RSI Conference: Update 2

17 Nov

We oftentimes hear about “radical” living and transformation, but what does the Bible say regarding the nature of our sanctification, and what is truly “radical” in the Christian life.  This is what Tim Challies addressed Friday evening, using 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 as a guide.  Below are notes from his message:

-The radical Christian life is marked by 3 things: Decency, Devotion, and Diligence.

1. Decency (in our life)
-Paul explains that a decent life is one that is appropriate and pleasing to the Lord
-Marked by sexual purity and self-control
-Sexual immorality will stunt your spiritual growth
-Not sinning is not enough; we must replace it with holiness/the pursuit of righteousness
-Sin is the rejection of the Holy Spirit and what He offers us in the time of temptation

2. Devotion (to one another)
-Love is revealed to us by God in Christ
-In light of this love, the primary reach of love is from one Christian to another
-It is a love marked by inconvenience, difficulty, and discomfort
-Any sort of division in a church says that the Gospel is insufficient to bridge that gap
-This love, then, radiates out to others in the community and other local churches
-Our love can always grow (does not remain static)

3. Diligence
-We should aspire to live quietly; peaceful in our ordinary work; content in a ordinary life of obedience
-We should not concern ourselves with things that do not involve us, or things of which we have no knowledge
-Work hard, using our God-given skills, talents, and abilities to provide for ourselves (and families); Paul served as an example of this at various times

Conclusion:
-This kind of life leads to growth in holiness in ways that no program or class can
-Living like this is a testimony to the Spirit’s work within, and as a witness to others–of the world–around us
-This is what real countercultural, “radical” Christian living and sanctification looks like; seems kind of ordinary, doesn’t it? But this is how God works

Tomorrow, I will post with notes from Session 3 and Tuesday I will have notes from Session 4

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