Summary: God has designed His believers to be distinctive without being stuck up. The lesson learned from this Scripture is how to be in the world but not of the world.

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What is This Thing Called Separation?

Griffith Baptist Church – 12/21/08

P.M. Service

Text: Nehemiah 13:1-6

Key verse: Nehemiah 13:3 - Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

Premise: God has designed His believers to be distinctive without being stuck up. The lesson learned from this Scripture is how to be in the world but not of the world.

The Introduction

Vance Haver said “We are not to be isolated but insulated, moving in the midst of evil but untouched by it. Separation is contact without contamination. Jesus was “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Heb. 7:26), yet He was “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Luke 7:34).”

Not to many preachers or people want to touch the subject of separation.

Most of it comes from a misunderstanding of what separation actually is.

Sometimes we can take separation too far and remove ourselves, and consequently our influence from the world.

o These kind of people won’t even associate with other Christians who believe the same doctrines of the Word and preach the same Christ

Most people go to the other extreme, not being separated at all

o They look like the world

o They act like the world

o Sometimes they will even use the worlds language and philosophy

Is there a proper perspective? Yes.

God has one, and Jesus demonstrated it.

Discuss the text

Let’s see what we can get from the Scripture concerning the proper view of separation so we find ourselves where God intended us to be:


1. The People of Separation - 1

A. God’s chosen people

i. The redeemed

ii. 1 Peter 2:9 - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

a. We are distinct – different from the world

b. We are designed – to show God and what He can do in one’s life

B. God’s children

i. We are a part of God’s family and a such are His children

ii. Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

iii. The responsibility of the children:

a. To obey

b. To learn

c. To grow

d. To honor

2. The Purpose of Separation - 2

A. It is the way of wisdom

i. Maybe you think about my preaching sometimes like this minister I heard about. He gave an unusual sermon one day, using a peanut to make several important points about the wisdom of God in nature. One of his members greeted him at the door and said, "Very interesting, Pastor. I never expected to learn so much from a nut."...

ii. Proverbs 9:6 – Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

B. Because we should have nothing in common with the world - 2 Corinthians 6:14-17 - 14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

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