Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Fueled Effort

This is the fifth post with my sermon notes from the Together for the Gospel Conference (T4G) that was held from April 10-12 in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from T4G, click here. More sermon notes to come.

Speaker: Kevin DeYoung                                           Key text: 1 Corinthians 15:10

Listen to the full sermon: Audio || Video

Christians are constantly striving for personal holiness. As Christians celebrate all that Christ has saved them from, they should also celebrate all that Christ has saved them to. Those most passionate about the gospel should also be the most passionate about personal holiness. Work is not only a response to the work of God, but a result of it.  

Growth in godliness requires Spirit-powered, gospel-driven, faith-fueled effort.

  1. Spirit-Powered
    The Holy Spirit uses his power to give Christians a heart that desires God (Ephesians 3:16; Romans 8:9-13). It is the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead that lives in believers. The Spirit is light and reveals sin (John 16:5-15). Sinners don’t want to walk in the light. Preaching the gospel shines a spotlight on sin. The Spirit’s work is to bring attention and glory to Christ. We become what we behold. Spirit-powered sanctification shows a Christian his sin and points him to his Savior.
  2. Gospel-Driven
    The gospel drives believers to godliness out of gratitude. One of the central motivations for holiness: to be who you are in Christ.
  3. Faith-Fueled
    Christians are justified by faith and sanctified through faith. Faith in the promises of God (ie the Beatitudes) fuels sanctification.
  4. Effort
    Effort isn’t done to earn salvation, but is evidence of it. Many of Jesus’ commands involve a need to take action. Christians are to strive to kill sin, fight temptation, fight the good fight, and putt forth an effort to redeem the world through the gospel. Once saved, believers are at peace with God, but at war with sin. Sanctification isn’t by surrender, but by divinely imspired toil and fight. If you aren’t teaching others to obey the commands of Jesus, you aren’t teaching the gospel.

The gospel has three tenses: saved from wrath, unto holiness, for glory.

-Lawson
Learn It. Love It. Live It.

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About Lawson Hembree
Lawson is an entrepreneur, ministry leader, and outdoors enthusiast who also enjoys blogging about business, ideas, and theology. Want to continue the discussion or write a guest post? Let's Connect!

One Response to Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Fueled Effort

  1. Pingback: Can We Be Glorified Without Being Sanctified? Good Works, Good News, and Christian Assurance | Lawson Hembree's Blog

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