The Meaning of Holiness : Discussion Questions

Topic: The Meaning of Holiness
Speaker: R.C. Sproul
Scripture: Matthew 6:9

Can you define the word “holy”? Is it just a synonym for moral purity?

In the Scriptures there are two basic meanings to the word “holy”. The secondary meaning of holiness is personal righteousness and purity. The primary meaning of the word holy is  – separate, that which is other.  What does it mean to be “other”?

How is God holy?

What makes something a holiday?

What makes something holy? What is the difference between the profane and what is holy?

Can a person become holy?  How?

Why are we frightened by the holiness of God, while at the same time being attracted to it?

The Lord’s Prayer includes a desire that the Lord’s name be treated as holy.  Do you think that modern Christians evidence this commitment to the holiness of God’s name? Is God’s name often treated in a frivolous manner?

Is it possible for people to honor God and at the same time fail to revere His name?

Do you mirror and reflect the character of God to a dying world?

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This is the fifth lecture in the Ligonier teaching series The Holiness of God.

The Ligonier website describes the series as follow,

“The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. Dr. R.C. Sproul says, “The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives — economics, politics, athletics, romance — everything with which we are involved.”

Discussion questions and video for the rest of the series can be found at the following links:

  1. The Importance of Holiness
  2. The Trauma of Holiness
  3. Holiness and Justice
  4. The Insanity of Luther
  5. The Meaning of Holiness
  6. The Holiness of Christ



R.C. Sproul references Rudolf Otto’s book on holiness.  You can get it as an ebook for only 99 cents.

Check out the Ligonier website for additional resources.

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