05: The Holiness of God – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: It is vital and necessary for us as fallen beings to acknowledge God’s exalted holiness and to seek His cleansing blood and righteousness.

[Teaching plan for "The Holiness of God" February 1, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:3.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What significance does it have that the first thing called sanctified or holy in the Bible is time?
C. Personal Application: What does it mean to you to keep a day holy? Do we treat the Sabbath as holy?
D. Case Study: One of your relatives states, “How do you prepare for the Sabbath? What does your church do to insure the holiness of Sabbath worship?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Job 42:5,6.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. When faced with our own sense of unworthiness and despair, what keeps us from going into prolonged depression or hopelessness? Share your thoughts.
C. Personal Application: How closely have you looked at yourself in comparison with God’s holy and righteous character in honest self-examination? Do we think of ourselves a little more highly than we should?
D. Case Study: One of your friends states, ”Why would anyone hate themselves and repent in dust and ashes when seeing God? I thought He was our friend and that we should be looking forward to seeing Him face to face.” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Luke 4:33-36.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What significance does this have that Jesus as a human being was considered holy by the fallen angel? Why did he think Jesus had come to destroy him?
C. Personal Application: Are we supposed to be holy? In what circumstances would you consider a human being like yourself as holy? Share.
D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Are demons real? I thought that the devil was just a symbol for the evil thoughts and deeds of man that they devise in their own hearts.” How do you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Revelation 4:8-11.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why do the four living creatures describe God in the past, present, and future?
C. Personal Application: How much do we appreciate the holiness, love, and Goodness of God? How often do we praise Him for who and what He is?
D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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