The Meaning of Holiness (Dr. Sproul)
The Holiness of God - The Meaning of Holiness
- Let’s begin by singing hymn #23, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” Read Isaiah 45, and then pray.
- Tonight is Dr. Sproul’s fifth lecture, “The Meaning of Holiness.” Let’s get right into his lecture, and then we’ll leave more time at the end for discussion.
- Early in the lecture, Dr. Sproul mentioned that student who asked the “stupid question.” He asked, “What’s the big deal with the bread and the wine? Why can’t we just have PB&J and Coca-Cola?” If you’re honest, does that strike you the same way it struck Dr. Sproul, as irreverent and profane?
- As Dr. Sproul drew the session to a close, he talked about the first petition in the Lord’s Prayer, Matt. 6:9: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” The concern for the name of God comes from the Ten Commandments (READ Ex. 20:1-8), in which God commands us to never take His name in vain.
a. Beyond using the word God (or any person of the Trinity) in a casual, flippant way, what else could it mean to “take the name of the Lord your God in vain”?
b. When God says, “Be holy for I am holy,” He is at least calling us to be different than the unbelieving people in the world around us. Some people have a hard time being different than others, even unbelievers. What makes us identify more with the unbelieving culture around us (silencing our witness), and reluctant to identify with the holy and awesome God?
- What new things did you learn about the holiness of God? What practical impact do those truths make on your life?
- What do you plan to do differently as a result of studying this lesson? What changes do you need to make (i.e., in your life, in your schedule) to succeed in those plans?
- Let’s close tonight by singing Hymn #26, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.” Close in prayer.