Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/04/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 561: Growing in Holiness, Pt.1
Ultimately our growth in holiness depends on God’s work in us. Yet He calls us to yield our will to His, to participate in His process of changing us, to strive for holiness. Heb.12:14
As we conclude these lessons on holiness and prepare to consider godliness, it is helpful to review some practical applications. In daily living, what does it look like to grow in holiness?
God calls us to live in community with genuine concern for one another. We need to know each other well enough to encourage each other toward good and away from temptation.
Gal.6:1-2 if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
God does not call His children to live in isolation behind the walls of the monastery, safe and secure from others. He calls us to be in the world, but not of the world.
John 17:14-21 Jesus prayed, “the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one…
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world… I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.