The Way of Holiness
In our hurry up, bustling, secular world it is essential that we pause and consider the matter of holiness. Why is holiness so important? It is a solemn thing to hear the Word of God say, "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). God calls us to be holy because He is holy. What then is true biblical holiness? For some, this is a hard question to answer. Nonetheless, it is imperative that we address the subject of holiness in light of its eternal significance on those to whom we minister week after week and to our own lives. In the next issue of Enrichment, we will examine the theological foundations of holiness; compare and contrast true holiness with pseudo-holiness; outline best practices for ministers to cultivate holiness through worship, preaching, and discipleship; and offer guidelines for cultivating holiness individually, corporately, and socially.
Read interesting and thought-provoking essays from Craig Bloomberg, Dan Crabtree, Jennifer Gale, Cheryl Bridges Johns, Byron Klaus, Howard A. Snyder, Carol Taylor, Derek Tidball, Gary Tyra, George O. Wood, and others.
Richard L. Schoonover
This single vision in which Isaiah encounters God in the temple emphasizes three aspects of God’s holiness: His sovereign transcendence, His moral purity, and His costly grace.
Providing biblical teaching on living a holy life can provide spiritual freedom to the people in your congregation.
Howard A. Snyder
What are the five calls of God, and what do they have to do with holiness?
Byron Klaus, Don Meyer, Carol Taylor
In terms of people, holiness is about moral purity and covenantal love. But without theological foundations concerning the character of God and the doctrine of sanctification, many have mistaken notions about holiness.
Gary J. Tyra
What we must ask ourselves is: To what degree are Pharisaic patterns of behavior present in our lives and churches?
CRAIG L. BLOMBERG
Jesus befriended sinners because He believed that His holiness was contagious. His friendship with sinners serves as a model for helping people experience God’s transforming grace.
We must ask ourselves four questions before we can lead worship that is relevant, transformative, and authentic.
Paul’s passionate commitment to the Colossian church provides a pattern that makes prayer, proclamation, and presence a priority for discipling people toward holiness.
Cheryl Bridges Johns
In a sinful world, how is it possible to live a life of personal holiness? The journey calls for the reshaping of our affections.
L. Alton Garrison
Numerous barriers exist to corporate holiness. However, two areas are becoming critical barriers in our modern society.
George Dallas McKinney
The urban crises that demand attention from the church and from faith-based agencies are spiritual problems that require spiritual solutions.
George Paul Wood
EJ Online for 2011 - Fall
- Authenticity FAIL
- The Trinity: Why We Should Teach It
- Did the Upper Room Have an iPod?
- Open the Gates, Open the Book, Open the Altars: The Incredible Importance of Public Worship
- The Art of Creating and Designing an Atmosphere for Congregants to Encounter and Respond to God
From the General Superintendent
George O. Wood
When preaching on holiness, there are four specific topics we must consider.
MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY
MOVING LEADERS FORWARD
LEAD LONG…LEAD STRONG
Dealing With Doubters
MINISTRY AND MEDICAL ETHICS
Christina M.H. Powell
Clergy, Church & Law
Richard R. Hammar
Q&A for Ministry Wives
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- Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge by JAMES M. KOUZES AND BARRY Z. POSNER, ed. (Jossey – Bass, 152 pp., paperback)
- Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ by ROBERT M. BOWMAN, JR. AND J. ED KOMOSZEWSKI (Kregel, 392 pp., paperback)
- Has Christianity Failed You? by RAVI ZACHARIAS (Zondervan, 240 pp, hardcover)
- The Assemblies of God: Godly Love and the Revitalization of American Pentecostalism by Margaret M. Poloma and John C. Green (New York University Press, 259 pp., hardback)
- UNconditional? The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness by BRIAN ZAHND (Charisma House, 229 pp., hardcover)
- Jesus the Fool: The Mission of the Unconventional Christ by MICHAEL FROST (Hendrickson, 208 pp., paperback)
- Managing The Millennials — Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce by CHIP ESPINOZA, MICK UKLEJA, CRAIG RUSCH (Wiley Publishers, 172 pp., hardcover)
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