Bible Study

Holiness

Holiness – of God

Holy defined- specially recognized or declared sacred

  • God is the source of holiness
  • Separate and distinct- Exodus 15:11; 1Sam 2:2
  • God hates sin  Ps 5:4; because it separates us from Him. Isaiah 59:2

Therefore..

  1. He cannot overlook our sin.  Habakkuk 1:13; Rom 3:23
  2. He cannot tempt us to sin James 1:13, 1Cor 10:13
  3. When we sin, we sin against God Gen 39:9, 2 Sam 12:13
  4. He imparts righteousness to us through His holiness 2Cor 5:21
  5. He gives us the potential, power, and provision for us to live holy lives Rom 6:12, Titus 2:11-14

 

Holiness – for us

Holy – saintly, godly, devout

 

Positional  (what God does for us)- we are holy because God is holy  and happens when we are saved.  2Cor 5:21, Heb 10:10-14

Practical – (what the Sprit does within us)

  • Holiness is not an option Heb 12:14
  • Holiness is required for intimate fellowship with God Psalm 15:1-5
  • Holiness is required for our own well being.  Heb12:6 Holiness
  • Holiness is necessary to serve God 2Tim 2:19-21

Perfected holiness – when we are fully glorified  1John 3:2; Phil 3:20-21

Our Response

Psalm 99:9; Rev 15:4

Bring glory to His name:

  • Through worship
  • Through a spiritually disciplined life – walk in the Spirit Gal 5:16-18
  • Through service
  • Through a love of His Word
  • Through a strong dislike of sin

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Sticky: Bible Study Basics

  1. Set aside time for study
  2. Begin with prayer
  3. Read and reflect
  4. Take notes
  5. Reading Verses
  • Read the verses in multiple versions — parallel bible
  • Look up the Greek (New Testament) meanings of words
  • Look up the Hebrew (Old Testament) meanings of words

Resources

Bible Search/Versions: http://www.blueletterbible.org/

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Attributes of God – Sovereignty

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Sovereignty.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s Sovereignty shared with believers?  Why or why not?

Write out Isaiah 46:9-10 and Ephesians 1: 11

Q. Is God Sovereign over both good and evil?  Why or why not?

How would you describe God’s Sovereignty? 

  1. To the believer?
  2. To a non-believer?

God’s Sovereignty should be encouraging to you.  If it is not, ask Him to change your view of His Sovereignty in your life.   If it is, ask Him to expand His Sovereignty in your life.

What is your prayer today?

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Attributes of God – Righteousness

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Righteousness.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s Righteousness shared with believers?  Why or why not?

Write out Isaiah 51:6 and 1 Corinthians 1:30

Q. What is God’s standard of Righteousness?

Have you considered your standard of Righteousness? 

  1. What does it look like to God?
  2. What does it  look like to the church?
  3. What does it  look like to the non-believer?

God’s Righteousness is an attribute that is difficult to grasp, yet we are called to it.  Ask God to help you to identify those areas in your life that needs a “righteous-lift”.

What is your prayer today?

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Attributes of God – Immutability

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Immutability.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s Immutability shared with believers?  Why or why not?

Write out Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 6:17-18

Q. What other words describe God’s Immutability? Which one do you prefer and why?

How would you describe God’s Immutability? 

  1. To the believer?
  2. To a non-believer?

God’s Immutability can be a firm foundation to walk on.  Do you see it this way?  If not, ask Him to show you.  If you do, ask Him to show you more.

What is your prayer today?

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Attributes of God – Omniscience

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Omniscience.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s Omniscience shared with believers?  Why or why not?

Write out 1 Kings 8:39 and Job 34:21

Q. How does knowing God is Omniscient impact your prayers?

How would you describe God’s Omniscience? 

  1. To the believer?
  2. To a non-believer?

God sees our sins: past, present and future.  Does that bring you comfort or angst?  Talk to God about how you can more fully embrace this knowledge.  Confess if you need confession, praise Him if you need to praise Him, dance with joy if you need to worship .

What is your prayer today?

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Attributes of God — Omnipresence

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Omnipresence.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s Omnipresence shared with believers? Why or why not?

Write out Jeremiah 23:23–24 and Proverbs 15:3

Q. Are there times when you want to hide from God? Describe a time.

How would you describe God’s Omnipresence?

  1. To the believer?
  2. To a non-believer?

God is everywhere. He sees good and evil. Are you comfortable with that? If no, ask God to show you the why that is. If yes, ask Him to help you see it too.

What is your prayer today?

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Attributes of God — Omnipotence

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Omnipotence.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s Omnipotence shared with believers? Why or why not?

Write out Jeremiah 32:17 and Revelation 19:6

Q. Does God’s Omnipotence scare you? Why or why not?

How would you describe God’s Omnipotence?

  1. To the believer?
  2. To a non-believer?

God’s Omnipotence should bring comfort to believers. If it brings comfort, praise God for it, if it brings fear, ask Him to show you what makes you afraid.

What is your prayer today?

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Attributes of God – Mercy

Attributes of God — Mercy

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Mercy.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s Mercy shared with believers? Why or why not?

Write out Psalm 130:3–4 and Luke 1:50–54

Q. Was God’s Mercy the same in the old testament as the new? If not, why not?

Have you considered your mercy?

  1. What does it look like to God?
  2. What does it look like to the church?
  3. What does it look like to the non-believer?

God’s Mercy is a gift given. Do you know someone who has not received this? Pray for them now. Do you struggle with extending it to others? If so, pray for that ability.

What is your prayer today?

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Attributes of God – Holiness

Pray, Read, Seek, Take Notes!

  1. Look up Scripture verses that describe God’s Holiness.
  2. List them with notes

Q. Is God’s holiness shared with believers?  Why or why not?

Write out Exodus 15:11 and Psalm 99:9

Q. Do you know someone you thought of as holy?  Describe their character.

Have you considered your holiness? 

  1. What does it look like to God?
  2. What does it look like to the church?
  3. What does it look like to the non-believer?

Holiness is an attribute that is difficult to grasp, yet we are called to it.  Ask God to help you to become more holy in your mind, heart, and spirit.   What is your prayer today?

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