Some think it is community; If we just had deeper community than more people will see Jesus. Others may think that is missions; If we just reached out more often to the broken and lost than more people will see Jesus. But there’s something deeper that’s causing people to not see Jesus. It’s something that is making modern Christianity feel dull and flat. In this episode, Dale and Veronica are going to discuss what they believe is the missing element of modern Christianity.
Key Takeaways From This Episode:
- The missing element of today’s modern church is personal holiness.
- The definition of holiness is “to be set apart.” Another way to view it is: to be utterly unique. God is holy because there is none like Him; He is utterly unique. Now, this also means He is pure and without sin. He is perfect, again making Him unique and, of course, holy.
- As Christians, we first experience being “holy” when we’re saved because we’re set apart or sealed as it says in Ephesians. But the Bible’s call for holiness reaches far beyond this first initial step into the faith. The Bible calls us to death, to be born again, to be regenerated, to be renewed, and to walk in a manner worthy of your calling.
- This personal holiness is the evidence of God upon a person; It is the walking, talking, and breathing transformative power of the cross pouring out of a person. If someone claims to be a Christian and does not exhibit a peculiar or holy nature, then why would anyone be interested in coming to Christ? If Christ has not changed you, why would He change them?
- Your personal holiness is the real-life testimony of God’s miraculous work in your life. He has changed your affections. He has changed your inclinations. This is powerful proof of God to an onlooking world.
- It is important to know that having personal holiness is not about earning our righteousness through what we’ve done, it’s about showing our righteousness because of what He’s done.
- To be extra clear, this is not legalism, this is obedience; This is not to be a work motivated by law, it’s a response motivated by love.
- So, how does this affect the church? The church’s deficiency in personal holiness stems from the fact that when most Christians came to Christ’s altar, they never truly died. They believe in Christ, they may even want a partial relationship with Christ, but they are still very much pursuing their own will.
- Many have come to Christ through what the church has called, “an altar call.” But in the modern church’s “altar call” they have failed to recognize that an altar is a place of sacrifice. It’s a place to die. In the old testament, it was a stack of stones, in the New Testament, it was a cross. This is why Jesus tells us to pick up that cross daily; Let that cross accomplish its deadly work in you.
- It is this daily death that is the door to holiness.
- So what does becoming holy look like?
- Sanctification. Sanctification is defined as the process of being made or becoming holy. Picking up of your cross daily, dying to your flesh, and walking in the spirit is called Sanctification.
- You need to ask yourself: Am I being sanctified by God’s Spirit? Am I being convicted of my sin? Am I being purified by His word? Am I becoming more like Christ?
- Having a congregation made up of believers that are holy will be what sets a church apart. When the church is holy it is like a city on a hill, like a lighthouse on the sea; people notice it. It’s uniqueness drives curiosity. It is not its ability to save, but it is its ability to demonstrate the power of the Gospel. When you’re holy, people notice. For some, it might cost you your life. For others, it might be the catalyst to a conversation about Christ. Regardless of what it does, we are called to present his redeeming work to the world.
- Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
- Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh wars against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another so that you do not do the things that you wish.”
- 1 Peter 1:14-16 “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
- Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
- Hebrews 12:14 “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord…”
After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.