LESSON TWELVE - THE BELIEVERS' RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD
Lesson Goal: Our goal in this lesson is to better understand
what Scripture says about the believer's relationship to the world in
which he lives.
1. Read John 3:16,17--16 "For Allah so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life. 17 For Allah did not send his Son into the world to
condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
a. What is Allah's attitude towards sinful and rebellious mankind?
b. Why did Allah send his son according to verse 17?
c. What was NOT the reason for sending his son?
2. Read Mark 16:15,16--15 He said to them, "Go into all the
world and preach the to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is
baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
a. Where are Isa's disciples to go and to whom are they to deliver
b. What will be the state of the one who believes and is baptized?
c. From this passage, what is our responsibility as believers to the
3. Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-20--18 All this is from Allah, who
reconciled us to himself through al-Masih and gave us the ministry of
reconciliation: 19 that Allah was reconciling the world to himself in al-Masih,
not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the
message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore al-Masih's ambassadors, as
though Allah were making his appeal through us. We implore you on al-Masih's
behalf: Be reconciled to Allah.
a. Rather than counting men's sins against them, what was Allah doing
for them through Isa ?
b. What responsibility has Allah given to us in that work?
4. Read 1 John 2:15-16--15 Do not love the world or anything in the
world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16
For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his
eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father
but from the world.
a. What are the three things described here as being of the world?
b. What is to be are attitude towards the world - we are not to do
c. What is the final end of the world and its desires?
d. What is the final end of the one who does the will of Allah?
5. Read John 17:15,16--15 My prayer is not that you take them out of
the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of
the world, even as I am not of it.
NOTE: The entire seventeenth
chapter of John is a prayer of Isa to the Father on behalf of his
a. Even though we will be greatly tempted in the world, was it Isa's
desire that believers be removed from the world?
b. Rather, what was Isa's request?
c. Why is it necessary that believers remain in the world? (Remember
what you read in Mark 16:15,16)
d. Also in this passage Isa prays that the believers might be kept
from the evil one. What are the things in the world that Satan could use
to harm the believer who is not careful? (Recall what you read in 1 John
6. a. Reflect on your own life. What things of the world (I John
2:15,16) are still present in your life that Satan can use for your own
b. What should you be doing about the things mentioned in 'a' above?
c. We have seen in Mark 16 and 2 Corinthians 5:19 that all believers
have a very important responsibility. How are you fulfilling that
responsibility in your own area and among those people with whom you
TO MEMORIZE - 2 CORINTHIANS 5:19
19 that Allah was reconciling the world to himself in , not
counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message