Week 2: Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Peter 1:13-16
Life Group Questions:
- What did you learn about the holiness of God?
- How does that knowledge challenge you to live differently?
- Have you ever thought about who you would be apart from God?
- What response do we see from Isaiah to the holiness of God? (Isaiah 6:5)
- What was the response back? (Isaiah 6:6)
- What message of grace and calling do you see in these passages? (Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Peter 1:13-16)
- Pastor Luke said that, “confession leads to cleansing.” How have you seen that to be true?
- Read 1 Peter 1:13-16. The imminent coming of Christ should call us to obedience and holiness. How do you see that call in these verses?
- What did your time in silence this week teach you?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
LIFE IN PROCESS WITH A HOLY GOD
1. WE HAVE A POSTURE OF LOOKING UP, NOT JUST LOOKING OUT.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” – Isaiah 6:1-3
Holiness means “morally and ethically perfect, pure, and set apart from all sin.”
“Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.” – John 12:41
“In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” – Revelation 4:6b-8
2) THE FIRST STEP TO BEING USED BY GOD IS ACKNOWLEDGING WHO I AM APART FROM GOD.
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:4-8
3) WE MUST ACT LIKE WHAT WE ARE DECLARED TO BE… CHILDREN OF GOD.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:13-16
“When God’s holiness meets our humanity, we’re muted with humility. The discipline of silence is a natural reaction to God’s holiness. When we get a glimpse of who God is, we find that His voice is deeper than our own. His words are worth listening to. But we’re not accustomed to silence. We react to it, sometimes violently. Our own silence is an X-ray machine and we don’t like what we see – Loneliness, emptiness, insecurity. We fill up the hollow moments with noise. We blare the radio, blast the TV, and phone our friends. Why? To avoid the deafening roar within.
“This is one reason so many people are finding refreshment in the monastic traditions. Franciscan, Benedictine, and Cistercian monks splurge in silence every day, realizing the seriousness of worshipping God and the frivolousness of empty chatter. They understand the value of sitting before God, and waiting for Him to say the first word. God is always talking but our ears are full of wax, Silence is our Q-tip. Granted, there will always be a place for upbeat ear-popping praise. But when the ringing stops, when the ramblings cease, we find ourselves alone with the still small voice that whispers, “My presence is enough for you.”