A SHORT COURSE for Young People and Adults

PREREQUISITE Completion of The Key to the Bible series

REQUIREMENTS - complete Bible containing the Old and New Testaments with cross references and concordance

COMMITMENT - prepare for, attend, and participate in all group sessions

GOAL - teaching and interaction on topics flowing from the central Story of the Bible


1st session - The Holiness of God

2nd session - Temptation

3rd session - The Certainty and Necessity of Suffering

4th session - Attitude

5th session - The Impact of Truth

PROCEDURE & INSTRUCTIONS - Complete study sheets prior to meetings as daily homework assignments. Working on lessons daily is recommended in order to establish a regular pattern of study and maintain continuity between group sessions. Do not read ahead or check your responses with the instructor's set. Complete each exercise before moving on to the next. Follow the directions and answer the questions that are asked. Write down your questions, observations, and thoughts. Prepare to explain and support your answers, and bring relevant comments and questions to the discussion. Absentees are expected to keep up their lessons and go over missed meetings with another participant before the next session.


GET ACQUAINTED - What puzzles, disturbs, or surprises you most about God?


Respond to the question, "Are you saved"?



What two concepts must one understand in order for the pouring out of God's wrath at the death of Christ to make sense? The h_____________ of God and the s_____________ of man

        The primary meaning of the word "holy" as applied to God in the Bible is separate, on a different plane (out of our league), transcendent (exceeding usual limits), in a class all by Himself.

How is the primary meaning first drawn out in the Bible (Gen.1:1-27)?



What was the result? (Ps.19:1)




        The connotation of the word "holy" and it's derivatives in the Bible is moral and ethical purity, excellence. (see Heb.12:14; 1 Pt.1:15-16)

        God alone is HOLY in the absolute sense of being supreme in His transcendence and excellence. He is perfect in essence (self existent, eternal, unchanging, etc.); nature (knowledge, power, wisdom, etc.); and character (righteous, good, etc.). [Perfection is not equitable with the idea of limits.]

Look up the following passages, note the context, and write your observations and comments. Notice the kinds of words that are associated with and used to describe God's holiness.





Compare and explain Rev.15:3-4.




Comment on the following passages that refer to different aspects of God's holiness. What do they have in common?











Comment on the following passages. What do they have in common?


Jn.1:18; 3:16, 18; 1 Jn.4:9


1 Tim.6:15b-16



        Notice how attempts to express the exalted holiness of God stretches beyond the limits of language. It is obvious that human language is insufficient to do so.

What title containing the word "holy" is applied to God in the Old Testament?



What title containing the word "holy" is applied to Jesus in the New Testament?



What are the expressions of sovereignty in Isa.6:1?



Comment on v.3.



In your own words, describe the scene in v.1-4.


Explain Isaiah's reaction (v.5).



What elements are common to Isa.6:1-4 & Rev.4?



What is decidedly different between Isa.6:1-7 & Rev.4?



Explain Peter's response in Lk.5:4-11 at the great catch of fish.


Explain the disciples' reaction in Mk.4:35-41 when Jesus calms the storm.


List other forms, define, and cite examples. NAS, ESV, and NKJ are recommended translations.

Iniquity -


sin -


trespass -


transgress -


lawless -


disobey -


offend -


How can sinners dwell with God in His perfection of holiness? Acts 26:18




"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him," John Piper

Look up the following passages and note the kinds of words that are associated with and used to describe God's holiness.





1 Pt.4:11b