“Celebrating Sanctification” – Luke 15:11-24 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
Sanctification sounds pretty “churchy.”
To be sanctified is to be made holy.
Luke 15:24 “So they began to celebrate.”
But I think I’m pretty good. I’m a good person.
“Integrity is something I have when no one is watching.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 “…hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.”
I’m human. Holy is not in me. I can’t be perfect.
Life in Christ is a process; a journey; a gift.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.”
1. How do you think the son felt when is father welcomed him with open arms? How did his father “lift him up?”
2. What is sanctification – the act of being made holy? Why do we talk about it after our discussion of temptation, separation, forgiveness and reconciliation?
3. Recognizing and acknowledging the first four above may be easier than that of “being made holy.” Why might that be?
4. How has God brought us to this point?
5. Forgiveness is “one and done” when Christ died for our sin. Sanctification is ongoing but not something we do. How are we sanctified; made holy?