This past weekend, I concluded both Eastbrook’s Missions Fest as well as our series “God in Blank Spaces.” Building off of Jenny Yang‘s message on the global situation of displaced people the previous weekend, I continued the theme of God’s mission amongst the displaced people of the world.
My approach to this topic, however, was to engage more deeply with the theme verses chosen for the week from Leviticus 19:33-34:
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
I sought to provide an overview of the book of Leviticus and its vital role in our own faith today as the New Testament people of God. In particular I focused on Leviticus’s theme of holiness, giving attention to four aspects of holiness that we must grasp clearly:
- God makes His people holy.
- God is making His people holy.
- Holiness is personal in nature.
- Holiness is relational in nature.
Here is the video and sermon outline of my message, “God of the Displaced Ones, part two.”
What is Holiness, Really?
Holiness, Cleanness, and Uncleanness
Holiness is more than morality
A Holy God
“Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2)
Becoming Wholly Holy with Leviticus
Made holy (Leviticus 20:26; Deuteronomy 7:6; 1 Peter 2:9)
Becoming holy (Leviticus 19:2; 1 Peter 1:15-16)
Maintaining personal holiness (Leviticus 19:2,4)
Cultivating relational holiness (Leviticus 19:18)
Living Wholly Holy with Displaced People and the Needs of the World