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Developing Holy Habits

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Topic/Theme: Holiness, and Obedience
Title: Christians Are Different
Text:  I Peter 1.13-16
Homiletical Idea: Holiness is living according to God’s standard, and if we do live according to God’s standards, we will stand out from society.
Further Questions or Study: It would be good to do a word study on holy. 
Other: The church also conditions us to be better Christians. There is also a pretty good manuscript.

Quote from Max Lucado: "You don't have to be like the world to have an impact on the world. You don't have to be like the crowd to change the crowd. You don't have to lower yourself down to their level to lift them up to your level. Holiness doesn't see to be odd. Holiness seeks to be like God." Grace for the Moment p. 181 (cf. James 4.4) also see the pirate cartoon.
Notes: 1) I mentioned about how it is easy to be sinful, but when we pray and read the Bible, we may develop holy habits. 2) Part of prayer is about priorties. 3) The idea of casting things out. e.g. my no television during college and seminary. 4) A good introduction would be about explaining what holy is, and the reality that we will achieve, yet we are still required to do our best living up to the standard.

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Today’s Focus

A holy life, on this side of heaven, is standing apart from the world’s standards, and develops holy habits.
Outline of the Lesson
I. We naturally are conformist; we like to blend into the crowd.
II. A holy life is standing apart from the world’s standards.
A. Relativism is part of American culture.
B. For the most part, an American’s view of marriage is contrary to God’s view.

i. Sackett, one of my former preaching professors, explains in one of his sermons that there is a book out now that explains how a person can have a successful adulteress affair.
C.Some Korean Christians get up for morning prayers, and also become involved with all night prayer vigils. D. In parts of America, Christians abstain from alcohol and smoking.
III. Developing Christian habits will direct us to a holy life.
A. Making the habit of prayer and reading scripture can help us keep focused on what should be our priorities, and hopefully help us become more like the new creation.
B. A quote from Thomas À Kempis on why it’s essential to create Christian habits.

"If we were to uproot only one vice each year, we should soon become perfect. The contrary, however, is often the case—we feel that we were better and purer in the first fervor of our conversion than we are after many years in the practice of our faith. Our fervor and progress ought to increase day by day; yet it is now considered noteworthy if a man can retain even a part of his first fervor.

If we did a little violence to ourselves at the start, we should afterwards be able to do all things with ease and joy. It is hard to break old habits, but harder still to go against our will.

If you do not overcome small, trifling things, how will you overcome the more difficult? Resist temptations in the beginning, and unlearn the evil habit lest perhaps, little by little, it lead to a more evil one."

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Topic/Theme: Holiness, and Obedience
Title: Christians Are Different

Text:  I Peter 1.13-25

Homiletical Idea: Holiness is living according to God’s standard, and if we do live according to God’s standards, we will stand out from society.

Audience: Laicos Church, North Andover, MA

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Introduction:
I. We are naturally conformist; we like to blend into the crowd.
A. One of the biggest fears for people is public speaking.
B. We avoid standing out, and conform to the society.

i. If I wore Han-Bok, people would stare.
C. However, Christians are to stand out.
II. While America is becoming relative, we are stand out, and strive toward being holy.
A. Most American’s believe that everything is relative.

i. Sheryl Crow’s song “If It Makes You Happy.”

ii. The media influences people believe everything is relative.

Some of our friends believe relativism is okay.

iii. There are no standards.

Sackett explains in one of his sermons that there is a book out now that explains how a person can have a successful adulteress affair.

America’s standards are abhorrently growing further away from the will of God, making it harder for us to live holy lives, just by the mere fact that we followers. Yet, God still demands that we are to be HOLY!
B. The Christian standard is to strive for a holy life, instead of following the world’s standards.

i. A person, who is holy, is an individual who strives toward obedience to God, and God alone. One of the ways we can be obedient, is by having self-control, and not following our own feeling or sinful passions.  Holiness is living according to God’s standard. We are to have a higher standard; as the basic foundation in our lifestyles. that we are to be obedient according to God’s standards.

ii. Early Christians were to live holy.

Peter tells them how to live holy, and that it can be offensive to the world.

iii. The congregation members may have offended people for living holy.
III. The difficulty in being obedient in a sinful world.
A.The temptation to sin.
B. Prayer and reading scripture will help us avoid sinning.
C. The word of God is eternal, and that is the truth we are to live by. These fleshly bodies we have are going to decompose into the ground after we die, but our faith in God gives us eternal life. So as we are strangers in this world, let us keep remembering that we are to be obedient to God’s standards, if we want to strive for holiness.

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