4/27/14: What Makes Me A Christian? (8)
After taking a break from 12:13 last week to celebrate our Savior’s resurrection, we continued our series with a lesson on sanctification. Whereas God is sovereignly responsible for other aspects of our salvation such as election and justification, every Christian has a vital role to play in this progressive, life-long transformation. We are called to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12)…and yet we do so with the confidence that God promises to complete the work he has begun (Philippians 1:6).
In its most basic form, sanctification is the process of putting off sinful habits and putting on godly habits in their place. With the help of some modern-day illustrations, each student was encouraged to identify a specific sinful habit and then devise a strategy for replacing it with a godly habit. I would strongly encourage you to review your student’s notes and help them follow through on this specific application.
I ended the class with the riveting story of Aron Ralston, an outdoor enthusiast who spent five days trapped by a boulder before cutting off his own arm to escape. The fight against sin requires radical action — we must kill it before it kills us! May the Holy Spirit deepen this conviction in the heart of each student.
FOR DISCUSSION WITH PARENTS
- Who is responsible for your sanctification?
- What is one sinful habit you need to put off? What does God say about this sin in his Word?
- What godly habit will you seek to put on in its place? What steps will you take to do this?
- Why is the gospel essential for sanctification?