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A World of Desire (1 John 2:15-17)

March 18, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming our brother Walter Henegar (Senior Pastor of Atlanta Westside Presbyterian Church) to bring the Word of God this week. This week’s sermon demonstrates the power of the Gospel to combat worldliness. Pastor Henegar makes clear distinctions between the will of God and the desires of the World. The focus of this sermon is on the problem of worldliness and the promises of God.


The Problem of Worldliness

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world (1 John 2:15, 16;ESV).

Pastor Henegar describes three prominent expressions of worldliness. The things and accolades we use to define ourselves before the Lord usually reveal the pride of life. The restless desire of the eyes and the flesh often lead us to seek for fulfillment in created things rather than the Creator.

The Promises of God

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17; ESV).”

On the other hand, there are two essential promises to quench the desires of this world. First, the world and the desires therein are passing away, which means everything in this life is temporary. Secondly, God promises eternal life to those who abide in Christ (cf. John 3).

Where in your life do your desires draw you away from God rather than toward Him?

The problem is not that we have desires, but our problem stems from insatiable desires that lead us away from God. Our heart naturally opposes the things of God due to the sin we inherited from Adam and not to mention our own sin. Fortunately, Jesus Christ is able to deliver us from the enslavement of sin and even our desires, in order that we may do His will (cf. Galatians 1:3-5).

Listen to this week’s full sermon for free and check out the sermon note below.

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