I’m so excited to be studying the Scriptures with you! It was a beautiful day when we filmed so we set up on my front porch. I underestimated the Texas wind… my hair puts on quite a show! There are a couple places where, for just a second or two, the sound is a little muffled because I’m fighting my hair. Hope it gives you a bit of a laugh and doesn’t take away from the study. Here’s your Week 1 video.
I really want to hear from you in the comments. Remember, if it is just me doing the talking this won’t be nearly as helpful or fun!
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If you for some reason you don’t have time to (or couldn’t) view the video, here are the highlights and the discussion questions.
On pages 15 and 16, I called attention to Kathy’s explanation of how God requires holiness and his Holy Spirit provides us with the power to be holy. We talked about turning toward God and away from sin.
We need to understand who God is and what it means that he is holy. I want to hear your response to the “key” question on p. 20.
I read Deuteronomy 7:17-19 and asked you to share your response to the “Sprout/leaf/growth” question on p. 24.
Additionally I asked you to share a 2-3 sentence synopsis of a time when God proved bigger than some obstacle you faced. So, please share to the level you’re comfortable and remember this is a public forum, so no names or identifying details unless you have the person’s permission to share.
I highlighted the hilarious illustration Kathy shared about her daughter getting stuck. Then I talked about Kathy’s observation of how God has taken us, like the children of Israel, from chains, to chosen, to covenant.
I highlighted the great story Kathy shared about Nicky Cruz and then shared the following two quotes from the book.
Holiness in God’s people attracts others to God like light beckons us to leave the darkness.”Kathy HowardImagine what would happen if instead of cursing the darkness we invaded it with light.”Nicky Cruz
Your last discussion question is found on p. 31 (it has the sprout/growth/leaf icon) Please share your response to that question.
Preview Week 2:
We’re going on a treasure hunt to discover the various ways God reveals himself and his holiness to us.
Memory Verse for Week 2:
I’ve chosen the following as our memory verse for this week as it highlights how Christ is the supreme revelation of God’s holiness.
Colossians 1:15 from the New Living Translation (but feel free to choose whatever translation you prefer):
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.”
Have a wonderful Week 2 in God’s Word! And I can’t wait to discuss all this with you in the comments. You’re very precious to me and I’m so glad you’re coming along with me on this adventure!
Blessings of truth and grace,
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