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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you worldly? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show worldliness will not benefit you. IV. TEXT: 2 Kings 16:2-4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) Ahaz was twenty years old when he became kin

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you worldly?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show worldliness will not benefit you.

IV. TEXT:

2 Kings 16:2-4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had done.

Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.

He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the pagan shrines and on the hills and under every green tree.

V. THESIS:

Worldliness is not Godliness.

VI. TITLE:

Stay Away From Worldliness : King Ahaz life

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown

B. Main subject: History of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah

C. Spiritual Message: Powerful influence of rulers upon a nation

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. He did not do what's right in the LORD's eyes. - unlike David his father

"He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had done."

The word "father" in the Bible has an idea of a father, grandfather or ancestor, simply called "father". Like GOD is our ancestor if we are in CHRIST, but we call Him our Father.

Ezra 6:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Then they will be able to offer acceptable sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the welfare of the king and his sons.

Our goal is to please GOD not anyone or even ourselves.

Romans 14:18 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.

B. He walked in the ways of detestable practices of the pagan nations

"In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites."

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

1 Corinthians 7:31 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.

1 John 2:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

Hebrews 11:24-25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.

2 Timothy 2:4 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

IX. CONCLUSION:

We are to imitate CHRIST and not this world. We have a pattern that we can read, touch and rely on, it's GOD's Words, the Holy Bible.

1 Corinthians 11:1 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.

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