Livin Like a Rebel

GBF Student Ministry is currently working through a series called Set Apart. As we walk through the book of Daniel we are seeing what it looks like to live a life set apart for God. Christians will never bring the world to God by becoming just like them. We are called to be something different than what we see in the world around us. The life of a Christian is a life that is counter-cultural. Below is an article addressing this very topic from the website Enjoy!

Question: "How can believers be in the world, but not of the world?"

When we read of the "world" in the New Testament, we are reading the Greek word cosmos. Cosmos most often refers to the inhabited earth and the people who live on the earth, which functions apart from God. Satan is the ruler of this "cosmos" (John 12:31; 16:11; 1 John 5:19). By the simple definition that the word world refers to a world system ruled by Satan, we can more readily appreciate Christ's claims that believers are no longer of the world—we are no longer ruled by sin, nor are we bound by the principles of the world. In addition, we are being changed into the image of Christ, causing our interest in the things of the world to become less and less as we mature in Christ.

Believers in Jesus Christ are simply in the world—physically present—but not of it, not part of its values (John 17:14-15). As believers, we should be set apart from the world. This is the meaning of being holy and living a holy, righteous life—to be set apart. We are not to engage in the sinful activities the world promotes, nor are we to retain the insipid, corrupt mind that the world creates. Rather, we are to conform ourselves, and our minds, to that of Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2). This is a daily activity and commitment.

We must also understand that being in the world, but not of it, is necessary if we are to be a light to those who are in spiritual darkness. We are to live in such a way that those outside the faith see our good deeds and our manner and know that there is something “different” about us. Christians who make every effort to live, think and act like those who do not know Christ do Him a great disservice. Even the heathen knows that “by their fruits you shall know them,” and as Christians, we should exhibit the fruit of the Spirit within us.

Being “in” the world also means we can enjoy the things of the world, such as the beautiful creation God has given us, but we are not to immerse ourselves in what the world values, nor are we to chase after worldly pleasures. Pleasure is no longer our calling in life, as it once was, but rather the worship of God.

Night of Worship Recap

Every couple of months GBF Student Ministry hosts something called a Night of Worship (NOW). During a NOW we set aside the entirety of the night to expressing the worth of God through song and personal testimony. Several students stand up and share what God has been doing in their life. It is very encouraging to hear teenagers speak so boldly about their faith in front of their peers. Their faith is most definitely personal, but not private. There is also time set aside for youth leaders to gather with their small group and pray for them. These are very special nights.

When we assemble for a NOW, we are demonstrating that Christianity is not a solo mission. Many people, not just teenagers, try to go at this faith alone and end up feeling exhausted, beaten down, and short-sided. Singing worship songs alone in your car or in your home is fantastic, but it does not stir up your affections for Jesus like gathering and singing with a group of other believers. Gathering with other believers encourages one another and lets us know that we are not alone in this faith. This world is harsh and it is even harsher for a Christian because they are constantly made to feel like an outcast. But when you are worshipping God with your brothers and sisters in the faith, you no longer feel like the outcast. You feel a sense of belonging. Very few things rejuvenate the soul quite like gathering with one’s church family and singing about what Jesus has done for each and every one of us.


This Wednesday night is Night of Worship! There will be pizza and drinks provided so come hungry! Nights of Worship are a very special. Jared Wilson said, "People do not believe what you tell them is important; they believe what you show them is important." We may not always be able to articulate the beauty of the gospel as well as we would like to, but we can always publicly demonstrate to others our love for God by the way we worship. Come be with us this Wednesday Night as we publicly express the worth of God through song!