“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:13-16
“If you are going to live a life of holiness, it starts with your mind. It does not start with what you do, but who you are.” -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon from 1 Peter 1:13-16)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:9-10
“The highway of holiness is paved by the Son of God, marked by the word of God, and fueled by the grace of God.” -Steven Lawson via Twitter
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…” -Hebrews 12:14
It’s little things you do in everyday life that make up a life of holiness.
–excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon: “How Young Women Adorn the Doctrine“
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“The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” -Isaiah 35:8
The way of holiness is so straight and plain that the simplest minds cannot go astray if they constantly follow it. The worldly wise have many twists and turns, and yet they make terrible blunders and generally miss their end. Worldly policy is a poor, shortsighted thing, and when men choose it as their road, it leads them over dark mountains. Gracious minds know no better than to do as the Lord bids them; but this keeps them in the King’s highway and under royal protection.
Let the reader never for a moment attempt to help himself out of a difficulty by a falsehood or by a questionable act; but let him keep in the middle of the high road of truth and integrity, and he will be following the best possible course. In our lives we must never practice circular sailing nor dream of shuffling. Be just and fear not, Follow Jesus and heed no evil consequences. If the worst of ills could be avoided by wrongdoing, we should, in the very attempt, have fallen into an evil worse than any other ill could be. God’s way must be the very best way. Follow it though men think you a fool, and you will be truly wise.
Lord, lead Thy servants in a plain path because of their enemies.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” -Hebrews 10:14
For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. -Hebrews 10:14 | Perfect in position. Being perfected in practice. -Mike Donehey via Twitter
Sunday School | Matthew 16:13-28 | Bro. Roger Harden
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” -Matthew 16:24-26
[We had a very good discussion in our Sunday School class today, most of which I did not take notes on…sorry.]
-What would you trade for your soul?
-I should want to surrender all because He surrendered all for me.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” -1 Corinthians 8:9
-How free are we to use the liberty we have in Christ?
–vs. 1-3– Everybody has knowledge. Christians in Corinth were struggling with whether or not to buy meat in the marketplace that had been offered to idols. Some believers had offered meat to idols in their past before they became Christians.
-Knowledge puffs up and tears other people down. Agape love builds up without expecting anything in return. Knowledge needs to be balanced with love. By itself, knowledge makes one arrogant. (1 Corinthians 13:2- You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you don’t have love, you don’t have anything.)
-vs. 3- If any man LOVES God, not “know.” Do you know love Him? If you love Him, you will keep His commandments. (1 John 5:1)
Love sets the boundaries of your behavior.
–vs. 4-7– Idols are nothing. (Psalm 115:4-8)
-vs. 6- We exist to glorify God. What are you doing with the doctrine/knowledge you have? Are you living it out in love?
-vs. 7- Ignoring your conscience brings guilt and resentment.
-Don’t use your liberty to cause others to stumble. (Romans 14:3-23) With your knowledge, you have to show love to those with a weaker conscience.
-vs. 8- What you eat has no spiritual significance.
vs. 12-13- Love by not doing something that makes your weaker brother stumble.
Evening Worship | Leviticus 20:1-27 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“You shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” -Leviticus 20:26
-God has severed us from the world to be holy…He chose us!
-God knows that human hearts are desperately wicked and deceitful, so He gives a warning to His people about going into idolatry by laying out punishments.
-God had worked in their lives in a tremendous way and they were turning to a works-salvation to please false god Molech. When we do not find our rest in Christ and turn to a works-based salvation, we are no different from those who worshipped Molech. (Psalm 115) They committed spiritual adultery.
-Live a separate life by getting into the Word of God. (John 17)
-Be holy. Be separated. Be sanctified. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1; Ephesians 5:11)
Sunday School | 1 John 5:13-21 | Bro. Roger Harden
“I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.” -1 John 5:13-14
We have everything to be thankful for and to be joyful about in Christ because He has given us eternal life. If He has given us eternal life, rest assured that He will take care of the rest. (Matthew 6:33)
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 3:18-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“…you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” -1 Corinthians 3:23
Ways to Prevent Division:
1)Don’t be impressed by your own wisdom. If everyone is submitted to the Word of God, there will be unity. (vs. 18-20)
2)Prefer teachers who teach truth, who are faithful to God’s Word, are living a godly life and are filled with the knowledge of God. (vs. 21)
3)Know how to handle your possessions. God has given us: [a]Some good preachers and good books. Glean from their knowledge. [b]The world. Only the redeemed child can see the world’s beauty as a gift from the Creator. [c]Life! Eternal life! (John 10:10) [d]Death. It ushers us into the very presence of Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:54-55; Galatians 2:20) [e]The present. He’s using all the events in your life to mold you into the image of His Son. (Romans 8:28; Psalm 119:71,75) [f]The future. What’s to come: Heaven! (Romans 8:17)
vs. 23- If your life is hid with Christ in God, how can there be division?
Evening Worship | Leviticus 6:8-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21
Ponder God’s holiness. The sinless Son of God became sin for me. The Creator gave His life for the creature. Wow!
“Behold, even the moon is not bright, and the stars are not pure in His eyes; how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!” -Job 25:5-6
He is the most Holy of all kings. His throne is a great white throne—unspotted and clear as crystal. “The stars are not pure in His sight. How much less man, that is a worm?” (Job 25:5-6) With what lowliness should you draw near to Him. Familiarity there may be, but let it not be unhallowed. Boldness there should be, but let it not be impertinent. You are still on earth, and He in Heaven. You are still a worm of the dust, and He the Everlasting. Before the mountains were brought forth, He was God, and if all created things should pass away, yet He would still be the same. I am afraid we do not bow as we should before the Eternal Majesty. Let us ask the Spirit of God to put us in a right frame, that every one of our prayers may be a reverential approach to the Infinite Majesty above.
-Charles H. Spurgeon in The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life, pg. 14