Sunday, February 08, 2009

How to be Holy? (Adrian Reynolds)

Adrian was preaching at our old church nr. Reading last weekend.

MP3 Adrian Reynolds at Arborfield Church on 1 Peter 1:13-2:3

1. Know you are saved strangers (1.17-1.21) ...therefore...
2. Live with changed hearts (1.22-2.3)

Adrian blogs at


  1. Knowledge Of Grace+choice

    Isn't this a narrow reduction of the renewing of the mind to apply to the will and theological ability?

    What about service? community? prayer? bible reading? etc

  2. I'll let Adrian comment if he wants to... but no one is saying 1 Peter 1 is the whole Bible, the preacher has the task of preaching the scripture in front of him... other passages would preach different emphases... surely?

  3. I'm just going to add that I finally listened to this today on the train to Plymouth and IT'S EXCELLENT.

  4. I just listened to it tonight in the car on the way back from work. I think that I agree with Adrian in most of what he says. He is absolutely right in his basic thesis, which is that identity in Christ is the foundation of holiness. And that the word of God moves us into holiness. This drives the grace of the gospel deep below the possibility of feelings, behaviour etc. And as he says, it's so much more liberating (and biblical) to talk about being in Christ rather than "guilting" people into change.

    My problem is as I first stated, but now I can justify it a bit better, having listened to the whole message. Adrian leaves the doctrine of sanctification in a bit of an abstracted state. Jesus didn't. Neither did Paul. James and Peter both developed it much further. I think that he needed to push a bit further and to give some more detail. In the end, by not doing that he is in danger of conceding to pietism.

    He basically said two things that I do not disagree with in anyway:
    1. Identity in Christ
    2. Bible

    My encouragement is that I think Scripture demands that we add a few others things to this.

    3. Prayer
    4. Confessing sins to each other
    5. Service
    6. Spiritual disciplines
    7. Thankfulness
    8. Spiritual friendship (mentoring - like Paul and Timothy)

    Does that make more sense?

    I'm not saying that these things are how we become justified. But I think that the bible gives a wider picture of sanctification than the one Adrian (only had time?) to give.