Session 1: The Increasing Worldliness of the Church Today
- Tuesday, 7:30–9 p.m.
- Rev. Tim Lovegrove
- The many scriptural warnings against worldliness signal that this issue is not a small matter with God. Yet all around us we see a confusing array of lifestyles, worship styles and ministry styles which seem to clash with God’s clear commands about how we should live in this “present evil world” (Galatians 1:4). Historically, the lines have not been as muddied as they are today. Never has the church needed a clearer vision of what worldliness is and how it is to be countered in the lives of God’s people.
Session 2: The Call of God to be Distinctively Set Apart from the World
- Wednesday, 8–9:30 a.m.
- Dr. Randy Leedy
- God throughout the entire Bible calls His people to live in a way that is distinctively different from the world. The struggle for holiness in a fallen world is a theme that began at the fall in Genesis 3 and will reach to the final battles of John’s Revelation. God’s people will not reject the appeals and ideals of the world unless they understand and embrace God’s distinctive role His people are to play in the world.
Session 3: The World’s Appeal to the Enemy Within
- Wednesday, 10:00–10:45 a.m.
- Dr. Mark Minnick
- Terrorism is difficult to fight because the enemy is not as easily recognized as uniformed enemy soldiers. Satan, as the ultimate terrorist, is well-skilled in stealth operations against the people of God and finds a base of operation within each believer—the flesh. Satan influences the believer’s sinful nature through the messages and symbols of the world. We must understand the enemy within (our flesh) in order to resist the enemy without (the world system).
Session 4: The Hindrance of Worldliness to the Development of Christlikeness
- Wednesday, 11 a.m.–11:40 a.m.
- Rev. Tim Lovegrove
- Giving in to the appeals and ideals of the world directly impedes the development of Christlikeness in the believer. The battles lines are drawn, and the war for the loyalties and energies of believers begins. If a believer is unclear about the nature of godliness and how it is achieved, he will be easily waylaid by Satan’s appeals to his flesh through the world.
Session 5: The Good and the Bad of Human Culture
- Wednesday, 1–2:30 p.m.
- Dr. Brian Hand
- One theologian stated, “Worldliness is the bad part of human culture.” The Bible is clear that the “course of this world” is directed by Satan, the “prince of the power of the air.” In fact, he is the evil “spirit that … [energizes] … the children of disobedience” of this world (Ephesians 2:2). While he uses some elements of human culture to advance his work of spiritual destruction, not all elements of the works of man are destructive. The believer must develop a mental grid for examining everything that touches his life so that all can be brought under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Session 6: The Necessity of Submission to God’s Authority for Distinctive Living
- Wednesday, 2:45–3:45 p.m.
- Dr. Gary Reimers
- Satan’s first temptation of Adam and Eve was to get them to live independently of their Creator and rule themselves. The battle continues through the world’s appeals to the “pride of life” within all of us (1 John 2:15–16). Growth in Christ progresses as the believer denies his sinful impulses in the power of God’s Spirit and submits to God’s rule in ever-increasing measure in this life. Much growth in grace and godliness is hindered by the believer’s resistance to the authority of God’s Word in various areas of life. The humility of submission to God’s authority is “first base” in making any progress both in understanding the dangers of the world around us and in making spiritual progress towards godliness.
Session 7: The Necessity of the Right Interpretation of the Word for Distinctive Living
- Wednesday, 4:15–5:30 p.m.
- Dr. Ken Casillas
- Much of the worldliness that has infected today’s church stems from a wrong interpretation of portions of the Word of God. In order to correctly interpret the Bible, the believer must follow biblically based and time-honored principles of hermeneutics. The believer must know how to read and interpret his Bible correctly in order to live it rightly.
Session 8: The Necessity of the Right Application of the Word for Distinctive Living
- Wednesday, 7:30–9 p.m.
- Dr. Stephen Hankins
- Faulty schemes of interpretation regarding worldliness breed all sorts of errors in application as well. God does not leave us without an understanding of how the Bible must be applied to daily life. The Bible itself models application of revealed truth for new settings. Understanding the Bible’s own model of application and embracing the Bible’s intention of turning the believer away from evil and towards godliness is important for faithful Christian living.
Session 9: Panel Discussion of Distinctive Living in Today's World
- Thursday, 8–9:30 a.m.
- This panel, consisting of conference speakers, will use the principles and patterns from the previous sessions to show how God’s Word can be applied to issues facing the church today.
Session 10: The Inevitable Disagreements with Other Believers
- Thursday, 9:45–10:45 a.m.
- Dr. Layton Talbert
- Not all believers are going to agree on every issue regarding what is worldly and what is not. In some issues, there is room for differences. In all cases, however, God gives us clear direction about how we are to treat each other while we differ.
Session 11: The Development of Biblical Discernment to Meet Today’s Challenges
- Thursday, 11–11:40 a.m.
- Rev. Tim Lovegrove
- Most believers today realize the need for discernment (wisdom) when facing the challenges of living on a fallen planet. However, discernment has qualifications, is developed through a biblically defined process, and has a God-mandated goal. Since true discernment is a mark of spiritual maturity (Hebrews 5:12–14) and is crucial for flourishing in this dangerous age, every believer must know why discernment is important, how it is obtained, and how it is to be exercised.