There’s probably no book in the Bible that is more difficult to read and understand than Leviticus. With its endless rules about blood sacrifices, skin diseases, and strange rituals, Leviticus seems so primitive, outdated, and irrelevant to our lives today. Barbaric is an apt description. It’s why most people start reading the Bible and then say, “You lost me at Leviticus.” 

Discussion Questions for You Lost Me at Leviticus Pt10 | November 1, 2020
Main Passages: Leviticus 21-22; 1 Peter 1:3, 15-16

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think of yourself as “holy”? Why or why not?
  2. God calls Israel his holy people and he tells them to be holy. How is holiness both an identity and a vocation? And how are they related?
  3. The message described three ways to be holy according to Leviticus. The first way is loving others through compassion and justice. 
    • Why is it sometimes difficult for us to do simple acts of compassion or justice? What are the largest barriers?
    • How can you remove a barrier this week and love others intentionally every day?
  4. The second way to be holy is through countercultural practices. 
    • What does the word counterculture mean? Why is it important?
    • What is a practice related to your body, time, money, or media that you would like to start or re-start?
  5. The third way to be holy is through visible/symbolic markers.
    • Discuss the Amish people or orthodox Jews. What visible/symbolic markers communicate their identity?
    • What is the danger of visible/symbolic markers?
    • What is lost when Christians or a community of faith have no visible/symbolic markers?
  6. How did this message challenge you personally?

Moving Forward

  • Do an act of compassion or justice each day this week. 
  • Start or re-start a countercultural practice. Share with someone else what you are doing.
  • Consider a visible/symbolic marker of your faith. Be creative. 
  • Listen to the supplemental New Denver Church Message podcast to go deeper this week.