If you were on our Main Campus this past weekend, you were treated to an awesome wrap-up of this year’s Vacation Bible School. It was amazing! If you missed it, you should have a look at it! (you can find it embedded after the jump, below!)
If you were on our North Campus, you got this message from me… It is about the TRUE, comprehensive nature of our salvation. This is really a big deal, but we don’t do a great job teaching it. Have a listen to this short message, and talk about it in your group.
Life group Discussion Questions are up next!
If you’re the discussion leader, just have everyone open to this page on their mobile device. Take turns reading and asking questions. Let everyone in the group contribute.
We’ve gone over this before. Yet, it seems to spark a lot of discussion each time.
Scripture says all of the following about me:
“I have been saved.”
“I am being saved.”
“I will be saved.”
This might seem confusing, but it really isn’t. Scripture is pretty clear that our salvation is more comprehensive than just an event in our lives. Salvation is also a process that we are involved in.
This process of salvation is called Sanctification. The Greek word is hagiasmos. Here are a few times you’ll find it in scripture:
Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. (hagiazmon- to become sanctified.)
When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, (hagiazmos) and he freed us from sin.
1 Corinthians 1:30
God’s will is for you to be holy,(hagiazmos) so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy (hagiazmon) life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.
Look carefully back through those verses. What are some things you can learn about sanctification here?
What does sanctification free you from, specifically?
What does sanctification result in?
From these verses, would you say that the way we live is important to God?
Think of it this way… Imagine you could go back in time and give yourself some advice. What advice would you give yourself?
Now.. How would that advice change your life?
Think of it like your time advice. Once you step into a relationship with Christ, it results in dramatic change! Transformation! Sanctification.
So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:13-16