Date: September 22, 2019
Speaker: John Fonville
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7–4:13
Tags: sanctification, obedience, holiness, antinomianism, means of grace, the gospel mystery of sanctification, Visible Church, Invisible Church, Union with Christ, Gratitude, The Great Commission, Neonomianism, Discipleship, moral law, Word and Sacrament, churchless Christianity, sheep, Service of Reception
The gospel not only creates individual believers but also a visible covenant community called the church. Christ established His visible church to serve as the primary place where the life-long process of unlearning many of our old, deep-rooted notions of the way of life that the Bible calls holiness and learning the true gospel-way of obedience is to take place. The visible church is the place where the ascended Christ’s “gifted ones” (Eph. 4:7-13) administer the ordinary means of Word and sacrament so that believers are not only created but discipled into Christ’s image over a lifetime.