1 Peter 1:13-16 (ESV) Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Holiness is not a comfortable topic for many of us, either because we don’t want to sound arrogant or “holier than thou,” or because we don’t fully understand how a Holy God makes us holy. In an attempt to be relevant or accessible, the Church has often found it easier to focus on God’s more “friendly” attributes. Yet holiness is the chief characteristic of God, and it is this that melts us down and makes us new. What is holiness? How does it work? We explore these questions in this message and in the ones to come.