Extra help with This week’s Lesson: Gotta Grow

So this week we are talking about being sanctified, or growing in the Lord so that we become more and more like Jesus. The word Christian literally means “Christ Like.” In order to truly be Christian we have to grab hold of the concepts of Sanctification.

The problem is that in today’s post modern society the concepts of Holiness and Righteousness have been distorted and pushed to the side.  Many firmly believe that it’s ok do sinful activities as long as they shout a hallelujah on Sunday. But this is NOT the case according scripture.

In verse 2 of Romans 6 Paul asks “how shall we who died to Sin [saved] live any longer in it?” Meaning how can you call yourself  a Christian yet you continually and unashamedly live a sinful lifestyle? Later in verse 6 he says “…that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” The entire purpose of being “saved” was so that you are no longer a slave to sin.

However, some believe that going to church on Sunday gets you saved. The truth of the matter is that going to church does not make you a Christian. I go to taco bell a lot! But that doesn’t make me a taco bell employee. Just makes me broke and fat.  So what does make you a Christian? Well according to Romans 6:16

Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

So if you allow yourself to entertain the thoughts and you act out in sin, you are in essence saying “sin is my master.”  In turn if you walk in obedience to the word of God then you are declaring that God is your master.

Let’s take it back to the basketball illustration we used last week.  You’ve just been traded to the White Team. [you got saved] Every team has their own set of plays, rules about practice, and relationship set up among players. No one would thing that on day one you’d know EVERYTHING about the team. They know it takes time to learn the plays, to learn other team mate’s strengths, to learn the rules the coach has for the team.  But over time you will learn them, and you will be responsible for that information.

There may be a rule that your old team had that the White Team says you can’t do.  You can’t just go and do what you use to do. The Red team’s coach is NOT your coach anymore. You follow the White Team’s coach’s rules.  If not there will be a season of discipline you’ll have to go through.

The same holds true with sanctification and your walk with God. Over time you will learn the ways of God and you will be held responsible to those things by your team mates {brothers in the faith} and by God himself.  If you step out of line in God’s loving mercy you will have to go through a season of discipline so that you can be properly restored. Generally in the church that correction comes from the Pastor/Youth Pastor/ Children’s Pastor who is over you.

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