How’s Your Sanctification?
Posted on Oct 8, 2015 in Faith Updates
The past three weeks I have been teaching the 7th-12th grade students a series called “Grow Down,” based off of the book of the same name by Dr. Ken Castor. The basic tenet of this series is our need to be rooted into Christ so that we can draw up from his abundant resources and make a profound impact on the world around us (Col. 2:6,7; Eph. 3:17-19). We are discussing how rather than embracing a stagnant, unproductive Christian life, we need to seek to grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus.
In other words, we have been discussing the doctrine of sanctification. Sanctification is the progressive process of spiritual transformation in which the believer gradually becomes holier and holier the more they walk in obedience to Christ (Erickson, 296). This is not to be confused with the doctrine of justification, which is the legal term used for being declared righteous in God’s sight (296). Justification happens once, when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Sanctification, on the other hand, is a process that lasts your whole life.
I was recently having a conversation with someone who was questioning their salvation. Now, although it is appropriate to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12), this person was a little too worried, since they had clearly declared Jesus as their Lord and believed his resurrection in their heart (Rom. 10:9). After wrestling through this issue with them, it dawned on me to say “maybe instead of focusing on your justification, you should put this energy into your sanctification.” Rather than being so focused on whether or not Christ’s sacrifice is enough (because it is!), we should turn our gaze at how our faith is being lived out in our daily lives.
So, how’s your sanctification? Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to be at work in your life, so as to draw you continuously closer Christ? Are you living in a manner that is worthy of the gospel, and that is bringing restoration to those in your community? I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot of work to do! It is for this reason I am thankful for a God who not only molds me to be more like Him, but who loves me and takes me just the way I am!
Interim Director of Student Ministries
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith:
Love Burnsville is back! We are excited to be partnering with the City of Burnsville this year, offering our time to them by cleaning up several of the parks in our community (and praying for our neighbors as we do so). On Sunday, October 25, immediately following worship, plan to head out with a group of FCC folks to clean up one (or two or three) of our local parks. Trash bags will be supplied, as will a bag lunch to give you the energy needed to work outside for awhile. Be sure to sign up today in the lobby! T-shirts will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: there will be no 9am classes on this date.
Membership at Faith
Whether you’re new to Faith Covenant or have been here for awhile and are looking to commit to Faith as your church home, please join us for this fall’s two-part membership class. Enjoy an opportunity to connect with others, dialogue with staff, and learn about the Covenant denomination in general, Faith Covenant in specific, ways you can invest here, and what it means to be a member of a local church. Classes are November 1 & 8 at 8:45am. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith Food Outreach
Each month for the past 7 years, we have served 300-400 families at FFO. We have had many people assist in making this outreach a success. Currently, however, we are getting only 2/3 of the volunteers needed to continue this event. October’s volunteer sign up sheets (for October 12) are available now and we need ALL volunteers, new and long time, to sign up so that we know in advance that we have enough volunteers for the evening. For more information, please contact Beth at email@example.com.
Calling all knitters! Did you know that one of the ways we as a church show love & support to those in our church family is by gifting prayer shawls or baby blankets? We do this for those who are sick/hospitalized and to the families of our newest little ones. This is a meaningful, heartfelt ministry to many. If you are a knitter, we’d welcome your “knit with love and prayers” blankets or shawls. Drop them off for either Jen or Char during business hours. If you would like to find out more about this ministry or connect with other knitters from Faith, contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
M.O.M.S. Beautiful You Event
Join us Saturday, October 24, at 9:30am for the M.O.M.S. Program 5th Annual “Beautiful You” Fall Women’s Fashion Show and Brunch. This wonderful morning at the Ames Center in Burnsville includes a fabulous brunch, fun fashion show, and special guest speaker and author, Teri Johnson. Advance tickets are required and are $15. Get yours today in the lobby or contact us at 952.890.5072 or email@example.com.
Prime Time Lunch
Our monthly lunch for seniors at Faith is Thursday, October 15 at 11:30am. Please join us! If you are 50+, RSVP to 952.890.3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Volunteers are also needed monthly to prep, serve or clean up. If you can minister to our seniors this way, contact Sally at email@example.com.
Girls Growing in Grace
On Saturday, October 24th at 10:00am, Girls ages 8-12 and their mothers are invited to come to the first meeting of this friendship, teaching, and spiritual growth group. This group will meet monthly throughout the school year. Our time together will include: encouraging relationships of friendship and love; teaching and discussion from Elizabeth George’s book, A Girl After God’s Own Heart; Bible memory; craft; snack and service projects. Girls and their mothers are encouraged to bring other girls ages 8-12 and their moms who are family, friends, schoolmates, or neighbors. Childcare will not be provided. Please make this a special time just for you and your daughter. Questions may be directed to Shelly Brinkmann at 612.710.2544 (call or text).