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The Call to Sanctification, Pt. 1

February 12, 2012 Speaker: Brent Small

Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1–4:3

In this sermon podcast on 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3(a), Pastor Brent calls all believers to excel still more in their sanctification by giving them “2” essential truths concerning sanctification in the life of the believer.

In 1 Thessalonians chapter 4, the Apostle Paul shifts to the second purpose in writing this letter to the Thessalonians. In chapters 1-3, Paul sought to further strengthen the faith of these new believers by commending them for their faith. Now, in chapter 4, Paul reveals another purpose in writing, namely, to call the Thessalonians to strive after greater sanctification in their lives.

As Paul shifts to this new purpose he makes it very clear that sanctification is the will of God for every believer. Followers of Christ, having been set free from the penalty and power of sin, are now to pursue with a holy discontent to be set free from the “presence” of sin. This is what it means to pursue sanctification: to be engaged in the process of removing sin from one’s life and seeking to become more holy and Christ-like.

For the Thessalonian believers, there were to take this call serious. In this message, Pastor Brent seeks to extend the seriousness of this call by developing two essential truths about our sanctification.