We are getting into some great stuff this week.
I hope this study is blessing you and you are enjoying the path to God’s daily presence. I’ve posted the discussion questions and key highlights for you below the video.
Ready? Let’s start discussing this…
Using different accounts from Scripture, we explored various responses people have to God’s holy presence.
Response of fear, hate, and rejection
We looked at three stories from Scripture and one modern day example. These showed us:
- We innately know we are unfit to be in God’s holy presence.
- We sense we must change if God is present.
- Sometimes we prefer the mess and pain we know to giving up our illusions of being in control.
Discussion Question: p. 63
Have you ever responded to Christ with fear, rejection, or hate. If so, why did you feel threatened by him?
We looked at Peter and John’s responses to the revealed glory and holiness of Jesus.
- Transfiguration – Peter’s initial reaction was to DO something which brought about a rebuke from God (Matt 17:1-9)
- Later, an older, wiser Peter reflected on that experience and his focus was very different (2 Peter 1:12-18)
- John, who was also at transfiguration, had a late-in-life second encounter with the glorified Christ.
- We read his account from Revelation 1:9-18.
- He responded with fear and worship.
Discussion Question 2a)
What comes more naturally to you, sitting quietly and listening to God or doing something for God?
Discussion Question 2b)
If sitting quietly and listening to God is difficult, why do you think that is?
Discussion Question 2c)
How do you think a “doing” nature could hinder our intimacy with God?
Doubt and Disobedience
Moses started off well in his response to God at the burning bush, but as soon as God made it clear he was calling Moses to do something, Moses opted for doubt and disobedience.
Discussion Question 3a)
When was the last time you balked at obeying God?
Discussion Question 3b)
Did you feel his displeasure? If so, in what way? How can you respond differently next time?
Humility and Repentance
Kathy took us on an amazing tour of the book of Job. We examined Job’s response to God in the midst of suffering. Job had knowledge about God but his personal experience of God’s holy presence changed how he responded to God.
Discussion Question 4)
How/why might our response change based on personal experience of God’s holy presence rather than a secondhand knowledge about God? Have you found this to be true in your life? How did personally experiencing God change your response?
Repentance, Submission, and Obedience
In Isaiah 6:1-8, the prophet has a glorious encounter with God which leads to a deeper understanding of God. When Isaiah understood the nature and holiness of God, he was vividly aware of his own nature and unholiness. Isaiah responded very differently from Moses when God described the calling he had for this prophet. Isaiah responded with repentance, submission and obedience.
Discussion Question 5)
How have the examples of God’s revealed holiness impacted you this week? Has it awakened a humble desire to be holy and draw ever closer to the holy One?
Preview Week 5
Extreme Makeover: Spiritual Edition
This next week we explore our spiritual “before and after.” We tackle the apparent paradox: we have been made holy and we are called to become holy. We see how the transformation is both immediate and gradual. We’ll look at the difference between “positional” holiness (justification) and “progressive” holiness (sanctification). There is a whole lot of peace and comfort awaiting you in this week’s homework!
If you’re participating in this aspect of the study, below is the verse I chose to go along with this week’s homework.
Hebrews 10:14, NIV
For by one sacrifice he[Christ] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
Have a great week. And be sure to let me and the other participants know how we can be praying for you this week! Can’t wait to read your comments. If you’re doing this study with a group or Bible study partner, I’d love to hear how that is going as well!
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