Summary: This sermon explains the doctrine of sanctification from the Wesleyan/Holiness perspective as a crisis experience. The outlines is 1-The Sure Experience, 2-The Scriptural Examples, and 3-The Sacred Encouragement.

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This morning, we are continuing our sermon series on the theme of REDEMPTION

And by way of review, so that we will know where we are, we have already preached…

--Let the Old Goat Go

--What Is Redemption

--Understanding Sin

--Understanding Salvation

--Understanding the New Birth

And today, we're going to continue on with the next step in the process of redemption, by talking to you this morning about UNDERSTANDING SANCTIFICATION

And tonight, we're going to the next level and we're going to be taking about UNDERSTANDING THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

And why, you may ask, are we preaching this series?

--because many have gotten saved over the last few months in our church

--because many do not understand the basics of Christianity

--because if we want to have a revival, then we've got to get back to our first love

And in order for us to get a greater understanding of redeption, we're breaking this sermon series down into two parts



Now, by way of review, redemption is the process by which God is bringing fallen humanity back into right relationship with him

And, we have discovered that when you get right down to it, redemption is…

--the theme of the whole Bible

--the whole purpose that God is working in our world

It's the reason we…

--come to church

--are blessed on our jobs

--are here

--we exist

Because God is in the business of bringing lost humanity into right relationship with himself!

And we've already talked about…

--understanding sin

--understanding salvation

And now, we're going to focus on the next step in the redemption process, which is SANCTIFICATION

Let's read….

Revelation 5:9-10 (KJV) "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."

Hebrews 2:11 (KJV) "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,"


In our message on "Understanding Sin", we have learned already about the problem of sin and how that God saves us from our sins

But the truth of the matter is this: Even though salvation brings…





There's no question, but that SIN is still a major issue in the life of the born again believer

Now, how many of you know that you are saved?

Yet, how many of you can say, "Pastor, even though I know that I'm saved, and even after I was saved, I have or had in some shape or form sinned."

Now, everyone of us needs to raise our hands

Why is this? Why if when we're saved…

--old things are passed away

--we're born again

Why do we still have to deal with sin?

For several reasons…

A. First of all, just because we're saved, it doesn't mean that our bodies are

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