The word “world” (Greek: kosmos) is the second-most used word in the gospel of John. Needless to say, how followers of Jesus live and interact with the world is an extremely important topic, one that requires careful thought, intentional action, resilience, and Christ-like love.
Of the negative ways for a Christian to interact with the world, which are you most prone toward and why: non-engagement, going along with culture, or hostility toward culture?
How does God’s love for the entire world differ from his love for those who have trusted in Jesus? Why is this distinction important? Where do we need to be careful with this distinction?
Have you experienced hatred, resistance, or pushback from “the world” in your Christian walk? Share your experience with your group. How does Jesus want to grow you in perseverance and deep love?
What avenues has God “sent” you into the world? How do you need to grow as a faithful and loving witness to the gospel of Jesus?
Pray that we, as a church, would know how to wisely engage with the world, even when there is opposition or pushback.
Pray for opportunities to love your enemies like Jesus has loved us.