Growth in Sanctification Lesson 16
What is “sanctification”? • Sanctification = • sanctus + facere = • Being “made holy” by the Holy Spirit.
Some basic truths… • Romans 3:23-24 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Some basic truths… • God has… • Redeemed us • Bought us back from sin • Justified us • Declared us “not guilty”
Some basic truths… • John 14:15 15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Some basic truths… • God wants us to respond with… • Loving, willing obedience to his commands
Some basic truths… • 2 Peter 3:18 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Some basic truths… • 2 Corinthians 5:15 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Some basic truths… • 1 Thessalonians 4:3 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified…
Some basic truths… • We want to grow and mature in sanctification • Being set apart as holy for God and his work
Keys to Spiritual Growth • 1 Peter 5:8 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Keys to Spiritual Growth • 1 John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Keys to Spiritual Growth • Galatians 5:16-17 16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
Keys to Spiritual Growth • Remember that we have spiritual enemies • Devil • World • Sinful Flesh (old Adam, sinful nature)
Keys to Spiritual Growth • Remember that we have spiritual enemies • Only the Holy Spirit can give us victory over our enemies • We need to use the Holy Spirit’s tools!
The Holy Spirit’s Toolbox The Means of Grace
God’s Spiritual Exercise Program Service Prayer Fellowship
The Value of Sanctification • 1 Corinthians 10:31 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
The Value of Sanctification • God is glorified (honored)
The Value of Sanctification • Psalm 1:1-3 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
The Value of Sanctification • God is glorified (honored) • We will be happy, prosperous and successful (by God’s standards)
The Value of Sanctification • Galatians 6:1-2 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
The Value of Sanctification • God is glorified (honored) • We will be happy, prosperous and successful (by God’s standards) • We can help and save fellow believers
The Value of Sanctification • Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” • Matthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
The Value of Sanctification • God is glorified (honored) • We will be happy, prosperous and successful (by God’s standards) • We can help and save fellow believers • We can reach and help unbelievers