MyTruth | #Trending Part 1 | St. George
Series Thesis: Trending topics may become immediately relevant to us, but they have always been important to God.
#MyTruth: A personalized truth designed or created to meet someone’s individual requirements.
Question: “What is Truth?”
Objections to Objective Truth
- Doesn’t truth evolve as we evolve?
- How do we know who’s right?
- Shouldn’t people be free to be true to themselves?
Key Truth: Truth should be taken personally because Truth is a PERSON.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Truth is ABSOLUTE but it’s not ABSTRACT.
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. 15 John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
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.”
The Truth helps us side with WHAT is right.
Matthew 21:25-27 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’. 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
True freedom is RESTRICTED in Jesus.
John 8:31-34 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.” 33 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?” 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
Bottom Line: If I want to know the TRUTH I must know JESUS.
Small Group Questions: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. 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.”
Look at these Six Flawed Reasons for Belief and ask: 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 this list of People who love Truth:
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.
What two would you like to get better at and why?