Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
08/15/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 6: The Enemy Within
The cartoon character Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Every Christian struggles daily to confront sin, and to either overcome it or surrender. God calls believers to be holy.
2 extreme views have developed in response to this call. One camp, probably the largest group, has decided not to take holiness seriously. Another camp takes holiness so seriously that their legalism produces guilt & hopelessness.
A truly Scriptural view of holiness is summarized in the words of Bryan Chapell: “Apart from the grace of God, we are far weaker than we can imagine. But he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
1 John 4:4
If God has saved us from sin, and given us the Holy Spirit, why do we keep sinning? The purpose of this series is to answer that question, in a way that is faithful to Scripture. As a result, we will find hope, a deeper love for Christ, and through faith in Him, holiness.
Be prepared to change the way you view holiness. By God’s grace, we can resist temptation and avoid sin.
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.