The Walking Dead
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins  in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
The Bad News
1. Our Status: Spiritually Dead
2. Our Cause of Death: Disobedience
The Good News
3. Our Miracle: God’s Resurrecting Power
LIFEGROUP NOTES Week 5 – The Walking Dead
GOD is defined by His Holiness. This means that everything in His presence must also be Holy—including us! Sunday’s sermon demonstrated that through Christ, we are no longer who we used to be. Today’s study will focus on who we used to be. It is important for us to know what we were saved from—but in order to grasp this, we must first understand what we have fallen short of—GOD’s Holiness. GOD’s Holiness means that our sin must be dealt with! Today’s study will first allow us to investigate GOD’s Holiness and the second part will turn our attention to understanding our sinfulness through GOD’s Holiness.
Step One: Understanding GOD’s Holiness:
1. Read aloud the following quote from John Piper and discuss as a group.
a. “When we say that GOD is Holy we mean that, along with the immeasurableness of His
greatness, His character is unimpeachable. He cannot be charged with any wrong. He has an infinite love for what is infinitely valuable and an infinite hate for what opposes the infinitely valuable. His delight in praiseworthy things is unbounded, and His abhorrence of what is blameworthy is perfect.”
b. Do you think that this does a good job of describing GOD’s Holiness?
2. As a group, turn to and read Habakkuk 1:13. How does “part a” of v13 describe GOD?
3. As a group, turn to and read Ezekiel 36:22-23. Discuss as a group what GOD’s primary motivation here is for acting and punishing these people for their sins.
This truth often does not sit well with us because we don’t see this dynamic anywhere else in all of crea- tion. Think about it! I cannot act based solely on my self-interests, while at the same time acting in the interests of others. BUT GOD can! He is acting for the sake of His Holiness, He is defending His nature, vindicating His name, so that people will see Him and worship Him! But this worship is not in His best interest only, but it is also in our best interest! His nature, His Holiness is what saves us! Now, we are left with a massive problem. Our sin blinds us and renders us unable to see this Holiness and the worthiness of worshipping GOD! GOD has to reveal this truth to us, and He does so by starting with our heart and revealing to us our true, sin nature! Knowing our sin nature is the starting point for understanding GOD Holiness. We must start where everything went askew...SIN!
Step two: Understanding our sinfulness
4. Turn to and read Rom 5:12-14. What does v12 tell us about the nature of all men?
5. The natural objection to this truth is, “But that isn’t fair. I didn’t do anything, Adam did. Why am I being punished for what he did?” Paul answers this objection rather bluntly in v14. What does he tell them?
6. Paul then tells us in Rom 6:23, about the consequences of this corrupt nature and the sin that we are now born in. What does Paul say that we earn for our sin?
Understanding GOD’s Holy Presence affords us the opportunity to see our sinfulness in the light of reality. We are sinful, not because we don’t measure up to our brother/sister, our neighbor, or our co-worker, but because we fall short of GOD’s standard of Holiness. It is Him we have let down, it is Him we have grieved, it is against Him that we don’t measure up. This is what me must be saved from!
7. To close out today’s study, let’s look at one more passage that will seamlessly blend the truth of GOD’s Holiness with the reality of our sinfulness. Turn to Eph. 5:25-27. Here, we see an analogy from Paul comparing marriage to CHRIST’s love for the Church. CHRIST wants us to be pure, spotless, Holy and without blemish. What does this truth tell you about both our nature and GOD’s Holiness?
In order for this to happen, someone must take away our blemishes and stains. Romans 6:23 tells us that sin brings death...so someone must die for sin! We can die for our own sin or we can accept CHRIST’s death on our behalf. This leads us to our next point, which is:
Step 3: Understanding CHRIST’s Atonement and how we have been made “Alive in Christ”. This will be the whole topic for Week #6 Life Group study for this series, “New Life”.