A Call to Holiness

Matthew 28:18–20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

These are uneasy times. The unrest is hitting all-time highs it seems. Today’s presenting scripture has been called the the Great Commission. It is often seen as the marching orders for the Christian church. We are called to go and make disciples of or for Jesus Christ (whichever makes the most sense to you – lol). We are called to do this in good times and in not so good times. It might even be more needed during tough times.

In the early years of the Methodist movement – making disciples – followers of Christ – seemed to be the main focus. Revivals and Camp Meetings were all the rage and altar calls were common place in Methodist worship – as pastors challenged parishioners to be transformed after the likeness of Christ. I typically have an altar call each week to challenge those in attendance to faith – or to a deeper faith – or simply to pray about something that has been a challenge for them. Does your pastor invite you to the altar to pray? If not – you might ask them why not.

Early Methodists were called to holiness – they were part of the holiness movement in the United States for instance. We were taught to study the Word of God (the Bible) and to strive to live our lives after what it taught. We were even encouraged to avoid some of the ills of our society. The way it was explained to me (as a third generation Methodist pastor) – Methodists were encouraged to abstain from alcohol – from playing cards – from dancing – even from playing pool. The reason – again as it was explained to me – was because these social activities were often associated with bars and night clubs – with gambling and behavior and places that were not appropriate for folks striving to follow after Christ. We were encouraged to avoid even the appearance of evil or sin (we actually called behavior contrary to God’s will – sin – some don’t like to even say that word).  We were encouraged to keep Sunday set aside for the Lord. In my home growing up – Sunday was a day for worship and Sunday School in the morning – a family lunch – a nap time – youth group – and worship in the evening. Sunday was a day set aside for being with God and with other Christians. How do you spend your Sunday?

What Has Happened to the Evangelical Christianity of Not Long Ago?

Not sure how much I agree with, but do with some. Good to review and re-think.

 

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2019/02/what-has-happened-to-the-evangelical-christianity-of-not-long-ago/

Holiness: An Unpopular Topic

https://rebeccaluellamiller.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/holiness-an-unpopular-topic/

Be Holy as I am Holy – podcast

https://renewingyourmind.org/2018/09/19/be-holy-as-i-am-holy-awakening-personal-holiness#play

The Contagious Holiness Of God

~ Adriel Sanchez

In the Old Testament, the place where God chose to meet with his people was a place of contagious holiness. It was so supercharged with holiness that merely touching the very instruments of worship in the tabernacle would make a person holy.

God spoke to Moses about the consecrated altar. “The altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy” (Exod. 29:37b). Concerning the table in the tabernacle, the altar of incense, the lampstand, and utensils, God said, “You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy.” (Exod. 30:29). God’s holy place was filled with holy things that existed to make a holy people. In fact, after giving Moses the instructions regarding the tabernacle, God identified himself as, “the LORD who sanctifies you” (i.e. makes you holy, Exod. 31:13b).

This infectious holiness also extended to the garments of God’s priests:

And when they go out into the outer court to the people, they shall put off the garments in which they have been ministering and lay them in the holy chambers. And they shall put on other garments, lest they transmit holiness to the people with their garments. (Ezek. 44:19; emphasis mine)

The holy people of God could transmit the holiness of God to those outside merely through touch! These realities shed light on a familiar story in the gospels.

Laying Hold of Jesus

Continue: https://corechristianity.com/resource-library/articles/the-contagious-holiness-of-god

Do whatever makes you holy

http://gotherefor.com/offer.php?intid=29745&changestore=true

Word of the Week: Holiness

https://thepreachersword.com/2017/06/19/word-of-the-week-holiness/

The holier a person becomes . . .

The more holier a man becomes

The holier a person becomes

The more holier a man becomes

Happiness or Holiness?

We live in a culture today that has elevated one’s personal happiness to an inordinate, unhealthy, and definitely unscriptural priority.

Leo Rosten, the Polish born Jewish writer once wrote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make some difference that you lived at all. Happiness, in the ancient, noble verse, means self-fulfillment and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God or luck or fate bestowed upon them.”

The truth is that God is more interested in significance. Jesus said, “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (Jn. 10:10). C. H. Parkhurst wrote, “Purpose is what gives life meaning.” And purpose goes beyond the here and now. It is more than the temporal. Or the temporary.

We find fulfillment, purpose and joy when we pursue nobler ambitions. Seek Godly goals. And enjoy spiritual growth. It is realized by being transformed, not conformed. (Rom 12:1-2) Focusing on things above, not things below. (Col 3:1-2) And truly desiring holiness of character rather than passing pleasures. (Heb. 11;25).

Our holy God calls us to a higher level of living. “Be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1Pet 5:15-16).

~ Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

Comment at: https://thepreachersword.com/2017/02/12/sunday-seed-thoughts-happiness-or-holiness/