KEY POINTS FROM SUNDAY:
Sanctification - The slow and steady process of transformation where God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, patiently conforms his beloved children into the image of his One true Son, Jesus. This is the process of learning and living the way of Jesus. Sanctification enlarges our capacity to love God and others. We are increasingly put off our old self, and put on the new self-created in the likeness of Christ. There is increasing freedom from slavery to sin. We essentially are learning to trust God, to freely receive from him and give away to others.
3 Reasons We Can Delight in the Gospel Benefit of Sanctification:
WE NEED IT - Our hearts are both wayward and wounded and God is committed to making us whole and Holy. God is working all things together for our good. Consider - Romans 8:28
GOD IS A PATIENT AND COMPASSIONATE FATHER WITH HIS CHILDREN - God’s pace of sanctification is slow and steady. We walk the journey of transformation in the safety of being God’s beloved children and with the continual grace of repentance and faith.
GOD WILL FINISH THE WORK HE HAS STARTED IN YOU - There is a paradoxical mystery in our Sanctification. We can rest assured God will complete it by his Spirit working in you and yet we are also invited to participate. Consider Philippians 1:6, Romans 12:1-2
Here is a link to this weeks sermon if you missed it - LINK
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (Read the summaries and scriptures from above to help you discuss these questions):
- Why is it important that we understand God’s gift of sanctification? How have you seen the Gospel disconnected from this?
- Why is it important that we understand Sanctification as a Gospel benefit? What defenses or concerns come up in your own heart when you consider this topic of change?
- How does a “microwave” or “quick fix” approach lead to potentially harmful methods of getting ourselves and others to change? How might we harm others we are in relationship with if this is our expectation for ourselves and others?
- Spend some time praying together and considering the following questions: What is one area you sense the Spirit is working to change you (listen for those reoccurring themes that keep coming up in your life through scripture, circumstances, and others)? What might it look like honestly share this with others in your community? How does the Gospel apply to this issue? Confess to God where you need to and receive his forgiveness. Ask the Spirit to help you put off the old way and walk in the way of Christ. As you continue to grow in this area remember all that we have talked about on this topic.