The Bible teaches us that sanctification (our personal growth in holi-ness, or Christlikeness) is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:14–16). For this to become a reality in our lives, we must pursue God through reading the Bible, prayer, fellowship with godly believers, and abstaining from the sinful things of this world lest they contaminate us (2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1).
Service in the Local Church
The Bible teaches us that every believer is part of a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). Each of us has been given spiritual gifts (abilities) that are to be used for the building up of the local church (Romans 12:4–8; 1 Corinthians 12:4–7). We should not merely join a biblical church; we must serve in the church according to our abilities. The ministry in the church is not confined to the pastors or elders. The pastors are to equip all the members in the church for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11–12).
Service in Evangelism and Missions
It is the will of God that the gospel of Jesus Christ be preached to all nations and to every person under heaven (Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47). Christ’s command has been called the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20), and each Christian is to be committed to this task according to his or her gifts. This also includes caring for Christians who are persecuted for the faith, helping those who suffer need, and doing works of charity for those who do not believe (Matthew 25:31–46; Galatians 6:10; Hebrews 13:3, 16; James 1:27).
Our Hope and Prayer for You
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blame-less at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—1 Thessalonians 5:23