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A Life-Long Process

In this message, Pastor Paul looks at how we can be set apart for God every day.


Key Scripture (Romans 12:1-6).

Growing pains.

  • The phrase stresses the idea that growth comes about painfully, through hard work and sacrifice.
  • This is true for physical growth, but †he same can be said about growing as a Christian.


Sanctification.

  • Don't let this big word scare you off.
  • It simply means "set apart for a specific use." From a Biblical standpoint, it means being set apart for God.
  • Sanctification begins when a person comes to faith in Christ, and God sets us apart as His children.


It is a process.

  • Change doesn't happen instantly.
  • There is no such thing as "microwave spirituality." Christian growth takes time.
  • Sanctification is a life-long process for the believer.
  • There are three types of sanctification.
  • Positionally - at salvation.
  • Practically - every day.
  • Permanently - when you get to Heaven.
  • Sanctification is not easy.
  • The Holy Spirit renews and transforms the believers from the inside out.
  • It is not "behavior management" but a transformation of a person at the core.


Spiritual disciplines.

  • One way Christians can grow in Christ is to cultivate spiritual disciplines. Here are some spiritual disciplines that would be beneficial for you.
  • Prayer.
  • Prayer is the greatest thing that a Christian can do.
  • Prayer taps into the power of God.
  • Service.
  • Every believer can (and should) serve the Lord.
  • Serving God is something that needs to happen outside the walls of the church building.
  • John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
  • John 13:35, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
  • Study.
  • Christians need to read the Bible each day.
  • Time spent reading the Bible is not wasted time.
  • Meditation.
  • Don't just read the Bible, spend some time thinking about what you read.
  • Joshua 1:8, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

Conclusion:

  • The Christian life is about changing to reflect more of Jesus through the process of sanctification.
  • Allow your life to be changed to reflect Jesus.