Justification

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jul 07, 2014

Since the beginning of the New Testament church, a contrast has been identified between grace and obedience, grace and law, or God’s work and our work. They are typically placed on opposite sides of a scale, and the pastoral task is to figure out how to strike the right balance between them. When in doubt, opt for fifty-fifty—that seems like a wise approach. Spend half your time talking about grace and the other half talking about obedience.

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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Jul 29, 2013

This is the second in a three-part series on sanctification. Powlison emphasizes that the pattern in how God works in people’s lives is different from the single-stranded answers we are tempted to offer to those around us. Through a series of stories, he draws out the common themes that actually do play out in our lives.

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Kimberly Monroe  - Blog Post  - Apr 08, 2013

When we look closely at what actually changes people—examples both from Scripture and from personal experience—we see how diversely relevant the Word and Spirit are to our human struggles. David Powlison challenges the tendency of popular views on sanctification to take one strand in Scripture and present it as the be all and end all of Christian growth. Powlison specifically engages the strengths and weaknesses of the view that asserts, “You are sanctified by remembering that you are justified.”

 

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