Worldly People See It Differently
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. There is a difference between godly wisdom and fleshly wisdom (II Corinthians 1:12).
1. We donÕt want our faith to be in manÕs wisdom (I Corinthians 2:4-5).
2. In fact, we want to abandon the wisdom of men (I Corinthians 3:8-19).
B. If weÕre not seeing things differently than worldly people - that is a huge problem (Romans 8:4-8 and Romans 12:1-3).
1. WeÕre not supposed to be of the world (John 15:19).
2. The world should see things differently because we walk by a different standard than they do (Matthew 4:4 and II Timothy 1:13).
II. Body: We should not be on the same course as worldly people (Ephesians 2:1-3).
A. For exampleÉ The worldÕs view of honesty is different than that of a Christian (i.e. just because you have something in writing, that doesnÕt mean the government, hospital, or anyone else of the world will keep true to their statements). You should expect the devilÕs children to act dishonestly (I John 3:8-10; cf. John 8:44).
1. Worldly people will take the words of liars (Proverbs 17:4).
2. We see it differently because we know that lying is wrong (Proverbs 14:5 and Revelation 21:8).
3. Christians want to be trusted and have a good reputation (Proverbs 22:1).
B. Another exampleÉ The world will bait you (i.e. when police leave keys in a car and the car opened up to tempt a car thief to steal the car so that the police can bust them). Baiting someone is a worldly tactic (Jeremiah 5:26 and Matthew 22:15).
1. A Christian will not try to cause someone else to stumble. In fact, weÕll give up our own liberties to keep such from occurring (I Corinthians 8:8-13 and I Corinthians 10:23-33). *Note: Be this doesnÕt mean we compromise the truth if it causes someone to stumble (I Corinthians 1:23).
2. If a Christian wants to know whether or not someone else will do something wrong, weÕll let time show that (Matthew 7:15-20).
C. Another exampleÉ Worldly wisdom involves a Òget evenÓ mentality (Esther 3:1-6).
1. Christians wonÕt seek vengeance (Romans 12:17-21).
2. Christians realize that human courts arenÕt the right place for us to be (Luke 12:58-59 and I Corinthians 6:1-8).
3. Christians want to have resolutions and peace (Proverbs 25:8-9 and Romans 14:19).
III. Conclusion: Romans 13:12-14
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