Sunday Morning 4-15-2012

Posted by Sherry


THE POWER OF TRUTH
John 8:31,32
CBC 4/15/12 SM
INTRO: Many live life based on Half-truths
Some based on outright deception & un-truth
Life is a series of choices - based on available information
that info can be correct or sometimes incorrect
TEXT John 8:31So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.
    32And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
3 RELATIONSHIPS WE ALL HAVE
how can we live in the power of the truth in these relationships?
THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTHS
Bible Is Inspired By God
2 Tim. 3:16Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action),
All Truth is God’s truth
law of gravity not spelled out in the Bible but it’s true
God has specifically revealed Himself in the Bible & how we can know Him
We Can Teach Ourselves Truth
every person can live by certain truths and have success in life
Christians enjoy a special privilege
Romans 12:2a Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude],
God helps Christians live by truth
Christians have more freedom to change their mind than the unsaved
John 16:13a But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth).
We Need Others To Teach Us Truth
when we don’t have a clue what the truth is
when we don’t want to face the truth of a matter
Prov. 27:5Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden.
    6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.
FACT, FAITH, FEELING TRAIN
PICTURE A 3 PIECE TRAIN (Engine, Middle Car & Caboose)
to most (not all)
Engine = feelings & emotions
Mid Car= faith
Caboose=fact
Most let “feelings” & emotions lead life
that puts “faith” in the emotions
which in turn becomes a corrupt “fact”
ILL: ever get “feeling” someone doesn’t like you, you believe it & never go around them?
Need to let “Facts” lead the train
Engine = facts
Mid Car= faith
Caboose=feelings
now apply this analogy to our 3 important relationships
BELIEVING TRUTH ABOUT GOD
  • ever get “feeling” God is distant and unkind (it’s a lie)
    • tragic circumstances can cause this incorrect “feeling”
    • pain & loneliness in our life present a negative image of God
    • facts to combat this lie
Psalm 145:18The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.
    19He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.
  • ever get “feeling” God is safe & predictable (it also is a lie)
    • we’re comfortable with a God we can “control” & understand
    • God’s not a SPARE TIRE
    • facts to combat this lie
Isaiah 66:1THUS SAYS the Lord: Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house would you build for Me? And what kind can be My resting-place?(A)
    2For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. 
    • there is not adventure as extreme as “Walking with God”!
BELIEVING TRUTH ABOUT OURSELVES
  • ever get “feeling” I’m unlovable? (It’s a lie)
    • everybody has their moments of struggle
    • nobody wants anyone to know their struggle
    • facts to combat this lie
Jer 31:3The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.
    • God knows all about us & still desires a relationship with us
  • ever get “feeling” I’m self-sufficient”? (It’s a lie)
    • make all the decisions
    • be my own boss
    • create my own reality
    • independent of anyone else
    • Motto of self-sufficient, “If you want something done right you gotta do it yourself”
    • facts to combat this lie
Prov 3:5Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
    6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Prov 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
BELIEVING TRUTH ABOUT OTHERS
  • ever get “feeling” other people are out to get me? (lie)
    • a mistrust of everyone and the lack of faith in our fellow man contributes to this
    • other people are used by God to “SHAPE OUR CHARACTER”
    • “Holy Sandpaper”
    • fact is....
2 Sam. 12:7Then Nathan said to David, You are the man!
  • ever get “feeling” other people are there to serve me? (lie)
    • does everybody owe us?
    • does the Government owe us a living?
    • does the house of benevolence owe us our daily needs?
    • fact is....
John 13:34 I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.
    • life is about what we can give other, not what they can give us
THE TRUTH YOU “KNOW”
TEXT:31So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.
    32And you will know the Truth, and THAT Truth will set you free.
  • Circle word “KNOW”
    • not truth in abstract that sets anyone free
    • truth is ready and available, but the world is still in turmoil & lives are still shattered
    • truth you KNOW, sets you free!
    • truth is:
      • Jesus died for your sin
      • Jesus arose from the grave the 3rd day triumphant over death, hell, sin, satan & grave
      • Your salvation & ticket to heaven has already been purchased
      • if you don’t EXPERIENCE a relationship with Jesus you FORFEIT it all!
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO “KNOWING THE TRUTH & BEING SET FREE”
  • Meditate on and study the Bible
    • Sun - 8:30a, 9:45a, 10:45a, 6:00p, Mon. - Ladies Bible Study, Tue. - Recovery Group, Wed. - AWANA & Pastoral counsel
    • no excuse for not getting in the Bible
    • printed form, electronic form, internet form...
    • we can’t live in the power of truth unless we read & digest Bible scripture
  • Live by truth not emotions
    • remember the train
    • recognize that feelings are subject to change, but facts do not
  • Get involved in Christian “community”
    • there are other Christians who have the answer from experience to your situation or question

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