Sermons on Sanctification

Sermons on Sanctification

Philippians 3:12-16

In Philippians 3:12-16 Paul exhorts the Philippians to strive for more in the Christian life. It can be so easy to be complacent in the Christian life, but Paul teaches us the Christian life is one that is always to be filled with striving for more.

Philippians 2:12-18

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul continues to exhort the Philippian Church to godliness. How are we to understand these exhortations in light of the doctrine of justification by faith? First, there is no merit in works even though they are necessary. Second, the ability to do good works comes form God himself. Therefore, we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling knowing it is God who works in us. This godly living must be from the heart and…

1 Samuel 15:1-35 (Part 1)

In 1 Samuel 15:1-35 Samuel commands Saul to destroy the Amalekites. Saul destroys them, mostly. When confronted by Samuel he argues that his disobedience was really done to serve the Lord, since the things not destroyed were to be offered to God. Samuel then gives one of the great fundamental principles of service to God: Obedience is better than sacrifice. Attempting to do things for God that He has not commanded, that is making sacrifices for God in an attempt…

1 Samuel 13:1-15

In 1 Samuel 13:1-15 Saul’s reign begins to unravel. He fights against the Philistines and appears to have some success, but once things appear dire, he disobeys God causing Samuel to tell him that he will lose the Kingdom. True service to God, even when things are difficult, entails obedience.

1 Samuel 12:1-25

In 1 Samuel 12:1-25 Samuel gives a final exhortation to the people highlighting the sinfulness of their request for a king once again. Judgment, however, is not the final word. Samuel affirms that God will be with His people if they are faithful to Him. Ultimately, both the people and the king need God and must be faithful to Him.

1 Samuel 6:1-7:2

Many believe they are serving God and that many roads lead to heaven, however, the Scriptures teach that obedience is required for God to be pleased with a person’s service.  If a person believe he is serving God but not obeying His Word, this person’s service is sinful  In 1 Samuel 6:1-7:2 various people come into contact with the ark of God as it returns from exile.  The Philistines send the ark away not understanding what is pleasing to God. …

Hebrews 12:14-17

In Hebrews 12:14-17 the author exhorts the church to pursue peace and holiness.  Pursuing these things ought to be done in the context of the church as a whole, with every member seeking to encourage others.

John 20:19-23

In John 20:19-23 Christ breathes the Spirit on His disciples. John describes this action in ways similar to Genesis 2:7 where God breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils. Christ, the author of the new creation, who became a life-giving Spirit through His resurrection, sovereignly brings dead sinners to life through the giving of the Spirit. Thus, anyone in Christ is a new creation.

Matthew 9:14-17

In Matthew 9:14-17 Christ shows that the entire Christian life must center on him. John’s disciples wondered why Christ’s disciples did not fast like they and the Pharisees did. Rather than conforming to the traditions of the Pharisees, Christ shows that all fasting must conform to the reality of his coming. This affects every area of life. Christ has not come to be the patch on the old garment of your living. Rather, he has come to be the entirely…

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Covenants include blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. In Deuteronomy 28:1-14 Moses lays out the blessings for obeying God. All of these blessings point to the greater realities of the blessings of the new heavens and the new earth, and though obedience in no way contributes to one’s merit before God, it is necessary to obtain the blessing. All those redeemed by Christ live a life of obedience.

Deuteronomy 27:11-26

In Deuteronomy 27:11-26, Moses finishes his instructions for the covenant ceremony to be performed on the other side of the Jordan. The focus of this passage is on the blessings for obedience and the curses for disobedience. In particular the curses for disobedience are emphasized, curses that we, even in this new covenant era, need to take to heart. If you make a practice of sin, you will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Song of Songs 6:4-13

In the Song of Songs 6:4-13 we see the beloved’s persevering and transforming love for the Shulamite. She describes herself as “dark but lovely” at the beginning of the book, pleading for others to look away from her. Here she is blessed by the most royal of all women, having been thoroughly transformed by the love of her beloved. Such is the transforming love of God in the gospel. Such is also the love that husbands must reflect as they…
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