I Hate Snakes

IMG_9998That was a lens I used on Sunday at Element Church to talk about a specific issue as we continued our sermon series called “Labels: Living in our true identity”.  In this series we are talking about WHO we are in Christ because we believe in Him.  The whole series is built around one passage in the Bible, 1 Peter 2:9-11.

This last week we discussed the label that we are a “Holy nation”.  Holiness is perhaps one of the most confusing and debated subjects in our faith.  What does it mean to be holy?  Am I made holy or do I live holy?  Those questions and more are what we tackled this week as we dove into the deep end and talked about holiness in our lives.

In this message we said that, “Our position of holiness IN Christ should lead to a practice of holiness FOR Christ.”  Nothing I can do will make me holy, but because I’ve been made holy it should change the things I do.  Just like evil actions flow out of the heart, so do righteous ones!  Well, if our position of holiness should lead to a practice of holiness, we asked the question, “What does a practice of holiness look like?”

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I preached from Ephesians 5:1-20 and in this clip I talk about how we should flee the practice of sin and I used a story of my hatred of snakes to illustrate.  You can watch full sermons HERE.


Jeff Maness
I am a follower of Jesus first, husband to a beautiful wife, father to four amazing children, lead pastor of Element Church in Cheyenne, WY, and blogger of all things life.

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