What is Sanctification?

I personally struggle to understand this aspect of the Christian life more than any other aspect at this point in my life. Sanctification, understood as the process of becoming more like Christ, seems frustratingly slow and, at times, feels like a losing battle. Perhaps I struggle with this now because God is dealing with me in this area now more than ever before, making me more aware of my own sanctification (or lack thereof). Perhaps I am not at all saved and therefore do not/cannot understand sanctification. I don’t believe this is the case, but this thought does run through my mind when I struggle with this at times. Or perhaps my own indwelling sinful nature that still remains in some way prevents me from understanding it. More than likely, I believe it’s a combination of the three, as weird as that may sound. Continue Reading...

Pain in Preaching the Gospel

In preaching there are surely two kinds of preachers: 1) those who preach honestly and from pure motives, and 2) those who preach dishonestly from selfish motives. This post is not intended to praise one over the other, or to lambast one instead of the other. Instead, I want to ask two questions of both kinds: First, how much of your preaching focuses on the sin and the Gospel? Second, what do you as a preacher experience internally before, during, and after you preach? I believe both kinds of preachers can experience very different internal feelings both while preaching on sin and the Gospel and while not. I want to know what you as a preacher of God’s word experience. Continue Reading...