The author shows believers the difficulty of loving Jesus and his glory more and more in a sinful world in which believers are constantly drawn towards the attractions of the world.
How do we change behaviour? By reaching the hearts of people. This article considers how the heart is reached.
A Christian should not make the mistake of assuming outward goodness proves that the gospel has taken root. This article explains that the Christian life is a long-distance race, and that we desperately need God's grace every day to persevere to the end.
This article offers a series of ten biblical steps that will lead the believer in the way of sanctification.
Holiness is what distinguishes Christians from the world, and it strengthens Christian witness. But why is it that the church is uncomfortable to be known as holy? This article answers, explaining the importance of being counter-cultural.
This article demonstrates ample reasons why the Christian always needs to maintain a humble, teachable spirit.
"Growth in grace" is another way of referring to spiritual growth and is part of sanctification. This article discusses the necessity and signs of spiritual growth. Further, advice is given as to how one can grow in in grace from day to day: devote attention to Scripture, engage in regular fervent prayers, set times of fasting, and pursue spiritual exercises.
This article underlines how sanctification is a lifelong process, and that God does not follow a certain schedule but takes his time with us.
Are you struggling from bad spiritual grammar? Do you often reverse the order of gospel logic, that the indicatives precede the imperatives? Your growth in holiness depends on understanding gospel logic. Let the article explain.
There are different factors that contribute to your sanctification. What are those factors? This article explains five of them.
How can I know that I am growing as a Christian? This article argues that Christian growth can only be understood by knowing the biblical teaching on sanctification. The article explains that sanctification is rooted in the gospel, motivated by love for Jesus Christ, and produced by the Holy Spirit.
What are reasons we give for being passive? This article discusses two reasons we give for passivity, namely, the magnitude argument ("The problem is too big") and the separation argument ("It is not my problem"). It is only by embracing the proper theology of God that passivity no longer appeals or makes sense.
The author observes that the Christian faith is presented in Scripture in terms such as a race, a spring, a growing child, and a tree, to depict sanctification in the Christian life.
This chapter is an introduction to John Owen and his most important works on sanctification. Sanctification meant for Owen that Christians are called to learn the art of battle. To fight the battle of faith Owen wants his readers to understand the nature of sin, the complexity of the human heart, and the goodness and provision of God.
This chapter wants to correct a too-narrow focus on motivations for sanctification. DeYoung believes that preachers and counsellors are too limited in the tools available to encourage biblical holiness. He feels that commands, gratitude, and duties are unhelpful on their own. Believers are motivated in different ways. He illustrates from Colossians 3 that there is a wide array of motivations for holiness.