Back in the summer, I preached a 5-part series on Sanctification.
I still feel it is the most important topic I have preached on in 10+ years of preaching, mainly because it is neglected and misunderstood.
And, it’s a big part of salvation.
It’s easy to emphasize baptism on one extreme, or grace on the other, and forget about Santification.
I imagine some people didn’t like hearing these things. But Christians do have sin, do struggle with sin, and Christians can be lost because of sin.
Salvation is more than five steps but it is also hard work. Yes, I said hard work. I have a deficient Christology and am too law-based for some, but I am just trying to preach what I read.
Forgiveness of sins is not God’s ultimate will. It is the means to a greater end: close, intimate fellowship with Him.
Christians do have sin and we are expected to do something with the sin in our life besides just asking for forgiveness and receiving the mercy and grace of God.
Do I sound like a legalist?? Listen to these sermons and correct/help me!
What do you think? How do you define Sanctification?
Do Grace and Sanctification cancel each other out?