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Pathways – Week 1: The Pathway To Holiness

January 7, 2024

Series: Pathways

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? Matthew 16:26 NLT

“While true Grace is the full justification of the sinner, cheap Grace is the justification of continued sin. The Christian continues too often to model himself on the world standards in nearly every possible sphere of life, counting it presumption to aspire to a life under grace different from that which life has been under sin.”  Dwight Small

“Costly Grace is costly because it cost a man his life, and it is Grace because it gives a man the only true life. it is costly because it condemns sin, and Grace because it justifies the sinner.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs.  But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” John 6:26-27 NLT

At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.  We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69 NLT

Where do you reside in your commitment to Jesus?

Three things that progress you towards the core.

1. Experience (Food, Blessings, Miracles)

2. Revelation (He is more than a man)

3. Conviction (Not a guilty feeling, but moved inwardly, “where else would I go”)

If you only live in experience you will never have a deep relationship with God. Experience causes you to live for yourself and self sooner or later becomes the only god you need.

The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above. Proverbs 14:14


The backslidden in heart masks sins with religious works

The backslidden in heart is filled with their own feelings and emotions

The backslidden in heart is filled with their own intelligence

The backslidden in heart is filled with their own quarrels

The backslidden in heart is filled with compromises and temptations

The backslidden in heart is filled with their own cares and worries

The backslidden in heart is filled with condemnation and shame

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NLT

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. Luke 9:24 NLT