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Sermon Recap: February 23

Morning Audio link is here for Holiness is not an Option: Leviticus 19

Short Outline:

I 1. Holiness

2. Holiness in worship
3. Holiness in family
4. Holiness in community
5. Holiness in compassion

Goal:

A. Commitment to Christ for Imputed Holiness
B. Commitment to obedience for practiced holiness
C. Commitment to community for demonstrated holiness
D. Commitment to service for recognized holiness

Holiness: Not an Option: Leviticus 19 February 23 AM from Doug Hibbard on Vimeo.

 

Evening Q&A Raw link is here: I’ve decided to just put this up—it’s an hour long, and you may nor may not be able to hear it well, but this is the Q&A session from Sunday Night. It was good—excellent questions from various people. Due to its length, I didn’t actually preach Smile https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B662DupsSRc3ZFhQM3hRM1hTNWM/edit?usp=sharing

Evening intended outline focused on Leviticus 18 and the command to not be like the Egyptians. We are to leave behind our sin, not drag it with us as we go.

 

Extend Morning Outline is here:

Chapter 1: Sermon 11: Not an Option: Leviticus 19:1-15

1.1. Scripture intro
Leviticus 19:1-18

1.2. Theoretical:
1. Holiness: what is holiness? Separated for a specific task. In Scripture, it is a word that is first used to describe God and then applied to His people.

Holiness comes from God first, and is divided from normal and wicked.

2. Holiness in worship: Holiness in worship involves giving God the primacy, not the split-attention or secondary approach.

Holiness in worship requires that nothing else vie for our allegiance. Nothing--not even spiritual leaders

Holiness in worship allots time in large units, not micromeasures
3. Holiness in family: Holiness in family involves not separating the faith from how we live out in our closest relationships.

Holiness in family respects the heritage of faith; respects God-honoring authority in the family; defends against God-dishonoring behavior in the family.

4. Holiness in community: Holiness in community involves being honest in our work; honest in our business; honest in our relationships.

Holiness in community requires that we work for the benefit of our neighbor, including reproving sin (Leviticus 19:17); that we not bear grudges; that we love our neighbors as ourselves.

5. Holiness in compassion: Holiness in compassion involves caring for others. That we not cause difficult circumstances to get worse, and that we do what we can to alleviate them. .

Holiness in compassion draws us to provide opportunities to overcome obstacles; that we do no harm to strangers; that we open our hearts to those who would draw near to God.

1.3. A. Commitment to Christ for Imputed Holiness
It is beyond our ability to be holy as God is holy.

Therefore: we must come to Jesus first. Salvation is not only about the canceled debt; it is about being counted as holy.

This is assured and final--we respond to grace with action.

1.4. B. Commitment to obedience for practiced holiness
What do we do?

Our lives should reflect holiness:

Not as a crude list of to-dos and not-to-dos--a life of holiness is not about "managing sinfulness" (Dallas Willard terminology) but about learning to be like Jesus.

Positive action for following Jesus: deliberately fill our lives with the things of God

1.5. C. Commitment to community for demonstrated holiness
This is about how we live together

Practicals: honesty, no harm--do what is for the benefit of others.

YES. YOU WILL BE WRONGED AT TIMES. YOU WILL BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF.

What of it? Do we not gain advantage from Christ? If we are sustained by grace and forgiveness, then are we not to give it as well?

Picturing sins against us as being against God even more will aid in this concept.

1.6. D. Commitment to service for recognized holiness

This is how we serve the world

Simple ways: food and drink.

Complex ways: legal environments and public policies.

Complicated ways: avoiding partiality to the rich or the poor--focusing on fair judgment before the Lord God.

1.7. Conclusion
Rebuild your lives oriented toward holiness. Many of you are going into the season where you will do the same things, in the same ways, that you always have--

Why? Why do we never make adjustments to the holiness of God?

Change. Consider.

Comments

  1. Dear Doug: I looked briefly at your outline (right now I am utterly weary from a lack of sleep due to health problems), and I loved it. You, apparently, have done a first class job of outlining and expounded the truth of Holiness. Have you ever read Charnock on The Attributes of God? God bless.

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  2. Dr. Willingham,

    I have not--I'll that to my list of books to track down!

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