Mar 24, 2019 |Found

Refining Your Faith

03.24.19 | Found

Refining Your Faith

Justin Detmers

Colossians 3:1-17

As believers, sanctification is a life-long process of increasing in maturity and becoming more like Christ. How do we then grow and refine our faith? Pastor Justin Detmers challenges us to deliberately remove sin from our lives and take on our new Godly nature.

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Progressive Sanctification:

The gradual process of separating from evil and becoming more like Christ.


So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:1


Salvation (justification) = once for all-time event

Sanctification (maturity) = gradual process


Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:2-4


Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things.

Philippians 4:8


Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath is coming upon the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them.

Colossians 3:5-7


If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Matthew 5:29


Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.

John Owen



But now, put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.

Colossians 3:8-10


In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

Colossians 3:11


Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Colossians 3:12-14


And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3:15-16




And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17


The naming of Christ’s name by a group of people in the ancient Mediterranean world was a way of identifying themselves, as much as him; they were thereby confessing their readiness to be known by reference to this Lord Jesus. And this was no light matter of labeling. The “name” was one of the chief ways in the ancient world by which a person could be known, by which her or his character could be disclosed, by which one could “get a handle” on another. To identify oneself by reference to the Lord Jesus was therefore to stake all on His reputation and power.

James Dunn