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Forbidden Love

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Forbidden Love

Text: 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)

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. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.


I.        Introduction:

II.      The Direct Admonition: A Forbidden Relationship

A.      The World Generally Forbidden: The Whole

B.      The World Specifically Forbidden: The Parts

III.   The Deadly Adversary: An Exclusive Relationship

A.      The Worldly Embrace: A Controlling Passion

B.      The Godly Exclusion: A Hollow Possession

IV.    The Deceptive Allure: An Enticing Relationship

A.      The Substance of the Appeal

1.       The Lust of the Flesh: Pleasure, Sensuality

2.       The Lust of the Eyes: Possessions, Stuff

3.       The Pride of Life: Prestige, Status

B.      The Source of the Appeal

1.       An Eliminated Source: The Father

2.       An Identified Source: The World

V.      The Doomed Affection: A Vanishing Relationship

A.      The Relationship Concluded: A Temporal Finish

1.       The Destiny of a Temporal World

2.       The Desires of a Temporal World

B.      The Relationship Contrasted: An Eternal Future

1.       A Different Desire: God’s Will

2.       A Different Destiny: Eternal Life

VI.    Conclusion:


[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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