Justified by FAITH to be sanctified by FAITH

r3-justifiedI am sitting here reading over my notes for the Sunday School lesson at Southern Calvert this Sunday. We just spent the last quarter walking through part of the book of Acts. It was amazing to learn about life on a mission to be a witness, in the context of making disciples. God really motivated our church to be more intentional about being witnesses with the goal of making disciples. Now, we are moving into the Epistles in the New Testament. This week, we are looking at Paul’s epistle to the churches in the region of Galatia. A great need arose in the church causing Paul to take parchment and ink and write out his letter to them in order to give important Christian doctrine to these young, growing churches. Paul was a man who had been discipled by one of the greatest Jewish teachers of his day. After that, Paul was directly discipled by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Now, he has been on a mission to be a witness for Christ everywhere among the Gentiles. While on mission, he is constantly looking for people to disciple. The Galatians had been discipled by Paul and they still needed to be discipled. They needed someone to confront them, in the love of Christ, and help them get back on the right path. We all need this in our daily walk with the Lord. We have a tendency to get sidetracked by false teachings and the desires of our sin nature. We all need a Paul in our lives who will love us enough to tell us the truth, even if we do not want to hear it at the time. Continue reading

Set Apart by God for Good Works

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 5.12.54 PMThis coming Sunday at Southern Calvert Baptist Church, during our Sunday School hour, we are going to cover how God sets us apart to be a Royal Priesthood so that we can walk in the good works that He prepared from before the foundation of the world was laid. We have been walking through the books of Exodus and Leviticus. Previously, we looked at the daily sacrifices that we offered in Israel on a daily basis. There were 5 sacrifices and 2 of those 5 were dedicated to reminding the children of Israel to be grateful to God and to be grateful to each other. If you do the math, that equates to roughly 40 percent of the sacrifices, dedicated to reminding people to be grateful. Continue reading

God’s Sovereignty and Man’s responsibility in holiness

In my previous post, I wrote about God’s Sovereignty and Man’s responsibility in salvation, demonstrating that God saves us based on grace and not merit, but, this does not negate man’s responsibility in salvation. God offers and man has to accept. The transaction of a gift is not complete until the recipient takes the gift from the giver. In the case of our salvation, we looked at God with Abraham, Jesus with His disciples, and Paul with his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. That article came as a result of a discussion with a Calvinist brother in Christ. This article is the direct result of a continuation of that discussion and this time focusing on man’s responsibility in holiness, or the other Biblical term that is used is “sanctification“. The word holy and sanctified have the same Greek root word and the meaning is to be “set a part”, to be “different” from those around you. God saves people with a purpose, and that purpose is more than just taking them to heaven when they die. The word salvation literally means “rescue”. God rescues us from more than just the fires of hell. He rescues us from our sin nature and as we walk the path of life with the Lord, He sets us a part from the rest of the people in the world by making us more like Him and less like people controlled by their sin nature. That is what holiness means. It does not mean that you dress differently from everyone else, retract from the world, and become weird. It means that you begin to win the battle with your sin nature. The closer you walk with God, the more and more victories you will have over your number 1 enemy, yourself. The further away you get from God, the more you will begin living like the rest of the world, enslaved to the desires of your sin nature. I would like to examine this from Paul’s epistle to Titus. Continue reading

An example of what it means to believe in Christ

What does true belief look like? Many people claim to believe in Christ but, is just the head knowledge enough? What happens to a person when he or she believes in Christ, not just the head knowledge, but total dedication based on that head knowledge? Is a statement made as a child enough? Is there any evidence, tangible evidence that proves that a person has really believed? Continue reading

Living a holy life part1

I would like to use this article to explain the Biblical term “sanctification”, a term which is very much misunderstood in our modern world, especially in the Church. I do not want to put down any denomination or teaching on sanctification. I simply want to look at what the Word of God teaches on the subject. If your denomination teaches a differing view on the subject then please do not be offended, I am not sharing my opinion but instead the Word of God. Continue reading