Sanctification

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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David Powlison  - JBC Article  - Mar 25, 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 popular views on sanctification that take one strand in Scripture and present it as the be all and end all of Christian growth. He specifically engages the strengths and weaknesses of the view that asserts, “You are sanctified by remembering that you are justified.

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Robyn Huck  - Blog Post  - Mar 18, 2013

How did God get your attention initially? How has he taught you over the years? What have been the circumstances in which you grew in spiritual depth and wisdom?

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CCEF  - Blog Post  - Nov 29, 2012

David Powlison on living the Christian life in your own power, compared to living in His mercy:

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David Powlison  - Blog Post  - Nov 16, 2012

Let me conclude our series by answering our letter writer’s final question: “What is life really like internally?” What should her emotional experience be like? It can be as variable as the psalms. Some psalms express the “minor key” of pain, threat, and need for God’s help. Some psalms express the “major key” of gratitude, joy, and confidence in the Lord who helps us, the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121).

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Tim Lane  - JBC Article  - Jan 01, 2006

CCEF and JBC exist to restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the church. The articles in this issue of the Journal seek to broaden our understanding of the word ‘counseling’ to include everything the local church does. All ministries of the church, regardless of the size of the congregation, need to reflect a consistent message of change that focuses on Christ-centered sanctification.

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Tim Lane  - JBC Article  - Jan 01, 2006

“One Church’s Story” demonstrates how change takes place in an
established, mid-sized church when it truly understands Christ-centered change. At
times, good, helpful church activities distract leaders and members from their true
purpose and usurp Christ’s centrality in faith and work. This article urges that a
church perform a self-evaluation and set goals in order to redirect energy, revitalize
the mission, and return Christ to the center of worship.

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Ken Langley  - JBC Article  - Jan 01, 2002

The psalms are crucial to counseling: the truth that "strikes all the chords of the soul." The God-centered poetry of the psalms works to affect and alter emotions, imagination, and aesthetic sense. The Lord produces love, trust, need, fear, hope, and joy towards Himself. This is a crucial aspect of sanctification. Through case studies of a rationalistic pastor, a stolid husband, and a fearful woman, shows how the psalms work a more vivid faith and a more honest humanness.

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