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The World at Enmity with God Study Guide

Study Guide


Required listening includes: To Whom Then Will Ye Liken God, and God's Enemies Destroyed by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I highly recommend you listen to the other sermons in The World Sermon Series. 

Start your study by trying to answer the questions in the Study Guide below. Then you can download the Teacher's Guide which has all the answers. Register to get your instructor's email and help. 



Recommended reading includes: Looking for God's Church,  and Unveiling God's Church. All free to download from our Books section and Articles section.

"If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world." John 15:18

Understanding the world we live in, why it is the way it is, God’s view of the world, and how we are to live in the world, is critical, not only for understanding the doctrine of salvation, but also to help you grow into the satisfaction, joy and fullness of Jesus Christ. 

The World Defined

  • Define the world as described in the Scriptures?

  • What definition of the world is hostile or at enmity against the Lord?

  • What does it mean to be at enmity against God?

  • How do you resolve John 3:16 (God so loved the world) with 1 John 2:15 (Love not the world)?

  • Does man’s free will give him the ability to reconcile with God and end hostility?

  • How does God restrain the evil in men’s hearts?

  • SCRIPTURES: John 3:16, 17:21, 15:18-19, 7:7, 17:4, 17:9; Hebrews 11:38;  1 John 2:15, 3:8; Matthew 16:26, 25:41; 1 Corinthians 2:17; James 1:27, 4:4; Romans 8:7, 4:5, 5:6, 5:9-10, 13:1-7, 2:14-16; Revelation 12:7; Genesis 1:28; 1 Timothy 6:5, 2:5; Titus 1:16; Ephesians 2:2, 5:6, Isaiah 57:4, 53:6; Psalm 51:5; Ezekiel 16:4, 36:26-29


Principalities and Powers

  • Define hosts of heavens and principalities and powers as used in the Scriptures

  • Who is to blame for the evil, death, tragedy and destruction in the world: is it the Devil or man?

  • What role does the Devil and his demons play in the world?

  • Why does the world persist in this state with the Devil having dominion?

  • Why does God allow the Devil and evil into the world?


  • SCRIPTURES: Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 12:9, 20:10, 19:2, 16:14, 6:10; James 3:14-16, 4:2; Romans 1:28-32; 1 Corinthians 4:14; 1 John 3:8; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 John 2:16; Revelation 13:7; 18:24; Daniel 7:25-27, 8:24-25; 2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Corinthians 6:3; Luke 8:7



  • Identify the world we are to overcome

  • How does the Scripture say we are to overcome the world?

  • Victory in overcoming the world begins with a choice. Explain that choice. Give examples

  • How does the child of God overcome the world?

  • What are we to overcome?  


  • SCRIPTURES: 1 John 5:2-5; Psalm 23; Revelation 2, 3;


The End Times

  • Define and describe the antichrists in the world according to Scripture

  • The last times, end times, the last days, the final hour all refer to what period of time? What are the characteristics of this period of time? List Scriptures that support these characteristics.

  • How can the antichrists be identified?

  • What is the result of mixing pagan philosophies and Bible teaching? Give illustrations.

  • Define unction. What is the purpose of the “unction from the Holy One” in our lives? How does the unction protect us daily? What is the main purpose of John’s first epistle?

  • What is God’s last message to the world?

  • SCRIPTURES: 1 John 2:19-20, 24-27, 5:19, 2:15; Revelation 2:9, 3:1;  1 John 2:22-23; Psalm 45:7, 33:18; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:8, 4:3, 3:1;  Matthew 24:24, 10:28, 13:23, 5:16, 5:48; Ephesians 4:14; Revelation 14:6, 18:2, 13:8; Romans 8:19, 7:4; Exodus 33:20; Isaiah 6:5, 41:13; John 15:4-5, 15:16, 1:2

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