MyTruth | #Trending Part 1 | Draper
Series Thesis: It's always RISKY to go with what's TRENDY.
MyTruth: A personalized truth that is designed to satisfy the requirements of my own worldview without offending others.
The Law of Non-contradiction: A statement regarding reality cannot be true and not true in the same way at the same time.
John 18:37-38 "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." 38 "What is truth?" Pilate asked.
Question: What is truth?
Answer: What is REAL.
Important Questions About Truth:
1. What kind of truth claim is being made?
2. What kind of evidence supports each of these claims?
Seven “Not So Helpful” Reasons for Belief
1. Instinct – “It seems true to me.”
2. Feelings – “It just feels right to me.”
3. Wish fulfillment – “I want it to be true.”
4. Custom – “I was raised to believe it.”
5. Popularity –“Everyone believes it.”
6. Pragmatism – “It works for me.”
7. Significance – “It gives my life meaning.”
Three “Helpful” Criteria for Determining Whether or Not a Belief is True:
1. Internal COHERENCE (logical)
2. EXTERNAL Correspondence (factual)
3. FUNCTIONAL Adequacy (livable)
Key Truth: For a follower of Jesus Christ, truth is discovered in a PERSON; therefore, even though truth is ABSOLUTE, it isn’t abstract.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
“The biblical and continuing vision of Jesus was of one who made all the created reality and kept it working, literally ‘holding it together’ (Col. 1:17). And today we think people are smart who make light bulbs and computer chips and rockets out of ‘stuff’ already provided! He made the ‘stuff!’ Small wonder, then, that the first Christians thought he held within himself ‘all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (Col. 2:3). This confidence in his intellectual greatness is the basis of the radicalism of Christ-following in relation to the human order.” – Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy)
Our Problem: How do we hold onto the absolute truth regarding Christ without causing others to feel JUDGED?
Solution #1: Always communicate GRACE and truth.
John 1:14-17 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth...Out of his fullness we have all received grace ... For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Solution #2: Be HUMBLE – Be a LEARNER
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Test everything. Hold on to the good.
1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS:
1. Have you ever run across #MyTruth on social media? How did it strike you? Give an example of something trending on Social Media that turned out to be false or harmful.
2. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:21 and 1 John 1:1-3. Discuss these passages of scripture and answer these two questions: Why do you believe what you believe about your faith? What would happen to your faith if it were shown that the resurrection of Jesus did not take place?
3. What would you say to the person who claimed that he could have his truth about God and you could have your truth – and are both valid and real?
4. Talk about how we can hold onto THE TRUTH about who Jesus Christ is and at the same time not come off as judgmental to others.
5. Extra Credit Thought Question: Can a person be truly FREE and at the same time refuse to live life in harmony with reality (the truth)? See John 8:31-32