On Sunday we took a closer look at sanctification: what it is, how it works, and how we pursue sanctification. We saw that God makes us holy through a cooperative process in which the Spirit produces fruit in us who have already been declared saints in order to complete the progressive work of transforming us into the likeness of Christ. This is a relational process in which we are invited to be yoked together with Christ. When we are yoked together with Christ we can avoid the pitfalls of either a severe approach to sanctification, based too much on human effort, or a passive approach to sanctification, based on an unbiblical rejection of human effort. Only as we are yoked together with Christ can we pursue growth in hearing the word, prayer, freedom, community, thanksgiving, joy, and hope.
Read Romans 6:17-23 and Matthew 11:28-30
What stood out to you from the sermon on Sunday?
When you look back over your spiritual growth, would you say you are marked more by a severe attitude or by a passive attitude toward sanctification?
How does your heart respond when you hear Jesus say, “Take my yoke and learn from me”?
In what area(s) do you sense the Lord leading you toward growth? (Hearing the word, prayer, freedom, community, thanksgiving, joy, hope)
Pray for each other that the Lord will lead you on in sanctification.