Event: Retreat Meetings 2008
Theme: Determine to be Holy
Like Daniel determined not to defile himself or to be holy, to put it positively (Dan. 1: 8), we should determine to be holy, because we are living as Christians in a non-Christian or secular world and we are called to be God’s representatives and witnesses (Matt. 5: 13-16; Acts 1: 8). We are in the world, but not of the world (John 17: 13-19). The world or people around us can recognize the uniqueness of Christ and Christianity and pay attention to the gospel, only when they see the difference Christ has made in our lives. Christian character – what we show in life is the best authentication of the Christian communication – what we say with our lips (John 13: 33-35; 17: 20-23). When Christ’s holiness is seen in us, that is, in our daily lives, then people will take our gospel and us seriously. However, unfortunately, holiness seems to be the one thing that is largely missing in Christian living. That is why our theme, “Determine to be Holy,” is so important and timely and we should put our minds, hearts, and souls (total beings) in the study and application of the truths concerning holiness and go from here with a determination to be holy.