The Bible’s timeline for sanctification is from new birth (regeneration) to new body (glorification), and the primary contexts for this sanctification are the family and local church.
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If you want to experience daily change, several factors must be in play. I’m going to share three of those things, which is not an exhaustive list.
- The first is that you must have a high view of the local church. Do you have affection for your local body of Christ?
- Your church must provide methodologies and practices that help you change. Do they provide these things?
- You must always be working within your community of friends. Are you doing your part to change?
Sustained change does happen at a point in time. You may change in a moment, but ongoing change requires contexts and community over an extended period. If you want to experience continuous change, you must be involved in a biblical community.
If your church is not able to provide you a practical, transformative community, you have two options: (1) change your church or (2) find a church that knows how to help you.
Do not become a silo Christian who detaches from the community life that the church offers. Don’t fall for the cyber-community temptation. Real relationships in real-world contexts are the two things you need to mature in Christ.
Time to Reflect
- Is your church the right disciple-making context for you?
- If not, how can you help your church become a disciple-making community?