One of the central concepts found in Christianity is the idea of sin and forgiveness. For many the road to salvation is very clear but what happens after seems to be left up to the disciple. So what happens after we have been forgiven of our sins? Many ask the question what is God’s will for my life as they seek answers to the question, “what am I supposed to be doing now?”
The Answer is Found in Sanctification.
What does it mean to be sanctified? Well its a big word that means the process by which you become Holy. Did you know that God wants to do more than just forgive you? He wants to transform and redeem you. I give the example in my sermon about how when I was a teenager I used to curse and use foul language. When I went off to Bible College I still wrestled with this and it took a journey of faith with the Lord to transform my language. Interestingly enough eventually I would use my words to preach the Gospel. Can you see that I wasn’t just forgiven for the bad language I once spoke, but God took the same mouth that used to curse and turned it into a mouth-piece for Him? He took what was a filthy part of my life and cleaned it up, tuned it around and now uses it for ministry. That is what sanctification looks like. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 teaches us that sanctification, or becoming Holy, is the will of the Lord for us, but how do we get started? You can find out more in this sermon…
© 2016 LifeSong Church Monticello Indiana with Pastor Brad Stroetz. Sin: Not Just Forgiven but Sanctified.