Category: Sanctify

Six Reasons to Practice Spiritual Disciplines

Over the last few months, we’ve been walking our church through a study on spiritual disciplines. We’ve talked about Bible intake, prayer, giving, fasting, solitude, journaling, and reading. Along the way, we’ve tried to be practical, helping our people know how to put the disciplines into practice on a regular basis. We’ve also tried to be kindly confrontational, explaining that these disciples are for all followers of Jesus, not just an elite few. In the midst of practicality and confrontation, we’ve had another aim in mind. In teaching the disciplines, we’ve tried to keep the big picture in mind....

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Means of Assurance

In a world filled with sin, the flesh, and the devil, assurance of salvation is the soft feather bed on which the Christian rests. Assurance proves to be one of the greatest benefits of the Christian faith and the rightful inheritance of the child of God. In its enjoyment are found peace, hope, and joy unsurpassed in this fallen world. The Scriptures clearly articulate that a child of God may and should possess a true sense of peace and confidence regarding personal salvation. Faith is trusting in Christ as Savior, so the seeds of assurance inherently lie within faith...

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Humility

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). Humility is a high mark of the Christian. Once saved, we know that everything in life is a gift of grace. There should be no room for pride. The Greek word for humility that Paul uses is ταπεινοφροσύνη (tapeinophrosynē). This noun is defined as the state of having a “humble...

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Three Marks of a True Christian

Recently, after returning from a lengthy ministry trip to Europe, I was privileged to be reunited with our local church for corporate worship.  I preached from 1 John 3:11-24 in our ongoing series titled, “Know.” As you know, John the apostle used the word “know” some thirty times in his epistle. Therefore, he was not the apostle of ambiguity. True Christians Love One Another The message that the church has heard from the beginning was centered on the true gospel of Christ that results in a genuine love for the whole church.  Rather than a love for one area...

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Waiting: The Challenge of Trusting and Resting in the Sovereignty of God

Waiting is often very difficult for many people. Whether it’s waiting on a pastor position, right now waiting for my house to sell, for a publisher to pick up one of my book projects; waiting is something I’m very personally acquainted with. It’s easy in seasons of waiting to wonder, “God, you gave me this passion for this” or “God, You led me down this path” and we forget that all of that isn’t dependent on us. Instead, it’s all about God’s perfect timing. Some people struggle mightily with this. They wonder, “When will my [marriage, relationship, job, career,...

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