In the world but not of the world

In his “high priestly prayer” in John 17, Jesus prayed for his disciples not that they would be taken out of the world, but that they would be kept safe in the world. But the world of which Jesus speaks here is not this earth on which we live, but the system of ungodliness arrayed against the Lord in disobedience. Our responsibility is to bring the message of the Gospel to this world, so that it can hear the message of redemption. We are called to live differently, not like those in the world, but in grace, peace and love for all. We are not to be tolerant of the “lifestyle choices” of others where these conflict with the calling of God, but to model and teach a way of life which demonstrates obedience to God.

Sermon: In the world but not of the world

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