North Anderson Baptist Church
Living a Life of Holiness Part 2
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Holiness by Micah Stampley
Verse 1
Holiness, holiness is what I long for
Holiness is what I need
Holiness, holiness is what
You want for me, for me
Chorus
Holiness, holiness is what I long for (that's what I long for)
Holiness is what I need
Holiness, holiness is what
You want for me
Verse 2
Righteousness, righteousness is what I long for
Righteousness is what I need (that's what I need)
Righteousness, Righteousness is what
You want for me, for me
So, take my heart and mold it
Chorus
So, take my heart and mold it (So, take my heart and mold it)
Take my mind, transform it (Take my mind, transform it)
Take my will, conform it (Take my will, conform it)
To Yours, to Yours, oh, Lord (Take my will, conform it)
Verse 3
Brokenness, brokenness is what I long for
Brokenness is what I need (gotta be broken)
Brokenness, brokenness is what
You want for me, for me
So, take my heart and mold it
Chorus
So, take my heart and mold it
Take my mind, transform it
Take my will, conform it
To Yours, to Yours, oh, Lord
Chorus
Take my heart, and mold it (Take my heart, and mold it)
Take my mind transform it (Take my will, conform it)
Take my will conform it (Take my will conform it)
To Yours, to Yours, oh, Lord (To Yours, to Yours, oh, Lord)
(2x's)
Verse 4
Holiness, holiness is what I long for
Holiness is what I know I need
Holiness, holiness is what
You want for me
I want to be holy

Choir
It's what you want for me
I got to be holy

Choir
It's what you want for me
As we continue thinking about Living a Life of Holiness based upon our thoughts last week on: Live Holy and Our Redeemer from 1 Peter 1:13-21, we can now turn our thoughts to the remaining verses from v. 22-25. Peter lays out such a powerful argument for the life of holiness using “The Truth and The Word.”
Christianity.com has an article on holiness that I thought was important to share parts of this morning. According to them, “Holiness” defined is, “it suggests the sacred in contrast to everything common and profane.” And thinking of the word “Holy” it is defined as “refers to God and what belongs to Him.” Such things as the “Temple, objects in the Temple, His people, His special Day, and all that belongs to God,” make up things that are considered “holy.” The article goes on to say that “Believers are ‘set apart’ - made holy because of our relationship with the One who bridges the gap between a holy God and sinful human beings.”

“God's holiness is an essential part of His nature.” (Warren Wiersbe)
For us to be holy, we have to be partakers of the nature of God Almighty. Dear friends, we are holy only when we are rightly related to the holy God through the personal relationship we have with Jesus Christ who died for our sins on the cross and only then are we rightly related to our holy God and become holy as well!
The following Scripture from the rest of 1 Peter 1 will help us to understand all of this more fully.
3. The Truth - v. 22

Well, how have we been purified? If you remember the words from last week (Really, how many actually remember the message from last week?) Jesus’ blood cleansed, purified, us from all our sin!
Therefore we are purified by obeying the truth set before us, that Jesus died, was buried and then He arose from the dead to live forevermore. Which is the Gospel. So we are purified by being obedient to the Gospel. To believe is to respond to the truth and therefore we are purified. The application of purification can’t happen to anyone until they trust by faith the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. When I see the truth of His death and resurrection and then believe it for myself and then through obedience of my surrender to the Lord, I can be purified by God.
Peter then tells you what are the results of that obedience in your life, the sincere love for your brothers in the faith. It is just not “sincere love” but a deep love that comes from a renewed, regenerated, saved heart! That sincere love is not the love of the world, which is demonstrated as selfish, self-centered love that wants something in return for their “love,” but the love Peter is talking about is the true love from the heart of God. It is given to us through following and obeying the One who demonstrated that forgiveness and love on the cross through giving of Himself, selflessly to redeem sinners who did not deserve His love. If we love like Him, Jesus, then our love will be sincere, selfless and always seeking to meet others needs rather than our own.

What is your recent expression of love that was selfless and caring for others?
What have you done to demonstrate that the love of Jesus was in and controlling you, in your walk of holiness?

Jesus demonstrated His love through actions. Have you really followed Jesus' example and put your sincere love into action? Don’t be fooling yourself by just thinking back long ago, trying to come up with an example of something you did years back that showed selfless love, but what have you done this last week, yesterday or even this morning? Jesus’s love is up to date, what about your love?
Can you say that truthfully the Church of Jesus Christ is unified in the love of Jesus as Peter speaks here? I don’t believe we can. There is great division and sometimes the opposite of brotherly love among those who call themselves Christians. Granted, some who call themselves “believers in Christ” are truly not; they are counterfeit Christians and they are living out of their flesh. But, it is true that there is division among the true brethren. What can be done? How can we really witness to a lost and dying world about the love of God when we have a hard time showing and expressing that love to one another.

Being purified by the blood of Jesus should take care of that problem but it has not. Why? I believe that people have allowed the old sinful, selfish nature to become more in charge of their lives, which causes those believers to not think or love others in a Christ-like way. They have allowed their flesh to control them and God’s love is not being seen in them. Now we have to be very careful here, because I am not the judge of a heart. All we can see is the fruit that is produced from a life and if all we see is hatred and not love for other brothers and sisters, then that should tell us something. God’s Holy Spirit, who lives in a yielded believer, can produce the true fruit of the Spirit but one who is counterfeit Christian can’t produce true fruit.

Today we have seen a great chasm between some believers. When we are ruled by or allow that first nature, the sinful nature, to rule over all you think or do then your life will not be able to produce the true brotherly love of which Peter is speaking.

Don’t let people fool you when they say, “I love the brethren, just not some of them.”
Just being real with you today, I think in this volatile atmosphere there are some who are believers who let their “racial biases” and “political views” guide them more than the Spirit of God’s love.“You would think that those who walk in “hope and holiness” would be able to walk in harmony, but this is not always true. There is today a desperate need for spiritual unity.”(Warren Wiersbe)
Ben Ridley

I was born into a Christian family and grew up going to church. When I was an early teenager, I got caught up in the world and stopped going to church. I always had a belief that God existed and struggled over the years between wanting to follow the Lord and live in the world. I joined the Army in 2004 and after some years of service was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

Before leaving, my grandfather, who has been a part of the Gideons for many years (former National Chaplain Hew Barnard-Brown from Adelaide) gave me a Gideon New Testament. Whilst there in Afghanistan, I began to read the Bible and seek the Lord. The Holy Spirit convicted me of my sins and I decided that I could no longer play games with the Lord.

I came back from Afghanistan a different person. Upon my return I began to share the Gospel with my then girlfriend, Claudia, who was a part of a religion called ‘Spiritism’. After sharing with her, she was convicted of sin, repented and was born again. We were married a few months later and have been together for over three years now.

I felt led by the Lord to leave the Army in 2014 and I thought that was the end of my time in the Australian Defence Forces, but the Lord led me to a ministry called ‘Everyman’s Welfare Service’ - a Christian ministry that shares the Gospel to the ADF. Since joining them I have been able to share the Gospel with many ADF members and I recently returned from a 4 month trip to the Middle East, where I was able to share my faith and give out New Testaments to people.
God’s Word is powerful and able to change any man or woman who sincerely seeks Him. This is but one of so many thousands of people who have picked up a Bible and found the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the pages that they have read and God changed their lives.
All this love and selflessness doesn’t come naturally, nope, not for mankind. Just look around and see the “love” of this generation. You have to take a look at how you can be saved and born again. Dear friends, you have been redeemed by the living and enduring Word of God. John says that Jesus is the Word of God, John 1:1-3,
Jesus endures and still lives forevermore in heaven, at the right hand of the throne of God, ever making intercession for His people, you and me. Only because I have been born again has Jesus spoken to God on my behalf. He is the imperishable seed, for when they planted His body in the grave, through the power of God He was raised to life again to show all who believe in Him that He is Savior and Lord!
I think this passage is one of the clearest of what it is saying about the written Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God but He left for us the written Word of God and it too is imperishable and has the ability to, by God’s plan, be able to plant seed that will not perish into the lives of humankind so that they might know His forever love through the Savior who died and the Lord who was resurrected from the dead.

“Ben Ridley is a great example of that seed being placed into a heart and God’s love being produced through that imperishable seed so that the young soldier was saved and his life changed.” Isaiah was clear, so many hundreds of years before the Christ was to come when he said,
All the fame and glory of this world people have accumulated, will one day wither away just like the grass and the flowers that fade and die. But God’s Word will last forever. The Word of God not only lasts forever, it will do that which the Father desires for it to accomplish. Isaiah 55:11,
When God’s Word says something then it will be done. Believe it because God said it was so.
Listen to the last words of this chapter: “And this is the word that was preached to you.” Peter says this is what I have been preaching to you and you will hear more as you read this letter from me. Believe these words, for whoever preached to you originally, they used this Gospel of the imperishable seed, about our Lord Jesus Christ, who died and rose again and has redeemed us from our sin to give us eternal life.
Basically, to be sanctified (“or holy”) means to be "set apart for God's exclusive use and pleasure." It involves separation from that which is unclean and complete devotion to God (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1). We are to be holy "in all manner of conversation [behavior]," so that everything we do reflects the holiness of God. To a dedicated believer, there is no such thing as "secular" and "sacred." All of life is holy as we live to glorify God. Even such ordinary activities as eating and drinking can be done to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”). If something cannot be done to the glory of God, then we can be sure it must be out of the will of God.) (Warren Wiersbe)
Are you living a life of Holiness? Maybe it is time to get things right with God. Let’s stop playing around with our faith and begin living as God has planned for us to live. Now is a great time to make that decision for your life. Give your life over to the Lord and allow Him to do in you what you can’t do for yourself. Surrender! Christian you are not your own, you have been bought with the blood of Jesus, turn now to Him.
If you are not a believer, now is the time to give your life and heart to Jesus and allow His death, burial and resurrection to change who you are. Believe in Him, confess your sin and receive Him as your personal Savior and Lord. Do it now!

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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