- We've gone from a holy, set-apart people of God to a people with shared beliefs who live no differently than the culture around us.
- Holiness is new affections, new desires, and new motives that then lead to new behaviors.
- God is calling us to a better way. Will we reflect the world around us or the God inside us?
- In a Christian culture that does not value innocence, it is no wonder our generation is often indistinguishable from the culture around it.
- His (God's) holiness is incredibly intimidating to us, especially because we have been taught holiness is found in perfect living.
- The consequences for sin are not merely found in God's wrath, but in the ruined relationships all around us.
- As it burrows its way further into our minds, shame leads to indifference, intolerance, lack of vulnerability, and lack of intimacy with others.
- In our desire to be noticed we often end up forfeiting the ability to live a humble life. Our eyes seem forever fixed on ourselves.
- Holy life is found by engaging in relationship with God, who pushes us into vulnerable relationships with others.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Why Holiness Matters
Why Holiness Matters. This is a needed examination of holiness from a next generation leader trying to navigate our current cultural context. I am in the middle of processing the book but I wanted to share some of the early highlights that stand out to me and encourage you to check out the book. We need young leaders to help frame doctrine in a way that people can embrace and live out today. This book is simply a call to not run from holiness but to confront it and strive toward it in the middle of our evident imperfection. This week I am going to give away a copy of the book. Just leave a comment with your name, email, and name of the church you serve at and I will draw a name at the end of the week and mail you a free copy. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from my time processing the book...