sermon: Assurance (Part One): Self Examination
The Holy Spirit
Martin G. Collins
Given 11-Jun-16; Sermon #1326; 75 minutes
Martin Collins, noting that the foundational way of life as outlined by Jesus Christ is not much followed in mainstream Christianity, and observing that the five foolish Virgins also belonged to the visible church, reminds us that we are only Christ's if we have God's Holy Spirit living in us, and we live according to the Spirit's prompts. There is no such thing as a secular Christian. Salvation is an ongoing work of God, obligating us to walk in the Spirit and not according to the flesh. If we walk in the Spirit, we will be not captivated by the lusts of the flesh. From the onset of our calling, we have been charged to bear spiritual fruit, being metaphorical branches of the vine, which is Christ. If we produce the fruit of the Spirit, we will maintain a sound mind, enabling us to acquire a new godly nature and character. We must mortify our past nature, realizing that all sin is abject failure and a fast track to death. As God's called-out ones, we need to reckon ourselves dead to the pulls of carnality. Sadly, we are guilty of sinning against God's Law every day, but if we willfully sin, rejecting the prompts of His Holy Spirit, we are, in effect, committing the unpardonable sin on an installment plan. Only those led by God's Holy Spirit are truly children of God. If we are not led by God's Spirit, we are pathetic slaves of sin. If we abide in Christ's words, we are His disciples. If we grow in the Spirit, allowing our character to be transformed from the inside out, we will be siblings and heirs of Christ, becoming full members of the family of God.
Acts 17:28 Anothen Basic foundational way of life Born again Born from above Debt we are to pay Deuteronomy 28:65-66 I John 1:8-9; 3:4; 5:16-17 Fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:16-25 Hebrews 10:26 Heirs with Christ Mark 8 :38 joining to Christ John 3:5-8; 8:31-47; 15:1-8 Led by the Spirit Live for God Lusts of the flesh Mainstream Christianity rejects Old Testament and giant portions of God's Law Matthew 5; 7:14-20; 25:1-12 New nature Nicodemus Obligation to live according to God's will Our past , present , and future Reading and studying scripture Rectitude Renewing of your mind Righteousness Romans 6:11-13; 8; 12:1-2 II Peter 1 Sanctification 'Secular' Christian Sermon on the Mount Sin is failure Sin that does not lead to death The Covenants, Grace and Law (Part 16) The Way Truth shall make you free