MyTruth | #Trending Part 1 | Lehi
Series Thesis: It's always RISKY to go with what's TRENDY.
MyTruth: A personalized truth designed to meet someone's individual requirements.
Think about it: Something cannot be true for you and not true for everyone else.
Question: “What is Truth?”
Answer: A perfect perception of REALITY.
John 18:37-38 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
Post-Truth: “Is relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
Six Flawed Reasons for Belief:
1. Instinct: “It seems true.”
2. Feelings: “It feels right.”
3. Wish Fulfillment: “I want it to be true.”
4. Custom: “I was told it’s this way.”
5. Popularity: “Everyone believes it’s so…”
6. Pragmatic: “It just works for me.”
Three Tests for Truth:
1. Coherence (logical)
2. Correspondence (factual)
3. Functional Adequacy (livable)
Truth is ABSOLUTE, but it’s not ABSTRACT.
John 8:31-34 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”
Truth should be taken PERSONALLY, because Truth is a PERSON.
People who love Truth:
1. Are not threatened by differing opinions
2. Love feedback in their own life.
3. Don’t exaggerate numbers, stories, and statements.
4. Have meaningful friendships with people who believe differently.
5. Love to learn new things.
BOTTOM LINE: Truth shows us who we ARE and who we can BECOME.
John 8:31 Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS:
1. Have you ever accepted something as true from social media that turned out not to be? What did you learn from that experience?
2. What is the difference between asking “What is Truth?” and “What is the Truth?”
3. Look at the "Six Flawed Reasons for Belief." Have you or anyone you know based their faith in Jesus Christ on one of these reasons? What makes these reasons ‘flawed’?
4. The Bible tells us that Truth is actually a person (John 1:17). How does this make conversations about Absolute truth difficult with people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ? What is the benefit of realizing that Truth is a person and not just an arbitrary standard (Hint: Truth and Grace came through Jesus Christ)?
5. Look at the "People who Love Truth" list. What two would you like to get better at and why?