Are You Looking For “Instant Holiness”?

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Are you looking for “Instant Holiness”?

What if I were to tell you that I was going away for a weekend to become a doctor. You might ask, “Are you learning what it takes to become a doctor? There’s no way that you can become a doctor in a weekend.” What if my response was, “I know it normally takes a while to become a doctor but this seminar that I’m going to is really powerful. There will be some dynamic speakers, uplifting music and the top physicians in the world plan to lay their hands on me before I leave, to declare that I’m a doctor.” I imagine that I probably would not have you as a patient anytime soon. We all understand that in order to become a trusted cardiologist, oncologist, or neurosurgeon takes years of study and training and practice.

Why do we think holiness can be obtained through a weekend seminar? Somehow we imagine that discipline and training and sacrifice are necessary for the pursuit of a career or an education or an athletic skill but we can become sanctified in an instant! In contrast to our modern ideas about holiness, Paul instructed his son in the faith…
1 Timothy 4:7 ” …On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness”

Do you discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness?

Beginning this Sunday at 9AM, we will have a new Adult Sunday School class offered where we will study through the book Spiritual Disciplines of the Spiritual Life by Donald S. Whitney. We will explore topics such as: Bible Intake, Prayer, Worship, Evangelism and Serving. I am personally looking forward to sharpening myself in each of these areas and being challenged to persevere in these disciplines for the glory of God and the benefit of Christ’s church.

In Christ Alone,
Pastor George
Pastor Matt

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