second coming of Jesus, they still live and work in a world that is culturally diverse and complicated. Yet, even in this culturally diverse world, Christians still need to eat, dress, entertain themselves and live a normal life while maintaining their Christian standards. Therefore, the question is often asked, ‘how do you (as a Christian) practice your Christianity in the midst of such a complicated world?’ Among these varied standards and customs that exist in the world today, the question is, “how do Christians know what to follow and what to discard?”
1 John 2:16
“For all that is in the ___________, the lust of the ____________, and the lust of the ________________ , and the ________________ of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
The principles that govern the world are contrary to the principles that are promoted by the word of God. The world is gov-erned by selfishness and pride, while the Bible promotes love and humility.
1 John 2:15
“_____________ not the world, neither the ______________ that are in the world. If any man _____________ the world, the love of the ______________ is not in him.”
“And be not _______________ to this _____________: but be ye _______________ by the _____________ of your mind,”
“. . . Know ye not that the ________________ of the world is _________________ with God? whosoever therefore will be a ____________________ of the world is the _____________of God.”
The customs of the world and the principles of God are as contrary to each other as light is to darkness. Therefore, it is im-possible for anyone to please themselves with the things of the world, while pleasing God (2 Corinthians 6:14-16; Matthew 6:24, 25).
“I have given them thy ________________; and the world hath ___________________ them, because they are ______________ of the world, even as ________________ not of the world.”
It is the practicing of the principles of the word of God that separates the Christian from the world. Whenever a Christian fails to live their lives according to the principles of God’s word, they will find that their desires and tendencies are not much different from those of the world.
A. DRESS—1 Timothy 2:9, 10; 1 Peter 3:3, 4
“In like manner also, that women ______________ themselves in _______________ apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with __________________ hair, or ____________, or _________________, or _____________________; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with ____________________.
The Bible speaks to Christian dressing. The main principle that is called for is modesty—to avoid extravagance including the wearing of jewelry (see also 1 Peter 3:3, 4).
1 Corinthians 10:3
“Whether therefore ye ______________, or _____________, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the _______________________.”
“_________________ is a mocker, ____________________is raging: and whosoever is _________________ thereby is not wise.”
We are commanded by the Bible to glorify God in our eating and drinking. This would involve eating and drinking those things that promote health and avoiding those things that would destroy our health (see also 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; Genesis 1:29; Leviticus 11).
C. ENTERTAINMENT—Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are _____________, whatsoever things are ______________, whatsoever things are ______________, whatsoever things are _______________, whatsoever things are ________________, whatsoever things are of _________________; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, ________________on these things.”
In seeking to entertain themselves, Christians are to seek for things that will improve their spiritual health—things that will increase their devotion to God and their love for their fellowmen. Therefore, they are to avoid dwelling upon and taking pleasure in every appearance of evil, including entertainment that contains violence, pornography, foul language, lying and all manner of evil (see also Matthew 5:27, 28; Job 31:1; Psalm 101:3).
1 Corinthians 6:18
“Flee __________________. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth __________________ sinneth against his _______________________.”
“Thou shalt not commit _________________.”
Christians are commanded to avoid all forms of sexual immorality, including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality etc. God designed sex to be enjoyed and shared within the context of marriage. But Satan leads men and women to pervert this won-derful gift. Sexual immorality is one of the number one causes of troubles in the world today (see also Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9).