Sunday, 24 April 2016

Two Questions

Haggai 2:10-19

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth


Will I be more holy if I touch holy things or enter holy places?


Close Proximity to a holy object doesn’t make you more holy.


Does my sin really affect the different areas of my life?


Unrepentant sin defiles every area of our life.

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God gives us two reasons why we should be motivated to avoid sin and seek after holiness:

  • Consider how things were before you repented.
  • Obedience paves the way for God’s blessing.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. Were you ever taught that certain places were more holy than other places and that certain things were more holy than other things? Was it true? What makes a place or something holy?

Digging Deeper

2. Read Leviticus 20:7-8. Discuss the difference between positional and personal holiness. Our best efforts can’t make us holy, so we need God to give us positional holiness (“the Lord who makes you holy”). When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin, but the righteousness of Christ. As God makes us holy, we still have a responsibility to live a life that is set apart to God. This is personal holiness (“be holy”).

3. Read the following passages about holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Psalm 119:9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 5:3; Romans 12:1; Philippians 2:14-16; Isaiah 57:15; 1 Samuel 2:2). List and then discuss what holiness is according to God.

4. What is one of the first steps in realizing your own sin so that you might become holy (Psalm 139:23-24)?

Applying the Bible

5. Do you feel the favor of God in your life? Freedom from sin is the key which unlocks God’s favor. If you are struggling with angst in your heart, have you taken time to pause and examine your heart to see if there is anything that is sinful? Get alone right now with God, asap, so that you can hear God speak His wisdom into your heart. And then confess this sin to Him and change.

6. Are you close enough to God that you can hear His voice when He speaks to you? What can you do this week daily to listen to God?