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Attaining Holiness


I.       Definition of Holiness vs. Worldliness


                       Holiness                     vs.                        Worldliness


from God

from Satan/ this world/ fleshly desire

Time frame







in all

when falls into temptation


II.    Holiness in a Christian’s Life—why is it important? What difference does it make?

Leviticus 11:44-45; 20:26; Hebrews 12:14

Because God is holy

1 Corinthians 6:19

We’re the temple of the Holy Spirit

1 Peter 1:13-19

God called us to be holy

Ephesians 4:22-24

To be more like God, as God had created us

III. Sources of Holiness

1.       Holiness is a gift of God’s grace (1Pet 2:9-10; Eph 1:4; Is 4:3)

2.       Holiness is a result from being baptized in the blood of Jesus (Rev 7:14)

3.       Holiness grows in response to the word of God (Eph 5:26; Jn 17:17)

4.       Holiness comes from the righteous acts (Rev 19:8; 1Thes 5:15-24)

5.       Holiness comes from one’s own efforts because of his hope in seeing Jesus in heaven (1Jn 3:3)

IV.  How to Attain Holiness? (Give at least five ways from what you’ve just learned above)

V.     How do we maintain holy in our daily life?

VI.  Case study:

Eric has always been a “good boy” to his family and church friends. He does his best to be a good Christian and serves God in anyway he is able. When he was choosing where to go to school, he made a conscious decision to go to a university where there is a church. Now in his sophomore year, while surfing the web one day, he found a porn site that he heard his friends mentioned often. At first, he felt guilty in looking at the site. But he finds it difficult to resist the temptation, especially when he is alone with the computer. Gradually, he reasons to himself: “I’m not hurting anyone with this. It’s just a harmless pastime. As long as I can keep up with my grades in school, this is OK.” However, after some time looking at this porn site, he found it increasingly difficult to concentrate when he sees any good-looking girls nearby. He could be in his class, walking in the campus, in the cafeteria, or even at church! He is beginning to see these girls in a way that he knows he should not. What is wrong with Eric?