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The Holiness of God


Lesson 1 of 9, Fall 2016 Gospel Meeting. Speaker: Jeremiah Cox.

Using the Old Testament to establish and illustrate God’s Holiness, the lesson makes an important application: As our God is Holy, we also must be holy in every aspect of our life as His children.


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The Holiness of God

This great lesson by Jeremiah Cox argues that as we draw closer to God, we must become more and more holy in the life we life for Him. "Because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:16).

Posted by West Side church of Christ on Saturday, November 5, 2016

Sermon: The Burning Bush


God’s conversation with Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3, reveals important lessons about God’s presence, and the importance of a sanctified life in response to His redemptive plan.


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Sermon: “Be holy, for I am holy”


Sermon by Armando Vera

God is holy, and as sanctified individuals, Christians must live their lives in a holy way before Him.


Invitation: Gird up the loins of your mind

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1 Peter 1:13-16 teaches that we rest our hope fully on the grace of God by preparing ourselves to live righteous lives.


The danger of false perceptions

ImageI am writing this short article while Debbie is driving on the highway between Diboll and Fort Worth. On Texas highways it is common for the speed limit to be 70-75 miles an hour. If you were to be driving in a residential area at that speed, it would be considered very reckless. If you were driving your car at 75 miles per hour, and had to weave in and around other cars going only 35-40 miles an hour, your perception of your own speed would probably scare you.

However, when everyone is going 75 or 80 miles an hour, (especially if you have been going that speed for quite a while), the perception is very different. It just doesn’t seem that fast! As a result, you have people who drive in an unsafe manner, despite the speed. They may tailgate, give insufficient space between cars when changing lanes, fail to use turn signals, etc. At 75 miles per hour!

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Sermon: The Potter and the Clay

ImageGod is the Potter, we are the clay. We must allow him to prepare us for His use.


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Invitation: Sanctification

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Joshua 7, detailing the reasons behind the defeat of Israel at Ai shows that in order to be accepted by God, we must be holy before Him.


Sermon: Now That I’m A Christian

Speaker: Dennis Craig

Certain responsibilites and privileges follow one who becomes a Christian. The sermon discusses these things that follow becoming a child of God:

  • Rejoice for Salvation
  • Be Holy
  • Study God’s Word
  • Pray to God
  • Assemble with the Saints
  • Pepare for the Future


Sermon: Purity in Conscience

The conscience can be described as a moral computer. Scriptures clearly teach that we are to educate our consciences, and then always live in accord with what we believe to be right. To do this is to have a Pure Conscience.


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Sermon: An Admonition to be Sanctified (2 Corinthians 6)

The text is an exegesis of 2 Corinthians 6. Paul adominishes the Corinthians to live sanctified lives, that the grace of God they have received will not be in vain.


Sermon: The Beginning of Holiness

The sermon uses the text of 1 Peter 1:13-16 to make the point that Holiness begins with the mind of man. As we gird up the loins of our mind, rest our hope on the grace of God, and determine to leave the lustful thoughts of the past, we are able to present ourselves as holy unto God.

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Mining the Scriptures: Philippians 1:1-2


In his epistle to the Philippian church, Paul identifies himself and Timothy as “bondservants of Jesus Christ.” The term is from the Greek doulos, and indicates subservience and submission. They were slaves to Christ. On another occasion, Paul wrote, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). Their purpose was to please Christ, and Him alone.

In the same text, Paul identified the Philippians as “saints.” The Greek word is hagios, and indicates holiness and consecration. The Philippian brethren had been separated by Christ to live righteously before Him. This call to holy living is a call Jehovah has always made to His people, “For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44).

Every Christian should consider himself a slave to Christ. Emulating Paul’s example, he should consider his standing with God a call to holy living. In so doing we please Him, and secure for ourselves the hope of heaven.

Sermon: An Invitation to All Manner of Holy Living

Using Peter’s first epistle, this sermon describes an aspect of God’s call to Christians. We are to be holy in all our conduct.

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From the Preacher’s Pen: Quotes About Holiness


I recently came across two quotes on the subject of Holiness, which I would like to share with you…

“A holy life will make the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns, they just shine.” – D. L. Moody

“How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets real thing, it is irresistible.” – C.S. Lewis

One quote expresses the true thought that actions speak louder than words. While we are told to preach the gospel, our words have a greater potency is God can be seen in us.

The second quote accurately portrays the fact that a Christian is a desirable and pleasant person to know. He is who we all aspire to be. Are you living a properly holy life?

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