The World Series

The World Series

The World is Passing Away

Jesus declared in Matthew 24:35 (ESV) and Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33 that “Heaven and earth will pass away.” Both Paul and John indicated that “the world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:17). Scripture does not hesitate to inform us that the world has a limited duration, a duration that will come to an end on “the day of the Lord” (2 Peter 3:10). So, what exactly will happen on “the day of the Lord,” when will…

Go Into All the World

Before Jesus returned to heaven, He gave an assignment to His followers. We often refer to it as the Great Commission. The first word in Matthew’s account of the Great Commission is a single imperative, “Go” (28:19). Mark provided a little more information when he wrote, “Go into all the world” (16:15). In Jesus’ last words, He instructed His disciples to infiltrate the world but to what end? We’ve already noted in previous lessons that Jesus expects us to distinguish…

Not Conformed To This World

Two weeks ago we discovered that God’s kingdom was inaugurated at the incarnation of Jesus but will be consummated at His second coming. So what constitutes His kingdom during this intermediary period when the kingdom is already here but has not yet? Scripture clearly identifies the church as the present manifestation of the kingdom in this world. But what is the church, and what is its relationship to the world.? Sermon Handout ROMANS 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by…

Not of This World

As He was being questioned by Pilate, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). By saying this, Jesus made a clear distinction between the world and His kingdom. Previously we learned that God loves the whole world but that doesn’t mean that God saves the whole world. Thus, Jesus’ statement reveals the distinction between the world and the saved because Jesus clearly taught that the world is not automatically placed in the kingdom but people have…

For God So Loved the World

The next aspect of the kingdom we seek to understand is its territory. Scripture is quite clear regarding the extent of God’s sovereignty. God’s sovereignty includes the whole world (Psalm 24:1; 89:11) but His territory is “not of this world” (John 18:36). Before we explore the distinction between the “kingdom” and the “world” we must acknowledge that God made His kingdom available and accessible to the whole world because he loved the world. Sermon Handout JOHN 3:16-21 16 “For God so loved the…