Summary: A study on what professing believers ought to pursue and resulting failures if not pursued.
I. Two Things Professing Believers are to Pursue (diokete = press after, chase after, pursue)
A. Pursue Peace
1. The Importance of Peace
a. Peace is essential to spiritual progress, to usefulness, and to enjoyment of the presence of Christ.
b. Peace is the rhythm of our wills with Jesus’ love-will. Disobedience breaks the music.
d. J. Oswald Sanders – Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God.
2. The Scope of the Pursuit of Peace – toward all men
c. Peacemaking is an action that springs out of an attitude.
3. The Limit of the Pursuit of Peace
a. It is not peace at any cost.
b. James 3:17 (quickview)  "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."
B. Pursue Holiness
1. The Definition of Holiness
a. Holiness is that attribute which is the very crown of all the culture of humanity.
b. It enters only where repentance opens the way and spiritual renewal puts the heart into wholesome relations with the Divine will.
c. "Holiness is not austerity or gloom; it is the offspring of conscious, present Peace."
e. Vance Havner – A little girl said she liked Santa Claus better than Jesus because "you have to be good for Santa only at Christmas but for Jesus you have to be good all the time.” Much of the Christmas observance at church is not far removed from that attitude.
2. The Method of Pursuit of Holiness
a. Not by self-reformation or self improvement
1. Matthew 16:24-25 (quickview)  "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."
b. By keeping our spirit open to Divine impression and action
c. By Communion with Christ