Okay. Pop Quiz time: You have to speak about holiness in 15 minutes. What’s your outline or talking points?
I am tempted to end my PastorWeekly email here and just ask you to reply with your notes. It’s been a long and busy week for me, I’ve had a “Man-Cold,” and I could do with some help with my sermon!
But seriously. If you had to scribble down an outline to speak about holiness, what would you say? Take a few moments now to think about that. Holiness . . . hmmmmmm . . .
So far, the first chapter of 1 Peter has given us a beautiful and profound recap of what is true about those who are in Jesus Christ. It’s a declaration of the TRUTH of the amazing work of God in history and in our lives – we, like those 1 Peter originally addressed, need to hear, embrace, and revel in this as we live in a world that doesn’t welcome our faith and perpetually pressures us to conform to its idols and gods.
In 1 Peter, God calls us to live in light of that which is TRUE – and he tells us that this means our being holy. But what does it mean to be holy?
When we think about holiness, we typically default to focus on what we are not. So, ironically, when we think about holiness, we often end up focusing on “un-holiness.” That doesn’t mean we’re crazy. But it does say something about the things that dominate our self-perception as we live in a broken and sinful world.
Take some time to read through 1 Peter 1:13-22 as you prepare your heart, mind, body, and soul for Corporate Worship. As you do that, consider how the text impacts you and where it takes you:
- What do you observe about the text?
- What does it mean to “prepare our minds for action”?
- Currently, what am I doing to “prepare my mind for action” and “purify my soul”?
- How do grace, obedience, fear, and love operate (together?) in my spiritual development?
I look forward to our hearing from God in his Word this Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions.
Yours in Christ,