Holiness: Called or Calling?

At the recent Foundations conference in Sidmouth, Devon, we considered the
topic of holiness under the general title of Holiness, The Great Disconnect. As
the seventh of seven speakers across the four days, I had the daunting task of
listening carefully to what God was telling us and provide a summary, or come
up something that hadn’t already been said! I could hardly complain, having
asked to be the final speaker, but thankfully by the end it was clear what God
was wanting to say, both about his own holiness and ours.

At the start of the conference I had challenged those attending to undertake a
Bible-based exercise: to come up with as many two word phrases they could
find in Scripture where the first word was ‘holy’. One of the best ways, I
argued, to understand this important topic was to see what God had called
holy. I started them off with the obvious example, Holy Spirit, and waited to
see how our list grew over the remaining days. Why not try this yourself?

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