Yesterday was a bit out of the ordinary at UBC. With about 7-8 inches of snow on the ground we went ahead with our main worship gathering. Thankfully, all were safe coming and going. I’m particularly grateful for the warmth we all felt during our time of worship and fellowship. As many were making sure that everyone got to their cars safely and were on their way…a snowball landed behind me. It was on. Well, it was very minor and really didn’t last long. But there was something appropriate about enjoying a snowball fight after the worship we experienced. Certainly I hope that the application from a message on holiness would run deeper, making all the way home. But I enjoyed it nonetheless!
The audio of the sermon audio is up for those of you who missed. We continued in Leviticus 19. I would encourage you to get the sermon notes as you listen. One of the main thoughts with Leviticus 19 is how various and thorough its dealing in holiness is. This chapter is referenced in Deuteronomy, the Psalms, Proverbs and, most likely, the book of James. Ultimately, it deals with Christ’s own summary of the Ten Commandments (Mark 12; Luke 10): To love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. When that is coupled with the emphasis, “I AM THE LORD”, we begin to see that holiness is to be a lifestyle for God’s children because they are to put His glorious image on display. This is why we are not to live polluted lives. We are not to participate in things that are associated with other “gods” or the gods of this world. These things are hindrances to joyfully living out life in the presence of Holy God!