Sunday, July 16, 2017

His Purity - To Help Us Be Holy

We provide questions each week based on the theme of our service for our Micro Groups to use. If you're not in a Verve Micro Group, feel free to use them on your own.

This week we continued our series called Ghost Stories and talked about "His Purity - To Help Us Be Holy". If you missed it, you can listen to it here.

  1. Who's is someone you would be pretty intimidated to meet in person? Why?
  2. In the Bible, when people met God they were intimidated. For instance:
    • "Woe to me! 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" (Isaiah 6:5).
    • "At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God" (Exodus 3:6).
    • The reason people are afraid when the see God is because God is holy. God's holiness means he is perfect and set apart. 
    • Why do you think that leads to fear in people who meet him?
  3. Not only is God being holy mean he is sinless, it also means that he is separate from anything sinful. That's a problem, because we are sinful. The Bible says in Isaiah 59:2, "Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have his his face from you."
    • That is, obviously, a problem. And that's why Jesus came and died for us. His death takes away our sin, so we can be with God and have a relationship with Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ."
    • How does it make you feel realizing that it is only through Jesus' death that you can overcome your separation from God and have a relationship with him?
  4. Faith in Jesus' death takes our sins away, making us holy in God's sight. So our sin has been taken off our 'record', but we should also want to actually be holy, to stop sinning. We are commanded that. 1 Peter 1:15-16, "But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy."
    • Why do you think it's so important for people who love God and claim Jesus to live holy lives?
  5. What makes it hard to live a holy life?
  6. God gives us the Holy Spirit to help us be holy. God comes into our lives to help us to not sin. How could you do better at staying focused on the Holy Spirit's presence in your life and living in God's power?
  7. Weekly Prayer Question:  What could we be praying for you this week? (Is this there something good we could celebrate with you, or a challenge you need God's help with?)