By Janese Bennett
In 2016, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) vision of “Place of Hope. People of Promise” is highlighted by our third core value, “We Prayerfully Value Holiness.” This focus will begin with Psalm 96:9 which invites us to “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.” Like the worshippers around the throne in Revelation 4, we are asking the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts to the revelation of God’s holiness. Our approach is to consider the Source, to understand how God illuminates His holiness in us, and how we radiate, or display, that holiness to the lost world.
This year’s focus will consist of three emphases throughout the year:
- The Source. We recognize that God is the source of holiness. His very nature is holy. (January-April)
- Illuminate. How does God illuminate His holiness in us through the work of sanctification? (May-August)
- Radiate. How do we radiate God’s holiness to a lost and hurting world? (September-December)
Various resources for personal reflection, group study and corporate worship are available at http://iphc.org/holiness. Throughout the year, additional videos, sermons and other resources will be added to this collection.
Presiding Bishop Beacham invites you to join us in this important focus. “God is calling us to renew our hearts in His holy love. This is a year for us to boldly declare that the sanctified life is a reality for all of God’s people. It is a year for us to preach to the captives the liberty that is in Jesus Christ. This is a year for us to experience liberty in our minds, attitudes, actions, and relationships. This is a year for us to encounter the living God and the beauty of His holiness!”