Sanctification is a Process… that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Ephesians 4:14-15 [ESV]

I think that this is one of the most important passages on Christian living and growth. It is all about continuous process, grace, encouragement, biblical maturity, community, and love. When we become new believers, it is important to remember 4 things.

  1. You have everything you need in you to grow into the follower of Jesus God desires you to be. The thief on the cross next to Jesus had no time to grow this faith and mature his walk; he went straight to heaven in a matter of hours after Jesus told him he would be with Him in paradise.
  2. Test everything. When we become believers, God places a hunger in us to know Him more. Our gratefulness of what Jesus did for us on the cross, drives us to want to know Him better and our goal is to be more like Him. It can be intimidating to hold the whole of the Word of God in our hands and be overwhelmed with all there is to learn. So, we have a tendency turn to what others say or interpret meanings in the Bible. So, we must test by going to the Word ourselves (Hermeneutical approach) and through fervent prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of His scripture to us. There are a lot of whacky stances out there that take certain passages out of context or even try to put thinking into the bible rather than only pulling out what God is saying alone. A good rule of thumb to use when something is not clear to you, is –> you can’t grasp it yet…not that God’s Word is somehow lacking.
  3. Seek Biblical Community. When I say Biblical community, I mean a Spiritual Maturity diverse group of people to learn with and from. Ensure that you have well-seasoned teachers in your group that can help you to find the places in the Bible to find answers. A good teacher will share but ultimately drive you back to God’s word to allow God Himself to reveal to you what there is learn.
  4. Don’t get discouraged. God’s Word says that somethings we just won’t know. Somethings will be held secret until the Lord is ready to reveal it to you. I believe that our understanding of certain things is a lot of times tied to what God is equipping us to do for His Kingdom…and we just are not ready yet. There are 3 Categories of Theology that we have to keep in mind.
    • First-level issues are most central and essential to Christianity. You can’t deny these teachings and still be a Christian in any meaningful sense. For example, there is one God in three persons; Jesus is fully God and fully human; Jesus sacrificially died for sinners; Jesus rose bodily from the dead; we are justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone; Jesus is coming back.
    • Second-level issues create reasonable boundaries between Christians, such as different denominations and local churches. These issues will have a bearing on what sort of church you are part of. For example, what’s your view on baptism or church government or God’s sovereignty in salvation or the role of men and women in the church and home? You don’t have to hold one particular view to be a Christian, but it’s challenging for a church to have a healthy unity when its leaders and members disagree on these matters.
    • Third-level issues are disputable matters (also called matters of indifference or matters of conscience). They might involve how you interpret particular passages of the Bible. For example, who are “the sons of God” in Genesis 6? There is more than one viable view. Third-level issues also include many practical questions. For example, how should Christians view the “Sabbath?” . . . Disputable matters aren’t unimportant, but members of the same church should be able to disagree on these issues and still have close fellowship with each other. Disagreement on third-level issues shouldn’t cause disunity in the church family.


Ok, that was a lot longer than I anticipated it being…What really resonates with me is seeing good people getting ‘tossed about by the waves’ of culturally acceptable doctrine. We are surrounded by false teachers and people who want to twist God’s Word into saying something it is not…or worse, entirely eliminating passages to help conform to one’s personal worldview because it doesn’t align with present day worldly acceptance. I must stay strong and bold in uphold God’s Word as it is written. Every passage matters. That being said, I have to be careful not to move third-level issues into second or first level convictions.

Today’s Psalm

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.

Psalms 36:7-9 [ESV]

2 Replies to “Sanctification is a Process…”

    1. So excited to see you and minister with you Mexico Tom! God is soooo good and I am anxious to have the blessing of being a part of what he is already doing there!

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