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Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

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Edited by C.J. Mahaney
Foreword by John Piper

Worldliness. Mention this word in any discussion of Christian living, and you’ll usually get a discussion about rules. Can I listen to Coldplay or Kanye West? Are these shorts too short? What’s wrong with the movie if I fast-forward the sex scene?


But in this book, edited by C.J. Mahaney, questions such as these are secondary. Together these five pastors focus on a different, and far more important, question: What do you love? (read more)


Format: Hardback
Size: 5 x 7
Published: September 2008
Pages: 192

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Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World demonstrates that any discussion of worldliness must start with our hearts. It contains six chapters by five Sovereign Grace pastors, each designed to help you center your desires, not on what a fallen world has to offer, but on the Savior.


Chapters on media, music, clothing, and wealth bring the discussion down to earth. A closing chapter outlines how to love the world rightly. Discussion questions provide additional tools for personal application or use in youth groups, small groups, and the like.


Each chapter is closely connected to the central fact of the Christian life: that Christ died for our sins. Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World is a tool for church members, pastors, youth and parents, college students, and anyone who wants to grow in discernment and love for God.




Craig Cabaniss planted Grace Church in Frisco, Texas, in 2005 and serves as its senior pastor. He was previously senior pastor of Grace Church in San Diego, California, for nine years.


Dave Harvey serves on the leadership team of Sovereign Grace Ministries, where he oversees church planting and church care. He is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage.


Bob Kauflin is director of worship development for Sovereign grace Ministries and serves as a pastor and worship leader for Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is the author of Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God.


C.J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and strengthen local churches. He served as pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for 27 years. His books include Living the Cross Centered Life.


Jeff Purswell is dean of the Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Ministries and is a pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is the editor of Bible Doctrine, an abridgment of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology.


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Table of Contents


Foreword (John Piper)

  1. Is This Verse in Your Bible? (C.J. Mahaney)
  2. God, My Heart, and Media (Craig Cabaniss)
  3. God, My Heart, and Music (Bob Kauflin)
  4. God, My Heart, and Stuff (Dave Harvey)
  5. God, My Heart, and Clothes (C.J. Mahaney)
  6. How to Love the World (Jeff Purswell)
Appendix A: Modesty Heart Check
Appendix B: Considering Modesty on Your
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Discussion Questions





“This book is biblically grounded and Christ-centered, full of grace and truth. Every chapter raises the bar of Christian living without falling into legalism. One of the most timely and much-needed books I’ve read in years. I highly recommend it.”

Randy Alcorn, author, Heaven and The Grace and Truth Paradox


“The strength of the work is that the authors try very hard not to let you forget the sheer God-centeredness of the gospel.”

D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


“These skillful soul surgeons are brilliant at diagnosis and treatment, and they will help you see yourself, your sin, and your Savior. I now know the first book I am going to reach for when a Christian is wrestling with worldliness—or isn’t but should be! This is a book I will make use of, by God’s grace, again and again.”

Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi; President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals


“Praise God for this little tool—specific enough to be helpful, grace-filled enough to be really helpful!”

Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church; Executive Director, 9Marks Ministries

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