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NO AUDIO, "Life in the Wilderness" (#2: Drawn into Holiness)

Sermon Date: 
Mar 12 2017
Sermon Audio: 

**SORRY NO AUDIO**

Please feel free to use the following as a reflection, personal study, or for your Life Group. Please be sensitive to other views expressed.

INTRODUCTION
1. Do you think people have some type of fear towards God? Why or Why not?
2. How would you explain "holiness"?

READ EXODUS 24 (if in a group study, sharing reading the various verses)

1. Do you think God still calls us to draw close to him?
2. If you were to assess your spiritual standing with God, would you assess being at the base of the mountain, middle of the mountain (i.e., elders), or top of the mountain? Why did you assess the way you did?
3. Based on Exodus 33:18, what was Moses' desire? Do you think we have such desires as Christians? Why or Why Not?
4. Read Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 3:18, and Colossians 2:9-10. What are these verses saying?
5. This sermon discussed three main points why people might not be experiencing the closeness of God:
A) FEAR TO COME CLOSER TO GOD (own pride to defend our way of living);
B) LACK OF AUTHORITY (which results towards lack of obedience, we live in our own authority);
C) LACK OF COMMITTMENT TO THE NEW COVENANT (see the New Covenant more like a "new convenience" than a "sacred solemn covenant" of Jesus' sacrifice and Jesus' commands for His followers / many think they can simply approach God on their own terms, etc.)

Any thoughts or ideas on these three points? What steps could we take to draw ourselves closer to God?

CONCLUSION
We are in a season of reflection and a time of spiritual renewal leading up to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Let us realize it has always been God's initiative (not ours) to invite us into his presence. Is God calling you to climb up the mountain through his HOLY INVITATION offered in Jesus Christ?
In the words of Apostle Peter, "For Christ died for sins once for call, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring YOU to God."

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Trevor