EVANGELISM FOR OUR SANCTIFICATION
EVANGELISM FOR OUR SANCTIFICATION
This week we continued our series looking at key biblical doctrines and how they piece together with evangelism. Evangelism is the spreading of the story of Jesus and Duane defined Sanctification simply as spiritual growth.
Since we're looking at growth, can you remember a time a great personal or professional growth in your life, what caused it?
Let's read the passage:
I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. - Philemon 4-6
Was there anything about the passage that stood out to you? Challenged you? Delighted you?
For this series Duana has been breaking the sermon into 2 pieces: doctrinal and practical. This week those are:
We first looked at a few other explanations for what Sanctification is. Earlier we said it was simply Spiritual growth. Duane also gave us a few places in scripture that discuss it:
1 Thessalonians 4:1-3
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification
And 2nd Corinthians 2:18,
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
What can we learn about Sanctification from these passages?
How would you explain Sanctification to a friend?
Pastor Duane went on to explain that a large part of Sanctification is seeing more of God and knowing more of God. He also pointed out the amazing truth that God is infinite, and he is good, which means there is an unending amount of goodness from God for us to see and enjoy.
How could infinite goodness from God change how you interact with Him?
How could it change how you talk about Him to friends and neighbors?
We're meant to enjoy God's goodness, Duane had made a comparison to the sun in the sermon. We're healthier when we go out and enjoy it and bask in it.
How can you bask in God's goodness more often this week?
The passage we read is from a letter Paul was writing on behalf of a man named Onesimus, who had been a slave for Philemon before stealing his money and running away. Paul had met Onesimus who then became a Christian and now Paul is trying to unburn this bridge between the two men.
Have you ever had someone steal from you, or disappear from your life without explanation? What did you do after?
What a far cry had to take place in Onesimus' life to go from runaway slave and crook to now a valued member of the family of God. We see there evangelism leading to Sanctification.
Have you ever seen or read about someone as being greatly changed by God after believing in Christ? What do you think the biggest thing that has changed in your life since hearing the Jesus story?
Paul writes to Philemon appealing to spiritual growth in his life that he would love Onesimus as a brother. Forgiving him. That sort of love is only possible if it is Gods love flowing through a believer to other people.
How would that sort of forgiveness and love change Philemon? Onesimus? The people around them?
Duane said that "acts of good works give weight to the good words of Jesus"
What are some good works God is leading you to this week?
Pray with your group that we would know more about God, grow more to be like Him, and take time to bask in his goodness.