Separation and Nonconformity

Roger L. Berry

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From darkness to light. From Satan's service to God's service. From error to truth. From despair to hope. From death to life.

What a glorious transformation!

When God saves us, He recreates us as new creatures in Christ. He takes us out of Satan's kingdom, and we no longer want to follow its ways. Now we are in the "kingdom of [God's] dear Son" (Colossians 1:13), and are constantly being "conformed to the image of his Son" (Romans 8:29). God has separated us from the old and separated us unto the new, the better, and the glorious.

As citizens of Christ's kingdom, we are not of this world. However, we live in it. Thus we must constantly choose to reject the world. We must not only maintain our allegiance to Christ but also exhibit it.

This study presents practical ways to avoid being pulled into the world's mold, how to conform to Christ, and to experience God's promise: "I will receive you . . . and ye shall be my sons and daughters" (2 Corinthians 6:17, 18).


Unit 1: Spiritual Foundations for Separation
1. Two Kingdoms in Conflict
2. Separation in the Old Covenant
3. Separation in the New Covenant
4. Separation Begins in the Heart

Unit 2: Separation in Personal Life
5. Sanctified Speech
6. Godly Wisdom vs. Worldly Education
7. A Separated Lifestyle
8. Nonconformity in Appearance
9. Christian Recreation vs. Worldly Entertainment

Unit 3: Separation Relating to Society
10. Practicing Christian Business
11. The Christian and the State
12. Principles for Marriage
13. The Christian and Social Customs
14. The Separated Life in the View of the Final Separation

These lessons were originally published (and sold here) as a Sunday School quarterly with a separate teacher's edition.

Each lesson begins with a list of Scriptures related to but not printed in the lesson. Following these Scriptures and the lesson aim is an illustration from everyday life, from the Bible, or from literature that introduces the lesson. The main part of the lesson includes several printed Scripture passages, each with an exposition and discussion of practical applications. Questions at the end of the lesson help you consider everyday implications of the lessons.

174 pages -- paperback
Dimensions: 5.25" x 8.25"
ISBN: 9780878136681
Copyright: 2009
Christian Light Publications
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