We meet every Sunday at 11am.
Most weeks we also meet beforehand at 10am
to discuss the Bible’s teaching about key doctrines of the Christian faith.
Subjects for study and preaching normally appear here during the preceding week.
Basics of the Christian Faith | Sanctification
February 3 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am
What does the Bible teach about growing in holiness?
How do we become more like Jesus Christ? In this study we continue to discuss what the Bible teaches about sanctification. Chapter thirteen of the Westminster Confession of Faith, which became the confession of the Reformed church in Scotland in 1647, and remains the confession of many Scottish churches, is the template for our study (below).
This meeting takes place before our morning service.
1 They, who are once effectually called and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified really and personally, through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection,(1) by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them;(2) the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed,(3) and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified,(4) and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,(5) to the practice of true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.(6)
(1) 1 Cor. 6:11; Acts 20:32; Phil. 3:10; Rom. 6:5,6. (2) John 17:17; Eph. 5:26; 2 Thess. 2:13. (3) Rom. 6:6,14. (4) Gal. 5:24; Rom. 8:13. (5) Col. 1:11; Eph. 3:16-19. (6) 2 Cor. 7:1; Heb. 12:14.
2 This sanctification is throughout in the whole man,(1) yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part:(2) whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.(3)
(1) 1 Thess. 5:23. (2) 1 John 1:10; Rom. 7:18,23; Phil. 3:12. (3) Gal. 5:17; 1 Pet. 2:11.
3 In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail, (1) yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome;(2) and so, the saints grow in grace,(3) perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (4)
(1) Rom. 7:23. (2) Rom. 6:14; 1 John 5:4; Eph. 4:15,16. (3) 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18. (4) 2 Cor. 7:1.