Ch. 9: Putting Sin to Death

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 9: Putting Sin to Death

  • To put to death the misdeeds of the body, then, is to destroy the strength and vitality of sin as it tries to reign in our bodies p.84
  • Mortification, though it is something we do, cannot be carried out in our own strength… must be done by the strength and under the direction of the Holy Spirit p.84
  • How do we destroy the strength and vitality of sin? p.85
    1. Have Conviction
      • conviction for living a holy life in general
      • conviction in specific areas of obedience
      • these convictions are developed through exposure to the Word of God
      • God’s Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions p.86
      • How do we determine God’s will and develop conviction in [areas] that are not specifically mentioned in the Scriptures? p.88
        1. Is it helpful – physically, spiritually, and mentally? (1 Corinthians 6:12)
        2. Does it bring me under its power? (1 Corinthians 6:12)
        3. Does it hurt others? (1 Corinthians 8:13)
        4. Does it glorify God? (1 Corinthians 10:31)
      • It may not be the activity itself that determines whether something is sinful for us, but rather our response to that activity p.89
      • What about those areas in which Christians differ in their convictions as to God’s will? p.90
        1. We should not judge those whose convictions are different from ours (Romans 14:1-4)
        2. Whatever our convictions are, they must be “to the Lord” (Romans 14:5-8)
        3. Whatever convictions we have developed as “to the Lord,” we must be true to them (Romans 14:23)
    2. Have Commitment p.91
      • There is no point in praying for victory over temptations if we are not willing to make a commitment to say no to it p.93
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